13 Nights | 14 Days
Day 1: Arrive Auckland
On arrival at Auckland Airport you will be transferred to your accommodation.
Day 2: Auckland & Rotorua (235 km)
Travel through farmland, lake land and forest until the distinctive smell of sulphur and constant steam drifts let you know you are in tempestuous, geothermal Rotorua.
Day 3: Rotorua
Experience M?ori culture at Te Puia and take a tour through a thermal valley full of forceful geysers and bubbling mud pools. View woodcarving and weaving schools and see how these ancient arts are being passed on to a new generation. Explore Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, where you can get up close to the native flora and fauna. Then see New Zealand's agricultural industry in action at the Agrodome, a working farm where you can view a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials. This evening enjoy a memorable night of culture, song and dance followed by dinner cooked the traditional Maori way on hot stones underground.
Day 4: Rotorua & Napier (219 km)
Travel south-east today towards Napier, known as the fruit bowl of New Zealand and a well known wine region.
Day 5: Napier
Day at leisure.
Day 6: Napier & Wellington (315 km)
Travel to Wellington - the capital city of New Zealand. Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between harbour and hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot. Wellington is noted for its live theatre, art galleries, restaurants and cultural activities. On the Waterfront is Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s National Museum, one of the best interactive museums in the world.
Day 7: Wellington & Picton & Blenheim (28 km)
Transfer to the Ferry depot this morning before boarding the Interislander Ferry for your journey across Cook Strait to Picton. On arrival in Picton you will be transferred to Blenheim.
Day 8: Blenheim & Christchurch (316 km)
Travel south by Intercity Coachlines to Christchurch.
Day 9: Christchurch & Aoraki, Mt Cook (332 km)
This morning travel to Aoraki, Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain to explore the village and soak up the view. This afternoon’s tour includes an amazing encounter with Tasman Glacier and its terminal lake. Your guide will take you to the Tasman Valley for a 30 minute alpine walk through the National Park. Board your custom built MAC boat, and enjoy the ever changing scenery, viewing the Tasman Glacier ice face from a safe distance and icebergs of all shapes and sizes with the opportunity to touch and taste the 300-500 year old ice crystals.
Day 10: Mt Cook & Queenstown (262 km)
This morning travel south over the Lindis Pass and through the Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown.
Day 11: Queenstown
Day at leisure to enjoy the many sights and activities on offer.
Day 12: Queenstown & Dunedin (286 km)
Depart this morning through the Kawarau Gorge to Cromwell, following the Clutha River down through Alexandra via the rich farmlands of South Otago to Dunedin - the “Edinburgh of the South”. This afternoon in Dunedin time is available to explore - you may like to visit the Otago Peninsula - home of the Royal Albatross Colony, the Yellow Penguins or historic Larnach Castle.
Day 13: Dunedin & Christchurch (363 km)
Depart this morning, heading north to Moeraki to view the unique outdoor beach boulders. Continue via Oamaru and Timaru across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Day 14: Christchurch
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.