Contrasts of New Zealand

 

Duration: 10 Days | 9 Nights

Auckland to Christchurch

 

Tour Code: TT049

 

Visit the major cities and locations with time to explore and some great activities included. Visit the Waitomo Glow Worm caves, experience a Maori cultural show and Hangi and sample rural life at the Agrodome. Fly to Christchurch before exploring the dramatic and very different mountain scenery of the South Island. A cruise on Milford Sound is a highlight and you also get to take one of New Zealand's famous scenic trains as part of your tour, The Tranz Alpine train between and Christchurch and Arthurs Pass.

 

Day1: Arrive Auckland 

On arrival in Auckland you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and Highlight Dinner with your Tour Director. (D)

 

Accommodation: SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland

 

Day 2: Auckland Sights)

Start the day with a sightseeing tour. Later you'll cruise on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. (B)

 

Day 3: Auckland - Rotorua 

Tour Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto with a Local Guide. Continue to Rotorua, where you'll visit Te Puia, New Zealand's Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. You're invited to a Maori Hang with local wine and concert at the Tamaki Family Marae. (B, D)

 

 

Accommodation: Millenium Hotel, Rotorua

 

 

Day 4: Rotorua - Christchurch 

Your morning sightseeing includes a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park and the Agrodome Sheep Show. This afternoon fly to Christchurch (airfare not included). (B)

 

Accommodation: Novotel, Christchurch

 

Day 5: Christchurch - Franz Josef 

Start the day with a spectacular train journey on the TranzAlpine through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory. Arrive in Franz Josef Glacier, where you’ll have the option to see it from the air on an scenic flight (weather permitting). (B, D)

 

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Franz Josef

 

Day 6: Franz Josef - Queenstown 

Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls, Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. Then you’ll visit historic Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown, where an orientation tour completes your day. (B)

 

Accommodation: Millenium Hotel, Queenstown

 

Day 7: Milford Sound 

Travel through Fiordland National Park and the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to mystical Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise on this wonder of nature. (B, L)

 

Day 8: Queenstown Included Choice 

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Ride the Thunder Jet on Lake Wakatipu, join a wine tour, play a round of golf or take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort, go horse riding or explore Queenstown on a Segway. (B)

 

Day 9: Queenstown – Christchurch 

See Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, where you’ll stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. You’re invited into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden. Then travel to Christchurch and join your Tour Director for a Farewell Dinner. (B, L, D)

 

Accommodation: Novotel, Christchurch

 

Day 10: Depart Christchurch

You'll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. (B)

 

Inclusion

 

Luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows.

Travel with an experienced Tour Director & Driver.

9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners

Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

Thermal Reserve Rotorua

Visit Te Puia

Maori Hangi and concert

Agrodome Sheep Show

TranzAlpine Train journey

View Franz Josef Glacier

Cruise on Milford Sound

Church of the Good Shepherd

Maori Cultural Experience

'You are invited' dining experience

Twin share rooms with private facilities in quality hotels

Airport transfers

Hotel porterage