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Stunning New Zealand

New Zealand has an incredibly rich and dynamic history and culture. It is thought that only the birds lived here before around 1400 AD so all of our human history is fairly recent. Our Maori heritage in particular is as much about the here and now as it is about the past.


11 Days / 10 Nights

Tour Cover : Waitomo Glowworm Caves - Rotorua Sightseeing - Interislander Ferry - Capital city of Wellington - Art Deco city of Napier - Church of the Good Shepherd - Tranz Alpine Train

Day 01 : ARRIVE AUCKLAND
On arrival in Auckland, ‘The City of Sails’, seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel. Self drive passengers will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.

Day 02 : AUCKLAND – WAITOMO - ROTORUA
Travel south through the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the world famous  Waitomo Glowworm Caves including an underground boat ride viewing the millions of glow worms on the cavern roof. On completion continue over the forested Mamaku Ranges to reach the ‘Thermal City’ of Rotorua. (B)

Day 03 : ROTORUA - NAPIER
This morning visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers. Following this, visit  Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand’s trout, birds and wildlife before continuing to the Agrodome for a New Zealand farm show featuring sheep dog demonstrations, cow milking and an introduction to the stars of our sheep industry. Depart Rotorua and travel south via the Wairakei Geothermal area to arrive at New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo. Continue over rugged mountain ranges and well cultivated farmland to arrive in the ‘Art Deco’  City of Napier. (B)

Day 04 : NAPIER - WELLINGTON
Travel through the Manawatu Gorge and Takapau Plains to Palmerston North, famous for its agricultural university. Continue south to arrive in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. (B)

Day 05 : WELLINGTON - CHRISTCHURCH
Journey across Cook Strait, which separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand and into the Marlborough Sounds with its sparkling clear waters and lush forests, before arriving in Picton. Travel south through Blenheim and Kaikoura to reach the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch. (B)

Day 06 : CHRISTCHURCH –  DUNEDIN
Travel south across the Canterbury Plains to reach Scottish-influenced Dunedin, renowned for the local wildlife and Otago University. (B)

Day 07 : DUNEDIN – QUEENSTOWN
This morning is free for optional activities. Leaving Dunedin, travel through South Otago, through Balclutha and Gore and across the fertile Southland Plains to Lake Te Anau. Continue around the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to reach Queenstown. (B)

Day 08 : QUEENSTOWN
A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. Optional activities not included in the tour price. (B)

Day 09 : QUEENSTOWN – GLACIER REGION
Depart Queenstown and travel via Lake Wanaka and through the historic Haast Pass, gateway to the World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. (B)

Day 10 : GLACIER REGION – GREYMOUTH – CHRISTCHURCH
Travel north to Greymouth and board the world famous Tranz Alpine train (coach passengers only). Ascend through lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. Travel over Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. (B)

Day 11 : DEPARTURE DAY
Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car. We trust you enjoyed your Kiwiway vacation. (B)

 

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