Main Attractions in Seven Days
Designed for first time visitors to New Zealand who have limited time and want to see "the main attractions" from our largest city of Auckland to the limestone caves at Waitomo, thermal and Maori cultural attractions of Rotorua in the North Island to the resort of Queenstown in the South Island with a cruise on Milford Sound in the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Visit New Zealand's tallest mountain, Mount Cook before ending your tour in the garden city of Christchurch...
- Meet and Greet on arrival in New Zealand
- New Zealand Airport Transfers
- English/Foreign speaking guide depending on arrangements
- Quality hotel accommodation, twin/double rooms, (single rooms available with single supplement) all with private facilities
- Cooked Breakfasts (B) and Dinners (D) where indicated on the itinerary or to be included by arrangement.
- Tour admissions as per itinerary. (eg scenic boat cruises, cultural events). Please see itinerary for specifics.
- Touring in a modern air conditioned vehicle, type depending on arrangements
- Complimentary Travel Kit including travel vouchers, support documentation and a New Zealand Map.
Self Drive Rental Vehicle- Independent Seat in Coach - Private Car & Driver/Guide (or a combination) - Group Tour
Day 1 - ARRIVE IN AUCKLAND; NEW ZEALAND
Morning arrival at Auckland International Airport where you will be met by our Auckland staff who will provide final touring documents and vouchers. Transfer to your Auckland city accommodation. Afternoon sightseeing in Auckland today includes the views from Mt Eden, which is the tallest of the many extinct volcanic cones around which Auckland is sited, the Domain Gardens, quaint Parnell Village and Rose Gardens, the Waterfront Drive and Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter where a variety of undersea life can be seen including Penguins in a special sub zero enclosure.
Day 2 - AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA (352 KMS)
This morning drive south across the Bombay Hills through the Waikato Valley, which is a major dairying and horse breeding region to Waitomo for a guided tour of the famous Waitomo Glow-worm Cave. In the afternoon drive on through picturesque farmlands and over the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua. In the evening enjoy a Hangi dinner and concert of Maori song and dance, including the vigorous Haka, on a Marae (Maori Village site).
Day 3 - ROTORUA SIGHTSEEING / QUEENSTOWN (BY AIR)
Morning sightseeing in Rotorua includes a guided tour of Te Puia - the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see the geysers and other interesting thermal activity and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, where young Maori are being taught traditional carving and weaving skills, a visit to lovely Rainbow Springs to see trout and rare Kiwi birds and the entertaining Agrodome sheep show.
In the afternoon fly to Queenstown.
Day 4 - IN QUEENSTOWN
Day at leisure for your own choice of tours and activities. There is plenty to do in this wonderful alpine resort. Suggest a cruise on the 1912 vintage lake steamer TSS Earnslaw or the thrill of a Shotover Jetboat ride. Another option is to drive out to Glenorchy for a popular Dart River Safari or a day walk on the famous Routeburn Track. Dine this evening at the Skyline Restaurant from where there are panoramic views across the lake and surrounding mountains. Access is by aerial gondola.
Day 5 - MILFORD SOUND DAY TOUR (584 KMS ROUND TRIP)
Full day tour travelling around Lake Wakatipu and through Te Anau and Fiordland National Park. The scenery is stunning with high mountains and deep valleys carved out by ice age glaciers. There are clear rushing streams and cascading waterfalls set in magnificent native rainforest. Stop en route to view the Mirror Lakes and The Chasm. Cruise down Milford Sound past Mitre Peak to the open sea. Seals, Penguins and Dolphins are often seen. Lunch is served aboard. Afterwards return to Te Anau and Queenstown travelling via the Cleddau Gorge, Homer Tunnel and lovely Eglinton Valley.
Day 6 - QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH (660 KMS)
Full day tour travelling north through Central Otago ascending the Lindis Pass to the Mackenzie Basin. Travel around glacially formed Lake Pukaki and into Mt Cook. There are 17 peaks above 10,000 ft in Mt Cook National Park. The scenery is spectacular. Time for an optional scenic flight with glacier landing. Then in the afternoon drive down from Mt Cook to Christchurch travelling via Lake Tekapo and crossing the sheep and crop farmlands of the Canterbury Plains.
Day 7 - DEPART CHRISTCHURCH
Morning sightseeing tour includes the city centre, the popular Canterbury Arts Centre, and the lovely Botanic Gardens. A visit to the very interesting International Antarctic Centre is also included.