Lawn Bowls Tour
This is a sample tour and may be modified as you wish. It is designed for groups and includes sightseeing at Waitomo's limestone caves, geothermal areas, a cruise on Akaroa Harbour, Lake Wakitipu, Queenstown and Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park. Come and enjoy the hospitality of local lawn bowls clubs as you tour New Zealand.
- 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.
Day 1 - WELCOME TO AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND
Arrive at Auckland International Airport, where you will be met by our staff who will provide the final touring documents and vouchers for your New Zealand tour. Board your charter tour coach and transfer to the hotel.
The balance of the day is free to relax and explore New Zealand's largest city (Pop 1,250,000). In the evening enjoy a group welcome to New Zealand dinner with local wines and beers provided.
Day 2 - BOWLING IN AUCKLAND
Bowling today at one of Auckland's most established bowling clubs. Cotulla greens. Afterwards join local club members for a barbecue dinner and social evening.
Day 3 - AUCKLAND SIGHTSEEING
Half day sightseeing tour of Auckland including downtown Auckland, the panoramic views across the city and the two harbours around which it is sited from the Skytower, which is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, the Viaduct Basin and Westhaven Marina and the Auckland War Memorial Museum where there is a superb collection of Maori artefacts including a magnificent war canoe launched in 1836 - 4 years before New Zealand was colonised.
Day 4 - BOWLING IN AUCKLAND
Another day of bowling with local bowlers at a different Auckland club. Hosted lunch.
Day 5 - AUCKLAND / HAMILTON (127 KMS)
Morning Auckland harbour cruise and in the afternoon drive south across the Bombay Hills to the Waikato Valley and City of Hamilton. Hamilton is New Zealand's largest inland city. It has a population of 140,000 and is an important educational centre with a University and a number of private schools and tertiary institutions. It is also in the centre of the prosperous Waikato dairying, thoroughbred horse breeding and horticultural cropping region. The Waikato River flows through the city centre and there are a number of walkways alongside the river and through the parks and gardens for which Hamilton is so well known.
Day 6 - BOWLING IN HAMILTON
Bowling today at the Hamilton Bowling Club with local players. This is New Zealand's largest and most modern lawn bowls complex with five greens, four of which are copula weed and one an all weather Astroturf surface. Dinner afterwards at the Club.
Day 7 - WAITOMO CAVES DAY EXCURSION (150 KMS ROUND TRIP)Full day tour by coach travelling south to Waitomo for a guided tour of the famous Waitomo limestone caves including a boat ride on an underground river into the magnificent Glow-worm Grotto. Afterwards a relaxing garden lunch on a farm before returning Hamilton
Day 8 - BOWLING IN HAMILTON
Bowling today with local players at another Hamilton area club. Lunch and/or dinner at the Club will be included.
Day 9 - HAMILTON / ROTORUA (107 KMS) AND SIGHTSEEING
From Hamilton it is about 90 minutes drive through picturesque farmlands and across the bush clad Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua. Sightseeing today includes the entertaining Agrodome Sheep Show, a guided tour of Rainbow Springs to see the huge trout and rare kiwi birds, and a guided tour of Te Puia - the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see the geysers and other thermal activity plus the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where young Maori are being taught traditional carving and weaving skills.
Day 10 - BOWLING IN ROTORUA
Bowling today with local players at one of the friendly Rotorua bowling clubs.
Day 11 - IN ROTORUA
Free day. There is a wide choice of optional tours and activities available. Or you may wish to simply relax in the natural mineral waters of Polynesian Spa Thermal Pools.
In the evening enjoy a hangi dinner and concert of Maori song and dance, including the vigorous Haka, on a local Marae (Maori Village).
Day 12 - ROTORUA / CHRISTCHURCH (BY AIR)
Today fly to Christchurch on the South Island.
On arrival take a half day sightseeing tour of Christchurch including the city centre, the Christchurch Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum, the lovely Botanic Gardens, and the views from the Port Hills. Also visit the very interesting International Antarctic Centre to learn about exploration of the great southern continent.
Day 13 - BOWLING IN CHRISTCHURCH
Bowling today at one of the top Canterbury bowling clubs.
Day 14 - KAROA DAY TRIP
Today drive across the hills to the popular sea side village of Akaroa. This area was originally settled by the French in an early attempt to colonise New Zealand and it still retains a good deal of French character in its street names, boutique shops cafes and general ambience. Includes a cruise on lovely Akaroa harbour to see the rare Hectors Dolphins which are resident in these waters. Conditions permitting there is the opportunity to swim with them.
Day 15 - BOWLING IN CHRISTCHURCH
Bowling today at another popular Christchurch area bowling club. Afterwards join the club members for a barbecue dinner and social evening.
Day 16 - IN CHRISTCHURCH
Day at leisure in Christchurch for your choice of optional tours and activities such as the Tranz Alpine Experience, or whale watching at Kaikoura.
Day 17 - CHRISTCHURCH / QUEENSTOWN (487 KMS)
Full day tour by coach travelling south across the Canterbury Plains and inland through Fairlie. Ascend Burke's Pass to Lake Tekapo. Stop to see the quaint Church of the Good Shepherd. On a fine day Mt Cook (12,349 ft), New Zealand's tallest mountain can be seen at the head of glacial Lake Pukaki. Continue across the MacKenzie Basin and over the Lindis Pass to the Central Otago sheep and cattle farming country. Pass Lake Dunstan and stop at The Big Picture for wine tasting before driving on through the rugged Kawarau Gorge into Queenstown.
Day 18 - QUEENSTOWN SIGHTSEEING
Morning sightseeing tour of Queenstown. Highlights include the Skyline Gondola to Bob's Peak, quaint Arrowtown, which was the site of a major 1860's gold rush, the Shotover River where there is the opportunity for an optional jet boat excursion (extra cost), Millbrook Resort and lovely Lake Hayes.
Afternoon at leisure and in the evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the 1912 vintage lake steamer TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Sheep and Cattle Station for a farm show and dinner in the homestead. On the return voyage enjoy a sing-a-long with the ship's pianist.
Day 19 - BOWLING IN QUEENSTOWN
Bowling today at one of the bowling clubs in the Queenstown area.
Day 20 - MILFORD SOUND DAY EXCURSION (584 KMS ROUND TRIP)Full day tour by coach travelling around Lake Wakatipu and through the pretty Southland countryside to Te Anau and into Fiordland National Park. The scenery is stunning with high mountains and deep valleys. There are fast rushing mountain streams and cascading waterfalls set in magnificent native rainforest. See the Mirror lakes and the Chasm. On arrival at Milford Sound take a cruise down the fiord past Mitre Peak to the open sea. Lunch served aboard. The boat berths mid afternoon. Return to Te Anau and Queenstown travelling via the Cleddau Gorge, Homer Tunnel and the lovely Eglinton Valley.
Day 21 - BOWLING AT WANAKA
Today drive across the Crown Range to Wanaka on the shores of lovely Lake Wanaka for an afternoon of bowling at the friendly Wanaka Bowling Club. A light finger food lunch will be served on arrival. After bowling, join the club members for a barbecue dinner and social evening. At the conclusion of the evening, return to Queenstown.
Day 22 - AT QUEENSTOWN
A day at leisure in paradise. There are a variety of optional tours and activities available such as a Dart River Safari and a Safari of the Rings Tour to sites around Queenstown where the award winning Lord of the Rings film trilogy were filmed.
Final night group dinner.
Day 23 - DEPART NEW ZEALAND
Today fly back to Christchurch or Auckland to connect with your return flight home.
Note this itinerary can be extended or modified to include bowling at other centres and clubs of your choice. Also available for self driving