Day 1: Welcome to Auckland
Transfer from the airport to your hotel for check-in, then you’re free to see Auckland for yourself. An evening welcome reception is followed by dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
Day 2: Auckland – Rotorua
See Auckland on a city sights tour. Later, tracing the Waikato River travel to Waitomo Caves to tour the amazing Glow Worm Grotto. At Rotorua, you’ll take in views of Lake Rotorua and more on your orientation tour.Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi feast ‘highlight dinner’ and concert for an insight into Maori culture at the Tamaki Family Marae.
Day 3: Rotorua
Watch the Agrodome sheep Show to gain an insight into agriculture in New Zealand. Then the afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native fauna including the kiwi, or TePuia where you can join a tour of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve with a local guide.
Day 4: Rotorua – Wellington
Heading south, you’ll view the Huka Falls. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s biggest lake through the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Then it’s along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington for a city sights tour.
Day5: Wellington – Picton
It’s a morning at leisure in Wellington, then visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage. There’s time for a photo at Parliament House. Then cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across the Cook Strait. Later you’ll travel to the seaside village of Picton for an orientation tour.
Day6: Picton – Christchurch
It’s your chance to get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point and watch whales at Kaikoura, (optional scenic whale-watching flight is available). Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast and across the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Day7: Christchurch – Omarama
After a morning at leisure travel over the patchwork countryside, where the spectacular sightseeing begins. Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki are first up. Next you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park (optional scenic flight is available).
Day8: Omarama – Dunedin
Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings to Dunedin, for a city tour. Then you’ve got the afternoon to yourself – perhaps take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.
Day9: Dunedin – TeAnau
It’s a morning at leisure, during which you might like to tour New Zealand’s Larnach Castle. Head off across South Otago’s fertile sheep-filled farming land en route to TeAnau, on the shores of the largest lake in the South Island. Tonight you may choose to travel by boat to the TeAnau Glow Worm Caves (own expense).
Day 10: TeAnau – Queenstown
You’ll be awestruck by great sights from Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. On the way to Queenstown see the Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, then travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. In Queenstown, an orientation tour on arrival will complete your highlight day.
Day 11: Queenstown ‘Free Time’
Explore exciting Queenstown your way, all day – from wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting – Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue ‘highlight dinner’ at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life.
Day12: Queenstown – Franz Josef
First stop, Arrowtown, on the Arrow River. Second stop is Cromwell and its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Through the Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and enjoy a rainforest walk. Final stop, majestic Franz Josef Glacier – a rare, still advancing glacier.
Day13: Franz Josef – Christchurch
Visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Travel to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your holiday at dinner with your Tour Director and new-found friends.
Day14: Farewell from Christchurch
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.
Departure & Return
- Courtesy airport (JFK, LGA, EWR) pick up between 9:00am and 10pm
- Arrival before 6:00pm at 87 Bowery (2nd Floor), New York, NY10013(Chinatown), we will transfer you to the hotel free
- Arrival before 5:00pm at 133-35 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, NY11354 (New York Food Court), we will transfer you to the hotel free
- Please book the flight out from Boston after 1:30pm.
- For JFK, LGA, EWR departure, please book your flights after 07:00pm
- 5:00pm 135-20 39th Ave, Flushing, NY 11358-2207 (In front of Sheraton Hotel)
- 6:00pm 87 Bowery, New York, NY10013(Chinatown)