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THE PACKAGE INCLUDES
9 Days / 8 Nights
Day 1: ARRIVE AUCKLAND
Transfer from the airport to your overnight accommodation.
Day 2: AUCKLAND - WAITOMO - ROTORUA
Travel south over the Bombay Hills, following the Waikato River to Hamilton, then on via Te Awamutu to Waitomo. Waitomo Caves – one of the world’s great wonders. An unspoiled cave and karst landscape covered by a vast expanse of farmland with a backdrop of bushclad hills and forest. Beneath this tranquil landscape is 50 km of cave passages, part of a limestone network sculpted by water into underground arches, valleys and outcrops.
Enjoy lunch before continuing on to the famous race- horse stud of Cambridge before travelling over the Mamaku ranges to Rotorua.
This evening you will be transferred from your accommodation, enjoy a Maori Hangi (feast) and concert. On conclusion, you will be returned to your hotel.
Day 3: ROTORUA - SIGHTSEEING
Nau mai, haere mai - welcome to Rotorua! Join us for a morning sightseeing excursion of New Zealand's thermal wonderland, rich in Maori culture and heritage and famous for its geothermal reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and fascinating landscape.
New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute - a guided tour shows you traditional crafts of flax weaving, wood and jade carving, and a Maori pa. Te Puia Thermal Reserve - boiling mud pools, hot springs and exploding geysers, including lively Pohutu geyser which erupts up to 100 feet! Rainbow Springs Nature Park - a guided tour of the freshwater springs. View the rainbow and brown trout from an underwater viewing gallery and see New Zealand’s national icon, the Kiwi. Agrodome Show - a "must see" entertaining stage show starring sheep shearing, live sheep auction, cow milking (you try it!); feeding cute cuddly baby lambs and an outdoor sheep dog trial.
The remainder of today is at your leisure.
Day 4: ROTORUA - CHRISTCHURCH
(Airfare Not Included) Transfer from your hotel to Rotorua Airport. Fly from Rotorua over the majestic Southern Alps to Christchurch. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 5: CHRISTCHURCH - MT COOK
From Christchurch travel South across the Canterbury Plains, through farming communities before climbing up to high plains of the McKenzie Country, pausing at the Church of the Good Shepherd to view Lake Tekapo. Continue to Mount Cook village nestled under New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt Cook. The mountain overlooks a network of glaciers that feed Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. From the park headquarters in Mount Cook village there are a number of activities including walks, tramps and scenic flights that will enable views of Mt Cook and the glaciers (own expense).
Day 6: MOUNT COOK - QUEENSTOWN
From Mount Cook return along the length of Lake Pukaki then head South through Twizel and Omarama to the scenic Lindis Pass. Once over the pass follow the Clutha Valley to its junction with the Kawarau Gorge at Cromwell. Queenstown is reached by following the "gold trail" alongside the winding Kawarau River. Queenstown nestles up to the northern shore of Lake Wakatipu from where it commands an expansive view of the peaks which surround the lake.
Day 7: MILFORD SOUND DAY EXCURSION
Drive through the magnificent beech forests of the Eglington and Hollyford Valleys, through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound for a launch excursion on the fiord. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery including the awe- inspiring Mitre Peak with a full commentary on the natural history of the fiord. Picnic lunch is included. Upon conclusion of the cruise, return to Queenstown.
Day 8: QUEENSTOWN
Today is free to enjoy the many leisure pursuits.
From luminescent blooms to subtle pastels, treat yourself to a feast of nature in Queenstown during spring. Clear, glacial-fed rivers swell in spring, making rafting and jetboating escapades an exciting option.
Queenstown is the birthplace of commercial jetboating and braided rivers provide fantastic water adventures.
Day 9: DEPART QUEENSTOWN
Your tour arrangements conclude this morning. A transfer from your hotel to Queenstown Airport is included.
Airport → Hotel, Hotel → Airport
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