10FNSNZ New Zealand Explorer
- North & South Island
- 10 Days / 9 Nights
- 1 night in Auckland, 2 nights in Rotorua, 4 nights in Queenstown and 2 nights in Christchurch
- 9 nights of accommodations with buffet breakfast daily
- Daily buffet breakfast
- 1 dinner in Rotorua
- 3 lunches on full day sights (Waitomo, Milford Sound and Mt Cook)
- Sightseeing tours in air-conditioned coaches with English-speaking driver-guide
- Private transfers to / from the airport
- All entrance fees as per itinerary
- Service and local taxes
- Value pricing starts at $3,415.00 per person
- First Class pricing starts at $3,693.00 per person
- All prices are based on exchange rates as of 10/23/08 and are subject to change until booked
- Single supplement rate available upon request
Day 1 - Arrive AucklandOn arrival you will be met by a representative of ANZ Tours and transferred to your hotel. Auckland is New Zealand's largest city. It is the main point of entry for most overseas visitors and is well served with hotels and restaurants. The busy main street of the city is lined with shops, boutiques and businesses and some of the outlying suburbs are noted for the quality of the shopping.
Day 2 - Auckland - Waitomo - RotoruaYou will be collected from your hotel for your tour to Waitomo and Rotorua. Travel through the rich dairying country of the Waikato arriving at Waitomo in time for lunch. The Waitomo Caves in the limestone hill country southwest of Hamilton are one of New Zealand's main tourist attractions. The caves are well known for their glowworms, which seemingly turn the roofs into a galaxy of stars. Undertake a guided tour of the world-famous Waitomo Glow-worm Grotto. This includes a silent boat ride on an underground river into a cavern spangled with radiant blue/green lights of thousands of tiny glow-worms. Striking limestone formations include the famous "Organ" and the lofty chamber called the "Cathedral".
From Waitomo continue onto Rotorua arriving about 5.00pm.
Day 3 - In RotoruaVisitors from around the world have been coming to Rotorua since the 1880s. The city is best known for its thermal activity with geysers, mud pools, hot pools and steam vents providing spectacular sights. Thermal waters are used to treat ailments as well as provide bathing and relaxation. The tour coach will call for you for your tour of Rotorua.
Visit the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, here young Maori carvers are taught the skills of their ancestors, - a guided tour shows you traditional crafts of flax weaving, wood and jade carving. Following this you will see pools of bubbling mud, spouting geysers, silica terraces and steam pouring out of vents at your feet, including lively al reserve it is off to Rainbow Springs for a guided tour of the freshwater springs full of rainbow and brown trout (underwater gallery for viewing) in their various stages of development.
Also included is the 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 outdoors sheep dog trial. This richly informative show gives you an animated insight into New Zealand farming. Return to the hotel by 12.30 with the rest of the day at leisure.
This evening, attend a Maori Hangi (feast.). The food is cooked in the traditional Maori manner by natural steam in a pit in the earth. A wide selection of foods is generally provided including wild pork, lamb and seafood's. Dinner will be followed by a Maori Cultural performance, which includes many traditional action songs.
Day 4 - Rotorua - QueenstownYou will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED
On arrival in Queenstown, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.
Backed by steep mountains, Queenstown lies in the curve of Lake Wakatipu at the head of its own small horseshoe shaped bay. It is the South Island's principal resort, drawing visitors the year round with its lake and mountain scenery, exhilarating climate, changing seasons and varied excursion possibilities.
Day 05 - In QueenstownToday is free and at leisure for optional tours.
Day 6 - Excursion to Milford Sound(COACH/CRUISE/FLY)
Depart from Queenstown in the morning and travel around lakes and through farming communities until you reach the stunning mountain scenery of the Fiordland National Park. The road then enters the Hollyford Valley and climbs to the 1200 metre long Homer Tunnel before descending into Milford Sound.
On arrival join the launch for a cruise on Milford Sound. This fiord was created during an ice age and knifes out to sea with native forests and sheer cliffs rising from the waterway to heights of several thousand feet.
Lunch is included during the cruise.
After the cruise transfer the short distance to the airfield to join your light aircraft for the scenic flight back to Queenstown.
3:40 PM - Depart from Milford Sound. The view from the aircraft is spectacular as you ascend beside the precipitous mountains, which surround the Sound. Passing over a portion of the famed Milford track you will see Lakes Ada and Quill and the highest waterfall in New Zealand - the Sutherland Falls.
4:30 PM - Arrive at Queenstown Airport from where you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 7 - QueenstownFree day to explore more of Queenstown at your leisure.
Day 8 - Queenstown - Mount Cook - ChristchurchThe coach will collect you from your accommodation this morning. Departing from Queenstown the route travels through the rugged Kawarau Gorge and the fruit growing area of Central Otago, before passing into the tussock covered McKenzie Country. Follow the western shore of Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook. Renowned for its craggy beauty, Mt Cook is a magnet for mountaineers. Less energetic visitors come here to enjoy the park's alpine scenery and explore its trails.
Lunch is included at the Hermitage Hotel.
It is recommended that you take advantage of an optional 40-minute scenic flight over Mt Cook and the Southern Alps by ski-equipped aircraft with the highlight of a ski landing on the Tasman Glacier - a never-to-be-forgotten experience.Depart from the Mt Cook National Park and travel past Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo. where a stop will be made at the simple stone Church of the Good Shepherd. From Tekapo a descent is made through Burke's Pass to the rural settlement of Fairlie and Geraldine, before crossing the checker-board farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to reach Ashburton and Christchurch.
Arrive into Christchurch where you will be set down at your hotel at 6.30pm
Day 9 - In ChristchurchThe coach will call for you for your Christchurch Morning Sightseeing Tour which includes Cathedral Square, Avon River, Town Hall, the floral clock, Law Courts, Provincial Chambers, Christ's College, Museum, Botanical Gardens, Arts Centre, and the Bridge of Remembrance. On leaving the inner city, the tour drives through several parks and gardens including Mona Vale Gardens and Hagley Park. The excursion then travels to the Sign of the Takahe, an historic building providing spectacular views over the city, Canterbury Plains and to the Southern Alps.
The rest of the day is at leisure.