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USA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS NEW ZEALAND

North and South Islands of New Zealand Tour

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DAY 1 DEPART THE USA
Leave USA for New Zealand.
Most flights depart in the evening, and you will arrive in New Zealand the next morning, but you loose a day because you cross the International Dateline.

DAY 2 CROSS INTERNATIONAL DATELINE
You will loose a day, but you regain it on the way back..

DAY 3 ARRIVE AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND.
After clearing New Zealand Customs you are met by ANZ Tours Staff.
Board you private coach and transfer to Auckland City.

PM See first hand why Auckland is known as the City of Sails as you enjoy a trip over the Harbour Bridge. Visit the famous Auckland landmark of Mount Eden, a dormant volcano whose summit offers excellent panoramic views of the city and harbours. From this fantastic vantage point you will see evidence of Auckland's volcanic history, the most significant being the youngest volcano of Rangitoto Island at the entrance to the Waitemata harbour.
The sightseeing tour also takes in the Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park which is situated on a 62,000 year old volcano. In addition to these natural features the city sights tour also takes in the trendy shopping area of Parnell Village with its historical buildings that have been transformed into boutiques, antique, craft and specialty shops. Your tour will then take you along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive before returning to Downtown Auckland where you will board your ferry for a harbour cruise.

Overnight in Auckland.
Twin & Multi Share Rooms
Room & Breakfast Included

DAY 4 AUCKLAND  WAITOMO CAVES  ROTORUA
Depart Auckland and travel via the Southern Motorway through the suburbs south of the city to the rich pasturelands of the Waikato and the city of Hamilton
Depart Hamilton and continue south to the limestone area of Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the World Famous Glow worm Caves. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling.
Continue to Rotorua by coach arriving late afternoon
Stay in Rotorua Backpackers
Multi Share Rooms
Room & Breakfast Included

DAY 5 AT ROTORUA  DAY OF SIGHTS AND FUN!

Visitors 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.
Depart your accommodation and 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. Located at Rainbow Springs is the Kiwi Encounter where you can see conservation in action. Kiwi eggs are raised at this facility and the birds returned to the wild once they are strong enough to compete with the predators. Kiwi Encounter is taking a positive step to protect the Kiwi and increase its numbers in the wild.
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.

You might like to consider some of the following options on your own&..

￘ Visit Hells Gate with its steaming vents and boiling cauldrons.
￘ The Buried Village  the site of the 1886 Mount Tarawera eruption.
￘ The Polynesian Pools for a soak in the rejuvenating hot thermal waters.
￘ Off Road New Zealand for a self drive trip through mudholes and down cliffs!
￘ Ride the gondola to the summit of the Skyline and luge down the mountainside.

Stay in Rotorua Backpackers
Multi Share Rooms
Room & Breakfast Included

DAY 6 AT ROTORUA  AN INTRODUCTION TO MAORI

This morning you will be picked up from your accommodation by a guide from a local Maori tribe. You will be introduced to the customs and culture of the people and shown how the traditions are incorporated in their daily life.
Learn a little about their arts and crafts and perhaps even a fearsome Haka or poi dance.

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 seafoods. Dinner will be followed by a Maori Cultural performance, which includes many traditional action songs.

Stay in Rotorua Backpackers
Multi Share Rooms
Room & Breakfast Included

DAY 7 ROTORUA TO CHRISTCHURCH
This morning transfer to Rotorua for your flight to the South Island city of Christchurch.
On arrival you will be met by your South Island Coach & Courier Driver.
CHRISTCHURCH
Christchurch is the South Island's largest city. Visitors find Christchurch is a charming city, modeled in the English style. The River Avon meanders through the city and its banks provide a popular lunchtime retreat. Cathedral Square is a place to relax and take in the proportions of the stone-built Cathedral. Christchurch is said to be the most English city outside England. Old Christchurch is best reflected in the Arts Centre, housed in the original buildings of Christchurchs first University. Adjacent is the fabulous Canterbury Museum located next to the gates of the Botanical Gardens.
Visit the Antarctic Centre en route to your accommodation

Stay in Christchurch Backpackers
Multi Share Rooms
Room & Breakfast Included

DAY 8 CHRISTCHURCH
Today you will learn about the conflict between the Maori People and the first English settlers  The New Zealand Wars.
This evening visit the Early Settlers Village and experience the conflict you learnt about today.

Stay in Christchurch Backpackers
Multi Share Rooms
Room & Breakfast Included

DAY 9 CHRISTCHURCH  MOUNT COOK  QUEENSTOWN
Depart this morning for your journey to Queenstown via Mount Cook. Depart Christchurch travelling south across the checker-board farmlands and sheep pastures of the Canterbury Plains and through the farming communities of Ashburton, Geraldine and Fairlie before climbing through Burke's Pass into the McKenzie Country to Lake Tekapo, a vast mirror reflecting the majestic mountain panorama. Before leaving Tekapo visit the simple stone Church of the Good Shepherd, built in 1935 as a memorial to the pioneer run holders of the McKenzie Country. Nearby is another memorial, a bronze sheep dog sculptured by a local farmers wife recording the districts obligation to sheep dogs - the unsung heroes of high country farming. Shortly follow the western shoreline of Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook. The scene is a paradox of wild beauty and forbidding solitude - pale blue lake and golden tussock contrasting with the snow-capped Alps. Renowned for its craggy beauty, Mt Cook, NZs highest mountain, is a magnet for mountaineers who pit their climbing skills against its challenging peaks and glaciers. Less energetic visitors come here to enjoy the park's alpine scenery and explore its trails and tarns.

Depart from Mount Cook following the western shoreline of Lake Pukaki before crossing the tussock covered highlands of the MacKenzie Country (these were so named after an infamous Scottish drover) to pass through the Lindis Pass. The road crosses the fruit growing areas of Central Otago and finally wind its way through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown, nestling on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

Stay in Queenstown Backpackers
Multi Share Rooms
Room & Breakfast Included

QUEENSTOWN
The first European to have visited this part of Central Otago explored Lake Wakatipu on a raft. That was in 1859. Should he return now he would see a bustling, colourful, and leading tourist city in the South Island set in a region of exceptional and diverse beauty. It is regarded by seasoned world travellers as one of the premier scenic areas in the world. The town nestles beside the lake, under the towering Remarkables Range. It offers a host of holiday/tourist attractions for the visitor, from helicopter flights and trips on jetboats to walks, tramps and climbs, and even a cruise in a 1912 old steamer. Queenstown is a popular ski centre in the winter. There are many places of interest in the region including the Skippers Canyon and Arrowtown.

DAY 10 QUEENSTOWN
A free day to explore the many sightseeing options Queenstown offers.

Stay in Queenstown Backpackers
Multi Share Rooms
Room & Breakfast Included

DAY 10 QUEENSTOWN  DAY TOUR TO MILFORD SOUND.
Depart from Queenstown by coach and settle back to watch the most amazing scenery unfold before you.
You will travel along the eastern shoreline of Lake Wakatipu in the shadow of the Remarkable Range to Kingston. Drive through the Five Rivers farming community to Lake Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland.
From Te Anau travel around the shores of Lake Te Anau into the rugged valley of the Eglinton River. As the road passes Lakes Gunn and Fergus beech covered mountains frame the view of distant peaks. The road then enters the Hollyford Valley and climbs to the Homer Saddle. After driving through the 1200 metre long Homer Tunnel, the road drops down to follow the swiftly flowing Cleddau River into Milford Sound.

On arrival join Real Journeys 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. Gigantic waterfalls tumble into the fiord from lofty mountain lakes. Here lies some of the most talked about scenery in the world, including mile-high Mitre Peak, the aptly named focal point of majestic Milford Sound. On board the Boat the group will be served with a scrumptious lunch with all of the food being local produce.

After the cruise the group will have a relaxing journey back to Queenstown on board the coach.

Stay in Queenstown Backpackers
Multi Share Rooms
Room & Breakfast Included

DAY 11 QUEENSTOWN  AUCKLAND  DEPART
Transfer to Queenstown airport for your flight to Auckland. On arrival at Auckland transfer (Free Shuttle) to the International Terminal.
Depart Auckland New Zealand for your flight home
Arrive the USA.

Operates in May. Based on minimum of 20 passengers.
Projected per person tour price from Los Angeles: $3600.00.

Price is subject to change due to currency changes and availability of features outlined. - Prepared by: Bobbi Hansen, Sunflower Travel/ANZ Tours, 1223 N. Rock Road, Bldg. G, Suite 200, Wichita, KS 67206 tel: 316 634 l700 fax: 316 634 l700 e-mail: bhansen@sunflowertravel.com