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Tour Description

Experience the best of New Zealand. From the geothermal geysers and rich Maori culture of North to the snow capped Southern Alps of the South.

  • Auckland Waitomo Rotorua Wellington Christchurch Fox Glacier Queenstown Milford Sound Te Anau Dunedin Lake Tekapo
  • Destinations Information

    Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub. The region is home to some 1.5 million people and is also the largest Polynesian city in the world. Auckland’s diverse landscapes provide countless opportunities to get immersed in nature. In the west, lush native rainforest plunges down the hills to meet the sea on dramatic black sand beaches, while the east’s sheltered golden sand beaches are fringed with red-flowering pohutukawa trees. To the north the rolling hills of wine country meet stunning coastlines and in the south you'll find picturesque country gardens, unspoilt forest and tranquil bays to explore

    Rotorua is one place where the turbulent forces that formed New Zealand are most evident. This city, on the Volcanic Plateau, has one of the world’s most lively fields of geothermal activity and sits squarely on the Pacific Rim of Fire. Rotorua, New Zealand, is also the ancestral home of the Te Arawa people who settled here more than 600 years ago and their presence offers the visitor numerous cultural experiences. Try a hangi feast cooked in the steaming ground, take a tour of an authentic pre-European M?ori village or treat yourself to an indulgent spa therapy. Rotorua has many attractions to get the adrenalin flowing; everything from skydiving and luging to zorbing and ziplining. You'll find the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world here - the 7-metre drop at Tutea Falls is a one-of-a-kind experience. In addition, Rotorua is home to one of New Zealand’s best mountain bike circuits.

    Wellington , New Zealand's capital city, is imaginatively positioned between a picturesque harbour and forested green hills. The city is home to memorable arts, cultural and heritage attractions including the national museum, Te Papa. Natural attractions, such as the wild south coast, are within easy reach of the city centre. Situated at the southern end of the North Island, was recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet.

    Christchurch

    Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch - just like the rest of New Zealand - is a city of contrasts.. A growing cosmopolitan ambience also adds a touch of excitement without overt flashiness.Everywhere there is an understated elegance that speaks of times gone by and promises a future where anything is possible. Internationally famed 'The Garden City', Christchurch's well-established expansive parks and public gardens owe much to the planning and foresight of the city's founding fathers.The centrally-located 161 hectare Hagley Park, the Botanic Gardens, the four leafy inner-city avenues, Victoria Square and spectacular gardens such as Mona Vale on the banks of the River Avon bear testimony to this legacy..

    Dunedin

    A vibrant, architecturally splendid city framed by a magnificent harbour, the nature and heritage centre of New Zealand and gateway to an arresting hinterland. Located on the east coast of the South Island, it is much more than a one night stay. Otago Peninsula, is renowned for the world's only mainland albatross breeding colony at. Dunedin is widely regarded as the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian heritage city in the southern hemisphere. It is also home to some of New Zealand's top fashion designers and vibrant cafes and bars.

    Queenstown

    Today Queenstown is treasured for its magnificent scenery, adventure opportunities and luxury lifestyle.Long summer days blonde the tussocks, throwing the hills open to mountain bikers and hikers. The brilliant reds and golds of autumn colour the trees, inspiring photographers and golfers alike. In winter, snow transforms the region into a remarkable alpine playground for skiers and snowboarders. Spring brings the spark of fresh green to the landscape – a time to celebrate life with a cruise on the lake or an invigorating bungy jump.In any season, you can count on stylish accommodation, designer shopping and marvellous cuisine experiences. Queenstown's compact downtown area is a cosmopolitan hub that's relaxed during the day and huge fun at night.



INCLUSIONS

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Travel aboard a spacious, luxurious coach
  • Stay in premium accommodation throughout New Zealand
  • Dedicated Tour Director and professional Driver
  • The additional services of expert local guides in select locations
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary
  • 18 delicious meals – 11 Breakfasts (B), 7 Dinners (D)

Experience

  • Visit the Waitom Glowworm Caves
  • Experience Maori culture at a Hangi-style feast and performance
  • Board the Lakeland Queen for a breakfast cruise on Lake Rotorua - exclusive to Travelmarvel guests
  • Visit the Agrodome and watch an entertaining sheep show
  • See geysers, mud pools and Maori culture at Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Travel to Lake Taupo and see the spectacular Huka Falls
  • Take a scenic cruise on the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait
  • Enjoy a full-length cruise along the magnificent Milford Sound
  • Stay on the shores of Lake Tekapo at Peppers Bluewater Resort

Other Holiday Highlights:

  • Discover the geothermal wonderland and cultural heritage of Rotorua
  • See spectacular Franz Josef Glacier
  • Take one of the world’s most scenic drives along Milford Road
  • Experience Mt Cook National Park
Day 01 :Arrive Auckland
Be met on arrival into Auckland and transferred to your hotel, which is centrally located in the beautiful harbourside city of Auckland, ’The City of Sails’
Day 02 : Auckland – Waitomo Caves - Rotorua
Leaving Auckland after breakfast this morning, travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves, where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide before continuing to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. Visit Te Puia - New Zealand’s premier cultural centre - and enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Then head over to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the phenomenal natural spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools. Later, at Te Puia, enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast with performances of song and dance. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their local customs and cheerful hospitality.
Day 03 : Rotorua
Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. The city is positioned on The Pacific Rim of Fire, and is therefore one of the world’s most active geothermal areas.For an extraordinary start to your day, begin with a buffet breakfast aboard the Lakeland Queen as you cruise over the still blue waters of Lake Rotorua. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano (own expense). (B

Day 04 :Rotorua - Taupo - Wellington
Departing Rotorua, travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway through a region abundant with geothermal activity, crystal-clear lakes, natural spas and rich Maori culture. Visit Lake Taupo the largest freshwater lake in Australasia and thundering Huka Falls with its striking blue water, before travelling south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park en-route to Wellington, the nations capital.

Day 05 :Wellington - Cook Strait - Ashburton
The Cook Strait separates the North and South Islands and was named after Captain James Cook, the first European to sail across in 1770. Like a Local - this morning, enjoy one of the world’s most scenic voyages as the Interislander ferry traverses Cook Strait through the breathtaking Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds. Here, you’ll weave through unspoilt islands and admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to the seaside port of Picton. Once in Picton, enjoy a spectacular scenic drive as you continue to Kaikoura, famed for whale watching and nestled at the foot of majestic mountains. Later, arrive in Ashburton and settle in to your hotel before dinner this evening.

Day 06 :Ashburton – Fox Glacier
Today perhaps take one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys aboard the TranzAlpine Train (own expense) - crossing the Canterbury Plains and travelling up into the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Or, absorb the picturesque rural scenery before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the towering, captivating Southern Alps. Continue along the coast and through rainforest to Westland National Park. You’ll then enjoy the scenery, including the twin glaciers of Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, as you travel along the west coast. Over thousands of years, these remarkable natural wonders have created immense glacial valleys. Today, their magnificent rivers of ice can be seen cascading down through the lush rainforests.
TranzAlpine Train Upgrade Package
Experience one of the world’s top 6 train trips aboard the TranzAlpine from Christchurch. Additional cost $NZ 150 per person.
Day 07 :Fox Glacier - Queenstown
Travel across the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps this morning, through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Special Stay - settle in for a two-night stay admiring the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains capped in snow overseeing the calming blue waters of Lake Wakatipu. Delicious food is always on the menu in Queenstown as it is renowned for its world-class culinary scene. This evening, during time at leisure, you may like to dine at one of the many local restaurants located within the heart of the city.
Day 08 :Queenstown at Leisure
Queenstown is perfect for adventurers and leisure-seekers alike with endless activities on offer within the city and its surrounds. Today, during time at leisure, you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of Travelmarvel’s exciting optional activities. You may wish to join the TSS Earnslaw for a relaxing cruise to Walter Peak Station or perhaps take a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for spectacular panoramic views over Queenstown (both at own expense). Or if you’re more of a gourmand, perhaps choose to set off into the Central Otago region independently - one of New Zealand’s world-renowned wine producing areas. Alternatively, your Travelmarvel Tour Director will be able to suggest a range of activities and experiences that will help you make the most of your time here in Queenstown. (B)
Day 09 : Queenstown, Fiordland National Park, Te Anau
Today, follow the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Journey along Milford Road, renowned as one of the world’s best alpine drives, to Milford Sound. Step aboard a ship to cruise the full length of this beautiful fiord, viewing cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest and towering mountains that surround this World Heritage-listed area. Afterwards, make your way to your hotel and enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.

Day 10 :Te Anau - Dunedin
Leaving the Fiordland region, journey through rolling Southland countryside to Dunedin. New Zealand’s oldest city as the name suggests is of Scottish heritage and possesses a unique combination of cultural riches and fine architecture. Here, you’ll enjoy a city tour before visiting Larnach Castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, filled with magnificent antiques and offering breathtaking views, Lanarch Castle provides a memorable holiday highlight. Enjoy some time at leisure before dining with your fellow travellers this evening.

Day11 :Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo
Journey along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders. These large spherical stones were formed over 60 million years ago and can be found along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. Continue to Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Later, en route to Lake Tekapo, journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook), and admire the sublime alpine scenery. Arrive at your wonderful hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo. This evening, dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Day 12 :Lake Tekapo - Depart Christchurch
En-route to Christchurch today you’ll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built of locally gathered stone and oak and erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Our tour concludes on arrival at Christchurch airport. (B)