15 Day Aotearoa at Leisure
There is nothing more enjoyable than a relaxing 16 day tour through our beautiful country. Enjoy days at leisure where you can include additional sightseeing activities or simply sit back and relax, take in the amazing scenery and re-charge the camera.
|Auckland to Christchurch|
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|Auckland||Bay of Islands||Waitomo||Rotorua||Picton||Wellington||Christchurch||Mt Cook||Nelson||Franz Josef||Queenstown||Milford Sound|
- All transport
- 15 nights accommodation
- Cape Brett - Hole in the Rock Cruise
- Cape Reinga Day Tour
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves
- Rotorua Sightseeing Tour
- Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
- Visit Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
- Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
- Queenstown Gondola
- Mt Cook Village
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.
TOUR TYPE - INDEPENDENT TOUR
Independent Tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1 - WELCOME TO AUCKLAND
Welcome to New Zealand. You will be meet at Auckland Airport and transferred to your accommodation. Time at leisure in Auckland before your travels start the following day.
DAY 2 - AUCKLAND / PAIHIA
Travel north via the Hibiscus Coast to the beautiful Bay of Islands. On arrival in the Bay of Islands visit the historic Waitangi Grounds, site of the historic treaty between Maori and European pioneers. View a magnificent Maori meeting house and a large war canoe then transfer to the Paihia waterfront to join a dolphin watching cruise to Cape Brett. Travel through the famous “Hole in the Rock” and through Grand Cathedral Cave (weather permitting). A boxed picnic lunch is included.
DAY 3 - CAPE REINGA DAY TOUR
Today we travel to the top of the North Island – Cape Reinga. Walk out to the lighthouse and see where the Pacific Ocean collides with the Tasman Sea. This beautiful region is steeped in Maori legend and mythology. Highlights of the journey include a visit to the Kauri Forests, sand tobogganing down the massive sand dunes at Te Paki Stream and travelling by coach down Ninety Mile Beach.
DAY 4 - PAIHIA / AUCKLAND
You have free time in Paihia this morning. Perhaps take the short ferry ride across to the lovely township of Russell. Depart Paihia by coach and travel back to Auckland.
DAY 5 - AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA
Travel south from Auckland through the rich farmland of the Waikato to the region 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 Glow Worm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. We continue east to Rotorua, a thermal wonderland of roaring geysers and boiling mud pools. On arrival into Rotorua visit the Agrodome for a farm tour followed by Te Puia Thermal Reserve for a tour & Maori Cultural performance.
DAY 6 - ROTORUA AT LEISURE
Entertaining in any weather, and at any time of the year, Rotorua promises to keep you captivated with geothermal phenomena and special cultural experiences. Geysers, boiling mud pools, Marae stays, Hangi feasts, an authentic pre-european maori village and indulgent spa therapies will provide plenty of content for your emails home. Please ask at time of booking if you would like us to book additional activities for you. Tonight enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi and concert experience.
DAY 7 - ROTORUA / WELLINGTON
Travel via Lake Taupo then on through the barren Desert Road where on a clear day you get wonderful views of the towering peaks of Mt Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu. You travel via Palmerston North and along the Kapiti Coast into Wellington city.
DAY 8 - WELLINGTON / PICTON / NELSON
Board the Interislander ferry that will take you across to Picton. Your journey today passes through the Marlborough vineyards and the Nelson state forests. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure for you to explore this lovely township.
DAY 9 - NELSON AT LEISURE
Full day to look around ‘sunny Nelson’ as it’s known to the locals. Vibrant bustling cafes, charming boutiques and funky art galleries waiting to be leisurely explored. If you are interested in going further afield and taking a day trip to the Abel Tasman area, please ask at time of booking for more details.
DAY 10 - NELSON / FRANZ JOSEF
Travel south following the rugged coastline through the Paparoa National Park to Punakaiki. There is a brief opportunity to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes before continuing your journey to Franz Josef where you arrive early evening.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 11 - FRANZ JOSEF AT LEISURE
Today you have a full day to spend exploring the Franz Josef area. If you are interested in including a Glacier Walk or Heli-Hike option, please ask at time of booking. Alternatively, there are many short native walks in the area, beautiful hot pools for a relaxing soak or a little shopping.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 12 - FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN
Travel deeper into South Westland taking in the spectacle of Haast Pass, carved by the Haast River and framed by the Southern Alps. Take in the views of many beautiful lakes including Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Wakatipu before arriving into Queenstown.
DAY 13 - MILFORD SOUND DAY EXCURSION
A full day tour to the World Heritage listed, Fiordland National Park. Enjoy cruising Milford Sound and viewing the spectacular waterfalls and towering Mitre Peak.
DAY 14 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of activities available. Something for everyone.
DAY 15 - QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH
Travel through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to Cromwell and then over the Lindis Pass to the Mount Cook National Park. Time is available for lunch at Mt Cook village before continuing to Lake Tekapo. After a brief stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd, our journey continues across the Canterbury Plains arriving in the garden city of Christchurch.
DAY 16 - FAREWELL FROM CHRISTCHURCH
Today we bid you farewell as you travel back home with wonderful photos and memories. Airport transfer included.