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9 Day Contrasts of New Zealand Guided Tour

From Auckland’s sparkling harbour, to Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland, across to the rugged beauty of the West Coast and the untouched serenity of Milford Sound, another snapshot of New Zealand’s natural splendour reveals itself around every corner.

9 Day Contrasts of New Zealand Guided Tour

Take in the contrasts of two distinct islands on this wonderful 9 day guided tour.

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Tour Type: Group Tours
From: Auckland to Queenstown
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 9 days
Tour Code: IZANB

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Milford Sound

Tour Inclusions

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (flights to arrive prior to 4pm on day 1, flights can depart anytime on day 9)
  • Full buffet breakfasts (8)
  • Be My Guest lunch (1)
  • Lunch (1)
  • Dinner with wine (2)
  • Highlight dinners (1)
  • Farewell dinner (1)
  • Explore Auckland & cruise on Waitemata Harbour
  • Join the O’Sullivan’s for lunch on their Waikato farm
  • Immerse yourself in Māori culture at the Tamaki Māori Village
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Visit a jade factory
  • See Franz Josef Glacier
  • Taste Central Otago stone fruits
  • Discover truly spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise
  • Frolic in the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown
  • Marvel at crystal clear Lake Tekapo
  • Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO AUCKLAND

On arrival at Auckland Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception and highlight dinner at your hotel.

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza

DAY 2: AUCKLAND

Start the day with a sightseeing tour then cruise on Waitemata Harbour.

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza

DAY 3: AUCKLAND / ROTORUA

You’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm. This evening enjoy a traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner and cultural performance at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

DAY 4: ROTORUA / CHRISTCHURCH

Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you’ll be able to observe many species of native fauna of New Zealand. You may even spot a kiwi! Visit Te Puia thermal reserve before flying to Christchurch. Airfare is not included and must be booked by you.

Accommodation: Distinction Hotel

DAY 5: CHRISTCHURCH / FRANZ JOSEF

Travel on the TranzAlpine train to Arthur’s Pass. Regarded as one of the world’s great train journeys, it passes through fertile farmlands to rugged gorges and ice-fed streams and lakes. At Hokitika visit a greenstone (jade) factory. Take a short walk to view Franz Josef Glacier.

Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

DAY 6: FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN

Climb over the Haast Pass, winding past lakes and along the Kawarau River and Gorge. Visit historic Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

DAY 7: MILFORD SOUND

Travel over the Devil’s Staircase to Te Anau and then through the rainforest of World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, on your way to Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch while you cruise on this natural wonder. Return to Queenstown this evening.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

DAY 8: QUEENSTOWN

EA full day to explore Queenstown at your leisure. You could take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. Join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at the Boatshed, with its views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

DAY 9: FAREWELL FROM QUEENSTOWN

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

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