10 Day New Zealand Adventure
A Visit incredible Waitomo Caves and the wonderland of geothermal Rotorua. With highlight tours of Wellington and Queenstown along with some leisure days for your own activities, your adventure will certainly be action packed.fabulous South Island tour for those arriving and departing from Queenstown. You have plenty of free time in the resort town of Queenstown for all those adrenalin activities or simply relax and take in the magnificent views of the Remarkables. Cruise the length of Milford Sound, cross the Haast Pass and enjoy the beautiful West Coast rainforest before taking to the ice on a guided glacier walk at Franz Josef. This tour ends back in Queenstown.
|Auckland to Christchurch|
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- All transport
- 9 nights accommodation
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves
- Rotorua Sightseeing Tour
- Wellington Sightseeing Tour
- Mt Cook Village
- Queenstown Highlights Tour
- Franz Josef Glacier transfer
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 - AUCKLAND / WAITOMO CAVES / ROTORUA
Travel south 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. Upon arrival in Rotorua, join an afternoon sightseeing tour visiting the Agrodome, Te Puia, Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley where you will see the world famous Pohutu Geyser unleash vapour jets up to 30 metres high.
DAY 2 - ROTORUA AT LEISURE
Today you have a full day to explore the thermal wonderland of Rotorua. We are happy to suggest ideas for activities in the area.
DAY 3 - ROTORUA / WELLINGTON
Depart Rotorua and travel south to Wellington past Lake Taupo and on through the Desert Road where on a clear day you get wonderful views of the towering peaks of Mt Ngaruahoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu.
DAY 4 - WELLINGTON SIGHTSEEING
This morning enjoy a tour of Wellington City and the coastline through the eyes of a local. Experience the best attractions and must see landmarks of this vibrant capital city and get off the tourist trail. You have this afternoon at leisure. Perhaps a visit to Weta Cave, Te Papa Museum, take a ride up the Cable Car or head to Cuba Street for a slice of Bohemia and boutique shopping.
DAY 5 - WELLINGTON / CHRISTCHURCH
Board the Interislander Ferry for your scenic cruise across Cook Strait. The 92 km, three hour journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tourist experiences, and acknowledged as one of the most spectacular cruises in the world as you pass through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. On arrival into Picton, connect with the Coastal Pacific train*. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel through Blenheim and the rugged Kaikoura coastline before arriving into Christchurch this evening.
* Travel may be by coach if the Coastal Pacific train is not operating
DAY 6 - CHRISTCHURCH / MT COOK / QUEENSTOWN
Travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mount Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Free time in Mount Cook before continuing on to Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge.
DAY 7 - QUEENSTOWN HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
Spend a morning exploring Queenstown on a guided tour, taking in some of the region’s best sights. Enjoy a spectacular bird’s-eye views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. Discover the secrets of bungy-jumping, visit the award winning Gibbston Valley Winery and explore beautiful Arrowtown’s captivating history and colonial architecture. You have the afternoon at leisure in Queenstown before heading up the gondola to enjoy a buffet dinner at the spectacular Skyline Stratosfare restaurant with it’s breathtaking views of Queenstown.
DAY 8 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort town. There are dozens of activities available – something for everyone. Please ask at time of booking for additional options.
DAY 9 - QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF
Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing via the Haast Pass into Westland National Park. Take a short trip to enjoy the views of the glacier.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 10 - FRANZ JOSEF / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH
Travel north through lush rainforest to Greymouth where you will transfer to the TranzAlpine Train. Enjoy a remarkable train journey across the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to the “Garden City” of Christchurch.