Spectacular New Zealand - 18 day North and South Island Tour
This tour is available throughout 2016 and 2017
We have this tour scheduled for February 2017
(Commencing in Auckland Saturday 11th February and concluding in Christchurch Tuesday 28th February 2017)
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Come with us for this unique experience to discover the true New Zealand. Meet local people in this mystical land of Maori culture, and pristine majestic beauty.
From the time you arrive in New Zealand you will be taking part in an adventurous journey of discovery. You will be comforted knowing that everything you ever wished for in a holiday experience is about to come true. Because we will do everything we can to make it so.
This tour is flexible and available throughout the year for individuals or groups. Below you will find the 18 day itinerary including activities and attractions.
We will be at the airport to welcome you and take you to your hotel where you may wish to rest or visit some of the local sites.
Additional accommodation and airport transfers can be arranged prior to the commencement of the tour. This eveing we will be ascending the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand's own “Sky Tower”. Adjacent to the Sky tower is the Sky City Casino for any wishing to try their luck. Here we will also be indulging in a delectable dinner in the the upper part of the Sky Tower revolving Restaurant.
Day 2 - Auckland “The City of Sails” and Coromandel.
Auckland has more boats per capita than any other city in the world. Breakfast at your leisure, but we do need to be ready by 9.00 am. Today's activities will be initiated with a harbour cruise. You will find that you are never far from our beautiful ocean during your stay here in New Zealand .Following your cruise, we leave Auckland city life behind Auckland behind as we head East along our beautiful the Coromandel Coast. With more than 400 kilometers of spectacular coastline you are sure to find the beach of your dreams. The rugged volcanic hills are cloaked in native rain forest and the Coromandel is a place where bush and beach are both easily accessible. In the same day, you can experience the blue dazzle of the Pacific Ocean and calming greenness of the kauri forests. This evening we will stay in Coromanel township and enjoy an evening meal at one of Coromandel's quaint restaurants.
Day 3 and 4 - Coromandel and The Bay of Plenty “New Zealand's Playground”
From here we head to Tauranga and Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty along the stunning Coromadel coastline.This region is one of country's premier holiday destinations. Surrounded by over 100kms of glittering white sand, crystal clear waters, rolling surf beaches, beautiful harbours and an unbeatable lifestyle. Here you can relax, unwind and take in the beauty of the Bay. Tonight you can relax in beach side accommodation tonight and indulge in an evening meal while overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean.
Day 5 and 6 - Rotorua “Thermal City Of Culture”
Today we follow the coastline before heading inland to Rotorua visiting some of the regions majestic lakes on our way. From the moment you enter Rotorua you know you are somewhere like nowhere else. Lazy drifts of steam are emitted from cracks and crevices. This is nature’s spa of the Pacific. Spiritual home of the Maori.
Tonight is a must; we take part in a Tamaki cultural experience. We go back through time to before the Pakeha (European) arrived. We attend a Maori Concert and you have the opportunity to feast on a traditional Maori Hangi (Traditional Maori meal).
On the second day here you will have some free time to look around the shops, the government gardens or have a soak in the hot pools or a relaxing massage.
In the afternoon we will visit Te Puia and experience the unique environment of geothermal wonderland. See firsthand the geothermal activity with hot springs and steam vents used for cooking (natural cooktops and ovens) and the natural mineral waters used for communal bathing.
The natural environment here in the central North Island is so varied, as you will experience, with something new and natural around every bend.
Day 6 & 7 Wellington The Capital City
Check out is at 10 am Today we head south to Wellington stopping at the Huka Falls in Taupo along the way. The Huka Falls are one of New Zealand's most spectacular sights. The sheer volume of beautiful bright clear water that gushed throught the narrow gap, makes up for the modest size of these falls. Over 200,000 litres per second roar over the 3 metre falls with a force that is truly impressive.
We follow the shores of Lake Taupo Towards Wellington. We pass our Central Volcanoes to Waiouru where we visit our Army Museum for lunch. After lunch a three or so hour’s drive through farming country to NZ’s capital city Wellington. During this drive we will also pass through the Desert Road, This part of the country is the home of some of New Zealand's wild horses.
Accommodation and dinner tonight is is in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington.(Total 7 hours driving)
Wellington is a pleasant picturesque city perched on hills (not the best for wheelchairs in some places) around a beautiful harbour. A scenic drive round the harbour and up Mt Victoria. We will also visit Zelandia if weather permits. This is 80 million years of natural history in a fascinating Exhibition and 225ha of remarkable nature in a beautiful sanctuary valley. This is the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary – a conservation success and safe haven for some of New Zealand’s rarest native animals. Remarkable species of birds, reptiles, insects and more are living wild within a beautiful 225ha (one square mile) valley.
Day 9 - Picton "Picture Perfect"
Before we leave Wellington we will visit Te Papa, New Zealand’s best museum. We will catch the ferry to Picton at 3pm. This is a real highlight. It takes around three hours. Out of Wellington Harbour across Cook Straight between the Nth and Sth Island, then through Tory Channel and the Marlborough Sounds, to Picton. We stay two nights here at your hotel situated right on the picturesque waterfront.
Day 10 - Kaikoura "Conservation Splendour"
10 am check out then south through Blenheim and the district of Marlborough one of New Zealand's prime wine growing areas. We visit the Montana winery for morning tea then travel further south following the thin strip of coastal land between the Kaikoura Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean; we usually stop for another cuppa along the way as well as visit a small seal colony just before arriving in Kaikoura. This evening we will stay at your motel right on the ocean front. (Three hours driving).
Few places in the world can boast of such natural wonders as those offered by land and sea in Kaikoura .The seaside settlement of Kaikoura, situated midway between Christchurch and Picton on the rugged east coast of New Zealand's South Island, is overlooked by majestic mountains, which are snow-capped for many months of the year. Here in Kaikoura have the opportunity of a Whale watching trip. Either from the air or from the sea, We must book ahead so will make arrangements for these activities. (Both are reliant on the weather and neither is included in the tour cost). These activities are not wheelchair accessible, but with a little pushing and grunting we have always managed ok, and the experience is fantastic.
Day 11 and 12 -
This morning we will be on the road towards the West Coast of New Zealand. Today’s drive is approximately 4 and half hours not including stops. The West Coast is known as New Zealand’s wildest and diverse regions of New Zealand. With the highest level of rainfall in New Zealand and the lowest population it has an abundance of lush bush and wildlife.
We will then start to make our way along the South Islands West Coast of New Zealand towards Hokitika. Hokitika, an attractive sleepy little town. A hundred or so years ago miners fought over gold, today there is still gold around but Hokitika is New Zealand's leading Green Stone (Jade) centre.
You will enjoy your luxury beach front accommodation tonight. Most of our guests never want to leave. Dinner provided.
On the second day here we will pick you up and take you to breakfast before we enjoy a stunning “Tree Tops” walk. Here you will wander across bridges suspended high in the trees. An experience not to be missed.
We will then take a short drive up the west coast. You will be able to enjoy the famous Punekaiki Rocks which are limestone formations that began forming 30 million years ago. When conditions are right, heavy ocean swells thunder into the caverns beneath the rocks and huge water spouts blast skywards through the blowholes in a truly spectacular.
Day 13 - West Coast “Natural Wonders”
The next few days is an opportunity to photograph some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. I don't think you can not take a fantastic picture. We head south through farming country nestled between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. Further South we drive past many small lakes and through some of our largest remaining stands of native New Zealand Rain Forest. Yes you guessed it; we get a lot of rain on the West Coast. It is something over a two-hour’s drive to Franz Josef where we will stop for lunch. Here we also have the opportunity of viewing Franz Josef Glacier, unfortunately, the track to the glacier face is definitely not for wheelchairs. If you have a few spare dollars may be interested in a Glacier Helicopter flight. After our stop here we carry on past Fox Glacier and on to Haast where we will rest for the evening.
Day 14,15,16 - Queenstown "Adventure Capital"
From Haast we will leave around 9am to make our way to Queenstown. We have three days here in Queenstown. Queenstown is one of the major spots in the South Island as its activities are endless.
Stunning scenery along the way and over the Crown Range to Queenstown. www.queenstown-nz.co.nz. Tonight we will enjoy a ride up the gondolas and take our time with a delicious meal overlooking Queenstown. This is one of the best viewpoints so what better way to enjoy fresh NZ cuisine.
Your second day here you will have the opportunity to enjoy one of New Zealand’s most untouched areas and the epitome of natural beauty at the Milford Sounds. This is something that I would recommend everyone takes advantage. This is a long 12 hour day with a lot of driving but it is well worth the trip and there is plenty of stunning scenery to keep you entertained along the way.
On our last evening here we will cruise along through Lake Wakatipu overshadowed by the Remarkable Mountains on the iconic Steam Ship TSS Earnslaw steam ship followed by entertainment and a dining experience like no other on the Walter Peak high Country Farm. www.fiordlandtravel.co.nz/
Today, sadly, we say farewell to Queenstown and start our fantastic scenic journey North. We will be travelling through Cromwell, over the Lindis Pass through Omarama and Lake Tekapo. We will arrive home again in Christchurch.
Today a sad goodbye. I will escort you to the airport to catch your homeward flight.