New Zealand Wanderer

New Zealand Waitomo Glow-Worm Cave

Tour Inclusions

  1. Auckland
  2. Bay of Islands - Matakohe Kauri Museum
  3. Bay of Islands - Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve
  4. Bay of Islands - Waitangi Treaty House and grounds
  5. Bay of Islands - Cruise to the Hole in the Rock
  6. Christchurch - City Tour
  7. Dunedin- City Tour
  8. Franz Josef Glacier
  9. Haast Pass
  10. Hokitika - Greenstone (Jade) Factory
  11. Huka Falls
  12. Interislander Ferry Cruise
  13. Kaikoura
  14. Lake Tekapo - Church of the Good Shepherd
  15. Milford Sound - Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls
  16. Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise
  17. Moeraki Boulders
  18. Napier - New Zealand Wine Centre Tastings
  19. Napier - guided Art Deco walk
  20. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  21. Queenstown - Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  22. Queenstown - day of leisure
  23. Rotorua - Agrodome
  24. Rotorua - Hangi Feast and Concert
  25. Rotorua - Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  26. TranzAlpine Train journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
  27. Waitomo Caves - Glowworm caves tour
  28. Wellington - city sights tour
  29. Wellington - Te Papa (New Zealand’s National Museum)
  30. Wairakei Steam Valley
  31. Westland National Park

Accommodation Highlights

Meals

  • 17 hot breakfasts (B)
  • 14 dinners (D)

Escorted Coach Tour Standard Inclusions

  • Air-conditioned coach travel
  • An experienced Tour Director and Driver
  • Quality Twin Share Accommodation
  • Admissions outlined in the Itinerary
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day
1

Arrive Auckland
On arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of today is at leisure in beautiful Auckland.
ACCOMMODATION:
Copthorne Hotel Auckland City
2
(B)
(D)
Auckland, Bay of Islands
This morning we journey across the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Visit the Matakohe Pioneer Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of Kauri gum. Continue to the majestic Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve where we view the giant Kauri tree Tane Mahuta, ‘Lord of the Forest’. Travel across country to the Bay of Islands. On arrival enjoy a visit to the historic Waitangi Reserve.
ACCOMMODATION:
Beachcomber Hotel
(2 nights)
3
(B)
Bay of Islands at leisure
The Bay of Islands is the birthplace of the nation and home to 144 islands. You might consider looking around Russell or taking a trip to Cape Reinga. Enjoy a full day at leisure today or perhaps upgrade to an overnight cruise.

4
(B)
(D)
Bay of Islands, Auckland
Explore New Zealand’s finest national maritime park on a catamaran cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. View the Cape Brett lighthouse then make passage through the hole. Meander through the inner islands, viewing sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and visit a secluded bay. Return this afternoon to Auckland.
ACCOMMODATION:
Copthorne Hotel Auckland City
5
(B)
(D)
Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua
This morning travel south through the rich dairy land of the Waikato Province to Waitomo Caves. Take a guided tour of the limestone caverns and view thousands of glow-worms. This afternoon arrive in Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi feast and cultural performance of song and dance.
ACCOMMODATION:
Hotel Ibis
(2 nights)
6
(B)
Rotorua
Today experience the attractions of Rotorua. Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve, New Zealand’s major geyser field. The area has over 500 hot springs and most forms of geothermal activity, including steaming ground, boiling mud pools, hot springs and impressive geysers. Enjoy a guided tour through the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where your guide will explain the history and origins of the Maori. Continue to the Agrodome to enjoy an entertaining sheep show and learn about New Zealand’s important sheep industry. The remainder of today is at leisure for you to explore geothermal Rotorua. This evening perhaps enjoy a Country Homestay.

7
(B)
(D)
Rotorua, Taupo, Napier
Depart Rotorua this morning and travel via Wairakei Park and mighty Huka Falls to New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo. Arrive in Napier for a city sights tour and a guided Art Deco walk around Napier city. Afterwards, enjoy a tour and wine tasting at Church Road Winery.
ACCOMMODATION:
The Nautilus
8
(B)
(D)
Napier, Wellington
Travel via Hastings where we turn inland and head to the West Coast of the North Island. We follow the Kapiti Coast before arriving in Wellington. Enjoy a city tour on arrival, including the Parliament buildings.
ACCOMMODATION:
Kingsgate Hotel
9
(B)
(D)

Wellington, Picton
This morning enjoy a visit to Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, offering visitors a unique and authentic experience of this country’s treasures and stories. Prepare to be engaged, stimulated, and surprised! Te Papa is a waharoa, a gateway, to an encounter with the essence of New Zealand’s land and people. This afternoon we join our cruise for the journey across Cook Strait to the South Island, renowned as one of the most beautiful crossings in the world. Sail out of scenic Wellington Harbour, across Cook Strait and through the breathtaking natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. On our journey from North to South Island, dolphins and schools of fish are often our companions.
ACCOMMODATION:
Beachcomber Inn
10
(B)
(D)

Picton, Christchurch
Today is a spectacular scenic journey between mountain and sea. Travel through the Marlborough region and arrive in the thriving seaside settlement of Kaikoura, an area offering unique whale, seal and dolphin watching experiences. Journey between the Pacific Ocean and the rugged Kaikoura Ranges, through North Canterbury to Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island and renowned as the ‘Garden City’. On arrival we enjoy a city sightseeing tour then the afternoon is at your leisure to explore.

ACCOMMODATION:
Holiday Inn On Avon
11
(B)
(D)

TranzAlpine Train, Greymouth
This morning board the award-winning TranzAlpine Train. Cross the vast patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury plains before climbing up into the Main Divide. Journey through spectacular gorges, river valleys and across the country’s greatest mountain range, the magnificent Southern Alps. On arrival in Greymouth, rejoin your coach and travel north along the dramatic coastline to Punakaiki to view its Pancake rock formations and blowholes.
ACCOMMODATION:
Kingsgate Hotel
12
(B)
(D)

Greymouth, Franz Josef, Haast
This morning journey to Hokitika and continue along the dramatic coastline through dense rainforest to World Heritage-listed Westland National Park. Enjoy the grand scenery as you travel along the west coast, through a world of mountains and glaciers. There is the opportunity for an optional scenic flight over the spectacular glaciers of this region (own expense, weather permitting). Enjoy incredible scenery as we travel along the West Coast, through a world of mountains and glaciers, tranquil lakes, raging rivers and rare bird and plant life.

ACCOMMODATION:
Haast Heritage Hotel
13
(B)
(D)

Haast, Queenstown
Cross the snow-capped Southern Alps and travel through Haast Pass. Trace the shorelines of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown, on the banks of Lake Wakatipu. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm to enjoy a dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead.
ACCOMMODATION:
Kingsgate Hotel Terraces
(2 nights)
14
(B)


Queenstown
Queenstown is perfect for adventurers and leisure-seekers alike. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, this beautiful town is overlooked by the majestic Remarkables Range. Today is free for you to explore the endless scenic attractions available (own expense).
15
(B)
(D)

Milford Sound Overnight, Milford Sound
Today we follow the Remarkables Mountain Range and trace the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Journey along the Milford Road and board the Milford Mariner and cruise the full length of this beautiful fiord. View the cascading waterfalls, sheer cliffs, dense rainforest and towering mountains of this World Heritage listed area. After reaching the open sea, return and anchor for the night in sheltered Harrison’s Cove. Perhaps venture out in the Mariner’s kayaks.
ACCOMMODATION:
Milford Sound, Milford Mariner
16
(B)
(D)

Milford Sound, Dunedin
This morning awake to the unbelievable sights of Milford Sound. Enjoy breakfast surrounded by the silent majesty of this area. Departing Milford Sound we travel through the farming communities of Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. The city is renowned as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. The Scottish heritage is still apparent today in the architecture of the many fine buildings. Tonight enjoy dinner and a Scottish evening, complete with bagpipes, kilts and haggis.
ACCOMMODATION:
Dunedin City Hotel or Mercure Leisure Lodge
(2 nights)
17
(B)


Dunedin
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Dunedin before touring Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. The rest of today is at leisure. Perhaps see the best of the Otago Peninsula on a cruise or choose another optional tour (own expense).
 
18
(B)
(D)

Dunedin, Lake Ohau Theme Dinner
Visit Olveston house, see the Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach, then stop at Oamaru, known for its limestone architecture. Continue to Lake Ohau, where you’ll enjoy a High Country dinner.
ACCOMMODATION:
Lake Ohau Lodge
19
(B)


Lake Ohau, Mt Cook, Depart Christchurch
This morning travel to beautiful Lake Tekapo and view the picturesque tiny stone Church of the Good Shepherd. Travel through the vast Canterbury plains to Christchurch, the Garden City. On arrival here, your tour concludes upon arrival and a departure transfer to the airport is included.
   
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