New Zealand Highlights

14 Days / 13 Nights

Day 1

Arrive Auckland

You will be met on arrival by your Driver, and transferred to  your hotel. For arrivals before midday, we recommend  including pre-registration, as rooms are otherwise guaranteed  only from 15.00 hours. The rest of the day is then free. AUCKLAND – an exciting, sporting and cultural city, sprawled  on a narrow isthmus, between two harbours. The Waitemata  and Manukau Harbours, are a main feature of the city, along with numerous volcanic cones such as Mount Eden and  Rangitoto Island. The city’s many beaches, marinas and parks,  make it ideal for outdoor pursuits such as yachting, rugby,  cricket or a day at the beach. The Auckland metropolitan area  is New Zealand’s biggest city, and the population mix of  European, Maori, and Pacific Islander, make Auckland the  largest Polynesian city in the World. Accommodation: Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland, Deluxe Room, 2 nightsIncludes: 2 x American Breakfast Day 2» AUCKLAND Today you will enjoy a tour of downtown.

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Day 2

Auckland

Today you will enjoy a tour of downtown Auckland – ‘The City of Sails’ – including a visit to the Sky Tower which at 328 metres high offers a clear view towards the Pacific Ocean as well as of the city of Auckland, the Maori forecourt at the Auckland Museum, Parnell, the colonial quarter of Auckland, and Mission Bay. After lunch (not included) continue to West Coast: Muriwai Beach and visit the Gannet colony.Return to hotel. biodynamic methods. The Kennedy Point 2007 Syrah was awarded the Trophy Medal and top New Zealand Red Wine at The International Wine Challenge in London 2009. Here you will also taste estate–grown olive oil and New Zealand avocado oil. The winery decks are tucked among the pohutukawa trees overlooking Waiheke Island’s
Kennedy Bay, and are the perfect setting to sample a range of fine wines.Wine tasting at Cable Bay Vineyard. Here you will taste up to six varietals, including Rosé, Chardonnay, Syrah and the Five Hills Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet blend from Waiheke, and from  Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer.
Cable Bay’s wines are known for their elegance and subtlety. The vineyard has great views back to Auckland City and a highly regarded restaurant. On your return to the city your driver will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation.

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Day 3

Auckland / Matama / Rotoura (Approx 367 Kms)

This morning depart Auckland with your driver and travel through the rolling country side of the Waikato to Matamata where you will visit Hobbiton.Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours (duration 2.5hrs) Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in
the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.
Upon completion of your tour of the set you will return to The Shires Rest. Please Note: Minimum numbers may apply Lunch is included today. Following lunch continue to Rotorua.

ROTORUA – located on a volcanic plateau, and formerly a spa town, Rotorua is most famous for its geothermal activity. Rotorua is the main place in New Zealand where aspects of Maori traditions can be seen, from wood carvings, and meeting houses, to a Hangi Dinner and Maori dances. Native and introduced tree species abound locally and combined with several picturesque lakes, Rotorua is a fascinating mix of culture and nature. Te Puia – Guided Tour + Te Po Hangi & ConcertEnjoy a guided tour of the valley with one of Te Puia’s world renowned guides. As part of the tour you will visit New Zealand’s national carving and weaving schools and witness
these disciplines in practice, under the guidance of our fulltime master carvers and weavers. You will visit award
winning interactive galleries, see a kiwi bird up close, and most importantly, hear our stories as told by the descendants of the valley. To conclude the tour you will visit the geyser and mud pools and then be invited to have a short rest prior to the beginning of the evening experience. Traditionally, Te Pō is an intimate time for sharing knowledge. Te Pō is also Te Puia’s authentic evening cultural experience – a feast of food, culture and friendship. It begins every night at Te-Heketangaa-Rangi (The Heavenly Origins). The space comprises twelve
monumental carvings reaching skywards, each one representing a Māori diety. Hear the stories of the past and
see how these traditions live on today. Feeding guests is regarded by Māori as an honour and a sign of a tribe’s mana (standing), so a sumptuous banquet is provided during the evening. This banquet combines contemporary cuisine with a traditional hangi (earth-cooked oven meal), where kai (food) is steam-cooked by hot rocks in the earth, giving it a delicious smoky flavour. Following dessert, you will be transported by our people movers to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Guests can wander around the illuminated natural attractions, including Pohutu geyser.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua, Superior Room, 1 night
Includes: 1 x Cooked Breakfast
Free Wi-Fi in Hotel Lobby or Bar for up to 20 minutes per day
Thereafter a charge of NZD 10.20 for 1 hour, or NZD 12.50 for
2 hours, NZD 29.90 for 24hours, or $115 per week.

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Day 4

Rotoura / Christchurch / Lake Tekapo

This morning we will visit one of the most important thermal valleys in the area, Waimangu, where you will clearly see the effects of the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera, which changed the landscape of the entire region. We will then transfer to Rotorua airport for your domestic flight to Christchurch (not included in quotation)
Upon arrival in Christchurch, you will be met by your driver and transferred to Lake Tekapo. En route enjoy a stop at a nearby farm for afternoon tea.

LAKE TEKAPO – located in the Mackenzie country, with fantastic views of the surrounding Alps. The Lake’s unusual turquoise colour is given by fine rock-flour, which is dust ground by glacial movement and held in suspension by the Lake’s waters. The Lake is also well known for its brown and rainbow trout.

Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo, One
Bedroom Mountain view Villa, 1 Night
Includes: 1 x Buffet Breakfast
Wireless Available (Fees apply)

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Day 5

Wanaka

This morning enjoy some free time before departing to Wanaka. You may wish to join Air Safaris for a scenic flight over the lakes and mountains of the region including Mt Cook, New Zealands highest mountain (flight not included). Depart Lake Tekapo and travel to Wanaka.

WANAKA – faces north across Lake Wanaka, to views of the surrounding mountains, which are often reflected on the Lake’s surface on calm days. Poplars and willows grow around the Lake’s edge, affording a colourful show during Autumn. Wanaka is best known for boating, fishing and skiing at the Cardrona and Treble Cone ski-fields.

Accommodation: Edgewater Resort, One Bedroom Suite, 1 night
Includes: 1 x Cooked Breakfast

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Day 6

Queenstown

Today we have an afternoon departure to Queenstown, visiting en route the historic gold-mining village of
Arrowtown, and making a stop at Bungy Bridge. We arrive at Queenstown and visit the Skyline Complex.
Skyline Gondola & Restaurant – Return Gondola Enjoy a return Skyline Gondola ride to the summit of Bob’s
Peak where you can enjoy panoramic views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Following your visit your guide will transfer you to your accommodation.

QUEENSTOWN – is the South Island’s most popular resort, set alongside the shores of Lake Wakatipu, under the gaze of the Remarkables Ranges. See the contrast of smooth glacier rounded hills, and jagged mountain summits that reach high above the ancient ice floor. The town is renowned for its jet boating, bungy-jumping, skiing and awe-inspiring scenery. Local story has it, that the gold prospectors of the 19th century pronounced the town as “fit for any Queen”, and so she was called Queenstown.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront Queenstown, Superior Plus Lakeview Room, 2 Nights
Includes: 2 x Cooked Breakfast

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Day 7

Milford Sound

Today we will enjoy a full day tour to Milford Sound, in the Fiordland National Park. On arrival at Milford, a cruise on the fiord will take you to the Tasman Sea, allowing you to marvel at the size of this fiord, Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls. A picnic lunch is included on board. In the afternoon, we return to Queenstown with your driver, or you may prefer an optional scenic flight which will take you high over the mountains, glacial valleys, waterfalls, rainforest, coastline, rivers and lakes, before arriving back in Queenstown. (extra cost, and subject to weather conditions)

MILFORD SOUND: Stunning surroundings at the heart of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. In Maori legend, the fiords were created not by rivers of ice, but by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who came wielding a magical adze uttering incantations. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is without doubt his finest sculpture. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls washed with waterfalls. In the foreground stands Mitre Peak, dominating the skyline. Whatever the fiord’s mood, teeming with rain or with sun glistening on deep water,
it will inspire you.

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Day 8

Queenstown / Franz Joseph

Today depart Queenstown and travel north to the Fox Glacier, located on the rugged West Coast. Travel North on State Highway 6 via Haast and Lake Matheson to Franz Josef Glacier.

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER – originally named Victoria, after Queen Victoria of England, geologist Julius Von Haast, renamed it, Franz Josef, after the current Emperor of his homeland, Austria. The Glacier is pale blue/green ice that has retreated and advanced many times over the years. A walk from the carpark to the Glacier terminal will give you some impressive views and an idea of the immense size of the Glacier itself. The township of Franz Josef is a small town based around the tourist and supply trade.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Douglas Wing Room (1st night) Includes Breakfast, 2 Nights
Carparking: Complimentary parking is available onsite.
Internet options: Standard Plan – 50 cents per minute, $5 per hour, or $10 per 24hours. Smartphone $5 per day, or family deal of $20 per 24hours (up to 4 devices in the same room) Smartphone plans are speed limited but no data cap applies and uncomfortable to wear). Sunglasses and sun protection. A daypack, a drink and snacks are useful. Your own boots and raincoats may be suitable. For winter trips bring a warm hat and gloves. Trip includes: Guide, ground transport, boots and socks, crampons, raincoat, waterproof over trousers, alpenstock.
This afternoon is at your leisure. Dinner will be at your hotel.

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Day 9

Franz Joseph

Free day in the Glacier region for activities on the Glacier. Due to recent natural changes with both Franz Josef and Fox Glacier there are no walking options on to the glacier. Terminal face walks and helicopter flights over and on to the glacier are available. Cost not included.

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Day 10

Franz Josef Glacier / Punakaiki (approx.220kms)

Depart Franz Josef and continue your journey North through the towns of Hokitika and Greymouth to Punakaiki. En route visit the Monteith’s Brewery and enjoy a tasting of their New Zealand brews.

PUNAKAIKI – is the gateway to the dramatic limestone country of the Paparoa National Park. It lies halfway between Greymouth and Westport on one of the most spectacular coastal highways. The Pancake Rocks that Punakaiki is famous for are limestone formations that began forming 30 million years ago. The seabed was raised above sea level by earthquakes to form the coastal cliffs and coastline. The sea, wind and rain have since
etched out the soft layers to form the unusual rock formations we see today. When conditions are right, large ocean swells thunder into the caverns beneath the rocks and huge water spouts blast skywards through the blowholes creating a spectacular sight. Tourism activities in the area include canoe adventures, horse trekking, caving and guided walks to name just a few.

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort, Standard Hotel Room, 1 Night
Includes: 1 x Cooked Breakfast

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Day 11

Punakaiki / Kaikoura (approx.374ms)

Depart Punakaiki and travel south back to Greymouth where you travel inland on State Highway 7 & 70 across the width of the south Island to Kaikoura.

KAIKOURA – means, “to eat crayfish”, from the Maori words “Kai” meaning food, and Koura meaning crayfish. You can savour crayfish here in Kaikoura, view whales and dolphins at play, or visit local galleries and craft shops, or take a walk along the Peninsula Walkway. If you travel out onto the Kaikoura Peninsula and look back towards the mountains, an amazing tableau will appear before you. The seaward Kaikoura Range appears to rise from the sea, with the snow capped Southern Alps as a backdrop.

Accommodation: Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge, Deluxe Studio, 1 night
Includes: 1 x German Style Bkfst (not cooked)

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Day 12

Kaikoura / Picton / Wellington

Whale Watch Kaikoura Whale Watch Tour (departs 7.15am, 10am, 12.45pm plus 3.30pm Nov – Mar, duration 2.5 hours, no tour on xmas day) A typical whale watch tour (boat excursion duration 2.5 hours) may encounter New Zealand fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins and the endangered wandering albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating humpback whales, pilot whales, blue whales and southern right whales.
Kaikoura often hosts the world’s largest dolphin—the orca—and is home to the world’s smallest and rarest—the hector’s. Kaikoura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of albatross, 14 varieties of petrels and seven types of shearwater. Designed for New Zealand whale watching tours, their modern catamarans are equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise and toilets that never pollute the sea. The main passenger cabin is enclosed and large outside
decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities. Following your cruise lunch is included at a nearby restaurant. Today continue your journey north along the east coast of the South Island. In Picton farewell your guide and you will embark upon the InterIslander Ferry, across Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. You will be transferred to your hotel on arrival by Crown Chauffeur Car Services.

WELLINGTON – the Capital city of New Zealand since 1865, is situated around Wellington harbour, its houses clinging precipitously to the steep hillsides. Wellington is renowned for its wind which is channelled through the Cook Strait, and causes the wind to blow most days. A clever blend of buildings, old and new, beautiful vistas of the city and harbour, and a cosmopolitan mix of culture and arts give Wellington its heart, and vibrant atmosphere.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay, Superior Plus Room, 2 nights
Includes: 2 x Cooked Breakfast
Wi-Fi is available in the Hotel Lobby or Bar 20 minutes per day free of charge.

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Day 13

Wellington

This morning enjoy a morning city tour of Wellington including Te Papa Museum, Oriental Parade and New
Zealand’s Parliament buildings.Included in your documentation is tickets to ride the Wellington Cable Car (one way). The afternoon is at your leisure.

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Day 14

Depart Wellington

Departure Transfer
Private Darwin Hotel to Darwin Airport transfer with
Italian/Spanish speaking guide airport

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