11D10N NEW ZEALAND PANORAMA PACKAGE TOUR FOR 2018
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11 Days New Zealand Panorama Package ItineraryDay 1 : Arrive Auckland
On arrival at Auckland Airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel, included in your itinerary today is a visit to the Sky Tower for a bird's eye view of the city. (Self drive passengers collect your rental car for your exclusive use until the end of the tour package)
Day 2 : Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua (370 km)
This coach tour travels over the rugged volcanic terrain of the Mamaku Ranges and through the picturesque Fitzgerald Glade. The highlight is the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and the visit is climaxed by drifting silently in a boat on the underground river under the milky way of millions of glow worms on the cavern roof above you. This evening be entertained to a night of truly authentic, traditional Maori culture and entertainment. Join in a time of sharing and feasting to a selection of foods cooked the traditional Maori way on hot stones in an authentic earthen oven.
Day 3 : Rotorua
Today's tour includes Te Puia - Thermal Reserve to see roaring geysers and mud pools. Following this, you will travel to Rainbow Springs to view trout and other wildlife and the famous Agrodome Sheep Show. A ride on the Gondola up to Mt Ngongataha for a buffet lunch and for the more courageous ones a ride on the "Luge". (Self drive passengers have the flexibility to explore the many other interesting activities in and around Rotorua.)
Day 4 : Rotorua - Wellington (465 km)
Departing Rotorua we head south via Lake Taupo and the Tongario National Park to Levin and onto Wellington, New Zealand's capital.
Day 5 : Wellington - Picton - Nelson (110 km)
This morning we board the Interislander Fery across the Cook Strait to Picton to continue your journey to Nelson. We take the scenic Queen Charlotte Drive along the Sound to Havelock, before crossing the Rai Saddle to Nelson.
Day 6 : Nelson - Greymouth - West Coast Glaciers (520 km)
Today we cross the Hope Saddle to Kawatiri Junction before entering the Buller Gorge and following the Buller River to Westport. We view the amazing Pancake Rock formations at Punakaiki and then on to Greymouth, nestled on the banks of the Grey River. Continue southwards by coach along the coast to reach Westland National Park and the glacier region.
Day 7 : West Coast Glaciers
A full day at leisure to enjoy the magnificent glaciers. Climb on to the slow moving river of ice or take a scenic flight (optional) for a bird's eye view of this spectacular terrain.
Day 8 : West Coast Glaciers - Queenstown (420 km)
We depart this morning through the South Westland Heritage Park and across the rugged Haast Pass and Lake Wanaka. This afternoon's travel is through the Kawarau Gorge to reach Queenstown.
Day 9 : Queenstown
To day a cruise on the vintage 'Old Lady' the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a BBQ lunch excursion at the Colonel's Homestead. First the experience of cruising on the TSS Earnslaw and secondly the farm experience and the BBQ lunch. When you board the boat's return journey, join in the sing-a-long session for a memorable 40 minutes trip. (The 'TSS Earnslaw' is away on its annual service in June and July and therefore is replaced with other activity or activities that will be advised.)
Day 10 : Queenstown - Mt Cook - Christchurch (600 km)
This morning we travel over the Lindis Pass to reach Mt Cook around lunch time, a rare opportunity to take an optional scenic flight to view Mt Cook's snow fields and glaciers. We continue through to Lake Tekapo and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Day 11 : Depart Christchurch (600 km)
Early this morning a tour on the "Hot Air Balloon" is suggested if time permits. Transfer to the airport is included for your departure flight. (Self drive passengers return your car directly at the airport.)
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