14D13N NEW ZEALAND SIMPLY THE BEST PACKAGE TOUR FOR 2018Tour Overview : Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Wellington, Picton, Christchurch, Greymouth, West Coast Glaciers, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau, Invercargill, Dunedin
14 Days New Zealand Simply The Best Package ItineraryDay 1 : Arrive Auckland
On arrival at Auckland Airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. (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. (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 - Christchurch (370 km)
This morning we board the Interislander Fery across the Cook Strait to Picton to connect with The Coastal Pacific train which journeys via Kaikoura to Christchurch. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Self drive passengers return their vehicle prior to boarding the Interislander Ferry. On arrival at Picton, you collect your South Island vehicle and resume your exciting journey.)
Day 6 : Christchurch - Greymouth - West Coast Glaciers (450 km)
One of the world's best scenic train journeys - The Tranz Alpine winds across spectacular gorges and river valleys, over the massive Southern Alps in Arthur's Pass National Park and through lush beech forest to Greymouth on the Wst Coast. Continue southwards by coach along the coast to reach Westland National Park and the glacier region. (Self drive passengers travel over the Canterbury Plains over to Arthur's Pass and then enroute to Westland National Park.)
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
This is completely free day for you to pursue your own activities. Queenstown offers jet boating, lake cruises, bungy jumping, rafting, horse riding, gondola rides and may be a visit to the Sky Alpine Casino.
Day 10 : Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau (420 km)
An early start as you follow Lake Wakatipu via Kingston arriving at Te Anau through for morning tea break. From here you enter Fiordland National Park. Travel through beech forest, passing majestic mountains, on through the Homer Tunnel in time to board your catamaran for the Milford Sound Cruise. You will pass Mitre Peak, the highest mountain in the world to rise vertically from the sea. View the Stirling and Bowen Falls as you cruise out to the Tasman Sea. Return to the pier where you reboard your coach for your return journey to Te Anau.
Day 11 : Te Anau - Invercargill (160 km)
This morning we depart for Invercargill, the southernmost city of New Zealand. Upon arrival, you are free to enjoy some of the many optional activities available including a scenic flight excursion to Stewart Island.
Day 12 : Invercargill - Dunedin (220 km)
Today we travel to Dunedin, the "Edinburgh of the South". The rest of the day is free for optional sightseeing such as visiting the Royal Albatross Colony, Monarch Wildlife Cruises, to see the Yellow Eyed Penguins, Larnach Castle and the Taieri Gorge train ride.
Day 13 : Dunedin - Christchurch (365 km)
We depart in the morning towards Oamaru and Timaru before crossing the Canterbury Plains to arrive back in Christchurch.
Day 14 : Depart Christchurch
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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