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15 Day "The Cool Island" Family Fun

Auckland

Christchurch

Dunedin

Queenstown

Rotorua

Te Anau

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Auckland
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Motel
  • Highlights: Arrive Auckland and be transferred to the airport branch to pick up your rental car. Afternoon leisure activities can include a stroll around the vibrant Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter precincts, take a local ferry to Devonport to explore the shops and stroll the beach or ride up the Sky Tower for spectacular city and harbour views.
Day 2: Auckland Sightseeing
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  • Highlights: Auckland has so much to offer families.
    We've included the Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari to experience the diverse marine wildlife and stunning scenery of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. See wild marine mammals and rare birds living in their natural habitat (duration 4.5 hours)
Day 3: Auckland - Whitianga
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  • Highlights: Travel to the Coromandel Peninsula, perhaps via Miranda hot pools. Make a stop and experience the historic Driving Creek Railway at Coromandel Town. The beachside town of Whitianga is "home" for 2 nights.
    Auckland to Whitianga driving time: approx. 2 hours, 45 mins
Day 4: Coromandel Peninsula Sightseeing and Activities
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  • Highlights: This morning perhaps visit spectacular Cathedral Cove (note, quite a steep climb down to the beach from the carpark). Check the tides and visit Hot Water Beach at low tide to dig your own "spa pool" in the sand. Drive to Hahei for wonderful safe swimming or kayaking.
Day 5: Whitianga - Rotorua
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  • Highlights: Drive from Whitianga south along the coast to Tauranga and Mt Maunganui, another great beach stop. Optional visit Hells Gate thermal area and see a mud volcano and a hot waterfall. Perhaps take a mud bath at Wai ora Spa. Stay for the next 2 nights conveniently located in central Rotorua.
    Whitianga to Rotorua driving time: approx. 3 hours, 30 mins
Day 6: Rotorua Sightseeing and Activities
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  • Highlights: Rotorua is a wonderful playground for families, try the Zorb for maximum thrills and excitement. A drive to Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Reserve to see geysers and hot mud pools. Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park to see native birds, including kiwi. In the evening perhaps take in a Maori Cultural performance and traditional hangi meal following a traditional welcome ceremony.
    For a lot of fun we've included the Rotorua Duck city and lakes tour. Duration 1.5 hours.
Day 7: Rotorua - Auckland - Queenstown (airfare not included)
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  • Highlights: Return to Auckland this morning for your afternoon flight to Queenstown (flight not included), collect your rental car and drive to central Queenstown where you stay for 2 nights.
    Rotorua to Auckland driving time: approx. 3 hours
    Auckland to Queenstown flight time approx. 1 hour, 30 mins
Day 8: Queenstown Sightseeing
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  • Highlights: Queenstown has so many family-friendly options, perhaps try outback horse-riding from Glenorchy or hiring cycles and exploring some of the many cycle trails in the nearby region. Visit quaint Arrowtown with its rich goldmining history. Take a jetboat ride on the Kawarau River or go up the Gondola and then take the luge ride down, great fun for all ages! Explore the town, lakefront and gardens and feed the tame fish and eels at the jetty. Queenstown has excellent restaurants and family fun activities.
    We have included a lake cruise on the vintage steamer Earnslaw and visit to Walter Peak high country farm.
Day 9: Queenstown - Te Anau
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  • Highlights: Take a leisurely drive to Te Anau. Perhaps take a guided trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves this afternoon, or stroll the waterfront. Soak in the breathtaking scenery and enjoy the relaxed pace of this lakeside town.
    Queenstown to Te Anau driving time: approx. 2 hours, 30 mins
Day 10: Milford Sound - optional day trip
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  • Highlights: Take the day to explore famous Milford Sound, with spectacular Mitre Peak. Today's highlight is famous Milford Sound for a 2 hour, 15 minute nature cruise on this spectacular fiord. Hopefully you'll see local seals and bird life in their natural setting. Includes The Discovery Centre, Underwater Observatory and picnic or BBQ lunch.

    Te Anau to Milford Sound driving time: approx. 1 hour, 45 mins
Day 11: Te Anau - Dunedin
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  • Highlights: Drive the lush green farmlands of Southland, plenty of opportunities to see fields of sheep and perhaps cute cuddly lambs in spring.
    Te Anau to Dunedin driving time: approx. 4 hours, 15 mins
Day 12: Dunedin Sightseeing
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  • Highlights: A free day to explore the renowned wildlife of this southern region, there are plenty of options. Guided tours to view royal albatross and rare yellow-eyed penguins, some tours combined with a scenic harbour cruise. Perhaps take the historic Taieri Gorge Train for breathtaking outback scenery.
Day 13: Dunedin - Christchurch
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  • Highlights: Drive to Christchurch. Stop at Moeraki and see the boulders, fish off the wharf and have a delicious lunch or snack stop at Fleurs Place, a restaurant right on the wharf. Stay for the next 2 nights a short walk from the Botanical Gardens in central Christchurch.
    Dunedin to Christchurch driving time: approx. 5 hours
Day 14: Christchurch Sightseeing
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  • Highlights: Take a walk this morning around Hagley Park, the Pop Up Mall for great shopping and street entertainment. Canterbury Museum, Gardens and Park are all an easy walk. Hire a canoe at the Antigua Boat shed and paddle along the Avon River, meandering gently through the botanical gardens. Take a trip out to the Antarctic Centre near the airport and experience Antarctic weather, real penguins and an adventure ride on a Haglund.
Day 15: Depart Christchurch
  • Highlights: Depart from Christchurch Airport today, a 15 minute drive from the city centre. Drop off your rental car at the airport branch and be transferred to the airport.
Fares and Pricing
Tour Code:
 
Hotel
Motel
Self drive - small car
Share Twin
N/A
N/A
Self drive - medium car
Share Twin
N/A
N/A
 
4 Share
$2095
$1820
Self drive - large car
Share Twin
N/A
N/A
 
4 Share
$2140
$1865
Prices valid from 01 January 2017 to 31 March 2018 and are priced in NZ$ per person
Includes:
  • 14 nights accommodation in 4 star, 2 bedroom motels/apartments (as selected) with kitchen facilities (quad share)
  • 15 days rental car for lots of family space, unlimited kms, standard insurance (with excess)
  • Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari
  • Rotorua Duck city and lake tour
  • Earnslaw lake cruise and Walter Peak High Country Farm
  • Milford Sound Discover More Cruise with Discovery Centre, Underwater Observatory and lunch.
  • itinerary planning and reservations service
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Box of Cadbury Favourites chocolates for the family to enjoy
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

    Optional family friendly activities can include:
  • Kelly Tarltons Underwater World, Auckland
  • Cathedral Cove Kayaking, Coromandel
  • Maori Hangi concert and meal, Rotorua
  • Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park to see native kiwi and other birdlife
  • Thrilling Zorb in Rotorua
  • Skyline Gondola and luge in Rotorua or Queenstown
  • Cycling, lake cruising
  • River jetboating, Queenstown

    Bonus:
  • 10% discount for travel between 01 May and 30 Sept

Includes:
  • 14 nights accommodation in 4 star, 2 bedroom motels/apartments (as selected) with kitchen facilities (quad share)
  • 15 days rental car for lots of family space, unlimited kms, standard insurance (with excess)
  • Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari
  • Rotorua Duck city and lake tour
  • Earnslaw lake cruise and Walter Peak High Country Farm
  • Milford Sound Discover More Cruise with Discovery Centre, Underwater Observatory and lunch.
  • itinerary planning and reservations service
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Box of Cadbury Favourites chocolates for the family to enjoy
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

    Optional family friendly activities can include:
  • Kelly Tarltons Underwater World, Auckland
  • Cathedral Cove Kayaking, Coromandel
  • Maori Hangi concert and meal, Rotorua
  • Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park to see native kiwi and other birdlife
  • Thrilling Zorb in Rotorua
  • Skyline Gondola and luge in Rotorua or Queenstown
  • Cycling, lake cruising
  • River jetboating, Queenstown

    Bonus:
  • 10% discount for travel between 01 May and 30 Sept