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16 Day New Zealand Nature Unmodified

Auckland

Christchurch

Napier

Queenstown

Rotorua

Taupo

Wellington

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Auckland
Hotel
Motel
  • Highlights: Pick up your rental car at Auckland airport and spend the remainder of the day at leisure exploring this vibrant, multicultural city.
    Stroll vibrant Viaduct Harbour or relax with a coffee harbourside at the new Wynyard Quarter, browse the fashions of Queen Street and the Britomart.
    Perhaps dine this evening at the top of the SkyTower for outstanding city and harbour views.

Day 2: Auckland - Whitianga
Hotel
Motel
  • Highlights: Experience volcanic hills fringed by flowering red pohutukawa trees (in season), sandy white beaches and crystal blue ocean at beachfront Whitianga town on the Coromandel Peninsula.

    Drive time Auckland to Whitianga: approx. 2 hours, 40 mins
Day 3: Whitianga - free day
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Motel
  • Highlights: Included this morning is a scenic cruise featuring Shakespeare's Cliff, Lonely Bay, Cooks Blowhole, Cathedral Cove and The Hole in the Rock. View fish in the Marine reserve an Gemstone Bay. Then to the Orua Sea Cave to hear the amazing acoustics when we play music or you can make your own on a Conch Shell or Didgeridoo before stopping for a short swim or snorkel if desired.
    This afternoon time to enjoy the fabulous beaches, crystal clear ocean and native bush or perhaps try sea kayaking the many beautiful bays and coves. Visit Hot Water Beach and spectacular Cathedral Cove.
Day 4: Whitianga - Rotorua
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Motel
  • Highlights: Enjoy sparkling Lake Rotorua, fringed by native bush. Vibrant Maori culture & active thermal region.
    Included this evening is an authentic Maori cultural experience at Mitai Maori Village, with traditional entertainment and hangi dinner.

    Drive time Whitianga to Rotorua: approx. 3 hours, 30 mins
Day 5: Rotorua -Taupo
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Motel
  • Highlights: A short drive today, so time to stop at mystical Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve or explore the Waimangu Thermal Valley en route to Taupo.
    Lake Taupo, famous for trout fishing, thermal reserves, Maori rock art and thrilling river jetboating. Or perhaps challenge yourself with a tandem skydive!

    Drive time Rotorua to Taupo: approx. 1 hour, 10 mins
Day 6: Taupo - Napier
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Motel
  • Highlights: Vast Kaingaroa Forest to art deco city of Napier by the sea and renowned wine growing region of Hawkes Bay. Take a guided walking tour of the art deco historic precinct or enjoy wine tasting at some of the many cellar doors open at nearby wineries.

    Drive time Taupo to Napier: approx. 2 hours
Day 7: Napier - Wellington
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Motel
  • Highlights: Rolling hills, valleys & farmland. Then to the Capital City of Wellington, fresh, cosmopolitan & stylish on the harbour. An optional ride on the Cable Car from Lambton Quay rewards you with spectacular city and harbour views. Enjoy the many cafes, visit Te Papa, the National Museum or just soak in the ambiance along the waterfront.

    Drive time Napier to Wellington: approx. 4 hours, 30 mins
Day 8: Wellington - Christchurch
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Motel
  • Highlights: A very scenic ferry cruise across Cook Strait via bush-clad Marlborough Sounds (included) to Picton.
    Experience the wine growing district of Blenheim with its swathes of vineyards, then the craggy coastline of Kaikoura, watch for fur seals basking on the rocks.
    (Following the Nov 2016 Kaikoura earthquake the coast road between Blenheim and Christchurch is closed until further notice, likely early 2018. An alternative inland route is available via Murchison and Springs Junction which takes approx 2.5 hours longer)
    Take time to stroll the tree-lined walkways of Christchurch's Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park or just relax at one of the many inner city cafes.

    Wellington to Picton ferry crossing approx. 3 hours
    Drive time Picton to Christchurch: approx. 4 hours, 30 mins
Day 9: Christchurch - Mount Cook
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Motel
  • Highlights: Enjoy the patchwork Canterbury Plains & rural towns of Geraldine and Fairlie en route to Lake Tekapo, famed for its historic Church of the Good Shepherd. Spectacular views from the top of Mount John of the surrounding Mackenzie Country and Southern Alps. Follow the turquoise glacial Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook village.

    Drive time Christchurch to Mount Cook: approx. 4 hours, 40 mins
Day 10: At Aoraki/Mount Cook
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  • Highlights: A free day to soak in the awesome scale of the Southern Alps mountain range, featuring New Zealand's highest Aoraki Mount Cook. The Tasman Glacier invites scenic flights, or take a cruise on the glacier lake. Local hikes include Kea Point and Hooker Valley.
    This evening look up to the dark sky with Big Sky Stargazing (included)
Day 11: Mount Cook - Queenstown
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Motel
  • Highlights: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand's highest peak (3754m). Vast moonscape of the Mackenzie basin and arrive in lively Queenstown resort on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu. Spectacular lake and alpine views from the Skyline Gondola (included)

    Drive time Mount Cook to Queenstown: approx. 3 hours, 30 mins
Day 12: In Queenstown
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Motel
  • Highlights: Free day for optional activities, adventure or relaxation
  • you choose
  • Queenstown has them all! Perhaps try thrilling river jet boating, more sedate scenic lake cruising or exciting tandem skydiving or hot air ballooning, guided nature walks or a wine tour.
    Tonight take in the panoramic lake and mountain views from the Skyline Gondola and Stratosfare Restaurant (buffet dinner included).
Day 13: Queenstown - Fox Glacier
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Motel
  • Highlights: Gold mining relics on the cliffs of the Kawarau Gorge, to tranquil Lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Drive through the remote beauty of the Mt Aspiring National Park and Westland National Park, via Haast Pass.

    Drive time Queenstown to Fox Glacier: approx. 4 hours, 25 mins
Day 14: Fox Glacier - Greymouth
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  • Highlights: Optional guided walk on Fox Glacier, scenic helicopter flights available to enjoy the lush native forests and mirror lakes.
    Then drive north via Franz Josef Glacier and the seaside town of Hokitika, perhaps stopping at the Treetops Walkway for outstanding views from alps to ocean.

    Drive time Fox Glacier to Greymouth: approx. 2 hours, 40 mins
Day 15: Greymouth - Christchurch
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Motel
  • Highlights: Cross the Southern Alps at Arthurs Pass to the vast Canterbury Plains. Enjoy spectacular alpine scenery of the Arthurs Pass National Park en route.
    Back in Christchurch, perhaps this evening enjoy dinner on board the historic Christchurch Tramway for your final evening.
    Rural Home Stay Option
    This evening you have the option of staying with a local family on a country property to experience rural New Zealand first hand. Please request a the time of booking. Surcharge applies.

    Drive time Greymouth to Christchurch: approx. 3 hours, 20 mins
Day 16: Depart Christchurch
  • Highlights: Your day is at leisure until you drop off your rental car at Christchurch airport on departure.
Fares and Pricing
Tour Code: TR A9
 
Hotel
Motel
Self drive - small car
Share Twin
$3625
$3055
Self drive - medium car
Share Twin
$3695
$3125
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Self drive - large car
Share Twin
$3785
$3215
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Prices valid from 01 January 2017 to 31 March 2018 and are priced in NZ$ per person
Includes:
  • 16 days' rental car hire, as selected, unlimited kms & standard insurance (with excess)
  • 15 nights' hotel/motel accommodation as selected
  • Wellington to Picton scenic ferry crossing for 2 adults and your rental car
  • Whitianga Scenic and Sounds Experience scenic cruise
  • Traditional Maori cultural experience and hangi dinner at Mitai Maori Village
  • Big Sky Stargazing at Aoraki/Mount Cook
  • Skyline Gondola & Stratosfare Restaurant buffet dinner in Queenstown
  • Itinerary planning and reservations service
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

    Bonus
    10% discount for travel 01 May to 30 Sept

    This itinerary can be modified for families. The itinerary can be customised if you prefer shorter or longer duration, larger car size, different style of accommodation etc. Please feel free to ask.
Includes:
  • 16 days' rental car hire, as selected, unlimited kms & standard insurance (with excess)
  • 15 nights' hotel/motel accommodation as selected
  • Wellington to Picton scenic ferry crossing for 2 adults and your rental car
  • Whitianga Scenic and Sounds Experience scenic cruise
  • Traditional Maori cultural experience and hangi dinner at Mitai Maori Village
  • Big Sky Stargazing at Aoraki/Mount Cook
  • Skyline Gondola & Stratosfare Restaurant buffet dinner in Queenstown
  • Itinerary planning and reservations service
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

    Bonus
    10% discount for travel 01 May to 30 Sept

    This itinerary can be modified for families. The itinerary can be customised if you prefer shorter or longer duration, larger car size, different style of accommodation etc. Please feel free to ask.