Tour 403.    Discover Beautiful New Zealand

AUCKLAND - WAITOMO CAVES - HOBBITON - ROTORUA -  CHRISTCHURCH - LAKE TEKAPO - MT COOK - QUEENSTOWN - TE ANAU - MILFORD SOUND - QUEENSTOWN - WANAKA - GLACIERS - PUNAKAIKI - CHRISTCHURCH     

Unsolicited comments from past passengers:  

Sorry we missed meeting you! We had a wonderful trip, thanks to your terrific planning. Please feel free to give us as references for Americans who may want to call us. (C and A Carron. Virginia. USA).

I'm a Japanese working holiday maker. I enjoyed myself on your tour. Your service is very good, especially the quality of drivers is excellent. They tried to make our tour enjoyable all the time. I'd like to join your tour again. (Y.Y Japan). 

My family and I are still talking about the great trip in New Zealand. It is an occasion that will be long remembered. (T.S. Indonesia). 

Thanks very much for making our trip to New Zealand a pleasant one and enjoyable. We'll recommend you to our friends back in Israel. (L and J. Israel).

When we first entered the Tourist Information Bureau in Auckland to arrange a trip through New Zealand we had only a very vague idea of what we were after. We did not want to be part of a large group shepherded here and there but at the same time we did not want to travel independently. They recommended your tour. We have just completed a 10 day 2 island tour and felt that you should know how much we enjoyed it - it suited our requirements very well. We considered ourselves very fortunate in our driver/guide who looked after us very well and whose knowledge of all facts connected with your country was very impressive. (M.B. Scotland). 

Our sincere thanks for all the pleasant arrangements in transport, lodging, and sightseeing. We are very grateful for the comfortable lodging. Not only were we able to have such wonderful experience in travelling in small group but also to feel at peace of the safety and guidance of our driver. (J.H and M.L. Singapore).             

Thank you for arranging the tour for us. It made our trip more fun, NZ is such a great place. I love everything. (Kimi and Mikio. Japan).

Day 1.Thursday. AUCKLAND - WAITOMO CAVES  - HOBBITON - ROTORUA           

Depart Auckland 7.45am and drive south over the Bombay Hills and along the banks of the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves for a guided tour through the main limestone cave and cruise through the glowworm grotto. (45 minute tour). 

Visit Lake Karapiro, home of New Zealand rowing, and the Karapiro hydro dam on the Waikato River, at 425 km this is New Zealand's longest river.

Continue to Hobbiton and the Shires Rest to join your guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie set, made famous by "Lord of the Rings, and "Hobbit" films. Drive through part of the picturesque 500 hectare (1,250 acre) sheep and cattle farm and your guide will escort you through the 10 acre Hobbiton site. See the Hobbit Holes, Bag End (Bilbo and Frodo Baggins home), Party Tree, Lake, The Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn, and learn how this Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. Enjoy a cold drink from the Green Dragon Inn and continue to Rotorua.

Day 2. Friday.              ROTORUA              (BD)          

Enjoy  a guided tour of the Te Puia thermal to see bubbling mud pools, famed Pohutu geyser, and to visit the Maori carving and weaving school. Continue to the Agrodome farm show for an introduction to 19 types of sheep and see the amazing sheep dogs working. Ride the Skyline gondola for a panoramic view over the lake and city, and with luge and lunch options - extra expense. This afternoon enjoy the Redwoods treetop walk and you have time to relax in the hot thermal waters of the Polynesian Spa (extra expense) before enjoying an introduction to Maori culture with an exciting concert, and hangi steam cooked dinner.

Day 3. Saturday.           ROTORUA - CHRISTCHURCH             (B)                   

Fly south to Christchurch and enjoy a tour of introduction to Christchurch en route to your accommodation including the Port Hills, Sumner Beach, and the central city area.

Day 4. Sunday.               CHRISTCHURCH - MT COOK   (B)

Depart Christchurch 8.30am and drive across the Canterbury Plains and over Burkes Pass to Lake Tekapo. See the Church of the Good Shepherd and sheep dog monument before driving along the shores of amazing Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain. You have time to visit the National Park headquarters, Sir Edmund Hillary centre, or take an optional ski plane or helicopter flight to land on the snows of the Glacier. (All activities are extra expense - flights are weather dependent).

Day 5. Monday.           MT COOK - ARROWTOWN - QUEENSTOWN      (B)

Drive south through the McKenzie Country and over the Lindis Pass to the fruit growing region of Cromwell, and on to the historic gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. Arrive Queenstown late afternoon for 3 nights.

Day 6. Tuesday.            MILFORD SOUND EXCURSION          (BL)
A day of magnificent scenery as we drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and across Southland farming country to Lake Te Anau for a brief stopover then on into the heart of the Fiordland National Park travelling through the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys. Visit the Mirror Lakes and Roaring Chasm and drive through the Homer tunnel before we arrive in Milford Sound. Board your cruise to travel the length of Milford Sound under majestic Mitre Peak. See the seal colony and Bowen Falls before retracing our steps to Queenstown. Lunch is included during your cruise. 
CRUISE MAGNIFICENT DOUBTFUL SOUND
Enjoy Doubtful Sound instead of Milford sound. cruise across Lake Manapouri and drive over Wilmot Pass to cruise the length of Doubtful Sound before returning to Manapouri and Queenstown - extra cost $60

Please note: travel to Milford or Doubtful Sounds today may be in a big coach with the cruise operator.

Day 7. Wednesday.                   QUEENSTOWN                             (B)
The day is free to enjoy this beautiful resort with many optional activities (extra expense) available. Ride the gondola to the Skyline restaurant and luge,enjoy an exciting (must do) jet boat ride on the Shotover River, bungy jump, white water raft, take a cruise on the historic steamer "Earnslaw" or whatever you wish.

For Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans we recommend the tour to Glenorchy with stunning natural scenery and places where Isengard, Wizards Vale, Lothlorien Forest, Amon Hen, Misty Mountains, Ithilien, were filmed - extra expense $180

Day 8. Thursday. QUEENSTOWN - WANAKA - FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER                                  (B)
Drive through the Kawarau Gorge to Wanaka for a brief stop with admission to amazing Puzzling World included and continue through Makarora and over the Haast Pass into the rainforest and spectacular coastline of the West Coast. Visit Shipwreck beach, beautiful Lake Matheson and arrive Franz Josef Glacier late afternoon for 1 night accommodation.

Day 9. Friday.              GLACIERS - HOKITIKA                   (B)

Time for a helicopter or ski plane flight or heli hike on the glacier (extra expense and weather permitting) or bush walk. Drive north to Hokitika, setting for the Booker award winning novel "The Luminaries". Overnight Hokitika or Greymouth.

Day 10. Saturday.           HOKITIKA - PUNAKAIKI ROCKS - CHRISTCHURCH.                   (B)
After a short tour of Greymouth continue to the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks in the Paparoa National Park. Explore the area before visiting the recreated gold mining village of Shantytown and try your hand at gold panning. Drive across spectacular Arthurs Pass and return across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Option to join the "Tranz Alpine express" for one of the most scenic train journeys in the world across the Southern Alps to Christchurch arriving late afternoon. You will be transferred back to your accommodation - extra cost including transfers $150. This option will miss the visit to Punakaiki rocks

Day 11. Sunday.           CHRISTCHURCH DEPART                   (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for departure. 

Why not stay longer and enjoy more of Christchurch?  
Extra cost per person per night for accommodation and breakfast
2 per room    $110      3 per room   $90       Single room  $190                                       

Many optional tours are available (some are not available in winter 2022  including 

(A) the charming French Style settlement of AKAROA including a harbour cruise, visit to a cheese factory, and lunch at a popular restaurant on the waterfront - extra cost $150 or 

(B) the picturesque and tranquil mountain thermal resort of HANMER SPRINGS including a visit to a sheep farm,Thrillseekers Canyon (optional jet boat ride), lunch at the Garden House Cafe, and a visit to Waipara Winery - extra cost $190 or 

(C) a day excursion to scenic KAIKOURA including a 3 hour Whale Watch cruise or 30 minute Whale Watch flight - extra cost $210 

(D) EDORAS TOUR.. Travel by 4WD vehicle deep into the spectacular high country and take a short walk to stand on the summit of Edoras. See behind the scenes photos of the construction of Edoras and a selection of replicas for photo use. - extra cost $258
 

                        ADD THE TOP OF THE SOUTH ISLAND.

This tour links with our BEST OF NEW ZEALAND tour every friday at Punakaiki.                                 (Minimum 2 required) 

Day 1. Saturday.                        PUNAKAIKI - NELSON.                (B)                    

Travel from Punakaiki to Nelson by scheduled Intercity coach arriving early evening. Accommodation near the depot - no transfer provided.

Day 2. Sunday.          CAPE FAREWELL EXCURSION.            (B) 
Drive to Takaka and visit the amazing Pupu Springs and on through Collingwood to visit Cape Farewell, northernmost point in the South Island. On to spectacular Wharariki beach for 1 hour walk to enjoy the sea caves, seal pups,wind swept sand dunes and coastal rock formations. A 30 minute walk to Pillar Point will give spectacular views of Farewell Spit and Golden Bay. Overnight in Takaka.

Day 3. Monday. ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK - NELSON     (B) 
Drive through part of the Abel Tasman National Park to Totaranui with a visit to the Abel Tasman Memorial en route. Join your scenic cruise along the shores of the Abel Tasman National Park. Drop in to Tonga Quarry, Medlands Beach, Anchorage and Apple Tree Bay before arriving in Kaiteriteri.You have the option to land at Tonga Quarry for a 2 hour walk over a forested saddle to Medlands Beach and cruise to Kaiteriteri. Transfer to Nelson after your cruise.

Day 4. Tuesday.                   NELSON - DEPART.                         (B) 
Visit the Cathedral, Hoglung glass blowing studio, World of Wearable Arts and classic cars Museum this morning and our arrangements end.

Extra cost per person:   

2 per room $1,950.    Single room $2490 

Extra cost includes: 
** All travel from Punakaiki to Nelson
** 3 nights accommodation and breakfast.
** Cape Farewell tour, Abel Tasman National Park cruise,
 

 

Tour 403     BEAUTIFUL NEW ZEALAND 

11 days/10 Nights.  Auckland to Christchurch

8 days/7 nights. Auckland to Queenstown.  

Departs Auckland every thursday year round (minimum 2 passengers)       

"Friendly Four" - 4-5 people reserving and travelling together save 10% each. 

"Super Six" - 6-8 people reserving and travelling together save 15% each. 

'Bubble' Tours. Form your own bubble up to 8 people and enjoy an exclusive tour with our driver/guide.

 

Includes: 

*  Auckland 

*  Waitomo Caves    

*   Hobbiton Movie Set Tour 

*   Rotorua 

*  Lake Tekapo  

*  Mount Cook 

*   Queenstown   

*   Lake Te Anau 

*   Milford Sound cruise

*   Lake Wanaka 

*   Franz Josef Glacier 

*   Hokitika 

*   Shantytown with gold panning 

*  Punakaiki Pancake Rocks                  

*  Christchurch                                  

Tour cost per person 

2 per room..... $4,490 

Single room....$5,400 

Tour cost includes     

** Arrival and departure transfers at each point 

** All travel from Auckland to Christchurch by mini bus or coach, ferry and train 

** 10 nights accommodation and breakfast at 3 or 4 star hotels. All rooms have private bathroom, TV, tea and coffee facilities etc.    

** 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 hangi dinner  

** Sightseeing admissions to Waitomo glowworm cave, Hobbiton Movie Set, Te Puia and Whakarewarewa thermal area, Hangi dinner and Maori concert, Skyline gondola, Agrodome farm show, Milford Sound cruise.

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