General

DAY 1 – AUCKLAND

Collect your hire car upon arrival in Auckland from the Thrifty counter in arrivals hall.

Toll free phone: 0800 737 070

Car Excess:

NZD$2990.00 and Airport pick up fee of NZD$40.25 is Payable on arrival. Your requirement of excess reduction is also available for which you will have to pay – NZD$27.60 per day. It will reduce the cost to NZD$276.00. Do not forget to get your travel insurance policy that covers vehicle access. It can be purchased from our web site.

DAY 2 – AUCKLAND/WAITOMO/ROTORUA

Travel Time 2 hours 30 minutes for 195Kms from Auckland to Waitomo
Travel Time 2 hours for 156Kms from Waitomo to Rotorua

You will be continuing your journey through the rolling farmlands. This will be followed by a delicious lunch stopover at the glow worm caves of Waitomo. After this visit to the caves (Optional) you will be making your way to Rotorua

DAY 3 – ROTORUA

Day three has been preserved for you to explore this volcanic region

Sightseeing includes:

Legends of Rotorua Pass (Includes Agrodome Show), Te Puia and of course, Paradise Valley Springs.

Your Maroi Hangi adventure will be prepared by Tamaki Tours

DAY 4 – ROTORUA – WELLINGTON

Travel Time: 6 hours for 451Kms

You continue South to New Zealand’s Capital Wellington

DAY 5 – WELLINGTON – KAIKOURA

Drive Time 2 hours – Picton-Kaikoura 156Kms

Travel Time 2 hours from Picton to Kaikoura for 156Kms

You will have to leave your car at Wellington Ferry terminal for catching the Interislander Ferry to Picton and pick up your car for your journey south Kaikoura renowned for its Whales

Interislander Ferry Timing:

Departs Wellington: 8:25am
Arrives at Picton: 11:25am
Ferry: Ph: 0800 802 802

DAY 6 – KAIKOURA – CHRISTCHURCH

Travel Time is 2 hours 46 minutes for 188Kms

The morning of this day has been preserved for you to experience an adventurous Whale watch tour (see options)

At your leisure continue the short journey South to Christchurch

DAY 7 – CHRISTCHURCH – OMARAMA (MT COOK REGION)

Travel Time is for 4 hours 30 minutes (332 Kms) from Christchurch to Mount Cook

Travel Time is for 1 hour 20 minutes (94Kms) from Mount Cook to Omarama

The morning has been preserved for travelling across the Canterbury plains. The journey goes through McKenzie Country talking you to the church of Good Shepherd located at Lake Tekapo. Later on, venture down the road that would take you to the base of Mount Cook. Finally, make your way to your relaxing accommodation at Omarama.

DAY 8 – OMARAMA – DUNEDIN

Have an adventurous Drive Time for 3 hours that would cover 233Kms

Today, you will have to leave the mountain range behind and start travelling to the East Coast moving further to the Scottish Capital – Dunedin. You will love to explore the globally popular sites like: Cadbury Factory, Olverston House and Larnach Castle.

DAY 9 – DUNEDIN – TE ANAU

Travel Time 4 hours for 298Kms

Day nine of you journey travels across the South Island. It is continued with your overnight comfortable and affordable accommodation at Te Anau – also known as the gateway to the Fiordland

DAY 10 – TE ANAU – MILFORD SOUND – QUEENSTOWN

Travel Time from Te Anau to Milford Sound: 1hour 40 Minutes (116Kms)
Travel Time from Milford Sound to Queenstown: 4 hours (290Kms)

On day ten, get prepared to enjoy an adventurous journey deep into the very Scenic Fiordland Region. As you reach Milford Wharf you will get to enjoy a well organized Real Journeys Nature Cruise. Your journey will take you to the Milford Sound (Departure time: 10:30am. Returns at 12:30am)

DAY 11 – QUEENSTOWN

Day is preserved for leisure time spending

We Suggest You with:

  • Buffet Dinner at Skyline Gondola
  • Dart River Wilderness Safari
DAY 12 – QUEENSTOWN – FRANZ JOSEF

Travel Time 5 hours 40 minutes (392Km)

Another spectacular day in itinerary ready for you, to view the amazing scenery around, as you travel across this “small” island of The Glacier Region

DAY 13 – FRANZ JOSEF

For leisure

You will love walking across the Glacier and experience an exceptional Heli-hike with a snow landing (optional)

DAY 14 – FRANZ JOSEF – GREYMOUTH – CHRISTCHURCH

Drive Time Franz Josef – Christchurch – 5 hours – 388Kms

Drive Time from Franz Josef to Christchurch will be 5 hours for 388Kms

Today, continue north to Greymouth and you will be heading across the Southern Alps taking you through Arthurs Pass. Later on, come across the Canterbury plains, before arriving to Christchurch.

We Suggest:

Board the fifth most scenic train trip in the world – TRANZ ALPINE

Tranz Alpine:

Departs Greymouth: 1:45pm
Arrives Christchurch: 6:05pm
Tranz Scenic: Ph 0800 277 482

After arriving at Christchurch Railway Station, you will have a comfortable transfer to your accommodation.

Super Shuttle: Ph: 0800 748 885

DAY 15 – CHRISTCHURCH –HOME

Today you will have to return the car before continuing your journey.

You can book our pre-organized easy transfer if you like to take the Tranz Alpine

INCLUDES:

14Nights Accommodation – Golden Chain Blue
14Days Car Hire –Thrifty – Toyota Yaris Manual/Similar
Interislander Ferry
Milford Sound Nature Cruise

OPTIONS:

Waitomo Caves – $44.00pp
Maori Hangi Concert – $95.00pp
Legends of Rotorua – $98.00pp
Whale Watch – $140.00pp
Dart River Wilderness Safari – $228.00
Skyline Gondola Buffett Dinner – $72.00pp
Glacier Valley Walk – $68.00pp
Helicopter with snow landing – $210.00pp
Heli – Hike – $398.00pp
Tranz Alpine/Transfers – $219.00pp

COSTS

LOW SEASON: $1290.00pp – Twin Share

HIGH SEASON: $1490.00pp – Twin Share

Costs are correct as at 01 April 2017 and are subject to currency fluctuations

SEASONS

High Season – 01 October  – 30 April

Low Season – 01 May  – 30 September

WEB SITES:

www.goldenchain.co.nz
www.thrifty.co.nz

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