Day 1 – Welcome to Christchurch

On your arrival in the Christchurch airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation. An evening meet will be arranged by the Tour Director and you will meet your fellow travellers at this welcome reception. Your memorable 17 day New Zealand escorted coach tour starts tomorrow.

Accommodation: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2 – Christchurch – Franz Josef

The day starts with the amazing TranzAlpine train trip. This splendid train journey will take you through the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Later, pay a visit to the Hokitika – a little town home to the precious Jade rock. Next it’s time for factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Franz Josef Glacier is the last destination for the day. One of the world’s most accessible glaciers and still advancing Franz Josef  can be explored with a heli-hike or scenic flight (Own Expense).

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 – Franz Josef – Queenstown

Another bright morning stars with travelling through the Haast Pass. On the 3rd day itinerary  you will visit the Thunder Creek Falls. Enjoy your walk through the rainforest. Then move towards the trio of lakes – the Wanaka, the Hawea, the Dunstan.

Our next interest is Cromwell and the famous stone fruit.  Next is the historic gold mining town of the south island on the bank of the Arrow River. Finally, we will reach the “Adventure Capital of the World” Queenstown. An orientation tour will complete the day.

Accommodation: Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights)
Included Meals: Day 3: Breakfast

Day 4 – Queenstown ‘Free Time’

It’s a full day to explore the exciting Queenstown and enjoy the adrenalin pumping activities here. You have options to unearth the Queenstown hidden treasures on your own. You can start with wine tasting and garden tours or the adventure lovers can go for the jet boat ride or the white water rafting.

Evening is more eventful with the cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station. Here enjoy the lip-smacking ‘Highlight Dinner’ at the Colonel’s Homestead and an after-dinner farm show portraying the high-country farm life of New Zealand.

Accommodation: Mercure Queenstown Resort
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 – Queenstown – Te Anau

Your 5th day journey starts along the Devil’s Staircase and the coastline of the Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. Indulge in the jaw-dropping landscape of the Fiordland National Park, legendary Milford Sound. Milford Sound cruise lets you experience the spectacular nature closely.

In the journey forward today, you will cross the hand-made Homer Tunnel to the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Unending photographic opportunities will inspire your journey further.  

After this long eventful day, you will return to Te Anau. In Te Anau, you have the option to Te Anau Glow Worm Caves at night.

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 – Te Anau – Dunedin

Today our journey starts for Dunedin and on the way to the historical city experience the relaxing view of the sheep-filled farming land.

In the leisurely evening you can go for the wildlife cruise. Other options to enjoy the evening may be visiting the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or riding the Taieri Gorge Railway.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 – Dunedin – Omarama

On this day, you have free time in the morning. You can utilize the free hours by paying a visit to the century old Larnach Castle. Layer in the day you’ll travel through Oamaru, Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam on your way to Omarama.

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 – Omarama – Christchurch

Assimilate the alpine panorama of Mt. Cook National Park (scenic flight available in own expense). Go through Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, and then visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. Now it’s time for the return journey to
Christchurch acrossing the colourful Canterbury Plains.

Accommodation: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – Christchurch – Picton

Travel alongside the rugged and jagged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikoura, the place famous for its whales (whale watching flight available in own expense). Next you’ll visit Ohau Point to watch the fur seals, native to New Zealand. Bypass the Grassmere Salt Works we will travel to Picton, the coastal town South island.

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 – Picton – Wellington

Today we will move towards North Island. From Picton we will start for Wellington this morning. On the way you’ll be boarded to a Cruise to explore the Queen Charlotte Sound crossing the Cook Strait.

After reaching the harbour city and the “coolest little capital” Wellington it’s time to take a city tour. Afterwards, you will get some time to relax. And in the afternoon it’s time to visit the Te Papa – the national museum and art gallery, and to uncover the natural wonders of the northern island, as well as the history and heritage of the city.

Accommodation: Travelodge Wellington
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 – Wellington – Rotorua

Today the travel starts along the Kapiti Coast. Cross the dairy farms of Manawatu on the way to Tongariro National Park. Enjoy the scenic view of the active stratovolcano – Mt.Ruapehu.

The scenic drive doesn’t end here. Visit the town Taupo and drive along the coastline of Lake Taupo – New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and cross the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station on your way to Rotorua.

After arriving at Rotorua, it time for an enjoying evening of fun and laughter. You get an opportunity to gain an insight into indigenous Maori culture followed by the lip-smacking buffet dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua Hotel (2 nights)
Included Meals: Breakfast and Highlight Dinner

Day 12 – Rotorua Sights

We will spend the full day in Rotorua sightseeing. Land of natural wonders, Rotorua is also a heritage town with deep rooted Maori inhabit here.

You can visit the Agrodome to watch the popular farm show, animal interaction, wool demonstration, sheep shearing etc. There are options to visit the Rainbow Springs Nature Park or Te Puia – the centre of Maori cultural experiences. In the National Park don’t miss the chance to enjoy with abundant of Rainbow Trout and the native fauna including the kiwis. At Te Puia local Maori people will guide you through the geothermal valley, the mud pools, natural geysers and  New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute .

Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua Hotel
Included Meals: Day 12: Breakfast

Day 13 – Rotorua – Auckland

Now you’ll start moving for the largest NZ city, Auckland. Travel across the Waikato region to the famous Waitomo Caves. You’ll tour to the celebrated Waitomo Glow Worm cave by boat. Experience the excitement of the black water rafting and the amazing view of the illuminating glowworms.

Afterwards, you’ll travel through the Waikato River to Auckland. The rest of the day is scheduled for a city tour.

Accommodation: Mercure Auckland
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 – Auckland – Bay of Islands

The day is going to be the most eventful day. Exploration starts from Auckland and ends at the Bay of Island. You’ll journey over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, crossing Orewa and the panoramic Hibiscus Coast – the birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary.

Your next visit is the Parry Kauri Park, enjoy the trail along the kauri trees. A visit to the northernmost city – Whangarei, is next in our plan. Then it’s off to the gorgeous Bay of Islands.

Arriving at the Bay of Islands, you’ll take a scenic cruise to Cape Brett to pay a visit the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ formation. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through the pictorial islands; see the deserted sandy beaches and the isolated bays and keep your eyes open to watch the unique marine life.

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms (2 nights)
Included Meals: Day 14: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 15 – Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’

The day is full yours to enjoy the nature of beautiful Bay of Islands.  You have a free day to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. You can invest your day in dolphin watching. You can take a coach trip to Cape Reinga through heavenly 90 Mile Beach. You can spend your day in some adventurous activities like sailing or a sea-kayaking trip.

Your New Zealand escorted coach tour Director will help you find the optional activities.

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms
Included Meals: Day 15: Breakfast

Day 16 – Bay of Islands – Auckland

Our trip is almost done. But you still have a lot to do. You have an opportunity to visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve today. Relive the moment when New Zealand’s founding document was signed here in 1840. You can visit the carved Marae (Meeting House), Waka – the Maori War Canoe (world’s largest ceremonial war canoe,) and the Museum of Waitangi as well.

In afternoon, it’s time for return journey to Auckland and spend the evening & night within the lush farmland.

Accommodation: Mercure Auckland
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 17 – Farewell from Auckland

Your New Zealand North South Holiday concludes here after the farewell breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for your way to home.

Included Meals: Breakfast

  • 28 August 17
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