Ultimate NZ (PP13)

Duration: 18 Days 17 Nights


Auckland > Bay of Islands > Rotorua> Wellington > (Ferry) > Picton >

Nelson > Greymouth > Franz Josef > Queenstown > Mount Cook > Christchurch

Day 1 - Arrive Auckland

On arrival at Auckland Airport, the ‘City of Sails’, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Self-drive passengers collect your rental car for your exclusive use until the end of the tour package).

Day 2 - Auckland - Bay of Islands

This morning depart Auckland for your journey north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands.

Day 3 - Bay of Islands

Today is free day at leisure for optional tours, we highly recommend you to do one of the following activities – “Hole in the Rock” Cape Brett Cruise or a Cape Reinga Wanderer 90 mile beach tour.

Day 4 - Bay of Islands—Rotorua

After Breakfast at hotel, morning journey from Paihia to Rotorua via Auckland.

Day 5 - Rotorua

Today’s half day city tour includes Te Puia and its Thermal Valley of roaring geysers, steaming rivers and boiling mud pools. Following this, you will travel to Rainbow Springs to view trout and other wildlife and to the famous Agrodome Sheep Show.

Day 6 - Rotorua - Wellington

This morning depart Rotorua for your journey South to Capital City Wellington via Taupo.

Day 7 - Wellington

Today is free day at leisure for optional tours.

Day 8- Wellington - Ferry - Picton - Nelson

This morning, board the Interislander Ferry across the Cook Strait to Picton and, from here take the scenic Queen Charlotte Drive along the Sound to Nelson.(Self-drive passengers pick up your car directly at the Ferry Terminal).

Day 9 Nelson

This is a free day for you to pursue your own activities.

Day 10 Nelson - Greymouth - Franz Josef

For coach passengers, board a local bus for your direct transfer to Franz Josef. For Self Drivers, you cross the Hope Saddle to Kawatiri Junction before entering the Buller Gorge and following the Buller River to Westport. View the amazing Pancake Rock formations at Punakaiki and then on to Greymouth, nestled on the banks of the Grey River. Continue southwards by coach along the coast to reach Westland National Park and the glacier region.

Day 11 Franz Josef

This is a free day for you to pursue your own activities.

Day 12 Franz Josef - Queenstown

Depart this morning through the South Westland Heritage Park and across the rugged Haast Pass and Lake Wanaka. This afternoon’s travel is through the Kawarau Gorge to reach Queenstown.

Day 13 Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

An early start following the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and through Te Anau where you will be enthralled by the immense landscape. Travel through beech forest, passing majestic mountains, on through the Homer Tunnel in time to board your catamaran for the Milford Sound cruise. Cruise past Mitre Peak, the highest mountain in the world to rise vertically from the sea, and admire the Stirling and Bowen Waterfalls as you cruise out to sea. Return to the pier for the coach back to Queenstown.

Day 14 Queenstown

This is a free day to pursue your own activities. Queenstown offers jet boating, lake cruises, bungy jumping, rafting, horse riding, gondola rides.

Day 15 Queenstown - Mount Cook

This morning travel over the Lindis Pass to reach Mt Cook around lunch time. A rare opportunity to take an optional scenic flight to view Mt Cook’s snow fields and glaciers. We will stay overnight at Mt Cook.

Day 16 Mount Cook - Christchurch

Departing Mt Cook in the afternoon. You may do the helicopter rate around Mt Cook before we continue our journey to Christchurch.

Day 17 Christchurch

Today is free day at leisure for optional tours.

Day 18 Depart Christchurch

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight (Self-drive passengers return your car directly at the airport).

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