Explore New Zealand North & South Islands
10 Days/9 Nights – Explore New Zealand by Coach or Self-Drive Car. Flexible Daily Departures.
If you are planning to travel around New Zealand, you will find that this itinerary offers a complete New Zealand experience, based entirely on YOUR own terms.
Auckland * Bay of Islands * Waitomo * Rotorua * Queenstown * Christchurch.
Extend your vacation at any point along the way by adding extra nights in your favorite locations.
Welcome to Auckland , the ‘City of Sails’. This afternoon we suggest a city sightseeing tour, and for the more adventurous & active – an America’s Cup Sailing Experience or an Auckland Bridge Climb.
Auckland Bridge Climb (click here for details)
There aren’t too many bridges in the world you’re allowed to climb to the top of without getting put in handcuffs. With AJ Hackett Bungy Auckland, it’s not just allowed – it’s completely safe and incredibly fun.
Scaling the Auckland Harbour Bridge is rewarding, educational and something a bit different. It’s a fully-guided tour which will take you right to the top – giving you a 360 degree view of Auckland. With custom engineered walkways, its not only safe, but a pretty cool team bonding exercise too.
Cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge and travel north from Auckland along the beautiful Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands . The afternoon enjoy a guided visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, cemented European and Maori into nationhood. Balance of day at leisure to enjoy the many activities of the area that was the stage for much of New Zealand’s early history. This included settlement by Polynesian adventurers, discovery by Captain Cook and the unruly whaling era.
Day at leisure or take an Optional Tour to Cape Reinga. From Paihia enjoy the historical and scenic journey to Cape Reinga. Drive along the mighty Ninety Mile beach, beneath gigantic sand dunes. If you dare -ride the sand sledges. At Cape Reinga wander out to the lighthouse where spectacular views of the two oceans – Pacific Ocean & Tasman Sea meet. Or perhaps take a Swim with the Dolphins Cruise.
Board the luxury catamaran at the Paihia Maritime Wharf and cruise to Cape Brett. This most popular cruise in the Bay of Islands will whisk you on a comfortable journey out through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous ” Hole in the Rock” . On the return journey time is taken to meander through the islands. View sandy beaches, beautiful bays and marine wildlife before an island stopover allowing you to enjoy a scenic walk, swim or browse through the local souvenir shop. Upon return to Paihia your coach will return you to downtown Auckland at approximately 9:15pm.
Travel south over the Bombay Hills, following the Waikato River to Hamilton, then on via Te Awamutu to Waitomo. Enjoy a buffet lunch before visiting the Waitomo Caves. Tours to the caves include the magical boat-ride through the Glow- worm Grotto. Continue on via Lake Karapiro to arrive in Rotorua. This evening enjoy a Maori Hangi (feast) and concert.
Rotorua is the centre of the geothermal region of New Zealand and is also the main centre for Maori culture. Boiling mud, geysers and silica deposits surrounding the lake attract visitors from all over the world. Enjoy a half-day thermal tour – visit Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Buried Village, Rotorua Museum and free leisure time to shop and have lunch. (own expense).
Today fly from Rotorua over the majestic Southern Alps to Queenstown (Airfare Not Included). On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Drive through the magnificent beech forests of the Eglington and Hollyford Valleys, through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound for a launch excursion on the fiord. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery including the awe inspiring Mitre Peak with a full commentary on the natural history of the fiord. Upon conclusion return to Queenstown.
Today is free to enjoy the many leisure pursuits. The local staff at” The Station” can assist with information and reservations for the huge selection of things to see and do.
For optional touring ideas click here Queenstown Adventure Activities
Journey through dramatic landscapes to arrive in Christchurch early evening where your tour comes to an end.
Highlights: 9 nights accommodation (Arrive in Auckland & end in Christchurch) | Bay of Islands, a vacation paradise | Guided visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds | Cape Brett “Hole in the Rock” Cruise | Waitomo Glow Worm Caves | Rotorua sights| exciting Queenstown with a scenic Milford Sound Cruise.
This tour can be done by “Seat-in-Coach” or Self-Drive.
Contact us for pricing.