FLASH PACKING These tours allow you to make the most of each action packed day. To ensure complete comfort, your accommodation is - Quality, private rooms with ensuite facilities and a television. - in a range of carefully selected Hotels, Motels and Hostels.
HOW IT WORKS
Accommodation and transport is pre-booked.
Get picked up and dropped off at your centrally located accommodation each day.
FLEXIBILITY - Want an extra day somewhere or an airport transfer and accommodation on arrival into NZ, or a nights post tour accommodation and transfer to airport no problems just let us know at the time of booking and we can customize your chosen tour to suit your needs.
Unlike some other adventure holiday tours this tour give's you absolute freedom. Our adventure holidays depart daily during the summer and depart up to 5 days a week during the winter months. Our tours can also be tailor made to suit your needs.
Transport, 10 nights private accommodation, FREE Injection
Highlights: Waitomo region, Boiling Mud Pools, Spectacular Lady Knox Geyser, Thunderous Huka Falls, Breathtaking drive through Tongariro National Park, Mt Victoria Summit visit, Scenic Interisland Ferry, TranzCoastal journey from Picton to Christchurch, TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, Scenic drive through Westland National Park, Lake Matheson ‘the mirror lake’, Stop at the original bungy site, the historic Kawerau Bridge, Scottish city of Dunedin, Spectacular drive through the MacKenzie Country, featuring views of Aoraki Mt Cook
INJECT MORE LIFE INTO YOUR EXPERIENCE
Included in your tour is a FREE injection designed to ensure you get the most out of your holiday – check out the bolded text in your itinerary below to find out more.
AUCKLAND - THAMES - ROTORUA
For many Magic Travellers this is the start of your New Zealand adventure, and what a great day we have in store for you. First up we take you to Mt Eden for the best view of Auckland, locally known as the City of Sails. After taking in this stunning panorama, we travel southeast across the Hauraki Plains across the quaint single lane Kopu bridge to Thames. Thames is the starting point for any passengers heading off to one of New Zealand's best regional destinations, the Coromandel Peninsula. From Thames we continue onto Paeroa, where you can pose for a photo with the world famous (in NZ) L&P bottle, before heading into the spa town of Te Aroha. Jump off and spend the night here if you want to experience hot soda springs that will ease away any aches and pains. Next stop Matamata (Hobbiton). Yes you LOTR fans will get the chance to have a picture in front of the Hobbiton sign before joining an optional Hobbiton tour. From here on in we turn up the adrenaline with an optional off-road safari and a lunch-time visit to Agroventures. Here you can Agrojet, Freefall Extreme, Schweeb or Swoop to your hearts content (you will find out more about these crazy inventions when you arrive!). We arrive into Rotorua by early afternoon where Maori culture and thermal activity combine to make a very unique destination. Upon arrival, you will be treated to a scenic tour of the city via the lake and government gardens before experiencing a heartfelt cultural welcome to the area. Next on the agenda is a tour of a local Greenstone (Pounamu) factory the sacred stone of NZ. Why not arrange a time to go back and design your very own memento of NZ. We then visit Whakarewarewa Village, a living Maori village with an abundance of culture and thermal activity on offer. Those choosing not to visit the village will get the chance to visit the stunning Redwood Forest. This evening, make sure you take the opportunity to try a superb Maori Hangi and Concert or relax in a hot pool - neither should be missed! We recommend you spend more than one night in Rotorua, as there is so much to do in this exceptional place.
Approximate arrival into Rotorua is 4.30pm
ROTORUA - WAITOMO - TAUPO
Prepare yourself for a day jam-packed full of adventure!! We start the day heading west to Waitomo to visit the famous Glow-worm Caves, which are over 30 million years old. Here you can take a walk and a boat ride through the caves to view the amazing caverns and Glow-worms or be daring and have a go at one of the many activities Magic has on offer such as black water rafting, or abseiling into the caves (this is something you certainly won't have the chance to do too often!). By early afternoon we depart Waitomo and head towards Taupo. Our first stop is the mighty Huka Falls, throwing over 200,000 litres of water each second. Experience an adrenaline rush with your free tour injection: a Huka Falls Jet boat ride. For those wanting to experience one of the best thrills in NZ, Taupo is one of the most amazing places to skydive in NZ. From 15,000 feet you can see both coasts of NZ, just ask your driver to sort you out with a jump. For those not partaking in these adrenaline activities we continue onto Taupo, situated on the edge of a lake bigger than Singapore, in true Kiwi fashion this means there are heaps of things to do. Make sure you spend two nights here if you can to experience horse riding, kayaking or fishing on the lake, to name just a few options. Taupo is also the departure point to attempt the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Described as NZ's best one day trek you will need at least two nights in Taupo to undertake the walk that takes you into the heart of volcano country, Mt Doom. The nightlife in Taupo is outstanding, with many decent bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from.
Approximate arrival time in Taupo is 4.30pm.
TAUPO - WELLINGTON
If you are brave, start the day with a dip in New Zealand’s largest lake. We then head south out of Taupo, travelling along the Desert Road. Welcome to Lord of the Rings country, with amazing photo opportunities of the Tongariro National Park, live volcanoes and ‘Mt. Doom’. Later in the day we pass through the imaginatively named town of Bulls. Make sure you pay attention and try and spot a few of the unique shop names – it’s unforgettabull! In the afternoon, we arrive into Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, were we stop to view Parliament Buildings and ‘The Beehive’ before heading to the summit of Mt Victoria for some fantastic views. There’s plenty to keep you busy here including lively cafes and bars, and don’t miss a visit to Te Papa, the national museum.
Approximate arrival time in Wellington is 4.00pm
WELLINGTON - CHRISTCHURCH
Catch the 9.30 ferry across to Picton, checking your luggage in to Christchurch. When the ferry arrives in Picton you will be met by the train – then enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery on the way to Christchurch.
CHRISTCHURCH - GREYMOUTH
This morning you will be transferred to the train station where you will board the TranzAlpine train and travel past picturesque valleys, mountains and lakes through Arthur’s Pass. Arrive in Greymouth, on the West Coast, in the early afternoon.
NB: You will need to make your own way to the train station.
GREYMOUTH - FRANZ JOSEF
This morning we travel further down the West Coast toward Hokitika, famous for its local cuisine and Pounamu / Greenstone. The traces of gold rush that brought thousands to the area in the mid 1800s are still evident in the historic town of Ross, where we stop for a spot of gold panning. During the summer months (October to March) we take a drive into the scenic Okarito lagoon. We arrive in Franz Josef alpine village in time for those who want to partake in a half day glacier hike. If you wish to aim higher, take a heli-hike that will deliver you to the top of the glacier. If you want a bit more of a challenge, allow an extra day and go for the full day glacier hike (there are not too many opportunities in the world to do something like this). If glaciers aren’t your thing, another option here is to go kayaking on a local lake.
Approximate arrival time into Franz Josef in winter is 12.00pm and summer is 1.00pm
FRANZ JOSEF - QUEENSTOWN
We have an early start for an action packed day. First up we pass through Fox, another town nestled next to a glacier before stopping off at Lake Matheson. Often called the ‘Mirror Lake’ for those ‘picture postcard’ photos, as the lake reflects the Southern Alps which dominate the skyline. The scenery will change from dense forest to vast plateaus as we enter the Central Otago region. Make sure you have your cameras ready as we visit Lake Hawea and later, Lake Wanaka – a recommended overnight stop. Next up, is a stop at the home of the bungy, the Kawarau Bridge, 42m over the Kawerau River and the world’s first commercial bungy site. We head into Queenstown late afternoon where there are endless activity options, from mild to wild. We have allowed two days in Queenstown (but many people prefer to stay longer) to soak it all up.
Approximate arrival time in Queenstown is 5.30pm
Spend the day trying out some of the huge range of activities on offer in ‘the adventure capital of the world’
QUEENSTOWN - DUNEDIN
Life will slow down a little as we leave Queenstown behind us. We head off along the old gold mining trail taking in some spectacular scenery through central Otago to Dunedin. When you arrive in Dunedin why not join the highly recommended Elm Wildlife Tour that takes you to the Otago Peninsular to spot yellow-eyed penguins, albatross and seals up close. For something quite different, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, where samples are included (yum!), or perhaps finish of a great day by joining the evening Speights Brewery Tour.
Approximate arrival time into Dunedin is 12.30pm
DUNEDIN - LAKE TEKAPO
We start the day with a chance to run up the world’s steepest street (that’s you not the Magic coach!). The next stop is a walk on the beach to see the Moeraki Boulders, renowned for their unique spherical shape. Then, after passing through the stone town of Oamaru, if a real New Zealand experience is what you are after take the opportunity to jump off and stay at a working farm in Kurow, an unmissable stop! As we head into the Mackenzie Country, we pass by the Benmore Dam, the largest earth dam in the Southern Hemisphere. Keep an eye on the scenery as there are some amazing views of Aoraki Mt. Cook and the many surrounding lakes. The tranquil Lake Tekapo is our overnight destination. There is a lot on offer including an optional day trip to Mt Cook, sightseeing flights of the Southern Alps or visit the idyllic Church of the Good Shepherd. Tonight, don’t miss the chance to view the Southern Hemisphere stars up close.
Approximate arrival time into Lake Tekapo is 4.00pm
LAKE TEKAPO - CHRISTCHURCH
After leaving the shores of Lake Tekapo, we travel around the edges of the stunning Mackenzie Country, crossing over Burkes Pass and the foothills of the Southern Alps. We then pass through the picturesque towns of Fairlie and Geraldine, stopping here for a short time. For those considering undertaking the ‘Lord of the Rings’ tour, let your driver know as you can get picked up just beyond Geraldine. The coach then heads through the Canterbury Plains, the largest area of flat land in NZ – a huge contrast to previous days travel! On arrival in Christchurch, we go first to the International Antarctic Centre where you’ll have the option to learn more about the frozen continent and even undertake a Hagglund Ride, before travelling into the centre of the ‘Garden City’.
Approximate arrival time into Christchurch is 12.30pm or 3.00pm if visiting the Antarctic Centre.