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, 15 nights private accommodation
Waitomo Region, Boiling mud pools, Thunderous Huka Falls, Return journey on Scenic Interisland Feryy, Punakaiki Rocks and blowhole, Scenic Truman Track, View Greestone carving in Hokitika, The original bungy site at historic Kaerau Bridge Stunning journeys through Kahurangi, Paparoa, Westland, Mt Aspiring, Firodland and Tongario National Parks, Mackenzie Country and views of Mt Cook, Kaikoura seal colony, Beach resort of Mount Maungauni, Scenic Karangahake Gorge, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve, Monteiths Brewery Tour Greymouth
AUCKLAND - HOBBITON MOVIE SET - 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 through the Hauraki Plains across the quaint single lane Kopu bridge to Thames. From Thames we continue on to Paeroa, where can you grab a bottle of New Zealand’s most famous fizzy drink Lemon and Paeroa (also known as L&P) and then pose for a group photo with the World Famous (in NZ) L&P bottle. At 7 metres high, the bottle is a permanent reminder of the therapeutic Paeroa Springs water discovered before 1900, which, with the addition of a squeeze of lemon, became known as New Zealand’s very own soft drink.
After we leave Paeroa, we head into the spa town of Te Aroha, meaning ‘place of love’.
The next stop is lunch at the “Shires Rest” gateway to the Hobbiton Movie Set, immersed in stunning New Zealand farmland and overlooking the Kaimai Ranges. This is your chance to relax, feed the friendly sheep, watch sheep shearing and even try authentic Lord of the Rings beer. We arrive into Rotorua by early afternoon where Maori culture and thermal activity combine to make a very unique destination. Upon arrival, take a deep breath and the smell of Rotorua will fill your nostrils…. Yes the smell of rotten eggs - from the dense sulphur deposits all over the city. Look out for steam rising from the ground on a scenic tour of the city via Government Gardens and Lake Rotorua. This will be followed by experiencing a heartfelt cultural welcome to the area at the Realm of Tane, taking you on a short journey through Maori culture, mythology and stories. This evening, make sure you take the opportunity to try a superb Tamaki Maori Hangi and Concert – an experience that shouldn’t be missed! Approximate arrival into Rotorua is 4.30pm.
ROTORUA - TAUPO
Today we stock up on lunch and supplies before heading south to Taupo through bubbling geothermal land. You will get a chance to wander around the spectacular Wai-O-Tapu geothermal wonderland, famous for vivid mud pools and the Lady Knox Geyser. The geyser erupts each day at 10.15am, shooting jets of water reaching up to 20 metres and lasting for over an hour. The next incredible stop is the mighty Huka Falls, throwing over 200,000 litres of water a second into the river below. Those in for an adrenaline rush will have the chance to try out the jet boat on the Waikato River up to the base of the Huka Falls or bungy jump above it. For those wanting to experience one of the best thrills in NZ, Taupo is one of the most amazing places to skydive. From 15,000 feet you can see both coasts of NZ. If you are not partaking in these adrenaline activities we continue onto Taupo, situated on the edge of a lake bigger than Singapore. In true Kiwi fashion all this water means there are heaps of things to do. Make sure you spend two nights here if you can to enjoy all the activities available. The nightlife in Taupo is outstanding, with many bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from. Approximate arrival time in Taupo is 1.30pm.
TAUPO - WAITOMO - NATIONAL PARK
Today we head northwest to Waitomo to visit the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, which are over 30 million years old. Here you can view the amazing caverns and glowworms or be daring and have a go at one of the many activities Magic has on offer such as black water rafting and abseiling into the caves, something you certainly won’t have the chance to do too often!. For those not partaking in the caving experiences, you can enjoy a free bush walk through small caves, limestone outcrops and a forest-covered gorge alongside the Waitomo Stream. After the walk you can visit The Shearing Shed, where you can watch unique Angora rabbit shearing. By early afternoon we depart Waitomo and head towards Te Kuiti, the sheep shearing capital of the world, before heading through the King Country farmland onto Taumarunui where you can pick up supplies from the supermarket for your evenings meal. Before you get to your final destination we stop in Whakapapa Village in the Tongariro National Park. You have time here to enjoy a nature walk to the Tawhai Falls, explore the Whakapapa Visitor Centre which is full of information on the Tongariro National Park, the ski fields and hiking tracks, Maori stories and the volcanic history of the area. Also admire the elegant Tongariro Chateau set in spectacular grounds with the stunning backdrop of Mt Ruapehu. In winter you’ll get a chance to play in the snow, make a snowman or have a snow fight with your travelling friends. Approximate arrival time in National Park is 5.00pm.
NATIONAL PARK - WELLINGTON
Today we travel south around the Tongariro National Park with stunning views of Mt Ruapehu. We head through the alpine town of Ohakune (bizarrely known as the Carrot Capital of NZ) and drive on through live army training grounds to Waiouru, New Zealand Army’s training base. Later in the day we pass through the imaginatively named town of Bulls an unforget-a-Bull town like no udder. Make sure you pay attention and try and spot a few of the unique shop names like the café Delect-a-Bull. Travelling down the Kapiti Coast, look to the right of the bus and see Kapiti Island, a bird and marine reserve. The road follows the Tararua Ranges which form a dramatic backdrop along the length of the coastline. We arrive into Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city in the afternoon. The first stop is to view Parliament Buildings and ‘The Beehive’ before heading to the summit of Mt Victoria for 360 degree views across the city and Cook Strait. There’s plenty to keep you busy here including lively cafes and don’t miss a visit to Te Papa, our national museum. Approximate arrival time in Wellington is 3.00pm.
WELLINGTON - PICTON - NELSON
This morning make your own way to the ferry terminal where you can catch the ferry across the stunning Cook Strait through the Marlborough Sounds to the South Island (Please note: the price of the ferry is not included in some passes). The Magic bus will meet you on the other side and you will quickly begin the next part of the journey through the beautiful countryside and famous wine regions toward Nelson arriving late afternoon. Nelson ‘the sunshine capital of NZ’ is an arty city, has a relaxed atmosphere and is the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park. Approximate arrival time in Nelson is 3.30pm.
NELSON - GREYMOUTH
After leaving Nelson, we journey through the Hope Saddle and cross the picturesque Buller Gorge to New Zealand’s ‘Wild West Coast’ one of the more remote, rugged and most sparsely populated areas of the country. Today you will become aware of the amazing scenery and warm welcome that the West Coast is famous for. First stop on the coast is Cape Foulwind, named so by Captain Cook after his ship was blown off course. The cape is home to a Fur Seal breeding colony which you will have the chance to view. Travelling south down the ‘Coast Road’, one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world and on through Paparoa National Park - a coastal forest with limestone cliffs, canyons, caves and home to the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. We stop to view these amazing rock formations which are especially dramatic when the sea is in full swing. Hop back onboard and enjoy coastal views all the way to Greymouth, our overnight stop. Tonight in Greymouth we have included a tour of the (very kiwi) Monteiths Brewery including beer tasting and dinner at a local hotel. It’s a great chance to meet some of the interesting locals and fellow travellers. Approximate arrival time in Greymouth is 5.00pm.
GREYMOUTH - FRANZ JOSEF
This morning we travel further down the West Coast before stopping in the township of Hokitika, famous for its local cuisine and treasured 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 take time to do a spot of gold panning later in the morning. Heading further south we enter Westland National Park, an area containing numerous scenic lakes, dense forests, many of the Southern Alps highest peaks and two amazingly accessible glaciers. Time for more adventure! We arrive into the alpine village of Franz Josef 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 within the midst of the Southern Alps. Those not doing a hike today will be taken to the glacier lookout before being dropped at accommodation. If glaciers aren’t your thing, another option here is to go kayaking on the scenic Lake Mapourika, surrounded by stunning mountain peaks. Tonight, relax the night away in the Glacier Hot Pools. 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
Sector TAFree: IN QUEENSTOWN
Spend the day trying out some of the huge range of activities on offer in ‘the adventure capital of the world’
QUEENSTOWN - DUNEDIN
Life slows down a little as we leave Queenstown behind us, the first stop being historic Arrowtown for a glimpse of the way things were. We then head off along the old gold mining trail taking in some spectacular scenery through Central Otago to the city that is known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, Dunedin. A wonderful mixture of Victorian colonial history and contemporary cafes and bars, Dunedin also provides a great base to explore the largest variety of wildlife in the South Island. Upon arriving in Dunedin, get close to nature and join the highly recommended Elm Wildlife Tour that takes you to the Otago Peninsula to spot yellow-eyed penguins, Albatross, sea lions and fur seals up close. For something quite different, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory where samples are included, or perhaps finish off a great day by joining the evening Speights Brewery Tour. Approximate arrival time into Dunedin is 12.45pm.
DUNEDIN - LAKE TEKAPO
We start the day with a chance to run up Baldwin Street - the world’s steepest street - that’s you, not the Magic bus! The next stop is a walk on the beach to see the Moeraki Boulders, huge rocks scattered across the seashore renowned for their unique spherical shape. Next we pass through the historic stone town of Oamaru. As we head on into the Mackenzie Country we pass by the Benmore Dam, the largest earth dam in the Southern Hemisphere. Keep an eye out for amazing views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the many surrounding lakes. The tranquil Lake Tekapo is our overnight destination, a small town located at the end of a lake by the same name. There is a lot on offer here including an optional day trip to Mt Cook, kayaking on the lake, fantastic 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 and enjoy your fellow travellers company as your driver cooks up a feast to remember. Approximate arrival time into Lake Tekapo is 2.30pm.
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 before Methven, a rural Canterbury town. Methven is also the base for skiing Mt Hutt in the winter. The bus then heads through the Canterbury Plains, the largest area of flat land in NZ and a huge contrast to our previous days travel! Those flying out today can be dropped at the airport after accommodation drop offs. Approximate arrival time into Christchurch is 1.30pm or 2.15pm at the airport.
CHRISTCHURCH - KAIKOURA
Upon leaving the Garden City this morning, we follow the rugged coastline up to Kaikoura, stopping enroute to visit a seal colony. The coach will arrive in the Green Globe community of Kaikoura in time to experience the lifetime thrill of whale watching or dolphin swimming – don’t miss out! Back on land, try some fresh Crayfish or indulge in a traditional New Zealand fish & chip dinner here, voted one of the best places to do so!
Approximate arrival time in Kaikoura is 12.00pm
KAIKOURA - PICTON - WELLINGTON
A slightly more leisurely departure time this morning so enjoy a lie in! We keep following the coast north, travelling through famous hilly pastures and wine country of Marlborough to Picton in time to catch the early afternoon ferry across to Wellington.
Approximate arrival time in Wellington is 4.30pm
WELLINGTON - TAUPO - ROTORUA
Today we head north out of Wellington travelling up the Kaptiti Coast, you’ll see spectacular sea vistas and in the distance Kapiti Island a native bird sanctuary. Continuing north we travel through Bulls, Taihape and onto the Central Plateau and Tongariro National Park. This unique barren landscape forms part of New Zealand’s only official desert, the Rangipo Desert where we stop for spectacular photos of the National Park and the mountains. For film buffs, this scenery is also another welcome to Lord of the Rings country, with amazing photo opportunities of the Tongariro National Park, live volcanoes and the Tolkien inspired ‘Mt. Doom’. We drive through Turangi before following the lake into Taupo arriving mid afternoon. In Taupo you can experience one of the best thrills in NZ, skydiving from 15,000 feet. You can see both coasts of NZ, the sprawling Lake Taupo and it’s without a doubt the best way to see the Central Plateau. Departing Taupo we stop off just out of town to walk to the mighty Huka Falls throwing over 200,000 litres of water each second – it’s a stunning sight, no wonder it’s New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction. The name Huka is the Maori word for ‘foam’, which is appropriate as the falling water and rapids certainly resembles foam.
We arrive into Rotorua late afternoon. Upon arrival, you will be treated to a scenic tour of the city via the lake and government gardens. 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! Approximate arrival time in Rotorua is 4.45pm.
ROTORUA - MT MAUNGANUI - AUCKLAND
Leaving Rotorua behind we continue north-east stopping off for a short wander through the Magic Forest and to learn a little about conservation. The next stop is Tauranga. We head on to chilled out beach town of Mt Maunganui where you have enough time to walk around the mountain or relax on the beautiful beaches soaking up the atmosphere of this iconic Kiwi holiday destination. Leaving Mt Maunganui behind us, we will see a glimpse of rural New Zealand as we pass through small pioneer towns such as Katikati, the ‘mural’ town of New Zealand, and Waihi, where the gold rush which began in the 1800’s still continues today. We travel on through the incredible bush lined cutting of the Karangahake Gorge to Paeroa, where some unique landmarks pay homage to the iconic Kiwi soft drink ‘Lemon & Paeroa’, which was named after the town. We continue on to meet the southern motorway, traverse the famous Bombay Hills and then deliver you back into the city via the scenic Mission Bay, Tamaki Drive, Sir Michal Joseph Savage lookout. Approximate arrival time into Auckland is 3.30pm.