The Tour includes: Airport Transfers, Accommodation, Coach Transport, 1 Dinner, City Highlights Tours in Wellington and Auckland, TranzAlpine Train Journey, Visit to Shantytown, Montana Winery Tasting & Afternoon Tea, Interislander Ferry Crossing, Visit to Te Papa Museum, Visit to Huka Falls, Entry to Agrodome, Entry to Rainbow Springs Park, Entry to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Entry to Skyline Skyrides and Luge Ride, Entry to Glowworm Grotto, Entry to Skytower, Entry to Kauri Museum, Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Hole in the Rock Cruise.
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Day 1 - Arrive Christchurch
Welcome to New Zealand! Kirra Holidays will greet you at the airport, with transport waiting to take you to your hotel.
Pavilions Hotel (1 night)
Day 2 - Christchurch / Greymouth
Join the famous Tranz Alpine train, departing from Christchurch Station at 8.15am (report 7.45am) crossing the Canterbury Plains and through the Southern Alps to Greymouth. Visit Shantytown, a restored goldmining town of the 1860ís, pan for gold, ride on the steam train, stagecoach or horse and buggy, all at no extra cost.
Hotel Ashley. (1 night)
Day 3 - Greymouth / Blenheim
View the unusual rock formations and blowholes at Punakaiki and pass Charleston, a former goldmining township. Follow the Buller River through the Buller Gorge and on to Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park. Follow the long Wairau Valley to Blenheim. A short tour of the area includes a visit to Montana Winery. Enjoy a hosted tour of the winery, learn about and taste a range of the famous local wines (purchase if you wish) followed by afternoon tea.
Heartland Hotel Marlborough (1 night)
Day 4 - Blenheim / Picton / Wellington
Drive to Picton, nestled on the shores of the Marlborough Sounds, to board the Interislander ferry. Sail through picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound, sheltered waterways, remote bays and isolated holiday homes. Across Cook Strait and into Wellington Harbour for spectacular views of New Zealandís Capital City. A city tour will incorporate the summit of Mt Victoria for panoramic views of the city and harbour, the Houses of Parliament and the distinctive ďBeehiveĒ, Wellington Cathedral, city centre and Oriental Bay. Also explore the city yourself. Donít miss Te Papa, the ďMuseum of New ZealandĒ or take a ride on the famous Cable Car.
Bay Plaza Hotel (1 night)
Day 5 - Wellington / Taupo / Rotorua
Drive to Paekakariki with views of Kapiti Island and on a clear day, the South Island. Cross the Himitangi Plains, through the towns of Levin and Foxton to Bulls. Across rolling farmland to the central North Island National Park, dominated by the volcanic cone of Mt Ruapehu. Follow the Desert Road to Lake Taupo, New Zealandís largest lake and famous for trout fishing. Stop at Huka Falls skirting massive pine forests to reach Rotorua, centre of Maori culture.
Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua(2 nights)
Day 6 - Rotorua
A sightseeing tour visits the Agrodome for a display featuring New Zealandís various sheep breeds with a shearing demonstration. See pools of rainbow and brown trout at Rainbow Springs Park and even native birds including the Kiwi. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over city, lake and mountains and for a little excitement try a Luge ride with our compliments. Time for optional activities this afternoon before a Maori hangi (meal) with selection of traditionally prepared meats and vegetables plus conventional dishes, followed by a concert featuring Maori songs, chants and the stirring haka (entire group).
Day 7 - Rotorua / Waitomo / Auckland
Cross the Mamaku Ranges to the Waikato region, noted for dairy farming and world famous horse studs. At Waitomo, a guide will escort your group underground to the limestone caverns and glow worm grotto. On through Hamilton to Ngaruawahia, centre for the regionís Maori people, then alongside the Waikato River before crossing the Bombay Hills to reach New Zealandís largest city Ė Auckland. A city tour will visit the summit of Skytower, at 328m the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere for superb city and harbour views, the downtown area and Waterfront Drive.
Rydges Hotel (1 night)
Day 8 - Bay of Islands / Auckland
A launch cruise will take you across the Bay and world acclaimed fishing grounds to Cape Brett and the famous "Hole in the Rock". Returning to Paihia, board your Coach for the journey south through Whangarei and Warkworth passing the satellite tracking station. Shortly Auckland city and Harbour come into view. Your tour will conclude at approximately 5.30pm.
Day 9 - Bay of Islands
A day free for you to relax and enjoy the many optional activities available. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with details. A full day Tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealandís northern most point and Ninety Mile Beach is extremely popular or alternatively, visit historic Russell, New Zealandís first settlement and visit its original Church, Mission House and Museum.
Day 10 - Bay of Islands / Auckland
This morning a launch cruise will take you across the Bay and some of its world acclaimed fishing grounds to Cape Brett and the famous ďHole in the Rock, cruising amongst picturesque islands with pristine sandy beaches and sparkling clear water. Returning to Paihia, board your Coach for the journey south through Whangarei and Warkworth, passing the satellite tracking station. Shortly Auckland city and Harbour come into view with a late afternoon arrival.
Rydges Hotel (1 night)
Day 11 - Auckland / Home
It is farewell to your travelling companions. You will be transferred to Auckland International Airport to join your flight home.