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16 Days / 15 Nights



Day 1:- Arrive Auckland
On arrival, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2:- Auckland - Rotorua
A city tour visiting the Sky tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere for panoramic views across the city, Domain, downtown city area and Waterfront Drive with numerous yacht marinas. Travel across the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of Waikato, noted particularly for dairy farming and horse studs, Cross the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua.

Day 3:- Rotorua
A sightseeing tour visits the world-famous Agrodome Sheep Show. See pools of brown and rainbow trout at Rainbow Springs Park and even native birds including the Kiwi. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over Rotorua 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 4:- Rotorua - Taupo - Napier
Visit Te Puia, the Maori Ads and Crafts Centre and Thermal Reserve with its boiling mud and Pohutu Geyser. Continue through to Wairakei where natural steam is turned into electricity, view the Huka Falls and pause at Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Continue across the Central Plateau to the Hawkes Bay region and Napier, claimed to be the world's art deco capital. A city tour will encompass the Marine Parade and foreshore area plus many of the city's art deco buildings.

Day 5:- Napier - Wellington
Orchards and vineyards give way to lush farmlands as you pass through Hastings, to Dannevirke and Woodville, for an early afternoon arrival in the Capital, Wellington. A city tour includes the summit of Mount Victoria for views over the city and Harbour. See the Houses of Parliament and distinctive "Beehive" Wellington Cathedral the central city area and Oriental Bay. Also explore the city yourself Don't miss Te Papa, the "Museum of New Zealand", or take a ride on the famous Cable Car.

Day 6:- Wellington - Picton - Blenheim
Join the Interislander Ferry for a scenic cruise to the South island with spectacular views of the city left behind. Sail across Cook Strait and into the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. In Picton, you are welcomed by your South Island Coach Captain. Explore Picton, before making the short drive to Blenheim for an afternoon's sightseeing that will include some of its W0rid re00Wned wines. A visit will be made to Montana Winery for a complimentary tasting and afternoon tea.

Day 7:- Blenheim - Kaikoura - Christchurch
Past Lake Grassmere and follow the coastline to Kaikoura, an area noted for whale watching. Over the Hundalee Ranges and onto the Canterbury Plains to reach the Garden City of Christchurch. Visit the International Antarctic Centre before a city tour which highlights a strong English influence. See the parklands and River Avon before boarding the Tourist Tram for a circuit of the city.

Day 8:- Christchurch - Mt Cook - Omarama
Cross the broad Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west. Enter the foothills near Geraldine and ascend Burkes Pass into MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd dedicated to the early pioneers and the Collie Dog memorial overlooking the waters of Lake Tekapo. Time for a flight over the Southern Alps, lakes and glaciers with Air Safaris (optional). Visit Mt Cook National Park to enjoy the majesty of New Zealand's highest snow capped peaks, before traveling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and on to Omarama.

Day 9:- Omarama - Dunedin
Pass large hydro lakes as you travel down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru and Dunedin the "Scottish" city. An early arrival allows for a choice of excellent optional activities. Combine a cruise or coach tour to see albatross, penguins and seals. Board the Taieri Gorge Railway or explore the city. This evening prior to Dinner you will be treated to a traditional Scottish Haggis Ceremony, complete with piper, address to the Haggis and gift.

Day 10:- Dunedin - Te Anau
Visit historic Olveston House, and then cross rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden. Visit Lake Manapouri before arriving at Lake Te Anau (time and weather permitting).

Day 11:- Milford Sound Day Trip
A highlight of any tour. Fallow the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys where the beech forests reach right to the roads edge and mighty capped peaks tower above. Descend into the Cleddau Canyon to Milford Sound, dominated by Mitre Peak. A launch cruise takes you to the open sea and to Bowen and Stirling Falls. Time to relax and appreciate your surroundings, walk into the rainforest to visit The Chasm, a spectacular waterfall or to the entrance of Homer Tunnel, lf conditions permit, your Coach Captain may make a short drive into the Hollyford Valley. Return to Te Anau late afternoon.

Day 12:- Te Anau - Queenstown
Cruise across Lake Te Anau to explore the under-ground world of rushing water and drift beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms, an unforgettable sight. This afternoon drive north to Kingston and around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to picturesque Queenstown. This evening cruise across the aboard the steamship TSS Earn slaw for dinner in the Colonel’s Homestead at Water Peak High Country Farm.

Day 13:- Queenstown
A day to explore the delights of this alpine resort. Your Coach Captain will happily advise on the many sightseeing activities available. We recommend the world famous Shotover Jet Boat ride, take a Gondola to the Skyline high above, a tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous - white water rafting Alternatively browse in the many shops and galleries.

Day 14:- Queenstown - Haast Pass - Fox Glacier
Pass picturesque Lake Hayes on to an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era, to Lake Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Pass Lake Hawea and the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka to Makarora into Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. Drive north along the coast to the glacier region. (Upon arrival into Fox Glacier there is opportunity to either take an optional guided walk to the glacier's terminal face or an optional helicopter flight over the glacier).

Day 15:- Fox Glacier - Christchurch
Time for an optional scenic flight over the glaciers, after then visit a Greenstone factory to see craftsmen cutting and polishing giant boulder to create fine jewelry. Cross the Otira Gorge and Arthurs Pass to the Canterbury Plains into Christchurch.

Day 16:- Depart Christchurch
Today is at your leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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