Days 1 - 3 Auckland
Make your own way to Auckland, where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel. Your Tour Manager will meet you at the hotel for your welcome meeting this evening.
Day 4 Auckland
The beautiful city of Auckland is the largest in New Zealand, situated on the North Island in the Hauraki Gulf. We’ll admire its spectacular skyline on an included tour this morning. Later, you will have time to explore the city further at your leisure.Meals included: B
Day 5 Auckland - Rotorua
Today we will journey through the dairy-rich Waikato farming region, home of the Maori kingdom, and visit the world-famous Waitomo Caves. The amazing glow-worm grotto is a fascinating sight and we will explore in the company of a Local Guide.Meals included: B
Day 6 Rotorua - at Leisure
Today you have the option to join a tour of Hobbiton, the location created for the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films. Alternatively join us for an optional excursion to Rainbow Springs, where you can catch a glimpse of the rare, flightless kiwi bird, take a ride on a gondola and enjoy a taste of regional wines. Tonight, you’ll have a chance to experience a Maori concert and sample an authentic Hangi meal on an optional tour.Meals included: B
Day 7 Rotorua - Napier
Today we visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve, home to the extraordinary boiling mud pools and spouting geysers that New Zealand is so famous for. We then head to Napier, home to one of the finest collections of Art Deco-style buildings in the world and with an ideal climate for growing grapes. Sample some of the locally cultivated wines before we discover more of the town. We’ll enjoy a group dinner this evening at a winery estate.Meals included: B,D
Day 8 Napier - Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand’s wonderful capital, enjoys a beautiful setting on the southern tip of the North Island. We’ll head here today with an orientation tour on arrival to highlight the city’s main sights.Meals included: B
Day 9 Wellington - at Leisure
We have left today free for you to explore the city with your travelling companions. Perhaps take the cable car to the Botanical Gardens or visit the Te Papa Museum, which offers a wealth of information about New Zealand and its history, along with a collection of art.Meals included: B
Day 10 Wellington - Christchurch
We set sail for the South Island today. Once back on land we continue the drive to Christchurch and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Kaikoura coast along the way.Meals included: B
Day 11 TranzAlpine Train
The TranzAlpine offers a spectacular journey into the Southern Alps. We’ll be on board the train from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass, passing through the contrasting scenery of the snow-capped Southern Alps and majestic gorges. We then continue south to the magnificent scenery and glaciers of the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier regions.Meals included: B
Day 12 Franz Josef Glacier - Queenstown
Travel through Westland National Park with tremendous views as we head to Queenstown, a popular resort in both summer and winter.
Later on, you may wish to join us for an optional ride on the Skyline Queenstown Gondola. We’ll travel 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu for fabulous views of the night sky and an incredible stargazing experience. A delicious dinner in the restaurant at the top of the gondola rounds off a wonderful evening.
Day 13 Milford Sound
Te Anau is the gateway to Fjordland National Park and our first port of call on today’s tour. We continue through the lush beech forests of the Eglinton Valley and the eroded glacial canyons of the Hollyford Valley, before arriving at Milford Sound.
A cruise on the Sound is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the area.
Day 14 Queenstown - at Leisure
Explore Queenstown at your leisure or perhaps join an optional excursion to take a ride on a jet boat. You’ll also enjoy a walk through the bush and go on an exciting four-wheel drive. This evening you could enjoy a relaxing steamship cruise on Lake Wakatipu and a gourmet barbecue dinner in the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak.Meals included: B
Day 15 Queenstown - Omarama
Today we travel via the gold-mining town of Arrowtown. New Zealand’s spectacular scenery is never-ending and another stunning route delivers us to the Mount Cook region today.Meals included: B
Day 16 Omarama - Christchurch
Today we will travel over the Canterbury Plains and on to Christchurch where an orientation tour introduces us to all the main sights. This evening we’ll gather with the group to enjoy a farewell drink.Meals included: B
Days 17 - 15 Christchurch - Departure
Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport, please see www.justyou.com/transfersMeals included: B