12 days / 11 nights
From NZ$7,490 per person
    • Experience so much on this popular 2 week itinerary:  Maori culture and geothermal delights in world-famous Rotorua.  Visit Tongariro, Abel Tasman and Mount Cook National Parks before exploring Milford Sound with a cruise and special scenic flight.

      Group size:  max 18 travellers

      Highlights

      • Travel the dramatic highway through the Karangahake Gorge
      • Discover Rotorua’s impressive lakes of Rotoiti and Tarawera
      • Explore Maori cultural connections in Rotorua
      • Watch in awe as the powerful Huka Falls surge and visit the Wairakei geothermal power station,
        the first of its kind in the world
      • Enjoy views of three active volcanoes from across Lake Taupo
      • Take a gentle walk in the wilderness of the Tongariro National Park in the central North Island
      • Explore the eclectic café scene, bars and restaurants in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city
      • Visit the exquisite Lake Tekapo and the stunning Church of the Good Shepard located on the
        edge of the lake
      • Explore the diverse the flora, fauna and sights of the Aoraki/Mt Cook region.
      • Learn more about New Zealand’s gold-mining history as we pass through the beautiful Kawarau Gorge
      • Explore Lake Wakatipu, one of the Great Southern Lakes

      Departure Dates

      2019:  16 Dec, 23 Dec,
      2020:  6 Jan, 17 Feb, 2 Mar, 30 Mar, 6 Apr, 26 Oct, 2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov, 14 Dec, 21 Dec
      2021:  4 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar, 29 Mar, 5 Apr, 

    • Day 1:  Auckland - Rotorua
      After connecting with your travel companions in Auckland our tour continues to Rotorua, via the lush pastures of the Waikato and fruit basket of the Bay of Plenty. Our first stop is the dramatic Karangahake Gorge for a stroll alongside the Ohinemuri River through native bush to the relics and ruins of this region's gold-mining past.

      • Comfortable air conditioned coach transport
      • 11 nights accommodation chosen for __cpLocation and accessability to attractions
      • Daily breakfasts
      • 3 special lunches 
      • A picnic lunch for your day in Abel Tasman National Park
      • Visit a working Kiwifruit orchard, meet the growers and taste the fruit fresh off the vine.
      • Cruise Lake Rotoiti on the luxury yacht “Tiua” and soak in the mineral hot pools on the edge of the lake, only reached by boat.
      • Meet the locals and learn about their Maori and European ancestors at Lake Tarawera.
      • Learn about geothermal history with a visit to Wai-O-Tapu.
      • Cross the Cook Strait from the North to the South Island on the Interislander ferry.
      • Enjoy a wine-tasting tour in Marlborough, New Zealand’s premier wine-growing region.
      • Take a cruise to the golden sands of the Abel Tasman National Park.
      • Meet a South Island farming family on a working sheep and beef farm and enjoy their warm hospitality
      • Experience Milford Sound, once called the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ on a scenic 2.5 hour nature cruise.
      • Take flight over the Southern Alps with a scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown. 
    • Auckland:          Tiritiri Matangi Island Wildlife Cruise (pre tour day)
                                  Essence of Waiheke Wine tour (pre tour day)
                                  Auckland City Revealed (pre tour day)
                                  Hobbiton Day Tour (pre tour day)
                                  America's Cup Sailing (pre tour day)
                                  Harbour Dinner Cruise (pre tour day)

      Rotorua:            Treetop Canopy Tour
                                  Mt Tarawera Volcano Helicopter Landing
                                  Mt Tarawera  / White Island Floatplane Adventure
                                  Whie Island Active Volcano Helicopter Landing
                                  Te Ra Experience
                                  Te Po Maori Evening Hangi/Dinner

      Wellington:       Guided Electric Bike Tour of Wellington
                                   Lord of the Rings Full Day Tour
                                   Weta Studios Tour
                                   Capital Taste Walking Tour
                                   Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary by Night
                                   Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour

      Kaikoura:            Whale Watching Cruise or Flightseeing
                                   Sunset Evening Classic Kayak

      Mt Cook:            Tasman Glacier & Terminal Lake Cruise
                                   Glacier Helicopter Flight & Snow Landing

      Queenstown:     Bike the Bridges Half Day Tour
                                    The Basin Explorer Full Day Bike Tour
                                    Boutique Wine Tour
                                    Dart River Jet Boat Wilderness Experience
                                    Routeburn Track Day Hike
                                    Glenorchy Lord of the Rings Scenic Tour
                                    TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise with BBQ Lunch or Dinner
                                    Kawarau & Shotover Rivers Jet Boat Ride

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