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GroupTour Ref KH 302


Day-01    Arrive Christchurch
Arrive at Christchurch International Airport. Met and greeted by Kiwi Holidays representative and coach captain. Christchurch city sightseeing includes the graceful Avon River, Hagley Park, Mona Vale, Canterbury Museum and Botanic Garden.

Day-02    Christchurch - Queenstown
Journey from Christchurch to the Mt. Cook area via Tekapo. Stop and view the lovely glacial Lake Tekapo reflecting surrounding mountains. Nearby see the bronze sheep dog statue and visit the simple stone Church of the Good Shepherd. At Mt. Cook take an exhilarating optional scenic flight over the amazing alpine region, weather permitting. Travel to the picturesque holiday resort of Queenstown. Stopover at the pretty historic gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. At Queenstown view the serene and stunning Lake Wakatipu, which lies in an ancient glacier valley.

Day-03    Queenstown
Free day in the Queenstown and enjoy a wide variety of optional activities such as thrilling jet boating, bungy jumping, rafting, horse riding, heli-jet, fishing etc. Explore and discover Queenstown at your leisure.

Day-04    Queenstown - Te Anau
Journey from Queenstown to Te Anau with spectacular scenic stops en route. In the afternoon, we will travel to the township of Te Anau where you will visit the incredible Te Anau Caves and see the darkness illuminated by hundreds of glow-worms, transfer there by a cruise across the serene Lake Te Anau.

Day-05    Te Anau - Doubtful Sound - Te Anau
Journey from Te Anau to Doubtful Sound. Doubtful Sound in an area known as Deep Cove. Here water from Lake Manapouri is discharged into the sea by a 10 km tailrace tunnel under the mountains. In spite of this development, it remains virgin country, as a boat trip to the open sea testifies. You then board a real journey vessel and cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm before travelling by coach through dense rainforest across Wilmot Pass. There are opportunities along the way to examine the plant life and view the spectacular scenery. Once at Deep Cove, visitors board the catamaran, the Commander Peak, for a 3 hour cruise of beautiful Doubtful Sound. On board there is excellent viewing of waterfalls, rainforest and mountains.

Day-06    Te Anau - Wanaka
Travel to the township of Wanaka. Wanaka is a beautiful lakeside township 120 km NW of Queenstown. The region is popular throughout the year with people enjoying a range of activities. In winter the region is popular for skiing as it is close to the skifields of Treble Cone and Mt Cardrona. Lake Wanaka is one of the major glacial lakes in the region. The township is also the headquarters for Mount Aspiring National Park. At Wanaka you will visit The Puzzling World of Stuart Landsborough, this is one of your most memorable experiences and a much needed break in a long journey.

Day-07    Wanaka - Fox Glacier
Journey from Wanaka to Fox Glacier. Travel along the shores of Lake Wanaka and Hawea to the Haast Pass, gateway to World Heritage Westland National Park, Proceed to Fox Glacier, enjoy the magnificent view enroute. Arrived the township of Fox Glacier where the spectacular Fox Glacier – a 14 km long tongue of ice that descends to 250 meters above sea level, making a striking contrast with the surrounding thick bush, will captivate you.

Day-08    Fox Glacier - Greymouth
Before departing Fox Glacier take an optional exciting alpine ‘ Walk on Ice’ on Fox Glacier itself! Proceed to Greymouth with a visit to the town of Hokitika to view some of the local speciality high-quality arts and crafts including greenstone and gold products. Visit Shantytown, a replica of a gold mining town where you can try gold panning and discover real gold ! Spend the evening in Greymouth – the largest town on the West Coast.

Day-09    Greymouth - Nelson
Depart from Greymouth travel to Nelson. Nelson is the artistic capital of New Zealand. Nelson has three stunning and vastly different national parks. Sunshine and beaches made Nelson a kiwi holiday favourite, even before artists realized the clays were good and the landscape inspirational.

Day-10    Nelson – Picton – by ferry - Wellington
Travel from Nelson to Picton. At Picton board an Interislander Ferry and be transferred across the scenic Cook Strait and view the marvelous Marlborough Sounds to New Zealand’s charming capital city- Wellington in the southern North Island. Wellington city sightseeing, the Beehive and Parliament Buildings, Oriental Bay, Te Papa National Museum, downtown Lambton Quay and the Mount Victoria lookout point where you can take a panoramic view of the city.

Day-11    Wellington - Napier
Head off to the city of Napier in the centre of the rich coastal area of the Hawke’s Bay region and see the distinctive ‘art deco’ style of architecture that has earned Napier the title of ‘art deco’ capital of the world. Sightseeing includes Marine Parade, the Sheepskin Tannery and etc. Napier is famous with its wineries such as Church Road Winery and Mission Winery. French Catholic Missionaries first established Mission Winery in 1851. In this region alone, more than 30 wineries are open for wine testing. Wine tasting and tour is would allow you to know more about winery in New Zealand.

Day-12    Napier - Rotorua
Depart from Napier and journey to the cultural and thermal wonderland of Rotorua. Visit the famous rainbow spings to see Rainbow trout, the kiwi bird and other wildlife in a natural environment. Watch and learn the interesting and fun Agrodome farm Show. Visit Te Puia, the Maori Arts And Crafts Institute that has traditional Maori arts and crafts, bubbling hot mud pools and spurting geysers! In the evening be treated a traditional Maori hangi feast and entertained by a Maori concert.

Day-13    Rotorua
At Rotorua the day is free for you to enjoy a wide variety of optional activities such as; polynesian pools, skyline rides, lake cruises, mountain and forest adventures, white water rafting, bungy jumping, jet boating, fishing, horse riding,..etc.

Day-14    Rotorua – Bay of Islands
Leave Rotorua and travel onwards to the beautiful - Bay of Islands, which was the first, centers of European settlement in New Zealand, and is thickly crusted with historical sites. It is also along with the Bay of Plenty, a centre for big-game fishing for marlin, tuna and sharks. Continue to visit Matakohe Kauri Museum. Scenic stop at Waipoua Forest and visit ‘Four Sisters Kauri at the Big Trees walk area. Then visit Waitangi Treaty House – a glimpse of history. Treaty of Waitangi, intended to regulate relations between the Maori people and the British Crown, Mt Bledisloe, nearby, offers unparalleled views of the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Day-15    Bay of Islands – 90 Miles Beach – Bay of Islands
Get ready to travel for 90 Miles Beach – an extremely long (96km), firm and sandy beach lined with dunes and hillocks of shell that remind the people about the olden feasts. The beach is also uniquely designated as a road, with standard NZ road rules applying. Perhaps the only road in NZ where it is necessary to check tides before driving, and where motorists may encounter land-yachts, where they may stop and pick an evening meal of tuatua shellfish.

Day-16    Bay of Islands – Auckland
This morning join ‘Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise’ to enjoy the spectacular scenery. The Hole in the Rock, a natural rock arch ‘Cape Brett” and Cathedral Cave. Leave Bay of Islands and journey back to Auckland with scenic stops en route. Visit Claphams Clocks Museum – one of the largest collections of timepieces in the world. Auckland city sightseeing includes: the Harbour Bridge, Yacht Club, Mission Bay, American Cup Village and Mount Eden-Auckland’s highest point, downtown Queen Street.

Day-17    Auckland
Today is free for your leisure or you might like to go shopping, or perhaps even try your luck in the Sky City Casino!

Day-18    Auckland / Overseas
Transfer to Auckland International Airport to depart for a flight bound for home, taking you with unforgettable and pleasant memories of a wonderful "Kiwi Holiday” and the splendour of New Zealand.

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