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Simply The Best

15 Day Itinerary

Marvel at the beauty of New Zealand with this exciting 15 day tour.

With 5 days on the North Island and 10 days on the South Island, you have plenty of time to see all the main sights that New Zealand has to offer!

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Day One:
On arrival in Auckland Airport you are met and transferred to your hotel. (Self-drive passengers collect your rental car).

Day Two:
This morning travel south over the Bombay Hills and through the lush Waikato pasturelands. At Waitomo, tour the subterranean caves by boat and see a grotto illuminated by countless tiny glow-worms suspended from the ceiling. Travel across the Waikato River and the Mamaku Hills to the famous geothermal centre of Rotorua.

Day Three;
A full day Rotorua sightseeing tour including the following attractions and activities. A guided walk through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see roaring geysers and boiling mud pools. Paradise Valley Springs where you will see New Zealand native bird and animal wildlife plus crystal clear pools teaming with trout. The Agrodome Leisure Park famous for its entertaining sheep show, a gondola cable car ride to the Skyline Skyride complex and the Polynesian Spa, which is New Zealand’s leading thermal bathing complex. (Self-drive passengers have the flexibility to explore these and many other activities in and around Rotorua – a map and entrance vouchers for included sights are provided).

Day Four:
Travel today is south via Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake and the World Heritage, Tongariro National Park, where the 3 volcanic mountains of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro dominate the scenery. Pass through the market garden regions of Levin and Otaki and onto Wellington.

Day Five:
A free day in New Zealand’s capital city. Make time to ride the cable car, visit the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa) or the Parliament buildings. Wellington is noted for its live theatre, art galleries, restaurants and cultural activities.

Day Six:
This morning transfer to the InterIsland ferry to cruise the Cook Strait, down the tranquil Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Connect with the Tranz Scenic’s Coastal Pacific Express train which journeys via Kaikoura to Christchurch. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Self-drive passengers return their car prior to joining the InterIsland cruise across the Cook Strait to Picton. On arrival in Christchurch you are met and transferred to your hotel).

Day Seven:
This morning transfer to the train station. All aboard the Tranz Alpine Express train through the rugged Southern Alps to Greymouth, a journey revealing the most breathtaking views. (Includes self-drive passengers). Visit the historic Shantytown and try panning for gold. (arrival in Greymouth self-drive passengers collect your rental car for your exclusive use until the end of your tour).

 

Day Eight:
A full day to continue southwards following the coast to reach Westland national Park and enjoy the magnificent glaciers. This afternoon enjoy a guided walk to the Glacier terminal. You may also like to take a scenic flight (optional) for a bird’s eye view of this spectacular terrain.

Day Nine:
A memorable trip through some of the most beautiful scenery in New Zealand. Travel over the Haast Pass and through the silver beech forests of Mt Aspiring National Park, past Lake Wanaka and along Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown.

Day Ten:
A full day free to explore the many exciting optional excursions available in Queenstown. Take a scenic flight, gondola ride or perhaps cruise the lake on the vintage Earnslaw. Try a thrilling jetboat ride or the dart River excursion, white water rafting or the world famous bungy jump. (For self-drive passengers we suggest a visit to the nearby historical Arrowtown).

Day Eleven:
An early start as you follow Lake Wakatipu via Kingston arriving in Te Anau for a morning break. Follow the shores of Lake Te Anau before entering the Eglington Valley. Pass the mirror lakes and travel through the avenue of the disappearing mountain. Our spectacular drive continues through the mountains, valley and forests of the Fiordland national Park, with a dramatic descent into Milford Sound. A fascinating launch cruise to Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak is included. Later today, return by coach to Te Anau.

Day Twelve:
This morning depart for Invercargill, the southernmost city of New Zealand. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the highlights of Invercargill.

Day Thirteen:
Continue on the Southern Scenic Route through the spectacular area of the Caitlins and on to reach the charming city of Dunedin. Edinburgh was first settled by the Scottish and renowned as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’.

Day Fourteen:
This morning is free for optional tours, perhaps visit Larnach Castle or Olveston House. Head north to Moeraki and continue across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch via Oamaru and Timaru.

Day Fifteen:
A transfer to the airport is included for your departure flight. (Self-drive passengers return their rental car directly at the airport).

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