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NEWZEALAND
8 NIGHTS / 9 DAYS
 
 
DAY 1: ARRIVE AUCKLAND
Welcome to Auckland. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
AUCKLAND - an exciting, sporting and cultural city, sprawled on a narrow isthmus, between two harbours. The Waitemata and Manukau Harbours, are a main feature of the city, along with numerous volcanic cones such as Mount Eden and Rangitoto Island. The city's many beaches, marinas and parks, make it ideal for outdoor pursuits such as yachting, rugby, cricket or a day at the beach.

DAY 2:AUCKLAND

This morning you will be collected from by Grayline and commence your Auckland Highlights tour. Places of interest include Queen Street, pass through Auckland University grounds which features historic Auckland buildings, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and Ponsonby Road. We also pay a visit to the Domain parks and Gardens and the waterfront streets of Paritai Drive and Tamaki Drive. Afternoon free at leisure.

DAY 3: AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA
Today you will be picked up from your hotel by Great Sights and travel south from Auckland through the rich farmland of the Waikato on to Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the World Famous Glow worm Caves. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glow worm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. Continue to Rotorua by coach.
ROTORUA - located on a volcanic plateau, and formerly a spa town, Rotorua is most famous for its geothermal activity. Rotorua is a fascinating mix of culture and nature.

DAY 4: ROTORUA / CHRISTCHURCH
Today, you will be collected from your accommodation by a representative of Super Shuttle and transfer by seat in coach to Rotorua Airport. Depart Rotorua to Christchurch Welcome to Christchurch. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel by shared transfer by Super Shuttle. CHRISTCHURCH - the Garden City, lies on the level plains that initially attracted the closely knit Church of England settlers that settled the area.

DAY 5: CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF
Today, you will be collected from your accommodation by a representative of Super Shuttle and transfer by seat in coach to Christchurch train station. Tranz Scenic Christchurch to Greymouth . Report to Christchurch Train Station . Depart Christchurch Train Station. Today you will board the TranzAlpine scenic train departing from one coast of New Zealand and arriving at the other. From your carriage you’ll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains, beautiful gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. The spectacular Southern Alps and the lushness of Beech rain forest. An open air viewing carriage allows you to get even closer to the stunning scenery and provides many opportunities to photograph your favourite spots.
Arrive Greymouth Train Station.
Intercity Coachlines Greymouth to Franz Josef
Today you will travel to Franz Josef with Intercity Coachlines.
Please note this is a commuter service with many stops and limited commentary.
FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER - originally named Victoria, after Queen Victoria of England, geologist Julius Von Haast, renamed it, Franz Josef, after the current Emperor of his homeland, Austria. The Glacier is pale blue/green ice that has retreated and advanced many times over the years. A walk from the carpark to the Glacier terminal will give you some impressive views and an idea of the immense size of the Glacier itself. The township of Franz Josef is a small town based around the tourist and supply trade.

DAY 6: FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN
Intercity Coachlines Franz Josef to Queenstown
Today you will travel to Queenstown with Intercity Coachlines.
Please note this is a commuter service with many stops and limited commentary.
QUEENSTOWN - is the South Island's most popular resort, set alongside the shores of Lake Wakatipu, under the gaze of the Remarkables Ranges. See the contrast of smooth glacier rounded hills, and jagged mountain summits that reach high above the ancient ice floor. The town is renowned for its jet boating, bungy-jumping, skiing and awe-inspiring scenery. Local story has it, that the gold prospectors of the 19th century pronounced the town as "fit for any Queen", and so she was called Queenstown.

DAY 7: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN
Today, you will be collected by Real Journeys and travel from Queenstown along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and through rolling countryside to Te Anau. After a short break at Te Anau, continue via the spectacular Milford Road, to Milford Sound. Board your Real Journeys vessel for a cruise the entire length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. There are excellent viewing opportunities of waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. Return transport to Queenstown at the conclusion of your cruise is provided.
MILFORD SOUND: Stunning surroundings at the heart of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. In Maori legend, the fiords were created not by rivers of ice, but by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who came wielding a magical adze uttering incantations. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is without doubt his finest sculpture. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls washed with waterfalls. In the foreground stands Mitre Peak, dominating the skyline. Whatever the fiord’s mood, teeming with rain or with sun glistening on deep water, it will inspire you.
Lunch and dinner are not included.

DAY 8: QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH
This morning you will be collected from your hotel by Great Sights and depart Queenstown and travel through the rugged and beautiful landscape of Otago. Cross the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country to visit Mount Cook Village at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook. Here there is time to experience an optional scenic helicopter or ski plane flight with a snow landing (weather permitting). Continue your journey with a stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before continuing to your destination of Christchurch.

DAY 9: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH
Today, you will be collected from your accommodation by a representative of Super Shuttle and transfer by seat in coach to Christchurch Airport.
Lunch and dinner are not included.
Depart Christchurch to your next destination.
 
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