12 DAYS  / 11 NIGHTS
“NEW ZEALAND HIGHLIGHTS - B” (VNZ 20)

DAY 1: Arrive Auckland
Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.

DAY 2: Auckland   (B)
Pick up by Great Sights coach for morning city tour featuring Viaduct Basin, Waterfront Drive, Savage Memorial, Parnell Village and summit of Mt Eden volcano. Includes entrance to Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World.

DAY 3:  Auckland-Waitomo-Rotorua  (B)
Pick up by Great Sights coach and cross the rich Waikato farmland for Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitomo Caves and a short boat ride through the famous Glow-Worm grotto. See twinkling lights emitting from the ceiling like stars in a dark night. Journey up bush clad Mamaku Range to arrive at the thermal resort of Rotorua.

DAY 4: Rotorua  (B)
Join Great Sights coach for morning tour of Rotorua’s top attractions – Rainbow Spring to see wildlife and trout swimming in crystal clear water, enjoy an entertaining farm show at Agrodome highlighting sheep farming industry with sheep shearing demonstration. At  Te Puia Thermal Reserve, you will see boiling mud pools and the mighty Pohutu geyser. Be enthralled by the Maori culture of wood carving , flax weaving demonstration and the replicas of the Maori buildings here.
Other sights in Rotorua includes the lakeside boulevard and the iconic Government Gardens. Afternoon free.

DAY 5: Rotorua-Wellington  (B)
Join Newmans coach for journey to Taupo and along the shore of the huge lake to spectacular Tongariro National Park comprising of massive active volcanoes and site of North Island’s ski fields. From the barren land of this plateau, you descend to Palmerston North to the “Capital City”. Arrive Wellington by early evening. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 6:  Wellington-Picton-Christchurch  (B)
Morning transfer to the ferry terminal to board the Inter-Islander ferry to Picton. The 3 hour cruise crosses Cook Straits separating the 2 islands and along the serene and picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound. The sparkling waters and lush forest is
A breathtaking introduction to the South Island  Connect the Tranz Coastal train across famed Marlborough wine fields and  along the narrow strip of land flanked by the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura ranges which plunges into its water. Lush beauty of farmlands followed before arriving into Christchurch in the evening. 

DAY 7: Christchurch  (B)
Pick up by Canterbury Leisure Tour coach for  morning city tour covering Cathedral Square, Bridge of Remembrance, Avon River Art’s Centre and museum. See beautiful Mona Vale Garden, Hagley Park and from the Sign of the Takahe, you have a spectacular view over the city, Canterbury Plains to the Alps.  Afternoon free.

DAY 8:  Christchurch-Queenstown  (B)
Join Newmans’ coach for journey across Canterbury Plains and climb the mountains to picturesque Lake Tekapo. Take in the view of the stone church and Sheep Dog Monument set against the backdrop of the alpine range beyond. Continue across rabbit ravaged Mackenzie Country and scenic Lindis Pass  to arrive Queenstown late afternoon.
 
DAY 9: Milford Sound Day Excursion   (B)
Day excursion by Great Sights coach to scenic Milford Sound. Follow the Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden and then onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter Fiordland National Park along Eglington Valley and travel through Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sounds.
This is reputed as the prettiest drive in the country with amazing mountain scenery all the way. Enjoy the cruise on the
spectacular world famous fiords dominated by Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Retrace the journey back to Queenstown.

DAY 10 : Queenstown  (B)
Enjoy a free day in Queenstown. Apart from beautiful scenery surrounding the resort, this is also the capital of adventure tourism. Why not try thrilling jetboating or heart-stopping bungy jump? A gondola ride up Bob’s Peak for panoramic view couple with a luge ride is recommended. Or simply relax and enjoy the scene!!

DAY 11: Queenstown-Mt Cook-Christchurch  (B)
Pick up by Great Sights coach and return to Christchurch via Mt Cook National Park travel through the Central Otago region to Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook National Park Village. Set at the foothill of the alps, you have a close up view of Mt Cook.
the highest mountain  in the country. Descend the mountains and re-cross the Canterbury Plains to arrive in Christchurch in the evening.

DAY 12: Depart Christchurch  (B)
Pick-up and transfer to the airport by shuttle service.

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