11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
“NEW ZEALAND PICTURESQUE” (VNZ 21)

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

DAY 2:  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 3: 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 4: 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 5:  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 6: Christchurch-Glaciers   (B)
Transfer to the train station and board the famed Tranz Alpine train across the Alps to Greymouth. Snake across rich farmland and along the shore of the mighty snow fed Waimakariri River, you climb slowly into the spine of the Southern Alps. Cross numerous viaducts high across river ravines to Arthur’s Pass township. Plunge into Otira Tunnel to emerge on the western side of the mountains. Pass small farming hamlets and beautiful Lake Brunner to arrive at Greymouth. Board the InterCity coach and continue to glacier township arriving late afternoon.

DAY 7:  Glacier-Queenstown  (B)
Wake up to the sound of bird chirps and refreshing quiet atmosphere of this township. Marvel at the massive bush clad,
mountain rising steeply just  beyond the highway. Board Newmans’ coach  and travel along the narrow strip of land border by the Tasman sea and high mountains to Haast. Follow the Haast River upstream to re-cross the alpine range at Haast Pass. Then along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, you soon reach Wanaka and Queenstown. A very scenic journey indeed.

DAY 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: Depart Christchurch (B)
Pick-up and transfer to the airport by shuttle service.

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