14 Day South to North Explorer
14 Day South to North Explorer
A fantastic loop around the Southern Alps in the South and then fly up to Rotorua in the North Island. We've included a sightseeing tour of Rotorua's geothermal region, a Maori Village experience and entry to the Agrodome Farm show, Rainbow Springs Nature Park and a guided tour to the Waitomo Caves before finishing your tour in Auckland.
|Tour Type:||Coach & Fly Tour|
|From:||Christchurch to Auckland|
|Departures:||Feb 2018 to May 2019|
From (NZD) $3856 per person
|Tour Operator:||Relaxing Journeys|
|13 nights accommodation|
|All Coach, Ferry & Rail Transport & Transfers|
|Internal Flight from Christchurch to Rotorua|
|Milford Sound Day Tour & Cruise (including lunch)|
|TranzAlpine Train Journey|
|Maori Village Experience, Hangi & Concert in Rotorua|
|Te Puia Geothermal Experience|
|Rainbow Springs Nature Park|
|Agrodome Farm Show|
|Waitomo Glowworm Caves|
* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Prices are valid for travel until September 2018
Day by Day Tour Itinerary
Welcome to Christchurch, gateway to the South Island. Christchurch’s rebuild is underway after the earthquake in 2011 and visitors are welcome to experience the new ‘Transitional City’ to its fullest. Stroll along the Avon River and enjoy the new cafes and bars that have reopened recently. Cathedral Square is open & the fresh Transitional Square has been fitted out with large colourful artworks, plants, interpretation panels, theatre space and seating as well as an information booth for residents and visitors.
Today you depart from Christchurch, and travel across the Canterbury plains and through diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the Church of the Good Shepherd by the lake shore. The altar window offers awe inspiring views of the lake and mountains of the Mackenzie Country. Your tour continues along Lake Pukaki before arriving at Aoraki/Mount Cook; New Zealand’s tallest mountain. (2 nights)
Aoraki Mount Cook is New Zealand’s tallest peak and is surrounded by spectacular glaciers and lies within the Southern Alps that form the backbone of the South Island. There are a myriad of activities for all ages to enjoy. For those who wish to relax and take in the spectacular alpine scenery there are a number of accessible mountain walks where you can view the wonderful varieties of flowering native plants and the unique insect and bird life. For the more adventurous there are scenic flights with ski-plane landings and a MAC boat tour of the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. Whatever you decide to do on the day, your experience of this awe-inspiring national park is sure to be one of breathtaking beauty.
You have some more free time this morning to finish exploring Mt Cook, and after lunch head off towards Twizel and onto Omarama before travelling over Lindis Pass. Follow the shores of Lake Dunstan to Cromwell and into the Kawarau Gorge to arrive in Queenstown in the early evening. (3 nights)
Today is at your leisure to enjoy the many sights & activities in and around Queenstown. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shores of the pristine Lake Wakatipu, and in the evening experience a cruise aboard TSS Earnslaw (own expense); or if you’re planning a more active trip Downunder , then there are a myriad of activities you can take part in including jet boating, bungy jumping, skydiving, ziptreking, quad biking, snowshoeing, National Park walks and off-road 4WD tours!
It’s an early departure today as your coach follows the southern arm of Lake Wakitipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. The scenery changes dramatically from tussock covered grasslands to glacier hewn valleys as you enter the Eglington Valley and travel through the breath taking man-made Homer Tunnel before reaching Milford Sound. Upon arrival at Milford Sound, board your launch for a spectacular cruise where you will see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls that rise 1,200m vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the Sound far below. On completion of your cruise you will return to Queenstown by coach arriving in the evening. (L)
Return to Queenstown on a scenic flight taking in magnificent views of the alps, glaciers, lakes and forests of Fiordland National Park – a quick and convenient way to return to Queenstown. (Duration 35mins) The flight shaves off approximately 4 hours off a return by coach. It is however very weather dependent, so if the weather doesn’t play ball, then you will need to return by coach and we will refund the upgrade price.
Depart Queenstown this morning, travel along the shores of Wanaka and Lake Hawea to the Haast Pass, gateway to World Heritage Westland National Park. Then continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to Franz Josef Glacier arriving in the early evening. (2 nights)
Today you have a whole day at leisure. Perhaps enjoy an optional guided walk on the glacier, a heli-hike or a scenic flight, or an unguided walk to the terminal face. Franz Josef Glacier extends 12 kms from the high snow fields of the Southern Alps. The terminal face of the Franz Josef glacier is just 5 kms from the Franz Josef township.
Treat yourself and upgrade your accommodation in Franz Josef to the 5 star Te Waonui Forest Retreat, a luxury lodge hotel nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest. Our upgrade package includes luxurious accommodation, dinner on the first night – an indulgent 5 course degustation menu in The Canopy Restaurant, and a la carte breakfast both mornings. We’ve also included a stunning Franz Josef Heli Hike to help you make the most of your time in the region. Ask us for a price!
Head north along the Coast Road, one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world passing through the coastal town of Hokitika and on to Greymouth which is the largest town on and commercial centre for the West Coast. Within a short drive you arrive into Punakaiki which is best known for its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.
The morning is at your leisure. We recommend a walk around the stunning Pancake Rocks and blowholes – fantastic in all weather! This afternoon enjoy the views of the wild west coast as you travel to Greymouth and join the TranzAlpine Train for your scenic train journey to Christchurch. Climb through lush beech forests past the beautiful Lake Brunner and through the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass situated 737 metres above sea level, before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. The TranzAlpine then winds its way over massive viaducts, through spectacular river gorges and the stunning Waimakariri River valley before arriving in Christchurch early evening.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rotorua, the renowned heartland of Maori culture. Your flight is included in the tour price. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the town, perhaps make your way to the Polynesian Spa to soak in one of the 26 hot mineral bathing pools varying in temperature from 36ºC to 43ºC. (2 nights)
This morning you will experience Maori culture and the amazing thermal wonderland at Te Puia. Te Puia is also home to the Arts and Crafts Institute where the ancient teachings of Maori ancestors have been preserved and continue to thrive. Continue on to the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, an attraction like no other. Set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams you will see a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants including the Kiwi Conservation Centre. New Zealand’s thriving agricultural industry is on show at the Agrodome, where you will witness a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials. Tonight you will enjoy a Maori Village Experience and Hangi & Concert. (D)
After an early morning departure from Rotorua you’ll be travelling west through lush farmland towards Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. After the tour you will continue on to Auckland arriving in the city mid-afternoon.
Sadly your trip has come to an end. We hope that you have thoroughly enjoyed your experiences in New Zealand. Today you will be met at your accommodation and transferred to the airport for your onward journey. Have a safe trip home.
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