Day 1: Auckland/Waiheke
You are collected from Auckland International Airport
by your Aroha NZ Tours Representative, in a luxury vehicle.
First we take you on a horseback discovery tour around
this stunning island.
Day 3: Waiheke
We travel south through the Waikato region, one of New
Zealands greenest places, and richest agricultural regions. We arrive at the Waitomo
Caves, with their vast caverns full of stalagmite formations and eerie glowworms.
Day 4: Waitomo-Taupo
We will take you to The Hidden Valley,
where you step back in time to experience a unique geothermal world and explore geysers,
hot springs and silica terraces.
Day 5: Taupo
We travel to Rotorua - New Zealands leading tour
destination, and vibrant center of Maori culture. Here we take a brief tour to the Maori
Village Ohinemutu, the old Bathhouse and the Museum.
Day 6: Taupo-National Park-Mokai Valley
We drive on the Volcanic Loop through the Tongariro
National Park; this pristine native forest was the worlds first UNESCO World
Heritage site. Check out the attractions at the largest ski fields in the country, or have
a glorious picnic at the top of the mountain.
Day 7: Mokai
Our tour takes you past the West Coast of the North
Island to the Waikanae region. Here at the Gold Coast, you can enjoy locally
made gourmet cheeses, visit orchards and walk along sandy beaches. We stop to take a
unique Birdlife tour in the scenic reserve and sanctuary of the Kapiti coast. After an
informative and fascinating afternoon, we can relax at our accommodation in Wellington,
our capital city.
Day 8: Wellington-Marlborough
You can spend the morning strolling around the many
shops and galleries that Wellington has to offer. Visit Te Papa, the biggest
and finest museum in the country; or wander through the luxuriant Botanic Gardens. Visit
the Parliament building, or stop and watch the buzz around The Beehive.
Day 9: Marlborough Sounds-Nelson
Today is our Gourmet Journey, as we pass Havelock, a
small township renowned for farming salmon and green-lipped mussels, scallops and Pacific
Day 10: Nelson
(Abel Tasman National Park)
Today we experience an Aqua Taxi, a unique
water taxi tour into the Abel Tasman National Park. Enjoy the diversity of one of New
Zealand's most exotic coastlines as the backdrop. We will see the delightful Tonga Island
seal colony, and walk a track from one of the bays to Awaroa Bay. Have a leisurely day on
the water and enjoy a relaxing lunch at the Awaroa Lodge and Café. Stroll along the
glorious white sand beach, or take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the bay.
Day 11: Nelson/West
The West Coast has an independent character; its
landscape and inhabitants are rugged and wild. Rain falls frequently, waterfalls burst in
great torrents. Take a short walk from the main road and walk amongst an extraordinary
geological formation, the limestone Pancake Rocks.
Day 12: Hokitika-Westlands
We take you on an innovative and unique river
experience in the heart of the West Coast. These rivers flow from high in the Southern
Alps, so access is by helicopter or hiking only. The Arahura (Greenstone River) is steeped
in history and contains the formidable Cesspit Gorge. The Hokitika is a challenging run
through tightly sculpted gorges. Youll
need to be fit to join our guides for the optional Adventure Kayaking (class 4 white
Day 13: Westland
We will pass close to the West Coast attractions the
Franz Josef Glacier and the Fox Glacier. A helicopter will fly you up onto the Franz Josef
Glacier, for remarkable views over alpine peaks, snowfields, forest lakes and rivers.
Leaving the coast we travel through alpine country - our destination is the jewel of New
Zealands tourism crown: Queenstown. Stop for a game at one of New Zealands
best 18-hole golf courses (Championship course). Relax in a spa facility, swim some laps
in the pool, or just finish your day with an excellent meal in one of the many gourmet
Day 14: Queenstown (Dart River)
Travel with your guide into one of the most spectacular
areas known to man. From Queenstown travel the length of Lake Wakitipu to Glenorchy. This
is a true wilderness experience. A journey of discovery, you will see ancient forests,
cascading waterfalls, New Zealand wilderness at it's best. Youll have an
exhilarating Jetboat ride on the upper reaches of the Dart River, and return via the lower
reaches. We travel by 4WD coach between Glenorchy & Paradise, and enjoy a short guided
forest walk. A must for any visitor to New Zealand, a journey to mesmerize even the most
seasoned traveller . Accommodation: Queesntown
. Accommodation: Queesntown
Day 15: Queenstown-Doubtful
We leave Queenstown early. Following a short cruise
across beautiful Lake Manapouri and a coach trip over Wilmot Pass, you will board the Fiordland Navigator at Deep Cove, in Doubtful
Sound. There is plenty of time on your overnight cruise to enjoy the stunning views and to
discover the hidden reaches of Doubtful Sound. Fur seals and bottlenose dolphins are
often seen and at times, rare penguins can be observed. As the shadows lengthen well
drop anchor at a favourite mooring for the night. After the days activities,
enjoy a delicious evening buffet meal on board, in the dining saloon.
Day 16: Doubtful Sound/Mount Cook
Passing back through Central
Otago, we will stop at the most picturesque historic gold-mining settlement in New
Zealand, in Arrowtown. We take a shortcut and travel through the Cardrona Valley, the
highest valley in the country, on our way to Lake Wanaka. We travel into Canterbury to the
southern slopes of Mount Cook. After passing the stunning glacial Lake Pukaki, we
overnight in Mount Cook village, with spectacular views onto Mount Cook - the highest
mountain in New Zealand.
Day 17: Mount Cook/North Canterbury
Very few glaciers terminate into lakes, and even fewer are readily accessible to travelers. We explore the huge dripping ice face of New Zealands largest glacier by boat. Watch and listen to the ice melting before your eyes into this tranquil glacial lake nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Discover spectacular ice formations, which have calved into the murky waters of Lake Tasman. We push on, and travel to the heart of Canterburys wine country. We stay in a luxury country retreat, a working farm station for deer, sheep and cattle. We take a unique 4WD tour to view the beautiful property. Accommodation: Lake Tekapo
Day 18: North
World renowned for
whale-watching, the small seaside town of Kaikoura is nestled on a rugged peninsula on the
East Coast of New Zealand's South Island. A spectacular marine playground
exists off the coast of Kaikoura - living in this environment is the mighty Sperm Whale. Whale-watch with a birds eye
view; see the whole whale, from head to tail, from a helicopter. A drive through a
magnificent mountain panorama will take you to Hanmer Springs, where you can luxuriantly
soak in hot mineral pools.
Day 19: North
We drive you through Canterbury to the historic French
colonial village of Akaroa, only 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. Here you can cruise
around an extinct volcanic crater. Experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife on a
harbour cruise. Youre likely to see the rare native dolphin - the Hector's or New
Zealand Dolphin. There's also the chance to spot the world's smallest penguin, the White
Flippered Little Blue Penguin, and other sea birds. Visit New Zealands own unique
Blue Pearl farm. In the evening you will dine at a French farm and get a chance to taste
superb local wine.
Day 20: Christchurch
We take into Christchurch, where you can spend the day
shopping, punting on the Avon River, riding a tram through the inner city streets, or
taking coffee al fresco in the old university precinct. You will feel the influence of
British tradition in the streets of Christchurch. Dont forget the stunning Botanic
Gardens and the rich Canterbury Art Museum! Reflect
on your journey through New Zealand, while you dine in one of the many excellent local
Day 21: Christchurch
Enjoy your last breakfast in New Zealand. Our guide
will transfer you to Auckland Airport
tired, but very, very happy!