21 Day Adventure Tour

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Day 1: Auckland/Waiheke Island

You are collected from Auckland International Airport by your Aroha NZ Tours Representative, in a luxury vehicle. You spend the day sightseeing Auckland, our largest city, experiencing the West Coast’s stunning black-sand beaches, passing several vineyards on Auckland’s West Wine Trail. Relax, unwind and enjoy a delightful dinner at one of the city center restaurants. We board a ferry to Waiheke Island, one of the idyllic islands in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. Accommodation: Waiheke Island

Day 2: Waiheke Island

First we take you on a horseback discovery tour around this stunning island. In the afternoon we sample the riches of the northern coastline - kayaking on Waiheke is purely inspirational - the bays are quiet, the air is crisp and clear, the dolphins are usually about. Or, you could quietly paddle the southern coast’s mangroves and drift along with shorebirds or little blue penguins for company.  For dinner we take you to an award-winning vineyard, to taste NZ/Pacific cuisine and enjoy stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf. Accommodation: Waiheke Island

Day 3: Waiheke Island-Waitomo

We travel south through the Waikato region, one of New Zealand’s greenest places, and richest agricultural regions. We arrive at the Waitomo Caves, with their vast caverns full of stalagmite formations and eerie glowworms. Black water rafting…. You will float through a marvelous grotto of glowworms on an inflatable tube, abseil into a beautiful underground world, and wander through mysterious caves. Accommodation: Waitomo Caves

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. In the afternoon we take you aboard a fishing boat on the largest lake in NZ, Lake Taupo. A local fishing guide will show you how to catch one the best Rainbow trout in the world. Accommodation: Lake Taupo

Day 5: Taupo (Rotorua)

We travel to Rotorua - New Zealand’s 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. A local guide will take you on an exciting 4WD tour to the crater of Mt. Tarawera, culminating in a spectacular helicopter flight from the volcano. Accommodation: Lake Taupo

Day 6: Taupo-National Park-Mokai Valley

We drive on the Volcanic Loop through the Tongariro National Park; this pristine native forest was the world’s 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. We travel deep into farming country to the remote Mokai Valley, where the picturesque Rangitikei River meets the rugged Ruahine Ranges. Before you unwind over dinner at this magic place, the owner will take you on unique spotlight safari and farm tour. Accommodation: River Valley

Day 7: Mokai Valley-Kapiti Coast-Wellington

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. Accommodation: Wellington City

Day 8: Wellington-Marlborough Sounds

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”. We board a Ferry to cross the Cook Strait; encounter a glorious world as the ferry enters the Marlborough Sounds, from the Tory Channel into the Queen Charlotte Sound. A region of myriad inlets and bays, with dramatic hills that plunge steeply into the sea. Accommodation: Marlborough Sounds

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 oysters. Apples, cherries and classic wine varietal grapes are well suited to the mild climate and sunshine in the Marlborough and Nelson areas. Many vineyards have opened retail and food outlets here; we will take you on a wine tour. Nelson is also known for it’s vibrant arts and handcrafts scene. Accommodation: Nelson

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. Accommodation: Nelson

Day 11: Nelson/West Coast-Hokitika

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”. The West Coast is also known for its goldfields history and its “Wild West heritage”. We visit Hokitika, a small township where we visit Greenstone factories and historic gold mines. Accommodation: West Coast

Day 12: Hokitika-Westlands National Park

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. You’ll need to be fit to join our guides for the optional Adventure Kayaking (class 4 white water!) After an exhilarating day on the water, our next destination is the superb Westland National Park. Accommodation: West Coast

Day 13: Westland National Park-Queenstown

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 Zealand’s tourism crown: Queenstown. Stop for a game at one of New Zealand’s 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 restaurants.

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. You’ll 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

Day 15: Queenstown-Doubtful Sound

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 we’ll drop anchor at a favourite mooring for the night.  After the day’s activities, enjoy a delicious evening buffet meal on board, in the dining saloon. Accommodation: Queenstown

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. Accommodation:

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 Zealand’s 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 Canterbury’s 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 Canterbury (Kaikoura)

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. Accommodation: Hamner Spring

Day 19: North Canterbury/Christchurch (Akaroa)

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. You’re 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 Zealand’s own unique Blue Pearl farm. In the evening you will dine at a French farm and get a chance to taste superb local wine. Accommodation: Akaroa Peninsula

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. Don’t 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 restaurants. Accommodation: Christchurch

Day 21: Christchurch (Airport)

Enjoy your last breakfast in New Zealand. Our guide will transfer you to Auckland Airport…tired, but very, very happy!

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