14 Day Sightseeing Tour

Nationwide
(Auckland to Christchurch)

Day 1: Auckland
You will be met on arrival at Auckland International Airport by your Aroha NZ Tours Representative, and transferred to your accommodation in our luxurious vehicle. (Early flight) Your 14 Day Tour starts with a relaxing sightseeing tour of Auckland, a chance to explore the CBD and outer area's of the city, taking in the spectacular harbor views of the Waitemata from Auckland's illustrious waterfront, and through some of the most expensive real estate in NZ. You will also have the opportunity to stop off and visit one of Auckland's most prestigious shopping areas "Parnell Historical Village", from "Parnell Historical Village" your tour continues on to the summit of Mt Eden one of 48 dormant volcanoes situated in and around Auckland, from the summit of Mt Eden you can take in a stunning 360 degree view of Auckland city and it's surrounding harbors. From Mt Eden your tour continues out to the magnificent west coast famous in New Zealand for its unique black sand coastline, and native bush surroundings set in one of Auckland's many regional parks. On your return back to your accommodation we will give you the opportunity at your request to stop off and enjoy a taste of celebrated New Zealand wines that are grown and produced throughout the area. Accommodation: Auckland City

Day 2: Auckland - Coromandel
Your tour this day takes you to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. We will pass through the historic gold mining town of Thames. From Thames your drive takes you out along the beautiful winding coastline of the western side of the peninsula to Tapu. From Tapu your journey takes you into the hills of the Coromandel Ranges, stopping of to visit the Rapaura Water Gardens where we follow the narrow and winding scenic road alongside the Maharikau Stream which provides a short walk to the magnificent stand of New Zealand native Kauri trees, from here your tour will continue on to the beautiful and equally stunning east coast of the peninsula to Hahei. On arrival in Hahei you will have the opportunity to explore the picturesque Hahei Beach where we will take you on a 1hour trek along the white sandy shoreline to Cathedral Cove and its marine reserve. A fantastic view from the lookout point will give you spectacular photo opportunities and a fabulous view of the coastline. Accommodation: Coromandel Peninsula

Day 3: Coromandel - Bay of Plenty/Maketu
As you depart the Coromandel Peninsula your tour will take you through the eastern North Island region of the Bay of Plenty, an area with a consistent mild climate level which is ideal for farming, the Bay of Plenty is also famous for its fruit crops and vineyards. We stay at the Bay of Plenty's Maketu Beach, a unique spot off the beaten track in a classic little seaside village only 15 to 30 minutes to Rotorua and the Mount. Walk the Maketu beach or go swimming. Maketu is the landing place of the Arawa people. Take a walk through a truly authentic New Zealand village or book a breakfast with our entertaining local historian, and meet the locals. This quality accommodation is known for the stunning estuary, river and coastal panoramic views. (1 hour) Accommodation: Maketu Beach

Day 4: Bay of Plenty/Maketu - Taupo
Your tour arrives in the geothermal capital of Rotorua around midday. Stopping off for a visit to the world-renowned "NZ Maori Arts and Crafts" and "Geothermal" centre located in what is known as "Whakarewarewa". Here you will see the world famous Pohutu Geyser, the largest such geyser in New Zealand. Watch a 45-minute Maori cultural performance displayed in a traditional Maori meetinghouse where you can enjoy the beautiful songs, music and culture of the Maori. Following on from this you take another journey through a world of unique thermal formations at Waitapu Thermal Wonderland. View the fascinating "Champagne Pool" and experience the panorama of vividly colourful hot and cold pools, steaming fumaroles and hot boiling mud pools. We continue through the Waikato region, one of New Zealand's greenest places, and richest agricultural regions. You will pass land with lush grass for raising cattle, thoroughbred horses and vast stands of exotic timber. Today we stay at Lake Taupo, the largest Lake in this country on the way we stop at the Huka Falls - these spectacular falls roar through a 15-m wide chasm before plunging a further 11-m. You have the whole afternoon to explore the town ship with his many shops and modern coffee places. We can arrange other activities for you as well. Let us know if you want to go fishing or if you feel like jumping of a bridge? Other wise you can relax on the beach or just scroll around the lake edges, or soak in a geothermal bath. Accommodation: Lake Taupo

Day 5: Taupo- National Park- Taihape
After Breakfast we travel around the edges of the Lake and stop at the remote Lake Rotoaira to get our first spectacular view of the Volcanic Plateau and Mount Tongariro. We reach the park ranges, which include wildly differing landscape and scenery: from deserts to vast areas of tussock land, mountain beech forests and wetlands, all with a mix of native flora and fauna. You will see active volcanic craters, natural springs, and valleys filled with jagged lava flows. Driving through the National Park area, which is a World Heritage Site, you will get superb views at the volcanic peaks of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. We take you near the top of Mount Ruapehu, the North Island's highest mountain (2797 meters); We drive deep into farming country to the remote Mokai Valley, where the picturesque Rangitikei River meats the rugged Ruahine Ranges. Not far out from your accommodation we take you to the edges of the crystal clear waters of the Rangitikei River set amongst the beautiful native flora and fauna, which provides a stunning and picturesque backdrop that, can be variably appreciated. Accommodation: Mokai Valley

Day 6: Taihape-Kapiti Coast-Wellington
we drive via the West Coast of the North Island to the Waikanae region. This area has adopted the name of the "Gold Coast", here you can enjoy locally made gourmet cheeses, visit orchards and walk the beautiful sandy beaches. In the afternoon we encroach on New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. Spend your time strolling around the many shops and galleries the city has to offer. Visit the "Te Papa History Museum", the largest natural history museum in the country, another suggested visit is the "Embassy Theatre" which recently hosted the world premier of the third Lord Of The Rings trilogy" The Return of the Kings", climb aboard the famous Wellington Cable Car which takes you up the steep terraced divide to the luxuriant Botanic Gardens which allows you an overall 360 degree view of Wellington city. A must for all visitors is a visit to New Zealand's Parliament Buildings, where you can take a 1-hour tour of the hub of New Zealand's political arena, as you depart the beautiful government grounds be prepared to stop and watch the buzz around "The Beehive". Accommodation: Wellington City

Day 7: Wellington-Marlborough Sounds- Hamner Springs
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. You will discover a region of myriad inlets and bay's with dramatic hills that plunge steeply into the sea. Today we pass the most important wine area in New Zealand "Blenheim" before we drive along the east coast of the South Island. 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. From the small Town of Kaikora your journey will take you across the alpine mountains into the small alpine settlement of Hamner Springs. You have the opportunity to relax in the hot natural thermal waters of famous mineral pools, which are set in a garden of giant conifers. Accommodation: Hamner Springs

Day 8: Hanmer Springs-Franz Josef Glazier
Your day has an interesting flavour of mountains, and native flora and fauna, as you travel through the rugged terrain that divides the east from the west. Upon reaching Reefton your tour then takes you south toward to Greymouth, the northern gateway to the "Wild West". From Greymouth your journey winds it's way through the western slopes of the west coast which displays a series magnificent mountain ranges, and native New Zealand vegetation, your days itinerary will end in the tiny settlement of Franz Josef. From here you can hire a helicopter to take a scenic flight over this spectacular scenery. (Optional extra charge) Accommodation: West Coast

Day 9: Franz Josef - Queenstown
An interesting day of scenic opportunities experiencing the untamed beauty of the native New Zealand flora and fauna, with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. This day gives you the opportunity to view two major glaciers Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier, it also takes you through the South Westland region to one of our World Heritage Parks Mt Aspiring National Park this area is a vast, glacial sculpted wilderness. As you exit Mt Aspiring National Park you will travel through what is known as "The Neck" a formation of land that separates two of our great South Island lakes Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka, a short stopover in Lake Wanaka before continuing on across the Crown Range to Queenstown. We take you on a tour into the surrounding areas to Arthur's Point it's on to Coronet Peak for more spectacular views of Queenstown, to your next stop in Arrowtown, a historic colonial village that takes you back into the Gold Mining days of the Otago region. We will take you to your accommodation in Queenstown from where you can take the opportunity to explore the village area. Accommodation: Queenstown

Day 10: Queenstown - Glengorchy
Queenstown is the top adventure and activity centre in New Zealand. Most of the cast was based here and major parts movie where filmed in this region. Today we have planed a drive through" Paradise. We drive along Wakatipu. This is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand and used for a favourite location in several Hollywood productions and commercials around the world. Maori passed through this area in their search for pounamu (NZ Jade), but is wasn't until m1862 that settlers arrived in the search for gold. Glenorchy is one of the Gateways to Mt Aspirin National Park covering a large World heritage area. We travel further into the Park along a most pictures river and multiple river arms to a forest glade. The high peak of Mt Ears law and its Glazier is powering over this area. (Recommended Jet boat rite into the Dart River, for extra charge) Accommodation: Queenstown

Day 11: Queenstown, Milford Sound
We are heading for the spectacular Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world" and was carved out during successive ice ages and, at its deepest point off Mitre Peak, plunges to a depth of 265 meters. Getting there is half of the experience; we take you through the Fiordland National Park, pass staggeringly beautiful valleys, lakes and creeks. If the time allows we will stop at the" Mirror Lakes", before entering the narrow and dark 1km long Homer Tunnel. We take you on a day cruise into the magnificent wonder-world of the Milford Sound. View the Bowen Falls, hurtling 165 meters into the sea, and the Stirling Falls further down the sound, set amidst the towering cliffs and dwarfed by Mitre Peak. On the way back we take a broad walk into the "Chasm" to see surreal, water-hewn rock sculptures. Accommodation: Te Anau

Day 12: Te Anau - Lake Tekapo-(Mt Cook)
After we have passed Lake Wakitipu and Queenstown again, we pass "The Lord of the Rings" misty mountains plus the pelennor fields and cross one of New Zealand's best-kept secrets, The"Lindis Pass". Speckled with small agricultural outposts, the Canterbury Plains are an area of serene, rural beauty. To the east lie the coastal climes of Timaru while, to the west, Mackenzie Country accounts for a large percent of New Zealand's sheep population. We travel into deep into the heart of the Southern Alps and to the southern slopes of Mt Cook National Park. We overnight in the small township of Lake Tekapo. You will encounter an array of spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand, which peaks at some 3700 meters. The Lake Tekapo shine's all year round in a beautiful turquoise colour, and reflects the surrounding mountains. Relax at this mystical, tranquil place and take a stroll along the lake's shores. Accommodation: Mt Cook Region

Day 13: Mt Cook- Akaroa Peninsula-Christchurch
Our trip will take us through some of the most evocative hill county in New Zealand. Speckled with small agricultural outposts, the Canterbury Plains are an area of serene, rural beauty. To the east lie the coastal climes of Timaru while, to the west, Mackenzie Country accounts for a large percent of New Zealand's sheep population. We drive you through Canterbury to the historic French colonial village of Akaroa; only 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. The township is settled around a dormant crater and natural harbour. The French explorers who sailed to Akaroa in 1840 left some indelible imprints throughout township. There are numerous ways to get you up-close and personal with wildlife. You can experience the rare Hector Dolphins, fur seals and cormorant colonies and might have a chance to spot the world smallest "Blue Penguin" on a majestic harbour cruise (optional extra charge). Visit New Zealand's own unique Blue Pearl farm. Accommodation: Akaroa Peninsula

Day 14: Departure from Christchurch
You can relax before your driver/guide collects you from your accommodation to transfer you to Christchurch Airport to connect you with your departing airline

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