Itinerary - BEST OF NEW ZEALAND

  • Day 1: Arrive Auckland

On arrival in Auckland, ‘The City of Sails’, seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel. Self- drive passengers will pick-up your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Auckland.

 

  • Day 2: Auckland

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland city including a visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium and Antarctic Encounter. The remainder of the day is free.

OPTIONAL:

SkyWalk: Walk the 1.2 metre-wide walkway around Auckland’s famous Sky Tower – 192 metres above the ground, no handrails and nothing but air on either side of you! It's the perfect Auckland experience! SkyWalk is one of the most exhilarating and unique New Zealand tourist attractions, and the most thrilling tourist adventure activity in Auckland City. SkyWalk is open 10.00am to 4.30pm daily, except Christmas Day.

Overnight at the hotel in Auckland (Breakfast).

 

  • Day 3: Auckland - Waitomo – Rotorua

Travel south through the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On completion continue over the forested Mamaku Ranges to reach the ‘Thermal City’ of Rotorua.

 

OPTIONAL:

Black Labyrinth, Waitomo: This is the original Waitomo subterranean adventure that will have you climbing, black water tubing, leaping and floating through Ruakuri Cave. Over three hours you'll take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls and float serenely down an underground river as you enjoy the glow worm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above.

 

Black Abyss, Waitomo: Black Abyss is the ultimate Waitomo adventure and is the caving tour of choice for natural born adrenaline junkies everywhere. Descend into the seemingly bottomless black depths of the glow worm studded Ruakuri Cave. This five hour expedition combines abseiling the 35 metre tomo, climbing, whizzing down a flying fox and cave tubing underneath glow worms into one unforgettable journey. At every stage you're accompanied and supported by experienced caving guides from The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. who know and love this totally unique and mind-blowing environment.

 

OGO: Superman dive into the OGO on your own or have one, two or three friends in there together as you slip, slide and laugh your way down the 250m long slope. This is a wet ride. OGO is located just along Ngongotaha Road from Skyline Gondola and Rainbow Springs and is an easy addition to any itinerary. Daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm (summer hours), except Christmas Day

 

Hot Mineral Bathing & Spa Therapies: Polynesian Spa offers hot mineral bathing in a choice of four different bathing areas. You simply choose an area to suit your requirements: deluxe pools, adult only pools, private pools or family spa.

 

Waimangu Volcanic Valley: Waimangu Volcanic Valley is Rotorua's premier tourist attraction and a ‘must do’ eco-experience during your visit to Rotorua if you are looking for an exciting thermal attraction and sightseeing tours that include unique ecology, rare botany and fascinating geothermal features.

Overnight at the hotel in Rotorua (Breakfast)

 

  • Day 4: Rotorua

This morning visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers. Following this, visit Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand’s trout, birds and wildlife before continuing to the Agrodome for a New Zealand farm show featuring sheep dog demonstrations, cow milking and an introduction to the stars of our sheep industry. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) and Concert.

 

OPTIONAL:

Swoop: Have you ever heard the expression just ‘let yourself go’? Well the swoop is the perfect example of how to do just that. Feel your heart beat as the anticipation increases as your raised 40 metres into the air high above the Ngongotaha stream, and then pulling a ripcord that that plunges you into an exhilarating swoop towards the ground at 130kmph. Take the plunge on your own or get others to join you to make for a more intense experience.

 

Shweeb: The Shweeb will get your pulse racing as you push through THE EDGE to compete against friends or family or clock to race for to challenge the world record. This thrilling and innovative riding experience takes you around a 200m track with scenic farmlands whizzing by as you power around three laps of the course with the potential to reach up to 45kmph and 60 degree swings on the bends. The Shweeb is a world first innovation and is totally human powered (yes, by you), pedaled just like a bicycle within your Shweeb pod, hanging from a monorail above you have 7 gears to work through over the 600m race. Team races are also available and every Shweeber receives a certificate showing how well you did for your country and class.

 

Freefall Xtreme: Ever wanted to fly, defy gravity and fly unattached and pretend that you are just like your favorite super hero? Freefall Xtreme is the only place in NZ where you can body fly. We provide you with a flight suit, training, tips and tricks for you to achieve the ultimate flight sensation. Be suspended on a giant column of air as the flight masters guide you as your reach heights of up to 4metres. This will leave you feeling blown away and we even let you keep your free hair style!! Freefall Xtreme is sure to leave you feeling ‘blown away!’

Overnight at the hotel in Rotorua (Breakfast & Dinner)

 

  • Day 5: Rotorua - Wellington

Travel south to reach the popular lake resort of Taupo before continuing on the Desert Road, dominated in the background by the three peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Continue south through farmland before arriving in the ‘Capital City’ of Wellington.

Overnight at the hotel in Wellington (Breakfast)

 

  • Day 6: Wellington

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Wellington and a short guided tour of Te Papa (the ‘Museum of New Zealand’) before enjoying a free afternoon to explore New Zealand’s capital city.

 

OPTIONAL:

Weta Cave Workshop Tour: You will be picked up from one of two locations around Wellington city centre and join us on a journey to the heart of Miramar to enjoy the Weta Cave Workshop Tour and spend some time exploring the world famous Weta Cave. The story of the creative process is told by members of the talented crew from the workshop floor using the props, models and weapons they helped make for the movies. They may even reveal some of the secrets behind the movie magic...

Overnight at the hotel in Wellington (Breakfast)

 

  • Day 7: Wellington - Picton - Kaikoura

Journey across Cook Strait and into the Marlborough Sounds before arriving in Picton. Travel south through the town of Blenheim, before reaching Kaikoura – here you might like to take an optional whale watch cruise or scenic flight (optional activities not included in the tour price).

Overnight at the hotel in Kaikoura (Breakfast)

 

  • Day 8: Kaikoura - Christchurch

Leave Kaikoura behind as you turn inland and travel through North Canterbury to reach the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch

 

OPTIONAL:

Christchurch Tramway Restaurant: Experience the luxury of our 36 seater air-conditioned, colonial style dining tram and be treated to the finest service, cuisine and beverages New Zealand has to offer.

 

Punting on the Avon: Punting on the Avon is one of the iconic tourist attractions in Christchurch. Like punting at Oxford and Cambridge in England, our punting experience uses flat-bottomed boats with no keel, pushed by a pole.

Overnight at the hotel in Christchurch (Breakfast)

 

  • Day 9: Christchurch – Mt. Cook - Queenstown

Travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing on to New Zealand’s highest mountain - Mt Cook. Depart Mt. Cook and follow the shores of Lake Pukaki south through the historic Central Otago region to the ‘Alpine Resort’ of Queenstown.

Overnight at the hotel in Queenstown (Breakfast)

 

  • Day 10: Milford Sound

Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord. Return to Queenstown.

Overnight at the hotel in Queenstown (Breakfast)

 

  • Day 11: Queenstown

A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available in Queenstown - bungy jumping, jetboating, gondola rides, NZONE Skydive and much more. Optional activities not included in the tour price.

Overnight at the hotel in Queenstown (Breakfast)

 

  • Day 12: Queenstown - Glacier Region

Depart Queenstown and travel via Lake Wanaka and through the historic Haast Pass, gateway to the World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.

Overnight at the hotel in Glacier Region (Breakfast)

 

  • Day 13: Glacier Region

A full day at leisure to explore this magnificent glacier region. Optional activities include a scenic flight or guided walk on one of the glaciers. Optional activities not included in the tour price. For Self Drive clients, entry to the Glacier Hot Pools is included.

 

OPTIONAL:

Across Country Quad Bikes, Franz Josef: Tucked under the majestic Southern Alps on New Zealand's rugged untamed West Coast sits Franz Josef village and the magnificent Franz Josef glacier offering spectacular mountain views & dense rainforest...enjoy a truly memorable adventure as you ride with our guides to gain views of the Franz Josef glacier and its surrounding snow-capped peaks.

Overnight at the hotel in Glacier Region (Breakfast)

 

  • Day 14: Glacier Region - Greymouth - Christchurch

Travel north to Greymouth and board the world famous Tranz Alpine train (seat in coach passengers only). Ascend through lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. Travel over Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. (Breakfast)

 

  • Day 15: Fly back

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for seat in coach passengers or self-drive passengers drive to the airport and return your rental car. Return home with wonderful memories of your holiday with Vacations Exotica.

Inclusions - BEST OF NEW ZEALAND

  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast at Auckland
  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast at Rotorua
  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast at Wellington
  • 1 night accommodation with breakfast at Kaikoura
  • 1 night accommodation with breakfast at Christchurch
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at Queenstown
  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast at Glacier Region
  • 1 night accommodation with breakfast at Christchurch
  • Auckland & Wellington city tour (only for seat in coach passengers)
  • Auskland - Admission to Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium
  • Rotorua: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Maori Hangi (feast) Dinner and Concert, Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Rainbow Springs and Agrodome Sheep Show.
  • Wellington - Te Papa Museum guided tour
  • Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Tranz Alpine train from Gremouth (only for seat in coach passengers)
  • Entry to the Glacier Hot Pools (only for self-drive passengers)

For Seat in Coach Passengers

  • Meet and Greet and arrival transfer by private vehicle
  • Remainder of transportation by seat in coach with English speaking driver/guide

For Self Drive Passengers:

  • Transport by self drive rental vehicle including unlimited kms
  • Standard motor vehicle insurance

HOTEL OPTIONS

Location

3* Hotels

3.5* - 4* Hotels

4* - 4.5* Hotels

Auckland

Auckland City Hotel / Scenic Hotel Auckland

Amora Auckland / Heritage Hotel

Sky City Auckland / Rendezvous Hotel

Rotorua

Sudima Lake Rotorua / Ibis Rotorua

Holiday Inn Rotorua / Distinction Rotorua / Copthorne Rotorua

Millennium Rotorua / Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Wellington

Bay Plaza Hotel / West Plaza Hotel 

Mecure Wellington / James Cook Grand Chancellor

Novotel Wellington Capital / Copthorne Oriental Bay 

Kaikoura

Kaikoura

White Morph Motor Inn (Superior)

White Morph Motor Inn (Superior)

Christchurch

Christchurch

The Ashley Hotel / Sudima Christchurch / Quality Hotel Elms

Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Queenstown

Heartland Hotel / Goldridge Resort

Copthorne Resort Lakefront / Rydges Lakeland Resort

Millennium Hotel Queenstown / Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Glacier Region

Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier / Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing) / Punga Grove 

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) / Distinction Te Weheka Inn

 


Exclusions - BEST OF NEW ZEALAND

  • Airfare (International & Domestic), Visa and travel insurance
  • Airport departure taxes (if applicable)
  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Sightseeing transfers unless mentioned in the package inclusions.
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as porterage, laundry, wines, mineral water, food and drink not in the regular menu provided by us, mini bar, telephone calls, pay channels etc.
  • Tips of any nature i.e. drivers, guides etc.
  • Meals other than what is mentioned in the package inclusions
  • Cost of excursions, city sightseeing, entrance fees and local guides availed of by the passengers, other than that mentioned in ‘Package Inclusions’
  • Surcharges may be applicable on the entire package, depending upon the final date of travel.
  • Taxes as applicable.

Self Drive:

  • Refundable rental insurance bond
  • Fuel charges
  • Vehicle pickup fees
  • Any additional drivers

Holiday package starting from NZD 4440*

*Terms and Conditions Apply. Prices valid till March 2018.

Notes:

  • All arrangements made by Vacations Exotica are in the capacity of an agent only. Vacations Exotica will not be liable for claims or expenses arising from circumstances beyond our control such as accidents, injuries delayed or cancelled flights & acts or forces of nature.
  • The above package cost is valid for a minimum of 2 adults travelling together.
  • Certain sightseeing and day tours may be subject to weather conditions or minimum number of passengers before they operate and suppliers may cancel or postpone the date of the tour at short notice. Any changes shall be notified to you at the earliest opportunity.
  • There is no refund for services not utilized.
  • Confirmations of all bookings are subject to availability at time of booking
  • Above rates are not valid during public holidays, festivals, events, exhibitions, conference and conventions. Surcharges are applicable during this period.

Offered discounts cannot be clubbed or used with any other ongoing discounts, vouchers, offers and promotions

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