New Zealand Fly & Drive [NZ9]



Tranzcoastal, New Zealand Martinborough, New Zealand 21 Day / 19 Nights

Auckland, Rotorua, Napier/Hawkes Bay, Martinborough, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Te Anau, Stewart Island & Dunedin

Your first destination is Auckland; a beautiful blend of landscape, Polynesian culture, glistening harbours and modern city environment. Not only is Auckland close to the beaches but it is also close to over twelve different Islands.

Rotorua an exciting city with a vast history, tradition and culture. It is surrounded by volcanoes, lakes, parks and is a great place to go hiking or to view native birds and animals. The surrounding areas are a geothermal wonderland, with geysers, boiling mud pools, and steaming craters.

Your self drive from Rotorua to Napier is an easy three hour drive filled with fantastic scenery. There's a bit of everything - rugged hills, beautiful valleys, gentle plains and huge vistas. There are lots of things to see and do especially so allow time during the day to make stops at locations that interest you.

The town of Eskdale heralds your arrival in Napier. In 1931 a devastating earthquake nearly leveled this city. It was rebuilt in the style of the times, and is now considered the Art Deco Capital of the world. The vineyards of Hawke's Bay are all within easy reach of Napier. Another attraction is the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers.

The self drive from Napier to Martinborough is a four hour drive but you will want to allow plenty of time for all of the wonderful and unique towns and attractions along the way. Martinborough itself is a quaint little town and the wineries there are lovely.

Wellington is New Zealand's capital city, also known as the arts and culture capital. A special blend of heritage buildings, museums and galleries, fine food and live entertainment. The central city is nestled between a beautiful harbour and forested hills. Wildlife sanctuaries, islands, seaside villages, ocean beaches and regional parks provide huge scope for outdoor fun.

Travel to South New Zealand, breathe in the fresh air, take in the blue skies, sun and snow, mountains, lakes, bush and birds. In Christchurch you'll experience the exciting Tranz Alpine Safari and in Queenstown, ride the Gondola to the top of Bob's peak. If you are really looking for some fun try the Luge.

The attractive town of Te Anau lies nestled on the edge of this beautiful lake, with a spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains. The glowworm caves here are the best in New Zealand.

The drive from Te Anau to Bluff is a nice journey and delivers you to the wharf to take the ferry over to Stewart Island. Stewart Island offers a special experience: a glimpse into a simpler, slower lifestyle, in rhythm with the sea and the tides, attuned to the natural world of bush and beach. In 2002 the very qualities that make this a great place to treasure were recognized in the formation of the Rakiura National Park, comprising 85% of the Island.

From Stewart Island you will ferry back to Bluff and drive along the eastern coastline called the Southern Scenic Route. The Caitlins are one of the most beautiful spots in New Zealand and is where the forest meets the water. Dunedin is your ultimate destination. Dunedin offers a blend of natural history, attractions, culture, recreation and entertainment that, in combination with all the attractions along the Southern Scenic Route, will make your tour a truly memorable experience.

Travel Package Features

[NZ9] New Zealand Fly & Drive
  • Accommodation - Auckland (1 Night), Rotorua (2 Nights), Napier (2 Nights), Martinborough (2 Nights), Wellington (2 Nights), Christchurch (3 Nights), Queenstown (2 Nights), Te Anau (1 Night), Stewart Island (2 Nights), Dunedin (2 Nights)
  • US Domestic Flights - Own Arrangements
  • International Flights - Own Arrangements (Flights can be added upon request)
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Auckland to Rotorua, Christchurch to Queenstown, Dunedin to Auckland
  • Day Tours - Auckland: Harbour Discover Cruise; Rotorua: Te Puia Geothermal and Maori Cultural Center; Wellington: Interislander Ship to Picton, Tranzcoastal Train to Christchurch; Christchurch: Alpine Safari; Queenstown: Skyline Gondola, Doubtful Sound; Stewart Island: Bays and Village Tour
  • Shuttle Transfers - Airport to Auckland Accommodation (return), Airport to Rotorua Accommodation (return), Christchurch Accommodation to Airport, Airport to Queenstown Accommodation ,Te Anau to Bluff, Bluff to Invercargill
  • Rental Car - Self Drive: Rotorua - Napier - Martinborough - Wellington (Pick up in Rotorua and Return in Wellington (Aotea Quay)
  • Rental Car - Self Drive: Invercargill to Dunedin (Pick Up Rental Car in Invercargill and Return in Dunedin)
  • Taxis - Taxi from Rail Station to Christchurch Accommodation (Pay as you go)
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and Not Included
  • F.I.T (Free and Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an organized group tour)
  • Rental Car hires are base rate only and do not included taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees

Travel Package Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - International Flight - Los Angeles to Auckland (Own Arrangements)
From USA to New Zealand Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!

Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.
Day 2 - Shuttle Transfer Airport to Auckland Accommodation
Auckland, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
Day 2 to 3 - 1 Night Accommodation in Auckland
Travel to your accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Auckland is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world– renowned as that 'City Of Sails.' Dramatic landscapes and seascapes provide a diverse playground in which a compelling range of attractions are available. Visitors come to enjoy an array of exciting entertainment, leisure, culture and dining possibilities in New Zealand's largest city.
Day 2 - Day Tour - Auckland Harbour Cruise - 1.5 hr
Visit a true thing of beauty and cruise the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour!

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Head out on this one and a half hour tour to see the Devonport Naval Base, travel past the township and North Head, then cruise towards the iconic Rangitoto Island as you pass the historic Bean Rock lighthouse. You'll pass under the Harbour Bridge twice and then off to Westhaven Marina to catch a glance at the viaduct harbour bustling with super yachts! This cruise also gives you a chance to "hop-on, hop-off" and discover nearby islands at your leisure.

Daily at 10.30am & 1.30pm. Tours do not operate on Christmas day.
Insider's Tip - Auckland Explorer Bus
Hop On Hop Off City Bus Take a unique, fun and informative tour of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city on the Hop on Hop Off Auckland City Explorer Bus!

Nestled between two harbours, this beautiful and vibrant city has a diverse mix of culture and landscapes. Something for everyone - attractions and activities, shopping and eateries, events and adventure - you can explore it all with Soaring Kiwi Tours!

<b>Unique Vehicles with Fantastic Views:</b> Discover the true magic of city sightseeing onboard our unique, classic and new, double decker buses. With a mix of open and closed top buses, you will ride in comfort and style, enjoying spectacular views from the top deck.

<b>Entertaining ‘Live’ Commentary:</b> Our friendly local guides provide a ‘live’ fun and informative commentary throughout your journey. Multi-lingual commentaries are also available on the central tour.

<b>Hop-on, Hop-off and Visit Auckland’s Best Attractions:</b> As you circumnavigate the city, visiting historic landmarks and all the ‘must see’ attractions, you can hop on and off at your leisure to ensure you don’t miss a thing.
Day 3 - Shuttle Transfer Auckland Accommodation to Airport
Auckland, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
Day 3 - New Zealand Domestic Flight - Auckland to Rotorua
Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Auckland to Rotorua (North Island).

Day 3 - Shuttle Transfer Airport to Rotorua Accommodation
Rotorua, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
Days 3 to 5 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Rotorua
Located on the shores of picturesque Lake Rotorua with commanding views over the lake and surrounding hinterland, your 2 nights accommodation is just a few minutes stroll to the city centre.

Your 4 star accommodation features the best of everything in Rotorua! The spa and fitness club have combined the benefits of the areas geothermal waters, culture and relaxation to enhance a holistic sense of wellbeing. Take some time to experience the Matariki Cultural Centre and encounter the warmth and spirit of the Maori people.

Upgrade Available (extra cost):
Lake View Room

Image Credit: Tourism New Zealand
Day 4 - Day Tour - Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Geothermal Park
At this maori tourist attraction step into an ancient valley where geysers, mud pools and boiling waters still play after 40,000 years.

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As direct descendents, your Maori guides will offer insight into their heritage, pride and values, that no other tour in New Zealand can match. Your guide will re-tell stories that have been handed down for generations while you experience a visual gallery of the myths and legends of the region. Make your way to the carving school where you are able to see and speak with the Maori students at work.

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As the Kiwi bird has been at home in New Zealand for over 70 million years it is a fortunate experience to visit the specially designed Kiwi House, which takes part in the successful national breeding program, whilst listening to other song birds of the valley. Next you will be transported back to pre-European times as you walk through the recreation of a typical Maori village amoung a forest setting including the weaving house, sleeping and food storage houses, weapons and implements necessary to pre-European life. Lastly, enjoy a raw and powerful journey into a thermal wonderland some 40,000 years old as mud pools, hissing steam and geysers pay tribute to Mother Nature.
Optional Evening Event (Not Included): Te Po, Indigenous Evening Experience
Te Po is an authentic, one-of-a-kind evening event. It is a feast of storytelling, entertainment and Maori cuisine like no other you'll ever experience.



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Your evening begins with a visit to the hangi pit to watch the baskets being lifted from their distinctive underground oven in preparation for the evening’s traditional feast. Hangi preparation begins in the early afternoon to ensure your meal is cooked to perfection.

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A true highlight of any Te Puia outing are the stunning cultural performances featuring traditional storytelling and entertainment. You'll have the opportunity to join in the graceful poi dance or ferocious haka for a more intimate Maori cultural experience.

After a traditional blessing, you will be treated to an entrée of New Zealand mussels, corn on the cob, traditional rewana bread and dips, and a local drink made from kawakawa extract and manuka honey.

The main meal is an event in itself, with the hangi-cooked foods accompanied by flavoured meats, chicken, lamb, vegetables and salads. A range of drinks is available to complement your meal including wine, beer, juices, tea and coffee. We recommend leaving room for dessert, as you will definitely find something to satisfy your sweet tooth.

After dinner you will be invited to board the motorised waka (transporter) for a journey into the valley at night. Enjoy the ride and marvel at the sights before disembarking at Pohutu Geyser for the final stage of a magical evening.

End your unforgettable evening by sitting upon the warmth of the naturally hot rocks armed with a delicious hot chocolate. Listen to your guide tell stories while Pohutu Geyser sits before you, illuminated in its full glory beneath starry skies.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - White Island Active Volcano Helicopter Tour
Land on and explore an active volcano!

Your helicopter flight takes you north over Hell's Gate Thermal Valley to the Pacific Ocean coastline and the active volcano of White Island. Land at the crater's rim and spend approximately one hour on a guided walk of this fascinating natural attraction. Experience the volcanic fury of the main crater, view sulphur deposits, and the remains of the old sulphur mine.
Allow 3 hours

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand
Days 5 to 11 - Car Rental - Pick up in Rotorua and Drop off in Wellington (Aotea Quay)
Rental Car in New Zealand Discover New Zealand as you travel by rental car for six days.

Take the opportunity to explore parts of New Zealand at your own pace by car.. Please bring a valid American driver's license with you and be aware that in New Zealand people drive on the left hand side of the road.

*Upgrade available to include GPS navigation system (additional cost).

Base rate only paid by About Australia. Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver's credit card.
Day 5 - Self Drive from Rotorua to Napier
This morning self drive from Rotorua by Lake Taupo and on to Napier / Hawkes Bay.

Rotorua sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire, so volcanic activity is part of the city's past and present. Explore the geothermal areas and discover the unique culture of New Zealand's Maori people. Rotorua is entertaining in any weather, at any time of the year.

The road to Taupo will keep you entertained with its unusual, volcanic geography. Stop on the drive to Taupo and walk over the Huka Falls lookout bridge. Take a jet boat ride to experience the scenery of the mighty Waikato River and the stunning Tutukau Gorge.
You'll also drive through large tracts of plantation pine forest.The resort town of Taupo sits on the edge of New Zealand's largest lake, which is well stocked with sizeable trout.

The major entertainment on the road from Taupo to Napier is the fantastic scenery. There's a bit of everything - rugged hills, beautiful valleys, gentle plains and huge vistas. At Tarawera you can walk to the hot springs, which are above the Waipunga River. You might also want to stop at the Waiarua Falls lookout, to view the twin waterfalls.

The town of Eskdale heralds your arrival in Napier. In 1931 a devastating earthquake nearly levelled this city. It was rebuilt in the style of the times, and is now considered the Art Deco Capital of the world. The vineyards of Hawke's Bay are all within easy reach of Napier. Another attraction is the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers.

Rotorua - Taupo 1 Hour Taupo - Napier 1.75 hours
Jet Boat Ride 3 hours (Recommended Not Included)

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Days 5 to 7 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Napier
Napier, New Zealand Enjoy your stay in the Wine Region of South New Zealand for 2 nights.

A great climate with day upon day of sunshine makes Napier a year-round tourist destination and you will quickly feel relaxed as you wander through the streets amongst the splendour of the Art Deco buildings. Stop by the National Aquarium and get splashed by the dolphins and seals at Marineland of New Zealand. Visit one of the many wineries on a wine tour. Or choose from one of the many other activities in Napier - from a early morning hot air balloon adventure to an art deco walk.

Your vacation accommodation is within strolling distance of the CBD, shopping area and all the attractions Marine Parade has to offer. The Hawkes Bay Wineries are just a short drive away. Your accommodation offers an internet café, fitness centre, free car parking, guest laundry and comfortable units with a double bed with single bed, Sky TV, ceiling fan, hairdryer and iron & ironing board. Coffee and tea making facilities are available in some rooms. (Please ask about upgrades to a King or Queen bed room. These are available at an additional cost)
Photo Credit: Chris McLennan; Tourism New Zealand
Day 7 - Self Drive from Napier to Martinborough
Hawkes Bay Today self drive from Napier / Hawkes Bay to Martinborough.

Start your self drive from Napier to Hastings. Hastings was devastated by a huge earthquake in 1931. As a result, the city has a great deal of remarkable Art Deco and Spanish Mission-style architecture. Fabulous parks and delicious ice cream are two other reasons to visit Hastings. In the apple and pear season, there's no better place to be. Hastings is New Zealand's leading pipfruit region.

On the drive from Hastings, you'll encounter a wildlife sanctuary at Mt Bruce and the legendary town of Eketahuna (in kiwi slang Eketahuna is the archetypal hick town). The Tararua Windfarm (it makes electricity out of thin air) is a little further north to see it, follow the road to Ballance. After the antique shops of Woodville you can inspect locally made knitwear in Dannevirke, a town originally settled by Scandinavians. The rural service towns of Waipukurau and Waipawa both have historic buildings to view.

Every year in March, Masterton hosts the international Golden Shears competition. Sheep shearing in the Wairarapa is both a sport and an art form. The town's main park has an aviary, aquarium, deer park and a small boating lake. Or you could rediscover your childhood at the local toy museum.

Enjoy the clean, green scenery as you drive north through the friendly townships of the Wairarapa. In Featherston you'll find an interesting locomotive museum. Greytown has many beautiful examples of Victorian architecture and a quaint museum take yourself on a self-guided walk. Carterton is a good place to shop for paua shell souvenirs it's also a place to enjoy daffodils in the spring.

In recent years, Martinborough has become the gourmet capital of the lower North Island. It is home to over 25 boutique vineyards, several fabulous restaurants and a number of upmarket bed and breakfast establishments. From the charming town square, you can walk to most of the local attractions.

Napier to Hastings 45 Minutes
Hastings to Masterton 2.75 hours
Masterton - Martinborough 30 minutes

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Days 7 to 9 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Martinborough
Travel to your accommodation in Martinborough, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your vacation accommodation offers you the opportunity to experience to a historic retreat offering luxury, boutique accommodation in the heart of one of New Zealand's finest wine growing regions near Wellington. Established in 1882, the hotel offers character, comfort and old style personal attention making it ideal for a romantic weekend away, an indulgent escape or accommodation as part of a holiday or vacation. Diners can enjoy classic New Zealand country cuisine and a wide range of excellent wines in the spacious bistro, which spills out under the verandah onto the historic village square. A cosy open fire keeps pub-goers warm in the hotel's friendly "local" and the evening sun goes down in the garden and petanque pitch set among climbing roses and old fashioned box hedging.
Day 9 - Self Drive from Martinborough to Wellington
Martinborough wines Take a short drive from Martinborough to Wellington (1 hour).

After the town of Featherston, which has an interesting locomotive museum, you'll climb up and over the Rimutaka Range - great views in every direction. Once the mountains are behind you, it's easy driving for the rest of your journey. You'll wind through the picturesque Hutt Valley then a fast moving motorway will whisk you into the city.

Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot. Enjoy cafes, restaurants, museums and all kinds of shops. Dance, theatre and musical performances are a Wellington specialty. As New Zealand's capital, this city is rich in political history.

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Days 9 to 11 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Welllington
Travel to your accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located conveniently in the heart of Wellington, New Zealand. It is a short walk from Westpac Stadium, Te Papa Museum and the waterfront. Your vacation hotel has a direct elevator to Lambton Quay via a shopping arcade. Travel to New Zealand's top wine regions, Wairarapa and Marlborough, which are only a short drive away. Or participate in adventure activities such as mountain biking, sailing, bushwalking and much more.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand
Day 11 - InterIslander Ship to Picton - 3 hours
The 92 km journey across Cook Strait between Wellington (North Island) and Picton (South Island) takes only 3 hours and has been described as "one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world".



The vessel offers a stunning view of the South Island's Kaikoura ranges and the opportunity to spot dolphins and sea birds.

In addition to the beautiful views the vessel offers Comfortable Passenger Lounges, Food Court, Bar, Coffee Counter, Children's Area, Nursery, Outdoor Observation Decks, Workstations, Movie Theatre and Souvenirs Shop.

Upgrade available to Premium Plus Lounge, with complimentary Wi-Fi, Food and Beverages, available.
Day 11 - TranzCoastal Railway to Christchurch
The Coastal Pacific train journey travels between the delightful port of Picton and Christchurch.

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This 5.5 hour scenic feast is one of the world's most scenic train journeys. The Coastal Pacific travels through 22 tunnels and crosses 175 bridges, one of them being New Zealand's only road-rail bridge.
This journey is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Travel through some of New Zealand's finest horticultural and farmland areas, and see amazing wildlife such as dolphins, seals and penguins from the comfort of your train carriage.

Photo Credit: KiwiRail Limited
Day 11 - Taxi from Rail Station to Christchurch Accommodation (Pay as you go)
Taxi transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Days 11 to 14 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Christchurch
Travel to your accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Your 4 Star vacation accommodation in Christchurch, located on New Zealand's South Island, offers a stylish boutique hotel, just metres from Cathedral Square, major business houses, convention facilities and prime attractions. The city, also known as the "Garden City" offers many opportunities to either rest from your travel or explore the city. Consider traveling to Arthur's Pass National Park, which has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape. Experience a breathtaking journey aboard the TranzAlpine Train winding its way through New Zealand's magnificent Waimakariri Gorge.
Day 12 - Free Day to Explore Christchurch
Free time to rest, relax or explore.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Akaroa Whaling Depot and Sights - Full Day
Visit the beautiful unspoiled old French whaling depot of Akaroa. The charm and serenity of Akaroa will relax and amaze you.

This morning you will be collected from your accommodation. Travel to Akaroa via Sign of Takahe, Sign of Kiwi, Governers Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Forsyth and Little River. Stop at the Hill Top to experience panoramic views of Akaroa Harbour. Visit the cheese factory at Barry's Bay and sample some fine New Zealand cheese

Lunch will be taken at Bully Hayes a popular restaurant on the water front in the heart of Akaroa with a wide choice of New Zealand food available. Following lunch you have the choice of either a two hour cruise on the Canterbury Cat exploring the delights of Akaroa Harbour and sighting dolphins, penguins and seals, or a game of golf can be arranged on the picturesque Akaroa Golf Course.

As an alternative to the cruise or golf, horse trekking on Banks Peninsula is available for your enjoyment or simply explore the charm and serenity of Akaroa
On the return journey to Christchurch a stop will be made at Birdling Flat on the Kaitorete Spit. This stony beach at the entrance to Lake Forsyth provides a commanding view of the southern facing cliffs of Banks Peninsula. An interesting selection of pebbles and semi-precious stones can be found on the beach. Full Day
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Lord of the Rings Tour
Lord of the Rings, Christchurch, New Zealand Journey to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday.

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See how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Immerse yourself in the natural unspoilt beauty of the high country's sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh mountain air.

This amazing day out includes 4wd access onto Mt Sunday/Edoras itself, a delicious champagne picnic lunch, full running commentary from our friendly and knowledgeable Kiwi tour guides and spectacular scenery you will never forget. You don't have to be a Lord of the Rings fan to enjoy this amazing day out!
Day 13 - Day Tour - Tranz Alpine Safari Experience - Full Day
On your vacation travel by deluxe coach across the Canterbury Plains to the Waimakariri Gorge on New Zealand's South Island.

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Participate in a vacation adventure that won't be forgotten soon. Spray jackets, hats and lifejackets are issued to each passenger before boarding the jet-boat for a ride up one of New Zealand's major snow-fed rivers. Weave in and out of rock faces, white water rapids and high walled rock canyons. From the headwaters of the Waimakariri Gorge you will then travel by four wheel drive through a backcountry tour enroute to Te Kowhi Country Café (lunch). After lunch travel to Arthur's Pass. Your return journey is on the famous TranzAlpine train which is rated one of the top six train journeys in the world. Travel through numerous tunnels, viaducts, river canyons and the rainforest of the Arthur's Pass National Park.

**Does not operate in the winter months June, July and August**
Day 14 - Shuttle Transfer Christchurch Accommodation to Airport
Christchurch, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand, to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
Day 14 - New Zealand Domestic Flight - Christchurch to Queenstown
Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Christchurch to Queenstown (South Island).

Day 14 - Shuttle Transfer Airport to Queenstown Accommodation
Queenstown, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
Days 14 to 16 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Queenstown
Travel to your accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your vacation accommodation is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel features rooms most of which have spectacular views over the lake and the remarkable mountain range. Facilities include a range of hotel amenities that invite those who want to relax from their travel. These include an outdoor swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, restaurant, bar, conference rooms and a ski and boot drying room. A convenient shuttle service to the town centre is also available. Travel and explore the surroundings by visiting New Zealand's Milford Sound, Central Otago Wineries. For the nature lover, maybe enjoy a nice stroll on walking trails that meander along the lakes shores. In the evening perhaps dine whilst enjoying a Maori Concert and see powerful performances of The Haka and other songs of New Zealand custom.

Upgrade Available (extra cost)
Day 14 - Day Tour - Gondola Ride over Scenic Queenstown
One of the first sights to captivate visitors to Queenstown is the distinctive outline of the Skyline complex high above town.


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Located an easy 5 minute walk from central Queenstown and exclusively accessed by scenic gondola, Skyline Gondola, Restaurant & Luge is a must-see attraction during your visit to Queenstown, New Zealand. The best views in the region are found here spread out in a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks. It's truly magnificent and awe-inspiring!

Of course there's more to do than just admire the view! For an additional cost you can:
<ul><li>Enjoy a dinner or relax in the bar in the Skyline Restaurant. Casual dining is also available during the day in the Cafe. </li>
<li>Thrill seekers can hurtle down the winding downhill Skyline Luge. Purpose built Luge carts put you in complete control as you take on a half-mile of banked corners, tunnels and dippers. Once you’ve conquered the course, hop on the chairlift and do it all again, and again, and again. Gentle and leisurely or steep and adventurous, you’ll be hooked.</li>
<li>Explore the southern night sky of Queenstown with a guided tour of the galaxy and learn about the stars, nebulae and planets that make up our solar system and beyond. </li></ul>

Ask your Destination Specialist about available combo packages to make your day at Skyline more enjoyable.

Various walking tracks can also be accessed from Skyline, from an easy 30 minute walk to a full day hike.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Dart River Safari
This jet boat adventure offers your senses a feast of spectacular natural beauty on a journey into the wilderness of a World Heritage area.

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Your day begins with 1.5 hour journey on a jet boat through the Dart's river system. You'll be surrounded by beautiful snow-covered peaks, hidden valleys & waterfalls. Your day includes a guided walk (30-40 minutes) along the 'Heritage Trail' at Paradise. Your guide will provide you with informative & entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest. The forests of this region sit within a World Heritage Area, one of the only natural sites of its kind that is accessible to the public.

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Your guide details the fascinating history of this area from the days of Gondwanaland, to quests by Maori for prized pounamu, to the present day efforts of New Zealand's department of conservation for the preservation of the area. The day ends with a 4WD coach drive along a scenic back road. You will be entertained with stories of the countryside. On the ride home you will stop to view the scenery made famous by Peter Jackson in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogies.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Shotover Jet
Welcome to Shotover Jet Country, Queenstown New Zealand.

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Get ready for the World's most exciting Jet Boat ride! Acknowledged as the World's most famous Jet Boat operation, many imitate Shotover Jet but for sheer excitement, no one comes close.

It's a thrilling ride - skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet 'Big Red', as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breath taking speeds. And a major highlight - hold tight for the world famous Shotover Jet full 360º spins!

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No visit to Queenstown is complete without "Catching the Canyons" with award winning Shotover Jet, "the World's most exciting Jet Boat ride" and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.
Shotover Jet operates every day of the year (weather and river conditions permitting) except Christmas day.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Canyon Swing
Hackett Ledge SkySwing, Queenstown, New Zealand And now for something completely different... Remember the swing you had in your back yard? Well, The Ledge Sky Swing takes that to a whole new level.

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Once harnessed your lowered to the release 'station'. Let the thrill take over! As you swing away the biggest surprise is not knowing when you'll change from fall to swing. Just as your brain convinces you the fall will never stop, you begin arching out 400 metres over Queenstown.

The nightlife in Queenstown is famous for being fast and furious, so we decided to do the same with the Sky Swing. The Ledge Sky Swing is the only swing operating at night. It might pay to leave dinner to afterwards if you know what we mean.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Nevis Highwire Bungy
Hackett Nevis Bungy, Queenstown, New Zealand The Bungy that got the whole thing started in Queenstown; and then, set Queenstown up as the adventure-tourism capital of the world.

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With the Nevis Highwire Bungy, getting there is half the fun! The experience kicks off with a rugged 35 minute back-blocks 4x4 drive before you get harnessed up and board a shuttle which ferries you to the the Bungy Pod. For many, this would have to be the ultimate challenge. Make no mistake, the Nevis Highwire Bungy is not for the nervous - with a wild 134 metres (440 feet) drop, the river seems to rush towards you faster than you're rushing towards it!

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Once off the edge it's simply a matter of basking in the glory of what you have achieved, as well as coming to grips with the 8 ½ seconds of freefall! Tour is 4 hours in duration.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sunrise Balloon Ride
Sunrise Ballooning, Queenstown, New Zealand Enjoy a once in a life time experience in a hot air balloon. Queenstown, in New Zealand's South Island, is the most spectacular place to fly in a hot air balloon!


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The flight is carried out near Queenstown in the valley between the Remarkables Range and Coronet Peak with panoramic views of the mountains and lakes of the area.

Get a bird's eye view of some of the filming locations used in "Lord Of The Rings".After about a one hour flight, indulge in a champagne celebration which includes juice, tea,coffee, hot chococlate, croissants, danishes & muffins.

Dress appropriately for the season, bearing in mind that this is an outdoor activity. It is no colder at altitude than on the ground before take off. Tramping boots or sports shoes are recommended. High heels and sandals are not suitable. Bring a hat! Passengers will be standing for the duration of the flight. Ballooning is weather dependent and we will only fly if weather conditions are suitable.

Allow 3 ½ to 4 hours from pick-up at dawn* to drop off at your Hotel. Additional afternoon flight June, July and August in the afternoon.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Cruise on Lake Wakatipu (TS Enslow)
Relive the elegance of bygone days with a 1.5 hour cruise aboard a vintage steamship.

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What better way to view the magnificent scenery around Lake Wakatipu (Queenstown) than by taking a cruise a board the last remaining coal fired passenger carrying vessels operating in the southern hemisphere.Affectionately known as the Lady of the Lake, this vessel has a special place in the hearts of Queenstown people. She has been transporting goods to remote settlements and conveying passengers on beautiful Lake Wakatipu since 1912.

Photo Credit: Real Journeys
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Walter Peak Farm
Enjoy a quintessential Kiwi experience - a delicious gourmet BBQ lunch and a farm tour in a stunning lakeside setting.

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Your lunch starts with a cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw across to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Once there, you can sit back on the lakeside terrace of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and savour the delicious aromas as our chef has the best of local produce, sizzling away on the grill. Our lunch menu has been refreshed with the introduction of our new executive chef.

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You'll have a plenty to choose from our seasonal summer menu - salads, vegetables, succulent meat cooked on the outdoor rotisserie or grill. If you’re vegetarian, don’t worry, you are well catered for too. Then finish your meal with a scrumptious dessert.

After your lunch, you can join an entertaining farm demonstration or explore the beautiful lakeside gardens.
Day 16 - Day Tour - Doubtful Sound Experience Tour - Full Day (Ends in Te Anau)
Doubtful Sound, Queenstown, New Zealand When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence, a silence broken only by birdsong, or maybe the rushing of a distant waterfall.

Your Doubtful Sound adventure begins as you cruise the crystal clear waters of Lake Manapouri. Then its over Wilmot Pass, stopping along the way to experience some of Fiordland's densest rainforest and to view the colourful alpine moss gardens.

On reaching Deep Cove, you will board our spacious catamaran for a three hour cruise that takes in the most dramatic scenery of Doubtful Sound. Our skippers provide a detailed commentary and point out highlights. Keep a look out for wildlife as bottlenose dolphins frequently come alongside our vessel, fur seals bask on the rocks around the fiord and rare penguins can at times be observed. Full Day Tour.

*A picnic lunch can be pre-ordered before your tour for an additional cost. There is also a selection of cafe food aboard the vessel for purchase.
Days 16 to 17 - 1 Night Accommodation in Te Anau
Te Anau, New Zealand Tucked away on the shores of New Zealand's second largest lake, Te Anau is an inviting South Island town.

Te Anau is your gateway to the walking capital of the world. Discover the internationally renowned walks of the Milford Track,the Routeburn, Hollyford,Kepler Track and many more. Cruise the remote depths of Milford and Doubtful Sounds, visit the spectacular lakes of Te Anau and Manapouri, experience Te Anau's magical glowworm caves. In Fiordland you can go hiking, caving, boating, diving, biking, play golf, go fly fishing, sky dive. Soar over the wilderness on a scenic flight, explore the water on a kayaking adventure, breathe in the scents of native forest on a guided walk .Cruise the beauty of Milford or Doubtful sounds or simply enjoy a round of golf.

Whatever your desire, whether it be leisure or activity you crave, there's plenty to see and do.

*Optional Upgrade Available to Lakeside property (Pricing Upon Request)
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Glowworms Tour
Glow Worm Caves, Te Anau, New Zealand As you explore by path and small boat, your senses will be overwhelmed. The delicate incandescence of thousands of tiny glowworms is a magical sight.

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Your Te Anau Glowworm Cave adventure begins with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau to the western side of the lake. Upon arrival there is time to view informative displays at Cavern House before our friendly guides invite you to accompany them underground in small groups. Explore a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms in the glowworm grotto.

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Reasonable agility level is required as there are some bending due to low caves and some steps. Please do not wear high heels.
Duration 2hrs 30mins
Day 17 - Shuttle Transfer Te Anau to Bluff
Stewart Island, New Zealand Your coach will transfer you from Ta Anau to Stewart Island this morning. Enjoy the beautiful South Island scenery along the way plus an hour long ferry ride to the remotely beautiful Stewart Island!

Days 17 & 19 - Ferry Transfers from Bluff Harbour to Stewart Island (return)
During the one-hour ferry crossing between Bluff and Stewart Island keep a look out for wildlife, including seals, dolphins and sea birds. The friendly staff provide informative commentaries and point out highlights.




Days 17 to 19 - 2 Nights Accommodation on Stewart Island
Stewart Island, New Zealand Stewart Island is perfect for a day excursion or an extended stay.

With georgous bays, beautiful sand beaches and densely forested hills, Stewart Island has a combination of landscapes. Stewart Island has been named `The Home of the Kiwi.` It has the highest number of accessible species in New Zealand.In just one day, one can usually access over 30 species. Bonus sitings can be, Bottlenose Dolphin, Fur Seal, Sealion, the occasional Sea Elephant and whales. A visit to Stewart Island isn't complete without a browse through the Rakiura Museum. The museum has a collection of items and photographs of Stewart Island`s history. For example the Maori settlement, muttonbirding, fishing, timber milling, mining, boat building, schools and churches.

An optional activity Helicopter ride is available on request, this is a great way to see the amazing scenery and the best locations the island has to offer (book in advance, or pay as you go subject to availabilty).

Your accommodation is located right in the centre of Halfmoon Bay within easy walking distance of all amenities: shops, restaurants, post office, gym, museum, information centre and booking office for local day tours and island activities.
Photo Credit: Gareth Eyres; Tourism New Zealand
Day 17 - Day Tour - Village and Bay Tour
Oban & Bays, Stewart Island, New Zealand Explore Stewart Island, the township of Oban and the surrounding bays on this 1.5 hour tour.

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Explore Oban and the surrounding bays in modern mini-buses. Your guide will share their local knowledge of the history and environment of Stewart Island. You will gain an entertaining insight into New Zealand's southernmost community. Stewart Islanders are proud of their island, enjoying its simpler, slower pace.

During your tour, there is plenty of time available for photo stops and short walks. Highlights include Lee Bay, the gateway to Rakiura National Park; beautiful Horseshoe Bay and stunning views of Paterson Inlet from Observation Rock.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Ulva Island Guided Nature Walk - 3 hours
Ulva Island Walk, Stewart Island, New Zealand A 3 hour quided walk around Ulva Island is a unique experience, learning about native flora and fauna from a Maori and local Stewart Island perspective.

Located in Waka o te Wera or Paterson Inlet, with 11km of coastline, Ulva Island is a scenic gem of unsurpassed beauty; an open preditor free bird sanctuary. Ulva Island is easily accessed by a short watertaxi ride across Paterson Inlet from Golden Bay. Under the luxuriant green mantle of podocarp forest the Ulva Island walks are rich with mosses, ferns, liverworts, filmy ferns and native orchids.

You will encounter rare and endangered bird and plant speciesin this paradise for birds and bird lovers, only 266 hectares with great walking tracks, located in the southern-most island of New Zealand, Stewart Island.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Underwater Explorer Tour
Underwater Experience, Stewart Island, New Zealand Enjoy superb underwater viewing of the diverse marine life for which Stewart Island is renowned on a semi-submersible vessel.

Explore below the waterline and view the many fish species and other sea life around Stewart Island. Drift through lush kelp forests, view cray pots, mussels, sea tulips and more. You on board nature guide will provide detailed information about the rich marine life visible through the windows.

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Day 19 - Shuttle Transfer Bluff to Invergargill
Your coach will transport you from the Ferry terminal in Bluff to Invercargill.

Day 19 - Rental Car - Pick up in Invercargill and Drop off in Dunedin
Rental Car in New Zealand Discover New Zealand as you travel by rental car for two days.

Take the opportunity to explore parts of New Zealand in and around your vacation town. Please bring a valid American driver's license with you and be aware that in New Zealand people drive on the left hand side of the road.

*Upgrade available to include GPS navigation system.
Day 19 - Self Drive from Invercagill to Dunedin
Scenic Southern Route Today drive 3.5 hours to Dunedin along the Southern Scenic Route

Leaving Invercargill you travel on the Scenic Southern Route, through some of the most lush and fertile farmland in New Zealand before entering the Catlins. The Catlins is an area where native forest meets the waters edge; a place of hidden waterfalls and river valleys; of rocky coastal bays, inlets and estuaries where the great Pacific Ocean bites into the land.There is an abundance of wildlife and Nugget Point (Tokata) is a stunning and accessible place for viewing seals and penguins.

Further travel through the Catlins brings your to the rich, green, rolling hills of South Otago, an area steeped in history. Early colonial architecture is a feature of many of the buildings in this area. Balclutha services and surrounding farming communities and provides a convenient break or stopover for the traveller.

Lake Waihola marks the turning point of travel toward the coast and the charming seaside villages of Taieri Mouth and Brighton. Stroll along the deserted beaches with soft white sand that stretches for miles. Clamber over the rocky outcrops and watch the crashing waves.

Dunedin marks the conclusion of your tour of the Southern Scenic Route. Dunedin is a bustling university city, celebrated for its architecture, museums, galleries, and theatres. The Octagon is the showpiece and centre of this vibrant city. Enjoy the streetlife while sipping coffee at an outdoor cafe or pick a spot in the sun under the statue of Robbie Burns. Dunedin offers a blend of natural history, attractions, culture, recreation and entertainment that, in combination with all the attractions along the Southern Scenic Route, will make your tour a truly memorable experience.
Days 19 to 21 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Dunedin
Travel to your accommodation in Dunedin, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Welcome to Dunedin's only garden hotel, located within two acres of beautifully kept garden, and just a six-minute drive from the city centre (or seven, in rush hour). Neighboring the Dunedin Botanic Garden, you will be a short stroll to Otago Museum and the University of Otago. Forsyth Barr Stadium is also within easy walking distance. The unique surroundings make for a truly relaxing place to stay, no matter how busy your visit might be.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Dunedin City Bus Tours
Explore the City of Dunedin on a Double Decker Bus

Your Dunedin experience begins with this one-hour introduction tour to life and times in this city of firsts. Scottish Presbyterian settlers arrived here in 1848 and the incorporation of the City Council in 1865 was the first in New Zealand. Dunedin also lays claim to NZ's first University, first girls high school, first chocolate factory, first public botanic gardens, first daily newspaper, first cable car public transport, first kerosene street-lighting and first public art gallery. The first telephone call in New Zealand was also made here and we include the world's steepest street, Baldwin St, on the tour. In the 19th century, Dunedin was a progressive and vibrant centre of NZ's commerce, culture and education.

Tour departs from the Visitor Centre, Octagon. A pickup is available from 8.15am for the 9am tour only, all set downs are at the Octagon. The itinerary includes:Municipal chambers, First Church,Exchange historic precinct , Villas & bungalows of hillside suburbs, Olveston stately home(optional guided tour), Botanic gardens,Otago University (photo stop), Otago Museum
Cadbury chocolate factory, Railway station (photo stop), Otago Settlers museum, Speights heritage brewery, Art Gallery, Robbie Burns Statue, St Paul's Cathedral
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Dunedin Larnach Castle
With its exciting, sometimes scandalous, sometimes tragic history, its magnificent carved ceilings, New Zealand antiques and breathtaking views, Larnach Castle offers you a vision of the past and present.

Settle back and enjoy the coach drive up and over the Peninsula high road, offering spectacular views out over the Pacific Ocean on one side and the beautiful Otago harbour on the other. Your driver will provide an informative commentary along the way as you pass through stone-walled farmlets.

On arrival at Larnach Castle you will be taken on a guided tour through the 'halls of power and scandal' of this historic 19th century home. From the castle turret you can survey the Otago Harbour below.

Visitors can enjoy exploring the Castle and the beautiful gardens, now an attraction in their own right. Original antiques grace the building and the family has amassed a unique collection of New Zealand furniture.

This tour can be done as a guide tour from Dunedin or if you have a rental car you can drive up and explore the castle on your own.


Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Natures Wonders Tour (1 hour)
Today enjoy a nature eco-tour with "Natures Wonder" and see Penguins, Fur Seals and Sea Lions in their natural habitat.

Amidst truly spectacular scenery, the world's rarest penguins live here in harmony. The Hoiho the yellow-eyed, the little blue penguins, the New Zealand fur seals and the Stewart Island Shags. See them all on this cross-country adventure tour in an 8-wheel drive all terrain Argo vehicle. Also see Fort Taiaroa Fortifications (the Rerewahine battery WW11). Tours depart mid morning to one hour before dusk in all weather, 7 days a week, every 15 minutes (depending on bookings).
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Dunedin Taire Train - Full Day
A visit to the city of Dunedin is not complete without a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway, one of Dunedin's top attractions and considered one of the world's great train trips.

Sit back and relax as the train negotiates this exhilarating narrow river gorge with cliff hugging tunnels and viaducts soaring high above the river or ride the open air platforms for that perfect photo! The train will also stop for you to disembark for scenic and photo opportunities. The ever-changing scenery along the way will leave you amazed at what scenery Dunedin has to offer.
Departing daily (except Christmas day)
Day 21 - New Zealand Domestic Flight - Dunedin to Auckland
Travel by air today from Dunedin to Auckland, New Zealand.

Day 21 - International Flight - Auckland to Los Angeles (Own Arrangements)
International flight from Auckland to Los Angeles Today depart Auckland and fly to the USA. Enjoy an in-flight dinner and movie with arrival in the USA. Note: you will be traveling back across the International Date Line. Gain that day back you lost on the way over, you actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Auckland.

Note: Flight may include a stop over in Australia.


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