12 Nights & 13 Days NZ SIC
Day 1: Arrival in Auckland: Sky Tower (Self Transfer)
Upon landing in the ‘city of sails’ you willget a SIC transfer to your Hotel. After checking in to your hotel, you will have the rest of the day at your leisure. In the evening, visit Sky Tower which is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s an exciting hub of adrenaline activities, superb dining and breathtaking views.
Day 2: Auckland: Auckland City Tour
After breakfast, experience the highlights of Auckland city with its numerous volcanoes and the marine village of Devonport on Auckland's North Shore on a personal small group tour with TIME Unlimited Tours, winner of multiple global awards including the National Geographic World Legacy Award. Be amazed by dramatic views of numerous volcanoes, expansive vistas across Auckland's Waitamata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean and the marine village of Devonport.
Day 3: Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour
After breakfast, upon check out of the hotel in Auckland andcommence a full day tour to Rotorua via Waitomo. Depart Auckland and travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Your experienced local driver guide will provide commentary and point out highlights along the way such as Rangiriri, where in 1863 a major battle was fought between colonial forces and those loyal to the Maori King. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo enjoy a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a series of limestone caves formed over 30 million years ago. Learn all about stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations as you walk through the caverns and finish the tour with a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - illuminated by thousands of tiny glowworms.Your journey to Rotorua continues, passing through the beautiful Fitzgerald Glade where trees arch over the road to form a tunnel of natural greenery.
Day 4: Rotorua: TePuia:Te Ra 60 Min. Day Pass+ Agrodome Sheep Farm Show + Rainbow Spring Nature Park
Today after breakfast,head out to commence a Rotorua Sights half day morning tour. Experience TePuia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools before exploring Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna as well as the New Zealand Kiwi. Then see New Zealand's agricultural industry in action with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at The Agrodome.
Day 5: Bay of Island: Leisure Day
Today after breakfast, check out of the hotel in Rotorua and get a SIC transfer to your hotel in Bay of Island. After checking into your hotel, you will have the day at your leisure.
Day 6: Bay of Island: Hole in the Rock Cruise
Today after breakfast, you will head out to commence a half day 'Hole in the Rock' Dolphin Cruise. Dolphin Seeker will allow you to take in the stunning views as you glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over and Piercy Island/Motukôkako, or as it is popularly known the Hole in the Rock'. According to Mâori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle. Drops of water from the cave roof above were a good omen. If conditions permit, your skipper will expertly guide the ship through the narrow space... and if you get dripped on, consider yourself lucky! Keep an eye out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life during your cruise, and have your camera ready as we get you up close to the action. The purpose-built catamaran is licensed by DOC (the Department of Conservation) for dolphin viewing and the crew have years of experience locating dolphins in these waters. In the evening drive back to Auckland.
Day 7: Queenstown: Leisure Day
Today after breakfast,check out from the hotel in Rotorua and get SIC transfer to Rotoruaairport. Board on your flight Rotorua to Queenstown. Upon landing in Queenstown, you will get a SIC transfer to your hotel in Queenstown, after checking in to your hotel, you will have the rest of the day at your leisure. This vibrant city has a lot to offer, we will give you a list of suggested eateries, bars and cafes, closer to your arrival. Also if you would like to add an additional activity or tour please feel free to get in touch with us.
Day 8: Queenstown: Milford Sound Cruise Ex Queenstown
After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast, you head out to commence full day Milford Sound Tour.Where you will board a ferry to start a magnificent journey through the waters to experience one of the world’s natural wonders. Get up close to steep cliffs rising out of the deep blue water and watch fur seals sunbathing on rocks. Visit the 160-metre high Bowen Falls or the Stirling Falls, which cascade into the fiord, like a giant shower. Some boats have underwater viewing observatories. Look out for penguins and dolphins, as well as whales – the occasional one makes it all the way into the fiords.
Day 9: Queenstown: Skyline Gondola Ride (Self Transfer)
After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast, you will head out to experience Gondola Ride. Take a scenic Gondola ride on the Southern Hemisphere's steepest Gondola for quick and easy access to Queenstown's most spectacular views. The Gondola rises 450 vertical metres above Queenstown on an average incline of 37.10 to the Skyline complex on Bob's Peak.
Day 10: Queenstown to Franz Josef: Leisure Day
After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast, check out of the hotel in Queenstown and get SIC transfers to the Franz Josef Hotel. You will have the rest of the evening at your leisure to explore the city at your own pace.
Day 11: Franz Josef: Glacier Hot Pools – Public Pool Entry
Today after breakfast, experience Glacier Hot Pools. Nestled in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquillity and the perfect way to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation after travelling along the West Coast or enjoying one of its many attractions. The three invitingly warm main pools and three secluded private pools are nestled within the native bush and birdlife creating a tranquil space to revive your body, mind and spirit. A totally unique, romantic, oasis in the rainforest, the private pools are set back on the property and surrounded by the majestic rainforest, offering the very best in seclusion.
Day 12: Franz Josef to Christchurch: Tranz Alpine Train
After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast, check out of the hotel in Franz Josef and get SIC transfers to the Greymouth Train Station then board on the Tranz Alpine Train to the Christchurch. The TranzAlpine is a passenger train operated by The Great Journeys of New Zealand in the South Island of New Zealand over the Midland Line; often regarded to be one of the world's great train journeys for the scenery through which it passes. After checking into the hotel in Christchurch, you have the rest of the evening at your leisure.
Day 13: Departure Day
As per your return tickets, you will get SIC transfer to Christchurch Airport. Board your flight back to your home with sweet memories.
Hope you have an amazing journey.