New Zealand Bus Tour: Snapshot of New Zealand
DAY 1 - Arrive Auckland
Arrive in the sparkling city of Auckland - New Zealand's City of Sails. You are met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation. If time permits we suggest a sailing cruise on the Waitemata Harbour or a visit to the Auckland Museum to see the world's finest display of Māori artefacts.
Stay: Auckland (1 night)
DAY 2 - Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua
Leave the big city behind and journey by sightseeing coach alongside the Waikato River - lifeblood to the fertile farmlands on the plain. At Waitomo follow your guide past amazing limestone formations before taking your place on the small boat and gliding silently into the glow worm grotto. Cross the Waikato River and continue to Rotorua - New Zealand's thermal wonderland and centre of Māori culture.
Stay: Rotorua (2 nights)
DAY 3 - At Rotorua
This morning enjoy a 'Hop on, Hop off' Sightseeing tour where we have included visits to a nature reserve. You will have the opportunity to view many native species of flora and fauna including living examples of New Zealand's national emblem - the Kiwi bird. Visit Te Puia and see a range of geothermal features from sputtering mud pools, mysterious hot springs, remarkable silica formations and spouting geysers at one of the thermal reserves. And lastly enjoy the amusing and informative show at the Agrodome.
DAY 4 - Rotorua – Queenstown
Today is set aside for your flight to Queenstown. (Flight cost not included). We recommend you book a morning flight to Queenstown. Most flights connect through Christchurch en route.
On arrival in Queenstown you are met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu Queenstown is a year-round alpine resort that caters for all interests. It enjoys a magnificent setting amid steep mountain ranges and pockets of native bush with the jagged peaks of the Remarkables Range rising from the lake.
Stay: Queenstown (3 nights)
DAY 5 - Milford Sound Day Excursion
Skirt Lake Wakatipu by coach in the shadow of the rugged Remarkables, and on through rolling farmland to Te Anau, gateway of the Fiordland National Park. Pass through magnificent beech forests and the Homer Tunnel. Remote, mysterious and uniquely New Zealand, Milford Sound is a spectacular reminder of the forces of nature that shaped this land. Formed thousands of years ago during the ice ages, Milford Sound is the most dramatic in Fiordland National Park. Here you will find cascading waterfalls, luxuriant forests and the towering pinnacle of Mitre Peak. No matter what the fiord's mood, shrouded in mist or with sun glistening on deep waters, it will inspire you. Enjoy a scenic cruise on Milford Sound before returning to Queenstown by coach - or scenic flight at your own expense.
DAY 6 - Queenstown
A free day to enjoy the many activities available in this region which include jet-boating excursions, golf, bungy jumping, paragliding, gold panning in old gold-mines, cruises on Lake Wakatipu, or simply relaxing beside the lakeside or shopping.
DAY 8 Queenstown – Mount Cook – Christchurch
Journey north through tussock country and past alpine lakes to Mount Cook National Park. Continue over the patch worked Canterbury Plains to Christchurch - the Garden City.
Stay: Christchurch (1 night)
DAY 8 - Depart Christchurch
A departure transfer is provided to Christchurch International Airport.
Snapshot of New Zealand Holiday Package Prices
01 May 2015 - 30 September 2015 - Tour prices start from NZ$1,445.00 per person share twin
01 October 2015 - 30 April 2016 - Tour prices start from NZ$1,530.00 per person share twin
- Prices based on budget accommodation and two persons travelling together
- Prices based on seat on coach transport
- Costs do not include international or domestic airfares
Popular (mid range) and superior accommodation options available on request.
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour
- Rotorua Sightseeing Tour including three attractions
- Day tour to Milford Sound and cruise on fiord
- Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Booking Code: AKL-D