11 Days The Ultimate New Zealand Family Holiday
Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua – Christchurch – Mt Cook National Park – Queenstown – Milford Sound – Glacier Region
In Waitomo meander through a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers decorated with galaxies of native glow worms. Immerse yourself in bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcases of New Zealand’s fascinating Maori culture. Be cradled by skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all set under a star-studded skyat Mt Cook National Park. Fulfill your adventurous core with Queenstown’s plethora of thrill seeking offerings. Take in the stunning Milford Sound – a fusion of spectacular natural features with amazing visual cues around every corner. Your awesome journey culminates at the majestic Franz Josef glaciers and witness the puzzle of huge valleys of ice that extend well below the snowline, almost to the sea, where the ice age is still underway.
- Auckland City Tour
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves
- Hobbiton Movie Set
- Te Puia Thermal Reserve
- Rainbow Springs Wildlife
- Maori Hangi (feast) and Concert
- Lake Tekapo – Church of the Good Shepherd
- Mt Cook
- Milford Sound
- Lake Wanaka, Haast Pass, World Heritage Westland National Park
- Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers
- Greymouth Tranz Alpine train
- Canterbury Plains
Self -Drive / Self -Drive / Private Tour
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 collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.
Morning tour including Harbour Bridge, Auckland Viaduct and Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park for panoramic views of Auckland city and Waitemata Harbour.
|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. Continue to Rotorua this afternoon via Hobbiton Movie Set for a guided tour of this world-class attraction.
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. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) and Concert.
|5||Rotorua — Christchurch
Depart on your domestic flight from Rotorua to Christchurch (airfare is NOT included).
|6||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.
Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the breath taking man made Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls. Buffet lunch is also included on board today. Return to Queenstown.
A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. Optional activities not included in the tour price.
|9||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.
|10||Glacier Region — Christchurch
Travel north to Greymouth today and board the TranzAlpine 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.
Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car.
- Breakfasts daily at all hotels
- Maori Hangi feast
- All sightseeing entry fees included as per itinerary
- A choice of three accommodation options (Standard, Superior, First class)
- A choice of three transport options (Compact, Intermediate, Full Size, Premium)
- International flight tickets (we can assist to book and issue tickets)
- Domestic flight tickets (if any)
- Meals not stated in itinerary
- Entrance fees for optional activities
- Travel Insurance
- All personal expenses