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Picture Perfect New Zealand - Auckland to Queenstown

Picture Perfect New Zealand - Auckland to Queenstown
Highlights:
• Embrace culture & geothermal wonder in Rotorua and view volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park

• Soak up early NZ history in the far north and savour the wines of the Marlborough region

• Travel to jewel-coloured Lake Tekapo and get up close to Aoraki Mount Cook, our highest mountain
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ITINERARY (22 days)
Day 1 - Arrive Auckland

Welcome to the 'City of Sails'.

You will be met by our representative on arrival and receive your travel documents before transferring to your central city accommodation.

New Zealand's largest city is spread around 48 dormant volcanoes. With its scenic harbours and beaches, Auckland is host to a huge range of water sports especially around the islands of the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park.

Relax on a harbour cruise or ferry ride to delightful Devonport, visit eclectic Viaduct Basin site of the America's Cup village, enjoy the amazing views and Auckland skyline from atop the Sky Tower.

Accommodation:
Quality style: Mid-range Hotel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 2 - Auckland - Bay of Islands (approx 4:15 hours driving time)

This morning you will be transferred to pick-up your rental vehicle.

Begin your journey travelling to the beautiful Bay of Islands one of our most popular holiday regions with its bush clad islands, transparent waters and white sandy beaches.
This is the cradle of European settlement in New Zealand. You can visit many fine historic buildings and sites including the Treaty House and Kerikeri's famous old stone store.

Take a cruise out through the famous Hole in the Rock or experience the thrill of swimming with dolphins in this stunning maritime playground.

Accommodation:
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 3 - Bay of Islands

Enjoy your day in the stunning Bay of Islands. Take a scenic cruise or flight, or just relax in the sub-tropical climate on golden beaches.

Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 4 - Bay of Islands - Waipoua Kauri Forest - Auckland (approx 5:00 hours driving time)

Return down the Kauri Coast passing the long indented Hokianga Harbour with its turbulent bar which has claimed many a vessel.

Follow the Wairoa River from Dargaville to Kaipara Harbour, our largest harbour and once the busiest waterway in the country shipping out kauri timber and gum. See New Zealand's largest living trees in the Waipoua Forest and visit the Kauri Museum at Matakohe to learn about the gum-diggers.

Accommodation:
Quality style: Mid-range Hotel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 5 - Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua (approx 6:00 hours driving time)

Continue your journey south to Rotorua New Zealand's cultural capital, via the Waitomo Caves where you can take a subterranean boat excursion to see the glowworms amongst the sculpted limestone caves.

In Rotorua you can stand on active volcanoes, massive craters, see boiling mud pools, exploding geysers, a traditional Maori village buried by volcanic ash and the sacred green and blue lakes, as well as experience traditional Maori culture and entertainment.

Accommodation:
Quality style: 4.5* Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 6 - Rotorua

Activity: Evening Maori Cultural Experience including Hangi (Dinner)

Accommodation:
Quality style: 4-5* Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 7 - Rotorua - Taupo - Wellington (approx 6:30 hours driving time)

Travel through expansive exotic forests and pass enthralling thermal activity before arriving at Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake.

Enjoy the scenic views as you head across the Tongariro National Park with its live smoking volcanoes.

Our capital city Wellington is set on a magnificent harbour ringed by hills. Take in the views from the top of the Cable Car, visit Te Papa Tongarewa the spectacular national museum, and see Parliament Buildings with its unique 'Beehive'. This is a vibrant cosmopolitan city offering a myriad of restaurants, bars, entertainment and shopping.

Accommodation:
Quality style: Mid-range Hotel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 8 - Wellington

Accommodation:
Quality style: Mid-range Hotel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 9 - Wellington - Picton - Blenheim (approx. 3.30 hours ferry & driving time)

Today you cross by ferry to the South Island for the start of a whole new adventure.

Blenheim is the centre of one of New Zealand's premier wine regions famous for its Sauvignon blanc. Follow the Marlborough wine trails and visit many of the delightful vineyards, sample the vintages and enjoy dining in the boutique wineries.

Accommodation:
Quality style: 4.5* Self Catering Motel
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 10 - Blenheim

Accommodation:
Quality style: 4.5* Self Catering Motel
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 11 - Blenheim - Kaikoura (approx 1.5 hours driving time)

The Pacific Coastline is dramatic and ever changing. This is nature's playground, home to giant sperm whales and spectacular dusky dolphins.

Accommodation:
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 12 - Kaikoura

In Kaikoura you can take a Whale Watch Cruise or flight, walk across a table reef to a seal colony, see penguins and many varieties of seabirds.

This delightful fishing town offers stunning contrasts between the close snow-capped mountains and the rolling southern ocean. Ensure you savour the taste of crayfish (lobster) the local delicacy.

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 13 - Kaikoura - Christchurch (approx 3.0 hours driving time)

Christchurch is set amongst superb public and private gardens and wide leafy avenues, with the picturesque River Avon gently meandering through the business and residential districts. Take a punt ride, enjoy walks around the city (view the rebuild which includes carefully restored historic buildings, historic facades that have been saved as frontages for brand new buildings and new buildings that reflect the city moving forward. Enjoy the quirky cafe scene. Experience life on the southern continent at the International Antarctic Centre and be entertained at the Court Theatre, Canterbury Museum and Christchurch Art Gallery.

Accommodation
Quality style: 4.5* Self Catering Motel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 14 - Christchurch

Accommodation:
Quality style: 4.5* Self catering motel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 15 - Christchurch - Mount Cook Region (approx 3:00 hours driving time to Lake Tekapo)

The scenic route to the Mount Cook Region leads you through the pasture and grain lands of the Canterbury Plains, over Burkes Pass to the dramatic MacKenzie Country, named after the legendary Scottish sheep rustler who once roamed the area.

Lake Tekapo provides magnificant night time star gazing and great photo opportunites with its world reknown Church of the Good Shepherd and sheepdog statue.

Accommodation
Quality style: 4-5* self catering Motel
Superior style: Superior class hotel
Day 16 - Mount Cook Region - Wanaka (approx 3:00 hours driving time)

Through the centre of the South Island you follow the spectacular backbone of the Southern Alps.

At Lake Pukaki, if the weather is kind, you will see the most stunning views of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook.

The lakeside resort of Wanaka is popular for hiking and boating and snow sports in winter.

Explore Mount Aspiring National Park, enjoy a lake cruise, visit the famous Wanaka Warbirds Museum or challenge yourself at Puzzling World. Wanaka offers an appealing mix of outdoor activities, family fun and fine living.

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 17 - Wanaka

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 18 - Wanaka - Te Anau (approx 4:00 hours driving time)

Take in the magnificent landscape enroute to the township of Te Anau, picturesquely sited on Lake Te Anau and within easy reach of the delights of the Fiordland National Park.

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 19 - Te Anau - Milford - Te Anau (approx 4:45 hours driving time)

Travel via the Eglinton Valley, the Homer Tunnel and down the Cleddau Canyon to Milford Sound deep in the Fiordland National Park, to board a cruise and view captivating wildlife surrounded by sheer mile-high mountain walls before returning to Te Anau.

Accommodation
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 20 - Te Anau - Queenstown (approx 2:45 hours driving time)

Follow the shore of Lake Wakatipu below the jagged Remarkable Mountains into Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

This alpine town offers an amazing range of attractions including canyon jet boat rides, mountain biking, bungy jumping, helicopter flights, horse treks and 4WD expeditions.

There are also more passive pastimes - wilderness safaris, historic steamer lake cruises, gondola cableway, superb golf courses and gardens as well as uncovering gold-mining artifacts in the quaint town of Arrowtown.

Accommodation
Quality style: Mid-range Hotel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 21 - Queenstown

Accommodation
Quality style: Mid-range Hotel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 22 - Queenstown

Day 22 - Queenstown

There is time for some last minute shopping, before you return your rental vehicle and catch your departure flight.


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Map of Picture Perfect New Zealand - Auckland to Queenstown
Picture Perfect New Zealand - Auckland to Queenstown

Style
Quality
Superior
Share Twin NZ$
Share Twin NZ$
   CAR - Intermediate
$ 4792
$ 7283
   CAR - Full size
$ 5055
$ 7544
   4WD - Intermediate
$ 5218
$ 7710
Prices are per person and valid to 30 September 2017
What's Included

Meet & Greet and transfer to hotel on arrival

Automatic intermediate (medium), full size car or intermediate 4WD

Quality style - Quality Bed & Breakfasts, mid-range hotels, 4-5* self-catering motels

Superior style - Superior Bed & Breakfasts, superior class hotels

New Zealand touring information - distances, times, directions between destinations, map
Price Information

Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include 15% GST (Government Goods & Services Tax). Click Here for an online currency converter to convert prices to your own currency (approximate only).

Prices are per person and based on two persons sharing a Bed & Breakfast, hotel or motel room/unit.

Please enquire for prices for single travellers or up to four persons vacationing together.

Rental vehicle hire includes basic insurance.

1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018 prices provided on request.
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