Day 1: Auckland -
Morning arrival in Auckland and transfer to the hotel for 2 nights.
The afternoon is free to unwind and stroll in the attractive
2: Rangitoto Island -
Take a cruise through Waitemata Harbour to the islands of the
Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, landing at Rangitoto Island for a walk
with splendid ocean views.
Day 3: Waitomo and Rotorua -
Morning journey south, stopping to visit the Waitomo caves, with its
enchanting glow-worm grotto. We then continue to Rotorua for 2
nights, the centre of Maori traditions and an area of thermal
springs and volcanic activity.
Day 4: Rotorua - A
full dayís exploration of the remarkable Waimangu Thermal Valley,
with its amazing geological activity. See the bubbling pools of
Waimanhu Cauldron, Lake Rotomahana, the pink and white terraces and
a cruise on Lake Tarawera to the buried village of Te Wairoa. Enjoy
your evening with a traditional Maori hangi.
Day 5: To Tongariro
- Morning visit to the Maori village of Ohinemutu, the historic St
Faiths church, followed by a leisurely and scenic drive past Lake
Taupo to the Tongariro National Park for 2 nights.
Day 7: Tongariro National
Park - Choose from a selection of walks in this spectacular
park dominated by three volcanic peaks. Possibilities include
Taranaki Falls or, depending on the weather, the complete Tongariro
Crossing, often described as the best one day walk in New Zealand.
Day 8: To South Island -
Journey to Wellington and take the ferry across the Cook Strait,
with views of Queen Charlotte Sound, to Picton on the South Island
where we stay for 2 nights.
Day 9: Queen Charlotte
Walkway - Cruise to Ship Cove from where we take an
unforgettable walk on the Queen Charlotte Track to Resolution Bay
and Furneaux Lodge, which leads through native bush and provides
regular views of Marlborough Sound.
Day 10: To Greymouth -
Travel towards the rugged west coast, stopping in Nelson Lakes
National Park, taking a short walk at Cape Foulwind to see the
colony of fur seals, and enjoying another short walk at Paparoa
National Park to see the Pancake Rocks and blowholes. Arrive at
Greymouth for 1 night.
Day 11: To Fox Glacier
- Head along the west coast to see the spectacular Franz Josef and
Fox glaciers and stay for 1 night. Take walks over the glacial
moraine to the viewpoints of the glaciers, descending from the ice
caps surrounding Mount Cook. An optional helicopter flight over the
ice cap is available.
Day 12: To Queenstown -
Morning journey past deserted beaches and tiny settlements, over the
Haast Pass, in the afternoon short stops may be taken at Lake
Paringa, Monroe Beach or Haast, en route to vibrant Queenstown,
with its spectacular location on Lake Wakatipu, for a 4 night stay.
Day 13: Queenstown -
A free day in Queenstown to enjoy walks in the local area or take
part in one of the many activities that are available in this
adventure capital of the world. Evening meal in the Skyline
restaurant high above the town.
Day 14: Queenstown -
Take lakeshore walks to Bobís Cove or Lake Dispute, accompanied by
pristine scenery and a variety of flora and birdlife.
Day 15: Queenstown -
Excellent walking again in the Queenstown area, including the
Moonlight Trail over the Ben Lomond Saddle to follow the route
of the early gold prospectors, or the Frankton Arm Track for
excellent views towards the Remarkables range.
Day 16: To Te Anau -
A short journey south to the Fiordland National Park and a boat trip
across Lake Te Anau to Brod Bay for a walk on the Kepler Track, one
of the most popular routes in New Zealand. Stay for 3 nights in Te
Day 17: Te Anau - A
leisurely walk to Rainbow Reach or around Lake Gunn, or a
higher level walk on part of the Routeburn Track.
Day 18: Milford Sound -
A full day at the beautiful Milford Sound, with a launch trip on the
deep fjord waters between sheer granite cliffs, Mitre Peak and Bowen
Day 19: To Twizel -
We head back north again, to the gold rush village of Arrowtown,
before reaching Twizel, for 2 nights in the shadow of Mount Cook.
Day 20: Mount Cook -
Walk a glorious route along the Hooker Valley, with views to Mount
Wakefield, Footstool and the south face of Mount Cook and passing
near the Hooker Glacier.
Day 21: To Christchurch
- Drive over Burkeís Pass, pausing at the stone church of the Good
Shepherd, on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before continuing through
the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch for 2 nights.
Day 23: Christchurch
- The picturesque city of Christchurch, with its graceful
architecture and elegant parks, as well as plenty of things to see
and do, is an ideal place to relax at the end of our tour. Evening
Day 22: Return flight
- Morning at leisure in Christchurch before transfer to the airport