Arrive at Auckland airport, Welcome to the ‘City of Sails’, New Zealand’s’ biggest city. Wherever you stay in Auckland, you're never far from breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, invigorating walks, idyllic holiday islands, outstanding food and wine, great shopping and exciting nightlife. Meet our representative and get transferred to your hotel. The check-in time at the hotel is 1400 Hrs. On to Auckland - “The city of Sails”. Day free to explore Auckland on your own. Overnight at hotel in Auckland.
After breakfast proceed for an overview of Auckland city tour that includes highlights like Harbor Bridge and waterfront drive. Drive past the West Haven Marina, the War Memorial Museum and through the Parnell, and Next we proceed towards Rotorua. En route get set for fun as you proceed to Matamata to the Hobbiton Movie set, which was a significant location for the “Lord of the Rings” Movie Trilogy and “The Hobbit” film series. Highlight of the tour includes Bagshot Row, Party Tree and Bilbos Bag end home. There are now 44 hobbit holes on view. Later return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Auckland.
After breakfast proceed to see Te Puia Thermal Reserve where you can enjoy watching boiling mud pools and roaring geysers. This geothermal valley is a special place, for all generations. The environment alone is of enormous geological significance, with thermal activity ranging from boiling mud to the world-famous 30-metre Pohutu geyser, erupting up to 20 times each day. Hot springs, boiling sulphurous pools, silica terraces and bubbling mud pools are among the natural wonders. Following this, visit Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand’s trout, birds and wildlife. Where else can you see kiwi foraging in their natural habitat, a huge array of wildlife, trout being hand fed in beautiful spring fed pools and stunning New Zealand landscape. Later, continue 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. You will be introduced to 19 breeds of sheep and will witness a live sheep shearing demonstration. Be amazed by the remarkable Huntaway dogs and our Strong-eye Heading dog as they demonstrate their ability to respond to commands and keep those sheep in line! Enjoy afternoon at leisure. Return back to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Auckland.
After breakfast, check out and proceed to the airport to board your domestic flight to Queenstown. Welcome to the adventure capital surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu. Its stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalizing. Next experience the famous Gondola ride to Bob’s peak, also a fast-convenient access to the best views in the region, which is reputed to be the steepest lift in the Southern Hemisphere. Transfer back to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Queenstown.
After breakfast depart from Queenstown and travel via Te Anau through the awe-inspiring Homer Tunnel and the stunning glacier-carved Eglington Valley, to arrive at Milford Sound & enjoy the unforgettable Milford Sound cruise, which sails right up to the mouth of the Tasman Sea (weather permitting). Enjoy lunch on board the cruise. Journey into the untouched paradise of Milford Sound and explore the natural wonders and history surrounding. Today you have an option of taking a Helicopter ride with Glacier Landing (Weather permitting) back to Queenstown. Overnight at hotel in Queenstown.
After breakfast get ready to transfer to Glacier Region which takes around 5 hrs. drive. Please check out of the hotel on time. Today you will travel along the shores of Lake Wanaka and Hawea to the Haast Pass, gateway to 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. Arrive hotel, check in and relax. Overnight at hotel in Glacier Region.
After breakfast ready to move forward to Greymouth (approx. 2.5hrs), from where you will board the Tranz Alpine train. You will be picked up from the hotel, for your transfer. Today you will travel through the lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. Travel over the Canterbury Plains to reach Christchurch – The Garden City. There is nowhere else in the world where, within two hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch and visit internationally-acclaimed wineries and gardens. Overnight at hotel in Christchurch.