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Ultimate New Zealand 28 day vacation

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 28 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): New Zealand  
Specialty Categories: Multi-activity   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2820 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6140 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Auckland. Experience the best sights of Auckland - the City of Sails in the morning followed by a fantastic beach & wilderness experience in the afternoon. Overnight at out partner accommodation in downtown Auckland. 4.5 star boutique hotel.

Day 2: Auckland—Paihia (Bay of Islands). Collect your rental car from the city centre and drive north to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Take in a cruise to the Hole in the Rock & Cape Brett. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Paihia. 4 star self contained apartment or B&B.

Day 3: Paihia—Russell—Paihia. Visit the birthplace of NZ at Waitangi. In the afternoon take the ferry across to the attractive waterfront town of Russell - New Zealand’s oldest town. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Paihia. 4 star self contained apartment or B&B.

Day 4: Paihia—Cape Reinga—Paihia. Discover the far north of NZ—rich in Maori culture & tradition. Journey along the magnificent 90 Mile Beach & stand on the wind swept tip of NZ at Cape Reinga & see where the Tasman Sea collides with the Pacific Ocean. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Paihia. 4 star.

Day 5: Paihia - Coromandel Peninsula. Drive from Paihia to the Coromandel Coast. Spend the rest of your day taking in the picturesque coast, white sandy beaches, rural countryside, native bush and spacious gardens of the Coromandel. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Coromandel. 4 star B&B.

Day 6: Coromandel Peninsula. Spend the day exploring this scenic area - drive south to Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach and relax at these beautiful beaches or go on one of the many nature walks around this area. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Coromandel. 4 star B&B.

Day 7: Coromandel Peninsula - Rotorua. Drive to Rotorua via Tauranga and Mt Maunganui. Visit "Wai-O-Tapu" geothermal wonderland. This evening visit Mitai Maori Village and be treated to concert, a traditional Maori Hangi, and glow-worm bush walk. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Rotorua. 4.5 star boutique hotel.

Day 8: Rotorua. Take a scenic a flight over Mt Tarawera & Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Spend the afternoon or evening relaxing at "Hells Gate" geothermal reserve and have a traditional relaxing mud bath and sulphur spa. Overnight in Rotorua. 4.5 star boutique hotel.

Day 9: Rotorua—Lake Taupo—Napier. Drive south to Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Take a leisurely downhill stroll viewing geothermal delights and NZ Native birds. Drive to Napier, NZ's 'Art Deco' city, stopping at Lake Taupo for a late lunch. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Napier. 4 star serviced apartment.

Day 10: Napier & Hawkes Bay. Free day in Napier & Hawkes Bay which is the wine capital of New Zealand. Take a wine tour (optional), do a 'tiki tour' (leisurely drive) around the region or participate in one of many activities! Overnight in Napier. 4 star serviced apartment.

Day 11: Napier—Greytown—Wellington. Drive from Napier to Wellington stopping at Greytown which has a quaint, charming village atmosphere. Wellington - New Zealand's Capital and most vibrant city. Shop, eat, drink and perhaps take in a live theatre show. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Wellington. 4 star downtown hotel.

Day 12: Wellington—Picton—Nelson. Visit Te Papa, New Zealand's National museum. Take the ferry to Picton in the South Island. Drive to Nelson. Visit the World of Wearable Arts Museum (time permitting). Overnight in our partner accommodation in Nelson. 4 star B&B

Day 13: Abel Tasman/Nelson. Abel Tasman National Park. Take a day walk into the park and experience its wonderful beaches and climate. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Nelson. 4 star B&B

Day 14: Abel Tasman—Kaikoura. Drive southeast to Kaikoura. Take a Whale Watch tour (today or tomorrow morning). Overnight in our partner accommodation in Kaikoura. 4.5 star self contained apartment.

Day 15: Kaikoura—Hanmer Springs. Drive the inland scenic route to Hanmer Springs. Stroll around this pretty alpine town. Enjoy the therapeutic waters at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool & Spa. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Hanmer Springs. 4 star self contained apartment

Day 16: Hanmer Springs—Christchurch. Do one of the many short picturesque walks that Hanmer has to offer. Christchurch, stopping at Waipara’s finest wineries on the way. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Christchurch. 4.5 star self contained apartment.

Day 17: Christchurch-Greymouth return (TranzAlpine Train). Board the famous TranzAlpine train, rated one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys & take in the spectacular scenery between Christchurch & Greymouth. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Christchurch. 4.5 star self contained apartment.

Day 18: Christchurch—Akaroa. Drive over to charming Akaroa which is a historic French & British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Take your time and wander through this picturesque village. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Akaroa. 4 star self contained apartment.

Day 19: Akaroa—Lake Tekapo. Leave Akaroa and head south to beautiful Lake Tekapo. Take a walk around the stunning turquoise lake & visit the historic ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Lake Tekapo. 4 star self contained apartment.

Day 20: Lake Tekapo—Queenstown. Drive to spectacular Queenstown the Central South Island high country, catching a glimpse of Mt Cook (NZ's highest peak) along the way. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Queenstown. 4.5 star self contained apartment.

Day 21: Queenstown. Explore Queenstown & Arrowtown. Take the Gondola to Bob's peak for unsurpassed views of the Wakatipu Basin. Participate in an optional adrenaline activity such as Jet boating on the Shotover river or white water rafting. Overnight in Queenstown. 4.5 star self contained apartment.

Day 22: Queenstown. Take a dayy of to do whatever you please in paradise! Overnight in Queenstown. 4.5 star self contained apartment.

Day 23: Queenstown—Doubtful Sound (Fiordland). Take an overnight cruise to sublime Doubtful Sound & be amazed by the stunning untouched scenery. Own cabin: lunch, dinner & breakfast included.

Day 24: Te Anau—Milford Sound. Return from your cruise and drive north to Milford Sound 'the 8th wonder of the world. Take a 2 hour cruise on the Fiord before returning to Te Anau for the night. 4 star hotel.

Day 25: Te Anaua—Invercargill—Stewart Island. Head further south to Invercargill via the Southern Scenic Route. Fly to rustic Stewart Island which is an unspoilt wilderness & the southernmost province in NZ. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Stewart Island.

Day 26: Stewart Island—Invercargill—Cardrona. Go bird watching, mix with the friendly locals, or take a walk through the lush wilderness. Fly back to Invercargill in the afternoon and then drive to the Catlins, one of the last untouched corners of New Zealand. Overnight in our partner accommodation in the Catlins. 4 star B&B.

Day 27: Catlins—Dunedin. Enjoy a home cooked breakfast. Drive to Dunedin and explore the rugged terrain and extensive wildlife of the Otago Peninsula. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Dunedin. 4 star hotel.

Day 28: Dunedin—Christchurch. Drive north to Christchurch, return your rental vehicle and meet your flight home.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Pricing is based on 2 adults travelling together. Contact us for larger group pricing. International flights are additional.

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