12D11N New Zealand Discovery

  • 12 Days
  • 1 Country
  • 7 Cities

Natural spectacles and unique wildlife encounters are two of New Zealand's biggest draw-cards. There are few places in the world where, within the space of one day, you can experience mountain vistas, ancient forests, volcanic landscapes and stunning coastline - all whilst spotting New Zealand wildlife found nowhere else on earth.

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About This Trip

Take in the magical turquoise lakes, powerful glaciers and the sky-piercing alps of the Mackenzie district and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.Experience the breathtaking scenery of Arthur’s Pass on a train journey that starts in Christchurch and will have you cruising by internationally-significant braided rivers and snow-fed lakes in no time.

Trip code: NZK-PPNZDIS-SIC

11 Nights

accommodation

11 Meals

11 Breakfast

On-Trip Transport

On-trip transport via seat in coach

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland

On arrival into Auckland, transfer from airport to hotel included or collect rental car for self drive option.

  • Standard : Copthorne
  • Superior : Crown Plaza
  • - Airport Transfer

Day 2: Waitomo - Hobbiton

Travel south of Auckland to Rotorua via the famous Waitomo Caves where a guided tour with a boat trip through the glow-worm grotto is included. Continue visit to the enchanting village of Hobbiton, the ‘Real Middle Earth’. Seat in Coach Clients have their lunch included on this day. Continue to Rotorua.

  • Standard : Sudima / 2 nights
  • Superior : Millennium / 2 nights
  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set
  • - Breakfast

Day 3: Rotorua

Four major attractions are included with your Rotorua sightseeing. Begin with a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve where you will see boiling mud pools and steaming geysers, before heading to Rainbow Springs for a chance to learn about New Zealand’s native bush and maybe see our native bird – the Kiwi. A visit to Rotorua is not complete without experiencing the Agrodome to learn about our farming heritage with an entertaining farm show and finally we include a Gondola pass to Skyline Rotorua to enjoy the wide vistas and maybe ride the Luge (optional).

This evening enjoy a Maori Hangi

(feast) and cultural performance at Tamaki Maori Village.

  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Te Puia Thermal, Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, Agrodome Spring, Skyline Rotorua (Gondola Pass)
  • - Breakfast, Dinner (Maori Hangi Feast and concert)

Day 4: Rotorua

Today travel south from Rotorua to Wellington across the Volcanic Plateau in the centre of the North Island passing by majestic Mt Ruapehu and the Tongariro National Park.

  • Standard : West Plaza
  • Superior : Copthorne
  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Day 5: Wellington

Travel on the Interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton then travel along the coast to Christchurch.

  • Standard : Heartland
  • Superior : Rendezvous
  • - Bus Transfer, Interislander Ferry
  • - Breakfast

Day 6: Christchurch

Seat in Coach passengers travel by train on the Tranz Alpine to Greymouth and then coach to Fox Glacier. Self drive passengers drive across the majestic Southern Alps and along the West Coast to Fox Glacier. In places Arthurs Pass road is an engineering master piece and offers outstanding vistas. Self drive passengers also receive entry to the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools.

  • Standard : Heartland
  • Superior : Scenic Hotel - Douglas
  • - Bus Transfer & Scenic Train - Tranz Alpine
  • - Fox Glacier
  • - Breakfast

Day 7: Glacier Region

One of New Zealand’s most spectacular touring days. The scenery changes from wild West Coast beaches and abundant rainforest to vast mountain vistas before arriving in the Southern Lakes District, stay 2 nights.

  • Standard : Heartland
  • Superior : Millennium
  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Day 8: Queenstown

A full day to explore the many sights and activities in the Queenstown region. We have included a ride on the Gondola to the Skyline Complex.

  • Admission Skyline Gondola
  • - Breakfast

Day 9: Milford Sound

A day trip to Milford Sound is a touring highlight while in New Zealand. Milford Sound is regarded as one of our most scenic locations with dramatic high mountain sides plunging into the depths of the fjord. It is even more spectacular when it is raining, as hundreds of waterfalls descend over the craggy rocks. Following the included cruise you will travel back along the Milford Highway stopping at the small lake side town of Te Anau for the evening.

  • Standard : Kingsgate
  • Superior : Distinction
  • - Bus & Cruise Transfer [sightseeing] - Milford Sound
  • - Breakfast

Day 10: Te Anau

A half day journey will take you to Dunedin, an historic city with beautiful old buildings including the Dunedin railway Station building. You will arrive in time to partake in an optional excursion to visit the wildlife on the Otago Peninsula. We suggest you visit ‘Natures Wonders’ where you will experience a genuine New Zealand Sheep farm which includes penguin sightings and seals. We recommend pre booking.

  • Standard : Victoria
  • Superior : Scenic Hotel
  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Day 11: Christchurch

Return to Christchurch along the eastern coast of the South Island passing through the towns of Oamaru and Timaru.

  • Standard : Heartland
  • Superior : Rendezvous
  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Day 12: Christchurch

Today you will be transferred from your hotel to the Christchurch airport or return your rental car before departing.

  • - Airport Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Travel Highlights

  • Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.
  • Rated as the third most liveable city in the world, Auckland is a place where vibrant city style and spectacular landscapes go hand in hand.
  • Cape Reinga offers the ultimate northern New Zealand experience. See two oceans collide and discover the place of leaping, where Maori spirits begin their final journey.
  • Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms above, as you glide silently by boat in the world of famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Guided since the late 1880s, this is the original, iconic New Zealand attraction.
  • Discover the fun at Rainbow Springs! Set amongst the native trees and beautiful forests of Rotorua, Rainbow Springs offers an action-packed, fun-filled day out for the whole family.
  • The previously placid waters roar and rumble at great speed along the ravine before bursting into space out over Huka Falls to crash into the turbulent pool 11 metres below. A foot bridge right at the top of the falls puts you in a prime position to get up close and witness the frightening display of more than 220,000 litres of water blasting by every second. If you'd like to see the power and fury of the falls up close, try a jet boat ride.
  • Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Australasia’s most visited museum is a must do on any New Zealand itinerary. Don't miss the exhibition created in partnership with Weta Workshop.
  • Skyline Rotorua is your ticket to an unforgettable holiday fuelled with adventure for people of all ages. Enjoy a fun-filled gravity ride on our Luge tracks, fly through the sky on our Zoom Zipline and feel the adrenalin rush on the Skyswing ride.
  • Whale Watching - You can spot whales throughout New Zealand, including Auckland's beautiful Hauraki Gulf and the wonderful Kaikoura.
  • International Antarctic Centre - Experience amazing Antarctica without leaving Christchurch! A 'Must Do' experience and interactive fun for visitors of all ages. Antarctic Gallery, 'Antarctica' Snow & Ice, Storm, Hagglund Ride, 4D Theatre, Historic Hut exhibit & Little Blue Penguins.
  • Tranz Alpine, one of the world’s great train journeys, travelling from coast to coast on New Zealand's South Island taking in the vast Canterbury Plains, spectacular Southern Alps and Wild West Coast.
  • While glaciers around the world are retreating, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers still flow almost to sea level. The temperate climate at this low altitude means these glaciers are among the most convenient to visit in the world. Easy walks to the foot of the glaciers pass along ancient river valleys with steep sides bearing gigantic horizontal scars from when the glaciers have retreated and advanced over millennia. When you stand close to the foot of these glaciers, their sheer enormity is very humbling.
  • Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges; it’s rumoured that gold prospectors - captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers - gave this now cosmopolitan town its name.
  • Wanaka is also home to more world class events than most, from international triathlons to music and arts festivals. Warbirds over Wanaka, Festival of Colour, Rhythm & Alps, and the Audi Quattro Winter Games, just to name a few.
  • Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Breathtaking in any weather, the fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards from as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.

Where to EatLooking for Halal certified cuisine?

Auckland

  • Akbar Durbar Indian Takeaway, 51-61 Hobson St
  • Zam Zam Indian Restaurant, 54 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill
  • Khanz Restaurant, 491 Pakuranga Rd, Highland Park
  • Taste of Malaysia, 615 Great South Rd, Manukau
  • LJS Waitakere, Waitakere Mega Centre, 5 Vitasovich Ave, Henderson

Hamilton

  • Laziz Foods, 20 & 69 Colombo St, Frankton, Hamilton
  • Pizza Express, Shop 6, 4 Gordonton Rd, Chartwell, Hamilton

Rotorua

  • Ali Baba’s Tunisian Takeaways, 1146 Tutanekai St, Rotorua
  • Mecca Kebabs & Expresso, 1195 Tutanekai St, Rotorua

Lake Taupo

  • Best Kebabs, 75 Tongariro St, Taupo

Napier

  • Cafe Anatolia Turkish Cuisine, 303 Gloucester St, Taradale, Napier

Wellington

  • Aladdin's Turkish Café, Warehouse Complex, 52 Parumoana St, Porirua, Wellington
  • Zara's Turkish Café, 199 Main St, Upper Hutt, Wellington

Nelson

– East Street Vegetarian Cafe Bar, 8 Church St

Christchurch

  • AFG Restaurant, 318 Lincoln Rd, Addington

– Dubba Dubba, 11B Waimairi Rd, Upper Riccarton

Queenstown

– Turkish Kebabs, 30 Camp St, O’Connells Pavilion

  • Turkish Kebabs, Skyline Arcade, The Mall

Wanaka

  • Snack Shack Turkish Kebabs, Pembroke Mall, 139 Ardmore St

It's Time to Pray!Where is the Mosque nearby me?

  • Auckland Airport Masjid
    Westney Road, Mangere Past Zayed College Auckland
  • Jamii Masjid
    921 Heaphy Terrace, P O Box 665 Hamilton Waikato Region
  • Masjid al Noor
    101 Deans Avenue Riccarton Christchurch Canterbury Region
  • Rotorua Islamic Centre
    21, Tarewu Road Rotorua
  • The Otafo Muslim Assoc. Alhuda Mosque
    21 Clyde St Kinmont Park, Dunedin
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