On arrival at Auckland Airport, the ‘City of Sails’. you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Self-drive passengers collect your rental car for your exclusive use until the end of the tour package).
This morning you will meet coach driver at your hotel lobby for half day city tour which will includes Westhaven Marina, Viaduct Harbour, Waterfront, Tamaki Drive, Bastion Point, Parnell, Highly recommended a visit to the Sky Tower (admission excluded)
Day 3: Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua (Farm Stay)
Enjoy a tour from Auckland to Rotorua with a guide tour of the fascinating Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. This experience is climaxed by drifting silently in a boat on the underground river under the milky way of millions of glow worms on the cavern roof above you. On arrival to Rotorua, meet & transfer by your Farm Stay hosts.
Transfer to Rotorua Airport for your flight to Christchurch where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Airfare from Rotorua to Christchurch excluded). Rest of the day is free for the many optional activities available in and around Christchurch. (Self-drive passengers return your car at Rotorua Airport and collect your South Island car on arrival at Christchurch Airport).
Journey across the rich pastoral farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to Timaru. Continue south via the picturesque Waitaki Valley to reach historical Oamaru. Travel the old Mt Cargill route, following the harbour entrance to Dunedin. (Self-drivers have the option of taking a side trip to New Zealand’s highest peak, Mt Cook to enjoy panoramic views and absorb the alpine isolation of Mt Cook Village).
Morning free for further optional activities. In the afternoon you will be collected for the spectacular Taieri Gorge Train to Pukerangi and connecting coach ride to Alexandra, Cromwell before arriving at Queenstown. (Self-drive passengers are free to participate in more optional activities before driving to Queenstown).
An early start following the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and through Te Anau where you will be enthralled by the immense landscape. Travel through beech forest, passing majestic mountains, on through the Homer Tunnel in time to board your catamaran for the Milford Sound cruise. Cruise past Mitre Peak, the highest mountain in the world to rise vertically from the sea, and admire the Stirling and Bowen Waterfalls as you cruise out to sea. Return to the pier for the coach back to Queenstown
This morning travel over the Lindis Pass to reach Mt Cook around lunch time. A rare opportunity to take an optional scenic flight to view Mt Cook’s snow fields and glaciers. We continue through to Christchurch.