You Will Visit: North Island& South Island, including Christchurch, Lake Ohau, Dunedin, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier, Wellington, Taupo, Rotorua, Waitomo, Bay of Island& Auckland
What's Included: 14 nights multi-share accommodation: 11 nights in hotels& resorts, 3 nights in lodges 20 meals: 14 breakfasts& 6 dinners Sightseeing tours of all major cities Hotel tips, local taxes& service charges
Contiki Difference: Experienced Tour Managers and Drivers Modern air-conditioned coach Free Contiki'Travellers Guide' information book Free Contiki document wallet.
Auckland to Bay of Islands Day 1 Today will be the day for awesome scenery, great fun and extreme adventure that take on new meanings! Meet your Contiki crew and view the beauty of Auckland's famous harbour as we cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Heading towards the subtropical region of Northland, we'll explore Parry Kauri Park before checking into our Resort in Paihia. In the evening get to know your fellow travellers during dinner.
Bay of Islands Day 2 A day of adventure and fun. The day is yours to enjoy the overwhelming beauty of the Bay of Islands. How about a Catamaran cruise through the"Hole-in-the-Rock", maybe sail to a deserted island for lunch, perhaps travel along Ninety Mile Beach to Cape Reinga at"lands end".
Bay of Islands to Waitomo Day 3 We head south, stopping in Auckland for lunch before travelling through the lush Waikato farming region to Waitomo, home of magical limestone formations and sparkling Glow-worms. Tonight there's the chance to meet the local characters.
Waitomo to Rotorua Day 4 There will be time today, if you wish, to visit the Glow-worm grotto or try underground cave rafting. Then we'll visit the Agrodome farm show, on our way to the thermal area of Rotorua. Maybe try the Zorb or end the day by relaxing in a Polynesian thermal pool, before taking in an optional Maori Hangi meal and concert.
Rotorua to Taupo Day 5 What a day for your travel diary, along the steaming Wairakei Valley to the raging Huka Falls before continuing to our exclusive resort beside New Zealand's largest lake - Taupo. This afternoon you're free to wander the shops, enjoy a parasail high over the lake or challenge gravity on the Rock n' Ropes. Tonight maybe try fishing and later enjoy the famous local nightlife.
Taupo to Wellington Day 6 The mountains of Tongariro National Park provide a spectacular sight on the way to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. A scenic waterfront drive to the top of Mt Victoria acts as the perfect introduction to this cosmopolitan city famed for its cafes, restaurants and trendy bars.
Wellington Day 7 A full day to explore the city and its surrounding area. Take your time to enjoy the amazing Museum of New Zealand, known as Te Papa'Our House'. Maybe do some shopping or see the sights of the Lord of the Rings trilogy or just relax in one of the city's many cafes. Later this evening join us for a walkabout dinner.
Wellington to Christchurch Day 8 Board the Inter-Island ferry and do the north to south island hop through Marlborough Sound and Cook Strait to Picton. Then make sure your camera has film for the spectacular views along the Kaikoura Coastline. If we're lucky, we'll spot one of the many seal colonies in this area. Then on through the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch where it's time to say a final farewell to your fellow travellers as your tour ends on arrival.
Begins: Auckland 12 noon
Finishes: Christchurch 6pm
Departure Dates: Please confirm with consultant