Day 1 – Arrive in Auckland & Auckland At Leisure
Welcome to Auckland.
Encircled by three harbors totaling 18,000 miles of coastline, hundreds of Auckland’s beaches are within easy reach. And they’re all so different, from idyllic white-sand beaches to wild black-sand surf spots. Get into some of the countless activities on and off the water or just unwind and soak up the views. Or opt to see modern and traditional works from around the world at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Visit smaller local galleries to pick up a special painting, sculpture or carving to take home, stroll through modern sculpture parks, or join an intimate art appreciation tour.Starting Accommodation:
Day 2 – Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 3 Day Tour
Enjoy a 3 day private tour in a luxury vehicle from Auckland to the Coromandel, renowned as one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand. Enjoy stunning scenery, some of the most beautiful beaches on earth as well as wonderful hospitality for some rest and relaxation. Tour includes private vehicle transportation with expert guide, complimentary snacks, water and transfers.
You will start in the beautiful ‘City of Sails’ (Auckland). Drive south-east along the Pacific Coast Highway and via the Seabird Coast past the Miranda Shoreline Centre with the opportunity for a stop to enjoy the interesting displays and the unique opportunity to see the migratory bird species.
Continue to the southern part of the Coromandel Peninsula, where today’s journey will take you through Paeroa, the town famous for the iconic New Zealand soft drink Lemon & Paeroa, through the stunning Karangahake Gorge, via the Goldmining town Waihi and on towards Whangamata in the southern part of the Coromandel.Starting Accommodation:
Day 3 – Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 3 Day Tour
After breakfast explore the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula where your expert guide will show you some of the most beautiful places in this gorgeous region. Visit Mount Paku Lookout with an optional walk to this extinct volcano’s summit for views over Tairua and the white sands of Pauanui beach across this beautiful natural harbor. Choose to visit Whitianga, the main settlement in the Coromandel. It has interesting local shops, a beautiful harbor and is a base for game fishing in the rich fishing grounds nearby.
Explore Hahei Beach and Cathedral Cove, both often described as some of the most beautiful beaches on earth. Spend the remainder of this day at one of these beaches or choose between an optional self-guided walk, a boat tour or a kayak tour from Hahei Beach to world-famous Cathedral Cove. Hot Water Beach is located near Hahei and is an amazing and extremely popular natural phenomenon where you can dig yourself a natural spa bath in the sand, best done 2 hours either side of low tide. Return to your accommodation for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 3 Day Tour
After breakfast, visit Opoutere Beach, Kuaotunu and Coromandel Town. The Driving Creek Railway, including great views from the “Eyefull Tower”, is located here.
Today you will be dropped off in Rotorua, with sightseeing along the way. Visit the famous Hobbiton Movie Set enroute to Rotorua. You will need to allow 2 hours for the Hobbiton tour and 1.5 hour approximate travel time on to Rotorua post-Hobbiton.Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – Rotorua City Supreme Tour
Depart from your accommodation for the ride to the Agrodome, a unique New Zealand Farm show where you will be introduced to the 19 breeds of sheep that are farmed extensively throughout the country. A demonstration of sheep shearing and wool handling will follow along with the amazing working farm dogs - live on stage and then outdoors over a typical New Zealand sheep-trial course. A short drive then takes you to Rainbow Springs, a great showcase of New Zealand flora, fauna, and magnificent Rainbow and Brown trout. Here, you will have an opportunity to see the endangered Kiwi and be part of an ongoing conservation campaign to help save this iconic bird. Take a fully guided behind the scenes Kiwi encounter tour, before heading off to drive through the Government Gardens and adjacent lake district.
There is time for lunch at a local cafe, with a great choice of freshly prepared salads, light meals, soups and sandwiches. Or, you may decide to try the authentic Maori hangi meal at the next stop, Te Puia. Set in the beautiful Whakarewarewa geothermal valley which is alive with boiling mud, steaming hot pools and the fantastic Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers geysers.Starting Accommodation:
Day 6 – Travel to Te Anau
Takeoff to Queenstown on the next stage of your adventure. Then enjoy a leisurely transfer from Queenstown Airport to Te Anau.Starting Accommodation:
Fiordland Lodge (B, D)
Day 7 – Milford Sound Heli Experience
Fly north over Lake Te Anau and discover the northern parts of Fiordland National Park. Iconic Milford Sound is well-known for its startling beauty and standout features. On this flight you have the opportunity to view Sutherland Falls, Mitre Peak and towering, ice-capped mountains. Landing in the wilderness, you can admire the remarkable place Rudyard Kipling dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Your return journey will take you along the Murchison Mountains, a special conservation area paramount in the management of the endangered, flightless Takahe.
Continue your scenic flight above and beyond Milford Sound into the heart of Fiordland’s biggest mountains. This trip includes a second wilderness landing, the chance to stand on an ancient glacier where very few have the opportunity to tread.Starting Accommodation:
Fiordland Lodge (B, D)
Day 8 – Day at Leisure in Te Anau
Fiordland, on New Zealand's south west corner, has long been recognised as one of the great eco-heritage areas of the world. Fiordland is one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand. Stay at Fiordland Lodge and absorb the breath-taking treasures of this region by water, air or hiking. Carved by glaciers over 100,000 years the landscape is one where waterfalls cascade hundreds of metres into deep black fiords; where ancient rainforest untouched by man clings to mountains and where shimmering lakes and granite peaks look as they did a thousand years ago.
Touring activities available to book include penguin encounters, guided fishing, guided nature walks, cruising Milford Sound, walking the Milford Track for a day, jet-boating, crusing on Lake Te Anau, and visiting the Te Anau glow-worm caves.Starting Accommodation:
Fiordland Lodge (B, D)
Day 9 – Travel Te Anau to Wanaka
Transfer from Te Anau to Wanaka.Starting Accommodation:
Day 10 – Wanaka at Leisure
Wanaka is a superb year-round destination. The township lies on the picturesque lakeside and boasts a wide range of activities. Whether you are here to experience the action or to relax, it's all at your doorstep. Play on the mountains or down by the lake. There are many summer activities offered on the lakeside and surrounding bays, including cruising, jet boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, kayaking, sailing and fishing. The Wanaka winter offers picture-perfect scenery and a variety of fantastic ski fields within a short drive, like Cardrona or Treble Cone. Enjoy walks, mountaineering, mountain biking, horse trekking, scenic flights and golf all year round.Starting Accommodation:
Day 11 – Wanaka to Franz Josef Glacier - 3 Day Wanaka - West Coast - Punakaiki - Nelson
Departing Wanaka, you will head out of the Lakes area toward the West Coast on a road that will take you through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine and coastal scenery. Rest and photo stops will be made along the way. Lunch is at your own expense. Once having crossed the mighty Haast River the road runs due north to the hospitable town of Franz Josef which serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area.Starting Accommodation:
Day 12 – Twin Glacier Heli Flight & Franz Josef to Punakaiki - 3 Day Wanaka – West Coast - Nelson
Fly over two of New Zealand's most famous glaciers and marvel at the mantle of pure white snow as you land at the head of either the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. This landing site is the perfect place to view the incredible natural phenomenon of the glaciers as they wind slowly down the carved valleys from their origin in the mountains high above you.
Spend the morning at leisure in the Glacier region for option activities and touring. Your driver is available for guiding in the local area, before departing to head north through the remote farming settlements of Whataroa and Hari hari, the crash landing place of Guy Menzie's record first trans Tasman fixed wing flight. Step back in time at the historic gold mining settlement of Ross and maybe have a go at gold panning at what used to be the old Bank of New Zealand. Hokitika is the arts and jade capital of the West Coast and here you will have the opportunity to visit a jade carving and glass blowing workshop. Continue via Greymouth to your overnight stop at Punakaiki.Starting Accommodation:
Day 13 – Punakaiki to Nelson - 3 Day Wanaka - West Coast - Punakaiki - Nelson
Punakaiki is known famous for its Pancake Rocks and blowholes. Explore these fascinating layering rock formations and take a short walk to the beach before starting the journey norht to Nelson at the northern part of the South Island, where you will farewell your driver after three days full of amazing scenery and experiences.Starting Accommodation:
Day 14 – Nelson Treasured Pathway Full Day
Discover the charm, diversity and beauty of this country. Today, you'll retrace the pathways of the ancestors and visit some of theartisans, winemakers and craft brewers who now make it their home. You will visit Hoglund Art Glass Studio, Nuedorf Winery, Upper Moutere Inn, Sally Burton, Mahana Estate, Royce McGlashen, Gardens of the World, World of Wearable Art, and the Suter Gallery.Starting Accommodation:
Cambria House (L)
Day 15 – Depart Nelson
Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodations to the Nelson Airport.