Exotic New Zealand

Australian Splendours - 09 Nights / 10 Days

Itinerary

DAY 01:

Welcome aboard ! Today enter the world of Vacations Exotica as you begin your memorable journey to New Zealand. Fly to Christchurch. Visit the International Antarctic Centre.

Today, enter the world of Vacations Exotica as you embark on your tour to New Zealand. On arrival at the Christchurch airport you will be met by our professional and experienced tour manager in the arrival area outside the customs hall. Transfer to your hotel and check in. Later, proceed to Cashmere Hills for a breathtaking view of Christchurch and Southern Alps. Also visit the International Antarctic Centre – here you can get as close as possible to the South Pole. This interactive experience takes you on a journey of discovery. Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.

Overnight at Hotel Chateau on the Park or similar in Christchurch (D)

DAY 02:

Onto Kaikoura – a town steeped in Maori history and legend. Enjoy a whale watching experience

After a buffet breakfast, drive through the North Canterbury before turning towards the coast and arrive into Kaikoura. You have some free time here to enjoy some optional activities. Enjoy an Indian lunch. Next, we take you to enjoy a Whale watching experience by boat (weather permitting). Take the opportunity to view the magnificent Sperm whale as well as New Zealand’s own tiny Hectors Dolphin, Fur Seals and Royal Albatross. After this amazing experience drive back to the garden city of Chirstchurch. Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.

Overnight at Hotel Chateau on the Park or similar in Christchurch (B, L, D)

DAY 03:

Get set for the ride of your life on the Trans Alpine Express – the most scenic route in New Zealand.

After a buffet breakfast, check out and proceed to the station, where you will board the Trans Alpine Express. This train ride will pass through the most scenic sights of South Island. Travel beside the Waimakariri River, through the Southern Alps and onto the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass before arriving into Greymouth. Enjoy an Indian lunch. From Greymouth travel south along the scenic west coast. Take a stop at Hokitika to see greenstone carvers and glass blowers at work. Continue through the former gold mining townships of Ross and Harihari and then drive to the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.

Overnight at Scenic Circle Franz Josef Hotel /Fox Glacier Hotel or similar in Franz Josef. (B, L, D)

DAY 04:

Onto scenic Queenstown – New Zealand’s adventure capital. Visit the Puzzling world in Wanaka. Experience a Gondola ride to Bob’s Peak that gives you unparalleled views of Queenstown.

After a buffet breakfast check out and travel down the west coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the Haast Pass, gateway to World Heritage Westland National Park. Travel into the Makarora valley past lake Hawea and Wanaka to the Kawarau Gorge and arrive to the resort town of Queenstown. Enroute in Wanaka visit the Puzzling World – a unique attraction specialising in puzzling eccentricity. Enjoy great mazes, incredible illusion rooms, a puzzle centre and eccentric architecture and oddities. Enjoy Indian vegetarian lunch. On arrival into Queenstown experience the famous Gondola ride, which is the steepest lift in the Southern Hemisphere and carries visitors high above Queenstown to the Skyline complex located on Bob’s peak. Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.

Overnight at Copthorne Resort Lakefront or similar in Queenstown. (B, L, D)

DAY 05:

Set out for the most spectacular cruise to the Milford Sound – a spectacular experience.

After a buffet breakfast, travel via Te Anau through the awe-inspiring Homer Tunnel and the stunning glacier-carved Elington Valley, to arrive at Milford Sound. Enjoy an unforgettable Milford Sound Cruise, which sails right up to the mouth of the Tasman Sea (weather permitting). Enjoy Indian vegetarian lunch on board the cruise. Experience the untouched paradise of Milford Sound and explore the natural wonders and history surrounding this deep fjord. Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.

Overnight at Copthorne Resort Lakefront or similar in Queenstown. (B, L, D)

DAY 06:

Day at Leisure.

After a buffet breakfast, the day is at leisure for you to explore Queenstown on your own. Spend some time at the shores of the beautiful lake or indulge in some thrilling adventure sport activities like bungy jumping, white water rafting, jetboating, gondola rides and much more. Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.

Overnight at Hotel Copthorne Resort Lakefront or similar in Queenstown. (B, D)

DAY 07:

Onto Rotorua – a beautiful town well-known for geothermal activity. Visit the Green and Blue Lakes.

After a buffet breakfast, proceed to the airport for your flight to Auckland. After an Indian lunch, drive to Rotorua, On arrival, visit the scenic Green and Blue Lakes. Later check into your hotel and relax. Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.

Overnight at Hotel Millenium or similar in Rotorua. (B, L, D)

DAY 08:

Visit the living Thermal village - Whakarewarewa. See the Agrodome Sheep Show

After a buffet breakfast this morning, check out and visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve and wander around the bubbling mud pools and see the famous ‘Pohutu’ Geyser. Experience the Whakarewarewa Cultural experience including a guided tour and concert, set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and bubbling hot pools in the living thermal village of Whakarewarewa. Discover the unique lifestyle and traditions by joining a guided tour. Enjoy an Indian lunch. Sit back and relax as Te Pakira Maori culture group entertain you with song and dance. Next, visit the Agrodome for a New Zealand farm show featuring sheep dogs demonstrations, cow milking sheep show. Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.

Overnight at Hotel Millenium or similar in Rotorua. (B, L, D)

DAY 09:

Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Onto Bay of Islands

After a buffet breakfast, check out. Visit the Waitomo Caves through the lush Waikato region, marvel at Mother Nature’s light display, as you glide silently through the starry wonderland caves of Glow-Worms situated underground along the Waitomo River. Enjoy an Indian lunch. Later we drive through the fertile Waikato area to reach Auckland. Travel north over Auckland’s Harbour Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast. The journey continues, travelling through Whangarei, Northland’s only major city and port, before arriving into the beautiful Bay of Islands. Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.

Overnight at Kingsgate Autolodge Paihia or similar in Bay of Islands. (B,L.D)

DAY 10:

Discover the picturesque Bay of Islands. Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty site and a catamaran cruise to the famous Cape Brett Hole in the Rock.

After a buffet breakfast, board the luxury catamaran for the most popular cruise in the Bay of Islands. Our high speed vessel will whisk you on a comfortable journey out through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse. Next is Motukokako Island and the famous “Hole in the Rock”; the excitement grows as we make a passage through the Hole and on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave. Enjoy lunch, later on the return journey meander through the inner islands. The crew will share with you local history and ecology and you will often see a variety of marine wildlife including Whales, Seals, Dolphins, Penguins, and other sea and bird life. Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.

Overnight at Kingsgate Autolodge Paihia or similar in Bay of Islands. (B,L.D)

DAY 11:

City tour of Auckland. Visit the Sky Tower in Auckland.

After a buffet breakfast, check out and drive to Auckland via the west coast route through the Waipoua Forest. After an Indian lunch, proceed on a city tour. Visit Mt. Eden with spectacular views of the city, harbor and many more interesting sights. Drive past the Victoria Park market, the West Haven Marina, the War Memorial Museum and through the Parnell, onto Bastion Point, Auckland’s most expensive residential area. Also included is a visit to the Sky Tower. At 328 metres, the Sky Tower offers views in every direction. Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.

Overnight at hotel Rydges Auckland or similar in Auckland. (B, L, D)

DAY 12:

Farewell!!

After a buffet breakfast, proceed to the airport to board your return flight back home. Return home with great experiences and wonderful memories of your holiday with Cathrrine Travels. (B)

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