day 1 - ARRIVE AUCKLAND
On arrival in Auckland, seat in coach guests will be met and privately transferred to hotel. Self drive guests will collect a rental car and drive to their accommodation.
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city, located between two harbours with gentle sandy shores on the east coast and black sand, wild surf beaches on the west coast. The jewel in Auckland's crown is the Hauraki Gulf, home to sheltered, sparkling blue waters dotted with beautiful emerald islands.
day 2 - AUCKLAND - WAITOMO - MATAMATA - ROTORUA
Travel south, past rolling green hills and lush pastures to Waitomo. Here a subterranean wonderland lies underneath with a labyrinth of caves decorated with wonderful limestone formations and galaxies of glow worms.
INCLUDED ACTIVITY: Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour
Millions of years in the making, your guide brings Waitomo Cave to life with stories of its history, features and legends on a 45 minute tour. View stunning delicate cave formations and enjoy a magical boat ride through the grotto under thousands of twinkling glowworms.
INCLUDED ACTIVITY: Hobbiton™ Movie Set Guided Tour
Continue on to Matamata where you will step into the enchtaning village of Hobbiton™ Movie Set for a two hour tour around the set. Your passionate guide will point out the intricate detailing, highlighting the most famous locations and explaining how the movie was made.
After your tour, travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway and through Fitzgerald Glade, a green oasis lined with lush tree ferns and towering native vegetation. Once you arrive at Rotorua, you know you are somewhere like nowhere else. There is a scent of sulphur in the air and steam drifts from cracks and crevices.
Auckland-Waitomo: 195km (approx 2hrs, 30mins)
Waitomo-Matamata: 102km (approx 1hr, 20 mins)
Matamata-Rotorua: 67km (approx 55 mins)
Overnight: Rotorua (including Breakfast)
day 3 - ROTORUA
The city of Rotorua is surrounded by a fascinating geothermal landscape with spouting geysers and bubbling mud pools, freshwater lakes and majestic native forests. Home to the Te Arawa tribe, it's a region steeped in Maori legend.
INCLUDED ACTIVITY: Te Puia Geothermal Valley Guided Tour
Home to the world famous Pohutu geyser, boiling mud pools, the native Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving.
INCLUDED ACTIVITY: Agrodome Farm Show
Witness a live sheep shearing demonstration and the remarkable farm dogs in action. Visit the cute lambs and other baby farm animals in the Farmyard Nursery.
INCLUDED ACTIVITY: Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Discover New Zealand's unique and fascinating wildlife, flora and fauna. Situated amongst flourishing native forest and natural springs and home to native birds, reptiles, aquatic life and the National Kiwi Hatchery.
Overnight: Rotorua (including Breakfast)
day 4 - ROTORUA - QUEENSTOWN (own arrangements)
Own flight arrangements to Queenstown (Airfare is NOT included).
Flight Time Rotorua to Queenstown is approx. 2hrs
Overnight: Queenstown (including Breakfast)
day 5 - MILFORD SOUND
day 6 - QUEENSTOWN
day 7 - QUEENSTOWN - GLACIER REGION
day 8 - GLACIER REGION - GREYMOUTH - CHRISTCHURCH
day 9 - DEPARTURE DAY
Arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car.
Kiwiway Package Tours offer the following:
• Daily departures
• No minimum number of passengers
• Breakfasts daily
• All sightseeing entry fees included (as mentioned in each itinerary)
• A choice of four accommodation options
• A choice of four transport options
Kiwiway Packages are flexible:
• Packages can be taken in the reverse direction
• Packages can be extended with extra nights and additional locations
• Packages can be personalised with specific optional tours and activities
Seat in Coach touring provides flexibility for the independent traveller as itineraries can be customised to suit your individual travel plans and requirements.
Travel is in premier high quality tourist coaches with driver/guides and commentary on most routes and fellow travellers will join and leave each day.
Coach services will pick up and drop off at hotels where available. Alternatively, transfers between the hotel and coach depot are provided in your Kiwiway Package.
Note: Travellers who prefer to be part of one group, with an escort and guided services, should book a set departure Escorted Coach Tour
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