8 Night NZ highlights
DAY 1 / ARRIVAL, WELCOME TO NEW ZEALAND
After your arrival flight to New Zealand our driver will meet you at the International Airport where he will go through your itinerary in detail and answer any questions you have, before transferring you to your hotel to relax for the evening.
Usually entry into New Zealand is after a long flight so we always recommend a transfer instead of collecting your vehicle.
DAY 2 / AUCKLAND TO ROTORUA VIA WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES
This morning after Breakfast take a short stroll down to the Rental Car Office in Central Auckland to collect your rental car.
Once you are ready to depart drive south through the sleepy rural towns of the upper central North Island to the underground wonderland, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Here you will get to enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms, that has been bringing people to the caves for over 120 years.
You can have an optional lunch here before finishing the final leg of your day's travel to Rotorua.
DAY 4 / MORNING ROTORUA SIGHTSEEING AFTERNOON ROTORUA TO CHRISTCHURCH DOMESTIC FLIGHT
This morning see the Geothermal Activity and Maori Culture of Rotorua, recognised the world over, with a visit to the Whakarewarewa Valley, simply known as Te Puia.
At the start of your Te Puia guided tour, you will see the traditions of the Te Arawa Tribe. The local Crafts institute houses some of the nation's most recognised traditional Maori Artisans, creating unique works of art to be showcased around the world (no souvenirs here).
Continuing on the tour you will be taken through the Geothermal Park with your experienced guide, you will see the full spectrum of colourful mineral deposits lining the steamy bubbling pools below the roaring Geysers.
Saying goodbye to the North Island you will board your domestic flight to the South Island and the Patchwork fields of the Garden City of Christchurch, named after the beautiful parks and gardens throughout the city.
DAY 5 / CHRISTCHURCH TO MT COOK VIA LAKE TEKAPO
Today you will travel south along the Southern Alps, passing rich blue lakes such as Tekapo, winding through the dramatic alpine countryside to reach your night's destination MT Cook or Aoraki in Maori (The Cloud piercer) New Zealand’s highest Peak.
As the stars come out this evening so will you for a unique experience from the Aoraki Mckenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Due to the Isolation of Mt Cook, far from the lights of any settlement, you will have a view of the stars few will ever see. This reserve has been gold rated by astrologers having some of the darkest skies on the planet
Tonight you will have the pleasure of staying within the Mt Cook National park at the Hermitage Hotel, The breath-taking scenery of the Southern Alps wilderness surrounding you with unrivalled silence.
DAY 6 / GLACIER EXPLORERS TOUR AND AFTERNOON JOURNEY FROM MT COOK TO QUEENSTOWN
This morning you will be guided from the Hooker Valley to the nearby Tasman Valley, home of the Tasman Glacier. Your tour will take you across the ever-growing Glacial Lake by boat, passing massive icebergs formed by Ice collapses over 500 years ago - an unforgettable experience.
Have an optional lunch in the beautiful Mt Cook setting before commencing your journey south. This afternoon travel through the ruggedly beautiful McKenzie country and over the Lindis pass. You can drive into Queenstown via Cromwell, Kawarau gorge & Gibbston valley
DAY 3 / SELF DRIVE ROTORUA SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Start your day's Sightseeing with a visit to Rotorua’s Agrodome for the Organic Farm Tour and the World Famous Sheep Show. Fun for all ages with plenty of humour, education a real taste of New Zealand’s Farming Heritage.
Following this, you will travel to the sleepy town of Matamata (headland in Maori) to visit Hobbiton “the Shire” the sight used in the Filming of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and more Recently the Hobbit Trilogy.
See iconic locations from the movies perfectly maintained in all of their original fixtures in this unsuspecting rural area. Finish up with a Visit the Green Dragon Inn for great local fare and a cold in-house made Beer and Apple Cider in the Waikato sun.
No two itineraries need ever be the same as all of our trips are customised to you our client and your requirements, specification, wants and needs
DAY 7 / Queenstown sightseeing
This morning take a leap off of Kawarau bridge with the original bungy jump company.
Follow this rush of adventure with a blast of adrenalin on the Shotover river in a jet boat.
End your day with a trip up the Skyline Gondola to Bobs peak. Enjoy the stunning views of Lake Wakatipu as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern hemisphere.
At the top of the Gondola you will be rewarded with 220 degree panorama views of Coronet peak, The remarkables, Walter Peak & Cecil peak.
DAY 8 / Milford Sounds daytrip
Hugging the shores of Lake Wakatipu, proceed past wind turbines, deer farms and across rural farmland, before reaching Lake Te Anau, the 'Gateway to Fiordland'. Board the waiting vessel for a one hour forty minute full length cruise of Milford Sound out to the Tasman Sea.
DAY 9 / Depart Queenstown, New Zealand
This morning return your vehicle to Queenstown airport before your departure flight.
Thank you for booking with Naturally New Zealand holidays and we hope you had a memorable holiday.