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Duration: 11 Days
Location: Auckland, Waitamo, Rotorua, Christchurch, Mt. Cook, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier, Greymouth
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  • Day 01 – Auckland

    Day 02 – Auckland / Waitamo / Rotorua

    Day 03 – Rotorua

    Day 04 – Christchurch

    Day 05 – Christchurch to Mt. Cook.

    Day 06 – Mt. Cook to Queenstown

    Day 07 – Queenstown

    Day 08 – Queenstown

    Day 09 – Franz Josef Glacier

    Day 10 – Franz Josef Glacier to Greymouth

    Day 11 – Christchurch

  • Day 01 – Auckland

    Be met by our representative at the airport and transferred to your accommodation in Auckland.

    Recommended Optional Activity– Harbour Dinner Cruise Sailing Experience

    Meals included: Nil

    Day 02 – Auckland / Waitamo / Rotorua

    Auckland to Waitomo and Rotorua full day Experience with Great Sights including lunch (included)

    This full day tour has it all! From the magical glowworms and world-famous limestone formations of Waitomo to the rich cultural heritage and geothermal bounty of Rotorua. Includes a visit to the glow worm caves, a maori cultural performance, a visit to the Agrodome and bubbling mud pools and geysers.

    Meals included: Lunch.

    Day 03 – Rotorua

    Explore Rotorua on your own. Rotorua sits right in the centre of the world’s most volcanically active region and this is highly evident through the smell of sulphur. No visit to Rotorua would be complete without visiting one of the many geothermal parks. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is around 30 minutes from Rotorua and here a network of paths will take you past bubbling pools, sulphur ponds, geysers and waterfalls.

    White Island sits around 40 kilometres off the Bay of Plenty coast and is still one the most active volcanoes in the world. Rotorua is also the heartland of Maori culture in New Zealand and Mitai Maori Village lets you experience the stories, singing and traditional Maori kai (food) cooked in a hangi.  For a deeper understanding of Maori arts and crafts, visit Te Puia the premier Maori Arts and Cultural centre.  As well as the lake which is teeming with trout for the anglers amongst you, there are opportunities to get up close to our national animal the sheep at Agrodome and the kiwi at Rainbow Springs.

    For those looking to enjoy some of the adrenalin packed adventures New Zealand is renowned for you’ll be pleased to know Rotorua rivals Queenstown for adventure, so whether you are zorbing, rafting or flying through the forest canopy you’ll have a blast.

    Recommended Optional Activity –

    • Volcanic Air Safaris.
    • Mitai Maori Village Tour.
    • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Rotorua.
    • Polynesian Lake Spa.

    Meals included: Lunch.

    Day 04 – Christchurch

    You will be transferred from your accommodation to the airport for your flight to Christchurch. On arrival to Christchurch, you will be transferred to your accommodation. Day at Leisure.

    Meals included: Nil

    Day 05 – Christchurch to Mt. Cook.

    Today you head into the heart of the South Island. Crossing the vast Canterbury Plains you head into Mackenzie country. Ascending Burkes Pass, you’ll enter New Zealand’s high country. The picturesque town of Lake Tekapo, is the first of the large Southern Lakes on your journey and enjoy a short stop here to enjoy the picturesque lake and one of the most photographed buildings in the country, the Church of the Good Shepherd. Continue onto Lake Pukaki and on clear days you will be rewarded with a spectacular views of Mt Cook, towering over the lake. The spectacular scenic drive along the lake delivers you into the heart of the national park and Mt. Cook Village.

    Recommended Optional Activity – Glacier Explorers, Mt. Cook.

    Glacier Explorers is the only tour of its kind in New Zealand, and one of only three in the world! Very few glaciers terminate into lakes and even fewer of these are accessible to the average person. By using a boat you get close to towering icecliffs and huge floating icebergs. The boats provide a safe way to unseen and inaccessible areas of New Zealand’s largest glacier. Being able to view, touch and taste 500 year old ice is a new experience for most people! Departing from Mount Cook Village outside The Hermitage Hotel you board a small bus for a pleasant trip to the Tasman Valley, followed by an easy 30 minute stroll through the National Park. Then board your MAC boat, and enjoy the ever changing ice face of the Tasman Glacier icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. The 2.5 hour trip (45 min to 1 hour on the lake) enjoys a commentary throughout provided by your experienced guide.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

    Day 06 – Mt. Cook to Queenstown

    Today drive to Twizel, just south of Mt. Cook which was the location of many Lord of the Rings movie scenes and a little further on is Omarama and a short afternoon tea stop is available here (own expense). Crossing the Lindis Pass this is one of New Zealand’s highest roads with the summit reaching 971 metres, you pass from the Mackenzie Basin and into Central Otago. The next major town is  Cromwell, a major fruit growing region, which sits at the head of the Kawarau Gorge. Follow the sheer cliffs of the Kawarau Gorge towards Queenstown and the Gibbston Valley,  one of New Zealand’s premier wine growing regions.

    Approaching Queenstown the impressive Remarkables mountain range come into view and then beautiful Lake Wakatipu as you head towards the adventure and activity capital of New Zealand.

    Meals included: Nil.

    Day 07 – Queenstown

    Free Day in Queenstown.

    Queenstown is a destination for all seasons with entertainment and activities to suit everyone. Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, one of the more popular cruises is on board the TSS Earnslaw steamship to Walter Peak High Country Station for a barbeque dinner.

    During the day you could take a guided tour of the Gibbston Valley and Bannockburn wineries with wine Tours or for some 4WD fun, you visit the historic Mace Town or Skippers Canyon.  Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies were partly filmed in the region so a Safari of the Scenes tour is great for lovers of beautiful scenery as well as fans of the movies.

    If you want to get you blood pumping a bit more, the iconic Shotover Jet Boat Ride is a must, or venture into Mt Aspiring National Park for a journey into pristine wilderness first on a jet boat ride up the Dart River, then a short walk through magnificent beech forests.

    Queenstown is known as the ‘Adventure Capital’ of NZ, so for maximum thrills you can try bungy jumping, skydiving orwhite water rafting.  For a great introduction to the region the Queenstown Highlights Tour explores Arrowtown and the Gibbston Valley as well as taking in some remarkable photo stops. Queenstown is also the perfect base from which to explore Fiordland National Park.

    Recommended Optional Activities:

    • Skyline Gondola.
    • Shotover Jet Boat Ride.
    • Appellation Wine Tours.
    • TSS Earnslaw Cruise and dinner at Walter Peak high country farm.
    • Dart River Wilderness Safari.

    Meals included: Nil.

    Day 08 – Queenstown

    Milford Sound Nature Cruise (included)

    Return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with an extended 2½ hour Nature Cruise along the full length of the fiord. On boarding a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option of purchasing refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. On reaching Milford Sound, you board the Milford Mariner for a leisurely extended cruise of the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rain forest, mountains and wildlife with extensive commentary by the on board nature guide. Includes picnic boxed lunch.

    Meals included: Lunch.

    Day 09 – Franz Josef Glacier

    Depart Queenstown by coach passing through Cromwell, Wanaka and Hawea before travelling over the magnificent Haast Pass into Westland. On arrival transfer to your accommodation. A local shuttle is available to take you to the glacier base where you can enjoy some short walks and magnificent views. Perhaps take a scenic helicopter flight for the ultimate view. Spectacular photo opportunities abound of these huge ice masses. Watch out for keas (native parrots) and their inquisitive cheeky play.

    Glacier Valley shuttle (included)

    You will be met at your accommodation by a representative from Glacier Valley Eco Tours and taken on a short tour to view the glacier. Your shuttle vehicle will transfer you up the Franz Josef valley to the road end. Here you will have the opportunity to walk to view the glacier from a viewing platform. Or enjoy one of the short walks available in this area. You will be returned to your accommodation by the Glacier Valley Eco Tours shuttle.

     Meals included: Nil.

    Day 10 – Franz Josef Glacier to Greymouth

    This morning travel north through the small townships of Whataroa and Harihari. Stop at the Bushman’s Centre for refreshments and a chance to experience a bit of West Coast humour. Continue through the township of Ross, which in the late 1800s was the centre of one of New Zealand’s richest alluvial goldfields

    On arrival into Hokitika there is time to purchase lunch, walk around the town centre, to view the greenstone factories, visit the woodworking studio, or just relax and enjoy the windswept coast. Hokitika is the administrative and commercial centre for this part of Westland. The major primary industry is timber milling. Dairy and sheep farming, commercial fishing, white baiting and eel processing being the other major industries. Continue onto Greymouth Railway Station from where you catch the world famous Tranz Alpine train across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

    Tranz Alpine Scenic train Greymouth to Christchurch (included)

    Considered one of the world’s great train journeys, the Tranz Alpine scenic train takes you from Greymouth toChristchurch. You’ll travel from the Tasman Sea through Arthur’s Pass National Park to the Pacific Ocean. From the comfort of your carriage you will rise from the lush rain forest of the West Coast to the spectacular mountains of the Southern Alps. Traveling through gorges and the river valley of the Waimakariri River you’ll descend to the farmland of the Canterbury Plains before arriving in the city of Christchurch.

    On reaching Christchurch train station, you will be transferred to your accommodation.

     Meals included: Nil.

    Day 11 – Christchurch

    You will be collected from your accommodation and transferred to Christchurch airport in time for your departing flight home.

     Meals included: Nil.

  • Trip Cost varies based on travel season (high to low), your choice of accommodation (from budget to luxury), flight (economy to first class), optional tours and other special requests. Kindly email us at info@funkytravels.com to get the correct price for your selected trip.

    Accommodation Type for this trip: Motels

    • Auckland – Quest Auckland Serviced Apartments.
    • Rotorua – Tuscany Villas Rotorua.
    • Queenstown – Blue Peaks Lodge.
    • Mt. Cook – Mt Cook Lodge & Motels.
    • Christchurch – Camelot Motor Lodge.
    • Franz Josef Glacier – Punga Grove motel & suites.

    INCLUDES:

    • Accommodation on twin or double sharing basis.
    • All meals as stated in itinerary.
    • Private airport / train station transfers.
    • Domestic Airfare – Rotorua to Christchurch.
    • Coach Transfers for sightseeing.
    • Tour activities as stated below:
      • Tranz Alpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch
      • Shuttle to Glacier Valley
      • Entrance to Agrodome and show
      • Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts
      • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves.
      • Milford Sound Nature Cruise.
    • Tour Pack includes detailed guide books and much more.

    EXCLUDES:

    • International Airfare and airport / government taxes.
    • Visa (if required).
    • Travel insurance.
    • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included.
    • Optional tours mentioned in the itinerary will be charged extra.
    • Gratuities to guide and driver.
    • Personal and other expenses such as bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary.