It’s what Tolkien dreamt of when he thought about the stunning journey to Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings. For a country that’s so beautiful, the people are also one of the coolest ever. Which other country would have a Minister for Lord of the Rings and a National Wizard? Apparently, only 5% of New Zealand’s population is humans, rest are, no, not hobbits, but animals! And it’s the only country that can legally use Hobbit images in it’s currency, and also has Pokemon images on one of it’s autonomous island’s coins. Really, let’s go!
Arrive at Auckland, ‘The City of Sails’, Meet and greet with our local representative and check in to your hotel.
It's time to meet the Glowworms today! Travel south through the Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Take a guided tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Then travel to the Mamaku Ranges to reach the ‘Thermal City’ of Rotorua to see the Champagne Pool and more.
Today will be primarily for the Geo Thermal Wonderland - the Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mud pools and roaring geysers. After that, head to Rainbow Springs. Here, you will see New Zealand’s trout, birds, and wildlife before continuing to the Agrodome for a New Zealand farm show featuring sheep-dog demonstrations, cow milking and an introduction to the stars of our sheep industry. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi - a traditional feast and Concert by Maori folk with a demonstration of the historically significant events.
Fly to Queenstown today!
Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Milford Sound is a fiord known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls. You can find fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins here. There is also a Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory that offers views of rare black coral and other marine life. Close the day by returning to Queenstown.
Queenstown is a great place to enjoy a good dose of adrenaline. You can try bungy jumping, jet boating, sky diving and much more.
Today head to Lake Wanaka and through the historic Haast Pass, gateway to the World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. It's a day to be amazed. Explore the magnificent glacier region. Take a helicopter ride or a walking tour to understand the Fjords and Glaciers in detail. It's a truly humbling experience. Also, drive to Glacier Hot Pools if time permits.
Today, travel north to Greymouth and board the world famous Tranz Alpine train. Ascend through lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. Travel over Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
It's time to say Good bye (poroporoaki) to one of the most coolest places on earth.
- Daily departures
- Breakfasts Daily at all hotels
- All sightseeing entry fees included (as mentioned in itinerary)
- The itinerary can be taken in reverse
- CDAR Compact - Holden Barina or similar
- Service tax
- Visa fees
- International flights
- Domestic flights
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance