New Zealand

New Zealand is one of those great all year round destinations, that make travelling at any time of the year a possibility, depending on what you want to do. Though temperatures in New Zealand are naturally higher in summer (December to February); for many people travelling at this time may not be the best choice, or may not be suitable due to other commitments.

New Zealand seasons and climate are very changeable and extremely mild year round. This means that even in summer, there will always be quite a few cool and wet days. Though it is naturally colder in winter (June to August), winter normally has plenty of sunny days too. If you look at the monthly rainfall, the South Island of New Zealand is generally a little drier and the North Island slightly wetter in winter. The amount of sunshine in winter is less than the rest of the year, though even in winter there are many sunny days. As a generalization, Fiordland and the West Coast of New Zealand have the highest rainfall year round; whilst regions such as Nelson, Marlborough, Hawkes Bay and the Bay of Plenty tend to have the highest amount of sunshine.  So as long as you come prepared for the cooler temperatures, travelling outside of the peak summer period can be an option.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Auckland International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 4 hours before the flight.
Airfare Accommodations
Meal Sightseeing
Local transportation Professional guide
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

Day 1

On arrival in Auckland, ‘The City of Sails’, seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel. Self drive passengers will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.

Day 2

Travel south through the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves including an underground boat ride viewing the millions of glow worms on the cavern roof. On completion continue over the forested Mamaku Ranges to reach the ‘Thermal City’ of Rotorua.

Day 3

Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers. Following this, visit Rainbow Springs to 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 (feast) and Concert.

Day 4

Travel south to reach the popular lake resort of Taupo and along the shores of Lake Taupo to Turangi, before continuing on the Desert Road, dominated in the background by the three peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Continue south through lush farmland before arriving in the ‘Capital City’ of Wellington.

Day 5

Journey across Cook Strait, which separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand, and into the Marlborough Sounds with its sparkling clear waters and lush forests, before arriving in Picton. Travel south through the town of Blenheim, before reaching Kaikoura – here you might like to take an optional Whalewatch cruise or scenic flight. Optional activities not included in the tour price.

Day 6

Leave Kaikoura behind as you turn inland and travel through North Canterbury to reach the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch.

Day 7

Travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains before arriving at Lake Tekapo. Visit the ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ before continuing onto Mt Cook National Park.

Day 8

Follow the shores of Lake Pukaki south to the small town of Twizel before continuing through the historic Central Otago region to Lake Wakatipu and the ‘Alpine Resort’ of Queenstown.

Day 9

A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. Optional activities not included in the tour price.

Day 10

Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the breath taking man made Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Return to Te Anau.

Day 11

Cross the fertile Southland Plains through Gore and Balclutha to South Otago. Then travel north to the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, Dunedin. The afternoon is free for optional activities.

Day 12

Travel north through lush farmland and a series of small farming communities to Christchurch.

Day 13

Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car. We trust you enjoyed your 99 PLANET HOLIDAYS !

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