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Privately guided - 12 Days Luxury 100% pure New Zealand - North and South Islands
FEATURING: AUCKLAND, ROTORUA, TEKAPO, WANAKA, MILFORD SOUND, QUEENSTOWN
This program is designed for families/family traveling together with younger kids. Program is flexible to fit your wishes, interests, travel dates.
America’s Cup sailing, Auckland
Hobbiton Movie set, Matamamata
Kiwi birds, Rotorua
Dolphin cruise, Akaroa
Star gazing, Tekapo
Scenic flight Mt Aspire, Wanaka
4WD Safari, Queenstown
Shotover Jet, Queenstown
Auckland – Rotorua: 230km, 3hrs
Christchurch-Akaroa return: 160km, 3hrs
Christchurch-Tekapo: 250km, 3.5hrs
Tekapo-Wanaka: 200km, 2.5hrs
Wanaka-Queenstown: 70km, 1hr
100 PERCENT PURE NEW ZEALAND
DAY 1 ARRIVAL AUCKLAND- You will be welcomed by a Worldview Tours representative upon arrival. Private transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at your leisure to discover the ‘City of Sails’ or chose from one of the following recommended activities:
Auckland Zoo or the MOTAT (Museum of Transport & Technology) with a Aviation display hall which houses of the largest aviation collections in the Souther Hemisphere.
DAY 2 AUCKLAND
In the morning privately, guided city tour: join our Auckland born and raised guide on a fun exploration of Auckland. Volcanic cones with stunning views, historic buildings, waterfront drive and a charming beach. Ascend Mt Eden Volcano and visit scenic Devonport with its collection of excellent cafes, galleries and boutiques and enjoy skyline views from Mt Victoria. (Duration 4hrs)
In the afternoon a different adventure awaits you. Board an ultra-high tech “America’s Cup Yacht”. Feel the thrill of sailing an authentic America’s Cup Yacht and take the helm yourself – or work hard on the grinders to hoist the mainsail! All while sailing Auckland’s highly scenic harbour and taking in the sights from a different perspective. No previous sailing experience required – participate as little or as much as you like. (Duration 2hrs)
DAY 3 AUCKLAND – ROTORUA - After breakfast, the tour starts with a scenic drive through the green rolling hills of The Waikato, a region rich in farming and agriculture where you arrive after a 2.5hrs drive in the small town of Matamata which has gained fame only recently for being the home of ‘The Shire’ and the Hobbiton Movie Set. Welcome to Middle Earth!. Your privately guided tour, away from tour groups, starts with a drive through the picturesque 1’250 acres’ sheep farm with spectacular views across the Kaimai Ranges. The tour concludes with an extensive buffet at the “Marquee”.
After lunch, we continue our drive through the rolling hills of The Waikato until we reach the region of ‘Bay of Plenty’ and one if its main centres, Rotorua. Check in at your hotel. In the heart of 350 acres of lush farmland, only 10 minutes from Rotorua, you will find one of New Zealand’s ‘must visits’ for families. Join a guided tour on all-terrain vehicles and visit the heart of a real working farm, learn all about New Zealand farming and get to hand-feed animals and meet sheep, cattle, deer, llamas and pigs.
In the evening joins our friends at Mitai Village for a traditional and authentic Maori experience and introduction to Maori culture. Mitai Maori Village is nestled in a natural bush setting just outside of Rotorua. You witness the arrival of a ‘waka’, the ancient warrior canoe on the Wai-o-whiro stream and your Maori guide explains you all the secrets to cook a traditional ‘Hangi’ and the traditions of ‘tamoko’, Maori tattoo art. A cultural performance displaying weaponry and combat, coupled with the beauty of the poi dance, will finish with the highlight – the spine-tingling Haka. Traditional dinner follows.
DAY 4 ROTORUA - CHRISTCHURCH- After breakfast, visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Kiwi Encounter. Rainbow Springs is a fun-packed and educational experience for every New Zealand visitor. We combine this visit with a unique ‘behind the scenes’ tour of ‘Kiwi Encounter’,
Private transfer to the airport and short domestic flight to Christchurch. Private transfer upon arrival in Christchurch to your hotel.
DAY 5 CHRISTCHURCH-BANKS PENINSULA & AKAROA - Depart Christchurch and drive through the tunnel to Lyttelton. The town was damaged from the seismic events of 2011 but is still buzzing with quirky bars and community projects, like the public sauna in the centre of town and the not-to-be-missed Farmers Market on Saturdays.
Carry on the Governors Bay Road round to Akaroa and make a stop at She Chocolat on the main road in Governors Bay. She Chocolates offers brunch, lunch and nibbles. The scenery also adds to the magic of this place. Continue around Banks Peninsula on Chateris Bay Road to take in the scenery of the stunning hidden bays.On arrival in Akaroa you will notice this village has a certain French flair with street names, restaurants and colourful characters reflecting the early French settlement. Later, board a modern, 60-foot catamaran for an award-winning cruise packed with highlights including the rare, NZ native Hector dolphin’s, as well as penguins and other sea birds. (Duration 2hrs).
DAY 6 CHRISTCHURCH – LAKE TEKAPO - After breakfast, you will leave for a most scenic day of driving. Drive on the Scenic Inland Highway 72 towards Geraldine and stop at the impressive Rakaia River Gorge. You travel through the rich pastures of crop, dairy and sheep farming land – the patchwork quilt of the Canterbury Plains. After passing the township of Fairlie the landscape changes as you climb up towards Mackenzie County, home to some of the most evocative hill county in New Zealand.
In Snowdon, just 10min from Windwhistle off Highway 72, experience first hand life on a high-country sheep station. Your guided tour includes viewing seasonal farming activities, sheep dog mustering, sheep handling and lamb feeding.
You arrive in the afternoon in picturesque Lake Tekapo and its famous ‘Church of the Good Sheperd’. Enjoy the magnificent views towards Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain at 3’724 metres.
In the late evening join us an a guided ‘star gazing’ tour at world renown Mt John Observatory, one of the world’s southern-most research observatories. The pristine starlit sky of the Mackenzie Basin is internationally acknowledged as Gold Status Dark Sky Reserve due to its high ratio of clear nights
throughout the year and the stability and transparency of its atmosphere. On this tour, you explore the spectacular southern sky with a knowledgeable astronomy guide. Use large professional telescopes to see the Milky Way galaxy, the Southern Cross and seasonal planets. This tour is not only for passionate ‘star gazers’ but for everyone amazed by the deep, undisturbed and crystal-clear skies nowhere else to be found. (Duration approx. 2hrs).
DAY 7 LAKE TEKAPO - WANAKA - Continue past Lake Pukaki with its distinctive turquoise waters. Sir Peter Jackson chose this part of the Southern Alps as the setting for ‘Lake Town’ in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ as well as backdrop major location scenes in all Lord of the Rings- and Hobbit movies. Continue via another beautiful, dark blue lake – Lake Hawea, you reach the lakeside town of Wanaka in the late morning. Wanaka is one of the favourite holiday places for ‘Kiwis’ and, though smaller and quieter than Queenstown, provides an appealing mix of fine living, family fun and adventure. It also has a high concentration of cafes, restaurants and interesting shops.
In the afternoon you take a scenic flight from Wanaka Airport and see spectacular mountains and the dramatic landscape. Known as the "Matterhorn of the South", Aspiring is one of our most graceful and striking peaks, standing above the backbone of the Southern Alps. Discover huge glaciers that terminate abruptly into steep icefalls above the native beech forest of Mount Aspiring National Park. (Flight duration 50min)
DAY 8 WANAKA - QUEENSTOWN - After breakfast, drive towards the township of Cromwell where you join a guided tour (shared feature) through one of Central Otago’s many fruit orchards. You will be taken through different sectors of a 73 acre operation, from picking the ripened fruits, be they apples, pears, peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums or cherries, to sorting and grading. Continue on State Highway 6 through the impressive Kawarau Gorge. Shortly before Queenstown turn off the highway to visit the charming heritage town of Arrowtown. Once a gold rush settlement, today it is a perfectly preserved piece of the past. Explore the Chinese miner’s settlement by the Arrow River and find a convivial café to soak up the surroundings. Continue 30min to Queenstown.
The alpine resort of Queenstown is exciting, sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Queenstown sits on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu (one of the clearest, and coldest, lakes in the world!), captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers. It is rumored that gold prospectors gave this now cosmopolitan town its name.
In the afternoon, the
next adventure awaits you: The world-famous Queenstown jet boat ride ‘Shotover
Jet’. This is the ultimate in water sports excitement – a unique, breathtaking
white water ride and adrenaline rush you will never forget. You will speed over
10cm deep water, along the famous Shotover River and deep into the spectacular
Shotover River Canyons. As the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you, your
expert driver puts his state-of-the-art Bid Red Jet Boat through its paces at
85km/h, water spraying into a myriad of white water crystals at every turn. (Duration
approx. 30min on the water).
DAY 9 MILFORD SOUND
A highly scenic, 35 minute flight by a modern Cessna Caravan brings you to Milford Sound this morning. The scenery here is stunning – lakeside vistas are framed by the rugged face of a magnificent mountain range appropriately named The Remarkables.
Easy rolling countryside soon leads you to the shores of Lake Te Anau, the biggest of the South Island’s many lakes.Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. The fjord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 1000 meters. Board the ‘Milford Adventurer’ a premium vessel featuring Luxury Lounge Suites, for a panoramic 1.45hr boat tour of Milford Sound. Picnic lunch included. Early afternoon return to Queenstown on yet another scenic flight on a slightly different route.
DAY 10 QUEENS TOWN - Experience New Zealand’s wilderness like only a few lucky visitors can do. A true 4x4 road adventure which explores the historic gold mining town of Macetown. Long since abandoned after the gold rush, Macetown has now been transformed into a ‘Department of Conservation’ reserve. Ride the rugged road in the safety of a comfortable 4x4 that ensures excitement and adventure crossing the Arrow River up to 25 times each way. Immerse yourself in the history of this precious and remote region by panning for gold and letting your knowledgeable guide teach about the hardship and exhilaration these miners faced. You will also pass filming locations of the ”Ford of Bruinen” in the Lord of the Rings. (Duration 4.5hrs)
In the afternoon, ascend to Bobs Peak by Skyline Gondola for some breath-taking views over Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the mountains. Rather than taking the Gondola on the way down, take a specialized Luge cart for a thrilling experience, suitable for all ages. Select between different tracks, ranging from gentle gradient and easy bends to steeper gradients with banked corners, tunnels and cuttings.(5 Luge rides and Gondola are included).
DAY 11 QUEENSTOWN - Rated one of the world’s ‘Top Ten Classic Hikes’, the Routeburn Track combines personal achievement with awe-inspiring scenery. On this half-day walk you explore the valley and be awarded with spectacular views. Surrounded by the sounds of rivers, waterfalls and native birds, you will be transported to a world of peace and tranquillity. (Duration 4hrs), level: easy, average fitness required.
In the afternoon, board the iconic ‘TSS Earnslaw’, a 104-year old Steam Ship and ‘institution’ on Lake Wakatipu. On-board enjoy the spectacular alpine scenery while offering plenty of time to explore this piece of Queenstown’s living history.
You can visit the engine room and see its giant steam engines at work, view the collection of historical photos in our mini-museum, check out the bridge or even join a sing-along with the pianist.
By reaching Lake Wakatipu’s south-western shore, you will be met by your rural host for a short walk to Walter Peak High Country Farm. This is the perfect place to spend a relaxing view hours. The Farm Tour is a wonderful, interactive experience where you can help feed the sheep and deer and even get up close to the Scottish Highland Cattle. Return to Queenstown with TSS Earnslaw in the late afternoon. (Duration approx. 3.30hrs)
DAY 12 QUEENSTOWN DEPARTURE
Private transfer to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight.