Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
Welcome to New Zealand. Once you have cleared Customs & Immigration, receive your tour documents and be transferred to your accommodation. At your leisure, visit Auckland Sky Tower. Nothing compares to the 360 degrees views of Auckland City that you will get from the viewing platform once you have ridden up the SkyTower lift. For added excitement those who dare can stand on the glass floor panels and see the view down to street level. Overnight in Auckland.
Today following breakfast, this morning tour takes you to the University, Auckland Harbour Bridge to North Shore for wide views of harbour and yacht marina, Mt Eden where you travel to the summit of this dormant volcano for wide views of the city, Paritai Drive Auckland most expensive residential street with fantastic views of the Waitemata Harbour and finally Tamaki Water Front drive via Mission Bay. Visit to Kelly Tarlton Under Water World, Auckland most visited attraction. Walk through the life size reconstruction of Captain Scott Antarctic Hut as it was in 1911. Then its back to the present to board the Snow Cat vehicle for ride into the special Antarctic enclosure where you will see live King and Gentoo Penguins. Come face to face with giant stingrays, moray eels, thousands of different fish species and the sharks. All these creatures are only centimetres away in the unique underwater tunnel. Overnight in Auckland
This morning, enjoy and early cooked breakfast before being collected from your hotel. Today highlight will be your guided tour through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves via past Lake Karapiro and picturesque Fitzgerald Glade. Waitomo Cavesh have spectacular limestone formations and the roof is studded with the lights of thousands of tiny Glowworms. After your cave experience travel through the horticultural farmland and into the lush dairy farm areas to arrive in Auckland. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Auckland.
Today after enjoying your breakfast, board your coach from your hotel entrance to enjoy 3 of Rotorua best sightseeing attractions. Agrodome Sheep Show During the show the audience will see nineteen sheep breeds introduced onto the stage, the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feed lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Tour Te Puia & Maori Arts & Crafts Institute The Te Puia Thermal Reserve is renowned for the famous Pohutu Geyser which erupts 10 to 25 times each day to heights of 16 to 20 metres. The reserve is also filled with boiling mud pools generated by the extreme thinness of the earth crust in the area. Follow your reserve experience with entry to the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute which is preserving the remarkable heritage of our Maori people. Rainbow Springs Step inside Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a refreshing natural New Zealand experience. A place that soothes your senses. Here is a combination of natural elements working together – The quiet majesty of the native bush, ferns, trees and plants that defines Rainbow Springs Nature Park as uniquely New Zealand. Overnight in Rotorua Hotel
Enjoy your cooked breakfast this morning, before being collected from your hotel and transferred to Rotorua Airport to catch your onward flight to Christchurch. Upon arriving at Christchurch airport today, you will be met by a transfer driver waiting for you in the arrivals area. He will greet you and welcome you to New Zealand, hand over your tour documents and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Christchurch.
After an early breakfast this morning, be delivered to the Christchurch railway station, where you will board the Tranz Alpine Train. The award winning Tranz Alpine train is rated as one of the top six scenic train journeys in the world. The train crosses the huge and fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, winds its way over massive viaducts, through spectacular river gorges and the stunning Waimakariri River valley. The highest point is 737 metres at the alpine village at Arthur Pass. From Arthur Pass to Greymouth the scenery is lush beech forest and tranquil Lake Brunner. After disembarking the train, board the waiting coach to the Glaciers. This afternoon begin your journey down the West Coast following lush, temperate rainforest sandwiched between the highest mountains of the Southern Alps and the rolling waves of the Tasman Sea. The village at Franz Josef Glacier is five kilometres from the face of Franz Josef Glacier itself. Continue another 30 minutes to get to the small Alpine Village of Fox Glacier. Overnight in Glaciers Optional Activity: Helicopter flight with Snow Landing
After breakfast today, we continue the journey down the West Coast into South Westland which is the least populated part of New Zealand. At Fox Glacier you will once again have the opportunity to see the impressive glacier through the coach windows. On a clear day you will also be rewarded with magnificent views of Mount Cook in the background of Fox Glacier. As you near Haast the landscape changes and once you have gone over the Heritage Haast Pass which is the highest road pass through the Southern Alps you emerge into a different landscape of Central Otago with its sparkling lakes and the surrounding Mount Aspiring National Park. Then its down the Kawarau River Gorge into Queenstown which is New Zealand adventure capital. Overnight in Queenstown.
Today after breakfast, depart Queenstown and travel alongside Lake Wakatipu, through Kingston, Garston and Mossburn before arriving Te Anau. From Te Anau, follow the shores of Lake Te Anau before entering Fiordland National Park which covers 1.2 million hectares. Board the catamaran and embark on a 1.5 hour cruise out to the Tasman Sea and back with superb views or towering peaks, close ups of the cool mists of tall waterfalls, as well as southern fur seals and the spectacular Mitre Peak. Returning to Milford Wharf where you reboard your coach for your return journey to Queenstown arriving around 7.30pm. Overnight in Queenstown.
After your breakfast today, you have the opportunity to enjoy many of the fun adventure activities or sightseeing trips available in Queenstown. Some of these optional ideas include – Kawarau Jet-Boat Ride – Shotover Jet-boat Ride – Dart River Jet Safari – 4WD Lord of the Rings Tour – Tandem Sky-Dive – Queenstown Highlights Tour – Earnslaw Lake Wakatipu Cruise and Farm Tour – Half Day Wine Tour incl Platter Lunch
Enjoy your breakfast this morning, before boarding the coach to Christchurch. The Mount Cook Wander begins from Queenstown with a short trip up the Kawarau River Gorge into Lindis Pass and over the MacKenzie Basin to Mount Cook National Park. During your stop at Mount Cook there is an opportunity for an optional scenic flight or lunch at The Hermitage. Leaving Mount Cook, return to Lake Pukaki following the shores to meet up with the main highway. Continuing your journey to Lake Tekapo you stop briefly to view the Church of the Good Shepherd and the bronze Collie Dog statue signifying the rural history of the area. From here you drive through the Canterbury Plains the largest area of flat land in New Zealand. Overnight in Christchurch
Arrangements End / Depart Christchurch Christchurch After your final breakfast of the tour, check out from the hotel & depart for Morning city tour of Christchurch. Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic view points on a half-day city tour of Christchurch. Wander the Monavale Gardens with pretty ponds and water features, drive through the city center with its historic buildings and architecture. Visit the seaside suburb of Sumner, and travel to the Sign of the Takahe to admire the spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps. After this tour, proceed to the Christchurch International airport & experience the true feel Antartica in an Antartic Centre. Experience Huggland ride, Penguin encounter & 4D Theatre. The Antarctic Attraction consists of Antarctic exhibits, a cafe, and bar. The centre operates a Hagglund Ride around the centre land. This is aimed mainly at children, however is an educational tool for all ages, to display the mobility of the Hagglund. The Hagglund is an Antarctic Vehicle that is still in operation. Among other attractions, there is an Antarctic snow storm room, an audiovisual display, and little blue penguins at the NZ Penguin Encounter. The centre is set up for taking in penguins from the wild that are in need of help, with one of those penguins nicknamed Morgan getting media attention for refusing to swim. After the tour, proceed to your terminal & catch your returning flight back home. Farewell New Zealand.
– The rates are valid for minimum 2 adults travelling together
– 3.625% GST will be extra on the Land package cost (excluding ticket cost)
– Visa charges & Travel Insurance are not included in the cost & will be extra (View visa detail).
– Any meals and services unless mentioned in the itinerary are not included.
– The hotels and services as mentioned are subject to availability at the time of booking.
– In case of unavailability in mentioned hotels, alternate accommodation will be arranged in a similar category hotel.
– Rates may change in case of change in hotel rates, transport rates or entrance fees & airport taxes
– Rates are not valid during trade fairs, exhibitions and special events. A surcharge will be levied
– Check in time is 1400 hrs and Check out time is 12noon. Early check-in/ late checkout is subject to availability.
For any confirmation, a deposit of 50,000 per person shall be paid to us. Once deposit has been received. The balance of the payment must be paid 28 days prior to the tour departure. Any booking made within 14 working days of the tour departure is considered to be late booking for which the full and final payment is required at the same time of booking.
In case of visa rejection, you would be deemed to have cancelled on the date of intimation of such rejection.
If you fail to pay the total tour costs in time or if you commit any other default in relation to your booking, we may treat such failure or default as a cancellation of the booking by you. In such case, the cancellation charges shall be computed with reference to the date on which we issue you a notice of cancellation.