Day 1:ARRIVE IN QUEENSTOWN
Welcome to the "Adventure Capital of the World!" Schedule flights to arrive by 4 pm in time for a welcome meeting and drinks featuring local New Zealand wines.
Day 2:QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO GLENORCHY
GLENORCHY: See the scenic locations from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, learn about Maori history, and enjoy morning tea. Explore the Mount Alfred Walking Track with a picnic lunch. QUEENSTOWN Remainder of the day at leisure. Enhance your free time in Queenstown with a ride on the Skyline Gondola, a scenic helicopter flight, or a fun bicycle tour through some of the region's magnificent scenery. These and many more options throughout your tour are available with MyAccount.
Day 3:QUEENSTOWN - MILFORD SOUND
Travel through lush rainforest to the West Coast. MILFORD SOUND: Cruise in this famous sound (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to view the stunning waterfalls, dramatic cliffs, and the chance to see New Zealand fur seals, dolphins, and Fiordland-crested penguins; special dinner onboard featuring local food and wine and perhaps share in some star-gazing.
Accommodation Spotlight: Spend the evening on the Milford Mariner and wake up in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The cruise is relaxing, allowing plenty of time to take in the fiord's spectacular scenery and wildlife. The ship features spacious viewing decks, a dining room, bar, observation lounge and all cabins feature private ensuites. It's the ultimate Milford Sound experience! NOTE: A carry-on bag is recommended for the overnight on the Milford Mariner. Make sure to pack non-slip walking shoes/boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater or jacket, change of clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, swimwear, camera, and cash/credit cards for the bar and snacks.
Day 4: MILFORD SOUND - WANAKA
MILFORD SOUND: Morning cruise on the famous sound; sightseeing. WANAKA: Tour and tasting at Cardrona Distillery. Remainder of the day at leisure in this resort town.
Day 5:WANAKA - HAAST PASS - FRANZ JOSEF
WANAKA: Visit a working deer farm in the New Zealand high country including morning tea. HAAST PASS: Explore the area on the Kahikatea Swamp Forest Walk. FRANZ JOSEF: Spend the next two nights at the foot of the amazing Franz Josef Glacier. Evening at leisure.
Day 6:FRANZ JOSEF
Morning guided Glacier Valley Walk which follows the glacier's path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Remainder of day at leisure to explore more on your own or take a kayak tour, scenic flight, visit the West Coast Wildlife Centre, or relax in the glacier hot pools.
Day 7: FRANZ JOSEF - GREYMOUTH - TRANZALPINE - CHRISTCHURCH
FRANZ JOSEF: Take part in a private jade carving demonstration with a traditional carver GREYMOUTH: Time at leisure before boarding the legendary TranzAlpine, one of the world's great train journeys. CHRISTCHURCH: Evening at leisure.
Morning guided street art and coffee tour. Afternoon at leisure to explore on your own, stroll through the cities many gardens, enjoy a Punt on the River Avon, or visit the International Antarctic Centre. Tonight, enjoy a fun experience as you dine and travel the city's streets on the unique Tramway Restaurant.
Day 9: CHRISTCHURCH - KAIKOURA - BLENHEIM
Drive along the picturesque coastal route to Kaikoura. KAIKOURA: Enjoy a wildlife cruise with a chance to see spectacular scenery, local sea birds, dolphins, seals, and whales (seasonal). BLENHEIM: Arrive in Blenheim where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 10:BLENHEIM - INTERISLANDER FERRY - WELLINGTON
BLENHEIM: Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre home to filmmaker, Peter Jackson's, collection of World War I aircraft. Visit Wairau River Wines for a tasting and nibbles. INTERISLANDER FERRY: Scenic crossing from the South Island to the North Island. WELLINGTON: Progressive dinner featuring local New Zealand food and wine.
Day 11:WELLINGTONLAKE TAUPO - ROTORUA
LAKE TAUPO: Take a scenic cruise to view the unique Maori Rock carvings. ROTORUA Evening is at leisure
Walk among the towering forest on the Redwood Tree Walk. Afternoon at leisure. Later, visit Te Puia to see bubbling mud pools and stunning geysers. You'll also have the chance to learn more about New Zealand's nocturnal flightless bird, and see Maori craft work. Finish your visit with a traditional hangi dinner and Maori concert. Enhance your free time in Rotorua with some relaxation at the Polynesian Spa, discover Rotorua's Lakes district on a WW2 amphibious craft duck tour, or enjoy fantastic views from a scenic sightseeing flight. These and many more options throughout your tour are available with MyAccount.
Day 13:ROTORUA - WAITOMO - AUCKLAND
WAITOMO: Guided tour of the famous Ruakuri Glowworm Caves. AUCKLAND: Join your Tour Director for a festive farewell dinner with stunning 360 degree views atop the iconic SkyCity.
Day 14: AUCKLAND
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. You may also choose to extend your time in Auckland and explore more on your own. Extra nights are available for purchase.