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RKA: 21 Day Complete New Zealand AKL-CHC (SUMMER)

Australasia

Duration: 21 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 168207
Starts: Auckland, New Zealand Finishes: Auckland, New Zealand
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Itinerary

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Day 1

Auckland to Paihia
Pick-ups start at your accommodation bright and early, before we head north to the seaside town of Paihia. We stop en-route to hug some of the world’s mightiest trees, the native Kauri, enjoy a hike to a beautiful waterfall and stop for lunch and a swim at scenic Waipu Cove. This is followed by a trip to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds (own expense), before settling into our accommodation where you’ll have a group meal and the evening free to relax. (D)

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Day 2

Paihia to Opinoni
This morning we take a wildlife cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands, a collection of 144 islands bursting with marine life. There’s no better way to see it than by boat, keep an eye out for wild dolphins.
In the afternoon it’s off to the Hokianga Harbour, where we will see the huge sand dunes. Tonight you have the option to take part in a Maori-guided twilight encounter, where you’ll visit the Waipoua Forest, learn about Maori legends and the spiritual inhabitants of the forest, and visit the largest Kauri tree in the world, the ‘God of the Forest’ Tane Mahuta (own expense). Finish the day with a Kiwi classic for dinner, traditional fish and chips. (B,D)

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Day 3

Hokianga Harbour - Auckland
It’s across the Hokianga Harbour to go sand boarding today down the massive dunes (weather permitting) before we start to make our way south through the mighty Waipoua Forest littered with 1000 year old trees. We visit the idyllic Kai Iwi Lakes for a swim in the crystal clear waters draped with beautiful white sand before departing for Auckland arriving late afternoon. (B)

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Day 4

Auckland to Hahei (Coromandel)
Depart from Auckland heading South East stopping off at the famous Cathedral Cove. Accessible only by foot or by boat, this beautiful coastal spot is one of the ‘must see’ sites on the Coromandel Peninsula. We then drive to the unique Hot Water Beach where you can dig up your own personal spa pool in the sand (tide dependent). Overnight in beach side cabins and enjoy a BBQ dinner. (D)

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Day 5

Hahei to Rotorua
We arrive into Rotorua around lunchtime, an area known for its Maori heritage and thermal activity. This gives you the opportunity to do some great optional activities such as a visit to Hobbiton, white water rafting, zorbing or the luge (additional cost). In the evening, you will be welcomed into the authentic Tamaki Maori Village, where you can discover and learn more about Maori art forms, ancient rituals and traditions. Sit down to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) with your Maori hosts. (BD)

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Day 6

Rotorua to Whakahoro
We start the day by visiting some bubbling mud pools before travelling to the spectacular Huka Falls. Then it’s off to the eco award winning Blue Duck Station, a working sheep and cattle farm. This afternoon you get the opportunity to take part in a 4WD Bush Safari farm adventure. Your dinner is all cooked using local produce. (BD)

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Day 7

Whakahoro to National Park
Today we head back to the Tongariro National Park to give you the chance to hike the Tongariro Crossing; rated as New Zealand’s best one-day walk. Alternatively other options include shorter walks around this volcanic region or visiting the Volcanic Centre Museum (own expense). Accommodation tonight is at the Alpine Lodge. (BD)

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Day 8

National Park to Wellington
Today we make our way to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Here you will see parliament buildings, including the iconic Beehive and get a taste of ‘Wellywood’ when you head out to the world famous Weta Workshop for an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the studio responsible for blockbuster films such as The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Avatar. There is plenty to do in Wellington like visiting Te Papa, the national museum and art gallery or the botanical gardens. (B)

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Day 9

Wellington / Picton to Abel Tasman
From Wellington, we travel across the stunning Cook Strait to the coastal town of Picton where we join the coach that takes us through Marlborough, NZ’s premier wine region to Abel Tasman National Park. Participate in a wine tasting and discover our world famous Sauvignon Blanc at a local winery. Visit the beautiful sandy golden beaches before heading to our exclusive campsite accommodation for a bit of seafood and a BBQ dinner. (BD)

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Day 10

Full day in Abel Tasman
You have a whole day to experience this incredible area. Walk the coastal track famous for some of New Zealand’s best beaches or choose any of the optional activities on offer including sailing or sea kayaking (own expense). Tonight we provide you with BBQ facilities for you to self-cater. Accommodation is back at our exclusive campsite adjacent to the National Park. (B)

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Day 11

Abel Tasman to Hanmer Springs
We are heading to the peaceful Hanmer Springs, first travelling through Kahurangi and Nelson National Parks. Both boast beautiful scenery and superb walks. We have a picnic lunch today before spending the afternoon relaxing in the hot pools. Dinner is a group meal. (BD)

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Day 12

Hanmer Springs to Christchurch
Kaikoura is known for its huge array of wildlife such as whales, dolphins, seals and albatross. We get to Kaikoura early so you can choose from the many optional activities such as walking around the cliff tops to see the seals and amazing views to joining a whale-watching cruise (additional cost). After the afternoon’s activities, we make our way to the city of Christchurch. Check out the city sights as you make your way to your accommodation in the city centre. (B)

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Day 13

Christchurch to Franz Josef
Don’t forget your camera today, as there are many fantastic photo opportunities. The day starts with a stunning journey across the Canterbury Plains. Next we travel over the famous Arthur’s Pass and down onto the West Coast. Around almost every corner there’s a new picturesque backdrop to enjoy. We also visit Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade) before the day ends at Franz Josef to see the famous glacier. (D)

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Day 14

Full day at Franz Josef
The day is spent in Franz Josef, a World Heritage area. As well as the Glacier, the area is famous for its excellent walking trails. There are many great options but a highly recommended guided trip (own expense) will enable you to get closer to the glacier. Tonight is self-catering; there are plenty of local cafes and restaurants to enjoy or make use of the self-catering kitchen. (B)

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Day 15

Franz Josef to Makarora
Today we head down the West Coast towards Mount Aspiring National Park, stopping to take in some breathtaking scenery at the amazing mirror Lake Matheson, NZ’s most photographed lake. See waterfalls as we travel through the mountainous Haast Pass towards Makarora then visit the stunning Blue Pools. On arrival in Mount Aspiring National Park we go jet boating, experience the best in shallow water boating skimming just inches from the riverbed, see pristine waterways, snow-capped peaks and native bush. (B,D)

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Day 16

Makarora to Doubtful Sound
Fiordland National Park is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations, with stunning ice-carved fiords, valleys, lakes and mountain scenery; it is our first port of call today. Within Fiordland we visit Doubtful Sound, the deepest of all the fiords, surrounded by towering peaks and huge waterfalls. We will board a purpose built boat and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea while cruising past fur seals, penguins and dolphins. There are also sea kayaks to explore the fiord. (B,D)

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Day 17

Doubtful Sound to Queenstown
We depart Doubtful Sound around midday, leaving behind the stunning Fiordland to head for the ‘adventure capital of the world’ Queenstown. Queenstown offers an optional big (make that huge) night out with excellent restaurants, pubs and live music. (B)

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Day 18-19

Queenstown
You have two free days to fully explore everything on offer. Queenstown is a great place to spend a few days, no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: bungy jumping, zipline tours, canyoning, Shotover River jet boating, skiing, sky diving or walk Ben Lomond or Queenstown hill for amazing views, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing. Optional activities and meals not indicated are at your own expense. (B)

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Day 20

Queenstown to Central Otago
Leaving Queenstown behind, we’ll jump back on the bus to head for the historic town of Naseby. Located in a shallow valley in the foothills of the Mt Ida Range, Naseby is a unique gold mining village just minutes from the Central Otago Rail Trail. Arriving by midday, there is time to ride our favourite part of the Central Otago Rail Trail in the afternoon. It’s an ideal activity for riders of all abilities and the best way to soak up the incredible scenery of the area. (B,D)

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Day 21

Central Otago to Christchurch
From Central Otago we head back to the Pacific coast, where we’ll turn to head north on a scenic coastal drive towards Christchurch. Stop along the way to see the fascinating Moeraki Boulders and the town of Oamaru before finishing back in Christchurch in the afternoon. There is an option to stay with your group for a tour of the city’s highlights with your driver guide. We hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey! (B)

Inclusions:
    • Experienced tour guide, meals and touring as indicated, multi-share accommodation (or upgrade to twin/double), cultural experience with traditional hangi meal, interactive cultural performance, wild life boat trip, Bluebridge ferry, Abel Tasman boat transfer, jet boat ride, winery visit, hot pools entry at Hanmer, mountain biking and Doubtful Sound cruise
    Accommodation

      Accommodation Style: Hostel
      Standard accommodation is 6-share in Whakahoro. Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Hahei and Doubtful Sound

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