New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui) and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and over 700 smaller islands. It is the sixth-largest island country by area and lies east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and south of the islands of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. The country’s varied topography and sharp mountain peaks, including the Southern Alps, owe much to tectonic uplift and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand’s capital city is Wellington, and its most populous city is Auckland.
- Sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast included
- Passport fees, immunization costs, city taxes at the hotel and local departure taxes (wherever applicable)
- Additional sightseeing, activities and experiences outside of the itinerary
Day 1: Arrival at Auckland
Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand, the youngest country on Earth! On arrival in Auckland, 'The City of Sails', you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Auckland is a blend of islands, Polynesian culture, glistening harbours and modern city environment. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the city and discover why it is one of the best places in the world to visit.
Day 2: Day at Leisure
Today is free for you to explore Auckland on your own. You can opt to visit the Auckland town and experience the city sights or enjoy the night life of the city. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3: Transfer from Auckland to Rotorua - Evening Maori Culture Performance
Today morning checkout from the hotel and board the bus to Rotorua. Upon arrival at Rotorua, check-in to your hotel. In the evening experience Māori culture with traditional ceremonies, cultural performances and an authentic hangi dinner with an evening tour of Tamaki Māori Village on the outskirts of Rotorua. As you travel by coach deep into the heart of an ancient tawa forest, your driver guide will explain the protocol for entering a Māori village as manuhiri (visitors). Upon arrival, experience a powhiri (formal welcome ceremony) before entering the village. After a fearsome challenge by a group of warriors and the exchange of a peace offering, you will be warmly greeted and brought onto the marae (meeting house area) with songs and dance. Step inside the village and be transported into another world. Discover the sights and sounds of pre-European Māori life as the villagers demonstrate traditional Māori activities and crafts. See how intricate woven art pieces were created, hear stories of ancient ancestors, see traditional weaponry displays and tattooing in action. You'll have time to relax and chat to your hosts or wander around the tribal marketplace before your cultural tour ends with the poroporoaki, an official closing ceremony.
Day 4: Day at Leisure
Today you are free to explore Rotorua on your own.
Day 5: Transfer from Rotorua to Christchurch
In the morning check-out from your hotel and you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch, you will be transferred and check-in to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring Christchurch on your own.
Day 6: Transfer from Christchurch to Mount Cook
Depart Christchurch and its surrounding lush green farmland and relax as you take in the spectacular scenery that changes from the winding Kawarau River Gorge to rugged ranges and mirror lakes. Journey through the historical gold mining region of Central Otago and over the Lindis Pass as you arrive at the Mt. Cook National Park, New Zealand's great alpine park which has the highest mountains and the largest glaciers. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the Alpine paradise of Mt. Cook - a larger than life experience.
Day 7: Transfer from Mount Cook to Queenstown
Depart Mount Cook and its surrounding lush green farmland and relax as you take in the spectacular scenery that changes from the winding Kawarau River Gorge to rugged ranges and mirror lakes. Journey through the historical gold mining region of Central Otago and over the Lindis Pass as you arrive at Queenstown and check-in to your hotel.
Day 8-9: Day at Leisure
Today, the day is at leisure to explore the city or one can explore the endless optional attractions available.
Day 10: Departure from Queenstown
Today morning check-out from your hotel. You will be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight back home.