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Thrifty 9 Day Majestic New Zealand

9 Day Majestic New Zealand

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Route: Auckland to Christchurch
Tour Operator: Thrifty Tours

Immerse yourself in the majesty of New Zealand. Start in the North Island and finishing in the South.

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Immerse yourself in the majesty of New Zealand. Start in the North Island, exploring our volcanic and geothermal regions. Venture underground at Waitomo, cruise a subterranean lake, see the twinkling glowworm grottos. Visit Rotorua, a region of bubbling mud pools, hot springs and geysers. Share an insight into Rotorua’s fascinating history and experience Maori culture and hospitality at a traditional hangi and concert.

Travel on past Lake Taupo, the Tongariro, Ngaruahoe and Ruapehu mountains and along the Kapiti coast to Wellington. Cross to the South Island by Interislander ferry. Here you will ride the TranzCoastal train tracing the Kaikoura Ranges above the Pacific Ocean. See Mount Cook our highest mountain, cruise deep into the magnifient Milford Sound, explore the stunning alpine resort of Queenstown. Travel by coach to Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers where a shuttle will take you close to these massive rivers of ice. Return on the TranzAlpine, one of the world’s great rail journeys through high country and over Arthur’s Pass, the highest and most spectacular pass across New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

Tour Inclusions

Transport

  • Public Coach Transport
  • Transfers within journey

Accommodation

  • 8 nights in 3.5 star motel standard
  • Pre & Post accommodation of the tour must be booked and is not included in price

Dining

  • No Meals are included in this tour

Highlights

  • Mount Cook National Park
  • Milford Sound Cruise including lunch
  • Skyline Gondola Queenstown
  • TranzAlpine Train Journey
  • TranzCoastal Train Journey (Summer months only)
  • Interislander Ferry
  • Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Te Puia Geothermal Experience
  • Rainbow Springs
  • Agrodome Sheep Show
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Itinerary

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Day 1Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
Travel south through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves for a boat ride under a galaxy of glowworms. Enjoy your picnic lunch which is served on board. This afternoon we head south to Rotorua where you will stay this evening. Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 2Rotorua
This morning see roaring geysers and boiling mud pools at the Te Puia Geothermal Experience, tame trout and Kiwi at Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park and performing sheep and dogs at the Agrodome. Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi (feast) and concert.
Day 3Rotorua - Wellington
Drive south through to Wairakei - wreathed by steam, then to Taupo. Skirt Lake Taupo, and cross the volcanic landscape of the Desert Road past the majestic peaks of Tongariro, Ngaruahoe and Ruapehu. Continue across the fertile plains of the Manawatu and along the rugged Kapiti coastline to Wellington. Stay 1 night in Wellington.
Day 4Wellington - Picton - Christchurch
Cross Cook Strait by ferry,to the Marlborough Sounds and Picton. The TranzCoastal train skims the spectacular coastline between the Kaikoura Ranges and the Pacific. Continue through North Canterbury sheep country to Christchurch. As you arrive in the evening, consider adding an extra day in our most 'English' city. Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Please note: The Coastal Pacific trains on this day (Picton to Kaikoura to Christchurch) will be replaced by a coach in the periods of 5th May to 30th of September.

Day 5Christchurch - Mt Cook - Queenstown
Cross the Canterbury Plains, over Burkes Pass to the glacial lakes and into the Mount Cook National Park. Optional lunch at the Hermitage or perhaps a scenic flight. Cross the spectacular Mackenzie Country bounded by the Southern Alps to the Lindis Pass. Pass the stone fruit growing area of Cromwell and through the Kawarau Gorge with its historic gold mines to Queenstown. Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Day 6 Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
An early start around the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to Lake Te Anau, then into Fiordland National Park. Pass through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to view the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls aboard a Milford Sound Cruise. Depart Milford Sound to return to Queenstown by evening.
Day 7Queenstown
Today is free for you to enjoy this fabulous resort. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of optional activities from thrilling jet boat rides to leisurely lake cruises, 4WD safaris and bungy jumping.
Day 8Queenstown - Glaciers
Travel to Cromwell and on through the Southern Lake district to the Haast Pass. Travel north, through dense rain forest broken by rugged coastal vistas, towards the glaciers. A shuttle will take you to view one of these massive rivers of ice*. Stay 1 night in Fox or Franz Josef Glacier townships, consider staying an extra day. Due to shorter daylight hours, this might not be available over winter.

Day 9Glaciers - Christchurch
Travel north along the narrow, bush clad, coastal plain past Hokitika, to Greymouth. Board the renowned TranzAlpine train and travel through the Otira Tunnel, over Arthurs Pass and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, arrive early evening.

*This tour operates in reverse from Christchurch - see 'New Zealand Majesty.*

Terms

Terms

Note all prices are in New Zealand Dollars and are based Twin/Double share and Single occupancy valid until the 31st March 2017.

Low Season rates apply for travel from 1st April 2017 - 30th September 2017. Low Season Rates are shown below:

  • Single Supplement NZ$4418
  • Twin/Double Share NZ$3444 per person
  • High Season rates apply for travel from 1st October 2017 - 31st March 2018. High Season Rates are shown below:

  • Single Supplement NZ$4065
  • Twin/Double Share NZ$3169 per person
  • Prices are based on motel style accommodation, Bronze and Silver Hotel options are available on request.

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