About This Trip
Begin in Auckland and end in Christchurch. This 12-day tour will show you the highlights of New Zealand from its north to south. You can walk a stunning coastal track to Cathedral Cove in Coromandel, enjoy some beachside time in Raglan, explore the Maori village, and savor a traditional Hangi dinner in Rotorua. Besides, you will stay in the UNESCO-listed Tongariro National Park, taste the Marlborough wine in Wellington, and try to encounter whales in Kaikoura. How an incredible tour!
- 2CoromandelCoromandel Peninsula, Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach
- 3 - 4RaglanBridal Veil Falls, Fish & Chips Dinner, Waitomo Caves
- 5RotoruaMaori Village, Pohutu Geyser, Hangi Dinner
- 6 - 7TongariroTongariro National Park, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
- 8 - 10WellingtonMount Victoria, City Sightseeing, Marlborough Wine Tasting
- 11KaikouraWhale Watching
Day 1: Arrival in Auckland
Welcome to Auckland!
Today is yours to explore Auckland independently before checking into your hotel in the afternoon. We recommend checking out the Auckland Sky Tower, the tallest building in New Zealand, or the Auckland War Memorial Museum located in the middle of the beautiful Auckland Domain.
In the evening, have a good rest ready for tomorrow's adventure where you will meet your Tour Manager and group for breakfast.Auckland
Day 2: Auckland - Coromandel, Hot Water Beach & the Cathedral Cove
Meet your tour manager during the breakfast for an overall briefing of the tour. Afterward, get in your comfortable vehicle and leave the big city behind.
Your today's destination is the Coromandel Peninsula, which is said can be seen through a telescope on a clear day. Though so close to Auckland, the peninsula is relatively isolated and sparsely inhabited due to its rugged nature. Our journey to the peninsula is also pretty spectacular, with the road twisting and turns dramatically round the coastline and the ocean getting more pristine before your eyes.
We will arrive in Whitianga on the northeastern coast of the peninsula with enough time for your guide to show you around, visiting the Cathedral Cove and the Hot Water Beach. If the tide times allow, you can dig your hot tub and enjoy a unique bath on the Hot Water Beach. Optional activities are at your choice: Lost Spring, Cathedral Cove Kayaking, and Bone Carving.B Coromandel Peninsula
Day 3: Coromandel - Raglan, Raglan Sunset Boat Cruise
Raglan located on the west coast is a famous surfing destination, with vast black sand beaches, peaceful harbors, and laid-back vibes. Today, the road trip to Raglan will take you to glance at the North Island's rolling hills and lush valleys and the guide will show you some great sights, including the Bridal Veil Falls, on the way.
After arrival, has some leisure time to relax on the beach or enjoy a variety of bush and coastal scenery on Raglan's walking trails. There are also some other optional activities for you to choose from: surf lessons, paddle-boarding, kayaking, caving, or rock climbing.
For dinner tonight, tuck into fish & chip, the most popular fast food of New Zealand, on a sunset boat cruise of Raglan harbor.B D Raglan
Day 4: Raglan - Rotorua, Redwoods Treewalk
Our first stop of the day is the Waitomo Caves where you can choose one of the optional walking tours of the caves to see glow worms and learn about the history and Maori mythology of this area. The ones who prefer to stay above ground may like to choose a walking tour exploring the tree-studded gorges and the limestone arches of the nearby Ruakuri Forest Walk.
In the afternoon, move on to Rotorua and start our Redwoods Treewalk, exploring the majestic Redwood Forest from a series of suspension bridges and living decks elevated from 9-meters to 12-meters at the highest point.B Rotorua
Day 5: Rotorua, Maori Village with Haka and Hangi Dinner
Rotorua is famous for its picturesque villages, geothermal activity, and amazing Maori culture. We stay here a full day to make the very most of it.
If you have seen the film, The Lord of the Rings, you may don't want to miss the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. For adventure lovers, flying high through the lush ancient forest canopy on a zipline is pretty inviting. There is also various hiking, walking, kayaking for other choices.
This evening, we will visit a Maori village for an exotic cultural experience featuring combat demonstrations and breathtaking haka. What's more, there is also a chance to see magnificent geothermal activity - Pohutu Geyser - and the rare kiwi birds. The dinner will be a special hangi cooked in a huge pit in the ground with heating stones in it.B D Rotorua
Day 6: Rotorua - Tongariro National Park
Spend another morning in Rotorua, rafting the 7-meter Tutea Falls on the Kaituna River, exploring Rotorua's many attractions such as the Kuirau Park full of steaming and boiling geothermal pools, or relaxing at the Polynesian Spa.
From Rotorua, a one-hour drive can take us to Taupo, a beautiful town located on the northeast corner of Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake that is about the size of Singapore. It's a short drive but on the way, we will take some time to see the bubbling mud pools and thundering waterfalls. At Taupo, you may like to take an optional tour sailing on the lake to enjoy its beauty and serenity.
From Taupo, after about 1.5 hours' drive, we will nestle in the Tongariro National Park home to one of the world's top 10 best one-day walks.B Tongariro National Park
Day 7: Tongariro National Park
Today is left for you to brave the Tongariro Alpine Crossing adorned with emerald green lakes, venting streams, lava flows, craters, and rich green bush. If it is too challenging to finish the 19.4 mountain trek, there are plenty of short walks and hikes to enjoy. No matter what your decision is, in this UNESCO World Heritage area, you will not be disappointed since every stop of the way the views are spectacular.B Tongariro National Park
Day 8: Tongariro National Park - Wellington, Mount Victoria Lookout
Today, we will head to the hip and happening Wellington. Being the capital of New Zealand, the small and compact Wellington combines the sophistication of a big city with the personality of a much smaller town. Here you will find anything a capital city should have: museums, theatres, galleries, various restaurants, cafés, and bars.
In the afternoon, after a quick orientation from your guide, head up to Mount Victoria for some of the best views in town, and then explore more in the city to find out why it's so celebrated for its foodie culture.B Wellington
Day 9: Wellington, City Sightseeing
Today, with an orientation tour, you will get a general understanding of the vibrant Wellington. As always, the tour includes a drive around bays through central Wellington to the Botanic Gardens and Parliament Buildings and a stopover at Weta Workshop where you can take an optional tour for an up-close look at the immersive world of filmmaking. The Weta Workshop is most famous for its creative contribution to the Lord of the Rings.
For other time, you may like to visit Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum that combines leading-edge technology with traditional exhibits, to learn about the history of this country.B Wellington
Day 10: Wellington - Kaikoura, Cook Strait Ferry & Wine Tasting
Today we will say goodbye to the North Island and take a scenic ferry journey across the Cook Strait to the South Island.
At the top of the South Island, we will stop at Marlborough for a wine tasting to sample some of the best vineyards in the country.
In the afternoon, proceed to Kaikoura, which literally means "to eat crayfish". Teeming with crayfish, the nutrient-rich this area attracts large varieties of marine wildlife and makes it a popular destination for whales and dolphins watching.B Kaikoura
Day 11: Kaikoura - Christchurch
Swimming with dolphins in the wild is a dream for many people and Kaikoura, with pods of up to 300 dolphins hanging out often, is one of the best places to realize the dream.
If you want to get up close to the giants of the ocean, a whale watching tour here is the way to do it. Humpbacks, sperm whales, and orca all stop by at various times of the year, so this is a great chance to meet some of them.
This morning is yours to encounter dolphins or whales, up to your decision! In the afternoon, continue with the road trip to Christchurch for the night.B Christchurch
Day 12: Christchurch - Departure
Today is the final day of the tour.
Say goodbye to others after exchanging photos and stories over breakfast.B
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