Start your New Zealand journey in Auckland and venture through the lush landscapes of Rotorua and Queenstown. From the sensational alpine landscape of Lake Tekapo and Mt.Cook National Park, to the extraordinary geysers of Rotorua and the dramatic underground caverns of the Waitomo Caves, there is no shortage of spectacular sights to take your breath away.
6 nights from £1250pp
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NZ Explorer Itinerary
Day 1 Auckland
Welcome to Auckland. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception at your hotel in Auckland.
Day 2 Auckland – Rotorua
Travel to the Waitomo Caves to see the incredible Glow-worm Grotto and Limestone Caves with a local guide. Glide silently through the subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. This evening join your travelling companions for a memorable Be My Guest Dinner. Experience the heart pounding wero (challenge) from a Maori warrior during a Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome, at the Tamaki Family Marae. Journey into the village and gain an insight into life in New Zealand before European settlement. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth.
Day 3 Rotorua
Today is your chance to experience the scenic wonders of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. You could explore Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, and take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour through the working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Visit Te Puia and join a guided tour through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, home to famous Pohutu Geyser and the bubbling beauty of the mud pools. Later, why not spend a little more time experiencing the thermal wonders, with a soak in the hot mineral waters of the Polynesian Spas? Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences.
Day 4 Rotorua - Queenstown
This morning you’ll fly from Rotorua to Queenstown. Airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent. When you arrive you’ll board your coach and travel to the delightful gold rush village of Arrowtown, on the sparkling Arrow River, once one of the world’s richest rivers. Afterwards you’ll get a feel for Queenstown and surrounds on an orientation tour. See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables mountain range and home of the Bungy Jump at Kawarau Bridge.
Day 5 Queenstown
You have a free day so why not take an optional experience to break taking Milford Sound for an unforgettable cruise on the majestic fiord.
Day 6 Queenstown
Today’s your last chance to soak up the atmosphere in New Zealand’s adventure capital. You could ride the Shotover Jet Boat, take a mini-bus excursion through skipper’s canyon, tempt your tastebuds on a wine tour or just explore Queenstown on your own.
Day 7 Queenstown
Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
- Cruise through the Waitomo Caves to view Glow Worms
- Hangi dinner at Tamaki Maori Village
- Explore Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of New Zealand
- Experienced Travel Director and Driver
- Quality accommodation
- Travel by luxury coach
- Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
- Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Dates and Prices
2021 Departures £ prices per person based on 2 people sharing
2022 Departures £ prices per person based on 2 people sharing
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