Travel 2 Touring 18/19




23 day Tane Mahuta Auckland • Bay Of Islands • Coromandel • Rotorua • Napier • Wellington • Abel Tasman National Park • Punakaiki • Glacier Country • Wanaka • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Aoraki Mount Cook • Lake Tekapo • Christchurch

Day 1: Auckland Haere mai – Welcome! Arrive into Auckland and spend the rest of the day getting to know the ‘City of Sails’ and your fellow travellers. Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands Heading north, pause to marvel at ancient kauri forest from an amazing elevated walkway. At Pahia enjoy a guided visit to the birthplace of the nation: the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, before arriving by ferry at your Russell hotel. (B) Day 3: Bay of Islands (choose your experience) Today, the choice is yours. You can choose to travel along 90 Mile Beach by special coach to sacred Cape Reinga (with lunch included) or perhaps take a cruise to Cape Brett Lighthouse and the Hole in the Rock, with the chance of dolphin-spotting. Later enjoy a walking tour of historic Russell. (B) Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland Taking the Hibiscus Coast road, return to Auckland to discover its vibrant harbourside, trendy ‘villages’ like Parnell, and panoramic views, before a private tour of the excellent Auckland Museum to learn more about Pacific culture. (B) Day 5: Auckland - Coromandel by boat Wave farewell to the ‘City of Sails’ from a ferry as you cross the Hauraki Gulf, pausing a Waiheke Island before landing on the Coromandel Peninsula. A narrow gauge railway trip completes the day, before your coach delivers you to beautiful Mercury Bay. (B) Day 6: Explore the Coromandel If the tide is right, scoop a natural ‘spa’ pool in the sand at Hot Water Beach, before walking to Cathedral Cove famed for its beautiful rock formations. A water taxi takes you to Cooks Beach, where the ‘Endeavour’ dropped anchor in 1769. (B) Day 7: Coromandel Peninsula - Rotorua urn inland and stretch your legs on an easy bush walk before arriving at the geothermal centre of NZ, which is also the heart of Maori culture. Your private tour of Te Puia includes bubbling mud, indigenous art and kiwi conservation. (B)

Day 8: Rotorua (choose your experience) Today, you have another choice of experiences. Either explore Waimangu Volcanic Valley on foot and by boat to experience this ever-changing landscape close-up, or fans of ‘The Hobbit’/’Lord of the Rings’ films may take a coach trip to Hobbiton. This evening, experience a Maori hangi (feast). (BD) Day 9: Rotorua - Napier Pausing at mighty Lake Taupo, then head to Hawke’s Bay on the east coast for a walking tour of Art Deco Napier. This evening, enjoy the best of Kiwi food and drinks Driving through the Wairarapa ranges, you arrive in NZ’s breezy capital city, known for its creative industries and great coffee. You then take the cable car from Kelburn before visiting Te Papa, one of the world’s top museums. (B) Day 11: Wellington - Nelson All aboard the Interislander ferry, navigating the Cook Strait to South Island. Picking up the coach, pause for a wine tasting in Marlborough before arriving in Nelson, the arts, crafts and artisan food capital of New Zealand. (B) Day 12: Abel Tasman National Park (choose your experience) The best way to discover this pristine wilderness is by boat and on foot. The options today are a half-day cruise around this jewel-like coast, or a cruise followed by self- guided beach and bush walks with 2 routes to choose from. (B) Day 13: Nelson - Punakaiki Head into Nelson Lakes National Park and take the challenging Buller Gorge road, carved through virgin forest by 19th Century miners, to the extraordinary rock formations at Punakaiki. (B) Day 14: Punakaiki - Fox Glacier Pause in the gold-rush town of Hokitika, now renowned for pounamu (greenstone), before heading to Glacier Country. The Fox & Franz Josef glaciers flow almost to sea level, making them uniquely accessible. Viewing options include helicopter flights (at own expense). (B) at the Mission Estate Winery. (BD) Day 10: Napier - Wellington


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