Travel 2 Touring 18/19



15 day High Roads of New Zealand Auckland • Rotorua • Napier • Tongariro National Park • Wellington • Nelson • Hanmer Springs • Mt Hutt • Waitaki Valley • Queenstown • Franz Josef • Hokitika • Greymouth • Christchurch

Day 1: Arrive Auckland On arrival in Auckland Meet & Greet by REST New Zealand Tours. Transfer to your accommodation in Auckland, handover of travel documents. If you are not too tired, we recommend a leisurely stroll along Auckland’s waterfront. Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland Day 2: Auckland – Rotorua (approx. 235km) Pick up your rental car and drive to Rotorua. Discover 18 sparkling lakes, magnificent native and exotic forests, geysers, boiling mud pools, hot springs and the best of New Zealand’s fascinating Maori culture. Ibis Rotorua Day 3: Rotorua – Napier (approx. 320km) Cross Te Urewera National Park and you will be happy to travel by 4x4. The partly gravel road takes you through dense rainforest to the secluded Lake Waikaremoana and later on to the Art Déco Capital of New Zealand, Napier at Hawkes Bay. A stroll through the city is a good contrast to the impressions of the day and will give you some insight in the interesting history of Napier. You can end the day at one of the Driving on a less travelled road through the centre of the North Island will give insight in rural New Zealand. Parts of this road network were used in the past to connect the inland farms with the port of Napier. Horse drawn carriages used to struggle through the difficult terrain. The road is now completely sealed and goes through one of the largest sheep stations in this country. You stay overnight at the foot of Mount Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park. You can do a walk in the afternoon in this fascinating area. Ohakune Court Motel Day 5: Tongariro National Park – Wellington (approx. 315km) Via Raetihi your tour continues to Pipiriki and along Whanganui River, the most beautiful river on the North Island. You follow the course of the river along the old Whanganui River Road to Wanganui and on to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Wellington is a vibrant city and we recommend a sightseeing tour and a walk along the waterfront to Te Papa the National Museum of New Zealand. Park Hotel Lambton Quay many vineyards of this region. Marineland Motel Beachfront Day 4: Napier – Tongariro National Park (approx. 190km)

Day 6: Wellington – Nelson (approx. 110km & 3.5 ferry crossing) The tour with ferry through picturesque Marlborough Sound is one of the highlights of your trip. From Picton you drive along the picturesque Queen Charlotte Drive with its many bays and beaches to sunny Nelson. Enjoy the local art scene and the

many vineyards and beaches of this area. Balmoral Motel Day 7: Nelson – Hanmer Springs (approx. 310km)

You drive to the remote Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes National Park. A special track with some river crossings takes you from St. Arnaud to Murchison. After lunch you return to the hinterland and travel on remote gravel roads through dense beech forest and cross the main divide via the Lewis Pass before civilization catches up with you again in Hanmer Springs. Relax in the thermal pools under the sky or take a walk, go golfing, hire a mountain bike or do a bungee jump. Aspen Lodge Motel Day 8: Hanmer Springs – Mt. Hutt (approx. 290km) Make a side trip to Kaikoura to swim with dolphins and seals and watch whales in their natural environment. Or drive direct to Garden City Christchurch; often referred to as the most English town outside England. Take a walk through Hagley Park and along the Avon River before you drive over the wide Canterbury Plains to the foot of the Southern Alps where you stay overnight. (B) The Old Vicarage Day 9: Mt. Hutt – Waitaki Valley (approx. 235km) The turquoise colour of Lake Tekapo will capture you. Take a scenic flight from Tekapo over Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. You drive then along a remote valley, covered by scarce vegetation and tussock grass. Climb across a long forgotten and rarely used mountain pass to reach your overnight destination amidst the Waitaki Valley. (B) Sublime Lodge Day 10: Waitaki Valley - Queenstown (approx. 350km) You drive over another remote pass. During the New Zealand gold rush this area was one of the most populated in the country. One of the reminders of this glorious past is the tiny village of St. Bathans. A handful of historic houses, a pub and a very nice manmade lake are the only witness of this era. From the wine region of Central Otago you drive over a remote track to the Wakatipu Basin and to Queenstown. Blue Peaks Lodge


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