Travel 2 Australia & New Zealand 2018/19

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 NEW ZEALAND

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Departures: Daily

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Day 4: Napier – Tongariro National Park (approx. 190km) 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 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 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 1: Arrive Auckland

On arrival in Auckland Meet & Greet by REST New Zealand Tours. Transfer to your accommodation in Auckland, handover

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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

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Rotorua

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Tongariro National Park

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Napier

Mt Ruapehu

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Picton

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1 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 many vineyards of this region. Marineland Motel Beachfront 1 Christchurch Hanmer Springs Kaikoura

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Hokitika/ Greymouth

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Franz Josef Glacier

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Mt Hutt

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Queenstown

Waitaki Valley

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