11 DAYS 10 NIGHTS AUCKLAND ROTORUA QUEENSTOWN FOX GLACIER & CHRISTCHURCH DISCOVER ROUTE
11D10NMNZS 11D10N AUCKLAND, NORTH ISLAND 02 FEB 2019 - 30 APR 2020
TRIP DESCRIPTION

Kiwiway recommendation:

 

  • ADD - Auckland Jet Boat for 35 minutes of jet boating action.
  • ADD - Extra night in Christchurchand and visit to the International Antartic Centre
  • ADD - A night at Lake Tekapo with ultimate experience
1
Auckland (Arrival)

On arrival in Auckland, collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel. Distance 30 mins from Auckland Airport.

Hotel check in time 2pm. At own leisure.

Auckland is already known for being the largest city in New Zealand, however, the region's uniqueness is its diversity of experiences in such close proximity. Views from the top of the Sky Tower are amzing both day and night, giving a 360 degrees view of the city. Auckland is a shopaholic's paradise, with everything from top-end designers to open air street markets. Discover the diverse range of cafes and restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe and check out the buzzing nightlife of the central city. Favourite spots include Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour, the Britomart precinct and City Works Depot.

Hotel Standard Hotel : Auckland City Hotel or similar
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Auckland

There are a couple of experiences you won’t want to miss in central Auckland. Start with the Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World ( Kelly Tarlton’s Admission included ) gets you up close and personal with sharks and penguins.

Leisurely day exploring the CBD or head out on the water and explore one of the islands on the Waitemata Harbour.

Travel through the city centre and over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline.  Visit the Viaduct Harbour and the revitalised waterfront precinct. See historic buildings around the University of Auckland before continuing to the Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park and one of its largest. Developed around an extinct volcano, it features tropical gardens, duck ponds and public art, and is also home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Continue through the boutique shopping area of Parnell Village and along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive. Just above Mission Bay is one of the scenic highlights of your tour: Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park with its formal gardens and tranquil atmosphere, offers stunning views over the picturesque Eastern Bays, Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour.

*Add - activities and/or attractions in Auckland*

Auckland Fuller Harbour Cruise
~ Escape the city and cruise the sparkling waters of Auckland’s beautiful harbour. On this cruise you'll have the opportunity for a brief stopover at Rangitoto Island and experience its unique volcanic terrain firsthand.
~ Departs: Daily 10.30am and 1.30pm | Duration: 1.5 hours
~ Departs Pier 2, Ferry Terminal, 99 Quay Street, Downtown Auckland
~ Tour Includes:

  • Full onboard commentary
  • Morning or afternoon tea
  • FREE return ferry ticket to Devonport, so passengers can visit this wonderful seaside village at their leisure.

Jetboat Ride 35mins
~ Departs every hour on the hour, report 15mins prior
~ Departing from the quayside of the Voyager New Zealand, Maritime Museum, in the Auckland Viaduct on a purpose-built, Twin 300HP, Jet Boat for 35 minutes of jet boating action. With plenty of breathtaking scenery mixed with a distinctly New Zealand-style, guided tour and commentary, you will be up close and personal to the Auckland City landscape and landmarks.

Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Auckland City Hotel or similar
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Auckland - Waitomo (202km) - Rotorua (166km)

After breakfast, check out hotel and cruise down the southern motorway, suburban scenery gradually gives way to the farmland of South Auckland, an area favoured by bloodstock breeders. You’ll enjoy motorway speeds all the way to Bombay, a major market gardening area.

The Waitomo Caves region is famous for its subterranean splendour. Beneath the surface of this ancient limestone region is a series of vast cave systems decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and glow-worms. Admission included to Waitomo Glowworm Caves 45min guided tour. 

  • Tours depart every half hour daily
  • Summer Hours: 8.30am - 5.30pm (01 November - 31 March)
  • Winter Hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Guided tour of the famous Hobbiton Movie Set, located inside a picturesque 1,250 acre sheep and beef farm near Matamata. Here, the village of Hobbiton was carefully created in amazing detail as a film location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies.

  • Tours depart daily from 9am until 3:30pm.
  • Additional tours at 4pm & 4.30pm operate 01 Sep to 30 April. Additional tours at 5pm & 5.30pm operate 27 Dec to 28 Feb.
  • Tour only: 2 hours approximately including transport to and from The Shire's Rest. 
  • Please report to The Shire's Rest ticketing centre no later than 15 minutes before your tour is due to depart. This is a fully guided walking tour and sensible footwear is recommended. 

NOTE: Both Glowworm Caves tour & Hobbiton Movie Set tour require to pre-book tour and prefered time to avoid disappointment.

After visiting Waitomo and Hobbiton, continue to Rotorua.

Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Sudima Hotel or similar
4
Rotorua

Rotorua Admission includes: Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Rainbow Springs and Agrodome Farm. Discover three of Rotorua's best visitor attractions.

Te Puia is a must-do activity in Rotorua, Te Puia is the best way to experience this top visitor attraction in New Zealand. A Day Pass allows you to explore Whakarewarewa geothermal valley, visit New Zealand’s native kiwi birds, and learn about Maori history & culture.
~ Operating hours From 8am - 5pm, Daily.

Rainbow Springs Nature Park - an animal conservation park where you can get up close to New Zealand’s endangered species like the Tuatara and Kiwi.
~ Kiwi come out at night, but don't worry about missing them on your visit to Rainbow Springs as entry to our nocturnal kiwi enclosure is included in your Day Pass!
~ Each day at 11.30am we run a free-flight bird show in the Rainbow Arena. The show is filled with fascinating facts and engaging tricks performed by our colourful and sometimes noisy exotic parrots.
~ Each day our wildlife team run interactive encounters which allow you to get closer than ever to some of our favourite park residents including trout, reptiles and native birds.
~ Discover weird, wonderful and practical science at the interactive experience presented by Scion.
~ Summer: 8.30am - 10.30pm (last entry 10.00pm) | Christmas Day: 8.30am - 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm) | Winter: 8.30am - 10.00pm (last entry 9.30pm) (Begins 2nd April 2018)

Agrodome Farm Show - You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, witness a live sheep shearing demonstration and a fun sheep auction with bidding from the floor and audience participation. If a hands-on experience is what you want, jump up on stage for the opportunity to feed the baby lambs or even hand-milk a cow!
Your ticket to the show includes access to the Farmyard Nursery, home to the smallest, cutest animals at the Agrodome. Pet and have your photo taken with cute lambs and other baby farm animals. Then pop across to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial after the show!
~ Show duration: 1 hour | 3 shows per day: 9.30am, 11.00am & 2.30pm

An evening tour to experience Māori culture with traditional ceremonies, cultural performances and an authentic hangi dinner.

Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel Standard Hotel : Sudima Hotel or similar
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Rotorua - Christchurch by flight (1 hr 50 min)

Return car rental at Rotorua airport. Rotorua to Christchurch domestic flight not included and can be purchase online ( own arrangement ) at air new zealand here.

If you've got time to spare before slipping away, visit the beautiful Redwood Forest. Over 5600 hectares of forest awaits you to enjoy and explore at your leisure. If you love the outdoors and want to experience nature at its best this area is definitely for you! Popular for walking, hiking and mountain biking. 

Arrive Christchurch airport, collect your rental car and drive to hotel.

Hotel check in time 1400pm. Free at own leisure.

Christchurch city promises an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. As the gateway to the South Island, it's a must on any itinerary. The city has bounced back after the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 with innovative new attractions, as well as some old favourites. Visit the Re Start container mall, the transitional Cardboard Cathedral, and some of the many pop up restaurants and bars. Contemporary art galleries, boutique shops and open-air markets add to Christchurch’s creative vibe.

Flight by air new zealand on own arrangement
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : The Ashley Hotel or similar
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Christchurch - Mt Cook (330km) - Queenstown (271km)

The scenic route to Lake Tekapo begins at Rangiora, a rural centre north of Christchurch city. Small towns appear regularly as you travel across the Canterbury Plains through fields and farms.

The settlement of Lake Tekapo is at the southern end of the lake. The opaque turquoise colour of this lake and others in the area is caused by fine, glacier-ground rock particles held in suspension. The Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheepdog statue are great photo opportunities.

The road to Mt Cook takes you through high country tussock to beautiful Lake Pukaki. You’ll hug the edge of the lake for most of the way up the Tasman Valley to Mount Cook Village. The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park includes the highest peak in Australasia (Mt Cook - 3755m).

The road to Twizel hugs the edge of Lake Pukaki. The exquisite opaque turquoise colour of this lake and others in the area is caused by fine, glacier-ground rock particles held in suspension. The easy drive to Omarama takes you through picturesque sheep farming country fringed with mountain ranges. You’ll have the chance to detour to the fascinating Paritea cliffs, which are constantly being exposed by the active Osler fault line.

Your trip to Queenstown begins with the beautiful Lindis Pass – just magic when there’s snow around. The vineyards of the Gibbston area and bungy jumpers at the Kawarau River Bridge are other interesting distractions.

*Add - A night at Lake Tekapo with ultimate experience*

Tekapo Springs Winter Combo | May to September 2018
~ Includes Ice Skating, Hot Pools and Snow Tubing Park
~ Outdoor skating rink operates year round. Give ice skating a go from mid April - mid September, then throw on your inline or roller skates from early October - late March. Great fun for all ages!
~ Three adjoining main Hot Pools for you to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself while looking out to the beautiful Two Thumb range and stunning Lake Tekapo.
~ Adjacent to our skating rink is a one hundred and fifty meter long by fifty-meter wide tube park covered with man made and natural snow. As the months get warmer the snow park is transformed into New Zealand's first and only summer tubing park. Using the same magic carpet, tubes and slope as the snow park, the summer tube allows for a year round tubing experience at Tekapo Springs.
~ Open daily from 10am to 9pm, and till 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

Tekapo Springs Slide and Soak Combo | October 2018 to March 2019
~ Includes waterslide and Hot Pools
~ As the months get warmer the snow park is transformed into New Zealand's first and only summer tubing park. Using the same magic carpet, tubes and slope as the snow park, the summer tube allows for a year round tubing experience at Tekapo Springs.
~ Three adjoining main Hot Pools for you to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself while looking out to the beautiful Two Thumb range and stunning Lake Tekapo.
~ Open daily from 10am to 9pm, and till 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar
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Queenstown - Milford Sound (307km) - Queenstown

From Queenstown, follow the road to Te Anau as it winds round the gentle curves of Lake Wakatipu. The scenery here is stunning - lakeside vistas are framed by the rugged face of a magnificent mountain range appropriately named The Remarkables. Easy rolling countryside soon leads you to the shores of Lake Te Anau, the biggest of the South Island’s many lakes. Continue your journey drive to Milford Sound, along the lake and into Fiordland National Park. Enter the picturesque Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls and one of only a few road-accessible glacier valleys in New Zealand, and take advantage of the photo opportunities on offer along the Milford Road, like the stunning Mirror Lakes, where on a calm day the surrounding mountain ranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters, and Knobs Flat, where glaciers have carved their mark on the terrain.

Travel under the mountains through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km passageway drilled into solid rock, then experience The Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids.

At Milford Sound, board your 1 hour 45 minute Scenic Cruise with lunch on broad and set off to explore the region that Rudyard Kipling called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Travel the length of the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, gliding past glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. Lush native forest clings to steep cliffs, while wildlife including seals, penguins and dolphins are regular visitors to the icy waters. Mountain ranges surround the fiord, including Mitre Peak which rises dramatically from the depths to a height of 1,692 metres above sea level.

Take your time disembarking from your boat cruise and exploring the surrounding area. Slowly head back along the same road to Queenstown, making sure you stock up on photos on the way.

Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel Standard Hotel : Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar
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Queenstown

A free day to explore Queenstown.

Queenstown is outdoor adventure heaven. Most activities can be enjoyed all year round with the snow sport season from June to early October. There’s also plenty of opportunities to relax with top quality local food and wine experiences.

Recommended activities (optional):-

  • Adventure activities include bungy jumping, jet boating, white water rafting and ziplining
  • For snow enthusiasts head up to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables skifields, just 30-40 minute by car or shuttle. Further afield, Cardrona and Treble Cone ski fields near Wanaka are just an hour by car or shuttle (season mid June to mid October, varing by year and field)
  • Enjoy the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu on a boat cruise and visit a high country station
  • Take a tour and check out some of the stunning locations featured in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies
  • Take a wine tour to get a taste of the region’s 75 wineries
  • Grab a bike and go cycling – options are available to suit everyone, including cycling on the Queenstown Trail, mountain biking and heli biking
  • Ride the gondola and enjoy spectacular views from the Skyline complex on Bob’s Peak
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar
9
Queenstown - Glacier Region (365km)

From Queenstown you’ll journey to the river and rainforest environment of the West Coast.

The shortest route to Wanaka is over the Crown Range Road. It’s a challenging drive, but the views are amazing and you’ll probably encounter friendly keas (mountain parrots). The vineyards of the Gibbston area and bungy jumpers at the Kawarau River Bridge are interesting distractions along the way.

Lake Hawea is the first scenic highlight of your journey, followed closely by the northern end of Lake Wanaka. At the wilderness town of Makarora you can fuel up and refresh before you take on the dramatic twists and turns of the Haast Pass. Enjoy waterfalls and river scenery as you arrive in rainforest country.

Just north of Haast is Lake Moeraki, a peaceful forest lake with good fishing – a 40 minute walk takes you to the penguin colony at Monro Beach. Next is pretty Lake Paringa, where you can enjoy a delicious meal of salmon at the salmon farm.

Just before Fox Glacier is the western end of the Copland track. In half a day you can walk to the hot springs at Welcome Flat. After a short drive north, you’ll arrive at Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier. Fox Glacier and Franz Josef are only 24km away.

Entry to the Glacier Hot Pools at Franz Josef is included. New Zealand's most unique hot pools experience, in the heart of the rainforest. Nestled  in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquility. A perfect way to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation after travelling along Te Tai o Poutini  (The West Coast).

Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier or similar
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Glacier Region - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch ( 380km)

Make your way up the rugged West Coast, through the old gold mining settlement of Hokitika.

Then classic west coast river and forest scenery leads you east. Rushing water, impressive bridges and tiny towns gradually give way to the misty mountains of the Southern Alps.

Take a lunch break en-route at Arthur’s Pass to enjoy a short walk into the beech forest around the Village. Watch out for the Kea, New Zealand’s native alpine parrot – they are very inquisitive!

The road follows the Waimakariri and Bealey Rivers down to the skiing areas of Porter Heights and Craigieburn. Lakes Pearson and Grasmere are photo opportunities along the way. Rural serenity and friendly towns lead you across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

*Add - Tranz Alpine Train, Greymouth to Christchurch*
~ Truly one of the world’s great scenic train trips through the dramatic contrast of dry beech forests and tussock land on one side of the Alps and lush green landscapes on the other.
~ The train departs Greymouth daily at 2:05pm and arrives in Christchurch at 18:30pm.
~ Return your rental car in Greymouth and onboard the Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch. When arrive, shuttle transfer from Christchurch railway station to your hotel.

Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : The Ashley Hotel or similar
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Christchurch (Departure)

Your arrangements conclude today. Hotel check out time 1000am.

Your rental car should be dropped off at the airport, by the same time as it was picked up on Day 1, to avoid any additional charges.

NOTE: If add Tranz Alpine Train on Day 10 - Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer.

Meals Breakfast
Print Trip Details
Trip Inclusive
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 10 days Rental Car, include: Airport pickup/drop off fees, extra drivers (max 4 drivers), unlimited mileage and basic daily insurance (with damage excess).
  • Kelly Tarlton's Sealife Aquarium admission
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves - 45 minute guided tour
  • Hobbiton Movie Set - 2 hours guided tour
  • Rotorua Sights Admission - Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Agrodome Farm Show and Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • Traditional Maori Hangi Dinner & Concert
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise with lunch - 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • Glacier Hot Pools
  • Travel Documents
Trip Exclude
  • International and/or Domestic air ticket
  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunches, dinners, morning and afternoon tea, boat cruises unless specified.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Rental car petrol expenses, car parking expenses, infringement tickets, insurance excess/waiver, security bond and GPS unit
Trip Mandatory
ITEMADULTCHILD
Agent Collection Fee 30.00 30.00
Optional Addon
ITEMADULTCHILD
Auckland: Jetboat Ride 35mins | Dec'18 to Sep'19 296.50 -
Auckland: Fuller Auckland Harbour Cruise - 1.5 hours | Dec'18 to Sep'19 137.60 -
Christchurch: International Antarctic Centre - General Admission Includes indoor Unlimited 4D Shows & Hagglund rides 143.40 -
Christchurch: Punting on the Avon - Punt Ride 30 minutes 82.50 -
Lake Tekapo: Tekapo Springs Winter Combo includes Ice Skating, Hot Pools and Snow Tubing Park | May to Sep'18 180.80 -
Lake Tekapo: Tekapo Springs Slide and Soak Combo includes waterslide and Hot Pools | Oct'18 to Mar'19 126.00 -
Add a night in Lake Tekapo with breakfast per person standard twin sharing | Oct'18 to Apr'19 312.10 -
Add a night in Lake Tekapo with breakfast per person standard triple sharing | Oct'18 to Apr'19 280.90 -
Extra car per day - FDAR | May to Sep'19 241.20 -
Extra car per day - FDAR | Nov'18 to Apr'19 299.20 -
Extra car per day - PVAR | May to Sep'19 334.00 -
Extra car per day - PVAR | Nov'18 to Apr'19 392.00 -
Add Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch and drop off your rental car at Greymouth. Included transfer from Station to CHC hotel and CHC hotel to airport based on seat-in-coach | May to Sep'19 672.80 -
Add Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch and drop off your rental car at Greymouth. Included transfer from Station to CHC hotel and CHC hotel to airport based on seat-in-coach | Oct'18 to Apr'19 716.30 -
General Terms
  • Rates quoted are subject to change without prior notice and/or upon hotel confirmation. This may be due to any special event and any immediate room surcharges implied by the hotel.
  • Hotel rooms are subject to availability.
  • The above itinerary is for reference only and visiting sequence may be different, and is subject to any necessary changes in accordance to local requirements.
  • No refunds are given for any unused portion of this package or during tour.
  • An infant is not charged; hence no seat / no bed is allocated to infants. Child rate applies if a seat is required for airport transfer. Additional rate applies for hotel baby cot request.
  • For booking received less than 21 working days prior to departure, a surcharge of MYR 150.00 will apply for priority service.
  • No bookings are accepted less than 16 working days prior to departure.
  • 12fly of Malaysian Harmony shall not be liable for any loses or expenses incurred due to delay, sickness, weather, strikes or any other causes beyond its control, such losses and expenses shall be borne by the clients.
  • Others 12fly terms & conditions applies.
Payment Terms
  • Deposit for this package is minimum MYR 200.00 per person.
Package Remarks
  • General travel period: March 2019 until April 2020 (Travel must be completed by 30 April 2020).
  • Additional nights can be added at any point in the tour
  • All tours can be taken in reverse
  • A fee of MYR 160.00 per service per file will be imposed for any amendment made after booking confirmed.
  • Driver's Licence - a valid driver's licence (original copy) for each driver must be provided when collecting the rental car. This licence must be in English. If the licence (original copy) is not in English, a certified International Driver's Licence may be used with the original driver's licence. No copies or non-official documents will be accepted.
  • Credit Card - Only an authorised bank credit card, embossed with the card number and owner's name will be accepted to rent a vehicle. The credit card must be in the name of the principal driver. No other type of card or cash is accepted (eg debit or money cards).
  • All drivers must be 25years old or above to drive a rental car. For some car categories, you may be allowed to drive when aged 21-25yrs however a 'Young Driver Surcharge' and conditions will apply.
  • In most cities, there is a charge for parking (including overnight) and this is not included in the itinerary package. You are responsible to settle payment for all parking charges while in New Zealand.
  • At vehicle collection you will receive a copy of Rental Car's Terms & Conditions of car hire. These include revelent insurance details. Please ensure you read this document carefully.
  • Rates for children are available on application.
  • Notice In Winter : All rentals car during May to October must have snow chains ready in the car in case of sudden snowfalls
  • Surcharges apply on special events. Surcharge will be advise once accommodation is confirm.

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