9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS AUCKLAND HOBBITON & MILFORD SOUND CHRISTCHURCH HIGHLIGHTS ROUTE
9D8NSSS 9D8N AUCKLAND, NORTH ISLAND 01 DEC 2018 - 30 SEP 2019
TRIP DESCRIPTION

Kiwiway recommendation:

 

  • ADD - Traditional Hangi & Concert experience in Rotorua   
  • ADD - Horse Riding in Glenorchy at Queenstown
  • ADD - Extra night to experiencing true farmstay in Matamata or Rotorua or Methvan or Ashburton
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 1400pm. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to explore Auckland, New Zealand’s City of Sails.

You could visit Sky Tower, for extensive views of greater Auckland including visual and audio displays detailing the history of New Zealand’s largest city. Or visit the Viaduct Harbour waterfront region, and enjoy an afternoon drink at one of the many popular restaurants with stunning views out over Waitemata Harbour.

Perhaps visit the Auckland Museum or go shopping in stylish Parnell. For an unforgettable experience walk the Auckland Harbour Bridge or do a Bungy.

*Extend your stay in Auckland, to explore the city by own or add optional activities/tour around Auckland*

Auckland Sky Tower Admission
~ One of New Zealand's most exhilarating and spectacular tourist attractions, you will be amazed at what you can see and do under one roof!
~ Travel up in the glass-fronted lifts to one of the three spectacular viewing platforms, or for more thrills and excitement, SkyWalk round the pergola at 192 metres up or SkyJump off the Tower!
~ Opening hours: May to September, Daily 9am – 10pm (last tickets sold at 9.30pm) | October to April, Sun to Thu 8.30am-10.30pm (last tickets sold at 10pm), Fri & Sat 8.30am-11.30pm (last tickets sold at 11pm)
~ One Tower One Price includes: Access to Main Observation (186m) and SkyDeck (220m)

Auckland Bridge Climb
Here is your chance to be Spiderman. Only AJ Hackett Bungy can offer you this level of access to the Auckland Harbour Bridge; and this is the one and only Bridge Climb in New Zealand, coming complete with your very own tour guide. Lasting for 1 1/2 hours, this climb will have you wondering whether to look at your feet or focus on the spectacular views.
Climb Stats - Exclusive access to the Auckland Harbour Bridge

  • Best views of Auckland - City of Sails
  • Fully Trained Bridge Guides
  • Getting up close and personal to Bungy Jumpers

Requirements

  • Age: Minimum = 7 years old
  • Weight: Minimum = 35kg, maximum 150kg.
  • Height: Minimum = 120cm
  • Pregnancy: Sorry ladies but once past the first trimester you can not take part in this activity

Duration - 1.5 hours
Location - Westhaven Reserve, Westhaven Marina - 5 minutes from downtown Auckland
Parking - Huge amount of free parking on site

Hotel Standard Hotel : Auckland City Hotel or similar
2
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.

*Add - 2 Days 1 Night Farmstay* 
You will meet people who are genuinely interested in sharing their home, their working farm lifestyle, and themselves, with you. You will be accommodated in a guest room within the family home, or in some cases, in self contained accommodation on the farm. You will become part of the family for the duration of your stay, and treated as friends rather than guests.

Highlights of a Farmstay:

  • Arrive as strangers, leave as friends
  • Tour the farm and experience the daily farm activities
  • Delight in a home‐cooked dinner and a hearty breakfast
  • Enjoy conversation with your hosts
  • Relax in the wide open spaces of New Zealand’s beautiful countryside

Farmstay Inclusions:

  • Twin/double bedroom(s) (other alternatives also available)
  • Traditional home cooked NZ dinner
  • Glass of beer/wine with dinner (minimum 18 years)
  • Choice of a cooked or continental breakfast
  • Guided farm tour and daily farming activities

 Farmstay locations: North Island - Hamilton, Matamata, Otorohanga/Waitomo, Rotorua.

Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Sudima Hotel or similar
3
Rotorua

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

Te Puia - see the famous Pohutu Geyser, which shoots up to 30m in the air. Enjoy the boiling mud pools, authentic Maori cultural performance. Find out more about the Te Puai here.

Rainbow Springs - an animal conservation park where you can get up close to New Zealand’s endangered species like the Tuatara and Kiwi. Find out more about the Rainbow Springs here.

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. Find out more about the Agrodome Farm here.

*Add - Mitai Maori Village - Maori Culture Experience (incl Hangi Dinner)*
An evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Enter the world of Mitai. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don’t miss your only opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat.

Opening hours

  • Pickup from your accommodation is between 5.45pm to 6.15pm
  • Tour starts at 6.30pm till 9.30pm
  • Only 5 minutes from the central city
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Sudima Hotel or similar
4
Rotorua - Queenstown by flight (3 hr 30 min, 1+stop)

Return car rental at Rotorua airport. Rotorua to Queenstown 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, *Add - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonder* 

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Entrance 
You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape – the key to what you see lies below the surface – one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand. Clearly defined tracks provide the visitor with the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of this area through a series of different walks taking from 30 to 75 minutes or more, each with their own unique volcanic vistas to fascinate all ages.
~ Opening Hours: Every day including all Public Holidays
April-October: 8:30am-5:00pm (last admission 3:45 pm)
November-March: 8:30am-6:00pm (last admission 4:45pm)
Christmas Day: 8:30 am-1:00 pm (last admission 11:45 am)

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

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

The resort town of Queenstown is sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape is suited to almost any kind of adventure; but Queenstown is just as well known as a place for indulgence. The area’s history is intertwined with gold. In 1862, two sheep shearers struck it rich at the edge of the Shotover River. The ensuing gold rush town was named Queenstown because '...it was fit for Queen Victoria'.

Flight by air new zealand on own arrangement
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar
5
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
6
Queenstown

A free day to explore Queenstown.

Adventure activities include bungy jumping, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting. Indulgent experiences include exceptional food and wine, lake cruises, spa treatments and boutique shopping. Movie buffs will want to visit the Kawarau Gorge, where scenes from The Lord of the Rings were filmed.

The Skyline Queenstown complex offers a whole day’s worth of fun things to do in Queenstown! Located an easy five minute walk from central Queenstown, Skyline Queenstown offers awe-inspiring views of the region and an abundance of entertainment and adventure for the whole family.

*Add - activities and/or attractions in Queenstown* 

Walter Peak Farm (incl BBQ Lunch) - RJ504
~ A one and a half hour scenic cruise onboard the coal fired vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw from Queenstown Bay to Walter Peak High Country Farm and return. Onboard the captain provides a commentary as passengers enjoy spectacular views of Cecil and Walter Peaks and the western shores of Lake Wakatipu. The original steam engines can be seen in operation from the open viewing area.
~ Experience New Zealand's farming life at Queenstown's Walter Peak High Country Farm.
~ A delicious BBQ lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant.
~ Duration: 3hrs 30mins
~ Departure Point: Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf

Horse Riding in Glenorchy
~ 1 Hour Hobbits Hack. A fantastic introduction to horse riding ideal for all abilities. A gentle, walking paced trek across the Dart River Bed. Overlooked by stunning mountains, this trek offers incredible vistas up into the Mount Aspiring National Park.
~ For the health and wellbeing of the horses, and client safety, there is a strict rider weight limit of 95kg/ 210lbs/ 15st fully clothed. Strictly 1 rider per horse. Customer weights and previous riding experience information, is required at time of booking.
~ Ex Queenstown Information Centre, corner Camp St & Shotover St:

  • (Oct-Apr): Departs at 8.00am & 12.30pm
  • (May-Sep): Departs at 8.00am & 12.00pm
  • Allow 5.5 hours return when using Queenstown Transport
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar
7
Queenstown - Fox Glacier (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
8
Fox Glacier - 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.

The route known as Arthur’s Pass was first used by Maori tribes crossing to the west coast to find pounamu (jade). Today it’s a sophisticated mountain pass, memorable for its scenery as well as its breathtaking civil engineering.

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.

Fast-changing and funky, Christchurch is the South Island's largest city. Old English gardens contrast with pop-up bars and container-based shopping malls in this enduring centre, which is rebuilding itself after a damaging earthquake in February 2011. Favourite activities include punting down the Avon River, relaxing in the botanic gardens, biking in the Port Hills and visiting Sumner Beach. Make sure you check out the transitional cardboard cathedral in the city centre.

*Add - 2 Days 1 Night Farmstay* 
You will meet people who are genuinely interested in sharing their home, their working farm lifestyle, and themselves, with you. You will be accommodated in a guest room within the family home, or in some cases, in self contained accommodation on the farm. You will become part of the family for the duration of your stay, and treated as friends rather than guests.

Highlights of a Farmstay:

  • Arrive as strangers, leave as friends
  • Tour the farm and experience the daily farm activities
  • Delight in a home‐cooked dinner and a hearty breakfast
  • Enjoy conversation with your hosts
  • Relax in the wide open spaces of New Zealand’s beautiful countryside

Farmstay Inclusions:

  • Twin/double bedroom(s) (other alternatives also available)
  • Traditional home cooked NZ dinner
  • Glass of beer/wine with dinner (minimum 18 years)
  • Choice of a cooked or continental breakfast
  • Guided farm tour and daily farming activities

 Farmstay locations: South Island - Canterbury:  Rakaia/Methven, Ashburton.

Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : The Ashley Hotel or similar
9
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.

If you've got a little time to spare, you might like to to take a day trip out to the French colonial settlement of Akaroa, just one hour away. The drive is beautifully scenic, and the town is known for its excellent French cuisine, cute cottages, and for being home to the world's smallest Dolphin, the Hector's.

Meals Breakfast
Print Trip Details
Trip Inclusive
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 8 days Rental Car, include: Airport pickup/drop off fees, extra drivers (max 4 drivers), unlimited mileage and basic daily insurance (with damage excess).
  • 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
  • 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
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Auckland: Sky Tower Access to Main Observation (186m) and SkyDeck (220m) 79.60 -
Auckland: Bridge Climb - Climb & Certificate | Oct'18 to Sep'19 383.50 -
Extra night in Auckland with breakfast per person standard twin sharing | Oct'18 to Apr'19 378.80 -
Extra night in Auckland with breakfast per person standard triple sharing | Oct'18 to Apr'19 318.60 -
Rotorua: Mitai Cultural Experience with Hangi Dinner | Oct'18 to Sep'19 334.20 -
Rotorua: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Entrance | Oct'18 to Jun'19 94.10 -
Queenstown: Ziptrek Ecotours | Oct'18 to Sep'19 383.50 -
Queenstown: Walter Peak Farm (incl BBQ Lunch) - RJ504 | Oct'18 to Sep'19 351.60 -
Queenstown: Horse Riding in Glenorchy ex Queenstown Information Centre 467.60 -
Add 2D1N Farmstay with farm tour, dinner & breakfast | Per person double/twin share room & shared bathroom 1,015.70 -
Add 2D1N Farmstay with farm tour, dinner & breakfast | Per person double/twin share room & ensuite Bathroom 1,149.10 -
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 -
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 and rental car 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.
  • 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: Dec 2018 until September 2019 (Travel must be completed by 30 September 2019).
  • All tours can be taken in reverse.
  • Additional nights can be added at any point in the tour.
  • 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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