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New Zealand Tour Packages
Magnificent New Zealand Tour
This magnificent tour to New Zealand is suitable for travelers with some experience. For those who can travel independently, there are wide opportunities for researching this country in no hurry, at your own pace, driving a car driving New Zealand from its southern part to the north.
Places to cover : Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier - Christchurch -Wellington - Taupo - Te Puia - Pauanui - Vaitangi - Auckland
Your tour to New Zealand begins from Queenstown. This city was recognized as the 14th among the best cities in the world, along with such cities as Vienna, London, Paris, and Hong Kong. There are a lot of young people and easily accessible events: bungee jumping ("bungy jumping" or "Tarzana"), jet boating, rafting. Most people travel from here to the Milford Fjord, which is also included in the program. Upon arrival at the airport, you get a rental car prepared for you throughout your program and go to The Rees Apartment Hotel 5 *, located on the shore of Lake Wakatipu.
Early in the morning, you travel to the unparalleled beauty of the Milford Fjord, (286 km., 3.5 hours drive) and the towering Mithra peak - one of the "icons" of New Zealand. At 13.00 you will have a ship for a cruise on the fjord (1 hour 40 min.). A comfortable boat stops at various points of the route from where you can watch the Bowen and Sterling waterfalls, beech forest, mountains, and wildlife. During the cruise, you can order yourself a delicious lunch (for an additional fee). Free tea and coffee are served on the board. On the same day, you return back to the hotel Rice in Queenstown.
At 10.00 in the morning, you will have an exciting trip on the speedboat Shotover on the river canyons. The boat runs at high speed through narrow canyons and makes turns on a full 360 degrees. Thrills are guaranteed! After a trip on the river, your journey continues, the next night at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier 3.5 * (350 km., 4 hours 30 minutes drive). The road passes by the scenic Lake Hayes, by areas associated with the history of early settlements and gold rush. Then, along with the shores of Lake Wanaka, a mountain resort, and further between the two lakes - Wanaka and Javea, through the Haast pass to the national parks of Aspiring Mountain and the Western land, farther north to majestic glaciers and snow-capped peaks. The hotel is located in close proximity to the Franz Josef glacier in the Alpine heights. The hotel is not pompous but is located in unique places, from where you can admire the amazing mountain scenery and book an overview flight over the glaciers.
The day begins with a flight by plane (50 minutes), the flight "Grand Traverse" is the most spectacular survey flight over the highest mountains including the Cook peak, glaciers, and national parks: the Fox glacier, the Franz Josef glacier, the Tasman glacier; national parks of Aoraki and Tai Pausini, as well as numerous lakes and valleys. After the flight, your way lies in the city of Christchurch (380 km about 5 hours), accommodation for one night at the Heritage Christchurch 4.5 * hotel. The city's airport is the closest international airport to the Antarctic. Here cargo arrives and expeditions are formed for departure to the Antarctic. We recommend that you visit the Antarctic Center of Christchurch - an interesting and unusual museum and science center, where you can find a lot of information about Antarctica and its research, and there are several unique attractions, for example, a trip on an amphibian snowmobile, which is used by researchers of the South Pole.
The further way lies through the Canterbury Valley to Picton (338 km 4 hours 30 min.) - a small town, from where ferries leave for the northern island of New Zealand through the Strait of Cook. On the way, you will pass the Marlborough area, located in the northeast of the South Island, which is the main wine region in New Zealand, where the world-famous varieties Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are grown. It is possible to visit several wineries and try wine. Passage by ferry across the Cook Strait from the South to the North Island. At first, the ferry will pass through the picturesque fjord of Queen Charlotte, with numerous secluded coves and isolated country houses along the shores, and finally reach the bay of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Accommodation at Holiday Inn Wellington for one night.
You can start the route from Pajakariki beach, where in good weather you can see the island of Kapiti and the South Island. Further, towards Bulls, through the Khimtangi valley, the small towns of Levin and Foxton. Then - through the farmer areas to the Tongariro National Park with the Roypejo volcano, majestically towering above the surrounding terrain and further to Lake Taupo, which is the largest lake not only in New Zealand but also in the Pacific Islands region. The depth of the lake reaches 160 meters, and the area is more than 600 square kilometers, which practically corresponds to the size of Singapore. Accommodation at Quality Inn Sails Taupo 4.5 * located opposite the central beach of Lake Taupo.
The next stop in Te Puia is the Maori Craft and Art Center and a geothermal reserve, with bubbling mud, quartz terraces and Pahutu geyser. You will see a geyser eruption that occurs every 40-50 minutes and you will hear Maori songs and dances, including the world famous warrior dance - Jaca. After visiting The Puja - you can climb the gondola to the observation platform - an excellent view of Lake Rotorua, the city, and the mountains. Descent from the mountain on small maps Luge. Accommodation in Grand Mercure Puka Park 4.5 * near the beach of picturesque Pauanui.
Accommodation at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands 4 *. In this hotel you will spend 2 nights. In the bay of the islands there is much to see. Local towns, located on the beautiful shores of a warm bay, at the foot of the hills, overgrown with forests, which make the landscape picturesque and very attractive for tourists. The popularity of this area among tourists is promoted by endless sandy beaches and magnificent service of local hotels, motels and restaurants with exquisite cuisine and exceptional places for recreation for every taste. The Gulf of the Islands is characterized by sunny weather, pleasant climate, sandy beaches, a hundred large and small islands scattered along the coast. All this makes it one of the most visited places in New Zealand. Impressive tourists endless 90-mile beach in the north-west of the island and north-west of the Gulf of the islands and sand dunes. One of the most popular places is the northern point of New Zealand Cape of Reading, where the waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans merge. You can also take a tour of the historic city of Russell - the first European settlement in New Zealand. Here, we recommend that you inspect the old church, the mission building, and the museum.
Your tour to New Zealand ends in Oakland. Drive Waitangi - Auckland (231 km 3 hours and 20 minutes) and stay at Skycity Hotel Auckland 4.5 * for two nights. For most tourists, it is Auckland that is the "doorway" to New Zealand where the largest New Zealand airport is located. The city has most of the entertainment typical of the major cities of the world: a zoo, a planetarium, several large stadiums, sports centers, concert halls, theaters, art galleries, extensive shopping centers and a variety of shops. The west coast near Oakland has served as a platform for shooting many films, such as "Piano", "Xena" and "Hercules". It is also the largest Polynesian city in the world, especially attractive for those who are interested in studying the culture of the countries of the South Pacific region.