New Zealand Express

Classic, Auckland to Queenstown

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

See Middle Earth with your own eyes on this nine-day tour through the best of New Zealand. Explore the stunning North Island and its geothermal park, stargaze around Lake Tekapo (the world's largest dark sky reserve), and cruise along fjords, cliff walls, and waterfalls in Doubtful Sound. Cross a few items off your bucket list by visiting the adventure capital of the world with pretty much every thrilling sport at your fingertips (paragliding, skydiving, jet boating). It is, after all, the birthplace of the bungee jump.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Winery Visit, Central Otago District Your Discover Moment: Queenstown
  • Waitomo Caves visit
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Orientation walk in Christchurch
  • Wine tasting
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park visit with hiking opportunity (weather permitting)
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park Visitor's Centre visit
  • Fiordland National Park visit
  • Doubtful Sound day cruise
  • Free time in Rotorua and Queenstown
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • See bubbling technicolour pools in a geothermal park
  • Cruise through fjords
  • Spot glow-worms in the waitomo caves
  • Experience a traditional maori dinner

Itinerary

Auckland Arrive at any time.
Auckland/Rotorua Visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities. Continue to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture.
Rotorua Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, hit up a nearby spa, or journey to Middle-earth on an excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set. This evening, learn more about Maori culture with a local experience and dinner.
Rotorua/Christchurch Catch a flight to Christchurch on the South Island. Walk around town with a local guide and learn about how communities have rebuilt after the earthquake in 2011. This evening, enjoy free time and get a feel for the city.
Christchurch/Lake Ohau Drive to beautiful Lake Ohau with a stop at Lake Tekapo along the way. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and admire the stunning alpine scenery that surrounds this local landmark. Spend the afternoon hiking the region around Aoraki/Mt Cook. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the Aoraki/Mt Cook Visitor's Centre.
Lake Ohau/Queenstown Drive to Queenstown, with a stop at Wanaka and a local vineyard for a wine tasting.
Doubtful Sound Take in the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound on a day cruise. Keep an eye out for the waterfalls and wildlife in this breathtaking area. Return to Queenstown in the evening.
Queenstown Enjoy a free day in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Opt to go bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Or take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak.
Queenstown Depart at any time.
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