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Arrive into Auckland and transfer to Nesuto Celestion Apartment Hotel for 2 nights. Optional excursions include climbing Auckland Harbour Bridge for views over the city, a visit to the Sea Life Aquarium or sailing an authentic America’s Cup yacht in the harbour. (N)Days 3-4: Paihia (Bay of Islands)
Collect your hire car and drive north to the subtropical Bay of Islands. Join a cruise through the sheltered waters and islands, looking out for dolphins and other marine life. Stop at ‘the hole in the wall’, a 60-foot opening in a rock formation, and discover the islands by sea kayak. Stay 2 nights at the Edgewater Palms Apartments (two-bedroom apartment). (N)Day 5: Auckland
Return south for an overnight stay at Nesuto Celestion Apartments Hotel (two-bedroom apartment). Perhaps visit the sandy beach at Takapuna, with superb views out to the volcanic island of Rangitoto. (N)Day 6: Waitomo caves • Rotorua
Travel south to the Waitomo caves region. Take a boat ride through the caves and see the thousands of glow worms that illuminate the grotto. Continue on past rolling hills and pastureland to Rotorua and stay at the Ramada Resort by Wyndham Rotorua Marama (two-bedroom townhouse) for 3 nights. (N)Days 7-8: Rotorua
Days at leisure. Optional excursions include taking the gondola up Mount Ngongotaha for spectacular views over Rotorua, relaxing in the hot pools of Polynesian Spa, walking on high canopy trails through ancient forests or taking a day trip to the Hobbiton film set, where scenes from The Lord of the Rings were filmed. (N)Day 9: Fly to Christchurch
Return your hire car and fly to Christchurch. On arrival, collect your new hire car. Stay overnight at the Rydges Latimer Square. (N)Day 10: Lake Tekapo
Travel across the Canterbury Plains for a 1-night stay at Mantra Lake Tekapo (twobedroom apartment). Relax in the hot springs or take a hike or bicycle ride around the glacier-fed waters of Lake Tekapo. (N)Day 11: Queenstown
Drive past braided river valleys, native beech forests and lush alpine meadows on your way to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Stay 3 nights at Oaks Shores (two-bedroom apartment), set against The Remarkables mountain range and next to Lake Wakatipu. (N)Days 12-13: Queenstown
Days at leisure. Optional excursions include a 4×4 tour through Skippers Canyon, rafting, kayaking or zip lining. (N)Day 14: Wanaka
Drive through the Kawarau gorge and via Cromwell and Lake Dunstan to Wanaka for an overnight stay at the Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort (two-bedroom apartment). This town provides access to Mount Aspiring National Park. (N)Day 15: Franz Josef
Travel to the West Coast, a remote area full of rainforests, snow-capped mountains and thundering waterfalls. Leisurely walks can be taken to the foot of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, with the chance to soak in the glacier hot pools. Overnight at Punga Grove (twobedroom unit). (N)Day 16: TranzAlpine train • Christchurch
Return your hire car in Greymouth before boarding the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch. Traverse the Southern Alps passing stunning mountain scenery. Overnight at Rydges Latimer Square (two-bedroom suite). (N)Day 17: Onward travel
Transfer to the airport and fly home, or continue your holiday in New Zealand. (N)Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information Flights
International and internal flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.Tailor-made travel
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
The Rydges Latimer Christchurch is located in the scenic Latimer Square, an iconic New Zealand green space with lush foliage, less than a mile from the city centre. The hotel's restaurant is one of the city's favourite premium steakhouses, serving fresh, locally sourced ingredients and a wide range of local wines and beers. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation with modern amenities and decor.Features: 138 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, gym, sauna, terrace, parking.<br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, television, minibar, safe, Wi-Fi.
Located in the centre of Franz Josef, just a short walk from many shops, cafes and restaurants, Punga Grove is a 3-star motel style property. Each of the 20 guestrooms has modern amenities and kitchen facilities. Additionally, the property has a guest laundry service and car parking.
The Nesuto Celestion Apartments offer hotel-style apartment accommodation in the downtown area of Auckland, just a short distance from the Spark Arena. The spacious and stylish, self-contained one- and two-bedroom apartments are modern with full kitchen facilities, ideal for both short and longer stays. Features: 60 apartments, restaurant, indoor swimming pool, tennis court, lift. Room amenities: Air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities, satellite television, kitchenette, microwave, fridge/freezer, hairdryer, safe, Wi-Fi.
Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort is situated in a quiet location at Lake Wanaka, around an hour's drive from Queenstown. The resort consists of spacious, self-contained one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and a five-bedroom villa. All feature modern decor and amenities, most with mountain views and some offering panoramic views over Lake Wanaka.Features: Seasonal swimming pool, hot spa pools, barbeque area, tennis court, games room, gym.<br>Room amenities: Heating, satellite television, DVD player, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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