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Tour highlights: Auckland - Rotorua - Taupo - Wellington - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Dunedin - Oamaru - Mount Cook - Tasman Glacier - Christchurch
2 National Park 4 cities
2 islands (North Island and South Island)
This "New Zealand Essential Tours" itinerary is for those travellers who wish to have an active vacation and discover the most New Zealand attractions in the shortest possible time. The pace is fast, yet pleasant. This suggested New Zealand itinerary starts in Auckland and ends in Christchurch. You can purchase international flights arriving into one city and leaving from the other.

Day 1: Auckland

personal chauffeurEarly arrival at Auckland International Airport.Transfer to your accommodation (available from 12:00). Time for rest and sightseeing including Mount Eden, Kelly Tarlton aquarium, America's Cup village, Ponsonby. Early dinner and two nights in Auckland.

Day 2: Auckland

smallWaitakere jungle (native plants and birds) and Muriwai gannet colony. Dinner at Sky Tower's panoramic restaurant (52nd floor). Second night in Auckland.

Day 3: Auckland - Rotorua

pernal driver tourScenic coastal road. Winery tour. Waikato plains. Waimangu geothermal valley. 2 nights in Rotorua.

Day 4: Rotorua

nz vacation tourOhinemutu Maori village and church. Agrodome farm show. Whakarewarewa geysers. Maori concert. Maori arts & crafts institute. Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Second night in Rotorua.

Day 5: Rotorua - Wellington

WellingtonFree time in Rotorua. Flight to Wellington. Weather permitting, we should see Tongariro National Park semi-active volcanoes. 2 nights in Wellington.

Day 6: Wellington

nz self-driving tourWellington, the southernmost capital in the world. Mt Victoria panoramic view, Old St Pauls Cathedral, Te Papa National Museum. Second night in Wellington.

Day 7: Wellington - Queenstown

nz personal tour guideFly over Cook Strait, Marlborough Sounds and the Southern Alps to reach Queenstown, New Zealand's tourist capital. 2 nights in Queenstown.

Day 8: Queenstown

nz personal guideQueenstown sightseeing (bungy jumping, jet-boating - all optional) and shopping. Scenic drive to Glenorchy. Second night in Queenstown.

Day 9: Queenstown - Milford Sound

Milford Sound - FiordlandLake Wakatipu. Te Anau wildlife sanctuary. Fiordland National Park. Kea mountain parrot spotting. Overnight cruise on a very comfortable boat on Milford Sound. (Subject to availability; if not available, overnight in Te Anau.)

Day 10: Milford Sound - Dunedin

nz nature tourBack to the East coast, to Dunedin, crossing the towns of Gore and Clinton ("The Presidential Highway"). 2 nights in Dunedin.

Day 11: Dunedin

Close encounter with a New Zealand fursealDunedin Scottish city. Otago Peninsula. Monarch wildlife cruise. Albatross colony. Second night in Dunedin.

Day 12: Dunedin - Twizel (Mount Cook)

nz kiwi birdMoeraki Boulders. Oamaru white stone city. Maori rock paintings. Mt Cook National Park views and walks. Overnight in Twizel, one of the world's youngest towns (founded 1965).

Day 13: Twizel (Mount Cook) - Christchurch

nz holiday vacationLakes Pukaki and Tekapo. Good Shepherd's chapel. Christchurch sightseeing: cathedral, Arts Centre, Museum. Overnight in Christchurch.

Day 14: Christchurch

ChristchurchMore time for sightseeing and free time in Christchurch. Drop-off at Christchurch International or domestic airport. Haere ra e te manuhiri tuarangi (farewell, honoured guests).

This New Zealand tour can be enjoyed at any time of the year:
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Tarawera erupting in 1886 Rotorua is New Zealand's geothermal wonderland. Steaming geysers, boiling mud and naturally heated geothermal pools characterize this unique city. Steeped in history and culture, Rotorua is home to the famous buried village created in the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. The city is surrounded by amazing lakes and forestry, and is pervaded by a proud Maori culture. Rotorua offers our international visitors many unique options. The Agrodome show proudly showcases our agricultural base, Rainbow Springs and Te Puia let you see our very endangered Kiwi bird in a natural setting, and there is the famous Zorb , where you can roll down a hill encased in a plastic bubble, as well as many cultural performances and exhibitions.