Paihia is an excellent base from which to explore the Bay of Islands. It has an extensive choice of accommodation, delicious dining options and a good-sized town centre. From the wharf, you can arrange a trip to the outer islands, hook into a fishing expedition or catch the ferry to Russell. Top local adventures include cruising to the ‘hole in the rock’ at the tip of Cape Brett, finding dolphins (and even swimming with them) and sea kayak tours.
With a smorgasbord of outdoor activities, Queenstown is the home of the ultimate adventure bucket list. There’s skiing from winter right through to spring, and activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting all year round. It is also a renowned cycling destination, providing everything from easy scenic tracks to backcountry trails, road rides to heli-biking and the Southern Hemisphere’s only gondola accessed downhill mountain biking.
From Christchurch city, you’ll find the sparkling Pacific Ocean, the majestic Southern Alps and an ancient volcanic peninsula all within driving distance. The peaks and trails of Mount Cook National Park are just up the road. You can fish for salmon and trout in the local rivers, canals and lakes. If you don’t have any luck, call into the salmon farm and buy a fish - fresh or smoked. In summer Twizel’s population more than trebles, as holiday houses and campgrounds fill to capacity.
- Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
- Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise 3Hr
- Polynesian Private Standard Pool
- Te Ra (Day Pass) with Haka (Cultural Performance) 60 minutes
- Agrodome Farm Show
- Rainbow Springs Self Guided Park Tour
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves
- Sky Tower
- Skyline Gondola Queenstown
- Milford Sound Scenic Cruise with Lunch
- Puzzling World
Day 1: Arrival Auckland
You know what, consider yourself as lucky on this planet that you are now arriving at one of the top 10 cities to live in – Auckland. Auckland has the highest per capita boat than any other city in the world. Transfer to the hotel for a nice & relaxing night.
Day 2: Auckland tour-Bay of Islands
After early morning breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed to Auckland city tour. We will explore
One tree hill, mt. Eden hill, Tamaki drive, bastion point, and Kelly Tarlton's sealife aquarium as main locations in a very dynamic – city of sails Auckland. Witness the largest in-house collection of penguins in the world at Kelly Tarlton's along with the sharks and other sea creatures. Later drive to the Bay of Islands. Arrive in Paihia, check in to the hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Paihia.
Day 3: Hole in the Rock Cruise
Today after breakfast make a way to Paihia wharf and board a cruise for the hole in the rock attraction – yes, you heard it right; there is a hole in the rock in the middle of an ocean and cruise will sail through it if weather is good enough. Return to Paihia wharf and rest of the day is free for leisure and optional
Activities. Overnight stay in Paihia.
Day 4: Bay of Islands-Rotorua-Polynesian Spa
Pack your bags and off we go to Rotorua, a geothermal city of New Zealand, rare and unique on the planet. Arrive at Rotorua, check-in to the hotel and later enter the world of Polynesian spa to have a world-class spa experience. Ease up and let the environment at Polynesian spa take you to a divine
World of relaxation. Overnight stay will be in Rotorua.
Day 4: Rotorua
Today is a Rotorua sightseeing tour day. We will visit Agrodome show – a fun-loving insight of NZ's sheep myth. In New Zealand, there are approx. 14 times more sheep then NZ's population. Later on, we will be amazed by a visit to Te Puia thermal reserve to witness world famous bubbling mud pools, Pohutu geyser and Maori cultural show to enjoy local traditions, culture, songs and dance. Overnight stay in Rotorua.
Day 6: Rotorua-Waitomo-Auckland
Early in the morning pack your bags to leave for Auckland. On our way, we will visit Waitomo caves – a wonder of its own. The visit includes a boat ride in a real dark cave of – glowworms. We will then proceed to Auckland, check-in to the hotel and later in the evening visit sky tower- the tallest free-standing tower on Southern hemisphere for a panoramic view of this beautiful city. Overnight stay in Auckland.
Day 7: Auckland-Queenstown
Early morning check out and fly to Queenstown-one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Check in the hotel, freshen up and leave for Queenstown highlights tour. Visit Arrowtown & Bungy bridge point. In the evening leave for skyline gondola. Enjoy the stunning panoramic view of Queenstown during sunset from Bob’s peak. Overnight stay in Queenstown.
Day 8: Queenstown-Milford sound-Queenstown
We will leave for Milford sound – a road trip with breathtaking scenery at every corner so keep your camera handy and there is no way you can afford a little nap. The afternoon will be spent on Milford sound cruise – a cherry on the cake kind of cruise trip after a beautiful road journey of Milford road. We will return to the same hotel for overnight stay in Queenstown.
Day 9: Queenstown
Today is a leisure day for you to enjoy Queenstown on your own. Relax at serene lake Wakatipu or opt-in for any of the adventurous activities Queenstown is famous for. Overnight stay in Queenstown.
Day 10: Queenstown-Wanaka-Queenstown
Today leave for a day trip to Wanaka. Once at Wanaka, we will get you through some brain-tickling at puzzling world-go challenge yourself and entertain at the same time. Also, stroll on the shores of beautiful Lake Wanaka and witness stunning beauty around. Later return to Queenstown and relax.
Overnight stay in Queenstown.
Day 11: Queenstown-Twizel
Today leave for Mount Cook National park and then to Twizel. Stop at Pukaki lookout point for some stunning pictures of the mount cook backdrop. Take optional mount cook helicopter flight if you wish to and witness the beauty of New Zealand's highest mountain-Aoraki mount cook. Return to Twizel and the rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight stay in Twizel.
Day 12: Twizel-Lake Tekapo-Christchurch
Leave for Christchurch - the garden city of New Zealand via stunning Lake Tekapo and Canterbury Plains. Visit world famous church of good shepherd at Lake Tekapo and stroll on the shores of the beautiful lake. Later arrive Christchurch and enjoy a city tour. Visit Hagley park, Cardboard Cathedral, Container mall and inner-city buildings. Overnight stay in Christchurch.