14 Days Exploring the Best of New Zealand's North and South Islands

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14 Days Exploring the Best of New Zealand's North and South Islands

Prepare to embark on a journey of a lifetime as you venture into the heart of New Zealand's stunning North and South Islands. Over 14 unforgettable days, you'll discover a world of natural wonders, cultural richness, and thrilling adventures. Your exploration commences in Auckland, a vibrant gateway to an adventure that promises to take your breath away. Picture yourself dining in the Sky Tower, perched high above Auckland's skyline, with 360° views that stretch to the horizon. But that's just the beginning; your journey will lead you through enchanting movie sets in Matamata, geothermal wonders in Rotorua, marine marvels in Kaikoura, and the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound. Each day unfolds a new chapter in this epic odyssey, where you'll indulge in wine tastings, cruise through picturesque fjords, and even meet New Zealand's friendly wildlife. Are you ready to explore the land of the long white cloud? It's time to let the adventure begin.


Day 1 - April 3 - Wednesday: Arrive in Auckland

Touch down in Auckland, where the grandeur of New Zealand unfolds before your eyes. Step into a world of luxury at the Sky City Hotel, and embark on an unforgettable culinary journey with dinner at Orbit Restaurant, perched high in the Sky Tower, offering a mesmerizing 360° view of Auckland's stunning cityscape.


Day 2 - April 4 - Thursday: Sightseeing Throughout Auckland 

Discover Auckland in style as you wander through the bustling streets, cross the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge, and relish a delightful lunch at the Harbourside Ocean Bar & Grill. With the Hauraki Gulf as your backdrop, every moment is a postcard-worthy adventure.

Day 3 - April 5 - Friday: Depart Auckland and Travel to Rotorua via Matamata and Waitomo

Embark on a magical journey through the enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set, revealing the lush pastures and famous locations featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Savor a festive feast in a marquee nestled in Middle-earth's embrace. Your adventure continues to Rotorua, a land of geothermal wonders and rich Maori traditions. Immerse yourself in the soothing waters of Polynesian Spa's Deluxe Lake Spa, offering breathtaking views over Lake Rotorua.


Day 4 - April 6 - Saturday: Sightseeing Throughout Rotorua 

Unleash the adventurer within as you explore Te Puia, New Zealand's living Maori cultural center in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Experience the world-famous Pohutu Geyser and indulge in a unique steam box picnic lunch on the geyser terrace. The Agrodome unveils the vibrant world of New Zealand agriculture, and the evening unfolds with a cultural extravaganza at the Mitai Cultural Village, complete with a Hangi meal, a tranquil bush walk, and a mesmerizing glow worm display. Conclude your night under the starry sky with a visit to Rainbow Springs.

Day 5 - April 7 - Sunday: Depart Rotorua and Head To Taupo 

Bid adieu to Rotorua and embark on a journey to Lake Taupo, the gem created by a colossal volcanic eruption. Don't miss the magnificent Huka Falls, a natural wonder that will leave you in awe. Lake Taupo offers stunning views of snow-capped Mounts Tongariro, Ruapehu, and Ngauruhoe. Check in at the Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo and savor the vistas from your Standard Lakeview room. Your day promises relaxation and optional adventures, from scenic cruises to thrilling jet boating and kayaking to see Maori rock carvings.


Day 6 - April 8 - Monday: Travel to Wellington 

Continue your journey to Wellington, New Zealand's vibrant capital, and check in at Rydges Wellington, located amid Wellington Harbor's picturesque surroundings. Your afternoon is free to explore this dynamic city, nestled between steep hills and a bustling harbor.


Day 7 - April 9 - Tuesday: Wellington City Sight Tour 

Explore Wellington's natural beauty with a visit to Mount Victoria, the Botanic Gardens, and Zealandia native wildlife sanctuary. Dive into the country's heritage at Te Papa Museum, where you'll enjoy a guided tour. The scenic Cable Car journey reveals panoramic views, and your evening promises culinary delights, vibrant arts, and the unique charm of Wellington.


Day 8 - April 10 - Wednesday: Farewell to Rydges Wellington and Transfer to the South Island 

Bid adieu to Wellington and embark on an unforgettable journey to the South Island. The Interislander ferry adventure offers a day of nautical wonders across the Cook Strait, with up to 11 sailings available each day. Your South Island coach captain will be ready to welcome you upon arrival at Picton Ferry Terminal, and you'll check in at The Marlborough Riverside Hotel, perfectly located in the heart of charming Blenheim. Your evening is free to explore the town or simply unwind.


Day 9 - April 11 - Thursday: Marlborough Icons Tour 

Embark on a captivating journey through the iconic treasures of Marlborough. Your day begins with wine tasting at distinguished wineries, followed by a delightful waterside village lunch. The afternoon unfolds with a seafood cruise through the stunning Marlborough Sounds, offering a perfect blend of culinary delights and natural beauty.

Day 10 - April 12 - Friday: Travel to Christchurch via Kaikoura 

Get ready for an exhilarating day. After a hearty breakfast at The Marlborough Riverside Hotel, your adventure takes you along the Pacific Ocean coast. Embark on a thrilling Whale Watching Tour at Whalewatch Kaikoura, where encounters with majestic marine creatures like whales and dolphins become cherished memories. Continue your journey to Christchurch, known as the "Garden City." Your new abode, the Distinction Christchurch Hotel, is right in the heart of the city, making it the perfect base for your adventures.


Day 11 - April 13 - Saturday: TranzAlpine Scenic Train and Franz Josef Glacier 

The day begins with an unforgettable journey on the TranzAlpine scenic train, a 223.8-kilometer route through mountains, valleys, and rainforests. Your journey reveals stunning vistas, including lush forests, rugged landscapes, and breathtaking natural beauty. Upon arrival in Greymouth, your coach captain will greet you, and your journey continues to the awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier, a natural masterpiece with a pale blue/green hue.


Day 12 - April 14 - Sunday: Journey to Te Anau 

Say goodbye to the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier after breakfast and set out on a picturesque adventure. Journey through lakes, waterfalls, and alpine landscapes, marveling at the natural beauty around you. The day includes a cruise across Lake Te Anau to the Cavern House, an extraordinary experience that takes you underground to witness incredible limestone caverns, whirlpools, waterfalls, and a magical glow-worm grotto. Your evening at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau promises relaxation and reflection.


Day 13 - April 15 - Monday: Milford Sound Cruise and Transfer to Queenstown 

Awake in Te Anau, ready to embark on an epic journey to the iconic Milford Sound, set within the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. As you cruise through the fiord, you'll be surrounded by lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and the iconic Mitre Peak. Your Milford Sound Cruise reveals the magic of New Zealand's natural beauty, and a seasonal cold lunch box keeps you fueled throughout your adventure. After the cruise, you'll be transferred to Queenstown, one of the South Island's most popular resort towns, promising breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Ranges.

Day 14 - April 16 - Tuesday: Queenstown Sightseeing 

Experience the adrenaline-pumping beauty of Queenstown, renowned for its stunning landscapes and thrilling activities. Your day kicks off with a half-day tour that includes visits to Arrowtown, the charming historic town, and the Famous Bungy Bridge. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the world of winemaking with a Winery and Cave Tour, offering insights into the vineyard, tastings of award-winning wines, and a delectable 2-course lunch. The remainder of the day is yours to explore, relax, or indulge in adventure, all from the comfort of your One-Bedroom Suite at the Scenic Suites Queenstown. Your incredible New Zealand journey culminates with a delightful farewell dinner, where you can reminisce about the breathtaking experiences of the past two weeks.

Interested in taking this adventure of a lifetime? Check out the full itinerary for more information regarding pricing, booking, and inclusions: https://injoytravel.gttwl2.com/product/your-new-zealand-adventure 


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