This is an up and coming tour of one of our guests
Day 1: You will be collected from Auckland International airport and taken to your accommodation at the Auckland Harbour Oaks that is a four star Hotel located in Auckland City. Should you wish to go out in the evening your guide will be on hand with an hour’s notice.
Night Stay: Auckland Harbour Oaks 4 Stars
Day2: Your guide will collect you at 10am for a relaxing day visiting Auckland Museum, Winter Gardens followed by lunch at one of the fine cafes in Mission Bay. From here you will explore Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater world before taking in local sights driving to Waiwera Thermal Resort for an evening swim. Meals can be purchased here or at the local tavern before turning in at Waves Motel with spa bath.
Night Stay: Waves Motel Orewa 4 Stars
Day 3: Picked up at 8am we then drive 3 hours up the west coast to Waipouna forest to see Tane Mahuta, NZ’s most ancient and significant Kauri tree that is a short flat 5 minute bush walk. We will take in the sights along the way as we then head to Paihia Bay of Islands that is a 2 hour drive where we will camp on the water’s edge at Waitangi Holiday Park. BBQ dinner or dining out is completely up to you. Your guide is a fully qualified LCG Chef.
Night Stay: Waitangi Holiday Park Camping
Day 4: Full Continental Breakfast served in your tent on the ocean’s edge. Take in the local sights then take a Cruise to the Hole in the Rock for half a day with food and beverages onboard. Upon your return you will be collected as you take in the sights on the drive to Taipa! Camping on the lagoon with all amenities at HIHI Beach or stay in a cabin if weather is unsettled.
Night Stay: HIHI Beach Camping
Day 5: will start with an early breakfast then a leisurely drive to Cape Reinga 2 hours away being the very top of the North Island. Here you can take in the sights and sounds. Visit Spirits bay and other destinations. Here you will have a pre prepared lunch on the beach weather permitting before heading south to Orewa beach a 5 hour drive for an evening meal. Now sit back and relax as your guide takes you to Auckland for a night of Luxury in the Grand Millennium Auckland.
Night Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland 5 Stars
Day 6 and 7: Your guide will collect you after Breakfast then drive to Whitianga 3 hours away stopping at places you may find interesting. Here you will be staying at The Admiralty Lodge The Lost Spring where can truly pamper yourself with full day pass Lost spring then relax in your studio with all amenities including spa bath. Dine in style with your favourite seafood platter, Massage body treatments available at extra cost. Explore the local area and Hot Water Beach on day 7 along with other scenic outposts above the famous Cathedral Cove before being returned for a final night at The Lost Springs.
Day 8: Today we will do some shopping and taking in the sights visiting raging rivers along with more coastal highlights having lunch at your choice of venue or BBQ as we head to Hobbiton the set for Lord of the Rings. Here you will have a personal guided tour followed by a rowdy fun Hobbit style meal then stay overnight at a camp this is entirely up to you and can be decided on the day.
Night Stay: 3 Stars
Day 9: Today we are heading to Rotorua 3 hours today then looking around the boiling mud ponds at the thermal park. BBQ Lunch on the lakes edge or at one of the many cafes. Head south taking in the Huka falls to Taupo to overnight here at the Millennium Hotel.
Night Stay: Millennium Hotel 5 Star
Day 10: Head to Wellington and visit historic places and Te Papa Museum. There are many cafes and restaurants here to dine the evening away before staying at Rydges Wellington.
Night Stay: Rydges 5 Star
Day 11: Depart 3am on the ferry to Picton then drive down the coast of the South Island to Westport where you will have breakfast at the only cafe on the water’s edge. Continue heading South stopping at Punakaiki rocks 1 hour 30 mins from Westport heading south to Greymouth. We will do local sightseeing then overnight in Greymouth at the Kingsgate Hotel
Night Stay: Kingsgate Hotel 4 Stars
Day 12: We will visit the gold fields and have a go at panning then head south to Fox Glacier 3 hour drive. Here at Fox you can do a scenic flight The Grand Tour with Fox and Franz Heliservices. Spend the night at Ivory Lodge.
Night Stay: Ivory Towers 3 Stars
Day 13: You will have a 3 hour drive from Fox to Wanaka where you will spend a day sightseeing Mount Aspiring where parts of Lord of the Rings was filmed, Lake Wanaka and the Wanaka Tree having BBQ lunch on the water’s edge. Tonight you will camp at the Lake view holiday park or upgrade to a cabin for a minimal fee.
Night Stay: Lake View Holiday Park
Day 14: Early rise Sightseeing through to Milford sound where you will take a 2.5 hour cruise $100.00 with an Obento lunch $37.00 as you love seafood ferry depart 1pm. Upon your return you will be staying at the Distinction Te Anau Hotel
Night Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel 4 Stars
Day 15: We drive to Dunedin 5 hrs where the steepest road in NZ is then sightseeing, staying at the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Night Stay: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross 4 Stars
Day 16: This may be a late start as we drive to Hanmer Springs 6 hours for your stay at the Clear Ridge soaking in the geothermal pools that are famous in Southern NZ
Night Stay: Clear Ridge 5 Stars
Day 17: late start as we drive to Christchurch 2 hrs taking in the sights along the way. Here you will stay at the Rydges Hotel on Latimer We will take you down to the Brighton pier to see it lit up at night before taking you back to your hotel.
Night Stay: Rydges Hotel on Latimer 4 Stars
Day 17: Optional tour to Kaikoura whale watching on day 18 to complete your trip before being taken back to Christchurch Airport for your connecting flights.