Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands 2019 - 2021 Destination Planner 2019 - 2020 - Page 72

New Zealand / INTRODUCTION & INDEPENDENT TOURING New Zealand – North Island 15 Day New Zealand Highlights Auckland – Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub. Imagine an urban environment but within half an hour you have beautiful beaches, hiking trails and enchanting holiday islands. With a sunny climate, background rhythm of Polynesian culture and outstanding food, wine and shopping, Auckland is exhilarating. Bay of Islands – The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty and history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it is paradise. A three hour drive or 35 minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula and includes the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri. New Zealand The Coromandel – The Coromandel, with its pristine beaches, native forests and laid- back vibe, is one of New Zealand’s most popular and best-loved holiday destinations. The Coromandel, cloaked in native rainforest with dazzling white sand beaches, is rustic, unspoiled and relaxed. New Zealand offers a diverse but distinctive character with each region offering something unique. You can easily visit multiple regions during your New Zealand. Tour from mountains, to volcanoes and stunning coastlines to sophisticated cities. There is something for everyone here. Hawke's Bay – Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions and this has made it one of the country’s leading producers of wine. The region is the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail but there is a lot more to this area than wine. Rotorua – Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. After marvelling at the distinctive landscapes, exploring magical forests or experiencing the fascinating Māori culture, finish your day with a relaxing soak in a natural hot stream. Taupo – Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China. Visit the Craters of the Moon, a geothermal valley with steaming craters and boiling mud pools. Wellington – Nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills, New Zealand's capital city is renowned for arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. Wellington is a city that enjoys gourmet food and fine wine as the culinary capital of New Zealand. Christchurch | Graeme Murray New Zealand – South Island Abel Tasman – Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's smallest national park but perfectly formed for relaxation and adventure. A coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by boat or sea kayak, visitors love the way the Abel Tasman National Park mixes physical exertion with beach life. Dunedin – Dunedin wears its Scottish heritage with pride. Set in a region of unique landscapes, dramatic hills and plentiful cultural history. Dunedin is one of the best- preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Christchurch and Canterbury – Christchurch, New Zealand is interwoven by two rivers linking parks, gardens and avenues. Bordered by the Port Hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps as a majestic backdrop. Christchurch city and the Canterbury region have plenty to keep you busy, whether you're a shopaholic, wild adventurer, history buff or wine enthusiast. Marlborough and Nelson – Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and the home of world-renowned sauvignon blanc. Marlborough and Nelson both enjoy high sunshine hours and a temperate climate. Nelson is know for its magnetism for creative people, traditional, contemporary and Māori craftwork and artisan products. Queenstown – Captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers, Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu. World famous for its iconic scenery, friendly people and year-round outdoor adventure activities, you'll never be short of things to do in Queenstown. Stewart Island – Stewart Island is New Zealand's third largest island, situated 30 kilometres south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Straight. The Aurora Australis often appears in these southern skies, the Māori name for Stewart Island, Rakiura, meaning 'land of the glowing skies'. Paroa Bay, Bay of Islands | Shaun Jeffers A great introduction to New Zealand and everything that the country has to offer. Take a cruise in the Bay of Islands, explore glow worm caves, immerse yourself in the M ā ori Culture during an evening Hangi Dinner and take a food tour through New Zealand’s Capital. Highlights (included): • Auckland day tour • Auckland to Bay of Islands day tour • Auckland to Rotorua day tour • Waitomo Caves • Hobbiton • Rotorua day tour • Wellington food tour • Franz Josef glacier walk • Queenstown half day tour • Milford Sound cruise • Queenstown to Christchurch day tour with Mount Cook Day 1: Auckland Day 2: Auckland sightseeing Day 3: Bay of Islands sightseeing Day 4: Auckland – Waitomo Caves – Hobbiton – Rotorua Day 5: Rotorua sightseeing Day 6: Rotorua – Wellington Day 7: Wellington sightseeing Day 8: Wellington – Christchurch Day 9: Christchurch – Greymouth – Franz Josef Day 10: Franz Josef sightseeing Day 11: Franz Josef – Queenstown Day 12: Queenstown sightseeing Day 13: Milford Sound Day 14: Queenstown – Mt. Cook – Christchurch Day 15: Depart Christchurch Package includes: 14 nights of accommodation, airport transfers, transportation by motorcoach, train and ferry, sightseeing and attractions as noted above. Pricing from. $4,999 Pricing is per person, double occupancy KEY TO MAP Bay of Islands By Rail By Road Auckland 3 No. of nights stay Hobbiton Waitomo 2 Rotorua NEW ZEALAND Picton 2 Wellington Greymouth Franz Josef 2 2 Christchurch Mt. Cook Milford Sound 3 Queenstown The West Coast – The West Coast is a wild place of rivers and rainforests, glaciers, geological treasures and gold-mining history. The Great Coast Road stretching from Westport to Greymouth is one of the top coastal drives in the world. Taranaki, New Plymouth | James Heremaia ANDERSON VACATIONS 71