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14 Day Freedom to Explore

14 Days (13 Nights) | From $2509

The below itinerary is an independent package, it can be adjusted to suit your travel interests, time frame and budget. Please do not hesitate to call one of our travel specialists for a customized package.

Day 1: Auckland - Tairua, Coromandel Peninsula (2 hours)

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Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, is situated between two enormous harbours and dotted with 48 extinct volcanic cones. It's a place to enjoy marine adventures, wine trails, forest walks and urban sophistication.

The historic township of Thames was founded during the Coromandel gold rush. It's a great place for walks - around the town, through the bush and on the mangrove board walk. The mining museum has a fascinating mineralogical collection and there are gold mining relics to discover on many of the bush walks. You can also take the boardwalk through the mangroves to watch seabirds in the Thames Firth.

The road to Coromandel clings to the edge of the coast. You'll enjoy amazing views and a constant procession of beautiful beaches fringed with Pohutukawa trees.

Formerly a gold-mining and timber town, Coromandel is now a haven for artists, craftspeople and conservationists. It has many well-preserved Victorian buildings and an interesting museum. There are several good walks in the area and a railway enthusiast has created an hour-long train trip at Driving Creek.

Day 2: Tairua - Rotorua (2.5 hours)

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Travel south through the rich farmland of the Waikato onto Waitomo Caves. Join a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the Caves including a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow-worms. You have the option today to visit the Hobbiton movie set (extra cost).

Day 3: Rotorua Sightseeing

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Visit to Te Puia and the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers and boiling mud pools. Visit Rainbow Springs for a unique showcase of flora and fauna. Watch the interactive Agrodome sheep show and ride the Skyline gondola, before experiencing a traditional Maori show & hangi (feast).

Day 4: Rotorua - Napier (2.5 hours)

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In 1931 a devastating earthquake nearly leveled the city of Napier. It was rebuilt in the style of the times, and is now considered the art deco capital of the world. The vineyards of Hawke's Bay are all within easy reach of Napier. Another attraction is the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers.

Day 5: Napier - Wellington (4 hours)

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Nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills, Wellington, New Zealand's capital city is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington's golden-sand inner-city beach and delve into the many museums, art galleries and theatre shows that make up the city's pulsing cultural scene. If you're into the outdoors, Wellington has action-packed adventure activities like mountain biking and sea-water kayaking, as well as beautiful walks around the harbor and surrounding hills. On the waterfront itself you'll find Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand's National Museum. Wellington was the main filming and production location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you may wish to join a tour to the filming locations.

Day 6: Wellington - Nelson (5.5 hours)

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Today Take the Ferry through the Cook Straight to the town of Picton and continue your drive towards the West Coast of the South Island and the picturesque city of Nelson.

Day 7: Abel Tasman National Park

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Welcome aboard the Vista Cruising Catamaran. Relax with comfortable seating around tables and panoramic views from open or enclosed viewing decks and enjoy the on-board cafe and bar. With your flexible cruise and walk day pass, choose to spend from three to eight hours exploring the spectacular granite coast. Stay on board or disembark at a golden beach fringed by lush forest and azure waters, ideal for swimming. Enjoy quality beach time with walking options up to four hours. Your friendly crew takes care of your comfort and safety with interpretative commentary and maps.

Day 8: Nelson - Punakaiki (3 hours)

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Drive to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You'll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep!

Day 9: Punakaiki - Franz Josef (3 hours)

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Visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the west coast, for a greenstone (jade) jewellery demonstration by a local carver. Then visit the West Coast's newest attraction, the Treetop Walkway through the canopy of this lush rainforest. Now you're off to the gold-mining town of Ross before arriving at Franz Josef, where you'll take a guided tour to the viewing area at the mighty Franz Josef Glacier with a local expert glacier guide.

Day 10: Franz Josef - Queenstown (4.5 hours)

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Travel over the Haast Pass and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping at Makarora at lunchtime. You'll also stop to explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River before arriving in the Adventure Capital of New Zealand - Queenstown

Day 11: Queenstown at leisure

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Enjoy a half day tour of the area and get a bird's eye view of Queenstown, Arrowtown and the spectacular Wakatipu Basin, along with some of the areas key attractions.

Day 12: Milford Sound Tour & Cruise

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Located in the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. Your full day tour into this area today includes a spectacular cruise on New Zealand's most famous waterway.

Day 13: Queenstown - Christchurch (5.5 hours)

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See Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Then travel along the Canterbury Plains to the Garden City of Christchurch. On a sightseeing tour see how Christchurch is being rebuilt after the earthquake of 2011.

Day 14: Christchurch Sightseeing - Package ends

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Your package ends today.

Package Includes: 13 nights of accomodation, 14 day mid-size car rental (conditions apply), Kruse GPS system providing commentary, Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Rainbow Springs, Mitai Maori cultural show and hangi (feast), Cook Strait ferry, Abel Tasman cruise and walk open pass, Franz Josef Glacier valley walk, Walter Peak evening dinner & cruise, Milford Sound scenic day tour & cruise, Punting on the Avon in Christchurch.

14 Day Freedom to Explore
Style: Self-Drive   Start: Auckland
Days: 14   End: Christchurch
Moderate pricing from. $2,509.00
Superior pricing from.   $2,895.00
Pricing is per person

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