NEW ZEALAND NORTH + SOUTH ISLAND 9-DAY CUISINE TOUR PACKAGE
DAY 1 AUCKLAND CITY
Meet and greet by tour guide upon arrive Auckland Airport. We will begin Auckland city tour, which includes Princess Harbour, Queen Street, Mt. Eden, and Parnell Village. (Chinese dinner included)
DAY 2 WAITOMO GLOW WORM CAVES + LAKE TAUPO + ROTORUA + POLYNESIAN SPA (OWN EXPENSE)
Join a guided tour through the world-famous cave formation, climaxed by drifting silently in a boat through a glow worm cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights.
After lunch, depart for Lake Taupo, the largest lake in Australasia, created over 1,800 years ago by a massive volcanic eruption. Enjoy the sceneries of Wairakei Steam Fields and Huka Falls along the road. You can also take a jet boat tour (own expense) at Huka Falls.
On arrival in Rotorua, you could relax in the award-winning Polynesian Spa (own expense), voted one of the world's top 10 day spa resorts. Enjoy tranquil bathing and lake views in four shallow alkaline rock pools, each with different temperatures (36˚C to 42˚C). Here you are surrounded by revitalizing native New Zealand flora, natural rocks, the sound of two waterfalls and a grotto. The pools are filled with soothing alkaline mineral water leaving your skin soft and supple.
Stay overnight in Rotorua. (Breakfast, Buffet lunch and Chinese dinner included)
Tours Depart on Friday from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane.
AUD$120 per person surchage applies to tours depart from Brisbane.
Price includes: Air Tickets, accommodations, breakfasts, Lunches, dinners, admission fees, coach transport and Chinese tour guide.
Price excludes: Air fare taxes $260 per person, tour guide service fee NZD$6 per person per day, optional activities admissions, hotel single surcharge NZD$60 per person per night, and other hotels/air tickets surcharges.
Auckland Hotel: Copthorne Harbour City or similar 4 star hotel.
Rotorua Hotel: Millennium Hotel or similar 4 star hotel.
Extra NZD$80 per person per night for upgrading to 5 star hotel.
Tekapo Hotel: The Godley Resort or similar 3 star hotel.
Queenstown Hotel: Copthorne lakefront or similar 4 star hotel.
Te Anau Hotel: Kingsgate Te Anau or similar 3 star hotel.
Oamaru Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Brydone Oamaru or similar 3 star hotel.
Extra NZD$80 per person per night for upgrading to 4 star hotel.
DAY 3 WHAKAREWAREWA THERMAL RESERVE + LAKELAND QUEEN CRUISE + RAINBOW SPRINGS AND KIWI ENCOUNTER + AGRODOME FARM
Visit Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, one of Rotorua's most famous attractions. See woodcarving, weaving displays, Maori village and the thermal valley with the famous Pohutu Geyser, fumaroles, colourful silica deposits and boiling mud pools.
Take a relaxing lunch break on-board the Lakeland Queen, which offers a unique dining experience, spectacular scenery of key landmarks around Lake Rotorua and the surrounding countryside such as Ohinemutu, Kawaha Point, Mokoia Island, Sulphur Point, the summit of Mount Tarawera and many other geographical features.
After lunch, visit Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Encounter. Not only are you able to see endangered native species like the Kiwi and Tuatara but now with the Big Splash water ride, that story comes to life. See life size dinosaurs, moa and other now extinct species as you ride the 9 minute long fun and educational journey through the ecological evolution of New Zealand.
Visit Agrodome Farm, with a 45-minute tour of an authentic working farm in all-weather, all-terrain vehicles. Watch a sheep being shorn, hand-feed the animals and finish with a sheep dog trial.
Stay overnight in Auckland. (Breakfast, lunch and Chinese dinner included)
DAY 4 CHRISTCHURCH CITY + LAKE TEKAPO + CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Meet and greet by tour guide upon arrive Christchurch Airport. Known as the Garden City, Christchurch is located on the east coast of the South Island and is the second largest city in New Zealand. Visit the Canterbury Museum, Avon River, and the Bridge Of Remembrance.
Stop to see the Church of the Good Shepherd beside Lake Tekapo. Aoraki Mt Cook and the Southern Alps are a spectacular sight on clear days at the far end of the lake. You can join a starlight star watching tour to explore the majestic skies over Lake Tekapo.
Enjoy a salmon sashimi dinner and stay overnight at a lakeside hotel in Tekapo. (Chinese lunch and salmon sashimi dinner included)
DAY 5 MT COOK + ALPINE SALMON FARM + CROMWELL + KAWARAU BRIDGE BUNGY + QUEENSTOWN
Aoraki Mt Cook is the highest peak in Australasia at 3,754m (12,316 ft) and one of the most stunning aspects of the Southern Alps. We will stop at Mt Cook Village for approximately 1.5 hours.
After lunch, visit Mt Cook alpine salmon farm and taste the healthiest, firmest-fleshed, best eating king salmon in the world.
Depart for Queenstown by way of Cromwell, the fruit bowl of New Zealand and Kawarau Bridge Bungy, world home of Bungy Jumping. Arrive late afternoon in Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of New Zealand.
Stay overnight in Queenstown. (Breakfast, lunch and Chinese dinner included)
DAY 6 ARROWTOWN + TSS EARNSLAW + WALTER PEAK HIGH COUNTRY FARM/SKYLINE GONDOLA
Visit Arrowtown, a beautiful, former gold mining town, filled with a rich heritage, historic buildings and a quiet charm. There are many well preserved buildings used by European and Chinese immigrants dating from the gold mining days of the town.
You could enjoy a world famous as the ultimate jet boating experience, a unique, breathtaking ride through dramatic, narrow canyons.
Take the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw from Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Following the 40 minute cruise from Queenstown, disembark at Walter Peak for a buffet dinner.
(Please note: The TSS Earnslaw will be on survey from May to July and will not be operating. Alternatively, you can take the Skyline Gondola and enjoy Chinese hotpot dinner.)
Stay overnight in Queenstown. (Breakfast, lunch and buffet/Chinese hotpot dinner included)
DAY 7 MILFORD SOUND + TE ANAU
Travel from Queenstown following the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu past the dramatic peaks of this mountain range, snow-capped in winter. Enjoy some of the most stunning scenery to be found anywhere in the world - towering snow-capped mountains, magnificent rainforests and spectacular waterfalls. Photograph stops along the way. Before descending into Milford Sound, travel through Homer Tunnel carved through the solid rock of a mountain.
Join your 1 hour 45 minute cruise taking you past Mitre Peak which rises from the ocean floor to its peak approximately 1.6 kilometres above sea level. View the spectacular Bowen waterfall cascading down its huge rock face. Look out for dolphins, seals and penguins that live in this wonderful location. Buffet lunch is included on the cruise.
Stay overnight in Te Anau. You could experience a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms in Te Anau.
Stay overnight in Te Anau. (Breakfast, buffet lunch and lobster dinner included)
DAY 8 DUNEDIN + BALDWIN STREET + MOERAKI BOULDERS + OAMARU + BLUE PENGUINS COLONY
Depart for Dunedin. The streets hum vibrantly with colour and culture. Dunedin is set amidst a gorgeous landscape, edged by the sea. Setting Dunedin apart from other cities in New Zealand are some of the finest examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere.
Visit University of Otago, St Paul's Cathedral, the Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin Railway Station and Baldwin Street, which recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the steepest street in the world.
Enjoy the sceneries of the Moeraki Boulders, which are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave-cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden on the road.
In the evening, visit the Blue Penguins Colony and join the penguin parade tour. You are seated in an outdoor viewing grandstand where you listen to a commentary about our blue penguins. The birds return home from their days fishing, make their way onto the beach, up a stony ramp, and cross into the Colony.
Stay overnight in Oamaru. (Breakfast, lunch and Traditional Maori Hangi buffet dinner included)
DAY 9 OAMARU + CHRISTCHURCH
Travel up the east coast of the South Island which offers a unique combination of ocean and mountains to the “Garden City” Christchurch.
Transfer to the Airport and fly back home. (Breakfast and lunch included)
Hukafalls Jet 30-minute Ride (Adult NZD$109/Child NZD$65)
Polynesian Spa Mineral Pools Lake Spa (Adult NZD$45/Child NZD$16)
Shotover jet boating (Adult NZD$129/Child NZD$69)
Nevis Bungy 134m (Adult NZD$260) Tekapo Springs (Adult NZD$22/Child NZD$13)