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New Zealand Sample Schedule

These are sample itineraries. You can extend the length to include free time or select more optional sightseeing tours. Also Wagamama tours can include multiple destinations or more than one country.

Day New Zealand Experience 9 Days (Both Islands)
1
Japan – Beijing by flight. Transfer to hotel.
Stay at hotel.
2
Arrive Auckland Airport and transfer to your hotel. Stay at hotel.
3
Auckland – Waitomo Caves – Rotorua
Travel south past rolling green hills and pastureland to the Waitomo Caves region. Beneath the surface of this ancient limestone region lies a labyrinth of caves and underground rivers. Expert guides provide historical and geographical commentary before you drift silently in a boat under the milky way of millions of glow worms on the cavern roof above you. Continue through farmlands and forests until the distinctive smell of sulphur and constant steam drifts let you know you are in tempestuous, geothermal Rotorua. Stay at hotel.
4
Rotorua
Experience Māori culture at Te Puia and take a tour through a thermal valley full of forceful geysers and bubbling mud pools. View woodcarving and weaving schools and see how these ancient arts are being passed on to a new generation. Explore Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, where you can get up close to the native flora and fauna. Then see New Zealand's agricultural industry in action at the Agrodome, a working farm where you can view a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials. This evening enjoy a memorable night of culture, song and dance followed by dinner cooked the traditional Maori way on hot stones underground. Stay at hotel.
5
Rotorua – Queenstown (BY AIR)
Today you be transferred to Rotorua Airport for your flight to Queenstown. On arrival in Queenstown you will be transferred to your accommodation. Stay at hotel.
6
Queenstown - Milford Sound – Queenstown (580km)                 L
A full day journey into the heart of Milford Sound. Experience the world famous fjord, rich in dense rainforest, glacier carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls. Journey across the Southern Alps, past the stunning Mirror Lakes and Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls. At Milford Sound, board your scenic cruise to see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. Later today return to Queenstown. Stay at hotel.
7
Queenstown
The resort town of Queenstown is exciting, sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Today is free to enjoy the many sights and activities on offer in Queenstown. Stay at hotel.
8
Queenstown -Mount Cook -Christchurch (594km)
This morning travel through a mixture of high country tussock, farmland and snow capped mountains.  A small side trip takes you to Aoraki, Mt Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain where you can explore the village and soak up the view. Pass exquisite, turquoise Lake Tekapo and braided river crossings before the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury. Stay at hotel.
9
Christchurch
Transfer to Christchurch Airport for your departure. Christchurch – Japan by flights. Tour Ends.
 
 
Day
1
Japan – Auckland by overnight flight.
2
Arrive Auckland Airport and transfer to your hotel. Stay at hotel.
3
Auckland – Waitomo Caves – Rotorua
Travel south past rolling green hills and pastureland to the Waitomo Caves region. Beneath the surface of this ancient limestone region lies a labyrinth of caves and underground rivers. Expert guides provide historical and geographical commentary before you drift silently in a boat under the milky way of millions of glow worms on the cavern roof above you. Continue through farmland and forest until the distinctive smell of sulphur and constant steam drifts let you know you are in tempestuous, geothermal Rotorua. Stay at hotel.
4
Rotorua
Experience Māori culture at Te Puia and take a tour through a thermal valley full of forceful geysers and bubbling mud pools. View woodcarving and weaving schools and see how these ancient arts are being passed on to a new generation. Explore Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, where you can get up close to the native flora and fauna. Then see New Zealand's agricultural industry in action at the Agrodome, a working farm where you can view a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials. This evening enjoy a memorable night of culture, song and dance followed by dinner cooked the traditional Maori way on hot stones underground. Stay at hotel.
5
Rotorua - Taupo - Napier (219 km)
Travel today is south via Lake Taupo with the three volcanic mountains of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro dominating the scenery. Enjoy the scenery as the road changes from forest to rugged mountain ranges and then to fertile vineyards as you continue on to the Hawke’s Bay, known for its gourmet food and world-class wineries. Stay at hotel
6
Napier
Day at leisure. In 1931 a devastating earthquake resulted in the rebuilding of Napier in the style of the times, and it is now considered the Art Deco Capital of the world. Close by is Cape Kidnappers, home to a very accessible gannet colony. Stay at hotel.
7
Napier - Wellington (315 km)
Enjoy the clean, green scenery as you travel south to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Stay at hotel
8
Wellington
Day at leisure. Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between harbour and hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot. Wellington is noted for its live theatre, art galleries, restaurants and cultural activities. On the waterfront is Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum, one of the best interactive museums in the world. Stay at hotel.
9
Depart Wellington
Transfer to Wellington Airport for your departure.
Wellington – Japan by flights. Tour Ends.
 
 
Day
1
Japan – Christchurch by overnight flights.
2
Arrive Christchurch Airport and transfer to your hotel. Stay at hotel.
3
Christchurch - Mount Cook - Queenstown (594 km)
Travel from Christchurch, through diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps mountain range. This afternoon, continue on to the alpine resort town of Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Stay at hotel.
4
Milford Sound Excursion (580 km)
A full day journey into the heart of Milford Sound. Experience the world famous fjord, rich in dense rainforest, glacier carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls. Journey across the Southern Alps, past the stunn ing Mirror Lakes and Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls. At Milford Sound, board your scenic cruise to see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below.  Later today return to Queenstown. Stay at hotel.
5
Queenstown
Make your way to downtown Queenstown for your transfer to the Shotover River for a thrilling jet boat ride in the canyon. Skim past rocky outcrops, around crags and boulders and through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Return to Queenstown where the afternoon is free to enjoy some of the many activities on offer. Stay at hotel
6
Queenstown - West Coast Glaciers (355 km)
A memorable trip through some of the most magnificent scenery in New Zealand to the West Coast. This remote area has a ruggedly beautiful landscape of vast rainforests, gushing waterfalls and snow capped mountains. Stay at hotel.
7
West Coast Glaciers
At Franz Josef Glacier, your expert tour guide will take you on a Glacier Valley Walk alongside the mighty Waiho River bed following the glaciers path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier's history. Near the terminal face, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing terminal face of the glacier. After your tour, relax in the Glacier Hot Pools, a haven of natural tranquility, nestled in the lush rainforest. Stay at hotel
8
West Coast Glaciers - Greymouth – Christchurch (180km)
Travel north this morning up the wild, west coast. At Greymouth, board the scenic Tranz Alpine train, a journey famous for its spectacular mountain scenery as it traverses the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Transfer on arrival to your hotel. Stay at hotel.
9
Depart Christchurch
Transfer to airport. Christchurch - Japan by flights.