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Highlights Of New Zealand 1 (Oct 1 - May 5)

15 Days, Auckland to Christchurch
Highlights Of New Zealand 1 (Oct 1 - May 5)

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Two weeks is barely enough time to thoroughly explore your hometown, let alone a place as fascinating as New Zealand. For adventurers on a tight time-budget, this 15-day read more...

    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 14 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotels (12 nts), Maori village (1 nt, multi-share), boat (1 nt, seasonal)).
  • 14 breakfasts, 5 dinners.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Train, private van/bus, walking, boat)
  • Coromandel Peninsula visit
  • Hot Water Beach stop
  • Traditional Hangi ceremony and dinner
  • Overnight in Maori village
  • National Park walks
  • Scenic train journeys
  • Beach time in Kaikoura
  • Arthurs Pass
  • Franz Josef Glacier visit
  • Fiordland National Park visit
  • Milford Sound overnight boat excursion (Seasonal
  • May through September will have a day cruise)
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of NZD 300-400 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Day 2 Auckland/Hahei
Day 3 Hahei/Rotorua
Day 4 Rotorua/National Park
Day 5 National Park/Wellington
Day 6 Wellington/Kaikoura
Day 7 Kaikoura/Christchurch
Day 8 Christchurch/Franz Josef
Day 9 Franz Josef
Day 10 Franz Josef/Queenstown
Day 11 Queenstown
Day 12 Queenstown/Fiordland National Park
Day 13 Fiordland National Park/Twizel
Day 14 Twizel/Christchurch
Day 15 Depart Christchurch
  • Start
  • Finish

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Places Visited
  • Auckland
  • Hahei
  • Maori Village
  • Tongariro National Park.
  • Wellington
  • Kaikoura
  • Christchurch
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Twizel
  • DAY 1 Arrive Auckland

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. so head out and enjoy the city.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Auckland/Hahei

    Depart early for the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. If the tide is right, grab a shovel and dig a natural Jacuzzi in the sand on Hot Water Beach. Take a walk to Cathedral Cove or opt to try sea kayaking.

    Private Vehicle (Auckland - Hahei - 3h)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Coromandel Peninsula Visit
    The Coromandel is one of many scenic regions of New Zealand. Set off into the mountain forest in search of the elusive "Hairy Moehau" monster. Check out the beaches and cliffs and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales. Make friends with the locals, including "hippies" who arrived in the 1970's and never left.

    Hot Water Beach Excursion
    Hot Water Beach is a unique spot on the Coromandel Peninsula. If the tide is right, you can dig into the sand to create a natural Jacuzzi.

    Optional Activities
    Sea Kayaking
    85 NZD per person
    Head out by kayak to experience the Coromandel from sea level.

    Cathedral Cove Scenic Walk
    Cathedral Cove 1h-1h 30m
    Pack your swimsuit and walk from the north end of Hahei Beach along a cliff-top path that leads down to Cathedral Cove. A giant arch formed into the headland separates two secluded coves. Swim, lay in the shade, and enjoy the beauty of this idyllic spot. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 3 Hahei/Rotorua

    Visit Rotorua and opt to check out the geothermal area or go whitewater rafting. Later, enjoy a cultural overnight featuring a traditional dinner and show, and stay in a Maori village.

    Rotorua sits over an active volcano with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools in different areas around the town. Opt to visit one of the sites, like Hell's Gate, or go whitewater rafting nearby.

    In the evening visit a Maori village for traditional ceremonies, a Hangi meal and entertainment. After dinner, lounge by the bonfire and have some time to get to know the Maori hosts. Accommodation is in a traditional sleeping house with separate houses for men and women.

    Private Vehicle (Hahei - Rotorua - 3h-4h)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Maori Village Visit with Overnight
    Visit the Tamaki Maori Village. Receive the traditional Powhiri welcome ceremony followed by a captivating stage performance explaining Maori history and culture. For dinner, enjoy a traditional Hangi meal, similar to the Hawaiian Luau, with dishes cooked in the ground. After, enjoy some quiet time with our Maori hosts around the bonfire.

    Optional Activities
    Whitewater Rafting
    89 NZD per person
    Get your adrenaline fix on this exhilarating white water rafting trip. Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, but don't forget to paddle!

    Whakarewarewa Geothermal Village Visit
    Rotorua 1h 30m-2h
    Visit an authentic Maori Geothermal Village. With a local guide, follow the path past bubbling mud pits and mineral pools with different fluorescent coloured water. Learn how geothermal energy is used around the village and hear the history of the area. Just try to ignore the sulfurous smell -- that's just Mother Earth making magma magic. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 4 Rotorua/National Park

    Start early and enjoy some walking options in the small town of National Park.

    Private Vehicle (Rotorua - National Park - 3h - 180km)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    National Park Walks
    National Park 1-10km
    There are a variety of walks in the National Park area to suit everyone's interests and fitness levels. Opt for the Taranaki Falls, a 2-hr loop through the park or add on a side trip to Tama Lakes, making the trek 5 hours in total. For someone looking for a little less activity, or in inclement weather, there are shorter 20-30 min hikes that are just as lovely. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 5 National Park/Wellington

    Enjoy a free morning before hopping the train for a scenic journey to New Zealand's capital, Wellington. Enjoy the atmosphere in this relaxed but lively city.

    On occasions when this train is cancelled, we will travel by local bus.

    Train (National Park - Wellington - 5h 30m)
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Free Time
    National Park Morning
    Spend some time soaking in the natural beauty of this area.


  • DAY 6 Wellington/Kaikoura

    Take the ferry to the South Island. Travel the Coastal Railway to the seaside town of Kaikoura, known for its volcanic black-sand Beaches.

    Early morning ferry to the South Island. Travel the Coastal Railway from Picton to the seaside town of Kaikoura, known for its volcanic black-sand beaches.

    Ferry (Wellington - Picton - 3h 30m)
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

    For dinner, opt to chow down on the national dish - fish and chips - on the beach.

    Train (Picton - Kaikoura - 2h 30m)
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Please note that the train on the south island is seasonal and does not run from May to September. During this period we will take a public bus from Picton to Kaikoura. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Kaikoura/Christchurch

    Enjoy a free morning in Kaikoura before travelling the coast by train to the garden city of Christchurch, a little piece of England in New Zealand still rebuilding from a devastating earthquake.

    Train (Kaikoura - Christchurch - 3h)
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Please note that the train on the south island is seasonal and does not run from May to September. During this period we will take a public bus from Picton to Kaikoura.

    Opt to wander the city and see the rebuilding efforts, have a pint or two at the local pubs or walk along the Avon River.

    Free Time
    Christchurch Afternoon
    Head out and explore Christchurch and discover echoes of England in New Zealand.

    Optional Activities
    Whale Watching
    Kaikoura 3h-3h30m
    145 NZD per person
    Follow in the path of Paikea, the Maori "whale rider", and set out in search of Giant Sperm Whales as they spray and dive their way through the waters off Kaikora.

    Swimming With Dolphins
    170NZD per person
    Hop aboard a boat and head out to the open seas to search for wild dusky dolphins. Depending on conditions, most groups have 20-40 minutes of swim time with the dolphins. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Christchurch/Franz Josef

    Travel across the Southern Alps via the stunningly scenic Arthur's Pass. Stretch your legs with a mountain or rainforest walk. Enjoy staying in the rainforest near the world's fastest moving glacier.
    Private Vehicle (Christchurch - Franz Josef - 5h 380km)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.Optional Activities
    Arthurs Pass walks
    Arthur's Pass 30m-45m
    Stop midway through Arthur's Pass to stretch your legs and go for a short hike or two. The beautiful scenery and fresh air will keep you going for the rest of the ride. Possible stop at Castle Hill, a location used in the films The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Lord of the Rings.


  • DAY 9 Franz Josef

    Enjoy a free day to explore the area around Franz Josef. Opt to explore this glacier with a heli hike.

    There are dozens of optional activities in the area to suit just about any budget and preference. Try heli hiking, scenic helicopter flights, horse trekking, quad biking, skydiving, glacier valley walk, lake kayaking or a hot pools visit.

    Free Time
    Franz Josef Full Day
    Don't waste a minute-get exploring.

    Optional Activities
    Helicopter hike
    Franz Josef 3h-4h
    325-429 NZD per person
    Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride to the top of the Franz Josef Glacier. Hop out and trek on the white and blue ice. Cool! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Franz Josef/Queenstown

    Continue to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. With beautiful scenery and tons of activities, there's something for everyone. Enjoy the great night life.

    Private Vehicle (Franz Josef - Queenstown - 6h - 365km)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Queenstown

    With free time here, opt to go bungy jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Opt to take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak.

    Free Time
    QueenstownFull Day
    There's tons to do, get out and get going.

    Optional Activities
    Queenstown 15m-30m
    210 NZD per person
    Hang on! Get a birds-eye view of Queenstown on an exciting ride in the sky.

    Bungee Jumping
    Queenstown 1h 30m-4h
    175-510 NZD per person
    Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world's original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss.

    299-439 NZD per person
    Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown from an eagle's perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high about the rugged alpine landscape. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!

    Jet Boating
    Queenstown 2h-3h
    129 NZD per person
    Jet boating is a typical New Zealand activity- go as fast you can in a boat over water. Hang on tight as you fly across the surface of the water. Shoot through narrow rocky gorges and dare to watch as the driver takes hairpin turns frighteningly close to the cliffs.

    Gondola Ride
    Queenstown 1h-2h30m
    30-82 NZD per person
    Take a ride up to the top of the mountain by cable car gondola. Get a spectacular 220 view of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu below. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Queenstown/Fiordland National Park

    Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Take in the waterfalls and wildlife or venture out by kayak before an overnight on board.

    Private Vehicle (Queenstown - Milford Sound - 4h 30m)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Milford Sound Overnight Boat Excursion
    Milford Sound
    Head out to Milford Sound located in scenic Fjordlands National Park. Board the boat and cruise the sound looking for dolphins and waterfalls along the verdant shores. Accommodation on board is twin-share cabins and the buffet-style meals are excellent. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 13 Fiordland National Park/Twizel

    Head through the centre of the South Island to Twizel, near New Zealand's highest peak, Mt Cook.

    Private Vehicle (Fiordland National Park - Twizel - 5h-7h)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Explore the town of Twizel.

    Optional Activities
    Scenic Flight
    Take to the skies and get a bird's eye view of the gorgeous landscape from above. Recharge your camera and go snap happy!

    Get on your bike and enjoy the ride.

    Mount Cook Visit
    Mount Cook
    Aoraki/Mount Cook is both a village, a national park and the name of New Zealand's highest mountain. Located in central South Island, the park includes a mix of rocks and glaciers, as well as alpine plants including the world's largest buttercup, the Mount Cook lily. There are several short walks that reward with spectacular views.

    Visitor's Centre
    Stop by the visitor's centre to learn more about the region. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Twizel/Christchurch

    Spend the morning exploring this region surrounding Mt Cook taking in the alpine scenery with the chance to learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmond Hillary. Continue on to Christchurch for one final night together.

    Free Time
    Twizel Morning
    Spend a little longer enjoying this region.

    Private Vehicle (Twizel - Christchurch - 4h30m - 290km)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Christchurch Evening
    Enjoy a last night out. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Depart Christchurch

    Depart at any time.


  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of NZD 300-400 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. TRANSPORT: Please note that the train on the south island is seasonal and does not run from May to September. Day 6 and 7 transportation will be a public bus during this time period instead of a train.

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