8D7N NORTH & SOUTH DISCOVERY NEW ZEALAND

RATE PER PERSON:
ADULT: $ 3,960
CHILD: $ 3,600 

 

DEPARTURE DATES                                   

12APR17  20APR17                                       

27APR17  05MAY17                                         

 

AUKLAND - ROTORUA - QUEENSTOWN - CHRISTCHURCH

 

FLIGHT DETAILS:

CARRIER     ROUTE

 

PR218         MNL/AKL   ETD: 2300H – ETA: 1615H

NZ647         AKL/ZQN   ETD: 1435H – ETA: 1625H

NZ526         CHC/AKL   ETD: 1300H – ETA: 1420H

PR219         AKL/MNL   ETD: 1915H – ETA: 0330+1H

 

Hotels 4*

Auckland  Crowne Plaza Auckland or similar

Rotorua  Millennium Hotel Rotorua or similar

Queenstown  Novotel Hotel or similar

Christchurch  Hotel Ibis Christchurch or similar

 

 

 DAY 01:   ARRIVE AUCKLAND
Welcome to Auckland, the “City of Sails”. Acosmopolitan and culturally diverse city.After immigration formalities, meet & greeton arrival and transfer to your hotel forcheck-in. Enjoy time at leisure today. (D)

DAY 02:   MATAMATA - ROTORUA
New Zealand has become synonymous withthe Middle-earth of JRR Tolkien's famousbooks since the release of theblockbuster Lord of the Rings film trilogy,directed by New Zealander Sir PeterJackson. Scattered around New Zealandare spots that were transformed into sets forthe three movies and thesubsequent Hobbit sequels. One of themost famous was that of The Shire, home tothe plucky hobbits, and while filming hasfinished, today you can still visit The Shireand see where the movie magic wascreated.Tucked away on picturesque privatefarmland near the small town of Matamatain the North Island's Waikato region is theHobbiton Movie Set, which draws visitorsfrom around the world for guided Hobbitontours to see the famous Hobbit holes, alongwith the Mill and The Green Dragon andother sights you'll recognise from the films.Continue your journey to Rotorua and wemake our way to Te Puia, one of NewZealand's foremost cultural venues. At TePuia's marae (meeting house) you willreceive a traditional welcome and be invited to experience a Māori cultural performance,in which ancient and modern stories are toldthrough song, dance, poi and stick games.You'll gain an understanding of this uniqueculture and its history and be thoroughlyentertained by the talented and charismaticperformers. (BLD)

 
DAY 03:   AUCKLAND - QUEENSTOWN
Discover three of Rotorua's best visitorattractions on this morning Rotoruasightseeing tour. See our agriculturalindustry in action at the Agrodome, aworking organic farm where you can find outall about farming life in New Zealand, watcha sheep shearing display and see sheepdog trials where the hard-working farm dogsshow off their amazing skills.Continue your journey back to Auckland todrop off at Auckland domestic airport foryour flight into Queenstown.Arrive Queenstown, pick up by our SouthIsland driver guide and transfer to dinner.Gondola Ride at Bob’s Peak and dinner at Skyline Queenstown. (BLD) 
 
DAY 04:   MILFORD SOUND
Take an unforgettable journey into the heartof Milford Sound, New Zealand's mostfamous tourist destination. You'll experiencethe world-famous fiord in all its natural glory surrounded by dense rainforest, glacier-carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls.Leaving Queenstown, travel in comfortalong the shores of Lake Wakatipu and intosouthern farmland to Lake Te Anau, thelargest lake in the South Island. After amorning tea stop (own expense), travelalong the lake and into Fiordland NationalPark. Enter the picturesque Eglinton Valley,a place of ancient alpine forest and gushingwaterfalls and one of only a few road-accessible glacier valleys in New Zealand,and take advantage of the photoopportunities on offer along the MilfordRoad, like the stunning Mirror Lakes, whereon a calm day the surrounding mountainranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters, and Knobs Flat, where glaciershave carved their mark on the terrain.
Your glass-roof coach will provide amazingviews of the dramatic skyline as you crossthe Main Divide of the Southern Alps, withstunning mountain peaks all around. Stop atMonkey Creek and sample some of thepurest water in the world (but watch out forcheeky kea - native mountain parrots!).Travel under the mountains throughthe Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km passagewaydrilled into solid rock, then experience TheChasm, a short but impressive walk overfootbridges spanning a series of powerful,swirling waterfalls and rapids.At Milford Sound, board your 1 hour 45minute Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruiseand set off to explore the region thatRudyard Kipling called the Eighth Wonder ofthe World. Travel the length of the fiord andout to the Tasman Sea, gliding past glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls thattumble through valleys and crash into thesea far below. Lush native forest clings tosteep cliffs, while wildlife including seals,penguins and dolphins are regular visitors tothe icy waters. Mountain ranges surroundthe fiord, including Mitre Peak which risesdramatically from the depths to a height of1,692 metres above sea level.Along the way your captain will providelively and informative commentary. Yourcruise will take place on a modern, purpose-built catamaran with large viewing windows,outdoor decks, panoramic views and warmindoor seating. Translation sheets areprovided in Japanese, German, Spanish,French, Korean and Mandarin.After your cruise, return to Queenstown bycoach. Alternatively, book a scenic flightoption (optional extra) and wing your wayback high over the mountains, lakes andrivers of the South Island.
Useful info: Milford Road stops includingMirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Monkey Creekand the Chasm are dependent on weatherand road conditions. (BLD)
 
Day 05:    QUEENSTOWN
This scenic safari offers breathtakingmountain and forest views along the shoreof Lake Wakatipu towards Glenorchy andthe Paradise Valley. Visit the filminglocations for Isengard, the Ithilien Camp,Lothlorien forest and the Seat of Seeing/Battle of Amon Hen, plus yet-to-be-revealedfilming locations from The Hobbit trilogy!
For Lord of the Rings fans, this is the tripwhere Nomad Safaris really does take youThere and Back again. Bring the films to lifewith our authentic replica props, dress upand take photos, or simply soak up thescenery.Beyond Glenorchy we travel up the DartValley to the filming location for Isengard,set amongst snow-capped mountainsbeside the turquoise waters of the DartRiver  This setting offers views of MtEarnslaw and it’s hanging glacier, used inthe first instalment of The Hobbit trilogy.Explore the Paradise Forest, the location forthe Forest of Lothlorien. Leaving Glenorchyand returning towards Queenstown we stopat 12 Mile Delta to explore the location ofthe Ithilien Camp.The Safari of the Scenes - Glenorchy alsoincludes locations from X-men Origins:Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia: PrinceCaspian and many more.
Then, prepare yourself for the ultimate JetBoating experience with Shotover Jet - theunique, breathtaking white water ride andadrenaline rush you’ll never forget. From the moment the accelerator hits the floor, your adrenaline hits the roof. You’ll
speed over 10cm deep water, along thefamous Shotover River and deep into thespectacular Shotover River Canyons.
It’s an amazing white water ride, as theShotover Canyon walls tower over you, yourexpert driver puts his state-of-the-art BigRed Jet Boat through its paces. At 85kph he’ll skillfully whip the powerful boat past 
rocky outcrops, skim around crags andboulders, and speed through the dramaticand narrow canyons. Rock faces blur inyour peripheral vision and the water spraysinto a myriad of white water crystals with
every turn. (BLD)

Day 06    TWIZEL - CHRISTCHURCH
Travel through the Central Otago region andon to Twizel. Stop over at the famous Mrs.Jones fruit town of Cromwell. ContinueNorth following the shores of Lake Pukakifor photo stop at Lake Tekapo and theChurch of Good Shepherd before travellingacross the Canterbury Plains. A visit toFarmers Conrner Souvenir Shop before toarrive at Christchurch. (BLD)
 
Day 07   CHRISTCHURCH  AUCKLAND      DEPARTURE
Discover the fascinating historyof Christchurch on a half day citysightseeing tour. Take in the sights of thecentral city and its surrounds and see howthis beautiful city is recovering from thedevastating 2011 earthquake.
Tour around central Christchurch. Yourdriver guide will tell you about the history ofthe city from its pioneering days to thepresent day. You will view some of theareas affected by the earthquakes, see howChristchurch is preserving some of its iconicheritage buildings and learn about the latestplans for restoration of the inner city.Experience the natural beauty of HagleyPark, the Avon River and Botanic Gardens,as well as the recently reopened NewRegent Street with its distinctive SpanishMission style architecture, andthe Re:START mall, an innovativedevelopment created entirely out of shippingcontainers! Following your Christchurch city tour, wehead towards the picturesque seasidevillage of Sumner where there is time toexplore the beach and its interesting rockformations. From there we travel up the PortHills to the historic Sign of the Takahe, a listed heritage building where you will enjoypanoramic views overlooking ChristchurchCity, the port of Lyttelton, the CanterburyPlains and the Southern Alps.On the return journey we visit Mona Vale,one of Christchurch's most spectaculargardens. Take a leisurely stroll around thepark and see why Christchurch is known as'the Garden City'.
Depart Christchurch for your flight intoAuckland. Upon arrival in Auckland, you willbe transfer to your hotel. The rest of the dayis at leisure. (BLD)

Day 08   AUCKLAND CITY TOUR -DEPARTURE
Today, you will be more fascinated byAuckland by experiencing it’s morning CityTour. Travel through the city centre,along Karangahape Road with itschequered past and eclectic vibe, pastfashionable Ponsonby and overthe Auckland Harbour Bridge, enjoyingviews of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline.Visit the Viaduct Harbour and Auckland'sfamous Queen Street before continuing tothe Auckland Domain.The Domain is the city's oldest park and, at75 hectares, one of its largest. Developedaround an extinct volcano, it featurestropical gardens, duck ponds and public art,and is also home to the Auckland War Memorial MuseumAfter visiting the Domain, the tour continuesto Parnell Village for a brief morning teastop (own expense). The historic buildingsof Parnell have been transformed into atrendy shopping area featuring a range ofboutiques, craft and specialty stores.Our tour will then take you along the scenicwaterfront route of Tamaki Drive to MichaelJoseph Savage Memorial Park, aboveMission Bay. Named after one of NewZealand's most revered Prime Ministers, thepark, with its formal gardens and tranquilatmosphere, offers a panoramic outlook over the picturesque Eastern Bays,Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour. Your Auckland tour ends after the city touren-route into Auckland International Airportfor your homebound flight. (BL)

 

* Prices are per person and includes:

Pick up from centrally located tour accommodation, private coach travel, nights accommodation, transfers to / from accommodation throughout the tour and activities as specified in the itinerary. 

1. Roundtrip economy airfare on Philippine Airlines from Manila (Air taxes & surcharges)

2. Hotel accommodation based on twin share with daily hotel breakfast.

3. Full board meals

4. Private tours & activities as specified in the itinerary

5. Private return transfers

 

 Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost

Important: Minimum of 20 pax Hotel surcharges applicable during 2017 World Masters Games

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