Travel the length of New Zealand on this popular, dual-island tour. in the North Island you will experience unrivalled sightseeing tours of Auckland, Wellington, and the Bay of Islands 'Hole in the Rock' formation. On the South Island you will encounter helicopter rides and excursions in the dazzling glacier region.
During the course of the Panorama tour it is ensured that you have free time in Paihia (Bay of Islands), Rotorua, Queenstown and Dunedin to relax, enjoy activities and sightsee at your own pace.
|2||Auckland - Bay of Islands|
|3||Bay of Islands|
|4||Bay of Islands - Rotorua|
|6||Rotorua - Napier - Masterton|
|7||Masterton - Wellington|
|8||Wellington - Picton - Blenheim|
|9||Blenheim - Kaikoura - Christchurch|
|10||Christchurch - Mt Cook - Omarama|
|11||Omarama - Dunedin|
|12||Dunedin - Te Anau|
|13||Milford Sound Day Trip|
|14||Te Anau - Queenstown|
|16||Queenstown - Haast Pass - Franz Josef|
|17||Franz Josef - Christchurch|
Your tour representative will greet you at the airport, where transport is waiting to take you to your luxury hotel.
Today you'll be driven north to Paihia, the entry point to the Bay of Islands, where you will meet your local Maori guide and enjoy opportunities to explore. This afternoon you will enjoy a lunch cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and you'll sail through the famous 'Hole in the Rock'.
Today has been allocated as a day for you to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands at your own pace.
Today you will pay a visit to the Sky Tower, which is—at 1,076ft—the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere, and allows panoramic views across the city and the two harbours. Then you will travel on to Rotorua—the epicentre of Maori heritage.
Today, your sightseeing tour visits the Agrodome, where you’ll see a display featuring New Zealand’s wildlife. This evening enjoy a Maori Hangi (meal) with traditional food, followed by a concert featuring Maori songs, chants and the haka.
View the cascading Huka Falls, where the Waikato River pours through a narrow gorge on its way to Lake Taupo—the largest lake in New Zealand. Then, you will continue on to the Hawke’s Bay and Napier, a stunning city often heralded as the world’s Art Deco capital.
Today you shall travel south over the Rimutaka Range into the capital city of Wellington. The city tour includes a trip to the summit of Mount Victoria, which presents stunning views over the city and its harbour.
Embark upon the afternoon Interislander Ferry and cross the Cook Strait into the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound and the South Island. You will travel south to Blenheim where you will enjoy a superb evening meal, wine-tasting and a tour at The Olde Malthouse.
Today you will journey past Lake Grassmere and follow the coastline to Kaikoura, an area renowned for whale watching. In Christchurch you can visit the International Antarctic Centre and enjoy a tour of the city.
Today you will visit the divine Church of the Good Shepherd and the beloved Collie Dog Memorial, both of which overlook Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, with time to enjoy the majestic scenery of New Zealand’s highest snow-capped peaks.
Travel through the Waitaki Valley on your way to Oamaru and Dunedin. Your Coach Captain will be able to assist you in organising trips to attractions and places of interest. This evening, prior to your meal, you will be treated to a traditional Scottish Haggis Ceremony.
Today you’ll pay a visit to the historic Larnach Castle—New Zealand’s only castle—to learn about its tragic and mysterious past. Depart Dunedin and head inland, arriving at the shores of the gorgeous Lake Te Anau.
Pass snow-capped mountains, as you travel down pine-lined roads and descend into the Cleddau Canyon to Milford Sound. A cruise takes you to the open sea and presents visitors with sights such as the Bowen and Stirling Falls.
This evening, you’ll cruise across the lake aboard the beloved vintage TSS Earnslaw, known as the ‘Lady of the Lake’. Take in views of Lake Wakatipu’s most beautiful alpine scenery, before reaching Walter Peak High Country Farm for an evening meal.
Today has been set aside so you can enjoy Queenstown at your leisure. You can either sit back and relax, or immerse yourself in adventure.
Next stop is Lake Wanaka, lined with lofty trees and hemmed with sublime views of snow-capped mountains. Pass Lake Hawea, Makarora, Mt Aspiring and Westland National Park, as you travel north towards the glacier region.
Today you will head north along the coast and pay a visit to a Pounamu (also known as greenstone or jade) factory. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Maori culture, and you’ll be able to attend demonstrations and learn more about this gem.
Today you will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.