7 Days New Zealand Holiday
New Zealand is an island country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island) and numerous smaller islands. The geography of New Zealand is highly varies, from snowcapped mountains to lowland plains. The government system is a parliamentary democracy with a Commonwealth realm. The chief of state is the Queen of the United Kingdom and the head of government is the Prime Minister. New Zealand has a free market economy in which the prices of goods and services are determined in a free price system. New Zealand is a member of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses that of the North Island, or Te Ika-a-M?ui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometers (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Seaand roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga.
New Zealand's climate, especially by Northern Hemisphere standards, is pretty mellow for much of the year. You'll find a far greater seasonal difference in the South Island than in the subtropical North, and don't believe anyone who says it never gets cold here or that there are no extremes. In Central Otago, winter temperatures are often 14'F (-10'C) and sometimes as low as -4'F (-20'C), with summers up to 100'F to 104'F (38'C-40'C). By comparison, the northern part of the North Island is subtropical. That means lots of winter/spring rain, and often daily light showers. The west coast of the South Island can get up to 100 inches or more of rain a year on its side of the Southern Alps, while just over the mountains to the east, rainfall is a moderate 20 to 30 inches annually. Rain is also heavier on the west coast of the North Island, averaging 40 to 70 inches annually. Milford Sound, though, beats the lot; it's the wettest place in the country, with a phenomenal 365 inches of rain a year.
Best time to go:
New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere; therefore, all seasons are the opposite of those in North America, Europe, and other Northern Hemisphere locations.
There really isn't a bad time to travel to New Zealand. Keep in mind, though, that most Kiwi families take their main annual holidays between mid-December and the end of January, which puts enormous pressure on accommodations in major summer beach destinations. During the Easter break and school holidays in April, June to July, and September to October, it also pays to reserve well in advance.
Pick up your self drive rental car on arrival at Auckland International Airport. Transfer by self drive rental car to your hotel in the "City of Sails". The rest of the day is at leisure.
AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA
Depart Auckland this morning and travel South along the motorway and over the Bombay Hills and descend into the lush, green, dairy farming region of the Waikato Province and on to the world famous Waitomo Caves. Take a guided tour through the Waitomo Glow worm caves and view staligtites, staligmites, and thousands of tiny glow worms. Continue on to Rotorua through the prosperous farming area around Cambridge, well known for some of the best thoroughbred horse studs in New Zealand, and then via the bushclad Mamaku Ranges to arrive at the "Thermal Spa City" of Rotorua. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or perhaps to enjoy an Optional soothing soak in the thermal waters of the Polynesian Spa.(Please note that Optional activities are not included in the tour costs.)
ROTORUA / QUEENSTOWN
This morning check out of your hotel and enjoy a self drive sightseeing tour of some of the highlights of Rotorua including a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and geysers, and learn about Maori culture. Also visit the Paradise Valley Springs to see New Zealand trout, birds and wildlife before continuing on to the Agrodome where you will watch a New Zealand Farm show featuring sheep dog demonstrations, cow milking and learn about the New Zealand sheep farming industry and the different breeds of sheep. Self drive to Rotorua Airport and drop off the rental car prior to boarding your flight to Queenstown. (Flight not included in tour costs) Pick up self drive rental car on arrival at Queenstown Airport and drive to the hotel in Queenstown and check-in. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax or to explore the local area on your own. There are many options here.
QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN
Full day excursion to Milford Sound. Travel alongside the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath the towering Remarkables mountain range and across the flat Southland Plains to Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park, now proclaimed a World Heritage Park. Pass through Beech forests, glaciated valleys, the Homer Tunnel with its 1:10 gradient, and stunning scenery to reach the majestic Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord which is dominated by Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls. View spectacular waterfalls, seals, dolphins and maybe some penguins as well as stunning scenery. Return to Queenstown late in the afternoon and the rest of the day is at leisure to relax.
Today is a free day at leisure with an opportunity to explore on your own or to experience some of the many Optional activities available here such as jetboating, bungy jumping, whitewater rafting, gondola ride up to the top of Bob's Peak, TSS Earnslaw Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak Sheep Station, 4WD safaris and many more options. Enjoy Queenstown - the Adventure Capital of New Zealand.
QUEENSTOWN / MOUNT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH
Depart Queenstown this morning and travel through the Kawarau Gorge to the fruitgrowing region of Cromwell, across Lake Dunstan and on through Central Otago to the Lindis Pass and up into the MacKenzie High Country to New Zealand's highest mountain Mount Cook. There will be time here for an Optional scenic flight over the Southern Alps with a snow landing on the Tasman Glacier subject to the weather conditions at the time. (Please note that the Optional scenic flight is not included in the tour costs.) Depart Mt Cook and follow the shores of Lake Pukaki and on to Lake Tekapo and the "Church of the Good Shepherd" before descending Burkes Pass to Fairlie and across rolling hill country to the farming service centre of Geraldine and then across the long, straight roads of the Canterbury Plains to the "Garden City" of Christchurch. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own.
Your arrangements conclude today with the drop off of your rental car at Christchurch International Airport prior to boarding your departure flight. Bon Voyage! We trust that you have enjoyed your New Zealand holiday with Adventure Pacific.