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11D Essential New Zealand (NZ11E)

Christchurch / West Coast / Queenstown / Mount Cook National Park / Auckland / Matamata / Rotorua / Waitomo

OVERVIEW:

New Zealand is an exclusive destination that has wildlife and attractions nowhere else has! Have a taste of the Antarctica in Christchurch, check out the mining town of Arrowtown, see nature at its best at Mount Cook National Park, and definitely do not miss out the only authentic Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit experience at Hobbiton in Matamata! All of these and more are the essentials of New Zealand.

  • Family-friendly
  • Great for Pioneer Generation travellers
  • Fun for couples and first-timers to New Zealand
  • Highly scenic and cultural
  • Adventurous

ATTRACTIVE HIGHLIGHTS :

Christchurch

  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Punting on the Avon
  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Westcoast

  • Arthur Pass
  • Hokitika
  • Glass Bowling and Greenstone Factory
  • Westland National Park
  • Franz Josef
  • Fox Glacier
  • Haast Pass

Queenstown

  • Fruit Orchard
  • Arrowtown
  • TSS Eearnslaw Steamship Cruise
  • Walter Peak Farm Experience
  • Kawarau Bridge

Mount Cook National Park

  • Lake Pukaki
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Salmon Farm
  • Farmer Corners' Alpacas 
  • Alpacas Farm

Matamata

  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Rotorua

  • Maori Performance
  • Geothermal Valley
  • Waitomo Caves

Auckland

  • Auckland City Tour

DAY 1: SINGAPORE – CHRISTCHURCH

Your vacation begins with a pleasant flight from Singapore to Christchurch, the garden city of New Zealand.

Meals Plan: Meals On Board, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Meals On Board

DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH

“Haere Mai”, welcome to Christchurch! Upon arrival, visit the International Antarctic Centre to experience the Antarctic Snow and Ice, see the Little Blue Penguin at the NZ Penguin Encounter and enjoy a ride on the unique Hagglund vehicle. Next, take a tour around the Christchurch City. Next, enjoy the Punting on the Avon. Punting is a unique Christchurch experience transporting you back to an elegant English era when the pace of life was more peaceful and dignified. Thereafter, embark on a nocturnal tour of Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, visitng kiwis, possums and other New Zealand wildlife. 

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: CHRISTCHURCH – WEST COAST

Enjoy the spectacular alpine scenery of the snow-capped mountains, gorges and river valleys across the Canterbury Plain as we journey through Arthur Pass, New Zealand’s highest alpine pass, across to Hokitika, with its frontier town feel. Visit a Glass-Blowing & Greenstone Factoryand marvel at the creations of skilful glassbowers and the manufacturing & carving of jade from the West Coast of New Zealand. Relax amidst waterfalls and river scenery as you arrive in Westland National Park with its glistening white glaciers. Brief stop at Franz Josef before proceeding to Fox Glacier for our overnight stay.

Note: Glass Blowing Showroom and Greenstone Factory will not be operating during Sunday and Public Holidays. In the event if accommodation is not available in Fox Glacier, you will be staying in another town.

 

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: WEST COAST - QUEENSTOWN

This morning, time to enjoy the spectacular sights of the imposing Fox Glacier. Past through Haast Pass, before making our way along Lake Hawea & Lake Wanaka. Proceed to Mrs. Jones Fruit Orchard for a wide selection of fresh and dry fruits available all year round. After that, visit Arrowtown, a historic small gold mining town with heritage buildings that stretches into a tree-lined avenue of tiny miner’s cottages. Soon we arrive into the alpine resort of Queenstown, nestled beside the deep blue waters of Lake Wakatipu. This evening, enjoy a delectable Abalone Lobster Salmon Sashimi Seafood Dinner before back to hotel.

 

 

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: QUEENSTOWN: Free at Leisure

Today, you are at leisure to further explore the town, or why not join an optional excursion to Milford Sound?

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: QUEENSTOWN

Take in magnificent scenery cruising on the beautiful Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw vintage steamship. View the engine room, historic displays and others, before arriving at Walter Peak High Country Farm for walking tour of the farmyard, feed the sheep, watch sheep dogs in action. Besides, enjoy your New Zealand BBQ Buffet Lunch at the farm with amazing lake views.Thereafter, spend the rest of the day free and easy in exploring Queenstown.

Note: During the annual survey period from late May to early July (subject to change) TSS Earnslaw is out of service. Transfer to/from Walter Peak High Country Farm will be replaced by a launch. 

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: QUEENSTOWN – MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK - CHRISTCHURCH

This morning, visit the world’s first-ever bungy jumping at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy Lookout. Make a stop at the Lake Pukaki for some picturesque moment before continuing our scenic drive to Mount Cook National Park region to ctach a glimpse of the mighty Mount Cook. At 3755 metres, it is the highest peak in New Zealand. Travel pass turquoise-colored Lake Tekapo and stop at the quaint Church of the Good Shepherd, a memorial to the pioneer runholders of the Mckenzie Country. Next, visit at the Salmon Farm whereby you have an opportunity to feed the salmon fish and fresh salmon sashimi tasting. Brief visit Farmer Corners' Alpacas & Lavender Farm. You can experience a close encounter with Alpacas for photo taking and food feeding. Lavender Farm (opens during summer season) also one of the highlights. 20,000 Lavender plants in four hectares of land. This vast landscape is a perfect get away and indulge in a relaxing experience. Thereafter proceed back to Christchurch.

Meals Plan: Breakfast

DAY 8: CHRISTCHURCH – AUCKLAND - MATAMATA - ROTORUA

Take an early morning domestic flight to Auckland. Thereafter, we will proceed to Matamata and begin our Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (not operate on Christmas Day, December 25), a visitor experience based at the original location where Hobbiton was created for the filming of The Lord of the Rings & the Hobbit Films. After that, travel to the thermal wonderland of Rotorua. In the evening, enjoy a Hangi Feast and Maori Performance. Experience an authentic Maori welcome, enjoy top class performance, learn their custom and enjoy a sumptuous banquet of traditionally-cooked feast. The evening concludes with the spectacular lighting of the Geothermal Valley. If time permits, tonight you may like to enjoy a relaxing hot mineral bath at the Polynesian Spa at your own expenses.

Note: If you are taking an early morning flight, packed breakfast will be provided.

Meals Plan: Breakfast

DAY 9: ROTORUA - WAITOMO - AUCKLAND

After breakfast, depart for the limestone sculpted Waitomo Caves. Discover an ancient underground labyrinth of limestone caves & grottos the moment you enter this subterranean wonderland. Take a unique boat trip, gliding silently through the starry wonderland of the glowworm grotto. Thereafter, continue the journey to the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland. Commence on an Auckland city tour covering the shopping street, Queen Street, Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Victorian buildings at Parnell Village.

Meals Plan: Breakfast

DAY 10: AUCKLAND: Free at Leisure

Today, you are at leisure to further explore the town with shopping or try your luck at Auckland’s Sky Casino. 

Meals Plan: Breakfast

DAY 11: AUCKLAND - SINGAPORE

After breakfast, free at your own leisure till departure transfer for your flight back home with fond memories of your vacation with CTC Travel!

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Meals On Board

REMARKS

  • Taxes / Flight schedule subject to change.
  • Tour subject to confirmation.
  • Remarks:
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, tour group may be merged and actual sequence of itinerary is subject to change without prior notice. All fight types and timings are subjected to change by respective carriers. Due to local or religious festivals, unforeseen circumstances and weather conditions, the sequence of itinerary may need to be changed or alternatives sites substituted at short notice. In the event of discrepancies between English and Chinese itineraries, the former prevails.


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