Lying in the south-west pacific, New Zealand consists of two main islands – the North Island and the South Island. Stewart Island and many smaller islands lie offshore. Explore New Zealand’s pristine beaches, dense forests, volcanoes, fjords, Alpine heights and mindboggling marine life which make it a tourist hot spot. Go Bungee jumping, snorkelling, deep sea diving or swim with the dolphins. For a relaxing holiday, there are hot pools, vineyards and many cultural attractions to enjoy.
Capital : Wellington
Official Language : English and Maori
Government : Constitutional Monarchy
Currency : New Zealand Dollar
Time Difference :New Zealand is 6 hour 30 minutes ahead of India from March to mid October & 7 hours 30 minutes ahead of India from mid October to mid March
Best Time to Visit : October to March.
AUCKLAND HOP ON HOP OFF TOUR
The Auckland Hop-on Hop-off tour with commentary visits the “Big 14 Attractions.” Buses leave every 30 minutes in summer. Explore Kelly Tarlton’s, the Auckland Museum, Mount Eden, Sky Tower and more. Valid for 1 or 2 days, this tour takes one hour to complete an entire loop, or you can hop-on and off during the day and visit Auckland’s attractions.
DISCOVER BAY OF ISLANDS
Travel by coach to the spectacular Bay of Islands to visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the birthplace of New Zealand where the treaty between the British Crown and Maori Chiefs was signed. Then join a cruise to Cape Brett and Piercy Island to travel through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ (weather permitting). Enjoy a packed lunch. Return to Auckland.
Visit the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to view mighty geysers and boiling mud pools. Tour the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Continue to Rainbow Springs to see the unique flora and fauna of New Zealand, and enjoy the Agrodome Sheep Show at the Agrodome Farm.
Take a day trip to the mystical Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Enjoy a guided tour through the galleries and lofty chambers of the caves and a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, lit up by thousands of tiny living lights. Return to Rotorua in the afternoon via Fitzgerald Glade.
TAMAKI MAORI VILLAGE FOR MAORI CONCERT & DINNER
See the locals carving and weaving, thatching huts, hunting and cooking. Enjoy a performance of Waiata, Haka, song and dance by the Tamaki Cultural Group and a traditional Hangi buffet dinner. Pick up bone carvings and jewellery at the Tribal Market place before the official closing ceremony.
RAINBOW SPRINGS KIWI WILDLIFE PARK
Rainbow Springs, set in 22 acres of native trees and streams is home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants. over two million liters of pure fresh spring water wells up naturally into the Rainbow Springs each day. Experience the Big Splash boat ride, explore the free flight aviaries, see the tuatara, feed the largest wild trout, and enjoy the bird show. Great fun for the family!
HUKA FALLS JET
Marvel at the incredible water level views of the spectacular Huka Falls and slide past cliffs and trees at 80km per hour in powerful Chevrolet V8 jet boats. Enjoy 30 exciting minutes along a beautiful river environment. You’ll travel past the Wairakei Thermal Power Station, prawn park and the Aratiatia Dam
DISCOVER WELLINGTON & COASTLINE
The morning tour includes the parliament Buildings, old Saint Paul’s Cathedral, the Lady Norwood Rose Gardens, the Cable Car Museum. Enjoy 360 degree views of Wellington from Mt Victoria. The afternoon tour includes a brief stop at Weta Cave, the mini-museum of the Academy Award winning company that brought lord of the Rings, King Kong, and Narnia to life.
CITY SIGHTS OF CHRISTCHURCH
Travel past the University of Canterbury, to Riccarton House and Bush to Monavale Gardens for a short stroll. Continue via Hagley Park, Botanical Gardens Arts Centre, past Victoria Clock Tower, the Catholic Basilica and the suburb of Sumner to Lyttleton Harbor. Stop at the Sign of the Takahe, a beautiful old roadhouse on the Cashmere Hills, for spectacular views of the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps.
INTERNATIONAL ANTARTIC CENTRE
Across from Christchurch International Airport, this leading attraction offers an exciting experience in a chilled -5 degrees C, safe all weather environment. Watch the snow fall in the Four Seasons Room, experience an Antarctic Storm in the Snow and Ice Experience. See little Blue penguins in the New Zealand penguin Encounter. Take an optional adventure ride on an Antarctic vehicle – the Hagglund!
HOT AIR BALLOONING OVER CANTERBURY PLAINS
See the sunrise over the Canterbury Plains on an early-morning hot-air balloon flight. Enjoy unforgettable views of the plains, the Southern Alps to the west and the endless blue ocean to the east. Enjoy a glass of chilled champagne or fruit juice after landing and collect your personalized flight certificate.
KAIKOURA WHALE WATCH
Travel through the rich farmland to the historic coastal township of Kaikoura, a centre for the crayfishing industry. Weather and sea conditions permitting, board a purpose built vessel and go in search of sperm whales. Visit the Kaikoura seal colony before complimentary wine tasting at Canterbury House.
FOX GLACIER & MOUNT COOK HELICOPTER FLIGHT
Fly over the legendary Fox Glacier and snowfields and watch the crevasses and ice forms race by below you. land in the snow above the icefalls of the glacier and enjoy the magnificent scenery. Explore Aoraki’s (Mount Cook) majestic west face, before descending into the valleys.
Enjoy spectacular views of the town, lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range. Visit the birth place of bungee jumping and visit the Bungee Dome, an 8 minute multimedia show. From the Bungee Centre, view the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and the Bungee jumping platform. Enjoy some wine and cheese tasting at Gibbstown Valley and drive to Kawarau Gorge where a scene from “lord of the Rings” was filmed. Visit picturesque Arrow town.
Drive through the Eglington Valley, past ancient beech forest, stunning waterfalls and pause at the famous Mirror for photos. Continue through the Upper Hollyford Valley to Milford Sound, a spectacular fiord that flows into the Tasman Sea. Enjoy a Milford Sound Red Boat cruise, the perfect way to discover glowworm caves.