New Zealand & the Cook Islands

Resort:New Zealand & the Cook Islands
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination:
Price From: £3945.00

Overview

Combine the delights of New Zealand
with the stunning natural beauty of the
Cook Islands on this 18-day private tour.
Begin by traversing New Zealand and
taking in many of the highlights of the
country including the glow-worm caves
at Waitomo, beautiful glaciers and the
majestic fiords of South Island. Finish
with 6 nights in one of the most scenic
locations in the South Pacific.

Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland

Arrive into Auckland, collect your hire car and
drive to SkyCity Grand Hotel for 1 night. (N)

Day 2: Auckland Rotorua

Explore Aucklands city sights before travelling
south towards Rotorua, stopping en route
at the glow-worm caves at Waitomo for a
guided tour and boat ride through the grotto.
Continue on to Rotorua and stay 2 nights at the
Millennium Hotel Rotorua. (N)

Day 3: Rotorua

Choose from a selection of included tours
such as a visit to Te Puia, offering Maori
cultural experiences and an impressive display
of geysers and boiling mud pools, explore
Rainbow Springs Nature Park and the Kiwi
Encounter, or relax in a thermal pool. (N)

Day 4: Wellington

Travel to New Zealands capital city, Wellington,
passing Lake Taupo and Tongariro National
Park en route. Stay 1 night at Copthorne
Hotel Wellington. We recommend visiting the
National Museum Te Papa during your time in
the city. (N)

Day 5: Fly to Queenstown

Drive to the airport for the short flight to
Queenstown*. On arrival, collect your hire car.
Stay 3 nights at QT Queenstown. (N)

Days 6-7: Queenstown

During your stay we recommend a visit to the
old gold-mining town of Arrowtown and a trip
to the Fiordland region for a cruise on Doubtful
or Milford Sound. (N)

Days 8-9: Franz Josef

Drive west along the rugged West Coast
Road and over the Haast Pass, following the
dramatic coastal road north to the small
town of Franz Josef. The following day we
recommend a helicopter flight over Franz Josef
and Fox glaciers or a valley walk with a local
glacier guide. Stay at Te Waonui Forest Retreat
for 2 nights. (B)

Days 10-11: Greymouth Christchurch

Journey north up the rugged west coast to
Greymouth, where you will return your hire car
and board the TranzAlpine train for a journey
through the Southern Alps to Christchurch.
On arrival, transfer to The George Hotel for 2 nights, with the following day at leisure to
explore the city. (N)

Day 12: Fly to Rarotonga (Cook Islands)

Transfer to the airport and fly to Rarotonga,
then transfer to the Manuia Beach Resort for
3 nights, where you will receive a warm
‘ei welcome. (N)

Days 13-14: Rarotonga

Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour by 4×4
vehicle into the green rugged interior of
the island for an insight into its history and
culture. The following day is at leisure with
the opportunity to relax or explore the island
further. (N)

Day 15: Aitutaki

Fly to the island of Aitutaki. On arrival, transfer
to the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa for 3
nights. (N)

Day 16: Aitutaki

Join a cruise on the islands lagoon and
perhaps snorkel amid the array of fish, coral
and giant clams. The cruise will stop at the
uninhabited One Foot Island for lunch before
returning. (L)

Day 17: Aitutaki

Join a 4×4 tour of Aitutaki, visiting sacred
Polynesian sites (marae) and learn about the
traditions of the cannibal Polynesians who
inhabited the island. (N)

Day 18: Fly to Rarotonga Onward travel

Return by air to Rarotonga. Transfer to the
Islander Hotel for the afternoon before a
late-evening transfer to the airport for a flight
to London, or continue your holiday in the
South Pacific. (B)

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