Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland city including a visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium and Antarctic Encounter. Take an underwater journey through the world-famous Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium and discover a diverse collection of aquatic life up close. See the world’s largest sub-Antarctic penguin colony display, one of the world’s biggest species of stingray and New Zealand’s largest collection of sharks. Journey through a unique Southern Ocean experience and marvel at our amazing new live jellyfish display and visit the magical Seahorse Kingdom where you’ll find the world’s only display of Spiny Sea Dragons, all this and much, much more. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Auckland.
In your wildest dreams, you might have imagined a live underground penguin colony at Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter, it’s an amazing reality. For full insight into this unique self-sustaining population of king and gentoo penguins, make sure you pick up the free brochure, which details the establishment of a full simulated Antarctic environment, complete with saltwater pools, in the heart of subtropical Auckland.
Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium is a public aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand that was opened in 1985. Located at 23 Tamaki Drive, it was the brainchild of New Zealand marine archeologist and diver Kelly Tarlton. Built in disused sewage storage tanks, the aquarium used a new form of acrylic shaping, which allowed curved tunnels rather than viewing areas with flat panels only, as in previous aquariums. The project is also one of the first to use conveyor belts to slowly move people through the viewing areas.
Check-out from the hotel. Travel south through the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves including an underground boat ride viewing the millions of glow worms on the cavern roof. Guided since the late 1880s, this is the original, iconic New Zealand attraction.
Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture. From crystal-clear streams and magical forests to epic biking trails and explosive geysers, Rotorua has it all. The city offers a raft of attractions and experiences for everyone from adventure-seekers to those just looking to unwind.
Overnight at Rotorua.
World-renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. The glowworm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light creating magic on the roof of these caves.
After breakfast, proceed for the city tour. Explore Rotorua's geothermal wonderland. Enjoy a guided tour of Te Puia Thermal Reserve and see boiling mud pools and roaring geysers. Continue to Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand's trout, birds and wildlife before proceeding to the Agrodome for a farm show featuring sheep dog demonstrations, cow milking and an introduction to the sheep industry. Discover the unique culture of Maori people and spend the evening enjoying an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) and Concert.
Overnight at Rotorua.
Agrodome is a working farm with a popular farm show, plus a tour, animal interaction area & wool demonstrations. You can hear some amazing facts and have a few laughs as a real kiwi farmer introduces you to 19 different breeds of sheep. You can also get to witness a live sheep shearing demonstration. Jump up on stage for the opportunity to feed the baby lambs or even hand-milk a cow! After the show, head outside to the herding area to watch a live dog trial where our skilled farm dogs will herd sheep through a number of obstacles.
Mitai Maori Village offers you an authentic introduction to the Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Witness warriors in traditional attire paddling in an ancient warrior canoe, view glow worms in their natural habitat and marvel at the sacred freshwater spring. View your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground. Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance. You’ll learn about our past, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art).
Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park is located seven minutes north of Rotorua along the west shore of the lake. At the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, not only do you have the chance to see kiwi birds in the brush, but you can also learn the ways that baby kiwis are being reintroduced into the wild. Due to invasive predators, only 5 percent of wild kiwi birds will live through to adulthood, and proceeds from the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park help to fund programs to raise the birds from incubation up through release.
Home to Rotorua's Pohutu Geyser, Te Puia Springs is a natural marvel to explore. Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia is the southern hemisphere's largest geyser and sprays water up to 30 meters in the air in eruptions that can last for days on end but are more likely to last a few minutes. For its incredible vistas and geothermal sightseeing, it is one of the must-visit places in Rotorua.
Check-out from the hotel. Travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing on to New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mt Cook. Depart from Mt. Cook and follow the shores of Lake Pukaki south through the historic Central Otago region to the ‘Alpine Resort’ of Queenstown.
Overnight at Queenstown.
Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Its height since 2014 is listed as 3,724 metres, down from 3,764 m before December 1991, due to a rockslide and subsequent erosion. It lies in the Southern Alps, the mountain range which runs the length of the South Island. A popular tourist destination, it is also a favourite challenge for mountain climbers. Aoraki / Mount Cook consists of three summits, from South to North the Low Peak, Middle Peak and High Peak.
Lake Pukaki is the largest of three roughly parallel alpine lakes running north-south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin on New Zealand's South Island. The lake is fed at its northern end by the braided Tasman River, which has its source in the Hooker and Tasman Glaciers. The combination of the magnificent lake, surrounding peaks and wide open skies are a dream for photographers.
Lake Tekapo is a lake in the South Island of New Zealand, about three hours drive south-west of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin. The Lake Tekapo township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise colour from the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water.
North Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces. In this region, one can discover unique wildlife, soak in luxurious hot pools or sample world-class wines.
Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the breathtaking man-made Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls. Return to Queenstown.
Overnight at Queenstown.
The permanent Bowen Falls is Milford’s highest waterfall at 162 meters. Not only breathtakingly beautiful, without it Milford Sound couldn’t operate with it being the sole source of power and water. Occasionally, in heavy rain or dry spells it has a few overflow and underflow problems, leaving the area without electricity for periods but its beauty makes up for its occasional flow issues. Bowen Falls quadruple in volume during Milford’s epic storms – one of the best ways to truly enjoy the falls is to stand on the foreshore to feel the spray.
Just before the Milford Road begins its descent through the Cleddau Valley into Milford Sound, it passes through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km-long tunnel through solid rock. Before the tunnel opened in 1954 after 19 years of construction, there was no road access to Milford Sound. Although the Homer Tunnel is wide enough for a bus and a small vehicle to pass each other, traffic lights operate during the busy summer months to keep it safe. The tunnel is a fairly steep 1:10 gradient running east to west. The tunnel passes through the Darran mountain range, below the Homer Saddle, and into the Cleddau Valley, 945 metres above sea level. Both the tunnel and saddle are named after William Henry Homer, who discovered the saddle along with George Barber in 1889 while on a surveying expedition.
Mitre Peak is an iconic mountain in the South Island of New Zealand, located on the shore of Milford Sound. It is one of the most photographed peaks in the country. The distinctive shape of the peak in southern New Zealand gives the mountain its name, after the mitre headwear of Christian bishops. It was named by Captain John Lort Stokes of the HMS Acheron.
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