Aroha luxury New Zealand Tours
8 Day - Taste of Both Island Tour – Nationwide
auckland - rotorua, waitomo, queenstown,
milford sound, mt cook, christchurch
We are happy to offer you what we consider a very exciting and diverse trip to New Zealand. Get a real feel for the Kiwi way of life with a Taste of New Zealand, an all-encompassing tour of both islands. Overnight at the best luxury hotels or choose exclusive small premium B&B (boutique stays) that New Zealand has to offer. Experience some or a medley of activities in beautiful natural surroundings.
All tours are private, depart daily, and can be customized to suit individual interests and schedules. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0064-21-890611 for more information about our luxury New Zealand tours. Our Vehicles Travel Guide Profiles
Private guided tour itinerary - 7 nights
Day 1: Auckland City (Airport pick up and City tour)
Day 2: Auckland - Rotorua (Hobbiton, Geothermal area, Maori evening show and Hangi)
Day 3: Rotorua - Waitomo Caves (Glow-worm Caves, Farm-stay)
Day 4: Auckland/North Island – Domestic flight to Queenstown/South Island (Shotover jet boat ride)
Day 5: Queenstown (Scenic flight/cruise into Milford Sounds/Fiordland National Park, Glenorchy)
Day 6: Queenstown - Mt Cook (Helicopter flight and landing on Glacier Ice)
Day 7: Lake Tekapo – Christchurch (Akaroa Peninsula)
Day 8: Christchurch airport departure (airport transfer)
Prices from NZ$3350 per person for 6 travellers, or NZ$3890 per person for 4 travellers (contact us for pricing for 1-3 travellers) sharing a luxury vehicle and hosted by a professional driver-guide, inclusive 4*base accommodation B&B in twin share and all above listed activities. (conditions apply) Please note all prices listed are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. We specialized in custom made tours for the discerning traveller. Each tour package will be tailored to your specific needs. Individual choices of accommodation style and the amount of activities you anticipate will reflect on the general overall cost of the tour. Please make an enquiry.
Day 1: Auckland City (City tour)
Start of private guided tour! You will be met on arrival at Auckland International Airport by your Aroha NZ Tours Representative, and transferred to your accommodation in our luxurious vehicle. Your Tour starts with a relaxing sightseeing tour of Auckland and a chance to explore the CBD and outer areas of the city, taking in the spectacular harbour views of the Waitemata from Auckland's illustrious waterfront, and through some of the most expensive real estate in NZ. You will also have the opportunity to stop off and visit one of Auckland's most prestigious shopping areas 'Parnell Historical Village'. From here your tour continues on to the summit of Mt Eden one of 48 dormant volcanoes situated in and around Auckland. From the summit of you can take in a stunning 360 degree views of Auckland city and it's surrounding harbours. Later on you can spend the afternoon in the Inner City and near the America’s Cup Village and visit the nearby Viaduct Basin and its many lively bars and restaurants. Walk onto Queen street and explore the new Britomart. Britomart is a vibrant shopping, entertainment and business precinct in the heart of downtown Auckland. Surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings, it’s a neighbourhood of buzzing restaurants and bars, world-class fashion boutiques and interesting art spaces. Recommended: (Optional) Ferry to Waiheke Island, Winery and food tour: Home to numerous vineyards, lodges and cottages, Waiheke which is just a short ferry ride from down-town Auckland is embracing its bohemian side. The 35 square mile island is now dotted with new shops and galleries that sell sculptures and paintings from the dozens of local artists. We have organised today a private wine-tour to the Island's most respected vineyards. A “small is beautiful” philosophy yields low quantities of extremely high quality fruit, which is made into internationally award-winning wines. With tastings at our best boutique wineries, the secrets of Waiheke's stunning world-wide success in fine red wines will be revealed to the interested visitor. You'll come away with a deep appreciation of the vintner’s art and an understanding of the terroir, the weather and the tides of tradition which make up this art. You'll learn which vintages to look out for and be able to purchase the best for your cellar direct from the vineyards. Accommodation: Auckland City,
Day 2: Auckland - Rotorua (Hobbiton, Geothermal area, Maori evening show and Hangi) driving distances 3h
In the morning experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Your guided tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Take a look at Bag End, where Frodo and Bilbo’s adventures began. Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the Party Tree. Listen to spell-binding tales of how Hobbiton came to be. In the afternoon we reach the geothermal Capital of Rotorua. Before midday you take a journey through a world of unique thermal formations at Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland. View the fascinating 'Champagne Pool' and experience the panorama of vividly colourful hot and cold pools, steaming fumaroles and hot boiling mud pools. In the evening “Mitai” will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress, paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don’t miss your only opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat. Marvel at the crystal clear water full of eels and trout, flowing directly from the earth at the sacred Fairy Spring. See your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground. During our cultural performance, you’ll learn about our past, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art). Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance. You’ll be amazed by the spine tingling haka finale. The Mitai family is proud to have created a sacred and spiritual place that offers you an indigenous cultural experience like no other. Accommodation: Rotorua
Day 3: Rotorua - Waitomo Caves (Glow-worm Caves, Farmstay) driving distance 2h
In the morning we travel north through the lush green rural farm land of the Waikato region. The rich and fertile pastoral land of the Waikato is one of New Zealand’s major dairy producing and horse breeding areas, and host to incalculable stands of exotic timber. One of the major attractions of the Waikato/King Country region are the famous Waitomo Caves (translation: 'where the water disappears into a hole in the ground'). Enjoy a short shuttle ride to the cave while your experienced guide reveals the rich history of Waitomo. Then, take a short walk through breath taking New Zealand native bush to the cave entrance. There, your guide lights the candles setting the scene for an intimate cave experience, where you will see glow-worms and cave formations up close and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave (also known to local Maori as Te Anaroa Cave). The solar powered lights are kept low so you can appreciate the magnificent glow worm displays at their best, only inches away. Around a corner lie the bones of one of New Zealand's lost treasures, the ancient Moa. The soothing sound of Footwhistle cave stream flows in the darkness below. Formation lights are especially turned on to cast a warm glow over stunning cave formations. The guide tells the stories of the insect life that live here - titiwai, the glow worm, and tuna, the eel. After enjoying a relaxed stroll through the cave, you'll be seated in Footwhistle's Cathedral to see it lit up by a dazzling magnesium torch. Although the display only lasts a few seconds, your memories of the Footwhistle Cave will last a lifetime. Spend a relaxing evening at the only 5 Star farm-stay in the country and enjoy a home cooked meal with your friendly host. Or Hairy Feet Hobbit Film Location: Visit the stunning farm location at Mangaotaki Rocks Piopio, near Waitomo, where the troll and campfire scenes in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" were filmed. Towering limestone cliffs, massive rock formations and a primeval forest on the Denize family farm became the location for Staddle Farm and Trollshaws... and the home of "Sting"! Accommodation: Waitomo (or we take you back to Auckland)
Day 4: Auckland/North Island – Domestic flight to Queenstown/South Island (Shotover jet boat ride) driving distance 2h
In the morning we depart with a domestic flight from Auckland to Queenstown. Your day’s itinerary will lead you to some of the most interesting adventures Queenstown has to offer. Your first stop is Arthurs point, home of the Shotover Jet Boat Company, here you can experience (Optional) one of New Zealand’s most exciting adventure rides Jet Boating on the Shotover River (this is a safe excursion for both children and adults). We take you to your next stop in Arrowtown, a historic colonial village that takes you back into the Gold Mining days of the Otago region. From there you can encounter which is widely regarded as a safe spectator attraction the famous Kawarau Gorge Bungy Jumping exhibition (this is free for spectators, however, if you desire to make a jump the charge is additional to your tour package). From Kawarau Gorge you return to Queenstown where you can take the opportunity to explore the village area. Queenstown, New Zealand, is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalising. The region is renowned for incredible adventure activities and spectacular outdoor terrain. You could try skiing, snowboarding, bungy jumping, paragliding, jetboating, sky diving and more! Or, if you want something a little more relaxed, you can choose from numerous family activities, nature experiences, tours and beauty spas. Please talk with us. Our team of experts is very happy to assist you with any further enquiries. Winter sports, nearly all activities can be enjoyed all year round - Queenstown's a four season resort with distinct and beautiful seasons. Queenstown has transformed into a sophisticated cosmopolitan town, tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, beneath majestic mountains. There’s a permanent buzz in downtown Queenstown, where you’ll find a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping. Accommodation: Queenstown
Day 5: Queenstown (Scenic flight/cruise into Milford Sounds/Fiordland National Park, Glenorchy)
You take a flight/cruise excursion into the Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world” which was carved out during successive ice ages and, at its deepest point off Mitre Peak, plunges to a depth of 265 meters. The awesome splendour of this region is unsurpassed anywhere else in the World, a daring claim in a country which offers extraordinary beauty around every corer. You will enjoy spectacular views of the mountains, lakes and fiords of the Fiordland National Park. At Milford Sound your launch cruise travels the full length of Milford Sound. Return to Queenstown via the famous Sutherland Falls and glaciers of the Fiordland National Park. Only 45 minutes west of Queenstown you find a little Paradise the tiny settlement of Glenorchy. This is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand and used as a location in several Hollywood film productions and commercials around the world. Glenorchy is one of the gateways to Mt Aspiring National Park covering a large World Heritage area. Travel further into the Park along a most picturesque river and multiple river arms to a forest glade. The high peak of Mt Earnslaw and its Glacier is powering over this area. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks and mysterious hidden valleys shrouded in native Beech forest, your specialist guides will bring to life the variety of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife within this unique area, as well the captivating stories of the original Maori and early pioneers. In Glenorchy take short walk through the flatlands to the lagoon. Accommodation: Queenstown
Day 6: Queenstown - Mt Cook (Helicopter flight and landing on Glacier Ice) driving distance 3h
Speckled with small agricultural outposts, the Canterbury Plains are an area of serene, rural beauty. Our trip will take us through some of the most evocative hill county in New Zealand. To the east lies the coastal town of Timaru while, to the west, the Mackenzie Country accounts for a large percentage of New Zealand’s sheep population. We travel deep into the heart of the Southern Alps and to the southern slopes of Mt Cook National Park. In the afternoon experience awe-inspiring views of Mt Cook and breath-taking views of the glaciers and neve's. The rugged West Coast is hemmed between the Tasman Sea and the imposing Southern Alps, making for spectacular contrasts in the surrounding scenery. Two glaciers are located only 25 km from each other and are unique in the world as they seem to nearly reach the ocean. Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier snowfields with a landing at high altitude. Step out of your helicopter and experience how it feels to stand in snow. The flight includes fantastic views of the Tasman Glacier and Mount Cook. We overnight in the small township of Lake Tekapo. You will encounter an array of spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand, rises 3700 meters. The Lake Tekapo is an unusual beautiful turquoise colour, and reflects the surrounding mountains. Relax at this mystical, tranquil place and take a stroll along the lake’s shores. Recommended: (Optional) Glacier Explorer boat cruise: In the afternoon we take you on a small boat trip to the bottom of Tasman Glacier. The only tour of its kind in New Zealand, and one of three in the world! Very few glaciers terminate into lakes and even fewer of these are accessible to the average person. Stargazing: In the evening we can arrange a tour to explore the wonders of the Southern Sky at the Mt John Observatory high above the breathtaking landscape of Lake Tekapo – where Earth meets Sky. Accommodation: Lake Tekapo
Day 7: Lake Tekapo – Christchurch (Akaroa Peninsula) driving distance 3h
We drive you through Canterbury and to the Christchurch area. Described by the Lonely Planet as a "vibrant city in transition, coping resiliently and creatively,” Christchurch is showing off its vibrancy with new developments popping up all over the place. Whilst part of the central is still cordoned off due to the impact of a series of earthquakes, ninety eight percent of the city's roads are now accessible, and all of its public services (including public transport) are running as normal. There’s plenty to do in and around this rapidly changing city. We take you to your airport accommodation in Christchurch. If time allows! Just 75 km from the city of Christchurch, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Akaroa, with it's own beautiful bays and harbour, and French and English history has a good range of activities to keep you busy. In Flea-bay you will find the largest little penguin colony on the mainland in New Zealand. Akaroa waters are home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin, “the Hector's dolphin”. Explore them and other special wildlife on a harbour cruise. (Optional) Akaroa is rich in Arts and Crafts which starts with a must see visit to the 'Little River Art Gallery' as you drive through Little River. You will love the shopping in Akaroa where you can walk from one end to the other in 15 minutes, with some exquisite local boutiques. This is the perfect place to reflect on your holiday. Accommodation: Christchurch airport
Day 8: Christchurch airport departure
A short drive will take you to your departing flight in Christchurch.
We use quality accommodation which are hand picked and have great hosts and are located in beautiful locations. All rooms are modern with private en suites or bathrooms! If you decide on 5 Star travel we will offer you the best boutique lodges that New Zealand has to offer.
We have decided not to include lunches and most dinners in the package (Exceptions’: Wilderness and Farm-stays and superior Lodges are inclusive private dinners), as we believe that each individual has different needs and tastes and that New Zealand has great restaurants in each area, that are within reach. It also allows you to choose places to suit your own budget. Your guide will advise you in each area about your best options. Special dietary needs can be catered for.
We pride ourselves on a wide range of activities in your tour package. We choose those that we feel will enhance your New Zealand experiences. You can participate in as many or as few as you like. If you are unable to participate in any activity or there are weather restrictions, alternatives will be provided where possible. Please check our activity list on 'Links' site
All our vehicles are comfortable, luxury sedans (max 4 people) or luxury vans (max 10 people).
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