American breakfast (B) daily; Local Host service in Auckland; driving directions; map; sightseeing as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary (inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE).
Day #1 Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand. Welcome to New Zealand! Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in. Meet your Local Host this afternoon and pick up your rental car.
Day #2 Auckland–Waitomo–Rotorua. Travel south through the rich pastoral province of Waikato to Waitomo. Here, enjoy a guided tour of the famous GLOWWORM GROTTO, featuring a fascinating underground boat ride. Continue on to Rotorua via Lake Karapiro. (B)
Day #3 Rotorua. Today, visit the AGRODOME for a hands-on experience focusing on New Zealand’s farming history. Next, visit RAINBOW SPRINGS, a unique showcase of New Zealand’s flora and fauna. Finally, on to TE PUIA to view Maori carvings and weaving demonstrations, and to walk through the thermal reserve to see boiling mud pools and shooting geysers. The afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Day #4 Rotorua–Dunedin. Return your rental car and fly to Dunedin, one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Upon arrival, pick up your rental car and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. (B)
Day #5 Dunedin. A free day at your leisure to explore the city and the surrounding area. (B)
Day #6 Dunedin–Mount Cook Region. Today, head north to stunning Mount Cook. (B)
Day #7 Mount Cook Region–Queenstown. Head south and travel through the wine-making region of Central Otago to Queenstown. (B)
Day #8 Queenstown. Milford Sound Excursion. Travel by motorcoach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, gateway to FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK. View the Mirror Lakes as you pass through Eglinton Valley. From the Homer Tunnel, emerge into Cleddau Valley. Join your Milford Sound CRUISE for an unforgettable experience. (B)
Day #9 Queenstown. Enjoy a full day at leisure in the “Adventure Capital of the World.” (B)
Day #10 Queenstown. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Return your rental car at the airport prior to departure. (B)