New Zealand is divided into two main islands – North Island and South Island. The North Island is the more populated island, boasting of warm weather, beaches, farmlands and active volcanic peaks. The South Island, divided by a range of mountains known as the Southern Alps, is cooler in climate and has snow topped mountains, extensive beech forests, stunningly beautiful fjords and of course, golden sandy beaches and broad plains. With such contrasting landscapes within the same country, New Zealand offers diverse scenery, a range of activities for adventurers of all ages and allows you a glimpse into the warm and welcoming New Zealand way of life.
These islands are sparsely populated, particularly away from the North Island, but easily accessible. There are sparklingly modern visitor facilities, and transport networks are well developed with Airports throughout the country and well maintained highways. New Zealand often adds an adventure twist to nature: it's the original home of jet-boating through shallow gorges, and bungy jumping off anything high enough to give a thrill.
Though sparsely populated, these islands are one of Earth's most peculiar bioregions, home to several species of flightless birds not seen anywhere else in the world including the Kiwi and a type of nocturnal, burrowing parrot known as the Kakapo.
Born Voyager gives you a chance to explore the modern marvels as well as the natural scenic beauty of both the islands with a 10 nights/11 days adventure filled package.
Arrive in Auckland. Post disembarkation and immigration formalities, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Spend the day relaxing and getting acclimatized to the weather and the time difference. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest inhabited city with roughly one third of New Zealand’s entire population residing there. Feel free to explore the Fashion Centre of Auckland in the High Street/Vulcan Lane/O’Connel Street area of the CBD. The area is filled with international brands and local designer stores as well. Make sure you are back in bed early to be ready for the adventures of the next day. Overnight stay in Auckland.
After breakfast at the hotel, we travel South, passing Rangirri, Huntly, Ngarauwahia and Hamilton over the course of a 3 hour ride to Waitomo to see the world famous Waitomo Glow worm caves. Formed over 30 million years ago, the caves have majestic and ornate water-formed cave creatures, a deep limestone shaft known as the Tomo and the equally magnificent Cathedral cavern, known for its superb acoustics and having hosted many world famous singing concerts. After taking in the sights and sounds of the Waitomo Glow worm caves, , continue across Lake Karapiro and Fitzgerald Glade to the famous geothermal centre of Rotorua, known for its numerous natural vents, hot pools and other features. Overnight stay in Rotorua.
On Day 3, after breakfast, get set to explore the hot springs and natural geothermal vents of Rotorua. Explore the Rainbow Springs Nature Park and get up close and personal with the Kiwi. You can also take a gondola ride up Mt. Ngongotaha and check out panoramic views of Rotorua and the surrounding mounains. For the adventure seekers, the area has some amazing mountain biking tracks which allow you to get in a workout while exploring the scenic beauty of the place. You can also try and play a truly unique round of golf while avoiding the mud hazards all over the course. For those seeking to learn more about traditional Maori culture and traditions, visit the Maori Arts and Crafts institute. End the day with a traditional Maori feast, the Hangi, describing food cooked in an ‘earthen oven’ technique. Overnight stay in Rotorua.
After breakfast at the hotel, start your journey noth via Hamilton and the fertile Waikato region. The countryside is lush green through most of the year, and gives you a glimpse into the farming industry of New Zealand. Sights include vineyards, rolling expanses of lush green grass, sleepy sheep grazing and relaxing and of course, the accompanying Waikato river. 3 hours later, disembark in Auckland and head to your hotel to drop off your bags and relax. The rest of the day is yours to explore Auckland at leisure. Take the ferry to Devonport, then hop into a taxi to the summit of Mount Victoria for amazing panoramic views. For the thrill seekers, try the Sky Jump, a controlled base jump from a height of 192 meters on the Sky Tower. The Sky Tower also offers a Sky Walk, a walk around a 1.2 meter wide walkway, 92 meters above the ground with no handrails. At night, head to the entertainment precinct of Auckland, the Aotea centre, where you can check out the recently restored Auckland Hall and Civic Centre. You can also grab a drink with the friendly locals at any of the Cock and Bull English Pubs across Auckland. Overnight stay at Auckland.
After breakfast at the hotel, head to Auckland Airport for your flight to Christchurch. After disembarkation procedures, our representative will transfer you to your hotel. Drop your bags and head out to explore Christchurch on your own. Christchurch is known as The Garden City and one step into the city tells you why. The city is filled with trees, tree-lined walkways and a cool, temperate climate. Christchurch was established by Anglican settlers in 1850, and their influence can be seen in the architecture and city planning. The river Avon runs through the city and provides several, beautiful photo opportunities to make friends back home jealous. While you are there, take a leisurely afternoon punt along the river with a uniformed boatman as he takes you through the history of the area. If you wish to get in some exercise, rent a bicycle and cycle up the Summit Road, and enjoy breathtaking views over Christchurch and the Southern Alps. Overnight stay in Christchurch.
fter breakfast at the hotel, its time to bring you up close and personal with the New Zealand countryside as you travel over the Cantebury plains, across the Tussock plains of Mackenzie County and reach Lake Tekapo. The cloud free skies make it one of the most scenic places in the entire Southern Hemisphere. Light a candle at the Church of the Good Shepherd, built as a memorial to the pioneers of Mackenzie Country. At your own expense, take a flight across the scenic lake and surrounding mountainsides to enjoy stunning aerial views. Post our stop at Lake Tekapo, we continue our journey onwards to Queenstown, a well-known tourist town in New Zealand. After checking in to your hotel at Queenstown, sample some of the local night life. Overnight stay in Queenstown.
After breakfast at the hotel, today is your day to explore Queenstown at leisure. Queenstown is suited for all tourist requirements and caters to a wide variety of tastes. Take a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s peak and enjoy the views all around. Rent a bike and travel down over 60 miles of cycling routes across Queenstown. If you seek a relaxing day, take a wine tasting tour and sample some of the famous Pinot Noir, made exclusively in these regions. In the evening, head out to one of the happening bars or restaurants and continue the party from the night before. Overnight stay at Queenstown.
After breakfast at the hotel, hop on to your transfer to Milford Sound, located at the heart of Fjordland. The trip takes about 4.5 hours one way, and includes some breathtaking scenery along the way. Milford Sound is known for its spectacular scenery, Dolphins, waterfalls, seals and penguins. Hop on board a cruise and explore the majestic fjord, while travelling through some world renowned sites, including the Mirror Lake, the Eglinton Valley and the Homer Tunnel. In the evening, watch the setting sun over the fjords and enjoy chasing the light on your journey back to Queenstown. Overnight stay at Queenstown.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Dunedin. En route, feel free to explore some of the sights and sounds including the vineyards of the Gibbston area, the ultra modern Roaring Meg Power Station in the Kawaru Gorge, the historic town of Clyde and its majestic Clyde dam, the prosperous town of Alexandra and finally reach your destination of Dunedin. After dropping off your bags in the hotel, head out to explore this Scottish themed city, known locally as the Edinburgh of the South. Take a trip at Cadbury World, a guided tour of the Cadbury Chocolate Factory. Spend sometime drinking some delicious locally brewed beer at the Speights Brewery. Learn more about the history of the city at the Otago Museum. If you just want to relax, head to the beach, While the water is a little cold, there are heated saltwater pools just adjacent to the main beach. At night, have a few beers with the local students and retire to your rooms. Overnight stay in Dunedin.
After breakfast at the hotel, spend some time getting some last minute shopping done in Dunedin before your transfer to Christchurch. The drive from Dunedin to Christchurch takes you across some truly scenic sights, including the Orokonui Ecosanctuary, magnificent coastal scenery, waterfalls, gorges, magnificent and heart stopping drop-offs among others. Back in Christchurch, get some last minute souvenirs of your trip to amazing New Zealand. Overnight stay at Christchurch.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Christchurch international airport for your journey to your next destination.