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Day 1: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
Travel south through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves fro a boat ride under a galaxy of glow-worms. Continue east to Rotorua, steeped in Maori culture and history. Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi (feast) and concert.
Day 2: At Rotorua
This morning see roaring geysers and boiling mud pools at the thermal area, tame trout at the springs and performing sheep and dogs at the Agrodome.
Day 3: Rotorua - Wellington
Travel south to Wairakei - wreathed by steam, then to the picturesque township of Taupo. Skirt Lake Taupo, and cross the volcanic landscape of the Desert Road past the majestic peaks of Tongariro, Ngaruahoe and Ruapehu. Continue across the fertile plains of the Manawatu and along the rugged Kapiti coastline to Wellington.
Day 4: At Wellington
A morning tour of the city will take in the Parliament Buildings, Old St Paul's Cathedral, Mt Victoria and an optional ride on the cable court.
Day 5: Wellington - Picton - Christchurch
Cross Cook Strait by ferry, to the Marlborough Sounds and Picton. The TranzCoastal train skims the spectacular coastline between the Kaikoura Ranges and the Pacific. Continue through North Canterbury sheep country to Christchurch arriving in the evening.
Day 6: Christchurch -Greymouth - Glaciers
Aboard the renowned TranzAlpine train cross the Canterbury Plains to the mountains, where Arthur's Pass and Otira Tunnel lead to the West Coast. Continue by coach along the narrow, bush clad, coastal plain.
Day 7: At Glaciers
A whole day is available for optional excursions on the glacier, for bush walks or simply soak up the beauty of snow-capped mountains contrasting with the deep greens of the native bush.
Day 8: Glaciers - Queenstown
Head south to into dense rainforest broken by rugged coastal vistas. The Haast River guides you inland through the Haast Pass to Lake Wanaka. Continue on this afternoon through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown.
Day 9: At Queenstown
Enjoy this fabulous alpine resort - there are dozens of optional activities from thrilling jet boat rides to leisurely lake cruises, 4WD safaris and bungy jumping.
Day 10: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau
An early start around the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to Lake Te Anau, then into Fiordland National Park. Pass through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to view the majesty of Miter Peak and Bowen Falls aboard a cruise on the Sound. Depart Milford Sound to return to Te Anau.
Day 11: Te Anau - Dunedin
This morning cross the Waimea Plains towards the farming community of Gore, then continue across the rolling hill country of Southland and South Otago to Dunedin, the 'Edinburgh of the South'. Consider staying an extra day.
Day 12: Dunedin - Christchurch
Travel north through historic Oamaru, and seaside Timaru, then across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Day 13: At Christchurch
Explore this scenic city before departing.
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