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There’s a reason the sun shines on New Zealand before anywhere else – every new day in Aotearoa is something to cherish! A tangible wonderland offering one of the most varied and spectacular series of landscapes with a culture that is rich, dynamic and not simply locked away in museums, it’s everywhere you look.
Whether you are marvelling at the spectacular glaciers or picturesque fiords or simply relaxing in a thermal pool, New Zealand is magical. Relax in armchair comfort as you travel through each region, feeling secure in the hands of a professional Coach Captain whose reliable knowledge includes numerous facts and figures, stories, legends and many laughs along the way. Unwind and really experience Middle-Earth knowing the hassle of overlooking hidden locations or taking a wrong turn is removed.
A New Zealand must-do is the subtropical Northland region, stretching upwards from Auckland to the very top of the North Island. Northland is synonymous with striking coastline, boating and Kauri forests. In the beautiful Bay of Islands, cruise the turquoise waters of the bay encompassing 144 islands to the famous Hole in the Rock keeping an eye out for dolphins or perhaps visit Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean.
Visit cosmopolitan Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. With world-class shopping, buzzing waterfront precincts lined with restaurants, a vibrant arts and culture scene and harbour adventures are right on your doorstep. Located in the heart of the city is the iconic is the Sky Tower. Experience 360 degree spectacular views for up to 80 kilometres from the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand.
Couple this with a plethora of activities to enjoy in Rotorua - the hot spot of fascinating Maori culture, thermal springs and boiling mud pools. With its hot geysers and steaming volcanoes, this region is one of the most well-known Kiwi attractions. Try a delicious hangi feast cooked in the steaming ground while you’re there! Visit Skyline Rotorua where you will take a leisurely uphill Gondola ride to spectacular viewpoints.
In contrast, the South Island provides a dramatic landscape where towering landscapes meet peaceful sounds. Your holiday is not complete without a visit to one of the most stunning locations on earth – Milford Sound. Described as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ this magnificent fiord was carved by glaciers during the ice ages, its cliffs rising vertically with waterfalls cascading from mountain peaks.
Other Southern highlights include Queenstown, a town set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu and the adventure capital of New Zealand. The rugged West Coast, a place of rainforests and glaciers and the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand’s oldest city and the starting point for the world famous TranzAlpine, which traverses the mighty Southern Alps through a sequence of alpine gorges, taking your breath away at every turn.
As you witness all of this spectacular scenery by coach you can also experience Maori culture and tradition, an integral part of kiwi life. Learn about fascinating myths and legends, displays of visual arts and enjoy specialty cuisine.
Food lovers won’t be disappointed by the local kiwi food and wine on tour. Renowned for a distinct Pacific Rim cuisine, coach touring throughout New Zealand is all about discovering this. With most meals included and free time to dine at exciting local restaurants, your appetite will most definitely be satisfied.
It’s a wonderful thought that you can have these experiences and share it with like-minded people. Start out as a group of strangers and end up as one big family after just a few days often providing the foundation for lifelong friendships upon return to Australia.
There is no better way to visit New Zealand!