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‘DIL CHAHTA HAI’ Self-Drive Journey

New Zealand – 18 May 2016

Itinerary

 

Day 01 - Auckland

 

Day 02 - Auckland to Rotorua

 

Day 03 - Rotorua            

From crystal-clear streams and magical forests, to epic biking trails and explosive geysers, Rotorua has it all. The city offers a raft of attractions and experiences for everyone from adventure-seekers to those just looking to unwind.

Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. After marveling at the distinctive landscapes and volcanic activity within a geothermal park, enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a wellness getaway at a luxurious spa.

Experience Maori culture, hospitality and food here - try a hangi feast cooked in the steaming ground or take a tour of an authentic pre-European village.

The city is surrounded by mountains, rivers, native forests and 18 fresh water lakes, making it the perfect place to reconnect with nature. Rotorua is a mountain biking Mecca with world-class mountain bike trails. Walking, horse riding, and swimming or fishing in the lakes and rivers are some of the best ways to see the wildlife, breath-taking scenery and discover the region’s hidden gems. It’s also a big trout fishing area with fishing on the lakes and tributary rivers and if you’re unlucky there you can sight some of the huge trout (but, alas, not catch them) at Rainbow and Fairy Springs.

 

Day 04 - Rotorua to Christchurch


Christchurch, New Zealand is interwoven by two rivers linking parks, gardens and avenues. Bordered by the Port Hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps as a majestic backdrop. The award-winning Christchurch Botanic Gardens feature one of the finest collections of exotic and native plants found in New Zealand,

In February 2011, Christchurch was hit by a huge earthquake. Much of the central city with its classic neo-gothic architecture was destroyed. But it remains a beautiful city, a city where you can cycle alongside the river, stay in good hotels and indulge in fine sophisticated dining, and a city where, just 15 minutes from the centre you can scramble up mountain bike tracks or ride a wave at a surf beach.

The buildings may have been damaged but the soul of the city and the welcoming spirit of the people remain very much intact. Innovative shops and businesses are springing up as the city rebuilds. 

You can explore the city by foot, on an open top bus, tram or even relax in a punt as you float down the Avon River on a punt. Experience polar life at the International Antarctic Centre, see the rare kiwi at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, dive into aviation history at the Air Force Museum or visit Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only open range zoo. Don’t miss visiting Christchurch

 

Day 05 - Christchurch to Franz Josef

While glaciers around the world are retreating, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers still flow almost to sea level. The temperate climate at this low altitude means these glaciers are among the most convenient to visit in the world. Easy walks to the foot of the glaciers pass along ancient river valleys with steep sides bearing gigantic horizontal scars from when the glaciers have retreated and advanced over millennia. When you stand close to the foot of these glaciers, their sheer enormity is very humbling.

Here are some facts to help you get the picture: Over its 13 kilometre length, the Fox glacier plummets 2,600 metres from high in the Southern Alps. It is fed by four alpine glaciers that receive around 30 metres of snowfall each year. The snow is compacted at the top of the glacier into blue ice hundreds of metres deep.

This ice slides down hill to the more level river valley below, where it is still 300 metres thick. The movement is lubricated by ice that melts under pressure between the glacier and the steep valley floor. This effect, combined with the high snowfall feeding the top of the glacier, means the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers flow around ten times faster than most valley glaciers.

 

Day 06 - Franz Josef to Queenstown

 

Day 07 - Queenstown

 

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Accommodation

 

 City

 No. of Nights

 Envisaged Hotel / Motel or Similar

Auckland

01 Night

Base Auckland 

Rotorua

02 Nights

Ibis Rotorua 

Christchurch

01 Night

Airport Lodge 

Franz Josef

01 Night

Glacier View Motel 

Queenstown

01 Night

Tanoa Aspen 

 

Cost

  COST per person on Twin Share 

  99999

Optional

Car Upgrade 1(Hyundai Santa Fe Elite or similar (Auto))

14000

Car Upgrade 2(Toyota Prado 5 door 4WD or similar (Auto))

15800

Hot Air Ballooning ex Christchurch- (per pax)

19400

Quad Safari – Queenstown - (per pax)

11400

Pick TWO Adventures (Rotorua) - (per pax)

3800

Glacier Valley Walk – Franz Josef - (per pax)

3800

Queenstown - Milford - Te Anau - GS79 – Queenstown - (per pax)

9500

 

Supplements

Car upgrade option 1 

Large 4 X 4 (Group 6A) - Hyundai Santa Fe Elite or similar (Auto). 

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Toyota Prado 5 door 4WD (automatic) or similar. (PFAR –G-W)

 

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Hot Air Ballooning (ex-Christchurch)

 

An Aoraki Balloon Safaris vehicle will pick you up from your Christchurch hotel for your transfer to 121 Main Street, Methven, the departure point of your tour. Before day break join your crew to commence a full day Hot Air Ballooning tour. Experience the sheer magic of hot air ballooning over the Canterbury Plains, from the tranquil ascent to enjoying a champagne-style breakfast on landing after a 1 hour flight. Tour concludes approximately 6 hours after commencement, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

 

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Quad Safari – Queenstown 

A Nomad Safaris vehicle will pick you up from your accommodation for your transfer to downtown Queenstown, the departure point of your tour. At either 8.30am or 1.30pm join your group to experience a unique quad bike tour in comfort and safety. Ride your way around exclusive off-road terrain and take in some of the most awesome, breathtaking and panoramic views Queenstown Hill has to offer. Don't forget your camera as the viewpoints provide stunning photo opportunities. As Nomad Safaris has exclusive use of Queenstown Hill this ensures access to a wealth of trails covering different types of terrain allowing a Quad Bike tour that is tailored to the ability of the group. Tour concludes at approximately 12.00pm or 5.00pm, at which time accommodation drop offs will commence.

 

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Pick TWO Adventures (Rotorua) 

 

An Agroventures vehicle will pick you up from your accommodation or i-Site Rotorua for your transfer to Agroventures Adventure Park, 1335 Paradise Valley Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua to commence a Pick TWO Adventures. This option allows you to choose two out of the following four activities that are available at the Park:

Agrojet: Power around the purpose built watercourse in a high speed Hamilton Jet Boat. With speed surges up to 100kph in 4 seconds, the G-force sensation is akin to a Formula One Racing car in full throttle.

Swoop: Feel the heart beat as the anticipation increases as being raised 40 metres into the air high above the Ngongotaha stream, and then pull a ripcord that plunges you into an exhilarating swoop towards the ground at 130 kilometres per hour.

Shweeb: A thrilling and innovative riding experience. Power yourself at speeds of up to 45 kilometres per hour around 60 degree angles on a 200 metre track in a cycle capsule.

Freefall Xtreme: Fly up to 4 metres high while suspended on a wind tunnel powered by a V12 diesel engine turning a DC3 aircraft propeller that creates winds of up to 180 kilometres per hour. This is the only body flying of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tour concludes at client's discretion, at i-Site Rotorua or your central Rotorua accommodation.

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Glacier Valley Walk – Franz Josef 

Join your Franz Josef Glacier Guides guide at 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef to commence a Glacier Valley Tour. This journey to the glacier is the perfect opportunity to learn the role of the Franz Josef Glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape. After a short walk through the regenerating rainforest, the trip continues along the glacier valley as the guide explains the unique features of the glacier and its surroundings. Near the terminal face, after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the glacier's rapidly changing terminal face.Tour concludes approximately 3 hours after commencement, back at 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef.

 

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Queenstown - Milford - Te Anau - GS79 – Queenstown 

A Great Sights vehicle will pick you up from your Queenstown hotel for your transfer to the Athol Street Car Park, Queenstown, the departure point of your tour. At 7:20am join your luxury coach to commence a full day Milford Sound trip from Queenstown to Te Anau. Depart Queenstown alongside Lake Wakatipu and enter the Fiordland National Park, a region rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. Pause at the Mirror Lakes before progressing through the Upper Hollyford Valley. As exiting the 1.2 kilometre long Homer Tunnel prepare for the breathtaking Cleddau Valley and the descent into Milford Sound. Upon arrival board the boat for a 1 and 3/4 hour scenic cruise on Milford Sound to see Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls that rise vertically 1,200 metres from the sea and waterfalls. After the cruise, re-board the coach and continue on to Te Anau. Tour concludes at approximately 5.00pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

 

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