(Auckland, Coromandel, Rotorua, Queenstown)
A family focused trip. It includes sailing, surfing, kayaking, zip-lining, biking, rainforest adventures, and volcanoes; but if this is too much for your family, all can be replaced with beach time and relaxation – you choose. This mix of adventure, culture and beautiful scenery has something for all ages.
Starting in the North Island, spend a couple days exploring the city of Auckland, do some shopping, enjoy the nightlife, end your days strolling the beautiful harbour. You will take a private vehicle to Coromandel where white sand beaches and rainforests collide. This is an untouched hideaway, rustic and relaxing, perfect for a busy family. Enjoy a kayaking trip in the crystal clear waters and a surf lesson to fill your days. A private driver will then take you to Rotorua, where the Maori culture is the heart of this thermal city. You will spend the day doing some bike rides through the rainforest, and learning local culture, after which you will want to enjoy the infamous thermal and hot pools which are endless in this area.
You will fly to Queenstown (not included in this quote), this is the adventure park of New Zealand and on the South Island. Jet boating, cruising Milford Sound, Zip-lining from the highest peak in the area, kayaking, and cycling will be how you enjoy your days in this beautiful resort village.
Fly home or extend your time in the South Island which has so much to offer.
*** Due to fluctuating costs, the flights are not included in this itinerary. Air New Zealand offers great rates for this routing. You may also wish to speak with your travel agent about including domestic air with your international ***
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the Auckland Airport and Hotel.
The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting accomplishment. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachties, this activity provides a very unique opportunity to participate in sailing on these grand prix racing machines. A must do attraction in Auckland and a unique opportunity to participate as crew on an actual America’s Cup yacht. The experience varies per person: take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or sit back, relax and enjoy the sail, a once in a lifetime experience.
Centrally located in Auckland, this property is near Queen Street Shopping District, Sky Tower, and Auckland City Hall. Additional nearby points of interest include Auckland War Memorial Museum. Guestrooms have premium bedding, air conditioning, and slippers; rooms also include refrigerators, separate bathtubs and showers, and bathrobes. At Stamford Plaza Auckland recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. The property also provides a business center, a concierge desk, and a porter/bellhop.
A tour to experience the taha Maori or Maori side of Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland). You’ll discover a landscape rich with Maori myths and legends and steeped in the history, both ancient and modern, of the tangata whenua (the people of the land). Visit the region’s important Maori landmarks and monuments. Practise some Maori kawa (protocols) and tikanga (culture). Learn about some of the rangatira Maori (Maori leaders) who have shaped our nation’s history.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver guide will provide a transfer between Auckland and Coromandel. The approximate travel time is 2.5 hours.
Rated as one of the best sea kayaking trips in the country, the ‘Cathedral Cove Classic’ has got it all. Paddle through amazing sea caves, explore volcanic islands in the Marine Reserve and enjoy a cappuccino at the exclusive Cathedral Cove beachfront cafe. Enjoyed by travellers for over ten years the ‘Cathedral Cove Classic’ is seen as one of New Zealand's premier eco-tourism attractions. This tour includes a professional qualified guide, high standard kayaking & safety equipment, light refreshments, dry bags for cameras and other valuables, and some big friendly smiles! Ensure that you have a pair of shorts and tee shirt, a warm jersey or jacket, personal water bottle, and a sense of adventure!
Mussel Bed is nestled amidst native bush, tropical gardens, streams. It is only a short walk to beautiful Cooks Beach and just around the corner from Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. Choose from 3 luxurious suites in the guest wing with a delicious breakfast brought to you on a tray or you might prefer the charming self-catering cottage with breakfast provisions.
Welcome to the Outback Surf School Pauanui Beach, situated on the pristine Coromandel Peninsula. Pauanui Beach is the perfect place to learn to surf in a fun safe and controlled environment. Each instructors has been deemed qualified by New Zealand and international standards and have first aid and beach rescue training. This lessons is suitable for those of all abilities. The lesson is a standard 1 hour introduction to surfing and is broken up into 3 stages. First there is a safety session, which goes into brief explanation of potenial dangers and conditions whilst on the water. The instructors will further discuss the science behind the actual surf board and how all of its parts function. A demonstrate of proper paddling positions, how to catch a wave, how to execute a toboggon take off, the methods involved in prone rides, board trim and control, all whilst in the water. All of these standing techniques, stance riding, trim and board control in the water are done in waist depth water.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver guide will provide a transfer between Coromandel and Rotorua. The approximate travel time is 3 hours.
Enjoy an evening cultural experience at a local Maori concert. It is a feast of cultural storytelling, entertainment and Maori kai (indigenous food). Feel the spirit of Te Puia at night and experience the heritage - a living legacy of people, culture and place. Feeding guests is regarded by Maori as an honour and a sign of a tribe’s mana (standing), so a sumptuous banquet is provided during the evening. This banquet combines contemporary cuisine with a traditional hangi (earth-cooked oven meal), where kai (food) is steam-cooked by hot rocks in the earth, giving it a delicious smoky flavour.
Escape to The Regent of Rotorua, Rotorua’s newest designer 5 star Boutique Hotel & Spa offering stylish luxury accommodation, restaurant, wine & cocktail bar, all with a touch of glamour. An oasis of understated hip contemporary elegance and comfort amidst the exciting attractions and experiences Rotorua has to offer. Step out of the calm of your gorgeous room or suite and stroll to the vibrant restaurant zone or lakefront area….or simply stay in, relax and savour the hotel's luxury facilities.
This leisure day is perfect for those seeking a mild day of adventure. Ideal for those with children younger than 13, this multi-adventure day incorporates a taste of some fantastic, picturesque mountain biking followed by some equally beautiful kayaking across to the lake to the hot pools. This tour includes return transport from Rotorua, GT Bike hire, Kayaking equipment, Lunch, Forest Concession fees and Hot Pool entry.
Experience the spectacular geothermal activity and stunning volcanic landscapes of Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Thermal Valley, during this geothermal exploration tour. Admire the craftsmanship during a visit to the Government Gardens, before a visit to a unique Sulphur Bay. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Blue and Green Lakes, providing stunning panoramic views of Lake Tarawera and the Mount Tarawera volcano. Witness the volcanic devastation created by the Mount Tarawera eruption of 1886, which is very evident at the Rotorua’s Buried Village. Journey through time and watch the captivating tale of Te Wairoa unfold at the Buried Village Museum and on a guided walk through the excavated sites. Take a walk to a picturesque waterfall set amidst beautiful New Zealand rain-forest. Finish the day with a relaxing walk through the magnificent Redwood Forest. Lunch and refreshments are included.
A privately driven vehicle will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel today.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
A private vehicle will provide a transfer between the airport and your hotel.
Come join us on our exhilarating Moa zipline (flying fox) adventure above spectacular Queenstown! Ride up the Skyline Gondola and then glide through the treetops on a series of four flying foxes. Your experienced Guides will deliver an interpretive tour as you `Zzziiiiiip` from tree to tree. Breath in some pristine mountain air as you venture on a carefully crafted journey that combines exhilaration, adventure, and ecological exploration. Offering spectacular views of the surroundings, Ziptrek Ecotours offers a thrilling eco-adventure experience, while also providing the opportunity to learn about what this breathtaking place has to offer. The perfect Queenstown adventure for everyone to enjoy!
Scenic Gondola ride and Taste of New Zealand buffet of legendary proportions in the Skyline Restaurant. The Skyline complex has fantastic views over Queenstown and towards the Remarkables Mountain range.
Close to the airport, this property is also near Steamer Wharf and TSS Earnslaw Steamship. Another nearby point of interest is Queenstown Harbour. Guestrooms have premium bedding, minibars, and high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge); rooms also include refrigerators, bathrobes, and hair dryers. At Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown - MGallery Collection by Accor recreational amenities include a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna. The property also provides a restaurant, a children's club, and a concierge desk.
This Funyak Safari is truly unique; begin by boarding the Dart River Jet boat for an exciting 75 minute ride along this beautiful braided shallow river. Disembark the Jet Boat and continue this aquatic adventure rafting in and inflatable canoe. After an instructional session, head out and be free to canoe and drift (under the watchful eye of the professional guide) for a spectacular 2 hours downstream, taking in all the awe-inspiring sights found amidst the Dart River’s shimmering channels. Stop amongst the ancient beech forest to enjoy a wilderness buffet lunch before exploring hidden side streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms including the beautiful Rockburn. Continue onward, canoeing downstream to what can only called, Paradise, where a 4WD coach will provide a transfer to Glenorchy, stopping to view the stunning scenery that has many inspired films worldwide. Upon completion of the tour, a return transfer to Queenstown is provided.
Today you will be transferred to Queenstown Airport for your flight to Milford. During the flight, enjoy the panoramic views of spectacular alpine scenery, lush rainforest, and Milford Sound. When you arrive at Milford, you will be transferred to the wharf, and commence your scenic cruise of Milford Sound. The cruise affords great views of waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. Picnic lunch included on board your cruise. Following lunch, transfer back to Milford Airport, for your return flight to Queenstown. On arrival back in Queenstown, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for a scenic cruise from Queenstown to Walter Peak, travelling across Lake Wakatipu to join a small group guided cycling tour. Upon arrival meet your experienced guide, before being driven by van to Mavora lakes where the cycling begins. Cycle along a quiet back country road through tussock high country and enjoy views of the Von River, surrounding mountains and snow covered Mount Earnslaw at the head of Lake Wakatipu. You will be accompanied by a van with cycle trailer enabling you to cycle as much or as little as you require. A picnic lunch and hot drinks are included. Along the way visit Pretty Hut and Old Nic (traditional musterers huts) and learn about surrounding high country sheep and cattle stations. Upon your arrival back at Walter Peak, visit the Colonel's Homestead for afternoon tea before boarding the TSS Earnslaw for the return cruise back to Queenstown.
Sit back and relax during this short transfer travelling between the airport and hotel, or vice versa.
VISA/PASSPORTU.S. and Canadian citizens eligible for a visa waiver do not need a visa for tourist stays of three months or less.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of New Zealand for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/new-zealand.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Wellington. Government: Constitutional monarchy since 1907. Language: English is the common and everyday language, but other languages are also spoken, including Maori, which is New Zealand’s second official language (spoken by the indigenous Maori people who constitute approximately 15% of the population). Religion: 55% Christian: Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and Methodist are all represented. Time: New Zealand: GMT + 12 (GMT + 13 from the last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April). Chatham Island: GMT + 12.75 (GMT + 13.75 from the last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April). Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Most hotels provide 110-volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only. Telephone: Country code: 64. Most public phones take cards purchased from bookstalls; some also accept credit cards, but very few still accept coins. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. Internet: There are Internet cafes in cities and smaller town central business districts. Travelers may access the Internet at many hotels and youth hostels.
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