(Auckland, Mount Maunganui, 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 your hotel.
You will receive a welcome package on arrival which will include a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, vouchers for each service, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting. This will be available at your first service.
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. The trip is subject to route alterations as well as wind and weather conditions. The trip departs from the Viaduct basin Downtown Auckland. The group size may vary between 8 and 30 passengers. Departure times from November until March are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and from April to October 1 p.m.
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.
Only 30 kilometers from downtown Auckland is the city’s largest regional park, the Waitakere Ranges. No other city in New Zealand has such a wonderful asset so close to it. In just 30 minutes you leave behind the bustle of the city and step into the tranquility of the rainforest. Travel to the Arataki Centre perched high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn about and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings. Continue on to the lush rainforest where you can walk the easy bush tracks amongst giant tree ferns and view New Zealand’s famous kauri trees. Unwind by a spectacular cascading waterfall or swim beneath it. Move on to experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer. This tour departs at 12.30 pm, takes approximately 5 hours and has a maximum group size of 18 guest.
A private car and driver will provide a transfer between Auckland and Mount Maunganui. The travel time is approximately 5 hours.
Relax on the edge of Lake McLaren, watching the swans and ducks go about their evening’s preparations. Let the guide lead you onto calm Lake McLaren at dusk. Gently paddle into the night and discover the magic of the enchanting glowworm canyon. This is a truly unique experience; while you can see glow-worms elsewhere in New Zealand, and you can paddle a sea kayak in many places around the world, this is the only place when the two combine for a magical and truly unique experience. The tour is great fun with great refreshments, beautiful scenery, fantastic birdlife and awesome glow-worms. Enjoy wine from the award winning Mills Reef winery, delicate New Zealand cheeses and refreshments on the edge of Lake McLaren. The guide will prepare and brief you on how to kayak effectively before launching you onto picturesque Lake McLaren at twilight to paddle to the mysterious glow worm canyon. The glow-worms are situated in a narrow, high-sided canyon at the top of the lake, not in a cave, so the tour only departs once a day before sunset so by the time you get to the glow-worm canyon it is completely dark, as required to see the glow worms to the best effect. Paddling a kayak may be something you have tried before, but you probably haven’t kayaked at night (you will be provided with head-torches) and certainly not have kayaked in the dark to see constellations of glow-worms. It is a fully guided kayak tour, with a professional guide leading your group and providing a fascinating and informative brief about the lifecycle and peculiarities of the New Zealand fungus gnat (glow-worms). A truly magical and unique experience; not to be missed! A moderate fitness level is required. Please inform your guide of any medical conditions. You will be provided with stable, comfortable double sea-kayaks, paddles, spray decks, paddle-jackets and buoyancy aids (fleeces will also be provided if required). It is recommended to bring a fleece top or similar for additional warmth while enjoying the refreshments on the lake edge (the coolest part of the evening), once you get the gear on for kayaking and start paddling you will be toasty warm. A hat is recommended in cool or wet weather. Please wear comfortable light warm clothing. Denim jeans are not recommended; while you are unlikely to get wet, jeans are heavy, cold and uncomfortable if they do get wet. This tour can operate in almost all weather conditions.
Oceanside Resort and Twin Towers offers the best luxury Mount Maunganui hotel and apartment accommodation. Superbly located the property is nestled directly under the famous Mauao at Mount Maunganui and right opposite the beautiful main beach. Whether you are travelling to Mount Maunganui for a family holiday, business or corporate trip, or just for a weekend getaway – Oceanside Resort and Twin Towers has something to suit you.
These surfing lessons are designed for people who have never surfed at all. First, you will learn everything you need to know about beach safety and your surf equipment. Then you will discover how to catch waves, the correct positioning and different pop-up techniques and surf etiquette. By the end of your surfing lessons, you will be well on your way to enjoying surfing and maybe even a new lifetime passion! You will use soft top boards which are very forgiving and provide much of the performance of a traditional fibreglass board. High quality, full length summer and winter wetsuits are provided. All Instructors hold a Surf Lifesaving New Zealand recognised qualification and are also trained in basic first aid techniques.
Take the Intercity Coach IC 7105 to travel from Mount Maunganui to Rotorua. The coach departs from 10 Salisbury Avenue at 9.30 a.m. and arrives in Rotorua at 10.45 a.m. Please be ready 15 minutes prior to departure time. This is a commuter service with many stops and limited or no commentary.
Enjoy a guided tour of the valley with one of Te Puia's world renowned guides. As part of the tour you will visit New Zealand's national carving and weaving schools and witness these disciplines in practice, under the guidance of full-time master carvers and weavers. You will visit award winning interactive galleries, see a kiwi bird up close, and most importantly, hear stories as told by the descendants of the valley. To conclude the tour you will visit the geyser and mud pools and then be invited to have a short rest prior to the beginning of the evening experience. Traditionally, Te Po is an intimate time for sharing knowledge. Te Po is also Te Puia's authentic evening cultural experience a feast of food, culture and friendship. It begins every night at Te-Heketanga-a-Rangi (The Heavenly Origins). The space comprises twelve monumental carvings reaching skywards, each one representing a Maori deity. Hear the stories of the past and see how these traditions live on today. Feeding guests is regarded by Maori as an honor 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 flavor.Following dessert, you will be transferred to the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley to enjoy the spectacular lighting. Guests can wander around the illuminated natural attractions, including Pohutu geyser. This tour can accommodate 160 guests.
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. 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 8.5 hour 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. The tour starts at 8.00 a.m. and returns at approximately 4.30 p.m. The participant guide ratio is 1:10.
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 an 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 9 tour, a return transfer to Queenstown is provided. Wetsuit and all equipment is provided, but please bring a swimsuit or spare underwear plus a lightweight wool or polypropylene vest (not cotton) to wear underneath. In Winter you will also need, thermal underwear, gloves and a warm hat. You will need sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen and insect repellent - (all of these are available at our shop in Glenorchy, so don't worry if you forget them). You also need cash for optional extras, such as photographs, films, chocolate bars and drinks. The area is very scenic and cameras are encouraged. Waterproof cameras are available for purchase. Dry-bags are provided, however cameras are carried at customers risk. The buffet-style wilderness picnic lunch is included. The group size is limited to 32 passengers. The tour departs Queenstown at 7.30 a.m. and returns 6.00 p.m.
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. All flights are weather dependent. Please ring the free phone line (free within NZ) 0800 463 635 an hour before your flight departure (e.g. 9am for 10am flights) to reconfirm. If your flight is proceeding, a taxi will collect you from your accommodation/ pick-up location. Please be ready immediately following your confirmation and a taxi will collect you within 20 minutes. This tour take approximately 3 to 4 hours and can accommodate up to 9 guests. Departure times are 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon all year round.
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. Please bring a day pack, drinks, snacks, walking shoes and warm clothing. The group size is limited to 9 participants per guide. Moderate fitness is required. The tour departs at 10 a.m. and returns at 5.30 p.m.
Sit back and relax during this short transfer travelling between the airport and hotel, or vice versa.
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Sharon Weckenbrock ,
May 15, 2013
"We are safely back home but still on Cloud 9 from the fabulous trip that you helped to put together for us! Everything worked just as I had hoped it would and in many cases, exceeded all expectations.
We have definitely been recommending you and your company to anyone asking our advice and again, we can't thank you enough for a trip of a lifetime!"
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Donna Brennan ,
April 18, 2013
"The trip was great we all loved the Saint Regis Hotel. It was incredible! Thank you for helping me plan the trip the group was very impressed.
Thank you again,
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Paula McNally ,
April 24, 2013
"The trip was wonderful!! . That resort is absolutely beautiful. We had good weather -- hot and humid. The people were very nice everywhere we went. "
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Marcia Nunn ,
April 01, 2013
"Candace and I are back in Michigan today after a wonderful trip to New Zealand. You and she did a great job in organizing this trip. Couldn't have been better. In particular, the Wilderness Lodge is a very special place. "
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Cindy Burns ,
April 04, 2013
"Miranda is the best, I would recommend her and we plan on contacting her in the future. The hotels were all excellent and the guides knowledge & Service were excellent"
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Sheila Black ,
April 08, 2013
"We had the best time you could imagine and it was all based on your planning-thank-you so so much!!
Every hotel was located just where we would have wanted-all so lovely and we loved the buffet breakfasts!! The Grace is a beautiful hotel and everyone was very helpful-we could walk to the main areas and Darling Harbor and we just loved being in Sydney-Norm even got in a game of golf!! Every tour was wonderful. We are so glad you switched us from the large bus Blue Mountain tour to the boutique tour-we heard others talk of the Blue Mountain tour in that it was a long drive, crowded and they did not seem to have a great day. We LOVED our boutique tour-we had a super driver (Cliff)who really really tried to find every animal in the wild he could-we saw kangaroos, emu, wombats and even a koala-it was a wonderful day-we got back about 11;30 pm and because of that we saw so many of the nocturnal animals-he was so accommodating-just a great day!!
The Pullman in Cairns was just gorgeous-and we could walk to the water-we had a perfect(calm!!) day on the reef and we loved the trip to the rainforest-all in all a wonderful few days there. Our weather for the whole trip was also perfect!!! How did you do that!!??!!
We thank-you so much, Louise, for helping us-you take full credit for this holiday and we so often spoke of you there “thanks to Louise for another great day” we would say!! Every tour worked out perfectly-the flights were just great and the timing super-and we really felt you listened to what we ‘thought ‘ we wanted to do and you just seemed to know what would be right for us. We packed some Canada pins and tee shirts and gave them to our tour drivers and they seemed to love that!!
We came home happy and relaxed and so thankful-I will send you a few pictures for certain.
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Larry Sanders ,
February 28, 2013
"We had an amazing trip, all the Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii connections worked out great. The hotels, and tours were wonderful. People ask what was your favorite? All of it! We sure saw a lot, everyday was a new adventure. We especially loved the Rees Hotel in Queenstown, and the condo in Hawaii was over the top.
Thank you so much for making our trip so successful.
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Josie Rodriguez ,
March 19, 2013
"Thank you for all your help arranging a wonderful Australian tour for us. There was a lot of anxiety/reservation arranging a tour on line, not meeting the other person on the other line but it all ended well and we had a fantastic experience. Please thank also Ruby for us for arranging our domestic flights. The two of you did a very good job in coordinating/planning everything.
For sure I will use you again in our next trip which will be in September. We would like to go to St. Petersburg, Malta and Sicily.
Again, thank you!
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Iain Campbell ,
March 13, 2012
"This was our third long haul vacation with Kensington and was truly fantastic trip, probably the best to date. The balance with adventures and activities in New Zealand followed by a restfull couple of days in Bora Bora was just right. I cannot say enough about the local support team who were following up to adjust our schedule following the earthquake in Christchurch right into the evening of Christmas Eve, all changes were made efficiently with the addedd bonus of being able to do a wilderness jet boat tour outside of Queeenstown with our extra day. Many thanks for all you help - we will not hesitate to use Kensington for our future travel adventures
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Laura Hollenbaugh ,
February 11, 2013
"It was a great trip. The Medina was great, centrally located and helpful staff. We enjoyed Christmas Mass at the Cathedral with the Cardinal celebrating and the famed boys choir singing. The dinner cruise was fine despite the rain. The driver's tip about the ferries, being a good way to see more of the harbour without great expense was a good one. We especially enjoyed the tour to the Blue Mountains, wonderful lunch at the quaint lodge, and Fetherdale Wild life Sanctuary (fantastic). The accommodations at Uluru were fine and the activities were great, especially the camel ride. We loved the resort at Kewarra. Wonderful service and accommodations and grounds. We spotted a mama and baby Wallabee living in the jungle just outside the suite! We ended up booking 2 days of diving and also a tour of Mossman and Daintree. Wonderful trip. The food was great everywhere but extremely expensive! The locals were always polite and helpful and often amusing! Thanks for all your help! Laura"
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