(Auckland, Coromandel, Rotorua, Queenstown, Franz Josef, Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim, Wellington)
Arrive in Auckland, the City of Sails, and start your New Zealand adventure with a dinner and cruise in Auckland Harbour, and a tour that explores the Maori side of Auckland. Enjoy the forest and coastline of the Coromandel Penninsula on a guided walk that will familiarize you with some of the flora and fauna of the region. In Rotorua you'll get up close and personal with the unique geothermal landscape as you hike, cycle, and kayak across the countryside. You'll really get into adventure mode when you get to Queenstown and explore this mountain jewel, travelling by helicopter to Milford Sound. All that adventure deserves a reward, so we've put aside some time for you to sample some of New Zealand's finest wines. More mountain excitement awaits as you don your crampons, and take ice-axe in hand, to do some glacier hiking in Franz Joseph. Travel across the country to the east coast of the South Island, enjoying the gorgeous scenery along the way. Spend the next few days along New Zealand's spectacular coastline, whale-watching, travelling by train, cycling, and taking the ferry through the Marlborough Sound, and across the Cook Straight to the capital, Wellington. This tour combines elements of adventure, culture, and nature to give you a wonderful introduction to the Land of the Long White Cloud.
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.
Enjoy a unique dining experience on Auckland’s magnificent Waitemata Harbour. Enjoy an evening of great sailing as the sun sets on the horizon allowing the night lights of this photogenic city come to life. The experienced crew provides detailed info about Auckland’s, whilst those craving some physical activity have the opportunity to participate in the sailing experience. Choose from a set menu served by the crew during the dinner stop at a sheltered mooring location. This cruise departs at 6.00 p.m. and has a maximum group size of 18 guests. All departures are subject to wind and weather conditions. Smoking is not permitted on the vessel. Before your departure, please report to the Pride of Auckland Office located on the concourse of the Auckland Maritime Museum on the corner of Quay and lower Hobson Streets.
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.
Begin the days touring by reporting to the Pier 2, at the Ferry Terminal in Downtown, Auckland. The Fullers Waiheke Vineyard provides an opportunity to taste the essence of Waiheke Island. Visit three of the island's award winning wineries. These wineries are an integral part of the island's established wine producing market. After the 35 minute cruise, join the guide for a short scenic highlights tour of the island en route to the first vineyard where, in addition to the tour and tasting, a light lunch is provided, which can be enjoyed amongst the wonderful vineyard setting. An additional stop over at the Ranighoua Estate introduces visitors to the splendour of Waiheke's olive growing industry.
This morning you will meet your driver guide in the lobby of your hotel and begin your scenic journey from the city of Auckland to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Make stops along the way and learn about this unique region. Visit the mining museum in Thames and discover New Zealand's gold mining history, or experience the famous Hot Water Beach. You will also have time to explore Cathedral Cove. After time discovering the peninsula, your guide will drop you off at your accommodation in the Coromandel. This tour is based on six to eight hours including a one hour stop at Cathedral Cove Kayaks. Lunch and entrance fees are not included.
Mussel Bed is nestled amidst native bush, tropical gardens and 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 three 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.
Today you will be collected from your accommodation to start your kiwi nature and coast adventure. This tour is a photographer's dream and a delightful sample of Coromandel Peninsula's natural heritage and scenic beauty. Enjoy the flora and fauna of the semi-tropical rainforest with giant ferns, kauri trees and crystal clear streams. Visit the old historic gold caves sparkling with glow worms and hear the fascinating history of this magic area. Visit stunning coastal scenery with white sand beaches, magnificent cliffs decorated with ancient Pohutukawa trees, old Maori pa sites and offshore islands. You will also visit the Hot Water Beach (tide permitting). Lunch is a delicious picnic or a visit to your guide’s favorite café.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver guide will provide a transfer between Coromandel and Rotorua. The approximate travel time is 3 hours.
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.
Set out today on an explorative tour of the renowned Te Puia Thermal Valley accompanied by an experience and informative guide. Begin with a visit to the New Zealand National Carving and Weaving School to witness the ancient techniques of carving and weaving by the regions most experienced and talented artists. Next, you’ll visit the award winning interactive galleries featuring an impressive Kiwi bird exhibit whilst hearing the about the ancient myths and fables depicted by the local descendants of this spectacular valley area. Shortly after, you’ll travel to the popular mud-pools and geyser for some viewing and exploration which is followed by a period of relaxation in preparation for the evening’s festivities. For local descendants the “Te Po” is an intimate, cultural time for sharing knowledge and enjoying life whilst feasting on local delicacies with friends and family. This nightly tradition begins at the Te-Heketanga-a-Rangi (the Heavenly Origins) which is an area comprising of twelve monumental carvings with represent the Maori Deities. According to local Maori tradition, it is an honour to the tribes Mana (or communal standing) to provide guests with a sumptuous banquet of food during the evening hours. The banquet combines both contemporary cooking techniques with traditional Hangi (or Earth-cooked Oven Cooked) methods. The Kai (or Food) is placed amongst hot rocks to steam, created an aromatic, smoky flavouring. Following dessert, head out towards the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley to marvel at this illuminated natural attraction. The tour can accommodate up to 126 passengers. The guided tour takes approximately 90 minutes. The excursion departs 4.30 p.m. and returns 9 p.m.
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.
Sit back and relax during this short transfer travelling between the airport and hotel, or vice versa.
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.
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is the most centrally located 4-star hotel on Queenstown's lakefront. Step outside your door and into the heart of Queenstown with easy access to all that this premier four season lake and alpine resort has to offer. The hoteloffers delicious New Zealand influenced dining options, WIFI access and complimentary Apple Mac stations, a spa pool as well as professional and friendly staff that make Novotel Queenstown Lakeside the perfect hotel for your Queenstown visit.
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.
Enjoy an afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards and splendid scenery of the Central Otago. Taste wines at 4 of the best boutique vineyards in the Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell regions. This fantastic outting also includes a delightful gourmet lunch at the award winning Carrick Winery. The tour departs at 12.00 noon and returns at approximately 5 p.m.
Transfer today between Queenstown and Franz Joseph by shared coach bus. The time is roughly 5-6 hours.
The Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in two separate hotel ‘wings’. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. The professional, friendly staff look forward to welcoming you and helping to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable. Your visit will be made even more memorable by the many natural wonders in the area.
This 4 hour adventure is a fantastic introduction to an enthralling world of ice. A short Heli hop from the township of Franz Josef takes you into the remarkable Pinnacles area of the glacier. Here an experienced guide will navigate you through a maze of ice and explain the dramatic environmental changes over the last few years. You will explore the awe-inspiring landscape in this incredible experience through Franz Josef Glacier. The Ice Explorer hike includes entry into the fabulous Glacier Hot Pools. All visitors and guides are equipped with the best in quality gear. Breathable Rain Jacket, Waterproof over-trousers (if required), Socks and sturdy boots (or you have the option to wear your own hiking boots), Crampons (with small waist bag) for superior glacier grip, Woollen hats and gloves (if required). On this trip you will enjoy a small guide to customer ratio (max 1:11). Departure times are 8.15 a.m., 9.00 a.m., 10.40 a.m., 11.25 a.m.
Join your coach and continue to Greymouth, the largest township and port in the area, rich in gold and coal mining history.
The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Greymouth and Christchurch, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From your carriage you’ll see the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River fields, followed by the Canterbury Plains and farmland . Your train climbs into the Southern Alps through lush beech rain forest from the West Coast town of Greymouth. Our train journey finishes in Christchurch - New Zealand's largest city on the South Island. The trip is 223.8 kilometres long and takes just four and a half hours. There are 16 tunnels, and 5 viaducts, the highest being the Staircase standing at 73 metres.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the train station and your hotel.
The trendy Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is just one block from Cathedral Square in the heart of the city. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, you will appreciate the central location that puts the best of Christchurch within easy reach. Drop by the hotel's restaurant to sample contemporary cuisine featuring the best in-season ingredients from around the region.
Ride the Coastal Pacific train between Christchurch and Kaikura. The journey is roughly 3 hours, and departs at 7 a.m.
As a family of architects and builders, the Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses has been designed to be a contemporary country hotel. Not limiting the design efforts to the building, the entire property, where possible has been designed and handcrafted with local wood workings, with the majority of the furniture throughout the Lodge, including the custom designed beds that some guests say are, "the most comfortable beds in the South Island.”
During this whale watching tour you may encounter some of New Zealand's most dynamic sealife including fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins and the endangered wandering albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating humpback whales, pilot whales, blue whales and southern right whales. Kaikoura often hosts the world's largest dolphin—the orca—and is home to the world's smallest and rarest—the hector's. Kaikoura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of albatross, 14 varieties of petrels and seven types of shearwater. Designed for New Zealand whale watching tours, their modern catamarans are equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise and toilets that never pollute the sea. The main passenger cabin is enclosed and large outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities. The vessel accommodates up to 48 passengers. To start your whale watch experience, please report to the whale watch office. If the sea and weather conditions are not suitable the tour will be cancelled. If you suffer from motion sickness please take precautions before arriving. Please dress warmly for your tour. Allow 3.5 hours for the Whale Watch experience. Between 2 and 2.5 hours is spent on the water, with the extra hour covering report time, checking in and transport to and from the boat. The tour departs at 7.15 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12.45 p.m. (plus 3.30 p.m. from November to March).
Coastal Pacific is a memorable train journey between Kaikoura and Blenheim. Travel along kilometres of ruggedly beautiful coastline you’ll get astonishingly close to the surging Pacific Ocean and steeply rising Kaikoura Ranges. You’ll also travel through beautiful wine growing regions, across broad, braided rivers and the rich farming landscape.
Entirely unique, stylishly relaxed. Brookhurst sets a new standard in Boutique Accommodation. Discover a home with heart, warmth and a remarkable sense of tranquillity. Genuine old world charm seamlessly blends with contemporary comfort and elegance.
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Blenheim at approximately 9.00 a.m. Enjoy a day of cycling around the beautiful Marlborough region, visiting on the way some of the top Marlborough wineries, whilst enjoying samples on the way. Breathe in the fresh country air along the quiet back roads which pass through the Wairau River valley. A return transfer to the point of origin is included. The tour takes between 6 and 7 hours. Please wear comfortable and warm clothing to cycle in for example fleece or jersey windbreaker/ raincoat, suitable biking shoes (also comfortable to walk in), sunglasses and sunscreen.
A private transfer from Blenheim to Picton is provided.
Enjoy this scenic ferry transfer travelling between Picton and Wellington, New Zealand. This 92 kilometer trip takes approximately 3 hours, and has been described as one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the port and your hotel.
If location is everything, then the Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay has it all. With its prime position overlooking one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, the hotel offers one of the most luxurious accommodation experiences in Wellington. All rooms are decorated in colors that capture the natural beauty of the nearby ocean and earth. Enjoy the stunning harbor views from the One 80 Degree restaurant or relax in the comfort of your room with 24 hour room service. The hotel also offers a heated indoor pool, concierge service and leisure desk.
Discover Wellington’s extraordinary natural features and contrasts. Begin with a stroll along Wellington’s beautiful waterfront, whilst an experienced local guide explains the Maori legends of sea monsters, or Taniwha, who once inhabited the harbor’s mysterious depths, and tales of the legendary warrior who once landed his canoe on the Wellington shore. Take a four-wheel drive journey to the Seal Coast, across a live tectonic fault line and around craggy headlands for an up close and personal visit with a colony of fur seals living on the spectacular rocky coast. It is here where a delicious outdoor picnic lunch is provided. Take a guided tour through New Zealand bush on the fringes of the city, where endangered birds including the Kaka, Kiwi, Saddleback and Bellbird are regenerating in their native forest habitat. Trek along the bush trails amongst the giant trees of the forest, while learning the traditional bush folklore of the region.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel.
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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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