(Auckland, Coromandel, Rotorua, Queenstown, Franz Josef, Arthur's Pass, 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 and onto a glacier, and hone your survival skills on an experience in the nearby forest. 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, cycleing, 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 shared vehicle will provide a transfer between the Auckland Airport and Hotel.
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.
Sky City Grand Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Auckland City, an urban oasis of contemporary elegance and style. The hotel offers 316 luxurious and comfortable accommodations. Choose from two distinctly stylish restaurants, a cocktail and lobby lounge and a unique function space. Take time out to pamper your body, mind and soul at East Day Spa, a luxury health and beauty spa. Refresh and tone at the well-appointed gymnasium or in the heated lap pool, or stay connected at the fully equipped, high tech business centre.
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.
The Peninsula Waterfront Retreat situated on a small headland on the shores of the Whangamata Harbour in the Coromandel Peninsula, this large lodge styled home sits on 1.5 acres of tropical gardens, boasting a swimming pool, and tennis court. The private accommodations are located in the west wing of the retreat, comprising of a luxury two bedroom apartment and separate upstairs master suite, these are perfect for couples, families and friends. With its spectacular surf beach, shopping, restaurants and cafes you can enjoy the holiday atmosphere of this unique coastal town. Being centrally located, Whangamata is the perfect base to explore the Coromandel Peninsula.
A photographer's dream! A delightful sample of Coromandel Peninsula's natural heritage and scenic beauty. Enjoy the flora & fauna of the semi-tropical rainforest with giant ferns, kauri trees and crystal clear streams. Visit the old historic gold caves sparkling with glowworms 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. A visit to Hot Water Beach [tide permitting]. Lunch will be a delightful picnic or a visit to our favourite 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. 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.
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.
Make your way to theTongariro National Park ; a region well-recognised for its natural and cultural significance, being awarded the prestigious Dual Heritage Status for its outstanding volcanic terrain and extensive Maori history. While experiencing this unique region, you will have the opportunity to join a professional outdoor guide in hiking the Mt. Ruapehu Crater Lake climb, an amazing 10km adventure traversing through a mix of active volcanic and glacial terrain. At the top of Mt. Ruapehu Crater you will be able to enjoy beautiful views of the geothermal waters in Crater Lake and spectacular sights of the surrounding region before returning to our point of origin, approximately 7 hours hiking in total. Please note that Mt. Ruapehu is an active volcano at higher elevations, and this hike may be subject to Volcanic and Snow warnings. There is option for a shorter hike, riding the Whakapapa Chairlifts to Knoll Ridge, and then completing the remaining 7kms in approximately 5 hours hiking time. Both hikes will require a reasonable level of fitness. If snow or volcanic warnings should prevent this hike from being accessible, we will have the choice of many other beautiful tracks to choose from in this stunning region.
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.
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.
Today you will explore Milford Sounds stunning fiord from the air and on the water. Upon landing in Milford, join an unforgettable cruise, past sheer cliffs, gushing waterfalls and perhaps even spot dolphins, seals and penguins. Enjoy an exhilarating flight past spectacular rivers, valleys and mountains with blue-green ice falls, and land upon Mt Tutoko glacier in the heart of Fiordland National Park.
Popular TV series... Now you can experience a little of what it's like to survive off the land, with nothing but a knife and the few things you have on hand, or items that may have been discarded by people before you. Surviving is all about being in control; Control of your environment; Control of the situation; But most importantly control of your emotions when in a stressful situation.
On this half day walk you will be introduced to the wilderness of Aotearoa, you'll learn how to make a fire, how to build a bivouac shelter, what plants to eat, how to make a pain relief drink, how to find north the celestial way & how to filter water so that it's safe to drink. These are a few of the skills that you will need to stay alive, in the back country of New Zealand - Aotearoa.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Enjoy a very relaxed day in wine country enjoying local cuisine, sampling local cheese and tasting a selection of fine wines. During this day tour, taste wines at 5 different vineyards, and sample some delightful cheese whilst in a vineyard setting. A delicious gourmet platter style lunch at Northburn Station’s The Shed is also included today.
Private transfer and Guide for 2nights and three days from Queenstown, stopping over in Franz Josef and ending in Kaikoura. Meals and accommodation included for the guide.
At one with nature, Te Waonui Forest Retreat (5*) is the ultimate coming together of luxury escape and environmental awareness. Great care has been taken to ensure this exceptional forest retreat steps lightly upon the earth, from the organic cotton bedspreads to its recycled local building materials. The hotel is within easy access to many excellent local attractions, including the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, just minutes away. Luxuriously appointed guest rooms, generously proportioned and featuring the highest standard of room amenities, such as your personal pillow menu, natural wool mattress underlay, and high speed Internet access. Dining among the trees in ‘The Canopy’ restaurant, and savoring quality local cuisine, including an indulgent five-course degustation dinner.
Please report to the base of Franz Josef Glacier Guides at 7.45am, located next to the Mobil Petrol Station on the main road in Franz Josef. Upon arrival to the base, the days necessary equipment is provided which includes a raincoat and over-trousers, boots, crampons, woollen socks, gloves and a hat. Please bring 3 or 4 warm layers to keep the upper body warm during the hike (ideally woollen or polypro, not cotton) and a pair of lightweight trousers. NO JEANS (as they get cold when wet) – over-trousers can be provided in this case. Please also pack a lunch and a drink, along with a small backpack with two shoulder straps. A reasonable amount of physical fitness is required for those taking part in this tour.
Transfer from Franz Josef to Arthurs Pass. With Stops along the way.
Visit Hokitika, once the capital of Westland and a roaring gold mining town, now a bustling centre of art and craft shops where greenstone and gold feature. As you journey north you will see the West Coast forests and further evidence of the last Ice Age in the kettle lakes created by the melting ice sheets.
In the heart of the Southern Alps, Arthur’s Pass National Park has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape. They range from eastern beech clad hills and tussock valleys to the luxuriant rain forest in the west. The highest mountains have glaciers and surrounding them are tussock basins, flowering herbs and alpine grasses. Stop at Castle Hill Rocks for a fascinating walk amongst these limestone outcrops - a sacred Maori site.
Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass is nestled in mountain beech forest, midway between Greymouth and Christchurch. Discover wild nature in a spectacular mountain setting and experience life on this 2,400 hectare nature reserve and high country merino sheep station. Walk from your room into a natural paradise of beech forest, tussock clearings, moss-lined streams and lakes.
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.” The property began in 2003 with six guest rooms in the Main Lodge and the Olive House. In 2006, five luxury Tree Houses were added. In 2009 a remodelling of the Main Lodge, allowed the conversion of the six rooms into four - two Suites, one Lodge Room, and the Hapuku Room - and also added a lap-pool and sauna.
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.
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.
Private car transfer to Blenheim Airport.
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.
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 origin point is included.
Private car transfer Blenheim accommodation to Picton.
Enjoy this scenic ferry transfer travelling between Picton and Wellington, New Zealand. This 92km 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 hotel.
The Bolton Hotel is the only Qualmark five star rated luxury boutique hotel in Wellington, New Zealand. With 142 contemporary-styled guest rooms and suites, a fully equipped gym, heated swimming pool, spa pool, sauna and in-house restaurant, the award winning Bolton Hotel experience is like no other.
During this entertaining journey of discovery through the Wellington region, explore all the sites of Middle Earth during the filming of ``The Lord of the Rings`` epic movies. Visit the Wellington film locations used for the Shire, the Gardens of Isengard, the River Anduin, Helm’s Deep and Minas Tirth, and the location where the hobbits raced to the ferry whilst hiding from the Nazgul. Be spellbound at the site of Lothlorien, the majestic Fernside Lodge, where Fernside’s lake was transformed into part of Lothlorien, and then to the Gladden fields. Fernside’s white bridge remains as a reminder of the bridge of Lothlorien. Explore Rivendell and the riverside spot where Aragon was washed ashore, before visiting Miramar, home to the production studios and to many of the stars while they were filming. This is also where the new Weta Cave with souvenirs and a virtual tour of Weta Workshop is located.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel.
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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