(Waiheke Island, Rotorua, Queenstown)
This trip is designed for people who are true adrenaline junkies. Spend an afternoon aboard America's cup sailing adventure, and black water raft. Warm up at the Polynesian spa thermal hot springs, and spend a full adventure day rafting through waterfalls and biking up steep inclines through dense rainforest. Attend a Maori Hangi and concert, where you learn about traditional Maori customs and beliefs and finish it all off with an authentic Hangi dinner! Do a full day hike on the Tongariro Crossing; considered one of the best one day walks in the world. Bungee jump off the original bungee bridge, embark on a day trip to Milford Sound, and tandem Skydive 12,000 ft. on a 45 second free fall jump. Helicopter over the Remarkable’s and then do a 6km bike ride over rock cliffs. The choices are endless so pick and choose to suit, they have quad bikes, shot over cannoning, jet boating, white water rafting and so much more. Choose your adventure! You will not want to leave this incredibly beautiful country.
*** 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 ***
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.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the Auckland airport and your hotel.
Travel with Fullers Ferry to Waiheke Island. It's 92 square kilometers of sandy beaches, vineyards, native bush settings pristine coastline, olive groves and laid back seaside villages' only 35 minutes cruise from downtown Auckland. There is so much to see, do and explore, try sea kayaking, mountain biking or take a scenic coastal walk.
Take the ferry to Waiheke Island (own expense) to explore the island’s wineries. On this tour you visit up to four vineyards. If you wish, one vineyard may be replaced with an olive oil tasting and/or an artist studio. Your local, wine experienced guide has an extensive knowledge of the island and its surroundings, making your day informative and entertaining. On Waiheke Island, which also known as New Zealand’s Island of Wine, is an abundance of vineyards. Wineries on your tour may for example include Obsidian, which is a boutique winery, established in 1993, with the single objective of producing a great Bordeaux-style red. They now make ten varietal wines, including several award winners. Their flagship wine is a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Kennedy Point vineyard produces Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Chardonnay and Rosé wines. You may also want to taste manuka and pohutukawa honey, estate–grown olive oil, and New Zealand avocado oil. The winery’s Syrah recently won the International Syrah Trophy, the New Zealand Syrah Trophy, the New Zealand Red Wine Trophy and the Auckland Syrah Trophy at the International Wine Challenge. The tour starts at 10.00 a.m. and finishes as approximately 5 p.m. Lunch and the ferry from Auckland to Waiheke are not included.
Take the ferry to travel from Waiheke Island to Auckland Downtown.
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 Rotorua. En-route the transfer will visit the Waitomo Caves that are famous for their glowworms. Lunch and entrance fees are not included. The transfer takes between 6 and 9 hours, depending on the type of touring in Waitomo.
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.
Tandem hang gliding is one of the best adventure activities you can experience while visiting Queenstown. Let the courtesy shuttle take pick you up from your accommodation and drive you safely up to one the many launch areas ranging from 3800 feet (1143 meters) to 5500 feet (1676 meters) high. The Skytrek tandem professional pilots are highly experienced with safety being of the highest priority. Your professional pilot will gently guide you through the steps required to become airborne. The actual flight time is depending on condition about 10 - 20 minutes. Departure times are 9 a.m, 12 noon, 3 p.m and 6 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.
Today you will be collected from your accommodation at approximately 8.00 a.m. for a full day walk within the ancient Beech forest of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Start the tour with a scenic drive to the northern end of Lake Wakatipu and into the Routeburn Valley. The high snow-capped mountains provide a magnificent backdrop for the walk up this beautiful river valley. A journey along the edge of the lake from Queenstown, to the head of Lake Wakatipu is the ideal preparation for the splendour of the world-famous Routeburn Track. The walk begins amongst the towering trees of the ancient Beech forest, making route gradually through blankets of forest moss and ferns. The woodland eventually parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by cloud-scraping mountains, some so high they have permafrost and small glaciers. These flats provide the perfect location to enjoy a well-earned lunch, before heading to the next stop at Routeburn Falls. The tour takes approximately 9 hours with a walking time of 3 to 5 hours (optional). The distance is 16 kilometers on an easy hiking path. The group size is varying between 2 to 6 participants per guide. Please wear closed toe trainers or boots (no sandals or jandals), a hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, waterproof/windproof/warm clothing for changeable weather and a small daypack. And remember to bring you camera and a smile!
Sit back and relax during this short transfer travelling between the airport and hotel, or vice versa.
The Boatshed is a chic, luxurious, Waiheke hotel, located just above the sun-drenched bay and white sandy beaches of Oneroa. This small, hip, luxury hotel boasts the true sense of casual relaxation and refined elegance, in an atmosphere which works in perfect harmony with its seaside location. Designer luxury hotel suites, each totally private with panoramic ocean views, and private all day dining for hotel guests, make the Boatshed one of the most beautifully designed properties on the island. The Boatshed started as the small Waiheke holiday cottage of designer David Scott; his dream of one day sharing this special place was realized with its perfectly executed transformation to what is now, one of New Zealand's best loved small luxury hotels. The Boatshed luxury boutique hotel is a 35 minute ferry or 10 minutes helicopter ride from Auckland. The local Oneroa shopping markets and beach are a five minute stroll away.
Treetops Lodge (5*) offers the ultimate in world-class luxury accommodation in the heart of New Zealand’s unique forest and thermal wonderland, trout fishing mecca and cultural capital, Rotorua. Escape for a few days to your own piece of paradise and savor the peace, tranquility and spectacular surroundings that engulf you at Treetops. Relax in the elegant Lodge, with its architectural style derived from this country’s pioneering past; timber and stone finishes echo the beauty and simplicity of the great outdoors that surround you at Treetops Lodge. Choose a secluded Villa just a few minutes away from the main lodge but miles away from the rest of the world.
Queenstown Park Hotel is one of Queenstown’s new luxury boutique hotels. Be awed and inspired by the incredible views, luxuriate in the quality and appreciate the stylish design and sophisticated service of an urban boutique hotel. Revel in the personal attention and local knowledge provided by your hotel hosts. Centrally located, yet surrounded by parklands, this 19 room architecturally-designed hotel compliments Queenstown's majestic mountain backdrop to perfection.
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Susan Pope ,
April 21, 2014
"The arrangements all worked out very well, especially the drivers picking us up from airports and hotels. The hotels, although all in different categories, were mostly excellent. We were happy to see so many different areas of New Zealand and experience everything from glow worm caves to fjords to a Maori hangi and geothermals."
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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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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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