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Vacation Itinerary

2018/19 Prices:

4 star accommodation from $3999* per person


2018/19 Dates: Departs Daily

(See below for seasonality and accommodation options)


Our most popular New Zealand itinerary. This trip is designed with the independent traveler in mind. All arrangements are pre-planned so you can enjoy exploring and joining adventure activities throughout the country.


Day 1 : Auckland
Upon arrival you will be met and transported to your hotel. Your first day is spent in the "City of Sails," where you embark on a hands-on sailing experience aboard a yacht in Waitemata Harbor. Make sure to take a trip up the Sky Tower for a panoramic view of beautiful Auckland.


Day 2 : Taste of Waiheke Cruise and Tour
Board your ferry at the Downtown Auckland Ferry Terminal and enjoy a pleasant cruise through the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island where you will enjoy tours and tastings at the nearby vineyards. Once the tour is over, you can either board the next ferry, or use your All Day Bus Pass to further explore the island.


Day 3 : Waitomo Cave Tubing
Pick up your car rental and travel to Waitomo from Auckland this morning for your cave tubing adventure. Gear up in wetsuit & hardhats with custom-built electric light for this afternoon's cave tubing adventure. You'll be in the company of glow worms as you navigate the region's cave system. Later today you travel to Rotorua for a fun evening of Maori song, dance, dinner & story telling


Day 4 : Rotorua
Your choice of adventure today: white water rafting the class V Kaituna River, mountain biking or explore Middle Earth at Hobbiton Movie Set Tours. At the end of the day, make your way to the geothermal hot pool on the Rotorua lakeside. Tonight enjoy a visit to the Polynesian Spa Thermal Pools.


Day 5 : Rotorua to Nelson
Today you fly south to sunny Nelson. Upon arrival you will pick up your car rental and head to your well located accommodation. (Local air not included). Free day to rest or to enjoy the many available adventures.


Day 6 : Abel Tasman National Park/Nelson Area
Sub-tropical Abel Tasman includes thousands of hectares of native forest, beaches of golden sand, clear coastal waters and the best climate in the country! Enjoy a one-day guided Sea kayak and hiking tour in this spectacular region.


Day 7 : Punakaiki "Pancake" Rocks
Say farewell to Nelson and drive to Punakaiki on the West Coast for a short walk beneath a canopy of nikau palms and tree ferns to view the unique "pancake" rock formations and explosive blowholes. Optional afternoon adventures include horseback riding, river canoeing, or a river canyon walk.


Days 8-9 : Punakaiki - Fox Glacier
Transfer to Fox Glacier, which is fed by the snows of the Mount Cook National Park and is one of the most accessible glaciers in New Zealand. Next day, board a helicopter to fly over pinnacles and crevasses and land on the upper levels of the glacier. With a qualified alpine guide, spend 2.5 hours exploring the glacier's awesome ice formations.


Day 10 : Fox Glacier to Queenstown
On arrival, return your car in central Queenstown. Nestled in the shores of Lake Wakatipu, your hotel provides the perfect location for exploring around on foot and features over 100 restaurants.


Day 11 : Milford Sound
This morning you will be collected from your accommodation and transferred by glass-roofed coach to Milford Sound. On reaching Milford Sound, you will step aboard your vessel to cruise the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea.


Days 12-14 : Queenstown
Queenstown is a breathtaking and beautiful playground for all seasons. Bungee jumping, jet boating, rafting, kayaking, and hiking can all be enjoyed. Take in local cafes and night spots before saying "goodbye" to New Zealand on Day 14.


Included:

  • Personal meet & greet on arrival in New Zealand with private transfer to accommodation
  • 13 nights accommodation in nominated Motels, Hotels or B&Bs
  • Daily breakfast at hotels
  • Rental of Intermediate Auto Rental Car for 9 days (includes unlimited miles and comprehensive insurance) OR
  • Intercity travel by scheduled public bus or sightseeing tour coach
  • Sailing on Auckland Harbour
  • Black Water Rafting at Waitomo
  • Maori Concert & Hangi Dinner
  • Choice of either White Water Rafting, Hobbiton Tour or guided Mountain Biking in Rotorua
  • Personal meet & greet on arrival in Nelson with private transfer to accommodation
  • 1 day guided sea kayaking or hiking excursion in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Guided Fox Glacier ‘Heli-Hike’
  • 24 hour in-country emergency assistance
  • New Zealand taxes
Not Included:
  • Flights from Los Angeles and within New Zealand on Air New Zealand
  • Accommodation, sightseeing and meals other than those expressly mentioned as included
  • Optional extras with Rental Car hire including petrol bond/security deposit, rental of GPS unit or insurance deductible
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, internet access, laundry etc.

Note: Pricing includes accommodations as described in the itinerary above.


*Pricing based on travel during low season, high season pricing can range from $150-$550 per person higher.


High Season: October through March

Low Season: April through September


Transportation via scheduled coach can also be arranged for those not wanting to self drive. All prices above, are per person and based on double occupancy. Prices subject to change based on current exchange rates with the New Zealand dollar. Please contact us for single rates.


*Ask us today about current air specials on Air New Zealand.

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