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Price: $5660 per person, based on double occupancy


2019 Departure Dates: Oct 22 and Nov 19

2020 Departure Dates: Jan 22, Feb 26, Mar 25, Apr 29, May 27


Experience the stunning scenery of the South Island, and the geothermal and cultural highlights of the North Island on this small group tour.


DAY 1 – AUCKLAND
Arrive in Auckland and be met with a “Haere mai”, which means “welcome” and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure to explore the wonderful, “City of Sails” ACCOMMODATION: M Social Hotel


DAY 2 – AUCKLAND TO ROTORUA (B,D)
This morning enjoy a Auckland City tour including panoramic views from Bastion Point, the informative Maori and Pacific Islands displays at the Auckland Museum and some of the most popular waterfront areas. Departing Auckland we travel to Rotorua – the heart of New Zealand’s famous thermal and cultural region. On arrival we will enjoy a city tour, before checking into our central accommodation. This afternoon we experience a local Marae (Maori Village). Experience a formal welcome (powhiri) including the “hongi” – which means sharing breath. Delve into Maori life, both past and contemporary. This evening enjoy a powerful cultural performance, storytelling and Hangi (feasting). ACCOMMODATION: Prince’s Gate Hotel, Rotorua


DAY 3 – ROTORUA TO WELLINGTON (B)
Rotorua is the epicenter not only of New Zealand’s geothermal activity but of Maori heritage. No visit to Rotorua would be complete without including Te Puia, an active geothermal site and the nation’s center for indigenous arts and crafts and a Kiwi conservation project. After our morning visit to Te Puia we stop to see the village of Te Wairoa which was devasted by a volcanic eruption in 1886. This afternoon we fly to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, which clings to the steep hillsides around a magnificent harbor at the southern tip of the North Island. . On arrival, enjoy a city tour including famous landmarks, such as New Zealand’s magnificent Parliament Buildings and the iconic “Beehive” building. ACCOMMODATION: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington


DAY 4 – WELLINGTONG TO NELSON (B)
Your day commences with one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world. Travel through the waters of the Cook Strait and the Queen Charlotte Sound. The ferry is often accompanied by dolphins playfully riding along the bows’ waves. Disembark in Picton and travel a short distance to Blenheim which is in the heart of the Marlborough wine region; famously known for its Sauvignon Blanc wine. Taste wine from one of Marlborough’s premier wineries as we drive through Marlborough on the way to Nelson. Sunny Nelson as it is blessed with a sunny microclimate and will be our base for the next two nights. ACCOMMODATION: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson - 2 nights


DAY 5 – ABEL NATIONAL PARK (B)
Today’s drive to Abel Tasman National Park is a mosaic of golden coves, turquoise lagoons and sheltered by a range of forests to the south. There are few roads into this pristine wilderness and most journeys through the park are made by boat. Once at park you enjoy a 4 hour hike and scenic cruise. (shorter hiking options available).


DAY 6 – NELSON TO PUNAKAIKI (B)
Today we drive through Nelson Lakes National Park and witness the enchanting alpine landscape of rugged peaks, forests, stunning glacial lakes and awe-inspiring Southern Alps. The road emerges from the forest and hugs the coastline south to the small settlement of Punakaiki – renowned for its wild, rugged coastline and its famous “Pancake Rocks”. These rocks are stacks of stratified limestone and create an extraordinary monument of nature. ACCOMMODATION: Punakiki Resort


DAY 7 – PUNAKAIKI TO FOX GLACIER (B)
Journey south along the west coast on the Great Coast Road which was recently voted one of the top ten coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet. We stop at the dramatic Hokitika Gorge where the blue/green waters pass through the rugged rocks. As we continue south through the forests and farmlands, take in the views of the Alps to the East and the Tasman Sea to the West. Next will be the Franz Josef then on to the small remote village of Fox Glacier. The Glaciers flow from vast snowfields high into the Southern Alps and create huge rivers of snow and ice that travel down to almost sea level meeting up with the rainforest. ACCOMMODATION: Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier


DAY 8 – FOX GLACIER TO WANAKA (B)
Get your camera ready for a morning stroll to visit nearby Lake Matheson. When the conditions are right the lake perfectly mirrors beautiful Mount Cook in its still waters. Head over the Haas Pass deep into Mt. Aspiring National Park. ACCOMMODATION: Edgewater Resort, Wanaka – 2 nights


DAY 9 – LEISURE/RECREATION AT WANAKA (B)
Today is at leisure to enjoy your choice of activities (additional cost). There are trips across the lake to visit a predator-free island with native birds, 4WD adventures over authentic New Zealand High Country farm overlooking sparkling Lake Wanaka, or perhaps visit the vintage aircraft at the Warbirds Museum.


DAY 10 – WANAKA TO TE ANAU (B)
Depart Wanaka with a stop at the highly photographed Cardrona Pub. Traversing the Crown Range road we visit historic Arrowtown – a delightful gold rush village nestled below the peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. Continue your journey between the base of the Remarkables Mountain Range and the spectacular Lake Wakatipu. Travel through a glacial formed valley that is now farmland, to reach Lake Te Anau. ACCOMMODATION: Distinction Hotel Luxmore, Te Anau


DAY 11 – TE ANAU TO MILFORD TO QUEENSTOWN (B, L)
The journey from Te Anau to Milford Sound – is known as one of the most scenic experiences one can have on four wheels. The Fiordland National Park, part of the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area is one of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere. The scenery is spectacular with lofty mountains and deep valleys carved out by Ice Age glaciers. Once at Milford Sound we board a cruise passing the towering Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, dolphins and wildlife which are often seen in and on the waters of the fiord. Follow the cruise we make our way back to spectacular Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. ACCOMMODATION: Scenic Suites Queenstown.


DAY 12 – DEPART QUEENSTOWN (B)
After breakfast, it’s here - we say “haere ra”, which means farewell and you will be transferred to the Queenstown airport. We hope that your stay was most memorable, and should you wish to extend your stay, please reach out, so that we may assist you in providing our expertise in travelling and staying in New Zealand or any other destination.


Included:
• 11 Breakfasts (B)
• 1 Lunch (L)
• 1 Dinner (D)
• Tours as described
• Maximum group size of 16

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