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The Essential New Zealand


For the group traveler looking for a value-for-money group touring option, New Zealand will not disappoint. Known as a land of natural wonders and old world charm, touring in New Zealand is easy and affordable with so much to see and do packed in to a small country! Relatively short travel times, good basic hotels and lots of fresh, delicious food makes New Zealand ideal for anyone on a budget. It is how we dream the world should be: uncrowded, safe, with clean air and full of fresh, natural food products and friendly, smiling locals.  Our 11 day sample itinerary highlights the icons of New Zealand: Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown and Christchurch -- it is time to rediscover the real New Zealand --- fun and affordable!

Day 1

Fly Hometown to Auckland

Day 2

Cross International Dateline

Day 3

Arrive Auckland

Welcome to the land of the “long white cloud.” New Zealand is a country like no other: soaring alps, glacier fed rivers, lush green valleys dotted with sheep combined with a relaxed, easy-going lifestyle that harkens back to a simpler time. On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel.

Auckland is one amazing city, boasting three harbours, two mountain ranges, 48 volcanic cones and more than 50 islands. With a population of approximately 1.3 million, it has one third of the country's entire population. Our afternoon is at leisure. Tonight we enjoy a “Welcome to New Zealand” Dinner at the Harbourside Restaurant only a short stroll from our hotel.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Grand Mercure Auckland

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    Grand Mercure Auckland



    Located in the heart of the Auckland waterfront district, Grand Mercure Auckland overlooks the spectacular harbour and bustling city. Situated within walking distance of Auckland shopping, restaurants, the Viaduct Harbour, ferry terminals, and Vector Arena, the hotel is ideal for any traveller. There are 189 ...

    Located in the heart of the Auckland waterfront district, Grand Mercure Auckland overlooks the spectacular harbour and bustling city. Situated within walking distance of Auckland shopping, restaurants, the Viaduct Harbour, ferry terminals, and Vector Arena, the hotel is ideal for any traveller. There are 189 rooms and suites.

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    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
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Day 4

In Auckland

We spend the day discovering the “City of Sails.” From touring the downtown core to the scenic harbour front and over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore, Auckland is a city of ocean views
interrupted by more ocean views! After our city touring, we head out to the Waitakere Ranges for spectacular views of both ocean and rainforest. We will visit black sand beach and take a short walk amongst tree ferns, kauri trees and waterfalls. A delightful picnic lunch is included today.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Coach Auckland to Rotorua

An early start today as we board our coach for our journey south. Our sightseeing today will include an underground tour of the famous Waitomo Caves. Set beneath the rugged hillside, these enormous limestone caverns feature cathedral caverns, stalagmites and stalactites as well as the famous glow worm grottos…and all this natural wonder viewed from a small boat travelling across an underground lake! The ceilings of the caves are dotted with millions of small glow worms, each one providing its own small light to attract the insects they feed on. After our tour, we continue south to world-famous Hobbiton where many scenes from both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed. Our private, exclusive tour will show us the rolling hills of ‘the Shire’ while our private guide recounts fascinating details on how the movie set was created and used.

From here it is on to the thermal city of Rotorua. New Zealand is a country located on the “Ring of Fire” where the earth is always in a state of upheaval. This phenomenon is no more evident than in Rotorua on New Zealand's volcanic plateau where geothermal activity is pronounced including erupting geysers, steaming fumaroles, mud pools and hot geothermal springs.

We arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon where we have time to relax before experiencing a traditional Maori Hangi (feast) and cultural evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

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    Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua



    Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua. Adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens, the hotel is a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre, Convention Centre and the Energy ...

    Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua. Adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens, the hotel is a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre, Convention Centre and the Energy Events Centre. Sudima Lake Rotorua offers 250 guest rooms in a range of accommodation options, many with superb views across Lake Rotorua.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Golf
    • Laundry facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 6

Morning Sightseeing

After a hearty breakfast, we take a short drive to visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s most colourful geothermal attraction where the landscape has been sculptured over thousands of years by volcanic activity. We have time to view the bubbling mud, thermal geysers and silica terraces with our knowledgeable guide. From here we head to the Agrodome to learn more about all those sheep we have been seeing and then on to our final stop at Rainbow Springs to view the elusive Kiwi Bird and have a stroll through the lush gardens of the complex. Our afternoon is free to explore Rotorua on our own.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Fly Rotorua to Queenstown

We transfer to the airport this morning for our flight across the Cook Strait  to New Zealand’s South Island and the resort town of Queenstown. On arrival,  we are transferred to our hotel for the evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Heartland Hotel Queenstown

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    Heartland Hotel Queenstown



    Heartland Hotel Queenstown is perched just above the town centre - an excellent vantage point where you can feel tucked away and enjoy magnificent views, yet you are only a few minutes walk to the town centre. With 81 comfortable, well-appointed guest rooms, including five ...

    Heartland Hotel Queenstown is perched just above the town centre - an excellent vantage point where you can feel tucked away and enjoy magnificent views, yet you are only a few minutes walk to the town centre. With 81 comfortable, well-appointed guest rooms, including five family rooms, Heartland Hotel Queenstown provides all you need for a comfortable rest at the end of another action-packed Queenstown day.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 8

Milford Sound Sightseeing

We are up early today for our full day excursion by road into Fiordland National Park and a cruise on famous Milford Sound.  A journey by road into Milford is an awe-inspiring trip through deep-cut valleys with sheer rock cliffs rising on each side, lush, green meadows and forests dotted with rivers and lakes and, looming over it all, hanging valleys and mighty mountain peaks. Our lunch cruise will take us up and down the Sound getting close to waterfalls and rock walls and, if we are lucky, we may even see a penguin or two. After our cruise, we join our coach for the trip back to Queenstown returning to our hotel in the early evening. 

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

In Queenstown

A free day to enjoy all that Queenstown has to offer: jet boating, bungy jumping, white water rafting, lake cruising, golfing, nature walking or join the Safari of the Scenes Tour.

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Day 10

Coach Queenstown to Christchurch

We board our coach this morning for our scenic journey across the Southern Alps and over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Enroute we stop to visit the historic Church of the Good Shepherd overlooking the crystal blue waters of Lake Tekapo. On arrival in Christchurch we head to our hotel for the evening. Tonight we will enjoy our “farewell dinner” at our hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Heartland Hotel Cotswold

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    Heartland Hotel Cotswold



    Full of character, Heartland Hotel Cotswold is warm and welcoming, and the perfect place to relax during your visit to Christchurch. The hotel has 77 spacious rooms and its spacious grounds feature award-winning gardens. Located on the edge of the central business district it's an ...

    Full of character, Heartland Hotel Cotswold is warm and welcoming, and the perfect place to relax during your visit to Christchurch. The hotel has 77 spacious rooms and its spacious grounds feature award-winning gardens. Located on the edge of the central business district it's an easy stroll to boutique shopping at Merivale Mall, Christchurch Casino and the beautiful Hagley Park. Just a 20 minute drive from Christchurch airport Heartland Hotel Cotswold is well-positioned for travellers visiting Christchurch.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 11

Fly Christchurch to Hometown

This morning we tour the sights of Christchurch and get a glimpse of how the city is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes. After our tour we transfer to the airport to connect to our flights home.

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