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The Way the World Should Be: New Zealand Rediscovered


  • Auckland, NZ
  • Hobbiton in Rotorua
  • Geyser, Rotorua
  • Wellington
  • Milford Sound
  • Queenstown

For the group traveller looking for superior hotels and an exceptional level of service, New Zealand will not disappoint. Known as a land of natural wonders and old world charm, New Zealand also has all the components needed for travelling in style! 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 13 day sample itinerary highlights the icons of New Zealand: Auckland’s Harbour, Rotorua’s thermal wonders; Wellington’s wines; Christchurch’s charm and Queenstown’s alpine beauty! It is time to rediscover New Zealand in style!      


 

Day 1

Fly Hometown to Auckland

Day 2

Cross The 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 where our rooms will be ready for our early morning arrival.

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. This afternoon we will enjoy a short orientation tour on the way to our ‘welcome’ dinner at Meredith’s restaurant at the foot of Mt Eden.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hilton Auckland

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    Hilton Auckland



    Positioned within Auckland's city centre, the Hilton Auckland hotel is just a five minute walk from Auckland's central business district, as well as many impressive local attractions. Relax in one of 165 spacious and comfortable guest rooms with balconies or upgrade to a Deluxe Harbour ...

    Positioned within Auckland's city centre, the Hilton Auckland hotel is just a five minute walk from Auckland's central business district, as well as many impressive local attractions. Relax in one of 165 spacious and comfortable guest rooms with balconies or upgrade to a Deluxe Harbour View Room for views over the waterfront. Choose a suite and enjoy the extra space of a separate living area and private sun deck.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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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! And what better way to get a sense of this city than from the ocean – our lunch today is on a deluxe yacht cruising Auckland Harbour. Our afternoon is at leisure to explore Auckland on your own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Coach Auckland to Rotorua

An early start today as we board our luxury coach for our journey south. Our sightseeing today will include an underground tour of the Ruakuri Caves that form part of the greater Waitomo Cave complex. 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 was created and used. Our tour ends at the Shires Rest Café where a delicious BBQ lunch will be served.

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 luxurious lakeside resort in the late afternoon where we have time to relax before enjoying a sumptuous dinner at the Wai Ora Mokoia restaurant in the hotel. Mokoia Restaurant is the only Rotorua restaurant that specializes in the use of indigenous New Zealand herbs and spices together with local quality produce that will tempt and satisfy any "Foodie" with the fine-dining Pacific-Rim-Style Infusion Cuisine.

Accommodation: The Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 6

Morning Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland

After a leisurely breakfast, we take a short drive to visit the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, New Zealand’s most colourful geothermal attraction where the landscape has been sculptured over thousands of years by volcanic activity. We have time to walk at our own pace following clearly defined tracks and take in the steaming ground, huge volcanic craters, hot and cold coloured pools, sinter terrace formations and expansive vistas. Watch your clocks because at 10:15am daily the Lady Knox Geyser erupts - a sight not to be missed! At the end of our visit our coach will transfer us back to the hotel where we have the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Optional Spa treatment at the Resort
Treatments are based on the healing traditions and techniques of the New Zealand Maori including thermal mud therapies using Rotorua geothermal mud as well as the signature massage therapy the "Traditional Wai Ora Massage". Day spa pools including the Sauna and Steamer are complimentary for in-house guests from 7am – 10pm.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Fly Rotorua To Wellington

Our short morning flight takes us south to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. On arrival we are met and embark on our private tour to the famous grape and wine producing region known as Wairarapa. We will take time to visit some of boutique wineries of the area for wine tasting and touring. Lunch is included today at one of the select wineries before we arrive at our luxurious
hotel, Peppers Martinborough. Tonight a special treat as we indulge in a degustation evening of good food, wine pairing and camaraderie with a local wine expert.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Peppers Parehua Martinborough

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    Peppers Parehua Martinborough



    Just over an hour by road from Wellington is the world famous wine-growing region of Wairarapa with vineyards, pastoral farms, and rolling green hills on a rugged New Zealand coast. On its outskirts lies Peppers Parehua Martinborough - a meticulous sprawling Parehua country estate, with ...

    Just over an hour by road from Wellington is the world famous wine-growing region of Wairarapa with vineyards, pastoral farms, and rolling green hills on a rugged New Zealand coast. On its outskirts lies Peppers Parehua Martinborough - a meticulous sprawling Parehua country estate, with large sweeping gardens, luxury Martinborough accommodation and panoramic views.

    A complete destination in its own right, Peppers Parehua Martinborough takes you on a journey where the region's best food and wine takes centre stage and your every wish and desire is catered to.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Fireplace
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis

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Day 8

Coach to Wellington

We take the morning to stroll through the quaint streets of Greytown sampling some of the local treats before continuing our visits to a couple of more welcoming cellar doors as we make our way back to Wellington. Tonight is free to relax and discover New Zealand’s capital.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

Fly Wellington to Queenstown

As New Zealand’s capital, Wellington is home to its national museum, Te Papa, and this morning we meet our guide for a private tour of some of the museum’s outstanding cultural, historical and naturalist exhibits to gain a deeper understanding of the country and its people.

Later, we transfer to the airport for our flight across the Cook Strait to the mountain resort town of Queenstown. Tonight we join our fellow travelers for a delicious dinner at our hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa

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    Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa



    French antique chic sits aside New Zealand's sophisticated modern designs at this centrally located boutique hotel. Providing exceptional personal service, the hotel truly embodies the Sofitel concept 'art de vivre' - the art of living. Located in the heart of the city, Sofitel Queenstown Hotel ...

    French antique chic sits aside New Zealand's sophisticated modern designs at this centrally located boutique hotel. Providing exceptional personal service, the hotel truly embodies the Sofitel concept 'art de vivre' - the art of living. Located in the heart of the city, Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa is just a 15 minute drive from the airport and 20 minutes from Coronet Peak ski fields. The hotel features 82 elegantly appointed rooms and suites.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 10

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, the adrenelin doesn’t stop as we board our sightseeing planes (weather permitting) for our jaw-dropping scenic flight back to Queenstown. Our evening is free to explore Queenstown and its lively nightlife on our own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 11

In Queenstown

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

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 12

Fly Queenstown to Christchurch

Another short flight takes us to the South Island’s largest city, Christchurch.

On arrival, our deluxe coach and driver will meet us and take us on a tour of the city which was so badly damaged in February 2011 after the 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the city. We will see how the city has regained its strength and vitality with the city core steadily coming back to life.
We will also take time to stroll through Hagley Park and enjoy afternoon tea along the Avon River. For our final night Downunder our farewell dinner will be at one of Christchurch’s finest restaurant for a night of good food, wine and stories of our journey of rediscovery.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

The George Hotel

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    The George Hotel



    The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon you will find this peaceful Christchurch accommodation just ...

    The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon you will find this peaceful Christchurch accommodation just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. Impeccable service in an intimate ambience is guaranteed at The George, the only Christchurch Hotel with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 13

Fly Christchurch to Hometown

Morning at leisure until our transfer to the airport for our flights home.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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