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Best of New Zealand: Holiday of a Lifetime

Duration
8 Days
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US$ 3,849

This very special Holiday of a Lifetime in New Zealand starts with a city orientation tour, special welcome dinner and a stay in the Garden City of Christchurch, New Zealand. Continue on the Alpine Village of Queenstown and visit Milford Sound. Fly to Rotorua with its natural geothermal activity and then on to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Travel on Goway's Best of New Zealand HOLIDAY OF A LIFETIME and return with a lifetime of memories.


Christchurch  - Queenstown - Rotorua - Auckland

New Zealand offers a wide variety of scenery, cultural variations and local attractions. On this HOLIDAY OF A LIFETIME on arrival in New Zealand, your first stay will be in attractive Christchurch known as the Garden City and often described as the most "English City" outside of England. An overland drive brings you to Queenstown, a lovely resort on the South Island and from which you will take a day trip to the magnificent fiord-like Milford Sound on which you will have a cruise.

Then fly to the North Island to Rotorua with its natural geothermal activity including boiling geysers and mud pools. You will enjoy a traditional Maori evening and an exhibition of sheep sheering. On the way to Auckland, there will be a stop at Waitomo to see the glowworm caves. Auckland provides the final stop and includes a harbour cruise on which a “Farewell to Downunder” dinner will be experienced.


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HOMESTAY OPTION (must be pre-booked)

Enjoy the opportunity to be guests of a "Kiwi" family in Rotorua.  Your hosts will pick you up at the hotel at approximately 3:00pm and take you to their homes for dinner and overnight. After a hearty country breakfast the next morning, you will be taken back to the hotel to rejoin the group.   This once in a lifetime opportunity is included in the cost of the Waltzing Matilda but it must be pre-booked – so call now!


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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,849

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Day 1

Arrive Christchurch

Kia Ora and Welcome to New Zealand! After clearing Customs, transfer to your Christchurch hotel enjoying a brief orientation city tour along the way.  The remainder of the day is free to explore the city before a Welcome to New Zealand dinner this evening at our hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

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    Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch



    Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is just one block from Cathedral Square in the heart of the city. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, you will appreciate the central location that puts the best of Christchurch within easy reach. The 171 rooms and suites at ...

    Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is just one block from Cathedral Square in the heart of the city. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, you will appreciate the central location that puts the best of Christchurch within easy reach. The 171 rooms and suites at Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch are designed for your comfort with uninterrupted views of the city or the Southern Alps. At Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch, friendly service, relaxed atmosphere and superb facilities are all designed to provide you with superior value.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Christchurch to Queenstown

This morning, we depart for Queenstown driving through some of the most scenic landscapes in New Zealand. Our first stop is at the quaint Church of the Good Shepherd, one of the most photographed places in New Zealand, and features an altar window that frames stunning views of Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps. After this visit, we will continue on past Twizel and then travel alongside man-made Lake Dunstan before continuing on through the picturesque wine area of the Gibbston Valley and into the Kawarau Gorge. As we emerge from the gorge, we arrive in the fruit growing region of Cromwell and then continue on to the mountain resort town of Queenstown and our hotel.

This region is home to the rugged, snow-capped Remarkable Mountains towering over the deep blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, fringed by poplars and weeping willows that form the backdrop to Queenstown - probably New Zealand's most spectacular and popular resort town. Magnificent scenery, lovely promenades, lake cruises and great shopping - there is something for everyone.

This evening we transfer to the Skyline Gondola Restaurant where we will enjoy a relaxing dinner while the sun sets over the Remarkable Mountains. After dinner, we will be transferred back to our hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

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    Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown



    Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown boasts breathtaking views over the lake and surrounding mountains. Queenstown's largest hotel is just a 5-minute flat walk along the lakefront to the centre of town with the airport only a 10-minute scenic ...

    Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown boasts breathtaking views over the lake and surrounding mountains. Queenstown's largest hotel is just a 5-minute flat walk along the lakefront to the centre of town with the airport only a 10-minute scenic drive away. With 255 rooms, they have a variety of room types to suit all travelers. Most of the rooms have spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 3

Milford Sound Tour

After a hearty breakfast, we depart on our full day tour to spectacular Fiordland National Park and world famous Milford Sound. Our route takes us along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, one of New Zealand's prettiest lakes, and through some of the world's finest vertical landscapes, hanging valleys, precipices and raging torrents surround us on our way to this beautiful Sound. The road follows through the Homer Tunnel and the Eglinton Valley to Milford and famous mile-high Mitre Peak. Rudyard Kipling once described this Sound as the "eighth wonder of the world." Our cruise includes a picnic style lunch and will cover the length of the fiord right up to the 1200-foot cliffs and thundering waterfalls. As our vessel turns at the point where the fiord meets the Tasman Sea, we will see how this majestic fiord, hidden at first, unfolds before us. The captain is an expert at seeking out playful schools of dolphins and fur seals basking on the sunny rocks. We return to our hotel in the early evening.

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Day 4

Queenstown at Leisure

We have a full day at leisure to relax or to join one of the many optional tours and activities that are available (additional cost). Some suggestions are: get a thrill on the famous Shotover Jetboats; take a guided walking tour of the Queenstown Wine Trail including an underground wine cave tour; cruise Lake Wakatipu on the historic Earnslaw Steamer; shop in all the stores and boutiques in the town centre or just relax in the sheer beauty of it all! Your Goway Tour Director will help you arrange the activities for you.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

Fly Queenstown to Rotorua

A box breakfast is arranged by the hotel due to your onward flight. This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to the North Island (airfare not included in tour cost, to be purchased separately) and check into our hotel in Rotorua. On the way from the airport to our hotel, we visit one of the most amazing attractions, the Rotorua Museum. On your self guided visit, discover the great stories of the region through innovative exhibitions and cinema experiences. Learn about the rich culture, volatile landscape and legendary figures that have shaped this fascinating region. The stunning Bath House building can be explored from the mud bath basement to the viewing platform on the rooftop. The Rotorua Bath House was once known as the Great South Seas Spa. People came from all over the world to indulge in the curative and sometimes bizarre treatments that were administered here. Enjoy panoramic views of the Government Gardens, Lake Rotorua and Sulphur Bay from the viewing platform. After visiting the museum, all passengers are transferred to Novotel Rotorua Hotel. This evening visit an authentic Maori village in the midst of Rotorua's ancient Tawa Forest and immerse yourself in the colourful culture on the Tamaki Maori Cultural Experience. It is an evening of ritual, ceremony, amazing Maori cultural performance, cultural storytelling, interaction and traditional feasting as you relive significant portions of New Zealand’s pre-European history and real events!

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Duration2 Nights
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Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

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    Novotel Rotorua Lakeside



    Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, this hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. The central location is easily accessible to cafes, restaurants and local attractions. Stunning natural scenery, geothermal wonders and a vast array of leisure activities make Novotel Rotorua Lakeside the ...

    Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, this hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. The central location is easily accessible to cafes, restaurants and local attractions. Stunning natural scenery, geothermal wonders and a vast array of leisure activities make Novotel Rotorua Lakeside the ultimate holiday destination. Enjoy a world of culinary excitement at the Atlas Restaurant or relax at the spa.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Rotorua Sightseeing

Your day will start enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast, we meet our coach and guide for our in-depth sightseeing tour of Rotorua. Our first stop this morning is the Te Puia Arts and Culture Centre, where you will see the renowned geothermal activity including boiling mud pools, gentle hot springs and violent geysers; this includes the world famous Pohutu Geyser.

From Te Puia, we are off to the Agrodome where we will learn more about the thriving sheep industry in New Zealand and be entertained with sheep shearing and dog herding demonstrations. We will also watch a parade of sheep from different breeds, strutting their stuff! Our day concludes at our hotel, where we will have dinner and relax for the remainder of the evening.

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Day 7

Rotorua to Auckland

Today we will be meet the guests who were staying at the Novotel Rotorua. Our journey north to Auckland takes us first to the amazing Hobbiton Movie Set where many of The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies were filmed. The set has been completely rebuilt for these films and are the authentic sets as seen in the movies. During our tour we will see Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn and The Mill. Also to be viewed is the double arched bridge and other structures and gardens built for the movies.

After our Hobbit experience, we continue our journey to Waitomo, where we enjoy a guided excursion underground through the Waitomo Cave Complex with its fascinating natural landforms including tiny glow-worms that shine in the dark like stars. Next, we relax over a delicious lunch at the Roselands Restaurant, serving traditional New Zealand dishes made fresh every day including home baking and local free range meets, all on a farmland setting. The day ends on arrival in Auckland, where we check into our hotel for overnight stay. Tonight is our Farewell to New Zealand dinner at the Orbit Restaurant, just a 5 minute walk from the hotel.

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Duration1 Night
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Stamford Plaza Auckland

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    Stamford Plaza Auckland



    Located on Albert Street in the heart of the CBD. The hotel is within walking distance from the harbour and the popular Viaduct Basin. The hotel features 329 spaciously appointed guest rooms, including well-furnished suites that are equipped with modern amenities and large bathrooms including ...

    Located on Albert Street in the heart of the CBD. The hotel is within walking distance from the harbour and the popular Viaduct Basin. The hotel features 329 spaciously appointed guest rooms, including well-furnished suites that are equipped with modern amenities and large bathrooms including separate bath and shower. There is a choice of 3 restaurants for dining and the hotel features a gym, sauna and rooftop pool. There are many activities for guests of all sets to enjoy.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Depart Auckland

After breakfast and checking out of our hotel, we join our coach for a morning city orientation tour including views of historic Parnell and One Tree Hill.   We have two hospitality rooms available until 4pm at the hotel to freshen up to prepare for your next journey.  Today is end of your Holiday of a Lifetime.

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26 Mar 2018
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