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Classic New Zealand: Small Group

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,715

This is the ultimate classic New Zealand tour. Begin in Auckland and then it’s on to Rotorua, next head south to the capital, Wellington before embarking on a trip through the scenic South Island. See stunning Milford Sound, and enjoy the day in exhilarating Queenstown before heading into glacier country.


Filled with contrasts and dramatic landscapes, New Zealand is ripe for discovery on this 13-day small group trip from Auckland to Christchurch.

Begin in Auckland, where the perfect balance between an indoor and outdoor lifestyle is captured on your Best of Both World sightseeing tour. This is a great way to take in the major sights of the city including Waitemata and Manukau harbours, the Arataki Centre leading to the nearby rainforest, and much more. It’s the best of Auckland neatly folded into one perfect day!

Then go on to Rotorua, stopping in at one of New Zealand’s most famous (fictional) towns, Hobbiton! Take a tour of the Shire, popping in on Bilbo’s House and pulling up a pint at the Green Dragon Inn before going on to Rotorua. This of course is the home of Te Puia and Rainbow Springs. A fully guided tour introduces you to the Maori culture that thrives here, preserving traditions dating back thousands of years. See the spurting geysers and bubbling mud pools of this geothermal treasure, then embark on a cultural journey with the local Maori, joining them for a traditional hangi feast with formal welcome and entertainment.

Arguably the world’s coolest capital city, Wellington is your next stop. Serious about its culture, you’ll discover a city with more bars and cafes per capita than New York City! Start with a city tour, taking in the view from Mount Victoria, and embark on a Seal Coast Safari to see the picturesque coastal landscapes and of course the wildlife that calls this region home.

Fly on to Queenstown and say hello to New Zealand’s adrenaline and adventure sports capital. Embark on a trip to Milford Sound, arguably the country’s most awe-inspiring natural landmark in the Southern Alps. Then enjoy a day at leisure in Queenstown. You may opt to bungee jump in the town where it was invented, go zip-lining through the pristine forests, or board the famous Shotover Jetboat for a thrilling ride through the canyons.

Enjoy the dramatic landscapes of the drive north (including Haast Pass, which Lord of the Rings fans should recognise immediately) to Franz Josef. Home of the namesake glacier. You may opt to spend your day at leisure here taking a heli-tour of the glacier, but if not, there are plenty of natural highlights to explore at lower altitudes. Finally, board the scenic KiwiRail for the trip to Christchurch, enjoying more of the South Island’s best scenery before a night in the renewed city.


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,715

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Day 1

Auckland Airport to Auckland City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Copthorne Auckland City

This welcoming Auckland city hotel is centrally located, within easy walking distance of Queen Street shopping, Central Business District and Auckland University. Auckland's Viaduct Basin and Vector Arena are less than 10 minutes' walk away and there is easy motorway access to greater Auckland and northern and southern gateways.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Copthorne Auckland City

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    This welcoming Auckland city hotel is centrally located, within easy walking distance of Queen Street shopping, Central Business District and Auckland University. Auckland's Viaduct Basin and Vector Arena are less than 10 minutes' walk away and there is easy motorway access to greater Auckland and …

    This welcoming Auckland city hotel is centrally located, within easy walking distance of Queen Street shopping, Central Business District and Auckland University. Auckland's Viaduct Basin and Vector Arena are less than 10 minutes' walk away and there is easy motorway access to greater Auckland and northern and southern gateways.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Best of Both Worlds

Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning combined with an afternoon Wilderness Experience -- a day of contrasts. Auckland is set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it's New Zealand's largest and busiest city. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.

A 30 minute drive from downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, the gateway to the rain forest, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.

With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues on to the lush rain forest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand's famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.

Duration8 Hours
Day 3

Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton

Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. You travel through the heritage town of Cambridge where tree-lined streets add to the English-style atmosphere. From here your journey takes you through undulating green hills reminding you that you are approaching Hobbiton Shire.

On arrival at Shire's Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest "green set" in the world and the only place where you get an emotional response to a movie set in a natural setting. You see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the party tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the door of Bilbo's house, "Bag End", looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. The tour ends with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn for a drink. After the tour at Hobbiton board the shuttle at Shire's Rest Cafe for your journey to Rotorua.

Duration6 Hours

Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

Marrying stylish contemporary accommodation with comfortingly agreeable amenities, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is a superb choice for the holidaymaker who wants to explore this geothermal wonderland. A wealth of sights and activities are within a short walking distance, from Rotorua Golf Club to the Polynesian Spa overlooking Lake Rotorua. This 110 room hotel is conveniently located just a few blocks from the city centre, and is situated within a unique area of immense natural beauty. The Standard rooms do not have air conditioning.

Meal Plan Room Only - Advance Purchase - Non Refundable,No Amendments
Duration2 Nights
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Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

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    Copthorne Hotel Rotorua



    Marrying stylish contemporary accommodation with comfortingly agreeable amenities, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is a superb choice for the holidaymaker who wants to explore this geothermal wonderland. A wealth of sights and activities are within a short walking distance, from Rotorua Golf Club to the Polynesian Spa …

    Marrying stylish contemporary accommodation with comfortingly agreeable amenities, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is a superb choice for the holidaymaker who wants to explore this geothermal wonderland. A wealth of sights and activities are within a short walking distance, from Rotorua Golf Club to the Polynesian Spa overlooking Lake Rotorua. This 110 room hotel is conveniently located just a few blocks from the city centre, and is situated within a unique area of immense natural beauty. The Standard rooms do not have air conditioning.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Elite Rotorua Half Day Tour

This tour visits Rotorua's most popular attractions Te Puia and Rainbow Springs - fully guided

You will spend an afternoon gaining an appreciation of New Zealand's Maori culture and nature. You will learn about Maori customs, traditions, history and protocols, with a guided visit to Te Puia, Rotorua's premier cultural centre. Includes visit to the wood carving school, arts and craft gallery, Rotowhio Marae, weaving, boiling mud pools and NZ's largest geyser Pohutu.

Next, we visit Rainbow Springs Rotorua's premier nature park. Here you can learn more about New Zealand's native flora and fauna including the Kiwi bird. Rainbow springs is home to the worlds largest Kiwi breeding program (Operation nest egg). See natural cold-water springs teeming with wild trout, native forest and more. At the conclusion of the tour we will drive around the Government Gardens before returning to your accommodation.

Duration4 Hours

Journey of Ages Evening Cultural Experience

This evening you will engage in a wonderful experience at the Tamaki Maori Village. Enroute your guide will instruct you on the rules and protocol for visiting Marae (meeting grounds). On arrival at the venue, nobody must enter the fortified village until the Powhiri (formal welcome) has been performed. The host tribe will send out a toa (warrior) who will challenge the guests, via their elected chief to ascertain if they come in peace. A Teka (peace offering) is placed and received by one of the visiting chiefs. At the Village, the Karanga, or "welcome call" will echo across the courtyard, followed by the Powhiri (welcome dance). You will then be able to enter onto the village grounds where the Tangata Whenua (people of the land) will demonstrate different activities such as poi twirling, hand games, weaponry displays, reciting chants and displaying activities of an era gone by.

The buffet style dinner will be held in the meetinghouse dining hall and will have everyone enjoying a succulent Hangi feast. The evening ends with the Poroporoaki, the official closing ceremony and you will be safely transferred back to your accommodation.

Duration3 Hours
Day 5

Rotorua City Hotel to Rotorua Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Wellington Airport to Wellington City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

West Plaza Hotel

West Plaza Hotel occupies a prime position for business or pleasure in Wellington. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the major government departments, commercial offices, and conference and event centres of the central business district. Plus it is only a short walk from the premium shopping of Lambton Quay and the entertainment zones of Courtenay Place and the Cuba Quarter. The West Plaza has over 100 spacious rooms which are fully self-contained with 24-hour room service.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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West Plaza Hotel

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    West Plaza Hotel occupies a prime position for business or pleasure in Wellington. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the major government departments, commercial offices, and conference and event centres of the central business district. Plus it is only a short walk from …

    West Plaza Hotel occupies a prime position for business or pleasure in Wellington. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the major government departments, commercial offices, and conference and event centres of the central business district. Plus it is only a short walk from the premium shopping of Lambton Quay and the entertainment zones of Courtenay Place and the Cuba Quarter. The West Plaza has over 100 spacious rooms which are fully self-contained with 24-hour room service.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Wellington City Sights and Coastline Tour

See Wellington through the eyes of a local on this tour. Experience the best attractions and must see landmarks of this vibrant city and get off the tourist trail. Gain a 360 degree view of the city from Mount Victoria, experience the rugged south coast seas and explore interesting quaint villages throughout the city. Take a ride on the famous cable car (optional at own cost) but most of all sit back and enjoy Wellington at its finest!

Duration3 Hours

Seal Coast Safari

For interesting landmarks, breath-taking views and a herd of adorable seals, nothing beats the 4WD Seal Coast Safari to Wellington's rugged Southern tip, commonly known as the Seal Coast. To get the most out of your experience, it's recommended that you bring a waterproof jacket, comfortable walking shoes and a camera to capture all the exciting moments.

You'll climb aboard your air-conditioned 4WD vehicle and set out on a three hour adventure that will take you only 12 miles out of Wellington but will feel like another world.

After winding your way through the city streets, you'll travel over farmland with fabulous views of Cook Strait and the South Island off in the distance (weather permitting). As you get closer to the Seal Colony, you'll see the famous Leaning Lighthouse come into view. Built in 1915, the decommissioned 65-foot tall tower was one of New Zealand's first automated lighthouses and, yes, it does lean a little.

You'll continue along the beach, over some rough terrain until you reach Tongue Point, home to 600 native fur seals (fewer during the summer months). As your guide leads you to the best spot for taking pictures, they'll share their knowledge of these heart-warming mammals. Go ahead and walk through their natural habitat; although the seals are familiar with human interaction, we do have be cautious and not approach too close - a fully grown Male Fur Seal can reach ten feet tall and weigh up to 700 pounds!

After some refreshing morning or afternoon tea, you'll board your 4WD vehicle once again for the ride back to the city. En route you'll cross Farmland & Fault lines while enjoying the bumpy ride!

Duration3 Hours
Day 7

Wellington City Hotel to Wellington Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Queenstown Airport to Queenstown City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

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 family rooms, Heartland Hotel Queenstown provides all you need for a comfortable rest at the end of another action-packed Queenstown day.

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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 (for Self Park)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 8

Milford Sound Coach, Nature Cruise and Fly

On boarding a luxury coach in Queenstown, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. After a short break, the coach continues along the spectacular alpine route of the Milford Road through impressive, awe-inspiring scenery. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. Considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world, experience this journey in comfort in a state of the art coach. Your friendly coach drivers provide detailed commentaries throughout the trip.

On reaching Milford Sound join an extended and leisurely cruise of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. Nature cruises have a relaxed and flexible itinerary designed to allow guests to see and experience what makes Milford Sound world renowned. Spend up to two and a half hours nudging into waterfalls, spotting wildlife and listening to the informative commentary from a specialist Nature Guide who mingles with guests. Keep a look out for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins. Following the cruise, guests are transferred to their aircraft for the return flight to Queenstown (weather permitting). During the 35 minute scenic flight, take in expansive views of golden tussocked high country and the upper reaches of Lake Wakatipu and fly back over the snow-capped Southern Alps. A hidden landscape unfolds below revealing glacial lakes, waterfalls, densely forested valleys and cloud-piercing summits. Taxi transfers are provided to accommodation on arrival at Queenstown airport.

Duration9 Hours
Day 9

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 10

Queenstown to Franz Josef

Duration8 Hours

Rainforest Retreat

Rainforest Retreat is located in the Franz Josef Glacier village, in the heart of New Zealand's Glacier Country, which is situated on the South Island's West Coast and is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. There is a choice of Tree Houses which are elevated in individual clearings. Tree Lodges offer the unique option of your choice of forest floor or raised into the forest canopy.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Rainforest Retreat

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    Rainforest Retreat is located in the Franz Josef Glacier village, in the heart of New Zealand's Glacier Country, which is situated on the South Island's West Coast and is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. There is a choice of Tree Houses which …

    Rainforest Retreat is located in the Franz Josef Glacier village, in the heart of New Zealand's Glacier Country, which is situated on the South Island's West Coast and is part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. There is a choice of Tree Houses which are elevated in individual clearings. Tree Lodges offer the unique option of your choice of forest floor or raised into the forest canopy.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Children's Activities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 11

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 12

Franz Josef to Greymouth

Duration4 Hours

KiwiRail Scenic Journeys

Coach Style Seating

Duration4 Hours

Christchurch Rail Station to Christchurch City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

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 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.

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Duration1 Night
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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 (for Self Park)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 13

Christchurch City Hotel to Christchurch Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Return airport transfers
  • Meals as indicated.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Meals and beverages unless stated otherwise
  • Park fees unless stated

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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