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Essential New Zealand with Airfare

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,699

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore the ultimate New Zealand experience on this 11-day air inclusive trip. Start off in Auckland by exploring the city and it's natural sites. From there, head off to Rotorua to tour volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and more. Spend a few days admiring the heritage and beauty of the South Island at Queenstown before ending you adventure in Christchurch.


This 11-day trip invites you to see the best of both worlds, taking in New Zealand’s North Island followed by a day in the fjords of the south.

Land in Auckland and take an easy first day to acclimate and shake off any jetlag. Then explore all that makes Auckland one of the world’s most liveable cities on a full-day tour through the city. Built on 52 dormant volcanic cones and set between two harbours, Auckland is all about combining the best indoor and outdoor experiences and perfecting life’s balance. Visit a nearby rainforest, see the rugged west coast, and explore the City of Sails.

Head south to Rotorua via a quick stop in Hobbiton, which preserves New Zealand’s most famous cinematic identity, as ‘Middle Earth’ in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Then discover New Zealand’s real stories on a full-day tour of Rotorua. See the famous mud pools and geysers, and explore Māori culture in detail at Te Puia. The day draws to a close at Tamaki Māori Village with a traditional hakari 4-course meal prepared by award-winning Māori chefs.

Fly to Queenstown, arguably New Zealand’s most stunning city, and its undisputed capital for adventure sports. Take an all-day trip into Fiordland National Park and cruise Piopiotahi/Milford Sound, the largest and most impressive of New Zealand’s fjords. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including dolphins, seals, and even the occasional whale, in between staring at Mitre Peak and the cliffs surrounding you. The following day is at leisure in Queenstown. Walk or bike along Lake Wakatipu, go zip-lining through the forest canopy, ride the Shotover jet boat, climb aboard the famous Skyline Queenstown cable car to the top of Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve, or try bungee jumping in the town where it was invented. Your options are limitless in Queenstown.

Get a scenic taste of the South Island as you weave through the mountains toward Christchurch. You might even catch a glimpse of Aoraki/Mount Cook! When you reach Christchurch, you might have time to visit the Antarctic Centre, Hagley Park, and the Canterbury Museum or explore Quake City to learn about how the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes devastated the city… and how it rebuilt! In the evening, enjoy one of the many restaurants, bars, or live music venues that have popped up in the reinvigorated Christchurch.

Transfer to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,699

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Day 1

Depart North America

Board your Air New Zealand flight from North America to Auckland, New Zealand.

Day 2

En Route to New Zealand

You will cross the International Dateline on your way to New Zealand.

Day 3

Auckland Domestic Airport Terminal to City - Private Premium

Duration30 Minutes

MSocial Hotel Auckland

Functionally chic, this boutique hotel features 190 rooms and suites and overlooks the vibrant Princess Wharf which is home to a stunning array of dining, entertainment, and shopping experiences.

Choose to stay connected both online and offline. Enjoy free Wi-Fi during your stay, relieve the stresses of the day at the 24-hour gym or treat yourself to some of the best cuisine from around the world at M Social Restaurant. Alternatively, catch up with friends - both old and new - over a drink at M Social Bar while watching the ships come in.

Located near Auckland's main strip, the hub of the city centre with its abundance of designer fashions, lively nightlife, shows, theatre and live music, this vibrant hotel exudes youthful energy. Don't miss a visit to the Sky Tower for the best views in town or wander through the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, with its world-class collections and exhibitions from New Zealand and around the world.

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Duration2 Nights
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MSocial Hotel Auckland

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    MSocial Hotel Auckland



    Functionally chic, this boutique hotel features 190 rooms and suites and overlooks the vibrant Princess Wharf which is home to a stunning array of dining, entertainment, and shopping experiences. Choose to stay connected both online and offline. Enjoy free Wi-Fi during your stay, relieve the …

    Functionally chic, this boutique hotel features 190 rooms and suites and overlooks the vibrant Princess Wharf which is home to a stunning array of dining, entertainment, and shopping experiences.

    Choose to stay connected both online and offline. Enjoy free Wi-Fi during your stay, relieve the stresses of the day at the 24-hour gym or treat yourself to some of the best cuisine from around the world at M Social Restaurant. Alternatively, catch up with friends - both old and new - over a drink at M Social Bar while watching the ships come in.

    Located near Auckland's main strip, the hub of the city centre with its abundance of designer fashions, lively nightlife, shows, theatre and live music, this vibrant hotel exudes youthful energy. Don't miss a visit to the Sky Tower for the best views in town or wander through the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, with its world-class collections and exhibitions from New Zealand and around the world.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 4

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 5

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

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

This popular hotel in Rotorua is centrally located just a brief stroll to Lake Rotorua, Rotorua's International Convention Centre, world famous Polynesian Spa, the town centre and only minutes from Rotorua's key tourist attractions and adventure activities. At Millennium Hotel Rotorua, you will find 227 rooms offering you a wide choice of accommodation styles.

Meal Plan Room Only - Book Pay Stay - Non Refundable, No Amendment
Duration2 Nights
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Millennium Hotel Rotorua

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    Millennium Hotel Rotorua



    This popular hotel in Rotorua is centrally located just a brief stroll to Lake Rotorua, Rotorua's International Convention Centre, world famous Polynesian Spa, the town centre and only minutes from Rotorua's key tourist attractions and adventure activities. At Millennium Hotel Rotorua, you will find 227 …

    This popular hotel in Rotorua is centrally located just a brief stroll to Lake Rotorua, Rotorua's International Convention Centre, world famous Polynesian Spa, the town centre and only minutes from Rotorua's key tourist attractions and adventure activities. At Millennium Hotel Rotorua, you will find 227 rooms offering you a wide choice of accommodation styles.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Elite Rotorua Full Day Tour

Our local naturalist guide will explain the volcanic processes of Rotorua and New Zealand. You clients will see volcanoes, geysers, New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool, and hot springs on a scenic drive around volcanic landscapes of farmland, native and exotic forests.

The two heritage parks offer a variety of thermal activity; at Wai-o-tapu the amazingly colourful hot springs and moon-like landscapes are the key features along with the famous Lady Know geyser. At Waimangu Volcanic valley the guide will explain the Mt Tarawera eruption, native flora and fauna and the geothermal features which were blown open in 1886.

Then spend an afternoon gaining an appreciation of New Zealand's Maori culture with visits to settlement sites and living villages. You will learn about Maori customs, traditions, history and protocols new and old, with a guided visit to Te Puia, Rotorua's premier cultural centre.

The guided tour through Te Puia includes a visit to the wood carving school, art and craft gallery, Rotowhio Marae, weaving display, kiwi house, 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.

Duration8 Hours

Evening Experience - Winter Matakiri at Tamaki Maori Village

This evening, you will engage in an immersive experience blending the best in Maori culture and cuisine. Tonight, participate in a heart-warming ritual and the mystical ceremony of the umu kohukohu while feasting on delicious and nourishing seasonal kai (cuisine). Crackling bonfires in the native tawa forest and cozy whare (houses) are the intimate backdrop to Tu Te Ihi.

Upon arrival at the village, a torch-lined path leads you to a candle-lit wharekai for a sumptuous four-course hakari (feast). Feel amazed as the mementos of Aotearoa history and eras, as well as the warm whanau (family) vibe intensify the spirit of hakari. Your winter forest kai morsels have been designed by award-winning Maori chefs, and they may include local delicacies like spit-roasted tuna (native eel), mugs of steaming hot pork and watercress boil up, creamed paua on rewena crostini, foraged greens, chunks of smoked kahawai with lashings of basil sauce and corn husk wrapped kumara kept warm in ashes.

Duration4 Hours
Day 7

Rotorua Hotel to Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Queenstown Airport to Queenstown City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Heritage Queenstown

The Heritage Queenstown offers enchanting views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkable Mountain Range. A short distance from the town centre, this unique European style lodge is surrounded by native forest in the heart of New Zealand's alpine wonderland. Crafted from centuries old schist and cedar, The Heritage Queenstown is the perfect place to relax in comfortable yet sophisticated surroundings. The Heritage offers a choice of 178 luxury rooms, including traditional deluxe hotel accommodation and spacious 1 or 2 bedroom Suites. Each room is thoughtfully decorated, featuring individual touches which reflect unique high country origins.

Meal Plan Room Only - Best available room only rate
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Heritage Queenstown

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    Heritage Queenstown



    The Heritage Queenstown offers enchanting views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkable Mountain Range. A short distance from the town centre, this unique European style lodge is surrounded by native forest in the heart of New Zealand's alpine wonderland. Crafted from centuries old schist and …

    The Heritage Queenstown offers enchanting views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkable Mountain Range. A short distance from the town centre, this unique European style lodge is surrounded by native forest in the heart of New Zealand's alpine wonderland. Crafted from centuries old schist and cedar, The Heritage Queenstown is the perfect place to relax in comfortable yet sophisticated surroundings. The Heritage offers a choice of 178 luxury rooms, including traditional deluxe hotel accommodation and spacious 1 or 2 bedroom Suites. Each room is thoughtfully decorated, featuring individual touches which reflect unique high country origins.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Discover Milford Sound Coach Cruise Coach incl Lunch

Depart Queenstown and take a luxurious coach ride along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and Lake Te Anau. These tranquil lakes are crystal clear and reflect the surrounding mountains. The driver's compelling commentary will keep you informed and entertained throughout.

Enter Fiordland National Park and pass through Eglington Valley, one of the only road-accessible glacier valleys in New Zealand. Take the opportunity to capture some memorable shots of the Mirror Lakes or the ancient alpine forests as you get closer to Milford Sound. The glass-roof coach will give you sensational views of the peaks soaring above you while you cross the Main Divide of the Southern Alps. Make a stop at Monkey Creek and drink some of the freshest water in the world before venturing through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled into solid rock. After the Homer Tunnel, then experience The Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids, before arriving at the fiord.

Next, board the most luxurious catamaran in Milford Sound to explore the spectacular fiord. Venture out to the Tasman Sea while cruising past tumbling waterfalls, glacier-scarred rock walls and lush rainforests. Keep an eye out for wildlife species such as seals, penguins and dolphins and get a glimpse of Mitre Peak. A tasty picnic lunch will keep you filled on board.

Duration12 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 Christchurch Scenic Tour

Experience the South Island at your own pace on this one way scenic tour from Queenstown to Christchurch. Enjoy a picnic morning or afternoon tea, stunning scenery including the Canterbury Plains, Southern Alps, the turquiose alpine lakes, rugged MacKenzie Country and breathtaking Central Otago area. Enjoy a cafe stye lunch and there is plenty of time for stops and short walks along the way.

Duration9 Hours

Crowne Plaza Christchurch

The hotel is 2 minutes' walk from New Regent Street, 6 minutes' walk from Christchurch Casino and 5 minutes' drive from the centre of Christchurch CBD (Central Business District). Christchurch Airport is 18 minutes' drive away.

Meal Plan - S4P3
Duration1 Night
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Crowne Plaza Christchurch

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    The hotel is 2 minutes' walk from New Regent Street, 6 minutes' walk from Christchurch Casino and 5 minutes' drive from the centre of Christchurch CBD (Central Business District). Christchurch Airport is 18 minutes' drive away.

    The hotel is 2 minutes' walk from New Regent Street, 6 minutes' walk from Christchurch Casino and 5 minutes' drive from the centre of Christchurch CBD (Central Business District). Christchurch Airport is 18 minutes' drive away.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Fitness Centre
    • Library
    • Luggage Storage
    • Wifi/Internet Access

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Day 11

Depart New Zealand

This morning, transfer to the airport to board your flight back to North America.  Of course if you want to stay longer Goway can customize your perfect New Zealand Vacation

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

US
Departure Date
2023

From:
Los Angeles
Air New Zealand
US$
8 Jan. - 14 Feb & 18 Sep. - 15 Oct. $4,469
15 Feb. - 31 Mar. $3,979
1 - 30 Apr. & 24 Jul. - 31 Aug. $3,939
1 - 31 May $3,749
1 - 28 Jun. $3,699
29 Jun. - 23 Jul. $4,429
1 - 17 Sep. $3,829
16 Oct - 27 Nov. $4,019
Addon Information:
For Departures from Los Vegas, Phoenix or Chicago add $200.00
For Seattle or Portland add $300
For Deparures from Dallas add $350
For Departures from Detroit, Miami or Atlanta add $400

 

Canandian
Departure
Date
2023

From:
Vancouver
Air New Zealand
CA$
8 Jan. - 14 Feb. & 18 Sep. - 15 Oct. $6,019
15 Feb. - 31 Mar. $5,549
1 - 30 Apr. & 24 Jul. - 31 Aug. $5,479
1 - 31 May $5,249
1 - 28 Jun. $5,199
29 Jun. - 23 Jul. $5,949
1 - 17 Sep. $5,359
16 Oct. - 5 Dec. $5,699 

Addon Information:
For Departures from Calgary, Edmonton, Kamloops or Kelowna add $100
For Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal add $300
For Deparures from Halifax add $350
For Departures from Quebec City add $580


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfares with Air New Zealand
  • Transfers throughout
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Auckland
  • 2 night first-class accommodation in Rotorua
  • 3 night first-class accommodation in Queenstown
  • 1 nights first-class accommodation in Christchurch
  • Shared full day Auckland Best of Both Worlds Tour
  • Shared full day Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton Tour
  • Shared full day Elite Rotorua Tour
  • Shared half day Evening Experience at Tamaki Maori Village
  • Shared full day Discover Milford Sound Tour
  • Small Group full day Queenstown to Christchurch via Mt. Cook Tour
  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

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 inquire.

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