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Kia Ora Getaway

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,788

This family escape to New Zealand includes all the dramatic highlights, with plenty to keep the kids amused as well.


This 9-day introduction to New Zealand is the perfect family vacation. Start in Auckland, one of the world’s most liveable cities. Then visit Rotorua before ending your trip in Queenstown.

Touch down in Auckland and spend a morning on a city tour. See all that gives this city its perfect balance of indoor and outdoor charm, including Parnell Village, the Auckland Domain, and the impressive views from Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park. In the afternoon, see the city from the water with a Bay cruise, then spend the rest of the day exploring the Maritime Museum. Miss anything? In Auckland, there’s lots to see, and a Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour will help you pick up those extra attractions that grab you.

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Leave the city behind for a special treat as you explore Waitomo Caves, known for their beautiful glowworms, and Hobbiton, the set made famous by the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. After your taste of the Shire, check into your accommodation at Rotorua, one of the best destinations to taste authentic New Zealand culture. Most people know Rotorua for its bubbling mud pools and spouting geysers, and yes, these are impressive must-sees. But you’ll also visit the Agrodome and enjoy the Sheep Show, for a glimpse of New Zealand farming life. In the afternoon, visit Tamaki Maori Village. There are strict protocols for the Village visit, but not only are these fun, they’re an excellent chance to learn about a culture that dates back centuries. Your day ends with an authentic Hangi feast and closing ceremony.

If the North Island shows off New Zealand’s cultural side, then the area around Queenstown on the South Island is all about magnificent landscapes. Take a jet boat ride up the Dart River, exploring ancient beech forests amid towering mountain peaks. Then go right to the top as you ascend Bob’s Peak via scenic gondola. The view over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables will be a travel memory you cherish forever. For all the amazing views however, it’s adrenaline that put Queenstown on the travel map! A zip lining tour gives you a very different take on this incredible landscape, combining the beauty of nature with the exhilaration of flying through the mountain air.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,788

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Day 1

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Kids Backpack includes Aussie Animal Backpack, and a selection of kid friendly Aussie goodies. Designed for children 11 years and under.

Duration0 Hours

Auckland Airport to Auckland City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

The Sebel Quay West Auckland

The Sebel Quay West Auckland is an exclusive apartment hotel featuring very spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites. This apartment hotel in Auckland is perfectly positioned in the heart of the city and from its elevated position boasts splendid views of the City of Sails and stunning Waitemata Harbour.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

The Sebel Quay West Auckland

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    The Sebel Quay West Auckland



    The Sebel Quay West Auckland is an exclusive apartment hotel featuring very spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites. This apartment hotel in Auckland is perfectly positioned in the heart of the city and from its elevated position boasts splendid views of the City of ...

    The Sebel Quay West Auckland is an exclusive apartment hotel featuring very spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites. This apartment hotel in Auckland is perfectly positioned in the heart of the city and from its elevated position boasts splendid views of the City of Sails and stunning Waitemata Harbour.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Auckland Morning City Highlights and Kelly Tarlton's

Explore Auckland's famous Queen Street followed by the history of Karangahape Road. Discover the vibrant culture of Ponsonby Village with its boutique eateries and retail stores before making your way over the Auckland Harbour Bridge for stunning views over the glittering Waitemata Harbour. Returning over the Harbour Bridge visit the Viaduct Harbour before continuing on through the Auckland Domain, with its classic charm the Auckland Domain is the city's oldest and one of its largest parks, situated on a 62,000 year old volcano. Then continue to Parnell Village for a morning tea stop. The historic buildings of Parnell have been transformed in to a trendy shopping area featuring many boutiques, antique, craft and specialty shops. Following this, your tour will then take you along the stunningly scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, in Mission Bay. The memorial Park has beautiful panoramic views over Whenua Rangatira, Auckland city and Waitemata Harbour. This park is a popular wedding venue, with its formal gardens and tranquil atmosphere. Next head towards Mission Bay, the popular seaside suburb which was once home to a Melanesian Missionary school. Enjoy the beach and promenade - popular with Aucklanders and visitors alike. Then visit Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World where you will come face to face with species from New Zealand's waters including sharks, stingrays, turtles and other incredible sea creatures. The Antarctic Encounter lets you take a peek inside New Zealand's only colony of Arctic penguins.

Duration4 Hours

Harbour Sailing Cruise

Enjoy the City of Sails from the water on a relaxed harbour sailing yacht. This cruise offers a uniquely local experience experiencing the harbour under sail in an intimate and engaging atmosphere. View the stunning city sights while sailing on the inner Waitemata Harbour. Sail where the wind takes you while enjoying Auckland's city highlights; including sailing under the Harbour Bridge and other well-known landmarks along the harbours edge. The crew's local knowledge will give you the best harbour sailing experience Auckland has to offer. Become the crew and help participate with the sailing experience, you can take the helm while your vessel carves through the water. Or if you prefer, just sit back and relax with ample space and seating above deck. Enjoy the afternoon on the water with your choice of fresh coffee, tea or a hot chocolate plus a delicious sweet treat. Fully licensed cash bar on board.

Duration1 Hour
Day 3

Auckland Hop on Hop Off Explorer Day Pass

The Auckland Explorer Bus is a Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour visiting Auckland's big 14 attractions, with full commentary. One ticket covers two routes - Red Circle Route (includes city and waterfront) and Blue Circle Route (including gardens, Mt Eden and the zoo).

Duration0 Hours
Day 4

Auckland to Rotorua including Waitomo and Hobbiton

Leaving Auckland in the morning by coach, travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Enjoy a morning snack as you drive past Rangiriri, the location of an historic Maori Land Wars site. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo enjoy a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. You finish the tour with a silent yet magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - a subterranean cavern lit up by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms.

Leaving Waitomo enjoy a delicious picnic style lunch as you make your way to Hobbiton.

Enjoy a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to the picturesque 1,250 acre farm near Matamata where scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed. Learn how this beautiful farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth. Your guide will show you Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and many other structures from the movies. Upon completion of the Movie Set tour you will be transferred to Rotorua by the Hobbiton Movie Set coach where the tour concludes.

Duration10 Hours

Quest Rotorua Central

The 36-room complex hosts a range of apartments; studio, one bedroom and two bedroom interconnecting apartments. The property also features 9 executive studio and one bedroom apartments. Amenities include Quest's pantry shopping service, restaurant charge back facilities, valet dry cleaning and a babysitting service. Quest Rotorua Central is located in the CBD of Rotorua.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Quest Rotorua Central

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    Quest Rotorua Central



    The 36-room complex hosts a range of apartments; studio, one bedroom and two bedroom interconnecting apartments. The property also features 9 executive studio and one bedroom apartments. Amenities include Quest's pantry shopping service, restaurant charge back facilities, valet dry cleaning and a babysitting service. Quest ...

    The 36-room complex hosts a range of apartments; studio, one bedroom and two bedroom interconnecting apartments. The property also features 9 executive studio and one bedroom apartments. Amenities include Quest's pantry shopping service, restaurant charge back facilities, valet dry cleaning and a babysitting service. Quest Rotorua Central is located in the CBD of Rotorua.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking

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Day 5

Discover Rotorua Morning Tour incl Gondola Ride and Lunch

Included in your half-day tour is a visit to Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts and culture of the Maori People; Rainbow Springs - a unique showcase of New Zealand's flora and fauna including New Zealand's national icon, a kiwi bird; and the Agrodome Sheep Show - a hands-on experience giving you an animated insight into New Zealand's farming history.

Duration7 Hours

Rotorua Journey of Ages

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 6

Rotorua City Hotel to Rotorua Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Queenstown Airport to Queenstown City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Peppers Beacon - Queenstown

Peppers Beacon, Queenstown is situated on pristine Lake Wakatipu, an easy five-minute level walk (no hills) from the centre of town.

Many of Peppers Beacon's hotel rooms, and two- and three-bedroom suites offer superb views of the stunning lake and picturesque Remarkables mountains. Peppers Beacon offers family friendly accommodation near the heart of Queenstown, with great onsite facilities including a breakfast lounge, outdoor barbeque area, sauna and gymnasium.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Peppers Beacon - Queenstown

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    Peppers Beacon - Queenstown



    Peppers Beacon, Queenstown is situated on pristine Lake Wakatipu, an easy five-minute level walk (no hills) from the centre of town. Many of Peppers Beacon's hotel rooms, and two- and three-bedroom suites offer superb views of the stunning lake and picturesque Remarkables mountains. Peppers Beacon ...

    Peppers Beacon, Queenstown is situated on pristine Lake Wakatipu, an easy five-minute level walk (no hills) from the centre of town.

    Many of Peppers Beacon's hotel rooms, and two- and three-bedroom suites offer superb views of the stunning lake and picturesque Remarkables mountains. Peppers Beacon offers family friendly accommodation near the heart of Queenstown, with great onsite facilities including a breakfast lounge, outdoor barbeque area, sauna and gymnasium.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 7

Dart River Funyak Safari

Jet boat for 75 minutes to the upper reaches of the Dart River, where visitors disembark and inflate their own canoe. After a full safety and paddling instruction, your Funyak journey begins. Paddle downstream on a glacier feed river amidst rocky peaks and dense rainforests.
Enjoy a wilderness buffet lunch and explore the Rock Burn Chasm and ancient beech forests. Paddle to Paradise then transfer to an awaiting back road coach for the return trip through Paradise.

Duration9 Hours
Day 8

Skyline Gondola

Reputed to be the steepest lift in the Southern Hemisphere, the gondola carries visitors high above Queenstown to the Skyline complex located on Bob's Peak. Situated an easy five minutes walk from central Queenstown, the gondola is an all-weather tourist attraction in its own right. Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold while you journey to the Skyline complex. The best vistas in the region are found here, spread out in a spectacular 220 degree panorama. Numerous observation decks around the complex offer breathtaking views of Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, over Queenstown and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks.

Duration0 Hours

Moa 4 Line Ziplining Tour

Join the exhilarating Moa zipline (flying fox) adventure above spectacular Queenstown! Ride up the Skyline Gondola (must be purchased separately) and then glide through the treetops on a series of four flying foxes. Your experienced Guides will deliver an interpretive tour as you "Zzziiiiiip" from tree to tree. Breath in some pristine mountain air as you venture on a carefully crafted journey that combines exhilaration, adventure, and ecological exploration. Offering spectacular views of the surroundings, this adventure offers a thrilling eco-adventure experience, while also providing the opportunity to learn about what this breathtaking place has to offer. The perfect Queenstown adventure for everyone to enjoy!

Duration2 Hours
Day 9

Queenstown City Hotel to Queenstown Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Departs daily from Auckland or in a reverse direction from Queenstown.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation for 8 nights in fully self catering 2 bedroom apartments
  • Transfers
  • Sightseeing as indicated by the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated by the itinerary.

Also includes a special Goway Kids Backback, specially designed for children 11 years and younger.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare and airfare taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Park fees unless stated
  • Optional excursions

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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21 Sep 2017
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