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The Long White Cloud: Christchurch to Auckland

Duration
22 Days
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US$ 10,425

Delve into the scenic delights of New Zealand with a small group of fellow explorers. Combine natural beauty with creative comforts as you overnight in the rainforests of Franz Josef at the foothills of Mount Cook, sleep among the treetops in the Coromandel Ranges and journey into the far south to the wild and pristine landscapes of Stewart Island.


This 22-day motorcoach tour is an intensive exploration of New Zealand, taking in all of its major islands and cities.

Christchurch is the largest city on the southern island of New Zealand with a population of just under 400,000. The city is still rebuilding from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 that devastated most of its historical sites and killed 186 people. While the city remains in the process of redevelopment, its Botanical Gardens are still a great highlight. From Christchurch head to Punakaiki on the TranzAlpine Train and see the famous Pancake Rocks at Dolomite Point. These limestone rock configurations on the coast turn into vertical blowholes at high tide. Continue on to Franz Josef Glacier, which explorer Julius von Haast named after the Emperor of Austria and Hungary in 1859. Close to Franz Josef is Mount Cook or Aoraki, the highest mountain in New Zealand. It’s a popular climbing spot due to its extreme difficulty.

In Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in the Southern Aps, you can satisfy your wildest outdoor ambitions. Sky dive from airplanes, bungie jump from bridges or jet-ski across the waters. You can also slow down the pace by visiting the historic mining towns or vineyards around the valley, or by enjoying the many golf courses and spas in town. Nearby Milford Sound is one of the top travel destinations on the planet. This fjord in southwestern New Zealand is a stunning fjord that culminates in Mitre Peak (Rahotu), the most photographed mountain in the country. Rudyard Kipling once dubbed Milford Sound as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

The southernmost Stewart Island is almost entirely a conservation area. Only 381 people live on the island, mostly in the sole settlement of Oban. The jungles of Rakivra National Park make up the rest. Stewart Island is the best place in the world to see the reclusive kiwi bird in its natural habitat.

On the northern island lies Wellington, the capital of New Zealand and its second largest city. Ride the red Wellington Cable Car to the Botanical Gardens and look out over Cook Straight. “Windy Welly” is known for its Victorian timber homes on the hillside and strong arts culture. It’s also the nation’s museum centre, with the National Archives, National Art Gallery, National Library and Museum of New Zealand all within the city. Further north is Rotorua, a geothermal marvel. See mud pools, hot springs and Pohutu Geyser, which rises 30 metres high. Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s main tourist hubs, but it also has the country’s highest concentration of Maori. Learn about traditional Maori life at the Whakarewarewa village in the valley and see traditional wares at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

Coromandel Park used to be home to gold mines and kauri logging, but it’s now the centre of the country’s ecotourism. Stay overnight in a tree-top hut in Puka Park Resort and move onward to Auckland, the largest city in the country with a population of 1,495,000. Auckland is consistently rated one of the most livable cities on the planet. It’s also as picturesque as a city can get. It’s surrounded by two natural harbours which frame the rocky isthmus upon which it stands. Climb the Sky Tower to view the harbours from high above, or visit Auckland Domain to see a park built around an extinct volcano.

End your trip by visiting the 140 subtropical islands of the Bay of Islands. Swim off the beaches or enjoy the vast fishing opportunities. The bay is also the site where British and Maori authorities signed the Treaty of Waitangi, which has defined the nation’s race relations to this day.

This thorough tour offers you an intimate experience of one of the most beautiful countries on the planet.


 

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Duration
22 Days
Prices From:
US$ 10,425

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Day 1

Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the International Antarctic Centre or Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand's only open-range zoo. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner and a welcome drink.

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Duration1 Night
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Crowne Plaza Christchurch

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    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.

    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.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
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Day 2

Christchurch - Punakaiki

All aboard the famous TranzAlpine train! Rated as one of the world's great scenic railway journeys, you'll travel across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. Then re-join your coach at Arthur's Pass and travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You'll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your door step!

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Punakaiki Resort

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    Punakaiki Resort



    The Punakaiki Resort is an eco-tourism hotel located in the Buller district between Greymouth, 30 minutes to the south and Westport which is 45 minutes to the north. Carefully designed to complement the stunning natural setting, it is situated close to Pancake Rocks and Blowhole ...

    The Punakaiki Resort is an eco-tourism hotel located in the Buller district between Greymouth, 30 minutes to the south and Westport which is 45 minutes to the north. Carefully designed to complement the stunning natural setting, it is situated close to Pancake Rocks and Blowhole at Punakaiki and adjacent to Paparoa National Park. This hotel is a perfect choice for a leisure stay.

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    • Reception (24 hrs)
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Day 3

Punaikiki - Franz Josef

Today visit Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, for a greenstone (jade) jewellery demonstration by a local carver. Continue to the gold-mining town of Ross en route to Franz Josef. You may want to get up close and personal with the glaciers on a helicopter flight. Your flight will hover over the snow face, and may land high up in the valley so that you can walk across the ice fall -- subject to weather conditions (Optional Experience, own expense). Tonight, your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not treat yourself to Franz Josef's local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage. Dinner tonight is at the retreat.

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Duration1 Night
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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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    Te Waonui Forest Retreat



    A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand's pristine wilderness - Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests' wellbeing. With a natural, earthy ...

    A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand's pristine wilderness - Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests' wellbeing. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there's no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.

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Franz Josef - Queenstown

Today travel over the Haast Pass and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping at Makarora at lunchtime. Also stop to explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown, followed by an orientation tour of Queenstown. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown's scenery is inspiring. Tonight dinner is included at your hotel.

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Duration3 Nights
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Crowne Plaza Queenstown

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    Crowne Plaza Queenstown



    Overlooking stunning Lake Wakatipu with its majestic mountain backdrop, Crowne Plaza Queenstown offers contemporary, stylish accommodation in an outstanding in-town location perfect for leisure to business travellers. Located in the heart of Queenstown's attractions, the hotel is a 5 minute stroll from Skyline gondola and ...

    Overlooking stunning Lake Wakatipu with its majestic mountain backdrop, Crowne Plaza Queenstown offers contemporary, stylish accommodation in an outstanding in-town location perfect for leisure to business travellers. Located in the heart of Queenstown's attractions, the hotel is a 5 minute stroll from Skyline gondola and the airport is only 15 minutes away. The hotel presents 139 superbly appointed rooms over seven graduated floors.

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Day 5

Queenstown Free Time

Explore exciting Queenstown your way! Take the opportunity to encounter a Queenstown legend and ride the Shotover Jet Boat or venture out on a 4WD Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour. If laid-back and relaxed is more your idea of fun then join a Wine Tour and sample some of Central Otago's award-winning wines, or visit our native birds at Queenstown's Kiwi Birdlife Park. Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. This evening, enjoy a memorable Highlight Dinner at one of Queenstown's fine dining restaurants, against the backdrop of the beautiful snow-capped Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu.

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Day 6

Queenstown Free Time

Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station Otherwise, you could simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one of the many cafes and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views.

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Day 7

Queenstown - Milford Sound

Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of the South Island's largest lake. Later you'll travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the amazing Mirror Lake. Afterwards, walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound and take some time to kayak this majestic fiord, (Optional Experience -- own expense). Tonight, stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley.

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Duration2 Nights
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Milford Sound Lodge

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    Milford Sound Lodge



    Taking the time to stay in Milford offers you a chance to enjoy the majestic beauty of the sound and the rainforest that surrounds it in the quiet before and after the crowds. But more than that it gives you time to truly experience a ...

    Taking the time to stay in Milford offers you a chance to enjoy the majestic beauty of the sound and the rainforest that surrounds it in the quiet before and after the crowds. But more than that it gives you time to truly experience a very special place. Milford Sound is the perfect place to come if you are looking for adventure.

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Day 8

Milford Sound

Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. Board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day exploration of Milford Sound, often called the 'eighth natural wonder of the world'. Sail out to the Tasman Sea, looking for wildlife along the way, for a visit to the Underwater Observatory and the opportunity to go sea kayaking in Harrison Cove. This afternoon learn more about breathtaking Fiordland National Park with an informative talk by a local expert.

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Day 9

Milford Sound - Wedderburn

This morning, embark on a journey from the rainforests of pristine Fiordland National Park, through Te Anau and the rolling hill country of Southland to the dry and arid region of Central Otago. Arrive in Wedderburn and head out to a high-country farm to learn about life on the alpine plains. Finish the day with dinner at the local pub.

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Day 10

Wedderburn - Mt. Cook

Travel to the town of Naseby to learn the history of this gold mining region. Maybe you'll try your hand at the ancient sport of curling! From here it's on towards the spectacular scenery of the Southern Alps and then along the shores of majestic Lake Pukaki, before arriving in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere, helped Sir Edmund Hillary hone his skills in preparation for his conquest of Everest. Tonight enjoy dinner with a breathtaking mountain view.

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Duration1 Night
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The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook

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    The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook



    Discover the spectacle and drama of New Zealand's Aoraki Mount Cook National Park from the splendour and comfort of The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook. The Hermitage, located within Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, has a range of accommodation types available. The main hotel complex contains ...

    Discover the spectacle and drama of New Zealand's Aoraki Mount Cook National Park from the splendour and comfort of The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook. The Hermitage, located within Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, has a range of accommodation types available. The main hotel complex contains 164 rooms, while 32 Motel and 20 Chalet self-contained units are located 200-800m away in the village. From an intrepid journey through glacial valleys to a mouth-watering culinary dining adventure, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect place to base your adventure and discover why this region has endeared itself to Kiwi adventure seekers for so long.

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Day 11

Mt. Cook - Christchurch

Your epic encounter with New Zealand's scenic beauty continues this morning as you see the splendour of Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, where you'll stop to view the famous and iconic Church of the Good Shepherd, built as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie region, with its alter window framing stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Later, begin your return journey to Christchurch, the City of Churches, and the largest city in the South Island. Crossing the Canterbury Plains, arrive in Christchurch this afternoon and embark on a sightseeing tour of the city to learn about its rebirth after the devastating 2011 earthquake.

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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.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
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Day 12

Christchurch - Wellington

Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast this morning to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Pass the pink tinged crystallisation ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, then travel to pretty seaside fishing village of Picton. Later cross the Cook Strait to the North Island where you have a city sightseeing tour taking in New Zealand's parliament buildings, and a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Sofitel Wellington

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    Hotel Sofitel Wellington



    Sofitel Wellington is ideally positioned in the Central Business District and government hub. Within walking distance from the major tourist attractions, with many restaurants and cafes nearby. The hotel provides great views of lush hillsides and the Botanical Gardens. All 129 Guest Rooms are beautifully ...

    Sofitel Wellington is ideally positioned in the Central Business District and government hub. Within walking distance from the major tourist attractions, with many restaurants and cafes nearby. The hotel provides great views of lush hillsides and the Botanical Gardens. All 129 Guest Rooms are beautifully appointed in vintage gold and bronze tones and feature indulgent rain showers.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Non-Smoking Throughout
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    • Wheelchair Accessible

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Day 13

Wellington Free Time

You have a day at leisure to see the sights of your choice. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament or venture to Weta Workshop, the home of the special effects wizards whose work features in many blockbuster movies. Enjoy the cafe lifestyle in our capital city or simply shop till you drop, there is something in Wellington for everyone!

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Day 14

Wellington - Taupo

Today travel through the Kapiti Coast, past the dairy farms of Manawatu and over the Central Plateau, New Zealand's main volcanic area. In a country of contrasts, perhaps nothing is more striking than the three peaks of Tongariro National Park rising starkly from the surrounding plateau of tussock and near-desert. The three mountains, Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe that make up the National Park are all active volcanoes, and are popular in winter and summer -- skiing and snowboarding on the mountainous ski fields, and amazing walks including the Tongariro Crossing. Later, arrive into Taupo, known to have some of the best Trout fishing in the world, and check into your accommodation for the night. Originally built in 1889, the Hilton Hotel is nestled among the epic scenery of Taupo with impressive views across the lake and Tongariro National Park.

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Duration1 Night
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Hilton Lake Taupo

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    The elegant Hilton Lake Taupo hotel is located on the Napier Road, minutes from the town center and 15 minutes from Taupo airport. The hotel features sweeping views over the largest lake in New Zealand and Tongariro National Park. The original Terraces Hotel, built in ...

    The elegant Hilton Lake Taupo hotel is located on the Napier Road, minutes from the town center and 15 minutes from Taupo airport. The hotel features sweeping views over the largest lake in New Zealand and Tongariro National Park. The original Terraces Hotel, built in 1889, forms the Heritage Wing with rooms that feature private balconies offering views of Lake Taupo or the picturesque Thermal Springs. The new Mountain Wing features both Guest Rooms and family sized apartments; all benefiting from wireless internet access and complimentary use of the Fitness Center and naturally heated outdoor swimming pool.

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    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
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Day 15

Taupo - Rotorua

Enjoy a leisurely start to before continuing the journey to nearby Rotorua. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls, the only outlet of water from Lake Taupo, and then it's on to Rotorua. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Family Marae. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

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Duration2 Nights
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Princes Gate Hotel

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    The Princes Gate Hotel is situated at one of Rotorua's finest addresses. Directly opposite the Government Gardens which harbors the museum, Art Gallery, Polynesian Spa, a nine hole golf course, and of course the beautifully landscaped Garden so popular for an early morning or evening ...

    The Princes Gate Hotel is situated at one of Rotorua's finest addresses. Directly opposite the Government Gardens which harbors the museum, Art Gallery, Polynesian Spa, a nine hole golf course, and of course the beautifully landscaped Garden so popular for an early morning or evening walk.

    On the other boundary is the shopping district featuring cosmopolitan restaurants and cafes. The lake front to the north of the hotel is only 300 meters away. The Princes Gate Hotel is a charming Victorian building and is an icon of the city. Every room is a blend of timeless elegance with modern luxury.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
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    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
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    • Non Smoking Property
    • Parking
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Day 16

Rotorua

Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird's eye view of the 115-year-old redwood giants and view the beautiful surrounds of the forest from a unquie perspective. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs and you might even spot a kiwi or two! To complete your day you'll visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village for an insight into Maori life and how they interact with geothermal activity.

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Day 17

Rotorua - Coromandel

Make your way to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5-star Eco Glow Worm experience. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and now you're off to the Coromandel to Puka Park Resort, where you'll stay in Tree Hut Chalets, set among the native bush.

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Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort Pauanui

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    Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort Pauanui



    Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded hideaway perfect for a leisure holiday. The hotel is situated just 800 metres from a 3 kilometre sandy beach and nestled into the slopes of Mt. Pauanui. The 42 private chalets accommodate guests in comfort and style, ...

    Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded hideaway perfect for a leisure holiday. The hotel is situated just 800 metres from a 3 kilometre sandy beach and nestled into the slopes of Mt. Pauanui. The 42 private chalets accommodate guests in comfort and style, with a balance of modern convenience and the relaxed atmosphere of a mountain lodge.

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    • Bar(s)
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    • Currency Exchange
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Day 18

Coromandel - Auckland

After a leisurely breakfast, you will travel over the Coromandel Forest Park towards Auckland. Journey over the Bombay Hills as you make your way into the heart of New Zealand's largest city, you will stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. After a sightseeing tour, you're at leisure to explore the town and try out the Auckland restaurant scene.

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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

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    Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour



    Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland, a unique maritime experience between vibrant Viaduct Harbour and the new Wynyard Quarter. Inspired by New Zealand's landscape and culture and boasting panoramic views of Waitemata Harbour, this beautifully designed hotel is a true ...

    Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland, a unique maritime experience between vibrant Viaduct Harbour and the new Wynyard Quarter. Inspired by New Zealand's landscape and culture and boasting panoramic views of Waitemata Harbour, this beautifully designed hotel is a true landmark destination. The hotel features 172 luxury appointed bedrooms and suites.

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    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Day Spa
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Day 19

Auckland - Bay of Islands

This morning depart Auckland City and travel north over the Harbour Bridge past the sprawling suburbs of the North Shore of Auckland. Then continue to the Waipoua Forest, home to the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). You'll take a break before a Maori guide walks you through the native bush and explains the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. Then head to your waterfront resort in the heart of the Bay of Islands and tonight its dinner at the resort.

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Duration2 Nights
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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands Paihia

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    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands Paihia



    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The hotels 180 non air conditioned guest ...

    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The hotels 180 non air conditioned guest rooms offer individual balconies or patios and offer a serene escape with designs inspired by nature. Onsite facilities include tennis court, spectacular free form lagoon style swimming pool, mountain bike hire and courtesy shuttle to downtown Paihia. Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands is the perfect base when you want to play scenic golf courses, participate in some of the best big game fishing in the world, and experience the wonder of the local native bush walks or to simply relax in a picturesque location.

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    • Bar(s)
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    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
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    • Spa
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Day 20

Bay of Islands

This morning you'll take a ferry across the harbour to historic Russell and enjoy a guided tour of the first European settlement in New Zealand. A local guide will also take you on a walking tour of the town. Later, why not visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. As you stroll through the reserve, you will see highlights such as the Waka - Maori War Canoe and an intricately carved Marae or Meeting House. (Optional Experience -- own expense). Tonight, you are free to dine as you wish.

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Day 21

Bay of Islands - Auckland

This morning experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous 'Hole in the Rock' formation. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands -- see deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays and keep your eyes peeled for the marine life. Later, you'll have some free time in Paihia before you travel back to Auckland. Celebrate tonight with new-found friends at a farewell dinner.

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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

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    Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour



    Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland, a unique maritime experience between vibrant Viaduct Harbour and the new Wynyard Quarter. Inspired by New Zealand's landscape and culture and boasting panoramic views of Waitemata Harbour, this beautifully designed hotel is a true ...

    Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland, a unique maritime experience between vibrant Viaduct Harbour and the new Wynyard Quarter. Inspired by New Zealand's landscape and culture and boasting panoramic views of Waitemata Harbour, this beautifully designed hotel is a true landmark destination. The hotel features 172 luxury appointed bedrooms and suites.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Day Spa
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Offsite Paid Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Valet Parking
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 22

Farewell from Auckland

Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Oct 15; Nov 12, 19; Dec 10, 17
2019: Jan 7,14, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11, 18, 25; Mar 5, 11, 18, 25;

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 21 nights' accommodation as indicated or similar
  • Experience travel director
  • Travel in a luxury vehicle with no more than 20 guests
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

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 travellers are available on request - please inquire. Itinerary effective 11 Oct ’16 - 1 Oct 17. Tours prior may follow a different itinerary.

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