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The Long White Cloud: Christchurch to Auckland

Duration
22 Days
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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$ 9,066

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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 meet your Travel Director for dinner and a welcome drink.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Montreal

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    Hotel Montreal



    Overlooking Cranmer Square and situated on the edge of tranquil Hagley Park, Hotel Montreal is Christchurch's newest luxury boutique hotel. Unique in design and beautifully finished, Hotel Montreal offers accommodation that is the perfect mix of refined elegance and modern sophistication. Contemporary art, delicious food ...

    Overlooking Cranmer Square and situated on the edge of tranquil Hagley Park, Hotel Montreal is Christchurch's newest luxury boutique hotel. Unique in design and beautifully finished, Hotel Montreal offers accommodation that is the perfect mix of refined elegance and modern sophistication. Contemporary art, delicious food and wine are all carefully orchestrated to provide a remarkable setting for your stay in Christchurch. Hotel Montreal provides an oasis for a calm, relaxed environment with outside areas to sit in the garden, or enjoy a game of croquet.

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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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    • Bar(s)
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry facilities
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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. Then visit the West Coast's newest attraction, the Treetop Walkway through the canopy of this lush rainforest. Stop at the gold-mining town of Ross en route to Franz Josef, where you'll take a guided tour to the viewing area at the mighty Franz Josef Glacier with a local expert glacier guide. 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 is at the retreat.

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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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    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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    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
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Day 4

Franz Josef - Queenstown

You'll have the opportunity to see the glacier from the air on an optional scenic flight. Later 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 you'll stay at Millbrook Resort, set amid sparkling streams and rolling hills in the Southern Alps.

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Duration3 Nights
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Millbrook Resort

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    Millbrook Resort



    Millbrook Queenstown's luxury accommodation combines a majestic location with outstanding facilities to create a unique and inviting destination. Millbrook is close enough for you to easily access the cosmopolitan buzz of Queenstown, but far enough away to enjoy the tranquillity and splendour of the alpine ...

    Millbrook Queenstown's luxury accommodation combines a majestic location with outstanding facilities to create a unique and inviting destination. Millbrook is close enough for you to easily access the cosmopolitan buzz of Queenstown, but far enough away to enjoy the tranquillity and splendour of the alpine countryside. Millbrook offers beautifully appointed superior rooms, suites and villas are designed to complement the style of the region.

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

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Day 5

Queenstown Free Time

Today is free for you to explore New Zealand's adventure-capital. Perhaps play a round of golf or indulge in a spa treatment. Tonight you'll ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner with a view overlooking stunning Queenstown, the awesome Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu.

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Day 6

Queenstown Free Time

Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not take a trip to the Gibbston Valley Winery or take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River (both own expense). Tonight you can dine at one of the many restaurants and cafes in town, or simply relax at your resort.

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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, considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Tonight stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley.

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Duration1 Night
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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 - Steward Island

Enjoy the many early morning on-board activities. This afternoon it's on to the southern-most city in New Zealand, Invercargill. Board a ferry at Bluff and cruise to Stewart Island. With its clear, clean waters, lush rainforest, flora and fauna and unspoilt natural beauty, you'll get a glimpse of an enviable slower lifestyle. Dine at one of the cafes or meet the locals at the hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
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Bay Motel Stewart Island

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    Bay Motel Stewart Island



    The Bay Motel is located in the centre of Halfmoon Bay, within easy walking distance of all amenities: shops, restaurants, post office, gym, museum, information centre and booking office. The motel offers 12 guestrooms, which are well furnished and equipped with fridge and microwave among ...

    The Bay Motel is located in the centre of Halfmoon Bay, within easy walking distance of all amenities: shops, restaurants, post office, gym, museum, information centre and booking office. The motel offers 12 guestrooms, which are well furnished and equipped with fridge and microwave among other modern amenities. Ten of the units have fantastic views of Halfmoon Bay, while the others have views of bush-clad hills and the township.

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    • Barbeques (BBQ)
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Day 9

Stewart Island

This morning you're off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a lunch cruise on Paterson Inlet, where you'll see many remote sandy beaches and wildlife. You'll stop at Ulva Island and tour with the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island's wildlife sanctuary. Learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation.

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Day 10

Stewart Island - Mt. Cook

Board a ferry to the mainland. Admire the rural farming views of Southland as you travel back towards Queenstown. Travel over the Lindis Pass and into the MacKenzie high country, along the shores of Lake Pukaki to the foothills of Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere. Tonight enjoy dinner with a mountain view.

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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

Travel to Lake Tekapo, where you'll stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, join us at the home of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden. Then travel along the Canterbury Plains to the Garden City of Christchurch. On a sightseeing tour see how the city is being rebuilt after the devastating 2011 earthquake.

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Hotel Montreal

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    Hotel Montreal



    Overlooking Cranmer Square and situated on the edge of tranquil Hagley Park, Hotel Montreal is Christchurch's newest luxury boutique hotel. Unique in design and beautifully finished, Hotel Montreal offers accommodation that is the perfect mix of refined elegance and modern sophistication. Contemporary art, delicious food ...

    Overlooking Cranmer Square and situated on the edge of tranquil Hagley Park, Hotel Montreal is Christchurch's newest luxury boutique hotel. Unique in design and beautifully finished, Hotel Montreal offers accommodation that is the perfect mix of refined elegance and modern sophistication. Contemporary art, delicious food and wine are all carefully orchestrated to provide a remarkable setting for your stay in Christchurch. Hotel Montreal provides an oasis for a calm, relaxed environment with outside areas to sit in the garden, or enjoy a game of croquet.

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    • Pool bar
    • Restaurant

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Day 12

Christchurch - Wellington

This morning you will have some free time to explore Christchurch. Why not step back in time to a grand era of transport and relax as the Christchurch Tram takes you around the 'must-see' central attractions. The tram drivers provide a live commentary throughout the loop, identifying points of interest, historic architecture and the changes the city is under-going since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. (Optional Experience - own expense). Later you will catch a flight to New Zealand's Capital City, Wellington. This afternoon enjoy 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
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible

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Day 13

Wellington Free Time

This morning you're off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a lunch cruise on Paterson Inlet, where you'll see many remote sandy beaches and wildlife. You'll stop at Ulva Island and tour with the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island's wildlife sanctuary. Learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation.

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Day 14

Wellington - Taupo

Travel the Kapiti Coast, past the dairy farms of Manawatu to Tongariro National Park to the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass Wairakei Geothermal Power Station.

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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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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
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    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 15

Taupo - Rotorua

There's time to explore the township of Taupo, or try your hand at trout fishing before continuing to nearby Rotorua. Gain an insight into local Maori culture and history with your special Maori show, where you'll experience the local customs like the Hongi greeting as well as learn some traditional words. Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi meal cooked in the ground using geothermal steam.

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Duration2 Nights
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Regent of Rotorua

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    Regent of Rotorua



    An oasis of understated hip contemporary elegance and comfort amidst the exciting attractions and experiences Rotorua has to offer. Step out of the calm of your gorgeous room or suite and stroll to the vibrant restaurant zone or lakefront area or simply stay in, relax ...

    An oasis of understated hip contemporary elegance and comfort amidst the exciting attractions and experiences Rotorua has to offer. Step out of the calm of your gorgeous room or suite and stroll to the vibrant restaurant zone or lakefront area or simply stay in, relax and savor the luxury facilities.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Parking
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    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 16

Rotorua

You're off to the highly entertaining Agrodome Sheep Show. Witness the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog trials, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and even a sheep auction. Your 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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 18

Coromandel - Auckland

After a leisurely breakfast, travel to Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. 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
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Offsite Paid Parking
    • Pool (s)
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    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 19

Auckland - Bay of Islands

Travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. 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 it's 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)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis Court
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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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. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 21

Bay of Islands - Auckland

You're off to the Bay of Islands, where you'll take a cruise to the famous 'Hole in the Rock'; see historic Cape Brett as you explore some of the 165 islands in the bay. Later, you'll have some time in Paihia for you to check out the local craft shops, go for a walk along the beachfront or just relax over a coffee with friends. Celebrate tonight at a farewell dinner in Auckland.

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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:

2017: Jan 9, 16; Feb 13, 27; Mar 6, 13, 20; Oct 16, Nov 13, 20; Dec 11, 18.
2018:
Jan 8, 15, 29; Feb 5, 12, 26; Mar 5, 12, 19.

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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