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New Zealand Getaway : Value Plus Escorted Vacation

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,974

Travel with a group on board a coach for a New Zealand getaway. Start in Auckland making your way south to Christchurch learning about Maori culture and seeing charming sights on route.


Outdoor travellers will love this 15 day tour of New Zealand, showcasing the natural wonders that have made these islands such an adventurer’s haven.

Consistently voted one of the world’s most liveable cities, Auckland seduces visitors with an ideal mix of indoor culture and outdoor lifestyle. Consider arriving early to enjoy the view from Mt Eden, or perhaps a cruise on the harbour before journeying to the historic Bay of Islands. Take a catamaran to CapeBrett to see the famous Hole in the Rock. Enjoy a guided tour to see the glowworms of WaitomoCaves on your way to Rotorua, home to bubbling mudpools and spouting geysers. You’ll partake of a traditional Maori Hangi feast and cultural performance at MitaiMaoriVillage. Also included are visits to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, and the Agrodome, for an insight into New Zealand’s sheep farming industry.

From Wellington, cruise through Cook Strait to the South Island and board the TranzAlpine express, bound for Greymouth and Fox Glacier. You’ll traverse some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery on one of the world’s greatest short train journeys. Travel through HaastPass to Queenstown, the nation’s adventure capital, located right in the heart of the South Island’s mountain landscape. Spend a day at leisure here to enjoy the city your way (though a jetboat ride on the ShotoverRiver is a favourite!), before a full day tour to Fiordland National Park, including Milford Sound, a breathtaking, 16km long fjord carved by glaciers out to the Tasman Sea.

Travel from the nearby town of Te Anau to beautiful, Scottish-influenced Dunedin. Spook yourself on an included tour of Larnach Castle, a Dunedin landmark with a dark past, where close to 30 encounters with ‘cranky spirits’ have been reported. Pass the spectacular Moeraki Boulders on your way to Lake Oheau, then bid New Zealand farewell with a visit to its highest peak, Mt Cook – known to the Maori as ‘Cloud Piercer’ – before your transfer to Christchurch Airport.

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,974

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Be met on arrival into Auckland and transferred to your hotel.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Rydges Auckland

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    Rydges Auckland



    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is …

    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is close at hand. Rooms at Rydges Auckland are designed to exude warmth and sublime comfort. All rooms enjoy views of the inner city, while some enjoy sweeping views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the picturesque Waitemata Harbour.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Auckland, Bay of Islands

Journey north to the Parry Kauri Park. Here you will see a mighty Kauri tree and marvel at its impressive size. Continue to the Bay of Islands. Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner this evening overlooking the spectacular scenes of the Bay of Islands.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Copthorne Bay of Islands

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    Copthorne Bay of Islands


    A waterfront location nestled in 60 acres of subtropical gardens, within the Waitangi National Trust Reserve. Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands is a harmony of nature and spacious comfort. Our 180 guest rooms include 4 suites and accessible rooms. Each room features its …

    A waterfront location nestled in 60 acres of subtropical gardens, within the Waitangi National Trust Reserve. Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands is a harmony of nature and spacious comfort. Our 180 guest rooms include 4 suites and accessible rooms. Each room features its own patio or balcony, assuring great views of the bay, harbour, or garden.

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Day 3

Bay of Islands

Home to 144 islands, enjoy this aquatic playground with a full day at leisure. Perhaps relax on the beach, explore the wilderness areas via one of the many walking tracks, or wander about the town.

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Day 4

Bay of Islands, Auckland

The captivating coastline of the Bay of Islands provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life. Today cruise the Bay of Islands and the famous Hole in the Rock, a distinctive sandstone arch formation. Afterward, return to Auckland by coach.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Rydges Auckland

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    Rydges Auckland



    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is …

    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is close at hand. Rooms at Rydges Auckland are designed to exude warmth and sublime comfort. All rooms enjoy views of the inner city, while some enjoy sweeping views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the picturesque Waitemata Harbour.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua

Leaving Auckland after breakfast, travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide. Continue to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand's premier cultural centre, and enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. You will also see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the phenomenal spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools. Enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast with performances of song and dance tonight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

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    Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua



    Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua. Adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens, the hotel is a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre, Convention Centre and the Energy …

    Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua. Adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens, the hotel is a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre, Convention Centre and the Energy Events Centre. Sudima Lake Rotorua offers 250 guest rooms in a range of accommodation options, many with superb views across Lake Rotorua.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Golf
    • Laundry facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 6

Day at Leisure

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

Day 7

Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Farewell Rotorua and enjoy the scenery as you travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo. The largest freshwater lake in Australasia and thundering Huka Falls. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington. Take in a city sights tour which includes Te Papa Tongarewa. The evening is free for you to explore the vibrant dining scene in Wellington. From seafood cafes to cosy wine bars and spectacular fine-dining restaurants, you will see that New Zealand's vast choice of wild and fresh produce is showcased for you to experience here in Wellington.

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Duration1 Night
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Travelodge Wellington

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    Travelodge Wellington



    Travelodge Wellington is an ideal place to stay for any traveller. The hotel is situated in the town centre and is just a short stroll to cafes, shops and the beautiful Wellington harbour. Visitors to Wellington can enjoy close access to the Te Papa Tongarewa …

    Travelodge Wellington is an ideal place to stay for any traveller. The hotel is situated in the town centre and is just a short stroll to cafes, shops and the beautiful Wellington harbour. Visitors to Wellington can enjoy close access to the Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the Museum of Wellington's City and Sea. The hotel offers 132 spacious rooms.

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    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Wellington, Cook Strait, Kaikoura Christchurch

Enjoy one of the world's most scenic voyages as the Interislander ferry traverses Cook Strait through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds. Admire tiny coves on the way to Kaikoura. Continue your journey onwards to Christchurch.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Quality Hotel Elms

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    Quality Hotel Elms



    Quality Hotel Elms at 456 Papanui Road is ideally situated on the Northwest corner of the city offering easy access for out of town guest's proximity to the airport for North Island and International guests, without the hassle of entering the central city. The Quality …

    Quality Hotel Elms at 456 Papanui Road is ideally situated on the Northwest corner of the city offering easy access for out of town guest's proximity to the airport for North Island and International guests, without the hassle of entering the central city.

    The Quality Hotel Elms offer a variety of facilities and services, like our brand new Fiber optic super-fast internet that we now offer to all guests on a complimentary basis. Conferencing facilities for up to 200 delegates, and our new wedding venue has been constructed with the latest design specifications to ensure you and your guests are catered for in a beautiful setting.

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    • Bar
    • Conference Room
    • Restaurant
    • Wedding Facilities

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Day 9

Christchurch, Fox Glacier

This morning, head to Kaikoura. Delight in the chance to embark on a whale watching cruise, where you may catch a glimpse of the arc of a tail, or a spouting fountain from a blowhole. Here is one of the few areas on Earth where sperm whales can be sighted all year round thanks to the deep Kaikoura Canyon that runs along the coast. Continue your journey onwards to Christchurch. Upon arrival, enjoy dinner.

Insider Experience
Embark on a whale watching cruise in Kaikoura

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Duration1 Night
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Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

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    Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier



    The historic Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier originally opened in 1928 and has provided a comfortable bed for the night for more than its fair share of climbers and adventurers from all corners of the world. Restored in 2007, the hotel proudly continues its tradition with …

    The historic Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier originally opened in 1928 and has provided a comfortable bed for the night for more than its fair share of climbers and adventurers from all corners of the world. Restored in 2007, the hotel proudly continues its tradition with modern comforts. With the mighty Southern Alps as its backdrop, the hotel offers fantastic rural and mountain views. The hotel has 67 guest rooms and suites. Standard rooms and suites are equipped with; free Wi-Fi, refrigerators, hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking (for Self Park)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 10

Fox Glacier, Queenstown

Travel across the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps. Journey through Haast Pass, skirting the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine and adventure resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Settle in for a two-night stay overseeing the calming blue waters of Lake Wakatipu. The evening is yours to spend at leisure perhaps stepping out to discover the dining options or vibrant night-life this picturesque city is renown for (own expense).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

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    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview



    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is in the perfect location. Queenstown town centre is a short stroll away, complete with shopping, entertainment and adventure activities. The hotel rooms and apartments are extremely spacious with large private balconies so you can enjoy the magnificent views …

    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is in the perfect location. Queenstown town centre is a short stroll away, complete with shopping, entertainment and adventure activities. The hotel rooms and apartments are extremely spacious with large private balconies so you can enjoy the magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and the remarkable mountain range from the comfort of your room. Hillary's Restaurant with its breathtaking mountain and lake views features a conservatory style decor and serves a wide variety of Kiwi and international cuisine.

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    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
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    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 11

Queenstown, Skyline Gondola

Enjoy a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob's Peak for panoramic views over Queenstown and a delicious buffet lunch. With more time to discover the wonders of Queenstown today, you have the freedom to relax or choose from one of our select experiences. Perhaps step aboard the TSS Earnslaw steamship for a cruise to Walter Peak Station or set off into the Central Otago wine region independently (both at own expense). This evening, perhaps tantalise your tastebuds as you discover Queenstown's thriving dining scene.

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Day 12

Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

Enter Fiordland National Park along the Milford Road. Cruise the full length of Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, sheer cliffs, and surrounding mountains. Afterward, enjoy dinner.

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Duration1 Night
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Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

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    Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau



    The Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is situated amidst lush gardens, and offers enviable views over the mountains and lakes. Guest rooms are comforting and modern, while an excellent range of amenities are provided. With an on-site restaurant and bar, you needn't look far for entertainment …

    The Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is situated amidst lush gardens, and offers enviable views over the mountains and lakes. Guest rooms are comforting and modern, while an excellent range of amenities are provided. With an on-site restaurant and bar, you needn't look far for entertainment during your stay. The hotel boasts 94 guest rooms, with twin, double and adjoining rooms for families.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Secretarial Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 13

Te Anau, Dunedin

Today, journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. Enjoy a guided tour then some time at leisure.

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Duration1 Night
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Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

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    Scenic Hotel Dunedin City



    Just 2 blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. Guests visiting for business in Dunedin will find the central location extremely convenient. Warm and comfortable guest …

    Just 2 blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. Guests visiting for business in Dunedin will find the central location extremely convenient. Warm and comfortable guest rooms will welcome you back at the end of a day of sightseeing.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking (Paid)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 14

Dunedin, Aoraki Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo

See the Moeraki Boulders and visit Oamaru. Journey into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to view New Zealand's highest peak. Arrive at your hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo and dine on fresh local produce at your hotel's restaurant during a Farewell Dinner.

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Duration1 Night
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Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo

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    Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo



    Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo is located overlooking the breathtaking Lake Tekapo between Christchurch and Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. The hotel has spectacular views across Lake Tekapo, the focal point of the Mackenzie Basin. This is the perfect base for exploring the region …

    Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo is located overlooking the breathtaking Lake Tekapo between Christchurch and Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. The hotel has spectacular views across Lake Tekapo, the focal point of the Mackenzie Basin. This is the perfect base for exploring the region including Mt Cook National Park. There are 60 stylish lakeside rooms offered in a range of accommodation options including one, two and three bedroom luxury villas and apartments. Rakinui Restaurant and Lounge is a place to eat, drink and relax amongst warm friendly surroundings.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 15

Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before travelling to Christchurch. Later, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Jun 12; Sep 4, 11, 18, 25
2021: Jan 3*, 9, 23*, 30; Feb 6*, 13, 20*, 27; Mar 6, 13, 20, 27; Apr 17*; May 15*;
Sep 4, 18*, 25

* Guaranteed Departure

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Travel aboard a spacious, luxurious coach
  • 14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 7 Dinners
  • Tour Director and professional driver
  • The additional services of expert local guides in select locations
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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

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. 

15 Day Itinerary valid for travel to 25 September '19
16 Day Itinerary valid for travel from 4 Oct October '19

TB AUSTRALAUC20CO: NT15
15 May 2021
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