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Signature New Zealand

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,798

DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Experience New Zealand in style with private-guided touring and deluxe accom­modations. See Auckland from above as you soar in a seaplane to a stunning beach house for a fine 3 course meal in a natural setting. Pamper yourself in Rotorua at the Polynesian Spa along with experiencing the Maori culture before enjoying a gourmet taste of Wellington. Fly to Milford Sound onboard a scenic flight and witness the cascading waterfalls as you cruise the stunning Fjords.


This 13-day New Zealand vacation takes you to many of the nation’s most popular cities and landmarks, including Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Queenstown, and Milford Sound. It features deluxe accommodations and a mix of shared and private tours.

Your journey across New Zealand begins in Auckland, the nation’s largest city and a place blessed with two natural harbours. You’ll explore the city in the morning, seeing the architecture and harbourside that defines the City of Sails, before connecting to the Arataki Centre to hike through the kauri rainforest, spot Maori carvings, and stroll along black sand beaches. Experience the beauty of the gulf on a fly and dine experience that flies you to Vivian Bay in a seaplane. Dine on a three-course meal at Kawau Beach House on the golden sands of the bay and then fly back to Auckland.

Head south and explore Middle-earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set, where sets from The Lord of the Rings remain to this day. Tour the pastoral landscape and visit Bag End and the Green Dragon Inn before continuing to the famous tourist town of Roturua. Explore the geothermal marvels of the valley at Te Puia. Feast on a steam box picnic lunch, observe bubbling mud pools, and gaze upon Pohutu Geyser, the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere. Then head to Tamaki Maori Village to learn about Maori traditions and take part in a celebratory Hangi feast. Spend another day at the spa and recharge in five mineral hot pools with views of Lake Rotorua.

Fly to Wellington, the Kiwi capital, and explore the nation’s history at the National Museum Te Papa Tongarewa. You’ll also tour the city’s streets and discover local hideaways and culinary treats on a sightseeing tour with a foodie twist. There’s also plenty of coffee to be had in the nation’s coffee capital. Fly to the South Island and Queenstown, the adventure capital, where you’ll connect to a scenic flight over beautiful Milford Sound. Admire the fjord from the air and then board a cruise vessel for a journey along the fjord leading to the Tasman Sea. Gaze upon Mitre Peak towering above the waters and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, penguins, and waterfalls en route to the sea. Connect back to Queenstown for another day at leisure.

At the end of your vacation, you’ll head to the airport for onward travels.


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,798

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland

On arrival at Auckland Airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

The balance of the day is at leisure to relax before beginning your exploration of the city.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

The Grand by SkyCIty

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    The Grand by SkyCIty



    The 312 room The Grand by SkyCIty is located in the city of Auckland, just across the road from the main SkyCity complex, offering a diversity of restaurants, bars, live entertainment, a theatre and the iconic Sky Tower. The hotel is just a kilometre from …

    The 312 room The Grand by SkyCIty is located in the city of Auckland, just across the road from the main SkyCity complex, offering a diversity of restaurants, bars, live entertainment, a theatre and the iconic Sky Tower. The hotel is just a kilometre from the train station Britomart and 35 kilometres away from the Auckland Airport. The hotel offers a lap pool, gym, spa pool, sauna and sun deck all for added indulgence.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Best of Both Worlds Private

Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning combined with an afternoon Wilderness Experience -- a day of contrasts. Auckland is set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it's New Zealand's largest and busiest city. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.

A 30 minute drive from downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, the gateway to the rain forest, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.

With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues on to the lush rain forest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand's famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.

Duration8.5 Hours
Day 3

Seaplane Fly and Dine Experience

The beautiful Island of Kawau is truly a place apart. Join this unforgettable fly and dine experience to the stunning Kawau Beach House positioned on the edge of the golden sands and serene waters of Vivian Bay. Enjoy a fine 3 course meal in perfect harmony with the stunning natural surroundings. A truly mesmerizing three hour island getaway including 45 minutes scenic flying.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration3 Hours
Day 4

Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton

Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. You travel through the heritage town of Cambridge where tree-lined streets add to the English-style atmosphere. From here your journey takes you through undulating green hills reminding you that you are approaching Hobbiton Shire.

On arrival at Shire's Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest "green set" in the world and the only place where you get an emotional response to a movie set in a natural setting. You see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the party tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the door of Bilbo's house, "Bag End", looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. The tour ends with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn for a drink. After the tour at Hobbiton board the shuttle at Shire's Rest Cafe for your journey to Rotorua.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

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
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 5

Te Puia Rotorua and Journey of Age Cultural Experience

Steambox utilises a favourite Nga Wha (Steam vent) Puapua, which is located in the geothermal area that is backdrop to the famous Pohutu Gesyer.

Manuhiri (visitors) choose what they want cooked for their lunch before heading off on a special guided tour of Te Puia. This begins with an interactive session learning to weave a flower and a tour of the carving and weaving schools.

Heading down into the geothermal valley, to the Kiwi house, mud pools and hot springs, the tour concludes when, after watching their lunch lifted from the Nga Wha, guests sit and enjoy a steam box picnic lunch on the geyser terrace.

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.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Polynesian Deluxe Lake Spa

A premium bathing experience with five mineral hot pools overlooking Lake Rotorua. Try the cold plunge pool, lounge on geothermal heated recliners and enjoy deluxe changing rooms, lockers, towels and hairdryers.

Duration0.5 Hours
Day 7

Rotorua to Wellington

This morning, transfer to Rotorua Airport for your flight to Wellington.

On arrival at Wellington Airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

The balance of the day is at leisure to relax before beginning your exploration of the city.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Sofitel Wellington

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    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.

    Facilities

    • 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 8

Te Papa Highlights Tour

A 60-minute tour covering selected highlights and areas of Te Papa for groups on a busy itinerary. It is tailored to suit the nationality and interests of the group. Te Papa is New Zealand's national museum, offering visitors a unique and authentic experience of this country's treasures and stories. Over five floors, you can explore the nation's nature, art, history, and heritage - from the shaping of its land to the spirit of its diverse peoples, from its unique wildlife to its distinctive art and visual culture.

Duration1 Hour
Day 9

Capital Tastes Tour

A sightseeing tour of New Zealand's capital with a "foodie twist". Discover unique tastes in New Zealand's coffee capital, as Zest introduces you to the city, its eclectic architecture, art and history, whilst sampling local, artisan flavours on this popular tour.

Stroll behind the scenes at some of our favourite Wellington food places with your local Zest guide, to taste hidden culinary treasures and meet some of the makers behind some of the city's best food.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration3.5 Hours
Day 10

Wellington to Queenstown

This morning, transfer to Wellington Airport for your flight to Queenstown.

On arrival at Queenstown Airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

The balance of the day is at leisure to relax before beginning your exploration of New Zealand's Adventure Capital.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Azur Lodge

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    Azur Lodge



    Azur Lodge is uniquely tucked away on 3.5 acres of private hillside off Lake Wakatipu and is only five minutes by car from downtown Queenstown. Azur offers superb luxury accommodation with magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains, there are nine freestanding, open …

    Azur Lodge is uniquely tucked away on 3.5 acres of private hillside off Lake Wakatipu and is only five minutes by car from downtown Queenstown. Azur offers superb luxury accommodation with magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains, there are nine freestanding, open plan villas and a main lodge that serves as the focal point for the lodge. Azur's take on service is personable, friendly and professional all the while catering to each guests individual needs. Nightly rates includes private return airport transfers and on demand transfers to Queenstown centre, full breakfast, afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks and canapés, complimentary WiFi, turndown service and full use of the Lodge facilities. Azur can also facilitate in-villa dining, spa treatments and itinerary recommendations - simply for starters. Whatever you need is no trouble at all at Azur.

    Facilities

    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Fireplace
    • Internet Access

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Day 11

Milford Sound Fly and Cruise

Following a transfer to the Queenstown airport, board an aircraft for the flight to Milford Sound. During the 35 minute scenic flight, take in expansive views of golden tussocked high country and the upper reaches of Lake Wakatipu and fly over the snow-capped Southern Alps. A hidden landscape unfolds below revealing glacial lakes, waterfalls, densely forested valleys and cloud-piercing summits.

On reaching Milford Sound join an extended and leisurely cruise of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. Nature cruises have a relaxed and flexible itinerary designed to allow guests to see and experience what makes Milford Sound world renowned. Spend up to two and a half hours nudging into waterfalls, spotting wildlife and listening to the informative commentary from a specialist Nature Guide who mingles with guests. Keep a look out for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins. A picnic lunch is included and complimentary tea and coffee is available.

Following the cruise, guests are transferred to the Milford airport for the scenic flight back to Queenstown. Return taxi transfers are provided to accommodation on arrival at Queenstown airport.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration5 Hours
Day 12

Queenstown at Leisure

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

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Day 13

Depart Queenstown

Transfer to the Queenstown Airport for your onward flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights deluxe accommodation in Auckland
  • 3 nights deluxe accommodation in Rotorua
  • 3 nights deluxe accommodation in Wellington
  • 3 nights deluxe accommodation in Queenstown
  • Private-guided Best of Both Worlds excursion
  • Private-guided Seaplane Fly and Dine experience
  • Small group Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton (max 21 guests)
  • Shared Te Puia experience in Rotorua
  • Shared Journey of Ages experience in Rotorua
  • Admission to the Polynesian Spa
  • Shared Te Papa Highlights tour
  • Small group Capital Tastes tour (max 8 guests)
  • Shared Milford Sound flight and cruise
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Park fees unless stated
  • 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 or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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18 Mar 2022
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