15-Day Highlights of New Zealand Tour
Product Code: 1113-114871
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Coromandel Peninsula visit
  • • Cathedral Cove visit
  • • Hot Water Beach stop
  • • Traditional Maori ceremony and Hangi dinner
  • • Overnight in Maori village
  • • Orientation walk in Wellington
  • • Scenic train journey
  • • Beach time in Kaikoura
  • • Arthurs Pass
  • • Fiordland National Park visit
  • • Milford Sound overnight boat excursion
  • • Visit to Mt Cook NP with hiking opportunity
  • • Visit to Mt Cook NP Visitor's Centre
Tour Code
1113-114871
Duration
15 days
Departure City
Auckland
End City
Christchurch
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Cultural, Nature, Adventure, Backpacker

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who wants to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Guided, Escorted

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity; Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate, Strenuous

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking; Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Auckland

Auckland

Hotel: Kiwi International Hotel or similar

Arrive at any time and please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon).

There are no activities until an evening welcome meeting (usually between 5:00pm and 7:00pm), so head out and enjoy the city.

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Tips:
Joining hotel: Kiwi International Hotel (address: 411 Queen Street Auckland 1025).

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Hahei

Auckland - Hahei

Hotel: Tatahi Lodge Hahei or similar

We'll depart early for the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Set off into the mountain forest in search of the elusive "Hairy Moehau" monster. Check out the beaches and cliffs and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales.

In Hahei we'll take walk from the north end of Hahei Beach along a cliff-top path that leads down to Cathedral Cove. A giant arch formed into the headland separates two secluded coves. Swim, lay in the shade, and enjoy the beauty of this idyllic spot.

You can also visit Hot Water Beach, a unique spot on the Coromandel Peninsula. If the tide is right, you can dig into the sand to create a natural jacuzzi.

**Optional Activity**

- Sea Kayaking

Head out by kayak to experience the Coromandel from sea level.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Rotorua

Hahei - Rotorua

Hotel: Tamaki Maori Village or similar

Today we'll head to Rotorua, which sits over an active volcano with bubbling mud pits and multi-colored pools in different areas around the town. Opt to visit one of the sites, like Hell's Gate, or go whitewater rafting nearby.

In the evening visit a Maori village for traditional ceremonies, a Hangi meal and entertainment. After dinner, lounge by the bonfire and have some time to get to know the Maori hosts.

**Optional Activities**

- Whitewater Rafting

Get your adrenaline fix on on this exhilarating white water rafting trip. Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, but don't forget to paddle!

- Whakarewarewa Geothermal Village Visit

Visit an authentic Maori Geothermal Village. With a local guide, follow the path past bubbling mud pits and mineral pools with different fluorescent coloured water. Learn how geothermal energy is used around the village and hear the history of the area. Just try to ignore the sulfurous smell; that's just Mother Earth making magma magic.

Tips:
Accommodation is in a Maori wharepuni (sleeping house). Groups will often stay together in one sleeping house (multi-share, mixed gender), staying in line with Maori traditions.
Day 04
Wellington

Rotorua - Wellington

Hotel: Downtown Backpackers - Waterloo Hotel or similar

Enjoy the ever-changing scenery of the central North Island as you travel to the capital, Wellington.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Wellington

Wellington

Hotel: Downtown Backpackers - Waterloo Hotel or similar

Enjoy the atmosphere in this relaxed but lively city. After an orientation walk, enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit the Te Papa Museum or take the cable car up to the botanical gardens.

**Optional Activity**

- Te Papa Museum Visit

Visit this must-see museum, home to displays of historical Maori artifacts and modern exhibits. See how the museum is constructed on shock absorbers to withstand New Zealand’s many earthquakes - find the stairwell just outside the entrance and descend into the foundations of the building.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Kaikoura

Wellington - Kaikoura

Hotel: Sierra Beach Hotel or similar

Take the ferry to the South Island, then travel the Coastal Railway to the seaside town of Kaikoura, known for its volcanic black-sand beaches.

For dinner, opt to chow down on the national dish - fish and chips - near the beach.

Tips:
Please note that the train on the south island is seasonal and does not run from May to September. During this period we will take a public bus from Picton to Kaikoura.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Hanmer Springs

Kaikoura - Hanmer Springs

Hotel: Drifters Inn Hanmer Springs or similar

In the morning, opt to swim with dolphins or go whale watching during a free morning in Kaikoura before travelling to Hanmer Springs, a charming alpine village. Take a soak in the hot springs.

**Optional Activities**

- Whale Watching

Follow in the path of Paikea, the Maori "whale rider", and set out in search of Giant Sperm Whales as they spray and dive their way through the waters off Kaikora.

- Swimming With Dolphins

Hop aboard a boat and head out to the open seas to search for wild dusky dolphins. Depending on conditions, most groups have 20-40 minutes of swim time with the dolphins.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Franz Josef

Hanmer Springs - Franz Josef

Hotel: Rainforest Retreat or similar

Travel across the Southern Alps via the stunningly scenic Arthur's Pass as we head towards Franz Josef. Upon arrival, stretch your legs with a mountain or rainforest walk. Enjoy staying in the rainforest near the world's fastest moving glacier.

**Optional Activity**

- Arthurs Pass walks

Stop midway through Arthur's Pass to stretch your legs and go for a short hike or two. The beautiful scenery and fresh air will keep you going for the rest of the ride. Possible stop at Castle Hill, a location used in the films The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Lord of the Rings.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Franz Josef

Franz Josef

Hotel: Rainforest Retreat or similar

Enjoy a free day to explore the area around Franz Josef.

There are dozens of optional activities in the area to suit just about any budget and preference. Try heli hiking, scenic helicopter flights, horse trekking, quad biking, skydiving, glacier valley walk, lake kayaking or a hot pools visit.

**Optional Activity**

- Helicopter Hike

Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride high up on Franz Josef Glacier. Hop out and trek on the white and blue ice. Cool!

Day 10
Queenstown

Franz Josef - Queenstown

Hotel: Peppers Beacon Hotel or similar

Continue to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. With beautiful scenery and tons of activities, there's something for everyone. Enjoy the great night life.

Visiting Attractions

Day 11
Queenstown

Queenstown

Hotel: Peppers Beacon Hotel or similar

With free time here, opt to go bungy jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Opt to take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak.

**Optional Activities**

- Paragliding

Hang on! Get a birds-eye view of Queenstown on an exciting ride in the sky.

- Bungee Jumping

Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world's original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss.

- Skydiving

Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown from an eagle's perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high about the rugged alpine landscape. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!

- Shotover Jet Boating

Jet boating is a typical New Zealand activity - go as fast you can in a boat over water. Hang on tight as you fly across the surface of the water. Shoot through narrow rocky gorges and dare to watch as the driver takes hairpin turns frighteningly close to the cliffs.

- Gondola Ride

Take a ride up to the top of the mountain by cable car gondola. Get a spectacular 220º view of Coronet Peak, the Remarkables mountain range, and Lake Wakatipu below.

- Skydiving in Queenstown

Take to the skies and experience the thrill of skydiving. Enjoy a birds-eye view of Queenstown on this unforgettable adrenaline-pumping activity. Enjoy bragging rights after completing your dive, and check another challenge off your list.

Visiting Attractions

Day 12
Milford Sound

Queenstown / Queenstown - Fiordland National Park

Hotel: Milford Cruise or similar

Itinerary for May 6 - Oct 21, 2016

Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Take in the waterfalls and wildlife before returning to Queenstown.

It's a long day driving from Queenstown and back but the experience of Milford Sound is worth the effort.

Itinerary for Oct 22, 2016 - May 5, 2017

Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Take in the waterfalls and wildlife before an overnight on board.

Day 13
Twizel

Queenstown - Twizel

Hotel: Mountain Chalet Twizel or similar

Head to Twizel, near New Zealand's highest peak, Mt Cook.

Itinerary for Oct 22, 2016 - May 5, 2017

For this period we will head form Fiordland National Park to Twizel.

**Optional Activities**

- Scenic Flight

Take to the skies and get a bird's eye view of the gorgeous landscape from above. Recharge your camera and go snap happy!

- Mount Cook Visit

Aoraki/Mount Cook is both a village, a national park and the name of New Zealand's highest mountain. Located in central South Island, the park includes a mix of rocks and glaciers, as well as alpine plants including the world's largest buttercup, the Mount Cook lily. There are several short walks that reward with spectacular views.

- Visitor's Center

Stop by the visitor's center to learn more about the region.

Day 14
Christchurch

Twizel - Christchurch

Hotel: All Stars Inn on Bealey or similar

Spend the morning exploring this region surrounding Mt Cook taking in the alpine scenery with the chance to learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmond Hillary.

Travel to the Garden City of Christchurch, a little piece of England in New Zealand.

**Optional Activity**

- Scenic Flight

Take to the skies and get a bird's eye view of the gorgeous landscape from above. Recharge your camera and go snap happy!

Visiting Attractions

Day 15

Christchurch

Depart at any time.

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • 12 nights hotels, 1 night multi-share Maori village, 1 night boat (seasonal)
  • 13 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Transportation by private van/bus, ferry, train, boat
  • Coromandel Peninsula visit
  • Cathedral Cove visit
  • Hot Water Beach stop
  • Traditional Maori ceremony and Hangi dinner
  • Overnight in Maori village
  • Orientation walk in Wellington
  • Scenic train journey
  • Beach time in Kaikoura
  • Arthurs Pass
  • Fiordland National Park visit
  • Milford Sound overnight boat excursion (seasonal; May through September will have a day cruise)
  • Visit to Mt Cook NP with hiking opportunity (weather permitting)
  • Visit to Mt Cook NP Visitor's Center
  • Professional Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Service fee to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (price and availability subject to change):
    - Zorb: NZD 45.00
    - Luge: NZD 46.00
    - White Water Rafting: NZD 95
    - Polynesian Spa: NZD 25.00+
    - Heli-Ice Explorer Guided Hike (Heli transfer): NZD 310.00
    - Heli Hike: NZD 414.00
    - Bungy Jumping: NZD 175.00-225.00
    - Canyon Swing: NZD 199.00
    - Jet Boat: NZD 129.00
    - Ziptrek: NZD 129.00-179.00
    - Lord of the Rings Horse Riding Tour: NZD 195.00
    - Sky Diving: NZD 299.00 (9000ft), NZD 339.00 (12000ft), NZD 439.00 (15000ft)
    - Whale Watch: NZD 145.00
    - Dolphin Swimming: NZD 170.00
    - Seal Swim: NZD 80.00-NZD 110.00
Special Notes
  • Service Level: Standard. Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
  • Physical Grading: Average. Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Travel Style: Classic. All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
  • The vans are mini-coaches. Occasionally with smaller group sizes we will use smaller, equally comfortable 13-seater vehicles. All mini-coaches tow a trailer for luggage and camping equipment (when needed). All groups have one CEO/Driver. The vehicles are factory built with comfortable seats and air-conditioning. It is mandatory to wear a seatbelt while riding in our vehicles.
  • Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Bathroom and showering facilities are often shared and may not be en-suite.
  • While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Also, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Age requirement: 12+. All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
* Trip type: small group with max 16, avg 12.
* Single occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
* Please note that if you have booked the single room for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops, with the following exceptions: Night 3 at Maori Village. The single room will not be available in Milford Sound on the Oct 29, 2017 departure.
* Please note that availability and prices of optional services are subject to final confirmation.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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