11-Day New Zealand Tour: North Island and South Island
Product Code: 1113-226612
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Auckland
  • • Raglan
  • • Rotorua
  • • Christchurch
  • • Franz Josef
  • • Queenstown
  • • Doubtful Sound
Tour Code
1113-226612
Duration
11 days
Departure City
Auckland
End City
Queenstown
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 want 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

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

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

Itinerary
Day 01
Auckland

Auckland

Hotel: Adina Auckland Britomart or similar

Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city, but make sure you're back in time to join the Welcome Meeting (usually between 5:00pm and 7:00pm).

After introductions, your tour guide will review the details of your tour.

Waiheke Island Excursion (Optional)
Take a ferry ride to Waiheke Island for a quick, fun getaway. Swim or kayak at white-sand beaches in the Hauraki Gulf. Tour the island's tracks and bush reserves, or sample your way through some of the island’s 19 boutique wineries (the island produces some of New Zealand’s finest reds).

Tips:
Joining hotel: Adina Auckland Britomart

Address: 2 Tapora St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Auckland

Auckland

Hotel: Adina Auckland Britomart or similar

Cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on a research-based marine mammal experience. Working closely with the Department of Conservation and local universities, the crew of biologists and conservationists combine up-close viewing of whales, dolphins, and sea birds with important marine science research conducted aboard, allowing us the chance to encounter, learn and help protect this incredible resource of marine life.

After our cruise spend one-on-one time with one of the expert crew to allow a deeper discussion on marine wildlife and conservation.

Maritime Museum Visit (Optional)
Tour the museum’s seven galleries to learn more about New Zealand’s relationship with the sea. Be inspired by the country's most celebrated mariner, Sir Peter Blake, and his many accomplishments, and see maritime art that speaks to the sentiment of a nautical nation.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

The wildlife cruise of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is highly subject to weather and sea conditions and does on occasion get cancelled at the last minute. While unfortunate, this is completely outside of our control and we ask that you appreciate that this is entirely in consideration of passenger and crew safety. If the cruise is cancelled, your CEO will arrange an alternate activity for the group to enjoy.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Raglan

Auckland - Raglan

Hotel: Raglan Sunset Motel or similar

Traveling along the scenic route to Raglan we'll Visit a local sustainable eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture and biological solutions for dairy farms in an effort to restore lowland wetland eco-systems.

Enjoy lunch, featuring food which has been sustainably produced on the farm. Be inspired by their green initiatives – they practice the art of giving more back to the environment than they take out.

From here we'll continue to Bridal Veil Falls. Here we'll enjoy a scenic trek to Bridal Veil Falls, a plunge waterfall located along the Pakoka River in the Waikato area of New Zealand. Relax on arrival and enjoy the waterfall’s breathtaking natural beauty. The waterfall is 55m (180 ft) high, and, over time, has caused the formation of a large pool at its base.

Finally we'll arrive in Raglan just in time to enjoy a cruise on the Raglan Harbour with stunning views of ancient limestone rock formations and local wildlife. Keep an eye out for dolphins and (fingers crossed!) whales.

Tips:
Breakfast and lunch are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Rotorua

Raglan - Rotorua

Hotel: Millennium Rotorua or similar

On our way to Rotorua, we'll stop for an excursion at the famous Waitomo Caves.

Enjoy a peaceful boat ride through caverns covered with magical glowworms that are unique to New Zealand. Hundreds of thousands of these tiny creatures radiate luminescent light in underground caves calved by rivers and time. Take in more than 120 years of cultural and natural history on this unique excursion.

This evening visit Tamaki Maori Village and enjoy a private welcome and talk from a “Kaumatua” (an elder in Maori society). Sit down to an exclusive talk with the elder and learn about the community’s traditions, myths, and legends, including the Sky Father and Earth Mother. You’ll also learn about the history of the Maori people and their deep connection to Rotorua landscape and its geothermal aspects.

Afterwards, we'll visit the Tamaki Maori Village. Receive the traditional Powhiri welcome ceremony followed by a captivating stage performance explaining Maori history, myths and culture.

For dinner, enjoy a traditional Hangi meal, similar to the Hawaiian Luau, with dishes cooked in the ground. Savour the taste of chicken, sweet potatoes, port and pudding wrapped in cabbage or banana leaves and steamed underground with the heat from lava rocks and wood. Yum!

Then we'll arrive in Rotoura.

Rotorua sits over an active volcano with bubbling mud pits and multi-colored pools in different areas around the town. This is a fascinating region with Maori history and cultured tied directly to the geothermal aspects of the land. Relax in one of the hot pools fed by water coming directly from the natural springs.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner are included.
Day 05
Christchurch

Rotorua - Christchurch

Hotel: Chateau on the Park Hotel or similar

Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch.

Here we'll take an orientation walk with the CEO to get a feel for the city.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Franz Josef Glacier

Christchurch - Franz Josef

Hotel: Rainforest Retreat or similar

Enjoy one of the world’s great scenic train trips on the TranzAlpine train, crossing the scenic Southern Alps to New Zealand's glacier region.

Disembark and finish the journey over the highest pass in the Southern Alps in a private vehicle before transferring to a beautiful rainforest lodge, our home for two nights.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Franz Josef

Franz Josef

Hotel: Rainforest Retreat or similar

Options are plentiful. Choose from a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier, or soaking in the hot pools amongst the stunning scenery.

Franz Josef Quad Bike
Hop aboard the two-seater ATV quad and drive along ancient glacial pathways carved into the landscape by ice and water. Be amazed at what lies around every twist and turn as you are guided through rainforests, riverbeds, grasslands, sand and mud. Feel the thrill of fresh air in your face and the excitement of riding in the wild.

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!

Franz Josef Kayaking
Explore the stunning Lake Mapourika by kayak. This lake was created as the Franz Josef glacier retreated 14,000 years ago, and the still water has created a natural mirror allowing you to soak in the incredible panoramic views.

Ice Explorer Guided Hike (Heli Transfer)
The sheer size and power of Franz Josef is something you need to see to believe. Board a chopper for a leisurely flight over the glacier before landing directly on the ice. From there, get up close and personal on a three-hour guided hike past towering peaks and stunning blue ice. The constantly shifting ice flows and crevices ensure your visit will be one-of-a-kind!

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
Enjoy spectacular views on a guided interpretive walk that follows a riverbed along the Franz Josef Glacier's retreat. At the end, you'll be rewarded with a great view of the glacier off in the distance.

Hiking
Take your pick of many scenic and memorable treks in Franz Josef – a true hiker’s haven. Get prepared before heading out, and be mindful of signs along the track. See majestic mountains, glaciers, rivers, and amazing views that you’ll definitely want your camera on hand for.

Horseback Riding
Hop in the saddle and explore Franz Josef’s amazing glacier landscape on horseback. Ride amid rainforests and mountain scenery, and enjoy fresh open air and natural beauty on this unforgettable trip.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Queenstown

Franz Josef - Queenstown

Hotel: Copthorne Lakefront Queenstown or similar

Travel through the rugged rainforest along the west coast to Queenstown. Enjoy an evening gondola ride with spectacular views of the city.

Early start to travel to the picturesque Lake Matheson. When the weather is right, you can get a great photo of the Southern Alps reflected in the lake. Follow the wild West Coast Road, through the rainforest before stopping for some short walks and waterfall visits.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Te Anau

Queenstown - Doubtful Sound (Sept 21 - May 17) / Doubtful Sound - Te Anau (May 18 - Sept 20)

Hotel: Doubtful Sound Cruise or similar

**Queenstown - Doubtful Sound (Sept 21 - May 17)**

Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through scenic Doubtful Sound. Led by onboard naturalist guides we have the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, birds and penguins and an option to kayak. Spend the night onboard in comfortable cabins with time to relax on deck, stargaze and enjoy some New Zealand wine.

In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course buffet dinner prepared by our onboard chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travelers, savor some of the fine wines at our licensed bar and if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars.

The Fiordland Navigator is a purpose built vessel designed to replicate a traditional trading scow and is perfectly suited to cruising the fiords.

**Doubtful Sound - Te Anau (May 18 - Sept 20)**

Drive the scenic route around Lake Wakatipu to the town of Manapouri. Travel by boat and bus to arrive at an eco cruise boat. Spend the afternoon cruising the stunning Doubtful Sound, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls. The boat offers excellent chances for wildlife viewing in the area. Dolphins, penguins, seals and a variety of birds are some examples of what you can hope to see. In the evening, head to Te Anau for the night. We take in a screening of the award winning 'Ata Whenua - Shadowland' Fjordland on Film documentary at the local cinema before having a group meal.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner are included.

Boat is subject to change.
Day 10
Queenstown

Doubtful Sound - Queenstown

Hotel: Copthorne Lakefront Queenstown or similar

Enjoy morning wildlife viewing as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown for the final night.

Kick off the day with a hearty cooked breakfast and spend the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord. We then return to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri, returning to Queenstown late afternoon. Opt for a farewell dinner with your group.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 11

Queenstown

Depart at any time.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • 9-night hotel accommodations
  • 1-night cruise boat (seasonal)
  • Professional tour guide/driver
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Hauraki Gulf Marine Park whale and dolphin experience
  • Visit scenic Bridal Veil Falls
  • Farm visit
  • Raglan Harbour cruise
  • Tour Waitomo Caves
  • Meet a Maori elder
  • Enjoy traditional Maori hangi feast and entertainment
  • Orientation walk in Christchurch
  • Scenic TranzAlpine train
  • Queenstown gondola ride
  • Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight cruise (summer) on Doubtful Sound
  • Internal flights: Rotorua - Christchurch
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Tips to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (price and availability subject to change):
    • Waiheke Island Excursion: 45-130 NZD
    • Maritime Museum VisiT - Auckland: 20 NZD
    • Hot Springs - Rotorua: 45 NZD
    • Hells Gate Geothermal Park - Rotura: 35-90 NZD
    • Franz Josef Quad Bike: 65-160 NZD
    • Helicopter Hike - Franz Josef: 449-499 NZD
    • Franz Josef Kayaking: 99-129 NZD
    • Ice Explorer Guided Hike (Heli Transfer) - Franz Josef: 379-409 NZD
    • Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk: 65-75 NZD
    • Horseback Riding - Franz Josef: 65-150 NZD
    • Bungee Jumping - Queenstown: 175-510 NZD
    • Shotover Jet Boating - Queenstown: 139 NZD
    • Earnslaw Steamship Cruise - Queenstown: 55-95 NZD
    • Vineyard Tour - Queenstown: 185-230 NZD
Special Notes
  • Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys. Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam - all without sacrificing comfort.
  • Service Level: Upgraded. Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other tours such as private transport (including internal flights on some tours) and more included meals and activities.
  • Tour Type: Small Group. Group trips average 12 travelers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip.
  • Physical Grading: 2 - Light. Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Wifi/Internet Access
    Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in New Zealand as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to.
  • What to Take
    The max luggage allowance on domestic flights within New Zealand is 20 kgs, 1 checked bag and 1 carry on per person.
    You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. We recommend the use of a duffel bag, soft bag or backpack (whichever you find easiest to carry).
  • 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.

* Adult: 18 and older
* Child: 12-17 years of age
* Children younger than 12 are not permitted on this tour.
* Prices for Single Occupancy apply when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
* Prices for Double Occupancy apply when two people stay in one standard hotel room.

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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