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Breathtaking New Zealand

North & South Island 

From Rotorua’s steaming geysers on the North Island to Queenstown adrenalin adventures, New Zealand is a vast and magical world of it’s own that will capture and captivate you. Dramatic cliffs’ in the South, stunning film locations, Maori traditions and snow-capped mountains are only a few of the unique features this country has to offer. Indulge in famous wines and world class dining. This all encompassing tour showcases New Zealand’s charm, highlights and major locations. Spring is the perfect time to capture the essence of the rolling vineyards, beautiful gardens and pristine beaches.

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$9,500

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Sep 23 - Oct 10 2019
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Highlights

  • Hamilton – Zealong Tea Plantation visit – Private tour/Tea Tasting/High Tea
  • Matamata – Hobbiton Movie Set – Guided tour
  • Rotorua – Te Puia – Guided Tour
  • Rotorua – Maori Cultural Performance
  • Mount Maunganui Beach – Eat like the locals
  • Wai-O-Tapu – Guided tour of geothermal Area
  • Taupo – De Bretts Spa – Hot mineral pools entry
  • Taupo – Trout Fishing Casting Lesson
  • Napier – Church Road Winery –Private tour/Wine Tasting/Platter Lunch
  • Napier – Guided walking tour
  • Wellington – Textile Mill Visit – Farmers story to save a rare sheep breed
  • Wellington – Sightseeing tour
  • Wellington – Weta Workshop
  • Wellington – Coffee Roasting Tour
  • Kaikoura – Whale Watching by boat
  • Christchurch – Walking Tour
  • Christchurch – Botanic Garden Cafe lunch
  • Christchurch – Dilana Rugs gallery and workshop
  • Fairlie – Local bakery visit
  • Tekapo – Mount John Observatory – Explore the astronomers work environment and
  • peer at the night sky
  • Cromwell – Maori Point Vineyard – Private wine tasting
  • Arrowtown – Historic Visit
  • Queenstown – Home dinner with locals
  • Queenstown – TSS Earnslaw Boat cruise – Walter Peak BBQ Dinner and Farm show
  • Dunedin – Private guided walking tour
  • Auckland – Downtown Tour
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 4 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
  • Private transfers to/from Airport – Day 1, day 17 and day 18
  • Local tour hostess

Optional Extra Activities not included in tour cost

*Optional spa treatments in Taupo on day 3

*Optional trout fishing in Taupo on day 4

* Optional visit to Milford or Doubtful sound on either day 13 and 14

* Optional activities in Queenstown on days 13 and 1

*Optional activities in Dunedin on day 16

Itinerary

Day
1

ARRIVE AUCKLAND | TAURANGA

Welcome to New Zealand!!

Upon arrival at Auckland International Airport, you’ll proceeding through the airport formalities, to the meet your tour hostess and driver at the arrrivals area. You will be transported to your first hotel in Tauranga, Approximately 2.5 hours from Auckland International Airport.

Tauranga is a harbour side city in the Bay of Plenty region on New Zealand’s North Island. It hosts historic buildings like the Elms Mission Station, an 1847 Georgian-style home. 2 bridges over the over the harbour connect Tauranga to Mount Maunganui, a beach town with hot saltwater pools and an extinct namesake volcano with winding walking paths.Offshore is the active volcano White Island, accessible by helicopter or boat.

Tonight participate in a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers and your tour hostess at the

Trinity Wharf Hotel where you’ll then settle to your comfortable room.

 

Trinity Wharf Hotel, Tauranga | Welcome Dinner

 

 

Day
2

EXPLORE | TEA PLANTATION | HOBBITON MOVIE SET

After breakfast travel to Zealong Estate – New Zealand’s only tea plantation. At Zealong youwill find over 1.2 million Organic Oolong tea bushes growing on land that once was a dairy farm.

Private tour tea and tea tastings followed by delicious high tea (light lunch) at Zealong Estate.

This afternoon enjoy a tour of Hobbiton Movie Set. The filming location for Lord of The Rings andThe Hobbit films. Enjoy learning about what goes on behind the scenes and imagine yourself along side the characters. The location was chosen for the films due to its rolling hills and untouched landscapes.

Tonight we will do what the locals do and enjoy “Fish and Chips” for dinner at Maunganui Beachwhich is a pristine white sand surf beach that stretches on forever

 

Trinity Wharf Hotel, Tauranga | Meals: B, L, D

 

 

Day
3

ROTORUA, TOUR OF TE PUIA | MAOURI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE | WAIO-TAPU GEOTHERMAL AREA | HOT MINERAL POOLS

After breakfast travel to Taupo. En-route stop in Rotorua for a private guided tour of Te Puia (geysers, mud pools, Kiwi House, Maori wood carving school, Maori weaving school etc) followed by a Maori cultural performance.

Private guided tour of Wai-o-Tapu Geothermal area, a volcanic area known for it’s spectacul ararray of colours. This is a fabulous spot for photo opportunities. A landscape carved by lava with hissing Geysers, bubbling mud pools and unique sulphur lakes.

At your leisure in Taupo visit De Bretts Spa and indulge in the hot water pools. If you wish to experience an optional extra (pay on the day) private spa treatment. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.

 

Hilton Hotel, Taupo | Meals: B

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Day
4

TROUT FISHING CASTING LESSON | FREE AFTERNOON IN TAUPO

This morning participate in a trout fishing casting lesson. Trout in New Zealand die of old age.

Optional extra – pay on the day; After the trout fishing casting lesson go trout fishing with a local fishing guide. Either catch and release or catch and keep trout for dinner!! A chef at the Hilton

Hotel will cook any trout that is caught. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.

Free afternoon to relax in Taupo.

 

Hilton Hotel, Taupo | Meals: B

 

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort | Meals: B,D

Day
5

TAUPO TO NAPIER | WINERY TOUR AND WINE TASTING | GUIDED TOUR OF NAPIER

After breakfast travel to Napier. At Church Road Winery enjoy a private winery tour followed by wine tasting and platter lunch.

This afternoon guided walking tour of downtown Napier – the Art Deco capital of the world.

 

Art Deco Masonic Hotel, Napier | Meals: B, L

Day
6

NAPIER TO WELLINGTON | TEXTILE MILL VISIT | GREYTOWN

After breakfast travel to Wellington. Stop en-route at Greytown for an independent lunch before continuing on to Stansborough, Petone. Discover Wellington’s hidden treasure and experience the nostalgia of a bygone era, in a 1920’s style textile mill. Hear the farm story of passion and determination to save a rare sheep breed. Experience the traditional process of creating some of the most innovative woollen textiles in the world. Be wowed by the magical journey from the paddock through to the silver screen….. Hobbiton and more.

 

QT Museum Hotel, Wellington | Meals: B

 

 

Day
7

WETA WORKSHOP TOUR | COFFEE ROASTER TOUR | EXPLORE WELLINGTON

After breakfast a morning sightseeing tour of Wellington plus a private guided tour of Weta Workshop. New Zealand has more coffee roasters per head of population than any other country in the world and Wellington is the coffee capital of New Zealand.

This afternoon visit a coffee roaster and learn about roasting coffee beans etc.

Group dinner tonight.

 

QT Museum Hotel, Wellington | Meals: B, D

 

Day
8

WELLINGTON | PICTON | KAIKOURA

After breakfast travel by ferry (just over 3 hours) from Wellington to Picton and then by coach from Picton to Kaikoura.

Group dinner tonight.

 

The Fairways, Kaikoura | Meals B,D

Day
9

KAIKOURA WHALE WATCHING | CHRISTCHURCH

After breakfast we will embark on a whale watching experience by boat. Whale watching in Kaikoura is the must-do activity while in this beautiful, peaceful part of New Zealand’s spectacular South Island. You will have the rare chance to get up close and personal with these majestic mammals.

Later in the afternoon travel to Christchurch

 

The Rydges Latimer Hotel, Christchurch | Meals: B

 

Day
10

CHRISTCHURCH | RUG GALLERY AND WORKSHOP

After breakfast a morning guided walking tour of downtown Christchurch followed by lunch atBotanic Gardens Cafe.

This afternoon a private tour of Dilana Rugs gallery and workshop.

 

Rydges Latimer Hotel, Christchurch | Meals: B, L

Day
11

CHRISTCHURCH TO LAKE TEKAPO | BURKES PASS LANDSCAPE ARTIST | MOUNT JOHN OBSERVATORY

After breakfast travel to Geraldine, Fairlie (independent lunch at Fairlie Bakery – outstanding savoury pies!) and then Burkes Pass for a private visit with one of New Zealand’s most famous landscape artists.

Then for a treat late this afternoon visit Mount John Observatory and explore the working environment of astronomers. Enjoy a treat in our Astro-Cafe whilst enjoying a short multimedia presentation. Then step outside to peer through telescopes and explore the darkening sky.

 

Peppers, Lake Tekapo | Meals B

Day
12

LAKE TEKAPO TO QUEENSTWON | MAORI POINT VINEYARD PRIVATE WINTE TASTING | HISTORIC ARROWTOWN | DINNER WITH THE LOCALS

After breakfast travel from Lake Tekapo to Maori Point Vineyard, near Tarras for a private wine tasting experience at this boutique winery followed by a visit to historic Arrowtown en-route to Queenstown.

Tonight we will enjoy dinner with a local host in their home. Learn about life in New Zealand from the residents themselves.

 

Copthorne Lakeside Hotel, Queenstown | Meals B,D

 

Day
13

QUEENSTOWN | MILFORD SOUND OR DOUBTFUL SOUND

After breakfast a free day. Time to relax or discover this adrenalin capital of New Zealand. Or maybe travel to and from Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound.

*Pay operators directly for separate activities

 

Copthorne Lakeside Hotel, Queenstown | Meals B

Day
14

QUEENSTOWN | MILDFORD SOUND OR DOUBTFUL SOUND | TSS EARNSLAW BOAT CRUISE | BBQ DINNER AND FARM SHOW

After breakfast a free day. Time to relax or discover this adrenalin capital of New Zealand.

*Pay operators directly for separate activities

6 pm to about 10 pm TSS Earnslaw boat cruise, Walter Peak BBQ dinner and farm show.

 

Copthorne Lakeside Hotel, Queenstown | Meals B

 

 

Day
15

QUEENSTOWN TO DUNEDIN | WALKING TOUR OF DUNEDIN

After breakfast travel from Queenstown to Dunedin. With its Gaelic originated name, Dunedin is the second largest city in the country and described as the Edinburgh of New Zealand. The city boasts historic architecture from the Gold Rush era.

On arrival in Dunedin a private guided walking tour of downtown Dunedin.

 

Distinction Hotel, Dunedin | Meals B

Day
16

DUNEDIN | OLVESTON HISTORIC HOME | LUNCH AT DUNEDINS ORGANIC
STORE AND EATERY

After breakfast morning sightseeing tour of Dunedin including a private guided tour of Olveston
historic home and a visit to Baldwin Street – the steepest street in the world!
Lunch at the unique Taste Nature – Dunedin’s organic store and eatery.
Spend the afternoon at your own leisure, enjoy simply strolling the streets or choose from one of
the options below.

Options include:
Elm Wildlife Tour – amazing guided tour (about 3.30 pm to about 9.30 pm) at a private farm in
search of yellow eyed penguins, sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, Royal Albatross etc.
Visit Chinese Garden
Visit Dunedin Railway Station.
Visit Otago Settlers Museum.

Distinction Hotel, Dunedin | Meals B, L

Day
17

DUNEDIN TO AUCKLAND | FAREWELL DINNER AUCKLAND

Breakfast will be served at the hotel before your departure. You will be transported by private After breakfast at a time to be advised travellers will be transferred from Dunedin hotel to Dunedin airport

Your flight time may vary with your fellow travellers depending on availability upon booking.

On arrival in Auckland travellers will be met at Auckland airport and transferred to the hotel with an orientation tour of downtown Auckland en-route to the hotel.

Free afternoon in Auckland.

Farewell to New Zealand dinner this evening

 

Msocial Hotel, Auckland | Meals B,D (wine included with dinner)

Day
18

DEPART AUCKLAND

Depart Auckland. Transfer from hotel to Auckland international airport.

 

Meals B

Important Notes

Visa Information

 You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:

  A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident

  A UK citizen and/or passport holder (you can stay up to six months)

  A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you canstay up to three months).

If you don’t meet the above, then you’ll need a visitor visa, which allows you to holiday inNew Zealand for up to nine months. If you’re applying as an individual, the easiest and cheapest way to apply for a visitor visa is online. If you’re travelling with a partner, family or group, you should submit a paper application.

Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance.

If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12 years old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service. This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand.

Airport Transfers on Day of Arrival to New Zealand

 You will need to provide flight information at the time of booking to your tour so we can arrange your private transfer to our first meeting point.

Our driver and or guide will be waiting for you with a sign at the designated waiting area of the  arrivals terminal, where you will be assisted with your luggage.

Meeting Point

Trinity Wharf Hotel

51 Dive Crescent

Tauranga, 3110, New Zealand

+64 7-577 8700

Meeting Instructions

Check in is from 2pm. If you want to arrive earlier this is absolutely fine, however please note that you may not be able to check into your room until 2pm. You are more than welcome to leave your bags in the foyer and the hotel staff can provide recommendations whilst you wait.

Fitness Level

 You will need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy this trip. You can expect a healthy amount of time spent walking each day.

Tipping

It is generally uncommon for locals (resident Kiwis) to tip except for very exceptional service. It is not customary and not required, however, for exceptional service (particularly with concierges or in restaurants and cafes) a tip is always appreciated. The amount is at the discretion of the tipper and would generally be in the range of 10% according to the value of the meal/services.

You are not expected to tip your guide or drivers, but guests may wish to do so to the amount of their discretion. Our guides always strive to provide you with the highest level of service and can certainly cater to any odd requests you may have during your stay. Tipping in New Zealand dollars would be appreciated please.

Finishing Point Instructions

 MSocial Hotel Auckland

196-200 Quay St

Auckland, 1010

New Zealand

+64 9-377 0349

Money Exchange

 The official currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZD). For the latest exchange

rates please check www.xe.com/ucc

The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). This allows you to draw funds from your personal account at a superior exchange rate.

Most ATMs will also give you a cash advance on your credit card but be wary of high fees imposed by banks for this service. Bank fees for these withdrawals can be either a flat rate or a percentage of the amount withdrawn. Check with your bank for information on their international fees. There are ATMs (which accept both Visa and MasterCard) throughout the main stops on our itinerary and these are also accepted by the majority of local service providers. When leaving home don't forget your PIN number and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen.

It is a smart idea to take some of your money in travellers' cheques of a major brand in a major currency ($US, GBP, $AUD and EURO are all fine). Travellers' cheques have security advantages although please be aware that the exchange rates may not be favourable and that it is difficult to change travellers' cheques in remote locations, on weekends and public holidays.

 

Flights Arrive: Auckland International Airport
Depart: Auckland International Airport
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Timezone UTC + 13 - NZDT
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