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New Zealand in Style

An all-encompassing yet comfortable journey through New Zealand that delivers the highlights of the region with stye to spare. Utilizing a diverse range of transporttrains, gondolas, boatsyoull explore artsy beach towns, learn about local myths, legends and traditional cuisine from the Maori, and revel in the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand. Handpicked accommodations, an expert local CEO and upgraded transportation are standard fare on this decidedly non-standard adventure. This trip offers everything you could possibly want...and then some.

Australasia
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Photography, Wildlife
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 133104
  • Starts: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Finishes: Auckland, New Zealand
You will Visit
  • Auckland
  • Queenstown

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Auckland

Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

If you arrive early, head into the city to visit the Maritime Museum or the Botanical Gardens.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1L)

Travel from Auckland to Raglan, going through the world's most productive dairy farming country. Stop at a working eco farm for lunch and to learn more about local conservation efforts, then head towards to the arts and surf town of Raglan for the night.
In the afternoon, enjoy a cruise in the harbour including a light afternoon snack. Overnight in a holiday home overlooking one of the world's most famous surf breaks.

Included Activities:
Afternoon Cruise on Raglan Harbour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)

03

Day 3: Raglan/Tongariro National Park (1B)

Enjoy free time after breakfast in Raglan. Travel to Tongariro National Park, stopping at the stunning Bridal Veil Falls for a walk and quick swim on the way. Enjoy a hike amid the breathtaking scenery and snow-covered active volcanoes of Tongariro NP.

Included Activities:
Bridal Veil Falls Walk
Tongariro National Park Hike

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km)

04

Day 4: Tongariro National Park/Rotorua (1B, 1D)

Rotorua sits over an active volcano with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured 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 at the hotel fed by water coming directly from the natural springs.

Included Activities:
Tamaki Maori Village

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 180km)

05

Day 5: Rotorua/Christchurch (1B, 1L)

Visit Whakarewarewa, a Maori village with a local guide who explains the geothermal aspects of the region and enjoy a light lunch of corn cooked in a natural hot pool and a traditional hangi pie before flying to Christchurch where we take an orientation walk.

Included Activities:
Whakarewarewa Geothermal Village Visit
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle
Plane (1.00 hour(s))

06

Day 6: Christchurch/Franz Josef (1B)

Board the TranzAlpine train, and enjoy the scenic views as we head to Greymouth. Once there, disembark the train and transfer to a beautiful rainforest lodge for the night.



Transport:
Train (4.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

07

Day 7: Franz Josef (1B)

Spend the day exploring the stunning region around Franz Josef.

08

Day 8: Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)

Early start to travel to the picturesque Lake Matheson. When the weather is right, get a great photo of the Southern Alps reflected on the lake.

Continue on to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.


Included Activities:
Gondola Ride

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 365km)

09

Day 9: Queenstown (1B)

On the morning of Day 9, try one of the numerous adventure activities that the area is famous for, or simply go for a walk to take in the stunning scenery around the lake. In the afternoon, depart on the TSS Earslaw, a 100-year-old historic steamer, and cruise across Lake Wakatipu.

Additional Notes:
Please note: between 27 May – 1 July we will travel on the Fjordlander vessel over to ‘Walterpeak'.

Included Activities:
Lake Wakatipu Day Cruise

10

Day 10: Queenstown/Doubtful Sound (1B, 1D)

Drive the scenic route around the lake to the town of Manapouri, to arrive at an eco cruise boat, which will be our home for the next 24 hours. After an afternoon of stunning scenery, spend the night moored in a secluded bay (seasonal), with time to stargaze from the deck with a glass of New Zealand wine.

Additional Notes:
*Please note that the itinerary for this day varies in the winter:

Winter Schedule 18 May – 20 Sept Doubtful Sound/Te Anau
Drive the scenic route around the lake 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. Take in a screening of the award-winning ‘Ata Whenua' – ‘Fjordland Film' documentary at the local cinema before having a group meal.

Included Activities:
Doubtful Sound Overnight Wilderness Cruise

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 250km)

11

Day 11: Queenstown (1B)

Arrive back in Queenstown around 4pm. Please be sure to book any ongoing travel for after 8pm. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation to experience all this city has to offer.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Visit scenic Bridal Veil Falls for a walk
    • Raglan harbour lunch cruise
    • Visit an eco farm to learn about local conservation
    • Hike in Tongariro National Park
    • Visit a geothermal Maori village with a local guide
    • Enjoy traditional Maori hangi feast and entertainment
    • Orientation walk in Christchurch
    • Scenic TranzAlpine Train
    • Queenstown Gondola ride
    • Cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard a historic steamship
    • Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight wilderness cruise (summer) on Doubtful Sound
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Comfort hotels (8 nts), local holiday home (1 nt), cruise boat (1 nt)
    • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Mini-bus, plane, train, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Learn about Maori myths and traditions through performance and cuisine
  • Experience the geothermal mysteries of Rotorua
  • Glide along the TranzAlpine railway and relax at a rainforest lodge
  • Cruise through secluded Doubtful Sound searching for wildlife and waterfalls