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Tour code: LABC

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Be amazed by New Zealand's contrasting landscape on a 17 day Best Buys Guided Holiday. Saunter along the picturesque Hibiscus Coast to the breathtaking Bay of Islands where you'll take a scenic cruise to the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. You have free time to explore the Bay of Islands before travelling to Auckland then onto the Glow Worm Grotto of the Waitomo Caves where you'll wind your way through the caves. End the day with a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert. Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of farm life then choose to see the sights of Rotorua your way. En route to Wellington, stop at spectacular Huka Falls and then enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Meet the fur seals at Ohau Point the travel to see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, the Church of the Good Shepherd and Mt Cook. Tour the sights of Dunedin and be awe-struck by the incredible sights of Fiordland National Park before enjoying free time in exciting Queenstown. Franz Josef, a rare and still advancing glacier is the next stop and choose to see its majesty on foot or from the air. Board the TranzAlpine Train where you'll pass the incredible scenery of the Southern Alps en route to Christchurch where your Guided Holiday finishes.

Itinerary

1 October 2015 - 30 September 2016 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Auckland

After your airport transfer to your hotel, explore Auckland your way. This evening enjoy a welcome reception with your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Day 2-3
Auckland – Bay of Islands
Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland and travel along the Hibiscus Coast to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Take a scenic cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ formation. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands – see deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays and keep your eyes peeled for the marine life. 

Day 3: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’

 Explore the Bay of Islands. Perhaps take a ferry to Russell, go sailing on a tall ship, dolphin-watching on the bay or play a round of golf.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 2: Breakfast and dinner. Day 3: Breakfast

Day 4
Bay of Islands – Auckland

Enjoy a leisurely morning before travelling through lush farmlands on your way back to Auckland.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5-6
Auckland – Rotorua
Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua

After an Auckland city sights tour you’ll trace the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. Tour the amazing Glow Worm Grotto by boat. Then arrive in Rotorua for an orientation tour.
Maori Cultural Icon Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast ‘highlight dinner’ and concert, for an insight into Maori culture, at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Day 6: Rotorua

Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, then enjoy an afternoon of ‘Free Time’ – visit Rainbow Springs, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native fauna including the kiwi or Te Puia, where a local Maori will guide you through the Geothermal valley with its mud pools and geysers.

Farm Stay Option (Additional cost)
Farm Stay Option (Additional cost)
  • $85 adult

Enjoy genuine New Zealand hospitality this evening and spend the night on a nearby farm. You’ll enjoy dinner and breakfast, comfortable accommodation and a farm tour to introduce you to the way of life. 

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast and 'highlight dinner'. Day 6: Breakfast

Day 7
Rotorua – Wellington

View the Huka Falls, visit Taupo and drive along the shores of its lake. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Travel along the Kapiti Coast into Wellington, for a city tour.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8
Wellington – Picton

A morning of ‘Free Time’, followed by a visit to Maori Cultural Icon Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Then you’ll cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and later travel to the seaside village of Picton.

Hotel: Picton Beachcomber Inn

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9
Picton – Christchurch

Get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point, watch whales at Kaikoura, (optional scenic whale-watching flight is available) and travel across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 10
Christchurch – Omarama

Free time to relax this morning. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mt. Cook National Park (optional Mt. Cook scenic flight is available).

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama.

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 11
Omarama – Dunedin

Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings to Dunedin, where you’ll tour the city. Then you’ve got the afternoon to yourself – perhaps take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 12
Dunedin – Te Anau

After a free morning, you’ll cross sheep-filled farming land to the South Island’s biggest lake and the town of Te Anau, where tonight you can take a Glow Worm Caves tour (own expense).

Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau.

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 13-14
Te Anau – Queenstown
Day 13: Te Anau – Queenstown

Journey through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, where you will cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. See Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown for a sightseeing tour on arrival.

Day 14: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Explore thrilling Queenstown your way – from wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue ‘highlight dinner’ at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown , 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 13: Breakfast. Day 14: Breakfast and 'highlight dinner'

Day 15
Queenstown – Franz Josef

The first stop is historic Arrowtown. Next is Cromwell to taste its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Hawea, Wanaka before you travel through Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and take a rainforest walk. Final stop is Franz Josef Glacier, a rare, still advancing glacier (an optional scenic flight is available).

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 16
Franz Josef – Christchurch

You’ll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration first up then travel through Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast, to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your holiday at a dinner with your Tour Director and new-found friends.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 17
Farewell from Christchurch

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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17 Day Guided Vacation

Tour departs from Auckland and returns to Christchurch

Don't Miss

Guests and Travel Director walking to Arrowtown Bakery

The Arrowtown Bakery

Feel like a tempting treat? On this holiday when you visit the quaint village of Arrowtown, near Queenstown, the delicious smell of fresh baking tells you the Arrowtown Bakery is just the place to stop to pick up a quick snack. You can try their savoury pies - there are over 10 varieties and venison is a speciality - or sausage rolls. Or a big gooey vanilla slice goes down well with coffee and their freshly baked scones served with jam and thick cream makes the perfect morning or afternoon tea. Don’t forget to taste the fruit flavoured iced tea!

Highlights

  • Cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands and through ‘Hole in the Rock’
  • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glow Worm Grotto
  • Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family Maori Cultural Icon
  • Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture
  • Explore New Zealand’s capital Wellington
  • Visit Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand Maori Cultural Icon
  • Set sail on Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Marvel at Fur Seals at Ohau Point and Whales at Kaikoura
  • See spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Te Anau
  • Cruise on breath-taking Milford Sound
  • Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown
  • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique ‘highlight dinner’
  • Visit serene crystal clear Lake Wanaka
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a green stone factory and watch the jade artists at work
  • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city

Inclusions

  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers  (see flight information below)

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (16)
  • 'Highlight dinners' (2)
  • Dinners (9)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1   flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm
into Auckland Airport
Day 17   flights anytime from Christchurch Airport

Ways to Save

Departures before 31 Mar 2016
Triple share     Save up to $255
Kings Club     Save up to $255

All savings are per person.


Departures between 1 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
Early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $380
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $190
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $570
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $380
 
Triple share     Save up to $190
Kings Club     Save up to $190

All savings are per person.


Departures between 1 Oct 2016 - 30 Sep 2017
Early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $400
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $200
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $600
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $400
 
Triple share     Save up to $200
Kings Club     Save up to $200

All savings are per person.

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
    401 Queen St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Exterior
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Deluxe King Suite
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Deluxe King Suite
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Bathroom

    A BRAND New 4.5 Qualmark rated apartment Hotel & Suites with an unbeatable location on Queen Street, contemporary styling and well-appointed modern rooms. For the convenience of travellers and visitors to Auckland, VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites is an ideal location, situated on the prime street of Auckland CBD. This brand new hotel offers excellent convenience of being in the heart of the business, shopping and food district of Auckland.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Hair Dryer
    • TV
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms
    Tau Henare Dr, Paihia 0200, North Island

    2 nights.

    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Garden View Room
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Pool
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Restaurant

    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

    • Features
    • 42" flat screen TV with Sky channels
    • Wi-Fi
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini Bar
    • Hair Dryer
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Phone
  • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
    401 Queen St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Exterior
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Deluxe King Suite
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Deluxe King Suite
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Bathroom

    A BRAND New 4.5 Qualmark rated apartment Hotel & Suites with an unbeatable location on Queen Street, contemporary styling and well-appointed modern rooms. For the convenience of travellers and visitors to Auckland, VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites is an ideal location, situated on the prime street of Auckland CBD. This brand new hotel offers excellent convenience of being in the heart of the business, shopping and food district of Auckland.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Hair Dryer
    • TV
  • Ibis Rotorua Hotel
    Lake End Rangiruru Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

    2 nights.

    • Ibis Rotorua Hotel - Room
    • Ibis Rotorua Hotel - Exterior
    • Ibis Rotorua Hotel - Exterior

    Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, this hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. Our central location is easily accessible to cafés, restaurants and the Energy Events Convention Centre. Stunning natural scenery and geothermal wonders makes this the ultimate destination.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Air-conditioning
    • Telephone - Voice Mail
    • Soundproofed Windows
    • TV
    • In-house movies
    • Pay TV
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Data port in room
    • High speed transmission line (pay)
    • Work Desk
    • Manual temperature control
    • Iron
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Automatic wake up call
  • Travelodge Wellington
    2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand

    • Travelodge Wellington - Exterior
    • Travelodge Wellington - Restaurant
    • Travelodge Wellington - Guest Room

    With close proximity to the city’s financial hub as well as many Wellington attractions, such as Wellington Zoo, the Wellington Cable Car, the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, and the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Travelodge Hotel Wellington is perfectly located for both business and leisure travel.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Pay TV
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Individual heater control
    • LCD TV
    • Refrigerator
    • Internet Access
    • Microwave
  • Picton Beachcomber Inn
    27 Waikawa Road, Picton, Marlborough

    • Picton Beachcomber Inn - view of Picton harbour
    • Picton Beachcomber Inn - exterior
    • Picton Beachcomber Inn - pool

    Whether you are a holiday-maker or an overseas tourist, you will have a memorable stay at The Picton Beachcomber Inn — a quality hotel accommodation that is comfortable; peaceful; affordable; clean and tidy.

    Located right on the waterfront, within a 2 minute walk from the Picton retail shops; 800metres from Picton Ferry Terminal.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Heater
    • Shower
    • Radio
    • Alarm Clock
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Free wireless internet access
    • Hairdryer
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Sky TV
    • Shower and toilet facilities
  • Ibis Hotel Christchurch
    107 Hereford St, Christchurch 8011 New Zealand

    • Ibis Hotel Christchurch Standard Room
    • Ibis Hotel Christchurch Reception
    • Ibis Hotel Christchurch Exterior

    Ibis Christchurch is ready to welcome you. Adjacent to the new shopping heart of Christchurch, Cashell Mall. The "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. Ibis Hotel Christchurch is very close to the famous Cathedral Square, the historic heart of the city providing easy access to the outer lying attractions and the airport. The Ibis features 155 contemporary rooms, restaurant OOPEN, a bar and meeting room.

    • Features
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Data port in room
    • Air-conditioning
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Work Desk
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Manual temperature control
    • Wi-Fi in room (Pay)
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Ensuite
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron
    • Security peephole
    • Automatic wake up call
    • Operator wake up call
    • Alarm Clock
  • Heritage Gateway Hotel
    12 Omarama Ave, Omarama 9412 New Zealand

    Omarama.

    • Heritage Gateway Hotel - Exterior
    • Heritage Gateway Hotel - Room
    • Heritage Gateway Hotel - Bar

    Located in the heart of the Mackenzie/Waitaki region, a unique area of New Zealand's South Island. Set amongst landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding mountains, the Heritage Gateway Hotel is a peaceful place to stay.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Phone
    • TV
    • Electric blankets
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hairdryer
    • Refrigerator
  • Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
    123 Princes St, Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand

    • Scenic Hotel Dunedin City - Exterior
    • Scenic Hotel Dunedin City - Reception
    • Scenic Hotel Dunedin City - Lounge Bar
    • Scenic Hotel Dunedin City - Room

    This stylish hotel has a fresh contemporary design, with clean lines and dramatic features softened by natural elements such as timber and neutral tones. At once energetic, yet restful, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is well in tune with the beat of this vibrant city. Located in the heart of the city and just blocks from the Octagon, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is within walking distance of many of the city's main attractions, great restaurants and shopping centres. So whether you are visiting Dunedin for business or pleasure look no further than the exquisite Scenic Hotel Dunedin City for your accommodation choice!

    • Features
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Mini Bar
    • Work Desk
    • Hair Dryer
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Refrigerator
  • Distinction Luxmore Hotel
    Corner Mokonui St & Main St, Te Anau 9460, South Island

    Te Anau.

    • Distinction Luxmore Resort - Lobby
    • Distinction Luxmore Resort - Exterior
    • Distinction Luxmore Resort - Room
    • Distinction Luxmore Resort - Exterior

    Escape to the serene surroundings of Lake Te Anau before heading out to explore the world-famous beauty of Fiordland National Park. The hotel is located in the heart of the visitor-friendly township of Te Anau, in the stunning and world-famous region of Fiordland.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Heater
    • Phone
    • TV
    • Refrigerator
    • Bathroom Amenities
  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown
    Corner Frankton Rd & Adelaide St, Queenstown 9300

    2 nights.

    • Copthorne Hotel exterior at Lake Wakatipu
    • Standard Room at Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown
    • Lobby Area at Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown
    • Front Entrance of Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown
    • Courtyard area of Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is located on Frankton Road, just five minutes stroll to the heart of Queenstown.

    The hotel resort is close to many wonderful activities, from the town's world famous jet boat rides to radical white water rafting, bungee jumping, vineyards, international golf courses and ski fields.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • TV
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Telephone - Voice Mail
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hairdryer
  • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
    36 Main Road, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand

    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Room
    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Restaurant
    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Exterior

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in two separate hotel ‘wings’. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. Our hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Work Desk
    • Mini Bar
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Four Spa Pools
  • Ibis Hotel Christchurch
    107 Hereford St, Christchurch 8011 New Zealand

    • Ibis Hotel Christchurch Standard Room
    • Ibis Hotel Christchurch Reception
    • Ibis Hotel Christchurch Exterior

    Ibis Christchurch is ready to welcome you. Adjacent to the new shopping heart of Christchurch, Cashell Mall. The "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. Ibis Hotel Christchurch is very close to the famous Cathedral Square, the historic heart of the city providing easy access to the outer lying attractions and the airport. The Ibis features 155 contemporary rooms, restaurant OOPEN, a bar and meeting room.

    • Features
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Data port in room
    • Air-conditioning
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Work Desk
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Manual temperature control
    • Wi-Fi in room (Pay)
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Ensuite
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron
    • Security peephole
    • Automatic wake up call
    • Operator wake up call
    • Alarm Clock

Experience more on your holiday

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.


Experiences available between 1 October 2015 - 30 September 2016

Dune Rider - Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach (Bay of Islands)

NZ$150 Adult NZ$110 Child

Dune Rider - Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach

This is a full day to explore the magnificent natural wonders of the North. See ancient buried kauri trees at the Gumdigger’s Park, visit Cape Reinga lighthouse, climb the magnificent sand dunes of 90 Mile Beach and then boogie board back down! Includes a picnic lunch.

Dolphin Eco Encounter (Bay of Islands)

NZ$95 Adult NZ$50 Child

Dolphin Eco Encounter

Your swim with the dolphins cruise includes: cruising the picturesque islands while searching for the dolphins, a mask, snorkel, fins & a wetsuit for those that choose to swim and a complimentary hot drink after your swim. Please Note: A NZD$15.00 per person swim fee is payable onboard.

Discover Kerikeri (Bay of Islands)

NZ$60 Adult NZ$30 Child

Discover Kerikeri

Enjoy a relaxing tour of Kerikeri, showcasing the rich history of the North. This tour takes a look at the importance of wine-growing in the region and visits a small family-run boutique vineyard, Ake Ake to sample some of their organic wine. And then take a step back in time with visits to the Historic Stone Store and Kemp House. And then conclude the tour with a stop-off at the local chocolate factory – Makana – where you can watch the delicious chocolates being made, and of course, taste a few samples!

Darryl's Dinner Cruise (Bay of Islands)

NZ$95 Adult NZ$35 Child

Darryl's Dinner Cruise

Relax with a scenic cruise down the Waitangi River while enjoying a drink from the well-stocked bar. Wind through to Haruru Falls, where dinner is prepared and served aboard the boat, the Ratanui. Soak up the ambience of the floodlit falls, and perhaps even come face to face with a Taniwha!

Island Dinner on Otehei Bay (Bay of Islands)

NZ$75 Adult/Child

Island Dinner on Otehei Bay

Escape out to Otehei Bay for a dining experience like no other in New Zealand. Enjoy a cruise out to Urupukapuka Island, then sit back and watch the sunset over the Bay, while indulging in a delicious meal incorporating local produce. After dinner, you may wish to take a walk to explore some of the historic sites, or wander down to the waters’ edge for stunning photo opportunities – Operated by Explore.

Salt Air 20 Minute Hole in the Rock Flight (Bay of Islands)

NZ$250 Adult/Child

Salt Air 20 Minute Hole in the Rock Flight

Take a helicopter scenic flight over the crystal clear waters of the Bay of Islands out to the “Hole in the Rock”. The return flight will encompass the townships of Russell, Paihia and Waitangi.

Salt Air 30 Minute Bay of Islands Coastal Discovery Flight (Bay of Islands)

NZ$335 Adult/Child

Salt Air 30 Minute Bay of Islands Coastal Discovery Flight

Take the opportunity to explore a little more of the stunning coastline of the Bay of Islands region, and fly north over the coastal settlements and beautiful beaches of Takou Bay, Tapuaetahi, Mahineapua, Matauri Bay & the Cavilli Islands. Return via the Kerikeri Inlet and the townships of Kerikeri and Waitangi.

Tall Ship Sailing - R Tucker Thompson (Bay of Islands)

NZ$145 Adult NZ$72.50 Child

Tall Ship Sailing - R Tucker Thompson

This is a fantastic opportunity to go sailing on a working tall ship, in one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands. During this full day sail, why not take your turn on the helm, hoist the sails or climb the rigging? And enjoy the included morning tea and delicious BBQ lunch served on board.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds (Bay of Islands)

From NZ$25 Adult/Child

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Take a wander through the grounds of New Zealand’s most important historic site, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped a nation. The grounds are where Maori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown – the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. Visit treasures such as the Treaty House, Meeting House, Flagstaff and Ceremonial War Canoe. Roam the grounds on your own, or enhance your visit with a guided tour. Many of the guides descend from signatories to the Treaty which will give your visit a personal connection to Waitangi.

Island Adventurer Heritage Cruise (Bay of Islands)

NZ$95 Adult NZ$47.50 Child

Island Adventurer Heritage Cruise

Fun, fast and ready for adventure! Jump on board the Island Adventurer, a 13-metre inflatable Naiad boat, for a chance to get up close to the Bay of Islands. Due to it's smaller size, the Island Adventurer can make its way coves and inlets that the bigger vessels can't get to. The Heritage Cruise is a 5 hour experience encompassing a cruise out to Marsden Cross and up the Kerikeri Inlet. Then board a coach for a visit to the Makana Chocolate Factory, followed by a spot of wine tasting at a local vineyard.

Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park (Rotorua)

From NZ$40 Adult NZ$25 Child

Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park

Set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams, Rainbow Springs is home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants. Experience the adrenalin rush of The Big Splash, explore the many free flight aviaries, come face to face with pre-history in the eyes of the tuatara, and experience the wonder of the bird show featuring some of the funniest feathered performers you will ever see. 

Te Puia (Rotorua)

NZ$51 Adult NZ$25.50 Child

Te Puia

Take a wander through Te Puia, New Zealand’s Maori Culture Centre, where you will have the opportunity to view the awesome power of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley… and much more!

Kawarau Jet Boat (Rotorua)

NZ$85 Adult NZ$54 Child

Kawarau Jet Boat

Enjoy a 30 minute Speed, Spins and Adrenalin jetboat ride across Lake Rotorua to the sanctuary Island of Mokoia.  Along the way listen to stories and legends of the local Maori people of the area.

Rotorua Trout Fishing (Rotorua)

NZ$145 Adult/Child

Rotorua Trout Fishing

Includes up to 4 hours of fishing, guide & tackle, light refreshments, Polaroid photos of your catch and courtesy transport.

Rotorua Duck - City and Lakes Tour (Rotorua)

NZ$68 Adult NZ$38 Child

Rotorua Duck - City and Lakes Tour

Discover Rotorua’s spectacular lakes area from the comfort of a fully restored World War II amphibious vehicle, able to travel on land and water. A 90 minute fun-filled and scenic journey that ventures onto the three Rotorua lakes, and is accompanied by an entertaining and informative commentary.

Volcanic Air Floatplane Flights (Rotorua)

From NZ$95 Adult/Child

Volcanic Air Floatplane Flights

Choose from five different floatplane flights that showcase Rotorua with spectacular views, departing from Lake Rotorua itself. Take a short journey over Rotorua City, Sulphur Bay, and the geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, or journey further afield, landing at the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako, or venture out to White Island – New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano. Helicopter flights are also available.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Rotorua)

NZ$110 Adult NZ$72.50 Child

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.

Ogo Rotorua (Rotorua)

From NZ$35 Adult/Child

Ogo Rotorua

In 1994, Andrew Akers and Dwane van der Sluis invented a big inflatable ball that people could jump inside and roll around in. Now you can experience the fun of OGO! Visitors are offered multiple OGO ride options where we add 40 litres of water; (cool in summer, warm in winter). Choose from either the 250m long Straight Track or the wiggly windy 350m long Sidewinder Track.

Polynesian Spa (Rotorua)

From NZ$45 Adult NZ$16 Child

Polynesian Spa

Relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral private pool! Millions of visitors to Polynesian Spa over the last 125 years have received relief for tired muscles, aches and pains, arthritis and rheumatism from the therapeutic properties of the geothermic acidic and alkaline waters.

Weta Wellington There and Back Tour (Wellington)

NZ$65 Adult NZ$40 Child

Weta Wellington There and Back Tour

This movie-based experience provides a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of Weta Workshop, the home of the special effects wizards whose work features in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies. The tour invites you to view the creative processes of a Weta technician and to touch, feel, and hold real props, weapons and models from the films the creative Weta team have worked on. Return transfers from the Wellington i-Site are included. 

Classic Whale Watch - Kaikoura Helicopters (Kaikoura)

From NZ$220 Adult/Child

Classic Whale Watch - Kaikoura Helicopters

Only with Kaikoura Helicopters, will you get to see the entire whale from head to tail, as they hover and fly slow orbits. Put yourself in the ultimate vantage point, as they fly you in comfort and style for 30 minutes in the spectacular environment that plays host to one of the world’s largest marine mammals, the magnificent Sperm Whale.

Christchurch Tramway (Christchurch)

NZ$20 Adult, Children free

Christchurch Tramway

Step back in time to a grand era of transport and relax as the Christchurch Tram around the 'must-see' central attractions. Get on and off as you please at any of the seven stops. The tram drivers provide a live commentary throughout the loop, identifying points of interest, historic architecture and the changes the city is under-going since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

Air Safaris - Grand Traverse Scenic Flight (Mt Cook)

NZ$360 Adult NZ$230 Child

Air Safaris - Grand Traverse Scenic Flight

Explore the alpine wonderland of the Southern Alps’ highest peaks and glacial lakes on this 45-minute scenic flight, including Murchison Glacier, Tasman Glacier, Main Divide, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, westland coastal rainforests and Mount Cook.

Speight's Brewery Tour (Dunedin)

NZ$28 Adult NZ$12 Child

Speight's Brewery Tour

No visitor to Dunedin should leave without taking the Speight’s Brewery Tour. Since 1876 the brewery has been proudly producing Speight’s legendary ales from the same site in Rattray Street. On the Speight’s Brewery Tour you’ll see, smell, touch and taste the ingredients that go into making Speight’s beers – and of course, get to sample “The Pride of the South” for yourself!

Monarch Wildlife Cruise (Dunedin)

NZ$148 Adult NZ$55 Child

Monarch Wildlife Cruise

Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour, passing by the historic fishing village of Careys Bay and the working port of Port Chalmers. Then continue your tour out to the tip of the Otago Peninsula, enjoying unrivalled wildlife viewing. See what cannot be seen from land – Albatross, New Zealand Fur Seals and up to 20 species of bird and marine life in their undisturbed and otherwise inaccessible environment.

Cadbury World Tour (Dunedin)

NZ$16 Adult NZ$10 Child

Cadbury World Tour

The Cadburyworld Tour is a chocolate-lover’s dream that overwhelms the senses! As you walk into the factory, the enticing scent of Jaffas, Turkish Delight, or cocoa welcomes you in, but that’s nothing compared to the all-encompassing chocolate scent wafting through the kitchen. Don’t worry, your taste buds will have their chance too! In addition to receiving a bag full of samples, you’ll also have the pure liquid joy of tasting melted, still-warm chocolate. In the Purple Silo, you’ll be astonished by one tonne of chocolate flowing down before you… mmmmm chocolate waterfall!

Taieri Gorge Railway (Dunedin)

NZ$95 Adult NZ$28 Child

Taieri Gorge Railway

Taieri Gorge Railway is one of the world’s great train trips, taking passengers from the hustle and bustle of Dunedin’s city centre to the rugged mountain interior of Central Otago, and back. Travel in comfort, cross magnificent stone and wrought iron viaducts, travel through a series of tunnels with rock walls only inches from the side of the train.

Monarch Larnach Castle Tour (Dunedin)

NZ$75 Adult NZ$37.50 Child

Monarch Larnach Castle Tour

Let your local driver take you on an exciting Otago Peninsula drive to New Zealand’s only castle. Your guided tour of the Larnach family home will give you insight into not only the architecture and style of the stately building, but also into William Larnach’s family life and the restoration done by the current owners during the past three decades. Enjoy views from the tower and marvel at the immaculate gardens before your return to Dunedin.

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour (Te Anau)

NZ$77 Adult NZ$22 Child

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

2.5 hour tour incorporating a cruise across Lake Te Anau to Cavern House. Enjoy a guided tour (in small groups) through the limestone caverns, waterfalls and the glow worm grotto. Complimentary tea & coffee is available at Cavern House.

Fiordland Cinema (Te Anau)

From NZ$47.50 Adult/Child

Fiordland Cinema

Sit back in the comfort of the custom designed, large screen cinema and prepare to be overwhelmed by the staggering beauty of the Fiordland World Heritage Status Wilderness showcased in Ata Whenua – Shadowland.

Milford Sound Scenic Flight (Te Anau)

NZ$395 Adult NZ$215 Child

Milford Sound Scenic Flight

A 40 minute flight over picturesque fiords, glaciers, alpine lakes and waterfalls including the famous Sutherland Falls and the majestic Mitre Peak. Fly over spectacular remote scenery that no man has ever set foot in.

Ziptrek Ecotours (Queenstown)

From NZ$135 Adult NZ$85 Child

Ziptrek Ecotours

Ziptrek Ecotours is a spectacular and exhilarating flying fox eco-adventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown, on Skyline Gondola hill.

Kawarau River Rafting (Queenstown)

NZ$219 Adult/Child

Kawarau River Rafting

4 hours including transfer to Cavell’s rafting lodge to collect your wetsuit and other rafting equipment. Transfer to Kawarau River put-in point for extensive safety instructions and training in paddling techniques. Then raft the mighty Kawarau River! Hot showers, sauna and complimentary tea/coffee await you at the end of this adventure.

Kiwi Birdlife Park (Queenstown)

NZ$43 Adult NZ$22 Child

Kiwi Birdlife Park

The Kiwi Birdlife Park is a wildlife sanctuary found in the heart of Queenstown. They hold and display over 20 species of native NZ wildlife in our 5 acre Park, all of which are part of nationally managed programmes. Your entry fee supports their conservation work. They offer guaranteed kiwi viewing in our specially constructed nocturnal houses, audio tours (available in English and Japanese; allow 45min), Conservation Shows (11am, 3pm; allow 30min) and Kiwi Feedings (10am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 4.30pm; allow 15min). They offer an all-day pass and the park can be enjoyed in all weather. Experience conservation in action! 

Shotover Jet Boat Ride (Queenstown)

NZ$135 Adult NZ$75 Child

Shotover Jet Boat Ride

Enjoy a 30-minute jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River and through Shotover Canyon with the only company permitted to operate in this area. A major highlight is experiencing the famous “Shotover Jet Turn” where your boat spins through a full 360 degrees turn. Includes return transfers from Queenstown. (Duration: 1.5 hours in total)

Nomad Safaris 4WD Tour (Queenstown)

NZ$175 Adult NZ$89 Child

Nomad Safaris 4WD Tour

Be amazed by both the man-made and natural features on this 4-hour 4WD safari from Queenstown. The tour incorporates scenes from The Lord of the Rings incl Heaven & Hells Gate, Maori Point, Lighthouse rock, Blue Slip, Skippers Bridge, Skippers Settlement and gold panning in the Shotover River.

Queenstown Original Wine Trail (Queenstown)

NZ$155 Adult NZ$89 Child

Queenstown Original Wine Trail

The Queenstown Wine Trail offers a fun, personalised and friendly sightseeing wine tour of vineyards and wineries in New Zealand’s premier wine regions – Queenstown & Central Otago. As the groups are small, you will have time to taste a variety of wines at four Queenstown wineries, sample local cheeses, enjoy a winery lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery (at own expense) and experience spectacular scenery.

Queenstown Wine Trail Summer Sampler (Queenstown)

NZ$176 Adult NZ$125 Child

Queenstown Wine Trail Summer Sampler

This unique food and wine experience is a relaxed and leisurely tour amongst picturesque surroundings. It is the ideal tour for guests who may have a shorter time frame. Tour includes tastings at two wineries, an underground wine cave tour, cheese presentation and tasting at the regions only cheesery and a gourmet lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery. Operates 1st of October to 31st of March

Skippers Canyon Jet - Scenic Tour & Jet Boat (Queenstown)

NZ$189 Adult NZ$109 Child

Skippers Canyon Jet - Scenic Tour & Jet Boat

Skippers Canyon Jet are the only company to offer a complete 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon and access to the unique mining relics available in the Sainsbury gold claim museum. Following the winding, yet majestic Skippers road, which carves its way down from the Coronet Peak ski road, over the saddle and down “Long gully” through to Skippers Canyon; your guide will detail the history of the road, hardships of the miners and how many miners were killed building the road over a century ago.

Dart River Safari Jet Boat (Queenstown)

NZ$229 Adult NZ$129 Child

Dart River Safari Jet Boat

A stimulating not-to-be missed journey into the Dart River Valley where mythology, heritage & fantasy meet reality. Your Wilderness Jet trip is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park, with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River.

Skyline Restaurant (Queenstown)

NZ$82 Adult NZ$40 Child (Dinner & Gondola)

Skyline Restaurant

Enjoy Queenstown’s most spectacular views while savouring the finest NZ flavours. Be tempted by a lavish six course “Taste of New Zealand” buffet whilst dining in the relaxed atmosphere.

Skyline Restaurant & Kiwi Haka (Queenstown)

NZ$121 Adult NZ$65 Child (Gondola, Dinner & Show)

Skyline Restaurant & Kiwi Haka

Ride on the Gondola cableway to the Skyline Restaurant to enjoy a sumptuous dinner followed by a dazzling cultural performance. Undertake a spiritual journey of Maori culture and customs as told through traditional song and dance. Set in an intimate theatre surrounded by mythical carved legends of the Wakatipu and surrounding areas.

Skyline Gondola & Kiwi Haka (Queenstown)

NZ$69 Adult NZ$45 Child (Gondola & Haka performance)

Skyline Gondola & Kiwi Haka

Ride on the Gondola cableway to the Skyline Restaurant. Enjoy a spiritual journey of Maori culture and customs as told through traditional song and dance. Set in an intimate theatre surrounded by mythical carved legends of the Wakatipu and surrounding areas. 

Walter Peak Horse Trekking (Queenstown)

NZ$119 Adult NZ$71 Child

Walter Peak Horse Trekking

Join Real Journeys for a relaxing and scenic horse trek through Walter Peak High Country Farm. Cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw to disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm before meeting your horse and guide for a wonderful horseback experience. This 40 minute trek takes you across beautiful rolling terraces to a lookout with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains. The riding is easy, picturesque and suitable for even first-time riders. After returning to the stables, enjoy a delicious morning or afternoon tea at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant.

Remarkable 9 Hole Golf Tour (Queenstown)

From NZ$149 Adult/Child

Remarkable 9 Hole Golf Tour

Queenstown has become New Zealand’s premier destination for golfers, offering some of the most spectacular courses in the world. With a mix of easy and challenging courses, take the chance to play a 9-hole round at one of three Queenstown courses. Choose from the secluded fairways of the South Island’s premier resort course at Millbrook Resort, one of the most scenic courses in the world – the Queenstown Golf Club or the Arrowtown Golf Club, bursting with history and character. Your package includes course transfers with hotel pick-ups, green fees, cart hire and executive club hire.

Haast River Safari (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$109 Adult NZ$59

Haast River Safari

Travel on a purpose built fully enclosed river jet boat with front-loading access. Great visibility is ensured, yet you remain warm, dry and comfortable, making this a unique and safe experience suitable for anyone of any age to participate in and enjoy. 

The Helicopter Line Mountain Scenic Spectacular (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$450 Adult NZ$315 Child

The Helicopter Line Mountain Scenic Spectacular

Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox snowfields on this 40-minute scenic flight. Cross the main divide for breathtaking views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Highlights include a snow landing, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and Mt Cook. 

The Helicopter Line Twin Glacier Scenic Flight (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$310 Adult NZ$217

The Helicopter Line Twin Glacier Scenic Flight

From a mantle of pure white snow, massive rivers of ice wind their way down glacier valleys. Explore the glaciers, an incredible natural phenomenon on this 30-minute scenic flight. Highlights include a snow landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. 

The Helicopter line Neve Discoverer (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$235 Adult NZ$164.50 Child

The Helicopter line Neve Discoverer

Lift off and fly up over the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier to land amongst this alpine wonderland on a 20-minute scenic flight. Highlights include landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and a snow or icefall landing. 

West Coast Wildlife Centre (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$35 Adult NZ$20 Child

West Coast Wildlife Centre

The West Coast Wildlife Centre, New Zealand, is a brand new all-weather attraction located in the centre of Franz Josef. It is the official home to the incubation and captive rearing programme for New Zealand’s rarest Kiwi – the Rowi and Haast tokoeka. The forest and bush around the West Coast are largely dense and untouched and the undergrowth is teeming with incredible wildlife – much of which is rarely seen as it is often only active at night.

West Coast Treetop Walk (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$38 Adult NZ$15 Child

West Coast Treetop Walk

An exhilarating treetop adventure among the temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with the birds, high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi canopy. Easy access for all to enjoy, along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long.

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Tour Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available.

Prices

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 October 2015. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.