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  • Views over Queenstown

    Views over Queenstown

  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

    Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

  • Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock'

    Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock'

  • Mirror Lake

    Mirror Lake

  • Franz Josef Glacier

    Franz Josef Glacier

  • Lake Pukaki, Mt. Cook

    Lake Pukaki, Mt. Cook

  • TranzAlpine train journey

    TranzAlpine train journey


Tour code: ZCBA

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Take your New Zealand bucket list and tick off all of your must-sees and must-dos, as you travel from the bottom of the South Island to the top of the North. Have you always had a hankering to journey on a world-renowned train, meet a kiwi bird, to swim in the Pacific Ocean, or to learn the haka? This is your chance!

Itinerary

1 October 2017 - 31 March 2018 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be met and transferred by private car to your hotel. You may want to stretch your legs and take a walk around Cathedral Square, or visit the Re:Start Mall. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a welcome reception and then enjoy dinner together at your hotel.

Hotel: Novotel Christchurch

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2
Christchurch – Punakaiki

Start the day with a spectacular train journey on the TranzAlpine departing from Christchurch. Forge your way through tunnels and over viaducts across the Southern Alps to the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass. Then journey up the West Coast to Punakaiki, where you’ll view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Tonight dinner with wine is included at your hotel, then fall asleep to the sound of the surf crashing on the beach, as you overnight in the eco-friendly Punakaiki Resort.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 3
Punakaiki – Franz Josef

This morning travel down the West Coast to Hokitika to visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory for a jewellery demonstration. Explore life among New Zealand’s native giants with a stroll along the board walks of the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Your final destination today is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. You may want to view the glacier on a helicopter flight (own expense). Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 4-5
Franz Josef – Queenstown
Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown

Some spectacular sights are in store for you today. Travel over the Haast Pass. Then take a short rainforest walk to view the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls. A shoreline charmingly edged by poplars and willows marks the first of a trio of lakes - Wanaka, followed by Hawea and then Dunstan. Enjoy the tastes of delicious locally-grown stone fruit at an orchard in Cromwell, then visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Follow the Kawarau River, through striking Central Otago wineries, to Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu

Day 5: Queenstown Included Choice

Included Choice This morning relax with your Breakfast of Choice. Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, take a gondola to Bob’s Peak for thrilling luge rides, or visit the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Or take a 4WD minibus tour through spectacular Skippers Canyon. Perhaps visit Kiwi Birdlife Park and hear about this iconic bird or journey deep into the mountains to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm for lunch. After a day of activity, enjoy a peaceful evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. Then enjoy an entertaining after-dinner farm show providing a glimpse into high-country farm life. On the cruise back to Queenstown, join in a singa- long or a dance across the polished wooden floors of the Earnslaw.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

Included Meals: Day 4: Breakfast. Day 5: Breakfast of choice, Highlight dinenr

Day 6
Queenstown – Te Anau

Today you’ll want to have your camera battery charged, and ready to go! Journey out to Milford Sound, travelling through native rainforests, alluvial flats and meadows. You will stop at Mirror Lakes and then it’s on to the Homer Tunnel, man’s attempt to master the sheer rocky ranges. Marvel at the stunning Cleddau Valley, stop for a little walk to the Chasm, and then it’s on to Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise the waters of this natural wonder. Your cruise takes in the Bowen and Stirling Falls, glacial hanging valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak. From Milford Sound travel back through the steep, rocky mountain crags of Fiordland National Park to the South Island’s biggest lake and the town of Te Anau. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel.

Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Included Meals: Breakfast of choice, Dinner with wine

Day 7
Te Anau – Dunedin Included Choic

Included ChoiceTravel past lush green pastures, crossing the sheep-filled farming lands of South Otago. Make your way down to the southern-most city in New Zealand, Dunedin, also known as the Edinburgh of the South. This afternoon choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway, take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise or experience an interactive of tour Speight’s Brewery. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 8
Dunedin – Twizel

Enjoy a slower start to the day before departing Dunedin. Travel through to the township of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and its famous white limestone buildings. Take in a photo stop at the visually impressive Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. The Waitaki River marks the boundary between the regions of Canterbury and Otago. Travel into the heart of the Mackenzie Country, to Twizel. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel.

Hotel: MacKenzie Country Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 9
Twizel – Christchurch

Mount Cook National Park is today’s highlight. Weather permitting, there is an opportunity for a scenic flight over Mount Cook (own expense). Enjoy amazing photo opportunities of sweeping views across the turquoise waters of Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo. Wander along the lake’s edge and visit the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd. Be my guest dining experience Enjoy a taste of country life at a Be My Guest barbecue lunch on a working farm. You’ll be welcomed into the home and 240 hectare garden of Angie and Stan Taylor to gain an insight into the day to day operation of farm life. Later, travel over the colourful patchwork of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Tonight, speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Christchurch’s inner city.

Hotel: Novotel Christchurch

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch

Day 10
Christchurch – Blenheim

This morning travel across the Northern Canterbury Plains out of Christchurch, and along the Pacific Ocean coastline where roaring sea meets enormous bush-clad mountains. You will have the chance to soar over the Pacific Ocean on a helicopter flight from Kaikoura, for whale and dolphin viewing (own expense). Further up the East Coast, watch as New Zealand fur seals frolic and play in the tidal currents, and sun themselves on the rocks at Ohau Point. Tonight indulge in the local tastes and unique flavours of the Marlborough region with a special wine-matched highlight dinner.

Hotel: Chateau Marlborough

Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight dinner

Day 11
Blenheim – Wellington

Travel across Marlborough, to the sleepy seaside village of Picton where your AAT Kings crew and coach will join you on board the Interislander. Cruise through tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, across the Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. A city sights tour taking in New Zealand’s parliament buildings, leads into some free time. Why not indulge in Wellington’s renowned coffee culture, or take a walk along Lambton Quay? “Maori Then visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, with time to explore the many interactive displays depicting Maori and modern New Zealand culture. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel.

Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 12-13
Wellington – Rotorua
Day 12: Wellington – Rotorua

Be my guest dining experienceAfter departing Wellington, this morning you’ll travel north along the Kapiti Coast to the gorgeous historic villa, Shenandoah. Join Simon and Claudia, who will show you their home, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Enjoy a Be My Guest morning tea in their garden, then take a walk around the property to meet the animal members of the family. Journey north over the tussock plains of the Central Plateau through Tongariro National Park, view Lake Taupo and Huka Falls on your way to Rotorua. “Maori Tonight an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Maori Village. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

Day 13: Rotorua Included Choice

Included Choice This morning relax with your Breakfast of Choice. Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Perhaps unwind at the Polynesian Spa. Visit Te Puia and tour through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Or you could take a fascinating tour of the Hobbiton movie set. Or explore Rotorua and its three lakes in an amphibious WWII era Duck. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences.

Included Choice Rural Homestay
Included Choice Rural Homestay

Included ChoiceA warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 12: Breakfast, Be My Guest morning tea, Highlight dinner. Day 13: Breakfast of choice

Day 14
Rotorua – Auckland

Say Haere Ra (goodbye) to Rotorua this morning and journey to the amazing limestone caverns that make up the Waitomo Caves. After a guided walk through the caves, board your little boat and glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, where your city sights tour takes in Bastion Point, Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. From fresh sushi to mouth-watering seafood, from authentic Indian curries to decadent desserts, your highlight dinner at Eight Restaurant at The Langham will satisfy any and all dining cravings.

Hotel: The Cordis

Included Meals: Breakfast of choice, Highlight dinner

Day 15-16
Auckland – Bay of Islands
Day 15: Auckland – Bay of Islands

This morning depart Auckland city and travel north over the Harbour Bridge. Journey through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast, the birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park, then it’s on to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand. This afternoon you will travel into the Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ formation. The return trip to Paihia cruises through picturesque islands. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day 16: Bay of Islands Included Choice

Included Choice This morning relax with your Breakfast of Choice. Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Perhaps go on a dolphin watching cruise, journey around Kerikeri on a wine tasting tour, or take a guided walk through Russell, New Zealand’s first capital. Explore the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and watch a dazzling Maori cultural performance. Or this evening sail aboard a historic tall ship as the sun sets. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 15: Breakfast, Dinenr with wine. Day 16: Breakfast of choice

Day 17
Bay of Islands – Auckland

Before departing the Bay of Islands, if you didn’t visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve yesterday, you may wish to do so today. This is where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed (own expense). This afternoon sit back and relax as you make your way down through Northland’s lush farmland scenery and past the sprawling suburbs of the North Shore back into Auckland.

Hotel: The Cordis

Included Meals: Breakfast of choice

Day 18
Farewell from Auckland

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred by private car to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Don't Miss

Colourful Hundertwasser Toilets in Kawakawa by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser

The Hundertwasser Toilets

Public toilets that are also a work of art? On this holiday you’ll have the chance to stop at the Hundertwasser Toilets in Kawakawa on the North Island. It’s one of few toilet blocks seen as an international work of art and a tourist attraction. It was designed by an Austrian artist who lived in the area for 25 years until his death in 2000. The style is typical of the artist, with wavy lines, irregular ceramic tiles, integrated small sculptures, coloured glass and a live tree incorporated into the architecture. Recycled materials, including the community's spent glass bottles and bricks from a former Bank of New Zealand branch, were used throughout.

Highlights

  • Travel on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Walk around Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Visit a jade factory
  • Discover fascinating Franz Josef Glacier
  • Taste Central Otago stone fruits at a local orchard
  • Travel past magical glaciers, mountains & rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • Savour a delicious Kiwi BBQ at Morelea FarmBe my guest dining experience
  • Explore Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand “Maori
  • Be My Guest at Shenandoah for a morning tea experienceBe my guest dining experience
  • Journey through Mt. Ruapehu Tongariro National Park
  • Immerse yourself in rich Maori culture with the Tamaki family over dinner “Maori
  • Discover Waitomo and its famous Glowworm Grotto
  • Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the Bay of Islands
  • Travel the TranzAlpine Train
  • Included Choice experiences Included Choice
  • Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Inclusions

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • Breakfast of choice (6)
  • Full buffet breakfasts (11)
  • Be My Guest lunch (1)
  • Be My Guest morning tea (1)
  • Dinners with wine (8)
  • Highlight dinners (4)

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 Christchurch Airport
Day 18   Flights to depart anytime
from Auckland Airport

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Ways to Save

Triple share    Save up to 5%
Kings Club    Save up to 5%

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:

  • Novotel Christchurch
    50 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

    • Novotel Christchurch - Twin Room

    The Novotel Christchurch is a premium, landmark hotel located in the heart of Christchurch. Featuring 154 contemporary rooms, high-end amenities and WIFI internet (surcharge). Hotel facilities include gym, guest laundry, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms, catering for up to 250 delegates. The Novotel Christchurch is only moments to main attractions, Cathedral Square, Cashel St Pop-Up Mall, Hagley Park, Christchurch Business District and 30min from Christchurch Airport.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Mini Bar
    • Air Conditioning
    • Room service
    • In-room safe
    • Wireless Internet access
  • Punakaiki Resort
    State Highway 6 ,Punakaiki 8252 New Zealand

    • Punakaiki Resort - Villas

    Situated on New Zealand's wild West Coast, the Punakaiki Resort is surrounded by the Paparoa National Park and is only a stone's throw from the beach. The hotel rooms are designed in harmony with the local environment to maintain a sense of privacy and seclusion and have either ocean or rainforest views.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Shower and toilet facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Phone
    • Hairdryer
    • Wireless Internet access
    • TV
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)
    36 Main Road, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand

    • 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
    • Work Desk
    • Mini Bar
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Four Spa Pools
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Refrigerator
  • Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
    32 Frankton Rd, Queenstown 9300, South Island

    • Millennium Hotel Queenstown - Superior Room

    Millennium Hotel Queenstown is only minutes from Queenstown shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting and jet boating.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Colour TV
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini Bar
    • Phone
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hair Dryer
    • Electric blankets
    • Broadband Internet access
  • Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
    64 Lakefront Terrace, Te Anau 9460, South Island

    • Distinction Te Anau Hotel - Lakeview Room

    Located on the Te Anau lake front, a short stroll from the Te Anau town centre, Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas is perfectly situated for you to make the most of this beautiful area. If you need an escape from everyday life and a chance to indulge yourself with a relaxing holiday, this is the place for you.

    • Features
    • 2 Queen Beds
    • Individual heater control
    • Flat Screen TV
    • In-house movies
    • Refrigerator
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Phone
    • Hair Dryer
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
    118 High St, Dunedin, 9054, New Zealand

    • Scenic Hotel Southern Cross - Superior Room

    The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross is Dunedin's largest and most established hotel. Located in the heart of Dunedin, this hotel has been extensively refurbished and now provides guests with modern style, exquisite quality, convenience and exceptional service. The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation, giving the convenience of having entertainment, shopping and restaurants close at hand. Just a short walk from the Octagon, railway station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago university, it is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Whether you are staying for business or pleasure, it is hard to go past the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross.

    • Features
    • TV
    • Mini Bar
    • Hair Dryer
    • Refrigerator
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Guest Laundry
    • Dry cleaning service
    • Gym facilities
    • 24 hour room service
  • MacKenzie Country Hotel
    Corner Of Ostler & Wairepo Streets, Twizel 7901 New Zealand

    • MacKenzie Country Hotel Sunset

    The MacKenzie Country Hotel is located in the heart of the Mackenzie region, a unique area of New Zealand's South Island. Featuring natural stonework, the architecture beautifully reflects and compliments the mountains and riverbeds of the surrounding landscape.

    • Features
    • Private balcony
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Refrigerator
    • Electric blankets
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hairdryer
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Ensuite
    • Phone
  • Novotel Christchurch
    50 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

    • Novotel Christchurch - Twin Room

    The Novotel Christchurch is a premium, landmark hotel located in the heart of Christchurch. Featuring 154 contemporary rooms, high-end amenities and WIFI internet (surcharge). Hotel facilities include gym, guest laundry, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms, catering for up to 250 delegates. The Novotel Christchurch is only moments to main attractions, Cathedral Square, Cashel St Pop-Up Mall, Hagley Park, Christchurch Business District and 30min from Christchurch Airport.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Mini Bar
    • Air Conditioning
    • Room service
    • In-room safe
    • Wireless Internet access
  • Chateau Marlborough
    95-117 High St, Blenheim, 7201, New Zealand

    • Chateau Marlborough - Exterior at night

    This upscale extended-stay hotel on a tree-lined street is 2 km from both Lansdowne Park rugby stadium and Pollard Park.

    • Features
    • TV
    • Wi-Fi
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Gym facilities
    • Kitchen Facilities
  • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
    147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

    • James Cook Hotel - Terrace Room

    Noted for friendly, professional service and well-appointed accommodation, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is the destination of choice for today’s discerning business and holiday traveller.

    • Features
    • Work Desk
    • Room service
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Sky TV
    • In-room Movies (fee applies)
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
    Corner Eruera & Hinemaru St, Rotorua 3010, North Island

    2 nights

    • Superior Room at Millennium Hotel Rotorua

    Centrally located in the city beside mystical Lake Rotorua, this hotel is just a brief stroll from the Rotorua Museum, Convention Centres and adjacent to a Polynesian Spa.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Mini Bar
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Sky TV
    • Personalised message and wakeup service
    • Work Desk
    • Radio
    • Hair Dryer
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • The Cordis
    83 Symonds St Grafton, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

    • The Cordis Executive Room

    The Cordis Auckland exudes a timeless elegance that celebrates the past, yet embraces the future. As a luxury Auckland hotel, we will enchant you with our tradition of graceful living.

     

    • Features
    • LCD TV
    • Work Desk
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Shower Over Bath
    • Deluxe Marble Bathroom
    • In-room Movies (fee applies)
    • Manual temperature control
    • Blackout drapes/curtains
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Room service
    • Business Facilities
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Satellite TV
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Phone
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms
    Tau Henare Dr, Paihia 0200, North Island

    2 nights

    • Copthorne Bay of Islands - Waterview Room

    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
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Phone
    • Work Desk
  • The Cordis
    83 Symonds St Grafton, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

    • The Cordis Executive Room

    The Cordis Auckland exudes a timeless elegance that celebrates the past, yet embraces the future. As a luxury Auckland hotel, we will enchant you with our tradition of graceful living.

     

    • Features
    • LCD TV
    • Work Desk
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Shower Over Bath
    • Deluxe Marble Bathroom
    • In-room Movies (fee applies)
    • Manual temperature control
    • Blackout drapes/curtains
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Room service
    • Business Facilities
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Satellite TV
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Phone

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 2017 - 31 March 2018

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

NZ$150 Adult NZ$75 Child

Dune Rider - Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach

This is a full day to explore the magnificent natural wonders of the North. Visit the ancient Kauri Kingdom workshop, Cape Reinga lighthouse and the magnificent 90 Mile Beach. Experience the rush of speed as you sandboard down white sand dunes at Te Paki stream on a boogie board. Includes a lunch.

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$98 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!

Waitangi Treaty Grounds (Bay of Islands)

NZ$40 Adult, Under 18 years are free of charge

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.

Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park (Rotorua)

From NZ$40 Adult NZ$20 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$52 Adult NZ$26 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!

Tarawera and Lakes Tour on the Rotorua Duck (Rotorua)

NZ$89 Adult NZ$55 Child

Tarawera and Lakes Tour on the Rotorua Duck

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.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Rotorua)

NZ$114 Adult NZ$74.50 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.

Air Safaris - Grand Traverse Scenic Flight (Mt Cook)

NZ$370 Adult NZ$250 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$29 Adult NZ$13 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$150 Adult NZ$56 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.

Taieri Gorge Railway (Dunedin)

NZ$91 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$76 Adult NZ$38 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$88 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.

Kiwi Birdlife Park (Queenstown)

NZ$48 Adult NZ$23 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$149 Adult NZ$79 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)

Queenstown Boutique Wine Tour (Queenstown)

NZ$199 Adult NZ$139 Child

Queenstown Boutique Wine Tour

An afternoon amongst the boutique vineyards and splendid alpine scenery of Central Otago. Taste wines at 4 premium vineyards over two contrasting wine regions, learn about the wine and pioneering history and visit the Historic Precinct of Old Cromwell. Includes a delightful platter lunch and a glass of wine with lunch.

Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour & Jet Boat (Queenstown)

NZ$195 Adult NZ$115 Child

Skippers Canyon 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.

Skyline Gondola and Dinner (Queenstown)

NZ$85 Adult NZ$43 Child (Dinner & Gondola)

Skyline Gondola and Dinner

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.

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 Flight (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$460 Adult NZ$322 Child

The Helicopter Line - Mountain Scenic Spectacular Flight

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$315 Adult NZ$220.50

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 Flight (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$245 Adult NZ$171.50 Child

The Helicopter Line - Neve Discoverer Flight

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.

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Travel 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 2017. 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.