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About Us

Cameron and Amanda are a young and energetic couple who have travelled New Zealand extensively and enjoy being out on the road.... more

Cam and Amanda are amazing New Zealand guides!! If you're at all interested in visiting NZ I highly recommend you travel with these two!!

- Kristen, Brockport NY

Group Trips in New Zealand - Sample Itinerary

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Tour Dates:

We operate on the dates that suit you and your group best.

Duration:

15 Nights/16 Days on tour

(Please note, this time does not include your return journey travel time to NZ)

Tour Cost:

Dependant on your group's needs. The below tour would cost approximately NZ$5,499per person based on Twin Share hotel accommodation.(International flights not included)

Optional activity pricing is approximate and subject to change.

 

Day 1    Auckland

This morning we will travel around picking you up at your different hotels.  Once everyone is collected we will drive around Auckland City and view the many sights which make this city so special.  Visit one of many volcanoes in this volcanic valley and take in the 360 degree views. We will settle into our hotel in the afternoon.  This evening we will go to the Skytower (tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere) observation deck to see Auckland by night followed by a group dinner back down on ground level to get to know each other.

'It’s a place where big city style goes hand in hand with a stunning natural playground.' www.aucklandnz.com

Accommodation:    Rydges Hotel

Included:    City Tour, Skytower Entry, Dinner at Fortuna Restaurant

Optional Activities:    Sailing on the Pride of Auckland , 1.5hrs $75.00  /  Whale & Dolphin Safari $160  /  Auckland Museum $10

 

Day 2    Auckland - Rotorua

After breakfast we head south and start our adventure around our beautiful country.  We will be travelling through our rich dairy farming region, Waikato, and then over the Mamaku Ranges and into the Thermal Valley, Rotorua.  We will take you on a city tour where you will see some of it's famous volcanic activity. After lunch and checking into our hotel we will join the Farm Show and Tour at the Agrodome - a great informative introduction to farming in New Zealand. 

'Whether seeking to experience Maori culture, geothermal earth forces, spa rejuvenation, thrills and adventure, or any of the other natural assets such as 16 lakes, some of the world's best mountain biking trails, fantastic trout fishing and myriad forest walking tracks – Rotorua delivers it all!' www.rotoruanz.com

 Accommodation:    Novotel

Included:    Breakfast, Agrodome Farm Show and Tour

 

Day 3     Rotorua

Today is a free day for you to explore Rotorua and all it has to offer, such as, Fishing, Luging, Rafting, Mountain Biking, going in an Ogo or a soak in the natural thermal waters at Polynesian Spa.  This evening you will be treated to an exciting and informative evening by local Maori at their village.  The Tamaki Cultural Experience is highly rated by many travellers and you’ll get to see the Haka (Maori war dance) and eat a Hangi (food traditionally cooked in the ground).

Accommodation:    Novotel

Included:    Breakfast, Tamaki Cultural Evening (dinner).

Optional Activities:    Polynesian Spa from $25  Rotorua Duck Tour $68  4WD Bush Safari $95  /  LoTR & Hobbion Movie Set Tour $99  /  Paradise Valley $30

 

Day 4     Rotorua - Taupo

This morning we are off to see a Geyser, boiling mud and many multi-coloured lakes which have been naturally formed from the areas volcanic activity.  After walking the thermal tracks we’ll have lunch at Wai-O-Tapu, a great geothermal park followed by a short drive into Taupo.  A quick stop at the bungy site, and if anyone is keen to experience the adrenaline rush we will happily help throw you off!

'Taupo - This popular tourist destination boasts the largest freshwater lake in Australasia and its mountains are most famous internationally for being featured as the ominous Mt Doom in the Lord of The Rings trilogy. Come for the world-class trout fishing, adrenaline pumping adventure activities, or just enjoy a relaxing stroll along the lake front.' www.greatlaketaupo.com

Accommodation:    Suncourt Hotel

Included:    Breakfast, Wai-O-Tapu entry

 

Day 5     Taupo

Today you will have the chance to explore or take part in one of the many activities Taupo has to offer. Trout Fishing, Kayaking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Sailing, Golf or you might even be keen to jump out of a plane at 15,000ft and experience a feeling like no other!  Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, would like to walk the Tongariro crossing or just stroll around the lake, we can help.

Accommodation:    Suncourt Hotel

Included:    Breakfast

Optional Activities:    Bungy $149  /  Skydive from $249  /  Lake Cruises $44  Kayaking on Lake Taupo $98  Kayaking on Waikato River $45  White Water Rafting $115  Parasailing $89  Rapids Jet $110

There is also Trout Fishing available, either Fly or Boat fishing. Prices vary between all options.

 

Day 6     Taupo – Wellington

Once we have had a hearty breakfast we will check out and head south through the Tongariro National Park, past our 3 most prominent mountains; Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro, then into the Rangitaiki region.   We should reach Wellington by mid-afternoon where we will stop at a couple of observation points to take in the views as well as a city tour. 

Accommodation:    Amora Hotel

Included:    Breakfast

 

Day 7     Wellington

Today we will walk through the stunning Government Gardens and visit Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand.  This is a vibrant city and many enjoy their time here.

'New Zealand’s capital city is nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour, and has a vibrant and compact downtown area that's best explored on foot.

The city is home to Te Papa, the national museum, which tells the story of New Zealand’s history through bold and interactive exhibits. In Wellington you’ll discover an amazing range of cafes, art galleries, theatres, attractions and a humming nightlife. The gourmet and wine experiences of the Wairarapa region are also just a short drive away.'  www.wellingtonnz.com

Accommodation:    Amora Hotel

Included:     Breakfast

 

Day 8     Wellington

I’m sure a sleep in for many of us will be just the thing.  Today you can relax, wandering around Wellington Central.  Try visiting one of many shopping precincts, art galleries or take part in a Lord of the Rings tour.

Accommodation:    Amora Hotel

Included:    Breakfast

Optional Activities:    Mountain Biking $150  /  Golf $20per round + additional cost of clubs and trundler  Zealandia Sanctuary $30  /  Seal Coast Safaris $115

 

Day 9     Wellington – Kaikoura

We will have an early start, needing to check in by 7am for the departing 8:15am Interislander Ferry to Picton. Breakfast is included on the boat. This 3 hour voyage takes us through the Marlborough Sounds into Picton.  From there it’s back on the bus for the short drive to Kaikoura.  We’ll stop en route to visit a local seal colony.  Kaikoura is the place to sample the local cuisine they are famous for, seafood.

'The seaside settlement of Kaikoura, situated midway between Christchurch and Picton on the rugged east coast of New Zealand's South Island, is overlooked by majestic mountains, which are snow-capped for many months of the year.
 
This unique combination of ocean and mountains offers stunning coastal alpine scenery and a host of eco-tourism oriented activities, including Whale watching, Dolphin swimming, walks, and much more!
'
www.kaikoura.co.nz

Accommodation:    White Morph Motor Lodge

Included:    Breakfast, Interislander Ferry Crossing

Optional Activities:    Whale Watch $145  /  Sea Fishing Tours, 4hrs $120

 

Day 10   Kaikoura – Christchurch

This morning is free for you to check out the village of Kaikoura or join a morning trip whale watching (approx. NZ$149.00 per person).  After lunch we will make the drive into Christchurch, known as the Garden City and being able to punt on the Avon River.  We will check in to our hotel which boarders Hagley Park.

This afternoon we will be heading to the International Antarctic Centre to embark on a tour of Antarctica without leaving NZ. Once we return to our accommodation the evening is yours to do a self guided walk around Christchurch and the Red Zone.

Christchurch has recently become well known world-wide due to devestating earthquakes. The first major earthquake was on 4 September 2010 which after months of aftershocks was followed by the devastating, fatal, earthquake on 22 February 2011 which took 185 lives.  The February earthquake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, especially in the central city and eastern suburbs, with damage exacerbated by buildings and infrastructure already being weakened by the 4 September 2010 earthquake and its aftershocks. Significant liquefaction affected the eastern suburbs, producing around 400,000 tonnes of silt. The earthquake was reported to be felt across the South Island and the lower and central North Island. Much of the city centre still remains cordoned off while they slowly and carefully remove all damaged infrastructure. To read more about this, visit here or an online NZ newspaper with current articles.

Aftershocks still continue to this day, however we see no reason not to visit this beautiful city - we stress that we would not go here if it was not safe. Instead, let us all show Christchurch some support! You will note that Cantabrians are strong minded people and with their courage and determination they continue to rebuild their city, bigger and better than ever before!

'Christchurch is New Zealand's second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps.' www.christchurch.org.nz

Accommodation:     Camelot Motor Lodge

 

Included:    Breakfast, International Antacrtic Centre

  

Day 11   Christchurch – Mount Cook

 A beautiful scenic day as we travel past the shores of Lake Tekapo and onto the base of Aoraki, Mount Cook, the highest mountain peak in New Zealand. We will cross our fingers that Mt Cook is showing and will spend some time at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, a tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, the first to reach the top of Mount Everest and to then become a well known person and icon of New Zealand.

'The region is renowned for its clear starry nights - recently designated the largest International Dark Sky Reserve - brilliant sunny days, remarkable turquoise blue lakes, valleys of emerald green and snow-capped mountains.' www.mtcooknz.com

Accommodation:    Heritage Hotel

Included:    Breakfast, Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

  

Day 12   Mt Cook - Queenstown

Queenstown is well known as the 'adrenalin capital of the world'. Here you will find many heart stopping activities, but don't think it stops there! There are also many relaxed tours you can take, such as the TSS Earnslaw, who has just celebrated it's 100th birthday (October 2012) or walk one of the multitude of hiking tracks.

'Queenstown, New Zealand, is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalising.' www.queenstownnz.com

Accommodation:    Rydges Hotel

Included:    Breakfast

 

Day 13   Queenstown – Milford Sound

We will make the trip to Te Anau, through the Homer Tunnel and into the Milford Sounds.  If we are lucky we will be able to sneak a peek at New Zealand’s most famous and endangered parrot, the Kea.  Tonight you are in for a real treat!  You’ll be on board the Real Journeys Vessel for an overnight cruise of the Sounds. Brilliant!

Accommodation:     Real Journeys

Included:    Breakfast, Overnight Milford Sound Cruise, Dinner

 

Day 14   Milford Sound – Queenstown

Once you’re back on land we will travel back to Queenstown.  Once in Queenstown you will be treated to a fully guided tour of 3 wineries in the Gibbston Valley - here you will be able to also pick out any wines you may wish to take home, or have shipped home for you.

Accommodation:    Rydges Hotel

Included:    Breakfast, Wine Tour

Optional Activities: Paragliding $199  Shot Over Jet $129

 

Day 15   Queenstown

Today you will have the opportunity to meet our native flightless bird, the Kiwi. Watch them feeding and see how we encourage their survival by supporting the breeding program.  In the evening we will go as a group to the Skyline Skyrides Gondola to enjoy a farewell dinner together. Looking over the city by lights is a great way to spend an evening with fellow travellers.

Accommodation:    Rydges Hotel

Included:    Breakfast, Kiwibird Wildlife Park entry, Skyline Skyrides Gondola, Dinner

 

Day 16   Queenstown Airport Transfer

Today we pack up for the last time on tour.  After breakfast you will be transferred to the Queenstown Airport for your domestic flight to Auckland for your international flight home. Should you wish to stay in Queenstown for a longer duration, this is fine, we can help you organise your shuttle to the airport for the day you will be leaving the city, but please note that this will be at an additional cost.

Included:    Breakfast 

 

Do you like this itinerary? Or would you like another designed to suit your needs?

Contact us via our Group Quote Enquiry Page.

 

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