New Zealand Adventure
Land Price $6475.00 per person double occupancy
Pricing based on 20 people – Air cost additional **
Join Christine Cleaver on her New Zealand Adventure in September 2017. Christine has over 50 years experience in the travel industry and was recently certified as a New Zealand Specialist by New Zealand Tourism. Since she came over from England in 1967, she has worked for Tour Plan International and several other travel agencies. She recently came back home to Tour Plan and is excited to plan this exciting adventure.
Christine and her husband, Norman, are both great lovers of travel and were most recently in New Zealand this past April. This upcoming journey will be their 15th trip to this wonderful area of the South Pacific. They have travelled New Zealand from top to bottom on both islands and hope you love it as much as they do. Christine has taken groups to various countries around the world and loves every minute of it. Based on her expertise, Christine has put together a wonderful itinerary with lots to do and see. Visit fabulous wineries, meet the Maori people and have a feast with them, explore using different modes of transportation, and take in the breathtaking scenery during this adventure.
- Executive Transport by luxury motorcoach with a driver/guide
- Meet and greet service with group transfers upon arrival and departure
- Hotel accommodation based on double or twin bedded rooms with private bath for 22 nights
- Entry Fees & Excursions as specified in the itinerary (see itinerary for details – optional tours available at additional cost)
- 22 Full Breakfasts
- 6 Dinners and 5 Lunches
- Flight wallets and baggage tags
Optional Tours and Insurance Available at Additional Cost. All Rates Subject to Change.
Contact Christine Cleaver at Tour Plan international, LTD
c.cleaver@tourplaninternational or 804-359-3217 x334
- Depart US on September 27 and Arrive on September 29
|Day 1||September||29||Group Arrival Auckland|
|Day 2||September||30||Auckland – Day at Leisure||BD|
|Day 3||October||1||Auckland – Optional Touring||B|
|Day 4||October||2||Auckland to Paihia – Visit Kawiti Glow-worm Caves, Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds||B|
|Day 5||October||3||Paihia- Full day Cape Reinga||BL|
|Day 6||October||4||Paihia to Auckland (West) – Kauri Museum||BD|
|Day 7||October||5||Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula – Driving Creek Railway, Hot Water Beach||BD|
|Day 8||October||6||Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua – Martha Open Mine, TePuia – Te Ra + Te Po||BD|
|Day 9||October||7||Rotorua – Rainbow Springs, Skyline Gondola, Optional Winery||BD|
|Day 10||October||8||Rotorua to Napier||B|
|Day 11||October||9||Napier -Art Deco walking tour, Vintage Car tour of Napier||B|
|Day 12||October||10||Napier to Wellington – Wairarapa wine region en route, Tirohana Estate Winery||BL|
|Day 13||October||11||Wellington – Full day Wellington||B|
|Day 14||October||12||Wellington to Nelson – Ferry from Wellington to Picton||B|
|Day 15||October||13||Nelson – Full day Abel Tasman||BL|
|Day 16||October||14||Nelson to Kaikoura – Marlborough wine region en route, Winery visit||BL|
|Day 17||October||15||Kaikoura to Christchurch – Whale Watch Cruise, Coastal Pacific Train||B|
|Day 18||October||16||Christchurch – Full day Christchurch||B|
|Day 19||October||17||Christchurch to Fox Glacier – Tranz Alpine rail, Explore Arthur’s Pass||B|
|Day 20||October||18||Fox Glacier to Wanaka – Fox Trail, Terminal Face Walk, Explore Lakes Region||B|
|Day 21||October||19||Wanaka to Queenstown – Visit Arrowtown, Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ dinner||BD|
|Day 22||October||20||Queenstown – Full day Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise||BL|
|Day 23||October||21||Queenstown – Depart for home||B|
Auckland is the main Gateway City to New Zealand. Greater Auckland, with a population of 1.5 million, is New Zealand’s largest urban area and centre of commerce and industry, but within minutes of the city, you can experience uncrowded beaches, rural countryside and forests. The dominating feature of the Auckland cityscape are the graceful lines of the Harbour bridge, the sparkling waters of the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf, and the brooding cone of Rangitoto Island – the last of the cities’ 48 volcanoes to erupt – just over 600 years ago.
BAY OF ISLANDS
Golden beaches fringed by Pohutukawa trees, secluded coves, turquoise water and 144 islands to explore. Cruises, boating, sailing, surfing, fishing, diving, swimming with dolphins, jet skiing and more. Townships in the Bay of Islands include: Paihia – known as the jewel of the Bay Of Islands.
Fabulous golden and white sand beaches with magnificent coastal scenery, a rugged forest cloaked interior waiting to be explored, are just some of the natural attractions available. Renowned worldwide for its natural beauty – misty rainforests and pristine golden beaches, The Coromandel is blessed with hundreds of natural hideaways, making it an ideal place to slow down, relax and unwind. As a walkers paradise with a range of trails to explore, from short coastal walkways to multi day treks, the region will delight you at every turn.
Rotorua has the most energetic thermal activity in the country with boiling mud pools, gurgling hot springs, gushing geysers and some rather unpleasant smells. All around the city, steam drifts up from behind the bushes, out of road drains and around rocks. Rotorua also has the largest Maori population and some of the best trout fishing in the world.
The Art Deco City is world-famous for its Jazz Age Architecture which rose from the rubble and ashes of a disastrous earthquake and subsequent fires which devastated the city in 1931. Today, visitors from around the world delight in Napier’s decorative and colourful buildings which speak of the optimism and confidence of the early 20th century and of a small kiwi town as it tackled the task of recreating itself during the Great Depression.
Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, is nestled amongst the green hills and valleys and surrounds one of the finest natural harbours in the world. A true maritime city with a festival atmosphere, Wellington provides a perfect setting for an array of cultural, sporting and leisure activities that happen all year round. Here is a place where you can breathe fresh, invigorating air and swim in clear sparkling waters. As the artistic and intellectual heart of New Zealand, Wellington is alive with music, theatre, dance and song, both European and Maori.
Nelson is a favourite vacation destination for many New Zealanders. The climate is the most enviable of any New Zealand city, with the highest sunshine rate in the country. It has its own golden beach at Tahunanui, and Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes, and Abel Tasman National Parks are all within easy reach. Nelson is noted for its arts, music, and crafts and there are plenty of outlets for browsing or buying around town.
Kaikoura is one of the leading eco-tourism destinations in the country with a wealth of uniquely memorable experiences to offer. During the 19th century, the local Maori tribes of this beautiful land were joined by, rough and ready European settlers who established a number of whaling stations. Tangible reminders of this infamous era can be viewed at the local Museum and Kaikoura’s oldest building, Fyffe House. One of the reasons for Kaikoura’s abundance of aquatic and birdlife is the geology of the landform itself. It is the creatures, which are left free to roam in the sea that has become the region’s most popular attraction. Mammals such as the giant Sperm Whales, migratory Humpback Whales, Orca, and the acrobatic antics of Dusky Dolphins, New Zealand’s rare Hector Dolphin and Fur Seals can all be viewed from the shore and on the water.
Following the 2010-2011 earthquakes, Christchurch has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city. Christchurch is surrounded by a region of natural wonders and remarkable contrasts. Located on the South Island’s east coast, “The Garden City” and has an Alps to Ocean horizon, a heritage heart and a sense of adventure. Discover 19th century stone buildings, a network of hillside walking and biking tracks, contemporary galleries and open-air markets.
GLACIER COUNTRY: FOX GLACIER & FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER
New Zealand’s Glacier Country, on the South Island’s West Coast, is at the heart of the broader UNESCO World Heritage Area, TeWahipounamu. Among the highlights of the West Coast, the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are unusual, since nowhere else in the world do glaciers descend this far down into rain forest. Crunching their way down the valleys from the peaks of the Southern Alps until they are a mere 7 ½ miles from the sea. They are a spectacular sight, particularly since both glaciers are now advancing at a rapid pace (for glaciers), with huge blocks of ice breaking off at the terminal face and floating off downstream during floods.
Wanaka is nirvana for those seeking to combine an adrenaline buzz with fine living while enjoying beautiful scenery and the outdoors. Just over 100km from Queenstown, at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, Wanaka with a population of 1200, is the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park and the Treble Cone, Cardrona, Harris Mountains and Pisa Range ski areas. It is a laid back town and very much a sharp contrast to the hype of Queenstown.
Queenstown, right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, is nestled in what is surely one of the most scenic spots in the world. Queenstown is a year-round resort, with skiing in the nearby Coronet Peak and Remarkables Ranges in winter, and a whole host of summer activities focusing on the mountains, lakes, and rivers of Central Otago. There are over a 100 attractions on offer from bungy jumping to art trails, and many of these activities are perfectly well suited to anyone of whatever age, however unfit they may be. Queenstown has a compact town centre which is buzzing every night with a lively café and bar scene and late night shopping.