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Kiwi Tour - Premium New Zealand Touring Experience

This comprehensive luxury New Zealand tour gets you off the beaten track and gives insights to magnificent natural landscapes.  The Kiwi tour delivers a one-of-a-kind, quintessentially New Zealand holiday experience visiting some of the more lesser-known destinations.

Thermal Rotorua, Sailing Cruise Rotoiti, Art Deco Tour Napier, Marlborough Wine Tasting, Milford Sound Cruise, Scenic Flight Alps, Glaciers, Okarito Native Bird Lagoon, Akaunui Farm homestead Meal

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Itinerary

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Welcome to New Zealand

Relax! You are now officially on holiday. Everything has been taken care of, we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation - Enjoy Auckland.

Enjoy a relaxed day exploring Auckland, also known as the “City of Sails”. Head up the Sky Tower, New Zealand’s tallest man-made structure, for panoramic views of the harbour and beyond. Learn more about kiwi history and culture at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Stroll the central shopping district, sip exquisite coffee in one of the atmospheric cafes and enjoy a delicious dinner at a gourmet restaurants on the Viaduct Harbour.

 Some Activities and Sightseeing Options Available are:

Explore Waiheke Island Island Kayaking Adventure America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky Tower Relax on the Beach Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine Tour Whale and Dolphin Safari Muriwai Surf Beach

Accommodation Auckland - 1 night

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SAILING LAKE ROTOITI, NATURAL HOT POOLS & ROTORUA

We head southeast through the lush dairy farmlands of the Waikato. Touring New Zealand’s dramatic Karangahake Gorge we take a stroll alongside the Ohinemuri River through native bush to the relics and ruins of this region's gold-mining past. We pass through Te Puke, the Kiwifruit capital of the world, the landscape dotted with Kiwifruit orchards before continuing on to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Along the way, at Okawa Bay, we board "Tiua", a 53ft catamaran for a relaxing sail on serene Lake Rotoiti to secluded coves and natural hot pools reached only by boat - a great way to finish your day.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Rotorua - 2 nights

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ROTORUA at Leisure | Lodge Dinner

This morning there’s time to enjoy one of Rotorua’s many unique attractions before driving out to beautiful Pounamu Lodge above Lake Tarawera. Share your experiences over an exclusive lunch with hosts David and Karen, Rotorua locals, who have many stories to tell of their historic links to this region. 

Recommended excursions in and around Rotorua:

See Geysers & Boiling Mud Polynesian Hot Springs Whirinaki Forest Walk
Thermally Active Golf Biking the Mighty Forests Flight to Volcanic Island
Museum of Art & History Evening Cultural Experience White Water Rafting

Meals: Breakfast Dinner 

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GEOTHERMAL WONDER | TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK

Today we visit the surreal, geothermal reserve, Wai-O-Tapu. The bubbling mud pools and incredibly colourful silica terraces are unforgettable. 

On the road to Lake Taupo we view the turbulent Huka Falls where the Waikato River thunders through a narrow chasm. From Taupo there are magnificent views across the lake to the three active volcanoes - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu (2,797 metres), the highest mountain in the North Island.These mountains of the volcanic plateau are our next destination, the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Take a walk in the park this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation National Park - 1 Night

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Geothermal Wonders & Hawkes Bay Wineries

From Taupo, look out towards the three active volcanoes of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, all standing sentinel over a desolate landscape. Winding over the ranges we drive the Taupo – Napier road, arriving in the seaside town of Napier, here we wine taste at a premier vineyard in this acclaimed wine region before a guide joins our coach to take us on a tour of the Art Deco Tour.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Napier - 1 night

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WELLINGTON - The Coolest Little Capital

This morning we begin with a drive to Havelock North and up Te Mata peak for panoramic views of the region. Afterwards, we head south through the orchards, farms and vineyards of the Hawke’s Bay and on to the Wairarapa. Here, we view endangered wildlife up-close at Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre. We end the day by driving over the Rimutaka Ranges to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Your modern inner-city hotel is at the very heart of the city’s bustling food and wine scene.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Wellington - 1 night 

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COOK STRAIT CRUISE | WiNE COUNTRY

This morning’s three-hour cruise across the Cook Strait and into the beautiful Marlborough Sounds is magical. From here, we explore the ‘Sauvignon Blanc capital of the world’ that is Marlborough – don’t miss tasting a glass or two of the local drop during the vineyard tour. We ascend gradually to St Arnaud village and Lake Rotoiti, a scenic gem nestled in the beech forested mountains of the Nelson Lakes National Park. We visit the Department of Conservation Centre before driving down to Nelson, the sunshine capital of New Zealand and gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Nelson - 2 Nights

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Abel Tasman National Park

Today you have a choice of a full scenic cruise or a cruise and walk from Marahau along the stunning Abel Tasman coastline. Abel Tasman National Park is our country's smallest national park. It protects 23,000 hectares of the most natural stretch of easily accessible coastline in New Zealand. The coastline is characterised by islands just offshore, sheltered waters, estuaries and golden, sandy beaches. Lie on a beach, or even go for a swim if the weather is warm. The park is sheltered from ocean swells, and enjoys a mild climate. After your cruise or walk we return to Nelson.

Meals: Breakfast

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EXPLORE THE KAIKOURA COAST

From Nelson we drive to Pelorus Bridge, Havelock and Blenheim then down the spectacular Kaikoura coastline where big seas pound the rocks. Kaikoura is a small hamlet beside the ocean and beneath the towering Kaikoura Mountains. Seafood, especially crayfish, is a specialty. We stay right on the waterfront. Enjoy relaxing for the afternoon in Kaikours. Take an optional boat cruise or scenic flight to view whales, or stroll along the coastline for encounters with the cheeky fur seals that live here.

Suggested Wildlife Encounters in Kaikoura

Whale Watching Cruise Swim with the Seals in Kaikoura
Whale Watching Flight Kaikoura Dusky Dolphin Viewing or Swimming
Kayaking with Fur Seals Albatross & Pelagic Bird Watching Kaikoura

Meals: Breakfast

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Akaunui Farm homestead | AORAKI/MT COOK National Park

We continue south today, following the coast before heading inland over the hills and down into the Canterbury Plains. Lunch today is very special. We are hosted by Di and Ian Mackenzie at beautiful Akanui Farm Homestead where we enjoy fresh produce from their veggie garden and pick up a few kiwi farming tips. In the afternoon, we drive towards Lake Tekapo and the foothills of the Southern Alps – fields of golden tussock fill the scene out of the coach window as you get deeper into the Mount Cook National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation Mount Cook - 1 night

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QUEENSTOWN

Enjoy an early morning stroll in the valley first thing before we drive through more mountain and tussock scenery to arrive into Queenstown. We take the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for beautiful views over this pretty resort town. Your hotel is very central, only minutes away from town and with views out to Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountains. Queenstown is home to a myriad of delicious cafes and restaurants – your driver/guide can offer some great recommendations.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Queenstown - 3 nights

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LAKE TE ANAU, MILFORD SOUND CRUISE, SCENIC FLIGHT

Today promises to be one of the highlights of your time in New Zealand. Travel to Milford Sound along the Milford Road – winding deep into the heart of Fiordland National Park, this is one of the most visually spectacular roads in the country. Arriving in Milford Sound itself, take a boat cruise to explore the inky blue waters. The onboard nature guide will help you to spot the unique wildlife that call this place home. Afterwards, return by stunning scenic flight to Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast

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AT LEISURE IN QUEENSTOWN

Today, experience Queenstown exactly as you want to. From extreme adventure to more relaxing activities, your driver/guide will assist you with your plans. 

Recommended excursions in Queenstown:

Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk Explore Historic Arrowtown Highest Bungy Jump
Wine Tasting Tour Central Otago Biking Skippers Canyon Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
TSS Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise Dart River Jetboat Safari Gibbston Valley Wine Trail
 

If you would prefer something a little more relaxing, enjoy wandering the boutique shops or strolling through the pretty Botanic Gardens. Whatever you choose to do, you’re guaranteed to be surrounded by stunning scenery.

Meals: Breakfast

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Homeward Bound

Ka kite ano. Today it’s time to say goodbye to your fellow companions.

On your final morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast before being transferred to the airport for your flight home. If you have time, catch up on a little shopping – New Zealand classics like merino clothing make great souvenirs, and can be found in the boutique Duty Free Stores or at the Queenstown Airport.

Meals: Breakfast