Two Week Best of New Zealand and Fiji Itinerary

 

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1

Welcome to Auckland

‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand

Relax you are now officially on holiday and everything has been taken care of! We will meet you at the airport and drive you directly to your hotel to freshen up and unwind. Make the most of some free leisure time in the 'City of Sails' - simply relax or take this opportunity to explore the many sights of Auckland

Some Activities and sightseeing options if you have time:

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

Discover elegance on Auckland’s Viaduct where service and style are always in sync. The Sofitel Auckland has a global reach and a French luxury experience for its guests. Enjoy the marinas ambience from your own balcony, relax at the hotel’s spa by day and socialise at the champagne bar by night. Some of our world class amenities include: Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, World Class So Spa, Panoramic Ocean Views.
Sofitel Auckland

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Hobbiton & Rotorua

Enjoy today a journey into the heart of the Central North Island. Setting off from Auckland, travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. You will journey to the emerald pastures and rolling hills of The Shire, where Hobbiton was brought to life on a private farm in Matamata. This idyllic village blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Set to the scale of a 3ft Hobbit you’ll feel like you’ve walked into a magical world of smoking chimneys. 

From here your journey continues to Rotorua. Rotorua is surrounded by steaming lakes, bubbling hot pools and bursting geysers, host to some of the world's most incredible natural forces. A heartland of Maori culture, the local people have embraced this turbulent land.

Accommodation: Rotorua - 2 Nights

Travel Distance: 227km | 141 miles Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours 

Accommodation:
Surrounded by Lake Rotorua, Peppers on the Point is a luxury retreat featuring spectacular views to Mokoia Island. Guests can enjoy fine dining in the restaurant or indulge in a massage or treatment at the day spa. Each room includes under-floor heating, air conditioning and an en suite bathroom with a spa bath and shower with massage jets. Satellite TV, ironing facilities and an in-room safe are also provided.
peppers on the point

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Geothermal Rotorua Discovery Day

Discover the distinctive flavours and unique preparation of the traditionally cooked steambox hangi - an experience unlike anything in the world. This package also takes you deeper into Maori culture, with an extended tour and interactive weaving encounter. The guided tour also gives you exclusive access to go behind the scenes at the national carving school and talk to the master carvers as they carve pieces of cultural significance. 

This afternoon, take part in the guided or self-guided interactive geothermal walk, before indulging in our geothermal mud baths and sulphur spas at Hells Gate. It's a Rotorua experience you'll never forget. Includes geothermal walk which takes between one and one and a half hours, as well as Māori carving. Then bathe in our world-famous mud baths and soak in the sulphur spas and cool plunge pool.


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Fly Christchurch - Mount Cook

Collect your rental vehicle on arrival at Christchurch Airport and drive to Mount Cook.

Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park is part of UNESCO's Te Wāhipounamu (The Place of Greenstone) World Heritage region. Here in Mackenzie Country you'll find Australasia's highest mountain - Aoraki / Mount Cook (3,724m) - nestled in the splendid Southern Alps.

Tonight, take a mesmerizing journey through the cosmos as you explore the wonders of the night sky. Experienced guides will introduce you to our beautiful southern night sky with a full hour using the naked eye, astro-binoculars and state of the art 14" and 11" astronomy telescopes. Discover our neighbourhood in the universe including the southern cross, stunning star clusters, moons, distant galaxies and our spectacular Milky Way.

Approximate Distance: 332 km | 206 miles  Total Driving Time: 4 hours 30 mins

Accommodation: Mount Cook - 2 Nights

A stunning destination surrounded by the silent splendor of the Southern Alps and with spectacular views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and the surrounding National Park World Heritage area. There is a selection of properties within the Terrace Road campus from Hotel to Chalet and Mountainview Motels - all budgets and standards can be catered for.

Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

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Explore the Tasman Glacier by Boat

Experience the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake and its icebergs, in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. A unique guided experience departing Aoraki/Mount Cook village. Board your MAC boat, and explore the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake, where you will discover the ever-changing ice face of the Glacier and icebergs, making each trip different from the last due to changing winds and currents.

Knowledgeable guides, enhance your experience with their expertise and passion for this amazing alpine environment. Have you ever been alongside, discovered or touched an iceberg?


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Queenstown the Adventure Capital

On your drive today the spectacular scenery transforms from rugged ranges and mirror lakes to the winding Kawarau River Gorge. You will finally emerge into the lush green farmland surrounding Queenstown, your destination for tonight.

This afternoon, fly with the most experienced tandem paragliding and hang gliding Company in New Zealand. Coronet Peak is the highest take off in Queenstown and gets you soaring majestically through the skies like an eagle, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Freely glide and enjoy an unforgettable flight, from our 3800ft take-off point. Travel for about 4km to the landing site.

Approximate Distance: 263 km | 163 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 30 mins

Accommodation: Queenstown - 2 Nights

Accommodation:

Wake up every morning with New Zealand’s wilderness right out your window, Azur Lodge is set on a hillside with the majestic mountains and lake right in front of you. Each of the 9 contemporary private villas offer excellent alpine views with your own spa bath and spacious deck. The concierge experience is excellent, airport transfers are included along with predinner canapes and drinks and a sumptuous breakfast served daily.

Azur Lodge

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Milford Sound - Cruise & Scenic Flight

Fly from Queenstown to Milford Sound and enjoy a spectacular view of the mountains, lakes and waterfalls of Fiordland National Park. Surrounded by some of the most magnificent scenery in the world, you'll board your cruise and travel the length of the fiord out to the Tasman Sea experience the spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces. Informative, participative and relaxed, this is the perfect way to experience Milford Sound to the fullest..

Cruise: Enjoy a scenic cruise of the entire length of Milford Sound viewing the spectacular waterfalls and famous Mitre Peak. Grand, brooding, serene and wild, Milford Sound draws visitors from all over the globe to cruise its length. The purpose-built cruise boat offers excellent viewing of waterfalls, rainforest, mountains, and wildlife with large windows, spacious decks, and comfortable lounges.

Fly: Experience the “Absolutely Stunning” scenery as you fly over Sutherland Falls and over beautiful Milford Sound and lakes Te Anau and Lake Manapouri on your way back to Queenstown.


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Franz Josef

The drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef is one of the most scenic in New Zealand. Mountain passes give way to ancient rainforest and the windswept West Coast. There's beauty around every bend, with woodland walks and dramatic waterfalls along the way - perfect for picnic stops. Nestled in a rainforest clearing, Franz Josef Glacier Village lies at the heart of the Westland National Park. Welcome to one of the most diverse and beautiful areas of New Zealand.

Excursions available in and around the Franz Josef area:

Kayak Okarito Lagoon 

   Glacier Hot Pools       Glacier Scenic Flight

Horseback Riding  

   Walk to Glacier Face

   Glacier Heli-hike

 

Approximate Distance: 350 km | 218 miles  Total Driving Time: 5 hours 

Accommodation: Franz Josef - 2 Nights

Rainforest Retreat is centrally located in the heart of Franz Josef Village , Secluded yet handy to every local activity. Nestled in six acres of idyllic native bush at the foot of precipitous mountains the Rainforest Retreat is a inviting place to stay. Each unit was built exclusively to embrace its beautiful, secluded, natural environment providing guests with choices of either forest floor or mid canopy bush views.
Rainforest Retreat

9

Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier

With the combination of an exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery and a two 1/4 hour hike through the most spectacular glacier features, it's no wonder guests often label their Glacier Heli Hike as the highlight of their visit to Aotearoa. Adrenaline levels start to spike as you board your helicopter and the highly trained pilot then whisks you away over the breathtaking landscape - an opportunity to take in the full panoramic majesty of the surrounding mountains. Your pilot will land you high up on the glacier itself and during your hike your guide will share with you their knowledge of the glacier and surrounding area and insight on why Franz Josef is so unique. 


10

Tranzalpine Rail Journey to Christchurch

Begin your morning with a breathtaking coastal drive to Greymouth. You might like to pause in Hokitika for a spot of shopping - this town is home to many artisan carvers of the local pounamu (greenstone), which is sacred to Maori. A unique, locally carved greenstone pendant would be a special way to remember your trip.

Arriving in the town of Greymouth it's time to drop off your car and head to the station to begin the TranzAlpine Scenic Rail Journey.

Renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world, you will descend through spectacular gorges, river valleys and over massive viaducts before completing your journey at Christchurch.

Approximate Distance: 173 km | 107 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 30 mins

Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 Night

Accommodation:
The George, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon and just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. The George will offer you a supreme comfort, with personalised stay and attentive staff. The hotel is located in the heart of Christchurch, and its just steps away from cultural precinct and key attractions.
The George - Christchurch

11

Travel to Fiji

Welcome to Viti Levu

Covering an area of 10,400 sq km, Viti Levu or Great Fiji is the largest of the Fijian islands. Roughly circular in shape with a mountainous interior, Viti Levu is thought to be the oldest of Fiji's 300 plus islands. 

On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation on Tokoriki Island

Tokoriki is an island within the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji in the South Pacific. It is home to two resorts, the privately owned luxury resort Tokoriki Island Resort for honeymooners and couples and Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island. The island has its own reef which has many diving and snorkeling sites.

Accommodation: Tokoriki - 3 Nights 

 

Accommodation:
Tokoriki Island Resort is Fiji’s most awarded adults-only boutique luxury island resort. Voted number one resort in the South Pacific 2021 by TripAdvisor travellers and recently awarded Most Outstanding Luxury Hotel 2021 Fiji by LUXLife Magazine UK Resort & Retreat Awards.
Private Pool Bure

12

Free Day to Relax at Tokoriki

Experience the warmth of Fiji’s most hospitable people welcoming you to Tokoriki Island Resort to enjoy white sandy beaches and a crystal clear lagoon for swimming during both low & hide tides.

You’ll escape the daily grind and enjoy complimentary use of all non-motorized activities such as stand-up paddleboarding, hobie cat sailing, snorkeling equipment & kayak to a pontoon or relax in the Spa.

Other activities include traditional basket weaving, board games, garden chess, reading bure, coconut ‘tree of life’ story, fresh water & saltwater swimming pools, glass-bottom boat trips, herbal medicine walk, hiking, jogging, table tennis, petanque, chapel service, soccer, cultural entertainment, volleyball, and a TRX fitness platform. 


13

Day of Leisure - Try a Spa Treatment

Four individual couples’ treatment bures featuring gentle falling water over freestanding volcanic rock walls have been designed to ensure a truly relaxing spa experience. Enjoy the Tokoriki Spa exclusively at sunrise with a pampering couples’ massage or unwind with our unique ‘unlimited 60-minute massage retreat by professionally certified therapists.

You’ll be sure to go home totally revitalized.


14

Transfer to Nadi to Meet Your Onward Flight

Vinaka Vakalevu!

After the most amazing trip, today you will be transferred to Nadi Airport to meet your onward flight

We know you will enjoy your holiday and our promise is to make your travels as enjoyable, hospitable and hassle-free as possible. On this final day of your holiday, we say farewell and Vinaka vakalevu (thank you very much). You'll be departing today from Fiji with a camera full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your South Pacific holiday!


What Michelle says about this tour: This trip has it all, plenty of time for thrilling adventures from therapeutic mudbaths, hobbits, helihiking and paragliding - don't worry you'll be guided by experts - before relaxing in luxurious tranquility in Fiji's premier adults only resort in the Manamucas at Tokoriki Island Resort.
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