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Auckland to ROTORUA

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

Centrally located in the heart of Rotorua is the Novotel Lakeside. Each of their 199 rooms offers air-conditioning, beautiful views over the lake and contemporary modern décor for an enjoyable stay. Accommodation rooms include Novotel guest rooms, suits and the Royal Suite.

Novotel Lakeside - Rotorua

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ROTORUA AT LEISURE / LODGE LUNCH

We’ve got two nights in Rotorua, so take it easy this morning! Perhaps stroll down to the lakeside, just minutes from your hotel, or enjoy one of Rotorua's many guided tours and attractions. Don’t miss nearby Ohinemutu marae, one of only two living Maori villages left in New Zealand.  We'll head to the famous 'Buried Village of Te Wairoa' for a hosted lunch with our friends David and Karen, you’ll love them and their stories from their Maori and European histories.

After lunch let’s take a walk around the village itself before we learn all about our national icon (the Kiwi bird) and the amazing efforts that go into ensuring their survival at the Rotorua Kiwi Encounter.  When you see a live Kiwi you'll be amazed at how big they are! 


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

Accommodation:

Chateau Tongariro Hotel is nearly as iconic a landmark as the mountain itself, located in Whakapapa Village, at the heart of Tongariro Nation Park. The hotel embraces the history and tradition of the Dual World Heritage status National park, offering you timeless elegance in the accommodation. 

Chateau Tongariro Hotel

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NATIONAL PARK - WELLINGTON

Our day starts in style, with breakfast at the historic Chateau Tongariro nestled at the base of the mountains. This is the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, from this volcanic plateau we make our way across the high country and down to our capital Wellington

We stay two nights in Wellington as we reckon you can’t miss "the coolest little capital in the world". We’ll check out the city's sights and head up Mt Victoria for the stunning views over the harbour before getting settled for the night. We’re right in the heart of Wellington's vibrant hub of museums, theatres, galleries, boutiques and cafes. Looking for some local flavour? Ask for one of Wellington’s trendy craft beers with your dinner (our pick – Tuatara).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Wellington - 2 nights

he Bolton is an independent hotel that provides the discerning traveller with a high degree of comfort and privacy. Located at the junction of Wellingtons central business district and political heart, the 5 star Bolton Hotel is elegant, welcoming and well equipped to make the most of your time in the Capital city. Featuring an indoor lap pool, sauna and spa, gym and restaurants - your stay here will be met by a high level of comfort and privacy.
The Bolton Hotel - Wellington

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WELLINGTON - FREE DAY IN THE COOLEST LITTLE CAPITAL

The day is yours to enjoy, you are at the heart of all the action at The Bolton Hotel, a short walk to the waterfront, Te Papa National Museum and all the eateries and boutique breweries that Wellington is famous for.

Wellington is also the spiritual home of "The Lord of Rings" where you can visit Weta Workshop and see how all the props are made or drop into the Embassy theatre which hosted the world premier back in 2003.

Here are some sight seeing and activity suggestions while in Wellington:

National Museum - Te Papa     Visit Cuba Street Weta Workshop Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Reserve 

Wellington Cable Car   

Carter Observatory 


Meals: Breakfast

he Bolton is an independent hotel that provides the discerning traveller with a high degree of comfort and privacy. Located at the junction of Wellingtons central business district and political heart, the 5 star Bolton Hotel is elegant, welcoming and well equipped to make the most of your time in the Capital city. Featuring an indoor lap pool, sauna and spa, gym and restaurants - your stay here will be met by a high level of comfort and privacy.
The Bolton Hotel - Wellington

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COOK STRAIT CRUISE / WINE COUNTRY

Loading up the car and heading across to ‘the mainland’ is what we all used to do on holiday as kids, it’s a Kiwi rite of passage!  We cruise on the Interislander ferry for three hours across Cook Strait and into beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton to plant our feet firmly on “Te Waka a Maui”, the South Island. Our first port of call is Allan Scott's vineyard for wine tasting and lunch, right in the heart of the world famous Marlborough sauvignon blanc region.

From wine country we head to through the heart of Marlborough toward Nelson, the sunshine capital of New Zealand and gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. Along the way we cross the Pelorus River bridge, scene of the Barrel Run scene from the Hobbit movies. In Nelson relax and unpack, this is home for 2 nights.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Nelson - 2 Nights

Just a short walk away from Tahunanui Beach, The Beachcomber Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a heated swimming pool. Nelson Airport is 3 km away. Offering modern accommodation set in minimalist décor, each room is equipped with Sky TV and tea and coffee making facilities.
The Beachcomber Hotel Nelson

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CRUISE & WALK 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

The White Morph Motor Inn is situated on the waterfront with an easy stroll into the township for convenient dining, shops and bars (there is also a restaurant on site). Choose between the deluxe spa rooms with ocean view balcony, or the 4 star studio rooms & family apartments with garden views. 

White Morph Motor Inn - Kaikoura

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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

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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AORAKI/MT COOK - 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 - 2 nights

The Scenic Suites offers well appointed rooms in an enviable position, with just five minutes walk to the bustling town centre. The hotels elevated position gives commanding views over Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps. Featuring panoramic views of the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu, this streamlined hotel is a 5-minute walk from art at Milford Galleries and a 7-minute walk from Skycity.
Scenic Suites Queenstown

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MILFORD SOUND CRUISE & FIORDLAND 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 is the final day of your tour. Experience Queenstown exactly as you want to and enjoy a day of activities from walking & cycling and adrenalin & adventure to gourmet food & wine. Your driver/guide will assist you with your plans. 

Recommended excursions in Queenstown:

Routeburn Day Walk Highest Bungey Jump Explore Arrowtown

Wine Tasting Central Otago      

Biking Skippers Canyon       Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
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


NOTES

General Inclusions

  • All transport provided in comfortable, air-conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
  • Services of your Kiwi guide who is passionate about showcasing the best of New Zealand.
  • Wonderfully appointed accommodation, chosen for its location and accessibility to attractions.

Included Meals

  • All breakfasts(B).
  • Two special lunches (L) - Pounamu Lodge, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua; Akaunui Farm Homestead, Canterbury.

Included Activities and Entrance Fees

  • Cruise Lake Rotoiti on the luxury yacht “Tiua” and soak in the mineral hot pools on the edge of the lake, only reached by boat.
  • Learn about geothermal history with a visit to Wai-O-Tapu.
  • Cross the Cook Straight from the North to the South Island on the Interislander ferry.
  • Enjoy a wine-tasting tour in Marlborough, New Zealand’s premier wine-growing region.
  • Take a cruise to the golden sands of the Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Experience Milford Sound, once called the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ on a scenic 2.5 hour nature cruise.
  • Take flight over the Southern Alps with a scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown. 

Included Sightseeing & Exploring

  • Travel the dramatic highway through the Karangahake Gorge.
  • Discover Rotorua’s impressive lakes of Rotoiti and Tarawera.
  • Explore Maori cultural connections in Rotorua.
  • Watch in awe as the powerful Huka Falls surge and visit the Wairakei geothermal power station, the first of its kind in the world.
  • Enjoy views of three active volcanoes from across Lake Taupo.
  • Take a gentle walk in the wilderness of the Tongariro National Park in the central North Island.
  • Explore the eclectic café scene, bars and restaurants in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.
  • Visit the exquisite Lake Tekapo and the stunning Church of the Good Shepard located on the edge of the lake.
  • Explore the diverse the flora, fauna and sights of the Aoraki/Mt Cook region.
  • Learn more about New Zealand’s gold-mining history as we pass through the beautiful Kawarau Gorge.
  • Explore Lake Wakatipu, one of the Great Southern Lakes.

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What Debs says about this tour: Relax and rejuvinate on this two week luxury small coach tour of both North and South Islands. What I love with this tour is the slightly off beat itinerary, vineyard visits, farm homesteads, and Maori cultural encounters. There's a scenic flight over Milford Sound, sailing trips, and a great mix of urban life with the great outdoors.
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