Discover the captivating beauty of New Zealand on this meticulously crafted escorted tour. Feel your heart race as you witness awe-inspiring whales breaching the pristine waters during an unforgettable whale-watching adventure. Savour New Zealand's world-renowned wines with a Wine Cave Tour. Experience the magic of cinema at the Hobbiton Movie Set, a place where fantasy meets reality. A cruise through Milford Sound will also offer you the chance to witness towering waterfalls cascading down lush cliffs.
Awe and wonder await you on this extraordinary journey in the heart of Middle-earth's paradise.
Pricing & Booking Information
TOTAL PACKAGE PRICE:
Prices below are based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply.
- 14-17 guests: $7350.00 per person
- 18-23 guests: $6600.00 per person
- 24-28 guests: $6000.00 per person
- Single room pricing is available upon request
- First Class (4 Star) hotel accommodation as per itinerary based on twin share.
- All transfers and transportation is by private, air-conditioned coach (Any individuals travelling outside the group arrangement must organize own transportation)
Entrances as noted below:
- Polynesian Spa
- Te Puia
- Mitai Maori Cultural Experience
- Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
- Wellington Cable Car
- The Great Journeys of New Zealand - Interislander Ferry
- The Great Journeys of New Zealand – TranzAlpine Train
- Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Tours as noted below:
- Hobbiton Movie Set
- Marlborough Tour Company – Marlborough Icons Tour
- Whale Watching Kaikoura
- RealNZ - Milford Sound Cruise
- Gibbstown Valley Wines – Wine Cave Tour
Meals as noted below:
- All airfares, departure taxes & fuel surcharges, Seat Selection
- Any future fuel surcharges on land arrangements or additional costs due to COVID rules
- Personal items
- Meals unless listed in itinerary and all drinks
- Tips & Gratuities
- Early check-in & late check out of rooms (standard check-in time is 2pm and check out 10am)
- Travel Insurance
- Changes in Government/local taxes
- Visa/passport handling fees
- Transfers for arrival and departure to/from airport
April 3 - Wednesday
Kia’ora! Welcome to New Zealand! Upon arrival in Auckland, make your own way to the hotel. Tonight we will enjoy a welcome dinner (included) in a local restaurant.
Check in at Sky City Hotel Auckland
ROOM / BED TYPE
Premium Room - Breakfast Included
Level 7/90 Federal Street,
Auckland 1010, New Zealand
This urban hotel is located in the center of Auckland. The nearest airport is Auckland - International (AKL), 15 miles.
The hotel has an elevator and features 323 non-smoking rooms. The reception desk is open around the clock. A baggage storage service, safe, currency exchange service and ATM are available. Wireless internet access (no extra charge) allows guests to stay connected while on vacation. The tour desk offers assistance with booking excursions. Wheelchairaccessible facilities are available. A number of shops, including a souvenir shop, are great for shopping or just browsing.
Additional facilities include a TV room. Guests arriving by car can park their vehicles in the garage or in the parking lot.
Other services include a babysitting service, a transfer service, room service, a laundry service, a coin-operated laundry and a page service. Complimentary newspapers are available.
Orbit Restaurant In Sky Tower
Tonight, please make your own way to Orbit Restaurant to enjoy a delicious dinner (included) Situated at the top of Auckland's Sky Tower, Orbit Restaurant's dining room rotates once every hour, providing a truly unique experience with amazing 360° panoramas of the city, the Hauraki Gulf and beyond. Orbit offers a modern dining experience in a relaxed, open atmosphere with a delicious kiwi- inspired limited à la carte menu that features the best local and seasonal produce (beverages not included)
April 4 - Thursday
Sightseeing Throughout Auckland!
After enjoying a cooked breakfast at your hotel, you will be collected for a half day sightseeing.
Travel through the city center, including Auckland's famous Queen Street, Karangahape Road with its checkered past and eclectic vibe and fashionable Ponsonby. Cross over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline, and visit the Viaduct Harbour and the revitalised Silo Park waterfront precinct. See historic buildings around the University of Auckland before continuing over Grafton Bridge to the Auckland Domain. The Domain is the city's oldest park and, at 75 hectares, one of its largest. Developed around an extinct volcano, it features tropical gardens, duck ponds and public art, and is home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. After visiting the Domain, the tour continues through the boutique shopping area of Parnell Village.
Enjoy lunch at Harbourside Ocean Bar & Grill (beverages not included).
After lunch, you will be transferred back to your hotel and the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.
April 5 - Friday
Check out from Sky City Hotel Auckland
Depart Auckland and Travel to Rotorua via Matamata and Waitomo
After eating your final breakfast at Sky City Hotel, you will be ready to depart!
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Lunch Combo
Check in at Shire's Rest, 501 Buckland Road, 15 minutes prior to your tour time.
Join us and experience the real Middle-earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance.
Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made. You will be fully guided around the 12 acre set, past Hobbit Hole, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbiton Southfarthing beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth adventure.
Following your tour, enjoy a Marquee festive feast.
After Lunch, Your Journey Continues in Rotorua!
After checking into the hotel, the rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure.
Located on a volcanic plateau, and formerly a spa town, Rotorua is most famous for its geothermal activity. Rotorua is the main place in New Zealand where aspects of Maori traditions can be seen, from woodcarvings, and meeting houses, to a Hangi Dinner and Maori dances.
Native and introduced tree species abound locally and combined with several picturesque lakes, Rotorua is a fascinating mix of culture and nature.
Check in at Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
ROOM / BED TYPE
City View Room - Breakfast Included
1067-1071 Tutanekai Street
Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
This business hotel is located in Rotorua. Guests reach a lake within 4 miles, where they can enjoy a picnic or a stroll.
Rotorua (ROT) Airport is located about 4 miles away.
The hotel has 199 rooms and 11 suites, which are located on 5 stories and are reachable by elevator. The reception desk is open around the clock. Amenities include a baggage storage service, a safe and a currency exchange service. Wireless internet access in public areas allows guests to stay connected. The tour desk offers assistance with booking excursions.
Wheelchair-accessible facilities are available. The grounds of the hotel feature a playground and a lovely garden. Parking facilities available to guests include a garage and a parking lot. Further services include a babysitting service, room service, a laundry service and a coin-operated laundry. Complimentary newspapers are available.
Relax in a Polynesian Spa
Deluxe Lake Spa
Admission to Polynesian Spa - Lake Spa Retreat - offers unique bathing in four hot mineral rock pools. Views from the pools extend past the beautiful garden setting and over Lake Rotorua.
April 6 - Saturday
Sightseeing Throughout Rotorua!
After finishing your breakfast, you will be collected by your coach captain for a full day of sightseeing.
Te Puia Guided Tour
Duration: 90 minutes
Te Puia is New Zealand's living Maori cultural centre, situated in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Te Puia's 60-hectare site is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, a live kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 geothermal wonders. With land steeped in ancestral history, and a guiding legacy that stretches back to the 1800s, Te Puia offers unique hospitality and rich cultural heritage.
Enjoy a Te Puia experience, Steambox offers you a taste of the past. Since the earliest settlement within Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley, people have cooked using the steam and hot water naturally available within the thermally active landscape. Steambox utilises a favourite Nga Wha (steam vent) Puapua, which is located in the geothermal area that is the backdrop to the famous Pohutu Geyser.
You will choose what you want cooked for your lunch before heading off on a special guided tour of Te Puia. This begins with an interactive session learning to weave a flower and a tour of the carving and weaving schools. Heading down into the geothermal valley, to the Kiwi house, mud pools and hot springs, the tour concludes when, after watch your lunch lifted from the Nga Wha.
Enjoy your steam box picnic lunch on the geyser terrace.
Agrodome Farm Show
Duration: Approximately 1 hour.
An exciting and informative insight into agriculture in New Zealand, including an introduction to our 19 breeds of sheep, sheep shearing demonstration, lively Auction, noisy Huntaway dogs and the quiet Strong-eye dog demonstrations, cow milking, and lamb feeding opportunities.
The tour concludes at your hotel.
Mitai Beauty by Night and Mitai Cultural Experience
Late this afternoon, you will be collected from your accommodation by a representative of Mitai Cultural Village and taken for your cultural experience tour.
This exciting evening combo, Beauty by Night Meets the People of the Land, combines our memorable Maori cultural experience with the Rainbow Springs Beauty by Night.
The opening, provided by the Mitai Maori Cultural Group, is one of the many highlights of the experience. It features Maori warriors paddling down Wai-o-whiro stream by waka (war canoe) - a truly special moment, followed by our Maori cultural performance, topped with a succulent Hangi meal, tranquil bush walk, glow worm viewing, and a visit to sacred Fairy Spring.
Visitors walk through the bush to Rainbow Springs to experience Beauty by Night. You can stroll through the park observing the flora and wildlife at night including the new walk-through outdoor kiwi enclosure. It is a unique opportunity to enjoy Rainbow Springs under light.
A unique and magical time is guaranteed.
Return transfers to and from Mitai and Rainbow Springs are included within Rotorua's city limits.
April 7 - Sunday
Check out from Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Depart Rotorua and Head To Taupo!
Upon concluding your breakfast at the hotel, you will depart Rotorua for Lake Taupo.
Near Taupo, we will pass the Huka Falls, where the Waikato River enters a shallow ravine of hard volcanic rock, turning it into a torrent of raging water.
Stop and enjoy a leisure walk alongside the river to the falls. The beautiful Lake Taupo is about the size of Singapore - more of an inland sea really.
Taupō was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China.
Just north of Taupo you'll find New Zealand's most visited attraction, the magnificent Huka Falls, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second.
Located on the edge of Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake, Taupo is a pretty town renowned for its trout fishing, the Huka Falls, and the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. On a clear day, stunning views across the lake of snow-capped Mounts Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe can be enjoyed and its close proximity to these Mountains in winter makes it a great place to base yourself if skiing.
Check in at Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo
ROOM / BED TYPE
Standard Lakeview - Breakfast Included
Taupō 3330, New Zealand
Situated on a main road, this beach hotel is ideal for sports enthusiasts and active vacationers. It is located approximately 2 miles from the center of Taupo. Rotorua (ROT) Airport is located about 50 miles away, and it is 3 miles to Taupo (TUO).
In addition to 3 villas/houses, guests can also choose from a selection of 12 junior suites, 28 studios and 11 double rooms.
The reception desk is open around the clock. Amenities include a baggage storage service, a safe and a currency exchange service. Wireless internet access (no extra charge) allows guests to stay connected while on vacation. The tour desk offers assistance with booking excursions. An elevator and wheelchair-accessible facilities are available. A fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere. Guests of the hotel are welcome to relax in the garden. Additional amenities include a TV room and a playroom. Guests arriving by car can park their vehicles in the parking lot. Further services and facilities include room service, a laundry service and a coin-operated laundry. Travelers with bicycles can make use of the on-site bicycle storage area. Complimentary newspapers are available.
Optional Activities at your leisure - Additional Fee
Scenic Cruise to Maori Rock Carvings - Additional Fee
Price: USD $49.00 per person
A daily 1.5-hour scenic cruise.
View the Maori Rock Carvings up close. A full commentary is given on 200 the volcanic history and Maori mythology surrounding Lake Taupo and an informative DVD is shown. Being a large, comfortable, covered catamaran, this is a great cruise for all weathers. Wheelchair and pushchair friendly.
Huka Falls River Cruise - Additional Fee
Price: USD $45.00 per person
Cruise for 1 hour and 20 minutes to New Zealand's most visited Natural Attraction, Huka Falls.
Experience awesome views of Huka Falls (New Zealand's highest volume waterfall) from our purpose built riverboat.
Comfortable inside seating, large rear deck and front viewing platform.
A real New Zealand experience with crystal clear water, birdlife and native bush lined riverbanks. See natural hot streams and the earth's energy that drives Wairakei Geothermal Power Station.
Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee while cruising on water that is always calm and watch New Zealand's largest rapids (Aratiatia Rapids) recreated before our cruise. This is an excellent cruise for photography and we operate in all weathers.
Huka Falls Jet Boat - Additional Fee
Price: USD$105.00 per person
Please check in at Huka Jet 15 minutes prior to departure.
Your 30 minutes of fun and excitement takes you along a beautiful river environment, lined with native bush and natural hot springs. You'll travel up to the very base of the Huka Falls, past the Wairakei Thermal Power Station, Prawn Park, and the Aratiatia Dam.
Taupo Kayaking Adventures - Half Day - Additional Fee
Price: USD$115.00 per person
Maori Rock Carvings Tour (Mine Bay)
Duration: Approximately 4 hours
Beginning in the sheltered waters of Acacia Bay, come out with us and explore the secluded Rock Carvings at Mine Bay.
Paddle below native bush, past steep cliffs and mini inlets that kayaks can only harbor into at (Whakamoenga Point) before the striking carvings (14 meter-high) come into view. Your experienced guide will captivate you with fascinating stories and legends behind creation of the carving's and their cultural significance to the lake and surrounding areas while you float beneath them inches away in awe.
On our return we stop at a beach or harbor into the flat rocks at Whakamoenga Point for delicious muffin & refreshments, where you can take the opportunity to do some rock jumping or go for a swim in the crystal clear waters of our beautiful lake.
Otherwise relax and listening to the sounds of native birds, while taking in the magnificent sight of the Tongariro National Park's 3 volcanic mountains across the southern side of the lake.
On our return if the breeze comes up, we can raft our kayaks together and sail back-bliss! No experience is necessary, as all our trips are guided and full tuition and instruction is given. Our double kayaks are safe and easy for everyone to use.
Children under the age of 15, must be accompanied by an adult in our kayaks.
April 8 - Monday
Check out from Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo
Depart Taupo and Travel Along to Wellington!
After breakfast, depart Taupo and travel to Wellington. Lunch is included on route.
Check in at Rydges Wellington
ROOM / BED TYPE
Superior Room - Breakfast Included
75 Featherston Street
Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
This apartment hotel is located in the center of Wellington.
280 rooms are located on 17 stories and can be reached by elevator. The friendly staff at the reception desk are happy to answer any questions. Amenities include a baggage storage service and a safe. Wireless internet access (no extra charge) is provided in public areas. The tour desk offers assistance with booking excursions. Wheelchair-accessible facilities are available. Guests arriving by car can park their vehicles in the garage (for a fee) or in the parking lot (for a fee). Further services include a babysitting service, room service (for a fee), a laundry service, a hairdresser, a coin-operated laundry and a page service. Complimentary newspapers are available.
After check-in to hotel, the rest of the day is free at leisure.
The Capital city of New Zealand since 1865 is situated around Wellington harbor. Its houses clinging precipitously to the steep hillsides. Wellington is renowned for its wind, which is channeled through the Cook Strait, and causes the wind to blow most days. A clever blend of buildings, old and new, beautiful vistas of the city and harbor, and a cosmopolitan mix of culture and arts give Wellington its heart, and vibrant atmosphere.
April 9 - Tuesday
Wellington City Sight Tour
Enjoy your breakfast and meet your coach captain at the hotel for a Wellington city sights tour.
Wellington is New Zealand's capital city and the southernmost city in the North Island. Surrounded by hilly terrain and with a stunning natural harbor, the city offers plenty of things to see and do for families and independent travelers alike.
Natural attractions in Wellington include Mount Victoria, the Botanic Gardens (best accessed by Wellington's iconic Cable Car (** Own Expense**) and Zealandia native wildlife sanctuary.
Wellington is also home to Te Papa, the national museum and art gallery. Situated on the waterfront, Te Papa has several floors of fun hands-on exhibits that show off New Zealand's natural, cultural and social history, as well as hosting international exhibitions.
Tour of the Te Papa Museum
The guided Te Papa Tour provides an overview of Te Papa's highlights, Maori taonga (treasures) and New Zealand history
and allows plenty of time to explore Te Papa on your own!
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is the national museum of New Zealand. It is branded and commonly known as Te Papa and Our Place; "Te Papa Tongarewa" is broadly translatable as "the place of treasures of this land".
New Zealand's geology and natural environment and the stories of New Zealand's indigenous people, the Maori, are celebrated in Te Papa's permanent exhibitions, while Te Papa's Marae is a vibrant contemporary meeting house and a living communal centre, unique in a museum.
An exciting range of exhibitions display New Zealand's diverse art and visual culture and top- rating international exhibitions tour regularly.
The tour concludes at in Wellington City. Admission of Cable car is included for you to use at your own leisure time.
The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Travel Around Via Cable Car!
For one uphill and one downhill journey on the Cable Car.
You will have plenty of time to enjoy the views and explore the nearby attractions at the Cable Car Summit or in the city center. There is no time restriction on your return journey.
Catch any car to return to Lambton Quay or Kelburn Terminal.
Cars leave every 10 minutes for both terminals.
April 10 - Wednesday
Check out from Rydges Wellington
Transfer to a Ferry Onwards Towards Picton!
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Wellington Ferry Terminal to check in for your ferry to Picton, South Island.
Please ensure that you report for your ferry sailing at least 45 minutes prior to sailing time.
Interislander operates three ships to carry both passengers and their vehicles: Kiarahi, Aratere and Kaitaki. All our ships offer a safe, comfortable and affordable journey, as well as a complete range of onboard services.
Offering up to 11 sailings a day, passengers also have the convenience of a wide choice of travel times. Your trip across the Cook Strait will be both enjoyable and unforgettable.
Transfer Ferry to Hotel
Your South Island coach captain will meet you at Picton Ferry terminal and transfer to your hotel to check in.
The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Check in at The Marlborough Riverside Hotel
ROOM / BED TYPE
Standard Room - Breakfast & Dinner Included
20 Nelson Street
Mayfield, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand
This urban hotel is located just a few minutes' walk from the center of Blenheim.
28 rooms are available to guests at this hotel, which includes a reception desk. Amenities include a baggage storage service and a safe. Wireless internet access (no extra charge) is provided in public areas. The tour desk offers assistance with booking excursions. The hotel has wheelchair-accessible facilities. A garden provides extra space for rest and relaxation in the open air. Guests arriving by car can park their vehicles in the parking lot. Further services include a
transfer service, room service, a laundry service and a coin-operated laundry. Complimentary newspapers are available.
Tour Around Blenheim
The "Sunshine Capital" of New Zealand is situated on the Wairau Plain near the top of the South Island.
Blenheim's combination of high sunshine hours, a long ripening period, and free-draining river flats have put the district's vineyards at the forefront of the International Wine Industry.
April 11 - Thursday
Marlborough Icons Tour
After breakfast, explore both with our exclusive Marlborough Icons Tour.
Marlborough is best known for wine and the unique Marlborough Sounds. A Marlborough wine tour visiting two wineries in the morning is followed by a delicious waterside village lunch (own cost), then a seafood cruise for the afternoon, featuring fresh local seafood and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc while exploring the stunning Marlborough Sounds.
April 12 - Friday
Check out from The Marlborough Riverside Hotel
Whale Watching Tour
After checking out of the hotel and finishing your breakfast, travel along the Pacific Ocean coast and across the colorful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch via Kaikoura.
Check in at Whalewatch Kaikoura, Whaleway Station.
A typical whale watch tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross.
Depending on the season, you may also see migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales.
Kaikoura often hosts the world's largest dolphin - the Orca - and is home to the world's smallest and rarest, the Hector's.
Designed for New Zealand whale watching tours, their modern catamarans are equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise. The enclosed passenger cabin and large outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities.
Continue Your Journey South to Christchurch
This Garden City lies on the level plains that initially attracted the closely-knit Church of England settlers that settled the area.
The largest of the South Island cities, Christchurch retains something of the English nature of its origins - the willow and oak-lined River Avon and clustered mediaeval stone buildings.
Upon completion of your tour, you are welcome to check in at your new lodgings.
Check in at Distinction Christchurch Hotel
ROOM / BED TYPE
Superior Room - Breakfast Included
14 Cathedral Square
Christchurch Central City
Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
This urban hotel is located on a main road right in the heart of Christchurch. It is ideal for business travelers. The nearest airport is Christchurch (CHC), 8 miles.
179 rooms, including 10 junior suites, 7 suites and 153 double rooms, are located on 11 stories and can be reached by elevator. Check-in and check-out are possible at any time at the 24-hour reception desk. A baggage storage service, a safe, a currency exchange service, medical assistance, room service (for a fee), a laundry service and a conference room are available. Wireless internet access (for a fee) allows guests to stay connected while on vacation. The tour desk offers assistance with booking excursions. Wheelchair-accessible facilities are available. Guests arriving by car can park their vehicles in the parking lot for a fee. Guests can also use the bicycle storage facilities. Complimentary newspapers are available.
April 13 - Saturday
Check out from Distinction Christchurch Hotel
You will be transferred to Christchurch Train Station to join your TranzAlpine train to Greymouth.
Tranz Alpine Rail From Christchurch to Greymouth
Report to Christchurch Train Station 20 minutes prior to departure.
Today you will board the TranzAlpine scenic train departing from one coast of New Zealand and arriving at the other. Your train journey is 223.8 kilometres long and takes just four and a half hours. There are 16 tunnels, and 5 viaducts, the highest being the Staircase standing at 73 meters.
From your carriage, you'll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains, beautiful gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. The spectacular Southern Alps and the lushness of Beech rain forest.
An open-air viewing carriage allows you to get even closer to the stunning scenery and provides many opportunities to photograph your favorite spots. There's a lot to look forward to before arriving at your destination.
Upon arrival in Greymouth, your coach captain will pick you up then journey along the rugged west coast to Franz Josef.
Franz Josef Glacier Tour
Originally named Victoria after Queen Victoria of England, geologist Julius Von Haast renamed it Franz Josef, after the current Emperor of his homeland Austria.
The Glacier is pale blue/green ice that has retreated and advanced many times over the years.
A walk from the carpark to the Glacier terminal will give you some impressive views and an idea of the immense size of the Glacier itself. The township of Franz Josef is a small town based around the tourist and supply trade.
Once your tour is completed, you will check into your hotel for the night.
Check in at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
ROOM / BED TYPE
Standard Room / Graham Wing - Breakfast Included
36 Main Road
Franz Josef / Waiau 7886, New Zealand
This mountain hotel is located on a quiet street in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier. It is ideal for hikers and adventurers.
130 rooms are available. The friendly staff at the reception desk are happy to answer any questions. The hotel provides a baggage storage service, a safe, a conference room, a business center, a coin-operated laundry and a smoking area.
Wireless internet access (no extra charge) is provided in public areas. The tour desk offers assistance with booking excursions. The hotel has wheelchair-accessible facilities. A fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere. Guests arriving by car can park their vehicles in the parking lot for no extra charge. Other services include a hotel shuttle bus.
April 14 - Sunday
Check out from Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Ancient Greenstone Trail Tour
After concluding your breakfast, you head out of Franz Josef and follow an ancient greenstone trail. View the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls and the grand sight of Mt Hooker, flanked on three sides by extensive glaciers.
Travel over Haast Pass, marking a change from the rainforest marvel of the wild West Coast to the alpine scenery of the Southern Lakes.
From here, you will travel further into Central Otago. View Lake Wanaka, where the shoreline is charmingly lined by poplars and willows, followed by the vivid blue waters of Lake Hawea.
It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as after Hawea you will gravel over to Cromwell, situated next to the sparkling pristine waters of Lake Dunstan. Stop in at a local orchard for a taste of some of the town's delicious stone fruit then continue your journey to Te Anau.
Te Anau Tour
Check in at The Real Journeys Visitor Centre Te Anau, located at 85 Lakefront Drive 20 minutes prior to departure.
Cruise across beautiful Lake Te Anau, to the Cavern House.
On arrival, learn about the caves and view fascinating displays. Your guides will then take you in small groups by path and small boats underground into the caves.
Highlights include incredible limestone caverns, whirlpools, waterfalls and the magical glow-worm grotto.
After, you will return to Te Anau. This tour is not suitable for wheelchair passengers or for heeled shoes. Steps are involved.
Thereafter, you will once again check in at your new accommodations.
Check in at Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau
ROOM / BED TYPE
Superior Room - Breakfast Included
41 Town Centre
Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
This business hotel is located in the heart of Te Anau. Its setting is especially ideal for business travelers.
The hotel has 180 rooms and includes an elevator and a reception desk. Services such as a baggage storage service and a safe ensure a comfortable stay. Wireless internet access in public areas (no extra charge) allows guests to stay connected. The tour desk offers assistance with booking excursions. Wheelchair-accessible facilities are available.
Additional facilities include a TV room. Parking spaces are available to guests traveling by car. Other services include room service, a laundry service and a coin-operated laundry.
April 15 - Monday
Check out from Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau
After breakfast you will depart from Te Anau and arrive at Milford Sound!
Explore Milford Sound
Stunning surroundings at the heart of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.
In Maori legend, the fiords were created not by rivers of ice, but by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who came wielding a magical adze uttering incantations.
Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is without doubt his finest sculpture. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls washed with waterfalls. In the foreground stands Mitre Peak, dominating the skyline. Whatever the fiord's mood, teeming with rain or with sun glistening on deep water, it will inspire you.
Milford Cruise with Seasonal Cold Lunch Box
Depart from the Milford Wharf aboard the Milford Sound Cruise, and cruise the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea.
Explore many points of interest including waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. Upon reaching the open sea, subject to weather and favorable conditions the sails are hoisted for a period.
Seasonal Cold Lunch Box is included on cruise.
On conclusion of your cruise, you will be transferred by coach to Queenstown.
After checking in to your hotel, the rest of the day is free at your leisure.
Arrive In Queenstown!
The South Island's most popular resort, Tahuna is set alongside the shores of Lake Wakatipu under the gaze of the Remarkables Ranges.
See the contrast of smooth glacier rounded hills, and jagged mountain summits that reach high above the ancient ice floor.
The town is renowned for its jet boating, bungy-jumping, skiing and awe-inspiring scenery.
Local story has it, that the gold prospectors of the 19th century pronounced the town as "fit for any Queen", and so she was called Queenstown.
Check in at Scenic Suites Queenstown
ROOM / BED TYPE
One-Bedroom Suite - Breakfast & One 3-Course Dinner Included
27 Stanley Street
Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Because of its central location in Queenstown, this hotel is the ideal starting point for discovering the area. It is perfect for sports enthusiasts and active vacationers. It is about 5 miles to Queenstown (ZQN) Airport.
The hotel has 84 rooms. The friendly staff at the reception desk are happy to answer any questions. Amenities include a safe and a currency exchange service. Wireless internet access (no extra charge) is provided in public areas. The tour desk offers assistance with booking excursions. Vehicles can be parked in the garage, subject to availability. Further services include 24-hour room service, a laundry service, a coin-operated laundry and a page service.
April 16 - Tuesday
Sightsee Around Queenstown!
Enjoy a half day sightseeing in the Queenstown area include visiting Arrowtown and Famous Bungy Bridge.
Winery and Cave Tour & 2 Course Lunch
Join us for a relaxed informative 45-minute tour of the vineyard, winery and wine cave.
You will be taken through the oldest vines in Central Otago, learn about our winemaking process and go inside New Zealand's largest wine cave, all while enjoying 4 tastings of our award winning wines.
For Health and Safety reasons - no children under 16 are allowed on the winery tour.
After the wine tour, enjoy a 2-course lunch at winery restaurant.
Thereafter, you will return to Queenstown in the afternoon and the rest of the day is yours to InJoy at your leisure.
Finally, InJoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Note: Of course, these itineraries will be customized based on your preferences and travel dates
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:
$250.00 per person - Due by October 25, 2023
Final Payment - December 15, 2023
Any cancellation prior to Final Payment: $50 per person for voluntary cancellation.
Any cancellation after Final Payment - Fully Non-Refundable
Travel insurance is highly recommended and will be offered at the time of booking.
Airfare is not included and options will be provided upon request
No deviations or changes are allowed to the land package
TOUR MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF 14 GUESTS TO OPERATE. IF 14 GUESTS ARE NOT CONFIRMED BY
DECEMBER 15, 2023, A FULL REFUND OF THE DEPOSIT WILL BE RETURNED TO CLIENT AND THE TRIP WILL
NO LONGER OPERATE.