New Zealand in Style

Company : G Adventures
Activity: Tours
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 1 week to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 2000 to 2500 £ Pound (UK)

An all-encompassing yet comfortable journey through New Zealand that delivers the highlights of the region with stye to spare. 

Utilizing a diverse range of transport - trains, gondolas, boats - you’ll explore artsy beach towns, learn about local myths, legends and traditional cuisine from the Maori, and revel in the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand. Handpicked accommodations, an expert local CEO and upgraded transportation are standard fare on this decidedly non-standard adventure. This trip offers everything you could possibly want...and then some.

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 Auckland
Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Raglan
Take the scenic route to an artsy beach town known for great surf breaks and en route visit scenic Bridal Veil Falls for a walk. A local holiday home provides the ideal setting for the night and enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on the harbour. Option to try bone carving with local Maori, surf lessons, stand-up paddle lessons, sea kayaking or simply exploring the village and its arts and crafts shops.

Day 3 Tongariro National Park
Journey to a working eco farm to learn about local conservation efforts. Continue on to Tongariro National Park and enjoy a hike with views of an active volcano and spectacular scenery.

Day 4 Rotorua
Drive through the Lake Taupo region, enroute to Rotorua. Visit a historic Maori village with a local guide who explains the geothermal aspects of the area. Learn about local myths, legends and enjoy Hangi traditional cuisine. Later, relax with a dip in the geothermal spa pools at the hotel.

Day 5 Christchurch
Fly to Christchurch and enjoy an orientation walk.

Day 6-7 Franz Josef
Enjoy the scenic TranzAlpine Train and continue down the west coast to the glacial area of Franz Josef. Spend 2 nights at a rainforest lodge and opt for a guided nature walk or a soak in the hot pools on your free day.

Day 8-9 Queenstown
Travel through the rugged rainforest scenery of the west coast. Take a gondola ride for fantastic views of the city and option to enjoy a group dinner at a skyline restaurant. Day 9 enjoy the morning at leisure then take an afternoon cruise on an historic steamer across Lake Wakatipu. In New Zealand's adventure capital, there are a number of adrenaline-filled options to choose from—opt to go jet boating, take a scenic flight or go skydiving. 

Day 10 Doubtful Sound
Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through Doubtful Sound with the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, birds and penguins and an option to kayak. After an afternoon of stunning scenery, spend the night moored in a secluded bay (seasonal), with time to stargaze from the deck with a glass of New Zealand wine.

Day 11 Queenstown
Cruise back to port and tour ends in Queenstown at 4pm. Please book onward travel after 8pm.

Please note that due to seasonal weather the itinerary on Day 10 in Milford Sound varies from winter to summer months. The winter itinerary runs for all departures between June 4 - September 20. The remaining departures will follow the summer itinerary.

 

What's Included

  • Visit scenic Bridal Veil Falls for a walk
  • Raglan harbour lunch cruise
  • Visit an eco farm to learn about local conservation
  • Hike in Tongariro National Park
  • Soak in geothermal spa pools
  • Visit a historic Maori village with a local guide and traditional dinner
  • Orientation walk in Christchurch
  • Scenic TranzAlpine Train
  • Queenstown Gondola ride
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard a historic steamship
  • Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight wilderness cruise (summer) on Doubtful Sound
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 10 breakfasts, 3 dinners. (Allow NZD300-400 for meals not included.)
  • Mini-bus, plane, train, boat, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.
  • Comfort hotels (8 nts), local holiday home (1 nt), cruise boat (1 nt).

 

Trip Specifics

  • Start / Finish: Auckland to Queenstown 
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Trip Code: ONIS
  • Price: £2179 (available to book in other currencies)

 

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