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  • 12 Days Highlights Of New Zealand

    The length and breadth of New Zealand is a wonder-in-waiting for you to discover.

    Across New Zealand, you can find everything from untamed wilderness to rich culture. Find inspiration in towering mountains and mist-cloaked fjords. Serenity in golden beaches curled around quiet bays. New friends in small towns with big doses of laid-back charm. Visiting places like Auckland, Queenstown, and Rotorua, all within 12 days, you will be creating unforgettable memories and having the time of your life. Action-packed activities like river-rafting and exploring icy glaciers will get your adrenaline pumping, and the spectacular scenery of the country will relax you on the days inbetween.

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    Trip Highlights

     

    With 12 days to explore both the North and South Islands of New Zealand, you will experience a range of unforgettable activities. Raft, cruise, and hike your way through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

    Select package type:


    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $2,999pp twin-share [+ $1,687 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    • Nature
    • Adventure
    • Beach-side
    • On the water
    • Hinterland towns
    • Special interest
    • Sightseeing
    • Action and thrills
    • New cultures
    • Wildlife

    Mt Cook Glacier Experience

    Embark on a boat tour like none other. Surrounded by snow-capped alps, you will be expertly guided thru the ice age as you view the gigantic Tasman Glacier Ice wall, icebergs, and the chance to embrace mother natures legacy.

    Kawarau River Rafting + Jet Boat experience

    Race down Kawarau River in a Jet Boat before jumping straight into a raft and spending the afternoon paddling through the historic Kawarau gorge, famous for its gold mining, wineries and it’s stint in The Lord of the Rings franchise. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

    Black Labyrinth Rafting Experience

    Float down an underground river, slip into fast waters, jump off waterfalls and take in the magic of the glow worm studded Ruakuri Cave, on this 3-hour adventure. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

    More trip highlights:

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    Moa Zipline adventure

    Journey through the forest on four incredible ziplines with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

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    Wine & Cheese tour in Gibbston Valley

    Embark on a relaxing and informative wine and cheese tour of Gibbston Valley Winery. Including 3 wine and cheese tastings, this tour will illustrate how the Gibbston land is indispensable to the products, and what the winery's craft does to bring the best out of land.

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    Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise with Dolphin Watching

    Discover the adorable and playful Hector’s dolphins as you sail onboard a luxurious ship, enjoying the most spectacular coastal scenery including the highest cliff in Banks Peninsula, the famous ‘Elephant Head’ and Cathedral Cave.

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    Lord of the Rings Wellington City Tour

    This half-day tour takes you to the best locations in Wellington City, including the spectacular Weta Workshop. Explore key sites in the film-making process with your specialist Lord of the Rings guide.

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    Wellington Cable Car & Lunch Experience

    No trip to Wellington is complete without a quick historic journey on the Cable Car. Enjoy great views from the lookout and easy access to the Botanic Garden, Cable Car Museum, Space Place and Zealandia. At the end, enjoy a delicious lunch at Cable Top Eatery.

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    Rotorua Skyline Gondola & Dinner

    Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! At the top of the Gondola, treat yourself to a sumptuous buffet dinner at Skyline’s Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar.

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    Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Experience

    Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. As you walk a series of different routes, you are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape – the key to what you see lies below the surface – one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

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    Swim with dolphins in Kaikoura

    Swimming with dolphins is a unique and sought after activity often being described as a life-changing experience; creating the most special and heart-warming memories of any activity. Enjoy a relaxing cruise and swimming experience in Kaikoura.


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From $2,999pp twin-share [+ $1,687 GCash credits]
    • Return flights to Auckland International Airport (AKL)
    • 12 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 24 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 11 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 9 excellent excursions and activities
    • 1 exciting cruise
    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From $4,219pp twin-share [+ $2,373 GCash credits]
    • 12 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 20 towns/places of interest visited
    • 11 nights' Silver standard accommodation
    • 11 breakfasts
    • 19 excursions/activities

    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    Member offer

    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price, Getaway Cash travel credit usage, Free Flights Voucher usage and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

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    Simply submit a booking enquiry and we'll automatically provide you with a 3-month Travel Club Trial account. No payment is required and you get instant access to member prices.

    Inclusions

     

    Covering an immense distance at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for those looking to unearth some of New Zealand's most serene delights and enjoy its abundance of exhilarating activities.

    Select package type:


    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $2,999pp twin-share [+ $1,687 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    "Get ready for mammoth national parks, dynamic Maori culture, and world-class surfing and skiing. New Zealand can be mellow or action-packed, but it's always epic."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

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    Inclusions list:

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    Flight to Auckland

    Fly into gorgeous Auckland and start your unforgettable trip.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
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    Flight home from Christchurch

    Enjoy a return flight home from Christchurch after your exciting holiday - no doubt you'll be back in no time!

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.
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    Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton

    Departing Wellington aboard an Interislander ferry, you'll sit back in the comfy sofas as you pass through the gorgeous Marlborough Sounds before arriving in Picton.

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    1 night accommodation in Rotorua

    Relax poolside in-between exploring Rotorua.

    Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing New Zealand's fascinating Maori culture.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.1+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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    1 night accommodation in Napier

    Fantastic range of facilities to make your stay more enjoyable.

    Situated in the city centre and on the waterfront, your accommodation is perfectly located for exploring the beautifully preserved 1930's architecture of Napier and its equally gorgeous surrounds.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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    2 nights accommodation in Wellington

    Located in the heart of the city, your accommodation provides easy access to all its highlights.

    Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named 'the coolest little capital in the world' by Lonely Planet. Your accommodation is the perfect base to explore this fantastic city for yourself.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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    1 night accommodation in Picton

    Beautiful views of the bay.

    The heart of the Marlborough Sounds, Picton is a picturesque port town home to great cafes, restaurants, galleries and specialty shops, with your accommodation perfectly located to relax.

    Apartment rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.7+.
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    1 night accommodation in Christchurch #1

    Gorgeous facilities to help you relax in style.

    Christchurch is one of the world's most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+.
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    1 night accommodation in Lake Tekapo

    A great range of facilities to make your stay comfortable.

    Lake Tekapo is a three hour drive south-west of Christchurch; the township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps.

    Apartment rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 5.0+.
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    2 nights accommodation in Queenstown

    With relaxing views of the bay.

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region's vineyards and historic mining towns.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.1+.
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    1 night accommodation in Dunedin

    Gorgeous accommodation in the city centre.

    The second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, Dunedin is famed for its unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+.
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    1 night accommodation in Christchurch #2

    Stylish rooms for you to rest in after fun-packed days.

    Christchurch is one of the world's most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+.
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    Rotorua Skyline Gondola & Dinner

    Skyline Rotorua

    Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! At the top of the Gondola, treat yourself to a sumptuous buffet dinner at Skyline's Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar.

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    Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

    See the white kiwi at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

    Pukaha National Wildlife Centre is an unfenced sanctuary for native wildlife. Learn about the centre's amazing conservation work and see birds such as the white kiwi with their chicks in the aviaries.

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    Lord of the Rings Wellington City Tour

    Tour Weta Workshop and other notable Lord of the Rings filming locations

    This half-day tour takes you to the best locations in Wellington City, including the spectacular Weta Workshop. Explore key sites in the film-making process with your specialist Lord of the Rings guide.

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    Wellington Cable Car & Lunch Experience

    Explore Wellington aboard a historic cable car

    No trip to Wellington is complete without a quick historic journey on the Cable Car. Enjoy great views from the lookout and easy access to the Botanic Garden, Cable Car Museum, Space Place and Zealandia. At the end, enjoy a delicious lunch at Cable Top Eatery.

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    EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

    EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

    Meet the locals at EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre - Touch a living fossil (Tuatara), get up close to a penguin, and have fun discovering amazing animals that live in New Zealand.

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    Mt Cook Glacier Experience

    Mt Cook Glacier Experience

    Embark on a boat tour like none other. Surrounded by snow-capped alps, you will be expertly guided thru the ice age as you view the gigantic Tasman Glacier Ice wall, icebergs, and the chance to embrace mother natures legacy.

    local_activity
    Wine & Cheese tour in Gibbston Valley

    Gibbston Valley

    Embark on a relaxing and informative wine and cheese tour of Gibbston Valley Winery. Including 3 wine and cheese tastings, this tour will illustrate how the Gibbston land is indispensable to the products, and what the winery's craft does to bring the best out of land.

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    Explore Larnach Castle & Gardens

    Larnach Castle & Gardens

    Situated on the picturesque Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle is one of New Zealand's premier attractions. Lovingly restored by the Barker Family, the Castle and surrounding grounds are at the heart of the Dunedin visitor experience.

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    Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise with Dolphin Watching

    Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

    Discover the adorable and playful Hector's dolphins as you sail onboard a luxurious ship, enjoying the most spectacular coastal scenery including the highest cliff in Banks Peninsula, the famous 'Elephant Head' and Cathedral Cave.

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    12 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure of New Zealand's South & North Islands. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting country has to offer.

    Toyota Corolla 4 door or similar; Suits max. 3 psns w/luggage; 4-door, Auto, Air con. Zero excess or excess cover optional.

    Exclusions and options:

    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Self-drive package available for couples
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    Let loose in a world of adventure and discover the astonishing beauty of New Zealand. Spend 12 days exploring towns like Auckland, Queenstown, Kaikoura, Rotorua, and more, with unforgettable activities in each location guarenteed to get your adrenaline pumping. We've got the planning done, just grab your friends and hit the road!

    "It feels good to be lost in the right direction" - Anonymous

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

    Select package type:


    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $2,999pp twin-share [+ $1,687 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

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    DAY 1
    AUCKLAND - WAITOMO - ROTORUA (1 NIGHT)

    Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing fascinating Maori culture.

    Getting here:

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    Flight to Auckland

    Fly into gorgeous Auckland and start your unforgettable trip.

    Your hire car:

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    12 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure of New Zealand's South & North Islands. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting country has to offer.

    About today:

    NZ self drive adventure

    Begin your epic New Zealand adventure

    Join us on an unforgettable journey through New Zealand's North and South Islands. Starting on the North Island in Auckland, your first destination is the village of Waitomo. It is famous for its complex cave system and rich history. Here you have the option to embark on an adrenaline boosting Black Water Rafting tour. Spend 3 hours weaving around and climbing over rocks, jumping off not-too-high waterfalls, floating beneath a sky of glow worms, and most importantly, having the most fun you’ve ever had in the dark.

    Your next and final destination for the night is the stunning geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Checking-in to the accommodation, drop your bags off and spend some time exploring at your own pace before taking the gondola up to the Skyline Rotorua complex for dinner with spectacular views.

    A charming property with lots of space.
    Relax poolside in-between exploring Rotorua.
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    1 night accommodation in Rotorua

    Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing New Zealand's fascinating Maori culture.

    Activities:

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    Rotorua Skyline Gondola & Dinner

    Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! At the top of the Gondola, treat yourself to a sumptuous buffet dinner at Skyline's Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar.

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    5 Luge rides at Skyline Rotorua

    Take the driving seat with the gravity-fuelled Skyline Luge, the thrill ride for all ages. The purpose-built Luge carts put you in complete control as you take on over 1600 metres of banked corners, tunnels and dippers. Once you’ve conquered the course, hop on the chairlift and do it all again, and again, and again.

    (Optional)
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    Black Labyrinth Rafting Experience

    Float down an underground river, slip into fast waters, jump off waterfalls and take in the magic of the glow worm studded Ruakuri Cave, on this 3-hour adventure.

    (Optional)
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    Car excess insurance cover

    In the event of an accident or vehicle theft you will be funded the excess amount charged by the car rental supplier. It provides you with hassle free extra cover when renting a car.

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    DAY 2
    ROTORUA - WAI-O-TAPU - NAPIER (1 NIGHT)

    Street after street of stunning and beautifully-restored Art Deco buildings have made Napier famous as one of the most complete collections of Art Deco buildings in the world.

    About today:

    Rotorua is home to spectacular geysers

    Visit one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand

    Following breakfast, you will embark on a half-day tour of the extraordinary Wai-O-Tapu geysers - one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand. Along with a knowledgeable guide, embark on a journey through a series of clearly defined tracks, providing you with the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of the area through a series of different walks, each with their own unique volcanic vistas to fascinate all ages.

    Returning to Rotorua in the afternoon, replenish with a delicious lunch before hitting the road and making our way to Napier. With gorgeous Art Deco buildings set along the seaside, this is the perfect place to relax and unwind after the last two exciting days. After checking-in to the accommodation, the rest of the day is yours. Walk the French-styled streets, or head to the National Aquarium of New Zealand and meet the local wildlife.

    Fantastic range of facilities to make your stay more enjoyable.
    A charming room with poolside views.
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    1 night accommodation in Napier

    Situated in the city centre and on the waterfront, your accommodation is perfectly located for exploring the beautifully preserved 1930's architecture of Napier and its equally gorgeous surrounds.

    Activities:

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    Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Experience

    Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand's most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. As you walk a series of different routes, you are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape - the key to what you see lies below the surface - one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand.

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    TSS Earnslaw cruise & dinner

    Travel round-trip by vintage steamship and dig into a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead.

    (Optional)
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    Visit to the National Aquarium of New Zealand

    Discover an exciting world above and below the water at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. You can view native saltwater and freshwater species, as well as exotic reef and deep-sea fish from around the world. The kiwi, tuatara and penguin enclosures provide an insight into New Zealand's most precious species.

    (Optional)
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    Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Experience

    Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand's most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. As you walk a series of different routes, you are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape - the key to what you see lies below the surface - one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand.

    (Optional)
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    DAY 3
    NAPIER - WAIRARAPA - MARTINBOROUGH - WELLINGTON (2 NIGHTS)

    Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named 'the coolest little capital in the world' by Lonely Planet.

    About today:

    Martinborough Vineyard

    Drive through stunning vineyards and rolling hills

    After an early breakfast, spend some time exploring the town before heading 2 hours south to the Wairarapa region. Driving through stunning vineyards and rolling hills, take in the scenery before stopping at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre. Walk the park and meet the locals, including Manukura the white kiwi and Kahurangi the kokako.

    Continuing down the road, your next destination is Martinborough, where you can stop and enjoy lunch in one of its many famed wineries. The final stop for the night is New Zealand's buzzing capital city, Wellington. After checking-in to the accommodation, enjoy some time to explore before indulging in a delicious dinner.

    Located in the heart of the city, your accommodation provides easy access to all its highlights.
    Comfortable rooms for you to enjoy your stay in.
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    2 nights accommodation in Wellington

    Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named 'the coolest little capital in the world' by Lonely Planet. Your accommodation is the perfect base to explore this fantastic city for yourself.

    Activities:

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    Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

    Pukaha National Wildlife Centre is an unfenced sanctuary for native wildlife. Learn about the centre's amazing conservation work and see birds such as the white kiwi with their chicks in the aviaries.

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    DAY 4
    WELLINGTON

    About today:

    Get out and explore Wellington and its surrounds

    Explore Wellington and its gorgeous surrounds

    Today marks your last full-day on the North Island. Following breakfast, embark on an exciting 4-hour Lord of the Rings city tour, taking you to all the sites used in the film-making process, including the exciting Weta Workshop.

    In the afternoon, head out on the famous Wellington Cable Car. Taking you through the heart of Wellington and beyond, enjoy the spectacular scenery and unique experience as you climb up to the Cable Car Summit, where lunch will be served. Climbing back down the mountain, soak up some last minute experiences before heading to dinner.

    Activities:

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    Lord of the Rings Wellington City Tour

    This half-day tour takes you to the best locations in Wellington City, including the spectacular Weta Workshop. Explore key sites in the film-making process with your specialist Lord of the Rings guide.

    local_activity
    Wellington Cable Car & Lunch Experience

    No trip to Wellington is complete without a quick historic journey on the Cable Car. Enjoy great views from the lookout and easy access to the Botanic Garden, Cable Car Museum, Space Place and Zealandia. At the end, enjoy a delicious lunch at Cable Top Eatery.

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    DAY 5
    WELLINGTON - PICTON (1 NIGHT)

    The heart of the Marlborough Sounds, this picturesque port town is home to great cafes, restaurants, galleries and specialty shops.

    About today:

    Cross through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds

    Transfer to the gorgeous South Island

    Waking up nice and early, enjoy a quiet breakfast before heading to the dock and boarding the Interislander ferry heading for Picton. Sit back in the comfy sofas as you pass through the gorgeous Marlborough Sounds - one of the most spectacular sights in New Zealand.

    Upon arrival to Picton, check-in to the accommodation and drop your bags off before making your way to EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre; here, you will touch a living fossil (Tuatara),  get up close to penguins, and have fun discovering amazing animals that live in New Zealand.

    After refueling with lunch, visit the Edwin Fox Maritime Museum and learn about the rich history of Picton, before enjoying some time to explore.

    Beautiful views of the bay.
    Beautifully styled rooms to make you feel at home.
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    1 night accommodation in Picton

    The heart of the Marlborough Sounds, Picton is a picturesque port town home to great cafes, restaurants, galleries and specialty shops, with your accommodation perfectly located to relax.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

    Meet the locals at EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre - Touch a living fossil (Tuatara), get up close to a penguin, and have fun discovering amazing animals that live in New Zealand.

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    DAY 6
    PICTON - KAIKOURA - CHRISTCHURCH (1 NIGHT)

    Christchurch is one of the world's most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

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    A whole world of marine life awaits in Kaikoura

    A whole world of marine adventure awaits

    After breakfast, say goodbye to Picton and head 2 hours south to the coastal town of Kaikoura. With a whole world of marine adventure waiting, why not head out to sea on an optional Dolphin cruise. Sit back and take in the spectacular scenery and Kaikoura's acrobatic and energised dusky dolphins before entering the water and swimming alongside these magnificent animals.

    After this unforgettable experience, refuel with a delicious seaside lunch at Nin’s Bin before continuing onto Christchurch. Combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity, Christchurch is one of most exciting cities to explore. After checking in to the accommodation, the rest of the afternoon is yours to do just such.

    Gorgeous facilities to help you relax in style.
    Stylish rooms for you to rest in after fun-packed days.
    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Christchurch #1

    Christchurch is one of the world's most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

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    Kiakoura dolphin cruise + swim

    Swimming with dolphins is a unique and sought after activity often being described as a life-changing experience; creating the most special and heart-warming memories of any activity. Enjoy a relaxing cruise and swimming experience in Kaikoura.

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    DAY 7
    CHRISTCHURCH - GERALDINE - LAKE TEKAPO (1 NIGHT)

    Picturesque by day and dazzling by night, Lake Tekapo is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it the perfect spot for stargazing.

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    Lake Tekapo

    Journey into the heart of the Mackenzie Country

    After breakfast, set out for your first destination of the day, the quaint country town of Geraldine; along the way, take in the picturesque mountain scenery, farming land and flowing Waihi River. While in Geraldine, why not pay a visit to the Geraldine Historical Museum and learn about the town's history before enjoying a delicious lunch and returning to the road.

    Your next destination is Lake Tekapo, where you will stay for the night. Making a slight detour before arriving, spend some time relaxing by the famous lake of the same name, Lake Tekapo, marvelling at its crystal waters that mirror the surrounding mountains.

    Upon arrival to Lake Tekapo, check-in to the accommodation and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring at your own pace. Why not visit the Tekapo Springs Hot Pools, or embark on an exciting bike tour of the area.

    Relax among the spectacular mountains.
    A great range of facilities to make your stay comfortable.
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    1 night accommodation in Lake Tekapo

    Lake Tekapo is a three hour drive south-west of Christchurch; the township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps.

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    Bungy jump - Hamner Springs

    Get your adrenaline thrills in the Alpine wilderness of Hanmer Springs with a bungy jump off the Waiau Ferry Bridge. Launch into thin air from a height of 35 meters, and plunge down towards the river in total safety.

    (Optional)
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    Roundhill skiing experience

    Ski or Snowboard in the heart of the South Island of New Zealand. Roundhill is a fantastic family ski field with breathtaking views of Aoraki Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo. Get started with a learners pass.

    (Optional)
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    Lake Tekapo Mountain Bike Experience

    The Mackenzie region is fast becoming known as a mecca for cycling and mountain biking. With tracks catering for novice and young riders through to the more advanced technical cyclist and bike hire included, you're all set for your adventure!

    (Optional)
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    DAY 8
    LAKE TEKAPO - MT COOK - OMARAMA - QUEENSTOWN (2 NIGHTS)

    Queenstown is one of New Zealand's most exciting destinations. Surrounded by towering mountains, positioned on the edge of a lake, Queenstown is a hub of adventure, thrumming with adrenaline and an omnipresent sense of fun.

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    Journey through the spectacular Omarama

    Witness famous Lord of the Rings filming spots

    Today is when the real adventure begins! After breakfast,chit the road and head to Aoraki ‘Mount Cook’ National Park where you will embark on an epic glacier experience; cruise the icy waters and walk through the alpines as you embrace mother natures' legacy.

    Following this unforgettable activity, kick the snow off your boots and head an hour down the road to the town of Omarama for lunch. Making a slight detour off the main road, you'll drive through Omarama's spectacular clay cliffs, famous for their appearance in Lord of the Rings.

    Your final destination for the day is Queenstown. Sitting on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps, Queenstown is renowned as a fantastic base for adventure activities. If you’d like to dine in luxury, an optional lake cruise onboard the TSS Earnslaw paired with a delicious BBQ dinner in Walter Peak is available to take in the evening.

    A perfect base for exploring the area.
    With relaxing views of the bay.
    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Queenstown

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region's vineyards and historic mining towns.

    Activities:

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    Mt Cook Glacier Experience

    Embark on a boat tour like none other. Surrounded by snow-capped alps, you will be expertly guided thru the ice age as you view the gigantic Tasman Glacier Ice wall, icebergs, and the chance to embrace mother natures legacy.

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    DAY 9
    QUEENSTOWN

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    River rafting in Queenstown

    Experience river rafting like never before

    Enjoy a delicious breakfast and prepare yourself for the exciting, fun-filled day of adventure that is ahead. First up, river rafting! Packing in those famous 360 spins and dramatic canyon walls, we will discover the Kawarau River and its pristine wilderness in style. Race down the river in a jet boat and jump straight into a raft, from which you'll explore the Kawarau gorge in. Famous for its gold mining, wineries and it’s stint in The Lord of the Rings franchise, don't forget your camera!

    Returning to Queenstown in the afternoon, refuel with some lunch and relax a little before embarking on a zipline experience with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range.

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    AJ Hackett - Nevis Bungy (134m)

    AJ Hackett - Nevis Bungy (134m) Welcome to the best thing you’ve ever done. Go full throttle with our 134m Bungy (the highest in New Zealand). Free fall for 8.5 seconds in a blitz of pure fear and adrenaline.

    (Optional)
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    Kawarau River Rafting + Jet Boat experience

    Packing in exhilarating 360 spins and dramatic canyon walls as you discover the Kawarau River and its pristine wilderness, this activity introduces you to Queenstown’s most iconic experiences. Race down the river in a Jet Boat before jumping straight into a raft and spending the afternoon paddling through the historic Kawarau gorge, famous for its gold mining, wineries and it’s stint in The Lord of the Rings franchise.

    (Optional)
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    Moa Zipline adventure

    Journey through the forest on four incredible ziplines with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range.

    (Optional)
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    DAY 10
    QUEENSTOWN - GIBBSTON VALLEY - ROXBURGH - DUNEDIN (1 NIGHT)

    Dunedin is a region of unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history. Enjoy getting close to rare wildlife and soaking up the quirky city vibe.

    About today:

    Explore Dunedin's colourful street art

    Explore New Zealand's second largest city

    After breakfast, we say goodbye to Queenstown and begin the scenic drive to Dunedin. Along the way, stop in at Gibbston Valley and enjoy a tour and complementary wine and cheese sampling experience through New Zealand’s largest wine cave.

    Lunch is served an hour and a half down the road at Roxburgh, marking half the journey complete.

    Upon arrival to Dunedin, check-in to the accommodation and spend some time relaxing before heading off to explore the famous Larnach Castle and its lush gardens. Delve into its history and take in the spectacular views. In the evening, walk Dunedin’s famous streets and take in the spectacular street art.

    Gorgeous accommodation in the city centre.
    A range of facilities to make your stay comfortable.
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    1 night accommodation in Dunedin

    The second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, Dunedin is famed for its unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history.

    Activities:

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    Wine & Cheese tour in Gibbston Valley

    Embark on a relaxing and informative wine and cheese tour of Gibbston Valley Winery. Including 3 wine and cheese tastings, this tour will illustrate how the Gibbston land is indispensable to the products, and what the winery's craft does to bring the best out of land.

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    Explore Larnach Castle & Gardens

    Situated on the picturesque Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle is one of New Zealand's premier attractions. Lovingly restored by the Barker Family, the Castle and surrounding grounds are at the heart of the Dunedin visitor experience.

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    DAY 11
    DUNEDIN - OAMARU - TIMARU - CHRISTCHURCH (1 NIGHT)

    About today:

    Travel through history in Oamaru

    Be transported through history in Oamaru

    Your journey back to Christchurch begins after breakfast. Your first destination is the town of Oamaru, where you will be transported through history at Steampunk HQ, the town's exciting Victorian-styled museum. Greeted outside by a full scale train engine that spits fire and billows smoke, this is a museum experience like no other.

    Returning to the road, you will travel an hour to the port town of Timaru. Here, you will enjoy a walk through the gorgeous Timaru Botanic Gardens before continuing up the road to Christchurch.

    Upon arrival to Christchurch, check-in to the accommodation and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring at your own pace.  If you’re itching for more adventure, an optional Bungee Jumping experience in Hanmer Springs is available in the afternoon.

    Gorgeous facilities to help you relax in style.
    Stylish rooms for you to rest in after fun-packed days.
    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Christchurch #2

    Christchurch is one of the world's most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

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    DAY 12
    CHRISTCHURCH - AKAROA - RETURN HOME

    The most French town in New Zealand, Akaroa will have you entranced with its historic buildings, magnificent harbour and passion for fine food.

    About today:

    Spend some time exploring Christchurch

    Discover the adorable and playful Hector’s dolphins in Akaroa

    Today marks the final day of your epic New Zealand adventure, so today is all about savouring those last-minute experiences. After enjoying an early breakfast, spend some time independently exploring Christchurch before heading out to nearby Akaroa for a dolphin-watching cruise.  Discover the adorable and playful Hector’s dolphins as you sail onboard a luxurious cruise ship, enjoying the most spectacular coastal scenery including the highest cliff in Banks Peninsula, the famous ‘Elephant Head’ and Cathedral Cave.

    Enjoy a delicious lunch by the bay, before heading back to Christchurch for your return flight home. After this unforgettable South Island experience, there's no doubt you'll be back in no time!

    Activities:

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    Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise with Dolphin Watching

    Discover the adorable and playful Hector's dolphins as you sail onboard a luxurious ship, enjoying the most spectacular coastal scenery including the highest cliff in Banks Peninsula, the famous 'Elephant Head' and Cathedral Cave.

    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $2,999pp twin-share [+ $1,687 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    Rotorua

    A charming property with lots of space.

    Relax poolside in-between exploring Rotorua.

    Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing New Zealand's fascinating Maori culture.

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    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.1 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Napier

    Fantastic range of facilities to make your stay more enjoyable.

    A charming room with poolside views.

    Situated in the city centre and on the waterfront, your accommodation is perfectly located for exploring the beautifully preserved 1930's architecture of Napier and its equally gorgeous surrounds.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Wellington

    Located in the heart of the city, your accommodation provides easy access to all its highlights.

    Comfortable rooms for you to enjoy your stay in.

    Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named 'the coolest little capital in the world' by Lonely Planet. Your accommodation is the perfect base to explore this fantastic city for yourself.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Picton

    Beautiful views of the bay.

    Beautifully styled rooms to make you feel at home.

    The heart of the Marlborough Sounds, Picton is a picturesque port town home to great cafes, restaurants, galleries and specialty shops, with your accommodation perfectly located to relax.

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    Holiday Apartments
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.7 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    Christchurch

    Gorgeous facilities to help you relax in style.

    Stylish rooms for you to rest in after fun-packed days.

    Christchurch is one of the world's most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Lake Tekapo

    Relax among the spectacular mountains.

    A great range of facilities to make your stay comfortable.

    Lake Tekapo is a three hour drive south-west of Christchurch; the township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps.

    Example Property Type:
    Holiday Apartments
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    5.0 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    Queenstown

    A perfect base for exploring the area.

    With relaxing views of the bay.

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region's vineyards and historic mining towns.

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    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.1 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Dunedin

    Gorgeous accommodation in the city centre.

    A range of facilities to make your stay comfortable.

    The second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, Dunedin is famed for its unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Christchurch

    Gorgeous facilities to help you relax in style.

    Stylish rooms for you to rest in after fun-packed days.

    Christchurch is one of the world's most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Yes, a provision for flights is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price.

    Pricing is based on a minimum of two travelers, however all of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in each overnight destination. It will be hotel style rated Silver Standard or above. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    The introductory package is self-guided (self-drive) and exclusive to your group. All tour packages are flexible. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    This tour includes attractions where a guide will provide information to enhance your experience. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van. It means that you guide yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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