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  • 15 Days New Zealand Mahi (Action) Experience

    Embark on an action-packed journey through the Land of the Long White Cloud, brimming with diverse landscapes and incredible experiences.

    From the rugged snow-capped Southern Alps, to the wild West Coast rainforests, the famous granite peaks of Milford Sound, the tropical beaches of the North and its rich indigenous history, New Zealand has it all. Experience this and more on an exciting 15-day adventure guarenteed to get your adrenaline pumping. Bungee jump in Christchurch, brave the white-peaked rapids of Queenstown, track through New Zealand's spectacular glacier region; and these are just the highlights.

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    Tongariro National Park
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    YOU PAY FROM AFTER GCASH TRAVEL CREDITS

    DESTINATION
    NEW ZEALAND
    THEME
    ACTION ADVENTURE
    PRICE FROM
    $3,899
    FLIGHTS INC.
    PACKAGE TYPES
    SELF-GUIDED
    PHYSICAL LEVEL
    6/10
    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.

    Trip Highlights

     

    With 15 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

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Aimed at 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.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $3,899 twin-share [+ $2,193 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
    • Special interest
    • Sightseeing
    • Action and thrills
    • Wildlife

    Tongariro Alpine Self-guided tour

    Explore the stunningly beautiful and popular area of Tongariro which is made up of 3 volcanic peaks on this self-guided audio tour.

    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.

    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.

    More trip highlights:

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    Interislander Ferry to Wellington

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

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    Geothermal safari

    Embark on a scenic trip down the Waikato River and through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. Take in the stunning scenery and wildlife and hear the stories of the local Maori tribes before our highly skilled drivers/guides thrill you with spins, speed and heart-stopping manoeuvres.

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    Rotorua Skyline Gondola, Dinner & 5 Luge

    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 before hitting the exciting Luge track.

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    Geothermal safari

    Embark on a scenic trip down the Waikato River and through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. Take in the stunning scenery and wildlife and hear the stories of the local Maori tribes before highly skilled drivers/guides thrill you with spins, speed and heart-stopping manoeuvres.

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    Adrenaline Forest entry

    High excitement, stomach churning and a great confidence builder. Test your skills by taking on an Adrenalin Forest aerial obstacle course.

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    Taste of Wanaka Bike Tour

    This is a fun way to see Wanaka with your mates while getting to enjoy some of the best food, wine and beer of the region. Enjoy the amazing bakery selection at the Penfold Pattisserie, visit the famous Hook! and catch and eat your own Salmon, stop in at the beautiful Maude vineyard tasting rooms for an outstanding wine tasting platter and cheese board, and much more.

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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.

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    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.


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

    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    Self-guided for independent travellers
    From $3,899 twin-share [+ $2,193 GCash credits]
    • Return flights to Queenstown International Airport (ZQN)
    • 15 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 22 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 14 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 9 excellent excursions and activities
    • 1 other inclusion
    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    Self-guided for independent travellers
    From $4,749 twin-share [+ $2,671 GCash credits]
    • Return flights to Queenstown International Airport (ZQN)
    • 15 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 22 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 14 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 12 excellent excursions and activities
    • 1 other inclusion

    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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    * Limits may apply to group bookings. Details will be provided at the time of final pricing.

    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

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Aimed at 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.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $3,899 twin-share [+ $2,193 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.

    Inclusions list:

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    Flights to Queenstown

    Fly into gorgeous Queenstown and start your unforgettable trip.

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    Flights home from Auckland

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

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    2 nights accommodation in Queenstown

    A perfect base for exploring the area.

    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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    2 nights accommodation in Wanaka

    Set alongside the bay, this accommodation will have you relaxing amongst breathtaking scenery.

    The town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and relaxation-minded travellers. Situated on the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing.

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    2 nights accommodation in Franz Josef

    Room for the whole family.

    The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area and enjoy its spectacular scenery.

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    1 night accommodation in Christchurch

    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.

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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.

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    1 night accommodation Wellington

    Situated in the heart of the city, with all its highlights at your doorstep.

    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.

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    2 nights accommodation in Tongariro National Park

    Set amongst the spectacular mountains.

    Home to three active volcanic mountains, and iconic and majestic landscapes, Tongariro National Park has attracted adventurers of all ages since 1887.

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    2 nights accommodation Rotorua

    A range of fantastic facilities to make your stay comfortable.

    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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    1 night accommodation in Auckland

    Rooms with excellent views.

    Auckland is New Zealand's most populous city and is a multi-cultural hub of food, music, arts, and culture. Centrally located, your accommodation provides a perfect base to explore this fantastic city to your hearts content.

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    Moa Zipline adventure

    Moa Zipline

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

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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.

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    Adrenaline Forest entry

    Adrenaline Forest

    High excitement, stomach churning and a great confidence builder. Test your skills by taking on an Adrenalin Forest aerial obstacle course.

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    Wellington Cable Car & Lunch combo

    Wellington Cable Car

    No trip to Wellington is complete without a quick historic journey on the Cable Car. Enjoy great views from the lookout and a delicious lunch at Cable Top Eatery at the end.

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    Whanganui jet boat & canoeing experience

    Canoeing Whanganui

    Jet boat upriver as you listen to local history and stories of the river before you paddling yourself back to Whanganui, exploring and enjoying the native scenery, deep river gorges and some of the more exciting rapids along the way.

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    Tongariro Alpine Self-guided tour

    Tongariro

    Explore the stunningly beautiful and popular area of Tongariro which is made up of 3 volcanic peaks on this self-guided audio tour.

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    Rotorua Skyline Gondola, Dinner & 5 Luge

    Luge rides at 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 before hitting the exciting Luge track.

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    Redwood nightlights walk

    Redwood nightlights walk

    Floating between 9-20 metres above the forest floor, this award-winning eco-tourism walk is 700 metres long, spans across 28 suspension bridges and 27 platforms and takes about 40 minutes to complete. Perfect for those looking for things to do in Rotorua at night.

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    Interislander Ferry to Wellington

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

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    15 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure around New Zealand. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting destination has to offer.

    Exclusions and options:

    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups
    • Additional meals can be arranged

    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 15 days exploring towns like Franz Josef, Queenstown, Auckland, 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!

    "Two roads diverged in a wood and I I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

    Select package type:


    Sapphire Self-guided

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Aimed at 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.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $3,899 twin-share [+ $2,193 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
    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.

    Your hire car:

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    15 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure around New Zealand. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting destination has to offer.

    About today:

    Gorgeous Queenstown

    Welcome to New Zealand

    Arrive Queenstown (time to be confirmed).

    After your flight, pick up your hire car and spend the rest of the day settling in and exploring Queenstown at your own pace. Walk the town's paved streets and visit it's abundance of shops, or head out to nearby Arrowtown and Frankton and soak up the spectacular scenery and their quaint country-town charms.

    If you'd like to dine in luxury tonight, 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.
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    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.

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    Piha by Night Canyoning

    Experience natures playground like never before with our night canyoning adventure. Arrive in Piha at dusk in time to see the sun setting. You enter into the canyon by abseiling under a cascading waterfall, then explore your way down through a cave, pools and ledges, illuminated by only your headlamp and the glow-worm lined rock walls.

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    Auckland Bridge Bungee Jump

    Old meets new - the most enduring sight on the Auckland horizon is also home to a Bungy operation of epic proportions. Our Bungy Pod is attached underneath the bridge, and is ready to go for thrill-seekers looking for a buzz in New Zealand's biggest city. You can even dip your head in the ocean below, bouncing back up feeling fierce and unstoppable.

    (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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    DAY 2
    QUEENSTOWN

    About today:

    Kawarau River Rafting + Jet Boat experience

    Fun-filled day of adventure ahead

    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.

    Activities:

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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.

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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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    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.

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    DAY 3
    QUEENSTOWN - WANAKA (2 NIGHTS)

    Located in the spectacular alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty. The stunning mountain and lakeside setting and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Area, makes it the ultimate base for outdoor activities.

    About today:

    Hit the cycling tracks

    Cycle through Wanaka's most popular destinations

    Saying goodbye to Queenstown, set your sights on nearby Wanaka. A lively town buzzing with a carefree spirit, Wanaka's picture-perfect location and easy access to the outdoors makes it the ultimate base for your holiday.

    Upon arrival, get straight into the action! Pick up your e-bike and head out on a tour through Wanaka and it's surrounds. Enjoy the amazing bakery selection at the Penfold Pattisserie, visit the famous Hook! and catch and eat your own Salmon, stop in at the beautiful Maude vineyard tasting rooms for an outstanding wine tasting platter and cheese board, and much more.

    In the late afternoon, experience Wanaka from above with an optional paragliding experience. Watch deer run below, hawks flying beside you, and hear the rumble of the waterfalls as your pilot manoeuvres the glider within meters of the impressive Twin Falls.

    Set alongside the bay, this accommodation will have you relaxing amongst breathtaking scenery.
    A beautiful property with great facilities.
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    2 nights accommodation in Wanaka

    The town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and relaxation-minded travellers. Situated on the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing.

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    Wanaka Tandem Paragliding

    Prepare to be thrilled and amazed. Stunning wild scenery, twin waterfalls, plus flying over deer and wild falcon, beyond expectations. Experience it all with paragliding in Wanaka.

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    DAY 4
    WANAKA

    About today:

    Explore Wanaka

    Get out and explore the great outdoors

    Today is a great day to do some hiking. The recommended trips are: Mt Iron, which takes around 1.5 hours at a distance of 4.5km, or Roy's Peak, which takes around 5-6 hours, covering a distance of 11kms and requires a good fitness level as the track is quite steep.

    Mount Iron is an impressive, glacier-carved, 240-metre rocky knoll (a roche moutonnnee). From its summit a great panorama unfolds: Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the Cardrona and Upper Clutha Valleys and all the surrounding peaks; many of them in Mount Aspiring National Park in the west.

    Roy's Peak track begins by zigzagging along a steep 4WD track from the carpark to the conservation area. From there, continue on through wild tussock grasslands until you reach Roy's Peak summit. Along the way, take time to enjoy the spectacular views from the ridgeline, which take in most of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding peaks, including Mount Aspiring.

    In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and be rewarded as we conquer the highest waterfall cable climb in the world together. With 3 difficulties, ranging from 150m to 450m climbs, you can find one that best suits your sense of adventure.

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    Outdoor rock climbing - Wanaka

    Go wild and let your nature lover come to the surface as you conquer the highest waterfall cable climb in the world. Get started with a 150m climb and unleash your inner wild, tame your fears, and experience epic.

    (Optional)
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    Horse Trekking through Wanaka

    Come and enjoy a wonderful ride in the glorious mountains of Cardrona Valley on a lovely horse perfectly matched to your horse riding ability.

    (Optional)
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    Taste of Wanaka Bike Tour

    This is a fun way to see Wanaka with your mates while getting to enjoy some of the best food, wine and beer of the region. Made even better on an e-bike, making the day a breeze!

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    DAY 5
    WANAKA - FRANZ JOSEF (2 NIGHTS)

    Franz Josef is the name of both the glacier and the nearby village; the small but lively Franz Josef Waiau village is surrounded by lush rainforest with the high snow-capped Alps above. The glacier itself descends into the lush native rainforest and is home to truly incredible features such as ice caves, tunnels, seracs and crevasses.

    About today:

    Have fun in the snow in Franz Josef

    Set your sights on the snowy peaks of Franz Josef

    After enjoying a delicious breakfast, it is time to depart from Wanaka. Our main destination for the day is the snowy escape of Franz Josef, however a detour will be made to the town of Haast. Take your time exploring the area, the region so spectacular that UNESCO awarded it the status of being a "World Heritage" area.

    In Haast you will have some time to refuel with lunch and explore the surrounds. An optional jet boating experience is available for you to take and is a great way to get a taste of the town.

    Upon arrival to Franz Josef, check-in to your accommodation and embark on an optional sunset helicopter ride. See what most people never get the chance to and journey into the largely inaccessible heart of the majestic Southern Alps. Explore the ice falls and experience a snow landing and explore before returning to Franz Josef township.

    Enjoy the area's natural beauty and exciting attractions, all from your accommodation's doorstep.
    Room for the whole family.
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    2 nights accommodation in Franz Josef

    The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area and enjoy its spectacular scenery.

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    Glacier helicopter flight and snow landing

    See the ancient waters of the Tasman Glacier lake, experience what it feels like to stand in snow amongst the mountains, and cross to the West Coast and view the formidable Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. All via helicopter.

    (Optional)
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    Waiatoto River Safari

    Waiatoto River Safari will take you on an incredible eco jet boat adventure through the Haast UNESCO World Heritage Area. The only ocean to alps river tour in New Zealand, voted by Lonely Planet as one of the top-rated boat tours in New Zealand.

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    DAY 6
    FRANZ JOSEF

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    Mt Cook Glacier Experience

    Head out into the mountains

    Today is all about exploring this spectacular glacier region. After breakfast, hit 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, available from September to April, kick the snow off your boots and head out on another short hike through the area. Follow the Callery Gorge Walk as it climbs to a high terrace before descending to the Callery River; don't forget your camera!

    In the evening, why not relax with an optional visit to the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools. Nestled in lush rainforest, these private Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility and are the perfect way to unwind after a long day.

    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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    Private hot pools in Franz Josef

    Nestled  in lush rainforest, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility. These pools are the perfect way to relax and unwind after travelling along Te Tai o Poutini  (The West Coast).

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    DAY 7
    FRANZ JOSEF - CHRISTCHURCH (1 NIGHT)

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

    About today:

    Explore Hikitika Gorge

    Say Kia Ora to Christchurch

    There is a lot of driving ahead of you today as you embark on the journey to Christchurch. A couple of detours will be made to break up the journey. The first is in Hokitika; with untamed natural wilderness, genuine experiences and friendly characters that love to share a story, Hokitika is the perfect place to appreciate the fascinating history of the West Coast.

    While you are here, visit the iconic Hokitika driftwood sign on Hokitika Beach before embarking on a short 15 minute walk to Hokitika Gorge. With the greenery of the surrounding native forest, the stunning turquoise waters of the Hokitika River, the rugged rock formations at its banks and an amazing swing bridge, it is an unmissable experience.

    Returning to the road, your next stop will be in Lake Pearson. A large and attractive hourglass-shaped lake located in the High Country, the area is a great spot for fishing, bird watching and presents a photogenic landscape for keen photographers. Lake Pearson is also close to the large grey limestone boulders that are part of Castle Hill, a landscape that features heavily in the Lord of the Rings movies.

    The last leg of your journey is only 1 and a half hours long. 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.
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    1 night accommodation in Christchurch

    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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    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.

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    DAY 8
    CHRISTCHURCH - KAIKOURA - PICTON (1 NIGHT)

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

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    Adrenaline Forest

    Get up close and personal with NZ's marine life

    After breakfast, return to the road and head to nearby Spencer Park where you will embark on an exciting obstacle course known as Adrenalin Forest. Featuring over 100 fun filled challenges across six levels, each level is harder than the last, with obstacles starting at 1.5 metres above the ground that are suitable for a wide range of ages and fitness levels. To conquer the whole course and claim your bragging rights, you’ll be climbing, jumping and swinging at least 20 metres up in the air.

    After this exciting activity, refuel with food before returning to the road and continuing 2 hours north to Kaikoura. With a whole world of marine adventure waiting, hit the beaches to see if you can spot any whales or dolphins that frequent the area. If you’re feeling adventurous, an optional guided wildlife kayaking experience is available to take. This adventure around the beautiful coastal waters takes in the breath-taking views of sheer cliff faces, craggy rocks and mountain ranges while searching for chance encounters with dusky dolphins and blue penguins.

    Your final destination for the day is Picton, the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds and your last stop on the South Island. Spend the rest of your day exploring the sheltered harbour and its cafes, restaurants, floating maritime museum, and aquarium.

    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:

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    Adrenaline Forest entry

    High excitement, stomach churning and a great confidence builder. Test your skills by taking on an Adrenalin Forest aerial obstacle course.

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    Kaikoura wildlife kayaking

    Experience the excitement of watching seals ducking, weaving and diving around your kayak. Have chance encounters with dolphins, penguins and albatross!

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    DAY 9
    PICTON - WELLINGTON (1 NIGHT)

    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.

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    Marlborough Sounds

    Cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds

    Waking up nice and early, enjoy a quiet breakfast before heading to the dock and boarding the Interislander ferry heading for Wellington. 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 Wellington, check-in to your accommodation and spend some time settling in before heading 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.

    In the evening, an optional 4-hour Lord of the Rings city tour is available to take. Visit all the local sites used in the film-making process, including the exciting Weta Workshop, before finishing the tour with a scenic drive around the harbour.

    Situated in the heart of the city, with all its highlights at your doorstep.
    Luxurious facilities.
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    1 night accommodation 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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    Wellington Cable Car & Lunch combo

    No trip to Wellington is complete without a quick historic journey on the Cable Car. Enjoy great views from the lookout and a delicious lunch at Cable Top Eatery at the end.

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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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    DAY 10
    WELLINGTON - WHANGANUI - TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

    A diverse and awe-inspiring landscape born from volcanic eruptions and carved by ice age glaciers, Tongariro National Park is a place of natural wonders and unforgettable experiences.

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    Canoe down Whanganui River

    Canoe down the Whanganui River

    After breakfast, say goodbye to Wellington and drive to nearby Whanganui, where you will embark on an exciting canoeing tour of the Whanganui River. Your guide will jet boat you upriver for 13 kms stopping along the way to share the local history and stories of the river, before giving you your own canoe and allowing you to paddle yourself back to Pipiriki, exploring and enjoying the native scenery, deep river gorges and some of the more exciting rapids along the way.

    Following your activity, enjoy a delicious lunch before journeying up to Tongariro National Park; with its ruggedly diverse landscape, from volcanic peaks to lush native bush and rivers, this World Heritage Site is a natural wonder that beams quintessential New Zealand.

    Set amongst the spectacular mountains.
    Gorgeous facilities to make your stay relaxing.
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    2 nights accommodation in Tongariro National Park

    Home to three active volcanic mountains, and iconic and majestic landscapes, Tongariro National Park has attracted adventurers of all ages since 1887.

    Activities:

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    Whanganui jet boat & canoeing experience

    Jet boat upriver as you listen to local history and stories of the river before you paddling yourself back to Whanganui, exploring and enjoying the native scenery, deep river gorges and some of the more exciting rapids along the way.

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    TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK

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    Tongariro National Park

    A hiking experience like no other

    Today is all about exploring the area. Accompanied by an audio-guide, hike through the National Park and learn about the volcanic activity and the craters that are found in the area like the Red, Central and North Crater. This hike will tell you about Maori myths and legends while walking through this legendary area that was also made famous by the filming of The Lord of the Rings. You will also see the Lower Mangatepopo Valley, Soft drink Springs, the Emerald Lakes, Blue Lake, the Totara Forest, and much more. This is your tour to do at your own pace.

    If you’re searching for something more endurance-based, join a guided tour through the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spanning over 7-9 hours, covering 20kms of distance with climbs reaching 776m and descents a total of 1126m, experience fascinating geology and areas of great cultural significance.

    Activities:

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    Tongariro Alpine Self-guided tour

    Explore the stunningly beautiful and popular area of Tongariro which is made up of 3 volcanic peaks on this self-guided audio tour.

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    Tongariro Alpine Crossing Tour

    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a challenging one-day alpine trek across an active volcano which covers a little over 19km, experiencing a varied range of landforms and views. Built by fiery eruptions and sculpted by glaciers, learn about the significance of Tongariro to those who live nearby, and the history of this, the first Dual World Heritage National Park in New Zealand.

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    DAY 12
    TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK - ROTORUA (2 NIGHTS)

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

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    Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland

    Set your sights on NZ's geothermal wonderland

    After a delicious breakfast amongst the mountains, you will embark on a journey to the nearby Rotorua. Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs. Along the way, make a stop in Taupo to admire the magnificent Lake Taupo.

    Upon arrival to Rotorua, drop your bags off at your accommodation and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring at your own leisure. There’s lots of fun things to do in the area; why not go water sledging on Kaituna River, experience a thrilling three-hour zipline adventure 72 feet above the ground, or simply just explore the city centre.

    In the evening, take the gondola up to the Skyline Rotorua complex for dinner with a spectacular view. Afterwards, nestle into a Luge cart and zip down an exciting track through the Redwoods Forest.

    A range of fantastic facilities to make your stay comfortable.
    Kick back and relax poolside.
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    2 nights accommodation 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 & 5 Luge

    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 before hitting the exciting Luge track.

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    Rotorua Forest Zipline Canopy Tour

    Experience a thrilling soft adventure three-hour zipline adventure. Take in the whole picture of ecology from great heights with classic Kiwi guides who will bring the environment to life.

    (Optional)
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    Sledge the Kaituna River

    There is something for everyone on this excursion. Beautiful Native Scenery, play holes and awesome rapids to negotiate your way through as you take the river on at eye level, you are in charge of your own vessel- propelled by the flippers on your feet, our guides are there to encourage and motivate you and help where necessary, awesome family fun.

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    DAY 13
    ROTORUA

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    Redwood nightlights walk

    Immerse yourself in rich Maori culture

    Today you will embark on a scenic half-day trip down the Waikato River and through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. Take in the stunning scenery and wildlife and hear the stories of the local Maori tribes before our highly skilled drivers/guides thrill you with spins, speed and heart-stopping manoeuvres. Orakei Korako feels like another world with its array of brightly coloured terraces, bubbling mud, steaming geysers, hidden caves and silica terraces. Be among the select few who have been able to get up and close to this amazing slice of New Zealand scenery.

    In the evening, unwind with a gorgeous tree-top walk. Floating between 9-20 metres above the forest floor, this award-winning eco-tourism walk is 700 metres long and spans across 28 suspension bridges and 27 platforms. At night, the forest is illuminated by fairy-lights, creating a truly magical experience.

    Activities:

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    Geothermal safari

    Embark on a scenic trip down the Waikato River and through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. Take in the stunning scenery and wildlife and hear the stories of the local Maori tribes before our highly skilled drivers/guides thrill you with spins, speed and heart-stopping manoeuvres.

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    Redwood nightlights walk

    Floating between 9-20 metres above the forest floor, this award-winning eco-tourism walk is 700 metres long, spans across 28 suspension bridges and 27 platforms and takes about 40 minutes to complete. Perfect for those looking for things to do in Rotorua at night.

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    Geothermal safari

    Embark on a scenic trip down the Waikato River and through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. Take in the stunning scenery and wildlife and hear the stories of the local Maori tribes before our highly skilled drivers/guides thrill you with spins, speed and heart-stopping manoeuvres.

    (Optional)
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    DAY 14
    ROTORUA - WAITOMO - AUCKLAND (1 NIGHT)

    Also known as Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland sprawls over volcanic hills and around twin harbours, offering an exhilarating mix of natural wonders and urban adventures.

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    Waitomo glow worm cave

    Explore Waitomo's glow worm caves

    Following breakfast, set your sights on the village of Waitomo, famous for its complex cave system and rich history. Here, you will embark on an adrenaline boosting Black Water Rafting tour. After gearing up and grabbing your tube, spend the next 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.

    After your activity, continue 2 hours up the road to Auckland. Check-in to your accommodation and spend the rest of your afternoon simply exploring. Auckland is regularly rated one of the world's top cities for quality of life and livability, and you’ll soon discover why.

    If you’re itching to get back to the great outdoors, we suggest embarking on an unforgettable night canyoning experience in the nearby seaside village of Piha. Experience nature's playground like never before as you abseil under a cascading waterfall before exploring your way down through a cave, pools and ledges, illuminated by only your headlamp and the glow-worm lined rock walls.

    If canyoning isn’t your thing, get your adrenaline pumping with bungee jumping off Auckland Bridge.

    A luxurious property in the heart of the city.
    Rooms with excellent views.
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    1 night accommodation in Auckland

    Auckland is New Zealand's most populous city and is a multi-cultural hub of food, music, arts, and culture. Centrally located, your accommodation provides a perfect base to explore this fantastic city to your hearts content.

    Activities:

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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.

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    DAY 15
    AUCKLAND

    About today:

    Hunua Falls track

    Say haere ra to New Zealand

    Today marks your final day in New Zealand. After breakfast, spend your time soaking up last-minute experiences and simply exploring the area. For a truly spectacular scenic walk, we recommend stretching your legs with the Hunua Falls track. Taking just 15 minutes, this easy walk climbs from the Wairoa River through beautiful lush forest, follows along a shady stream and arrives at a lookout platform. Bring your camera - this is an iconic Auckland photo location.

    In the afternoon, embark on an optional walk on top of New Zealand’s highest building. With no handrails to separate you from the 192m drop, you'll be doing some adrenaline-fuelled challenges designed to get your heart racing while you take in those epic 360-degree views of the City of Sails. This is the perfect way to finish off your action-packed getaway.

    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

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Aimed at 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.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $3,899 twin-share [+ $2,193 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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    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:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

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

    Wanaka

    Set alongside the bay, this accommodation will have you relaxing amongst breathtaking scenery.

    A beautiful property with great facilities.

    The town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and relaxation-minded travellers. Situated on the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

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

    Franz Josef

    Enjoy the area's natural beauty and exciting attractions, all from your accommodation's doorstep.

    Room for the whole family.

    The hospitable town of Franz Josef serves the glacier of the same name. Stay here while you explore this spectacular World Heritage Area and enjoy its spectacular scenery.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in 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

    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

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    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:
    Gold standard

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    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

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

    Wellington

    Situated in the heart of the city, with all its highlights at your doorstep.

    Luxurious facilities.

    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

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    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:
    4.2 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Tongariro National Park

    Set amongst the spectacular mountains.

    Gorgeous facilities to make your stay relaxing.

    Home to three active volcanic mountains, and iconic and majestic landscapes, Tongariro National Park has attracted adventurers of all ages since 1887.

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    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

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    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.2 out of 5
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    Cabin

    Rotorua

    A range of fantastic facilities to make your stay comfortable.

    Kick back and relax poolside.

    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

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    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

    Auckland

    A luxurious property in the heart of the city.

    Rooms with excellent views.

    Auckland is New Zealand's most populous city and is a multi-cultural hub of food, music, arts, and culture. Centrally located, your accommodation provides a perfect base to explore this fantastic city to your hearts content.

    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:
    4.4 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

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    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

    Yes, the idea of our tour packages is to get you to the destinations on the itinerary where you can stay with the main group or go off on your own if you prefer. Flexibility is the essential ingredient.

    Yes, however please ensure that you mention this requirement so we can be certain that arrangements are made where needed. You do need to be traveling with a person who will provide personal assistance.

    Yes, and if rain is forecast you should be prepared with a compact umbrella or rainproof jacket as preferred.

    Yes we do. Dietary requirements affect included set meals and will be taken into consideration during the planning process.

    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.) Many will show "Join a departure" dates to suit couples and singles. 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.

    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.

    One of the challenges in managing tour groups is making sure everyone can hear what is being said. Audio-guide equipment enables the tour guide or manager to communicate via microphone and headset with all members of the tour group. For groups of 12 or more a tour-guide system is recommended.

    On multi-day tours where accommodation is supplied you will often have a choice of accommodation types at the same hotel or resort. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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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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