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  • 20 Days Of Wild Romance In New Zealand

    This New Zealand honeymoon is designed for nature lovers who prefer exploring golden sand beaches and wilderness areas alike. Includes romantic overnight cruise.

    Welcome to 20-days of perfect New Zealand honeymoon delights. White sand beaches and golden bays, mountain adventures and giant glaciers all await you. The finest remote luxury lodges and hideaways have been handpicked just for you: surrounded by beautiful birdsong, towering trees, and secluded beaches, this is a dream you'll never want to wake up from.

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    YOU PAY FROM AFTER GCASH TRAVEL CREDITS

    DESTINATION
    NEW ZEALAND
    THEME
    HONEYMOON
    PRICE FROM
    $4,899
    FLIGHTS INC.
    PACKAGE TYPES
    SELF-GUIDED
    PHYSICAL LEVEL
    5/10
    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

     

    This trip is the perfect way to kick back, relax, and take in stunning scenery you can only find in New Zealand. With so many activities and optional excursions, every destination will introduce you to new and exciting experiences.

    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 $4,899pp twin-share [+ $2,877 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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    • Nature
    • Beach-side
    • On the water
    • Special interest
    • Shopping
    • Sightseeing
    • Rural towns
    • New cultures
    • Wildlife

    Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

    Doubtful Sound is unspoiled, unmatched and unforgettable. So get ready to create some lifelong memories as the Fiordland Navigator takes you through the ultimate overnight Doubtful Sound experience.

    Franz Josef Glacier Private Hot Pools for 2

    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 a long day.

    More trip highlights:

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    Abel Tasman Half-day Cruise

    Get the most out of your day in the Abel Tasman. This is a great way to spend an afternoon after enjoying the region's other attractions in the morning. Cruise in style and comfort along the spectacular granite coast. Get the perfect photograph of Split Apple Rock, and see the seals and birdlife around Tonga and Adele islands. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

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    Lake Taupo Sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings

    Cruise the sparkling waters of Lake Taupo on NZ's only commercial electric yacht and discover its natural wonders and hidden mysteries.

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    Siberia Valley Flight, Hike & Wilderness Jet boat

    Siberia Valley experience, the ultimate adventure where unexpected delights of Nature await at every turn. Fly, Walk, and Jet boat, the best way to spend a day exploring New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine environment. (Optional inclusion for Sapphire class)

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    Wilderness Jet Boat Safari Queenstown

    As one of Queenstown’s most exhilarating activities, this Wilderness Jet Boat adventure takes you on a spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mount Aspiring National Park.

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    Glacier Heli-hike

    With the combination of an exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery and a two hour hike through the most spectacular glacier features, it's no wonder visitors label their Glacier Heli Hike as the highlight of their visit to Aotearoa (New Zealand).

    (Optional)

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    Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Tour

    A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region, rich in Maori culture and tradition, on an action-packed full day return tour from Kerikeri.

    (Optional)

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    Puponga Beach horse trek

    This trek will take you across the estuary, through the manuka, and down into the Puponga Channel that leads out onto the ever-changing tidal beach. You will ride past the old wharf before turning into a private farm track with more great views of Golden Bay. This is a great all-round trek with a bit of everything, suited to beginners and experienced riders alike.

    (Optional)


    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 $4,899pp twin-share [+ $2,877 GCash credits]
    • Return flights to Auckland International Airport (AKL)
    • 1 internal flight included as well
    • 20 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 29 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 18 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 5 excellent excursions and activities
    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From $6,399pp twin-share [+ $2,614 GCash credits]
    • Return flights to Auckland International Airport (AKL)
    • 1 internal flight included as well
    • 20 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 29 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 18 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 7 excellent excursions and 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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    * 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

    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 $4,899pp twin-share [+ $2,877 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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    "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 from Taupo to Nelson

    Transfer to the South Island with a flight from Taupo to Nelson.

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    Flight home from Queenstown

    Enjoy a return flight home from Queenstown 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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    17 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.

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

    A luxurious property in the heart of the city.

    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.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.6+; Breakfast included.
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    3 nights accommodation in Kerikeri

    Gorgeously styled rooms.

    Kerikeri is a picturesque beach settlement north of the Bay of Islands. It's popular with surfers, divers and golfers alike. Kick back and relax in your private accommodation.

    Apartment rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.7+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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    1 night accommodation in Matakana

    Enjoy the property's spectacular views.

    Matakana Island is a blend of different landscapes - white sand surf beach, pine forest, farmland and tranquil harbour. Experience it all when you spend one night here,

    Suite rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.0+; Breakfast included.
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    2 nights accommodation in Taupo

    Spectacular views of the lake.

    The beautiful town of Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption. Spend some time exploring some of New Zealand's most visited attractions.

    Suite rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.9+; Breakfast included.
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    2 nights accommodation in Motueka

    The perfect location.

    Stay in Motueka, a vibrant town, known for its lively cafe culture and artistic community.

    Apartment rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.7+; Breakfast included.
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    2 nights accommodation in Golden Bay

    The perfect place to relax from.

    Golden Bay is an extraordinary natural environment at the top of the South Island in New Zealand just waiting for you to explore it.

    Beach house rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.7+.
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    1 night accommodation in Murchison

    Private cottages in the forest.

    Known as the ‘whitewater capital’ of the country, spend some time exploring the many rivers and forests in the area.

    Cottage rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+.
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    2 nights accommodation in Franz Josef

    Gorgeous rooms with a view.

    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.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.1+; Breakfast included.
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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.

    Apartment rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.6+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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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.

    Apartment rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.1+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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    Evening Tawharanui Bird Sanctuary tour

    Kiwi bird

    With native forest, lush pastures, gorgeous coastal views and sandy beaches, it’s easy to see why the Kiwi call Tawharanui home. With the tour beginning at dusk, you’ll set off with your local guide in search of Kiwi by red torchlight.

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    Lake Taupo Sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings

    Lake taupo cruise

    Cruise the sparkling waters of Lake Taupo on NZ's only commercial electric yacht and discover its natural wonders and hidden mysteries.

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    Franz Josef Glacier Private Hot Pools for 2

    Hot pools

    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 a long day.

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    Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

    Cruise

    Doubtful Sound is unspoiled, unmatched and unforgettable. So get ready to create some lifelong memories as the Fiordland Navigator takes you through the ultimate overnight Doubtful Sound experience.

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    Wilderness Jet Boat Safari Queenstown

    Jetboat experience

    As one of Queenstown’s most exhilarating activities, this Wilderness Jet Boat adventure takes you on a spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mount Aspiring National Park.

    Exclusions and options:

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

     

    An itinerary filled with secret wilderness hideaways that will take your breath away! You'll love visiting lesser-known gems such as Golden Bay remote Mt Nicholas Station as much as this iconic Milford Sound, Franz Josef Glacier and Abel Tasman National Park - this honeymoon itinerary delivers the best of Wild New Zealand.

    "In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take." - 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 $4,899pp twin-share [+ $2,877 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 (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.

    About today:

    Romance in Auckland

    Welcome to the land of the long white cloud

    Arrive Auckland (time to be confirmed).

    Auckland offers an urban environment where most people live within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Enjoy the city's sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping as you explore to your hearts content.

    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.

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    DAY 2
    AUCKLAND - KERIKERI (3 NIGHTS)

    The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's paradise

    Your hire car:

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    17 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:

    Honeymooning in NZ

    A secret hideaway by the ocean

    Today your New Zealand adventure truly begins. Pick up your comfortable rental vehicle and hit the road, taking a leisurely drive to the beautiful Kerikeri where your adventure begins. It’s a 3-hour trip with lots to see along the way. Make a stop at Matakana and visit the unique Sculpture Garden. It will amuse, inspire and delight you with over 750 works of art in gardens and galleries bursting with colour and creativity. Further down the road, enjoy a break in the coastal town of Whangarei.

    Upon arrival, pop the cork on a bottle of champagne and enjoy the stunning coastal views laid out before you. With three nights here, relax and let the world melt away: you have three nights to immerse yourselves in the natural wonders of this coastal paradise.

    A relaxing property with spectacular views.
    Gorgeously styled rooms.
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    3 nights accommodation in Kerikeri

    Kerikeri is a picturesque beach settlement north of the Bay of Islands. It's popular with surfers, divers and golfers alike. Kick back and relax in your private accommodation.

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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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    DAY 3
    KERIKERI

    About today:

    Relax beachside

    White sands, sea caves and bayside blues

    When you're ready, emerge from the comfort of your accommodation and stroll down to a nearby beach for a dip in the crystal clear waters. Why not rent out some snorkels and kayaks to explore the many coves and sea caves close by.

    If you’re in the mood to do nothing, lounge on the deck and let the rhythm of the ocean lull you to sleep. For the more adventurous, consider passing your time with golfing, scuba diving, or hiking the surrounding area.

    With your own private kitchen, you can easily prepare a romantic meal for two. Dine al fresco and watch the sun set, with a sweet soundtrack of local penguin calls.

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    Matauri Bay Scuba diving

    Dive amongst the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior before heading to one of the many great reef dive sites in the Cavalli Islands to explore the volcanic reef areas.

    (Optional)
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    18 Holes at Kauri Golf Course

    Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Florida. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,139 yards/6,528 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Play 18 holes at Kauri Golf Course, ranked #37 on Golf Digest Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World.

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    DAY 4
    CAPE REINGA

    About today:

    Venture out to Cape Reinga

    Where the ocean meets the sea

    A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island - Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region that is rich in Maori culture and tradition.

    As you travel north, enjoy a taste of New Zealand's varying and beautiful landscape: the rolling hills of Northland's rural countryside, breath-taking coastal views and native forest.

    Wander through the Puketi Kauri Forest and get up close to ancient and majestic giant kauri trees and native bush. Visit Cape Reinga and hear the stories of this significant site. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, and see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together.

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    Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Tour

    A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region, rich in Maori culture and tradition, on an action-packed full day return tour from Kerikeri.

    (Optional)
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    DAY 5
    KERIKERI - MATAKANA (1 NIGHT)

    The picturesque Matakana region is a foodie's heaven known for its weekend farmers market, boutique food shops and spectacular vineyards.

    About today:

    Matakana

    Enjoy artisinal food and wine

    This morning, wave goodbye to your hideaway and drive south to the picturesque foodie haven of Matakana. Along the way, stop in at Whanganui and visit the highly rated and unique Claphams Clock Museum.

    One of Auckland's favourite getaway spots, Matakana is a great introduction to the sights and sounds of small town New Zealand. Here you can while away the hours browsing the gift shops and tasting local artisanal food and wines.

    The surrounding coastline is excellent with Pakiri Beach offering vast stretches of white sand or you can visit the sheltered shorelines of Snells Beach nearby - a perfect place to relax.

    In the evening, join a local guide for a fantastic evening exploring the Tawharanui Bird Sanctuary, home to the New Zealand Kiwi bird!

    Enjoy the property's spectacular views.
    Gorgeous rooms with your own private deck.
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    1 night accommodation in Matakana

    Matakana Island is a blend of different landscapes - white sand surf beach, pine forest, farmland and tranquil harbour. Experience it all when you spend one night here,

    Activities:

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    Evening Tawharanui Bird Sanctuary tour

    With native forest, lush pastures, gorgeous coastal views and sandy beaches, it’s easy to see why the Kiwi call Tawharanui home. With the tour beginning at dusk, you’ll set off with your local guide in search of Kiwi by red torchlight.

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    DAY 6
    MATAKANA - TAUPO (2 NIGHTS)

    Taupo is a sanctuary for those who need a quiet spell. Visit the area and you'll see evidence of the lake's fiery birth in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. 

    About today:

    The spectacular Lake Taupo

    Across lakes and mountains

    Travel onwards to Taupo via the heart of the Central North Island, heading south through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions.

    Pause in Rotorua to stretch your legs and marvel New Zealand's geothermal wonders. The bubbling mud pools, volcanic craters, gushing geysers and candy-coloured rock terraces must be seen to be believed. An optional visit to Te Puia will introduce you to the area’s rich Maori history.

    Another great stop along the way is Huka Falls. Watch in wonder as a hundred-metre-wide river squeezes through a fifteen metre canyon. The explosive power of the resulting waterfall is an incredible sight.

    The Great Lake Taupo region is a nature-lover's paradise. Drink in the picturesque forest and mountain views: was it really only yesterday that you were on a subtropical beach? That's New Zealand!

    Spectacular views of the lake.
    Kick back and relax in style.
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    2 nights accommodation in Taupo

    The beautiful town of Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption. Spend some time exploring some of New Zealand's most visited attractions.

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    DAY 7
    LAKE TAUPO

    About today:

    Maori Rock carvings

    Sail to the Maori Rock Carvings

    Soak up the beauty of the region with a lake cruise aboard NZ's only commercial electric yacht. Once owned by Hollywood star Errol Flynn, this lovely old vessel will host you for an awesome cruise filled with fun and adventure.

    You will sail to Mine Bay to see 10-metre-high Maori rock carvings only accessible by boat. Created by local artists they are thought to be the largest of their kind in the world.

    Take in breathtaking scenery as you glide across stunning Lake Taupo. You can help to hoist the sail or take a turn at the wheel, go for a swim and stretch out on the luxury beanbags to soak up the sun.

    Activities:

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    Lake Taupo Sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings

    Cruise the sparkling waters of Lake Taupo on NZ's only commercial electric yacht and discover its natural wonders and hidden mysteries.

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    DAY 8
    TAUPO - NELSON - MOTUEKA (2 NIGHTS)

    Motueka is a vibrant town, known for its lively cafe culture and artistic community. It is also a gateway town to the Abel Tasman National Park.

    About today:

    Explore Abel Tasman

    Beautiful bays and golden sands

    This morning you will say goodbye to the North Island and set your sights on the South with a flight to Nelson. As your flight descends, get a stunning introduction to New Zealand's South Island as you admire the glittering waters, forests and bays from the plane windows.

    Upon arrival, pick up your new hire car and hit the road. In less than an hour you reach the sunshine capital: it only takes 45 minutes to drive into the heart of Abel Tasman National Park. New Zealand's smallest National Park is famous for its golden beaches, marbled cliffs and native forests. Blessed with secluded bays, mossy valleys and picturesque waterfalls, you are sure to fall in love with this corner of paradise: your home for the next two nights.

    The perfect location.
    Rooms with spectacular views.
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    2 nights accommodation in Motueka

    Stay in Motueka, a vibrant town, known for its lively cafe culture and artistic community.

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    DAY 9
    ABEL TASMAN

    About today:

    Cruise Abel Tasman

    Explore this spectacular national park (optional cruise)

    The Abel Tasman National Park is an easily-accessible coastal paradise. You can choose to explore the park from land or on the water. We recommend the scenic full day catamaran cruise around the hidden bays and beaches of beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. (See optional excursion details).

    You'll sail to the mysterious Split Apple Rock and visit the local wildlife at Tonga Island Marine Reserve. The itinerary is loose and flexible, giving you ample time to swim and snorkel the turquoise bays, or take a leisurely paddle in one of the on-board kayaks. You might even find yourself face to face with a fur seal!

    If you fancy, take some shore leave to walk along the famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. Or relax on board and enjoy the serenity, while your knowledgeable skipper tells tales of the unique history and wildlife in this wonderful part of the world.

    Activities:

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    Abel Tasman Day Cruise

    Get the most out of your day in the Abel Tasman. Cruise, kayak, swim, bird watch, photograph wildlife & scenery, snorkel, walk, eat, relax... Enjoy a variety of Abel Tasman activities on this personalised small group scenic cruise.

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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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    Abel Tasman Half-Day Cruise

    Get the most out of your day in the Abel Tasman. This is a great way to spend an afternoon after enjoying the region's other attractions in the morning. Cruise in style and comfort along the spectacular granite coast. Get the perfect photograph of Split Apple Rock, and see the seals and birdlife around Tonga and Adele islands. (Kaiteriteri - Totaranui return 3 hrs 15 min)

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    DAY 10
    MOTUEKA - GOLDEN BAY (2 NIGHTS)

    With an incredibly vibrant and arty community at its heart, Golden Bay is known for welcoming visitors as one of their own, and it’s not uncommon to leave having made a bunch of new lifelong friends.

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    Te Waikoropupu Springs, Golden Bay

    Isolated splendor on a private peninsula

    Tucked away in the northwest corner of the South Island, Golden Bay is a gem of a location. This is where New Zealanders come for a getaway, so you know it must be special.

    A rugged mountain chain separates Golden Bay from the rest of the South Island, and its isolation is a major part of the charm. Driving over New Zealand's longest hill to get here, you'll be rewarded with alpine valleys, gorgeous beaches, and a friendly, creative local community.

    Seals, penguins, dolphins and even the occasional whale like to stop by Golden Bay too. We can't swear that they come for the laid-back atmosphere and the isolated beauty, but we wouldn't be surprised. Upon arrival, we recommend taking a stroll through Te Waikoropupu Springs, a gorgeous crystal clear spring with spectacular views.

    Located right on the Bay.
    The perfect place to relax from.
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    2 nights accommodation in Golden Bay

    Golden Bay is an extraordinary natural environment at the top of the South Island in New Zealand just waiting for you to explore it.

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    DAY 11
    GOLDEN BAY

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    Puponga Beach trekking

    Wilderness at your front door

    Today you wake up in the heart of a nature sanctuary with New Zealand's wilderness at your doorstep. Around your accommodation, you can hike some of the country's most dramatic coastlines, relax on hidden beaches, and stroll through the nikau palm forests around you.

    Take an optional kayaking trip with a local guide to show you their favourite secret spots. You may wish to venture further afield on a guided tour of Farewell Spit's internationally-renowned bird sanctuary or a horse trek along unspoiled Puponga Beach.

    When you return home tired but happy, you can pamper yourselves a relaxing massage or spa treatment before curling up in the comfort of your luxury lodge.

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    Puponga Beach horse trek

    This trek will take you across the estuary, through the manuka, and down into the Puponga Channel that leads out onto the ever-changing tidal beach. You will ride past the old wharf before turning into a private farm track with more great views of Golden Bay. This is a great all-round trek with a bit of everything, suited to beginners and experienced riders alike.

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    Half-Day Kayaking Tour

    Tata Islands provide a breathtaking backdrop as you launch your kayak from the golden sands of Tata Beach, straight into the Abel Tasman National Park.

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    Local guide to Farewell Spit

    Embark on a guided Farewell Spit Tour which, as well as exploring the spit, stops in Puponga and at the most northern point on the South island, Cape Farewell. From the cliff tops, seals and their pups can be seen all year basking on the rocks below.

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    DAY 12
    GOLDEN BAY - MURCHISON (1 NIGHT)

    Come to Murchison for whitewater thrills - rafting, kayaking, canoeing and jet boating. There are fast running rivers in every direction.

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    Murchison

    White water and gold fever

    Hitting the road again, today's destination is the charming former gold-rush town of Murchison. This small township still retains its old-school Kiwi charm.

    Murchison's history is heavily based on gold and farming – interrupted by a massive earthquake in 1929. Pay a visit to the museum to find out about how the town was affected.

    No less than seven rivers pass through the area, and whitewater rafters come from far and wide to conquer the rollercoaster rapids. For a more sedate activity, try your luck at panning for gold at the water's edge before paying a visit to the historical museum!

    Private cottages in the forest.
    The perfect base for exploring the natural area.
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    1 night accommodation in Murchison

    Known as the ‘whitewater capital’ of the country, spend some time exploring the many rivers and forests in the area.

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    Gold panning

    Try your luck at gold panning in Murchison, a historic gold rush town. At Buller Gorge Swingbridge Adventure and Heritage Park you are provided with an expert tuition on panning and are bound to find some gold. You are also able to go down to the river and pan for as long as you like and can keep what you find!

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    Murchison river rafting

    New Zealand rafting at it’s best. In the whitewater capital of Murchison, you have access to rivers that cover all grades of river adventures. Embark on a premium half day white water rafting on the Buller River, the area's local gem.

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    DAY 13
    MURCHISON - 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.

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    Experience Franz Josef Glacier

    Journey through the wild west before reaching the glacier region

    The windswept West Coast of the South Island is rugged, remote and full of fascinating places to check out during your journey to Franz Josef. Keep your camera close by as you pass rainforest-covered mountains and craggy coastlines, gold-rush towns and luscious lakes.

    Be sure to stop and marvel at the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki - these incredible rock stacks have formed over 30 million years, beaten into shape by the strong winds and waves here.

    Nestled in a rainforest clearing, Franz Josef Glacier Village lies at the heart of the Westland National Park. Welcome to one of the most diverse and beautiful areas of New Zealand.

    Tonight, relax, unwind and soak in the Glacier Hot Pools.

    Set amongst the mountains.
    Gorgeous rooms with a view.
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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.

    Activities:

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    Franz Josef Glacier Private Hot Pools for 2

    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 a long day.

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    DAY 14
    FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

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    Franz Josef Glacier experience

    Towering glaciers and ancient rainforests

    The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. It tumbles down from the Southern Alps almost to the sea, its ancient icy faces contrasting spectacularly with the surrounding rainforests.

    There are many different ways to admire the glacier. You can walk to the terminal face, get a birds eye view with a scenic helicopter flight, or take an exhilarating Heli Hike up to the bluest ice.

    Whatever you choose, get ready to experience the most spectacular glacier environment anywhere in the world.

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    Glacier Heli-hike

    With the combination of an exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery and a two hour hike through the most spectacular glacier features, it's no wonder visitors label their Glacier Heli Hike as the highlight of their visit to Aotearoa (New Zealand).

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    Glacier Scenic Flight

    Steep and dramatic or vast and remote? Take our Twin Glacier flight and you won't have to choose - you'll experience two very different glacial formations and a snow landing. This is the perfect trip to encounter two jaw-dropping glaciers, Fox and Franz Josef; giving you the opportunity to take in all the epic surroundings.

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    DAY 15
    FRANZ JOSEF - 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.

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    Haast Blue Pools

    Splendor of the Southern Alps

    The drive from Franz Josef to Wanaka is one of the most scenic in New Zealand, as the windswept West Coast gives way to ancient forests and mountain passes.

    Behind the Gates of Haast is a lost world so spectacular and remote that UNESCO designated it a World Heritage area. There's beauty around every bend, with woodland walks and dramatic waterfalls along the way - perfect for picnic stops.

    After this breathtaking drive you will arrive in the lakeside town of Wanaka, where you will stay for the next two nights.

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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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    DAY 16
    MT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK

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    Get out into nature

    A backcountry adventure to remember

    An amazing adventure-packed experience at Mt Aspiring National Park is waiting for you today! Stretch your legs and feed your soul in this beautiful wilderness of native forests, towering mountains and long river valleys. Straddling the 'great divide' of the Southern Alps, this National Park presents a breath-taking range of landscapes - don't forget your camera!.

    An optional full-day tour including a scenic flight, wilderness hiking, jet boating, and more is available to take today. If you'd prefer to explore at your own pace, Mount Aspiring National Park offers a large number of short walks that are mostly concentrated at the end of the park's access roads. In the summer, it’s possible to walk from one valley to another over spectacular mountain passes.

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    Siberia Valley Flight, Hike & Wilderness Jet boat

    Siberia Valley experience, the ultimate adventure where unexpected delights of Nature await at every turn. Fly, Walk, and Jet boat, the best way to spend a day exploring New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine environment.

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    Siberia Valley Flight, Hike & Wilderness Jet boat

    Siberia Valley experience, the ultimate adventure where unexpected delights of Nature await at every turn. Fly, Walk, and Jet boat, the best way to spend a day exploring New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine environment.

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    DAY 17
    WANAKA - QUEENSTOWN - DOUBTFUL SOUND (1 NIGHT)

    Sometimes called the 'Sound of Silence' Doubtful Sound is the deepest and second longest of the South Island's fiords. The powerful serenity of the fiord, named Doubtful Harbour by Captain James Cook, who didn't sail into the inlet because it looked a bit tight, contrasts with the nearby Milford Sound.

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    Doubtful sound cruise

    Sleep among the fjords

    Travel onwards to Queenstown and drop off the car - your driving is done and it's time to let somebody else take care of it while you relax.

    Transfer to Manapouri afterwards for a very special overnight cruise in one of New Zealand's most remote and beautiful wilderness areas: Doubtful Sound.

    Arriving at Deep Cove, board your overnight cruise vessel for a leisurely exploration of Doubtful Sound. Enjoy stunning views of waterfalls, abundant wildlife, rainforest and mountains with detailed commentary from the on-board nature guide.

    With kayaking and coastline excursions available you can immerse yourselves in these magical surroundings before you anchor overnight in one of Doubtful Sound’s hidden arms. Enjoy a delicious three course meal in the saloon before curling up in your comfortable ensuite cabin, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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    Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

    Doubtful Sound is unspoiled, unmatched and unforgettable. So get ready to create some lifelong memories as the Fiordland Navigator takes you through the ultimate overnight Doubtful Sound experience.

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    DAY 18
    DOUBTFUL SOUND - 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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    Get out and explore Queenstown

    Welcome to NZ's adventure capital

    After a hearty breakfast, cruise back to Deep Cove. Try to spot bottle nose dolphins patrolling the fiord, or New Zealand Fur Seals basking on sun-warmed rocks. You may even catch a glimpse of the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin.

    After stepping ashore, it's time to return to the "Jewel of the South": Queenstown. 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 board a shuttle bus and head out to nearby Arrowtown and Frankton to 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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    DAY 19
    QUEENSTOWN

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    Wilderness Jet Boat Safari

    Jetboat wilderness and relaxing hotpools

    Today you have the option to journey back into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. As one of Queenstown’s most exhilarating activities, our Wilderness Jet half-day adventure takes you on a spectacular journey through the waterways that make up this world-renowned National Park.

    You’ll experience a unique combination of breath-taking scenery and an exhilarating ride as we follow the braided, glacier-fed rivers by jet boat with exciting 360 degree spins along the way. Your guides give you their authentic touch, talking about the area’s rich history, the Greenstone trail and countless Maori legends. We’ll also take the chance to tie up the boat and let you walk amongst the ancient beech tree forests – an atmosphere you may recognize from The Lord of the Rings films. It’s a complete Queenstown to Glenorchy experience in an untouched natural wonderland.

    If this tour isn't your thing, spend your time exploring Queenstown and simply relaxing.

    This evening, you have the opportunity to soak in the outdoor hot tubs at Queenstown's Onsen.

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    Wilderness Jet Boat Safari Queenstown

    As one of Queenstown’s most exhilarating activities, this Wilderness Jet Boat adventure takes you on a spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mount Aspiring National Park.

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    Queenstown Onsen private pools

    These idyllic cedar-lined hot tubs have long been a highlight for Queenstown visitors and locals alike. A unique kiwi twist on a Japanese tradition, you will have exclusive use of the classic indoor cedar tubs for 60 minutes as you kick back, relax and enjoy your surrounds.

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    DAY 20
    QUEENSTOWN - RETURN HOME

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    NZ

    The end of an unforgettable journey

    "Haere ra", goodbye, and bon voyage!

    Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

    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 $4,899pp twin-share [+ $2,877 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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    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.

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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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    4.6 out of 5
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    Hotel room

    Kerikeri

    A relaxing property with spectacular views.

    Gorgeously styled rooms.

    Kerikeri is a picturesque beach settlement north of the Bay of Islands. It's popular with surfers, divers and golfers alike. Kick back and relax in your private accommodation.

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    Holiday Apartments
    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:
    4.7 out of 5
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    Apartment

    Matakana

    Enjoy the property's spectacular views.

    Gorgeous rooms with your own private deck.

    Matakana Island is a blend of different landscapes - white sand surf beach, pine forest, farmland and tranquil harbour. Experience it all when you spend one night here,

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    Lodge
    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:
    4.0 out of 5
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    Suite

    Taupo

    Spectacular views of the lake.

    Kick back and relax in style.

    The beautiful town of Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption. Spend some time exploring some of New Zealand's most visited attractions.

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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:
    4.9 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Suite

    Motueka

    The perfect location.

    Rooms with spectacular views.

    Stay in Motueka, a vibrant town, known for its lively cafe culture and artistic community.

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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.

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

    Golden Bay

    Located right on the Bay.

    The perfect place to relax from.

    Golden Bay is an extraordinary natural environment at the top of the South Island in New Zealand just waiting for you to explore it.

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    Beach House
    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:
    4.7 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Beach house

    Murchison

    Private cottages in the forest.

    The perfect base for exploring the natural area.

    Known as the ‘whitewater capital’ of the country, spend some time exploring the many rivers and forests in the area.

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    Lodge
    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:
    Cottage

    Franz Josef

    Set amongst the mountains.

    Gorgeous rooms with a view.

    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:
    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

    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.

    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:
    4.6 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.

    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:
    4.1 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    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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