Inspiring New Zealand (Summer 2019)

Inspiring New Zealand (Summer 2019)


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Young travelers between the ages of 5 through 17 yrs of age save up to 10%, plus receive our AffordableTours.com 10% extra savings! Not all vacations may qualify and/or some discounts may vary depending on departure, please ask your Travel Consultant for full details.
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Must be aged 5–17 at time of travel and accompanied by at least one adult sharing a twin room. Discounts are limited to one per room. Excludes train and/or cruise portions of trips. Does not apply to Egypt, South Africa, India, Japan, Australia or New Zealand trips. Discounts and savings only apply to the land portion of your vacation and are not applicable to extra nights’ accommodations, optional extensions, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, surcharges and airport transfers. Sometimes more than one discount can apply. Eastern Mediterranean trips may have additional restrictions.

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Family and groups save up to 5%. Available when 5-15 guests are together on the same booking. Discounts and savings only apply to the land portion of your vacation and are not applicable to extra nights’ accommodations, optional extensions, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, surcharges and airport transfers. Sometimes more than one discount can apply. Eastern Mediterranean trips may have additional restrictions. Family and group discounts do not apply to South Africa, Asia, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand or India journeys, nor to any cruise portion or the Rocky Mountaineer Train.

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All trips must be on the same booking number to qualify. Excludes train and/or cruise portions of trips. Does not apply to Egypt, India, Asia, Australia or New Zealand trips. Discounts and savings only apply to the land portion of your vacation and are not applicable to extra nights’ accommodations, optional extensions, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, surcharges and airport transfers. Sometimes more than one discount can apply. Eastern Mediterranean trips may have additional restrictions

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Travel with three people sharing one room and each of you will receive a reduction on the land-only portion of your trip’s price. As always receive our AffordableTours.com 10% extra savings.
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Triple rooms are suitable for two adults and one child (three adults may find rooms too small as they often have one double and one foldaway bed and limited suitcase space). Triple rooms are limited on cruises and not available on all trips. Discounts and savings only apply to the land portion of your vacation and are not applicable to extra nights’ accommodations, optional extensions, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, surcharges and airport transfers. Sometimes more than one discount can apply. Eastern Mediterranean trips may have additional restrictions

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Offer does not apply to all vacations, contact your travel consultant for applicable vacations. There is a no-smoking policy in all shared rooms. Does not apply to additional accommodation, stopovers, airfare or flight supplements. Discounts and savings only apply to the land portion of your vacation and are not applicable to extra nights’ accommodations, optional extensions, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, surcharges and airport transfers. Sometimes more than one discount can apply. Eastern Mediterranean trips may have additional restrictions. Exceptions apply.

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If you have traveled with Luxury Gold, Insight, Trafalgar, Brendan, African Travel, Contiki or Uniworld in the past you may be eligible for up to a 5% discount on the land portion of your next trip, plus receive our 10% AffordableTours.com additional everyday savings. Contact your Travel Consultant for applicable vacations, not all vacations will qualify.
Combinable with most other offers, exceptions may apply.
Must Book By Fri, Jan 31, 2020
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Discounts and savings only apply to the land portion of your vacation and are not applicable to extra nights’ accommodations, optional extensions, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, surcharges and airport transfers. Sometimes more than one discount can apply. Eastern Mediterranean trips may have additional restrictions. 5% savings is not valid on all itineraries and/or departure dates. Savings may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Offer is capacity controlled and applies to new bookings only. Additional restrictions may apply.

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

New Zealand

Tour Itinerary

Discover nature’s bounty, as you wander through ancient rainforests, cruise on spectacular Lake Manapouri and marvel at geothermal phenomena. Great film epics such as Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed in the vast wildernesses and enchanting landscapes of New Zealand. This inspiring journey showcases New Zealand’s natural splendours, culinary flair and fascinating indigenous cultures.

Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland.
On arrival at Auckland airport, you are welcomed and driven to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing or exploring the city. At 19:00, meet your Travelling Concierge and travel companions for drinks and a Welcome Dinner served with wine at your hotel.(Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland.
Meals: Dinner with Wine

Day 2 - Highlights of Auckland.
Surrounded by rainforests, hot springs and glistering waterways, Auckland is the ultimate urban gateway to outdoor thrill. Explore the city centre, as you embark on a journey by waterway headed for Mission Bay. Enjoy panoramic views of the bay from Bastion Point and marvel at the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, which commemorates the country’s first Labour Prime Minister and the founder of the welfare state. Step aboard a ferry for a voyage to picture-perfect Waiheke Island where you’ll embark on a scenic drive to your first stop, Stonyridge Vineyard. Known for producing award-winning Cabernet blends, Stonyridge Vineyard lies in a lush valley and boasts a French-style caeé where you will taste delicious blends and enjoy a light seasonal lunch. This afternoon head to Rangihoua Estate, famous for producing some of the island’s best olive oils, and enjoy a privately-hosted tasting experience. In Mediterranean style, visit the lakeside Casita Miro and the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard for your final wine tastings and take in spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf. Return to the mainland by ferry and enjoy an evening at leisure. Your Travelling Concierge is a treasure trove of local knowledge and will happily make restaurant recommendations and reservations on your behalf.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 3 - The Cultural Capital of Rotorua.
Journey along the Waikato River, the longest river in the country, towards the home of retired champion horse jockey, Lance O’Sullivan and his wife, Bridgette. You’re invited for a private lunch at their Red Barn, which overlooks Lake Karapiro. Continue on to Rotorua, the cultural capital of New Zealand and home to Lake Rotorua, geo-thermic geysers and bubbling mud pools. Orientate yourself, as you embark on a city tour and appreciate spectacular vistas of the lake. In the evening see a privately-hosted Māori show at the Tamaki Māori Village and gain insight into local Māori traditions and history from your Local Expert. Witness the heart-pounding wero challenge from a Māori warrior during a ceremonial Māori welcome, known as Powhiri, and learn traditional customary phrases and greetings such as the Hongi. Chat to the Māoris and discover how they lived prior to the arrival of European settlers. Gather round for a feast of succulent meats and vegetables, cooked in a Hāngi and prepared using the traditional Māori method of cooking over geothermal steam coming from the earth.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Novotel Hotel Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 4 - Rotorua Wellness or Adventure.
Relish a relaxed start in the morning before experience Rotorua Your Way with a choice between a spa treatment, film-interest tour or treetop adventure. The wellness option allows you to submerge yourself in the mineral-rich baths of The Polynesian spa, followed by a soul-rejuvenating massage. Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua, this unique spa draws on the geothermal waters of the area to offer you an invigorating experience. Alternatively, explore the magical film set of The Hobbiton, as you enter the lush pastures of Middle Earth and hear stories about the making of the film from a knowledgeable guide. Your final option is a treetop ziplining adventure that sees you gliding through an ancient native forest. Hear stories about the local plants and birds from your guide, as you fly like a bird. All logistics and bookings are handled and made by your Travelling Concierge. In the evening enjoy dinner of your choice at one of Rotorua’s many restaurants.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Novotel Hotel Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 5 - Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Wellington.
Set in the indigenous forests of Rotorua near crystal-clear mineral water springs, the Rainbow Springs Nature Park is home to a fascinating collection of birds, reptiles and plants. Wander among exotic flowers and see New Zealand’s most successful kiwi hatchery in action. Travel to the living Māori village of Whakawerawera where a Local Expert, a resident, will take you to see New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. This afternoon, you are driven to the Rotorua Airport for your onward flight to Wellington. Settle into your hotel and enjoy an evening at your leisure. Perhaps head down to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street to dine at one of Wellington’s tucked-away bars or quirky cafes?(Breakfast)
Accommodation: Sofitel Wellington.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - New Zealand's Culinary Capital.
Wellington, the trendy seaside capital of New Zealand, is packed with natural beauty, picture-book architecture and vibrant urban culture. Embark on a tour of the city, as you venture out into leafy laneways towards an array of cafes, boutiques and galleries. Your Travelling Concierge will introduce you to passionate locals who will share stories about the city’s legendary culinary scene, history and culture. Embark on a walking tour alongside a knowledgeable Local Expert and food connoisseur to foodie hotspots dotted around the city. Taste home-brewed coffee, gourmet chocolate, gelato, cheeses and other local specialties, as you discover why Wellington is known as the culinary capital of the country. In the afternoon, visit Wellington’s famous urban eco-sanctuary, Zealandia. Known for being the first of its kind in the world, Zealandia is the most biodiversity-rich square mile in the country and has successfully reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, six of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years. Learn about the country’s fascinating ecological history, as you wander through a lush indigenous forest. For dinner, take your pick from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Sofitel Wellington.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 7 - Te Papa Museum Wellington on to Queenstown.
Enjoy exclusive VIP entry into the famous Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, before it opens to the public. Embark on a guided walk through fascinating exhibitions, as you learn about the people, places and ideas that shaped New Zealand and the Pacific. Travel on to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital situated on the South Island. On arrival at Queenstown Airport, travel to the delightful gold rush village of Arrowtown. Situated on the sparkling Arrow River, this heritage village once attracted fortune seekers from afar. Wander along its historic main road and marvel at the soaring surrounding mountain ranges and forests. Return to Queenstown for an exploration of the city. See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables mountain range and the world-famous bungy jump at Kawarau Bridge.(Breakfast)
Accommodation: Heritage Queenstown.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Fiordland National Park and the Doubtful Sound.
Beyond the adrenaline-seeking crowds of Queenstown lies a vast and mystical wilderness. Travel to an untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. The beauty and sheer scale of Doubtful Sound will take your breath away. Cruise across Lake Manapouri and marvel at plummeting waterfalls and ancient rainforests, while keeping an eye out for bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. After your cruise, cross over Wilmot Pass and pause to appreciate views of the Sound glistening far below. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Heritage Queenstown.
Meals: Breakfast, ,

Day 9 - Choices of Queenstown.
Explore Queenstown Your Way and choose between a boutique wine tour, guided walk and canyon tour. The half-day wine tour option showcases some of the best wines in Central Otago, taking you to four top vineyards with a delicious meze lunch served with wine included. Visit Old Cromwell Town and enjoy a drive through the Kawarau Gorge, as you learn about the early pioneering history of this rugged region. Enjoy spectacular views of the lake and mountains and learn about medicinal plants that were once used by Māori and European settlers. Alternatively, enjoy a gentle ranger-guided walk along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through an ancient beech forest. Stop and take in unrivalled views across the lake of The Remarkables mountain range and Cecil Peak, as you enjoy specially-prepared coffee and tea. Your final option is to explore Queenstown’s wilderness, as you venture into the backcountry of Skippers Canyon on a 4WD minibus tour. All logistics and bookings are handled and made by your Travelling Concierge. In the evening, join your travel companions and Travelling Concierge for a spectacular Celebration Dinner, hosted at one of the best restaurants in the city.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Accommodation: Heritage Queenstown.
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 10 - Depart Queenstown.
Bid farewell to your travel companions, as you are driven to Queenstown Airport for your onward journey.(Breakfast)
Meals: Breakfast

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Exceptional Dining

  • Waiheke Island: Step aboard a ferry for a voyage to picture-perfect Waiheke Island where you’ll embark on a scenic drive to your first stop, Stonyridge Vineyard. Known for producing award-winning Cabernet blends, Stonyridge Vineyard lies in a lush valley and boasts a French-style café where you’ll taste delicious blends and enjoy a light seasonal lunch.
  • Rotorua: Gather round for a feast of succulent meats and vegetables, cooked in a Hāngi and prepared using the traditional Māori method of cooking over geothermal steam coming from the earth.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfasts (B), 2 Lunches (L), 1 Lunch with Wine (LW), 1 Dinner (D) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW).

Journey Highlights

  • Tamaki Māori Village: See a privately-hosted Māori show and the heart-pounding Wero challenge at the Tamaki Māori Village and gain insight into local Māori traditions and history from your Local Expert.
  • Rotorua: Experience Rotorua Your Way with a choice between a wellness experience in the mineral-rich baths of The Polynesian spa, a visit to the film set of Hobbiton or a treetop adventure through an ancient native forest.
  • Whakawerawera: Join a Māori Local Expert to see New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs.
  • Wellington: Embark on a private walking tour alongside a Local Expert to foodie hotspots dotted around the city and taste home-brewed coffee, gourmet chocolate, gelato, cheeses and other local specialties, as you discover why Wellington is known as the culinary capital of the country.
  • Fiordland National Park: Embark on a cruise on Lake Manapouri and marvel at the plummeting waterfalls and ancient rainforests of the Fiordland National Park.
  • Queenstown: Explore Queenstown Your Way and choose between a boutique wine tour to four of the region’s best estates plus a visit to Old Cromwell Town; a guided walk along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through an ancient beech forest or a 4x4 tour through the backcountry of Skippers Canyon.

Luxury Hotels

  • Wellington: Forming part of an exclusive collection of luxury hotels, the vintage-inspired Sofitel Wellington places you in the heart of the city near lush botanical gardens, stately parliamentary buildings and a collection of museums.
  • Queenstown: Offering unrivalled views of mountain peaks and the glistening Lake Wakatipu, Heritage Queenstown is crafted from centuries-old schist stone and cedar, and offers Alpine-style luxury accommodation, complete with a heated outdoor swimming

VIP Experiences

  • Lake Karapiro: Journey along the Waikato River, the longest river in the country, towards the home of retired champion horse jockey, Lance O’Sullivan and his wife, Bridgette. You’re invited for a private lunch at their Red Barn, which overlooks Lake Karapiro.
  • Wellington: Enjoy exclusive VIP entry into famous Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, before it opens to the public. Embark on a guided walk through fascinating exhibitions, as you learn about the people, places and ideas that shaped New Zealand and the Pacific.

Inclusive Luxury Gold Services

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to included flight to included train travel and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates, on Days 5 and 7 for your required internal-holiday flights that have been booked separately and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.


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