New Zealand Express

New Zealand Express


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*Please Note: This vacation includes an internal air component which will not be discounted from the listed price below.
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Itinerary

Countries Visited

New Zealand

Tour Itinerary

See bubbling technicolour pools in a geothermal park, Cruise through fjords, Spot glow-worms in the Waitomo Caves, Experience a traditional Maori dinner

See Middle Earth with your own eyes on this nine-day tour through the best of New Zealand. Explore the stunning North Island and its geothermal park, stargaze around Lake Tekapo (the world's largest dark sky reserve), and cruise along fjords, cliff walls, and waterfalls in Doubtful Sound. Cross a few items off your bucket list by visiting the adventure capital of the world with pretty much every thrilling sport at your fingertips (paragliding, skydiving, jet boating). It is, after all, the birthplace of the bungee jump.

Day 1: Auckland
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Ramada Auckland - Federal Street (or similar)

Day 2: Auckland/Rotorua
Visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities. Continue to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Walk through caverns covered with magical glowworms that are unique to New Zealand. Hundreds of thousands of these tiny creatures radiate luminescent light in underground caves carved by rivers and time. Take in more than 120 years of cultural and natural history on this unique excursion.
Accommodation: Jet Park Hotel Rotorua (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Rotorua
Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, hit up a nearby spa, or journey to Middle-earth on an excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set. This evening, learn more about Maori culture with a local experience and dinner.
Free Time: With lots to see and do in Rotorua, get out and explore!
Activity: Visit the Tamaki Maori Village. Receive the traditional Powhiri welcome ceremony followed by a captivating stage performance explaining Maori history, myths and culture. For dinner, enjoy a traditional Hangi meal, similar to the Hawaiian Luau, with dishes such as chicken, sweet potatoes (kumara), and lamb steamed over heated rocks.
Accommodation: Jet Park Hotel Rotorua (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner (Enjoy a traditional Hangi dinner, cooked in an underground pit.)

Day 4: Rotorua/Christchurch
Catch a flight to Christchurch on the South Island. Walk around town with a local guide and learn about how communities have rebuilt after the earthquake in 2011. This evening, enjoy free time and get a feel for the city.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Activity: Explore lesser-known paths around Christchurch on this walking tour of the city led by a member of Rekindle — a social enterprise where resourcefulness skills are shared among members to build self-confidence and create art out of under-valued materials. The hands-on, workshop-based environment keeps everyone engaged and helps to strengthen the community.
Free Time: Spend the evening exploring Christchurch during free time.
Accommodation: All Stars Inn (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Christchurch/Lake Ohau
Drive to beautiful Lake Ohau with a stop at Lake Tekapo along the way. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and admire the stunning alpine scenery that surrounds this local landmark. Spend the afternoon hiking the region around Aoraki/Mt Cook. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the Aoraki/Mt Cook Visitor's Centre.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Aoraki/Mount Cook is both a village, a national park and the name of New Zealand's highest mountain. Located in central South Island, the park includes a mix of rocks and glaciers, as well as alpine plants including the world's largest buttercup, the Mount Cook lily. There are several short walks that reward with spectacular views.
Activity: Stop by the visitor's centre to learn more about the region.
Accommodation: Lake Ohau Lodge (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 6: Lake Ohau/Queenstown
Drive to Queenstown, with a stop at Wanaka and a local vineyard for a wine tasting.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Visit one of the vineyards in the beautiful Central Otago region, known for it's Pinot Noir. Learn about how this famous red wine is produced and, more importantly, sample some!
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Doubtful Sound
Take in the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound on a day cruise. Keep an eye out for the waterfalls and wildlife in this breathtaking area. Return to Queenstown in the evening.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Cruise through the stunning Doubtful Sound, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. The only way to get here is by boat across Lake Manapouri, then bus across Wilmont Pass to Doubtful Sound. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls, and keep an eye out for area wildlife: dolphins, penguins, seals, and a variety of birds. This isolated part of New Zealand is truly a special place!
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 8: Queenstown
Enjoy a free day in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Opt to go bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Or take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak.
Free Time: Enjoy free time to try some of the challenging optional activities available in the "adventure capital of the world."
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Queenstown
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport
Private vehicle, walking, plane, boat.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Winery Visit, Central Otago District Your Discover Moment: Queenstown. Waitomo Caves visit. Maori cultural experience. Orientation walk in Christchurch. Wine tasting. Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park visit with hiking opportunity (weather permitting). Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park Visitor's Centre visit. Fiordland National Park visit. Doubtful Sound day cruise. Free time in Rotorua and Queenstown. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels (7 nts), Maori village (1 nt, multi-share).

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Questions & Answers

Question: Any escortd tours suitable for seniors?

All escorted tours are suitable for seniors in good health. In fact, touring is the preferred way to see the world for seniors due to the convenience of not having to plan, being accompanied by a tour director the entire time, and getting expert knowledge from local guides.

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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Our CEO Solofo for this trip is fantastic. He is patient and very nice. He went extra ways to help me and other members. I really enjoy this trip because of him! He is an excellent CEO. I definitely will recommend to other friends about him. Pls let him know that we really enjoy his introduction. He is also very informative and knowledgeable. In a word, he is excellent!

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