(SJ) Ultimate New Zealand – 05 April 2024

17 Days

Embark on a 17-day epic small-group tour across New Zealand. From the vibrant city life in Auckland, the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, to the stunning landscapes of Taupo, the unique architecture of Napier, and the cultural richness of Wellington. Dive deep into Maori culture and experience the beauty of New Zealand like never before.

Travel with Me is holding 6 rooms on this departure so if you would like to join with a small group of solo travellers on this wonderful journey through New Zealand please contact us.

Overview

Dates – 05 April to 21 April 2024

Price from -Single: NZ$9,995 / Twin-share: NZ$8,295

Conditions

  • Selected Journey where Travel with Me is holding a total of 6 rooms for our solo travellers. We may apply for more if the interest is there.
  • Price does not include flights.
  • Prices are quoted in NZD and will be converted to AUD at the time of final payment.
  • Based on departure 5 April 2024
  • A deposit of $600 AUD is required within 7 days of booking.
  • Finals are due 30 Jan 2024
  • Prices and Itinerary are subject to availability and subject to change without notice.
  • Prices will be subject to exchange rate (AUD/NZD) at the time of final payment.
  • Amendment and cancellation fees will apply both from the Supplier and Travel with Me
  • Cancellations prior to final payment will incur loss of deposit and after final payment, all monies are non refundable.
  • Please ask your Travel with Me, Consultant, for a competitive Travel Insurance quote as insurance is highly recommended to cover against unforeseen circumstances.
  • Please ensure you have a current passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date of your journey.

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Highlights

  • visiting the brightest glowworm cave in Waitomo
  • Buried Village, New Zealand's most visited Archaeological Site
  • Guided tour of the sacred Maori rock carvings
  • Award winning New Zealand wine
  • Trip to the mystical Moeraki Boulders
  • Visit the famous Larnach Castle of Dunedin,
  • Fox Glacier
  • A trip on the TranzAlpine train

Itinerary

Haere Mai and Welcome to Aotearoa/New Zealand. The first stop on your adventure is Tāmaki
Makaurau/Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. Often referred to as the ‘City of Sails’ by locals,
Auckland is home to 2 harbours and over 44 volcanoes! On arrival in the city, make your way to the
Nesuto Stadium Hotel where you can check in and drop your bags. At the hotel reception, you’ll receive
a welcome letter with some tour information, and this evening you’ll meet your group and welcome
host at 6:15pm and head for a delicious welcome dinner at 6:30pm.
Stay: Nesuto Stadium Hotel & Apartment (40 Beach Road, Auckland CBD 1010)

Dinner

This morning we’ll be leaving Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and making our way to Waitomo, famous for
its enchanting glowworm caves. We’ll be visiting the brightest glowworm cave in Waitomo, which was
even visited by Sir David Attenborough! You’ll take a spectacular boat ride through a cave lit entirely by
glowworms and experience the magical sight of hundreds of glowworms shining just for you. We’ll
follow this with a walking tour of another amazing limestone cave shaped over millions of years.
Afterwards, we’ll continue down to Rotorua, the geothermal wonderland of New Zealand. This evening
we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner together and then settle in for a luxurious night’s sleep in Rotorua.
Visit: Waitomo, Rotorua
Stay: Distinction Rotorua or similar
Activity: Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we’ll skirt round the edge of Lake Rotorua to a lookout point where we’ll have a view of
the infamous Mount Tarawera, once the home of the renowned pink and white terraces before a violent
eruption destroyed them. We’ll end with a visit to the Buried Village, New Zealand’s most visited
Archaeological Site, where we’ll learn about the famous 1886 eruption and visit the site of the now
buried Te Wairoa village.
This afternoon we’ll go for a walk in the Whakarewarewa forest where we’ll see towering Redwoods,
magnificent Douglas firs and New Zealand’s native silver fern and then you have some free time to
explore Rotorua on your own. If you’d like to see some geothermal activity for free, we recommend
taking a walk around Kuirau Park to see boiling mud pools and steaming lakes. Go for a walk to the lakes
edge and through the government gardens, spend some time relaxing at the Polynesian Spa or take the
Gondola up to see the amazing Rotorua Skyline.
Visit: Rotorua
Activity: Visit the Buried Village and take the Waitawa Walk in Whakarewarewa Forest
Stay: Distinction Rotorua or similar

Breakfast

This morning we’ll travel to the shores of Lake Aniwhenua in Murupara, where you’ll get to experience a
slice of the real New Zealand. Owned by a passionate local Maori family who have dedicated their lives
to making a difference in their local community, Kohutapu Lodge is situated on the lake, and has been
helping to transform the local town of Murupara through community-driven initiatives for years.
Your experience will begin with a guided tour of the sacred Maori rock carvings and then you’ll travel to
the Lodge to witness the preparation of a traditional ground cooked hangi. Once the food is ready, you’ll
dine at the lodge on arguably the best meal you’ll have in New Zealand! After lunch, we’ll depart for
Taupo where you’ll get to see the fiercely blue Huka Falls and explore the charming lakeside town.
Visit: Murupara, Taupo
Stay: Anchorage Taupo
Activity: Kohutapu Lodge Tribal Tour

Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, this morning we’ll head to the stunning Hawke’s Bay Region. Napier boasts some of the
best wineries in New Zealand/Aotearoa and a visit here would not be complete without a trip to Mission
Estate Winery. After a wine tasting, you’ll sit down for lunch to enjoy an afternoon of delicious food and
exceptional wines, while soaking up sunshine and the ambience of this stunning estate.
Later, it’s an easy drive into the beautiful coastal town of Napier, known for its perfectly preserved Art
Deco facades. Go for a stroll along the tree-lined promenade this evening and sample some fresh
seafood at one of the many restaurants overlooking the beach.
Visit: Mission Estate Winery
Stay: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 06 :

This morning we’ll depart Napier and journey down to Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand and the home of the best cup of coffee in the country! On the way down, we’ll make a stop in Greytown, the oldest town, for a spot of lunch. A picturesque village with restored Victorian buildings, Greytown is a charming place with a population of less than 220,000 people, no city in NZ combines a relaxed atmosphere and a cultured, bohemian spirit better than Wellington. The afternoon is free for you to spend exploring the city – we highly recommend a visit to our national museum Te Papa which offers free entrance and boasts some incredible exhibits.
Visit: Wairarapa, Wellington
Stay: Novotel Wellington

Breakfast

Breakfast

Today is a free day in the sunshine capital of New Zealand, Nelson is a small city that’s full of arts & crafts and on the edge of NZ’s premier hop growing region. Take a wine or beer tour, you can even do this by bike if you prefer some exercise or just use the day to take a stroll around the area. For those wanting to visit Abel Tasman National Park you can take a day tour from Nelson to visit the golden sands and idyllic days. For those wanting a good walk the track to the centre of New Zealand is a must, at the
top you’ll also find lovely views of the region too!

Visit: Nelson
Stay: Rutherford Nelson or similar

Optional Activities: Abel Tasman Cruise, Wine Tour, Craft Beer Tour, Queens Gardens, Centre of NZ walk

Breakfast

This morning we’ll take a leisurely drive down to Blenheim where we’ll travel to a vineyard for a
fabulous lunch among the vines in one of New Zealand’s best Sauvignon Blanc producers
After lunch, we’ll set off for our journey down the coast, soaking up the gorgeous scenery as we go,
expect to see some marine life too! From Kaikoura’s rugged coastline and beautiful mountains to the
rolling farmland of Canterbury, the views are wonderful today. We’ll arrive late afternoon in
Christchurch and this evening, we’ll enjoy a group dinner at our hotel.

Visit: Blenheim, Kaikoura, Canterbury, Christchurch
Stay: Distinction Christchurch or similar
Activity: Marlborough Cellar Door lunch

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 :

Day 10 – Christchurch to Dunedin
After breakfast this morning, we’ll continue our journey south down the east coast. We’ll pass through
the township of Oamaru, home to some of the best-preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand before
heading onto the mystical Moeraki Boulders. Geological marvels that began to form about 60 million
years ago, the Moeraki boulders were exposed by the erosion of sedimentary rocks over time and now
stand along the beach as though they are sentinels guarding the coastline. We’ll arrive in Dunedin with
plenty of time for a rest and some exploration of the Scottish City.

Visit: Christchurch, Oamaru, Moeraki Boulders, Baldwin Street, Dunedin
Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Optional Activities: Speight’s Brewery Tour, Dunedin Train Station, Yellow Eyed Penguin Tour

Breakfast

This morning we’ll visit the famous Larnach Castle of Dunedin, the only castle in the country. We’ll
explore the area, stroll through the magnificent gardens and enjoy the amazing views before departing
for our next destination. We’ll make a stop in Gore where we’ll explore Gore’s colourful past as a centre
for illicit whisky distilling and bootlegging at the Hokonui Moonshine Museum. Learn about the
adventures of the Scottish settlers and their exploits to avoid run-ins with the law and taste Old Hokonui
made from the original recipe. Later, we’ll drive to our destination for the evening, Te Anau – the
gateway to Fiordland and the spectacular Doubtful Sound.

Visit: Gore, Te Anau
Stay: Distinction Luxmore Te Anau
Activity: Larnach Castle, Hokonui Moonshine Museum

Breakfast, Dinner

Departing Te Anau this morning we’ll travel to Manapouri, where we’ll take a leisurely cruise across the
lake to West Arm. This is followed by a short coach trip on New Zealand’s most expensive road,
travelling over Wilmot Pass and pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and
view the Doubtful Sound glistening below. At Deep Cove, we’ll board a modern catamaran and set sail
into the majestic fiord – a sight that is sure to take your breath away. Listen to the on-board commentary
for an insight into the region’s history as you view spectacular towering mountains and soak up the
breathtaking views of this unique and beautiful area of New Zealand. Keep an eye out for local wildlife,
as penguins, seals and dolphins all enjoy spending time in the sound! Once the tour has ended, we’ll
make our way to the alpine resort of Queenstown where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Visit: Lake Manapouri, West Arm, Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound, Queenstown
Stay: Novotel Queenstown or similar
Activity: Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Breakfast, Lunch

Today is yours to experience Queenstown, a picturesque alpine resort town known for its vast array of
adventure activities. If you’d like to explore the area, we recommend taking a ride on the world famous
Shotover Jet Boat or taking a tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon. For the best views of the
town, travel to the top of Bob’s Peak by gondola and have lunch at the Skyline restaurant, why not make
your way to the bungy centre to watch people hurling themselves off cliffs – bungy is a NZ invention
after all! Alternatively, make your way to the lakeside and enjoy a refreshing drink or stroll through
Queenstown’s lush park.

Stay: Novotel Queenstown or similar

 

Breakfast

This morning we’ll get to see some incredible scenery as we travel through Arrowtown, a picturesque
village steeped in fascinating history relating to NZ’s gold mining era. Next, we’ll visit Wanaka, a popular
township on the lake’s edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop where we’ll enjoy lunch and spend
some time enjoying the views. Departing Wanaka, we’ll make our way north towards the West Coast
and the small town of Haast, a UNESCO world heritage site and home to the famous Haast River. This
evening we’ll enjoy a group dinner together at our hotel.

Visit: Wanaka, Arrowtown, Haast
Stay: Heartland Haast

Breakfast, Dinner

Travelling north along the coast of the Westland National Park this morning, we’ll travel to the home of
the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. This remarkable part of the country was shaped by dynamic glaciers
and boasts lush rainforest which grows beneath towering mountains. We’ll make a stop in Fox Glacier
where we have the option to walk the gentle 2.6km track around Lake Matheson. Nestled amongst
ancient forest and famous for mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, Lake Matheson is
a serene and beautiful place to enjoy a stroll. This evening, we’ll spend the night in the township of
Franz Josef, surrounded by rainforest and mountains, and enjoy a delicious group dinner together.

Visit: Franz Josef, Fox Glacier, Lake Matheson
Stay: Scenic Franz Josef

Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we’ll depart Franz Josef and travel north to the artistic town of Hokitika, famous for its
beautiful Greenstone. We’ll visit the Greenstone and Glass blowing factory to see the work of some
talented local artists before continuing on to Greymouth, a historic town known for jade hunting and
gold mining. From Greymouth, we’ll board the TranzAlpine train, which is considered to be one of the
world’s greatest one-day train journeys. Prepare to be blown away by epic vistas of forests, rolling plains
and snow-capped mountains! At the end of the journey, we’ll transfer to our hotel in Christchurch,
where we’ll enjoy a farewell meal together on our final evening of the tour.

Visit: Hokitika, Greymouth, Christchurch
Stay: Distinction Hotel Christchurch or similar
Activity: Greenstone and Glass Blowing Factory visit, TranzAlpine Train Journey

Breakfast, Dinner

Today is the final day of the tour, our trip has come to an end. Enjoy breakfast before saying a fond
farewell to your tour leader and all your travel companions. Whether you’re travelling home today or
staying in Christchurch for longer, we hope you leave this tour with some happy memories and friends
for life.

Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

Inclusions

  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Small Group Tour - Max 28 Luxury Coach
  • 17 days / 16 nights accommodation
  • 27 meals (16 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 7 Dinners)
  • Waitomo Caves Experience
  • Buried Village in Rotorua
  • Lake Aniwhenua Cultural Experience
  • Huka Falls
  • Mission Estate Winery Lunch and Wine Tasting
  • Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand Inter-Island Ferry
  • Wither Hills Winery Lunch in Marlborough
  • Moeraki Boulders
  • Larnach Castle visit
  • Explore the Hokonui Moonshine Museum
  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Visit Arrowtown
  • Greenstone and Glass Blowing Factory visit
  • TranzAlpine Train Experience

Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Any Visas Required
  • Services Not Mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Late Check Out at Hotels
  • Meals and Drinks Not Mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Drinks with Included Lunches and Dinners
  • Tips for Leaders, Guide and Driver
  • Expenditure of Personal Nature
  • Personal Insurance
  • Optional Activities

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(SJ) Ultimate New Zealand – 05 April 2024