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16 Day New Zealand Wonderland

Immerse yourself in the beauty & history of NZ
Visit Queenstown, Wellington & Doubtful Sound
Earn & Use Qantas Points Earn & Use Qantas Points
Explore New Zealand’s North & South Islands
Visit Wellington, Dunedin, Queenstown and more
Ride the famous Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine trains
See bubbling mud & volcanic lakes in Rotorua
Overview

Overview

This land of volcanoes and bubbling mud pools, deep glacial lakes, ancient rainforest and wide open grasslands is more beautiful in person than any film could portray. Are you ready to rediscover it? From the bright lights of Auckland to Taupo, Queenstown and beyond, this is a journey you won't want to miss.

Delve into the Maori culture of Lake Aniwhenua; spot native wildlife in the ancient Whirinaki Rainforest; and marvel at the beautiful cascades of Huka Falls. Cruise along the majestic Abel Tasman National Park; witness the sleeping giant of Franz Josef Glacier; enjoy free time in the adventure capital of Queenstown; climb aboard the famous Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine trains; soak up the street art of Dunedin and more! Along the way enjoy 15 nights accommodation, luxury coach transport and 23 meals, together with amazing insights from a local guide.

Tour Inclusions

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore New Zealand’s North & South Islands
  • Visit Wellington, Dunedin, Queenstown and more
  • Ride the famous Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine trains
  • Delve into the culture of Lake Aniwhenua
  • Spot native endangered birds in the ancient Whirinaki Rainforest
  • See bubbling mud & volcanic lakes in Rotorua
  • Marvel at the spectacular cascades of Huka Falls
  • Visit the amazing Greenstone and Glass Blowing Factory
  • Cruise along the stunning Abel Tasman National Park
  • Witness the sleeping giant of Franz Josef Glacier
  • Learn about the fascinating history of Arrowtown
  • Soak up the epic beauty of Queenstown at leisure
  • Enjoy a wilderness cruise on magical Doubtful Sound
  • Learn about illicit whisky making at Hokonui Moonshine Museum
  • Visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle
  • Discover the amazing street art scene of Dunedin
  • View the Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach
ACCOMMODATION
  • 15 nights quality accommodation
DINING
  • 15 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Including a feature lunch at Church Road Winery and also at The Craypot
TOUR ESSENTIALS
  • Tour Guide
TRANSPORT
  • Luxury Coach
Day 1 Arrival day to Auckland

Haere Mai and Welcome to Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), the largest city in New Zealand and home to over 2 million people. The magic of Auckland is in it’s diversity from culture to the environment. There are over 44 volcanoes in the area and 2 harbours, which explains why Auckland is known locally as the ‘City of Sails’. Take the afternoon or early evening to explore after you make your way to Neusto Hotel in central Auckland.

Overnight: Nesuto Hotel or similar
Meals included: None
Day 2 Auckland to Rotorua

This morning we’ll be leaving Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and heading for the Rotorua region. Our first stop today is the Okere Falls. The falls lie on the Kaituna River which has cultural significance to the local iwi (tribes) in the area. Currently the River is used for tourism, specifically white water rafting and sledging. We’ll stop by the Falls and see if we can spot some brave rafters going over the falls in their raft.

Next we’ll continue on, skirting 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 in 1886. This evening we’ll arrive in Rotorua township and check into our hotel, enjoy a delicious dinner together and then settle in for a luxurious night’s sleep at the Distinction Rotorua.

Overnight: Distinction Rotorua or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner
Day 3 Free Day Rotorua

Known as the North Island’s geothermal hot spot and hub for all the very best adventure activities, Rotorua is definitely one of the best places to explore… even if your nostrils tell you otherwise! There is so much to see and experience here and you have a full free day to see as much as you like. If you want to see some geothermal activity for free, we recommend taking a walk around Kuirau Park to see boiling mud pools and steaming lakes (not included). You can book a multitude of tours via your Tour Guide and with options such as white water rafting, ziplining through the trees, relaxing at the Polynesian Spa and taking a Gondola up to see the amazing Rotorua Skyline you truly are spoilt for choice (not included).

Overnight: Distinction Rotorua or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4 Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua to Taupo

This morning we venture off the beaten track to the shores of Lake Aniwhenua in Murupara. Kohutapu Lodge is owned by a local Maori family who are passionate, not only about showcasing their Maori tribal heritage, but also about making a difference in the local area. Murupara is an impoverished community that has been transformed for the better through tourism and commercial development. Through community-driven initiatives and a clear vision to provide more opportunities for the local youth, Kohutapu Lodge has paved the way for change in the area. Begin the experience with a guided tour of the sacred Maori rock carvings before arriving at the Lodge to witness the preparation of a ground cooked hangi and tasting it for yourself! After lunch, we’ll depart for the lush, green Whirinaki rainforest for a guided tour along the Rongoa trail. Spot native endangered birds and ancient medicine plants, and learn more about the history of the forest, including the myths and legends before enjoying a hot kawakawa tea in the forest and a final karakia. This evening, our destination is Taupo. First, we’ll stop at the spectacular Huka Falls to see more than 22,000 litres of water per second thundering into the Waikato river. Then we’ll continue on to our hotel accommodation.

Overnight: Hilton Taupo or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch
Day 5 Taupo to Napier

After a delicious breakfast it’s time to leave Taupo and travel along the Napier-Taupo Highway to what is widely regarded as the ‘Tuscany of the Southern Pacific’. The stunning Hawke’s Bay region boasts some of the best wineries around and a visit here would not be complete without a trip to Church Road Winery. Established in 1897, the team at Church Road were the first in New Zealand to craft an exceptional Bordeaux-style Red Wine. After a wine tasting, you’ll sit down for lunch in the magnificent Tom McDonald cellar to enjoy an afternoon of delicious food and exceptional wines and soak up the ambience and heritage of this historic building. Later, it’s an easy drive into the beautiful coastal town of Napier. Known for it’s perfectly preserved Art Deco facades, Napier is often referred to as a 1930’s film set. You have the option to stroll along the tree-lined promenade this evening and sample some fresh seafood from one of the many restaurants (not included).

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Te Pania or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch
Day 6 Napier to Wellington

Today it’s time to leave the Art Deco capital and journey down to Wellington, our sparkling capital city, where modern business style blends with a cultured, bohemian spirit. With a population of less than 200,000 people, there is no capital city on earth that marries relaxed and refined better than Wellington. The afternoon is free but we highly recommend a visit to our national museum Te Papa and your entrance fee is included. This evening is yours to explore Wellington.

Overnight: Novotel Wellington or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 7 Wellington to Nelson

After breakfast this morning, you’ll take the Ferry to the South Island, don’t miss the spectacular views of the sunken valleys meeting the sea that form the Marlborough Sounds. We’ll then head to Nelson arriving at our destination mid-afternoon, the coach will take you on a scenic drive along the seaside. This evening there’s plenty of time to relax, explore the area and the option to taste some of Nelson’s fine local beverages (not included).

Overnight Rutherford Nelson or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 8 Abel Tasman National Park

Travel to the seaside resort town of Kaiteriteri and spend the morning cruising the stunning Abel Tasman National Park - a coastal paradise known for its golden sand beaches. See the iconic Split Apple Rock and call in to the most popular beaches along the coastline as you sail up to Totaranui and back. This afternoon we’ll take the scenic route and arrive back in Nelson mid-afternoon.

Overnight: Rutherford Nelson or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch
Day 9 Nelson to Christchurch

This morning we’ll travel back to Picton and here you’ll jump on board the magnificent Coastal Pacific train and journey down to the capital of the South Island in luxury, soaking up the gorgeous scenery en-route, see Kaikouras rugged coastline, beautiful mountains, and rolling farmland of Canterbury before you arrive late afternoon in the South Island's Capital Christchurch. Tonight we’ll have a group dinner at the hotel.

*09SEP22 Departure will travel via coach between Picton and Christchurch.

Overnight: Rydges Latimer or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner
Day 10 Christchurch to Dunedin

After breakfast this morning, we’ll journey south down the coast and across the Canterbury Plains. 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 and were exposed by the erosion of sedimentary rocks over time. We’ll arrive in Dunedin with plenty of time to make the most of this Scottish City.

Overnight: Dunedin Leisure Lodge or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 11 Dunedin to Te Anau

We’ll visit the iconic Larnach Castle of Dunedin this morning for a stroll through the magnificent gardens before departing for Te Anau. First, we’ll make a stop in Gore for a trip to the Illicit Past... Gore’s colourful past as a centre for illicit whisky distilling and bootlegging is brought to life at the Hokonui Moonshine Museum. The adventures of the Scottish settlers and their exploits to avoid run-ins with the law are kept alive through dioramas, audio-visuals and artefacts. You can taste Old Hokonui made from the original recipe at the end of your visit, or even take a bottle home with you (not included). Afterwards we drive to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland, where we’ll spend the evening.

Overnight Distinction Luxmore Te Anau or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner
Day 12 Te Anau via Doubtful Sound to Queenstown

Depart from Te Anau this morning to Manapouri, where you’ll enjoy 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 Doubtful Sound glistening far below. At Deep Cove, board a modern catamaran and allow the majesty and vastness of the fiord to take your breath away. Enjoy the on-board commentary that provides insight into the region’s history, flora and fauna as you view spectacular towering mountains and wildlife. Later we’ll drive to Queenstown, skirting through lush farmland and around Lake Wakatipu to the picturesque alpine resort of Queenstown.

Overnight: Heritage Queenstown or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 13 Day at leisure in Queenstown

Today is yours to experience New Zealand’s adventure capital for yourself. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of activities and your Coach Captain can assist with booking any optional extras (not included) you’d like to do. Take a ride on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat, travel to the top of Bob’s Peak by gondola for spectacular views, take a tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon, or for the adventurous, try white water rafting or bungy jumping . Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries in town or relax at one of the many cafes or bars along the lakefront.

Overnight: Heritage Queenstown or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 14 Queenstown to Haast

View incredible scenery as you travel through Arrowtown, an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era. Next we visit Wanaka, a popular township on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Then we’ll enter Jackson Bay, a spectacular place and one not many people will be able to say they’ve done! Jackson Bay marks the farthest point of the West Coast's road network. We’ll have an amazing West Coast lunch at The Craypot - a quirky, little caravan style restaurant situated on the esplanade before heading towards Haast, our destination for the evening.

Overnight: Heartland Haast or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch
Day 15 Haast via Jackson Bay to Franz Josef

Travel north along the coast of the Westland National Park, home of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. This remarkable part of the country was shaped by the dynamic glaciers and boasts lush temperate rainforest growing beneath towering mountains. We’ll stop in Fox Glacier with 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 spend time. This evening we’re spending the night in the Franz Josef township, surrounded by lush rainforest and impressive mountains. We’ll enjoy a delicious group dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Canavans.

Overnight: Scenic Franz Josef or similar
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner
Day 16 Franz Josef to Christchurch

Today you’ll travel to the vibrant, artistic town of Hokitika where we’ll visit the amazing Greenstone and Glass blowing factories and watch some talented artists at work before continuing on to Greymouth, a historic town known for jade hunting, gold mining and dramatic river floods. Once there, you’ll make your way to the Greymouth Train Station, where you’ll board the TranzAlpine train. Considered to be one of the world’s greatest train journeys, prepare to be blown away by these epic vistas of forests, plains and mountains. Upon arrival in Christchurch, you’ll be collected by your Guide and transferred to the hotel where your trip ends. We hope you leave with many happy memories of us.


Meals included: Breakfast

Important Info

Booking information

 
After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: All countries and territories have different entry requirements in relation to vaccinations, quarantine/isolation periods and travel restrictions. Due to the evolving nature, we would ask all of our customers to monitor, meet and adhere to the specific requirements of their intended destination(s) in the lead up to and immediately prior to travel, as well as any requirements post-travel upon their return.
 
Please note: This tour requires a minimum of 12 passengers to operate and departures are not guaranteed until this minimum number is met. Please refrain from booking travel arrangements such as flights prior to receiving a confirmation email that your departure date has hit minimum numbers and is now guaranteed. This confirmation email will be sent at least 60 days prior to the departure date, and if minimum numbers are not met a date change or refund will be offered.
 
CANCELLATION POLICY
Covid-19 Booking Policy
If your stay is affected by Government travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19, a date change will be permitted free of charge. For any changes not associated with COVID-19, please refer to the Schedule of Fees.
Please note:
- Date change requests need to be made at least 31 days prior to the original date of travel and are subject to availability.
Please note: All additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).
 
Offer essentials


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 14th of April 2023.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.

Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement of $2400 applies.
 
Departure Dates
2022: 
September: 9
October: 7
November: 4
 
2023:
January: 13
February: 10
March: 3
April: 14
Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability.
 
Accommodation


Accommodation Used


3 Star (self-rated)

Haast: Heartland Hotel Haast or similar

  

4 Star (self-rated)

Rotorua: Distinction Rotorua Hotel or similar

Napier: Scenic Hotel Te Pania or similar

Dunedin: Leisure Lodge or similar

Te Anau: Distinction Luxmore or similar

Rutherford Nelson or similar

 

4.5 Star (self-rated)

Auckland: Nesuto Stadium Hotel and Apartments or similar

Wellington: Novotel Wellington or similar

Queenstown: Heritage Queenstown or similar

Christchurch: Rydges Latimer or similar

Nelson: Rutherford Nelson or similar

 

5 Star (self-rated)

Taupo: Hilton Taupo or similar

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not available at check-out. 
Please note: If you are interested in booking additional nights accommodation pre or post tour, please wait until you receive your travel documentation approximately 6 weeks prior to departure for the confirmed list of hotels. If booking your own additional accommodation directly with the hotel please be aware that you may be required to change rooms at the start/end of your tour. 
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
Valid for adults 18 years old and above only.
 
Triple Share
Not available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.
 
General tour information


Minimum group size 12, maximum group size 24 per vehicle.
 
Exclusions


- International / domestic flights
- Airport transfers
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Optional gratuities/tipping 
- Optional activities/tours 
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended)
 
Other important information


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide:  
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however, they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Average daytime temperatures during spring range between 19 degrees Celsius (°C) in the north to 16°C in the south. Expect a mixture of weather – crisp, sunny days can briskly change to cooler temperatures with spring showers. Spring in New Zealand spans September, October and November.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
23 are included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. 
Please note: We will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so, unfortunately, our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Land
- Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. Tipping is optional and at the customers discretion. 
- Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however, please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).
 
Schedule of fees


Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

· Changes - $100.00 per booking + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $100.00 per booking + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.
 
Supplier Fees
In the event the Travel Offer you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Travel Offer due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. TripADeal has committed to these costs as your Agent and will endeavour to recover all funds committed and/or paid for your Travel Offer, but this may not be possible in all circumstances. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event, TripADeal is unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee. This fee is not revenue-raising and is paid to or withheld by our suppliers when recovering payments.
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