This really is a 100% New Zealand experience as we unearth both the north and south islands of 'the land of the long white cloud'. An in-depth tour showcasing Maori culture and heritage, undoubtedly some of the world's most stunning scenery and good kiwi hospitality. Enjoy two breathtaking rail journeys and an overnight cruise on awe-inspiring Milford Sound as we discover all there is to know about our neighbours across 'the ditch'.
3 October 2024
52 Meals Included 7 Eco Experiences 11 Cultural & Heritage Experiences
$2000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.
N.B. Full payment is required 100 days prior to departure.
N.B. This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
Airline taxes are included and are subject to change without notice.
Australian passport holders minimum validity for travel must be 6 months from date of return to Australia. Non-Australian passport citizens are required to seek independent advice for passport validity and entry visa. Prices & dates are correct as at 30th January 2023 and are based on the exchange rates at time of publication and may be adjusted if rate fluctuations affect the price to be paid for services. Any price increase is to be paid by the guest, and at this time if guest chooses to cancel all monies paid/held will be forfeited. Due to international terms & conditions, balance of payment for this tour will be required 100 days prior to departure and at this time 100% cancellation fees apply.
Travel Insurance is compulsory and it is recommended that it be purchased at time of paying deposit. Tour passengers will require a clearance letter (provided by Fun Over Fifty) from their local GP for travel.
This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
On arrival into Auckland, we are transferred to our hotel and meet as a group for dinner.
This morning we depart Auckland, making our way to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri tree. Continue through Whangarei to the Bayof Islands. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.
Enjoy stunning views of the islands as we explore the Bay of Islands on a full day cruise, including the famous Hole in the Rock and an island stopover. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins.
Farewell the Bay of Islands and travel south to Matakohe where we stop for a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum. Continue to Auckland’s north shore for some free time at leisure. This evening we dine with magnificent views over Auckland harbour and the city at Orbit Revolving Restaurant.
Depart Auckland and travel through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a guided tour of the movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies followed by a Marque festival lunch at Hobbiton.
Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before making our way to the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment. Next we head to Skyline Rotorua to take a luge ride before lunch. Later this afternoon we visit Te Puia for a guided tour followed by the Te Po (the night) experience - an immersive feast of indigenous cultural storytelling, entertainment and food.
Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the spectacular Huka Falls. Continue to Lake Taupo for some free time to enjoy this scenic lakeside town. Travel via the Tongariro National Park to Wellington, the capital and southernmost point on the Cook Strait.
This morning enjoy an extensive city tour of New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Enter the Wellington Tramway Museum to view a display of tramway history, and enjoy a nostalgic trip on one of the original trams that served Wellington City. After lunch we explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Enjoy free time at leisure this afternoon.
This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross the Cook Strait and enjoy the scenery as we travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that showcases the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side, the rugged scenic coastline on the other, and travels through numerous tunnels and across several bridges. Enjoy a two night stay in the garden city of Christchurch.
This morning enjoy an introductory city tour of Christchurch including the Arts Centre, Earthquake memorial, Bridge of Remembrance and Cardboard Cathedral, before making our way to the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This afternoon is at leisure to explore the city.
This morning board the TranzApine, one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges, making our way to Greymouth. Boarding our coach, we then travel via Hokitika to Franz Josef, where time is available to experience a scenic flight with snow landing (optional, weather permitting).
See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as we travel south via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty, before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year-round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu.
Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing-along by the piano on the return cruise.
**Lunch is at own expense today.
This morning travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via Te Anau to Milford Sound and board the Milford Mariner for an overnight cruise. Relax and take in the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. Return back to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau, where you will enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin for a city tour, then the remainder of the afternoon is free to enjoy at leisure. Tonight, a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis ceremony and gift.
This morning enjoy a guided tour of Olveston House, a prestigious historic Home, before travelling to Larnach Castle, where we learn about its tragic and scandalous history. After lunch, we join a wildlife cruise to the spectacular Taiaroa Head, where sightings of New Zealand fur seals and albatross are common.
We farewell Dunedin, travelling via Moeraki and Oamaru to Christchurch. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening with your newfound friends.
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your respective flight home.
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