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These 11 days exploring New Zealands North and South islands are the ideal introduction to this small country that feels huge. Utilizing a diverse range of transport train, gondola, boat, plane youll connect with locals in artsy beach towns, roam through an ancient rainforest, learn about local legend and cuisine from the Maori, and breathe in all the clean air you possibly can. Come to New Zealand a stranger. Return home an honorary Kiwi.

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Duration: 11 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Photography, Wildlife Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155219
Starts: Auckland, New Zealand Finishes: Queenstown, New Zealand
You will visit
  • Auckland
  • Queenstown

Itinerary

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Day 1: Auckland

Please make your own way to the joining hotel. Our CEO will have a welcome meeting this evening.

Auckland is a fantastic city with so much to see and do. Should you want more time to explore on your own, we recommend booking pre-nights.

Additional Notes:
Jump right into your adventure by adding the 'Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience' extra to your tour. Work with a crew to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on a competitive yacht, and take in the stunning views. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Auckland is highly recommended as this activity may start early in the morning on Day 1.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Auckland (1B)

Enjoy a short orientation walk and some free time to explore the city. After, cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on a research boat in search of whales, dolphins and sea birds. After our cruise spend one-on-one time with one of the expert crew to allow a deeper discussion on marine wildlife and conservation.

Additional Notes:
The wildlife cruise of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is highly subject to weather and sea conditions and does on occasion get cancelled at the last minute. While unfortunate, this is completely outside of our control and we ask that you appreciate that this is entirely in consideration of passenger and crew safety. If the cruise is cancelled, your CEO will arrange an alternate activity for the group to enjoy.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Dolphin and Whale Experience

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Day 3: Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1L)

Drive a scenic route, visiting an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture. Enjoy lunch, featuring food which has been sustainably produced on the farm. Continue to the artsy town of Raglan and enjoy a cruise on the stunning harbour.

Included Activities:
Eel Farm Visit
Raglan Harbour boat Cruise

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)

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Day 4: Raglan/Rotorua (1B, 1D)

Rotorua sits over an active volcano with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools in different areas around the town. This is a fascinating region with Maori history and cultured tied directly to the geothermal aspects of the land. Relax in one of the hot pools fed by water coming directly from the natural springs.

Included Activities:
Bridal Veil Falls Walk
Tamaki Maori Village
Meet a Maori Elder

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 5: Rotorua/Christchurch (1B, 1L)

This morning visit Whakarewarewa, a Maori village with a local guide who explains the geothermal aspects of the region. Enjoy a light lunch of corn cooked in a natural hot pool and a traditional hangi pie. Fly to Christchurch and take an orientation walk with the CEO.

Included Activities:
Whakarewarewa Geothermal Village Visit
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle
Flight (1.00-1.75 hours)

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Day 6: Christchurch/Franz Josef (1B)





Transport:
Train (4.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))

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Day 7: Franz Josef (1B)

Options are plentiful. Choose from a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier, or soaking in the hot pools amongst the stunning scenery.

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Day 8: Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)

Early start to travel to the picturesque Lake Matheson. When the weather is right, you can get a great photo of the Southern Alps reflected in the lake. Follow the wild West Coast Road, through the rainforest before stopping for some short walks and waterfall visits.

Included Activities:
Gondola Ride

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 365km)

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Day 9: Queenstown/Doubtful Sound (1B, 1D)

In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course buffet dinner prepared by our onboard chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some of the fine wines at our licensed bar and if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars.

The Fiordland Navigator is a purpose built vessel designed to replicate a traditional trading scow and is perfectly suited to cruising the fiords.
**Boat is subject to change

Additional Notes:
*Please note that the itinerary for this day varies in the winter:

Winter Schedule 18 May – 20 Sept Doubtful Sound/Te Anau
Drive the scenic route around Lake Wakatipu to the town of Manapouri. Travel by boat and bus to arrive at an eco cruise boat. Spend the afternoon cruising the stunning Doubtful Sound, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls. The boat offers excellent chances for wildlife viewing in the area. Dolphins, penguins, seals and a variety of birds are some examples of what you can hope to see. In the evening, head to Te Anau for the night. We take in a screening of the award winning ‘Ata Whenua – Shadowland‘ Fjordland on Film documentary at the local cinema before having a group meal.


Included Activities:
Doubtful Sound Overnight Wilderness Cruise

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 250km)

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Day 10: Doubtful Sound/Queenstown (1B)

Kick off the day with a hearty cooked breakfast and spend the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord. We then return to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri, returning to Queenstown late afternoon. Opt for a farewell dinner with your group.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 250km)

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Day 11: Queenstown (1B)

For more time to explore Queenstown, we recommend booking post nights with your agent if you are interested in the countless adrenaline-packed activities in the town known as the "adventure capital of the world." Jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking, and sky diving are some of the activities available.


Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hauraki Gulf Marine Park whale and dolphin experience
    • Visit scenic Bridal Veil Falls
    • Farm visit with local lunch
    • Raglan harbour cruise
    • Visit a geothermal Maori village with a local guide
    • Meet a Maori elder
    • Enjoy traditional Maori hangi feast and entertainment
    • Orientation walk in Christchurch
    • Scenic TranzAlpine train
    • Queenstown Gondola ride
    • Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight cruise (summer) on Doubtful Sound
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (9 nts), cruise boat (seasonal) (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Mini-bus, plane, train, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park for a whale and dolphin experience
  • Learn about Maori myths and traditions
  • Experience the geothermal mysteries of Rotorua
  • Glide along the TranzAlpine railway and relax at a rainforest lodge
  • Cruise through secluded Doubtful Sound searching for wildlife and waterfalls