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RATA Small Group Tour of New Zealand, 18 days (North & South Island)

Our small group escorted tours are very special. We proudly offer flexible, comfortable, good-humoured and unforgettable journeys with no more than 16 guests per tour. Our unique itineraries and hand-selected accommodation offer opportunities for personalised experiences and wonderful service.

per adult from

$9,128

NZD

Duration

16 days

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  • What's included :
    • 15x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • 1x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 15 nights
    • Entry/Admission - Tamaki Maori Village
    • Entry/Admission - Te Puia
    • Entry/Admission - Buried Village of Te Wairoa
    • Entry/Admission - Interislander Wellington
    • Entry/Admission - Wither Hills Cellar Door
    • Entry/Admission - Abel Tasman Coast Track
    • Entry/Admission - Eco Wanaka Adventures
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Wanaka
    • Entry/Admission - Real Journeys - Milford Sound
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Tekapo
    • Entry/Admission - Punting On The Avon
    What's excluded :
    • Entry/Admission - The Helicopter Line Fox Glacier
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

  • Day 1: Auckland

    Pass By: Auckland Airport, Ray Emery Drive, Mangere, Auckland 2022, New Zealand
    Haere mai – welcome! You will be transferred to your accommodation in central Auckland. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure exploring the ‘City of Sails’.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: M Social Hotel, Auckland

    Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua

    Pass By: Auckland Domain, Park Road, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand
    This morning enjoy an Auckland City tour including panoramic views from Bastion Point, the informative Maori and Pacific Islands displays at the Auckland Museum, quaint Parnell Village, and some of the most popular waterfront areas.

    Stop At: Tamaki Maori Village, 1220 Hinemaru St, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand
    Departing Auckland we travel to Rotorua – the heart of New Zealand’s famous thermal and cultural region. After a city tour you will be able to check into your central accommodation and enjoy some time to relax before travelling this evening to a Maori village where you will experience a powerful cultural performance, storytelling and Hangi (feasting).
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Prince’s Gate Hotel, Rotorua

    Day 3: Rotorua to Wellington

    Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua New Zealand
    This morning you will have a private tour of Te Puia to see its geothermal activity and centre for indigenous arts and crafts.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Buried Village of Te Wairoa, 1180 Tarawera Road RD 5 Rotorua, Rotorua 3076 New Zealand
    Next travel out to visit the Blue and Green Lakes, and Lake Tarawera – site of the Buried Village to see remains of the Maori village Te Wairoa that was devastated by an 1886 volcanic eruption.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Wellington City Walkways, Wellington New Zealand
    This afternoon fly to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. On arrival enjoy a city tour including viewing famous landmarks such as New Zealand’s magnificent Parliament Buildings and the iconic ‘Beehive’ building. Your hotel is located within the central business and shopping precinct of Wellington.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington

    Day 4: Wellington to Nelson

    Stop At: Interislander Wellington, 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
    Today starts with one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world; travelling through the Cook Strait to the South Island.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Wither Hills Cellar Door, 211 New Renwick Road, Blenheim 7272 New Zealand
    In Marlborough, we pause for wine tasting at one of the area’s premier wineries before crossing to sunny Nelson, our base for the next two nights.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Heritage Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

    Day 5: Abel Tasman National Park

    Stop At: Abel Tasman Coast Track, Harvey Road, Marahau, Abel Tasman National Park 7010 New Zealand
    This morning from Kaiteriteri, your tour includes a choice of one activity from these three options:
    a) 3-4 hour Scenic Cruise (no walking)
    A morning cruise reveals the golden sands and turquoise waters of Abel Tasman National Park. Enjoy time at leisure in Kaiteriteri and return to Nelson on the late afternoon transfer.
    b) Walking Option 1: Astrolabe Beaches and Bays (7km, 2.5 hour walk)
    After the scenic cruise, disembark at Apple Tree Bay for a self-guided walk to fabulous Anchorage Beach. Late afternoon transfer back to Nelson.
    c) Walking Option 2: Forest and Swing-Bridge (10.5km, 4 hour walk)
    After the scenic cruise, disembark at Medlands Beach for a self-guided walk that includes the scenic highlights of the South Head lookout, the famous Falls River swing-bridge and Cleopatra’s Pool. Late afternoon transfer back to Nelson.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Heritage Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

    Day 6: Nelson to Punakaiki

    Stop At: Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki 7873 New Zealand
    We travel through the enchanting Nelson Lakes National Park and follow the Buller River Gorge - one of the world’s best but least-known scenic drives. Emerging from the forest at Punakaiki - renowned for its wild, rugged coastline and the famous ‘Pancake Rocks’.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

    Day 7: Punakaiki to Fox Glacier

    Stop At: Hokitika Gorge, Kokatahi 7881, New Zealand
    Journeying south along the Great Coast Road we pause in Hokitika township, where the galleries specialise in pounamu (greenstone). Stretch your legs at the dramatic Hokitika Gorge before continuing south to glacier country
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Fox Glacier South Side Walk, State Highway 6 Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
    The Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers flow from vast snowfields high in the Southern Alps, down almost to sea level.

    Stop At: The Helicopter Line Fox Glacier, Fox Glacier Main South Road SH6 Fox Glacier, West Coast 7859, New Zealand
    Weather permitting, an optional helicopter ride is a terrific way to experience the sheer grandeur of the glaciers (extra cost).
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier



    Day 8: Fox Glacier to Wanaka

    Stop At: Lake Matheson Walk, Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
    After a photo opportunity at mirror-like Lake Matheson we head over the Haast Pass deep into Mt. Aspiring National Park to the pretty lakeside resort town of Wanaka.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Edgewater Resort, Wanaka

    Day 9: Wanaka

    Stop At: Eco Wanaka Adventures, Lakeside Rd, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
    This morning you have the choice of two excursions:
    a) Take a lake cruise to a conservation island
    Join a local eco-guide to discover rare native birds, island walks and stunning landscape views.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Lake Wanaka, Wanaka 9343 New Zealand
    This morning you have the choice of two excursions:
    b) Experience a scenic 4WD adventure
    Explore remote High Country farmland.
    This afternoon is at your leisure to relax or enjoy your own choice of activities.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Edgewater Resort, Wanaka

    Day 10: Wanaka to Te Anau

    Stop At: The Arrowtown Jade & Opal Factory, 30 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown 9302 New Zealand
    Our first stop today is the much photographed Cardrona Pub, we then visit historic Arrowtown – a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. We continue our journey along the shores of spectacular Lake Wakatipu through glacial formed valleys to Lake Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Distinction Hotel Luxmore, Te Anau

    Day 11: Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown

    Stop At: Real Journeys - Milford Sound, Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Southland 9679, New Zealand
    The journey to Milford Sound is one of the most scenic experiences you can have on four wheels! Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound is breath-taking in any weather. We board a comfortable vessel for a cruise past Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea. Enjoy your picnic lunch while watching for seals and dolphins which are often seen in the waters of the fiord. We end our day in Queenstown.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Scenic Suites Queenstown


    Day 12: Queenstown

    Pass By: Queenstown Hill, Belfast Street, Queenstown New Zealand
    Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of Queenstown create the perfect backdrop for a visit full of adventure, exploration or relaxation. Today is free for you to do your own thing and the options are endless!

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Scenic Suites Queenstown

    Day 13: Queenstown to Mt. Cook to Twizel

    Pass By: Mount Cook Alpine Memorial, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7999 New Zealand
    We pass pretty Lake Dunstan before we cross Central Otago countryside to the Lindis Pass. Descending into the Mackenzie Basin the Southern Alps dominate the horizon. We drive along Lake Pukaki to Mt. Cook Village, home to New Zealand’s tallest peak, Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then overnight in the small town of Twizel.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Mackenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

    Day 14: Twizel to Rural Canterbury

    Stop At: Lake Tekapo 7945 New Zealand
    Visit a friendly lakeside home to learn the secrets of making a Pavlova - a truly Kiwi dessert! View the Church of the Good Shepherd and Lake Tekapo before travelling to Ashburton.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation options: a) Rural homestay: b) Local hotel:


    Day 15: Ashburton to Christchurch

    Stop At: Punting On The Avon, 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
    We cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to our last destination, Christchurch. Post-earthquake the city mixes colonial charm with modern architecture, re-inventing itself in typical Kiwi style. Edwardian styled boatmen take you for a relaxing cruise along the River Avon before we enjoy a journey onboard a beautifully restored heritage tram through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch

    Day 16: Christchurch

    Pass By: i-SITE Christchurch Airport, 30 Durey Road Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8053 New Zealand
    Haere ra – farewell from New Zealand. You are transferred to the Christchurch Airport for your return home. Alternatively, should you wish to extend your stay, we can assist you with additional travel arrangements.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Auckland Airport (AKL) 10 Leonard Isitt Drive, Mangere, Auckland 2022, New Zealand
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. RATA Small Group Tour of New Zealand, 18 days (North & South Island) 10/21/2020 - 10/21/2020
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    11/25/2020 - 11/25/2020
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    1/25/2021 - 1/25/2021
    Monday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    2/14/2021 - 2/14/2021
    Sunday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    3/17/2021 - 3/17/2021
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    4/21/2021 - 4/21/2021
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    5/26/2021 - 5/26/2021
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    10/20/2021 - 10/20/2021
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    12/1/2021 - 12/1/2021
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    Single Supplement 10/21/2020 - 10/21/2020
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    11/25/2020 - 11/25/2020
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    1/25/2021 - 1/25/2021
    Monday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    2/14/2021 - 2/14/2021
    Sunday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    3/17/2021 - 3/17/2021
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    4/21/2021 - 4/21/2021
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    5/26/2021 - 5/26/2021
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    10/20/2021 - 10/20/2021
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    12/1/2021 - 12/1/2021
    Wednesday:08:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Harewood, Christchurch, New Zealand
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

2

Organised by Pure Discoveries

Activity ID: V-178918P2

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