Multi-Day Tour

22 Day Boutique New Zealand Tour (22 days)

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Christchurch, New Zealand To Auckland, New Zealand

Valid for Departures: 15 Oct 2018 - 30 Dec 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Christchurch, New Zealand
The George, Christchurch. Dinner
On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the International Antarctic Centre or Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only open-range zoo. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner and a welcome drink
Day 2
Punakaiki, New Zealand
Punakaiki Resort. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
All aboard the famous TranzAlpine train! Rated as one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys, you’ll travel across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. Then re-join your coach at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your door step.
Day 3
TBD
Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today visit Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, for a greenstone (jade) jewelry demonstration by a local carver. Then visit the West Coast’s newest attraction, the Treetop Walkway through the canopy of this lush rainforest. Stop at the gold-mining town of Ross en route to Franz Josef, where you’ll take a guided tour to the viewing area at the mighty Franz Josef Glacier with a local expert glacier guide. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not treat yourself to Franz Josef’s local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage.
Day 4
Queenstown, New Zealand
Millbrook Resort. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You’ll have the opportunity to see the glacier from the air on an optional scenic flight. Later today, travel over the Haast Pass and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping at Makarora at lunchtime. Also stop to explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown, followed by an orientation tour of Queenstown. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s scenery is inspiring. Tonight you’ll stay at Millbrook Resort, set amid sparkling streams and rolling hills in the Southern Alps. 
Day 5
Queenstown, New Zealand
Millbrook Resort. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today is free for you to explore New Zealand’s adventure-capital. Perhaps play a round of golf or indulge in a spa treatment. Tonight you’ll ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner with a view overlooking stunning Queenstown, the awesome Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu.
Day 6
Queenstown, New Zealand
Millbrook Resort. Breakfast, Lunch
Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not take a trip to the Gibbston Valley Winery or take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River (both own expense). Tonight you can dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés in town, or simply relax at your resort.
Day 7
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Mariner. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of the South Island’s largest lake. Later you’ll travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the amazing Mirror Lake. Afterwards, walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound and take some time to kayak this majestic fiord, considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Tonight it’s a magical dinner on your overnight cruise on Milford Sound. You’ll cruise the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea past waterfalls, mountains and wildlife.
Day 8
Stewart Island
Bay Motel On Stewart Island Breakfast, Lunch
Enjoy the many early morning on-board activities. This afternoon it’s on to the southern-most city in New Zealand, Invercargill. Board a ferry at Bluff and cruise to Stewart Island. With its clear, clean waters, lush rainforest, flora and fauna and unspoilt natural beauty, you’ll get a glimpse of an enviable slower lifestyle. Dine at one of the cafés or meet the locals at the hotel. 
Day 9
Stewart Island
Bay Motel On Stewart Island Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning you’re off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a lunch cruise on Paterson Inlet, where you’ll see many remote sandy beaches and wildlife. You’ll stop at Ulva Island and tour with the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. Learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation.
Day 10
Mount Cook, New Zealand
The Hermitage Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Board a ferry to the mainland. Admire the rural farming views of Southland as you travel back towards Queenstown. Travel over the Lindis Pass and into the MacKenzie high country, along the shores of Lake Pukaki to the foothills of Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere. Tonight enjoy dinner with a mountain view. 
Day 11
Christchurch, New Zealand
The George, Christchurch. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Travel to Lake Tekapo, where you’ll stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, join us at the home of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden. Then travel along the Canterbury Plains to the Garden City of Christchurch. On a sightseeing tour see how the city is being rebuilt after the devastating 2011 earthquake. 
Day 12
Wellington, New Zealand
Museum Art Hotel, Wellington Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikoura, famous for its whales (optional whale-watching flight is available). See New Zealand’s fur seals at Ohau Point, then travel to the seaside town of Picton. Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a city sightseeing tour. 
Day 13
Wellington, New Zealand
Museum Art Hotel, Wellington Breakfast, Lunch
This morning you’re off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a lunch cruise on Paterson Inlet, where you’ll see many remote sandy beaches and wildlife. You’ll stop at Ulva Island and tour with the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. Learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation. 
Day 14
Taupo, New Zealand
Hilton Lake Taupo. Breakfast, Dinner
Travel the Kapiti Coast, past the dairy farms of Manawatu to Tongariro National Park to the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. 
Day 15
Rotorua, New Zealand
Regent Of Rotorua Breakfast, Lunch
There’s time to explore the township of Taupo, or try your hand at trout fishing before continuing to nearby Rotorua. Gain an insight into local Maori culture and history with your special Maori show, where you’ll experience the local customs like the Hongi greeting as well as learn some traditional words. Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi meal cooked in the ground using geothermal steam. 
Day 16
Rotorua, New Zealand
Regent Of Rotorua Breakfast, Lunch
You’re off to the highly entertaining Agrodome Sheep Show. Witness the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog trials, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and even a sheep auction. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs and you might even spot a kiwi or two! To complete your day you’ll visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village for an insight into Maori life and how they interact with geothermal activity. 
Day 17
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Make your way to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5 star Eco Glow Worm experience. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Next up is Matamata before a delicious lunch at Longlands Farm country-style restaurant. Now you’re off to the Coromandel to Puka Park Resort, where you’ll stay in Tree Hut Chalets, set among the native bush. 
Day 18
Auckland, New Zealand
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch
After a leisurely breakfast, travel to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. After a sightseeing tour, you’re at leisure to explore the town and try out the Auckland restaurant scene. 
Day 19
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Copthorne Resort Bay Of Islands, Water View Rooms Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Then continue to the Waipoua Forest, home to the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). You’ll take a break before a Maori guide walks you through the native bush and explains the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. Then head to your waterfront resort in the heart of the Bay of Islands and tonight it’s dinner at the resort. 
Day 20
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Copthorne Resort Bay Of Islands, Water View Rooms Breakfast, Lunch
This morning you’ll take a ferry across the harbour to historic Russell and enjoy a guided tour of the first European settlement in New Zealand. A local guide will also take you on a walking tour of the town. The rest of the day is at your leisure. 
Day 21
Auckland, New Zealand
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You’re off to the Bay of Islands, where you’ll take a cruise to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’; see historic Cape Brett as you explore some of the 165 islands in the bay. Later, you’ll have some time in Paihia for you to check out the local craft shops, go for a walk along the beachfront or just relax over a coffee with friends. Celebrate tonight at a farewell dinner in Auckland. 
Day 22
Auckland, New Zealand
None Breakfast, Lunch
Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

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Description

22 Day Boutique New Zealand Tour is a small group guided tour that includes an experienced travel director, accommodations, transfers and meals.

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Deposits: A minimum NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $300.00 per person is due and payable at time of booking. Additional deposits may be required from selected product.

FINAL PAYMENT: Must be received 45 days prior to departure . For reservations made less than 45 days prior, full and final payment is required on confirmation.

Cancellation Policy:

45 + days Loss of Deposit

44 - 21 days: 20% total cost

20 - 10 days: 35% total cost

9-1 day: 60% total cost

Day of departure: 100% total cost

Additional charges may be imposed depending on lateness of cancellation and other factors determined by the suppliers.



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By: taklaurasun


Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2015

The guides were friendly and helpful. The boats used were a little small and uncomfortable.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Boehnstedt

Service acceptable

By: Liz


Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2016

We feel that Travel 2 should have been more forthcoming in the airline fare. For example, when we requested a change in our first outbound fare from our home, because of the short time frame from arrival to take off on the second leg of the trip, we would have been perfectly happy with an economy fare from our home area to DFW, instead of first class. I feel sure that is the reason for the $700 plus fare increase for my husband and me (each), yet no one saw fit to ask if we would like first class or economy. I realize we requested the Business Class from DFW to Sydney, but saw no reason for first class at the beginning of the trip. If this is a Qantas fare rule, then they should be advised of the short time frame on their "contract flight" to DFW.
Travel Advisor:  Tara Nielsen-Rise

Great getaway

By: jlbearce


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2016

This vacation goes down in the books as the all-time best for us. From beginning to end everything was perfect. I can't think of a thing I would change. Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Boehnstedt

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By: Stefano


Reviewed on: 25 Jan 2017

The hotels were all very well located and perfect for our needs. Nearly all of the booked activities were also really good.
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By: Travel Nut


Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2017

Travel2 Booked our airport pick up and tour in Auckland for the wrong YEAR! We waited at the airport for 2 hours using the phones of Good Samaritans to sort through the mess. They did eventually send someone to pick us up, but we missed out on our half day tour. They apologized and refunded our money, but it was not the way to begin a vacation after traveling half way around the world.

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By: Bob


Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

They produced a good transportation package and wonderful accommodations at various locations our group desired to stay . To much difficulty notifying transportation assets 24 hours before pick up because we were on a cruise ship out at sea or we were in the air enroute.
Travel Advisor:  Marilyn Bennett

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By: Dennis


Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2017

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Travel Advisor:  Jane Scarcello

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By: Noname


Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2017

All documents were correct and ready to go on time.
Travel Advisor:  Laurie Valdez

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Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2017

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Travel Advisor:  Robert Merlin

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By: Maureen McDermott


Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

Excellent, all reservations worked very well
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By: Warren


Reviewed on: 05 Dec 2017

Our agent did all of the interaction with Travel 2. Things were as planned. Whenever we arrived our booking was accurate. Couldn't have asked for more.
Travel Advisor:  Wanda Worsley

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By: Sheryl Mayberry


Reviewed on: 27 Dec 2017

All operators were excellent and we never had one issue in over two weeks of travel in New Zealand.
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Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

The G Adventures tour was well suited to my personal tastes. I enjoyed the relatively small group size, the tour guides were top-notch, and the accommodations were more than comfortable.
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Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

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Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2018

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Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2018

Travel2 handled our travel arrangement well. We enjoyed every minute of our trip! We would recommend them to anyone planning a trip to Australia.
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By: Steve J


Reviewed on: 02 Apr 2018

Travel2 put together a very nice package for us. They were very complete with all the travel arrangements, bookings and reservations. They selected some excellent options for us to do.
Travel Advisor:  Elena Cafaro

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By: Paige


Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2018

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