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Kiwiana panorama…

There are so many reasons people visit New Zealand. The list is as long as the clouds that give this spectacular country it’s name. There’s an abundance of breathtaking landscapes and stunning natural beauty which include majestic fjords, dramatic glaciers, rugged mountains, vast plains and farmland, long coastlines, wonderful sandy beaches and active geothermal regions plus so much more. And if all that’s not enough, there’s also a rich history, culture and, not least, some of the best wine-producing vineyards in the world. So come along on this once in a lifetime experience and make some memories you’ll never forget.

Will you join us?

DAY 1 Friday 18th Feb 2022

AUCKLAND (D)

Kia Ora and Welcome to New Zealand! You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel before a welcome dinner this evening to meet your fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Your own room at Sudima Hotel Auckland City or similar


DAY 2 Saturday 19th Feb 2022

WAIHEKE ISLAND (B/L)

Your Guide will meet you in the hotel foyer this morning to take you to the Waiheke Ferry terminal (approx. 15 minute walk). Enjoy a pleasant cruise through the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island. On arrival, you will be greeted by your tour driver and directed to your coach. You will have the chance to enjoy succulent fresh oysters, award-winning olive oil and other locally produced specialty foods, accompanied by wines from some of the island’s top boutique vineyards. Your guide will provide an entertaining and informative commentary along the way. Visit an award-winning olive oil mill, followed by two vineyards, each offering a range of gourmet tastes to accompany their wines. Treats may include oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay, wild honey, the famous local green herb spread and artisan cheeses. Guests will also enjoy a platter lunch at one of our top vineyard restaurants. After lunch, you will return to the ferry terminal.

Accommodation: Your own room at Sudima Hotel Auckland City or similar


DAY 3 Sunday 20th Feb 2022

AUCKLAND – ROTORUA (B/L)

Travel from Auckland via Hobbiton (includes tour & lunch) to Rotorua with free time on arrival. Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire™ that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the twelve acre site, recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon™ Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth. Total tour duration from The Shires Rest is 2 hours. After the tour, experience the taste of the Shire™ with a delicious buffet lunch served in the Party Marquee. Your meal is served buffet style with shared table seating. After lunch, continue to Rotorua where the rest of the day is yours to explore.

Accommodation: Your own room at Millennium Hotel Rotorua or similar


DAY 4 Monday 21st Feb 2022

ROTORUA (B/D)

Today you’ll enjoy a full day exploring Rotorua, with a trip up Mount Ngongotaha on the Rotorua Skyline, carrying guests 487 metres above sea level where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Rotorua and the surrounding area. Afterwards, we experience Rotorua’s iconic living Maori village with a guided tour, showing us how the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao people have shared their way of life with visitors from all around the world for over 200 years and discovering how their people have adopted and survived to live on top of a geothermal plateau. This evening, visit Tamaki Maori Village Rotorua where we embark on a Maori cultural experience to our ancient forest village at Tawa-ngahere-pa – where our land, our people and our spirit come to life. From the start of the journey, you are swept away by master storytellers who will share customs, traditions and our way of life. Set in a magnificent 200-year-old ancient Tawa forest, you are invited to participate in and learn the poi, the haka and enjoy displays of our art forms. Afterwards, we enjoy a traditional Maori hangi dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Millennium Hotel Rotorua or similar


DAY 5 Tuesday 22nd Feb 2022  

ROTORUA – WELLINGTON (B/D)

Today you will travel from Rotorua to Wellington taking in Lake Taupo and the National Parks region. There’s free time on arrival and dinner at your hotel.

Accommodation: Your own room at QT Hotel Wellington or similar


DAY 6 Wednesday 23rd Feb 2022

WELLINGTON (B)

Start the day with a one-hour guided tour at Te Papa, with time after at the Gallipoli Exhibit and to explore the museum at leisure. The ground-breaking exhibition tells the story through the eyes and words of eight ordinary New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Cutting-edge technology has been used to create 3D maps and projections, miniatures, models, dioramas, and a range of interactive experiences that bring New Zealand’s Gallipoli story to life. After Te Papa, we embark on an orientation tour of Wellington. Once you have your bearings, the rest of the day is yours to explore this amazing, bustling city.

Accommodation: Your own room at QT Hotel Wellington or similar


DAY 7 Thursday 24th Feb 2022    

WELLINGTON – CHRISTCHURCH (B/D)

This morning you will travel across the Cook Strait on the Interisland ferry to Marlborough Sounds and Picton. After a short break in Picton, you’ll head south along the Kaikoura coast to Christchurch.

Accommodation: Your own room at Rydges Latimer Christchurch or similar


DAY 8 Friday 25th Feb 2022

CHRISTCHURCH – FRANZ JOSEPH (B/D)

It’s an early start this morning to join the Tranz Alpine to Greymouth and then south to Franz Joseph glacier. From Christchurch crossing the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, the Tranz Alpine winds its way over massive viaducts, through spectacular gorges and the stunning Waimakariri River valley. Then across the Southern Alps via the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass at 737 metres above sea level before descending through the lush beech forests and past Lake Brunner to the West Coast town of Greymouth on the Tasman Sea.

Accommodation: Your own room at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier or similar


DAY 9 Saturday 26th Feb 2022

FRANZ JOSEPH – QUEENSTOWN (B/D)

Today you continue down the West Coast, stopping for a Jetboat ride and a walk at Haast Pass, then over to Wanaka and Queenstown. Discover the world’s first and only sea to mountain river safari exploring the South West World Heritage Area. A journey deep into the heart of the remote Southern Alps of New Zealand. View snowy mountains, crystal clear streams and ancient rainforests that surround this forgotten glacial valley inside the Mount Aspiring National Park. Relax as your friendly guide expertly negotiates this spectacular alpine river aboard a luxury, purpose built, all weather Jet boat. Along the way learn about the geography, history, flora and fauna of this fascinating region. Enjoy a short stroll in the bush with a chance to fully take in your surroundings before travelling down river to the Tasman Sea.

Accommodation: Your own room at Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown or similar


DAY 10 Sunday 27th Feb 2022

QUEENSTOWN (B/D)

Enjoy a free day to explore Queenstown at leisure. This afternoon, enjoy a Lake cruise followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Board The Spirit of Queenstown and enjoy a return cruise to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm on the western shores of the lake on a modern, spacious, purpose-built catamaran. Cruise through Bob’s Cove and view flora and fauna up close, and enjoy spectacular views towards Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw, the Southern Alps and Remarkables mountain range. Enjoy a glass of renowned Akarua wine and a Gibbston Valley Cheese Board as you take in the scenery. An informative commentary is provided, and the wheelhouse is open to join and speak with the skipper.

Accommodation: Your own room at Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown or similar


DAY 11 Monday 28th Feb 2022  

QUEENSTOWN – TE ANAU (B/D)

It’s a late start today with an opportunity to relax in Queenstown before heading to Te Anau.

Accommodation: Your own room at Distinction Luxmore Hotel or similar


DAY 12 Tuesday 1st Mar 2022

MILFORD SOUND (B/L)

This morning you’ll travel the scenic highway and through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound to join your cruise. On return it is a leisurely drive back to Te Anau, with some rest and relaxation in the afternoon. Enjoy an extended and leisurely two-hour cruise along the full length of the fjord in the modern, spacious vessel with comfortable indoor seating and large, tall windows for panoramic viewing of spectacular Milford Sound. There is an upper deck for excellent wildlife viewing including seals, dolphins and penguins (when in season). A specialist nature guide shares their local knowledge with lively and informative commentary while roaming the vessel, and the wheelhouse is open to join and speak with the skipper. Raincoats are provided on board.

Accommodation: Your own room at Distinction Luxmore Hotel or similar


DAY 13 Wednesday 2nd Mar 2022    

TE ANAU – DUNEDIN (B/D)

Today you’ll head to Dunedin and enjoy a tour of the Larnach Castle on arrival. With its exciting, sometimes scandalous, sometimes tragic history, its magnificent carved ceilings and breath-taking views, Larnach Castle offers you a vision of the past and present. Today, the Castle is the home of the Barker family who have spent more than 39 years lovingly restoring the building and recreating the beauty of the 35 acres of gardens and grounds. After Larnach, we head back to town for the Speights Brewery Tour and dinner. The 90-minute guided tour takes you back in time to the origin of the Speight brewery in 1876. Visitors not only get to see, smell, touch and taste the ingredients that make “The Pride of the South”, but also learn about the antiquity of beer from Babylonian times through to the modern day. After the tour, enjoy a two course evening meal at the brewery and complimentary 12oz beer of your choice.

Accommodation: Your own room at Southern Cross Hotel Dunedin or similar


DAY 14 Thursday 3rd Mar 2022

DUNEDIN – LAKE TEKAPO (B/D)

There’s some free time this morning before heading to the picturesque Mount Cook and then on to Lake Tekapo for the night.

Accommodation: Your own room at Peppers Bluewater Resort or similar


DAY 15 Friday 4th Mar 2022

LAKE TEKAPO – CHRISTCHURCH (B/D)

Today you’ll travel on to Christchurch, with a city orientation tour on one of Christchurch’s beautiful restored heritage trams. The friendly and knowledgeable drivers will inform you about the city, its landmarks and local sights. Your ticket allows you to get on and off the tram as often as you please! Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Accommodation: Your own room at Rydges Latimer Christchurch or similar


DAY 16 Saturday 5th Mar 2022

CHRISTCHURCH (B)

It’s time to say goodbye to all the friends we’ve made. Catch the included group transfer to the airport or why not extend your stay in New Zealand?

TOUR DATES: 18TH FEBRUARY – 5TH MARCH 2022

TOUR PRICING: A$11,303 PLUS AIRFARES/TAXES

Sudima Hotel Auckland City

Sudima Auckland City is a brand new 4.5-star hotel in the heart of the city. It’s conveniently located within easy walking distance of Auckland’s bustling shopping, arts, dining and entertainment precincts and opposite the New Zealand International Convention Centre. So whether you’re in town for leisure or business, Sudima Auckland City is perfect.

Affectionately known as the city of sails, Auckland sits between Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and Waitematā Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. This makes it one of the few cities in the world with a harbour on two major bodies of water (and an excellent place to get out on a boat). With New Zealand’s largest urban population it is a major financial hub, and is New Zealand’s centre of commerce, education, arts, major events and cuisine.

For sight-seers and holiday makers Sudima Auckland City’s central location makes it a perfect base for exploring Auckland city and beyond. Whatever your plans, our friendly team can help. They know what’s happening and can give you up-to-date festival and event information as well as a bit of local insight.

 

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Next to mystical Lake Rotorua and just a brief stroll from the city centre, Millennium Hotel Rotorua is an eco-friendly destination in New Zealand.

From here, experience Rotorua’s rich history, explore the thermal hot pools or the native bush, and even squeeze in a round of golf at one of Rotorua’s international golf courses. Our 227 rooms and suites feature residential-style decor with views of Lake Rotorua or the native garden. We also have accessible rooms for guests with special requirements. 7 meetings and event spaces are available and ideal for up to 400 people.

Perhaps the most unique feature here is its heating, provided by harnessing the hotel’s natural geothermal resource. Take a dip in our heated pool or relax under the expert hands of our therapists in The Spa Rotorua.

 

QT Hotel Wellington

Surprise yourself at QT Wellington, a significant fusion of expressive and luxurious art, technology and indulgence. Loosely based in the new creative capital of the South, QT Wellington is a warm invitation to explore and define one of New Zealand’s most eclectic collections of art and character. This is the ideal hub for cultural connoisseurs from around the world, framed in designer opulence and showcased at a gallery opening that never closed. We’re eager to see what you will bring.

Hippopotamus
The French jewel in our culinary crown. Lavish decor, attentive staff and a menu ranging from comfort food to fine dining will leave you satisfied, sated and spoilt.

Hot Sauce
Find the fire of flavour in the heart of Wellington. Traditional Asian flavours paired with trailblazing cocktails will quickly see your simple afternoon spread become a full-blown banquet late into the night.

The Lobby Lounge
Pour yourself into the opulent comfort of our Lobby Lounge and watch Wellington’s creative crowd buzz as you unwind.

 

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Book your New Zealand trip to the Garden City and enjoy luxurious accommodation at the locally owned Rydges Latimer Christchurch hotel surrounded in stunning natural beauty. Our 4.5-star hotel has been built to ensure a top-of-the-line experience, features and amenities, with 100 percent compliance to the latest building code requirements.

Our luxury hotel accommodation in Christchurch overlooks scenic Latimer Square, an iconic New Zealand green space with ample room for travellers to roam and enjoy the shade of lush, broad-leaved trees. The hotel is five levels high and offers 175 stylish rooms spread over the first four floors. The fifth floor boasts the penthouse suite with breathtaking views stretching from the Port Hills to the Southern Alps.

We offer free, unlimited WiFi throughout all guest rooms, public areas and conference spaces.

Rydges Latimer Christchurch is the perfect base for your next Christchurch adventure. Explore our current offers and start planning your getaway now.

 

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier 

In the heart of the village and edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is only a breath away from the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier.

Our hotel offers everything you need to be able to explore this dramatic region in style and comfort. With an exceptional restaurant, serving hearty, West Coast fare, and the Moa Bar with its open fireplace, you are never without choice. Plus, with the private hot pools and our Amaia Luxury Spa close by, you can enjoy time out to rejuvenate after a day taking in the many walking tracks and other outdoor pursuits.

Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, plus a guest information and booking service will ensure that you can make the most of every minute you spend in the Westland region.

Our professional, friendly staff look forward to welcoming you and helping to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable. Your visit will be made even more memorable by the many natural wonders in the area. Just be sure to bring your camera!

 

Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown

Welcome to Crowne Plaza Queenstown, where you will find yourself reconnecting with powerful landscapes and inspiring mountain & lake views. Our Queenstown accommodation is on a privileged site, just opposite the historic Steamer Wharf and prime lakeside eating, drinking and entertainment destinations. Here you can experience the pleasure of being right in the heart of town.

Queenstown is Southern Hemisphere’s premier four-season mountain & lake destination, also known as the Adventure Capital of the world. You can feel the freedom, the inspiration and the unique energy of Queenstown’s majestic outdoor spaces. With its wide range of attractions, you will never run out of things to do. Everyone is invited to discover something new – from the best Ski the country has to offer to breathtaking Hiking Trails; from world-class Cuisine to sophisticated Wineries; from indulgent Spas to thrilling Adventures.

 

Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

Distinction Luxmore is your affordable 4 star Te Anau accommodation with FREE unlimited WiFi. Escape into the serene surroundings of our Te Anau hotel before heading out to explore the world-famous beauty of Fiordland including Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. With its range of hotel accommodation options, 2 on-site restaurants, complimentary car parking and excellent standard of service, the team at Distinction Luxmore will make your stay in Te Anau comfortable and enjoyable.

Distinction Luxmore has 2 on-site restaurants for you to choose from. Enjoy views of the township looking towards Lake Te Anau from Hilights Restaurant which is known for its excellent breakfasts and delicious carvery buffet dinners. Bailiez’s legendary café style menu and bar is popular among Te Anau locals and a great choice for relaxing after exploring Fiordland.

 

Southern Cross Hotel Dunedin 

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation, giving the convenience of having entertainment, shopping and restaurants close at hand. Just a short walk from the Octagon, railway station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago university, it is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Whether you are staying for business or pleasure, it is hard to go past the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross. Dating back to 1883, this landmark building now blends Dunedin’s distinctive charm and heritage with modern styles and comforts. Your every comfort is well provided for, with 178 attractive rooms and suites, extensive hotel facilities, and a very high standard of service. This has earned the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross a 4-star plus Qualmark rating, as well as the Enviro-Silver award.

 

Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo

Near the shores of Lake Tekapo, in the heart of Mackenzie Country in New Zealand’s central South Island, is Peppers Bluewater Resort. Overlooking Lake Tekapo this resort is located in an intensely beautiful part of the world.

Peppers Bluewater Resort is set amongst the purest natural landscape. Romantic and secluded, your accommodation in Lake Tekapo reflects the beautiful landscape surrounding you.

You can explore the natural wonders of Mount Cook and the Mackenzie region from here. Marvel at an International Dark Sky Reserve with millions of stars. Ride horses through the mountains, catch a scenic flight to Franz Josef glacier, go skiing, or immerse yourself in the Tekapo Springs Day Spa and Hot Pools.

 

 

 

ROTORUA

From crystal-clear streams and magical forests, to epic biking trails and explosive geysers, Rotorua has it all. The city offers a raft of attractions and experiences for everyone from adventure-seekers to those just looking to unwind. Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. After marvelling at the distinctive landscapes and volcanic activity within a geothermal park, enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a wellness getaway at a luxurious spa.

Experience Māori culture, hospitality and food here – try a hangi feast cooked in the steaming ground or take a tour of an authentic pre-European village. For thrill seekers, Rotorua is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, and offers everything from bungy jumping and luging to zorbing and ziplining.

Located in the heart of the North Island, Rotorua is also the gateway to other central destinations – it’s less than two hours to the Mt Ruapehu ski fields and less than an hour from the nearest beach towns.

 

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

Franz Josef Glacier (Kā Roimata ō Hine Hukatere) is one of the steepest glaciers in New Zealand, descending from its origins high in the Southern Alps deep into the lush native rainforest of Westland’s National Park. It also moves faster than your average glacier, with the main ice fall capturing speeds of up to five metres. This creates some truly incredible features in the glacier such as ice caves, tunnels, seracs and crevasses; all of which are constantly changing and evolving so no two days are ever the same.

 

QUEENSTOWN

In the heart of the Southern Alps, with unrivalled alpine scenery, snow-capped mountains and fresh mountain air, Queenstown is New Zealand’s home of winter. Whether you have an appetite for adventure, mountains and fresh air; or are keen to enjoy a delicious meal and fine wine beside roaring fire, you will be well catered for. Get away from the everyday and escape to Queenstown.

Each year from early June onwards, the region transforms into a winter wonderland, attracting snow sports enthusiasts from around the world with its incredible lake and alpine scenery, crisp blue-sky days and easy access to some of New Zealand’s finest ski and snowboard terrain accompanied by a vibrant après ski scene. Queenstown is big enough to offer a wide range of accommodation, activities, four ski areas, events, eateries, and bars—yet small enough to make you feel like you belong.

 

MOUNT COOK/AORAKI

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense – with skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all set under a star-studded sky.

According to Ngāi Tahu legend, Aoraki and his three brothers were the sons of Rakinui, the Sky Father. While on a sea voyage, their canoe overturned on a reef. When the brothers climbed on top of their canoe, the freezing south wind turned them to stone. The canoe became the South Island (Te Waka o Aoraki); Aoraki and his brothers became the peaks of the Southern Alps.

Although Aoraki Mount Cook encompasses 23 peaks over 3000 metres high, it is very accessible. State Highway 80 leads to Aoraki/Mt Cook Village which is situated beside scenic Lake Pukaki and provides a comfortable base for alpine activities. Far from city lights, the stargazing here is magnificent – Aoraki Mount Cook National Park forms the majority of New Zealand’s only International Dark Sky Reserve.

 

CHRISTCHURCH

Christchurch is the city of exploration, where urban regeneration and heritage thrive. The city is constantly evolving, always giving locals and visitors something new to explore. Expect street art and innovative projects, a bustling hospitality scene and established green spaces. Christchurch is the newest city in the world, and it’s time the world rediscovered its secrets.

The central city is filled with cutting-edge architecture alongside some of the oldest buildings in New Zealand. The Avon River intersects the city, bringing a natural landscape to the urban environment. Christchurch is the basecamp for South Island exploration, with the Banks Peninsula within reach, as well as the stunning Southern Alps and famed Canterbury Plains.

The surrounding Canterbury region offers visitors unforgettable journeys and picturesque towns, zen-like retreats and thrill-seeking opportunities. Escape to Hanmer Springs for a thermal soak, or north to Kaikōura to encounter the local wildlife. Everything New Zealand has to offer can be found here.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host
  • 15 nights’ accommodation
  • Solo room – always!
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Group coach return airport transfers
  • All sightseeing, guided tours and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary

 

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International/domestic flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, taxis, souvenirs and phone calls
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation (we can assist)
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Any tours listed as “Optional Tours” (and are subject to change, depending on weather and schedule changes)
  • Gratuities (optional)

Kiwiana panorama…

There are so many reasons people visit New Zealand. The list is as long as the clouds that give this spectacular country it’s name. There’s an abundance of breathtaking landscapes and stunning natural beauty which include majestic fjords, dramatic glaciers, rugged mountains, vast plains and farmland, long coastlines, wonderful sandy beaches and active geothermal regions plus so much more. And if all that’s not enough, there’s also a rich history, culture and, not least, some of the best wine-producing vineyards in the world. So come along on this once in a lifetime experience and make some memories you’ll never forget.

Will you join us?

TOUR DATES: 18TH FEBRUARY – 5TH MARCH 2022

TOUR PRICING: A$11,303 PLUS AIRFARES/TAXES

Sudima Hotel Auckland City

Sudima Auckland City is a brand new 4.5-star hotel in the heart of the city. It’s conveniently located within easy walking distance of Auckland’s bustling shopping, arts, dining and entertainment precincts and opposite the New Zealand International Convention Centre. So whether you’re in town for leisure or business, Sudima Auckland City is perfect.

Affectionately known as the city of sails, Auckland sits between Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and Waitematā Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. This makes it one of the few cities in the world with a harbour on two major bodies of water (and an excellent place to get out on a boat). With New Zealand’s largest urban population it is a major financial hub, and is New Zealand’s centre of commerce, education, arts, major events and cuisine.

For sight-seers and holiday makers Sudima Auckland City’s central location makes it a perfect base for exploring Auckland city and beyond. Whatever your plans, our friendly team can help. They know what’s happening and can give you up-to-date festival and event information as well as a bit of local insight.

 

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Next to mystical Lake Rotorua and just a brief stroll from the city centre, Millennium Hotel Rotorua is an eco-friendly destination in New Zealand.

From here, experience Rotorua’s rich history, explore the thermal hot pools or the native bush, and even squeeze in a round of golf at one of Rotorua’s international golf courses. Our 227 rooms and suites feature residential-style decor with views of Lake Rotorua or the native garden. We also have accessible rooms for guests with special requirements. 7 meetings and event spaces are available and ideal for up to 400 people.

Perhaps the most unique feature here is its heating, provided by harnessing the hotel’s natural geothermal resource. Take a dip in our heated pool or relax under the expert hands of our therapists in The Spa Rotorua.

 

QT Hotel Wellington

Surprise yourself at QT Wellington, a significant fusion of expressive and luxurious art, technology and indulgence. Loosely based in the new creative capital of the South, QT Wellington is a warm invitation to explore and define one of New Zealand’s most eclectic collections of art and character. This is the ideal hub for cultural connoisseurs from around the world, framed in designer opulence and showcased at a gallery opening that never closed. We’re eager to see what you will bring.

Hippopotamus
The French jewel in our culinary crown. Lavish decor, attentive staff and a menu ranging from comfort food to fine dining will leave you satisfied, sated and spoilt.

Hot Sauce
Find the fire of flavour in the heart of Wellington. Traditional Asian flavours paired with trailblazing cocktails will quickly see your simple afternoon spread become a full-blown banquet late into the night.

The Lobby Lounge
Pour yourself into the opulent comfort of our Lobby Lounge and watch Wellington’s creative crowd buzz as you unwind.

 

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Book your New Zealand trip to the Garden City and enjoy luxurious accommodation at the locally owned Rydges Latimer Christchurch hotel surrounded in stunning natural beauty. Our 4.5-star hotel has been built to ensure a top-of-the-line experience, features and amenities, with 100 percent compliance to the latest building code requirements.

Our luxury hotel accommodation in Christchurch overlooks scenic Latimer Square, an iconic New Zealand green space with ample room for travellers to roam and enjoy the shade of lush, broad-leaved trees. The hotel is five levels high and offers 175 stylish rooms spread over the first four floors. The fifth floor boasts the penthouse suite with breathtaking views stretching from the Port Hills to the Southern Alps.

We offer free, unlimited WiFi throughout all guest rooms, public areas and conference spaces.

Rydges Latimer Christchurch is the perfect base for your next Christchurch adventure. Explore our current offers and start planning your getaway now.

 

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier 

In the heart of the village and edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is only a breath away from the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier.

Our hotel offers everything you need to be able to explore this dramatic region in style and comfort. With an exceptional restaurant, serving hearty, West Coast fare, and the Moa Bar with its open fireplace, you are never without choice. Plus, with the private hot pools and our Amaia Luxury Spa close by, you can enjoy time out to rejuvenate after a day taking in the many walking tracks and other outdoor pursuits.

Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, plus a guest information and booking service will ensure that you can make the most of every minute you spend in the Westland region.

Our professional, friendly staff look forward to welcoming you and helping to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable. Your visit will be made even more memorable by the many natural wonders in the area. Just be sure to bring your camera!

 

Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown

Welcome to Crowne Plaza Queenstown, where you will find yourself reconnecting with powerful landscapes and inspiring mountain & lake views. Our Queenstown accommodation is on a privileged site, just opposite the historic Steamer Wharf and prime lakeside eating, drinking and entertainment destinations. Here you can experience the pleasure of being right in the heart of town.

Queenstown is Southern Hemisphere’s premier four-season mountain & lake destination, also known as the Adventure Capital of the world. You can feel the freedom, the inspiration and the unique energy of Queenstown’s majestic outdoor spaces. With its wide range of attractions, you will never run out of things to do. Everyone is invited to discover something new – from the best Ski the country has to offer to breathtaking Hiking Trails; from world-class Cuisine to sophisticated Wineries; from indulgent Spas to thrilling Adventures.

 

Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

Distinction Luxmore is your affordable 4 star Te Anau accommodation with FREE unlimited WiFi. Escape into the serene surroundings of our Te Anau hotel before heading out to explore the world-famous beauty of Fiordland including Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. With its range of hotel accommodation options, 2 on-site restaurants, complimentary car parking and excellent standard of service, the team at Distinction Luxmore will make your stay in Te Anau comfortable and enjoyable.

Distinction Luxmore has 2 on-site restaurants for you to choose from. Enjoy views of the township looking towards Lake Te Anau from Hilights Restaurant which is known for its excellent breakfasts and delicious carvery buffet dinners. Bailiez’s legendary café style menu and bar is popular among Te Anau locals and a great choice for relaxing after exploring Fiordland.

 

Southern Cross Hotel Dunedin 

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation, giving the convenience of having entertainment, shopping and restaurants close at hand. Just a short walk from the Octagon, railway station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago university, it is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Whether you are staying for business or pleasure, it is hard to go past the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross. Dating back to 1883, this landmark building now blends Dunedin’s distinctive charm and heritage with modern styles and comforts. Your every comfort is well provided for, with 178 attractive rooms and suites, extensive hotel facilities, and a very high standard of service. This has earned the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross a 4-star plus Qualmark rating, as well as the Enviro-Silver award.

 

Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo

Near the shores of Lake Tekapo, in the heart of Mackenzie Country in New Zealand’s central South Island, is Peppers Bluewater Resort. Overlooking Lake Tekapo this resort is located in an intensely beautiful part of the world.

Peppers Bluewater Resort is set amongst the purest natural landscape. Romantic and secluded, your accommodation in Lake Tekapo reflects the beautiful landscape surrounding you.

You can explore the natural wonders of Mount Cook and the Mackenzie region from here. Marvel at an International Dark Sky Reserve with millions of stars. Ride horses through the mountains, catch a scenic flight to Franz Josef glacier, go skiing, or immerse yourself in the Tekapo Springs Day Spa and Hot Pools.

 

 

 

ROTORUA

From crystal-clear streams and magical forests, to epic biking trails and explosive geysers, Rotorua has it all. The city offers a raft of attractions and experiences for everyone from adventure-seekers to those just looking to unwind. Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. After marvelling at the distinctive landscapes and volcanic activity within a geothermal park, enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a wellness getaway at a luxurious spa.

Experience Māori culture, hospitality and food here – try a hangi feast cooked in the steaming ground or take a tour of an authentic pre-European village. For thrill seekers, Rotorua is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, and offers everything from bungy jumping and luging to zorbing and ziplining.

Located in the heart of the North Island, Rotorua is also the gateway to other central destinations – it’s less than two hours to the Mt Ruapehu ski fields and less than an hour from the nearest beach towns.

 

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

Franz Josef Glacier (Kā Roimata ō Hine Hukatere) is one of the steepest glaciers in New Zealand, descending from its origins high in the Southern Alps deep into the lush native rainforest of Westland’s National Park. It also moves faster than your average glacier, with the main ice fall capturing speeds of up to five metres. This creates some truly incredible features in the glacier such as ice caves, tunnels, seracs and crevasses; all of which are constantly changing and evolving so no two days are ever the same.

 

QUEENSTOWN

In the heart of the Southern Alps, with unrivalled alpine scenery, snow-capped mountains and fresh mountain air, Queenstown is New Zealand’s home of winter. Whether you have an appetite for adventure, mountains and fresh air; or are keen to enjoy a delicious meal and fine wine beside roaring fire, you will be well catered for. Get away from the everyday and escape to Queenstown.

Each year from early June onwards, the region transforms into a winter wonderland, attracting snow sports enthusiasts from around the world with its incredible lake and alpine scenery, crisp blue-sky days and easy access to some of New Zealand’s finest ski and snowboard terrain accompanied by a vibrant après ski scene. Queenstown is big enough to offer a wide range of accommodation, activities, four ski areas, events, eateries, and bars—yet small enough to make you feel like you belong.

 

MOUNT COOK/AORAKI

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense – with skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all set under a star-studded sky.

According to Ngāi Tahu legend, Aoraki and his three brothers were the sons of Rakinui, the Sky Father. While on a sea voyage, their canoe overturned on a reef. When the brothers climbed on top of their canoe, the freezing south wind turned them to stone. The canoe became the South Island (Te Waka o Aoraki); Aoraki and his brothers became the peaks of the Southern Alps.

Although Aoraki Mount Cook encompasses 23 peaks over 3000 metres high, it is very accessible. State Highway 80 leads to Aoraki/Mt Cook Village which is situated beside scenic Lake Pukaki and provides a comfortable base for alpine activities. Far from city lights, the stargazing here is magnificent – Aoraki Mount Cook National Park forms the majority of New Zealand’s only International Dark Sky Reserve.

 

CHRISTCHURCH

Christchurch is the city of exploration, where urban regeneration and heritage thrive. The city is constantly evolving, always giving locals and visitors something new to explore. Expect street art and innovative projects, a bustling hospitality scene and established green spaces. Christchurch is the newest city in the world, and it’s time the world rediscovered its secrets.

The central city is filled with cutting-edge architecture alongside some of the oldest buildings in New Zealand. The Avon River intersects the city, bringing a natural landscape to the urban environment. Christchurch is the basecamp for South Island exploration, with the Banks Peninsula within reach, as well as the stunning Southern Alps and famed Canterbury Plains.

The surrounding Canterbury region offers visitors unforgettable journeys and picturesque towns, zen-like retreats and thrill-seeking opportunities. Escape to Hanmer Springs for a thermal soak, or north to Kaikōura to encounter the local wildlife. Everything New Zealand has to offer can be found here.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host
  • 15 nights’ accommodation
  • Solo room – always!
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Group coach return airport transfers
  • All sightseeing, guided tours and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary

 

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International/domestic flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, taxis, souvenirs and phone calls
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation (we can assist)
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Any tours listed as “Optional Tours” (and are subject to change, depending on weather and schedule changes)
  • Gratuities (optional)
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