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New Zealand
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Kia Ora!
Welcome to New Zealand
Known as ‘Aotearoa’ – Land of the Long White Cloud
New Zealand’s mix of spectacular scenery, fascinating culture and modern cities makes it the
perfect location for the ultimate vacation with a difference.
A magnificent country famous for its varied landscapes, New Zealand has sub-tropical and primeval forests, majestic fiords,
sparkling clear rivers and lakes, snow-capped mountains, picturesque green farmlands, ice-age glaciers, thermal hot springs,
geysers and golden sand beaches. We proudly present you with a wide selection of Boutique Journey itineraries in this brochure
encompassing small group touring that visits key visitor attractions and offers superior, centrally located accommodation.
New Zealand is comparable in size to Great Britain or Japan, but unlike these countries New Zealand only has a population of 4 million
people – making it one of the world’s least crowded countries. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as
a playground for thrill-seekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round
vacation destination.
New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated and multicultural, and the honesty, friendliness, and openness of Kiwis will impress you.
And the great advantage of New Zealand is that all of its diverse physical, cultural, and artistic landscapes are so close to each other!

We look forward to showing you around our beautiful country, New Zealand!
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Experience New Zealand with us
Leisure Time Tours is a family owned and
operated touring company, which has
provided inspirational travel experiences
to our guests since 1987.
We are proud of our reputation for putting our clients
first in every area of their travel experience – from quality
accommodation, dining and entertainment through to
comfortable and safe transportation with knowledgeable
and friendly guides. We feel that this attitude is one of the
most important contributors to our continued success.
During Leisure Time Tours’ years of operation we have
built a fantastic rapport with our tourist operators,
accommodation and cruise providers. Our supplier
relationships enable us to ensure that you have a
memorable experience with Leisure Time Tours for all the
right reasons!

Kind regards

Les Mehrtens
Company Founder and Director
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Boutique       Journeys
New Zealand Small Group Tours
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.
Our itineraries range from 10-21 days. Our master journey is a superb 21-day tour that packs in the maximum number of unforgettable experiences.
If visitors don’t have 21 days to spare, or wish to combine an escorted journey with tailor-made arrangements, then pick one of our shorter tours
which can join or leave the main tour during our three-week adventures through New Zealand.

Small Group Tours
Our escorted tours are just that – OURS – created by us, exclusively
for our guests. Not only are our itineraries unique, but we choose to
tour with no more than 16 people which means that our small group
Boutique Journeys offer amazing opportunities to get close to the
real New Zealand.

Getting Close Up
Because we are few in number, we can go places and see things
that are simply not practical for ‘coach tour’ groups of 40 or more.
So while we include all the ‘must-see’ sights in our itineraries, we also
add smaller-scale adventures that only a small group can experience.

Guests will never forget their first sight across Auckland Harbour,
or of Aoraki/Mount Cook, but happiest memories may well be of our
guided walk through the Waimangu Valley, comparing wine notes in
                                                                            Flexible Schedules
Hawke’s Bay or enjoying a leisurely lunch in a Coromandel café.             With a small group we can be more flexible about each day’s timetable,
                                                                            creating opportunities for surprise encounters and time for stops en-route.
Smaller Vehicles                                                            So if we spot a Takahe in the mountains we can stop for a photo;
Our small group tour vehicles are agile enough to explore roads             if there’s a new exhibition at a museum we can linger longer and if it’s
less-travelled, approaching New Zealand’s most beautiful sights –           90º in the shade we can cool down at the beach before we hit the road
both iconic and hidden gems – from a different angle. We can get            again. Our itineraries range from 10 to 21 days so there’s one to suit every
off the beaten track just as easily as we can cruise Highway 1. Our         traveller, and we are also flexible enough to top-and-tail any tour with
vehicles are also very comfortable, with good legroom, headroom             tailor-made arrangements to suit.
and picture windows to provide a better viewing experience.
                                                                            In Good Company
Great Leader, Expert Guides                                                 In a group of no more than 16 people it is easy to find common ground
New Zealand is a small proud nation and often the first question            with like-minded travellers and at the same time enjoy a variety of dinner
visitors are asked is ‘what do you think of our country?’ Kiwis are         table conversations. Our small group size also means we can dispense
passionate about showing visitors the best of New Zealand so not            with ‘coach tour’ admin like asking guests to wear a name badge –
only are our hand-picked leaders safe drivers in all conditions, but        good manners and good humour are more important to us than strict
they are also happy personalities, full of knowledge, enthusiasm,           time-keeping. Discovering New Zealand in such good company is a very
insights and practical advice. At some points we meet up with a local       special experience, with the potential for serendipitous surprises, a lot of
guide to add his or her expertise to enhance the experience. These          laughs and perhaps new friends for life.
include Kiwis who are wildlife, eco, geothermal or Māori specialists
with whom guests can engage on a personal level. Our driver/ guides
                                                                            Hospitality
will also go “the extra mile” literally to showcase some of                 Our itineraries include a wonderful mix of hotels and home-stays along the
New Zealand’s hidden gems!                                                  way, because we are not confined to using mass market hotels. Sometimes
                                                                            we choose a large city hotel because of its central location, but wherever
                                                                            possible we opt for smaller properties with their own character, including
                                                                            local rural properties so that guests can enjoy some real Kiwi hospitality.
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Small Group Touring Options
We have six wonderful itineraries to choose from, each named after a native tree or flower which may be
encountered while travelling with us.

                                  Tane Mahuta
                                  • 21 DAYS from NZ$9500pp
                                                                                                                 Rimu
                                                                                                                 • 15 DAYS from NZ$7550pp
                                  • North and South Islands                                                      • North & South Islands to
                                  New Zealand’s largest and most famous                                            Queenstown
                                  tree is Tane Mahuta, the Mighty Kauri,                                         Rimu is another native tree, whose
                                  and this is the name we’ve given to                                            timbers were used in building many of
                                  our most comprehensive escorted                                                New Zealand’s oldest houses, including
                                  tour encompassing the country’s                                                some of our favourite character B&Bs.
                                  must-see sights as well as great off-the-                                      Join the Tane Mahuta on Day 3, leave
                                  beaten-track experiences during an                                             on Day 17 from Queenstown, where
                                  unforgettable three week adventure.                                            you can fly to your next destination.

                                  Pohutukawa
                                  • 19 DAYS from NZ$8850pp
                                                                                                                 Mount
                                                                                                                 Lily  Cook
                                  • North & South Islands
                                                                                                                 • 13 DAYS from NZ$6090pp
                                  New Zealand’s ‘Christmas Tree’ blazes
                                                                                                                 • South Island
                                  scarlet in midsummer and is the title of
                                  this satisfyingly in-depth tour of both                                        New Zealand’s famous ‘lily’ is really a
                                  islands, by joining the Tane Mahuta                                            buttercup which grows in profusion on
                                  tour on Day 3, and leaving it on Day 21.                                       the alpine meadows of the Southern
                                                                                                                 Alps. This tour squeezes more jaw-
                                                                                                                 dropping scenery into 13 days than any
                                                                                                                 other! Join the Tane Mahuta on Day 9
                                                                                                                 and finish on Day 21.

                                  Kowhai
                                  • 17 DAYS from NZ$7990pp
                                                                                                                 Koromiko
                                                                                                                 • 10 DAYS from NZ$5590pp
                                  • North & South Islands to                                                     • North Island
                                    Queenstown                                                                   The Koromiko shrub is used to line
                                  Kowhai is the name of New Zealand’s                                            the fire pit for a hangi, adding flavour
                                  unofficial national flower: bright                                             to baked kumara (sweet potato), and
                                  yellow, with nectar beloved by the                                             there are plenty of opportunities to
                                  Tui bird. Join the Tane Mahuta on                                              eat and drink well on our North Island
                                  Day 1, leave on Day 17 from                                                    itinerary, which includes key Māori
                                  Queenstown, where you can fly to                                               and geothermal locations. Join the
                                  your next destination.                                                         Tane Mahuta on Day 1 and leave in
                                                                                                                 Wellington on Day 10.

Please note: these prices are in New Zealand Dollars, per person, twinshare, land only. Prices correct at time of printing but may be subject to change.
For departure dates and full pricing details please ask your agent or visit our website: www.leisuretimetours.co.nz
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Tane Mahuta
21 DAYS • North and South Island • From NZ$9500pp twinshare, land only
Join
 oin us for a three week Boutique Journey that will take you on an adventure like no other.
Experience the breath taking scenery of snow-capped Alps, wander through lush tropical rainforests
and relax on wide sandy beaches.
You will learn how this beautiful land has been shaped by ancient volcanoes and southern seas,
by Māori warriors and colonial settlers. Friendly local guides will share their cultural, historical
and ecological expertise whilst extending a warm welcome to you on this magnifient journey.

Tour Inclusions
• All transport and the services of
                                        DAY 1 • AUCKLAND Haere mai – welcome!
                                        Arrive into Auckland and spend the rst of the
                                        day getting to know the ‘City of Sails’ and your
                                        fellow travellers.
  an excellent tour guide               City Hotel
• Accommodation based on two            DAY 2 • AUCKLAND TO BAY OF ISLANDS (B)
  people sharing a double/twin          Leaving Auckland behind, we travel up
                                        Northland’s west coast to the Waipoua Forest,        afternoon, it is well worth putting on your boots    DAY 6 • COROMANDEL PENINSULA TO
  room (single supplement applies)                                                           to walk to Cathedral Cove. This marine reserve       ROTORUA (B) Travel south on the Pacific Coast
                                        where our Māori guide leads us deep into the
• Entrance fees to places of interest   forest to see Tane Mahuta, the largest kauri tree    is accessible only on foot or by boat: our efforts   Highway to Rotorua. Here we take a guided
  included on your itinerary            in the world. In the afternoon we head east to       are rewarded with one of the most photogenic         walk of the Government Gardens, and take a
                                        the pretty seaside town of Paihia.                   beaches in NZ, with water-worn rock formations       trip to Te Puia, an active geothermal site, and
• The services of local guides where                                                         sparkling against the blue-green of the Pacific.     the centre for indigenous arts and crafts and a
                                        Local Bed & Breakfast
  referenced                            DAY 3 • BAY OF ISLANDS (B) We start the day          Tonight we share on the cooking duties               Kiwi conservation project.
                                        in Russell with a guided tour where we learn         enjoying a Kiwi Favourite – a BBQ dinner in the      City hotel, 2 nights

Culinary Inclusions                     about this pretty little town’s rip-roaring          garden.
                                        past, when drunken sailors earned it the name,
• 26 meals included:                    ‘the hell hole of the Pacific’. Enjoy an afternoon
                                        at leisure to explore the area on foot or take a
  20 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L)
                                        dolphin cruise in the spectacular Bay of Islands.
  5 dinners (D)                         Local Bed & Breakfast
• Enjoy a wine tasting and evening      DAY 4 • BAY OF ISLANDS TO COROMANDEL
  meal at Mission Estate, New           PENINSULA (B) A morning visit to the
  Zealand’s oldest winery               Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the treaty
                                        between Māori tribes and British settlers was
• Experience an authentic Māori         signed in 1840. Later we head south, driving
  Hangi dinner and learn about          through the lush farmland of Waikato to the
  Māori culture                         Firth of Thames, where we stop to visit the
                                        Miranda Shorebird Centre.
• Appreciate true kiwi hospitality
                                        Private hotel, 2 nights
  with a family dinner during your      DAY 5 • EXPLORE THE COROMANDEL
  rural homestay                        PENINSULA (BD) White cliffs and golden
                                        beaches, inviting turquoise waters and green
                                        forests are the colours of the Coromandel, with
                                        scarlet highlights courtesy of the flowers of
                                        Pohutukawa trees in summer, making this one
                                        of our favourite regions. Rightly famous is Hot
                                        Water Beach, where warm springs bubble up
                                        through the sand, and when the tide is right
                                        you can dig out your very own ‘spa’ pool for
                                        a wallow. Our recommendation for lunch is
                                        under the fruit trees at Colenso Café. In the
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DAY 7 • ROTORUA (BD) This morning we walk             mirrors beautiful Mount Cook in its still waters.   jet-boat ride or go white-water rafting. Those    DAY 20 • ASHBURTON TO CHRISTCHURCH
through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and             This land is the heart of Te Wahipounamu            seeking a more relaxed option may choose to       (BD) This most English of New Zealand cities
hear about the volcanic eruption of Mount             – the place of the greenstone – explored            discover Lake Wakatipu with a cruise on the       suffered a succession of terrible earthquakes in
Tarawera in 1886 which destroyed the world-           by generations of Maori but penetrated by           classic steamship TSS Earnslaw up to Walter       2011. Christchurch is reinventing itself with typical
famous ‘Pink & White’ silica terraces. Later, we’ll   Europeans only 150 years ago. We head up            Peak Station.                                     Kiwi spirit and exciting new projects including
spend time at a local Marae to listen to ancient      over the Haast Pass along the river road, which     DAY 18 • QUEENSTOWN TO MOUNT COOK                 the cardboard cathedral and RE:Start Shopping
legends and learn about Māori lifestyles today.       took more than 40 years to complete, travelling     NATIONAL PARK (B) Today we drive north via        Mall in repurposed shipping containers. A guided
An evening Māori cultural concert and                 beside the icy river and deep into Mt Aspiring      Arrowtown, a historical goldmining settlement     tour will help you understand the present and
traditional Māori meal end the day in style.          National Park. The atmosphere lightens as           and on to Twizel. We overnight near Mount         future hopes for the city. This is the final part of
DAY 8 • ROTORUA TO NAPIER (BD) Today we               we reach lovely Lake Wanaka, reflecting the         Cook home to the country’s highest peak.          our journey together so tonight we relax over a
head south, past Huka Falls to Lake Taupo             mountain peaks that in winter offer superb          Country hotel                                     farewell dinner that showcases the best of New
where we have time for lunch. We arrive in            skiing, and the pretty resort town of Wanaka.       DAY 19 • MOUNT COOK TO ASHBURTON                  Zealand food and wine.
Napier mid-afternoon and take a guided                Local Bed & Breakfast                               (BD) A beautiful drive along Lake Pukaki to       City hotel
walking tour of this fabulous Art Deco city.          DAY 14 • WANAKA TO TE ANAU (B) This                 The Hermitage, our starting point for a choice    DAY 21 • DEPART CHRISTCHURCH (B)
The area is also well loved for its fabulous wines    morning there is time to relax, you may wish        of easy walks along the Hooker Valley trail for   If you are leaving New Zealand today, after
so this evening our treat is a dinner with a glass    to take a jet boat ride up the Matukituki River     a close up of the majestic Mount Cook. Later,     breakfast we transfer you to Christchurch
of wine at the Mission Estate Winery.                 or take the opportunity to enjoy one of New         we drop you off in smaller groups at three or     Airport for your flight home. Alternatively we
Private hotel                                         Zealand’s best half day walks – The Diamond         four rural properties around Ashburton, where     can extend your stay in Christchurch for a few
DAY 9 • NAPIER TO WELLINGTON (B)                      Lake and Rocky Mountain Trail. As we depart         your hosts will extend their hospitality to you   days or arrange onward independent touring
This morning we travel south through the              Wanaka we stop to quench our thirst at the          to with a farm tour followed by a delicious       by car or TranzAlpine train. Either way, we must
Wairarapa to arrive in the country’s capital city     much photographed Cardrona Pub before               home-cooked dinner and a cosy night’s stay.       say farewell, and waving you off with amazing
Wellington. Spend the afternoon sightseeing,          travelling around Lake Wakatipu and into            Rural Homestay                                    memories of your time in New Zealand.
and take the cable car up to the Kelburn              Te Anau, gateway to the magnificent Fiordland
lookout before walking back down through the          National Park.
Botanic Gardens and enjoying tea in the Lady          Country hotel, 2 nights
Rosewood Garden. Visit Te Papa, the National          DAY 15 • TE ANAU TO MILFORD SOUND (BL)
Museum, to learn more about the culture and           Depart Te Anau for a full day excursion
history of New Zealand.                               travelling via Fiordland National Park to Milford
City hotel                                            Sound. The scenery is spectacular with lofty
DAY 10 • WELLINGTON TO NELSON (B)                     mountains and deep valleys carved out by Ice
We board the Interislander Ferry across the           Age glaciers. On arrival in Milford Sound, take a
Cook Strait and through the beautiful Queen           short boat ride to Sandfly Point. An easy 5.5 km
Charlotte Sound to Picton. On arrival, travel to      (11 km return) walk alongside the cascading
the delightful Nelson, our base for two nights.       Arthur River and moody Lake Ada, on a well
In the afternoon we stretch our legs along on a       maintained track through ancient temperate
section of the Centre of New Zealand Walkway.         rainforest leading to Giant Gate Waterfall.
Local Bed & Breakfast                                 An expansive swing bridge provides perfect
DAY 11 • ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK                    photo opportunities. Return at a leisurely pace
(B) Paradise found! Abel Tasman National Park         taking the time to enjoy this incredible forest.
is a mosaic of golden coves and turquoise             Your nature guide will provide an excellent
lagoons sheltered by forested ranges to the           opportunity to learn about the fascinating
south. We board a small cruiser for a day of          human heritage of the track. Walkers then
exploration, with native wildlife a highlight of       re-join the boat for the transfer back to
our scenery.                                          Milford. At Milford Sound board your cruise
Local Bed & Breakfast                                 down the fiord past Mitre Peak to the open
DAY 12 • NELSON TO FRANZ JOSEF (B)                    sea. Seals and dolphins are often seen in the
Today travel inland following the Buller River        clear waters of the fiord. Lunch will be served
gorge, emerging at Westport for a short walk          aboard your cruise. The boat returns to
on the coastal path to Cape Foulwind where            Milford Wharf. Return to Te Anau travelling via
we may see fur seals, sooty shearwaters and           the Cleddeau Gorge, Homer Tunnel and the
blue penguins. In the afternoon we reach              lovely Eglinton Valley.
Westland National Park, where ice meets               DAY 16 • TE ANAU TO QUEENSTOWN (B)
rainforest at the foot of the Fox and Franz Josef     Leaving Fiordland National Park behind, we
Glaciers. We base ourselves in laid-back Franz        take a short journey via Kingston and Lake
Josef township for ease of access to the slowly       Wakatipu to Queenstown ‘Switzerland of the
moving ‘river’ of ice.                                Southern Hemisphere’ and our base for the
Country hotel                                         next two nights.
DAY 13 • FRANZ JOSEF TO WANAKA (B)                    City hotel, 2 nights
Ensure you have your camera for our visit to          DAY 17 • QUEENSTOWN (B) A day at leisure
nearby Lake Matheson for a morning stroll and         to relax or explore. Thrill-seekers may zip-line
where, when conditions are right, perfectly           from Bob’s Peak, get drenched on a Shotover
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Pohutukawa
19 DAYS • North and South Island • From NZ$8850pp twinshare, land only
This Boutique Journey takes you through some of our favourite places and spaces in the North
and South Islands, discovering fantastic coastlines and immersing you in Māori Culture and history.
Explore the Geothermal wonders of the bubbling mud pools and exploding geysers of Rotorua
and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Abel Tasman National Park with opportunities to swim
in its dazzling turquoise lagoons.

Tour Inclusions
• All transport and the services of
                                        DAY 1 • AUCKLAND Welcome to New Zealand!
                                        You will receive a warm welcome on arrival
                                        into Auckland International Airport. We meet
  an excellent tour guide               you from your flight and take you to your hotel
                                        to freshen up. The rest of the day is yours to
• Accommodation based on two            explore or rest at your leisure.
  people sharing a double/twin          City hotel
  room (single supplement applies)      DAY 2 • AUCKLAND TO COROMANDEL
• Entrance fees to places of interest   PENINSULA (B) Our tour begins as we
                                        leave Auckland and drive south to the Firth
  included on your itinerary            of Thames to stop at the Miranda Shorebird           cultural concert and traditional hangi meal end    Beehive, Wellington’s fondly nicknamed
• The services of local guides where    Centre where you will learn about the amazing        the day in style.                                  parliament building, and a short ride up to the
  referenced                            annual migrations of wrybills, godwits and           DAY 6 • ROTORUA TO NAPIER (BD)                     Kelburn lookout in the iconic red cable car.
                                        shorebirds that in summer travel the 10,000km        Take in the crashing waters of Huka Falls          Te Papa, the National Museum is an absolute
                                        in their journey south from the Arctic Circle.

Culinary Inclusions
                                                                                             and the vastness of Lake Taupo, the largest        must see during your time in the city.
                                        Later, arrive in Tairua harbour, where pacific-      freshwater lake in New Zealand, before heading     City hotel
                                        island style chalets are our home for the night.     on to the Art Deco town of Napier. We’ll take a    DAY 8 • WELLINGTON TO NELSON (B) We
• 24 meals included:                    Private hotel, 2 nights                              guided walking tour of the city, before enjoying   board the Interislander Ferry to cross the
  18 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L)         DAY 3 • COROMANDEL PENINSULA (BD)                    an evening treat of dinner with a glass of wine    CookStrait and travel through the beautiful
  5 dinners (D)                         Take a walk to the marine reserve of Cathedral       at Mission Estate Winery.                          QueenCharlotte Sound to Picton. On arrival
                                        Cove, one of the most picturesque spots in the       Private hotel                                      we drive to Nelson, officially the sunniest town
• Enjoy a wine tasting and evening      Coromandel. Enjoy the golden beaches – it’s
  meal at Mission Estate, New                                                                DAY 7 • NAPIER TO WELLINGTON (B) We                in New Zealand. Enjoy an easy walk on the
                                        not every day you can dig your own spa pool to
                                                                                             continue south through the rolling hills of the    Centre of New Zealand Walkway to enjoy the
  Zealand’s oldest winery               relax in as you can on Hot Water Beach!
                                        There are plenty of relaxing spots to enjoy a        Wairarapa to arrive in Wellington. Spend the       stunning views of the area.
• Experience an authentic Māori                                                              afternoon sightseeing with a visit to the          Local Bed & Breakfast
                                        leisurely lunch under the shade of the local fruit
  Hangi dinner and learn about          trees. Tonight we share on the cooking duties
  Māori culture                         enjoying a Kiwi Favourite – a BBQ dinner in the
• Tuck into a delicious home-           garden of our accommodation.
  cooked dinner with your hosts at      DAY 4 • COROMANDEL PENINSULA TO
  a rural property near Ashburton       ROTORUA (B) Travel south on the Pacific Coast
                                        Highway to Rotorua. Here we take a guided
                                        walk of the Government Gardens, and take a
                                        trip to Te Puia, an active geothermal site, and
                                        the centre for indigenous arts and crafts and a
                                        Kiwi conservation project.
                                        City hotel, 2 nights
                                        DAY 5 • ROTORUA (BD) We visit the
                                        Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and take a guided
                                        walking and cruising tour to learn more about
                                        the history of this fascinating region. We also
                                        travel to a local Marae (Māori meeting house)
                                        to listen to some ancient legends and learn
                                        about Māori lifestyle today. An evening Māori
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DAY 9 • ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK (B)               Europeans only 150 years ago. We head up          DAY 14 • TE ANAU TO QUEENSTOWN (B)                  drop you off in smaller groups at three or four
Paradise found! Abel Tasman’s shimmering            over the Haast Pass along the river road,         Leaving Fiordland National Park behind, we          rural properties around Ashburton, where your
waters and golden beaches make it a real high       which took more than 40 years to complete,        take a short journey via Kingston and Lake          hosts will extend their hospitality to you to with
point to any trip to New Zealand. We board          travelling beside the icy river and deep into     Wakatipu to Queenstown, ‘Switzerland of the         a farm tour followed by a delicious home-cooked
a small cruiser to explore, with opportunities      Mt Aspiring National Park. The atmosphere         Southern Hemisphere’ and our base for the           dinner and a cosy night’s stay.
for swimming and walking. Walkers can take          lightens as we reach lovely Lake Wanaka,          next two nights.                                    Rural Homestay
an easy 4-hour hike through the sub-tropical        reflecting the mountain peaks that in winter      City hotel, 2 nights                                DAY 18 • ASHBURTON TO CHRISTCHURCH
bush to Torrent Bay and its beautiful turquoise     offer superb skiing, and the pretty resort        DAY 15 • QUEENSTOWN (B) A day at leisure            (BD) After a hearty farmhouse breakfast we
lagoon to re-join our cruiser for the trip home.    town of Wanaka.                                   to relax or explore. Thrill-seekers may zip-line    re-assemble to head across the fertile Canterbury
Local Bed & Breakfast                               Local Bed & Breakfast                             from Bob’s Peak, get drenched on a Shotover         Plains and towards Christchurch. This most
DAY 10 • NELSON TO FRANZ JOSEF (B)                  DAY 12 • WANAKA TO TE ANAU (B) This               jet-boat ride or go white-water rafting.            English of New Zealand cities suffered a
Today follow the Buller River gorge, emerging       morning there is time to relax, you may wish      Those seeking a more relaxed option may             succession of terrible earthquakes in 2010/11.
at Westport for a short walk on the coastal path    to take a jet boat ride up the Matukituki River   choose to discover Lake Wakatipu with a cruise      Christchurch is reinventing itself with typical
to Cape Foulwind where we may see fur seals,        or take the opportunity to enjoy one of New       on the classic steamship TSS Earnslaw.              kiwi spirit and exciting new sights including the
sooty shearwaters and blue penguins. In the         Zealand’s best half day walks – The Diamond       DAY 16 • QUEENSTOWN TO MOUNT COOK                   cardboard cathedral and RE:Start Shopping Mall
afternoon we reach Westland National Park,          Lake and Rocky Mountain Trail. As we depart       NATIONAL PARK (B) Today we drive north              in repurposed shipping containers. A guided
where ice meets rainforest at the foot of the       Wanaka we stop to quench our thirst at the        to historic Arrowtown – a quaint town away          tour will help you understand the present and
Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. We base ourselves     much photographed Cardrona Pub before             from the hustle and bustle with plenty of shops     future hopes for the city. This is the final part of
in laid-back Franz Josef township for ease of       travelling around Lake Wakatipu and into          and historic remains from the Gold Rush days.       our journey together so tonight we relax over a
access to the slowly moving ‘river’ of ice.         Te Anau, gateway to the magnificent Fiordland     Then through the rugged Kawarau Gorge, past         farewell dinner that showcases the best of New
Country hotel                                       National Park.                                    pretty Lake Dunstan and across the distinctive      Zealand food and wine.
DAY 11 • FRANZ JOSEF TO WANAKA (B)                  Country hotel, 2 nights                           Central Otago countryside and the Lindis Pass       City hotel
Ensure you have your camera for our visit to        DAY 13 • TE ANAU TO MILFORD SOUND (BL)            overnighting in Twizel.                             DAY 19 • DEPART CHRISTCHURCH (B)
nearby Lake Matheson for a morning stroll and       We take the coach into Milford Sound. A           Country hotel                                       If you are leaving New Zealand today, we transfer
where, when conditions are right, perfectly         beautifully scenic route, with plenty of          DAY 17 • MOUNT COOK TO ASHBURTON                    you to Christchurch Airport for your flight
mirrors beautiful Mount Cook in its still waters.   opportunities for photo taking. Enjoy a           (BD) A beautiful drive along Lake Pukaki to         home after you have enjoyed your final kiwi
This land is the heart of Te Wahipounamu            morning walk in the National Park with an         The Hermitage, our starting point for a choice      breakfast. Alternatively we can extend your stay
– the place of the greenstone – explored            experienced nature guide followed by lunch        of easy walks along the Hooker Valley trail for a   in Christchurch for a few days or arrange onward
by generations of Maori but penetrated by           and a cruise on the majestic Milford Sound.       close up of the majestic Mount Cook. Later, we      independent touring by car or TranzAlpine train.
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Kowhai
17 DAYS • North and South Island • From NZ$7990pp twinshare, land only
Explore the wide sandy beaches of the Coromandel coastline; dip your toes in the azure blue
waters of Abel Tasman National Park after a guided hike through the sub-tropical bush, and
journey deep into Fiordland National Park to cruise on Milford Sound – one of our all-time
‘must do’ experiences on a trip to the South Island.

Tour Inclusions
• All transport and the services of
                                        DAY 1 • AUCKLAND Haere mai – welcome!
                                        Arrive into Auckland and spend the afternoon
                                        and evening getting to know the ‘City of Sails’
  an excellent tour guide               and your fellow travellers.
                                        City hotel
• Accommodation based on two            DAY 2 • AUCKLAND TO BAY OF ISLANDS (B)
  people sharing a double/twin          Travel up Northland’s west coast skirting
  room (single supplement applies)      Kaipara Harbour and following the Kaihu River
• Entrance fees to places of interest   to the Kai Iwi Lakes and the primeval forest
                                        of Waipoua, where we take a guided walk
  included on your itinerary            through the forest and meet the mighty Tane
• The services of local guides where    Mahuta – the largest kauri tree in the world.
  referenced                            In the afternoon we head east to tranquil            where Māori chiefs first signed their agreement      trip to Te Puia, an active geothermal site, and the
                                        Paihia, the ‘jewel of the Bay of Islands’.           with the British settlers: the Treaty of Waitangi.   centre for indigenous arts and crafts and a Kiwi
                                        Local Bed & Breakfast, 2 nights                      Heading south we make a stop at the Miranda          conservation project.

Culinary Inclusions
• 20 meals included:
                                        DAY 3 • BAY OF ISLANDS (B) We start the day
                                        in Russell with a tour led by a resident historian
                                        to learn about this town that was the country’s
                                                                                             Shorebird Centre to learn about the amazing
                                                                                             annual migrations of birds that travel south
                                                                                             from the Arctic Circle for the summer months.
                                                                                                                                                  City hotel, 2 nights
                                                                                                                                                  DAY 7 • ROTORUA (BD) This morning we
                                                                                                                                                  visit the Waimangu Volcanic Valley – site of
  16 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L)         first sea port and Its first European settlement.    Private hotel, 2 nights                              the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886, which
  3 dinners (D)                         Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the         DAY 5 • EXPLORE THE COROMANDEL                       destroyed the world-famous ‘Pink & White’ silica
                                        area or take a cruise with an opportunity to         PENINSULA (BD) White cliffs and golden               terraces and devastated local Maori villages.
• Enjoy dinner and wine at Mission      swim with dolphins (weather permitting!).            beaches, inviting turquoise waters and green         This catastrophic event changed the landscape
  Estate Winery in Napier               DAY 4 • BAY OF ISLANDS TO COROMANDEL                 forests are the colours of the Coromandel,           forever and created the valley we now walk
• Taste true tradition at a Māori       PENINSULA (B) This morning we visit the              with scarlet highlights courtesy of the flowers      through, past boiling craters and jewel-coloured
  Hangi Meal in Rotorua                 beautiful site of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds,       of Pohutukawa trees in summer, making this           steaming lakes.
                                                                                             one of our favourite regions. Rightly famous         Take a cruise across Lake Rotomahana to the site
                                                                                             is Hot Water Beach, where warm springs               of the old silica terraces, hear the story of Guide
                                                                                             bubble up through the sand, and when the             Sophia and see the new terraces of silica slowly
                                                                                             tide is right you can dig out your very own          forming. This afternoon take time out to relax at
                                                                                             ‘spa’ pool for a wallow. Our recommendation          our hotel before travelling to a local Marae
                                                                                             for lunch is under the fruit trees at Colenso        (Maori Village). Maori legend has it that Maui-
                                                                                             Café. In the afternoon, it is well worth putting     tikitiki-a-Taranga used a magical jawbone as
                                                                                             on your boots to walk to Cathedral Cove. This        a hook to fish North Island from the depths of
                                                                                             marine reserve is accessible only on foot or         the sea and that Hawke’s Bay is that jawbone.
                                                                                             by boat: our efforts are rewarded with one           Experience a formal welcome (powhiri) including
                                                                                             of the most photogenic beaches in NZ, with           the hongi – that is sharing breath. Delve into
                                                                                             water-worn rock formations sparkling against         Maori life, both past and contemporary. Listen
                                                                                             the blue-green of the Pacific. Tonight we            to their fascinating reality – how things are
                                                                                             share on the cooking duties enjoying a Kiwi          and what is important to their family, their
                                                                                             Favourite – a BBQ dinner in the garden of our        connection to their land, the importance of
                                                                                             accommodation.                                       whakapapa (lineage) and life amongst their
                                                                                             DAY 6 • COROMANDEL PENINSULA TO                      people. The iwi (tribes) are equal partners
                                                                                             ROTORUA (B) Travel south on the Pacific Coast        in caring for New Zealand’s natural beauty..
                                                                                             Highway to Rotorua. Here we take a guided            Finally this evening enjoy a powerful cultural
                                                                                             walk of the Government Gardens, and take a           performance, storytelling & Hangi (feasting).
DAY 8 • ROTORUA TO NAPIER (BD) Take in              spirit of its diverse peoples, its unique wildlife,   Park, where ice meets rainforest at the foot          Lake and Rocky Mountain Trail. As we depart
the crashing waters of Huka Falls on our way to     landscapes and its distinctive popular culture.       of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. We base          Wanaka we stop to quench our thirst at the
Lake Taupo, the largest freshwater lake in New      City hotel                                            ourselves in laid-back Franz Josef township for       much photographed Cardrona Pub before
Zealand, surrounded by the mighty peaks of          DAY 10 • WELLINGTON TO NELSON (B)                     ease of access to the slowly moving ‘river’ of ice.   travelling around Lake Wakatipu and into
Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Take time         Board the Interislander Ferry to travel across        Country hotel                                         Te Anau, gateway to the magnificent Fiordland
toexplore the bustling township of Taupo. Later     the Cook Straight to arrive in Picton This            DAY 13 • FRANZ JOSEF TO WANAKA (B)                    National Park.
arrive in Napier and take a guided walking tour     afternoon we drive to the delightful town of          Ensure you have your camera for our visit to          Country hotel, 2 nights
of this fabulous Art Deco city. The area is also    Nelson to walk a stroll along a section of the        nearby Lake Matheson for a morning stroll and         DAY 15 • TE ANAU TO MILFORD SOUND
well loved for its fabulous wines so this evening   Centre of New Zealand Walkway that winds              where, when conditions are right, perfectly           (BL) We take the coach into Milford Sound.
we enjoy a tour and dinner at the Mission           alongside the Matai River.                            mirrors beautiful Mount Cook in its still waters.     A beautifully scenic route, with plenty of
Estate Winery.                                      Local Bed & Breakfast                                 This land is the heart of Te Wahipounamu              opportunities for photo taking. Enjoy a
Private hotel                                       DAY 11 • ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK                    – the place of the greenstone – explored              morning walk in the National Park with an
DAY 9 • NAPIER TO WELLINGTON (B) This               (B) Paradise found! Abel Tasman National              by generations of Maori but penetrated by             experienced nature guide followed by lunch
morning we travel through vineyards and             Park’s golden beaches, glittering waters and          Europeans only 150 years ago. We head                 and a cruise on Milford Sound.
orchards, through the bush-clad ranges of           world famous coastal track are a highlight of         up over the Haast Pass along the river road,          DAY 16 • TE ANAU TO QUEENSTOWN (B)
the Wairarapa, which has an off-the-beaten-         any trip to New Zealand. We board a small             which took more than 40 years to complete,            Leaving Fiordland National Park behind, we
track charm that belies its proximity to New        cruiser to spend the day exploring the region.        travelling beside the icy river and deep into         take a short journey via Kingston and Lake
Zealand’s capital, and into Wellington. Full        Choose to relax on board or take an easy              Mt Aspiring National Park. The atmosphere             Wakatipu to Queenstown ‘ Switzerland of the
of artists, writers and film-makers – the           4-hour hike through the coastal forest to             lightens as we reach lovely Lake Wanaka,              Southern Hemisphere’ and our base for the
most famous of whom is Sir Peter Jackson            Torrent Bay and its beautiful tidal lagoon to         reflecting the mountain peaks that in winter          next two nights.
– Wellington has a lively arts scene and café       rejoin the cruiser for the trip home.                 offer superb skiing, and the pretty resort town       City hotel
culture. We take the cable car up to the            Local Bed & Breakfast                                 of Wanaka.                                            DAY 17 • DEPART QUEENSTOWN (B)
Kelburn lookout before walking back down            DAY 12 • NELSON TO FRANZ JOSEF (B)                    Local Bed & Breakfast                                 If you have time before your departure,
through the Botanic Gardens, enjoying tea           Today travel inland following the Buller River        DAY 14 • WANAKA TO TE ANAU (B) This                   you may choose to enjoy some time in
in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden. A visit to         gorge, emerging at Westport for a short walk          morning there is time to relax, you may wish          Queenstown today, picking up last minute
Te Papa, one of the most exciting museums           on the coastal path to Cape Foulwind where            to take a jet boat ride up the Matukituki River       souvenirs or perhaps squeezing in a skydive (!)
in the world, is highly recommended for New         we may see fur seals, sooty shearwaters and           or take the opportunity to enjoy one of New           before we transfer you to the airport ready for
Zealand insights – the shaping of its land, the     blue penguins. Then on to Westland National           Zealand’s best half day walks – The Diamond           your flight home.
Rimu
15 DAYS • North and South Island • From NZ$7550pp twinshare, land only
Join us for this Boutique Journey to explore the highlights of the North and South Islands.
Unleash your adventurous spirit in the adrenaline capital of Queenstown, cruise Milford Sound and
make the most of the abundance of walking opportunities the country has to offer as you travel
through New Zealand’s fabulous landscapes.

Tour Inclusions
• All transport and the services of
                                        DAY 1 • AUCKLAND Haere mai – welcome!
                                        Arrive into Auckland and spend the afternoon
                                        and evening getting to know the ‘City of Sails’
  an excellent tour guide               and your fellow travellers.
                                        City hotel
• Accommodation based on two            DAY 2 • AUCKLAND TO COROMANDEL
  people sharing a double/twin          PENINSULA (B) From Auckland we drive
  room (single supplement applies)      south through the lush farmlands of the
• Entrance fees to places of interest   Waikato to the Firth of Thames where we meet
  included on your itinerary            Keith Woodley and his enthusiastic team at
                                        the Miranda Shorebird Centre. Here we learn
• The services of local guides where    about the amazing annual migrations of Bar-        DAY 4 • COROMANDEL PENINSULA TO                       forests and plant collections of the Botanic
  referenced                            tailed Godwits and Wrybills, whirling flocks of    ROTORUA (B) Travel south on the Pacific Coast         Gardens. We also recommend a visit to Te Papa,
                                        thousands of shorebirds and the rare geology       Highway to Rotorua. Here we take a guided             New Zealand’s National Museum.

Culinary Inclusions
                                        of shell bank cheniers.                            walk of the Government Gardens, and take a            City hotel
                                        Private hotel, 2 nights                            trip to Te Puia, an active geothermal site, and the   DAY 8 • WELLINGTON TO NELSON (B)
                                        DAY 3 • EXPLORE THE COROMANDEL                     centre for indigenous arts and crafts and a Kiwi      Today take the Interislander Ferry across the
• 18 meals included:                    PENINSULA (BD) Dig your own spa pool at            conservation project.                                 Cook Strait to Picton. From there it’s a two hour
  14 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L)         Hot Water Beach, and take a walk to Cathedral      City hotel, 2 nights                                  drive to the delightful town of Nelson, officially
  3 dinners (D)                         Cove with its water-worn rock formations           DAY 5 • ROTORUA (BD) This morning take                the sunniest place in New Zealand and our
• Enjoy dinner and wine at Mission      sparkling against the blue-green of the Pacific.   an easy walking tour through the Waimangu             base for two nights. In the afternoon we
                                        Later, why not relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch   Volcanic Valley, to discover more about the           stretch our legs on a path that follows the
  Estate Winery in Napier
                                        at a café. Tonight we share on the cooking         eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886                    Matai River on a section of the Centre of New
• Taste true tradition at a Māori       duties enjoying a Kiwi Favourite – a BBQ dinner    that destroyed the famous ‘Pink and White’            Zealand Walkway.
  Hangi Meal in Rotorua                 in the garden of our accommodation.                silica terraces. A Māori cultural experience and      Local Bed & Breakfast
                                                                                           traditional hangi meal are the perfect way to         DAY 9 • ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK (B)
                                                                                           end the day.                                          A highlight of the tour is a trip to Abel Tasman
                                                                                           DAY 6 • ROTORUA TO NAPIER (BD) Journey                National Park with its golden coves and
                                                                                           south, with a stop at magnificent Huka                turquoise lagoons sheltered by forested ranges
                                                                                           Falls before continuing to Lake Taupo. Weather        to the south. We board a small cruiser for a
                                                                                           permitting we will see the peaks of Ruapehu,          day of exploration, with opportunities for
                                                                                           Ngaruhoe and Tongariro across the lake.               swimming and walking.
                                                                                           Later we arrive in Napier for a guided walking        Local Bed & Breakfast
                                                                                           tour of this colourful Art Deco city and a visit to   DAY 10 • NELSON TO FRANZ JOSEF (B)
                                                                                           some of the most iconic sights. The area is also      Today travel inland following the Buller River
                                                                                           well loved for its fabulous wines so this evening,    gorge, emerging at Westport for a short walk
                                                                                           our treat is a dinner with a glass of wine at the     on the coastal path to Cape Foulwind where we
                                                                                           Mission Estate Winery.                                may see fur seals, sooty shearwaters and blue
                                                                                           Private hotel                                         penguins. In the afternoon we reach Westland
                                                                                           DAY 7 NAPIER TO WELLINGTON (B) This                   National Park, where ice meets rainforest at
                                                                                           morning we travel south through the Wairarapa,        the foot of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.
                                                                                           over the Rimutaka Hill to arrive in the country’s     We base ourselves in laid-back Franz Josef
                                                                                           capital city Wellington. Enjoy a ride up to the       township for ease of access to the slowly
                                                                                           Kelburn lookout in the cable car and take a           moving ‘river’ of ice.
                                                                                           gentle stroll back down through the native            Country hotel
DAY 11 • FRANZ JOSEF TO WANAKA (B)                  DAY 13 • TE ANAU TO MILFORD SOUND
Ensure you have your camera for our visit to        (BL) We take the coach into Milford Sound.
nearby Lake Matheson for a morning stroll and       A beautifully scenic route, with plenty of
where, when conditions are right, perfectly         opportunities for photo taking. Enjoy a morning
mirrors beautiful Mount Cook in its still waters.   walk in the National Park with an experienced
We head up over the Haast Pass along the            nature guide followed by lunch a cruise on
river road, which took more than 40 years to        Milford Sound.
complete, travelling beside the icy river and       DAY 14 • TE ANAU TO QUEENSTOWN (B)
deep into Mt Aspiring National Park. The            Leaving Fiordland National Park behind, we take
atmosphere lightens as we reach lovely Lake         a short journey via Kingston and Lake Wakatipu
Wanaka and the pretty resort town of Wanaka.        to Queenstown, ‘Switzerland of the Southern
Local Bed & Breakfast                               Hemisphere and’ our base for the next two
DAY 12 • WANAKA TO TE ANAU (B) This                 nights.
morning there is time to relax, you may wish        City hotel
to take a jet boat ride up the Matukituki River     DAY 15 • DEPART QUEENSTOWN (B)
or take the opportunity to enjoy one of New         If you have time before your departure, you
Zealand’s best half day walks – The Diamond         may choose to enjoy some time in Queenstown
Lake and Rocky Mountain Trail. As we depart         today, picking up last minute souvenirs or
Wanaka we stop to quench our thirst at the          perhaps squeezing in a skydive (!) before we
much photographed Cardrona Pub before               transfer you to the airport ready for your
travelling around Lake Wakatipu and into            flight home.
Te Anau, gateway to the magnificent Fiordland
National Park.
Country hotel, 2 nights
Mount Cook Lily
13 DAYS • South Island • From NZ$6090pp twinshare, land only
This tour squeezes more jaw-dropping scenery into 13 days than any other! The South Island
has an unparalleled variety of landscapes from the majestic Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, to
the stunning views across Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, to the Remarkable Mountains.

Tour Inclusions
• All transport and the services of
                                        DAY 1 • WELLINGTON Welcome! Have a
                                        lazy day finding your bearings, wander along
                                        Oriental Parade and around the bays, or
                                        explore Cuba Street, ‘New Zealand’s Coolest
  an excellent tour guide               Street’ with its eclectic mix of boutiques, cafes
• Accommodation based on two            and restaurants. A visit to Te Papa, the National
  people sharing a double/twin          Museum is a must!
  room (single supplement applies)      City hotel
                                        DAY 2 • WELLINGTON TO NELSON (B)
• Entrance fees to places of interest   We take the Interislander Ferry through the
  included on your itinerary            Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds
• The services of local guides where    to Picton. Here we begin our South Island
  referenced                            journey with a drive to the delightful town
                                        of Nelson. Take a walk on the Centre of New
                                        Zealand Walkway to take in the stunning views

Culinary Inclusions
• 15 meals included:
                                        of the surrounding landscapes. The rest of
                                        the afternoon and evening are free for you to
                                        relax and explore this sunny town with its easy
                                                                                            DAY 4 • NELSON TO FRANZ JOSEF (B) Today
                                                                                            travel inland following the Buller River gorge,
                                                                                            emerging at Westport for a short walk on
                                                                                                                                              and where, when conditions are right, perfectly
                                                                                                                                              mirrors beautiful Mount Cook in its still waters.
                                                                                                                                              We head up over the Haast Pass along the river
                                        lifestyle and vibrant arts scene.                   the coastal path to Cape Foulwind where we        road, which took more than 40 years to complete,
  12 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L)                                                             may see fur seals, sooty shearwaters and blue
                                        Local Bed & Breakfast                                                                                 travelling beside the icy river and deep into Mt
  2 dinners (D)                         DAY 3 • ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK (B)               penguins. In the afternoon we reach Westland      Aspiring National Park. The atmosphere lightens
• Experience true kiwi hospitality      The lush coastal forests, sparkling azure waters    National Park, where ice meets rainforest at      as we reach lovely Lake Wanaka and the pretty
  on a rural property in Ashburton      and golden beaches make this world famous           the foot of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.     resort town of Wanaka.
                                        coastal track a highlight. Board a small cruiser    We base ourselves in laid-back Franz Josef        Local Bed & Breakfast
• Spend your final evening              for a day of exploration, with opportunities for    township for ease of access to the slowly         DAY 6 • WANAKA TO TE ANAU (B) This morning
  together with a meal at one           swimming and walking. We suggest landing at         moving ‘river’ of ice.                            there is time to relax, you may wish to take a jet
  of Christchurch’s excellent           Bark Bay for an easy 4-hour hike to Torrent Bay     Country hotel                                     boat ride up the Matukituki River or take the
  restaurants                           and its beautiful tidal lagoon where we re-join     DAY 5 • FRANZ JOSEF TO WANAKA (B)                 opportunity to enjoy one of New Zealand’s best
                                        our cruiser for the trip home.                      Ensure you have your camera for our visit to      half day walks – The Diamond Lake and Rocky
                                        Local Bed & Breakfast                               nearby Lake Matheson for a morning stroll         Mountain Trail. As we depart Wanaka we stop
                                                                                                                                              to quench our thirst at the much photographed
                                                                                                                                              Cardrona Pub before travelling around Lake
                                                                                                                                              Wakatipu and into Te Anau, gateway to the
                                                                                                                                              magnificent Fiordland National Park.
                                                                                                                                              Country hotel, 2 nights
                                                                                                                                              DAY 7 • TE ANAU TO MILFORD SOUND (BL)
                                                                                                                                              We take the coach into Milford Sound. A
                                                                                                                                              beautifully scenic route, with plenty of
                                                                                                                                              opportunities for photo taking. Enjoy a morning
                                                                                                                                              walk in the National Park with an experienced
                                                                                                                                              nature guide followed by a cruise on Milford
                                                                                                                                              Sound.
                                                                                                                                              DAY 8 • TE ANAU TO QUEENSTOWN (B) Leaving
                                                                                                                                              Fiordland National Park behind, we take a short
                                                                                                                                              journey via Kingston and Lake Wakatipu to
                                                                                                                                              Queenstown, ‘Switzerland of the Southern
                                                                                                                                              Hemisphere’ and our base for the next two nights.
                                                                                                                                              City hotel, 2 nights
DAY 9 • QUEENSTOWN (B) A day at leisure            DAY 12 • ASHBURTON TO CHRISTCHURCH
to relax or explore. Thrill-seekers may zip-line   (BD) Christchurch was shaken to its core by the
from Bob’s Peak, get drenched on a Shotover        succession of earthquakes at the turn of
jet-boat ride or go white-water rafting. Those     2010/11. Many historic buildings were
seeking a more relaxed option may choose to        damaged, but the river Avon and its punts,
discover Lake Wakatipu with a cruise on the        Hagley Park, and the Botanic Gardens are all as
classic steamship TSS Earnslaw up to Walter        beautiful as ever, and during our visit we will
Peak Station.                                      embrace the city’s past, present and future.
DAY 10 • QUEENSTOWN TO MOUNT COOK                  This is the final part of our journey together so
NATIONAL PARK (B) Today we drive north via         tonight we relax together over a farewell dinner
Arrowtown, a historical goldmining settlement      that showcases the best of New Zealand food
and on to Twizel. We overnight near Mount          and wine.
Cook home to the country’s highest peak.           City hotel
Country hotel                                      DAY 13 • DEPART CHRISTCHURCH (B) If you
DAY 11 • MOUNT COOK TO ASHBURTON                   are leaving New Zealand today, we transfer
(BD) A beautiful drive along Lake Pukaki to        you to Christchurch Airport for your flight
The Hermitage, our starting point for a choice     home after you have enjoyed your final kiwi
of easy walks along the Hooker Valley trail for    breakfast. Alternatively we can extend your
a close up of the majestic Mount Cook. Later,      stay in Christchurch for a few days or arrange
we drop you off in smaller groups at three or      onward independent touring by car or
four rural properties around Ashburton, where      TranzAlpine train.
your hosts will extend their hospitality to you
to with a farm tour followed by a delicious        This Boutique Journey can be combined with
home-cooked dinner and a cosy night’s stay.        an Independent tailor-made vacation on the
Rural Homestay                                     North Island.
Koromiko
 10 DAYS • North Island • From NZ$5590pp twinshare, land only
 This tour takes in the stunning sights of North Island on a journey past ancient kauri trees to
 the sparkling Pacific waters of the Bay of Islands. Further south you’ll visit the Art Deco town of
 Napier and enjoy the wonderful wines of the Hawke’s Bay region before arriving in Wellington,
 ‘The coolest little capital in the world’.

 Tour Inclusions
 • All transport and the services of an excellent tour
                                                         Culinary Inclusions
                                                         • 12 meals included:
   guide                                                   9 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D)
 • Accommodation based on two people sharing a           • Enjoy a wine tasting and evening meal
   double/twin room (single supplement applies)            at Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest
 • Entrance fees to places of interest included on         winery
   your itinerary                                        • Experience an authentic Māori Hangi
 • The services of local guides where referenced           dinner and learn about Māori Culture

                                                                                                       DAY 1 • AUCKLAND Haere mai – welcome!
                                                                                                       We meet you from your flight and take you
                                                                                                       straight to your hotel in the heart of Auckland
                                                                                                       city centre.
                                                                                                       City hotel
                                                                                                       DAY 2 • AUCKLAND TO BAY OF ISLANDS (B)
                                                                                                       Travel up Northland’s west coast skirting Kaipara
                                                                                                       Harbour and following the Kaihu River to the Kai
                                                                                                       Iwi Lakes and the primeval forest of Waipoua,
                                                                                                       where we take a guided walk through the forest
                                                                                                       and meet the mighty Tane Mahuta – the largest
                                                                                                       kauri tree in the world. In the afternoon we head
                                                                                                       east to tranquil Paihia, the ‘jewel of the Bay of
                                                                                                       Islands’.
                                                                                                       Local Bed & Breakfast, 2 nights
                                                                                                       DAY 3 • BAY OF ISLANDS (B) We start the day
                                                                                                       in Russell with a tour led by a resident historian
                                                                                                       to learn about this town that was the country’s
                                                                                                       first sea port and Its first European settlement.
                                                                                                       Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the
                                                                                                       area or take a cruise with an opportunity to
                                                                                                       swim with dolphins (weather permitting!).
                                                                                                       DAY 4 • BAY OF ISLANDS TO COROMANDEL
                                                                                                       PENINSULA (B) This morning we visit the
                                                                                                       beautiful site of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds,
                                                                                                       where Māori chiefs first signed their agreement
                                                                                                       with the British settlers: the Treaty of Waitangi.
                                                                                                       Heading south we make a stop at the Miranda
                                                                                                       Shorebird Centre to learn about the amazing
                                                                                                       annual migrations of birds that travel south from
                                                                                                       the Arctic Circle for the summer months.
                                                                                                       Private hotel, 2 nights
                                                                                                       DAY 5 • EXPLORE THE COROMANDEL
                                                                                                       PENINSULA (BD) The white sandy beaches and
16                                                                                                     laid back vacation vibe make the Coromandel
a relaxing pace to spend the day. Take time       DAY 7 • ROTORUA (BD) This morning we               area is also well loved for its fabulous wines so   in the world, is highly recommended for New
to relax and dig out your very own ‘spa’ pool     walk through the fascinating Waimangu              this evening we enjoy a tour and dinner at the      Zealand insights – the shaping of its land, the
at Hot Water Beach. In the afternoon, we take     Volcanic Valley, the world’s youngest              Mission Estate Winery.                              spirit of its diverse peoples, its unique wildlife,
a walk to Cathedral Cove with its naturally       geothermal system, home to steaming                Private hotel                                       landscapes and its distinctive popular culture.
formed archway, sparkling bluegreen waters        volcanic craters and dramatic thermal activity.    DAY 9 • NAPIER TO WELLINGTON (B) This               City hotel
and sandy beaches that make it one of the         In the evening we experience an authentic          morning we travel through vineyards and             DAY 10 • DEPART WELLINGTON (B) If you
most photographed beaches in New Zealand.         cultural experience, and try our hands at Mau      orchards, through the bush-clad ranges of           are leaving New Zealand today, we transfer
Tonight we share on the cooking duties            Rakau (stick fighting) or Raranga (weaving)        the Wairarapa, which has an off-the-beaten-         you to Wellington Airport for your flight home
enjoying a Kiwi Favourite – a BBQ dinner in the   before indulging in a traditional hangi meal to    track charm that belies its proximity to New        after you have enjoyed your final kiwi breakfast.
garden of our accommodation.                      end the night in style!                            Zealand’s capital, and into Wellington. Full        Alternatively we can extend your stay in
DAY 6 • COROMANDEL PENINSULA TO                   DAY 8 • ROTORUA TO NAPIER (BD) Take in             of artists, writers and film-makers – the           Wellington for a few days or arrange onward
ROTORUA (B) Travel south on the Pacific Coast     the crashing waters of Huka Falls on our way       most famous of whom is Sir Peter Jackson            independent touring by car. Either way, we say
Highway to Rotorua. Here we take a guided         to Lake Taupo, the largest freshwater lake         – Wellington has a lively arts scene and café       farewell, and wave you off home with amazing
walk of the Government Gardens, and take a        in New Zealand, surrounded by the mighty           culture. We take the cable car up to the            memories of your time in New Zealand.
trip to Te Puia, an active geothermal site, and   peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.         Kelburn lookout before walking back down
the centre for indigenous arts and crafts and a   Take time to explore the bustling township of      through the Botanic Gardens, enjoying tea           This Boutique Journey can be combined with
Kiwi conservation project.                        Taupo. Later arrive in Napier and take a guided    in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden. A visit to         an Independent tailor-made vacation on the
City hotel, 2 nights                              walking tour of this fabulous Art Deco city. The   Te Papa, one of the most exciting museums           South Island.
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North Island
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                                                                                                                                                                Ruwai      Maungaturoto Barrier
                                                                                                                                                                    Matakohe Kaiwaka Island Port Fitzroy
                                                                                                                                                                               Wellsford               Great Barrier
                                                                                                                                                                                Warkworth
                                                                                                                                                                                                Cape
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                                                                                                                                                                                     Hauraki
                                                        North Cape
                                                                                                                                                                 BAY OF ISLANDS/NORTHLAND
                                                                                                                                                                                       Gulf
                                       Cape Reinga                                                                                                                A coastline of golden beaches and rocky outcrops
                                                                                                                                                                              Takapuna          Waiheke              Coromande
                                                                                                                                                                  circles the stunningly beautifulIsland
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bay of Islands.
                                                           Te Hapua
                                                                                                                                                                 Auckland
                                                                                                                                                                  Scattered with 150 islands, this bay with
                                                                                                                                                                                 Manukau
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               its blue-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coromandel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Whitian
                                                            Te Kao                                                                                                                                            Peninsulaas Tairu
                                                                                                                                                                  green ocean and abundant wildlife, is renowned
                                                     Ninety                                                                                                                                     Papakura
                                                    Mile Beach                                                                                                    a maritime adventure playground. Steeped in           a rich
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                                                                                                                                                                                  Pukekohe
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                                                                                                                                                                  and colourful history, the Bay ofPokeno
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Islands is known 26
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            as Wha
                                                          Awanui                    Bay of
                                                                                                                                                                  the birthplace of our nation.
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                                                           Kaitaia                                                                                                                                                Waih
                                                                      Kerikeri          Cape Brett
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                                                                        Paihia Russell                                                                                                      Huntly
                                                                 Hokianga Opua Kawakawa                                                                                                             Morrinsville
                                                                  Harbour                                                                                                             Hamilton           Matamata
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                                                                      Waipoua          Hikurangi                                                                                                       Cambridge
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AUCKLAND                                                               Forest                                                                                                            Te Awamutu         Tirau
Regularly named as one of the best life-style cities in the                                         Whangarei                                                                      Kawhia           Kihikihi Putarur                      5

world, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city with a vibrant                                                                                                                          Otorohanga
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tokoroa
cosmopolitan population. Auckland offers a busy nightlife,             Dargaville                                                                                                Waitomo Caves                                            R
world-class restaurants, a stunning waterfront and diverse
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neighbourhoods to explore. Facing the sparkling waters of                          Matakohe Kaiwaka Island Port Fitzroy                                                           Mangakino                                           Repo
the Manukau and Waitemata Harbours, New Zealand’s largest                                                             Great Barrier Island
                                                                                                                                             COROMANDEL PENINSULA        3

                                                                                              Wellsford                                               Awakino
                                                                                                                                             This beautiful
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                                                                                                                                                            peninsula, on the eastern side
city is fondly known as the City of Sails.                                                                                                             Mokau
                                                                                               Warkworth
                                                                                                               Cape
                                                                                                                                                                                  Ongarue
                                                                                                                                             of the North Island, is a favourite vacation                                                     T
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                                                                                                              Colville                      New                  Ohura
                                                                                                                                             destination for New Zealanders. For nature
                                                                                                                                        Plymouth
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                                                                                                      Gulf                                   lovers, theWaitara
                                                                                                                                                         white sandy beaches    and lush
                                                                                                                                                                             Taumarunui                                   Turangi
                                                                                                                                                                 green native forests of the Coromandel          bring Village
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                                                                                             Takapuna            Waiheke        Coromandel                                Inglewood                      Whakapapa
                                                                                 Auckland
                                                                                                                  Island       25     Whitianga                  travellers back time and     time again.
                                                                                                                                                                                        National    Park Not Mt Tongariro
                                                                                                                          Coromandel                   Cape            Mt Taranaki/Egmont                           Mt Ngauruho
                                                                                                 Manukau                                             Egmont      surprisingly, with 400kmOhakune
                                                                                                                                                                                               of coastline, the ocean
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mt Ruapehu 2
                                                                                                                           Peninsula Tairua/Pauanui
                                                                       Main city or tourist spot                Papakura                                                Stratford
                                                                                                                                                                 is a destination in itself.                         1
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                                                                                                 Pukekohe                       Thames
                                                                                                                  Pokeno                 Whangamata                          Hawera
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                                                                                                                                         Waihi                                        Waverley
WAIKATO                                                                        Capital                 Main Road 1
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                                                                                                                                                              Bay of Plenty                         Mangaweka
                                                                                                                          Te Aroha 2 Matakana
Just south of Auckland lies the fertile Waikato Valley - a land of                                         Huntly                                Island                Whanganui                                  Hunterville
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                                                                                  73                                      Morrinsville              Mt.Maunganui White Island
green hills and lush pastures, small rural towns; wild West Coast          State Highway            Hamilton
                                                                                                         Road                 Matamata              Tauranga                                    Hicks3 BayMarton Takapau
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beaches, limestone caves and Hobbits!                                                              Raglan                                  29          Te Puke                   Te Kaha           Bulls                        D
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                                                                                                          Collingwood Tokoroa
                                                                                              Waitomo Caves                                 Rotorua                                                     LevinTokomaru Bay
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                                                                                                                        Takaka                 Atiamuri                                          Waikanae
                                                                                                                     Mangakino              Tasman         Marlborough                       Tolaga    Bay          Masterton
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                                                                                                                   4       Motueka                5                            Matawai
                                                                                                                                                                                 Porirua
                                                                                          Awakino                                                                                               Upper    Hutt
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ROTORUA REGION                                                                             Waitara       Taumarunui
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Birthplace of New Zealand tourism in the 1800’s,                                                             Whakapapa Village                            Tarawera
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Rotorua continues to fascinate as an adventure,
                                                                                     Inglewood
                                                                                                 National Park OwenMtRiver
                                                                                                   Murchison             Tongariro                       Blenheim Wairoa
                                                                       Cape       Westport
                                                                                  Mt  Taranaki/Egmont                Mt Ngauruhoe
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Māori culture and spa destination. Historically known                Egmont pe Foulwind             Ohakune          Mt Ruapehu  2797m                                 Cape Campbell
                                                                                   Stratford         Inangahua                                                           Hawke Bay
as the Nature’s Spa of the South Pacific, the healing                   Opunake
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                                                                                                          Raetihi      Waiouru                                    Eskdale
waters of hot springs, therapeutic massages and
mud wraps are offered to rejuvenate the spirit.                              arrytown
                                                                                        Hawera
                                                                                          Reefton
                                                                                                            Maruia
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                                                                                                                                                                   Napier
                                                                                   Patea                                 Taihape
                                                                                               Waverley
                                                                                                Ikamatua
                                                                                Blackball                 Mangaweka
                                                                                                           Springs Junction                              Hastings                   Main city or tourist spot
                                                                                 mouthWhanganui                           Hunterville
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                                                                                                                                                Kaikoura
                                                                                                                                                Waipawa
                                                                                          Moana                                                                                              Town or city              Rail lines
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                                                                                                              Lewis Pass            Waiau
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                                                                                                    Palmerston
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                                  Cape Farewell                                                              North
                                                                                                   Arthur’s Pass                Pahiatua
                                                                                                                                                                                            State Highway                Road
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                                                                                                                              Waipara
                               Collingwood                                                                         Levin                   Cape
                                                                          S                                                Eketahuna       Turnagain
                                              Takaka                                                        Oxford      2
                                                                                                             Waikanae Rangiora
                                               Kaiteriteri      Tasman       Marlborough                                   Masterton
                                                                                                           Paraparaumu Kaiapoi
LAKE TAUPO                                                        Bay        Sounds
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                                                 Motueka                                         Porirua
Lake Taupo is centrally located in the middle of the North Island. Popular with both                         Upper Hutt
                                                   Tasman                                  Methven
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                         Karamea
international and New Zealand    visitors alike, Taupo offers somethingHavelock
                                                                        for all interests.               Lower
                                                                                                         Hutt
                                                                                                                     Martinborough
Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake and extendsNelson
                                                         over an area of 250 square miles –
                                                                                     Picton                 Wellington
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similar in size to Singapore. It was formed by an enormous volcanic eruption nearly
2000 years ago. View   evidence of Taupo’s fiery birth with a visit to Craters of the Moon with        Ashburton
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                     Granity
its steaming craters, boiling hot  mud pools and
                               Murchison      Owenvolcanic                  Blenheim
                                                      Riverlandscapes. Certain     spots in Lake
                                                                                     F  i li     G ldi
Taupo   andWestport
             along the Waikato River also feature warm, geothermal water currents – Cape Campbell
      pe Foulwind
                                                                                                           Cape Palliser
perfect for a spot of swimming.Inangahua

    arrytown
                  Reefton
                                        Maruia
                                                         WELLINGTON REGION                                                                                        HAWKE’S BAY
                                              Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city is set between bush-clad hills and the splendid                              Situated on the east coast of the North Island,
                     Ikamatua
        Blackball             Springs Junctionnatural harbour. On a clear day, the harbour sparkles but the arrival of southern storms can                        the sunny Hawke’s Bay region is a favourite
    mouth                                                       Kaikoura
                                              bring amazingly dramatic   seas and the city is proud of its ‘Windy Wellington’ nickname.                           destination for foodN and wine lovers. Known

    ction         Moana                       Perched on the hills above the harbour are Victorian wooden houses intermingled with                                for its artisan food producers and local farmers’
                            Lewis Pass        modern
                                                Waiauhigh rise buildings reminiscent of San Francisco. Recently named “the coolest little                         markets inWNapier, HastingsE and Havelock
     a                                        capital in the world” by Lonely Planet, Wellington offers something for all interests.                              North, the area has a rural charm, with a mix of
                        Otira   Culverden
                                                                                                                                                                  steep hills and plains. The twin cities of Napier
                       Arthur’s Pass                                                                                                                              and Hastings are theS main population centres.
                                                    Waipara
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