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22 Day Boutique New Zealand Tour from $8825*
Small Group Guided Tour














Includes:

  • Experienced travel director
  • Hand selected accommodation
  • Travel by luxury small group vehicle with average 12-20 guests
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
  • Meals: 21 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 13 dinners

Highlights:

  • Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train
  • Discover the fascinating Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki
  • Visit a Pounamu factory & marvel at handcrafted jade
  • Walk above the lush rainforest on the Treetop walkway
  • Experience mighty Franz Josef Glacier
  • Explore historic Arrowtown
  • Ride a gondola to Bob’s Peak (Queenstown) for stunning views
  • Cruise on Milford Sound for a once in a lifetime overnight sailing trip
  • Kayak on mystical Milford Sound
  •  Immerse yourself in the untouched Stewart Island
  • Roam through New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a guided tour
  • Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family
  • Experience farm life at the Agrodome Sheep show
  • Discover the fascinating glowworms of Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
  • Cruise through the ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the Bay of Islands

Departure Dates:

2017

$8825
JAN: 9, 16
FEB: 6, 13, 27
MAR: 6, 13, 20

$9375
OCT: 16
NOV: 13, 20
DEC: 11, 18

2018

$9375
JAN: 8, 15, 22, 29
FEB: 5, 12, 19, 26
MAR: 5, 12, 19, 26
 


Other Boutique New Zealand Tour Options – Call for Details and Prices: 
12 day South Island - Christchurch to Christchurch Tour
11 day North Island - Wellington to Auckland Tour

Flight information

  • Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at clients expense and are not included in the price
  • Day 1 Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch
  • Day 22 Flights anytime from Auckland


Travel Dates
1/9/2017 - 3/26/2018
Other travel dates may apply, please call for details.

Book by
3/21/2018

   
Price per person from $8825*


Terms and Conditions - Tour Code: NZIJ
*Terms & Conditions (USD):  Valid for travel selected Inspiring Journeys guided vacations between 5 January 2017 and 31 March 2018. Discounts apply only to main tour land component, not to any flights or pre and post hotel bookings. All prices are ‘from’ land only per person based on double occupancy. Flights are not included. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (3 January 2017). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change Subject to availability, this offer may be withdrawn at any time. Please call for our current prices. Tour code: NZIJ. CST#: 2001136-50.

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Day 1 - Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the International Antarctic Centre or Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only open-range zoo. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner and a welcome drink.
Hotel: The George, Christchurch. Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2 - Christchurch – Punakaiki

All aboard the famous TranzAlpine train! Rated as one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys, you’ll travel across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. Then re-join your coach at Arthur’s Pass and travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your door step.
Hotel: Punakaiki Resort. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 3 - Punakaiki – Franz Josef

Today visit Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, for a greenstone (jade) jewelry demonstration by a local carver. Then visit the West Coast’s newest attraction, the Treetop Walkway through the canopy of this lush rainforest. Stop at the gold-mining town of Ross en route to Franz Josef, where you’ll take a guided tour to the viewing area at the mighty Franz Josef Glacier with a local expert glacier guide. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not treat yourself to Franz Josef’s local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage.
Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 4  - Franz Josef – Queenstown

You’ll have the opportunity to see the glacier from the air on an optional scenic flight. Later today, travel over the Haast Pass and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, stopping at Makarora at lunchtime. Also stop to explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown, followed by an orientation tour of Queenstown. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s scenery is inspiring. Tonight you’ll stay at Millbrook Resort, set amid sparkling streams and rolling hills in the Southern Alps. 
Hotel: Millbrook Resort,  3 nights. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner with wine  

Day 5 - Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Today is free for you to explore New Zealand’s adventure-capital. Perhaps play a round of golf or indulge in a spa treatment. Tonight you’ll ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner with a view overlooking stunning Queenstown, the awesome Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu.
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and highlight dinner  

Day 6 - Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not take a trip to the Gibbston Valley Winery or take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River (both own expense). Tonight you can dine at one of the many restaurants and cafés in town, or simply relax at your resort.
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast  

Day 7 - Queenstown – Milford Sound

Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of the South Island’s largest lake. Later you’ll travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the amazing Mirror Lake. Afterwards, walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound and take some time to kayak this majestic fiord, considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Tonight it’s a magical dinner on your overnight cruise on Milford Sound. You’ll cruise the length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea past waterfalls, mountains and wildlife.
Hotel: Milford Mariner. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner  

Day 8 - Milford Sound – Stewart Island

Enjoy the many early morning on-board activities. This afternoon it’s on to the southern-most city in New Zealand, Invercargill. Board a ferry at Bluff and cruise to Stewart Island. With its clear, clean waters, lush rainforest, flora and fauna and unspoilt natural beauty, you’ll get a glimpse of an enviable slower lifestyle. Dine at one of the cafés or meet the locals at the hotel. 
Hotel: Bay Motel on Stewart Island, 2 nights. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast  

Day 9 - Stewart Island

This morning you’re off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a lunch cruise on Paterson Inlet, where you’ll see many remote sandy beaches and wildlife. You’ll stop at Ulva Island and tour with the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. Learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation.
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and lunch  

Day 10  - Stewart Island – Mt Cook

Board a ferry to the mainland. Admire the rural farming views of Southland as you travel back towards Queenstown. Travel over the Lindis Pass and into the MacKenzie high country, along the shores of Lake Pukaki to the foothills of Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere. Tonight enjoy dinner with a mountain view. 
Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 11 - Mt Cook – Christchurch

Travel to Lake Tekapo, where you’ll stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, join us at the home of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a barbecue lunch in their 240 hectare garden. Then travel along the Canterbury Plains to the Garden City of Christchurch. On a sightseeing tour see how the city is being rebuilt after the devastating 2011 earthquake. 
Hotel: The George, Christchurch. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and lunch  

Day 12 - Christchurch – Wellington

Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikoura, famous for its whales (optional whale-watching flight is available). See New Zealand’s fur seals at Ohau Point, then travel to the seaside town of Picton. Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a city sightseeing tour. 
Hotel: Museum Art Hotel, Wellington, 2 nights. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner with wine  

Day 13 - Wellington ‘Free Time’

This morning you’re off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a lunch cruise on Paterson Inlet, where you’ll see many remote sandy beaches and wildlife. You’ll stop at Ulva Island and tour with the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. Learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation. 
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast  

Day 14 - Wellington – Taupo

Travel the Kapiti Coast, past the dairy farms of Manawatu to Tongariro National Park to the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. 
Hotel: Hilton Lake Taupo. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner with wine  

Day 15 - Taupo – Rotorua

There’s time to explore the township of Taupo, or try your hand at trout fishing before continuing to nearby Rotorua. Gain an insight into local Maori culture and history with your special Maori show, where you’ll experience the local customs like the Hongi greeting as well as learn some traditional words. Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi meal cooked in the ground using geothermal steam. 
Hotel: Regent of Rotorua, 2 nights.  Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast  

Day 16 - Rotorua

You’re off to the highly entertaining Agrodome Sheep Show. Witness the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog trials, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and even a sheep auction. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs and you might even spot a kiwi or two! To complete your day you’ll visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village for an insight into Maori life and how they interact with geothermal activity. 
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast  

Day 17 - Rotorua – Coromandel

Make your way to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5 star Eco Glow Worm experience. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Next up is Matamata before a delicious lunch at Longlands Farm country-style restaurant. Now you’re off to the Coromandel to Puka Park Resort, where you’ll stay in Tree Hut Chalets, set among the native bush. 
Hotel: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, Coromandel Ranges. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine  

Day 18 - Coromandel – Auckland

After a leisurely breakfast, travel to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. After a sightseeing tour, you’re at leisure to explore the town and try out the Auckland restaurant scene. 
Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast  

Day 19 - Auckland – Bay of Islands

Travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Then continue to the Waipoua Forest, home to the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). You’ll take a break before a Maori guide walks you through the native bush and explains the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. Then head to your waterfront resort in the heart of the Bay of Islands and tonight it’s dinner at the resort. 
Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms, 2 nights. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner with wine  

Day 20 - Bay of Islands

This morning you’ll take a ferry across the harbour to historic Russell and enjoy a guided tour of the first European settlement in New Zealand. A local guide will also take you on a walking tour of the town. The rest of the day is at your leisure. 
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast  

Day 21 - Bay of Islands – Auckland

You’re off to the Bay of Islands, where you’ll take a cruise to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’; see historic Cape Brett as you explore some of the 165 islands in the bay. Later, you’ll have some time in Paihia for you to check out the local craft shops, go for a walk along the beachfront or just relax over a coffee with friends. Celebrate tonight at a farewell dinner in Auckland. 
Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and farewell dinner  

Day 22 - Farewell from Auckland

Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.
Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

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(*) Prices are US Dollars per person.