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  • 16 Days Waterfalls & Hot Springs Honeymoon (NZ)

    Golden beaches, calm waters, and exciting cities. This New Zealand honeymoon is designed for nature and adventure lovers alike who want to get out into the world and explore.

    Discover six beautiful waterfalls, majestic Milford Sound, geothermal Rotorua, Tongariro National Park, Waiheke Island, Abel Tasman National Park and Queenstown Lake District over 16 magical days, basking in the best scenery and natural hot pools along the way.

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    Honeymooning in NZ
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    YOU PAY FROM AFTER GCASH TRAVEL CREDITS

    DESTINATION
    NEW ZEALAND
    THEME
    ROMANCE
    PRICE FROM
    NZD $5,399
    FLIGHTS INC.
    PACKAGE TYPES
    SELF-GUIDED
    PHYSICAL LEVEL
    4/10

    Trip Highlights

     

    This trip is the perfect way to kick back, relax, and take in stunning scenery you can only find in New Zealand. With so many activities and optional excursions, every destination will introduce you to new and exciting experiences; cruise Milford Sound, jet-boat through Mount Aspiring, relax in Queenstown's famous Onsen, and much more.

    Ruby Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Ruby self-guided package

    Ruby package - self-guided from NZD $5,399pp twin-share [Save $3,313]

    Ruby delivers extra inclusions and value above Sapphire packages. The Ruby package includes all or most activities in the price and steps up a class in things like car hire, transfer services, breakfasts and more. Very high quality Silver and Gold standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    • Nature
    • Beach-side
    • On the water
    • Special interest
    • Shopping
    • Sightseeing
    • Rural towns
    • New cultures
    • Wildlife

    Milford Sound cruise

    Escape the crowds on a Milford Sound cruise aboard a spacious boat. This boutique vessel provides a superior experience with unforgettable memories of highlights like Mitre Peak.

    Queenstown Onsen hot pools

    Treat yourself to a massage at Onsen Hot Pools and experience the ultimate in relaxation.

    Waiheke Island wine tour

    Enjoy a relaxing day filled with views, vines, and wines as you travel to Waiheke Island's most popular wineries.

    More trip highlights:

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    Auckland city tour

    Discover Auckland’s history, culture and scenic highlights with this afternoon Auckland sightseeing tour.

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    Matamata Hobbiton tour

    Experience the magic of a guided Hobbiton Movie Set tour! Immerse yourself in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the Shire as featured in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.

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    Mount Aspiring Jet boat tour

    Discover the idyllic landscapes of the Mount Aspiring National Park, where filming for the Lord of the Rings took place, on this action-packed half-day tour from Wanaka.

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    Tongariro Alpine Self-guided tour

    Explore the stunningly beautiful and popular area of Tongariro which is made up of 3 volcanic peaks on this self-guided audio tour.

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    Wellington Cable Car & Lunch Experience

    No trip to Wellington is complete without a quick historic journey on the Cable Car. Enjoy great views from the lookout and easy access to the Botanic Garden, Cable Car Museum, Space Place and Zealandia. At the end, enjoy a delicious lunch at Cable Top Eatery.


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Value Pricing

    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From NZD $5,399pp twin-share [Save $3,313]
    • Return flights to Auckland International Airport (AKL)
    • 1 internal flight included
    • 14 days car hire included
    • 16 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 19 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 15 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 8 excellent excursions and activities
    • 2 other great inclusions

    See full inclusions

    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    * All prices and payments are in New Zealand dollars (NZD). Currency conversions are estimated only. Prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

    Inclusions

     

    Covering an immense distance at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for those looking to unearth some of New Zealand's most serene delights and enjoy its abundance of exhilarating activities.

    Ruby Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Ruby self-guided package

    Ruby package - self-guided from NZD $5,399pp twin-share [Save $3,313]

    Ruby delivers extra inclusions and value above Sapphire packages. The Ruby package includes all or most activities in the price and steps up a class in things like car hire, transfer services, breakfasts and more. Very high quality Silver and Gold standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    "Get ready for mammoth national parks, dynamic Maori culture, and world-class surfing and skiing. New Zealand can be mellow or action-packed, but it's always epic."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Inclusions list:

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    An itinerary filled with secret wilderness hideaways that will take your breath away! You'll love visiting lesser-known gems such as Matamata and Waiheke Island, the iconic Milford Sound, Abel Tasman National Park and much more - this honeymoon itinerary delivers the best of Wild New Zealand.

    "Live your life by a compass not a clock." - Stephen Covey

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

    Ruby Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Ruby self-guided package

    Ruby package - self-guided from NZD $5,399pp twin-share [Save $3,313]

    Ruby delivers extra inclusions and value above Sapphire packages. The Ruby package includes all or most activities in the price and steps up a class in things like car hire, transfer services, breakfasts and more. Very high quality Silver and Gold standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

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    DAY 1
    AUCKLAND (2 NIGHTS)

    Also known as Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland sprawls over volcanic hills and around twin harbours, offering an exhilarating mix of natural wonders and urban adventures.

    About today:

    Auckland

    Arrive into Auckland

    After arriving to Auckland's airport we have a relaxing day planned for you - you won't have to lift a finger.

    Following check-in to your accommodation, set off and discover Auckland’s history, culture and scenic highlights with an afternoon Auckland sightseeing tour. Explore the city centre, cross over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, visit the Viaduct Harbour, and much more.

    In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine and a delicious dinner as you overlook the dazzling Auckland Harbour.

     

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    Rooms with excellent views.
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    2 nights accommodation in Auckland

    Auckland is New Zealand's most populous city and is a multi-cultural hub of food, music, arts, and culture. Centrally located, your accommodation provides a perfect base to explore this fantastic city to your hearts content.

    Activities:

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    Auckland city tour

    Discover Auckland’s history, culture and scenic highlights with this afternoon Auckland sightseeing tour.

    (Included)
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    DAY 2
    WAIHEKE ISLAND

    About today:

    Waiheke Island

    Waiheke Island & Wine Tour

    This morning head to Waiheke Island, a short ferry ride from Auckland. Here, artists and free-spirits mingle with the rich and famous on this blissful island. It's a haven of beautiful beaches, gastronomical treasures and award winning wineries. There's no better place to unwind.

    Today is yours to enjoy as you please. Laze on a deserted beach, stroll through the lush rainforests or browse the artisan stores to your heart's content.

    If you're interested, a wine tour of the island is available to join. Visit three of the Island's finest vineyards for tasting and enjoy a commentated scenic tour of the Island by a knowledgeable local guide. Included is a two hour lunch stop (lunch is at additional cost) at a a village or beachside cafe.

    Head back to Auckland in the evening.

    Activities:

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    Waiheke Island wine tour

    Enjoy a relaxing day filled with views, vines, and wines as you travel to Waiheke Island's most popular wineries.

    (Included)
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    DAY 3
    AUCKLAND - MATAMATA - ROTORUA (2 NIGHTS)

    Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing fascinating Maori culture.

    Your hire car:

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    14 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure around New Zealand. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting destination has to offer.

    (Car type is subject to availability.)

    About today:

    Hobbiton, Matamata

    Set your sights on Hobbiton & Rotorua

    Leaving Auckland behind, it's time to journey into the heart of the Central North Island. After picking up your hire car, spend the day travelling through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions, watching as the real New Zealand unfolds before you.

    Today you will visit an idyllic village which blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Welcome to the emerald pastures of Hobbiton, the Lord of the Rings film set brought to life on a private farm in Matamata. With its gorgeously crafted wooden hobbit houses under the lush green hills, is a fantastic place to visit even if you haven’t seen the movie. Watch out for Orcs!

    From here your journey continues to the volcanic wonders of Rotorua, your home for the next two nights.

    A comfortable base to explore Rotorua from
    Enjoy your own private hot tub
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    2 nights accommodation in Rotorua

    Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing New Zealand's fascinating Maori culture.

    Activities:

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    Matamata Hobbiton tour

    Experience the magic of a guided Hobbiton Movie Set tour! Immerse yourself in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the Shire as featured in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.

    (Included)
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    DAY 4
    ROTORUA

    About today:

    Rotorua's geothermal gysers

    Explore Rotorua & soak in wild natural hot springs

    The day is yours to enjoy Rotorua however you desire...

    You could marvel at the alien landscapes in a Geothermal Park, visit the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of local farm life, see endangered Kiwi at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, or take a scenic flight out over Lake Rotorua for a bird’s eye view of the region. You could even hike to the crater of Mt Tarawera, the site of the largest volcanic eruption in New Zealand’s living memory!

    However you spend your day, the best way to end it is with a soak in Kerosene Creek, just a 20 minute drive south of Rotorua. Surrounded by native bush, this natural thermal spot is a local favourite. Hot springs bubble up from underground and mingle with the cool creek waters.

    Float along the creek until you find your perfect temperature and soak away, before returning to Rotorua.

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    Rotorua Forest Zipline Canopy Tour

    Experience a thrilling soft adventure three-hour zipline adventure. Take in the whole picture of ecology from great heights with classic Kiwi guides who will bring the environment to life.

    (Optional NZD $149 Adult price)
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    Geothermal safari

    Embark on a scenic trip down the Waikato River and through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. Take in the stunning scenery and wildlife and hear the stories of the local Maori tribes before our highly skilled drivers/guides thrill you with spins, speed and heart-stopping manoeuvres.

    (Optional NZD $233 Adult price)
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    Visit Agrodome Farm

    In the heart of 350-acres of lush farmland, yet only 10 minutes from Rotorua city centre, you’ll find New Zealand’s Agrodome. Watch exciting sheep shows, visit the farmyard nursery, and much more.

    (Optional NZD $32 Adult price)
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    Rainbow Springs National Kiwi Hatchery Tour

    See real conservation in action with a 'behind the scenes' guided tour of the Hatchery and get a special insight into the recovery efforts of New Zealand's national icon and our leading husbandry programme.

    (Optional NZD $32 Adult price)
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    Central Otago Wine Tour

    Travel to Central Otago’s best boutique vineyards with pickup and drop off in Queenstown. We believe that the best wines lie on the fringes of the region which is why your tour will take you further than any other, going as far afield as Alexandra and Bendigo.

    (Optional NZD $207 Adult price)
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    DAY 5
    ROTORUA - TONGARIRO NATIONAK PARK (1 NIGHT)

    A diverse and awe-inspiring landscape born from volcanic eruptions and carved by ice age glaciers, Tongariro National Park is a place of natural wonders and unforgettable experiences.

    About today:

    Tongariro National Park

    Experience hot pools & waterfalls at Tongariro

    Following an early breakfast, set your sights on Tongariro, New Zealand's oldest National Park and a dual World Heritage area. This special place has outstanding volcanic features and is easy to explore. It is a place of extremes and surprises, ranging from herb fields to lush native forests, from tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau and active volcanoes.

    This unforgettable park offers many hiking options from shorter walks to waterfalls and fascinating volcanic features, including the crater of Ruapehu or the eight hour Tongariro Crossing, one of the top day walks in the world.

    Natural hot-pools are found throughout the park, for whenever you want a soothing spa.

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    A comfortable room to relax in
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    1 nights accommodation in Tongariro National Park

    Home to three active volcanic mountains, and iconic and majestic landscapes, Tongariro National Park has attracted adventurers of all ages since 1887.

    Activities:

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    Tongariro Alpine Self-guided tour

    Explore the stunningly beautiful and popular area of Tongariro which is made up of 3 volcanic peaks on this self-guided audio tour.

    (Included)
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    Tongariro Alpine Crossing Tour

    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a challenging one-day alpine trek across an active volcano which covers a little over 19km, experiencing a varied range of landforms and views. Built by fiery eruptions and sculpted by glaciers, learn about the significance of Tongariro to those who live nearby, and the history of this, the first Dual World Heritage National Park in New Zealand.

    (Optional NZD $213 Adult price)
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    DAY 6
    TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK - WELLINGTON (2 NIGHTS)

    Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named 'the coolest little capital in the world' by Lonely Planet.

    About today:

    Wellington

    Welcome to Wellington - 'Our Cool Little Capital'

    It is a clear 4 hour drive down to Wellington, and the last part of the journey hugs a rugged coastline with scenic views out to Kapiti Island.

    Wellington is another of our Harbour Cities, situated at the southern most tip of the North Island. The Wellington vibe is creative and eclectic - the nation's top politicians rub shoulders with street performers in this lively cafe culture. Renowned for its arty atmosphere, Wellington is a real Kiwi cultural treat and numerous galleries and character-filled shops line its colourful streets.

    Wellington is also famous for having some of New Zealand's best restaurants - gourmet dining experiences here are truly world class. After settling in to your accommodation, kick back and relax, enjoying the rest of your day at leisure

    Set in the heart of the city
    Enjoy the property's fantastic facilities
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    2 nights accommodation in Wellington

    Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named 'the coolest little capital in the world' by Lonely Planet. Your accommodation is the perfect base to explore this fantastic city for yourself.

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    DAY 7
    WELLINGTON

    About today:

    Explore Wellington

    Explore Wellington at your own pace

    A magnificent landscape of steep-sided hills sits beside a beautiful harbour, and the city itself bustles with a vibrant creative culture. Renowned for its eclectic, arty atmosphere, Wellington is a real treat. Kiwi culture, cuisine and scenic beauty abound in New Zealand’s iconic capital. Today is yours to explore the city.

    There is simply no better way to experience the hidden charm that Wellington has to offer than to take a charming cable-car ride from the heart of city center, up through the hillside terraced houses of Kelburn to the lookout perched high above the city. Providing easy-access to many landmarks, this ride is the perfect way to get to know the area.

    Activities:

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    Wellington Cable Car & Lunch Experience

    No trip to Wellington is complete without a quick historic journey on the Cable Car. Enjoy great views from the lookout and easy access to the Botanic Garden, Cable Car Museum, Space Place and Zealandia. At the end, enjoy a delicious lunch at Cable Top Eatery.

    (Included)
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    DAY 8
    WELLINGTON - PICTON - ABEL TASMAN (2 NIGHTS)

    Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coast track.

    About today:

    Interislander ferry from Wellington

    The spectacular Abel Tasman awaits

    Say goodbye to Wellington as you embark on a ferry journey to Picton, a port town on the coast of the South Island. Upon arrival, grab a new hire car and hit the road, setting your sights on the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park.

    It takes roughly 2 hours and 45 minutes to drive into the heart of Abel Tasman National Park. New Zealand's smallest National Park is famous for its golden beaches, marbled cliffs and native forests. Blessed with secluded bays, mossy valleys and picturesque waterfalls, you are sure to fall in love with this corner of paradise: your home for the next two nights - it's the perfect introduction to the South Island.

    Gorgeous views of the surrounds
    Rooms with everything you need
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    2 nights accommodation in Abel Tasman

    Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coast track.

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    DAY 9
    ABEL TASMAN

    About today:

    Abel Tasman

    Explore to your hearts content!

    Whether you're craving adventure or looking to unwind today, Abel Tasman has a wealth of options...

    One of New Zealand's most celebrated Great Walks is right at your doorstep. The 60km Abel Tasman Coast Track undulates through lush forests, rocky headlands and golden bays. With regular water taxi services you can easily hike a small section of the track and relax on the journey home. To get your adrenalin going, it's a beautiful setting to try that once-in-a-lifetime skydive. Or jump, slide, abseil, float and zipline your way downstream on an unforgettable canyoning adventure.

    Kayaking the Abel Tasman or sailing trips are another great way to explore the bays, and you may even find a few native seals joining you along the way!

    Of course, another great option is to do nothing at all. Why not curl up together on a secluded beach, surrounded by beauty and birdsong, and leave the outside world behind…

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    Split Apple Kayaking Experience

    This is an easy paddle for those looking to explore the famous Split Apple Rock area.  Explore with your guide the coastline from Marahau to Split Apple Rock. Check out sea caves on a high tide, learn about the shag (Coromorant) colony and explore Nagio Island before returning to Marahau.

    (Optional NZD $96 Adult price)
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    Abel Tasman Cruise

    Combine scenic sailing with a water taxi cruise. Learn about the Abel Tasman National Park, it's history, features and highlights, and stop at the famous Split Apple Rock for photos.

    (Optional NZD $171 Adult price)
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    Skydive Abel Tasman

    Jumping from 9,000 feet, you will enjoy a 10-minute scenic flight, up to 20 seconds of freefall and then three to five minutes under the parachute.

    (Optional NZD $308 Adult price)
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    DAY 10
    ABEL TASMAN - QUEENSTOWN (4 NIGHTS)

    Queenstown is one of New Zealand's most exciting destinations. Surrounded by towering mountains, positioned on the edge of a lake, Queenstown is a hub of adventure, thrumming with adrenaline and an omnipresent sense of fun.

    About today:

    Gorgeous Queenstown

    Transfer to the gorgeous Queenstown

    This morning, enjoy a flight to Queenstown, the "Jewel of the South Island". Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by towering mountains, Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s ultimate holiday destinations.

    It is renowned as the adventure capital of the country but with excellent food and wine, great shopping, and hiking trails galore, there are endless ways to relax here too. Fishing, golfing, gold panning and luxury thermal spas are on offer as well as the more adventurous bungy jumping, skydiving and rafting. With three nights here, you can take your time and savour every minute.

    A perfect base for exploring the area
    With relaxing views of the bay
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    4 nights accommodation in Queenstown

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.

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    DAY 11
    MOUNT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK

    About today:

    Hike through Mt Aspiring

    Into the wilds of Mount Aspiring National Park

    Today's exhilarating Jet Boat Safari will whisk you away to isolated valleys and ancient native forests frozen in time. Mount Aspiring National Park is magical, and must be seen to be believed.

    Then, with an expert guide, you will enjoy an easy 40 minute walk around the Avalanche Glacier, enlivened by fascinating commentary about the local flora and fauna as well as the Maori and colonial history of the area.

    The return journey to Queenstown takes the road less travelled - a scenic back-road through the surrounding countryside in a purpose-built 4WD coach. En route, you’ll stop to view scenery that has featured as epic backdrops for many international films – including the award-winning Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

    Activities:

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    Mount Aspiring Jet boat tour

    Discover the idyllic landscapes of the Mount Aspiring National Park, where filming for the Lord of the Rings took place, on this action-packed half-day tour from Wanaka.

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    DAY 12
    QUEENSTOWN

    About today:

    Central Otago wine tour

    Otago wine tour and mountain hot pools

    Get to know the world-class wines of the Central Otago region on an optional scenic Boutique Wine Tour. Visit three of the region's finest wineries, and explore New Zealand's largest wine cave. With a knowledgeable guide and fascinating commentary, it's the perfect opportunity to start your wine cellar.

    In the evening, relax in pure mountain waters in your very own secluded spa pool. These hot pools are housed in private cedar-lined bathing rooms, complete with private shower, changing area, and breathtaking mountain views. At the touch of a button, the roof and front wall of your secret hideaway will retract before your eyes, leaving nothing between you and the glorious alpine scenery.

    Activities:

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    Queenstown Onsen hot pools

    Treat yourself to a massage at Onsen Hot Pools and experience the ultimate in relaxation.

    (Included)
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    DAY 13
    QUEENSTOWN

    About today:

    Explore Queenstown

    Queenstown at leisure

    You have a full day for you to enjoy Queenstown and its surrounds.

    Adrenalin junkies, why not try your hand at bungy jumping at Kawarau Gorge. For a more peaceful day, there are many beautiful drives in the local area. Head to historic Arrowtown for quaint streetscapes, good food and beautiful views (the autumn leaves here are particularly stunning).

    You could explore local wineries, cheese-eries and orchards by car or by bike. Or take the gondola (cable car) to Bob's Peak for birds-eye views over the lake. You can hike back down to town, or tackle one of the many beautiful walks from the top. There are too many wonderful options to fit here, so chat to our travel specialists if you would like more suggestions for your perfect Queenstown day.

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    AJ Hackett - Nevis Bungy (134m)

    AJ Hackett - Nevis Bungy (134m) Welcome to the best thing you’ve ever done. Go full throttle with our 134m Bungy (the highest in New Zealand). Free fall for 8.5 seconds in a blitz of pure fear and adrenaline.

    (Optional NZD $235 Adult price)
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    TSS Earnslaw cruise & dinner

    Travel round-trip by vintage steamship and dig into a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead.

    (Optional NZD $129 Adult price)
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    DAY 14
    QUEENSTOWN - TE ANAU (2 NIGHTS)

    Te Anau is a town on the South Island of New Zealand. It’s known as a gateway to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. The region is home to endangered, flightless takahe birds and abundant trout in Lake Te Anau.

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    Lake Te Anau

    Te Anau - Gateway to Fiordland

    Journey to the peaceful lakeside township of Te Anau. It's another area of outstanding natural beauty, and several key Lord of The Rings movie scenes were filmed amid the unspoilt forests and lakes of this region.

    Immerse yourselves in the gorgeous surroundings as you explore at your own leisure. We reccommend packing a picnic and enjoying a romantic meal by Lake Te Anau. You can also visit the underground waterfall and glow-worm grotto of the Te Anau Caves.

     

    Lakefront views
    Rooms with a view
    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Te Anau

    The picturesque township of Te Anau is the main visitor base for the glacier-carved wilderness that is Fiordland National Park.

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    Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour

    Enjoy a scenic cruise through calm waters before descending into the curious caves to see walls covered in the sparkle of glowworms.

    (Optional NZD $98 Adult price)
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    DAY 15
    MILFORD SOUND

    Situated on the west coast of the South Island, hours from the nearest town, Milford Sound is where plunging cliffs and raging waterfalls meet inky dark waters. This is New Zealand's wild side at its absolute best.

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    Milford Sound

    Majestic Milford Sound Cruise

    No visit to New Zealand is complete without a pilgrimage to the "Eighth Natural Wonder Of the World", Milford Sound. Along the journey, keep your camera close by: there are scenic wonders waiting to be snapped. The stunning Mirror Lakes, the glacier-formed Eglinton Valley, the waterfalls and rapids of The Chasm, and iconic Mitre Peak are some of the many highlights.

    Arriving in Milford you will board your purpose built cruise vessel and sail the length of the Sound. Marvel at the gigantic waterfalls cascading into the sea, and the towering glacier-scarred rock walls around you. Dolphins, penguins and seals are regularly visit Milford Sound, so keep your eyes peeled.

    It will be a day to remember forever…

    Activities:

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    Milford Sound cruise

    Escape the crowds on a Milford Sound cruise aboard a spacious boat. This boutique vessel provides a superior experience with unforgettable memories of highlights like Mitre Peak.

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    DAY 16
    RETURN HOME

    About today:

    An unforgettable self-drive trip

    Head home after an unforgettable experience

    Haere ra, goodbye, and bon voyage! Today we say farewell. Return your rental car to Queenstown Airport where you will board your onward flight, taking with you the magical memories of a truly exceptional New Zealand honeymoon.

    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Ruby Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Ruby self-guided package

    Ruby package - self-guided from NZD $5,399pp twin-share [Save $3,313]

    Ruby delivers extra inclusions and value above Sapphire packages. The Ruby package includes all or most activities in the price and steps up a class in things like car hire, transfer services, breakfasts and more. Very high quality Silver and Gold standard accommodation applies.

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    Accommodation standards applied:

    Auckland

    A luxurious property in the heart of the city.

    Rooms with excellent views.

    Auckland is New Zealand's most populous city and is a multi-cultural hub of food, music, arts, and culture. Centrally located, your accommodation provides a perfect base to explore this fantastic city to your hearts content.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.4 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Rotorua

    A comfortable base to explore Rotorua from

    Enjoy your own private hot tub

    Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing New Zealand's fascinating Maori culture.

    Example Property Type:
    Apartment Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.9 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    Tongariro National Park

    A beautiful property set amongst the mountains

    A comfortable room to relax in

    Home to three active volcanic mountains, and iconic and majestic landscapes, Tongariro National Park has attracted adventurers of all ages since 1887.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.2 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Cabin

    Wellington

    Set in the heart of the city

    Enjoy the property's fantastic facilities

    Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named 'the coolest little capital in the world' by Lonely Planet. Your accommodation is the perfect base to explore this fantastic city for yourself.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Abel Tasman

    Gorgeous views of the surrounds

    Rooms with everything you need

    Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coast track.

    Example Property Type:
    Lodge
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

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    Typical Guest Rating:
    5.0 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Chalet

    Queenstown

    A perfect base for exploring the area

    With relaxing views of the bay

    Renowned for its fantastic range of adventure sports, the gorgeous resort town Queenstown is also an excellent base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.1 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    Te Anau

    Lakefront views

    Rooms with a view

    The picturesque township of Te Anau is the main visitor base for the glacier-carved wilderness that is Fiordland National Park.

    Example Property Type:
    Motel & Apartments Complex
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.2 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Studio

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Yes, a provision for flights is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price.

    Pricing is based on a minimum of two travelers, however all of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in each overnight destination. It will be hotel style rated Silver Standard or above. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    The introductory package is self-guided (self-drive) and exclusive to your group. All tour packages are flexible. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    This tour includes attractions where a guide will provide information to enhance your experience. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    Yes, the idea of our tour packages is to get you to the destinations on the itinerary where you can stay with the main group or go off on your own if you prefer. Flexibility is the essential ingredient.

    Yes. This is a great value self-guided (self-drive) tour package. You will be supplied with either a standard car or SUV according to the package inclusions. The idea is to use our itinerary as a guide. We take care of the flights, accommodation and other inclusions so you can focus on having a great time.

    Yes, however please ensure that you mention this requirement so we can be certain that arrangements are made where needed. You do need to be traveling with a person who will provide personal assistance.

    Yes, and if rain is forecast you should be prepared with a compact umbrella or rainproof jacket as preferred.

    Yes we do. Dietary requirements affect included set meals and will be taken into consideration during the planning process.

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    One of the challenges in managing tour groups is making sure everyone can hear what is being said. Audio-guide equipment enables the tour guide or manager to communicate via microphone and headset with all members of the tour group. For groups of 12 or more a tour-guide system is recommended.

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if preferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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