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  • 11 Days North Island Taiao (Nature) Lovers
  • 11 Days North Island Taiao (Nature) Lovers

    The North Island is blessed with amazing landscapes, highly unusual plants and trees and a wealth of birds and marine mammals, some of which are found nowhere else on earth.

    A journey overflowing with pinch-me moments, you’ll be awestruck as you embark on this 11-Day North Island nature adventure. Along the way, you will explore the spectacular Cathedral Cove & Sea Caves of the Coromandel Peninsula,  experience Rotorua's geothermal wonderland, be immersed in unique Maori culture in Taupo, and much, much more. 

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    YOU PAY FROM AFTER GCASH TRAVEL CREDITS

    DESTINATION
    NEW ZEALAND
    THEME
    NATURAL WONDERS
    PRICE FROM
    NZD $3,989
    FLIGHTS INC.
    PACKAGE TYPES
    SELF-GUIDED
    PHYSICAL LEVEL
    4/10

    Trip Highlights

     

    There are so many fantastic highlights to enjoy on this trip. View the magical Lake Taupo rock carvings on a cruise, appreciate Maori culture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, tour famous Lord of the Rings filming locations, and much more, all from the comfort of your own hire car.

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    Sapphire 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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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,989pp twin-share [Save $2,066]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    • Nature
    • Adventure
    • Beach-side
    • On the water
    • Hinterland towns
    • Special interest
    • Sightseeing
    • Action and thrills
    • New cultures
    • Wildlife

    Lake Taupo Cruise

    Visit the world-famous Maori Rock Carvings on a voyage of discovery, past Acacia Bay, Hot Water Beach & the Lakefront. (Optional inclusion for class)

    Bay of Islands & Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    Take one of New Zealand's best road trips - the ultimate journey of discovery from Auckland to one of the most spectacular parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands. Enjoy a cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock before heading to Waitangi Treaty Grounds and immersing yourself in Maori culture.

    More trip highlights:

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    Rotorua Skyline Gondola & Dinner

    Jump onboard one of the eight-seater Gondola cabins and experience spectacular views of Lake Rotorua, the city and steaming geothermal vistas on your way to enjoy a delicious dinner. (Optional inclusion for class)

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    Hobbiton Tour

    Join us and experience the real Middle-earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. (Optional inclusion for class)

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    Zealandia Night Wildlife Tour

    Explore the sanctuary by torchlight as your guide leads you in search of some of the more distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest. Experience many of the rare and endangered species and see those which only come out at night. (Optional inclusion for class)

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    Auckland Harbor Cruise

    Cruise the sparkling waters of Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour and learn about the city's best-loved landmarks with full commentary from the knowledgeable crew. (Optional inclusion for class)


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

    Value Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From NZD $3,989pp twin-share [Save $2,066]
    • Return flights to Auckland International Airport (AKL)
    • 11 days car hire included
    • 11 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 11 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 10 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 5 excellent excursions and activities

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    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From NZD $4,749pp twin-share [Save $2,448]
    • Return flights to Auckland International Airport (AKL)
    • 11 days car hire included
    • 11 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 11 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 10 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 8 excellent excursions and activities

    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.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire 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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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,989pp twin-share [Save $2,066]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    "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:

    Exclusions and options:

    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups
    • Meals can be arranged

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Self-drive package available for couples
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    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:

    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

     

    Discover New Zealand's North Island on this 11-day explorer itinerary. Begin in New Zealand's biggest city Auckland and explore the beautiful beaches, geothermal attractions and wineries of the North Island. Along the way you'll meet fascinating wildlife, visit ancient geothermal wonders and sunny beaches, and experience thrilling adventures as you go.

    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

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    Sapphire 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

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,989pp twin-share [Save $2,066]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    DAY 1
    ARRIVE AUCKLAND (3 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.

    Your hire car:

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    11 days car hire

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

    (Car type is subject to availability.)

    About today:

    Auckland

    Arrive into Auckland and prepare for your exciting trip ahead

    Kia Ora! Arrive into Auckland and pick-up your hire car. Depending on the time of day you arrive, spend some time driving around the bay before enjoying some lunch and checking in to your accommodation.

    Today is all about settling in. Be sure to refer to your Lonely Planet guide for the best hidden spots.

    Set in the heart of the city
    Enjoy spectacular views from your room
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    3 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.

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    DAY 2
    AUCKLAND

    About today:

    Cruise the Auckland Harbour

    Cruise the gorgeous Waitemata Harbour

    Spend your morning sightseeing at your own leisure before cruising the sparkling waters of Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour. This tour gives a fish-eye view of the Harbour Bridge; the city skyline; Devonport’s historic naval base; Bean Rock Lighthouse; and panoramic views of Rangitoto Island. Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea as you learn about the city's best-loved landmarks with full commentary from the knowledgeable crew.

    Activities:

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    Auckland Harbor Cruise

    Cruise the sparkling waters of Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour and learn about the city's best-loved landmarks with full commentary from the knowledgeable crew.

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    DAY 3
    AUCKLAND

    About today:

    Cruise to the Hole in the Rock

    The Bay of Islands awaits

    No trip to New Zealand’s North Island is complete without a visit to ‘the spectacular Bay of Islands Region’. Enjoy the breathtaking ever-changing scenery from vast landscapes, rugged mountain ranges and rain forests, clear blue ocean seas, deep gorges and hills and spectacular views of the outstanding natural beauty.

    You can explore at your own leisure, but we recommend embarking on an optional full-day tour. Discover the stunning marine playground and scenic beauty of the region during your 4-hour cruise before enjoying a 3-hour inspiring and cultural experience at the birthplace of New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

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    DAY 4
    AUCKLAND - THE COROMANDEL (2 NIGHTS)

    With a mountainous interior cloaked in native rainforest and more than 400 kilometres of dazzling white sand beaches, The Coromandel is everything that a big city isn’t.

    About today:

    Hot Water Beach

    Relax on a beach in Coromandel

    Say goodbye to Auckland before begining the spectacular drive to the Coromandel Coast. We recommend that you check the Hot Water Beach tide times and head to the beach at low tide to dig yourself a hot spa. As you walk along the beach and you feel the warm sand under your feet, that means you have found the perfect place to dig. Keep in mind, the water coming up through the sand can be quite hot so you might need to dig in a cooler area and make a channel to your personal in-sand spa to get the perfect temperature. This is an experience you will never forget.

    The perfect base for exploring the area
    Comfortable rooms to enjoy your stay
    hotel
    2 nights accommodation in Coromandel

    The Coromandel, renowned for its pristine beaches, misty forests and laid-back vibe, is one of New Zealand's most popular holiday destinations.

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    DAY 5
    THE COROMANDEL

    About today:

    Cathedral Cove

    Explore the spectacular Cathedral Cove & Sea Caves

    Driving the short distance to Hahei, you will find stunning beaches with incredible rock formations carved by the ocean. This is where you will start your 1h 30m return walk to Cathedral Cove. This popular track hugs the coast, providing dramatic views of spectacular coastal scenery along its length, finishing at the beach beneath an impressive rock archway. Enjoy the rest of your day soaking up the sun at the impressive beaches and exploring the area before driving a little further to catch the historic passenger ferry to the quaint coastal town of Whitianga. Enjoy lunch making sure you check the last ferry times for the afternoon.

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    DAY 6
    THE COROMANDEL - ROTORUA (3 NIGHTS)

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

    About today:

    Hobbiton Movie Set

    Tour the Hobbiton Movie Set on your way to Rotorua

    Starting with another scenic drive you will make your way to the popular geothermal town of Rotorua. Along the way, why not visit the town of Matamata for an enjoyable optional tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.

    After your tour, continue onto Rotorua. Check-in to your accommodation and spend the rest of your day relaxing.

     

    Enjoy your own private hot tub
    Modern-styled rooms to enjoy
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    3 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.

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    DAY 7
    ROTORUA

    About today:

    Te Puia

    Experience Rotorua's geothermal wonderland

    Start your day with a guided tour at Te Puia, New Zealand’s geothermal wonderland, featuring dramatic geysers, bubbling mud pools, traditional Maori carvers and weavers, bush walks, Kiwi birds, and a cultural food and beverage offering overlooking Pohutu Geyser! After the guided tour you are free to explore the park some more before driving 30 minutes south to Kerosene Creek, a geothermally heated stream where you can bathe and relax.

    Hot water from a natural spring under the earth bubbles up into the cool waters of the creek, creating pleasantly warm waters. A short walk through a steamy forest will bring you to the little hot pools beside the 2m waterfall set amongst lush native bush. A perfect end to a day of geothermal fun!

    Activities:

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    Te Puia Day Pass

    Enjoy a guided experience through the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, Kiwi Conservation Centre and Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley including the spectacular Pohutu geyser.

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    ROTORUA

    About today:

    Dine at Skyline Rotorua

    Head into the stratosphere at Skyline Rotorua

    Today is yours to explore Rotorua. Immerse yourself in history at Rotorua Museum, walk through a wild, active landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and much more. Your Lonely Planet guide will be invaluable today.

    In the evening, make your way to Skyline Rotorua where you will enjoy the gondola ride up to the stratosphere restaurant for a delicious buffet dinner with the most amazing views in the area. We highly recommend that you take up the optional inclusion of luge before dinner. This will mean arriving earlier, but the thrill and fun is well worth it.

    Activities:

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    Rotorua Skyline Gondola & Dinner

    Jump onboard one of the eight-seater Gondola cabins and experience spectacular views of Lake Rotorua, the city and steaming geothermal vistas on your way to enjoy a delicious dinner.

    (Included)
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    DAY 9
    ROTORUA - TAUPO (1 NIGHT)

    Taupo is a sanctuary for those who need a quiet spell. Visit the area and you'll see evidence of the lake's fiery birth in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. 

    About today:

    Maori Rock Carvings, Lake Taupo

    You will get to experience some of the unique Maori culture here

    Enjoy the short 1-hour drive to Taupo where you will before setting sail on the magnificent Lake Taupo, marvel at Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, and listen to old legends and engaging stories. Sit back and relax or get involved and learn to sail. Don't forget your swimmers, if the weather permits your captain will let you jump in the pristine waters, an offer you won’t be able to refuse.

    After your cruise, you can spend the afternoon exploring Taupo or enjoy more of the water sports on offer at the lake. There is also a botanical garden with remarkable views and plenty of walking tracks. Alternatively, you can stay in your car and drive the loop through the park.

    Views of the gorgeous bay
    The perfect base for exploring the area
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    1 night accommodation in Taupo

    The beautiful town of Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption. Spend some time exploring some of New Zealand's most visited attractions.

    Activities:

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    Lake Taupo Cruise

    Visit the world-famous Maori Rock Carvings on a voyage of discovery, past Acacia Bay, Hot Water Beach & the Lakefront.

    (Included)
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    DAY 10
    TAUPO - WELLINGTON (1 NIGHT)

    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:

    Tongariro National Park

    Experience Wellington in 24 hours

    After a delicious breakfast, set your sights on Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Your journey will take you past the spectacular Tongariro National Park - don't forget your camera!

    After arriving into Wellington, check-in to your accommodation before heading off on an exciting sightseeing experience. First up is a guided tour of the famous Weta Workshop - get a unique glimpse into the craft and creativity behind the award-winning team at Weta. From The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to Avatar and District 9: learn about props, costumes and creatures created for your favourite films. Interact with cool stuff from our creative departments and catch an artist at work on our tour stage.

    After your tour, enjoy a delicious dinner before and spend the rest of the night relaxing. If you're up for more adventure, we recommend an optional visit to Zealandia, an ecosanctuary in the heart of the city. Explore the sanctuary by torchlight as your guide leads you in search of some of the more distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest.

    Enjoy the property's fantastic facilities
    Gorgeous rooms to relax in
    hotel
    1 night 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.

    Activities:

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    Weta Workshop & Cave Tour

    Get a unique glimpse into the craft and creativity behind the award-winning team at Weta Workshop on a guided tour.

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    DAY 11
    RETURN HOME

    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:

    An exceptional 11-day North Island adventure

    Return home after an unforgettable NZ experience

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

    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.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire 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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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,989pp twin-share [Save $2,066]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    Accommodation standards applied:

    Auckland

    Set in the heart of the city

    Enjoy spectacular views from your room

    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.

    About Hotel Standards

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

    Coromandel

    The perfect base to explore the area

    Comfortable rooms to enjoy your stay

    The Coromandel, renowned for its pristine beaches, misty forests and laid-back vibe, is one of New Zealand's most popular holiday destinations.

    Example Property Type:
    Cottages
    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:
    4.6 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Cottage

    Rotorua

    Enjoy your own private hot tub

    Modern-styled rooms to enjoy

    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:
    Holiday Apartments
    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:
    4.9 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    Taupo

    Views of the gorgeous bay

    The perfect base for exploring the area

    The beautiful town of Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption. Spend some time exploring some of New Zealand's most visited attractions.

    Example Property Type:
    Holiday Apartments
    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:
    4.5 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Suite

    Wellington

    Enjoy the property's fantastic facilities

    Gorgeous rooms to relax in

    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:
    4.6 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    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 all overnight destinations. 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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