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New Zealand Natural Wonders

International

Scenic flight
Air
Eco
Eco

Tour summary

This really is a 100% New Zealand experience as we unearth both the north and south islands of 'the land of the long white cloud'. An in-depth tour showcasing Maori culture and heritage, undoubtedly some of the world's most stunning scenery and good kiwi hospitality. Enjoy two breathtaking rail journeys and an overnight cruise on awe-inspiring Milford Sound as we discover all there is to know about our neighbours across 'the ditch'.

Departure location:
Auckland Airport
Return location:
Christchurch Airport
Tour duration:
19
days
Physical rating:
3 - Active/Moderate
Departure dates:

7th November 2021 18th March 2022

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New Zealand Natural Wonders

Tour pricing

Twin Share
$
8170
pp
Sole Use
$
10730
pp
Deposit:
$1500 per person
Sole Use:
Green Guest Policy:
All prices are in AUD. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply).

Additional information

DEPOSIT

$1500pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B. Full payment is required 100 days prior to departure.

N.B. This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Airline taxes are included and are subject to change without notice.

Australian passport holders minimum validity for travel must be 6 months from date of return to Australia. Non-Australian passport citizens are required to seek independent advice for passport validity and entry visa. Prices & dates are correct as at 1st July 2020 and are based on the exchange rates at time of publication and may be adjusted if rate fluctuations affect the price to be paid for services. Any price increase is to be paid by the guest, and at this time if guest chooses to cancel all monies paid/held will be forfeited. Due to international terms & conditions, balance of payment for this tour will be required 100 days prior to departure and at this time 100% cancellation fees apply.

Travel Insurance is compulsory and it is recommended that it be purchased at time of paying deposit. Tour passengers will require a clearance letter (provided by Fun Over Fifty) from their local GP for travel.

Tour inclusions

  • Return economy flights ex. Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne
  • Hosted from Brisbane with an experienced Fun Over Fifty Host
  • 2 nights Auckland; Orbit Revolving Restaurant
  • Sky Tower Observation deck
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • 2 nights Bay of Islands; Cream Trip cruise
  • Kauri Museum
  • Hobbiton movie set tour
  • 2 nights Rotorua
  • Gondola and luge rides; Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers
  • Traditional Maori Village experience and Hangi dinner
  • Huka Falls; Lake Taupo; Tongariro National Park; Wellington Tramway Museum
  • 2 nights Wellington; guided city tour; Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Cruise on the Interislander Cook Strait Ferry
  • Marlborough Sounds; Picton
  • Coastal Pacific rail journey
  • 3 nights Christchurch; Arts Centre; Earthquake Memorial; Bridge of Remembrance; Cardboard Cathedral; International Antarctic Centre
  • TranzAlpine rail journey; Hokitika
  • 1 night Franz Josef; Haast Pass
  • 2 nights Queenstown; Lake Wakatipu cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station
  • Arrowtown; Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound; 1 night aboard the Milford Mariner in en-suited cabins
  • 1 night Te Anau
  • 2 nights Dunedin; Scottish dinner including a traditional Haggis ceremony
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Wildlife cruise to Taiaroa Head; Olveston House
  • Hotel porterage
  • 52 meals; Locally operated comfort plus coach travel

Additional information

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

3 - Active/Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels
Authentic
Authentic
Cable car
Cable car
Coach
Coach
Boat
Boat
Cruise
Cruise
Eco experience
Eco experience
Entertainment
Entertainment
Flight included
Flight included
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Heritage
Heritage
Indigenous experience
Indigenous experience
Local guide
Local guide
Rail journey
Rail journey
Tram
Tram
Walking component
Walking component

Itinerary

Departs
Auckland Airport
Returns
Christchurch Airport

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1

Flights to Auckland

Flight included
Flight included

On arrival into Auckland, we are transferred to our hotel and meet as a group for dinner.

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Sky City Hotel, Auckland
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Auckland

Eco experience
Eco experience
Heritage
Heritage

This morning we depart Auckland, making our way to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri tree. Continue through Whangarei to the Bayof Islands. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

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3

Bay of Islands

Cruise
Cruise
Eco experience
Eco experience
Heritage
Heritage

Enjoy stunning views of the islands as we explore the Bay of Islands on a full day cruise, including the famous Hole in the Rock and an island stopover. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins and try boom netting alongside the vessel.

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Scenic Hotel, Bay of Islands
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Auckland

Eco experience
Eco experience
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Heritage
Heritage

Farewell the Bay of Islands and travel south to Matakohe where we stop for a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum. Continue to Auckland’s north shore for some free time at leisure. This evening we dine with magnificent views over Auckland harbour and the city at Orbit Revolving Restaurant.

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Sky City Hotel, Auckland
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Rotorua

Eco experience
Eco experience
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Depart Auckland and travel through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a guided tour of the movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies followed by a Marque festival lunch at Hobbiton.

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Sudima Hotel, Rotoroa
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6

Rotorua

Eco experience
Eco experience
Heritage
Heritage

After breakfast we make our way to Te Puia Thermal Reserve for a guided tour of this geothermal wonder, with boiling mud pools and awesome geysers on show. Next we head to Skyline Rotorua, where, if you are a daredevil, you can take a luge ride before enjoying lunch. Next stop is the Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment. This evening,immerse yourself in Maori culture at our specialty Hangi and concert.

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Sudima Hotel, Rotoroa
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7

Lake Taupo

Eco experience
Eco experience
Heritage
Heritage

Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the spectacular Huka Falls. Continue to Lake Taupo for some free time to enjoy this scenic lakeside town. Travel via the Tongariro National Park to Wellington, the capital and southernmost point on the Cook Strait.

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Rydges, Wellington
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Wellington

Cable car
Cable car
Eco experience
Eco experience

This morning enjoy an extensive city tour of New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Enter the Wellington Tramway Museum to view a display of tramway history, and enjoy a nostalgic trip on one of the original trams that served Wellington City. After lunch we explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Enjoy free time at leisure this afternoon.

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Rydges, Wellington
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Christchurch

Boat
Boat
Eco experience
Eco experience
Rail journey
Rail journey

This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross the Cook Strait and enjoy the scenery as we travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that showcases the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side, the rugged scenic coastline on the other, and travels through numerous tunnels and across several bridges. Enjoy a two night stay in the garden city of Christchurch.

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Crowne Plaza, Christchurch
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Christchurch

Walking component
Walking component

This morning enjoy an introductory city tour of Christchurch including the Arts Centre, Earthquake memorial, Bridge of Remembrance and Cardboard Cathedral, before making our way to the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This afternoon is at leisure to explore the city.

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Crowne Plaza, Christchurch
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Franz Josef Glacier

Coach
Coach
Rail journey
Rail journey

This morning board the TranzApine, one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges, making our way to Greymouth. Boarding our coach, we then travel via Hokitika to Franz Josef, where time is available to experience a scenic flight with snow landing (optional, weather permitting).

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Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef Glacier
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Queenstown

Coach
Coach
Eco experience
Eco experience

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as we travel south via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty, before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year-round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu.

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Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
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13

Queenstown

Boat
Boat
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Eco experience
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Entertainment
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Food & Wine experience
Heritage
Heritage

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing-along by the piano on the return cruise. **Lunch is at own expense today.

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Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
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Lunch
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14

Milford Sound

Cruise
Cruise
Eco experience
Eco experience
Heritage
Heritage

This morning travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via Te Anau to Milford Sound and board the Milford Mariner for an overnight cruise. Relax and take in the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.

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Aboard Milford Mariner Cruise
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15

Te Anua

Boat
Boat
Eco experience
Eco experience

Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. Return back to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau, where you will enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

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Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas, Te Anau
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16

Dunedin

Entertainment
Entertainment
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Heritage
Heritage

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin for a city tour, then the remainder of the afternoon is free to enjoy at leisure. Tonight, a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis ceremony and gift.

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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin
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17

Dunedin

Boat
Boat
Eco experience
Eco experience
Heritage
Heritage

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Olveston House, a prestigious historic Home, before travelling to Larnach Castle, where we learn about its tragic and scandalous history. After lunch, we join a wildlife cruise to the spectacular Taiaroa Head, where sightings of New Zealand fur seals and albatross are common.

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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin
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18

Christchurch

Heritage
Heritage

We farewell Dunedin, travelling via Moeraki and Oamaru to Christchurch. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening with your newfound friends.

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Crowne Plaza, Christchurch
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19

Flights home

Flight included
Flight included
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Arrival flag

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your respective flight home.

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