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New Zealand Journey

11 Days, Auckland to Queenstown
New Zealand Journey

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These 11 days exploring New Zealand's North and South islands are the ideal introduction to this small country that feels huge. Utilizing a diverse range of trans read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 10 nights accommodation (Hotels (9 nts), cruise boat (seasonal) (1 nt)).
  • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Mini-bus, plane, train, boat, walking).
  • Internal flight.
  • Hauraki Gulf Marine Park whale and dolphin experience.
  • Visit scenic Bridal Veil Falls.
  • Farm visit with local lunch.
  • Raglan harbour cruise.
  • Visit a geothermal Maori village with a local guide.
  • Meet a Maori elder.
  • Enjoy traditional Maori hangi feast and entertainment.
  • Orientation walk in Christchurch.
  • Scenic TranzAlpine train.
  • Queenstown Gondola ride.
  • Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight cruise (summer) on Doubtful Sound.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD310-405 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Day 2 Auckland
Day 3 Auckland/Raglan
Day 4 Raglan/Rotorua
Day 5 Rotorua/Christchurch
Day 6 Christchurch/Franz Josef
Day 7 Franz Josef
Day 8 Franz Josef/Queenstown
Day 9 Queenstown/Doubtful Sound
Day 10 Doubtful Sound/Queenstown
Day 11 Depart Queenstown
Departures
  • Jan
    2018
  • Jul
    2018
  • Aug
    2018
  • Sep
    2018
  • Oct
    2018
  • Nov
    2018
  • Dec
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Sun, 07 Jan '18
  • Wed, 17 Jan '18
  • Sun, 22 Jul '18
  • Wed, 01 Aug '18
  • Sun, 26 Aug '18
  • Wed, 05 Sep '18
  • Sun, 16 Sep '18
  • Wed, 26 Sep '18
  • Sun, 07 Oct '18
  • Wed, 17 Oct '18
  • Sun, 14 Oct '18
  • Wed, 24 Oct '18
  • Sun, 28 Oct '18
  • Wed, 07 Nov '18
  • Sun, 04 Nov '18
  • Wed, 14 Nov '18
  • Sun, 18 Nov '18
  • Wed, 28 Nov '18
  • Sun, 25 Nov '18
  • Wed, 05 Dec '18
  • Sun, 02 Dec '18
  • Wed, 12 Dec '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Auckland
  • Raglan
  • Rotorua
  • Christchurch
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Doubtful Sound
  • DAY 1 Arrive Auckland

    Arrive at any time.

    Please make your own way to the joining hotel. Our CEO will have a welcome meeting this evening.

    Auckland is a fantastic city with so much to see and do. Should you want more time to explore on your own, we recommend booking pre-nights. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Auckland

    Enjoy a short orientation walk and some free time to explore the city. Later, cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on a research boat in search of whales, dolphins and sea birds. After our cruise spend one-on-one time with one of the expert crew to allow a deeper discussion on marine wildlife and conservation.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Dolphin and Whale Experience
    Auckland 4h 30m
    Cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on a research-based marine mammal experience. Working closely with the Department of Conservation and local universities, the crew of biologists and conservationists combine up-close viewing of whales, dolphins, and sea birds with important marine science research conducted aboard, allowing us the chance to encounter, learn and help protect this incredible resource of marine life. After our cruise spend one-on-one time with one of the expert crew to allow a deeper discussion on marine wildlife and conservation.

    Free Time
    Auckland
    Enjoy the city or choose from the many day excursions available. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Auckland/Raglan

    Drive a scenic route, visiting an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture. Enjoy lunch, featuring food which has been sustainably produced on the farm. Continue to the artsy town of Raglan and enjoy a cruise on the stunning harbour.

    Eel Farm Visit
    Raglan 1h-1h 30m
    Visit a local sustainable eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture and biological solutions for dairy farms in an effort to restore lowland wetland eco-systems. Enjoy lunch, featuring food which has been sustainably produced on the farm. Be inspired by their green initiatives - they practice the art of giving more back to the environment than they take out.

    Private Vehicle
    Auckland - Raglan 3h 180km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Raglan Harbour boat Cruise
    Raglan 1h30m-2h
    Enjoy a cruise on the Raglan Harbour with stunning views of ancient limestone rock formations and local wildlife. Keep an eye out for dolphins and (fingers crossed!) whales.

    Free Time
    Raglan Afternoon
    With lots of things to do in Raglan, get out and explore!

    Optional Activities
    Stand Up Paddle Lesson

    Raglan
    79NZD per person
    Enjoy fantastic scenery and a great workout while stand up paddle boarding in the Raglan harbour. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 4 Raglan/Rotorua

    Drive to Rotorua, stopping at Bridal Veil Falls en route, and opt to enjoy a dip in the geothermal hot pools in the area. This evening visit Tamaki Maori Village and enjoy a private welcome and talk from a "Kaumatua" (an elder in Maori society). Later, enjoy an extravagant performance about local myths, and legends while dinning on traditional Hangi cuisine.

    Rotorua sits over an active volcano with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools in different areas around the town. This is a fascinating region with Maori history and cultured tied directly to the geothermal aspects of the land. Relax in one of the hot pools fed by water coming directly from the natural springs.

    Bridal Veil Falls Walk
    Bridal Veil Falls 30m
    Enjoy a scenic trek to Bridal Veil Falls, a plunge waterfall located along the Pakoka River in the Waikato area of New Zealand. Relax on arrival and enjoy the waterfall's breathtaking natural beauty. The waterfall is 55m (180 ft) high, and, over time, has caused the formation of a large pool at its base.

    Private Vehicle
    Raglan - Rotorua 3h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Tamaki Maori Village
    Rotorua 3h-3h30m
    Visit the Tamaki Maori Village. Receive the traditional Powhiri welcome ceremony followed by a captivating stage performance explaining Maori history, myths and culture. For dinner, enjoy a traditional Hangi meal, similar to the Hawaiian Luau, with dishes cooked in the ground. Savour the taste of chicken, sweet potatoes, port and pudding wrapped in cabbage or banana leaves and steamed underground with the heat from lava rocks and wood. Yum!

    Meet a Maori Elder
    Rotorua
    Enjoy a "mihi" (private welcome) in Tamaki Village from a "Kaumatua" (an elder in Maori society). Sit down to an exclusive talk with the elder and learn about the community's traditions, myths, and legends, including the Sky Father and Earth Mother. You'll also learn about the history of the Maori people and their deep connection to Rotorua landscape and its geothermal aspects.

    Free Time
    Rotorua Afternoon
    Enjoy the afternoon in Rotorua. Why not take a dip in one of the thermal pools?

    Optional Activities
    Hot Springs

    Rotorua
    22NZD per person
    Soak tired muscles in the area's natural hot springs and let the mineral water work its magic. Rotorua is home to a number of amazing geothermal parks - be sure you don't miss the healing and relaxing benefits of the city's naturally heated waters. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 5 Rotorua/Christchurch

    This morning visit Whakarewarewa, a Maori village with a local guide who explains the geothermal aspects of the region. Enjoy a light lunch of corn cooked in a natural hot pool and a traditional hangi pie. Fly to Christchurch and take an orientation walk with the CEO.

    Private Vehicle
    Rotorua Morning
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Whakarewarewa Geothermal Village Visit
    Rotorua 1h30m-2h Morning
    Visit an authentic Maori Geothermal Village. With a local guide, follow the path past bubbling mud pits and mineral pools with different fluorescent coloured water. Learn how geothermal energy is used around the village and hear the history of the area. Just try to ignore the sulfurous smell; that's just Mother Earth making magma magic.

    Flight
    Rotorua - Christchurch 1h-1h30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 6 Christchurch/Franz Josef

    Enjoy one of the world's great scenic train trips on the TranzAlpine train, crossing the scenic Southern Alps to New Zealand's glacier region. Disembark and transfer to a beautiful rainforest lodge, our home for two nights.

    Train
    Christchurch - Greymouth 4h
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Private Vehicle
    Greymouth - Franz Josef 2h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Franz Josef

    Options are plentiful. Choose from a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier, or soaking in the hot pools amongst the stunning scenery.

    Free Time
    Franz Josef
    Opt for various hiking adventures in the area, the most popular being a glacier trek. If relaxing is more your style, there are shorter day hikes and bush walks or local hot pools to take a dip.

    Optional Activities
    Franz Josef Quad Bike

    Franz Josef
    65-160NZD per person
    Hop aboard the 2-seater ATV quad and drive along ancient glacial pathways carved into the landscape by ice and water. Be amazed at what lies around every twist and turn as you are guided through rainforests, riverbeds, grasslands, sand and mud. Feel the thrill of fresh air in your face and the excitement of riding in the wild.

    Helicopter Hike
    Franz Josef 3h-4h
    325-429 NZD per person
    Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride to the top of the Franz Josef Glacier. Hop out and trek on the white and blue ice. Cool! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Franz Josef/Queenstown

    Travel through the rugged rainforest along the west coast to Queenstown. Enjoy an evening gondola ride with spectacular views of the city and option to eat dinner at a skyline restaurant.

    Early start to travel to the picturesque Lake Matheson. When the weather is right, you can get a great photo of the Southern Alps reflected in the lake. Follow the wild West Coast Road, through the rainforest before stopping for some short walks and waterfall visits.

    Private Vehicle
    Franz Josef - Queenstown 6h 365km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Gondola Ride
    Queenstown 1h-2h30m
    Take a ride up to the top of the mountain by cable car gondola. Get a spectacular 220o view of Coronet Peak, the Remarkables mountain range, and Lake Wakatipu below. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Queenstown/Doubtful Sound

    Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through scenic Doubtful Sound. Led by onboard naturalist guides we have the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, birds and penguins and an option to kayak. Spend the night onboard in comfortable cabins with time to relax on deck, stargazing and enjoying some New Zealand wine.

    In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course buffet dinner prepared by our onboard chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some of the fine wines at our licensed bar and if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars.

    The Fiordland Navigator is a purpose built vessel designed to replicate a traditional trading scow and is perfectly suited to cruising the fiords.
    **Boat is subject to change

    Private Vehicle
    Queenstown - Doubtful Sound 3h 250km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Doubtful Sound Overnight Wilderness Cruise
    Doubtful Sound 24h
    Cruise through the stunning Doubtful Sound, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls, and keep an eye out for area wildlife: dolphins, penguins, seals, and a variety of birds. Want to get closer to the water? Feel free to use one of the boats' sea kayaks to explore the area more in-depth.

    After the day, moor at a secluded bay for the night, and sit back and relax. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old-world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon/fully licensed bar, an observation lounge, and nature guides. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Doubtful Sound/Queenstown

    Enjoy morning wildlife viewing as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown for the final night.

    Kick off the day with a hearty cooked breakfast and spend the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord. We then return to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri, returning to Queenstown late afternoon. Opt for a farewell dinner with your group.

    Private Vehicle
    Doubtful Sound - Queenstown 3h 250km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Depart Queenstown

    Depart at any time.
    For more time to explore Queenstown, we recommend booking post nights with your agent if you are interested in the countless adrenaline-packed activities in the town known as the "adventure capital of the world." Jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking, and sky diving are some of the activities available.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD310-405 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.


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