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New Zealand - Aukland Roundtrip - 8 Days - Set dep. 26 Nov.20

New Zealand - Aukland Roundtrip - 8 Days - Set dep. 26 Nov.20

Auckland, New Zealand

From: R 20,977.00
Per Person Sharing
  • Prices From

    From: R 20,977.00 Per Person Sharing
  • Trip Reference

    #10624
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    8 Days
  • Valid From

    26th of November 2020 (Thursday)
  • Valid To

    3rd of December 2020 (Thursday)
  • Expires

    15th of July 2020 (Wednesday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: No
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Discover the North Island of New Zealand which is blessed with spectacular scenery, ranging from bubbling thermal pools to fast flowing rivers. The best way to see all of this? Get up close and personal. This itinerary includes biking through Karangahake Gorge and hiking the Tongariro Crossing — one of the world's most famous one-day hikes — before jet boats and kayaks provide the transport along the Whanganui River. Mix in some bubbling mud and a traditional hangi dinner, and this is the perfect active introduction to New Zealand.

  • Cycle through the stunning Karangahake Gorge
  • Check out bubbling mud pools in a geothermal area
  • Learn a traditional Maori greeting on the marae
  • Hike the Tongariro Crossing — one of the world's greatest one-day hikes
  • Kayak along the Whanganui River
About the Holiday

Itinerary:

Day 1 Auckland

Arrive at any time.

Jump right into your adventure by adding the 'Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience' extra to your tour. Work with a crew to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on a competitive yacht, and take in the stunning views.

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

Ramada Auckland - Federal Street (or similar)

Day 2 Auckland/Rotorua

Enjoy a morning cycle through Karangahake Gorge, then travel to the Rotorua region to the Tamaki Maori Village. After a traditional greeting on the marae (meeting grounds), learn the arts of the haka and poi before a traditional hangi dinner.

In the evening visit a Maori village for traditional ceremonies, a Hangi meal and entertainment. After dinner, lounge by the bonfire and have some time to get to know the Maori hosts.

Accommodation is in a Maori wharepuni (sleeping house). Groups will often stay together in one sleeping house (multi-share, mixed gender), staying in line with Maori traditions.

Private Vehicle

Auckland – Waihi

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Karangahake Gorge Cycling

Enjoy beautiful scenery on this interesting ride through Karangahake Gorge that combines history, nature, and adventure all in one trip! Follow the historic Paeroa to Waihi rail line. Cycle old lines and through a tunnel along the river that runs through the gorge. Take it easy, if you wish – this trail is suitable for cyclists with little experience and offers lots to take in on the way.

Private Vehicle

Waihi – Rotorua

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Your Local Living Moment: Maori Village Overnight Visit

Visit the Tamaki Maori Village. Receive the traditional Powhiri welcome ceremony followed by a captivating stage performance explaining Maori history and culture. For dinner, enjoy a traditional Hangi meal, similar to the Hawaiian Luau, with dishes cooked in the ground. After, enjoy some quiet time with our Maori hosts by a fire.

Tamaki Maori Village (or similar)

Hostel

Dinner

Day 3 Rotorua

Enjoy a free day in Rotorua, a town in a geothermal area with boiling mud and hotpools. Opt to go whitewater rafting, tackle an offroad mountain bike track, go hiking, or hit the spa.

This region of New Zealand is renowned for its geothermal qualities. Enjoy free time to experience the regions' geothermal wonders. Opt to mountain bike in the world famous Redwood Forest, go white water rafting, or indulge in the therapeutic hot springs.

Free Time

Rotorua Afternoon

Enjoy free time in Rotorua to enjoy one of the many optional activities available in the area.

Four Canoes (or similar)

Hostel

Breakfast

Day 4 Rotorua/Tongariro National Park

Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek and spend time hiking an active volcano.

Mt Tongariro's rocky, dramatic landscapes make this day-long trek truly one of New Zealand's "Great Walks", passing emerald lakes and beautiful alpine scenery. Start early and collect supplies before heading out. The transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and collect everyone at the other end. After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night and opt for a hot soak to ease those tired muscles.

Note: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek is highly weather dependent and will take place only if conditions are safe to do so. Alternate activities for inclement weather will be arranged.

Private Vehicle

Rotorua – Tongariro National Park

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek

Enjoy spectacular views and otherworldly landscapes on this challenging and rewarding 19.4km (12 mi) trek across a volcanic range. This trek has been called one of the best day hikes in the world. Get prepared before you head out – go through a safety checklist and be sure to buy supplies, food, and water ahead of time. Dress accordingly – elements change constantly.

Note: if the weather is too bad to trek, there will be alternative options such as smaller walks in the area or a visit to remote hot springs. If you do not wish to do the Tongariro Crossing, other activities can be arranged.

Skotel Alpine Resort (or similar)

Hotel

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 Tongariro National Park/Whanganui National Park

Admire the scenery while heading to Whanganui National Park.

Travel to Blue Duck Station, a working farm and nature conservancy that serves as our gateway to Whanganui National Park.
Marvel at the Whanganui River - the third longest in New Zealand - as it flows out to the west coast of the North Island from Mt Tongariro. Learn about the region's natural history, conservation efforts for indigenous wildlife (including the endangered New Zealand blue duck) and Blue Duck Station's sustainable farming practices.

Note: While in Whanganui National Park, the order and length of activities on Days 5 & 6 may vary according to weather conditions.

Private Vehicle

Tongariro National Park – Whanganui National Park

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Blue Duck Lodge - River Quarters (or similar)

Lodge

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 Whanganui National Park

Experience another of New Zealand's "Great Walks" (this time, from a canoe) on a day trip into the heart of Whanganui National Park. Explore the Whanganui River further by jet boat, visiting old Maori and European settlements.

During short walks or stops en route, learn about the region's history and local conservation efforts. If weather permits, head out for a visit to the abandoned Bridge to Nowhere. Return to Blue Duck Station for the night. Enjoy a delicious dinner.

Note: While in Whanganui National Park, the order and length of activities on Days 5 & 6 may vary according to weather conditions.

Whanganui River Journey

Grab a paddle and life jacket and journey along the famous Whanganui River – New Zealand's third longest river. Soak in the wildlife and scenery, seemingly untouched by modern day. It's a great way to unwind and pack in a little more Kiwi adventure. (Note: actual distance and time of the paddle may vary according to weather conditions.)

Whanganui River Jet Boating

Have fun and hold on! Fulfill your need for speed travelling down the amazingly scenic Whanganui River by jet boat.

Blue Duck Lodge - River Quarters (or similar)

Lodge

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 Whanganui National Park/Raglan

Travel north to the small town of Waitomo, located near an extensive underground cave system. Enjoy a free afternoon, and opt to tour the caves by boat, by foot or with a bit of adrenaline by rappelling into them. Continue on to Raglan for the night, and enjoy the sunset in this stunning coastal town.

Free Time

Waitomo Afternoon

Take part in one of the optional activities around Waitomo.

Private Vehicle

Waitomo – Raglan

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Private Vehicle

Whanganui National Park – Waitomo

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Raglan Sunset Motel (or similar)

Motel

Breakfast

Day 8 Raglan/Auckland

Visit an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture before travelling north to Auckland where your tour will end around midday.

Please note, early morning tea (coffee, tea, scones) will be offered at the farm. Also, when arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration your flight must depart Auckland no earlier than 15:00 on Day 8.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Private Vehicle

Raglan – Auckland

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Eel Farm Visit

Raglan

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. Be inspired by their green initiatives – they practice the art of giving more back to the environment than they take out.

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • 4 nights in Hotels, Maori village x 1 night, multi-share, lodges x 2 nights, some multi-share
  • 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Private vehicle, jet boat, kayak, bicycle, walking
Excludes
  • Flights and Taxes
  • Medical and Travel insurance
  • Passport and Visa costs
  • Meals and beverages not specified
  • Pre and post accommodation

 

Package Conditions:

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Auckland
Its fascinating location, scenic beauty and tourist attractions draw million of tourists every year. Auckand City or Auckland consists of the islands of the Hauraki Gulf and a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. Auckland will bring you to a captivating landscape of volcanic hills, the twin harbors, bays, beaches and islands. History of Auckland or the city of sails, will tell you about the growth of this city from a land treaded by tribal war-fares.

Auckland straddles the volcanoes of the Auckland Volcanic Field. The approximately 50 volcanic vents in the field take the form of cones, lakes, lagoons, islands and depressions, and several have produced extensive lava flows. Most of the cones have been partly or completely quarried away. The individual volcanoes are all considered extinct, although the volcanic field itself is merely dormant.

Auckland has a warm-temperate climate, with warm, humid summers and mild, damp winters.

Auckland is home to many cultures. The majority of inhabitants claim European - predominantly British - descent, but substantial Mori, Pacific Islander and Asian communities exist as well. Auckland has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. Ethnic groups from all corners of the world have a presence in Auckland, making it by far the country's most cosmopolitan city.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.

Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 22 May 2020.

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