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11 Days: New Zealand Wildlife & Scenery [LL-LUX14]
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Book By: May 22, 2019

Starting at
$4,359
Highlights & Inclusions
  • Destinations: Rotorua (2 Nights), Wellington (1) , Marlborough (3), Nelson (3)
  • Luxury Accommodation - Peppers on the Point, Intercontinental Wellington, Bay of Many Coves Resort, Stonefly Lodge
  • US Domestic Flights - not included (as per your own arrangements)
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Auckland to Rotorua, Rotorua to Wellington, Nelson to Auckland
  • Day Tours - Wellington: Scenic Ferry to Picton; Picton: Greenshell Mussel Cruise & Transfer to Nelson
  • Car Transfers - Rotorua Airport to Accommodation (Return), Wellington Airport to Accommodation, Wellington Accommodation to Ferry Terminal, Nelson City to Stonefly Lodge, Stonefly Lodge to Nelson Airport
  • Ferry Transfers - Picton to Bay of Many Coves (Return)
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Auckland

Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!

Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.

(Day 2) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Auckland to Rotorua

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Auckland to Rotorua (North Island).

(Day 2) - Private Transfer, Rotorua Airport to Hotel

Travel by private car from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Please note: Standard airline luggage restrictions apply. If you are travelling with more luggage than is typically allowed by the airlines, please notify us right away so that we can adjust the type of vehicle to accommodate you.

(Days 2 to 4) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Rotorua

Surrounded by the sparkling waters of Lake Rotorua, Peppers on the Point is an intimate luxury retreat featuring spectacular views to the historic Mokoia Island.

This stunning retreat offers the perfect base for experiencing New Zealand’s rich culture or you can simply relax and enjoy the tranquility of this stunning location from the comfort of our inviting entertainment rooms with open fireplaces. Just five minutes from the heart of Rotorua City, Peppers on the Point is located on Kawaha Point Road and comprises of an exquisitely furnished converted 1930s mansion.

Without leaving the retreats surrounds you can indulge in a heavenly massage at our onsite spa, try fly fishing from our private beach, enjoy water sports and tennis or even spend your day boating. Peppers on the Point’s dining room is also renowned for serving fabulous New Zealand cuisine accompanied by the finest New Zealand and international wines, it is an experience not to be missed.

Peppers on the Point, Rotoura is the heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture and is set amidst a landscape of erupting geysers, hot thermal springs and bubbling mud pools. With so many sights to see and cultural offerings within easy reach, we will have you immersed in relaxation upon your return.

(Day 3) - Free Day to Explore Rotorua

Enjoy some free time in Rotorua to explore this historic city!

Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland filled with a plethora of activities and attractions to check out. The region’s unique location is filled with hot pools, geysers, mud pools and geothermal activity.

Visit Waiotapu, where there are many sights to explore. Experience the Champagne Pool and waterfall filled with rich vibrant colours of the mineral salts, bubbling mud pools, craters, and Lady Knox Geyser when you visit. Arrive in the morning to see the Lady Knox Geyser at 10:15 am. For a full day of relaxation, visit the hot mineral pools and treat yourself to a relaxing Polynesian spa treatment that uses the local products (like a Rotorua mud wrap or manuka honey facial). Go Zorbing! Roll down a hill in an inflatable globe in this truly unique experience. There are different tracks to roll down with up to three people in the globe. You can choose to roll down with water in the globe for a fun time splashing around. For the adventure seekers, try Skydiving, the adrenaline rush of the jump will have you accelerating at 200 kilometres/hour. All the great views of Rotorua are best seen from 15,000 feet above.

Photo Credit: Tourism Rotorua

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Whakarewarewa , Geothermal Reserve

Discover the unique lifestyle and traditions of the thermal village of Whakarewarewa.

Check with your hotel reception desk for the local bus schedule and catch a bus (or taxi) to the village (own arrangements – not included).

Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and hot bubbling mud pools is the Living Maori village of Whakarewarewa situated in Rotorua, the heart of the North Island. Sit down, relax, and enjoy the cultural performances the Maori village performs while they entertain and thrill your senses through the medium of performing arts. Their melodious voices accompanied by hand movements tell the stories of their heritage, past and present. Through your tour you will learn the explanation of village lifestyles, the interpretation of traditions and culture, the history and legends, the explanation of the local kohanga reo, while viewing the Ancestral Meeting House, Geothermal Features, and Pohutu Geysers. Be enlightened by participating in the interactive activities which may include weaving, displays of musical instruments & weaponry or learn a waiata-a-ringa (action song) and/or haka.

Opening Hours: Daily From 8:30am – 5:00pm Closed Christmas Day
Guided Tour Times: Hourly (9am, 10am, 12pm, 1pm, 2:30pm, 3pm & 4pm)
Cultural Performance Times: 11:15am and 2:00pm (Included in price of admission)

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Te Puia Maori Institute & Geothermal Reserve

At this maori tourist attraction step into an ancient valley where geysers, mud pools and boiling waters still play after 40,000 years.

As direct descendants, guides offer an insight into the lives, activities and land that no other tour in New Zealand can match. Your Maori guide will show you the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and explain the tribal history.

Visit The New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.Discover the fascinating traits of New Zealand’s national icon (The Kiwi) and listen to the songs of other birds in our beautiful valley.Stunning maori cultural performers excite and entertain in daily concerts.

Insider's Tip: Relax in Rotorua

There is no better way to start or end your day in Rotorua.

Deluxe Lake Spa allows you to enjoy tranquil bathing and lake views in four shallow alkaline rock pools, each with different temperatures (36°C/96°F to 42°C/107°F) and a newly built acidic pool so guests are able to enjoy the benefits of the two types of hot mineral water offered at Polynesian Spa.

A cold plunge pool has been added for those looking for hot cold hydrotherapy. The extremes of hot and cold water cause muscle to expand and contract offering gently detoxification as toxins are squeezed from the muscles.

A large indoor relaxation lounge overlooks Lake Rotorua. You are welcome to move from the pools to the lounge once dried off and return to bathe in the Deluxe Lake Spa pools as you wish.

Insider's Tip: Rotorua's Historical Culture

Learn about Rotorua’s fascinating history and culture.

A town full of natural wonders and evidence; discover the interesting history of Rotorua. The Buried Village once known as Te Wairoa, destroyed by the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886, today serves as a living museum where visitors can experience this unique piece of New Zealand history. The excavated site, the only one to be open for public viewing in New Zealand, offers a first hand insight into the devastation, chaos and mayhem that transpired on the night Mt Tarawera erupted. Also visit the place where great stories began at the Rotorua Museum of Art and History. With its rich history and culture, it is easy to discover the essence of Rotorua in its people, culture and volcanic landscape.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Helicopter over White Island - 1/2 Day

Land on and explore an active volcano!

Your helicopter flight takes you north over Hell’s Gate Thermal Valley to the Pacific Ocean coastline and the active volcano of White Island. Land at the crater’s rim and spend approximately one hour on a guided walk of this fascinating natural attraction. Experience the volcanic fury of the main crater, view sulphur deposits, and the remains of the old sulphur mine.
Allow 3 hours

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

(Day 4) - Private Transfer, Rotorua Hotel to Airport

Travel by private car from your vacation accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand to the Airport.

Please note: Standard airline luggage restrictions apply. If you are travelling with more luggage than is typically allowed by the airlines, please notify us right away so that we can adjust the type of vehicle to accommodate you.

(Day 4) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Rotorua to Wellington

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Rotorua to Wellington (North Island).

(Day 4) - Private Transfer, Wellingon Airport to Hotel

Travel by private car from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand.

Please note: Standard airline luggage restrictions apply. If you are travelling with more luggage than is typically allowed by the airlines, please notify us right away so that we can adjust the type of vehicle to accommodate you.

(Days 4 to 5) - 1 Night Accommodation in Wellington

Travel to your accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Your 5 Star luxury hotel is located adjacent to the harbour waterfront, within close walking distance to popular attractions and is at the centre of the capital’s political, commercial and corporate worlds, only a short walk from history, culture and shopping. Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Wellington’s iconic Cablecar, Westpac Trust Stadium and a host of art galleries are nearby.

Your accommodation offers the following services: Valet Service, Cable / Satellite TV, Color TV, In Room Movies – Pay Per View/Premium Cable, Coffee Maker, Mini Bar, Refrigerator, Tea Maker, Electrical Adapters Available, Power Converters Available, spare Electrical Outlet at Desk, Phone with Voice Mail, Bathrobe, Bathtub, Hairdryer, Private Bathroom, In Room Safe, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Iron / Ironing Board, and all rooms are non-smoking.

*Room type upgrade available upon request

Insiders Tip: Visit the Weta Workshop

Take a trip to the Weta Cave, a mini-museum, a shop and a theaterette that you can visit.



On the corner of the Weta premises in Miramar, Wellington. The museum contains props from films and projects such as Lord of the Rings! In the theaterette we show a 20 minute behind-the-scenes DVD about the work that goes on at Weta. Be sure to visit the shop, which offers everything from souvenirs and Weta merchandise to collectible sculptures.



Entry: Free: Hours: Seven Days a Week, 9:00am – 5:30pm; Phone: 64 (04) 380 9361
Address: Corner of Camperdown Road and Weka Street, Miramar, Wellington
Bus Route 2: Get off at Camperdown Road

Insider's Tip - Parliament Building

Visit Parliament to discover our buildings and heritage, to see what happens when the House sits, and to learn about New Zealand’s democratic processes. Whether you visit in person in Wellington or take a virtual tour, you can visit Parliament for free.

Free, daily, one-hour guided tours of Parliament begin on the hour at the Visitor Centre in the foyer of the Beehive (Executive Wing). Take a tour with one of our trained guides to visit key parts of Parliament’s buildings and learn about our parliamentary processes.

The Stagecoach City Circular bus runs at regular intervals, seven days a week. This bus stops close to the lower gates of Parliament grounds.

It is easy to find Parliament on foot from the main bus depot – just walk towards the city centre from the bus depot and you will see Parliament Buildings immediately ahead of you.

Parliament grounds are close to nearby Thorndon and most of the inner city. To find the Visitor Centre, walk across Parliament grounds towards the main Parliament entrance and follow the signs.

There’s a wide range of information about Parliament available at the Visitor Centre. If you want to visit the public galleries to watch the House in session, ask for directions from the Visitor Centre staff. We suggest you check the House sitting programme first to make sure that the House is sitting at the time of your visit.

Tour Times: Monday to Friday 10:00am-4:00pm; Saturday and most public holidays 10:00am-3:00pm; Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm (Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, 2nd January, Waitangi Day (February 6th), Good Friday.) Additional tours are offered during school holidays and other busy periods. Tour times are occasionally subject to change.

Insider's Tip - Wellington Cable Car

The Wellington Cable Car is one of Wellington’s oldest & most popular tourist attractions.

The cars run from Lambton Quay in the heart of the central business district and within 5 minutes whisk you from under the corporate towers of The Terrace past Kelburn Park and Victoria University to the top entrance of the Wellington Botanic Gardens with its magnificent lookout over the City and harbour – Te Whanganui-a-Tara (The Great Harbour of Tara).

Other attractions immediately accessible from the top station are the award winning Cable Car museum situated in the old cable car winding room and the newly opened Carter Observatory. For those wishing to explore further, Kelburn village with its shops and Cafes is a short walk and an ideal stopping off point on your way to Zealandia. There are also easy downhill walks through the Botanic Gardens to Thorndon or back to Lambton Quay via the historic Bolton Street Cemetery and the Beehive.

A fully escorted tour of Wellington’s Cable Car and Museums is available. First stop the Museum of Wellington for the inside story on Wellington’s intruiging past. A short escorted walk along Grey Street then all aboard the Wellington Cable Car…to the top for the best views in Wellington. Learn more about these ‘Relentless red rattlers’ at the Cable Car Museum. The tour ends with tea/coffee and a homemade muffin at the Skyline Restaurant with its commanding views of the city. Take time to explore Kelburn Village or the Botanic Gardens before returning to Lambton Quay on the Cable Car.

Includes return trip on the Cable Car, guided tours and refreshments.

Departs from the Museum of Wellington at 10:00am. (Other times by arrangement) duration up to 2 1/2 hours. Bookings by 5:00pm the day before. Please make your bookings at the Museum of Wellington or at Wellington I-Site corner Victoria & Wakefield Streets Civic Square.

The Cable Cars run every 10-minutes; 7:00am to 9:00pm on Monday; 7:00am to 10:00pm on Tuesday through Friday; 8:30am to 10:00pm on Saturday and 9:00am to 9:00pm on Sunday & Public Holidays (Closed Christmas Day)

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

(Day 5) - Private Transfer, Wellington Hotel to Ferry Terminal

Travel by private car from your vacation accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand to the Ferry Terminal.

Please note: Standard airline luggage restrictions apply. If you are travelling with more luggage than is typically allowed by the airlines, please notify us right away so that we can adjust the type of vehicle to accommodate you.

(Day 5) - Scenic Ferry, Wellington to Picton

The 92 km journey across Cook Strait between Wellington (North Island) and Picton (South Island) takes only 3 hours and has been described as `one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world`.

Relax and enjoy the voyage on the Interislander Plus, the premium vessel traveling the straight. The vessel offers a stunning view of the South Island’s Kaikoura ranges and the opportunity to spot dolphins and sea birds.

Be greeted by staff at reception where you can purchase cinema tickets, phone cards, magazine, confectionary, souvenirs, postcards and stamps. Complimentary beer, wine, tea, coffee and finger food are available or you can purchase food from the Fresh Food Court for a hot meal. There are multiple food service areas on the Interislander for you to choose from. Then, relax in the TV lounge or cinema or enjoy a local band in the bar. With a little bit of everything to choose from, the Interislander is truly the premium way of traveling the straight.

(Days 5 & 8) - Ferry Transfers, Picton to Bay of Many Coves Resort & Return

As you would expect with a secluded luxury hideaway, getting here is an exciting adventure all in itself. It begins the moment you enter the magical Marlborough Sounds.

As you travel through native bush-clad bays, uninhabited golden sand beaches and breathtaking vistas, your worries simply fade away. You know you are in a very special place. The Resort is just a 30-minute ferry ride from the township of Picton. There are no roads in or out. The only ‘vehicle’ will be the golf cart taking care of your luggage!

(Days 5 to 8) - 3 Nights at the Bay of Many Coves, Marlborough

Bay of Many Coves Resort staff will make you feel right at home in the tranquil Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. The resort has so many wonderful features, you may simply want to relax and soak up the surroundings. There is also a world of adventure waiting right at the end of the jetty and in the bush-clad hills all around you.

Luxury has never been so pure, so natural, or so full of new experiences. And they’re all right here, waiting for you.

The Marlborough Sounds is an adventurer’s paradise where you can indulge your passions, challenge your senses, and try new things you’ve always dreamed of doing. Do it all in your own time, away from the crowds, with the support of our experienced staff and guides. And when each day is over, come home to Bay of Many Coves and experience true bliss. Get out and about with sea kayaking, relax in and around the water at the heated swimming pool, hot tub, or private beaches. Maybe you would like to soothe your soul and relax your body at the Day Spa. The choice is yours at Bay of Many Coves.

(Day 8) - Day Tour, Marlborough Icons Tour with a Greenshell Mussel Cruise (ending in Nelson)

Marlborough is known worldwide for stunning Sauvignon Blanc, and your tour will reinforce how perfect it is with two of Marlborough’s other gems – Greenshell Mussels and amazing scenery.

Meet and greet at the Picton Ferry Terminal and depart through the Marlborough wine region to the small seaport township of Havelock. Havelock is the Greenshell Mussel Capital of the world with more mussels going through this port than anywhere else, it’s also the gateway to the stunning Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds.

On arrival in Havelock you will have time to purchase a light lunch to bring on board this afternoons cruise. Once on board the Mussel cruise in Havelock, enjoy a 3 hour scenic exploration of this breathtaking area.

Take in the natural beauty of the native bush and the tranquility of the Sounds. Learn from your experienced skipper the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the history of the pioneering families who have settled in the Sounds over several generations. Visit a Greenshell mussel farm and learn why this delicacy grows so well in the Marlborough Sounds. Taste a local favorite – freshly steamed Mussels matched perfectly to a complimentary glass of award winning Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

On arrival back in Havelock you will board the tour vehicle for the transfer to your Nelson accommodation.

Minimum of 2 Pax.

(Day 8) - Transfer, Nelson to Stonefly Lodge

Upon arrival into Nelson meet with your driver who will transfer you to the Stonefly Lodge.

(Days 8 to 11) - 3 Nights at the Stonefly Lodge, Abel Tasman Region

Stonefly Lodge luxury accommodation is perfect for that weekend vacation in the Abel Tasman Region, New Zealand.

Being within 50 minutes of the Abel Tasman National Park our luxury accommodation lodge is well positioned for exploring the park which is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track.

We provide private luxury lodge accommodation located above the Motueka River and expert guided fly fishing from the top Nelson fly fishing guides. The wide choice of rivers available from Stonefly Fishing Lodge enables guests to experience relatively gentle flowing easy access rivers to more adventurous back country streams requiring more accurate casting and a suitable level of fitness.

If you would like to visit the Abel Tasman Region but are not a fisherman, be sure to ask about these different activities upon arrival to Stonefly Lodge: Abel Tasman – Cruise, Abel Tasman – Kayak, Guided Walks, Heli Tours, Horseback Riding, White Water Rafting, Wine/Art Tours or Cycling. No matter what activities you decide on, your visit to Stonefly Lodge will be an unforgettable one.

(Day 11) - Transfer, Stonefly Lodge to Nelson

Transfer from Stonefly Lodge to Nelson, New Zealand Airport.

(Day 11) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Nelson to Auckland

Travel by air today from Nelson to Auckland, New Zealand.

(Day 15) - International Flight, Auckland to Los Angeles

Today depart Auckland and fly to the USA. Enjoy an in-flight dinner and movie with arrival in the USA. Note: you will be traveling back across the International Date Line. Gain that day back you lost on the way over, you actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Auckland.

Note: Flight may include a stop over in Australia.

  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.