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18 Day Ultimate Tour


 
The scenic and cultural icons of New Zealand combined in one superb 18-day itinerary. This outstanding holiday has been designed to offer a range of activities not generally found on a typical New Zealand tour. These include yachting on Auckland Harbour and a visit to the Maritime Museum, two nights on the Coromandel Peninsula and a day's nature activities with Kiwi Dundee and an overnight cruise on Milford Sound. The Ultimate gives passengers the opportunity to take the 3-day Greenstone Valley Guided Walk and a full day to explore Abel Tasman National Park or enjoy your own sightseeing.

Cruises
Sail a 15m yacht on Auckland Harbour. Scenic Cruise Wellington – Picton. Wanaka Lake Cruise or Jet Boat Excursion. Milford Mariner overnight cruise on Milford Sound including Dinner and Breakfast regardless of meal plan.

Walking and Nature Activities
Kiwi Dundee Coromandel Adventure day with picnic lunch (included). Abel Tasman National Park visit and lunch (optional). 3 Day Greenstone Valley Guided Walk (optional).

Note: On the Greenstone Valley Guided Walk, backpacks and raincoats are provided on loan, all bedding, towels, meals, etc are provided, and groups are escorted by trained guides. Stay in warm lodges with multi share bedrooms (no single rooms), showers, drying rooms, etc. Participants must bring sturdy boots/shoes, suitable clothing including thermal underwear and fleece jacket.

Bay of Islands Extension:
Include the beautiful, sub tropical northern tip of New Zealand on our 3 Day/3 Night extension. Depart from Auckland 3 days prior to
your Tour departure date (Saturday) then follow days 13, 14 and 15 of our Wonderland Tour which returns to Auckland Monday evening.


TOUR PRICES PER PERSON  COST
Year Round $3,630.00
Breakfast (16) Supplement add $275.00
Dinner (13) Supplement add $390.00
Single Room Supplement add $1,775.00
Abel Tasman Day Tour $110.00
Greenstone Valley Guided Walk add $1085.00
*If taking the Greenstone Valley option:  
Breakfast (14) Supplement add $240.00
Dinner (12) Supplement add $370.00
Single Room Supplement add $1,590.00

BAY OF ISLANDS EXTENSION ADD
TOUR PRICES PER PERSON  COST
Year Round  $610.00
Breakfast (3) Supplement add  $70.00
Dinner (3) Supplement add  $90.00
Single Room Supplement add  $270.00

Day 1
Auckland/Whangamata

Your tour departs from Rydges Auckland Hotel, Federal Street, City at 8.15am. A tour of Auckland, to the summit of Skytower, at 328 metres the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, the downtown city area and waterfront drive, then experience the thrill of sailing aboard a 15m yacht on Auckland Harbour and visiting the Maritime Museum, all before driving to the Coromandel Peninsula. Breakers Motel (2 nights)

Day 2
The Coromandel

A day of fun and entertainment with Kiwi Dundee Adventures. Explore regenerating Kauri forest and lush fern groves, the old roads to Puketui an 1890’s gold mining town and visit a gold mine studded with glow-worms. Walk on isolated beaches and if conditions permit, a dip in the springs at Hotwater Beach.

Day 3
Whangamata/Rotorua

On to Rotorua and the Agrodome to see New Zealand’s various sheep breeds and a shearing demonstration. Stroll through Rainbow Springs Park to see Rainbow and Brown Trout plus native birds and animals including the Kiwi. Take the spectacular Skyline Skyride for superb views over the city, lake and mountains and try a Luge ride with our compliments. This evening enjoy a Maori Hangi (meal), a selection of traditionally prepared meats and vegetables plus more conventional dishes, all followed by a concert featuring Maori songs, chants and the stirring haka (entire group). Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (1 night)

Day 4
Rotorua/Turangi

Visit Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Centre and Thermal Reserve with its boiling mud, silica terraces and Pohutu Geyser. Pass massive pine forests, see the Wairakei Geothermal Valley and Huka Falls to reach Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. Skirt its shores to Turangi with time for trout fishing, many picturesque walks or if you are daring, white water rafting. Bridge Tongariro Resort (1 night)

Day 5
Turangi/Wellington

Cross the National Park with its volcanic peaks to Bulls and Levin, then along the Kapiti coast to the Capital City, Wellington, a tour includes Mt Victoria, the Houses of Parliament, Wellington Cathedral and Oriental Bay with time to explore the city and Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Bay Plaza Hotel (1 night)

Day 6
Wellington/Blenheim/Nelson

Join the Interislander Ferry for the scenic cruise to Picton, enjoy spectacular views of Wellington and the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. Welcomed by your Coach Captain then on to Montana Winery for a tasting and winery tour. From this renowned wine region it’s a fascinating drive to Nelson noted for its arts and crafts. Leisure Lodge (2 nights)

Day 7
Nelson or Abel Tasman National Park

We recommend an optional day tour to the Abel Tasman National Park, inclusive of all transfers and a picnic lunch. By coach to Kaiteriteri then board a comfortable launch to cruise along the parks coastline. Either go ashore at Torrent Bay and walk 2 hours to Bark Bay or come ashore at Bark Bay and explore that area. From Bark Bay by launch, retrace your journey arriving in Nelson at 5.00pm. Alternatively, explore Nelson, follow the art trail, galleries and coffee shops featuring art, pottery, jewellery, wood and more or visit Tahunanui with its broad beaches and coastal panoramas.

Day 8
Nelson/Greymouth

Lush farmlands then forest covered ranges to the rugged Buller Gorge – a spectacular scenic drive. Visit Westport and the coast near Cape Foulwind, possibly lunch at the award winning Beach House Café and south to explore the Pancake rocks at Punakaiki. At Greymouth visit Jade Boulder Gallery to see native jade, mined in remote alpine valleys crafted into fine jewellery. Hotel Ashley (1 night)

Day 9
Greymouth/Fox Glacier

Remote farms, tiny landlocked lakes with dense native bush and forest, all dominated by the towering Southern Alps, highlight your journey to Fox Glacier. Plenty of time to enjoy a guided walk to the glaciers terminal face, a helicopter flight and snow landing or walk to nearby Lake Matheson. Fox Glacier Hotel (1 night)

Day 10
Fox Glacier/Wanaka

Follow the rugged coastline then inland across the Alps and the Haast Pass to the impressive bushlands of the Aspiring National Park. At Wanaka you’ll have a choice of two afternoon activities: a launch cruise across the lake to Stevensons Island nature reserve, for a bush walk followed by refreshments. Look for the native Buff Weka, a small, flightless bird whose curiosity is likely to attract them close to you. Alternatively enjoy a thrilling jet boat excursion on the lake – full on exciting, leisurely scenic cruising or somewhere in between. Mt Aspiring Hotel (1 night)

Day 11
Wanaka/Queenstown

Drive through a picturesque region that has a fascinating history of early settlement and gold mining for a late morning arrival into the ever-popular resort of Queenstown. Dinner tonight is at the spectacular Skyline Restaurant (entire group).

You have 2 choices for the next three days and Gay Tours New Zealand enthusiastically recommends

OPTION 1:

The Greenstone Valley Guided Walk
Today enjoy the sights, sounds and activities of Queenstown plus attend a pre-walk briefing. Rydges Hotel (1 night)

Day 12
Queenstown/Steel Creek

By coach to Glenorchy then onto the track, stately beech forests, rocky gorges and silent river pools with Robins and Tom Tits for company. Its 18km to Steel Creek Lodge nestled on broad river flats.

Day 13
Steel Creek/Lake McKellar

Red tussock land, ancient bog pines and cottonwoods with sheer mountainsides above and possibly deer on the forests edge. 14km to Lake McKellar Lodge.

Day 14
Lake McKellar/Milford Sound

To the Greenstone Saddle, through lush forests to Lake Howden, then ascend Key Summit (919m) an area of alpine swamp with incredible 360 degree views, so spectacular, then down to rejoin your Tour on the Milford Road at The Divide and travel through the Hollyford Valley and Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Board the Milford Mariner for an overnight cruise – an undoubted highlight. (1 night) Note: The Greenstone Valley Guided Walk option is not available on departures X10, 11 & 21.

OR OPTION 2:

At leisure in Queenstown
Jet boating, lake cruises, a day on the Routeburn Track, Lord of the Rings Tours, rafting and more shops, galleries and boutiques than you can count – enjoy. Dinner day 13 is not included allowing the opportunity to dine at a restaurant of your choice. Rydges Hotel (3 nights)

Day 12 and Day 13 also at leisure.

Day 14
Queenstown/Milford Sound

Follow the lake to Kingston, across fertile farmlands to Fiordland. Visit moody Lake Manapouri then Lake Te Anau. Follow the Eglinton Valley, native forests, lakes, waterfalls and towering mountains. At The Divide collect the Greenstone Trek group and travel through the Hollyford Valley and Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Board the Milford Mariner for an overnight cruise – an undoubted highlight. (1 night)

Day 15
Milford Sound/Dunedin

Wake to the sounds of silence in a pristine world. Rugged and remote mountains change to lush green countryside, which in turn gives way to rolling hills as you approach Dunedin, the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. This evening prior to Dinner you will be treated to a traditional Scottish Haggis Ceremony, complete with piper, address to the Haggis and gift.
Cargills Hotel (2 nights)

Day 16
Dunedin

A day to enjoy at your leisure with a multitude of optional activities available. A Monarch Wildlife Cruise, Natures Wonders Tour (both featuring penguins, seals and birdlife), the Taieri Gorge Railway, a Citibus Newtons Tour, fascinating Larnach Castle or Tour the Cadbury Factory or Speights Brewery. Have fun!

Day 17
Dunedin/Omarama

Visit Olveston, Dunedin’s majestic historic home with its original furnishings. See bush clad hillsides, tidal estuaries and a rocky coastline, view the unusual Moeraki Boulders then explore Oamaru. Follow the Waitaki Valley, passing several hydro lakes to Omarama.
Heritage Gateway Hotel (1 night)

Day 18
Omarama/Mt Cook/Christchurch

Pass the milky blue waters of Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook National Park and village, amidst New Zealand’s highest mountains. At Lake Tekapo view the Church of the Good Shepherd and Collie Dog memorial with time for a highly recommended (optional) flight with Air Safaris. Descend Burkes Pass to the Canterbury Plains and Christchurch. Your tour concludes at approximately 5.00 pm after a brief city tour.Dunedin’s majestic historic home with its original furnishings. See bush clad hillsides, tidal estuaries and a rocky coastline, view the unusual Moeraki Boulders then explore Oamaru. Follow the Waitaki Valley, passing several hydro lakes.

3 Day Guided Walk Option
Experience New Zealand’s superb mountains and native bush on the popular Greenstone Valley 3 Day / 2 Night Guided Walk

 
 
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