The Ultimate Fourteen Day Experience In The Bay Of Plenty

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Come with us for this unique experience to discover the true New Zealand. Meet local people in this mystical land of Maori culture and pristine majestic beauty.

From the time you arrive in New Zealand you will be taking part in an adventurous journey of discovery. You will be comforted knowing that everything you ever wished for in a holiday experience is about to come true because we will do everything we can to make it so.

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You or your travel agent will have arranged your arrival in Auckland, and contacted us with those arrangements. We can provide flexible airport pickups as well as book extra accommodation for up to two days prior to tour start. Airport transfers will be complimentary but accommodation/meals etc. during this time will incur an extra cost.

DAY 1

Additional accommodation and airport transfers can be arranged prior to the commencement of the tour. We have accommodation located in the city centre where you can relax and sleep or visit any extra attractions and sites, should you so desire.

Auckland  “The city of sails”

DAY 2

Auckland has more boats per capita than any other city in the world. Today's activities will be initiated with a harbour cruise. You will find that you are never far from our beautiful ocean during your stay here in New Zealand . We will also Visit the Auckland museum which has a brilliant collection of cultural history and art and gives a great insight to New Zealand's historical past. We will be ascending the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand's own “Sky Tower”. Adjacent to the Sky tower is the Sky City Casino for any wishing to try their luck. Here we will also be indulging in a delectable dinner in the the upper part of the Sky Tower Restaurant.

DAY 3

Coromandel and The Bay Of Plenty“New Zealand's playground”

Breakfast at your leisure, but we do need to be on the road by 9.00 am. We leave Auckland city life behind Auckland behind as we head East along our beautiful the Coromandel Coast.
With more than 400 kilometres of spectacular coastline you are sure to find the beach of your dreams. The rugged volcanic hills are cloaked in native rain forest and the Coromandel is a place where bush and beach are both easily accessible. In the same day, you can experience the blue dazzle of the Pacific Ocean and calming greenness of the kauri forests. This evening we will stay in Coromandel township and enjoy an evening meal at one of Coromandel's quaint restaurants.

DAY 4

From here we head to Tauranga and Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty. This region is one of country's premier holiday destinations. Surrounded by over 100kms of glittering white sand, crystal clear waters, rolling surf beaches, beautiful harbours and an unbeatable lifestyle. Here you can relax, unwind and take in the beauty of the Bay. Your beach side accommodation for the next two nights is at our beachfront hotel. Indulge in an evening meal while overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean.

DAY 5

Breakfast. Beach lifestyle dictates that from here on everything is at a leisurely pace. So after a cooked breakfast we will get orientated with the Mount and Tauranga. www.bayofplenty.com Your host will give you a tour and introduction to some of the activities available to you while here. Activities are varied and many suiting everybody to there abilities and interests. Your host will endeavour to make any of your desires possible. Your accommodation is located within a very short distance of the main shopping center, with its many bars, cafés, theatre, and services. Enjoy, I know you will have a fabulous time before sitting down to another fantastic evening meal. Perhaps a meander along the beach by moonlight, or a soak in the healing salt-water pools located nears your accommodation.

DAY 6

A day of total leisure and indulgence you wont be disappointed doing your own thing before discovering another restaurant. Remember your in the Bay Of Plenty so enjoy your evening your host will assist you if you wish to make plans for the evening.

DAY 7

Today we follow the coastline to Whakatane and take the opportunity of a lifetime to interact with some of the largest groups of dolphins ever seen. www.whalesanddolphinwatch.co.nz. If you feel capable and willing you can choose to swim with these most majestic mammals. This experience could change your life. Other attractions: whales, seals, penguins and ocean bird life. We will be cruising in the clear blue subtropical waters of the Bay of Plenty. On your return we travel an hour heading towards Rotorua, stopping at Lake Okataina and checking in to Okataina Lodge. www.okatainalodge.co.nz  You will think you have found Paradise as you feast on this evening’s dinner in such an unspoiled lake environment.

DAY 8

Breakfast. Legends tell of the Patupaiarehe, the fairy people who dwelt here in ancient times. Of all the scenic reserves in the Rotorua district, Lake Okataina must surely rank as one of the loveliest. Described by George Bernard Shaw as “the best opportunity to get close to Hades and yet be able to return”. To get here you pass thru virgin forest along a road that is like a green tunnel overhung with tree ferns and mossy banks. The drive is climaxed by a sudden arrival of the lake itself, which on a fine day presents a never to be forgotten sight. The sparkling waters the green backdrop of the forest clad hills dropping down to the waters edge and sandy beaches, all create a scene of unparalleled beauty. This morning consume yourself in Paradise.

This afternoon we visit Rotorua. www.rotoruaNZ.com From the moment you enter Rotorua you know you are somewhere like nowhere else. Lazy drifts of steam are emitted from cracks and crevices. This is nature’s spa of the Pacific. Spiritual home of the Maori. This afternoon we visit Paradise Valley Animal park. A meander thru Rotorua's central shopping area, before returning to your lakeside accommodation for the evening meal.

DAY 9

Breakfast.Today we enter Hells Gate.  www.hellsgate.co.nzThis is a 50-acre thermal reserve. You will understand how playwright, George Bernard Shaw looked in awe at the “hell like” landscape and gave the Reserve its famous name. Walk past steaming fumaroles and pools of boiling mud so violent they are unnerving.

We continue our tour thru to Lake Taupo www.laketaupoNZ.com stopping at the Huka falls a major waterfall on the mighty Waikato River. It is here, that if you want to face fear head on, you can take the plunge Bungy jumping off a platform, 47 metres above the Waikato River. This is an experience you will not forget. If this challenge is something you may prefer to watch others take part in, then you may like to experience of an exciting jet boat ride, surfing the world famous Fuljames Rapids. Dinner this evening will be a spontaneous affair prior to our arrival back at Lake Okataina.

DAY 10

Breakfast. Check out.
This morning we check in to our Rotorua accommodation before visiting the Agradome, an experience of farm life in New Zealand. You will be given a sheep shearing demonstration, and attend a sheep auction. An opportunity to hand milk a cow on stage, feed lambs, and watch a dog trial. We visit the descendents of the Maori known as Tuhourangi / Ngati Waiao  in the village where their people have lived for 300 years. www.whakarewarewa.com Your guide will unveil legends and stories that are engraved in the carvings that adorn the walls of their sacred houses. This is the living village of Whakarewarewa. Tonight you can feast and discover Rotorua by night.

DAY 11

Breakfast.
Today is a free day to shop, rest, or maybe let us organize one of the many activities available in Rotorua. Remember we shall endeavour to make all your desires possible, and we are here for you. Enjoy your meal at your leisure at your hotel. 

DAY 12

Breakfast. Destination Waitomo. www.waitomo.com Only the strangely sculptured limestone outcrops on the surface of the land give travelers a clue that this region is different from any other. A mystical world of caves and softly lit glow-worms abide below the green and forested hills. We discover a labyrinth of ancient limestone caverns and formations. It is as if you have been transported to the mystical world of Lord Of The Rings.

We visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park. New Zealand’s original walks through aviary and see native birds in a natural forest habitat. This evening we journey back in time to pre-European lifestyle experiencing customs and traditions while ambling down the pathways of the rediscovered village as it comes alive to the sound and activities of tribal songs, dances, myths, legends and spiritual stories. www.maoiriculture.com. Enjoy the night’s festivities, a time of sharing and feasting to a banquet of succulent foods cooked traditionally on hot rocks in an earthen oven. Then take time to browse throughout the largest after hour’s tribal marketplace to view woodcarving, weaving, arts and crafts, and much more.

DAY 13

Breakfast. Check out.
A last opportunity for some shopping, before we head back to Auckland. A leisurely evening in Auckland City. Our last evening to break bread together and make ready for tomorrows departure.

DAY 14

Breakfast and a sad farewell as we see you to the airport.

 

Tour Information

Group Size

We limit our groups to five, plus driver. Per vehicle.

Tour package includes

Accommodation, Breakfasts, Some evening Meals, Arranged Land Transport (Transport is complimentary as part of your package), Specified Attractions, Specified Sightseeing, a helping hand, a smiling face and a shoulder to lean on whenever you need it.

Tour package does not include

Drinks, unless we are in a really good mood. Lunches, morning/afternoon teas, personal and sundry costs, laundry/dry-cleaning, personal care, medical costs, taxis, personal transport or trips, attractions arranged but not specified in cost (Dolphin charter, Harbour cruise).

Attractions Included

Sky tower,Harbour cruise, Hells gate tour, Tamaki Maori Concert and Hangi, Whakarewarewa Thermal activity & Maori Cultural Center, Huka Falls, Waitomo caves, Kiwi House.

Accommodation

We use high standard resort and hotel accommodation in the larger centres. In some of the more rural areas we use the best there is with suitable access facilities. In some cases those paying a single supplement may be asked to share a two-bedroom unit. They will have their own bedroom but share common shower, toilet and lounge facilities. In some instances we may not have sufficient fully accessible accommodation. The most accessible will be allocated on need, we apologize in advance if occasionally you may have to improvise somewhat, and ask for your understanding on such matters. We can assure you, we are there to help. You will manage just fine. Circumstances can occasionally mean changing accommodation for a variety of reasons.

Meals

There are a wide variety of meals provided with the itinerary, some in top hotels and restaurants. Some with a much more local flavour.

The Itinerary

is at a real easy pace. Late check outs, help with your baggage, absolutely stress free, with several days suitable as rest days.

Our Vehicles

Include a Nissan Elgrand Luxury air-conditioned mini bus http://www.toursnz.com/vehicles where wheelchair users in some cases may have to transfer to normal seating by way of hydraulic lifting chair.
Approximate driving time total is mentioned in itinerary, this does not include rest time and stops. We do our best to schedule stops at least every two hours driving.

An experienced Escort

will be along to assist in general terms. However, personal carers are not part of the package. We can provide personal care, this can save on airfares if you need to bring a caregiver along but would incur extra cost and need to be discussed with us personally before the tour starts. We can often arrange one attendant able to care for two or even three on tour, allowing them to split the cost. This is depending on individual needs. Some activities may not be suitable for the entire group.

Extra Costs

Tipping is not expected. There are no hidden tax costs indeed in some cases overseas visitors can get a tax refund on some products. Lunches and sundry expenses are not great, probably ten to twenty dollars (NZ) a day would be ample. Scenic flights and other attractions not included in price of tour can vary, we can give estimates if required. Any not wishing to take part in specific attractions can be discounted the appropriate amounts, provided that we are made aware prior to payment.  Ballpark, our dollar is just above half of an American Dollar and about a third of a pound.

Comments

More often than we can remember we have had elderly folk with other tour companies meet us along the way and say they just wish they had heard of us before they made their arrangements. We specialize in caring for people, late checkouts, plenty of rest time, adaptability rather than strict hard time tables. Our motto "Luvin' care with every fare". On tour we are there to help you. Come to us with any problems or for any advice, don't battle along on your own.

Contact

On tour we can be contacted on our cell phone 02040127701 while it is in coverage, a message can be left if not. All hotel contact numbers are included in case any friends or relatives at home want to keep in touch. Numbers are given as if ringing from inside NZ, overseas caller use NZ code 64 and drop the first zero.

Medical Backup

Our staff is fully experienced. We do have a good network of doctors, medical centres, and hospitals. As long as we are aware of your needs we can plan ahead to make sure they are fully met. We are the only company in New Zealand offering this depth of service. New Zealand does have some kind of a reciprocal arrangement with the UK in health care delivery.

Insurance

ACC (Accident Compensation Commission) provides cover for accident while in NZ, your safety and wellbeing are our prime concern but we insist you take out personal travel insurance even before putting a deposit down in case for reasons beyond your control you are unable to make the trip.

Conditions

We have an application form that we like everyone to fill in; the reasons are explained on the form. We do our very best, we go much further than "the extra mile" your safety and enjoyment are our main concern, so we need to know of any special needs. If for any reason an attraction included in tour cost does not go ahead, that portion will be refunded. (This does not include someone deciding they don't want to do it once the tour has started)  Tour is subject to minimum numbers.

Liability

Your Safety, wellbeing and enjoyment are our prime responsibility and concern. New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Commission covers your personal medical needs in the event of accident. If however something spoils your trip. Accident, departure from itinerary, bad weather, or whatever. We want you to be assured we have done our very best, in no way can we personally or our company accept liability for anything beyond our control, or the result of a decision we or any of our staff made at the time believing it would be for the best.  Our vehicles are all in very good order and well serviced, however the nature of our tours means we may not quickly be able to have a fully suitable replacement vehicle available. Should a breakdown necessitate a hold up or departure from itinerary, we would do our very best for you but once again could not be expected to make refund or be liable.  Before tour starts we need your assurance you understand, and accept these conditions.

 

Tour Cost

Between $6,000 To $9,000 NZ Total package. Based on Twin Share OR $7,000 to $10,000 NZ Single supplements. FLIGHTS NOT INCLUDED

To secure a booking we require $500 NZ per person.
Full payment to be made two months prior to tour departure. 
Unless dealing through an agent we prefer payment in the form of Bank Draft or Telegraphic Transfer into our nominated account, and strongly urge travel insurance to be taken out before any money is paid.
All cancellations should be notified in writing and become effective only when received in this office.
Cancellation charges are as follows:-
PERIOD OF CANCELLATION AMOUNT OF LOSS IN RESPECT OF TOTAL COST
60 days (before commencement date) Loss of Deposit
30-16 days 50%
15-00 days 100%