Spectacular New Zealand - 18 day North and South Island Tour

This tour is available throughout 2016 and 2017

We have this tour scheduled for February 2017

(Commencing in Auckland Saturday 11th February and concluding in Christchurch Tuesday 28th February 2017)

 Please contact us if you are interested toursnz@toursnz.com

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.

This tour is flexible and available throughout the year for individuals or groups. Below you will find the 18 day itinerary including activities and attractions.

Day 1

We will be at the airport to welcome you and take you to your hotel where you may wish to rest or visit some of the local sites.
Additional accommodation and airport transfers can be arranged prior to the commencement of the tour. This eveing w
e 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 revolving Restaurant.

Day 2 - Auckland “The City of Sails” and Coromandel.

Auckland has more boats per capita than any other city in the world.  Breakfast at your leisure, but we do need to be ready by 9.00 am. 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 .Following your cruise, we leave Auckland city life behind Auckland behind as we head East along our beautiful the Coromandel Coast. With more than 400 kilometers 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 Coromanel township and enjoy an evening meal at one of Coromandel's quaint restaurants.

Day 3 and 4 - Coromandel and The Bay of Plenty “New Zealand's Playground”

From here we head to Tauranga and Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty along the stunning Coromadel coastline.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. Tonight you can relax in beach side accommodation tonight  and indulge in an evening meal while overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean. 

        

Day 5  and 6 - Rotorua “Thermal City Of Culture”

    

Today we follow the coastline before heading inland to Rotorua visiting some of the regions majestic lakes on our way. 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. 

Tonight is a must; we take part in a Tamaki cultural experience. We go back through time to before the Pakeha (European) arrived. We attend a Maori Concert and you have the opportunity to feast on a traditional Maori Hangi (Traditional Maori meal).

On the second day here you will have some free time to look around the shops, the government gardens or have a soak in the hot pools or a relaxing massage.

In the afternoon we will visit Te Puia and experience the unique environment of geothermal wonderland. See firsthand the geothermal activity with hot springs and steam vents used for cooking (natural cooktops and ovens) and the natural mineral waters used for communal bathing.

The natural environment here in the central North Island is so varied, as you will experience, with something new and natural around every bend.


 

   

Day 6 & 7 Wellington The Capital City 

Check out is at 10 am Today we head south to Wellington stopping at the Huka Falls in Taupo along the way. The Huka Falls are one of New Zealand's most spectacular sights. The sheer volume of beautiful bright clear water that gushed throught the narrow gap, makes up for the modest size of these falls. Over 200,000 litres per second roar over the 3 metre falls with a force that is truly impressive.

We follow the shores of Lake Taupo Towards Wellington. We pass our Central Volcanoes to Waiouru where we visit our Army Museum for lunch. After lunch a three or so hour’s drive through farming country to NZ’s capital city Wellington. During this drive we will also pass through the Desert Road, This part of the country is the home of some of New Zealand's wild horses.
Accommodation and dinner tonight is is in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington.(Total 7 hours driving)

Day 8

Wellington is a pleasant picturesque city perched on hills (not the best for wheelchairs in some places) around a beautiful harbour. A scenic drive round the harbour and up Mt Victoria. We will also visit Zelandia if weather permits. This is 80 million years of natural history in a fascinating Exhibition and 225ha of remarkable nature in a beautiful sanctuary valley. This is the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary – a conservation success and safe haven for some of New Zealand’s rarest native animals. Remarkable species of birds, reptiles, insects and more are living wild within a beautiful 225ha (one square mile) valley.
 

 

Day 9 - Picton "Picture Perfect"

Before we leave Wellington we will visit Te Papa, New Zealand’s best museum.  We will catch the ferry to Picton at 3pm. This is a real highlight. It takes around three hours. Out of Wellington Harbour across Cook Straight between the Nth and Sth Island, then through Tory Channel and the Marlborough Sounds, to Picton. We stay two nights here at your hotel situated right on the picturesque waterfront.
 

Day 10 - Kaikoura "Conservation Splendour"

10 am check out then south through Blenheim and the district of Marlborough one of New Zealand's prime wine growing areas. We visit the Montana winery for morning tea then travel further south following the thin strip of coastal land between the Kaikoura Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean; we usually stop for another cuppa along the way as well as visit a small seal colony just before arriving in Kaikoura. This evening we will stay at your motel right on the ocean front. (Three hours driving).

Few places in the world can boast of such natural wonders as those offered by land and sea in Kaikoura .The seaside settlement of Kaikoura, situated midway between Christchurch and Picton on the rugged east coast of New Zealand's South Island, is overlooked by majestic mountains, which are snow-capped for many months of the year. Here in Kaikoura have the opportunity of a Whale watching trip. Either from the air or from the sea, We must book ahead so will make arrangements for these activities. (Both are reliant on the weather and neither is included in the tour cost). These activities are not wheelchair accessible, but with a little pushing and grunting we have always managed ok, and the experience is fantastic.
 

Day 11 and 12 - 


This morning we will be on the road towards the West Coast of New Zealand. Today’s drive is approximately 4 and half hours not including stops. The West Coast is known as New Zealand’s wildest and diverse regions of New Zealand. With the highest level of rainfall in New Zealand and the lowest population it has an abundance of lush bush and wildlife.
We will then start to make our way along the South Islands West Coast of New Zealand towards Hokitika. Hokitika, an attractive sleepy little town. A hundred or so years ago miners fought over gold, today there is still gold around but Hokitika is New Zealand's leading Green Stone (Jade) centre.
You will enjoy your luxury beach front accommodation tonight. Most of our guests never want to leave. Dinner provided.
On the second day here we will pick you up and take you to breakfast before we enjoy a stunning “Tree Tops” walk. Here you will wander across bridges suspended high in the trees. An experience not to be missed.
We will then take a short drive up the west coast. You will be able to enjoy the famous Punekaiki Rocks which are limestone formations that began forming 30 million years ago. When conditions are right, heavy ocean swells thunder into the caverns beneath the rocks and huge water spouts blast skywards through the blowholes in a truly spectacular. 

 

Day 13 - West Coast  “Natural Wonders”

The next few days is an opportunity to photograph some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. I don't think you can not take a fantastic picture. We head south through farming country nestled between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. Further South we drive past many small lakes and through some of our largest remaining stands of native New Zealand Rain Forest. Yes you guessed it; we get a lot of rain on the West Coast. It is something over a two-hour’s drive to Franz Josef where we will stop for lunch. Here we also have the opportunity of viewing Franz Josef Glacier, unfortunately, the track to the glacier face is definitely not for wheelchairs. If you have a few spare dollars may be interested in a Glacier Helicopter flight. After our stop here we carry on past Fox Glacier and on to Haast where we will rest for the evening.
 

Day 14,15,16 - Queenstown "Adventure Capital"

From Haast we will leave around 9am to make our way to Queenstown. We have three days here in Queenstown. Queenstown is one of the major spots in the South Island as its activities are endless. 

Stunning scenery along the way and over the Crown Range to Queenstown. www.queenstown-nz.co.nz.  Tonight we will enjoy a ride up the gondolas and take our time with a delicious meal overlooking Queenstown. This is one of the best viewpoints so what better way to enjoy fresh NZ cuisine.
Your second day here you will have the opportunity to enjoy one of New Zealand’s most untouched areas and the epitome of natural beauty at the Milford Sounds. This is something that I would recommend everyone takes advantage. This is a long 12 hour day with a lot of driving but it is well worth the trip and there is plenty of stunning scenery to keep you entertained along the way.
On our last evening here we will cruise along through Lake Wakatipu overshadowed by the Remarkable Mountains on the iconic Steam Ship TSS Earnslaw steam ship followed by entertainment and a dining experience like no other on the Walter Peak high Country Farm. www.fiordlandtravel.co.nz/

      

 

Day 17

Today, sadly, we say farewell to Queenstown and start our fantastic scenic journey North. We will be travelling through Cromwell, over the Lindis Pass through Omarama and Lake Tekapo. We will arrive home again in Christchurch.
 

Day 18

 Today a sad goodbye. I will escort you to the airport to catch your homeward flight.

Group Size
We limit our groups to eight, 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, 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.

Attractions Included
Skytower, Te Puia thermal park, Huka Falls, Auckland Harbour Cruise, ZelandiaWellington,  Walter Peak trip, Tamaki Maori Concert and Hangi, North to South Island Ferry crossing, Skyline Restaurant/Gondola Queenstown, Earnslaw Steam cruise, dinner and farm show, Milford Sound Cruise

Attractions arranged but not included
Whale Watching, Shotover Jet Boat. We are flexible and often able to arrange other activities in line with your personal interests.

Flight arrangements
You or your travel agent will have arranged your arrival in Auckland, and contacted us with those arrangements. We can provide flexible airport pick-ups as well as book extra accommodation for up to two days prior to the start of the tour.

Airport transfers
Airfares and meals for additional days booked outside of standard tour are not included in this price.

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. 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. From Fish and Chips on newspaper in Hokitika to a sumptuous buffet overlooking the mountains and lakes of Middle Earth in Queenstown.  Breakfasts are also varied from full cooked breakfast in our resort hotels to continental in some of the smaller places. We are able to arrange for any special needs. Vegetarian, etc.

Who Can Come?
Anyone, but we have designed this holiday particularly for people who deserve extra care or those with special needs, or a little apprehensive about travelling. Accommodation, transport and most attractions are wheelchair accessible. If you have a yen to do it, come on you can. Behavioural problems that could cause embarrassment to others is one special need our company is not set up to cater for unless you choose the personal tour option (conditions apply).

Tour Cost
$10,500 NZ per person based on twin share. Single accommodation will incur additional $2,000. Prices may vary slightly and can be confirmed upon request.

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 Vehicle
is a Wheelchair Hoist fitted 8 seater mini bus. Approximate driving time total is mentioned in our 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.

Weather
Generally December thru to February are very stable and clear months weather wise.  Our weather is generally good, but again we can’t make any promises, bring some warm clothing just in case.

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

Comments
More often than we can remember we have had people 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 experienced in managing and looking after people with various special medical, mobility and other needs. Even though we complain about our Health System here in NZ 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.

 

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 - 60days

50%

30 -00 days

100%