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  • Koromiko

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    This tour takes in the stunning sights of North Island, on a journey past ancient kauri trees to the sparkling Pacific waters of the Bay of Islands. Further south, you’ll visit the Art Deco town of Napier, and enjoy the wonderful wines of the Hawke’s Bay region, before arriving in Wellington, “the coolest little capital in the world”.

    • Day 1 – Auckland

      Haere mai – welcome! Arrive into Auckland and spend the afternoon and evening getting to know the ‘City of Sails’ and your fellow travellers.

      Head up the Sky Tower for great views across the city, or explore the vibrant downtown waterfront.

      Day 2 – Auckland / Bay of Islands (B)

      Close-up encounter

      • Enjoy magnificent views of the Bay of Islands.

      The start of our adventure! We travel up the west coast to the Bay of Islands. En route we take a guided walk into the Waipoua forest, home to ancient Kauri Trees and the mighty Tane Mahuta, the king of the forest.

      Continue heading north to tranquil Paihia, a bustling seaside town in the heart of the bay.

      Day 3 – Bay of Islands (B)

      Close-up encounter

      • Take to the waters and swim with dolphins in the crystal clear waters here (at your own expense).

      After breakfast, cross to Russell by ferry to meet our guide for an insight into this pretty little town’s rip-roaring past, when drunken sailors earned it the name ‘the hell hole of the Pacific’.

      The afternoon is at leisure to explore the area on foot or take a cruise through the spectacular crystal clear waters.

      Day 4 – Bay of Islands / Coromandel Peninsula (B)

      Close-up encounter

      • A visit to the Miranda Shorebird Centre to learn about the amazing annual migrations of Wrybills, Godwits and shorebirds

      We are welcomed to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the treaty between Maori tribes and British settlers was signed in 1840 and modern New Zealand was founded.

      In the afternoon we head south, by-passing Auckland and drive through the lush farmland of the Waikato to the Firth of Thames.

      Day 5 – Explore the Coromandel Peninsula (B,D)

      Close-up encounter

      • Hire a spade and dig your own hot pool on Hot Water Beach

      A day to explore this glorious region with its golden coastlines and relaxed atmosphere. Walk to the marine reserve of Cathedral Cove with its naturally formed archway, sparkling blue-green waters and sandy beaches that make it one of the most photographed beaches in New Zealand.

      Tonight we share on the cooking duties enjoying a Kiwi Favourite – a BBQ dinner in the garden of our accommodation.

      Day 6 – Coromandel Peninsula / Rotorua (B)

      Close-up encounter

      • Explore the gardens and Rororua lakeside.

      We travel along the Pacific Coast Highway through the beachside towns of Whangamata and Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty en route to Rotorua.

      On arrival we visit Te Puia, not only an active geothermal site, but also home to the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and a Kiwi conservation project.

      Day 7 – Rotorua (B,D)

      Unmissable inclusion

      • Our day culminates in a traditional Maori hangi for our evening meal.

      This morning we take a guided walk and cruise across Lake Rotomahana before visiting Te Puia, a geothermal wonderland and home to the Maori Art and Craft Institute.

      Day 8 – Taupo / Napier (B,D)

      Unmissable inclusion

      • This evening’s treat is a dinner with a glass of wine, at the Mission Estate Winery, one of the oldest in New Zealand

      Arriving in Napier we take a guided walking tour of this fabulous Art Deco town hearing about some of the local residents who were involved in rebuilding the town after the devastating earthquake of 1931.

      Day 9 – Napier / Wellington (B)

      Unmissable inclusion

      • Take afternoon tea in the Lady Rosewood garden in Wellingtons Botanic Gardens

      Travel south through the Wairarapa to the capital city Wellington for afternoon sightseeing. We take the iconic red cable car to the Kelburn lookout and walk back down through the Botanic Gardens.

      Te Papa Museum is an absolute must see during your time in the city, and a perfect chance to learn more about the diverse culture and history of New Zealand.

      Day 10 – Depart Wellington

      If time allows enjoy lunch on the waterfront at Oriental Bay before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

      This Small Group Journey can be combined with a Independent Tailor-Made South Island Itinerary.

    • Tour date Price (£) Single supplement (£) Availability  
      18 October – 27 October 2018 3,390.00 995.00 FULL
      15 November – 24 November 2018 3,390.00 995.00 PLACES Enquire now
      14 February – 23 Feb 2019 3,370.00 950.00 FILLING UP Enquire now
      14 March – 23 March 2019 3,370.00 950.00 PLACES Enquire now
      11 April – 20 April 2019 3,270.00 900.00 PLACES Enquire now
      9 May – 18 May 2019 2,930.00 840.00 PLACES Enquire now
      6 June – 15 June 2019 2,930.00 840.00 PLACES Enquire now
      17 October – 26 October 2019 3,480.00 970.00 PLACES Enquire now
      14 November – 23 November 2019 3,480.00 970.00 PLACES Enquire now

    • What’s included?

      • Comfortable touring in 16-seater vehicle
      • Services of our Driver-Guide and, where applicable, Local Experts
      • 9 nights accommodation in quality Hotels and B&Bs
      • Breakfast each day
      • 3 evening meals
      • Sightseeing & entrance fees listed opposite under Experiences Included

      Experiences included

      • Maori guided experience in Waipoua Forest
      • Guided tour of Russell’s rip-roaring past
      • Entrance to Waitangi Treaty Grounds
      • Visit to the Miranda Shorebird Centre
      • Barbecue dinner in the Coromandel
      • Entrance to Te Puia Geothermal Reserve and Maori Arts and Crafts Centre
      • Guided walk and boat trip in Waimangu Volcanic Valley
      • Maori Cultural Performance and Hangi Feast
      • Guided walking tour of Art Deco Napier
      • Dinner with wine at Mission Estate winery

    • Although New Zealand is one of the easiest countries to travel to, we realise that contemplating a long haul trip to the other side of the world can be daunting, so we’ve put together some essential information that you will need to know before you head off on your holiday.

      We hope we’ve covered everything, but do give us a call if you have any other questions or queries or are unsure about any details.

      The Geography

      New Zealand is made up of two Islands, The North Island and The South Island. The majority of the population live on the North Island.

      The country has an incredibly varied landscape. You’ll find wide, sweeping coastlines, spectacular mountain ranges, tropical rainforest, steaming volcanos and stunning glacier regions. It truly has something for everyone, whether you’re seeking peace, quiet and relaxation, or the thrill and adrenaline rush of  all the adventure it offers.

      New Zealand also has 14 National Parks that showcase more than 30,000 square kilometres of wonderful nature and breathtaking scenery.

      Time Difference

      New Zealand is 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), making it one of the first countries in the world to welcome in each new day.

      Like us here in the UK, New Zealand observes Daylight Saving, and so during their summer time (and our winter time) their clocks go forward one hour to GMT+13. Daylight saving begins on the last Sunday in September and ends on the first Sunday of the following April, when clocks are put back to GMT+12.

      The Seasons

      Being in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealands seasons are the opposite way around to ours, so December to February are their hottest months, and also the most expensive time to visit. June to September is the peak season for skiing in the ski resorts of Wanaka, Queenstown and Canterbury on the South Island, and the inbetween or ‘shoulder seasons’ often offer the best of both worlds, with better prices, more accommodation options and less tourists while still enjoying bright sunny days and warm weather.

      Health and Insurance

      We realise how difficult can be for our older travellers to find travel Insurance at a reasonable cost, and after a lot of research, are confident that our current partner Holiday Extras offer the best value for money insurance policies.

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      You don’t need any vaccinations to travel to New Zealand, and you will find doctors and health centres in every large town and city. Calling 111 will contact the emergency services from anywhere in the country.

      It’s perfectly safe to drink the tap water in New Zealand, so there is no need to worry about needing to purchase bottled water when you are there.

      Airport Hotels, Parking & Lounge Passes

      Depending on the time of your flight you may wish to avoid an early morning start by checking into an Airport hotel. With our partner, Holiday Extras, we are able to offer a range of hotel options and parking arrangements. Lounge Pass offer airport lounges you can book if there is considerable waiting time between your flights. These lounges offer a range of facilities from refreshments and drinks to showers and comfortable seating areas in a quiet environment.

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      Car Insurance

      Car hire companies often charge an excess for damage caused to the car whilst you’re behind the wheel even if it’s not your fault. This can be upwards of £1000 meaning if you’re involved in an accident, you’ll have to pay a contribution to cover the damage

      To reduce this amount they offer what is called an Excess Insurance or Damage Waiver, typically around $25-$30.00 per day .If you’re following a two or three week itinerary, this can add up to around $ 600.00

      However you can purchase an annual excess car hire insurance in the UK for a lot less.

      Our suggestion is to contact an insurance company such as insurance4carhire.com, With them you’re able to reclaim the excess you’d have to pay in the unfortunate event of an accident or your car being stolen. You may also get more cover compared with waiving the excess at the car hire desk.

      Visa Requirements

      You do not need a visa to travel to New Zealand as a British Citizen or British passport holder (and you can stay for up to six months).

      However you do require

      • a passport that is valid for three months after you return from your holiday
      • A return ticket home (or an onward ticket to another country that you are permitted to enter
      • Adequate funds to support yourself while you are away – usually NZ$1000 per month per person

      For Silver Fern travellers contemplating stopovers en route to New Zealand or integrating a New Zealand holiday with a longer worldwide tour, a visa may be required.

      For example an Australian tourist visa is necessary for anyone entering the country other than those in transit. Similarly entrants to America should have arranged an ESTA. These can be applied for online or through the Travel Visa Company, one of our trade partners who charge for this service.

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      Currency and Credit Cards

      The currency in New Zealand is the NZ Dollar. The exchange rate varies but as a general guide, there is NZ$2 / NZ$2.20 to every GBP£1.

      You can use all major credit cards in New Zealand, and ATM’s are found as easily as they are in the UK, on most high streets, in shopping malls and in banks. You can also exchange foreign currency at banks, some hotels and bureau de change kiosks.

      Do let your bank know you’ll be travelling before you leave home though to ensure that you’re able to use your card overseas.

      What to pack

      Holiday packing is always a challenge, especially when you’re going away for longer than a week or two, so we wrote a blog post offering our advice on how to pack for your New Zealand holiday – you can read it here. Remember to pack a good pair of sturdy walking boots if you’re planning to get out and explore some of the country on foot, and we recommend lightweight layers that you can add/remove depending on the weather.

      Electronics and mobile devices

      You can buy a prepaid Vodafone sim card at the airport or many of the local shop to put in your phone but its always worth checking with your mobile phone provider to see if they offer an overseas package before you leave home.

      New Zealand electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, and they use the same plug as in Australia, with two or three pins. You’ll need to use an adapter for all appliances, which can easily be purchased either in the UK before you travel or once you’re in New Zealand.

      Wi-fi is widely available in most hotels and B&B’s and also in many cafes and eateries.

      As far as possible we have endeavoured to make this information as accurate as possible, but we always recommend that you do make sure to double check things like Visa’s / Insurance etc before travel as changes do occur.

    • Colin and Maureen Smith

      The Million Dollar cruise on Lake Wakatipu was absolutely brilliant – the guide was very knowledgeable and we would highly recommend this trip.

      Our meal on the Mission Estate was one of the best meals of the holiday and the gardens at Hamilton were a real surprise.

      But the main highlight has to have been the Milford Mariner overnight cruise – not the best of weather, we couldn’t get out on the kayaks – but a wonderful experience.

      Chris and Joyce Brill

      Very much enjoyed the superb Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa Museum, Wellington. Loved the jet boat trip on our day out to Arthur’s Pass and the caves at Charleston.

      A wonderful holiday!

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