GLOBUS 2017: Best of New Zealand (PN)
14 days from Auckland to Queenstown
Experience the best of New Zealand on this unforgettable vacation filled with dramatic scenery, cultural exchanges, and the country's top attractions. Your tour starts in Auckland, ends in Queenstown, and overnights along the way in the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, and Franz Josef.You'll experience some of New Zealand's most majestic scenery throughout this New Zealand tour. In Auckland, spend time in the picturesque Bay of Islands region and enjoy a scenic cruise to the iconic 'Hole in the Rock.' In Rotorua, visit Te Puia, Rotorua's most prominent thermal area, to see New Zealand's largest geyser and boiling mud pots. Continue south through New Zealand's lush green North Island to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.A scenic inter-island ferry brings you to New Zealand's South Island. In Christchurch, board one of the world's most scenic trains and travel across the Southern Alps. Two nights at Franz Josef won't be enough as you admire the incredible views and have a chance to participate in a Glacier Valley walk. But that's not all…you'll enjoy an excursion to Fiordland National Park, boasting some of the world's most breathtaking scenery, where you'll have an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound. It's not just amazing scenery you'll experience on this New Zealand tour. Throughout the tour, Globus has also included out-of-the-ordinary adventures to make your vacation unique. For example, visit a local farm and enjoy a barbecue lunch in Marton, enjoy a wine tasting and tour at a local Queenstown winery, and join a local New Zealand family in Rotorua for dinner in their home and a chance to immerse yourself in New Zealand culture. From the cosmopolitan city of Auckland to rugged Milford Sound, you are sure to return home with lots of photos and unforgettable memories to share with friends and family!
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- Tour Operator
- Offer valid through 6/30/2017
- 14 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Auckland||Welcome to Aotearoa, Maori for 'land of the long white cloud.' Your hotel room is available for immediate check-in. Please schedule your flights to arrive by 4:30 pm in order to attend this evening's welcome briefing.|
|Day 2||Bay of Islands||Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Auckland, the 'City of Sails.' See bustling Queen Street, the city's oldest park, Auckland Domain, and historic Parnell Village. Continue to the Bay of Islands, known for its stunning beauty and history. Visit the WAITANGI TREATY HOUSE to learn about New Zealand's past. (B,D)|
|Day 3||Bay of Islands||This morning, embark on a sightseeing CRUISE to view the 'Hole in the Rock,' have a chance to see dolphins, and learn more about the rich history and culture of this region. The remainder of the day is at leisure. You may wish to enjoy a hike, explore some of the islands historic attractions, shop for souvenirs, or just relax at your hotel. (B)|
|Day 4||Rotorua||Today, travel through the Bay of Plenty region to Rotorua, home to geothermal wonders, adventure activities, and a thriving Maori culture. Dinner this evening is a traditional [LF] HANGI DINNER, followed by an authentic MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE. (B,D)|
|Day 5||Rotorua||This morning starts with a visit to RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a walk through the kiwi bird enclosure. Last stop is TE PUIA, Rotorua's most prominent thermal area, with New Zealand's largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon is at your leisure. You may wish to relax in a natural hot spring, zipline through the forest, be pampered at one of the city's spas, or board a floatplane for flightseeing of this beautiful area. This evening, join a [LF] New Zealand family for dinner in their home, a unique opportunity to interact with a local family and immerse yourself in New Zealand culture. Before the evening is over, you'll feel like part of the family. (B,D)|
|Day 6||Wellington||Travel south today through rolling farmlands and past massive Lake Taupo. Stop in the historic rural town of Marton, where we'll visit a [LF] LOCAL FARM and enjoy a barbecue lunch. Continue to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. (B,L)|
|Day 7||Wellington||Our day begins with a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Take a scenic CABLE CAR ride, visit the beautiful BOTANICAL GARDENS, see the famous Beehive and Parliament buildings, and enjoy 360-degree, panoramic views of the city and harbor from the top of Mount Victoria. Time will also be spent at TE PAPA, the Museum of New Zealand. The remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own. (B)|
|Day 8||Christchurch||This morning, board a FERRY and enjoy a scenic cruise across Cook Strait, connecting New Zealand's North and South Islands. Continue to Christchurch for an orientation tour and overnight stay. (B,D)|
|Day 9||Franz Josef||Today, travel on the scenic TRANZALPINE, one of the world's great train journeys. From the comfort of first-class carriages, see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmlands, followed by the spectacular gorges and rivers of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass National Park. The train features large panoramic windows, an onboard cafe, and at-seat audio commentary. Spend the next two nights in the small town of Franz Josef, located at the base of the impressive Franz Josef Glacier. (B,D)|
|Day 10||Franz Josef||This morning, explore this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage area. Your GLACIER VALLEY WALK will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed, following the glacier's path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier's history, see what is left behind by this majestic giant, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere. Near the terminal face, after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing face of the glacier. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may opt to take a scenic flightseeing or helicopter tour, relax in one of the glacier hot pools, spend time at the West Coast Wildlife Centre, or pick up a picnic lunch and just take in the gorgeous scenery. (B)|
|Day 11||Queenstown||Our journey today takes us along the coast and the Tasman Sea. Climb through rainforests and over Haast Pass to arrive in Queenstown, the 'Adventure Capital of the World.' Upon arrival, enjoy a tour and a tasting at a local [LF] WINERY. Tonight, why not enjoy dinner at one of Queenstown's many restaurants or cafes and sample some of the region's wines? (B)|
|Day 12||Queenstown||Today, travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. During your CRUISE, see cascading waterfalls, wildlife, and experience this pristine natural setting just as early Maori and European explorers did. (B,L)|
|Day 13||Queenstown||Enjoy a full day at leisure in one of New Zealand's prettiest towns. Tour some of the sights used to film The Lord of the Rings trilogy, shop for souvenirs, or take a thrilling jetboat ride on the Dart River. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner. (B,D)|
|Day 14||Queenstown||Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local Guides are available for pre-purchase. Any gratuities for extensions cannot be pre-paid. Prices based on double room occupancy.Single Room Supplement: $1,300Triple Room Reduction per person: $200Extra Nights per person in Auckland:January-March & October-November: in single room $234; in twin room $132; in triple room $103September: in single room $183; in twin room $107; in triple room $87Extra Nights per person in Queenstown:February-March & November & December: in single room $226; in twin room $119; in triple room $97April & October: in single room $203; in twin room $108; in triple room $892018 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in August 2017.Travel Terms & Conditions
The purchase of any travel services offered by Globus, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you (the Traveler) and Globus, and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions cover Deposit & Final Payment information, Air-Inclusive Deposits & Final Payment, Revisions & Revision Fees, Air Arrangements, Participation, Travelers Who Need Special Assistance, Young Travelers, Smoking, Price Policy, Visas and Passports, Hotels & Accommodations, Baggage Allowance, Travel Documents, Not Included in the Land Price, Refunds, Service Inquires After the Vacation, Holidays, Safety, Photos & Pictures, Optional Excursions, and Responsibility.
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- The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.00 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas (except on Cuba programs) and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Globus Group Leader in Cuba, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Globus menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
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* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).