New Zealand Group Information Sheet February 11-27, 2022
Pricing (does NOT include international flights, round trip transportation to O’Hare or travel insurance): $4700/pp for a double room Additional $1725 for a single room. Availability will be limited
Inclusions: • 14 night’s accommodation as listed with breakfast. • Daily schedule for each tour member. • Touring transport by 2 x Mercedes Sprinter 17 seat vehicles with professional drivers (service begins on arrival and ends at midday on day 12). • Mitai cultural show and Hangi on the evening of day 4. • Abel Tasman day trip with kayak and walk on day 7. • Kaikoura whale watch experience on the morning of day 10. • Lake Tekapo star gazing at Mount John Observatory on the evening of day 10. • Shotover Jet on afternoon of day 12. • Walter Peak Farm cruise and gourmet BBQ on the evening of day 12. • Doubtful Sound cruise on day 13. • Queenstown Airport transfer on departure day. • Air New Zealand flight between Auckland and Nelson (one checked bag per person). • Air New Zealand flight between Queenstown and Auckland on departure day (one checked bag per person)
Payment Schedule: $1000 down payment per person – First come, first served – FIRM Final Payment due November 14, 2021 If paying for tour by credit card, please add 3.5% processing fee. Flights and insurance may be paid by card with no processing fee Other: Working with a New Zealand based company – keep it local This is an active trip! Little to no disability access in New Zealand
Itinerary: February 11, 2022 – Depart Chicago for Auckland
February 13, 2021 - Day 1: Auckland to The Coromandel: Arrive in Auckland off flight. You will be met by your drivers and transfer to Whitianga on The Coromandel (2h). Evening: At leisure on The Coromandel. Accommodation: Admiralty Lodge Whitianga, Studio Rooms x 3 nights (tour is priced based on Puka Park – currently on waitlist)
February 14, 2021 - Day 2: The Coromandel: This morning you will visit Cathedral Cove and Hot water Beach. (Low tide forecast to be 6:30am or 7pm) Evening: At leisure on The Coromandel.
February 15, 2021 Day 3: The Coromandel at leisure on The Coromandel. Your drivers will be available for the touring of choice.
February 16 2021 Day 4:The Coromandel to Rotorua Travel inland to Rotorua (2h 30m). Evening: Matai Maori Show with Hangi dinner – departs the hotel at 6:15pm Accommodation: Novotel Hotel Rotorua, Superior Room x 2 nights
February 17, 2021 Day 5: Rotorua at leisure / touring / activities (additional expense)
February 18, 2021 Day 6: Rotorua to Auckland to Nelson Morning: Travel to Waitomo (2h). Experience glow worm caves (additional expense). Afternoon: Travel to Auckland (2 h 15m) to meet your flight to Nelson. Flight NZ5081 departs Auckland at 4:05pm and arrives in Nelson at 5:35pm (based on 2020 schedule) On arrival in Nelson you will transfer to your central hotel. Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel, Premium Room x 3 nights
February 19, 2021 Day 7: Nelson Wilsons Abel Tasman Beaches, Bays & Seals Plus Walk Your transport will depart the Rutherford Hotel at 7:30am. The trip begins at 9am in Kaiteriteri with a 6pm return. Cruise / kayak / walk / cruise.
February 20, 2021 Day 8: Nelson At leisure.
February 21, 2021 Day 9: Nelson to Blenheim to Kaikoura Morning: Travel to Blenheim (1h 30m) and visit a selection of wineries (tasting at own expense). The group will have lunch at ______. Afternoon: Following lunch you will travel to Kaikoura (2 hours) and spend the evening at leisure. Accommodation: White Morph, Studio Rooms x 1 night
February 22, 2021 Day 10: Kaikoura to Lake Tekapo Morning: The group will check out and transfer the short distance to the Kaikoura Whale Watch office for an 8:30am check in (timings subject to 2021 schedule). The group will enjoy a whale watching experience with approximately 2 hours on the water. Afternoon: Following the whale watch the group will transfer to Lake Tekapo (5h) Evening: Star gazing via the Summit Experience at the Mt John Observatory. Accommodation: Bluewater Resort, One Bedroom Mountain View Suites x 1 night (booked)
February 23, 2021 Day 11: Lake Tekapo to Queenstown Touring day to Queenstown with evening at leisure. Accommodation: Ramada Central Queenstown Hotel, Studio Rooms x 4 nights
February 24, 2021 Day 12: Queenstown Morning: Glenorchy touring. Afternoon: On your return to Queenstown your tour guides will bid you farewell. The group will experience the Shotover Jet during the afternoon. Evening: Walter Peak farm experience with gourmet BBQ travelling on the TSS Earnslaw.
February 25, 2021 Day 13: Queenstown Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise. Your Real Journeys transport will depart the hotel at 7:45am and take the 2-hour journey to Manapouri. You will check in and depart on your cruise at 10:30am. You will return to Manapouri at 5:30pm and travel back to Queenstown (eta 7:30pm) Highlights: - A 3 hour cruise of Doubtful Sound, exploring beautiful waterways on our way to meet the Tasman Sea - Commentary by our knowledgeable onboard nature guide - Wildlife viewing, including dolphins, fur seals and even occasionally penguins - Start with a cruise across Lake Manapouri, followed by a coach trip over the epic Wilmot Pass through Fiordland’s rainforest and into the Sound. Duration: 7 hours 15 mins to 8 hours Please note that the Power Station visit is not included in this tour. Lunch is at additional cost.
February 26, 2021 Day 14: Queenstown Leisure day in Queenstown.
February 27, 2021 Day 15: Queenstown to Auckland Departure day. Your transfer will depart the hotel 90 minutes prior to your domestic flight to Auckland. Domestic flight _________ departs at _______. We will book a flight that arrives in Auckland at least 3 hours prior to your International departure. On arrival in Auckland you will walk to the International Terminal to check on for your departing flight
Pictures from our January 2019 New Zealand trip!
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