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Independent Vacations in Australia

Koalas & Kangaroos: 13 days

Great Barrier Reef: 10 days

Romance in Australia: 11 days

Outback & Wine Country: 14 days

Reef & Rock: 12 days

Australia Spectacular: 16 days

Australian Explorer: 20 days

 

 

Independent Vacations in Australia & New Zealand

New Zealand on Sale from $2,429
Fly-Drive Vacation from $3,059
Kiwis & Koalas from $5,679
Getaway Downunder from $3,889
Pacific Explorer from $8,289

Independent Vacations in New Zealand

RV Vacation Special from $2,239
New Zealand on Sale from $2,189
New Zealand Highlights from $4,289

New Zealand Explorer from $4,069

New Zealand Naturally from $4,689

Independent Vacations in New Zealand & the South Pacific

Island Escapade from $3,859

South Pacific Explorer from $4,479

Pacific Island Hopper from $5,139

 

Sample Gold Hotels

These are samples of hotels used in our Gold category. These may be substituted with similar (or better) hotels, due to availability, rate changes etc.

Auckland - Heritage
Cairns - Kewarra Beach Resort
Christchurch - Heritage
Melbourne - Lindrum

Perth - Duxton

Queenstown - Millenium

Rotorua - Heritage

Sydney - Swissotel

Wellington - James Cook

 

Sample Silver Hotels

These are samples of hotels used in our Silver category. These may be substituted with similar (or better) hotels, due to availability, rate changes etc.

Auckland - Amora

Cairns - Cairns Beach Resort

Christchurch - Scenic Heartland

Dunedin - Victoria

Melbourne - Ibis Little Bourke

Queenstown - Rydges Lakeland

Rotorua - Sudima

Sydney - The Cambridge

Wellington - Mercure

 

 

New Zealand Explorer Vacation

Explore New Zealand on your own, without having to drive yourselves! Arrive in Auckland in the North Island and take your time to explore this lovely harbor city. Then, travel to Rotorua by luxury bus and spend a night on a farm, enjoy some country hospitality and meet some real New Zealanders.

Later, fly to Christchurch in the South Island and board the famous Tranz Alpine Express on its spectacular journey across the island to the Glaciers of the West Coast. Carry on by bus to Queenstown and Milford Sound, before reaching Dunedin, from where you can take the train back to Christchurch. Your flights, train and bus travel as well as all your accommodation will be pre-booked – leaving you free to enjoy a trouble-free, ‘no-worries’ trip. At the same time you are free to spend your time at each location as you please – take a local tour (optional) or explore a city by foot. You enjoy the flexibility of an independent traveller, while we do the work!

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Your New Zealand Independent Vacation includes:

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Round-trip air, including applicable fuel surcharges and airport taxes/fees,
from Los Angeles (other cities available at a surcharge)

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10 nights’ accommodation in New Zealand

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1 night's home-stay with a New Zealand family, incl. breakfast & dinner

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Trip on the famous Tranz Alpine Express train

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Skyline Gondola Trip & Show in Queenstown

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Tour of Rotorua - geysers & Maori culture

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Domestic travel in New Zealand by Train, Luxury Bus & Air

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New Zealand tax of 15%

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Optional Extension: Tahiti and Moorea (5 Days)

How about combining your New Zealand vacation with a break on the romantic islands of Tahiti? Experience the charm and beauty of the Polynesian islands of Tahiti and Moorea on this island stopover. Your Tahiti extension includes 4 nights' accommodations (one on Tahiti and three on Moorea), inter-island transfers and a sightseeing tour.


Moorea, French Polynesia

Optional Extension: Fiji Islands

Bula! Or, ‘welcome’ in Fijian, is a greeting you hear very often on these islands. Why not add to your vacation by stopping over in this relaxing, South Pacific idyll for a few days, on your way back from New Zealand? Enjoy the warm sunshine and wonderful beaches, visit some traditional villages with their thatched huts and meet some friendly locals!

Detailed Itinerary

Days 1 & 2
Depart for New Zealand this evening from Los Angeles and enjoy your flight over the Pacific. Flying westbound, you lose a day as you cross the International Date Line.

Day 3
Arrive in Auckland early this morning, where, after clearing customs, you will be transferred to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this lovely city: Auckland, often called the "City of Sails" due to the large number of colorful sails in its harbor, is also the venue of the next America’s Cup Yacht Race.

Day 4
Join your tour early this morning and drive through the lush pastures of Waikato, as you leave Auckland on your way down to Rotorua, the center of Maori culture in New Zealand. Passing through the quaint town of Hamilton, see Hamilton Gardens, a Mormon temple, and the Gails of Tamahere - two historic churches bedecked with dried flowers. Proceeding through the countryside, your next stop will be at the famous Waitomo Caves, where you can enjoy an underground boat ride under an eerie canopy of lights emitted by millions of glow worms! Early this evening, arrive at your hotel in Rotorua, where you have the opportunity to enjoy an optional Maori ‘hangi’ (a feast of Maori foods, cooked in their traditional way) and a concert of folkloric songs and dances.

Day 5
Begin the day with a tour of Whakarewarewa Geyser Valley, skirting the roaring natural geysers and boiling mud pools, and learning about their significance in the Maori way of life. Later, visit the famous Agrodome, which is the scene of a fascinating live exhibition of the different kinds of sheep in New Zealand as well as performances of sheep dogs. Stop by a natural spring well, where giant Rainbow Trout are bred, and other New Zealand animals, including the elusive Kiwi, are on display. Around noon today your hosts will pick you up for the night – a typical New Zealand farming family. Spend the afternoon chatting with your hosts and learning more about daily life in New Zealand. Later, join your hosts for an old-fashioned, home cooked dinner.

Day 6
Spend a leisurely morning over a country breakfast with your hosts, who will then bring you to the Rotorua airport for your onward trip back to Christchurch, on the South Island. Upon your arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your downtown hotel. Enjoy this charming city characterized by beautiful, tall trees and English-style stone buildings.

Day 7
Another highlight of the tour awaits you this morning, when you leave Christchurch aboard the famous Tranz Alpine Express train. Rated as one of the most scenic rail journeys of the world, travel through spectacular gorges, ravines and mountains, through scores of tunnels, before descending into the beech forests of the West Coast at Greymouth. Travel by coach along the narrow strip of coastline up into the realm of the glaciers, your home for two nights.

Day 8
Today enjoy the stunning beauty of the glacial snow-capped mountains contrasted with the deep ravines of the native bush. Venture out on a bush walk or take advantage of an optional excursion around either the Fox Glacier or the Franz Josef Glacier, each equally magnificent. Enjoy another night at your hotel nestled in the beautifully imposing glacier terrain.

Day 9
This morning carry on further south and out of glacier country, finding yourself enshrouded by dense rainforest populated by the rare and graceful Kotuku trees. Following the Haast River, proceeding inland and around scenic lakes on a memorable drive to Queenstown. Arrive in Queenstown this evening for your two-night stay in this recreational paradise.

Day 10
You have a free day to enjoy this resort town on your own. There are lots of optional tours and activities for you to choose from - thrilling rides on a narrow river gorge in jet boats, white water rafting, bungy jumping (where it all started), a lake cruise aboard the steamship Earnslaw, visits to high country sheep stations (ranches) or abandoned gold mining towns. This evening, enjoy the mountain views from an elevation as you travel on the Skyline Gondola and then the entertaining Kiwi Magic Show, both included in your tour.

Day 11
Leaving Queenstown today, follow the edge of Lake Wakatipu through the old town of Kingston into the Fjordland National Park. In this dynamic landscape, pass under mountains through the Homer Tunnel and over the awesome Cleddau Canyon. Upon reaching Milford Sound, embark on a cruise of the fjord. The spectacular scenery is framed by towering mountain peaks and the cascading waterfalls, and if you are lucky you might even spot a dolphin or two! Later in the afternoon return ashore and travel to the lakeside town Te Anau, where overnight accommodations have been booked for you.

Day 12
After breakfast this morning, leave the highlands and descend westward into the lush pastures that precede Dunedin, which got its name from the early settlers who came from Scotland. Arriving in Dunedin around noon, you will have ample time to stroll through the town and see the delightful architecture of the University and civic buildings, and perhaps take an optional afternoon tour.

Day 13
Today travel north, returning to Christchurch by road. Skirt the hill country along the coast to Blueskin Bay, before re-entering the familiar Canterbury Plains surrounding Christchurch. With a late afternoon arrival, you are free to enjoy your final evening in this lovely city.

Day 14
Leave Christchurch today for your trip back home. You will be transferred from your hotel to Christchurch airport, for the short flight to Auckland, where you can connect to your return flight to Los Angeles on United Airlines. Crossing the International Date Line in the other direction, you make up for the lost time by arriving in the US on the same day!

 

14 Day New Zealand vacation incl. air, accommodations & sightseeing from $3,779

Traditional Maori greeting, Rotorua, New Zealand
Traditional Maori greeting

2017/18
Departures
Silver
Hotels
Gold
Hotels
6/01/17 9/30/17$3,779$4,129
10/01/17 11/30/17$4,089$4,349
12/01/17 01/31/18$4,449$4,769
02/01/18 03/31/18$3,999$4,299
04/01/18 05/31/18$3,789$4,139
Tahiti Extension.$699$979
Tahiti Extension. (Jun-Oct)$799$1,079
Fiji Extn.$479$$799

* A $100 surcharge applies for bookings made within 30 days of the departure date

Daily Departures
Air Tahiti Nui to New Zealand via Tahiti

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Personal expenses and meals are not included.

 

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Auckland harbor and skyline, New Zealand
Auckland harbor and skyline

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The Lady Knox geyser in Rotorua, New Zealand
An active geyser in Rotorua

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Maori kids in Rotorua, New Zealand
Maori kids in Rotorua

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Spring blossom, Christchurch city park, New Zealand
Spring blossom, Christchurch

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Fishing at a pristine lake in New Zealand
Fishing in a pristine lake

 

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