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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 $2,179
Fly-Drive Vacation from $3,059
Kiwis & Koalas from $5,679
Getaway Downunder from $3,889
Pacific Explorer from $8,449

Independent Vacations in New Zealand

RV Vacation Special from $1,889
New Zealand on Sale from $2,179
New Zealand Highlights from $3,689

New Zealand Explorer from $3,779

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

 

 

Recreational Vehicle RV Vacations in New Zealand

Explore New Zealand independently - your vacation includes a round-trip flight and the rental of a 2-person RV with unlimited mileage. Not only do you get wheels but also enjoy the freedom of staying overnight virtually wherever you wish - wake up one morning in a National Park and the next on the banks of a gurgling river with snow capped peaks in the background! The package may be easily extended or modified to include a larger RV.

 
Fly Drive Vacation in New Zealand

This vacation package features two models: Kiwi-1 & Kiwi-2 (please click on the model names for more information). Both models have automatic transmission; the Kiwi-2 is more spacious. The vehicles are 3-6 years old. More recent models ar available at a surcharge.

Larger models are also available, of course; please request a custom quote for further details.


4 Berth Kiwi-2 near Tongariro National Park

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Your New Zealand RV Vacation Package includes:
 
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Round-trip air, including applicable fuel surcharges and airport taxes/fees,
from Los Angeles (surcharge for departures from other cities)

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One night's accommodation in Auckland (upon arrival in New Zealand)

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14-Day rental of an automatic transmission RV of your choice with unlimited miles

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Transfers to the rental depot

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Basic vehicle insurance for RV (exclusions/limits apply - ask for details)

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New Zealand tax of 15%

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24-hour roadside assistance, road map and campground guide

Vacation with a Recreational Vehicle at Milford Sound, New Zealand
Kiwi-1 near Milford Sound

Optional Extension: Tahiti and Moorea (5 Days / 4 Nights)

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. Kiwi-1 prices feature the equivalent of  3-star hotels in Tahiti, whereas Kiwi-2 prices feature the equivalent of 4-star hotels.


A Tahitian local!

Optional Extension: Fiji Islands (5 Days / 4 Nights)

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! Kiwi-1 prices feature the equivalent of  3-star hotels in Fiji, whereas Kiwi-2 prices feature the equivalent of 4-star hotels.

Your New Zealand RV Vacation itinerary could look like this:

This sample itinerary includes some of New Zealand’s best beaches and coastal scenery, historical sites, wine growing regions and centers of Maori cultural heritage. Discover the vineyards of Napier before exploring Taupo and Rotorua with their natural geysers, mud pools and hot springs, before returning to Auckland.

Day 1 - Leave Los Angeles
Fly westward across the Pacific Ocean and the Equator, heading towards New Zealand. On the way you cross the International Date Line and 'lose' a day!

Day 3 – Arrive in Auckland
After arriving at Auckland Airport take the shuttle bus to your pre-booked hotel, so that you can get some rest and relax after the long flight. Take a taxi or bus and check out downtown Auckland if you feel energetic enough!

Day 4 – Auckland to Thames (Coromandel Peninsula - approx. 105 miles / 2 hours)
After picking up your RV this morning, leave Auckland and drive eastward towards the Coromandel Peninsula – a region of volcanic peaks, jagged offshore islands and exotic forests. Wentworth Valley offers several walks following a well-maintained tracks passing spectacular waterfalls. Arrive in Thames and spend the night.

Day 5 - Coromandel - Whitianga - Whangamata – Tauranga (approx. 134 miles / 3 hours)
Driving along the Coromandel Peninsula is a delight with one scenic highlight after another. Cathedral Cove is a gigantic arched cavern that penetrates the headland between two coves. At Hot Water Beach you can dig out hot pools from the sand at low tide near the rocks and in places where steam can be seen rising from the open sea at high tide. Drive a little closer to Tauranga city to find the Minden Look out for unobstructed views along the Bay of Plenty Coast. Romantics adore the lights and shadowy islands that can be seen on a clear night. Spend the night in Tauranga.

Day 6: Tauranga to Whakatane (approx. 70 miles / 2 hours)
Leaving Tauranga head towards the beach resort of Mount Maunganui; known to the local Maori people as Mauao, the mountain is shrouded in legend and history. Tracks lead to the summit for some of the best ocean and city views anywhere. Later, experience one of the most amazing natural attractions of New Zealand, the active volcano at White Island, off Whakatane. It breathes, it roars, it hisses and it is spectacular! The island is unique because the vent is below sea level but shielded from the sea by high crater walls. The volcanic structure of the island is thought to be two million years old and scientists and is a popular destination for volcano experts from all over the world.

Day 7: Whakatane to Gisborne (approx. 240 miles / 5 hours)
Another day of spectacular New Zealand coastal landscape awaits you today as you drive throughj the Urewera National Park, between the Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay. Pass by quaint settlements like Tikitiki, which is well known for its ornately carved (with Maori motifs) St Mary’s Church. The Captain Cook’s Landing Site reserve marks the historic site where, on 9 October 1769, Captain Cook first landed in New Zealand.

Day 8: Gisborne to Napier (approx. 214 miles / 4 ˝ hours)
Drive through large tracts of lowland coastal forest on New Zealand’s East Coast. There are a number of interesting walking tracks or you can simply relax at Mahia Beach, famous for its great fishing, surfing and diving.
Fringed by weeping willows, Lake Tutira is an idyllic picnic and camping spot. The nearby Te Mata Peak towers 1,200 feet above sea level and offers panoramic views of the nearby mountain ranges.

Day 9: Napier to Taupo (approx. 90 miles / 2 hours)
Napier is an architectural gem and nowhere else can you see such a variety of buildings in the styles of the 1930s - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission and Art Deco - in such a concentrated area. There are structures with Maori motifs and the buildings of Louis Hay, admirer of the great Frank Lloyd Wright.

The surrounding area of Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s premier wine growing regions and you can drive yourself around the vineyards, or join one of the professional wine tours operated by experienced wine guides. Soak up the atmosphere in one of the many cafes and restaurants or dine alfresco amidst the vineyards, orchards and olive plantations.

The thundering Huka Falls provides a fantastic photo opportunity - more than 220,000 litres of water tumbles over the cliff face per second! A short distance away is Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake and created by a volcanic eruption. The Taupo town center is crammed with cafes and interesting shops and galleries.

Day 10: Taupo to Rotorua
(approx. 50 miles / 1 hour)
Mount Tarawera is considered sacred by New Zealand’s Maoris and you can walk, hike, take a helicopter or enjoy a 4WD trip to the top of the mountain. It is an awesome feeling to stand on the summit peaks and peer into the crater of this sleeping giant.

From the moment you enter Rotorua, you know you are somewhere quite different. Sneaky threads of steam issue from parks, pathways and streets and the occasional scent of sulphur wafts through the air. Minutes from the city centre, geysers of steaming water roar from the ground. Pools of bubbling mud gurgle and belch. In geothermal fields around Rotorua, steam rises from placid lakes and flowing streams. Best of all, you can relax in pools of naturally heated mineral water and experience for yourself why Rotorua is called ‘Nature’s Spa of the South Pacific’.

Day 11: Rotorua -Waitomo - Auckland
(approx. 200 miles / 5 hours)
After leaving Rotorua, head towards the famous Waitomo caves, spectacular limestone caves formed millions of years ago by the underground river system. Take a boat tour through the caves, a spectacular experience with the cave walls and roof studded with the lights of thousands of glowworms. A couple of hours south of Auckland lies the Waikato region; it’s lush farmland, green pastures and rolling hills were chosen to portray Hobbiton and The Shire of the Middle Earth. Hobbit fans can still visit Hobbiton, wander among the hobbit holes and listen to the fascinating commentary about how it was all created.

Day 12: Depart Auckland
Get some last minute shopping done for New Zealand travel souvenirs etc., before heading back to the RV depot (close to Auckland airport) around noon and return your vehicle before boarding your flight back across the Pacific.

Airfare, Hotel & RV Rental
17 Days from $1,899

 


Tour the vineyards  with a Kiwi-2

 


Stunning scenery and a Kiwi-1

 
2017/18
Departures
Kiwi-1Kiwi-2
11/29 - 12/12/17$2,699$3,339
12/13/17-01/31/18$3,679$3,999
02/01/18-02/26/18$3,379$3,779
02/27/18-03/28/18$2,989$3,439
03/29/18-09/27/18$2,179$2,789
04/28/18-09/27/18$1,899$2,049
09/28/18-10/28/18$2,159$2,369
Tahiti Extension.$899$1,149
Tahiti Extension. (Jun-Oct)$999$1,379
Fiji Extn.$659$939

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Air Tahiti Nui to New Zealand via Tahiti

Surcharges

Daily Insurance / Excess Waiver (optional)$32
Extension up to 30 days (without RV)$0
RV  Rental - Extra Days  Request
One-Way Rentals (Auckland-Christchurch) - Incl. Flight + RV drop fee.$199

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

Customized tailor made New Zealand vacations from World Travellers' Club Inc.


Sample 9-Day Itinerary

Giant Kauri tree, New Zealand
Giant Kauri tree

 
 

Beach at Coromandel Coast, New Zealand
Beach at Coromandel Coast

 
 
 

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