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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

 

 

 

Enjoy New Zealand's natural beauty during this vacation

Everything you have heard about New Zealand’s stunning scenery and her very friendly people is true! There are lush green rainforests, deep-blue bays dotted with islands, majestic alpine peaks and glaciers, steaming geysers and crystal clear streams, picturesque towns and abundant wildlife that flourishes in a virtually pollution free atmosphere. It is a great (and easy) place to drive and discover this beauty at your own pace. Travel along country roads, enjoy the scenery and meet the locals. And at the end of each memorable day, relax at your lodge or hotel, which has been selected for its unique location, style and ambiance. Savor the superb cuisine from fresh produce and seafood to excellent local wines, while sharing your day’s experiences with like-minded travellers in front of a log fire or out on the deck, as you watch the sun go down.

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Your New Zealand, Naturally Vacation includes:
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Round-trip air, including applicable fuel surcharges and airport taxes/fees, from Los Angeles to New Zealand

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6 Days' rental car from Auckland to Rotorua, with insurance, one-way fee and unlimited mileage

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1 Night's accommodation in Auckland

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2 Nights' accommodation in the Bay of Islands area

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2 Nights' accommodation on the Coromandel Peninsula

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2 Nights' accommodation in Rotorua

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Domestic flight from Rotorua to Blenheim

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10 Days' rental car from Blenheim to Christchurch, with insurance, one-way fee and unlimited mileage

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2 Nights' accommodation near Hanmer Springs

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2 Nights' accommodation in the Arthur's Pass area

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2 Nights' accommodation near Lake Moeraki

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3 Nights' accommodation in Queenstown

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1 Night's accommodation in Christchurch

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Currently applicable airline fuel surcharges

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All applicable hotel service charges and government taxes

New Zealand Vacation Planning

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Optional Extensions:

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.

Tahitian girl, Tahiti, French Polynesia
A Tahitian local!

Fiji Islands (5 Days)

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!

  

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Detailed Itinerary:

Customize your vacation trip

Day 1
Leave Los Angeles this evening for your flight across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand.

Day 2 
In flight over the International Date Line.

Day 3 
After arrival, you have the rest of the afternoon free to relax and explore this charming city

Day 4 
Pick up your rental car this morning and leave Auckland to head north toward the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand's most scenic regions.

Day 5 
Relax in this beautiful coastal area dotted with countless picturesque islands which gave the region its name.

Day 6 
Drive from the Bay of Islands to the Coromandel peninsula, famous for its rugged coastline and ancient rainforests.

Day 7 
Spend the day visiting the hidden treasures of the Coromandel coast like Cathedral Cove, a secluded sandy beach with crystal clear water, ancient forests with towering Kauri trees, or Hot Water Beach with its thermal pools underneath the sand where you can dig out your own 'hot-tub'.

Day 8 
This morning drive to Rotorua, the cultural home of New Zealand's Maori people, also famous for its geothermal activities.

Day 9 
Spend the day visiting the thermal pools of Whakarewarewa with its beautifully-colored mineral deposits, walk on a boardwalk over bubbling mud pools and enjoy a Maori concert in the evening (optional).

Day 10 
Return your rental car at Rotorua airport and fly to Blenheim on the South Island, where another rental car has been booked for you. Drive along the scenic coast to Kaikoura, an attractive seaside fishing village in an area where giant sperm whales can be found all year round. You might wish to take a whale watching excursion from Kaikoura, before driving inland to your accommodations near Hanmer Springs.

Day 11 
Relax in the area around Hanmer Springs, famous for its hot mineral pools and thermal springs. You might like to visit the nearby Lewis Pass Nature Reserve.

Day 12 
Drive through the beautiful Canterbury Plains, and then past spectacular alpine ranges and mountain lakes until you reach Arthur's Pass.

Day 13 
The Arthur's Pass National Park offers easy walks in the mountain beech forest and challenging hikes along river gorges verdant with ferns and tussock grasslands. Enjoy grand panoramas of the Waimakariri Valley mountains and the rewarding views from almost everywhere.

Day 14 
Leaving Arthur's Pass behind, drive toward the rugged west coast of the South Island. Enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers along the way and, weather permitting, you can stop for a simply spectacular scenic flight over the glaciers (optional extra). Continue driving south until you reach the Wilderness Lodge at Lake Moeraki.

Day 15 
Enjoy the day in this remote region. Lake Moeraki is just a short distance from the sea and the spectacular beaches here are home to fur seals and crested penguins. Untouched lowland rainforests in the area spread between pristine lakes and rivers which fill from the snowmelt of the Southern Alps.

Day 16 
Travel inland along the winding Haast River and over the Haast Pass to arrive in Queenstown, a charming resort town set on the banks of the majestic Lake Wakatipu.

Day 17 
Drive along the lake and past the quaint town of Te Anau to reach Milford Sound, one of the few places along this part of the coastline that are accessible by road. Your tour package includes tickets for a cruise on Milford Sound, which will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your trip to New Zealand with its awesome scenery. Later, drive back to Queenstown.

Day 18 
Today is yours to enjoy Queenstown and the surrounding area at your leisure. There are lots of interesting activities available, such as jet-boating, rafting, horseback riding, mountain-biking etc. (optional) .

Day 19 
Leave Queenstown and drive inland across Lindis Pass to Christchurch, where you will spend the night.

Day 20 
This morning enjoy Christchurch, the charming and lively city by the Avon River with its trademark 'English' architecture, street side cafes and shops. Return your rental car at the airport, before your afternoon flight to Los Angeles (via Auckland), arriving the same day.

 

Nature Vacation in New Zealand

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2017/18
Departures
Silver
Hotels
Gold
Hotels
6/01/17 9/30/17$4,689$5,629
10/01/17 11/30/17$4,939$5,869
12/01/17 01/31/18$5,449$6,389
02/01/18 03/31/18$4,929$5,869
04/01/18 05/31/18$4,659$5,569
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.

We offer two categories of accommodation: Silver hotels are carefully selected for their excellent value - all rooms have private facilities and a tea/coffee maker. Gold hotels are better located, offer more spacious rooms with better amenities and a higher standard of service.

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Fall foliage, New Zealand landscape
Fall foliage, New Zealand

 

Enjoying the freedom of a fly-drive vacation
Enjoying the freedom of a fly-drive vacation

 

Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Tropical palms: Bay of Islands

 

Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park. New Zealand
Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro Nat. Park

 


Foliage in a Christchurch city park, New Zealand
Foliage in a Christchurch park

 

Whale watching, Kaikoura, New Zealand's South Island
Whale watching, Kaikoura

 

Lake Tekapo, South Island. New Zealand
Lake Tekapo, South Island

 

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