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Independent Vacations in New Zealand
|RV Vacation Special from $1,799|
|New Zealand on Sale from $1,999|
|New Zealand Highlights from $2,989|
New Zealand Explorer from $3,389
New Zealand Naturally from $4,069
Independent Vacations in New Zealand & the South Pacific
Island Escapade from $3,829
South Pacific Explorer from $3,699
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 - Chifley
Cairns - Cairns Beach Resort
Christchurch - G. Chancellor
Dunedin - Victoria
Melbourne - Ibis Little Bourke
Queenstown - Whistler
Rotorua - Sudima
Sydney - The Cambridge
Wellington - Mercure
South Pacific Explorer: Fiji New Zealand Vacation
Explore the magical beauty of the South Pacific on this dual destination vacation: Visit the South Island of New Zealand with her dramatic landscapes – soaring snow-topped mountains and serene glacial lakes, narrow gorges with fast flowing rivers, whales and penguins to watch in their natural habitat, miles of vineyards and some of the freshest sea food that you can taste anywhere. You will have a rental car at your disposal, allowing you to travel at your own pace, stopping whenever you feel like pausing to soak up the scenery.
Later, fly to the exotic tropical world of Fiji where, after an initial stay at a hotel, embark on a small ship cruise through the Fijian islands. Wake up every morning surrounded by sparkling blue ocean waters and palm fringed islands with empty, unspoiled beaches of pure white sand. Soak up the sun and sea, swim or snorkel and enjoy an island picnic or visit a Fijian village and experience the warmth of the local islanders. At the end of the cruise, spend another night at a Fijian resort before taking your flight back to the US.
Your South Pacific Explorer package includes:
Round-trip air, including applicable fuel surcharges and airport taxes/fees,
from Los Angeles to New Zealand and Fiji plus applicable airline fuel surcharges
6 Days' rental car from Greymouth to Queenstown, with insurance, one-way fee and unlimited mileage
2 Nights’ accommodation in Christchurch
2 Nights' accommodation in the Glacier Region
1 Night’s accommodation at Lake Wanaka
1 Night’s accommodation in Te Anau
2 Nights' accommodation in Queenstown
2 Nights' accommodation in Nadi
3 days/2 nights Blue Lagoon Cruise in Fiji (Hibisicus Deck) incl. meals
Airport transfers in Christchurch, Queenstown and Fiji
Local taxes and service charges on hotel accommodations and transfers
Leave Los Angeles this evening for your flight across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand.
In flight over the International Date Line.
You arrive in Auckland this morning, and after clearing customs and immigration take a domestic flight to Christchurch on the South Island, arriving late in the afternoon. Transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy a day in this charming and lively city by the Avon River with its trademark 'English' architecture, street side cafes and shops. Spend the night in Christchurch.
Early this morning board the famous TranzAlpine train. The scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From your carriage you’ll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth, arriving around noon. Pick up your rental car and travel south along the spectacular West Coast to reach the Glaciers. Spend two nights in this area.
Here in ‘Glacier Country’ you will find the two mighty ice rivers of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, unsurpassed views of New Zealand's two highest mountains Mt. Cook and Mt. Tasman and the low land rainforest of Westland National Park.
Leave the Glaciers and drive inland towards Lake Wanaka. Crystal clear lake waters lap the shores of Wanaka town and the feet of the Southern Alps, which are home to winter ski fields and the dramatically alpine Mount Aspiring National Park.
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 Te Anau.
Travel alongside the grand Lake Wakatipu to Fjordland and the beautiful Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys. The Homer Tunnel and the awesome Cleddau Canyon are a prelude to a cruise on the magnificent Milford Sound. Upon arrival join a 1 ½ hours scenic cruise on Milford Sound (departure at 11am). Then drive to Queenstown where you will spend the next two nights.
A full day to enjoy this fabulous area: There are dozens of optional activities as well – thrilling jet boat runs on the narrow rivers, white water rafting, helicopter rides through the river chasms, bungee jumping, spectacular walking trails or cruises on the lake – the list is almost endless! A great way to end the evening - a ride on the Skyline Gondola up to Bob's Peak for panoramic views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, dinner and the Kiwi Haka Show - all included in your tour price. Please arrive at the Skyline Gondola departure point by 5pm.
Return you rental car at the airport and fly from Queenstown via Auckland to Fiji, arriving late in the afternoon. You will be met and transferred to an airport hotel.
Day 12 and 13
In the morning transfer to Lautoka, where you will board the Blue Lagoon cruise ship, your home for the next two nights. The Yasawa Islands are known for their tranquil lagoons and picturesque beaches. The islands stretch for almost 50 miles and their remoteness, about 4 hours sailing from the mainland, ensures they retain their tranquility and traditional charm where local villages are almost exactly the way they were for many, many years. The many islands offer a daily changing vista with a range of coral cays, lagoons, turquoise seas, pure white beaches and spectacular bays as your cruise ship stops at a different one each day. A variety of itineraries allow island explorations, beach activities, visits to remote Fijian villages and swimming and snorkelling in some of the most pristine waters in Oceania.
Relax with a cocktail from the island bar on the open Skydeck and enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and islands. The middle deck includes a lounge bar with DJ Station and wide screen TV. The lower deck features a comfortable dining saloon while a swimming pool in the stern is a great place to relax and refresh yourself. Each cabin features a private bathroom, TV/DVD/audio system, vanity, hair dryer, soft towels and fragrant soaps. All are above the waterline and feature large windows.
The ship arrives back in Lautoka late in the afternoon. After disembarkation you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the last night at a beach resort.
Enjoy a free day in Fiji. Later this evening transfer to the airport for your flight back to Los Angeles. Flying against the International Date Line, you arrive on the same day in the US.
Milford Sound, New Zealand
|12/01 - 12/31/16||$4,889||$5,829|
|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.|
The departure date determines the price applicable. All prices are per person and based on twin-share accommodation.
Personal Expenses and meals (except while on the cruise) are not included in the tour price.
The 'Remarkables' Range at Winter, Lake Wakatipu, South Island
Vineyard near Queenstown, NZ
Couple snorkeling in Fiji
Fijian school kids