Small Group Escorted Tours

NEW ZEALAND SUPERDEAL - 11 days/10 nights from just $2,390


This is a totally flexible tour from Rotorua. Stayover at any point en route or we can adapt the itinerary to your requirements. It is based on travelling with our Hobbiton Silver Tour to Rotorua and using the best day tours and scheduled bus and train services available from there on. All scheduled services operate daily.
Depart Auckland every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, Rotorua, Wellington, Picton, Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Glaciers, Tranz Alpine Express, Christchurch
Queenstown - Dunedin - Christchurch option instead of West Coast

Day 1. AUCKLAND - WAITOMO CAVES - OTOROHANGA KIWI HOUSE - HOBBITON - ROTORUA (LD)
Depart Auckland 8.00am and drive south over the Bombay Hills and along the banks of the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves for a guided tour through the main limestone cave and cruise through the glowworm grotto. (45 minute tour)

Options - must be requested with your tour reservation.
1. Add Aranui Cave INSTEAD of lunch - 1 hour tour - no change in cost
2. Tour Ruakuri Cave instead of Glowworm Cave and Lunch 2 hour tour - no change in cost.
3. Small group experience (maximum 11 participants) in Footwhistle Cave among the limestone formations and get up close and personal with the myriad of glowworms as well as see ancient Moa bones from our extinct native birds and visit the bush tea house to sample unique tea from the Kawakawa tree, used by by Maori for healing purposes. (75 minute tour - no change in cost)
4. TUBE IT!! Don a wetsuit, jump off a waterfall, head down the hydro slide, and glide downriver on your tube under an amazing canpoy of glowworms. 2 hour tour - extra cost $100. 20 minutes for barbecue lunch included

Continue to Roselands farm restaurant for a barbecue buffet lunch (except options 1 and 2 above) - beef, chicken, fish, salads, cake and coffeee plus a taste of mussels and kumara chips. Passengers on the shorter cave options above also have the opportunity to stroll through the gardens, and meet some of the farm animals.

Visit a small kiwifruit orchard and learn where they came from and importance to New Zealand's economy. tasting in season, May to November - December.

Visit Otorohanga Kiwi House to see our unique endangered native kiwi birds at feeding time, the ancient Tuatara reptile, and walk through the largest dome aviary in New Zealand to see our native Kereru (Wood Pigeon) Kakariki (Parrot), and other native birds

Visit Lake Karapiro, home of New Zealand rowing, and the Karapiro hydro dam on the Waikato River, at 425 km this is New Zaland's longest river.

Continue to Hobbiton and the Shires Rest to join your special guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie set, made famous by "Lord of the Rings, and "Hobbit" films. Drive through part of the picturesque 500 hectare (1,250 acre) sheep and cattle farm and your guide will escort you through the 10 acre Hobbiton site. See the Hobbit Holes, Bag End (Bilbo and Frodo Baggins home), Party Tree, Lake, The Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn, and learn how this Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. Enjoy a cold drink from the Green Dragon Inn and continue to Rotorua.

Day 2. ROTORUA SIGHTS.
Free day with many options available - extra expense.
Ride the Skyline gondola with optional luge rides, Enjoy the Kiwi encounter at Rainbow Springs, Agrodome farm show and farm tour, visit one of the many other thermal areas in the area including Waiotapu and Waimangu or get an adrenalin buzz with a tandem skydive, whitewater rafting or whatever you wish. We recommend an exciting maori concert and hangi steam cooked dinner this evening. All activities extra expense.

Day 3. ROTORUA - WELLINGTON.
Travel south through part of the vast Kaiangaroa pine forest and along the shores of Lake Taupo arriving Wellington early evening for 2 nights accommodation.

Day 4. WELLINGTON.
Free day to enjoy New Zealand's capital as you wish. Take a morning sightseeing tour or, for Lord of the Rings fans, a Half day ($95) or full day Wellington movie Tour ($190) including Weta Workshop and many scenes where Lord of the Rings was filmed.

Day 5. WELLINGTON - PICTON - CHRISTCHURCH
Make your way to the ferry terminal and cruise across Cook Strait and the scenic Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Travel down the Kaikoura coast by coach or train (stopover at Kaikoura for whale watching if you wish - extra cost including 1 night accommodation and whale watch cruise OR FLIGHT, $190 backpacker dorm, $260 share twin hotel) ) to Christchurch arriving early evening.

Day 6. CHRISTCHURCH - TEKAPO - MT COOK - QUEENSTOWN
Make your way to the coach depot and drive across the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the Church of the Good Shepherd and sheep dog monument and continue along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook. You have time to visit the National Park headquarters, and usually time for a scenic flight by plane or helicopter - weather permitting and extra expense) before continuing to Queenstown, arriving early evening.Make yourway to your accommodation

Day 7. QUEENSTOWN.
Today is completely free for any of the many activities available in this beautiful resort

Day 8. MILFORD SOUND.
A day of magnificent scenery as you travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and on to Lake Te Anau. Continue through the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys with a stopover at the Mirror Lakes to Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise to the Tasman sea under majestic Mitre Peak before returning to Queenstown.

Day 9. QUEENSTOWN - GLACIERS
Your coach departs from central Queenstown and travels north to Lake Wanaka then over the Haast pass to rugged coastal scenery and beautiful rainforest of the West Coast. Accommodation is usually at Franz Josef Glacier. Optional extra expense visit to the glacier lookout.
WE DO RECOMMEND STAYING AN EXTRA NIGHT AT FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

Day 10. GLACIERS - GREYMOUTH - CHRISTCHURCH
Time for a scenic flight this morning before travelling by bus to Hokitika and Greymouth. Join the award winning Tranz Alpine train for one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world across the Southern Alps through Arthurs Pass. Arrive Christchurch early evening. Make your own way to your accommodation.

Day 11. CHRISTCHURCH DEPART.
Our arrangements end at check out this morning.

Tour cost per person
2 per room $2,390
Single room $2,990
Triple room $2,190

Tour cost includes:
** All travel from Auckland to Christchurch by bus, ferry, and train
** 10 nights accommodation (no meals) at 3 star hotels
** Sightseeing admissions to Waitomo Caves, Otorohanga kiwi house, Hobbiton movie set tour (including lunch), Te Puia thermal area, Milford Sound tour and cruise with picnic lunch
Please note: To keep costs to a minimum for you we do not include transfers except on days 1 and 6


QUEENSTOWN - DUNEDIN - CHRISTCHURCH ALTERNATIVE.
Day 9. QUEENSTOWN - DUNEDIN

Transfer to Pukerangi and join the "Taieri Gorge railway for the scenic journey through Otago gold rush country to Dunedin and transfer to your accommodation on arrival.

DUNEDIN - CHRISTCHURCH
Free morning to explore Dunedin at your leisure before travelling to Christchurch by coach or shuttle.

No change in cost

North Island Superdeals.

2 - 5 Days


AUCKLAND SUPERDEAL - 3 nights from just $499 per person share twin.
Commences Auckland daily and includes:
** Three nights accommodation at 4 star hotels (no meals)
** HOBBITON AND HAMILTON GARDENS SILVER TOUR.
Upgrade to to our GoLD TOUR to Waitomo Caves, Otorohanga Kiwi House,and Hobbiton Tour for just $80 extra.

Tour cost per person 2 per room ..... $499
3 per room ..... $440
Single room ... $650

AUCKLAND - WAITOMO CAVES - HOBBITON - ROTORUA SUPERDEAL - 5 nights from just $990 per person share twin
Commences Auckland daily and includes:
** Arrival and departure transfers in Auckland by Skybus
** All travel from Auckland to Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, Rotorua, and back to Auckland. (Not necessarily in the order) ** 3 nights accommodation and breakfast in Auckland.
** 2 nights accommodation and breakfast in Rotorua.
** Admission fees to Waitomo Caves, Otorohanga Kiwi House, Guided Hobbiton Tour, Te Puia thermal area Agrodome farm show

Tour cost per person 2 per room ..... $990
3 per room ..... $890
Single room ... $1,340

Please note
Order of sightseeing will vary depending on your day of arrival and will be at our discretion. Return to Auckland may be with another operator.