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New Zealand

October 9-20, 2020

Classic Tour

New Zealand is nature at her best offering breathtaking landscapes of stunning and diverse natural beauty which include majestic and dramatic fjords, spectacular glaciers, rugged mountains, vast plains and farmland, long coastlines, wonderful sandy beaches and active geothermal regions plus so much more. The country also has history, culture and, not least, winelands producing excellent wines.

 

Signature Moments

  • Discover Auckland; Arts, architecture and a volcano
  • Walk in the spectacular beauty of the settings for the Lord of the Rings
  • Journey back in time to experience early Moari culture and customs
  • Take a cruise from Queenstown to see marine life and incredible scenery
  • Enjoy the famous TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch passing through lush forests and serene lakes
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 11 Nights deluxe accommodations
  • Arrival transfer
  • 11 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Arrival Meet & Greet assistance
  • Internal Flights
  • Auckland City Tour
  • Waitomo Glowworm Cave entry & guided tour
  • Green Dragon Inn lunch
  • Hobbitron Movie Set Tour
  • Te Puia Rotorua Day Pass & guided tour
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Rainbow Srpings & Kiwi Encounter
  • Evening Cultural Experience & Dinner
  • Glacier Valley Walking Tour
  • Doubtful Sound overnight cruise
  • Skyline Gondola & Dinner
  • Christchurch city & wine tour
  • TranzAlpine Train
  • Hotel Porterage
  • Local taxes on accommodations
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
Women's Travel Club New Zealand Tour
Day 1 - Arrive Auckland

Welcome to New Zealand!
Upon arrival at the airport this morning you’ll be met by a local guide and assisted with the transfer to your hotel. Hotel check-in time is after 3:00 pm so you may want to store your bags and enjoy some leisure time on your own
Accommodations - Airedale Boutique Suites

 

Day 2 - Auckland

This morning the tour begins with a short journey over the Auckland Harbour Bridge where you will be treated to some of the best views of Auckland's skyline as we head back to the city, before making our way up Queen Street and on through the Auckland Domain. Situated atop a 62,000 year old volcano, the Auckland Domain is a beautiful inner-city park which offers great views across the harbour to Rangitoto, Auckland's most iconic volcano which last erupted just 600 years ago. Enjoy a visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum showcasing the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum is a war memorial for the province of Auckland and holds one of New Zealand’s top three heritage libraries. It has pre-eminent Maori and Pacific collections, significant nature history resources and major social and military history collections, as well as decorative arts and pictorial collections. You are free to explore the museum at your own leisure. At the end of the visit we continue onto Mission Bay, Parnell Village, Auckland’s oldest suburb, full of charm and character. Tour ends back at the hotel. The afternoon is at own leisure
Accommodations - Airedale Boutique Suites

 

Day 3 - Rotorua

Take a journey into the heart of the Central North Island, taking in the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set on a full-day sightseeing tour. Setting off from Auckland, travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions, enjoying your driver guide's entertaining and informative commentary. Take a guided tour of the famous Hobbiton Movie Set, located inside a picturesque 1,250 acre sheep and beef farm near Matamata. Here, the village of Hobbiton was carefully created in amazing detail as a film location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies. During your guided tour of this amazing location you'll see sights like Hobbit holes, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn, and learn how farmland was transformed into a living, breathing piece of Middle-earth. After exploring Hobbiton, tuck into a delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn.
At the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take a 45-minute guided tour through impressive underground caverns and learn how stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone structures were formed over millions of years. Your tour includes a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - glide silently along an underground river as you gaze at the twinkling glowworms overhead. After visiting Waitomo and Hobbiton, continue to Rotorua, arriving in the early evening.
Accommodations - Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

 

Day 4 - Rotorua

After breakfast commence your Rotorua sightseeing visiting various main attractions. First stop we visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s living Maori cultural centre, situated in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Te Puia’s 60 hectare site is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, a live kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 geothermal wonders. With land steeped in ancestral history, and a guiding legacy that stretches back to the 1800s, Te Puia offers unique hospitality and rich cultural heritage.
Next we visit the World Famous Agrodome for an authentic farm experience. The Sheep show will take you through a fascinating insight into the world of New Zealand agriculture. During this multi award winning show you will be entertained and informed as a real kiwi shearer (black singlet and all) presents 19 breeds of champion sheep, shears a sheep using the world record Bowen technique, works noisy Huntaway and silent Strong-Eyed dogs and completes the NZ dog trial. Have the opportunity to milk a cow and feed a lamb. After some free time for lunch we visit Rainbow Springs.
Set on 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams, Rainbow Springs is home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants. Enjoy walking through the many free flight aviaries, feed the biggest wild trout you will ever see, come face to face with prehistory in the eyes of a Tuatara – a living dinosaur, watch New Zealand’s own kiwi in their natural environment as they forage for food and admire the native New Zealand bush surroundings with over 90 different native plants, trees and ferns throughout the park. Enjoy a 30 minutes guided tour Behind the Scenes of Kiwi Encounter. See the Operation Nest Egg kiwi conservation project in action as you tour through the incubation, hatch and nursery rooms. Tour ends back at the hotel early afternoon.
Enjoy free time before our dinner and cultural experience.
This evening you will engage in a wonderful experience at the Tamaki Maori Village. Enroute your guide will instruct you on the rules and protocol for visiting Marae (meeting grounds). On arrival at the venue, nobody must enter the fortified village until the Powhiri (formal welcome) has been performed. The host tribe will send out a toa (warrior) who will challenge the guests, via their elected chief to ascertain if they come in peace. A Teka (peace offering) is placed and received by one of the visiting chiefs. At the Village, the Karanga, or "welcome call" will echo across the courtyard, followed by the Powhiri (welcome dance). You will then be able to enter onto the village grounds where the Tangata Whenua (people of the land) will demonstrate different activities such as poi twirling, hand games, weaponry displays, reciting chants and displaying activities of an era gone by.
The buffet style dinner will be held in the meetinghouse dining hall and will have everyone enjoying a succulent Hangi feast. The evening ends with the Poroporoaki, the official closing ceremony and you will be safely transferred back to your accommodation.
Accommodations - Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

 

Day 5 - Queenstown

After breakfast this morning you’ll transfer by coach to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. Upon arrival in Queenstown you’ll transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Queenstown offers stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome cements its reputation as New Zealand’s favourite visitor destination. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation.
Accommodations - Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

 

Day 6 - Doubtful Sound

This morning we make our way to the Real Journeys Visitor Centre located at Pearl Harbour in Manapouri. Meet your representative from Real Journeys here and then depart for your overnight Doubtful Sound Cruise.
The Fiordland Navigator is designed along the lines of a traditional scow to reflect Fiordland's heritage. Departing from Manapouri, the journey to Doubtful Sound begins with a cruise across Lake Manapouri. Disembark st West Arm then travel over the Wilmont Pass by coach through dense rainforest. At Deep Cove, board the overnight vessel for a leisurely exploration of Doubtful Sound. Anchor overnight. Possible sightings could include fur seals, dolphins and penguins. Activities include kayaking and excursions in the glass-bottomed tender vessels to explore the coastline.
Accommodations - Real Journey's Overnight Cruise

 

Day 7 - Queenstown

Today you will enjoy further cruising before your transfer back to Queenstown, arrival back approx. 3.30 PM.
This evening we board the skyline Gondola for amazing views and a wonderful dinner. Marvel at the stunning views as you ride the Skyline Queenstown Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! Sit back and relax as the best views in the region unfold before your eyes and the Gondola carries you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak. En route you will enjoy a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breath taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and over Queenstown. On arrival purpose built viewing platforms and outdoor terraces provide great photo opportunities. Then enjoy the famous Taste of New Zealand buffet which offers delectable fresh seafood, salads, roast meats and delicious desserts, while the panoramic view from the windows will captivate you.
Accommodations - Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

 

Day 8 - Franz Josef

After breakfast we depart the hotel by private coach for the journey to Franz Josef including sights along the way. We start the journey heading up to Hensman Heights lookout for breathtaking views of the Basin, view the World’s first commercial bungy jump site of A J Hackett Kawarau Bridge, here you may have the opportunity to watch intrepid jumpers hurl themselves off the Historic Kawarau suspension bridge. Next we visit Gibbston Valley Winery for a wine cave tour and tasting where you will gain an abundance of information on the local Viticulture Industry. A 2 course lunch is included at the winery before continuing our journey to Franz Josef arriving late afternoon.
Accommodations - Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

 

Day 9 - Franz Josef

This morning, enjoy a tour of the glacier valley. This relaxing, interpretive walk to the glacier is the perfect opportunity to learn the role of the Franz Josef Glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape. After a short walk through the regenerating rainforest, the trip continues along the glacier valley with your guide calling stops to explain the unique features of the Franz Josef Glacier and its surroundings. With the emphasis more on geographical information and the glacier's history, you're able to venture beyond the public barriers and right up to the dramatic terminal face of this advancing glacier with your experienced and knowledgeable guide.
Accommodations - Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

 

Day 10 - Christchurch

After breakfast, depart Franz Josef by coach and travel to Greymouth to board the Tranz Alpine Rail.
The TranzAlpine 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 - a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always popular glaciers.
On arrival in Christchurch re-board your coach for the transfer to the hotel. Evening is at own leisure.
Accommodations - Rendezous Hotel Christchurch

 

Day 11 - Christchurch

Start the day with a hotel pick up and drive to the city's centre. Here you can assess the progress of the rebuild following the 2010/2011 earthquakes. Learn the reasons for the event, its impact and the exciting plans for the future. Delve into the history of the city and explore the beautiful Botanic Gardens where you will discover why New Zealand's flora and fauna is unique. There are a number of boutique vineyards within easy reach of Christchurch, where you can visit a selection of wineries for tastings that will demonstrate why New Zealand's wine and its makers are so highly regarded around the world. Lunch at a winery/bistro and the wine tastings are included.
Head to the Port Hills which overlook Christchurch and present stunning views of the city, Canterbury Plains, Lyttleton Harbour and the distant Southern Alps. Before journeying back to the city, enjoy a visit to 'She Chocolate' a chocolataire cafe before you are dropped back at your accommodation.
Accommodations - Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

 

Day 12 - Christchurch - Depart

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful country and the amazing friends you have made along the way. After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for your flight home or continuing on to Australia.

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $6879 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $8459 CAD per person (your own room)

 

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited. Rate includes $42.15 tax on internal flight which is subject to change until booked.

Deposit of $400 per person due at time of booking.

Final Payment due - July 1, 2020

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

 

Activity Level

Low Moderate Activity
This is a fairly relaxed tour. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Guaranteed Departure
Book Now! Tour may fill up at any time.
This tour is now a guaranteed departure. If you are booked on this tour you may book your flights at any time.

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Kirsten Ness
Kirsten is a veterinarian and owns a small animal practice. When she isn't busy looking after adored family pets she loves to explore the world. Kirsten is a fun and very knowledgeable tour leader.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Auckland
Depart from Christchurch

Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
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Accommodations
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Airedale Boutique Suites

Formerly the Scenic Hotel Auckland, Airedale guests can expect a whole new level of service, being welcomed by our attentive, respectful, and professional hotel team, ensuring they have a premium experience to remember. We have also implemented eco-conscious options where possible throughout our entire hotel and operations to ensure we leave a positive impact on the world around us.

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Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Centrally located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, treat yourself to 4-star tranquillity at Novotel Queenstown Lakeside. Start your day fresh with a breath of mountain air on your balcony and a delicious buffet breakfast in the airy restaurant. Your welcoming room awaits you to soak up Queenstown's natural beauty at the end of a great day at Novotel.

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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

In the heart of the village and edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is only a breath away from the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. This hotel offers everything you need to be able to explore this dramatic region in style and comfort. With an exceptional restaurant, serving hearty, West Coast fare, and the Moa Bar with its open fireplace, you are never without choice. Plus, with the private hot pools and the Amaia Luxury Spa close by, you can enjoy time out to rejuvenate after a day taking in the many walking tracks and other outdoor pursuits.

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Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Overlooking Lake Rotorua, this laid-back hotel is 1 km both from Rotorua Night Market and from hot springs at Government Gardens.

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Real Journeys Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound is unspoiled, unmatched and unforgettable. So get ready to create some lifelong memories as the Fiordland Navigator takes you through the ultimate Doubtful Sound experience.

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is 9.7km from the Christchurch International Airport, and close to major attractions including Cathedral Square, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum, Victoria Square and the famous Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request