Escorted tours to New Zealand 2019 - Photo
Tours to New Zealand from Australia for Seniors - Photo
Escorted tours to New Zealand 2019 - Photo
Holidays to NZ in 2019 - Photo

itinerary

DAY 1 – Arrive Auckland

On arrival into Auckland we join our local experienced coach captain for transfers to our hotel. 1 Night Stay: Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland (Meals in Flight D)

DAY 2 – Auckland City Sights, Bay of Islands

Today begins with an Auckland city sights tour before travelling to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri tree. Continue through Whangarei to the Bay of Islands. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. 2 Night Stay: Scenic Hotel, Bay of Islands (B,L,D)

DAY 3 – Bay of Islands

Enjoy stunning views of the islands as we explore the Bay of Islands on a full day cruise, including the famous Hole in the Rock and an island stopover. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins and try boom netting alongside the vessel. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 – Kauri Museum, Auckland

Farewell the Bay of Islands and travel south to Matakohe where we stop for a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum. Continue to Auckland’s north shore for some free time at leisure. 1 Night Stay: The Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna Beach, Auckland (B,L,D)

DAY 5 – Hobbiton, Rotorua

Depart Auckland and travel through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a guided tour of the movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. 2 Night Stay: Sudima Hotel, Lake Rotorua (B,L,D)

DAY 6 – Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua, and if you are a daredevil, take a luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment. Rest this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers. This evening immerse yourself in Maori culture at our specialty hangi and concert. (B,L,SD)

DAY 7 – Huka Falls, Lake Taupo, Wellington

Today we get to see the spectacular Huka Falls, followed by some free time at Lake Taupo to enjoy this scenic lakeside town. Travel via the Tongariro National Park and then continue south along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. 2 Night Stay: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington (B,L,D)

DAY 8 – Wellington

This morning enjoy an extensive city tour of New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. A highlight today will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Enjoy free time at leisure this afternoon. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 – Interislander Ferry, Blenheim

This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross the Cook Strait and enjoy the scenery as we travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that follows a thin wedge of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges. Reboard our coach at the fishing village of Kaikoura for a journey across the Northern Canterbury Plains to the garden city of Christchurch. 2 Night Stay: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch (B,L,D)

DAY 10 – Christchurch

First up today we visit the International Antarctic Centre that depicts the way of life in Antarctica. We take in a gossip tour of Christchurch before retiring for the day and taking an afternoon at leisure to further explore the city sights. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 – TranzAlpine Rail Journey, Hokitika, Franz Josef

This morning board the TranzAlpine, one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its greenstone before arriving at Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. 1 Night Stay: Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef Glacier (B,L,D)

DAY 12 – Haast Pass, Queenstown

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as we travel south via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year-round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. 2 Night Stay: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown (B,L,D)

DAY 13 – Free Day in Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu evening cruise

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing-along by the piano on the return cruise. **Lunch is at own expense today.(B,SD)

DAY 14 – Arrowotwn, Milford Sound Cruise

This morning travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via Te Anau to Milford Sound and board the Milford Mariner for an overnight cruise. Relax and take in the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. 1 Night Stay: Milford Mariner Cruise (B,L,D)

DAY 15 – Lake Te Anau

We head back to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord, then return to the wharf and board our coach for a relaxing scenic drive to Te Anau. This afternoon enjoy a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worm Caves amongst the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls and glow worm grotto. 1 Night Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau (B,L,D)

DAY 16 – Gore, Balclutha, Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin for a city tour. Enjoy time to wander around the Botanic Gardens and then time at leisure to explore the city. Tonight, a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis ceremony and gift. 2 Night Stay: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin (B,L,D)

DAY 17 – Dunedin & Surrounds

This morning travel along the beautiful Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where we take a guided tour to learn about its tragic and scandalous history. After lunch, we join a wildlife cruise to the spectacular Taiaroa Head renowned for sightings of albatross, New Zealand fur seals and other marine mammals including up to 20 species of ocean birds all in their natural environment.(B,L,D)

DAY 18 – Dunedin, Oamaru, Christchurch

This morning visit Olveston House, a prestigious historic home before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening with your newfound friends. 1 Night Stay: Sudima Hotel, Christchurch Airport (B,L,SD)

DAY 19 – Flights home

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your respective flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B, Meals in Flight)

B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner, SD = Specialty Dinner

dates & pricing

Twin Share Sole Use Departs 2019
$7700 $9600 12 Feb
  • Non-refundable deposit required to secure booking $1500pp
  • Taxes are NOT included and are approx. $185pp.
  • Bathroom amenities in accommodation on components of this tour will be shower located over bath.
  • Tour price excludes lunch on free day in Queenstown, and Franz Josef Glacier flight, as activity is weather permitted and not guaranteed.
  • Australian passport holders minimum validity for travel must be 6 months from date of return to Australia. Non-Australian passport citizens are required to seek independent advice for passport validity and entry visa, and ensure all is correct prior to travel to New Zealand.
  • Due to international terms & conditions, balance of payment for this tour will be required 100 days prior to departure and at this time 100% cancellation fees apply.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory and it is recommended that it be purchased at time of paying deposit.
  • Tour passengers will require a clearance letter (provided by Fun Over Fifty) from their local GP for travel.
  • FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 3 (ACTIVE/MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
    • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
    • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs, without stopping
    • Stand for 30 minutes, without needing to sit down
    • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
    • Getting on and off transportation multiple times unaided
    • Manage your own luggage

Highlights & inclusions

  • Hosted from Brisbane with an experienced Fun Over Fifty host/ess
  • 1 night Auckland; city sights tour
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • 2 nights Bay of Islands; Cream Trip cruise
  • Kauri Museum
  • 1 night Takapuna Beach
  • Hobbiton movie set tour
  • 2 nights Rotorua
  • Gondola and luge rides; Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers
  • Te Puia traditional Maori hangi and concert
  • Huka Falls; Lake Taupo; Tongariro National Park
  • 2 nights Wellington; guided city tour
  • Cruise on the Interislander Cook Strait ferry
  • Marlborough Sounds; Picton
  • Coastal Pacific rail journey
  • Scenic journey across the Northern Canterbury Plains
  • 3 nights Christchurch; International Antarctic Centre
  • TranzAlpine rail journey; Hokitika
  • 1 night Franz Josef; Haast Pass
  • 2 nights Queenstown; Lake Wakatipu cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station
  • Arrowtown; Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound; 1 night aboard the Milford Mariner in en-suited cabins
  • 1 night Te Anau; Lake Te Anau cruise; glow worm caves
  • 2 nights Dunedin; Scottish dinner including a traditional Haggis ceremony
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Wildlife cruise to Taiaroa Head; Olverston House
  • Hotel porterage; 52 meals

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