Queenstown Lake HayesCredit: DestinationQueenstown.com
Fiji Aerial ViewCredit: Tourism Fiji Facebook Page
Punakaiki Putai BlowholeCredit: http://www.punakaiki.co.nz
Abel Tasman BeachNational Park near Nelson
Franz Josef GlacierWalking Tours
Fiji SunsetCredit: Tourism Fiji Facebook Page
Auckland - New Zealand's Largest CityPhoto Credit: Kim Christensen
Punakaiki Truman TrackCredit: http://www.punakaiki.co.nz
Queenstown - Arial ViewCredit: DestinationQueenstown.com
Dunedin Chinese GardensChris McLennan (www.cmphoto.co.nz)
Dunedin St Clair BeachChris McLennan (www.cmphoto.co.nz)
Fiji - Walking along the beachCredit: Tourism Fiji Facebook Page
Queenstown Kawarau RiverCredit: DestinationQueenstown.com
Franz Josef GlacierIce Climbing
WellingtonNew Zealand's Coolest Capital
Abel Tasman Rock FormationsNational Park near Nelson
Franz Josef GlacierHeli-Hike
Dunedin Railway StationIan J Brodie
Exploring the Abel Tasman by kayak.Photo Credit: Tourism NZ
- Accommodation - Auckland (3 Nights), Wellington (2 Nights), Nelson (2 Nights), Punakaiki (1 Night), Franz Josef (2 Nights), Queenstown (3 Nights), Dunedin (2 Nights), Nadi (3 Nights)
- International Flights - Los Angeles to Auckland, Auckland to Nadi, Nadi to Los Angeles
- US Domestic Flights not included (as per your own arrangements)
- New Zealand Domestic Flights - Auckland to Wellington, Dunedin to Auckland
- Day Tours - Auckland: Harbour Cruise; Wellington: Scenic Ferry to Picton; Queenstown: Gondola Ride, Track and Trail Tour to Dunedin
- Shuttle Transfers - Auckland Airport to Accommodation (Return), Wellington Airport to Accommodation, Wellington Accommodation to Ferry Terminal, Picton Ferry Terminal to Nelson Accommodation, Dunedin Train Depot to Accommodation, Dunedin Accommodation to Airport), Nadi Airport to Accommodation (Return)
- Rental Car - 5 Day Rental: Pick-up in Nelson, Drop-off in Queenstown
- Rental Car (Base rate only) does not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees.
- All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
- Visa only required for some South Pacific countries; $15 visa fee per person where applicable.
- F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
- All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
- Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
20 Days / 18 Nights – New Zealand and Fiji
Arrive in Auckland, and enjoy the city’s blend of landscape, Polynesian culture, glistening harbours and modern city environment creates an unbelievable lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world. Not only is Auckland close to the beaches but it is also close to over twelve different Islands. There are 48 volcanic cones and more than 50 islands in the Auckland region. It is the largest city in New Zealand claiming one third of the entire population of the country.
Travel to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, also known as the arts and culture capital. It has a special blend of heritage buildings, museums and galleries, fine food and live entertainment. The central city is nestled between a beautiful harbour and forested hills. Wildlife sanctuaries, islands, seaside villages, ocean beaches and regional parks provide huge scope for outdoor fun.
Nelson is a lifestyle; that’s the best way to describe it. Sitting at the top north-west corner of the South Island, it’s the sunniest region in New Zealand with a geography which captures everything from the long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. Perhaps it’s the sun, perhaps it’s the location, but Nelson has long been a magnet for creative people. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, traditional, contemporary and Maori. Visit their studios and find a unique piece to take home with you.
Next travel to Punakaiki which is best known for its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes – both of which are spectacular and a must-see when visiting the West Coast.
Franz Josef is a small town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. The town is named after the Franz Josef Glacier – itself named by Julius von Haast in honour of the Emperor of Austria Franz Josef I of Austria. The glacier’s terminal face is 5km from the town and its accessibility makes it a major tourist attraction and the reason many people visit Franz Josef. The town has a population of about 320 people and is 20 minutes walk from the Westland National Park.
Then to Queenstown, which is known as the Adventure Capital of the World. A reputation earned through the actions of a number of locally residing thrill seekers who have developed several unbelievable, adrenaline stirring, sanity-reducing adventures in a wildly exciting environment. Queenstown has, over the years, quietly expanded into all sorts of attractions, including new wineries, art galleries, and challenging golf courses.
Last stop is to Dunedin which is New Zealand’s oldest city. It possesses a unique combination of cultural riches, fine architecture, and world-famous wildlife reserves on the Otago Peninsula. Dunedin offers a wide range of Restaurants, Arts & Crafts, Attractions and Eco Tours & Cruises to the Wildlife situated on the Otago Peninsula that is unique in the world. Dunedin is situated on the south-eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
Arrive in Nadi, Fiji, where you are welcomed with shell necklaces and traditional live Fijian music. The countryside is rolling and verdant, the beaches are relatively unpopulated, and the mountainous region (known as the Nausori Highlands) to the east is nothing short of spectacular.
Travel to New Zealand on your Vacation. After departing from Los Angeles you will be provided with an evening meal. You can relax, have a drink, watch a movie, review your itinerary or just rest. You will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland, New Zealand (you lose one day crossing the International Date Line but don’t worry you’ll catch it up again on your return flight to the USA)
Your international flight is equipped with the latest entertainment features of any Airline. The overnight flight to New Zealand can be a good opportunity for sleeping or to watch the latest movies after your evening meal.
Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.
Note: Flights may require a stop over in Australia.
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.
Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.
Travel to your accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
Your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, is located on the city’s spectacular Waitemata Harbour and features stunning water views, conference facilities, and a rooftop restaurant. Auckland’s centre of entertainment, dining, and nightlife, the Viaduct Harbour precinct, is just a short walk away. Experience the rich New Zealand culture as you travel to Rotorua and its geothermal springs. Or maybe travel to New Zealand’s Waitakere and Hunua Ranges, to the west and south of the city centre respectively, to take you deep into cool, peaceful rainforests.
Visit a true thing of beauty and cruise the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour!
Head out on this one and a half our tour to see the Devonport Naval Base, travel past the township and North Head, then cruise towards the iconic Rangitoto Island as you pass the historic Bean Rock lighthouse. You’ll pass under the Harbour Bridge twice and then off to Westhaven Marina to catch a glance at the viaduct harbour bustling with super yachts! This cruise also gives you a chance to “hop-on, hop-off” and discover nearby islands at your leisure.
Runs 364 days a year, morning, lunch and afternoon.
Visit one of Auckland’s many attractions.
Fly a kite or throw a Frisbee in the beautifully landscaped Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park. Critique a giant selection of both traditional and contemporary art at Auckland Art Gallery. Take a walking, swim or hike through any of Auckland’s 25 Regional Parks. Have a laugh at The Classic Comedy and Bar in Queen Street, New Zealand’s home of live comedy. Take the bus over to Eden Park, New Zealand’s largest stadium. In the evening you can join the dancing on K’Road and party on till the wee hours at one of the many nightclubs. Or maybe you would rather visit the trendy suburb of Ponsonby and enjoy delicious cuisine, superb lattes or cocktails if more to your taste. And if it is cafes, bars and restaurants you’re after, the Viaduct Harbour has a great selection.
Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand
Visit two of New Zealand’s most famous attractions on this deluxe five-star coach tour. The Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves and the spectacular geothermal regions of Rotorua, rich with Maori culture and natural history, make this a truly memorable day.
DEPART AUCKLAND: Travel the main Southern Highway through small rural townships steeped in early pioneer history. Your host serves morning tea during this sector.
WAIKATO:Travel through New Zealand’s largest dairy and sheep farming province. Travel the outskirts of Hamilton City via the small farming settlements towards the King Country, birthplace of the Maori Monarchy.
WAITOMO GLOW WORM CAVES: Join a guided tour through this world-famous cave formation, climaxed by drifting silently in a boat through a glow worm cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights.
LIGHT LUNCH:Served on-board as we make our way to Rotorua through magnificent rural farmland with its vast numbers of grazing animals.
ROTORUA: New Zealand’s highest city, 305 meters (1000 feet) above sea level, located inside the rim of a volcanic crater. An area of great geothermal activity. We visit the following attractions:
AGRODOME FARM TOUR: An introduction to New Zealand farming, with a 45-minute tour of an authentic working farm in all-weather, all-terrain vehicles. Watch a sheep being shorn and hand-feed the animals.
LAKE ROTORUA: Drive through the foreshore park past the hundreds of ducks and swans. Then through the beautiful historic Government Gardens.
TE PUIA INSTITUTE (MAORI ARTS & CRAFTS AND WHAKAREWAREWA THERMAL RESERVE):
One of Rotorua’s most famous attractions. See woodcarving, weaving displays, Maori village and the thermal valley with the famous Pohutu Geyser, fumaroles, colourful silica deposits and boiling mud pools.
RETURN TO AUCKLAND: Your attraction-packed day concludes as the coach travels through the beautiful horse breeding district of Matamata and the pastureland of the Hauraki plains. A light snack is served on this sector.
Marvel at spectacular coastal scenery including the Hole in the Rock, Cathedral Cave and the inner islands while aboard a luxury catamaran. Also see the historic Waitangi Treaty House and a ‘waka’ (Maori war canoe).
Travel north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and enjoy spectacular rural & coastal scenery enroute to the Bay of Islands via Hibiscus Coast and Whangarei. Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque and popular vacation sites in New Zealand and was the site of the earliest contact between the indigenous population and European settlers. Take a trip into the past and visit such historical places as the Waitangi Treaty House, see a traditional Maori Meeting House and a huge ‘waka’ (war canoe), Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Flagstaff Hill and the oldest building in the country (Kemp House) along with the oldest Church. In the early afternoon at Cape Brett, board a luxury catamaran for your cruising adventure through game fishing waters as you cruise past the Cape Brett lighthouse to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. The excitement grows as you make a passage through the Hole and then continue on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave. On your return journey relax and enjoy subtropical paradise views with your favourite drink as you meander through the inner islands back to Cape Brett which are world renowned deep sea fishing grounds where porpoise (dolphins) and schools of fish are frequently seen. With the Bay of Islands’ combination of great fishing, diving, sailing and other water sports with some of New Zealand’s most significant historic sites you will be sure to have fun!
Includes: Pickups from accommodations, admission to Waitangi Treaty House, a Cape Brett cruise and boxed lunch.
Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning.
Auckland is set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it is New Zealand’s largest and busiest city. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.
Travel up Queen Street, through Auckland’s central business district, past the Auckland University and through the inner city park, known as the Domain. Continue on through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, with its historic buildings before heading over the Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore. Stroll on Narrow Neck Beach in historic Devonport. There is time here for a coffee before continuing up to the summit of Mt Victoria with its stunning panoramic views of Auckland City.
Travel back over the Harbour Bridge to Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere. Then visit the Auckland Fish Market, before continuing on to the Viaduct Harbour.
Piha Canyon Abseiling Adventure, North Island, New Zealand (Day Tour)
The Piha Canyon – Abseiling (repelling) down showering waterfalls surrounded by moss and fern covered volcanic rock walls, swimming through pools of blues and greens, jumps, caves, and slides as you explore the canyon! You will also see the remains of the original pioneers wood constructed logging dam and learn about the local history and Maori culture. Includes transport, bakery lunch / refreshments, full equipment, a visit to black sand Piha Surf Beach and a beautiful rainforest walk. All obstacles are optional, no experience needed.
Minimum age 12 years. Any booking of less than 4 pax will be confirmed as tentative.
The America’s Cup Sailing Experience, offer the unique opportunity to sail on these grand prix racing machines!
Enjoy two hours as passengers become the crew and are encouraged to take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the action as we sail down the Auckland Harbour. The trip suits people of all experiences and abilities and is the perfect activity in Auckland, ‘City of Sails’.
Age Restrictions: Children under the age of 10 yrs not permitted
Weather Restrictions: Sailings subject to weather conditions
Upgrade Available: 3 Hours Match Cup Race (extra cost) – Not Available from April-October.
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, to the Airport.
Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.
Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Auckland to the nation’s captital, Wellington.
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand.
Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.
Travel to your accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located conveniently in the heart of Wellington, New Zealand. It is a short walk from Westpac Stadium, Te Papa Museum and the waterfront. Your vacation hotel has a direct elevator to Lambton Quay via a shopping arcade. Travel to New Zealand’s top wine regions, Wairarapa and Marlborough, which are only a short drive away. Or participate in adventure activities such as mountain biking, sailing, bushwalking and much more.
Wellington, voted the ‘Coolest Little Capital in the World’ offers the visitor heaps of cool things to do that just happen to be free.
New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, sits nestled in a natural amphitheatre around the harbour. It is easy to explore on foot and there are heaps of great things to see and do that don’t cost a cent.
Visit the dynamic and interactive National Museum of NZ – Te Papa on the waterfront. Get your city bearings and some of Wellington’s best views at the Mount Victoria Lookout. Ride the historic Wellington Cable Car to the Botanic Garden. Four Wellington restaurants have won NZ’s Best Restaurant in the last five years. It’s safe to say you’ll be eating very well while in Wellington! Hear the birdsong and spot a tuatara as you walk through ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience. Get an inside peek into Wellywood at The Weta Cave in Miramar. Go stargazing and check out the amazing planetarium show at Carter Observatory. Seeking hidden treasures? Many of Wellington’s best night spots are tucked away for your finding, such as Motel, Library or Duke Carvell’s Swan Lane Emporium. Head to Cuba Street for a slice of Bohemia, boutique shopping and some of the best coffee in town.
Photo Credit: Wellington Tourism
A fully escorted tour of Wellington’s cable car and two museums.
Start with a guided tour of the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, then ride the cable car escorted by your own ‘gripman’. Stop for refreshments, marvel at the best views of the city, and tour the Cable Car Museum.
Enjoy New Zealand wilderness within minutes of downtown Wellington and immerse yourself in the native bird and wild life with stunning views of the city, sea and South Island snow-capped mountains.
Your excursion will have you experience a 4 Wheel-Driving on the beach in our Sealmobiles Off the beaten track. You will have exclusive access through private land driving right to the seals – no walking involved. Seals are guaranteed every trip.
Right from the start, you will be impressed by the friendly Kiwi ‘Gidday!’ at the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre pick-up point when you are met by a Safari representative.
Your guide for the day will introduce you to the other guests, check he has enough gourmet muffins to satisfy your hunger pangs, and set off, pointing the powerful Landcruiser in the direction of the ocean.
Within minutes you have left the city behind and your 4WD adventure has begun! We traverse a local’s private land to access the sea, enjoying spectacular views and scenery along the way. This journey through our friend Steve’s ranch is a feature in itself that literally everyone comments on and loves.
Tea, coffee and fine muffins with the seals
Laughing with knowledgeable and friendly guides
The Wellington Cable Car is one of Wellington’s oldest & most popular tourist attractions.
The cars run from Lambton Quay in the heart of the central business district and within 5 minutes whisk you from under the corporate towers of The Terrace past Kelburn Park and Victoria University to the top entrance of the Wellington Botanic Gardens with its magnificent lookout over the City and harbour – Te Whanganui-a-Tara (The Great Harbour of Tara).
Other attractions immediately accessible from the top station are the award winning Cable Car museum situated in the old cable car winding room and the newly opened Carter Observatory.
For those wishing to explore further, Kelburn village with its shops and Cafes is a short walk and an ideal stopping off point on your way to Zealandia.
There are also easy downhill walks through the Botanic Gardens to Thorndon or back to Lambton Quay via the historic Bolton Street Cemetery and the Beehive.
A fully escorted tour of Wellington’s Cable Car and Museums is available. First stop the Museum of Wellington for the inside story on Wellington’s intruiging past. A short escorted walk along Grey Street then all aboard the Wellington Cable Car…to the top for the best views in Wellington. Learn more about these ‘Relentless red rattlers’ at the Cable Car Museum. The tour ends with tea/coffee and a homemade muffin at the Skyline Restaurant with its commanding views of the city. Take time to explore Kelburn Village or the Botanic Gardens before returning to Lambton Quay on the Cable Car.
Includes return trip on the Cable Car, guided tours and refreshments.
Departs from the Museum of Wellington @ 10am (Other times by arrangement) duration up to 2 1/2 hours. Bookings by 5pm the day before.
Book at the Museum of Wellington or at Wellington I-Site cnr Victoria & Wakefield Streets Civic Square.
The Cable Cars run every 10 minutes
Monday 7am to 9pm
Tuesday to Friday 7am to 10pm
Saturday 8:30am to 10pm
Sunday & Public Holidays 9am to 9pm
Closed Christmas Day
See the Southern skies & celebrate the culture, heritage and science of the Southern Skies at Carter Observatory – New Zealand’s longest-serving national observatory.
The Carter Observatory is located in Wellington’s beautiful Botanic Gardens at the top of the Cable Car. It is 2 minutes from the top of the Cable Car, 5 minutes walk from the Botanic Garden’s Playground, 8 minutes for the Treehouse Visitor Centre and an easy walk along Upland Road, Kelburn. The easiest way to reach Carter is via Wellington’s iconic Cable Car.
Take a virtual journey through space in Carter’s new planetarium – a state-of-the-art full-dome digital theatre, then take your own steps through space as you walk through the world-class interactive multimedia space experience.
Discover our Universe, along with some of New Zealand’s most prestigious telescopes and astronomical artefacts. Before and after you visit we encourage you to download the latest sky chart to spot the stars.
Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Tours Are Not Included (Pay As You Go).
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Wellington to the Ferry Terminal.
The 92 km journey across Cook Strait between Wellington (North Island) and Picton (South Island) takes only 3 hours and has been described as `one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world`.
Relax and enjoy the voyage on the Kaitaki Plus, the premium vessel traveling the straight. The vessel offers a stunning view of the South Island’s Kaikoura ranges and the opportunity to spot dolphins and sea birds.
Be greeted by staff at reception where you can purchase cinema tickets, phone cards, magazine, confectionary, souvenirs, postcards and stamps. Complimentary beer, wine, tea, coffee and finger food are available or you can purchase food from the Fresh Food Court for a hot meal. There are 4 food service areas total on the Kaitaki for you to choose from. Then, relax in the TV lounge or cinema or enjoy a local band in the Karori Rip Bar. With a little bit of everything to choose from, the Kaitaki is truly the premium way of traveling the straight.
Today you will travel by shuttle from Picton to Nelson, New Zealand.
Enjoy your scenic and relaxing shuttle from Picton over to Nelson.
Travel to your accommodation in Nelson, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Located just minutes away from the heart of Nelson, with views stretching across the Waimea Inlet to the mountains of Kahurangi National Park, this accommodation is the perfect retreat.
What’s more, once you arrive you won’t need to go far, as the resort provides all the comforts and conveniences you could hope for.
There’s plenty on offer, including award winning restaurant, health and beauty spa, pool, gym, purpose built conference facilities and even a craftsman jeweller and a hairdressing salon onsite.
This hotel can accommodate up to 280 guests, with 20 hotel rooms, 42 one-bedroom cottages and 38 two-bedroom cottages.
Photo Credit: http://www.nelsonnz.com/image-library
Spend a day to relax or explore the “lifestyle” of Nelson, New Zealand
Perhaps it’s the sun, perhaps it’s the location, but Nelson has long been a magnet for creative people. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, traditional, contemporary and Maori. Visit their studios and find a unique piece to take home with you.
Walk the sun drenched sands of Golden Bay or head inland to Takaka and see the impossibly clear waters of New Zealand’s largest freshwater springs. Walk the Abel Tasman track – it’s a three to five day walk – or, for a different view, take a sea kayaking tour around the coast and see a seal colony and little blue penguins bobbing in the water.
Or just relax. Sit in the sun, sip a wine from one of the local vineyards, and dine on the famous Nelson Bay scallops.
Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand
Sit back and relax as we depart from picturesque Kaiteriteri Beach on a scenic cruise into the majestic Abel Tasman National Park.
View world-famous Split Apple Rock, fur seals, golden sands and the crystal-clear waters of Torrent, Bark, Tonga, Awaroa and Totaranui Beaches before you return to Kaiteriteri. A great 3 or 4 hour cruise for all ages.
This trip includes a complimentary hot drink & Round trip from Kaiteriteri to Totaranui with no Walking!
Cruise into the heart of the National Park with full commentary to introduce you to this fascinating coastline.
Disembark at idyllic Medlands Beach – Bark Bay. Walk to the long golden-sand beach of Anchorage, via Torrent Bay. The track weaves through sunny groves of Manuka and fern between breathtaking views of the granite coast and lush gullies of mature forest. Cross the spectacular swing bridge at Falls River. Allow extra time (20 minutes return walk plus time to relax beside the pool) to take a short side track beside a crystal forest stream to visit tranquil Cleopatra’s Pool.
Walking time: 4hrs (10.6 kms, 6.5 miles). Allow extra time for Cleopatra’s Pool.
Time ashore: 4hrs 30mins to 6hrs 30mins
Discover New Zealand as you travel by rental car for five days.
Take the opportunity to explore parts of New Zealand in and around your vacation town. Please bring a valid American driver’s license with you and be aware that in New Zealand people drive on the left hand side of the road.
*Upgrade available to include GPS navigation system.
Travel to your accommodation in Punakaiki, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
A modern accommodation complex located on Punakaiki Beach near the world famous Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes on the West Coast of the South Island. The resort has been designed to maximize the surrounding environment with beautiful ocean and rainforest views of the Paporoa National Park. Any closer to the sea and we would be floating!
Travel to just outside the main Franz Josef Glacier village, your Accommodation is the ideal base for you to enjoy your vacation and everything the Glacier region and the glorious New Zealand West Coast has to offer.
Franz Josef Glacier, a perfect paradox. This remote village is set on the six hundred kilometre coastline in the tranquility of Westland National Park and yet offers rest and recreation at city levels amongst some of the wildest scenery in New Zealand. A wonderful relaxing bush environment with one of only two glaciers in the world that descend from crisp, clear snowfalls into lush, temporate rainforest.
New Zealand’s West Coast in the South Island rises from sea level through luxurious rain forest to a breath-taking high country that draws visitors from all over the world on an all-round pilgrimage for the uncluttered and unspoilt beauty that it offers.
Heli-hike on the glacier; take a guided walk; jet boat; go hunting and fishing or take sedate walks. We can make arrangements for all your vacation needs. You are our priority.
Photo Credit: Gareth Eyres; Tourism New Zealand
Enjoy a full day of exploring the glacier in a very unique way by vertically climbing of the icefall walls using technical equipment.
A day packed with adventure and adrenalin highs. Provided with expert tuition and all technical equipment, this is a great way to introduce you to the exhilarating sport of ice- climbing, whilst still enjoying the dramatic scenery and awesome terrain of the Franz Josef Glacier. On the glacier you will learn all the aspects of ice-climbing using the front points of crampons and two technical ice axes.
Your guide will tailor the day to challenge novices and experts alike and with no experience necessary you will soon be scaling towering walls of ice. The Franz Josef Glacier is the most spectacular commercially guided glacier in New Zealand, the more dramatic terrain, offering higher, steeper walls of ice on which to challenge yourself.
Includes: Heli Transfer, Expert Tuition, High-tech Equipment, Adrenaline Highs
Duration – up to 5 hours
Ice time – up to 4 hours
Difficulty Level – Hard
The flight of a lifetime, the “Grand Traverse” is a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks.
The Grand Traverse is recognised as the premier Aoraki Mount Cook flight-seeing experience; this magnificent flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand’s most memorable and breathtaking scenery.
The highlights of the Grand Traverse include:
Beautiful turquoise glacial lakes, golden tussock lands, and the braided river systems of the Mackenzie basin
Remote High Country Sheep Stations, glacial valleys, and landforms
The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park – a magical world of permanent ice and snow
New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers – including Aoraki Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier
The Westland Tai Poutini National Park encompassing the magnificent Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers spilling down to the rainforests of the west coast
The aircraft is ideal for New Zealand’s conditions, offering a window seat for every passenger and have wings-above to ensure unobstructed viewing below. Your friendly pilot will provide an informative and enjoyable commentary.
The Grand Traverse is approximately 50 minutes flight time. Allow one hour total duration.
Today enjoy a 3 hour hike through the rainforest to the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier.
Spend 3 hours with a knowledgeable guide who will provide you with geographical information and history on Franz Josef Glacier. Your day begins with a short walk through a beautiful rainforest. You will then continue along the glacier valley up to the dramatic terminal face of this glacier. Learn about the unique features of Franz Josef Glacier and its effects on the surrounding landscape.
Easy level of physical ability required for Glacier Valley Walk. Upgrade to a half day experience available at an additional cost.
The 5 hours drive from Franz Josef to Queenstown is visually spectactular and an easy drive.
Enjoy waterfalls and river scenery as you arrive in rainforest country. The vineyards of the Gibbston area and bungy jumpers at the Kawarau River Bridge are interesting distractions along the way. Be on the lookout for the famous bra fence; it started as a joke, but it’s become a local legend.
The lakeside resort town of Wanaka can provide you with an appealing mix of fine living, family fun and adventure. It has a high concentration of cafes, restaurants and interesting shops.
The alpine resort of Queenstown is exciting, sophisticated and fantastically scenic. It’s the place to source almost any kind of adventure, including bungy, jet boating, horse trekking, rafting and river surfing. It’s also a destination for luxury experiences , gourmet food and wine, spa treatments and leisurely games of golf.
Travel to your accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
It’s all about location! Your 4 star accommodations sits in a tranquil lakefront setting only a minute’s walk from the heart of Queenstown with shopping, restaurants, nightlife and activities all within easy reach. This fresh, modern hotel features rooms and facilities furnished with the finest comforts and conveniences. A place where you can relax with surperb uninterrupted views of the lake, mountains and adjoining gardens. Comfortable and serene you will surely enjoy your stay here!
Upgrades Available: Garden View Room, Lakeview Room
One of the first sights to captivate visitors to Queenstown is the distinctive outline of the Skyline complex high above town.
Located an easy 5 minute walk from central Queenstown and exclusively accessed by scenic gondola, Skyline Gondola, Restaurant & Luge is a must-see attraction during your visit to Queenstown, New Zealand. The best views in the region are found here spread out in a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks. It’s truly magnificent and awe-inspiring!
Of course there’s more to do than just admire the view! Enjoy a dinner or relax in the bar in the Skyline Restaurant. Casual dining is also available during the day in the Cafe. Thrillseekers can hurtle down the winding downhill Skyline Luge – it`s the fastest fun on wheels! or maybe take in the challenge of AJ Hackett`s Ledge Bungy or Swing, or take off on a tandem parapente flight. Various walking tracks can also be accessed from Skyline, from an easy 30 minute walk to a full day hike.
Spend a day to relax or explore dynamic Queenstown.
This region is renowned for its incedible adventure activities and spectacular outdoor terrain. You could try skiing, snowboarding, bungy jumping, paragliding, jetboating, sky diving and more! Or, if you want something a little more relaxed, you can choose from numerous family activities, nature experiences, tours and beauty spas. One hundred and forty years after our establishment as a gold mining camp, central Queenstown has transformed into a sophisticated cosmopolitan town, tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, beneath majestic mountains. There’s a permanent buzz in downtown Queenstown, where you’ll find a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping.
Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand
When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence, a silence broken only by birdsong, or maybe the rushing of a distant waterfall.
Your Doubtful Sound adventure begins as you cruise the crystal clear waters of Lake Manapouri. Then it’s over Wilmot Pass, stopping along the way to experience some of Fiordland’s densest rainforest and to view the colourful alpine moss gardens.
On reaching Deep Cove, you will board our spacious catamaran for a three hour cruise that takes in the most dramatic scenery of Doubtful Sound. Our skippers provide a detailed commentary and point out highlights. Keep a look out for wildlife as bottlenose dolphins frequently come alongside our vessel, fur seals bask on the rocks around the fiord and rare penguins can at times be observed.
Full Day Tour includes Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections
This jet boat adventure offers your senses a feast of spectacular natural beauty on a journey into the wilderness of a World Heritage area.
Your day begins with 1.5 hour journey on a jet boat through the Dart’s river system. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful snow-covered peaks, hidden valleys & waterfalls. Your day includes a guided walk (30-40 minutes) along the ‘Heritage Trail’ at Paradise. Your guide will provide you with informative & entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest. The forests of this region sit within a World Heritage Area, one of the only natural sites of its kind that is accessible to the public. Your guide details the fascinating history of this area from the days of Gondwanaland, to quests by Maori for prized pounamu, to the present day efforts of New Zealand’s department of conservation for the preservation of the area. The day ends with a 4WD coach drive along a scenic back road. You will be entertained with stories of the countryside. On the ride home you will stop to view the scenery made famous by Peter Jackson in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies.
Welcome to Shotover Jet Country, Queenstown New Zealand.Get ready for the World’s most exciting Jet Boat ride!Acknowledged as the World’s most famous Jet Boat operation, many imitate Shotover Jet but for sheer excitement, no one comes close.
It’s a thrilling ride – skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet ‘Big Red’, as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breath taking speeds. And a major highlight – hold tight for the world famous Shotover Jet full 360º spins!
No visit to Queenstown is complete without ‘Catching the Canyons’ with award winning Shotover Jet, ‘the World’s most exciting Jet Boat ride’ and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.
Shotover Jet operates every day of the year (weather and river conditions permitting) except Christmas day.
Spend the day taking in the breathtaking sights of the land around Queenstown; with time spent at ‘Lord of the Ring’ filming locations.
Choose from one of two Safari of the Scenes or combine them both for an all-day adventure!
Tour A offers goldpanning, 4WD river crossings in Arrow Gorge and an amazing glance into the scenery of Queenstown. You will see towns, farmland, Skippers Canyon and mountains and the Kawarau Gorge bungy bridge. While there are no sets left from the infamous Lord of the Rings trilogies, you can view the locations of Minas Tirith, Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), the site of Isidur’s fall and the Ford of Bruinen. You will have the opportunity to overlook Deer Park Heights, where the Rohan refugees and the battle with the Wargs were filmed.
Or choose Tour B; where you will take in gorgeous mountain and forest views along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Your Lord of the Rings set locations include Isengard, Ithilien Camp, beech forests used for Lothlorien and the Seat of Seeing/Battle of Amon Hen.
*Both tours are half days. Option to combine the two tours available for a full day tour. Pricing available on request.
Relive the elegance of bygone days with a 1.5 hour cruise aboard a vintage steamship.
What better way to view the magnificent scenery around Lake Wakatipu (Queenstown) than by taking a cruise a board the last remaining coal fired passenger carrying vessels operating in the southern hemisphere.Affectionately known as the Lady of the Lake, this vessel has a special place in the hearts of Queenstown people. She has been transporting goods to remote settlements and conveying passengers on beautiful Lake Wakatipu since 1912.
Enjoy an afternoon exploring some of the award winning wineries in the Queenstown region.
Your tour operates with small groups (maximum of 22 people) that are suitable for first time tasters or wine connoisseurs. You will experience an in-depth introduction to four Queenstown wineries and an underground wine cave tour. Friendly, knowledgeable guides offer an understanding of the unique Central Otago wine growing conditions and wines offered. Travelling time is kept to a minimum, the pace is relaxed and wine always superb.
Departs 12:30pm daily. All year round. Allow 5 hours
Pick up from accommodation or central Queenstown
Tasting at the four wineries visited
Wine tasting in the unique underground wine cave
View of Queenstown’s original bungy jump
Time for optional lunch (own expense) at Gibbston Valley Winery.
Join in on an exhilarating Moa zipline (flying fox) adventure above spectacular Queenstown! Ride up the Skyline Gondola and then glide through the treetops on a series of four flying foxes.
Your experienced Guides will deliver an interpretive tour as you “Zzziiiiiip” from tree to tree. Breath in some pristine mountain air as you venture on a carefully crafted journey that combines exhilaration, adventure, and ecological exploration.
Offering spectacular views of the surroundings, this tour offers a thrilling eco-adventure experience, while also providing the opportunity to learn about what this breathtaking place has to offer.
Closed toe footwear is essential. Open rain or shine 365 days a year.
The Track and Trail Connection journey travels between the delightful Queenstown and Dunedin.
Your train ride can take you from Queenstown to Dunedin, or vice-versa, on a special train’n'coach tour.
This journey offers you the chance to view the spectacular scenery of Central Otago with its bizarre schist rock tors, desert landscapes, orchards, vineyards, blue lakes, high mounains and wild river gorges.
Experience the wonderful variety of views that only Central Otago offers, and enjoy a full commentary on both train and coach.
The normal running time for a coach from Pukerangi to Queenstown is 4 hours but this can be varied to suit your groups needs.
Departs Queenstown – (via Coach) – 7AM
Arrives Dunedin – (via Train)
1:30PM (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
3:25PM (Friday & Sunday)
This tour can also operate in reverse.
Travel by shuttle from the Railway Station to your vacation accommodation in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Travel to your accommodation in Dunedin, New Zealand, where you will be staying for 2 nights.
Your accommodation is 1 km from the centre of Dunedin, set in landscaped grounds and overlooking the Botanic Gardens. The lodge is situated on the site of the original McGavins Brewery and features a restaurant, lobby bar, business centre and free car parking. It is also close to the university, hospital and many key attractions, including Baldwin Street, claimed to be the steepest street in the world.
Rest, Relax or Explore Dunedin.
There is so much to do in Dunedin; pick from the following for your free time. Visit the city centre – which is shaped like an Octagon instead of the standard square. The over 100 year old statue of poet Robbie Burns sits in The Octagon and was recently restored. The statue was cast by a notable sculptor of Edinburgh, Scotland. This same sculptor made four other, nearly identical, statues, one of which rests in Central Park, New York. Enjoy the architecture, especially the Old Railway Station a couple of blocks from the city centre. Dunedin Botanical Gardens – occupying over 50 hectares (123 acres) in the north end of the city; an excellent place for a several-hour stroll. Has an aviary along with many themed garden areas such as Rhododendron, Azalea and Rose Gardens.
Otago University has some great old buildings to wander about and see, when Uni’s in its a good place to sit, people watch and take it all in, some good food/cafes/bars are nearby too. Don’t miss Carisbrook – The House of Pain! Where great rugby and cricket games are won and lost. Maybe try to see Tunnel beach – The story goes that crazy old Cargill had a steep tunnel cut through the stone cliff, so his daughter could go to the beach.. See the visitor’s centre in the Octagon for further information. predicament called Cargill’s Castle in the southern suburbs of Dunedin. Lanarch Castle has a rich history. Baldwin Street is located in Dunedin’s North East Valley suburb. According to the Guinness Book of Records it is the steepest street in the world. Take the ten minute walk to the top or drive up to enjoy the view looking down! There is a drinking fountain at the top. Don’t forget the Larnach Castle, named the “the only castle” in New Zealand, it’s very pretty but technically only a manor house and there is another (ruined, but being restored) building in the same predicament called Cargill’s Castle in the southern suburbs of Dunedin. Lanarch Castle has a rich history.
Swim or surf the beaches. Much more fun if you wear a wetsuit. If it’s a bit cold, there’s a heated saltwater pool adjacent to the main beach a little north of the esplanade.
Photo Credit: Dunedin NZ
With its exciting, sometimes scandalous, sometimes tragic history, its magnificent carved ceilings, New Zealand antiques and breathtaking views, Larnach Castle offers you a vision of the past and present.
Settle back and enjoy the coach drive up and over the Peninsula high road, offering spectacular views out over the Pacific Ocean on one side and the beautiful Otago harbour on the other. Your driver will provide an informative commentary along the way as you pass through stone-walled farmlets.
On arrival at Larnach Castle you will be taken on a guided tour through the ‘halls of power and scandal’ of this historic 19th century home. From the castle turret you can survey the Otago Harbour below.
Visitors can enjoy exploring the Castle and the beautiful gardens, now an attraction in their own right. Original antiques grace the building and the family has amassed a unique collection of New Zealand furniture.
This tour can be done as a guide tour from Dunedin or if you have a rental car you can drive up and explore the castle on your own.
Today enjoy a nature eco-tour with “Natures Wonder” and see Penguins, Fur Seals and Sea Lions in their natural habitat.
Amidst truly spectacular scenery, the world’s rarest penguins live here in harmony. The Hoiho the yellow-eyed, the little blue penguins, the New Zealand fur seals and the Stewart Island Shags. See them all on this cross-country adventure tour in an 8-wheel drive all terrain Argo vehicle. Also see Fort Taiaroa Fortifications (the Rerewahine battery WW11). Tours depart mid morning to one hour before dusk in all weather, 7 days a week, every 15 minutes (depending on bookings).
Tour duration is one hour, report 15 minutes prior to departure. Group minimum is 2.
A visit to the city of Dunedin is not complete without a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway, one of Dunedin’s top attractions and considered one of the world’s great train trips.
Sit back and relax as the train negotiates this exhilarating narrow river gorge with cliff hugging tunnels and viaducts soaring high above the river or ride the open air platforms for that perfect photo! The train will also stop for you to disembark for scenic and photo opportunities. The ever-changing scenery along the way will leave you amazed at what scenery Dunedin has to offer.
Departing daily (except Christmas day)
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Dunedin, New Zealand, to the Airport.
Travel by air today from Dunedin to Auckland, New Zealand.
Depart this evening on your three hour flight to Nadi, Fiji.
Travel from the airport to your vacation accommodation.
Begin your rest and relaxation on the Island of Fiji. Your vacation accommodation is right on the beach. Only a short distance from the airport so you will not waste precious time.
The five star vacation resort is set along absolute beachfront, adjacent to the world class Denarau Golf and Racquet Club and features 296 rooms, each with private balcony overlooking the ocean. Features include a private beach, wedding chapel, swimming pool, international health spa and the most extensive conference facilities in Fiji. A marina and cultural temples are located close by.
Depart your Fijian accommodation and venture into Nadi’s scenic heartland through the beautiful Sabeto Valley to the Gardens of the Sleeping Giant, housing the largest and most varied orchid collection in Fiji for this half day tour.
Then to Viseisei Village, the leg legendary landing site of the first Fijians, where you will be shown through the village and handicraft displays. The Vuda Lookout offers a 360 degree bird’s eye view of the West’s mountain ranges, Nadi Bay, and the beautiful Yasawa Group of Islands. Relax in a Fijian Bure and enjoy a tropical fruit juice and seasonal fruits from the orchard.
Travel from your vacation accommodation to the airport.
Depart Fiji from the International Airport and fly to Los Angeles. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date Line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Fiji.
Air Pacific appreciates the joy of music so they have put together a choice of 8 audio channels ranging from top 40 hits to classical pieces and of course a taste of Hindi Hits. There is also a dedicated channel for children.
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- a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
- b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
- c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
- d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.