New Zealand Culture & Exploration [LL-LUX12]
13 Days: New Zealand Culture & Exploration [LL-LUX12]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Kauri Cliffs (4 Nights), Rotorua (3), Pen-y-bryn (3), Dunedin (1)
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Auckland (Return)
  • US Domestic Flights - not included (as per your own arrangements)
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Auckland to Kerikeri (Return), Auckland to Rotorua, Rotorua to Dunedin, Dunedin to Auckland
  • Car Transfers - Kerikeri Airport to Kauri Cliffs (Return), Rotorua Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Rental Car - 5 Days, Pick up & Drop off in Dunedin
  • 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 Issuance for entry into Australia (US$15.00 per person)
  • 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.
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Auckland

Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!

Please confirm with the airline at check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record (if applicable).

(Day 2) - Domestic Flight, Auckland to Bay of Islands

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Auckland to Bay of Islands (North Island).

(Day 2) - Transfer, Kerikeri Airport to Kauri Cliffs

Upon arrival into Kerikeri meet with your driver who will transfer you to the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs.

(Days 2 to 6) - 4 Nights of Luxury Accommodation at the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is located in the Bay of Islands, on the North Island of New Zealand.

This luxury lodge is one of the most awarded luxury boutique golf & spa resort hotels in New Zealand. Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, the main lodge, which overlooks the golf course, Pacific Ocean, Cape Brett and the offshore Cavalli Islands are part of the panorama which can be viewed from the verandas, living room, card room and the guest cottages. Gourmet a la carte dining is available in the main dining room or on the verandas. Kauri Cliffs is also home to a par 72 PGA championship golf course designed and built by David Harman. This awarded golf course has been home to The Kiwi Challenge PGA Golf Event.

Additional facilities include two Astroturf tennis courts, an infinity swimming pool with spa and a fully equipped fitness centre. Kauri Cliffs has three secluded swimming beaches, which are also available for picnics and barbeques.

Kauri Cliffs accommodation has 22 guest suites, and a Two Bedroom Owner’s Cottage. Every suite offers its own private porch, bedroom with sitting area and open fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom. The cottages are nestled in a native forest overlooking the golf course and the Pacific Ocean.

(Day 6) - Transfer, Kauri Cliffs to Kerikeri Airport

Transfer from the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs to Kerikeri, New Zealand Airport.

(Day 6) - Domestic Flight, Bay of Islands (Kerikeri) to Auckland

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Bay of Islands to Auckland (North Island).

(Day 6) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Auckland to Rotorua

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Auckland to Rotorua (North Island).

(Day 6) - Private Transfer, Rotorua Airport to Hotel

Travel by private car from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Please note: Standard airline luggage restrictions apply. If you are travelling with more luggage than is typically allowed by the airlines, please notify us right away so that we can adjust the type of vehicle to accommodate you.

(Days 6 to 9) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Rotorua

Surrounded by the sparkling waters of Lake Rotorua, Peppers on the Point is an intimate luxury retreat featuring spectacular views to the historic Mokoia Island.

This stunning retreat offers the perfect base for experiencing New Zealand’s rich culture or you can simply relax and enjoy the tranquility of this stunning location from the comfort of our inviting entertainment rooms with open fireplaces. Just five minutes from the heart of Rotorua City, Peppers on the Point is located on Kawaha Point Road and comprises of an exquisitely furnished converted 1930s mansion.

Without leaving the retreats surrounds you can indulge in a heavenly massage at our onsite spa, try fly fishing from our private beach, enjoy water sports and tennis or even spend your day boating. Peppers on the Point’s dining room is also renowned for serving fabulous New Zealand cuisine accompanied by the finest New Zealand and international wines, it is an experience not to be missed.

Peppers on the Point, Rotoura is the heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture and is set amidst a landscape of erupting geysers, hot thermal springs and bubbling mud pools. With so many sights to see and cultural offerings within easy reach, we will have you immersed in relaxation upon your return.

(Days 7 & 8) - Free Days to Explore Rotorua

Enjoy some free time in Rotorua to explore this historic city!

Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland filled with a plethora of activities and attractions to check out. The region’s unique location is filled with hot pools, geysers, mud pools and geothermal activity.

Visit Waiotapu, where there are many sights to explore. Experience the Champagne Pool and waterfall filled with rich vibrant colours of the mineral salts, bubbling mud pools, craters, and Lady Knox Geyser when you visit. Arrive in the morning to see the Lady Knox Geyser at 10:15 am. For a full day of relaxation, visit the hot mineral pools and treat yourself to a relaxing Polynesian spa treatment that uses the local products (like a Rotorua mud wrap or manuka honey facial). Go Zorbing! Roll down a hill in an inflatable globe in this truly unique experience. There are different tracks to roll down with up to three people in the globe. You can choose to roll down with water in the globe for a fun time splashing around. For the adventure seekers, try Skydiving, the adrenaline rush of the jump will have you accelerating at 200 kilometres/hour. All the great views of Rotorua are best seen from 15,000 feet above.

Photo Credit: Tourism Rotorua

Insider's Tip: Relax in Rotorua

There is no better way to start or end your day in Rotorua.

Deluxe Lake Spa allows you to enjoy tranquil bathing and lake views in four shallow alkaline rock pools, each with different temperatures (36°C/96°F to 42°C/107°F) and a newly built acidic pool so guests are able to enjoy the benefits of the two types of hot mineral water offered at Polynesian Spa.

A cold plunge pool has been added for those looking for hot cold hydrotherapy. The extremes of hot and cold water cause muscle to expand and contract offering gently detoxification as toxins are squeezed from the muscles.

A large indoor relaxation lounge overlooks Lake Rotorua. You are welcome to move from the pools to the lounge once dried off and return to bathe in the Deluxe Lake Spa pools as you wish.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Helicopter over White Island - 1/2 Day

Land on and explore an active volcano!

Your helicopter flight takes you north over Hell’s Gate Thermal Valley to the Pacific Ocean coastline and the active volcano of White Island. Land at the crater’s rim and spend approximately one hour on a guided walk of this fascinating natural attraction. Experience the volcanic fury of the main crater, view sulphur deposits, and the remains of the old sulphur mine.
Allow 3 hours

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Te Puia Maori Institute & Geothermal Reserve

At this maori tourist attraction step into an ancient valley where geysers, mud pools and boiling waters still play after 40,000 years.

As direct descendants, guides offer an insight into the lives, activities and land that no other tour in New Zealand can match. Your Maori guide will show you the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and explain the tribal history.

Visit The New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.Discover the fascinating traits of New Zealand’s national icon (The Kiwi) and listen to the songs of other birds in our beautiful valley.Stunning maori cultural performers excite and entertain in daily concerts.

(Day 9) - Private Transfer, Rotorua Hotel to Airport

Travel by private car from your vacation accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand to the Airport.

Please note: Standard airline luggage restrictions apply. If you are travelling with more luggage than is typically allowed by the airlines, please notify us right away so that we can adjust the type of vehicle to accommodate you.

(Day 9) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Rotorua to Dunedin

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Rotorua to Dunedin (South Island).

(Days 9 to 13) - 5 Day Car Rental, Pick up & Drop off in Dunedin

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 (additional cost).

Base rate only paid by About Australia. Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

(Day 9) - Self drive from Dunedin to Oamaru, New Zealand

Today on your New Zealand vacation, you will self-drive from Dunedin to Oamaru.

On your way to Oamaru, if you have the time to stop, Matakaea Reserve is stunning and full of New Zealand wildlife. Try to spot the rare Yellow Eyed Penguins, they swim ashore every afternoon. You might be able to see a Fur Seal or two, this is their territory watch as they glide beneath the waves, just as beautiful as mermaids. They will bask in the sun without a care in the world. While you’re at it, look out for the old schoolteacher’s house and sod cottage at Shag Point.

(Day 12) - Self drive from Oamaru to Dunedin, New Zealand

Today on your New Zealand vacation, you will drive from Oamaru to Dunedin.

On your way from Oamaru, take the time to enjoy the farming settlement of Waianakarua. The old stone bridge at Waianakarua was dismantled stone by stone in 2004, and rebuilt 2 metres wider to be used by the New Zealand State Highway network. You can even spot a historical site of an early flourmill, alongside the remains of a dam.

(Days 12 to 13) - 1 Night Accommodation in Dunedin

Spend 1 night in Dunedin on your New Zealand Vacation.

Located just a few minutes walk from the Dunedin City centre, your 5 star luxury lodge offers an atmosphere of restrained elegance while providing the ultimate in contemporary comfort and modern facilities.

Nestled in a secluded, established gardens the lodge complex is conveniently located within minutes of many of the citys finest and most popular cafes and restaurants.

A Lodge stay offers the charm and personal attention of a bed and breakfast whilst extending the amenities associated with full service Hotels.

(Day 13) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Dunedin to Auckland

Travel by air today from Dunedin to Auckland, New Zealand.

(Day 13) - International Flight, Auckland to Los Angeles

Today depart Auckland and fly to the USA. Enjoy an in-flight dinner and movie with arrival in the USA. Note: you will be traveling back across the International Date Line. Gain that day back you lost on the way over, you actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Auckland.

Note: Flight may include a stop over in Australia.

  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. 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.