Ultimate Family Vacation in New Zealand

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13 days from $ per person

Now experience it for yourself! An action-packed family getaway that takes you through New Zealand's North & South Islands. You'll experience more than just dramatic scenery and the country's finest accommodation. This is a vacation rich in culture, education and amazing family adventures!

Overview

Overview

This vacation includes:
  • Luxurious accommodation for 12 nights in Auckland (2), Rotorua (2), Christchurch (2), Franz Josef (2) and Queenstown (4)
  • Tour Auckland with a local Maori guide
  • Two-hour sailing adventure on an America’s Cup yacht
  • Premium 4WD car rental
  • Guided tour of Hobbiton, Lord of the Rings Movie Set
  • Maori cultural performance and Hangi feast
  • Tour the Buried Village
  • Helicopter tour of White Island - an active volcano
  • Go swimming with wild dolphins
  • Cross the country on the Tranz Alpine Train
  • Helicopter flight and Guided hike on Franz Josef Glacier
  • Scenic cruise of the beautiful Doubtful Sound
  • Ride the Skyline gondola and 2 luge rides
  • Helicopter tour to picnic on a mountain peak
  • Private airport and train station transfers
  • Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support

Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY ONE - WELCOME TO AUCKLAND!

Welcome to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Auckland offers all of the things associated with a sophisticated cosmopolitan city, from beautiful scenery to adrenaline pumping adventure - and first-class food and wine.

You’ll stay 2 nights in a 2 Bedroom Suite in downtown Auckland.

 

 

America's Cup Sailing Experience

Next enjoy a two-hour sailing experience on an America’s Cup yacht in Auckland Harbour! NZL40 is a grand prix racing machine and was part of The America’s Cup challenge. You can take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the action.

DAY TWO - Tour of Auckland with Maori Guide

Experience Auckland's unique cultural heritage with an indigenous Maori guide on this interactive tour. Share the stories of Maori people, learn about their language and discover their culture as you explore the highlights of the Auckland Region. Includes snacks, hot/cold drinks and a picnic lunch.

DAY THREE – AUCKLAND TO ROTORUA / LORD OF THE RINGS MOVIE SET

Pick up your Premium 4WD and head towards Rotorua.

On the way stop for a guided tour of Hobbiton - the Lord of the Rings movie set. See the Hobbit Holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Continue on to Rotorua.

Rotorua

Rotorua’s striking gardens, cobbled streets and fascinating mix of Maori and English Tudor architecture make the city both significant and unique. Beyond the urban centre, a backdrop of geothermal steam, volcanic mountains and huge crater lakes remind you this region rests immediately above the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Check into your Two Bedroom Apartment.

 

 

 

Maori Cultural Experience and Hangi Feast

Gain an authentic introduction to Maori culture that will leave you amazed and in awe. See warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe and witness a Maori Cultural Performance. Enjoy a traditionally cooked hangi meal pulled hot from underground.

DAY FOUR - BURIED VILLAGE

On June 10, 1886, a violent and unexpected volcanic eruption shook New Zealand. For more than four terrifying hours, rocks, ash and boiling hot mud bombarded the peaceful village of Te Wairoa. 5000 square miles of scenic countryside were buried under hot heavy ash & mud. More than 150 lives were lost. The Museum of Te Wairoa tells the chronological story of lives, lives lost, events and effects of the 1886 eruption of Mt. Tarawera.

 

 

WHITE ISLAND ACTIVE VOLCANO

Your 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.

DAY FIVE – ROTORUA TO CHRISTCHURCH

Catch your flight to Christchurch to begin your South Island adventure.

Welcome to Christchurch!

The Southern Alps provide a fantastic backdrop to the awesome city of Christchurch - 'The Garden City'. Perched on the coast, Christchurch is the doorway to the Canterbury Plains, which spread westward towards the mountains.

DAY SIX - SWIM WITH DOLPHINS

Travel by coach from Christchurch to Kaikoura. The dusky dolphins inhabit the coastal waters all year round, making Kaikoura a unique place in the world where wild dolphins can be encountered every day. You'll be equipped with wet suit, mask, snorkel and flippers.

 

DAY SEVEN – CHRISTCHURCH TO FRANZ JOSEF / TRANZ ALPINE TRAIN RIDE
Tranz Alpine Train

The TranzAlpine scenic train is one of the world’s great train journeys, traveling from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From your carriage you’ll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains then climb into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rainforest to the west coast town of Greymouth.

Pick up your Premium 4WD and drive to Franz Josef. Check into your Two Bedroom unit at Punga Grove.

 

DAY EIGHT - HELI HIKE FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

After an exciting scenic flight, you land high up on the glacier and undertake a two hour guided hike among some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery available.

DAY NINE – FRANZ JOSEF TO QUEENSTOWN

Drive to Queenstown.

Welcome to Queenstown!

Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere's premiere four season alpine and lake resort. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the majestic Remarkables Range, Queenstown is the perfect destination all year round.

Check into the Eichardts' Residence.

DAY TEN - DOUBTFUL SOUND WILDERNESS CRUISE

Travel by coach and follow the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Then head through the countryside to Manapouri. Take a cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm before travelling by coach through dense rainforest across Wilmot Pass. On arrival in Doubtful Sound, board our spacious catamaran for a three-hour cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery. A specialist nature guide provides commentary, answers questions and points out highlights.

DAY ELEVEN - SKYLINE GONDOLA, BUFFET LUNCH AND 2 LUGE RIDES
Skyline Gondola

Just a 5 minute walk from central Queenstown, ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of the Skyline complex at the summit of Mount Ngongotaha. The best views in the region are found here spread out in a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks. It's truly magnificent and awe-inspiring! Enjoy a Taste of New Zealand buffet lunch in the Skyline Restaurant, and the thrill of 2 luge rides.

DAY TWELVE - PICNIC ON A PEAK

Experience the most dramatic scenery New Zealand has to offer. Helicopter to a secluded, remote mountain top where you’ll enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch and stunning alpine vistas. From the top of the world, relax and enjoy time in the wilderness before calling on the helicopter to return you to civilization.

DAY THIRTEEN – DEPARTURE

Your private transfer will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Queenstown Airport for your flight back home.

Dates & Conditions

Dates & Conditions

$ for travel 01 April to 30 September 2016
$ for travel 01 to 31 October 2016
$ for travel 01 November to 12 December 2016
$ for travel 13 to 28 December 2016
$ for travel 29 December 2016 to 31 March 2017

Departs daily

Price is per person based on 2 adults and 2 children (aged 2 to 15 years) traveling together

Subject to availability

Priced in USD at today's exchange rate

Land only - does not include international or domestic flights

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