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New Zealand’s Double Island Feature

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PRIVATE/GROUP TOUR - 13 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

Private/Group Tour Highlights

  • Try jet boating on the harbor or venture up Auckland's iconic SkyTower for a SkyWalk.
  • Find New Zealand's cool little capital Wellington, a funky, compact city packed with cultural activities and stellar eating-places.
  • The journey across the Cook Strait takes you through beautiful Marlborough Sounds – a network of sunken, emerald-green river valleys. dolphin, whale and fur seal sightings along the way are common.
  • Discover the region's gold-mining history in Arrowtown or search Glenorchy for The Lord of the Rings filming locations.
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Tour Overview

With Yampu’s New Zealand’s Double Island Feature itinerary, travelers will enjoy thirteen days of amazing experiences exploring geothermal wonders, vibrant cities, soaring mountains, and majestic fiords during this two-week journey from Auckland to Queenstown.

Dine on world-class food, taste some of the region’s spectacular wines, and revel in unique adventure opportunities while learning of the country’s culture in landscapes that promise to take your breath away. Along the way, friendly locals and easy transport options make this a holiday you’ll remember for life.

Begin your adventure with a walking wine tour of Waiheke Island, known as ‘New Zealand’s Island of Wine’ before heading into Rotorua to visit the Lord of the Rings set of Hobbiton. The following day, walk past steaming fumaroles and hot pools of boiling mud through Hells Gate Geothermal Park with its large variety of thermal features. Here is where travelers can enjoy a spa experience that truly refreshes and revitalizes the mind and body.

Moving onto Napier,  be introduced to New Zealand’s ‘culinary, coffee and craft beer capital then set sail on Queenstown Wharf aboard the historic coal-fired vintage steamship, the TSS Earnslaw. Explore the region’s nature with a wilderness safari jet-boat journey through the Dart River’s braided river system. Then wrap up your journey with a cable car ride to the summit of Bob’s Peak for the best views in one of Queenstown’s most spectacular locations.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services, and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Welcome to the City of Sails!

Welcome to New Zealand!
Upon arrival to Auckland - "the City of Sails", you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to New Zealand!
Upon arrival to Auckland - "the City of Sails", you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Day
2

Group Waiheke Island Wine Tour

Today, you will make your own way to the Ferry Terminal for the Ferry to Waiheke (about a 10-minute walk from the hotel).

Then, you will start your Waiheke Island tour. Known as 'New Zealand's Island of Wine’, Waiheke has become home to a dedicated group of award-winning wine producers. With a unique micro-climate and the winemakers' philosophy of "small is beautiful", Waiheke has produced some of New Zealand's most prestigious wines. On this tour, you will visit three of Waiheke's top vineyards and sample a range of their wines. Along the way enjoy a commentated scenic drive, learning about the Island's history, geography, people and culture from your knowledgeable local guide.

After your wine tasting experience sits back, relax and enjoy a lunch and a glass of Waiheke wine or beer at a local favorite restaurant before heading back to the ferry.
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Day
3

Auckland - Rotorua

Leave Auckland and travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions.

This tour includes Hobbiton Movie Set where you will see Hobbit holes, the Mill and many other structures from the movies and enjoy lunch at the Green Dragon Inn. Continue on to Waitomo Glowworm Caves and take a 45 minute guided tour through impressive underground caverns and a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto.

After visiting Waitomo and Hobbiton, continue to Rotorua, arriving in the early evening.

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Group Half Day Te Puia, Rainbow Springs & Agrodome Tour

Today, visit Te Puia geothermal reserve, Rainbow Springs and the Agrodome for an entertaining show featuring sheep dog demonstrations. The tour returns to the hotel.

Hells Gate Geothermal Park is set in 50 acres with a large variety of thermal features. Walk past steaming fumaroles and hot pools of boiling mud. Follow the footsteps of ancient Maori Warriors through the swirling clouds of steam, past the hot pool where the Maori Princess "Hurutini" lost her life, see the violent geothermal activity of the Inferno and the Kakahi Falls, the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, warriors would bathe in the sulfurous waters to heal their wounds after battle and remove the "tapu" (sacredness) of war.

The traditional mud bath experience, followed by the relaxing Sulphur spa overlooking the geothermal reserve, provides visitors with a completely unique geothermal experience. The silky-smooth geothermal mud in combination with the sulfurous geothermal water opens the skin’s pores allowing the active ingredients to gently exfoliate and treat the skin while in the spa leaving it very clean and soft to the touch. Other effects include increased blood circulation and a sense of overall wellbeing. A spa experience that truly refreshes and revitalizes the mind and body.
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Rotorua - Napier

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and travel south to Taupo, and continue over rugged mountain ranges and well-cultivated farmland to arrive in the fertile Hawkes Bay wine region and the "art deco" city of Napier.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and travel south to Taupo, and continue over rugged mountain ranges and well-cultivated farmland to arrive in the fertile Hawkes Bay wine region and the "art deco" city of Napier.

Day
6

Group Morning City Walk of Art Deco Napier

This morning, join a professionally trained Art Deco Trust guide for a fascinating stroll through the city and discover its unique Art Deco style.
At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and travel through the Manawatu Gorge to Palmerston North, traveling down the Kapiti Coast to arrive in the "Capital City" of Wellington.

This morning, join a professionally trained Art Deco Trust guide for a fascinating stroll through the city and discover its unique Art Deco style.
At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and travel through the Manawatu Gorge to Palmerston North, traveling down the Kapiti Coast to arrive in the "Capital City" of Wellington.

Day
7

Private Full Day Gourmet Walking Tour

Throughout your tour, you will be introduced to New Zealand's 'culinary, coffee and craft beer capital'. It then concludes with a delicious, light lunch matched with New Zealand wines or craft beer at a top Wellington restaurant. On Sundays, your itinerary will include the lovely waterfront Harborside food market.

Included is a short guided tour of New Zealand's nature, art, history, and cultural heritage at Te Papa.

Throughout your tour, you will be introduced to New Zealand's 'culinary, coffee and craft beer capital'. It then concludes with a delicious, light lunch matched with New Zealand wines or craft beer at a top Wellington restaurant. On Sundays, your itinerary will include the lovely waterfront Harborside food market.

Included is a short guided tour of New Zealand's nature, art, history, and cultural heritage at Te Papa.

Day
8

The Great Journeys of New Zealand

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the port for your interisland ferry to Nelson. Travel across Cook Strait, the stretch of water that separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand and into the Marlborough Sounds with its sparkling clear waters and lush forests, before arriving in Picton.

Then, Leave Picton and follow the scenic Queen Charlotte Drive route to Havelock. This accords beautiful views of the Sounds. From here continue inland to Nelson.

Depending on arrival time, the afternoon or evening will be at leisure to enjoy Nelson.
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Day
9

Group Abel Tasman National Park Tour

Today, you will enjoy BBS Beaches, Bays & Seals with Kayak in Abel Tasman National Park.

Experience the heart of the park with a vista cruise into Torrent Bay. Then explore some of the most scenic parts of the coast via kayak with your guide. Your guide designs each day to make the most of the tides and weather conditions.

Depending on arrival time after your tour, the afternoon or evening will be at leisure.

Today, you will enjoy BBS Beaches, Bays & Seals with Kayak in Abel Tasman National Park.

Experience the heart of the park with a vista cruise into Torrent Bay. Then explore some of the most scenic parts of the coast via kayak with your guide. Your guide designs each day to make the most of the tides and weather conditions.

Depending on arrival time after your tour, the afternoon or evening will be at leisure.

Day
10

Nelson - Queenstown

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. Flight to Queenstown. Upon arrival at Queenstown, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Depart Queenstown Wharf on the historic coal-fired vintage steamship, the TSS Earnslaw. Cruise from Queenstown Bay to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Onboard, the captain provides an interesting commentary as you enjoy spectacular views of Cecil and Walter Peaks and the western shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

Disembarking at Walter Peak, enjoy a buffet-style traditional carvery dinner at the Colonel's Homestead featuring New Zealand cuisine. Following the meal, there is also the option of an entertaining brief farm show.

On your return journey, a tradition is the TSS Earnslaw's sing-along around the piano.
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Day
11

Group Milford Sound Tour, Lunch Included

Today, follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the breath-taking man-made Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world-famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls. Return to Queenstown.

Today, follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the breath-taking man-made Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world-famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls. Return to Queenstown.

Day
12

Group Dart River Wilderness Jet & Skyline Queenstown

The Wilderness Safari is a jet boat journey through the Dart's braided river system. It includes an easy guided 30 - 40-minute walk through the 'Heritage Trail' at Paradise. Journey by 4WD coach via a scenic back-road route, stopping to view scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for many international films.

Take a cable car ride to the summit of Bob's Peak. The best views are found here spread out in a 220-degree panorama. Enjoy a Taste of New Zealand buffet dinner at one of Queenstown's most spectacular locations.
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Day
13

Queenstown - Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight home.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Auckland, New Zealand

Rotorua, New Zealand

Napier, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand

Nelson, New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand

Places You'll See

  • Auckland

    Auckland’s diverse landscapes provide countless opportunities to get immersed in nature. In the west, lush native rainforest plunges down the hills to meet the sea on dramatic black sand beaches, while the east’s sheltered golden sand beaches are fringed with red-flowering pohutukawa trees. To the north, the rolling hills of wine country meet stunning coastlines and in the south, you’ll find picturesque country gardens, unspoilt forest and tranquil bays to explore.

  • Rotorua

    From crystal-clear streams and magical forests to epic biking trails and thermal mud pools, Rotorua has it all. The city offers a raft of attractions and experiences for everyone from adventure-seekers to those just looking to unwind.

    Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. After marveling at the distinctive landscapes and volcanic activity within a geothermal park, enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a wellness getaway at a luxurious spa.

  • Wellington

    Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner-city beach and delve into the many museums, art galleries and theatre show that make up the city’s pulsing cultural scene. If you’re into the outdoors, Wellington has action-packed adventure activities like mountain biking and sea-water kayaking, as well as beautiful walks around the harbor and surrounding hills. Try the visually stunning Makara Peak track, as well as the City to Sea walk where you can experience the best of Wellington’s waterfront. Ride the cable car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city and enjoy an ice cream at the top.

    On the waterfront itself, you’ll find Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand’s national museum. Te Papa, as it’s colloquially known, means ‘our place’ and is one of the best interactive museums in the world.

  • Nelson

    Nelson Tasman is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes, with diverse geography capturing everything from long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains.

    Perhaps it’s the sun, perhaps it’s the location, but Nelson Tasman has long been a magnet for creative people. With one of the largest numbers of working artists and galleries in the country, you’ll find an array of craftspeople living in the region; traditional, contemporary and Māori. Visit their studios, explore the weekend craft markets, taste the delicious locally made artisan products and find something extraordinary to take home with you.

  • Queenstown

    Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges; it’s rumoured that gold prospectors – captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers – gave this now cosmopolitan town its name.

    With a smorgasbord of outdoor activities, Queenstown is the home of the ultimate adventure bucket list. There’s skiing from winter right through to spring, and activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting all year round. It is also a renowned cycling destination, providing everything from easy scenic tracks to backcountry trails, road rides to heli-biking and the Southern Hemisphere’s only gondola accessed downhill mountain biking.

  • Napier

    Napier, a coastal city on New Zealand’s North Island, is set amid the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay. Rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake, the city is known for its art deco landmarks like the zigzag-patterned Daily Telegraph Building. Along the tree-lined waterfront promenade the Marine Parade, the Pania of the Reef statue depicting a Maori maiden, is a symbol of the city.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Auckland : Sky City Hotel

Rotorua : Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel

Wellington : James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Nelson : Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

Queenstown : Millennium Hotel

Testimonials

Bryony and Peter C, from Australia

Traveled April, 2013

Everything went completely to plan and we cannot speak highly enough of all our guides

Just letting you know that we arrived safely back in Australia today. We would like to thank you for arranging such a great trip through central-america for us. Everything went completely to plan and we cannot speak highly enough of all our guides. We were picked up and dropped off at the advised times with the minimum of fuss, tours were excellent, well planned and our guides were extremely knowledgeable and easy to get on with. Our accommodation was very good and all included meals were of top quality and organized for our requests.

Chris

Traveled July, 2007

Thank you so much for looking after us so well.

My girlfriend, Annie, and I had the most awesome time in South America. We arrived to snow which was a bit of bonus for me, coming from Australia. Apparently it was the first time in 80 years that they had had snow in BsAs (Buenos Aires).The Kempinski Hotel was absolutely fabulous. They had a helpful staff, and it was probably the best position in town for us. They looked after our luggage while we went off to Iguazu Falls and Uruguay, and couldn’t have been more helpful.In fact, all arrangements were on time in Argentina (apart from Aerolinas’ flights!) and after that first hiccup I must say we were impressed.Iguazu Falls, what can I say? You booked the Grand Adventure for us and I shall never forget the boat trip and seeing the falls for the first time from the water! It was awesome. I am so glad we booked the Sheraton Hotel for its situation.Staff at all hotels were excellent. Mabel and Mercedes at Colonia sorted out our vouchers and travel details for us, and we found that one of the male members on staff at The Balmoral spoke excellent English and even tuned the TV in so that we could watch the BBC World News.I would definitely recommend the tour we did and we are even talking about seeing more of Argentina later on, perhaps combining it with a trip to Chile.We met some very interesting people and thoroughly enjoyed all our tours. Thank you so much for looking after us so well.

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Paul from Australia

Traveled March, 2013

Thanks again for your co-ordination of our trip

Just to advise you that we arrived home in Australia yesterday after another successful trip to Chile and Argentina (plus a short side trip to Uruguay!). Apart from a couple of hiccups in the first half of the trip that you were aware of, the trip overall went very well. All the connections worked out, the hotel/hospedaje accommodation was overall very good, with some outstanding (e.g. Tierra Atacama, KKala, Nothofagus, Entre Hielos) and we lucked a presidential suite (without the President) at the Hotel Antofagasta. Bahia Bustamante was also a refreshing highlight. The guide services also worked out well and as it eventuated, all aspects of the original itinerary were met, including the remote area crossing from Chile into Argentina from Cochrane to Los Antiguos. There were many geographic, geological and cultural highlights and we were generally very fortunate with weather conditions. Thanks again for your co-ordination of our trip. Graham and Anita were spending an extra couple of days in Santiago and return to Australia tomorrow.

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