Small Group Escorted Tours

Small Group Escorted Tours

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TOUR 001. HOBBITON AND MATAMATA - ONE DAY

8.00am. Depart Intercity coach depot Hobson Street by Intercity coach
11.15am. Arrive Matamata
You have time for a photo opportunity with Gollum Statue at the I Site, lunch and Hobbit dress up opportunity at the Dew Drop Inn - extra expense
12.30pm. Three hour tour from Matamata including 2 hour guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, one cold drink at the Green Dragon Inn, and souvenir shopping time at the Shires Rest.
3.50pm. Depart Matamata aboad your Intercity coach
7.30pm. Arrive Auckland Skycity coach terminal.
Tour cost per person: Adults $169, Children age 10-14 $130. Children under 10 years old $100
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TOUR 002. ROTORUA - ONE DAY. Just $169 per adult. $100 per child age 10-14. $80 per child under 10.

8.00am. Depart Intercity coach depot Hobson Street by Intercity coach.
12.15pm Arrive Rotorua I Site Free time to explore at your leisure or options such as Skyline gondola and luge,Polynesians Spa etc. (extra expense)
2.35pm. Take the local bus to Te Puia arriving 2.48pm. Pay driver $2.70 cash.
3.15pm. Enjoy a Maori cuiltural Concert in the carved Meeting House.
4.00pm. Guided tour of the Te Puia thermal area including famed Pohutu Geyser
4.50pm. Your Intercity/Great Sights coach departs Te Puia
8.10pm. Arrive Auckland Skycity coach terminal.
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TOUR 002A. ROTORUA - ONE DAY INCLUDING WHAKAREWAREWA LIVING MAORI VILLAGE AND CITY TOUR.
Just $199 per adult. $120 per child age 10-14. $100 per child under 10.

8.00am. Depart Intercity coach depot Hobson Street by Intercity Coach
12.15pm. Arrive Rotorua
You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village. Enjoy a natural steam cooked hangi pie with fresh salad, sweet corn, and famous steam pudding, fruit salad, custard and cream with tea or coffee before experiencing a 30 minute Maori Cultural Performance with Mihi (welcome), Waiata (songs), poi display, and the world famous Haka. Your local guide who lives in the village will introduce you to the history and help you pronounce its name, (Tewhakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao - whaka for short!). Visit the Rahui shared geothermal area used for cooking, cleaning, and catching up on the local news then tour the geothermal area including bubbling mud pools and famous Pohutu geyser.
3.45pm. You will be picked up from the village for 50 minutes touring Rotorua including Kuirau Park thermal area, Lakefront and gardens, and Sulphur Point.
5.00pm. Depart Rotorua by Intercity Coach.
8.10pm. Arrive Auckland
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TOUR 002B. ROTORUA - ONE DAY INCLUDING WAIOTAPU THERMAL AREA AND CITY TOUR.
Just $199 per adult. $120 per child age 10-14. $100 per child under 10

8.00am. Depart Intercity coach depot Hobson Street by Intercity Coach
12.15pm. Arrive Rotorua
You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Wai-o-tapu (sacred waters) thermal area - most colourful in New Zealand. Explore the coloured terraces including the champagne pool and silica terraces and the largest bubbling mud pool in New Zealand. Return to Rotorua for 50 minutes touring including Kuirau Park thermal area, Lakefront and gardens, and Sulphur Point.
5.00pm. Depart Rotorua by Intercity Coach.
8.10pm. Arrive Auckland
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TOUR 002C. ROTORUA - ONE DAY INCLUDING WHAKAREWAREWA LIVING MAORI VILLAGE AND POLYNESIAN SPA.
Just $199 per adult. Please note admission is based on access to the 'adults only' pool. Children will be accepted but access is to the general pools or for an extra charge access to the de luxe Lake Spa pools can be arranged. Private pools can be arranged for extra expense.

8.00am. Depart Intercity coach depot Hobson Street by Intercity Coach
12.15pm. Arrive Rotorua
You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village. Enjoy natural steam cooked hangi pie with fresh salad, sweet corn, and famous steam pudding, fruit salad, custard and cream with tea or coffee before experiencing a 30 minute Maori Cultural Performance with Mihi (welcome), Waiata (songs), poi display, and the world famous Haka. Your local guide who lives in the village will introduce you to the history and help you pronounce its name, (Tewhakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao - whaka for short!). Visit the Rahui shared geothermal area used for cooking, cleaning, and catching up on the local news then tour the geothermal area including bubbling mud pools and famous Pohutu geyser.
3.45pm. You will be picked up from the village and transferred to the Polynesian Spa with about 40 minutes to relax in the hot thermal waters before making your way (10 minutes walk) to the I Site to join your coach. Admission to the Adult only pools included with temperatures 36 to 42 degrees celsius.
5.00pm. Depart Rotorua by Intercity Coach.
8.10pm. Arrive Auckland
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TOUR 004. BAY OF ISLANDS AND CAPE REINGA. 3 Days/2 nights. Departs Daily. From just $460 per adult

Day 1. AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS.
7.30am. Depart Auckland by Intercity/Great Sights coach
Arrive Bay of Islands and enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Maori Concert, and time in the excellent museum portraying the events around the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on the 6th February,1840. You will be taken to your accommodation

Day 2. CAPE REINGA DAY EXCURSION
Enjoy a full day excursion to Cape Reinga including Ninety Mile Beach, boogie boarding on the sand dunes, and buffet lunch. See the meeting of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean, Three Kings Islands in fine weather, and walk to the lighthouse at Cape Reinga. A Buffet lunch is included. Return to Paihia early evening.

Day 3. BAY OF ISLANDS CRUISE - AUCKLAND
Make your way to the cruise terminal and board your cruise boat for 4.5 hours cruising the Bay of Islands to Cape Brett, and through the 'Hole in the Rock' - weather permitting. Stopover at Urupukapuka island for a barbecue buffet lunch and time to explore the island. Often dolphins are to be seen during the cruise. Option to disembark at historic Russell and explore before returning to Paihia by ferry (*tickets included).
4.30pm. Depart Paihia aboard your Intercity/Great Sights coach.
8.10pm. Arrive at the Intercity coach terminal in Hobson Street.
Tour cost per person:
Backpacker (no breakfasts): Dormitory $460. Twin room with en suite $500. Single room with en suite $560.
Hotel including breakfasts: Twin room $590. Triple $550. Single $760
Tour cost includes;
** Return coach travel from Auckland to the Bay of Islands
** Two nights accommodation at grade chosen. Breakfasts at hotel only
** Guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Maori concert
** Full day excursion to Cape Reinga including lunch
** Bay of Islands cruise including buffet lunch
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TOUR 005. SKI A VOLCANO. 3 Days/2 nights - stay as long as you like.
Departs Daily until 30 September, 2018. From just $240 per adult

Day 1. AUCKLAND - TAUPO. Intercity coaches depart Skycity coach terminal, Hobson Street.
Depart 7.30am - arrive 12.25pm
Depart 12.30pm - arrive 5.40pm
Depart 7.00-pm - arrive 00.10am
Connections available from Auckland airport to join Taupo coach at Manukau or Hamilton.
Coach arrives Wairakei resort approximately 10 minutes prior to Taupo
Arrive Taupo I Site and make your way to your accommodation. Base Backpackers is 2 minutes walk, Suncourt Hotel 5 minutes, and Wellesley Hotel 15 minutes walk. Coach stops outside Wairakei Resort. Arrivals before 6pm are fitted with your skis or snowboards and other equipment tonight.

Day 2. SNOW DAY AT WHAKAPAPA
7.15am. Please be at the Snow Centre. (Transfer provided from Wairakei at 7am)
7.30am. Your snow shuttle departs
9.00am Arrive at the Top of the Bruce ski area

MOUNTAIN OPTIONS - EXTRA EXPENSE
1. PLAY DAY IN THE SNOW
Chairlift ride to Knoll Ridge cafe 2,020 metres above sea level for stunning views of the 3 mountains of the central North Island in fine weather - $35. Sled hire $20 per hour.

2. LEARN TO SKI includes lesson, learners lifts in Happy Valley, skis/boots/poles or Snowboard and boots. $199

3. ALL SKI OR SNOWBOARD All mountain lift pass $125. skis/boots/poles or Snowboard $49

4.30pm. Your snow shuttle departs the Top of the Bruce
6.00pm. Arrive Taupo. You have dozens of restaurants and food outlets to choose from. maybe relax in the hot pools to recover!

Day 3. TAUPO - AUCKLAND
Free time to relax or make as exciting as you wish with many activities to enjoy including an exciting jet boat ride to the Huka Falls, Bunjy Jump, Tandem parachuting, white water rafting, lake cruise, thermal areas, scenic flights over the central North Island volcanoes, trout fishing, hot thermal pools, or return to Auckland via Rotorua.
We recommend staying over in Taupo, or combine with a few days in Rotorua

Travel back to Auckland by Intercity coach to the Hobson Street coach depot
Depart Taupo 01.20am - arrive Auckland 6.25am
Depart Taupo 10.20am - arrive Auckland 4.20pm
Depart Taupo 4.00pm - arrive Auckland 8.25pm.
Coach departs from opposite Wairakei Resort approximately 10 minutes after leaving Taupo. Connections from Manukau to the airport

Tour cost per person
Backpacker (no breakfasts): Dormitory with en suite $240. Twin room with en suite $300. Single room with en suite $350.
...Extra nights: Dormitory with en suite $40. Twin room with en suite $70. Single room with en suite $140
Suncourt or Wellesley Hotels including breakfasts: Twin room $360. Triple $320. Single $460
...Extra nights: twin room $90. triple room $70. Single room $160
Wairakei Resort including breakfasts: twin room $390. Triple $370: Single $560
...Extra nights including breakfasts: twin room $120. Triple room $ 100. Single room $ 190.

Tour cost includes;
** Return travel from Auckland to Taupo by Intercity coach
** 2 nights accommodation at grade chosen. Breakfasts at hotels only
** Snow shuttle one day from Taupo to Whakapapa and return
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TOUR 006. QUEENSTOWN AND MILFORD SOUND. 3 Days/2 nights - stay as long as you like.
Commences Daily. From just $390 per adult

Day 1. ARRIVE QUEENSTOWN
Arrive Queenstown and you will be transferred to your accommodation. (Flights not included)
We recommend arriving early and start enjoying all the activities Queenstown has to offer.

Day 2. MILFORD SOUND EXCURSION
Depart Queenstown around 7am for a day of magnificent scenery. Drive to Lake Te Anau for a coffee break then through the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys and Homer tunnel into magnificent Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on Milford Sound under majestic Mitre Peak and see Bowen as well as many other waterfalls. Usually dolphins and always seals are seen during this cruise. Lunch is provided during the cruise. Return to Queenstown arriving mid evening,

Free time for options in the adventure capital of New Zealand including
SKI Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Cardrona, July - September/October
Shotover jet boat ride - $145
Skyline gondola and luge rides
Tandem parachuting
Hot air ballooning
White Wter rafting
Lake cruise on the historic steamer "Earnslaw" to Walter Peak for dinner
Morning tour to Arrowtown and Gibbston valley winery
and many more.................
You will be transferred to the airport for departure. You absolutely need more time in Queenstown!

Tour cost per person
Backpacker (no breakfasts): Dormitory with en suite $390. Twin room with en suite $470. Single room with en suite $560.
...Extra nights: Dormitory with en suite $40. Twin room with en suite $70. Single room with en suite $140
Hotels (Heartland or similar) including breakfasts: Twin room $540. Triple $490. Single $650
...Extra nights: twin room $120. triple room $110. Single room $190
Tour cost includes;
** Arrival and departure transfers in Queenstown
** 2 nights accommodation at grade chosen. Breakfasts at hotels only
** Full day excursion to Milford Sound including cruise and lunch
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Highlights of New Zealand


AUCKLAND - WAITOMO CAVES - HOBBITON - ROTORUA - QUEENSTOWN - TE ANAU - MILFORD SOUND - MOUNT COOK - CHRISTCHURCH

9 days/8 Nights
Commence Auckland every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday year round - minimum of 2 passengers)

Please note:
This tour is guaranteed to operate for a minimum of 2 passengers. Travel in the North Island is with our experienced driver/guide. You will be locally hosted in Queenstown. Travel to and from Milford Sound will be with Real Journeys and from Queenstown to Mt Cook and Christchurch with Great Sights big buses



Day 1. AUCKLAND ARRIVE
Arrive Auckland International Airport to a greeting from our driver and you will be transferred to your accommodation
Arrivals before 3pm receive a complimentary tour of introduction to Auckland including the summit of Mt Eden for a panoramic view over the city, Domain and pass the museum, Rose Gardens, Tamaki waterfront Drive, Mission Bay, downtown area, Albert Park, and University area.

Day 2. AUCKLAND. (B)
Free day to explore New Zealands largest and most vibrant city or take a day tour to the Bay of Islands, or Coromandel.

AUCKLAND COMPREHENSIVE tour instead of introductory tour. Includes all the features of the introductory tour plus admission to Auckland Museum, Kelly Tarltons Sealife Aquarium and Antarctic Centre including the live penguins, Skytower (main observation platform) for a panoramic view over the inner city, light lunch by the waterfront, and 1.5 hour harbour cruise including Westhaven Marina, cruise under the Harbour Bridge, pass the naval base at Devonport, and enjoy a brief stopover at the volcanic island of Rangitoto. Extra cost $240 per person. Tour ends at the cruise wharf about 3pm.

Day 3. AUCKLAND - WAITOMO CAVES - OTOROHANGA KIWI HOUSE - HOBBITON - ROTORUA (BL)
Depart Auckland 8.00am and drive south over the Bombay Hills and along the banks of the Waikato River to Visit Otorohanga Kiwi House to see our unique endangered native kiwi birds at feeding time, the ancient Tuatara reptile, and walk through the largest dome aviary in New Zealand to see our native Kereru (Wood Pigeon) Kakariki (Parrot), and other native birds

Continue to Waitomo Caves for a guided tour through the main limestone cave and cruise through the glowworm grotto. (45 minute tour)
Options - must be requested with your tour reservation.
1. Add Aranui Cave INSTEAD of lunch - 1 hour tour - no change in cost
2. Tour Ruakuri Cave instead of Glowworm Cave and Lunch 2 hour tour - no change in cost.
3. Small group experience (maximum 11 participants) in Footwhistle Cave among the limestone formations and get up close and personal with the myriad of glowworms as well as see ancient Moa bones from our extinct native birds and visit the bush tea house to sample unique tea from the Kawakawa tree, used by by Maori for healing purposes. (75 minute tour - no change in cost)
4. TUBE IT!! Don a wetsuit, jump off a waterfall, head down the hydro slide, and glide downriver on your tube under an amazing canpoy of glowworms. 2 hour tour - extra cost $100. 20 minutes for a fast included barbecue lunch!

Continue to Roselands farm restaurant for a barbecue buffet lunch (except options 1 and 2 above) - beef, chicken, fish, salads, cake and coffeee plus a taste of mussels and kumara chips. Passengers on the shorter cave options above also have the opportunity to stroll through the gardens, and meet some of the farm animals.
Visit a small kiwifruit orchard to learn where these fruit came from and their importance to New Zealand's economy. Tasting included during the season May - November/December.
Visit Lake Karapiro, home of New Zealand rowing, and the Karapiro hydro dam on the Waikato River, at 425 km this is New Zealand's longest river.
Continue to Hobbiton and the Shires Rest to join your guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie set, made famous by "Lord of the Rings, and "Hobbit" films. Drive through part of the picturesque 500 hectare (1,250 acre) sheep and cattle farm and your guide will escort you through the 10 acre Hobbiton site. See the Hobbit Holes, Bag End (Bilbo and Frodo Baggins home), Party Tree, Lake, The Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn, and learn how this Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. Enjoy a cold drink from the Green Dragon Inn and continue to Rotorua.

Day 4. ROTORUA - WAIOTAPU. (BD)
Visit the Waiotapu thermal area to explore the coloured terraces and see Lady Knox geyser play. Return to Rotorua this morning for a guided tour of the te Puia thermal area to see bubbling mud pools, famed Pohutu geyser, and the maori darving and weaving school. Ride the Skyline gondola for a panoramic view over the lake and city with lunch and luge options - extra expense. This afternoon enjoy the Agrodome farm show to see sheep being shorn, a cow being milked, and sheep dogs working.
Free time to relax in the thermal waters of the Polynesian Spa if you wish - extra expense.
This evening enjoy an introduction to maori culture with a concert, and a hangi steam cooked dinner.

Day 5. ROTORUA - QUEENSTOWN (B) Transfer to the airport and fly south to Queenstown (some flights may be via Auckland). You will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation.
Day 6. QUEENSTOWN. (B)
This morning's tour includes Queenstown Hill for a panoramic view over Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown, the famous Bungy Bridge, Gibbston Valley Winery, Pillars of the Kings - Lord of the Rings film site, and the historic centre of Arrowtown.
The afternoon is free to enjoy this beautiful town with many optional tours available. Take a Lord of the Rings sites tour, ride the gondola to the Skyline Restaurant and luge, enjoy an exciting jet boat ride or whatever you wish. All activities are extra expense.

Day 7. MILFORD SOUND EXCURSION. (BL)
Enjoy a full day tour to magnificent Milford Sound. Drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and on to Lake Te Anau then through the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys with a visit to the Mirror Lake. On arrival in Milford Sound join your cruise boat for a cruise to the head of Milford Sound under majestic Mitre Peak. Usually seals and dolphins are to be seen. See also the Bowen waterfall and retrace your steps back to Queenstown arriving early evening. A buffet lunch is included during your cruise.

Day 8. QUEENSTOWN - MT COOK - CHRISTCHURCH (B)
Join Great Sights for the journey north through the Kawarau Gorge, over the Lindis Pass, through the McKenzie Country, and along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain. You have time to visit the National Park headquarters or take an optional scenic flight over the mountains (extra expense and weather permitting) before continuing to Lake Tekapo and on to Christchurch arriving early evening. You will be taken to your accommodation.
Day 9. CHRISTCHURCH DEPART. (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for departure.

Tour cost per person 2 per room Standard $2,740
First Class $2,980
Single room: Standard $3,290.
First Class $3,640
 

 

Tour cost includes:
** Arrival and departure transfers at each point
** All travel from Auckland to Christchurch by mini bus or coach, and Rotorua to Queenstown air fare
** 7 nights accommodation at grade chosen
** 7 cooked breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 hangi dinner at Rotorua,
** Sightseeing admissions to Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, Te Puia cultural centre and Whakarewarewa thermal area, Maori Concert, Milford Sound tour and cruise, services of our very special driver/guide/commentator/friend from Auckland to Waitomo - Hobbiton - Rotorua.


Why not stay longer and enjoy more of Christchurch? - extra cost per night for accommodation and breakfast
Standard: Two per room $110, Single room $200
First Class: Two per room, $140 single room $250
Optional excursions:
(A) the charming French Style settlement of AKAROA including a harbour cruise, visit to a cheese factory, and lunch at a popular restaurant on the waterfront - extra cost $150 or
(B) the picturesque and tranquil mountain thermal resort of HANMER SPRINGS including a visit to a sheep farm,Thrillseekers Canyon (optional jet boat ride), lunch at the Garden House Cafe, and a visit to Waipara Winery - extra cost $190 or
(C) a day excursion to scenic KAIKOURA including a 3 hour Whale Watch cruise or 30 minute Whale Watch flight - extra cost $210