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Highlights
  • Explore some of the top wineries of Waiheke Island and enjoy time at leisure to discover this magical place at your own speed
  • Soar over the volcanic landscapes and thermal fields of Rotorua by helicopter
  • Experience rural life on a sheep farm in Palliser Bay and try your hand at a number of outdoor activities
  • Discover New Zealand’s cosmopolitan city of Nelson – the cultural heartbeat of the country
  • Cruise the rugged coastline of majestic Abel Tasman National Park

Explore the dramatic terrain of the North and South islands of New Zealand on this unforgettable adventure. From the idyllic island of Waiheke with its wineries and art galleries, head south to the steaming lakes and geysers of Rotorua, the Maori heartland. Farther south lies Palliser Bay and your home at a working sheep farm. Then cross the water to the lively city of Nelson, which is the perfect gateway to the glorious coastal landscapes of Abel Tasman National Park.

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Initially told the tour I wanted was fully booked. When I said this was not as shown on the company's website, the tour consultant checked with a colleague to find that nought did not mean there were no places left, but meant none had been booked! No wonder there were no bookings if people were being told it was full!! Consultant also misunderstood the number of add on days requested and got invoice figures back to front for correct days. Clearly a bad hair day. However apart from that, the consultant was very helpful and readily sorted out the problems & kept me well informed & up to date.
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One of our party is unable to take up her holiday and we wanted information from Cox and Kings. Our senior tour consultant was away from the office and out of office email message asked us to use the address 'sales @' . Five days have gone by and still no response. We would have expected better service than this.

Small mistakes made on Invoice and we were asked to provide information, which had already been provided.

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Once again ... June 2018

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Once again, our booking experience with Cox and Kings, this time a tailor-made safari-trip to Tanzania for two adults and two children, has been first-rate. We have nothing but praise for the charm and efficiency of the representative who dealt with us. We had the feeling of being known personally and having every detail taken seriously.
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Calls not returned when promised.had to… June 2018

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Calls not returned when promised.had to keep ringing to book an expensive holiday

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Auckland / Waiheke Island

Accommodation: The Boatshed

Upon arrival in Auckland you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings representative and transferred to the Auckland Ferry Terminal in time to board the ferry to Waiheke Island and to your hotel. Waiheke Island is a magical island paradise – an enchanting blend of beautiful beaches, lush native bush, farms and vineyards create an inviting and warm island lifestyle. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to go for a stroll or just relax and enjoy the amenities of your hotel.

Day 2: Waiheke Island

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Boatshed

Delve into the natural beauty of Waiheke Island today as you embark on a half-day exploration with your private local guide. Visit some of the top vineyards to learn about the art and science of making wine, and taste some of the local varietals. Then immerse yourself in the thriving artisanal food scene on the island and wander through the galleries of local artists. This afternoon, return to your hotel where you have time at leisure. Perhaps take a walk on the white, sandy beaches, read a book in the sun, or visit the spa to indulge in a therapeutic massage or treatment.

Day 3: To Rotorua

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Black Swan Boutique Hotel

Bid farewell to Waiheke Island today and return to Auckland via ferry where you will be met on arrival and transferred to Rotorua in time to check into your boutique hotel. Savor some time at leisure this afternoon.

Day 4: Rotorua

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Black Swan Boutique Hotel

Rotorua – the heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture – is surrounded by steaming lakes, bubbling hot pools and erupting geysers. Explore the diverse landscapes of this region by shared helicopter to marvel at amazing views of Waiotapu Thermal Reserve, New Zealand’s most colorful volcanic area. Soar across the Waimangu Thermal Valley, which is home to Frying Pan Lake and Infernal Crater, a strikingly beautiful emerald lake. Then fly past Mount Edgecomb before crossing the water to White Island and its lunar landscapes and surreal steaming volcanic vents.

Day 5: To Palliser Bay

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Wharekauhau

Take your leave of Rotorua as you fly to Wellington where you will be met and escorted to your hotel in Palliser Bay where the rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Day 6: Palliser Bay

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Wharekauhau

After breakfast this morning, head out to enjoy the estate at Palliser Bay, a working sheep station surrounded by verdant forests, lakes, mountains, bush country and 16 miles of dramatic coastline offering endless opportunities for recreation. Embark on a horseback ride through the glorious landscapes, try your hand at the ancient art of archery, cast your line into the surf or indulge in some wine tasting.

Day 7: To Nelson

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Edenhouse

Continue your New Zealand adventure today as you are met and transferred to Wellington in time for your flight to Nelson, the cultural center of the country. Situated at the top northwest of the South Island it’s undoubtedly the sunniest region in the country and home to long golden beaches, untouched forests and rugged mountains.

Day 8: Abel Tasman National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Edenhouse

After breakfast this morning, journey to Abel Tasman National Park, located at the north end of the South Island of New Zealand, and embark on a shared cruise tracing the shoreline past Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri, Marahau and Tonga Island’s seal colony. Enjoy lunch on board, swim, kayak, go ashore for scenic walks or just relax on the boat before returning to your hotel late this afternoon.

Day 9: Depart Nelson

Meals: Breakfast

Bid farewell to New Zealand today as you are met and transferred to the Nelson airport in time for your onward flight.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 8,290

Price Per Day:

$ 921 per person
 

Price per person in US dollars based on two people traveling together, double occupancy and subject to availability.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers to and from your hotel
  • All planning, handling and operational charges
  • Accommodation as noted in itinerary, based on double occupancy
  • Privately guided sightseeing in air conditioned vehicle (exceptions may apply)
  • Services of Professional English-Speaking Guide(s) and/or Tour Escort as detailed in your itinerary
  • All entrance fees mentioned in itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Baggage handling, 2 pieces per person unless otherwise noted. (Please note that any additional luggage may require modification in vehicle size)
Trip Excludes
  • International and internal region airfare, unless otherwise stated
  • Meals other than those mentioned in itinerary
  • The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks with meals or otherwise, additional incidentals, etc.
  • Airport Security Charges if levied by any airport to cover the cost of security arrangements and payable locally and Airport Departure Taxes (if applicable)
  • Optional and additional sightseeing not included in itinerary
  • Cost of obtaining passports or required visas where necessary
  • Any fees associated with using air miles for your air travel
  • Transport between your home and home airport/port/station
  • Gratuities unless stated in "What Your Land Price Includes"
  • Travel Protection Insurance
Optional Activities
  • One & Only Hayman Island 4 Days & 3 Nights Tour Extension
  • Tasmania 4 Days & 3 Nights Tour Extension
Meals Included:

8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 6 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Private - your group only
Start City
Auckland
End City
Nelson
Cancellation Policy:

Should you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Cox & Kings in writing. Please note that deposits are-refundable minus a per person administrative fee of $400 if the cancellation is received more than 91 days prior to departure. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. For notification received within 90 days of departure, the following cancellation charges are applicable:

  • If Days Before Departure is 90 days or longer,  then Cancellation Charge is $400 per person administrative fee (some exceptions apply, you will be notified at time of booking)
  • If Days Before Departure is 89 to 61,  then Cancellation Charge is 20% of total land program price
  • If Days Before Departure is 60 to 31,  then Cancellation Charge is 50% of total land program price
  • If Days Before Departure is 30 to Day of Departure,  then Cancellation Charge is 100% of total land program price

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