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New Zealand

  • Destination: Australia, Nature Tour, New Zealand, Overseas Tours
  • Duration: 20 days

October 24 – November 12, 2017

Two Person / RV $10,380
One Person / RV $8,690
Additional Person – Call for Pricing

October 22 – November 10, 2019

Two Person / RV $12,980 – Subject to Change
One Person / RV $10,890 – Subject to Change
Additional Person – Call for Pricing

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Hard to beat for spectacular scenery,

New Zealand offers nutrient-rich blue seas teeming with whales, dolphins, and fur seals over which glide albatrosses, petrels, and skuas; shorelines of penguins; rugged coastlines and dramatic capes hosting gannet and tern colonies; estuaries for spoonbills, stints and tattlers; wetlands supporting bitterns, rails and crakes; mirrored lakes, sheep-grazed hills; mossy forests and ancient podocarpus forests where Kokako glide across the high canopy; alpine meadows and scree slopes; braided rivers spilling down from snow-covered mountains and hanging glaciers; geysers, hot springs, boiling mud pools and volcanoes; and endemic birds with strange names like Kea, Kiwi, Takahe, Tui, Weka, and Wrybill. Take a breath and enjoy it all!

Your registration includes rental of a late model Class C turbo diesel vehicles accommodating two to four adults and including double bed, gas stove, refrigerator, microwave, shower, toilet, air-conditioning/heating, pressurized hot & cold water, and radio/CD player. Also included are linen, bedding, and kitchen equipment.

This tour is the last of 4 separate tours in Australia & New Zealand, the other tours are:
Australia – The Outback / Australia – Queensland / Australia – Sydney

For a detailed description of this tour, visit www.bafrenz.com

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2
Auckland, North Island
● Hotel near Auckland Harbor (2 Nights)
● Breakfasts at Hotel (2 Mornings)
● Ferry to Tiritiri Mantangi Island
● Guided Tour of Tiritiri Mantangi Island
● Lunch on Island
● Auckland City Tour (Alternative to Island Tour)
● Auckland Sites include: Sky City, Auckland Waterfront,
– Parnell Village, Kelly Tarlton’s, Mount Eden,
– Auckland Zoo and many more. Box Lunch provided
Day 3
Miranda, Firth of Thames
● Pick up Rental RV’s and Groceries
● Miranda Shorebird Centre Presentation
● Firth of Thames
● Swim in Thermal Mineral Hot Springs Pool
Day 4
Waitomo
● Revisit Coast (Tide Change)
● Travel Through King Country Region
● Guided Walking Tour Through Ruakuri Cave
● Boat Ride Through the Underground
– Waitomo Glowworm Cave
Day 5
Rotorua
● Travel Through Bay of Plenty Region
● Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre Tour
● Falconry Training Demonstration
Day 6
Napier
● Travel Through Waikato Region
● Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s Largest Lake
● Ahuriri Estuary
● Classic Sheepskins Tannery
● Tractor & Wagon Ride Along Coast
– and Headlands of Hawke’s Bay
● Cape Kidnappers and Australian Gannets Colony
Day 7 - 8
Wellington
● Travel Through Tararua Region
● Tui Brewery
● Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre
● Kaori Wildlife Sanctuary
● Kaori Exhibition Hall and Daytime Walk
● Guided Nighttime Walk for Nocturnal Birds and Animals
Day 9 - 10
Kaikoura, South Island
● Cook Strait Ferry to South Island
● Pelagic Boat Tour for Whales and Albatrosses
● New Zealand Fur Seal Colony Under Waterfalls
Day 11
Christchurch
● Travel Through Canterbury Region
● Free Afternoon to Visit Some Sites on you own,
– e.g., Downtown Historic Christchurch or Antarctic Centre
Day 12
Twizel
● Travel into Southern Alps
● Lake Ruataniwa
● Mt. Cook at 12,136 ft. the Highest Mountain in Australia
● Black Stilt Captive Breeding Centre Tour
Day 13
Queenstown
● Travel Through Southern Alps
● Lake Wakatipu Evening Cruise on 1912 Vintage Steamer
● Gourmet Dinner on Cruise
Day 14 - 15
Te Anau
● Travel Past Sheep Patures and Deer Farms
– Toward West Coast
● Fiordland National Park
● Boat Cruise Through Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea
Day 16 - 17
Dunedin
● Te Anau Wildlife Centre
● Travel to Southeast Coast of South Island at Otago Peninsula
● Royal Albatross Breeding Colony and
– Steward Island Shag Nesting Site
● March of the Penguins: Yellow-Eyed Penguins
– Emerging from the Sea
Day 18 - 20
Christchurch
● Travel Eastern Coast of South Island
● Free Afternoon to Visit Some Sites on your own,
– e.g., Downtown Historic Christchurch or Antarctic Centre
● Return Rental RV’s
● Transfer to a Christchurch Hotel near Airport
● Tour a Small Wildlife Reserve and its Great Spotted Kiwis
● Maori Cultural Performance
● Farewell Dinner
● Flashlight Tour to see Kiwi Enclosures
● Return Flights from Christchurch

Tour Features

Click Here to View What is Included In Every Overseas RV Caravan

• Entrance Fees
• Shuttle to Christchurch Airport
• Customized Bird Checklists for Birding Sites
• Services of Professional Naturalist and Birding Guide
• “What you Should Know Before you Leave” Preparatory Document

Tour Route

Total Miles Traveled – 1659

New Zealand

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Testimonials

  • “It was wonderful!  We have been to Alaska on a cruise before and thought we saw so much at that time. This tour provided so much more and we discovered there was more to see! Awesome trip, awesome Wagonmasters, and awesome Tailgunners!”
    Byron & Janet Warner
  • When we signed up for the tour all we knew was that we were going to Alaska. Adventure Caravans made this trip, for us, a once in a lifetime experience. Everything was taken care of, all we had to do was leave in the morning and be in the next campground by a certain time. We enjoyed every facet of the tour from the log meetings and socials to the tours and our free time. Kudos to the wagon masters and the Penny and Tom. The icing on the cake are the wonderful friends that we made and know we will keep in touch. The camaraderie among the whole group was amazing but the trip left us with memories for a lifetime. Thank you Adventure Caravans.
    Alaska Caravan Guest
  • “Excellent staff, excellent group of attendees, excellent tour guide, great bus drivers, wonderful shop tours, great meals. Everything was great. Everyone got along together, great venues and racing.”
    Dick & Sandy Kashdin
  • “Jim and his staff were absolutely magnificent. They were respectful, friendly and accommodating. And worked extremely hard, it was superb.”
    Erwin & Herta Schmidt
  • Wonderful Staff (Conrad, Clary and Ron on the Polar Bear tour) - I had car trouble, I had a cabinet fall right out of the wall, and I fussed about my transmission on the RV. I had slide covers full of heavy wet snow --- all these problems solved with cheerful and competent efficiency. A widow on my first alone adventure ---totally looked after. Thanks to these fellows - I am delighted with my experience.
    Linda Ellis – Polar Bear Tour
  • “Will recommend this to many of our friends. So well done. The best of the best was seen at all of the stops.”
    Wayne & Wendy Mikkelsen

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New Zealand

  • “We had an enjoyable fun adventure in NYC.”
    Thomas & Shirley Lynch
  • “Excellent trip! We experienced so much in a relatively short period of time. The length of this trip was perfect for us. The amount of free time was perfect.”
    Frank & Roz Jaronzyck
  • “I will be recommending to all of my RV friends, it is a must do!”
    Garry & Karen West
  • “I never realized how beautiful Michigan is until I went on this tour!”
    George & Kathy Snyder
  • “It was wonderful!  We have been to Alaska on a cruise before and thought we saw so much at that time. This tour provided so much more and we discovered there was more to see! Awesome trip, awesome Wagonmasters, and awesome Tailgunners!”
    Byron & Janet Warner
  • '...more than 15 years of retirement travel and this was our first real vacation!'
    Roger & Linda
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