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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

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• 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

  • “As always we had a great time & are looking forward to our next adventure!”
    John & Ann Dea
  • “Everything was great!”
    Christal Werner
  • “It is impossible to say what was best. The entire rally was quite an exceptional experience with exceptional hardworking leaders and team.”
    Ron & Pat Knight
  • “This tour was exactly what we wanted and expected, full of history, the food and entertainment were first class and the staff were so great!”
    Glen & Lynn Storey
  • “Every show was great. Good choices! I loved having everything taken care of. We just showed up! Good job!”
    Ted & Judy Barber
  • “This trip fulfilled our once-in-a-lifetime desire and more. It was top notch and we will (and already have) recommended it to many!”
    Dale & Cheryl Curtis

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New Zealand

  • “Everything was so well organized.”
    Carl & Sara Austin
  • “This tour was exactly what we wanted and expected, full of history, the food and entertainment were first class and the staff were so great!”
    Glen & Lynn Storey
  • “We learned so much! We definitely have a real appreciation for this wonderful excursion!”
    Bill & Carol Harrison
  • Regarding our 31-day Canadian Maritimes caravan Cindy and I would like to express how much we enjoyed the caravan with Rick & Sharon Gilbert and John & Sally Mincks. Both couples were outstanding and we would love to book any caravan they are involved with. We booked for the 2018 Big Sky caravan and hope you can assign one or both off them to that trip. We met many wonderful people and hope we have made some new life long friendships. We hope to meet up with Rick and Sharon at the Tampa RV show in January. The tour guides for our various bus tours were top notch, all added much information and interesting stories to the tour. Please give a big thanks to Roger in Quebec City, Roddie in PEI, Carolyn in Halifax and Paul on The Cabot Trail.  
    Iggy & Cindy Konrad
  • “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
  • “Every show was great. Good choices! I loved having everything taken care of. We just showed up! Good job!”
    Ted & Judy Barber
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