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New Zealand

  • Destination: Nature Tour, New Zealand, Overseas Tours
  • Duration: 21 days

October 16 – November 05, 2021

Two Person / RV $10,995 – Subject to Change

ALL Australia & New Zealand Tours have a $500 NON-REFUNDABLE cancellation fee per person.

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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.

 

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
● Firth of Thames
● Miranda Shorebird Centre Presentation
● 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
● Visit Town of Hobbiton
● Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
● Shire’s Rest Café Lunch
● Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre Tour
● Falconry Training Demonstration
Day 6
Napier
● Travel Through Waikato Region
● Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s Largest Lake
● Rapid’s Fet Boat at Taupo
● 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 (optional lunch)
● Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre (optional)
● 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
● Dolphin Boat Tour (Alternative to Palegic Boat Tour)
● New Zealand Fur Seal Colony Under Waterfalls
Day 11
Christchurch
● Travel Through Canterbury Region
● Free Afternoon to Visit Some Sites on your 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 - 14
Queenstown
● Travel Through Southern Alps
● Lake Wakatipu Evening Cruise on 1912 Vintage Steamer
● Gourmet Dinner on Cruise
● Sheep Shearing Demonstration
● Gondola Ride to Bob’s Peak
● Luge Rides
● Travel Past Sheep Pastures and Deer Farms
– toward West Coast
Day 15 - 16
Te Anau
● Fiordland National Park
● Boat Cruise Through Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea
Day 17
Dunedin
● Travel to Southeast Coast of South Island at Otago Peninsula
Day 18
Oamaru
● Lamach Castle and Gardens
● Royal Albatross Breeding Colony and
– Steward Island Shag Nesting Site
● Moeraki Boulders
● Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Night Show
Day 19 - 21
Christchurch
● Travel Eastern Coast of South Island
● Return Rental RV’s
● Transfer to a Christchurch Hotel near Airport
● Christchurch Hotel (2 Nights)
● Antarctic Centre in Christchurch
● Haggland ride in Christchurch
● Tour a Small Wildlife Reserve and its Great Spotted Kiwis
● Maori Cultural Performance
● Farewell Dinner
● Flashlight Tour to see Kiwi Enclosures
● Airport Shuttle Transfer
● Return Flights from Christchurch

Tour Features

– Class C turbo diesel Apollo Euro Deluxe RV –  accommodating two to six adults, includes three double beds,  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.  Click here to see layout.
– 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


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Tour Route

Total Miles Traveled – 1,681

New Zealand

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New Zealand

  • Enthusiastic leaders and wagonmasters along with great events, activities, and attendees made this tour worthwhile.
    Adventure Caravans Guest
  • We enjoy the family feeling between owner, staff, and guests. Bob & Toni C.
    Adventure Caravans Guest
  • All we had to do was drive. The planning was all done for us. In the end it didn’t cost more than doing it on our own… Larry & Charley K.
    Larry & Charley K – Alaska 2019
  • If you are looking for both informative history and well run outing Adventure Caravans does both.
    Rick H. – Civil War 2019
  • We love having all the details taken care of (campsites, tours, etc.) no stress vacation. Tim & Kathy L.
    Tim & Kathy L.
  • This is our first caravan and we enjoyed it so much we signed up for three more. Jack and Jean A.
    Jack & Jean A.