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New Zealand

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

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Two Person / RV $TBD – 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

  • If you are looking for a way to travel with peace of mind and meet like-minded Travelers-lead by friendly, knowledgeable staff - Adventure Caravans is the company for you.
    Ron & Pauline C.
  • Exceeds expectations – Good $ Value. Saw many things I never would have found on my own. Carol H.
    Carol H
  • This is our first caravan and we enjoyed it so much we signed up for three more. Jack and Jean A.
    Jack & Jean A.
  • We love having all the details taken care of (campsites, tours, etc.) no stress vacation. Tim & Kathy L.
    Tim & Kathy L.
  • 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 to 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
  • Our first trip/Rally with Adventure Caravans was a great way to begin our RVing adventure. Tina and her crew pay attention to the details and truly Aim to please by providing a memorable trip. Steve D.
    Steve D