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Friends, family, teammates, colleagues, alumni or students can all form a group. It’s as easy as that — when 10 or more people travel together, they will be classified as a group. Travel2 can custom design a seamless travel experience specifically tailored to the interests and desires of the group.

Use these example itineraries as a guide to build your own custom adventure!

GROUP FAQS

What Kinds of Group Travel Can Travel2 Organize?

We’ve organized a variety of group vacations including family reunions, sports-themed vacations for entire teams and wine travel getaways for the ultimate wine connoisseurs. 

Here are a few ideas:

Families: 
– Extended family vacation to visit cousins in Sydney
– Grandparents’ 50th anniversary celebration on a Fijian Island
– Motorhome “rally” across New Zealand

Sports Groups:
– Scuba diving club to the Great Barrier Reef
– Soccer team to play Aussie clubs

Volunteer/ Religious Groups:
– Catholic youth groups to Sydney for World Youth Day 2008
– Medical volunteers to Cambodia

Food and Wine Lovers:
– Vintner’s club to South Australia’s annual Barossa Valley Wine Festival
– Vietnamese cooking school and tour 

Eco-lovers:
– Bird watching group to Borneo
– Zoo’s Conservancy Board to Kangaroo Island.

Why Trust Your Group to Travel2?

Sending a group with us means sending them with confidence.

As an industry leader, Travel2 is known as the experts in travel to Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, the Cook Islands and Asia. Our size and reputation allow us to contract the very best rates and the latest activities for your group.

Our sales team can also provide help in promoting your group. From flyers and printed collateral to webinars and in-house presentations, our team can assist in marketing to prospective group travelers.

In addition, Travel2 is a member of the leading trade organizations in the United States, including ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) and USTOA (United States Tour Operators Association).

Earn Free Travel

Don’t forget, one of the best parts of working with a group is the organizer can often earn free travel. Be sure to ask our groups team for more details.

AUSTRALIA

Gourmet Food & Wine Trail

Day 1: DEPART LOS ANGELES


  • Fly from Los Angeles on Qantas Airways.

Day 2 – MELBOURNE


  • Meet & Greet by a local guide including document handover, orientation and hotel check in assistance and assistance with walking the group to their lunch venue, then sightseeing tour
  • Private motorcoach transfer airport to hotel
  • Private charter motorcoach for 2 hours sightseeing of Melbourne
  • Hotel porterage

Accommodation: Grand Mercure on Swanton – Standard Room for 2 nights

Day 3: MELBOURNE


  • Full buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Optional Phillip Island Penguins
  • Private motorcoach excursion to Yarra Valley 
  • Private tour followed by tasting at Domaine Chandon Winery including two-course lunch at Yering Station Wine Bar including one glass of Yering wine

OPTIONAL: Afternoon cooking workshop at De Bortol

Day 4: MELBOURNE / ADELAIDE


  • Full buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Private motorcoach transfer hotel to airport
  • Departure assistance by a local guide, including airport group check-in assistance
  • Flight Melbourne to Adelaide
  • Meet & greet in Adelaide by a local guide, including orientation, touring and hotel check in
  • Private motorcoach transfer airport to hotel including a 4 hours sightseeing tour en route
  • Admission to the National Wine Center – educational package includes a private guided tour and wine tasting of two white & two red wines
  • Hotel porterage

Accommodation: Rendezvous Allegra – DeluxeRoom for 2 nights

Day 5: ADELAIDE


  • Full buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Local guide for sightseeing assistance – 8 hours
  • Private charter motorcoach for 8 hours Barossa Valley touring

Day 6: ADELAIDE / SYDNEY


  • Private motorcoach transfer hotel to airport
  • Departure assistance by a local guide, including airport group check-in assistance
  • Flight Adelaide to Sydney 
  • Meet & greet in Sydney by a local
  • Private motorcoach transfer airport to Icebergs at Bondi
  • Hotel porterage 

Accommodation: The Grace Hotel Sydney – Superior Room for 2 nights

Day 7: SYDNEY


  • Full buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Optional Hunter Valley tour with wine tasting at local vineyards

Day 8: SYDNEY / CAIRNS


  • Full buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Private motorcoach transfer hotel to airport
  • Departure assistance by a local guide, including airport group check-in assistance
  • Flight Sydney to Cairns 
  • Meet & greet in Cairns by a local guide, including sightseeing assistance and hotel check-in assistance
  • Private motorcoach transfer airport to Tjapukai and then Kuranda to the hotel, bags to be dropped at the hotel in the interim
  • Admission, activities and buffet lunch at Tjapukai Aboriginal Theme Park — drinks not included
  • One-way Skyrail Ride Caravonica to Kuranda
  • Three-course dinner at Far Horizons Restaurant, Palm Cove – drinks not included (short walk from the hotel)
  • Hotel porterage

Accommodation: Novotel Rockford Palm Cove – Executive Room for 3 nights

Day 9: PALM COVE


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Great Barrier Reef cruise with Ocean Spirit Cruises to Michaelmas Cay, including hotel pick up/drop off (seat on coach), morning tea, presentations on board, reef tax, semi-submersible ride, time ashore on Michaelmas Cay, rental of snorkel equipment, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, complimentary glass of sparkling wine with guitarist entertainment on the return cruise
  • Three-course dinner at Corals Restaurant at The Sebel Reef House Hotel – drinks not included (short walk from the hotel) 

Day 10: PALM COVE


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Day at leisure
  • Return dinner transfers (6 hours maximum, including coach positioning/repositioning)
  • Three-course dinner at Nautilus Restaurant – drinks not included

Day 11: PALM COVE / CAIRNS / LOS ANGELES


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Private motorcoach transfer hotel to Cairns airport
  • Departure assistance by a local guide including airport group check in assistance
  • Flight Cairns to Los Angeles via Brisbane (included in cost)

AUSTRALIA

Australian Bird Watchers’ Paradise

Day 1-3: FLY FROM UNITED STATES TO AUSTRALIA


Day 3: HOBART (D)

Arrive Hobart where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Hobart Tasmania’s capital lies in the south-east of the state, near the mouth of the Derwent River at the foot of Mount Wellington. an intriguing blend of heritage and lifestyle, scenery and vibrant culture. It’s a city defined by the river and sea. Take a harbour cruise, or drive to the summit of Mt Nelson or Mt Wellington, and you’ll understand our maritime focus – suburbs hug the Derwent River, city buildings cluster around the docks and the estuary broadens into Storm Bay and the distant sea. Welcome dinner at the hotel (drinks at guest’s account).

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Day 4: HOBART / SOUTHWEST NATIONAL PARK / BRUNY IS. (BD)


Full breakfast at your hotel. Depart the hotel by private coach and transfer to the airport for your short flight to the Southwest World Heritage Area. The morning tour will fly you over the coastline to Melaleuca. Included in this tour is a visit to Deny King’s house, a visit to the Orange Bellied Parrot hide with a chance to view the birds, a boat trip from Melaleuca to Bathurst Harbour, and a short walk on Mt Rugby and a morning tea before flying back to Hobart. The Southwest National Park is an experience in grandeur Tasmanian style. This enormous area of World Heritage wilderness is remote, ancient, and epic in its proportions.

Arrive Hobart and collect your luggage to be stored by the hotel till you return back from Bruny Island. Board your coach to Kettering, where you will take a 15 minutes ferry ride to Bruny Island, the home of almost 140 bird species, including all 12 endemic Tasmanian species can be found on the island. North Bruny and South Bruny are joined by an extremely narrow strip of land called “The Neck.” In total the approximate dimensions of the Island are about 70 kms by 24 kms at the widest points. There are about 300 kilometres of roads to explore.

The island is a mixture of level plains, small mountains and plateaux. Much of the western side of South Bruny has high sheer cliffs dropping down to the sea. It is a protected location for seal and sea bird colonies. The permanent population of Bruny Island is approximately 550 persons. This number almost doubles during peak summer holiday seasons. Arrive on Bruny Island in afternoon (time to be arranged) and be met by your guide. Visit the habitats on North Bruny which is different from the south of the island. Head down to your accommodation late afternoon.

Accommodation: Cottages on Bruny Island for 2 nights

Day 5: BRUNY ISLAND (B/L/D)


Breakfast at the cottage (self-prepared). After breakfast, you will be taken for a morning visit at INALA, a great opportunity to see some rare and threatened flora and fauna. You will be collected by your guide for a walking tour of Inala a 500-acre privately owned Land-for-Wildlife property on South Bruny, which is a refuge for a number of threatened birds and home to all of the Tasmanian endemic birds. Bird species you are likely to see include the endangered Forty spotted pardalote, Strong billed, Black headed and Yellow throated honeyeaters and Tasmanian native hen. This afternoon, we will explore a number of different habitats, from coastal beaches where there is a possibility of finding Hooded plover, oyster catchers, gulls and terns to rainforest areas to search for Scrubtit and Pink robin. Also a good chance to see some interesting flora, including Tasmanian endemic species and Gondwana relics. Return back to your cottage after the tour.

Dinner delivery at the cottage. After dinner you will visit the Little Penguin and Short tailed shearwater rookery to view these species at their burrows. You will observe the birds return to their burrows from the ocean (September to March). Then you will visit other areas of Bruny Island, where we will have the opportunity to observe nocturnal mammals and birds, such as Bennett’s wallabies, Tasmanian pademelons, Brush-tailed possums, Eastern quolls and Tawny frogmouths. Also a chance to see the Southern sky in all its brilliance on a clear night (and maybe even the Aurora australis).

Day 6: BRUNY ISLAND / HOBART (BD)


Breakfast at your cottage (self prepared). After breakfast, join your coach and your guide for the morning Bruny’s Wild Coastline Tour. Visit Bruny’s southern coastline to view the second oldest lighthouse in Australia. Search for species such as Tawny crowned honeyeater, Olive whistler and Yellow-tailed black cockatoo. Also a chance to see Short-beaked echidnas (Tasmanian subspecies) in the wild. After the tour, return back to Hobart for your overnight stay. Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Day 7: HOBART / ADELAIDE (B)


Full breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Adelaide. FLIGHT FROM HOBART TO ADELAIDE IS INCLUDED. Arrive Adelaide and transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Chifley on South Terrace

Day 8: Sydney & Melbourne


Full breakfast at the hotel. (Please take with you an overnight luggage only and leave the rest with the concierge of the hotel for storage as you may or may not have the same room on you return). Transfer to the airport for flight to Kangaroo Island. Arrive Kingscote airport, where you will be met and taken for a full day tour of the Island visiting Kingscote Oxidation Pond, MacGilliveray Wetlands and Cygnet River Estuary. Finally visit Reeves Point for birdwatching.

Reeves Point is the site of the first official European settlement in South Australia. Up to 50 species of birds can be viewed in the area including several cormorants, Australian Pelicans, Sacred Ibis, Black Swans, White-faced Herons, Musk Ducks, Chestnut Teal, Oyster Catches and several species of migratory waders over summer. Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Kangaroo Island Lodge for 3 nights

Day 9: KANGAROO ISLAND (BLD)


Full breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Adelaide. Arrive Adelaide, and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Accommodation: Chifley on South Terrace.

Day 10: KANGAROO ISLAND (BLD)


Full breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast, proceed with your day’s tour visiting Murray Lagoon, Western KI Caravan Park for lunch then do the Koala Park walk after. Visit the Kelly Hill Caves and the Flinders Chase National Park. The tour concludes at the hotel this evening. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 11: KANGAROO ISLAND / ADELAIDE


Full breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Adelaide. Arrive Adelaide, and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Accommodation: Chifley on South Terrace.

Day 12: ADELAIDE / CAIRNS (B)


Full breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns. FLIGHT FROM ADELAIDE TO CAIRNS IS INCLUDED. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel via a short Cairns city orientation tour.

Accommodation: Mercure Hotel Harbourside for 3 nights

Day 13: CAIRNS (BL)


Full breakfast on your hotel. Today, you will be taken for a full day Michaelmas Cay Reef Cruise. Coach transfers from Cairns and Cairns beaches to board the Ocean Spirit Cruises’ 32 meter luxury sailing catamaran. Enjoy a two-hour cruise to Michaelmas Cay, with four hours at the Reef where you can view the coral from a semi-submersible, snorkel or participate in a guided beach walk with a marine biologist. Receive complimentary champagne and live entertainment on the homeward sail. 

Michaelmas Cay is one of the most important seabird breeding sites on the Great Barrier Reef. It is a unique nesting site, being the southernmost limit of sooty tern breeding, and the northernmost breeding limit for the crested tern. Michaelmas Cay is ranked as not only the most important seabird rookery within the local Cairns region, but also one of the seven most important nesting colonies in the entire Great Barrier Reef. After the cruise, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 14: CAIRNS (B)


Full breakfast on your hotel. Today, you will explore Cairns and stop to see the following areas.

Cairns Esplanade Mudflats – internationally recognized migratory water bird habitat and is a declared fish habitat area. Sections of the mudflats have been covered with concrete slab as a base for the Esplanade swimming lagoon, and a man-made beach. Further north you will see the Mangrove Edges, the haven for bird watchers.

Centenery Lakes – Water/Parkland, an extension of the Botanic Gardens. There is a saltwater and a freshwater lake separated by Saltwater Creek. A good mix of water and bush birds: Little and Collared Kingfishers, White-browed Crakes, Double-eyed Fig-parrots. 50 species in 2 hours is usually found by the local bird group.

Mount Whitfield – Rainforest adjoining the Botanic gardens. An easy walk where you will find Noisy Pitta, Buff-breasted Kingfisher, lovely Fairy-wren and Superb Wompoo Fruit Doves, among others.

Day 15: CAIRNS / JULATTEN (BD)


Full breakfast on your hotel. Depart Cairns for Julatten (approximately 1.5hrs drive north). Birding in Julatten will reward you with the Papuan Frogmouth and Noisy Pitta, which breed within the grounds as do many other of the smaller passerine species such as Large-billed Scrubwren, Large-billed Gerygone, several honeyeater species, Pale-yellow Robin, Little Shrike-thrush, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Cicadabird and Spotted Catbird.

Accommodation: Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge for 2 nights

Day 16: JULATTEN (B)


Continental breakfast at the lodge. Full day birdwatching in Julatten (Bird lists found in the area will be provided on arrival at the Lodge)

Day 17: JULATTEN / DAINTREE (BL)


Continental breakfast at the Lodge. Continue birdwatching in the morning, before leaving the area for your next destination, the Daintree.

Daintree is a national park in Far North Queensland 100 km northwest of Cairns. It was founded in 1981. In 1988 it was granted listing as a World Heritage List. The park consists of two sections, with a settled agricultural area between them which includes the towns of Mossman and Daintree Village. It contains significant habitat for rare species and prolific birdlife. Much of the national park is covered by rainforest. The Greater Daintree Rainforest has existed continuously for more than 110 million years, making it possibly the oldest existing rainforest.

Stop to visit Mossman Gorge before crossing the Daintree River by vehicular ferry. Enjoy tropical lunch before continuing to Cape Tribulation Beach for a stroll along the boardwalk to the headland where the rainforest meets the reef. Late afternoon, arrive at the Daintree and check-in at the lodge.

Accommodation: Daintree Eco Lodge (Villa) for 2 nights

Day 18: DAINTREE (B)


Join the early Daintree River Cruise for 2 hours. Chris Dahlberg’s Daintree River Tours and cruises are easily the best way to see wildlife on your visit at the Daintree. It is also a wonderful way for you to see and hear the rainforest without treading all over it. In the tropics the dawn envelope does not last a long time and it is crucial for you to start at first light. Go any later and you will not get the best out of your visit. After the cruise, return back to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, you are at leisure to enjoy your bird watching.

Day 19 – DAINTREE / CAIRNS (B)


Breakfast at the lodge. Depart the Lodge for the return trip to Cairns with sightseeing en route. Visit Kuranda and the Rainforestation to see the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance and Culture Show as well as to see the Wildlife enclosure and the Butterfly Sanctuary. You will also experience the ride on the Army Duck through the Rainforest. Leave your coach behind and take the Scenic Kuranda Train back to Cairns. Your coach will be waiting at the train station to take you to your hotel.

Accommodation: Mercure Hotel Harbourside

Day 20 – CAIRNS / BRISBANE / LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK (BD)

Full breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Brisbane. FLIGHT FROM CAIRNS TO BRISBANE ON QANTAS AIRWAYS IS INCLUDED. Arrive Brisbane and transfer to Lamington National Park with brief Brisbane city tour enroute.

Declared in 1915, Lamington National Park covers 20,590ha and boasts extensive walking tracks along the McPherson Range, which allow visitors to explore the area’s forests, creeks and waterfalls. Dramatic lookouts afford views over the Gold Coast, south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales. Lamington is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, which includes the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, most of the world’s warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of the Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. 

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat has been a sanctuary for bird lovers since the early part of last century, and enjoys international recognition as one of the premier birdwatching locations in Australia. More than 160 species of sub-tropical birds make their home in the rainforest and our expert guides will help you find them. On arrival at the Lamington National Park, you check-in at the Retreat House. Dinner at the Lodge.

Accommodation: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat (Garden Rooms) for 3 nights

Day 21 – LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK (BD)


Full breakfast at the House. Birdwatching at Lamington National Park. O’Reilly’s Guest House has been a sanctuary for bird lovers since the early part of this century. More than 160 species of sub-tropical birds make their home in the rainforest and O’Reilly’s expert guides will help you find them. (Note: There are available activities offered by O’Reilly’s that you may join in at additional cost to be paid directly at the Reception). Dinner at the Resort.

Day 22 – LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK (BD)


Full breakfast at the House. Bird watching continues. Dinner at the Resort.

Day 23 – LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK / BRISBANE (B)

Full breakfast at the House. Depart the National Park back to Brisbane. Capital of Queensland, a vast state taking up the north eastern corner of Australia, Brisbane is largely built on lush hills rising about Moreton Bay. During the last decade, the face of the city has changed and matured into a unique blend of historic buildings and sophisticated architecture. Brisbane is also the gateway to Australia’s popular tourist playgrounds, the tropical rainforest hinterland and agricultural areas. On arrival, check-in at your hotel.

Accommodation: Chifley at Lennons

Day 24 – BRISBANE / SYDNEY (B)


Full breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney. FLIGHT FROM BRISBANE TO SYDNEY ON QANTAS AIRWAYS IS INCLUDED. On arrival, check-in at your hotel. Capital city of the state of New South Wales, Sydney is Australia’s oldest and largest. Founded in 1788, it has a population of four million and boasts one of the largest and beautiful harbours in the world. Two easily recognisable landmarks, which often depict Australia rather than just Sydney, are the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world famous architectural wonder – the Sydney Opera House. With the settlement of numerous nationalities, over the past couple of generations, the restaurants, shopping and nightlife are as varied and interesting as the many nations of the world. Sydney is a must for the beginning or the climax of an exciting Australian holiday.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Darling Harbour for 3 nights

Day 25 – SYDNEY(B)

Full breakfast at the hotel. Join your coach for a morning city tour of Sydney including the southern beaches and other city highlights like the Domain, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Guided tour of the Sydney Opera House for one hour will be provided. The afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 26 – SYDNEY (BD)


Full breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure. Farewell dinner at the Waterfront Restaurant – Captain’s Menu (no beverage).

Day 27 – SYDNEY (B)


Full breakfast at the hotel. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Los Angeles.

NEW ZEALAND

Garden Tour of New Zealand

Day 3: CHRISTCHURCH (L/D)


“Kia Ora” and welcome to New Zealand! Arrive Christchurch International Airport ex international flight (own arrangements / own expense). On arrival at Christchurch International Airport, and after exiting the customs hall, you will be met by an English speaking representative who will escort you to your private coach.

Christchurch, “The Garden City,” has many well-tended parks, reserves and squares, but the civic love of beauty is often more apparent in the fresh lawns and burgeoning gardens of the suburban streets. The pioneering folk of an earlier era had thought for the future when they planted seedlings which have grown into mighty oaks and elms, soaring poplars and graceful willows, now seen in every part of the city. Much of the charm of this city starts and finishes with the beautiful Avon River that runs through the suburbs and the city itself, providing an almost rural atmosphere in the heart of the city of Christchurch.

Depart the airport by private coach to Mona Vale Gardens. In a country of outstanding beauty, Christchurch is nationally recognized as the Garden City and officially sealed the reputation, winning the Garden City of the World title in 1993. The beautiful Mona Vale gardens – five and a half hectares of gardens and landscaped lawns, gently rolling down to the Avon river – are part of the reason for winning this prestigious status. Of particular note is the Rose Garden which was established in 1994 in conjunction with the World Rose Convention. It is a unique garden for the City of Christchurch, operated and tended by The Canterbury Horticultural Rose Society and The Heritage Rose Society. Visitors enter through an arbor into a riot of color including many modern hybrids and heady intermingling perfumes from the ever-pleasing Old World varieties. (Bloom season: November-May) At the far end of the garden is the restored Fernery. The original Fernery was built at the time of the 1906 Christchurch World Exhibition but fell in to disrepair. It was scheduled for demolition but once again a local group came to the rescue with funds for it to be rebuilt. Plantings commenced in 1993 and the reopening was celebrated in 1994. The newest addition to the Mona Vale gardens is a Gazebo situated on the Mound Lawn. Donated by a Canterbury businesswoman in the 1990s, the gazebo features a copper onion-domed roof with stained glass windows and is modeled on an illustration in the 19th century children’s book, Floria’s Feast by Walter Crane

Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Christchurch for 4 nights 

Day 4: CHRISTCHURCH (L/D)


After your visit, re-join your coach for transfer up at the Cashmere Hills, to enjoy a buffet lunch at the Sign of the Takahe Restaurant, an impressive old stone building with a great setting. All bar beverages at own expense. After your lunch you are transferred to your hotel for check-in. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel (beverages are to be paid directly).

Day 5: CHRISTCHURCH (B)

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant. This morning, depart your hotel by private coach for your sightseeing tour of this “garden city,” with its tree-lined Avon River and many elegantly landscaped parks and suburbs. Your tour includes a drive past some of Christchurch’s architecture, from the neogothic beauty of the Cathedral and Museum to the striking designs of the Town Hall and Arts Centre. 

Later, visit the Christchurch Botanical Gardens. The Christchurch Botanic Gardens inspires and educates visitors by showcasing flora and fauna of New Zealand and other parts of the world. Founded in 1863 with the planting of an English Oak tree, the Gardens now features one of the finest collections of exotic and native plants found in New Zealand. Towering majestic trees – many over 120 years old – dominate the Gardens, forming a striking backdrop to the extensive themed plant collections and sweeping lawns. A loop of the gently-flowing Avon River, criss-crossed by bridges, encloses a large part of the Gardens while the adjacent 164 hectare Hagley Park enhances its natural splendor. The Gardens is an oasis in the city of Christchurch – 21 hectares of beautiful horticultural displays, several conservatories, memorials, garden art and walking tracks.

After your visit you are returned to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 6: CHRISTCHURCH (B/L)


Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant. This morning, depart your hotel by private coach for your transfer to Governors Bay, via the Port Hills, Sign of the Tahake, Sign of the Kiwi to Governors Bay, with scenic panoramas of Christchurch City, to the Canterbury Plains, Southern Alps and Lyttelton Harbour.

Visit ‘Ohinetahi’ the private garden estate, historic residence and gallery of renowned New Zealand architect, Sir Miles Warren. The garden is set in a little valley overlooking Lyttelton Harbour with a handsome background of volcanic hills. The upper terraced gardens are structured about parallel and cross axes into a number of garden rooms; a formal rose garden, herbacous borders leading to a gazebo, a square walled red garden and a pleached hornbeam walk connecting a hedged oval with a herb potager.There are numerous stone and metal sculptures. A little valley runs alongside the terraced garden making a contrasting woodland haven. Also in Governors Bay we visit ‘Taunton’, the garden creation of Barry Sligh. Morning tea will be served at Ohinetahi.

The group then heads north to the Waipara valley, Canterbury’s premier wine growing region, located 50 minutes north of Christchurch. It is an ideal cool climate grape growing region with Pinot Noir, Reisling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominating local plantings. This tour includes visits and wine tastings at 3 wineries in the Waipara Valley, such as Pegasus Bay, Daniel Schuster, Muddy Water, Torlesse, Waipara Springs, Mt Cass, and The Mud Hous.e Lunch platters will be served at The Mud House Winery. 

Day 7: CHRISTCHURCH /MT COOK / DUNEDIN (B)


Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Great Sights will call at your hotel and collect passengers for coach service to Dunedin via Mount Cook. Enjoy your journey via Ashburton and Geraldine townships across the rich pastoral farmlands of the Canterbury Plains on route via Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki to reach the spectacular surroundings of Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy panoramic views from the Hermitage Alpine Restaurant and absorb the alpine isolation of Mount Cook Village before continuing your journey further south via the picturesque Waitaki Valley to reach the historical township of Oamaru.

Travel the old Mt Cargill route, following the harbour entrance to Dunedin, South Island’s southernmost city, rich in architecture and culture. On arrival in Dunedin, your coach driver will drop you off at your hotel (An alternative coach operates from Mt Cook to Dunedin).

Dunedin — an endearing city of classical architecture and quiet adventure, with sights-to-see and things-to-do like nowhere else on earth. The Town Belt cuts a green swathe across the width of the city, with native forest, exotic trees and a wealth of sports fields and recreational reserves. Dunedin is a city of the South Pacific, with clear blue-green ocean, a score of white sand beaches sheltered by towering cliffs and a quiet landlocked harbor sprinkled with small bush-clad islands. Dunedin and surroundings have a richly diverse population of coastal wildlife, including many Antarctic species preferring Dunedin’s kinder climes. Dunedin’s ostentatious wealth from the 19th Century Central Otago gold rush provided a legacy of outstanding Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Dunedin is also known as a city of gardens with for e.g. the Botanic Gardens, which is New Zealand’s oldest botanic garden.

Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel for 5 nights 

Day 8: DUNEDIN (B)


Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel restaurant. This morning, depart your hotel by private coach for your sightseeing tour of Dunedin city, beginning with a drive around the Octagon, where Robbie Burn’s statue was erected in 1877 in salute of Scotland’s national poet. Then, continue for a drive through the city’s Town Belt, a scenic woodland drive, and to the University of Otago. A brief stop is made at the university, founded in 1869 and displaying an impressive array of stone buildings, and at Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest street.

Continue to Dunedin Botanic Gardens. Established in 1863, the Botanic Garden is a garden of great variety with the Leith Stream on the southern boundary and Lindsay Creek running through the middle dividing the garden in two. From the formal almost level area of the lower garden with its herbaceous borders, rose garden, Camellia collection, herb garden and the Lister garden to the major collection of plants in the rock garden on the slopes leading to the upper garden there are features for all to enjoy. The character changes on the upper slopes of the garden to one of a more informal nature where there are pockets of regenerating bush and an extensive collection of rhododendrons containing about 3500 specimens and a woodland garden with large groups of Meconopsis, Primula, Astilbe, Hosta and Iris. The native plant collection is found in the upper garden too with many rare and endangered species and includes a native wetland and the Rene Orchiston collection of heritage flax (Phormium). The mature trees of the arboretum lead to the aviary and geographical borders which have recently been extended with the establishment of a collection of southern African plants. Full advantage is taken of the topography and the range of microclimates across the 22 hectare site to grow and display a wide range of plants. Dunedin Botanic Garden provides a valuable source of information and a special place for rest and enjoyment. An Information Centre and shop along with a cafe caters for visitors needs.

Garden features: Alpine Garden, Arboretum, Bedding Displays, Glasshouse, Formal, Herb Garden, Herbaceous Border, Informal, Native Bush, Native Plants, Pergola Garden, Plant Collections, Rose Garden, Sculpture, Water Feature(s), Water Garden(s), Wetland, Woodland Garden.

Next, visit Tannock Glen, one of Dunedin’s hidden treasures, the specialist rhododendron collection at Tannock Glen dates back to 1975 and since then has been nurtured and developed by members of the Dunedin Rhododendron Group. A large number of rare species collected from the wild, plus choice local hybrids can be seen from the gravelled paths through the four acre site. Mature trees and unusual shrubs complement this magical woodland garden overlooking the Otago Harbour.

From here continue to Wylde Willow Garden, just south of Dunedin in the suburb of Abbotsford, a hectare of waste land has been imaginatively converted into a young and unusual garden. A small creek that runs the length of the property is crossed by little bridges and studded with grand century old crack willows carefully pruned to become striking features. Underneath a variety of rhododendrons and other shrubs flourish while woodland perennials and damp loving plants add to the ‘wylde’ atmosphere. A mass planting of daffodils in the orchard is a special feature in spring while in early summer hundreds of Heritage roses (and some modern) are an outstanding attraction when they flower around the house and along the driveway. Wide lawns set off beds of perennials in pastel colors near the house. Beyond in a park land setting, there is a reflective pond with marginal plantings. Enjoy a light afternoon tea on arrival.

Garden features: Arboretum, Cottage Garden, Informal, Plant Collections, Rose Garden, Water Features (s), Woodland Garden.

Day 9: DUNEDIN (B/L)


Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel restaurant. Late morning, depart your hotel by private coach for your sightseeing tour of Dunedin beginning with a drive out along the scenic Otago Peninsula. First enjoy a visit to Larnarch Castle Garden. Over a century old this large garden surrounding historic Larnach Castle on the Otago peninsular is at an altitude of 300 metres. The scenery is spectacular and though the garden is subjected to wind and low rainfall it contains a unique collection of plants seldom seen elsewhere. Some remnants from the original plantings 120 years ago – Cupressus macrocarpa, planted extensively for shelter and a cedar to one side of the castle give an air of maturity. The plantings reflect the owner’s interest in New Zealand plants and in their southern hemisphere relations. Behind the ballroom there are temperate rain forest plants with an avenue of mountain cabbage trees (Cordyline indivisa.) A rock garden features many rare and difficult New Zealand alpines as well as the Chatham Island olearias, both color forms of Myosotidium hortensia , grass trees (Dracophyllum) and other genera not usually encountered in cultivation. A recent development has been a South Seas garden where relations of the pohutakawa (Metrosideros) diverse palms from the South Pacific and other distinctive flora are establishing. Elsewhere there is a small arboretum featuring southern beech, a formal garden and herbaceous borders and a Laburnum tunnel with a stunning view south. Rhododendrons display in spring. Larnach Castle garden has a special historic ambience – it is beautifully landscaped with a disciplined eye reflecting appropriately its association with the castle and is to be enjoyed by the casual visitor and plants person alike.

Garden features: Alpine Garden, Arboretum, Formal, Herbaceous Border, Informal, Plant Collections, Sculpture, Water Feature (s).

Enjoy a buffet lunch at Larnach Castle. Beverages are on consumption and to be paid directly. After lunch re-board your coach for your transfer Tairoa Heads. Enjoy a 1-hour wildlife cruise from Wellers Rock. Experience unrivalled viewing of the exciting diversity of wildlife which abounds on spectacular Taiaroa Head; the only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross in the world, and home to N Z fur seals, and eight other nesting bird species. You may also see, dolphins, sea lions and a fascinating array of rarely seen ocean birds including other species of albatross, penguins and marine mammals in their natural environment.

Later enjoy a visit to the Penguin Place Conservation Reserve, which is the home of the Yellow-eyed Penguin, the world’s most endangered penguin. Experience nature at its best with an informative guided tour into the natural nesting area of the world’s rarest penguin. Photograph undisturbed activity at close range through a unique system of hides and tunnels.

Day 10: DUNEDIN (B)


Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel restaurant. This morning, depart your hotel by private coach for transfer to Dunedin Train Station. Depart Dunedin Railway station on board Dunedin’s Prestige Rail Experience, the Taieri Gorge Limited and travel a 78 km journey through Dunedin City’s unique scenery and heritage, only accessible by train. Marvel at kaleidoscope of scenery. Travel through Suburban Dunedin, to pass through the fertile farm land of the Taieri plains before climbing into the Taieri River Gorge. The Taieri Gorge famous for its sheer cliff faces and sudden ravines framing the tranquil Taieri River. Relive the history of Dunedin’’s pioneers as they cut a railway line through this rugged and impenetrable country. Marvel at the wrought iron latticework viaducts and narrow tunnels left in their wake. Relax and listen to the live commentary as you discover the real Dunedin. You also have the opportunity to get closer to the environment of the Gorge during sightseeing stops. A fully licensed buffet car provides all the comforts of any cafe, with friendly staff on hand to answer any questions. On return to Dunedin, a private coach transfer is provided back to your hotel.

Day 11: DUNEDIN (B/D)


Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel restaurant. This morning you are at leisure for your own arrangements.

Early evening you are transferred by private coach to the Otago Peninsula to visit Glenfalloch Gardens and enjoy a Haggis Ceremony with dinner included. Glenfalloch, Gaelic for ‘hidden valley’, is located on the Otago Peninsula, just 15 minutes from Dunedin city – there are panoramic views stretching all the way down the harbour to Taiaroa Head. The garden’s 12 hectares, lying to the sun, is sheltered from the prevailing winds and rises 110 meters over its boundary length. There are many old oak, walnut, elm, horse chestnut, birch and English beech planted from 1872 giving an air of maturity. Glenfalloch was developed as a private garden from 1917 when many rhododendrons and azaleas were planted – these with Prunus and Magnolia are best seen in spring. In autumn the garden is a multitude of colors with maples contributing a splash of brilliance. Many flowering and fruiting native plants have been established to attract birds adding a further touch.

Garden features: Coastal Garden, Herb Garden, Informal, Native Bush, Plant Collections, Rose Garden, Water Feature, Water Garden, Woodland Garden.

Day 12: DUNEDIN (B)

Enjoy a buffet cooked breakfast at the hotel restaurant. At a required time, private coach transfer from your hotel to Dunedin airport to connect with your international departure flight. Depart Dunedin on international flight.

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand Cultural Journey

Day 1: ARRIVE AUCKLAND


  • Meet and greet at Auckland International Airport
  • Private coach transfer from airport to hotel, including a 3-hr orientation tour

Accommodation: President Hotel – Studio Room

Day 2: AUCKLAND / BAY OF ISLANDS VIA WHANGAREI (B)


  • Buffet breakfast at hotel restaurant
  • Journey Auckland/Paihia via Whangarei by private charter coach
  • Evening Culture North Night Show that re-enacts the story of New Zealand on location at Waitangi

Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel – Standard Room for 2 nights

Day 3: BAY OF ISLANDS (B)


  • Buffet breakfast at hotel restaurant
  • Half-day Kerikeri excursion in private charter coach with Maori guide. This tour will highlight the early contact and struggles between the European and Maori cultures and is full of those stories that show us in the north as the birthplace of our nation, as we travel we will pass many old Pa sites. Rewa Village is a reconstructed fishing village that is built out of authentic materials at ’Kerikeri and shows the way Maori lived before Europeans arrived. It is also where the slaves were kept from the musket wars in the 1820s
  • Return to Paihia where time is at leisure to purchase lunch
  • Early afternoon Waka Maori Canoe experience, including 1.5 hrs cruising and paddling around the inner harbour

Day 4: BAY OF ISLANDS / AUCKLAND via Waipoua Forest (B)


  • Buffet breakfast at hotel restaurant
  • Journey Paihia/Auckland via Waipoua Forest in private charter coach

Accommodation: President Hotel – Studio Room

Day 5: AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA (B)


  • Buffet breakfast at hotel restaurant
  • Journey Auckland/Waitomo/Rotorua in private charter coach
  • Visit to Ruakuri Caves 

Accommodation: Quality Hotel Geyserland – Geyser View Room

Day 6: ROTORUA (B)


  • Buffet breakfast at hotel restaurant
  • Morning sightseeing tour of Rotorua in private charter coach
  • Visit to the Agrodome stage show, Rainbow Springs and Skyline Gondola
  • Afternoon excursion to Mokoia Island, including cruise around Lake Rotorua on the Wai Ora Fast Cat, pointing out
  • Rotorua historical tribal landmarks on the lake shore
  • Guided walk around Mokoia Island, with focus on Maori history as it relates to New Zealand, Rotorua and Mokoia; Maori herbs and plant lore; Maori myths and legends (as they relate to Maori culture and the geothermal nature of Mokoia and the Te Arawa People)
  • Maori musical interaction – Jason Phillips, Maori woodwind instrumentalist and historian
  • Indigenous Food Tasting
  • OPTIONAL: Evening Hangi and Concert with Mitai including return coach transfers – NZ $89.00 nett, per person 

Accommodation: Quality Hotel Geyserland – Geyser View Room

Day 7: ROTORUA (B/D)


  • Buffet breakfast at hotel restaurant
  • 6-hour morning sightseeing tour of Rotorua with Maori guide in private charter coach including explanations on Maori foods and medicine
  • Visit to Wai-o-tapu Thermal Reserve with Lady Knox Geyser
  • Whakatau (welcome) onto our Marae Opportunity to participate with traditional Maori greeting (hongi)
  • Afternoon tea and programme briefing – a traditional custom that completes the formalities or our local welcome
  • Behind the scenes tour to see how the local people use the hotpools & steam for daily living. See a corn be cooked in the natural hot spring and enjoy your corn while admiring the natural wonders.
  • Performing Arts –Ladies learn about the poi , make their own poi and learn a dance to perform back to the group at the end of the night; Men will learn about the Haka, and some of weapons and demonstrate what they have learnt back to the group
  • Marae protocols – learn about the importance of the Marae and the customs, including the roles of men, women & children
  • Dinner – with one of the village residents – which has been cooked within the natural hot steam & pools
  • Ta Moko – Tattoos in maori culture
  • Story Telling & Poroporoaki – learn about local legends and dance

Accommodation: Marae stay at Whakarewarewa Thermal Village

Day 8: Day 8 – ROTORUA / QUEENSTOWN (B)


  • Breakfast with your host
  • Weaving lesson – learn about the significance of weaving and create your own treasure
  • Depart Whakarewarewa
  • Transfer in private charter coach to Rotorua airport
  • Flight Rotorua / Queenstown (own arrangement)
  • Transfer from Queenstown airport to hotel in private charter coach

Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge – Standard Room for 2 nights

Day 9: QUEENSTOWN (B)


  • Continental breakfast
  • Day at leisure for optional activities

Day 10: QUEENSTOWN / CHRISTCHURCH (B)


  • Continental breakfast
  • Transfer in private charter coach to Queenstown airport
  • Flight Queenstown/Christchurch (own arrangement)
  • Transfer from Christchurch airport to hotel in private charter coach

Accommodation: Camelot Hotel Cathedral Square – Standard Room for 2 nights

Day 11: CHRISTCHURCH (B/D)


  • Buffet breakfast at hotel restaurant
  • Day at leisure for optional activities
  • Evening ‘Lost in Our Own Land’ experience – a re-enactment covering the most pivotal 180 years of our past – a time in our history that changed the face of Maori culture forever. Two traditional villages, working trams, old steam train and historic buildings are just part of the experience on these 25 acres of open air theatre. 3.5 hours of entertainment and 200 years of history culminates in a colonial inspired feast. Return transfers are included.

Day 12: CHRISTCHURCH / AUCKLAND (B)


  • Buffet breakfast at hotel restaurant
  • Transfer in private charter coach to Christchurch airport
  • Flight Christchurch/Auckland (own arrangement)
  • Transfer from Auckland airport to hotel in private charter coach

Accommodation: President Hotel – Studio Room

Day 13: DEPART AUCKLAND (B)


  • Buffet breakfast at hotel restaurant
  • Transfer in private charter coach from hotel to Auckland International Airport to connect with international departure flight

NEW ZEALAND

Gourmet Food & Wine Trail

Day 1: AUCKLAND / QUEENSTOWN (D)


‘Kia Ora’ and Welcome to New Zealand! Arrive at Auckland International Airport ex your international flight. Meet and Greet service on arrival at Auckland International Airport by an English-speaking A.T.S. Pacific representative. Transfer by private charter coach Auckland Domestic Airport for your flight to Queenstown. On arrival in Queenstown you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in.

Queenstown, a region of exceptional and diverse beauty, is a leading resort in the South Island, with inveterate world travelers regarding it as one of the premier scenic areas in the world. Backed by steep mountains, Queenstown lies in the curve of Lake Wakatipu at the head of its own small horse-shoe shaped bay. It is the South IslandÃ’s principal resort, drawing visitors the year round with its lake and mountain scenery, exhilarating climate, changing seasons and wide range of excursion possibilities.

In the late afternoon travel to Arrowtown, which came into existence as a gold mining town in 1862 when gold was discovered a few hundred yards from where it stands today. Now an historic and picturesque settlement, Arrowtown is renowned for its old world charm with many of its original gold rush buildings still in use. Enjoy an early evening drink at one of the colorful local pubs (own expense), before dining at Saffron Restaurant listed in the Conde Naste Travller ‘Special Issue’ Top 100 tables the world’s most exciting restaurants.

Overnight: Mercure Grand Hotel St Moritz (Lakeview Rooms) for 3 nights 

Day 2: QUEENSTOWN (B/L/D)


Buffet cooked breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Today enjoy a tour of Queenstown and surrounding wine growing areas. Stop at the Kawarau Suspension Bridge, for optional viewing of bungy jumpers leaping from the bridge, plummeting to within inches of the water below them. At the start of your winery tour visit Amisfield Lake Hayes and sample delicious Rieslings and Pinots. Next explore some of the wineries in the area including Chard Farm where you can visit the underground barrel cellar and specialist Pinor Noir cuverie. At Mt Difficulty, their Pinot Noir has won many awards. Enjoy lunch here while enjoying stunning views of Cromwell and the surrounding areas. After lunch you will be transferred to the Shotover Jet base.

Enjoy the Shotover Jet experience. From the moment the accelerator hits the floor, your adrenaline hits the roof as you power through the Shotover River and deep into the Shotover River canyons! It’s an amazing ride, as the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you, and your driver skillfully whips the boat past rocky outcrops, and skims around crags and boulders. Rock faces blur in your peripheral vision, the opaque water sprays into myriads of white crystals with every turn, and you grip the safety rail for comfort and reassurance and then let out a whoop of excitement as the driver spins the boat around in its own boat length — wow, you’ve just experienced the ‘trademark’ Shotover Jet 360 degree spin! You’ll stop briefly while your driver points out interesting landmarks or points of interest.

Tonight you will be transferred to Gantley’s Restaurant for dinner. Built in 1863 during the Gold Rush, the ambiance created by the beautiful historic stone restaurant is romantic and elegant, with exposed stone walls, soft lighting, and a huge open fire-place. The tables are set with starched linen napery, glowing candles and beautiful crystal stemware. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the landscaped while admiring the majestic mountain scenery. Later dine in the restaurant before being transferred back to your hotel.

Day 3: QUEENSTOWN (B/D)


Buffet cooked breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Today is at your leisure to enjoy relaxing, shopping or enjoying an optional tour. 

Suggestions are:

  • Horse riding
  • Spa Treatments at Millbrook Resort
  • Golf
  • Walking tours
  • Milford or Doubtful Sound Tours
  • Dart River Safari Tour
  • Safari of the Rings Tours by 4 wheel drive
  • Flightseeing tours of the mountains and surrounding area

This evening dine at the Bathhouse Restaurant. The Bathhouse is located right on the shore of the beautiful Lake Wakatipu, in the heart of Queenstown. 

Day 4: QUEENSTOWN / NELSON (B/D)


Buffet cooked breakfast at the hotel restaurant. This morning check out of your hotel and transfer by private coach to Queenstown Airport for your flight to Nelson. On arrival in Nelson transfer to your accommodation and check in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Nelson: the region, which is the sunniest in New Zealand, has for many years attracted residents who love to use their imaginations. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, including traditional and contemporary Maori artists. Their work is often inspired by the region’s exceptionally beautiful geography – coastal, forest and valley landscapes provide places to wander and dream.

Tonight you will be transferred to the Boat Shed Restaurant and cafe for dinner. Enjoy a delicious dinner using a Pacific Rim blend which comes together in a fusion of food styles. Enjoy a touch of Kai Aotearoa (traditional Maori cuisine). The team of chefs at the Boatshed believe that New Zealand is entering an indigenous food revolution which they see becoming more prolific in restaurants in New Zealand.

Overnight: Monaco Hotel & Resort (Deluxe Rooms) for 2 nights

Day 5: ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK (B/L/D)


Buffet cooked breakfast at the hotel restaurant. This morning collect your packed lunch from hotel reception and depart in your private coach for your journey to Kaiteriteri via Motueka. On arrival meet your guide who will introduce you to the joys of sea kayaking. Your guide settles you into a stable kayak and gives you the right skills to have a safe and enjoyable sea-kayaking paddle. Then explore the unique granite coastline around Kaiteriteri with its secret inlets and islands. 

After your kayak experience join the launch cruise and cruise the azure waters, skimming close to granite cliffs studded with protected bays fringed by native forest reaching down to golden sand. Visit Tonga Island Seal Colony along the way before disembarking at Onetahuti Beach (Tonga Beach). Walk through native forest to Bark Bay to rejoin the boat. Rejoin your launch for your return cruise to Kaiteriteri.

On arrival back in Kaiteriteri re-board your private coach for your return journey to Nelson and your accommodation. Tonight dine at Olivia’s in the Quay situated in the waters edge experience the finest in local seafood, prime New Zealand beefsteak, lamb or venison. Return transfers by private coach. 

Day 5: ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK (B/L/D)


Buffet cooked breakfast at the hotel restaurant. This morning collect your packed lunch from hotel reception and depart in your private coach for your journey to Kaiteriteri via Motueka. On arrival meet your guide who will introduce you to the joys of sea kayaking. Your guide settles you into a stable kayak and gives you the right skills to have a safe and enjoyable sea-kayaking paddle. Then explore the unique granite coastline around Kaiteriteri with its secret inlets and islands. 

After your kayak experience join the launch cruise and cruise the azure waters, skimming close to granite cliffs studded with protected bays fringed by native forest reaching down to golden sand. Visit Tonga Island Seal Colony along the way before disembarking at Onetahuti Beach (Tonga Beach). Walk through native forest to Bark Bay to rejoin the boat. Rejoin your launch for your return cruise to Kaiteriteri.

On arrival back in Kaiteriteri re-board your private coach for your return journey to Nelson and your accommodation. Tonight dine at Olivia’s in the Quay situated in the waters edge experience the finest in local seafood, prime New Zealand beefsteak, lamb or venison. Return transfers by private coach. 

Day 6: NELSON / BLENHEIM (B/L/D)


Buffet cooked breakfast at the hotel restaurant. This morning say farewell to Nelson and depart in your coach for your journey to Blenheim and through the township of Havelock. The unspoilt hideaway of Marlborough is a stunning region of broad valleys, soaring mountains, vineyards and idyllic waterways, with a focus on peaceful relaxation and adventure in a scenic and diverse landscape, award-winning wine and produce, and superb regional cuisine. On arrival in Blenheim enjoy a winery tour and lunch. 

Drenched in Marlborough’s prolific sunshine, and nestled in the most idyllic setting, La Veranda is the perfect venue for a vineyard lunch. As part of the Domaine Georges Michel winery complex, La Veranda epitomises the ultimate marriage of fine wines and delicious food in a in a very special ambiance specially created for your enjoyment. La Veranda have created a delectable regional menu, utilising in the main, the abundant fresh organic produce that is now an important part of Marlborough’s bounty.

After lunch continue to Cloudy Bay’s winery and vineyards are located in the heart of the Wairau Valley. The Cloudy Bay team combines meticulous viticulture, modern winemaking technology and traditional vinification techniques in the commitment to produce premium quality wines of region. At Wairau River taste a range of aromatic wines and Sauvignon Blanc. The winery is a unique mud brick building with sun drenched lawns and verandahs in the summer and a large open fire in winter. Tonight dine at Bellafico, a long established restaurant with an excellent reputation with a continued focus on local wine and produce, and wonderful Illy coffee.

Overnight: Hotel d’Urville (ROH Rooms for 2 nights)

Day 7: BLENHEIM (B/D)


Buffet cooked breakfast at the hotel restaurant. This morning is free at leisure. Enjoy the relaxed township of Blenheim, home to many artists and crafts people. In the early evening transfer to Herzog where Head chef Louis Schindler and his team will prepare you a superb 5-course dinner. Tonight dine at Herzogs. Return transfers will be by private coach.

Day 8: BLENHEIM / PICTON / WELLINGTON (B/D)


Buffet cooked breakfast at the hotel restaurant. This morning transfer by private coach to Picton for your ferry to Wellington City in the North Island. Depart Picton on the 3-hour Cook Strait Crossing to Wellington on the Interislander Vessel. Be sure to remain on deck as the ferry leaves Picton. The sight of the Marlborough Sounds, with its steep bush clad hills rising out of the sea and the heavily indented coastline, is always memorable.

Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand lies at the southern end of the North Island. On the shores of a magnificent harbour and surrounded by the rugged beauty of green hills, it is one of the most scenic cities. Some of the best views are obtained from the hilltops especially from Mt Victoria lookout. The newest attraction in the capital is New Zealand’s National Museum. Named ‘Te Papa’ (our place) it contains a wealth of information on New Zealand’s past, present and future, many interactive exhibits, multi-media database and fascinating collections. A must see while in Wellington.

On arrival in Wellington you are met by your driver/guide and commence a sightseeing tour of Wellington by private coach. Your tour includes a drive past Old St Paul’s Church, a beautiful church in the colonial gothic style, and Parliament Buildings. Enjoy a drive to the summit of Mount Victoria for wonderful views of Wellington city and harbour. Later enjoy a visit to the Botanical Gardens before you are transferred to Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand that has one of the finest collections of art and artefacts in the South Pacific.

Enjoy a Te Papa Highlights Tour specially designed for international visitors. Learn of the highlights of New Zealand’s natural environment, art, and history. After your guided tour you are transferred to your hotel for check in. This evening enjoy a ‘Farewell to New Zealand’ dinner at one of the wonderful local Wellington restaurants. Return transfers by private coach are provided. 

Overnight: The Duxton Hotel (Deluxe Rooms)

Day 9: DEPART WELLINGTON (B)


Enjoy a buffet cooked breakfast at the hotel restaurant. 10.00 am Official hotel check-out time. At required time depart in your private charter coach for your transfer to Wellington Airport to connect with your international departure flight. Depart Wellington on your flight home.