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  1. 1. New Zealand& Australia DISCOVER THE WORLD valid to December 2013 3
  2. 2. 2 For our office opening hours please visit our website Page No. Introduction Welcome to New Zealand 2 Our Unique Pledge 3 Planning Your Holiday 5 Our Top 10 NZ Experiences 6 Getting Around New Zealand 8 Regional Information Auckland 10 Northland 12 Pacific Coast & Thermal Explorer 14 Western North Island & Wairarapa 16 Nelson & Marlborough 18 Christchurch, Canterbury & West Coast 20 Southern Lakes 22 Dunedin & Southland 24 Self-drive Itineraries Discover Aotearoa (20 nights) 26 New Zealand Motor Roam (19 nights) 28 New Zealand on a Budget (13 nights) 30 The Real New Zealand 4x4 (21 nights) 32 New Zealand Touring Options Budget, Mid-range or Superior Touring 34 Escorted Touring Options Coach and Small Group Escorted Tours 36 Special Interest Holidays 37 Accommodation New Zealand Options 38 Australia Our Top 10 Australia Experiences 40 Regional Overview 42 Australia Holidays 44 Worldwide Stopovers The Cook Islands 46 Fiji 47 The Far East 48 USA 49 Airfares & Air New Zealand Upgrades Airfare options & booking flights 50 Air New Zealand upgrades 51 Contents WelcomeKia Ora! Wherever you travel in New Zealand you will come across friendly and welcoming locals so the first thing you need to do is say G’day in the local lingo! A holiday to Aotearoa - the land of the long white cloud - is no mere impulse purchase; it is instead one of life’s great occasions. Whether you are starting the process of planning your first visit or returning to see more, this brochure, and its companion website, have been designed to inform and infuse. Our expert team of accredited Tourism New Zealand Kiwi Specialists are here to make the process as easy as possible and your experience just that extra bit special. New Zealand has been gifted with much more than its fair share of natural splendours and it’s a real challenge to design a holiday which includes just the right balance of travel, activities and sights – without overloading the senses! When travelling with Discover the World you get a really individual service as well as an industry leading pledge which provides complete peace of mind covering as it does, financial security, travel disruption and the promise that there will be no surcharges on the price of the holiday you book, come what may. You can contact us by telephone, email, post or come and visit us in person at our office in Banstead. We can promise you a warm and friendly welcome and if you come in person you can meet Sam, our resident chocolate Labrador! Kia pai tou haerenga – have a good trip! Clive Stacey Managing Director and co-Founder © Dennis Bromage
  3. 3. 3talk to the experts 01737 218 800 © Chris McLennan Our Unique Pledge Why you should book with the experts... The Specialists We are one of the UK’s leading specialist tour operators and have been so for nearly 30 years. We know what makes a good holiday and are passionate about each of our destinations. Expert knowledge combines with a commitment to personal service and a passion for all our destinations. Our New Zealand team know the regions of this beautiful country well, are accredited Tourism New Zealand Kiwi specialists, and are on hand to offer help and advice throughout the booking process – in person, by telephone or by email, whichever is your preference. This includes booking your complete holiday package, from flights and stopovers to all your ground arrangements. Value for money Contrary to popular belief, it is usually less expensive to book through a tour operator than to book direct on the internet – and far more straightforward! Due to our longstanding relationships with a variety of partners we can secure rooms at key hotels at the busiest times, with excellent rates and very often special offers too. When you book with us you’ll know exactly what is included and what’s not - we don’t believe in hidden extras. We make regular checks to ensure our prices remain competitive. Price promise In the unlikely event that you should find the same holiday arrangements elsewhere at a lower price, our ‘price promise’ means we will do our best to improve on it. But bear in mind, sometimes arrangements which appear the same can be very different so we ask that you forward the details of your offer to our team, either by post or email (pricechallenge@discover- and we shall be in touch very quickly! No surcharges Once you have booked a holiday with Discover the World, and we have confirmed it, there will be no further increases regardless of what happens with Pound Sterling, world oil prices and taxes. There are no exceptions and if you are considering travelling with an alternative operator you might want to ensure you read their small print! We believe in value for money, excellent customer service and a personal touch when planning your holiday and our friendly, knowledgeable and experienced team is on hand to help you every step of the way. At Discover the World your holiday is as important to us from the time you first get in touch, to the moment you return home.
  4. 4. 4 For our office opening hours please visit our website Booking independently – an informed choice Your money and customer rights are protected A key benefit of booking with a UK-based specialist operator is that you are covered by very stringent British travel industry regulations and UK legislation throughout your holiday. Our air holiday packages are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Through our AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators) bond, we also offer 100% financial protection for non-flight inclusive holidays, ensuring that all money paid to us is protected no matter what. We are also members of ABTA The Travel Association. (formerly the Association of British Travel Agents). Travel disruption We are proud of our excellent reputation for looking after our clients, without question, should the unexpected occur. Our ‘Travel Disruption Charter’ offers a simple and transparent guarantee. Our team of dedicated travel consultants will do everything possible to rearrange your trip should it be cancelled or if your outward flights(s) cannot operate within 24 hours of the scheduled departure time due to a range of natural events. If it is not possible to re-arrange your trip, you will receive a refund of the trip cost you have paid to us. When you are on holiday, if it becomes necessary to alter or reroute your itinerary, we will make these arrangements at no additional cost to you. In the event your scheduled return flights(s) are cancelled and it is necessary to remain in your destination, we will provide you with accommodation and meals until such time that we or the airline can make arrangements to return you home as soon as possible. For full terms and conditions just give us a call or visit our website. Reliability We select our travel partners very carefully, based on the highest levels of service, value and quality and we constantly monitor their commitment to customer satisfaction. Travel information Once a booking is confirmed we will supply detailed literature, such as a handy Road Atlas for our self-drive holidays, which will be ready on arrival in New Zealand. Flexible pricing In this brochure you will find an indication of the lowest price for each holiday at the time of going to press. Up-to-date pricing is available on our website or can be obtained by calling our team of travel specialists. Looking after you during your holiday and when you return If there are any issues during your holiday, our 24hr assistance service is just a phone call away. And in most destinations, the aid of local agents and partners give you added peace of mind. This commitment to you does not end when you step off the aircraft; whether you have general feedback, want to discuss any aspect of your trip, recommend a restaurant, or share an unforgettable moment you’ve captured on your camera then we’re happy to hear from you. In this day and age, it may be quite tempting to try and book your holiday independently using the Internet rather than the services of a specialist tour operator. This is of course an option, but be aware of the possible pitfalls and the potential false economy in doing so. There are various factors to take into consideration, for example assurance of quality and standards, what happens if the airline changes or cancels your flights, or the hotel room you thought you had booked becomes ‘overbooked’? What financial or consumer protection do you have and what happens if something goes wrong on holiday? You may also find that by the time you have booked all your arrangements there is little or no cost saving and you could well end up paying a lot more. Whilst of course you have a choice, these are things to take into consideration but by booking through us we can take the worry out of these eventualities by offering quality products, fully bonded and financially protected holidays with trusted ‘package holiday’ customer protection, along with peace of mind that with 24/7 round-the-clock support, we are only ever a phone call away. ABTA No.V28235042 Why you should book with the experts... 3 © Gareth Eyres
  5. 5. 5talk to the experts 01737 218 800 Planning Your Holiday There really is so much to see and experience on these stunning islands that in order for you to get the most out of your holiday to New Zealand a little planning is an essential requirement, especially when your time is so rarely unlimited! Tailor-made service We know New Zealand in depth and will tailor make any itinerary to suit your requirements. However, only you know exactly what you want from your holiday, so to help us create your perfect itinerary, simply let us have an idea of your interests, timescale and budget and we’ll take care of the rest. When to go New Zealand’s glorious landscapes and range of activities can be enjoyed at any time of year – each of its four distinct seasons, opposite to our own, have their own appeal. Summer (Dec to Feb) often brings long, warm days and mild nights, while the winter months (Jun to Aug) are likely to offer spectacular snowy vistas and are the best time to combine with a Pacific island stopover. The shoulder seasons of autumn (Mar to May) and spring (Sep to Nov) are naturally warmer than winter, yet are less busy than the summer months. Where to stay We can mix and match any style of accommodation, from motels and farmstays to boutique hotels, elegant B&B’s and idyllic lodges. Activities & excursions The perfect enhancement to any itinerary there are certain activities or sights that we feel just shouldn’t be missed. You’ll find a selection of these in our Top 10 Highlights and itineraries or ask our team for further ideas. Getting around Self-drive or escorted? New Zealand is an easy and friendly country to travel around independently with an excellent network of roads, bus, rail, and air services. Probably the most popular method of touring the country is by car or motorhome. If, however, you prefer to travel with a guide in the company of like-minded people, we can offer a range of small or large group escorted holidays. “We would have no hesitation in recommending Discover the World to friends and acquaintances and indeed we are doing just that.” Brian Rae, Tailor-Made Self Drive AITO Quality Statement Discover the World is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. Discover the World abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter which can be viewed at - visit the website to find out more about the Association or call 020 8744 9280. Scan with your smartphone and visit our website! Use the QR codes printed in this brochure to take you straight to our website when you scan them with your camera phone or mobile device. The codes can be found on each holiday page and will link you to further information about the trip as well the current prices. You must be able to access the internet on your mobile device and it will need to be equipped with a QR code reader application, available for download at 5042 © Fay Looney
  6. 6. 6 Our holidays are bound by our Booking Terms & Conditions which can be found on our website New Zealand – the land of the long white cloud – is a country of spectacular landscapes, varied climates, cosmopolitan cities and an amazing collection of unique flora, fauna and wildlife, found nowhere else on earth. These are our top pick of things to do: The South Pacific island nation of New Zealand is often described as a world in itself. Its two main islands span over 1000 miles and take in all climates from the sub-tropical temperate north to the sub-Antarctic alpine south. Magnificent Fiordland is a world away from the hustle and bustle of modern living. Enjoy an overnight cruise in the tranquil and stunning landscape that is Doubtful Sound. Overnight cruise Doubtful Sound – Fiordland Relax - Abel Tasman National Park Sublime and simply beautiful - a visit to Abel Tasman is a chance to recharge your batteries and walk, cruise or kayak or just simply relax in this breathtaking national park. Jet boat ride – Wanaka Take a thrilling jet boat ride on the Matukituki River and be enthralled by the amazing landscapes in Mt Aspiring National Park; or combine with a guided walk through beech forests and a helicopter trip onto the glaciers. Our Top 10 NZ Experiences New Zealand © Chris McLennan
  7. 7. 7talk to the experts 01737 218 800 Hike – Tongariro Alpine Crossing Acknowledged as one of the finest one-day walks in the world, hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the company of a local guide. Rust red craters, black deserts and cobalt blue and jade green lakes make these landscapes amongst the most colourful in New Zealand. Kiwi watch – in the wild! Stewart Island New Zealand’s hidden gem, Stewart Island, is home to the brown kiwi and is the only place in New Zealand where these timid nocturnal birds can be reliably seen in the wild. Enjoy a guided tour of Ulva Island Nature Reserve during your stay to experience many rare and endangered native birds. Maori culture – Hawke’s Bay Experience a wonderfully authentic Maori welcome at Waimarama, just south of Hastings in the Hawke’s Bay region. This is a great way to experience a powhiri (Maori welcome) and Marae visit. Heli Hike the Glaciers – Fox Glacier Combine the excitement of a guided hike on the Fox Glacier with the thrill of a helicopter flight. Visit ice caves and other wonderful formations below the upper ice fall. Volcano! – White Island New Zealand’s only active marine volcano lies off the Bay of Plenty near Whakatane. A trip here by boat or helicopter is a must, as is a guided tour of this incredible landscape and the volcanic energy that is harnessed beneath the ground, unleashing steam fumeroles, bubbling mud and sulphur vents. Self-drive NZ – by car, motorhome or motorbike! New Zealand is the perfect country for a self- drive holiday whether you choose to travel by car, Motorhome or Motorbike (Harley Davidsons are a popular choice). Now you can even travel by Segway! Incredible scenery and open roads mean you can experience NZ at your own pace. Whale watch – Kaikoura Experience the thrill of giant sperm whale watching by boat or more comfortably from the air. Towering snow-covered peaks fall to the ocean here and offshore a deep undersea canyon attracts an extraordinary abundance of marine life. 9 4 3 8 7 5 1 2 6 © Gareth Eyres © James Heremaia © Chris McLennan © United Campervans © Rob Suisted © Mark Hooghwerff © Petr Hlavacek
  8. 8. Getting Around New Zealand How you choose to travel around New Zealand is a question of both preference and time. An excellent network of roads makes either driving or coach-travel the most popular options and are complemented by efficient air, ferry and rail services. Self-drive The main advantage of having your own vehicle is the freedom to travel as you please and at your own pace. This is especially true if you hire a motorhome, when quite literally the whole country becomes your potential lodging. In a land where every bend in the road seems to bring another amazing view to savour, such independence is truly appealing for couples, friends and families alike. InterIslander ferry Operating daily between Wellington and Picton, the Interislander Ferry crossing takes 3 hours with 3 to 5 sailings daily. There is no need to take your car on the ferry. You simply leave it at the ferry depot, check-in your baggage and pick up another vehicle on arrival. However, for motorhome hire, you will need to take your vehicle on the ferry. Pre-booking is essential during peak times. Domestic flights Flying is a great way to travel between the main centres in New Zealand if you are pressed for time or should you wish to focus on specific regions. Air New Zealand is the largest domestic operator offering economy class flights to 26 destinations throughout the country. In addition, a number of domestic flight routes are offered by Qantas and both airlines also operate Trans Tasman services between New Zealand and Australia. © Rest New Zealand © Bularangi Motorbikes 8 Why choose Discover the World - see page 3 For our office opening hours please visit our website
  9. 9. talk to the experts 01737 218 9 © Pacific Horizon © InterIslander Rail journeys Train journeys are both leisurely and scenic and can add a delightful variant to your self-drive itinerary. On the North Island, The Overlander is a glorious journey through the interior, travelling between Auckland and the capital Wellington. On the South Island, The Coastal Pacific runs through Marlborough wine country from Picton to Christchurch via Blenheim and Kaikoura and ties in with the InterIslander ferry service. The TranzAlpine is regarded as the country’s finest rail journey and operates between Christchurch and Greymouth across the Southern Alps. Steam Train Journeys - the ideal option for both rail enthusiasts and travellers looking for something just a little different. Escorted touring If you wish to travel as part of a guided tour there are many options available from small group touring with approximately 16 to 20 passengers, as well as larger groups of 40 to 50. Special interest You can do just about every kind of outdoor activity in New Zealand – including golf, fly- fishing, cycling, skiing, skydiving, hiking and walking: New Zealand has 9 Great Walks! We can also arrange weddings and honeymoons and can design any trip to suit your individual preferences and interests. “There’s no better way to roam than in a motorhome. Not only do they offer flexibility and self-sufficiency, most models offer levels of comfort undreamt of in the days of the old VW camper van.” William Gray, The Sunday Times © Tranz Scenic
  10. 10. 10 Why choose Discover the World – see page 3 For our office opening hours please visit our website Auckland Sailing - Offshore Islands - Wild Landscapes - Rainforest Vibrant and modern, New Zealand’s largest city blends sophistication and charm with an enviable relaxed way of life. Centred between three harbours and across 48 volcanic cones with stunning wild landscapes, beaches and rainforest to the west, Auckland is a colourful, cosmopolitan and fascinating city. The most cosmopolitan of New Zealand’s cities, one fifth of Auckland’s one million inhabitants are of Polynesian descent. A fusion of traditions produces a vibrant urban culture that is both easy going and sophisticated. With a lively calendar of events and a year full of festivals, Auckland’s people love life and celebration. Known as the ‘City of Sails’, all things nautical feature prominently. The city’s stylish waterfront, Wynyard and Britomart precincts offer a variety of new eateries. Auckland’s bustling shopping district, chic waterfront bars and restaurants combine with the city’s sights, the Auckland Museum with its impressive collection of Maori artefacts, the world renowned Auckland Zoo, the Harbour Bridge and the distinctive Sky Tower, which offers inspiring views of the city and its stunning surrounds. Around the city you can visit world-class wineries, hike the quiet forest trails of the Waitakere Ranges, or relax on the unspoiled islands of Rangitoto or the popular Waiheke in the Hauraki Gulf whose glorious beaches, cafes and craft shops are just a short ferry ride away. A little further afield, are the historic Bay of Islands and Rotorua, New Zealand’s best known geothermal area and centre for Maori culture. Must Do’s Explore Auckland’s offshore islands – sheer heaven! Dine al fresco in the Viaduct Harbour Discover stunning west coast beaches and the Waitakere Ranges Glide through history on a Segway at Devonport Visit the Auckland Museum Head up to the observation level of Sky Tower © Scott Venning © Tourism NZ
  11. 11. We Recommend Auckland Highlights Pasifika Festival Festival This colourful festival showcases Pacific art and music, food, handicraft and dance. Held annually in March, this is one of the largest community events in the South Pacific. Heritage Hotel Accommodation Enjoy a wonderful stay in central Auckland at the historic and charming Heritage Hotel located just a short stroll from the city’s many attractions. 4-Day Around Auckland Day 1 Whangaparaoa Peninsula Drive across the harbour bridge and follow the coastline to the golden beaches and bay of this peninsula. Day 2 Orewa-Matakana From the laid-back resort town of Orewa, journey north via the huge Kauri trees of Warkworth to Matakana known for its boutique vineyards. Day 3 West Coast Beaches head westward through rolling hills to discover Auckland’s rugged western fringe and the country’s oldest wine-growing region. Day 4 Waitakere Ranges take your pick of walking trails through the lush forests of this ecological treasure, just 24km from the city. Ride a Harley Experience Ride pillion on a Harley Davidson with a local guide and enjoy amazing sights, sounds and smells as well as incredible views from the top of Mt. Eden. Image © Bularangi Motorbikes. Matakana Attraction Venture north to Matakana and the famous village market and meet the locals with Bush and Beach guided tours America’s Cup Experience Sail on an America’s Cup racing yacht, NZL40 or 41, take to the helm or just sit back and enjoy the action as you sail into the Hauraki Gulf. Dinner at SKYCITY Experience Indulge in some incredible wine and food at Dine by Peter Gordon, at Auckland’s SKYCITY Hotel. Our view To experience the spirit of "The City of Sails", join Sail NZL40. You needn't have sailed before and the crew are guaranteed to entertain, so get involved as much or as little as you like! talk to the experts 01737 218 11
  12. 12. 12 Why choose Discover the World – see page 3 For our office opening hours please visit our website Northland Twin Coasts - Maritime - Historical Roots Stretching 350km north from Auckland, Northland is New Zealand’s only sub- tropical region and with its above average sunshine record and glorious beaches, it is popular with locals as well as visitors. Winters are mild and citrus fruits and even bananas grow among its gentle hills and valleys. To the east, on the sheltered Pacific coast, is the renowned Bay of Islands where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, in which the Maori chieftains sealed their future alongside that of the ‘pakeha’, the whites. Today the Treaty House, Maori Meeting House and 100ft long war canoe compete for visitor attention with the natural attractions. Gorgeous white sand beaches dissolve into a turquoise sea studded with many islands that can be readily explored on a scenic cruise, dolphin swimming excursion or big game fishing trip. The small town of Paihia is a favourite place to stay, being centrally located and within a short distance of Waitangi Reserve, while historic Russell is smaller and more peaceful. Thrashed by the Tasman Sea, the windswept west coast couldn’t be more different, its long beaches backed by dunes and forests of ancient kauri trees. The oceans meet at New Zealand’s northernmost accessible point, Cape Reinga, a volcanic outcrop at the end of Ninety Mile Beach. Specially equipped coaches drive along this superb stretch of sand and surf, following the trail of the ‘spirits’. Legend has it that the departing spirits of the Maori head north along this route to leap off the headland into the sea. Must Do’s Swim with the dolphins in the Bay of Islands Experience Cape Reinga, the “leaping place of spirits” Drive the stunning Twin Coast Discovery Highway Enjoy an overnight cruise on Ipipiri Take a cultural journey of discovery in Hokianga Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds © Ben Crawford
  13. 13. We Recommend Northland Highlights Waitangi Day Event Waitangi Day on 6th February celebrates the “Birth of the Nation” on this day in 1840 with the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi Te Hoenga Waka Experience Experience a spiritual journey with the local Ngapuhi Maori in Te Hoenga Waka at Haruru Falls 5-Day Twin Coast Explorer Day 1 Auckland-Mangawhai Follow the route less travelled along the east coast to Mangawhai and Bream Bay. A cliff-top walkway offers extensive views of the offshore islands. Day 2 Mangawhai-Bay of Islands Drive to the Bay of Islands, one of the country’s most historically significant areas and where a host of marine adventures await. Day 3 Bay of Islands-Karikari Peninsula Continue north taking a very scenic detour to Matauri Bay en route to the quiet beauty of this unspoiled area. Day 4 Karikari Peninsula-Hokianga Drive to Cape Reinga and the northern tip of the country or take a scenic flight from Kaitaia before returning to follow the west coast to Hokianga Harbour. Day 5 Hokianga-Auckland Journey south through the giant kauri trees of Waipoua Forest en route to Auckland. Carrington Resort Accommodation Take a few days out to enjoy the seclusion and relaxation of a stay in the Far North at Carrington Resort, Karikari Peninsula The Kauri Museum Attraction The Kauri Museum at Dargaville tells the fascinating story of pioneering settlers through the theme of the magnificent kauri tree. The Duke of Marlborough Accommodation Stay at the iconic Duke of Marlborough Hotel in historic Russell, New Zealand’s first capital VIP Helicopter Tour (Heli Wine Tasting) Experience Fly by helicopter with Salt Air from Paihia up to Karikari Peninsula and enjoy a VIP guided wine and food experience in this stunning part of Northland, the “winterless north”! Our view Visiting the Bay of Islands on Waitangi day is an amazing experience you'll never forget. talk to the experts 01737 218 13
  14. 14. 14 Why choose Discover the World – see page 3 For our office opening hours please visit our website Pacific Coast & Thermal Explorer Beaches - Wineries - Maori Heritage & Culture - Geysers - Volcanoes The Pacific Coast region includes the verdant Coromandel, famed for its scarlet-blooming pohutukawa trees, glorious white sand beaches, secret coves, and luxuriant rainforest. Just south of this sits the varied landscapes of the Thermal Explorer region, renowned for its Maori culture and geothermal Rotorua. New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula is renowned for its beautiful coastal scenery, wonderful beaches and its rich tradition of gold mining. The scenic Bay of Plenty, with its golden beaches and kiwi and citrus orchards, extends over 200km in a great arc from the Coromandel to the East Cape. Along the coast is the lively port of Tauranga and Whakatane, the base for trips to the nature reserve of Whale Island and volcanic White Island. Here hissing steam and sulphurous gas clouds escape from a desolate crater. Long and picturesque coastal roads lead to the country’s most easterly city, Gisborne, which is the first in the world to see the dawn of a new day. Further south, Hawke’s Bay is the second largest wine-producing region. It is here that New Zealand’s most unusual city, Napier, was rebuilt in Art Deco style following a devastating earthquake in 1931. In the geographic heart of New Zealand’s North Island, the immensely varied landscapes of this acclaimed region encompass fertile farmlands, snow-capped volcanoes, steaming geothermal fields and crystal clear trout filled lakes. The main highlight of the region, Rotorua, has become one of the most visited places in the country famous for mud pools, spouting geysers, redwood forests and scenic trails for walking and cycling. The fertile Waikato is home to world-class gardens, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the glowworm caves of Waitomo. Lake Taupo is another of the region’s hot spots and is peppered with geothermal areas as well as the mighty Huka Falls. And in the Tongariro National Park, the twin volcanoes of Tongariro and Ruapehu display rust red craters, black deserts and cobalt blue lakes and are popular with skiers and hikers alike. Must Do’s Explore the Windows Walk at Karangahake Gorge Soak up the Art Deco architecture of Napier Take a boat trip to White Island Hike around Lake Waikaremoana Walk the Tongariro Crossing Take to the hills at Matamata, home of the Hobbit! Lake Waikaremoana © Rob Suisted
  15. 15. Our view The Tongariro Crossing certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the best one- day walks in the world - vivid colours and astonishing textures against the imposing backdrop of three volcanic peaks. We Recommend Pacific Coast & Thermal Explorer Highlights Wilderness Adventure Walk Experience Enjoy a personalised Wilderness Adventure Walk on the Coromandel with Kiwi Dundee, your very own naturalist guide. Walk along quiet native bush trails and learn about the local wildlife and flora. Mt Tarawera by Air Experience Enjoy the thrill of a helicopter ride or a floatplane flight over spectacular volcanic landscape. Fly from the Rotorua lakefront over the Crater Lakes District to the summit of Mt. Tarawera with Volcanic Air Safaris 5-Day Pacific Coast Highway Day 1 Tauranga-Whakatane Explore the beautiful harbour of Tauranga and the pohutukawa-lined track surrounding Mt Maunganui before arriving in Whakatane. Day 2 Whakatane Join a guided trip to volcanic White Island and keep a look out for dolphins. Day 3 Whakatane-Gisborne Enjoy a long, but wonderfully scenic drive around the East Cape, or drive through scenic Waioeke Gorge to Gisborne. Day 4 Gisborne-Napier Travel to Napier making a worthwhile detour to the deserted black sand beaches of the Mahia Peninsula. Day 5 Napier Explore this charming art deco town and relax at one of Hawke’s Bay’s fine wineries. Pauanui Pines Motor Lodge Accommodation Enjoy a stay at Pauanui Pines Motor Lodge, a perfect gateway for exploring the Coromandel Peninsula. Within easy walking distance of Pauanui Beach, the Motor Lodge is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Knapdale Eco Lodge Accommodation Relax at this wonderful retreat, enjoy the superb food and savour award-winning Gisborne wines while overlooking a stunning landscape. Rotorua Highlights Experience Enjoy a full day sightseeing extravaganza of Rotorua’s top attractions including Rainbow Springs, Skyline Skyridge Gondola, Agrodome Sheep Show, guided visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve and the Polynesian Spa. Cape Kidnappers Gannet Safari Experience Visit the largest and most accessible gannet colony in the world as be amazed at their antics as they preen, nest, fly and perform the famous ‘dance of the gannets’. talk to the experts 01737 218 15
  16. 16. 16 Why choose Discover the World – see page 3 For our office opening hours please visit our website Western North Island, Wellington & Wairarapa Rural Landscapes - Surf Highway - Heritage & Nature - Culture - Boutique Wineries New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington is renowned for its arts and culture as well as its proximity to nature. Here you can experience culinary delights and the world class wines New Zealand is famed for. Just north of here, the Western North Island region takes visitors off the beaten track and offers a wealth of natural wonders begging to be explored. Taranaki is the North Island’s “fin”, a cape that extends out into the wild Tasman Sea. Discover the rugged Forgotten World Highway, a route to Mt Taranaki. Running between Taumarunui and Stratford, the road offers a true taste of the area’s pioneering history. Majestic Mt Taranaki dominates the landscape, rising to over 2500m. At its foot lies the port of New Plymouth while Stratford is the gateway to Mt Egmont National Park, a favourite with hikers. The Whanganui River was once the main ‘highway’ inland for paddle steamers and today, river trips still offer the easiest access to this vast region of untouched forest. The poignant ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ is a reminder of the pioneers’ struggle with nature. Nestled between a stunning natural harbour and the forested hills of the Rimutaka and Tararua Ranges lies New Zealand’s vibrant capital – Wellington. Fascinating and friendly it is renowned for its cafes, bars, restaurants and museums, including Te Papa, the innovative National Museum. An hour’s drive north sits the Wairarapa, famous for producing fine Pinot Noir in its Martinborough vineyards, as well as being home to Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre. Also a short drive from Wellington is the Kapiti Coast, also dubbed the Nature Coast. Offshore Kapiti Island is a haven for rare and endangered birdlife. Must Do’s See dawn breaking on Mt Taranaki Travel the Forgotten World Highway Learn about the nation at Te Papa Visit Zealandia Enjoy wine tasting in Martinborough village Tempt your taste buds in highly acclaimed eateries Mt Taranaki © Josh Woskett
  17. 17. We Recommend Western North Island, Wellington & Wairarapa Highlights Taranaki Gardens Attraction Enjoy this annual event and festival experience featuring nearly 50 gardens, of which 16 are of national or regional significance. Kapiti Island Experience This magical offshore island allows you to experience New Zealand wildlife in a unique context. Enjoy Maori hospitality, a guided bush and nature walk and go kiwi spotting at night. 5-Day Wellington Explorer Day 1 Wellington Visit Zealandia: the Karori Sanctuary only 10 minutes from downtown, tour the City Gallery or check out the boutique shopping along Lambton Quay, Willis Street and Courtenay Place. Day 2 Wellington-Martinborough Head through the Hutt Valley and over the Rimutaka Range to the Wairarapa. Day 3 Martinborough Explore the boutique wineries that cluster around the square of this charming village. Day 4 Martinborough-Greytown Continue to Greytown where Victorian wooden buildings house art galleries and antique shops that perfectly complement the fine cafes. Day 5 Greytown-Wellington Drive through Featherston, with its interesting rail museum, back to the capital. Carter Observatory Experience Ride the cable car for stunning views of the city and at the top, visit Carter Observatory for some late night stargazing on Tuesdays and Saturdays (weather permitting). Toast Martinborough Festival Wander from vineyard to vineyard enjoying New Zealand’s most exclusive wine, food and music event, all within a charming wine village atmosphere. Held annually in November. Manawatu Gorge Experience Explore Manawatu Gorge by jet boat or kayak or on a guided bush walk. The spectacular Manawatu Gorge runs between the Ruahine and Tararua ranges. Lambton Heights Accommodation Savour wonderful hospitality at Lambton Heights in Wellington. Guests have their own lounge overlooking the garden and it’s a short stroll to the Botanic Gardens, cable car, Parliament Buildings, and Te Papa. Our view New Plymouth and Wanganui are an absolute delight - glorious gardens and parks, great beaches and the Forgotten World Highway!! © Mike Heydon, Jet Productions talk to the experts 01737 218 17
  18. 18. 18 Why choose Discover the World – see page 3 For our office opening hours please visit our website Nelson & Marlborough National Parks - Wine - Arts & Crafts The gateway to South Island, this is a region of sunshine, wine, arts and crafts and stunning nature encompassing an area of superlative natural beauty. Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts or just those wanting a relaxing escape, this is a region not to be missed. Picton is the first port of call for visitors from the North Island across the scenic Cook Strait. It is surrounded by the Marlborough Sounds, which comprise a group of beautiful and isolated islands, inlets and rugged headland, most easily explored by boat or along the celebrated Queen Charlotte Walkway. Inland, the town of Blenheim serves the famous Marlborough vineyards, New Zealand’s premier wine region famed for its sauvignon blanc. There are numerous vineyards and many are open to visitors offering tastings and tours of the property. The coastal city of Nelson has a reputation for plenty of sunshine, fine food and arts and crafts. One of the oldest settlements in the country, it is both bustling and friendly. The town’s, gaunt and imposing cathedral is offset by the pleasant leafy Queen’s Gardens and Japanese style Miyazu Gardens and a cluster of interesting galleries. Within easy reach of Nelson are three National Parks – the mountainous forests of Kahurangi and the Nelson Lakes, and Abel Tasman, renowned for its stunning coastline of turquoise bays fringed by golden beaches. Must Do’s Hike along the Queen Charlotte Track Explore the wineries of Blenheim Cruise amongst the stunning Marlborough Sounds Walk the famous Abel Tasman Coast Track Kayak with seals around Tonga Island Reserve Discover Nelson’s art scene visiting artists’ studios © Chris McLennan
  19. 19. We Recommend Nelson & Marlborough Highlights Farewell Spit Nature Reserve Experience Enjoy a unique wilderness and wildlife experience on a guided tour to Farewell Spit, New Zealand’s longest sandspit. This world-class sanctuary is home to over 90 species of birds. Edenhouse (B&B) Accommodation ‘A unique and memorable experience available only to a few’ in this idyllic property located near Motueka - named in Tatler as one of the 101 best hotels of the world. 5-Day Marlborough Explorer Day 1 Marlborough Sounds Cruise around Queen Charlotte, Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds. Day 2 Marlborough Sounds Spend the day enjoying the leisurely pursuits and activities available in this region. Kayak around the coastline or follow the native bush trails on foot or on mountain bike. Day 3 Marlborough Sounds-Blenheim Follow the renowned Queen Charlotte Drive then head inland to Blenheim. Day 4 Blenheim Spend the day touring the vineyards of the acclaimed wine region, or visit the unique Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Day 5 around Blenheim Visit craft workshops and artists in their Studios and discover the Marlborough region’s artistic and cultural highlights. Bay of Many Coves Resort Accommodation Bay of Many Coves Resort, set in a stunning aqua-blue bay, is an ideal spot for a relaxed, get away from it all break in the Marlborough Sounds, accessible only by water taxi from Picton. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Attraction Visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Blenheim, and view the aviation display which is like no other. Captivating scenes depict the aircraft in context and in some cases recreate actual incidents from the Great War. Sea Kayaking Abel Tasman Experience Join an overnight sea kayaking trip - paddle across sparkling water and camp in a secluded spot on the beach. You will see birdlife, seals and possibly dolphins or orca. Marlborough Wine Festival Festival Experience Marlborough’s iconic Wine Festival in February and sample some of the finest New Zealand wines, indulge in the culinary delights of local chefs and enjoy live entertainment. Our view "In true kiwi spirit, the Abel Tasman, combines adventure with nature, as the track follows the natural lye of the headland, passing through luscious fern lined bush and periodically opening up to stunning bays and golden beaches." talk to the experts 01737 218 19
  20. 20. 20 Why choose Discover the World – see page 3 For our office opening hours please visit our website Christchurch, Canterbury & West Coast Whales - Mountains - Parks & Gardens - Glaciers - Wild West Coast - Rainforests From the lofty Southern Alps to the broad Canterbury Plains, the peaceful spa resort of Hanmer Springs to the bustle of Christchurch, this stunning region is one of great diversity. On the other side of the island, the West Coast is wild and dramatic with wave-pounded coastlines, lush temperate rainforests, mountains and accessible glaciers. Despite the tragic earthquake of early 2011, Christchurch ‘The Garden City’ is well on the road to recovery, welcoming visitors and offering a wide variety of guest experiences. North of the city lies Kaikoura, New Zealand’s centre for whale watching. Hanmer Springs, a 90 minute drive, offers a variety of outdoor activities and relaxing thermal pools. The iconic mountains of the Southern Alps and magnificent Aoraki Mt Cook form the backbone of the South Island. The east to west traverse of the range links Christchurch and Greymouth, via the national park of Arthur’s Pass. This is also the route taken by the remarkable TranzAlpine railway. On the West Coast fur seals and colonies of rare black petrels, white herons and blue penguins breed. Sleepy Karamea, in the north, is the gateway to the vast wilderness of Kahurangi National Park, with its legendary limestone caves and arches. Greymouth is the largest town and a centre for exploration. The Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Punakaiki are backed by the forests of Paparoa National Park, whilst Hokitika is known for greenstone (pounamu) carving. The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are without doubt the greatest lure of this region. Nestled on the edge of the rainforest they are amongst the fastest moving glaciers in the world. Must Do’s Go whale watching in Kaikoura Travel on the TranzAlpine train Visit the French colonial town of Akaroa See the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks Take a glacier heli-hike or guided walk Fly over NZ’s highest peak, Aoraki Mt Cook Franz Josef Glacier © Gareth Eyres © Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism
  21. 21. We Recommend Christchurch, Canterbury & West Coast Highlights Ellerslie Flower Show Event Christchurch’s North Hagley Park stages one of the world’s best flower shows and horticultural events. The annual gardening and lifestyle extravaganza (held in March) attracts a global audience. Hot Air Balloon Adventure Experience Take a breathtaking flight on a hot air balloon at sunrise over the Canterbury Plains before gliding over the landscape below. Toast your landing with a glass of champagne. Grand Traverse Mount Cook Experience This superb scenic flight traverses the Southern Alps offering views of the West Coast ice fields, the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, as well as Tasman and Murchison. (Weather dependent) 5-Day Discover the West Coast Day 1 Greymouth Head into Paparoa National Park for a bush walk, continue to Westport to see the fur seal colony. View Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks on the way back to Greymouth. Day 2 Greymouth-Fox Glacier Drive south via the delightful town of Hokitika, famous for its greenstone (pounamu) carving, and make your way to Fox Glacier. Day 3 Fox Glacier Explore Fox Glacier on a guided walk, heli-hike or scenic flight. Day 4 Fox Glacier-Haast Drive into the World Heritage Area where there are excellent bird watching opportunities. Day 5 Haast-Wanaka Continue through the Haast Pass and Makarora to the picturesque town of Wanaka. Alpine Safari Tour Experience Enjoy a spectacular day tour. Four types of transport – coach, jetboat, 4WD and TranzAlpine train – three unique adventures, two course café lunch and an entertaining Kiwi guide! Maori Cultural Tour Experience Join your local Maori guide for a fascinating introduction to the culture and history of the Maori people; explore one of Kaikoura’s bush walkways and learn about the indigenous uses of the flora. Tasman Glacier Cruise Experience A memorable and up close encounter with New Zealand’s largest glacier, the Tasman. Spectacular views of the mountains and the best photo- opportunities in the national park. Our view Take your time on the West Coast. Quite apart from the iconic glaciers this is an area of outstanding natural beauty - full of hidden gems. © Hermitage Hotel © Canterbury Trails © Canterbury Trails talk to the experts 01737 218 21
  22. 22. 22 Why choose Discover the World – see page 3 For our office opening hours please visit our website Southern Lakes Lakes & Fiords - Mountains - Adventure This picturesque southern corner of New Zealand has achieved almost legendary status for its superb scenery and range of adrenaline-charged activities, including skiing. Stunning throughout the seasons, you don’t have to be a thrill-seeker to enjoy the resort towns of Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau. Queenstown, with its idyllic lakeside setting and sensational views of the Remarkables Range, offers just about every gravity-defying experience imaginable: bungy jumping, hang gliding, luging, parapenting and ballooning, as well as rafting the rapids of the Shotover River or racing its canyons in a jet boat. Historic steamboat cruises, a ride on the scenic Skyline Gondola and some great shopping and dining complete a stay in one of New Zealand’s most relaxing and pleasant towns. With all the charm but less of the hype, Lake Wanaka rivals Queenstown for scenery and adventure, with activities such as mountain biking, canyoning, rock climbing, sky diving and jet boating. Mirrored in the lake’s placid waters is the incredibly scenic backdrop of Mt. Aspiring and the Southern Alps. Quieter, but equally beautiful, Te Anau is famed for its glow worm caves, and is the gateway to the serene landscapes of Fiordland National Park. Nowhere else in the country is there such a concentration of mouth-watering scenery. The fiords of Milford and Doubtful Sound cut deep into the heart of the national park, providing a rich haven for dolphins, seals and countless birds and an awe-inspiring venue for kayaking or cruising. Waterfalls stream down the slopes of the steep mountains and are surrounded by lush forests. Must Do’s Cruise the fiords of Milford Sound Wanaka Nature Encounter Skyline Gondola and Luge Hike in Mt Aspiring National Park Jet boat the Matukituki River TSS Earnslaw vintage steamer on Lake Wakatipu Lake Wanaka
  23. 23. 23talk to the experts 01737 218 800 We Recommend Southern Lakes Highlights Milford Sound Unhurried Tour Experience Join a full day small group “Unhurried Tour” to majestic Milford Sound: short, gentle forest walks, plenty of photo stops and a 2½ hour nature cruise. Remarkables Lodge Accommodation Enjoy a relaxing stay at this discreet and exclusive retreat, a sanctuary far removed from life’s hustle and bustle. Wonderful hospitality and impeccable service with fine wines and superb food in abundance. 5 day Fiordland Explorer Day 1 Queenstown-Te Anau Travel to the resort town of Te Anau located on the shores of South Island’s largest lake. Take an evening excursion to view the glowworm caves. Day 2 Te Anau-Milford Sound Breathtaking scenery will be your companion on the drive to Milford Sound. Board a boat for an overnight cruise on New Zealand’s most iconic waterway. Day 3 Milford Sound-Te Anau Following breakfast aboard, return to land and drive back to Te Anau. Spend an afternoon relaxing in the picturesque setting or explore the surrounding walking trails. Day 4 Te Anau-Queenstown Return to New Zealand’s adventure capital and spend time enjoying the wealth of adrenaline charged activities or simply soaking up the scenery. Day 5 Queenstown-Wanaka Drive over the incredible Crown Range and spend time in this scenic lakeside town. Fly over Lake Wanaka! Experience Fly a plane under the careful guidance of U-Fly Wanaka and savour some incredible alpine sightseeing as you take the controls! Essential Queenstown Experience Join Nomad Safaris and Shotover Jet for a guided tour combining a 4x4 off road adventure to Lord of the Rings country with a ride on the exhilarating Shotover Jet. Edgewater Resort Accommodation Soak up stunning lake and mountain views at this first class resort hotel, on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Relax and savour wonderful wines and cuisine in the Wineglass café. Our view There is nothing like standing on the top of Treble Cone and looking down upon Lake Wanaka just before you snowboard down. You just can't help falling for this beautiful lakeside town. Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise Experience In the heart of Fiordland National Park, an overnight cruise is an incredible and humbling experience – savour the “sound of silence” on your return journey when the engines are switched off. © Gilbert van Reenen © Arno Gasteiger
  24. 24. 24 Why choose Discover the World – see page 3 For our office opening hours please visit our website Dunedin & Southland Nature - Pristine Wilderness - Heritage With an abundance of natural wonders that includes some of the best wildlife viewing in the country the South Island’s southern tip can also lay claim to the most interesting architecture in the elegant and stately city of Dunedin. Framed by a magnificent harbour the city is the main centre in the region. Boosted by riches from the 1861 gold rush, Dunedin grew from an isolated outpost to a bastion of European culture, whose architecture could be equally at home in Edinburgh. With New Zealand’s oldest university and a thriving youth culture and rock music scene, abundant pubs and cafes, this is the place for lively nightlife as well. North and South of the city, the rugged coast is peppered with unusual geological formations, sheltered sandy bays and sheer cliffs, including those of the Catlins, a vast forest and coastal reserve, popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Not surprisingly, the region’s wildlife is a big draw, with onshore colonies of penguins and albatross on the scenic Otago Peninsula, which also boasts dazzling rhododendron gardens at Glenfalloch. For rail enthusiasts, the 77km Taieri Gorge Railway ranks among the world’s great rail journeys. Invercargill, New Zealand’s southernmost city also has a marked Scottish character and its streets echo the names of highland rivers. Ferries depart from the nearby port of Bluff for the hour-long crossing to Stewart Island, most of which now comprises Rakiura National Park. Sandy beaches and lush rainforest form the landscape, providing the natural habitat of the kiwi making it one of the best places to observe this bird in the wild. Must Do’s Discover the wildlife of the Otago Peninsula Explore the pristine Catlins Coast on a delightful bush walk Soak up the historic architecture around Dunedin Overnight kiwi spotting on Stewart Island Walk the rugged 3-day Hump Ridge Track See the spherical Moeraki Boulders near Oamaru © Fay Looney
  25. 25. Our view This region offers eco-tourism at its best with unforgettable wildlife encounters and pristine wilderness areas, all on the doorstep of a lively city. We Recommend 5-Day Southern Scenic Day 1 Dunedin-Catlins Forest Park Take the time to explore this nature- rich corner of South Island comprising awesome beaches, rugged headland, towering cliffs, waterfalls and native forest. With many walking trails the must sees include Nugget Point and Purakaunui Falls. This is the perfect area for a farmstay. Day 2 Catlins-Stewart Island Drive to Curio Bay and continue to Bluff to hop on the ferry to Stewart Island. Go kiwi-spotting in the evening. Day 3 Stewart Island Spend a full day on New Zealand’s third island and visit Ulva Island Nature Reserve, take a cruise or savour the peace and tranquillity of this natural paradise. Day 4 Stewart Island-Invercargill Return to the mainland and head to Invercargill. Continue to the coastal village of Riverton, a good spot to pick up paua shell before returning to NZ’s most southerly city. Day 5 Invercargill-Dunedin Follow the road inland through Gore to Dunedin. Dunedin & Southland Highlights Otago Peninsula Experience Discover rich wildlife including yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, Albatross colonies and fur seals. This is an eco-paradise with an international reputation. Cycle the Central Otago Rail Trail Experience Follow the former railway route between Middlemarch and Clyde on New Zealand’s best- known cycle trail - 150 kms long with a gentle gradient. Larnach Lodge Accommodation Stay at Larnach Lodge, New Zealand’s only castle! With its exciting, tragic and sometimes scandalous history, the Lodge offers a vision of past and present with incredible architecture and amazing views. Ulva Island Bird & Forest Walk Experience Enjoy a gentle 4-5 hour guided walk with excellent commentary on the primeval rainforest, rare and threatened birds and plants as well as Maori and European history. Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Attraction Watch Little Blue Penguins come ashore at dusk and take time out to view the charming Victorian buildings of Oamaru. Taieri Gorge Railway Experience One of the world’s great rail journeys, the Taieri Gorge Railway steams from the heart of Dunedin to the rugged mountain interior of Central Otago and back, crossing magnificent viaducts. © Chris McLennan © Venture Southland © Arno Gasteiger talk to the experts 01737 218 25
  26. 26. 26 Our holidays are bound by our Booking Terms & Conditions which can be found on our website Discover Aotearoa This, our most popular itinerary, provides the ultimate touring experience of New Zealand. North Island highlights include the spectacular Bay of Islands, the coastal walks and lush bush of the Coromandel, geothermal Rotorua and the capital, Wellington. On the South Island explore the rugged West Coast, adventure capital Queenstown, scenic Fiordland, historic Dunedin and magnificent Mt. Cook. Auckland Rotorua Wellington Picton Mt Cook Queenstown Christchurch Dunedin Bay of Islands Pauanui Tongariro National Park Nelson Greymouth West Coast Glacier Wanaka Te Anau Self-drive (approx. 3,500km) B&B 20 nights Year round, on request Who for? Fully independent travellers Prices from: £1378 per person (twin share) Fact File Transfer on arrival 20 nights budget category accommodation (room only) 20 days mid-range rental vehicle InterIslander Ferry Excursions: Maori feast “hangi” and concert and full day sightseeing, Rotorua; Skyline Gondola ticket, Queenstown New Zealand Handy Atlas Inclusions Scan with your smartphone for more information about this itinerary The Route 3 7236(//(5 6(/)'5,9(,7,1(5$5 Aoraki Mt Cook
  27. 27. 27talk to the experts 01737 218 800 The Itinerary Day 1 arrive Auckland Transfer to your hotel in the city. Day 2 Auckland-Bay of Islands (260 km) Collect your car and drive to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Day 3 Bay of Islands Spend the day at leisure in this historic and incredibly picturesque area. Day 4 Bay of Islands- Coromandel (405 km) Drive to the Coromandel for a two-night stay on the Peninsula at Pauanui/Tairua. Day 5 Coromandel Enjoy a full day exploring the native bush and superb coastal landscapes of the peninsula or simply relax on the beach. Day 6 Coromandel-Rotorua (218 km) Rotorua is New Zealand’s premier geothermal area and a centre for Maori culture. This evening attend a traditional Maori feast ‘hangi’ and concert. Day 7 Rotorua Spend the day sightseeing with the following attractions included - a guided tour through Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Rainbow Springs, the Agrodome Leisure Park, a gondola cable car ride to the Skyline Skyride Complex and the Polynesian Spa. Day 8 Rotorua-Tongariro National Park (180 km) Witness the superb and dramatic scenery of the North Island’s heartland. Day 9 Tongariro-Wellington (332 km) Wellington, the vibrant capital city, has a superb location on a sheltered bay and is easy to explore on foot. Day 10 Wellington-Picton- Nelson (110 km) Drop off your rental vehicle and cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry. In Picton collect a second rental vehicle and drive the scenic road to sunny Nelson. Day 11 Nelson-Greymouth (290 km) Drive down the West Coast, stopping at Punakaiki to view the fantastic blow holes and rock formations. Day 12 Greymouth-Franz Josef (179 km) Drive via the mining town of Hokitika to Franz Josef where optional activities include guided glacier walks and scenic flights. Day 13 Franz Josef-Wanaka (287 km) Drive through World Heritage rainforests and cross the Haast Pass into Mt Aspiring National Park and Lake Wanaka. Day 14 Wanaka-Queenstown (117 km) Take a leisurely drive to Queenstown via the historic village of Arrowtown. Day 15 Queenstown Spend a day at leisure enjoying Queenstown’s many activities that include jet boating, or white water rafting as well as walking trails and leisurely lake cruises. Included is a Skyline Gondola ticket. Day 16 Queenstown-Te Anau (170 km) Te Anau is the gateway to Fiordland National Park. Travel to Milford Sound and enjoy a nature cruise. Day 17 Te Anau Relax in this tranquil town, take an optional cruise to the glow worm caves or a day trip to Doubtful Sound. Day 18 Te Anau-Dunedin (290 km) Travel to the historic city of Dunedin, with its distinctly Scottish flavour. From here explore the nearby Otago Peninsula famed for viewing wildlife such as albatross, penguins, sea-lions and fur seals. Day 19 Dunedin-Mt Cook (331 km) Follow the coast road to the charming town of Oamaru, stopping at the Moeraki boulders en route and then on to Mt Cook. Day 20 Mt Cook Spend a full day a leisure. Day 21 Mt Cook-Christchurch (331 km) Return rental vehicle and depart. Please note that this itinerary is a suggested outline of your trip – please contact us to tailor-make your own holiday. Also consider New Zealand Highlights (16 night self-drive), Great New Zealand Experience (17-night escorted tour) Find these on our website or call us. © Dennis Bromage © Chris McLennan
  28. 28. 28 Our holidays are bound by our Booking Terms Conditions which can be found on our website Fact File Self-drive (Motorhome) BB 19 nights Year round, on request Who for? Our most popular Motorhome package featuring key highlights and benefit of pre- booked campsites Prices from: around £1364 per person (Alpha 2 Berth Motorhome) Inclusions All Inclusive Motorhome insurance First night’s accommodation in a hotel Pre-booked campsites throughout plus some Apartment or tourist cabin stays Complete vehicle living equipment kit 5 Star Attractions Pass in Rotorua for sightseeing Milford Sound cruise (full day return coach tour from Te Anau) Services of our ground agents in New Zealand Plus many others – please refer to our website for details © United Campervans Auckland Coromandel Rotorua Taupo Wellington Nelson Milford Te Anau Dunedin Christchurch Napier Greymouth Franz Josef Queenstown New Zealand Motor Roam Combine the freedom of travelling by motorhome with the convenience of knowing that all your accommodation is pre-booked. This itinerary makes use of the best campsites in truly great locations as well as some motel accommodation to allow for little practicalities en route. With all the essentials taken care of you are free to enjoy all New Zealand has to offer. Scan with your smartphone for more information about this itinerary The Route 3 7236(//(5 02725+20(,7,1(5$5
  29. 29. 29talk to the experts 01737 218 800 Day 1 arrive Auckland Overnight at an airport hotel. Day 2 Auckland-Coromandel (168km) Collect your motorhome and take to the road via the Pohutukawa coast to the northern reaches of the peninsula. Overnight stay on a United or Alpine Campervans campsite. Day 3 Coromandel-Waihi Enjoy a day exploring the bays and beaches of the Coromandel. Day 4 Waihi-Rotorua (218km) Travel inland to Rotorua and spend the afternoon making use of your 5 Star Attraction Pass. Day 5 Rotorua-Taupo (80km) Spend time at leisure in Rotorua before driving to Taupo for an overnight stay in a Tourist cabin at the holiday park. Day 6 Taupo-Napier (143km) Drive to Napier - a beautiful Art Deco coastal town in the heart of Hawke’s Bay. Day 7 Napier-Wellington (323km) Spend a relaxing morning in Napier before the long drive to Wellington in the afternoon. Two nights at a motor lodge near to the ferry terminal. Day 8 Wellington Explore New Zealand’s lively capital or venture beyond the city to discover the boutique wineries of the Wairarapa. Day 9 Wellington-Nelson (202km) Take the ferry across the Cook Straight, through the scenic Marlborough Sounds to Picton then drive to Nelson for two nights. Day 10 Nelson Explore the stunning Abel Tasman region where lush native forests meet golden beaches. Day 11 Nelson-Greymouth (290km) Journey down the ruggedly beautiful West Coast to Greymouth, steeped in pioneering history, for an overnight stay at a seaside Holiday Park. Day 12 Greymouth-Franz Josef (177km) Head south following the coast to Franz Josef. Spend two nights in a unique rainforest setting. Day 13 Franz Josef Enjoy a day exploring the area, taking an optional glacier tour or simply relaxing in the pleasant surroundings. Day 14 Franz Josef-Queenstown (404km) Travel to Queenstown for a 2-night apartment stay in this beautiful lakeside town renowned for adventure. Day 15 at leisure in Queenstown Time at leisure to choose from the wealth of activities Queenstown has to offer. Included is entrance to the AJ Hackett Kawarau Bungy Centre. Day 16 Queenstown-Te Anau (170km) Drive to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park for a 2-night stay. An evening tour of the glow worm caves is highly recommended. Day 17 Milford Sound Travel by coach to Milford Sound and join a scenic cruise enjoying the splendour of the fiord. Day 18 Te Anau-Dunedin (290km) Head east to Dunedin and spend the afternoon exploring this town where historic architecture and stunning nature co-exist. Overnight on the wildlife- rich Otago Peninsula or a city central location – your choice! Day 19 Dunedin-Christchurch (362km) Drive to Christchurch and drop off your motorhome. Rest of the day is at leisure. Day 20 Depart Christchurch Continue your onward journey. Courtesy airport transfer included. Please note that this itinerary is a suggested outline of your trip – please contact us to tailor-make your own holiday. Also consider Motor Roam (8 nights North or South Island Motorhome self-drive), Pacific Escapade (17 night escorted GNZTC tour). Find these on our website or call us. The Itinerary (approx. 2,827km)
  30. 30. 30 Our holidays are bound by our Booking Terms Conditions which can be found on our website New Zealand on a Budget This self-drive 14 day fixed itinerary is especially designed for the budget-conscious traveller wanting to experience the very best of New Zealand at an affordable cost. Savour the spectacular scenery and highlights of this amazing country as you start your journey in Auckland, the City of Sails, and travel far south to New Zealand’s oldest city, Dunedin. Wellington Inclusions Shuttle arrival transfer 13 nights accommodation (room only) 13 days mid-range rental vehicle InterIslander Ferry New Zealand Handy Atlas Pre or post tour extra nights only can be added Services of our ground agents in New Zealand Fact File Self-drive (fixed itinerary) BB 13 nights Year round, on request Who for? Independent travellers on limited budget Prices from: around £778 per person (twin share) Scan with your smartphone for more information about this itinerary (;/86,9( ,7,1(5$5 3 Auckland Bay of Islands Coromandel Rotorua Wellington Nelson Picton Dunedin Napier Lake Tekapo Kaikoura Queenstown The Route
  31. 31. 31talk to the experts 01737 218 800 Day 1 arrive Auckland Transfer to your hotel in the city for an overnight stay. Day 2 Auckland-Bay of Islands (236km) Collect your car and drive to the beautiful Bay of Islands, in Northland. Day 3 Bay of Islands-Coromandel (386km) Today head south to the coastal town of Whangamata, an ideal base for exploring the Coromandel Peninsula. Day 4 Coromandel-Rotorua (146km) Follow the coast road to the lively port of Tauranga before heading inland to Rotorua, New Zealand’s premier geothermal area and a centre for Maori culture. This evening attend a traditional Maori feast ‘hangi’ and concert (optional, own expense). Day 5 Rotorua-Napier (225km) Enjoy a morning at leisure before heading further south to Lake Taupo and then on to Napier. Day 6 Napier-Wellington (316km) Drive to Wellington for an overnight stay. New Zealand’s vibrant capital city has a superb location on a sheltered bay and is easy to explore on foot. Ride the cable car to the botanic gardens, visit the acclaimed national museum Te Papa and enjoy a meal on the chic waterfront. Day 7 Wellington-Picton-Nelson (131km) Return your car to the ferry terminal depot and board the Interislander Ferry, across the Cook Strait and into Queen Charlotte Sound. On arrival in Picton, collect a second rental vehicle and drive the scenic road to sunny Nelson, famed for its arts and crafts. Day 8 Nelson-Kaikoura (247km) Depart Nelson today and make your way to Kaikoura and experience eco-tourism at its best. Kaikoura’s strength is its diversity of marine mammals and bird-life so accessible to its shores, a truly unique area to New Zealand. Day 9 Kaikoura Spend a day at leisure. Day 10 Kaikoura-Lake Tekapo (400km) Drive to Lake Tekapo famed for its amazing turquoise blue lake and for having the clearest, darkest and most spectacular night sky in New Zealand. Day 11 Lake Tekapo-Queenstown (172km) Today make your way to Queenstown via stunning scenery in the heart of the south island. Day 12 Queenstown Spend a day at leisure enjoying Queenstown’s many activities that include jet boating, white water rafting as well as walking trails and leisurely lake cruises. Day 13 Queenstown-Dunedin (283km) Travel to the historic city of Dunedin, with its distinctly Scottish flavour. From here you can explore the nearby Otago Peninsula famed for viewing wildlife such as albatross, penguins, sea-lions and fur seals. Day 14 Depart Dunedin Make your way to Dunedin airport today and drop off your rental vehicle. Please note that this itinerary is a suggested outline of your trip – please contact us to tailor- make your own holiday. Also consider New Zealand on a Budget (21 night self-drive), Adventure Odyssey (13 night escorted small group tour). Find these on our website or call us © Alexander Fortelny The Itinerary (approx. 2,542km)
  32. 32. 32 Our holidays are bound by our Booking Terms Conditions which can be found on our website The Real New Zealand In just three weeks you will experience the very best New Zealand has to offer, driving from one stunning location to the next. This exciting 4x4 self-drive itinerary includes a balanced mix of driving on sealed roads and gravel, can be both fun and challenging. © Rest New Zealand Inclusions 4x4 vehicle (choice of car category) Choice of accommodation options: Budget, Standard or Superior Arrival transfer InterIslander Ferry Comprehensive tour manual with maps and detailed itinerary Services of our ground agents in New Zealand Fact File Self-drive 4x4 vehicle BB 21 nights Year round, on request Who for? Independent travellers wanting an “off the beaten track” experience Prices from around £1711 per person (Budget accommodation/twin share) Scan with your smartphone for more information about this itinerary 3 7236(//(5 [ ,7,1(5$5 Auckland Bay of Islands Coromandel Rotorua Tongariro Wellington Nelson Picton Christchurch Napier Wanaka Franz Josef Kaikoura Queenstown Lake Tekapo The Route
  33. 33. 33talk to the experts 01737 218 800 Day 1 Auckland On arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation. Day 2 Auckland-Hokianga Harbour/Omapere (290km) Today pick up your rental vehicle and head north via Muriwai Beach and Matakohe. Day 3 Omapere-Bay of Islands (215km) Make your way to historic Russell via Opua and the car ferry. Day 4 Bay of Islands A free day to explore the bay and its attractions - the Hole in the Rock, swimming with dolphins or a visit to Waitangi and its Treaty House. Day 5 Bay of Islands-Auckland (250km) Drive south on the east coast road, taking advantage of your 4x4 vehicle to explore some of the lovely coves and beaches en route. Day 6 Auckland-Coromandel (260km) Head south to the old mining town of Thames, gateway to the lovely Coromandel Peninsula. Explore Whitianga, visit Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach. Day 7 Coromandel-Rotorua (215km) Drive through the main kiwi fruit growing region of New Zealand to Rotorua. Day 8 Rotorua A full day to experience all the attractions on offer. Acquaint yourself with Maori culture by visiting some historical sights. Enjoy a Maori Hangi Cultural Show in the evening. Day 9 Te Urewera-Napier (320km) Today’s route traverses the heart of Te Urewera National Park. From the coast it is a short drive to Napier, renowned for its magnificent art deco architecture. Day 10 Napier-Tongariro (190km) Drive the historic Gentle Annie Road and the Desert Road where you are almost in sight of Mt. Ruapehu, a splendid snow- capped volcano and the highest peak on the North Island. Day 11 Tongariro-Whanganui (315km) Take the Old Post Road, which follows the scenic valley of the Whanganui River. Continue to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, a cultured city with lively cafes and pubs. Day 12 Wellington-Picton- Nelson Lakes (190km) Catch the early ferry across the Cook Strait and then Queen Charlotte Drive for some stunning views of the Sound. Head inland to St. Arnaud, in the rugged Nelson Lakes National Park. Day 13 St Arnaud-Hanmer Springs (250km) Take the Maruia Saddle Road, a splendid 4x4 route which winds among sparkling streams and rainforest and on to Hanmer Springs, famous for its thermal pools. Day 14 Hanmer Springs- Kaikoura (135km) enjoy a whale watching trip in Kaikoura or swim with seals or dusky dolphins. Day 15 Kaikoura-Christchurch- Mt Hutt (275km) Cross the Canterbury Plains to New Zealand’s garden city, Christchurch, situated at the foot of the Southern Alps. Day 16 Mt Hutt-Lake Tekapo- Kurow (235km) Leaving the Canterbury Plains, you’ll reach turquoise-coloured Lake Tekapo. Take an optional scenic flight to the glaciers or Mt Cook before continuing the drive into Central Otago, where you stay overnight in an historic hotel. Day 17 Kurow-Queenstown (350km) This region of the South Island staged a great gold rush in the 19th century and people flocked here from all over the world. Drive via Clyde and Naseby to Queenstown, famed for its stunning location overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Range. Day 18 Queenstown Perhaps try out one of the many activities on offer in New Zealand’s ‘Adventure Capital’ – rafting, jet boating, or take a quiet cruise or gondola or day trip to scenic Milford Sound either by car or on a scenic flight. Day 19 Queenstown-Wanaka- Franz Josef (360km) Take the road across the majestic Crown Range to reach Wanaka. Then head over the Haast Pass to Franz Josef Glacier for your overnight stay Day 20 Franz Josef-Greymouth (160km) The west coast offers a combination of rainforest, mountains, glaciers and sea. Hike to Fox or Franz Josef Glacier, take a helicopter sightseeing flight or stroll around Lake Matheson. Day 21 Greymouth- Christchurch/Canterbury region (260km) Optional drive north to the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, before heading over Arthur’s Pass. Day 22 Christchurch Today drop off your rental vehicle and depart. Please note this is a suggested outline of your trip – please contact us to tailor-make your own holiday. Also consider 4x4 Hike and Drive (24 night self-drive), Adventure Odyssey (13 night escorted small group tour). Find these on our website or call us. The Itinerary
  34. 34. 34 Our holidays are bound by our Booking Terms Conditions which can be found on our website © United Campervans New Zealand Touring Options Discover the World offer a range of options for your holiday to New Zealand – from Budget to mid-range or Superior touring, specifically designed to suit every budget! We are aware that for many, New Zealand is now a costly destination to visit, both in terms of airfare and day to day living expenses. We are committed to making this spectacular country, and one of our personal favourites, as affordable as possible. The increased cost of airfares and airport taxes is a significant factor in holiday planning. Discover the World work with all the major airlines, including a number of low-cost carriers, to enable us to offer our clients the most cost-effective and competitive airfares on the market. Over the last few years the Pound sterling has weakened against the New Zealand dollar, having a much more significant financial impact than ever before. With this in mind we are delighted to introduce a new series of “affordable” packages. These packages allow you to be completely self-sufficient during your holiday, whether travelling independently by Motorhome, or by rental car. Our Motorhome itineraries allow you the flexibility to travel around New Zealand freely, at a pace to suit, and to self-cater as you do so. We also have a number of self-drive itineraries which feature a range of accommodation at a very affordable cost to suit your individual budget. 3 © United Campervans © Budget Rentals
  35. 35. 35talk to the experts 01737 218 800 Fixed Self-Drive ItinerariesPlease note: fixed itineraries can only be adapted by the addition of pre or post tour accommodation. Airlines For each of the touring options shown here we can offer fares from a range of international airlines, such as Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. Our preferred airline partner, Air New Zealand, offers an extensive choice of travel options from Pacific Economy to Pacific Premium Economy and Business Class. See Airfares and Air New Zealand on pages 50 and 51 for details or contact our experienced team. 1. Budget Touring Based on low-cost car rental and motel accommodation with self- contained kitchen facilities or Motorhome rental. New Zealand on a Budget (22 or 14 day EXCLUSIVE fixed itinerary) - our established self- drive tour with a focus on motel stays, allowing you to minimise costs and self-cater as required. Essential New Zealand (NEW itinerary) - using motel accommodation with basic kitchenette facilities and low cost rental vehicle. Guideline price: 14 day Essential New Zealand package from around £778 per person (twin share). 2. Mid-Range Touring Based on low-cost car rental and motel/luxury motel accommodation with self- contained kitchen facilities or Motorhome rental. Essential New Zealand (22 or 14 day fixed itineraries) MotorRoam - Motorhome packages to suit, allowing complete self-sufficiency - the ultimate ‘DIY’ self-drive itineraries with United Campervans. Guideline price: 14 day Essential New Zealand package from around £906 per person (twin share). 3. Superior Touring Based on low-cost car rental and apartment style accommodation with self- contained kitchen facilities. Essential New Zealand (22 or 14 day fixed itineraries) - using superior hotels, or apartments, all on a self-catering basis. Cetacean Explorer (20 days) - using Superior category hotels. Guideline price: 14 day Essential New Zealand package from around £1086 per person (twin share). For further information on these itineraries, and many more, please refer to our website at Friends and Family self- drive - 9 day North Island or 9 day South Island options which allow you time with your family and the chance to enjoy some independent touring at the same time – we can organise it all for you! Pacific Horizon’s GEM! - We have exclusive itineraries available following the recent launch of this brand new Motorhome and can offer you some wonderful self-drive choices, from 21 days or 14 days independent touring in New Zealand. Essential New Zealand - ‘fixed’ itineraries to suit individual budgets; featuring a choice of accommodation categories from budget to mid-range to superior, in self-contained motel, luxury motel or apartment style accommodation. Choose either a 14 or 22 day self-drive itinerary. 72856 72 127( Aoraki Mt Cook © Hermitage Hotel
  36. 36. 36 Our holidays are bound by our Booking Terms Conditions which can be found on our website Escorted Touring Options Our choice of coach touring holidays incorporates a wide range from small group, luxury travel to mid- range and affordable value touring with larger groups. With a reputation for quality and service, each offer a variety of well-constructed itineraries that ensure travellers get the very best New Zealand experience. Grand Pacific Tours The ‘ultimate’ touring experience is in a class of its own! See New Zealand in armchair comfort on a full size vehicle equipped with only 20 luxury leather seats. Panoramic viewing; air conditioning; individual wood grain storage units and state of the art entertainment system are just some of the features. Enjoy a collection of carefully handpicked stylish hotels; a full range of sightseeing and a variety of quality dining experiences. GPT also offer a range of luxury coach holidays for groups of up to 48 travellers (details on request). All departure dates are guaranteed. Superior Touring 19 day Ultimate Rail, Cruise Coach Experience. Guideline price from around £4425 per person (twin share) Great New Zealand Travel Company Innovative small group holidays with an exceptional level of personal service, the right balance of included activities and experiences, complemented with the freedom to explore independently. Small groups, which never exceed 16, allow for special detours off the beaten track. Superior Touring 18 day Pacific Escapade Guideline price from around £3499 per person (twin share) Adventure South Small group, multi-activity tours aimed at travellers seeking an adventurous holiday, with the intimacy of small groups, the opportunity to see New Zealand as the locals do, experience kiwi hospitality and enjoy the comfort of quality accommodation. Tours include ‘must do’ experiences as well as the chance to explore less visited places and undertake a range of thrilling activities. Visit our website for detailed itineraries. Mid-Range Touring 14 day Adventure Odyssey Guideline price from around £3286 per person (twin share) Australian Pacific Touring (APT) A range of touring options to suit all budgets from Premier Plus (groups of no more than 30) to Premier and Affordable Value (groups of around 48), which offer a great balance of ‘must see’ attractions and off the beaten track experiences. APT’s Freedom of Choice inclusions allow you to tailor your leisure time at no extra cost, selecting the activities that most appeal from active pursuits to relaxing experiences. Call or visit our website for the full list. Prices are fully inclusive and most departure dates are guaranteed. Budget (Affordable Value) Touring 15 day New Zealand Getaway Guideline price from around £1910 per person (twin share) © Grand Pacific Tours 3
  37. 37. Special Interest In this land of inspiring landscapes and welcoming people adventure comes naturally and activities abound. Whether you wish to travel independently or as part of a group we can provide the ideal New Zealand holiday for you, including as many thrilling, adventurous, relaxing or inspiring experiences as you desire. Choose from some of the optional interests shown below, organised by dedicated and experienced local specialists… Hiking With stunning scenery and well-protected national parks and reserves, New Zealand is a paradise for hikers. A choice of gentle, winding coastal tracks, rainforest tramps, valley walks, volcano summits, alpine passes and lakeside trails ensures there is something to suit everyone. Great Walks of New Zealand By tackling some of the world’s most scenic multi-day walking tracks as part of a guided group you have the benefit of porterage services, meals and most importantly, comfortable accommodation with hot showers at the end of the day. Cycling Our choice of holidays from specialists Adventure South, are guided throughout and include hire of bike and helmet. The New Zealand Cycle Trail is a nationwide initiative to introduce trails across the country, catering for a range of abilities from beginners and families to more experienced and competitive riders. Skiing Between June and October, skiers are drawn to the soft powder, scenic slopes of the Southern Alps. The main ski areas are around Queenstown and Wanaka in the Southern Lakes, Mt Hutt a couple of hours from Christchurch and Mt Ruapehu on the North Island. Gardens Hamilton, New Plymouth, Christchurch and Dunedin are renowned for their spectacular gardens and diverse flora and fauna. Golf Magnificently designed courses, frequently set against breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, lakes, forests and stunning seascapes, makes New Zealand one of the world’s most sought after and least busy golf locations. Nature Wildlife New Zealand’s biodiversity is unique as are the various species of land mammals and flightless birds – experience diverse and natural environments. Weddings We can arrange anything from a traditional church wedding to an iceberg wedding or a romantic lakeside chapel. Cruises Experience majestic scenery from the comfort of a small cruise ship, the Oceanic Discoverer, or enjoy an overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands with the vessel Ipipiri. Visit our website for further details or call our specialist team. 37talk to the experts 01737 218 800 © Julian Aspe © Adventure South © Chris McLennan © Scott Leman © Grand Pacific Tours
  38. 38. 38 Our holidays are bound by our Booking Terms Conditions which can be found on our website Accommodation Options Hotels First Class – superior hotels with good facilities and services, usually central (4* plus) Tourist Class – quality, mid-range hotels, usually central (3-4*) Budget Class – economical yet comfortable motels (2½ -3*) Qualmark category: all suite hotels resorts Apartments Apartments can provide the ultimate freedom for independent self-catering travellers – perfect for families, friends and couples travelling together. A range of modern, well located and serviced apartments are available across the country. Qualmark category: self-contained serviced Motels Motels tend to be located away from central locations. However, they offer classic New Zealand accommodation and are ideal for family and friends on holiday who are seeking quality self- catering and value for money. Qualmark category: self-contained serviced Holiday Parks A range of camping grounds and motor camps are accessible for those travelling across country by Motorhome or Campervan. Qualmark category: holiday parks Throughout New Zealand standards of accommodation are very high. There is a fantastic selection to choose from including hotels, motels, boutique properties and luxury lodges as well as farmstay options. We can incorporate different styles of accommodation into any itinerary. Whilst the following classification is intended to give you a guideline on the quality of the properties we use, please note that there is some variation between regions and categorisation is based on ‘best available’ at the time of booking. 3
  39. 39. 39talk to the experts 01737 218 800 Character and BB’s These are mostly small properties chosen for their interesting architecture, historical background or that indefinable character. Each property is unique and the service is friendly and personal. Qualmark category: guest hosted Lodges (5*) Individual properties in superb locations, lodges offer a high standard of accommodation and truly personalised service. Superb food, fine wine and recreational facilities feature. Qualmark category: guest hosted with the ‘best of the best’ categorised as exclusive Farmstays Family run properties in over 1200 rural locations offer the chance to sample local life and enjoy Kiwi hospitality. Qualmark category: guest hosted The official star grading in New Zealand is Qualmark. It can help you choose the type of accommodation you are looking for, in the style that suits you - from lodges to hotels, to holiday parks and a range of other kinds of accommodation. Qualmark Remember that tailor-made self-drive holidays are our particular speciality. Contact us to create a unique itinerary, especially for you. © Delamore Lodge
  40. 40. 40 Our holidays are bound by our Booking Terms Conditions which can be found on our website Australia has countless unique species, found nowhere else in the world - including kangaroo, koala, wombat, platypus, echidna, quokka, emu and the Tasmanian devil… to name just a few! Seeing some of these quirky creatures in their natural habitat is a highlight of any Australian holiday. Weird Wonderful Wildlife Ancient History Australia’s indigenous people represent the world’s oldest living culture, with a history spanning back 50,000 years. Dreamtime stories and ancient rock art provide a fascinating backdrop to present day Australia. Marine Magic Australia’s extensive coastline provides easy access to both the Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo Reef, home to vivid coral gardens and an abundance of marine wildlife. Swim with whale-sharks, take a helicopter in search of the mighty blue whale, or cruise among dolphins and dugongs. Split by three time zones and the tropic of Capricorn, Australia is a vast island nation with a fascinating indigenous history and strong European ties. Here you will find vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, contrasting against the endless landscapes of the outback and miles of untouched coastlines. Australia’s iconic landmarks both man-made and natural are unmissable, but there’s more to Oz than you might first think… Australia Our Top 10 Australia Experiences Images © Tourism Australia except (6) Great Southern Rail; (7) Liz Lunnon; (8) Tourism Australia Adam Bruzzone; (9) SATC; (10) Pam Forrest
  41. 41. talk to the experts 01737 218 41 Great Rail Journeys Experience the world’s longest straight stretch of railway with a trip on the Indian Pacific across the vast Nullarbor Plain, or cross Australia north to south from Darwin to Adelaide – both are epic journeys through an epic Australian landscape. With colourful coral, turquoise seas and lush green rainforests, Australia’s colours are truly dazzling. Perhaps nowhere more so than the striking landscapes of the Outback, where vivid red earth is punctuated by lone white gum trees reaching into the endless blue sky. Outback Luxury Australia offers its own unique take on luxury in the wilderness, with safari style tented properties and working cattle ranches offering top level service, gourmet dining, fine wines and views to cherish for a lifetime. Remarkable Rocks Uluru (Ayers Rock) surely has to be the world’s best-known rock, but don’t overlook Australia’s other geological wonders. There’s the aptly named Devil’s Marbles, stripey Bungle Bungles, other-worldly Pinnacles and the remarkable Remarkable Rocks! A Taste of Australia A diverse range of influences have shaped Australia’s cuisine, with fresh produce, a multicultural society and traditional ‘bush tucker’ combining to create unique and innovative menus. Numerous vineyards can be found throughout the southern states and are well worth a visit. On the Road Travel at your own pace by motorhome or car, and take in Australia’s scenic highlights. Drive the famous Great Ocean Road, meander through the forests of Margaret River, explore rural Tasmania or tackle the remote Gibb River Road. Dazzling Colour Sydney Icons Instantly recognizable, Sydney Harbour just wouldn’t be the same without its twin landmarks. See the city from a different perspective with a Bridge Climb, or enjoy a performance to remember at the iconic Sydney Opera House. NEW SOUTH WALES QUEENSLAND NORTHERN TERRITORY WESTERN AUSTRALIA SOUTH AUSTRALIA VICTORIA TASMANIA G r e a t B a r r i e r R e e f N in g alo o R eef Darwin Cairns Alice Springs Brisbane Melbourne Sydney Adelaide Perth Canberra Uluru Hobart Blue Mountains Broome
  42. 42. 42 Our holidays are bound by our Booking Terms Conditions which can be found on our website Australia Australia is a vast and diverse land of wide open spaces, captivating red desert, dense rainforest, unique wildlife, cosmopolitan cities and endless beaches. Every state and territory offers its own unique attractions, climate and landscapes. Some of the most iconic landmarks in the world can be found here, from the Sydney Opera House to the awe-inspiring Ayers Rock, with the spectacular Great Barrier Reef providing a chance to explore a colourful marine-world too. From the tropical north to the temperate climes of the far south, wherever you choose to visit you can be assured of a warm, down-to-earth welcome and a wealth of experiences and memories. New South Wales A must for any first-time visit to Australia, NSW boasts golden beaches, lush rainforests, and an impressive array of national parks. It is also home to lively Sydney, the nearby scenic Blue Mountains and the countless wineries of the Hunter Valley. Further afield, laid-back Byron Bay offers complete contrast with its stunning sandy beaches. Queensland Offering endless sunny beaches, inland mountains and extensive forests, Queensland is Australia’s most-visited state. Explore Brisbane or Cairns before venturing further afield. A strong Aboriginal heritage permeates northern Queensland whilst the Daintree is the world’s oldest rainforest. But the biggest draw to Queensland is the unmissable Great Barrier Reef. Northern Territory The NT is home to Uluru (Ayers Rock), arguably the most evocative of Australia’s landmarks, as well as the Top End highlights of Darwin and Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. With a rust-red outback, a wealth of Aboriginal culture, endemic wildlife and unique geology, this territory offers the quintessential Australian experience. Western Australia WA features epic outback, deep green forests and an endless coastline of memorable sunsets. White gum trees line the striking red gorges of Karijini, whilst Perth provides a gateway to the wineries of the south. To the north marine wildlife awaits at Ningaloo Reef. Remote and immense, WA offers true adventure. © MaXPdia © Tourism Queensland Images © (NSW) Tourism Australia; (QLD) Tourism Queensland; (NT) Liz Lunnon; (WA) Pam Forrest; (VIC) (SA) Tourism Australia; (TAS) Tourism Tasmania Steve Crossett; Bush hat © Anthony Seebaran
  43. 43. talk to the experts 01737 218 43 © Tourism Tasmania Garry Moore © Tourism Australia © Tourism Australia Victoria Located in the south-east of Australia, Victoria’s coastline comprises excellent surf beaches and unique limestone rock formations, whilst inland the Grampians provide spectacular views and diverse native wildlife. From the wineries of the Yarra Valley to the penguins of Phillip Island, from the world-renowned Great Ocean Road to the city of Melbourne, there is something for everyone in Victoria. South Australia Adelaide’s elegant charm provides the gateway to South Australia, and is within easy reach of the state’s highlights. The nearby Barossa Valley is another of Australia’s key wine-producing regions, whilst inland the Flinders Ranges provide a taste of the outback. Here you will find incredible scenery and an array of animal life, but for a truly close encounter with Australia’s unique indigenous wildlife a visit to Kangaroo Island is a must. Tasmania From the gateway cities of Hobart and Launceston explore rugged Cradle Mountain or the deserted beaches of the Freycinet Peninsula. See an abundance of unique wildlife, including the eponymous Tassie Devil, and discover a fascinating history of convicts, miners, piners and Antarctic exploration. Tasmania is one of the world’s most mountainous islands and the ideal destination for hikers, wildlife lovers and birdwatchers. © Liz Lunnon
  44. 44. 44 Our holidays are bound by our Booking Terms Conditions which can be found on our website Australia Holidays Whether you are looking for just a brief taste of Australia as an add-on to your New Zealand holiday, or a much more extensive exploration of this incredible country’s highlights, we can offer a range of options to suit your requirements. Australia is a vast country of great contrasts and a little planning is essential – fortunately our team of accredited Aussie Specialists are on hand to help you create the holiday of a lifetime! Tailor-made service We can tailor make any itinerary to suit your specific wishes - simply let us have an idea of your interests, timescale and budget and we’ll take care of the rest. Where to stay We can mix and match any style of accommodation, from motels and boutique hotels to tropical island resorts and outback cattle stations, and can also make suggestions to suit your specific budget and personal preferences. Activities excursions There are a wide variety of activities available throughout Australia that will enhance your holiday and provide you with memories to last a lifetime. From guided wildlife tours, snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef or enjoying a sunrise breakfast at Uluru, there are endless possibilities that will allow you to make your experience unique. Getting around With vast distances between destinations, domestic flights enable you to cover more ground in a short space of time, while crossing the country by train gives you a chance to relax and enjoy the diverse scenery in comfort. Shorter routes can easily be covered with a few days self-drive, either by car or motorhome, or why not consider one of our escorted touring options instead? Cruising is a must to experience Australia’s renowned marine life. CUTOUT Further Details Our full range of holidays, accommodation options and favourite excursions can be found on our website, or contact our team of Aussie Specialists for advice and personal recommendations. 3 © APT
  45. 45. talk to the experts 01737 218 45 Self-Drive Holidays Australia’s wide empty roads are ideal for exploring independently. We offer a selection of short packages which can be combined to make a longer holiday, or can tailor-make an itinerary just for you. Alternatively hire a motorhome and plan your route as you travel! Suggested itinerary: Great Ocean Road Day 1 Drive from Adelaide to Victor Harbor, an old whaling base. Day 2 Continue to Robe via Little Dip Conservation Park. Day 3 Overnight at Mt Gambier, located on the slopes of an extinct volcano. Day 4 On to Port Fairy, a delightful little fishing port and seaside resort. Day 5 Continue to Apollo Bay, via the highlights of the Great Ocean Road: Blow Hole, Mutton Bird Island, Elephant Rock, London Bridge and the famous Twelve Apostles. Day 6 Final night in the gold rush town of Ballarat Day 7 End your journey in Melbourne Escorted Holidays From small group safaris to more traditional coach touring, we offer escorted options to suit all budgets in the company of like-minded people and an expert guide. Suggested itinerary: The Alice Uluru Day 1 Arrive in Alice Springs, home to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base and School of the Air. Day 2 Continue to Kings Canyon, with dinner under the stars at Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge Day 3 Arrive at Uluru, enjoying an insight into Aboriginal culture before sunset viewing over Uluru. Day 4 Guided tour of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) before departing the Red Centre. Cruise Holidays Discover Australia’s magnificent oceans on a spectacular cruise – whether it’s an afternoon excursion or a multi-day itinerary, you will discover abundant marine life, tranquil coves, secluded beaches and glorious coral reef. Suggested itinerary: Great Barrier Reef Cruise Day 1 Depart Cairns and head north past Double Island and Palm Cove for sunset drinks Day 2 Land at historical Cooktown before exploring the Great Barrier Reef on a snorkelling excursion Day 3 Enjoy a walk on Lizard Island and explore the Ribbon Reefs Day 4 Snorkelling, diving and glass-bottom boat opportunities at Ribbon Reef Rachel Carson Reef Day 5 Return to Cairns Walking Holidays Australia’s vast open spaces are scattered with national parks and excellent walking trails, offering incredible untouched scenery and close encounters with indigenous wildlife. Suggested itinerary: Maria Island Walk Day 1 Depart Hobart and cruise to Maria Island for the walk to Casuarina Beach Camp Day 2 Walk via several spectacular beaches to White Gums Camp Day 3 Visit the famous Painted Cliffs or summit Mt Maria before ending the day in Darlington. Day 4 Explore Darlington’s convict past before returning to Hobart © Tourism Australia © Tourism Australia Tourism NT © Coral Princess Cruises © Tourism Tasmania Maria Island Walk
  46. 46. 46 Our holidays are bound by our Booking Terms Conditions which can be found on our website South Pacific Stopovers The Cook Islands Imagine 15 paradise islands scattered over two million sq km of South Pacific Ocean and hardly anyone on them! The Cook Islands lie in the heart of Polynesia, about 1,600 miles northeast of New Zealand. Best Time to Visit Jun-Aug when daytime temperatures are around 25ºC Dec-April – higher temperatures and higher humidity with tropical showers Average temperatures year round 23-30ºC Aitutaki Highlights Panoramic views on a stunning lagoon Sunsets to die for! Superb snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, kite surfing, game fishing Rarotonga Highlights Polynesian culture – guaranteed friendly and hospitable welcome Contrasting spectacular landscape – lagoon, stunning coral reef, ocean beyond, lush rainforest Whale Watching - “where the whales come to see you!” – view Humpback whales from the shore (July-November) Join the locals at church on a Sunday Take a cross-island trek with “Pa” to the rugged and mountainous interior Atiu Highlights Discover this hidden gem – over 8 million years old Ecologists dream with rare and endangered birds the Kopeka, the Kakerori (Rarotongan Flycatchers) and Rimatara Lorikeet Famous for its caves: Anatakitaki Kopeka and Rimarau One Foot Motu (or Island) Highlights Uninhabited, remote, and serene – and where you can get your passport stamped with a purple foot! Polynesian Paradise – Relax And Indulge A relaxing stay in the Cook Islands or in Fiji is the perfect complement to an active New Zealand holiday. For further details on how any of these options, or alternative stopovers in the Pacific, can fit into your itinerary please contact our expert team. © Dirk Freder © Cook Islands Tourism © Mlenny Photography © Dirk Freder