Natural Wonders of New Zealand9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
Please select an option before proceeding to Booking Request.
Day 1Arrive Auckland - To Waiheke Island
Upon arrival in Auckland, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings representative and escorted to the Auckland Ferry Terminal in time to board the ferry to Waiheke Island and to your hotel. Waiheke Island boasts an enchanting blend of beautiful beaches, lush native bush, farms and vineyards.Elite: Delamore Lodge Waiheke Island
Preferred: The Boatshed Waiheke Island - 2 Nights
Day 2Waiheke Island
Delve into the natural beauty of Waiheke Island today as you embark on a half-day exploration with your private local guide. Visit some of the top vineyards to learn about the art and science of making wine, and taste some of the local varietals. Then, immerse yourself in the thriving artisanal food scene on the island and wander through the galleries of local artists.Elite: Delamore Lodge Waiheke Island
Preferred: The Boatshed Waiheke Island (B)
Day 3To Rotorua
Bid farewell to Waiheke Island today and return to Auckland via ferry where you will be met on arrival and accompanied to Rotorua. Here you will enjoy the hospitality of your quaint lakefront boutique hotel.Elite: Solitaire Lodge Lake Tarawera
Preferred: The Regent of Rotorua - 2 Nights (B, D)
Rotorua - the heartland of New Zealand's Maori culture - is surrounded by steaming lakes, bubbling hot pools and erupting geysers. Explore the diverse landscapes of this region by shared helicopter to marvel at amazing views of Waiotapu Thermal Reserve, New Zealand's most colorful volcanic area. Soar across the Waimangu Thermal Valley, which is home to Frying Pan Lake and Infernal Crater, a strikingly beautiful emerald lake. Then fly past Mount Edgecombe before crossing the water to White Island and its lunar landscapes and surreal steaming volcanic vents.Elite: Solitaire Lodge Lake Tarawera
Preferred: The Regent of Rotorua (B, D)
Day 5To Palliser Bay
Depart Rotorua and fly to Wellington where you will be met and escorted to your hotel in Palliser Bay. Going back to Edwardian times, your stay at the grand lodge in Wairarapa will surround you in rural wonder. Wharekauhau Lodge still keeps its ties to its historical roots as a working sheep station.
Enjoy your evening strolling the vast garden and surrounds.Wharekauhau - 2 Nights (B, D)
Day 6Palliser Bay
After breakfast this morning, head out to enjoy the estate at Palliser Bay at leisure. Surrounded by verdant forests, lakes, mountains, bush country and 16 miles of dramatic coastline the estate offers endless opportunities for recreation. Embark on a 4WD safari throughout this remote coastal ranch, try your hand at the ancient art of archery, cast your line into the surf or indulge in some wine tasting.
Enjoy your evening strolling the vast garden and surrounds.Wharekauhau (B, D)
Day 7To Nelson
Fly to Nelson, the cultural center of the country. Situated at the top northwest of the South Island, Nelson is undoubtedly the sunniest region in the country and home to long golden beaches, untouched forests and rugged mountains.Elite: Edenhouse Orinoco Valley
Preferred: Bronte Country Estate - 2 Nights (B, D)
After breakfast this morning, journey to Abel Tasman National Park, located at the north end of the South Island of New Zealand, and embark on a shared cruise tracing the shoreline past Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri, Marahau and Tonga Island's seal colony. Enjoy lunch on board, swim, kayak, go ashore for scenic walks or just relax on the boat.Elite: Edenhouse Orinoco Valley
Preferred: Bronte Country Estate (B, L, D)
Day 9Depart Nelson
You will be escorted to the airport in time for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airlines in Southeast Asia using turboprop aircraft.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your travel arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances, and we strongly advise that you purchase insurance against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and you will be advised when possible of the rates before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are traveling, your guide or our ground handler will advise you.
The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are paved and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6-lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition, but most of the main highways are paved. For longer journeys, we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus.
A number of flights within Asia & the Pacific arrive/depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives/departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in/check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Asia & the Pacific; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas.
For our tours in Asia & the Pacific, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavor to supply any extra information that you may require about these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Asia & the Pacific, and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents or “gers”.
Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard, unless noted otherwise; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g., to a lake view or suite, etc.), please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise you about options and applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment.
In some cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. In this case, the supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Visiting many of the sites in Asia require a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. While the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.
Natural Wonders Of New Zealand
Please select an option before proceeding to Booking Request.