National Geographic Journeys: New Zealand Journey (ONING)

Countries Visited: New Zealand
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
  • All the adventure you want, with a softer landing
  • Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services
  • Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time
  • More included meals, activities and transfers
    Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
    Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12.
    Meals Included: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Accommodations: Not Availaible

    Highlights
    Cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park for a whale and dolphin experience, learn about Maori myths and traditions, experience the geothermal mysteries of Rotorua, glide along the TranzAlpine railway, relax at a rainforest lodge, cruise through secluded Doubtful Sound searching for wildlife and waterfalls

    Description
    These 11 days exploring New Zealand's North and South Islands are the ideal introduction to this small country that feels huge. Travelling by train, gondola, boat, and plane, you'll connect with locals in artsy beach towns, roam through an ancient rainforest, learn about local legend and cuisine from the Maori, and breathe in all the clean air you possibly can. Come to New Zealand a stranger. Return home an honorary Kiwi.
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    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    Duration
    11 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1AucklandDay 1 Auckland
    Please make your own way to the joining hotel. Our CEO will have a welcome meeting this evening. Auckland is a fantastic city with so much to see and do. Should you want more time to explore on your own, we recommend booking pre-nights. Additional Notes: Jump right into your adventure by adding the Auckland Sailing: Americas Cup Experience extra to your tour. Work with a crew to sail around Aucklands Waitemata Harbour on a competitive yacht, and take in the stunning views. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Auckland is highly recommended as this activity may start early in the morning on Day 1. This tour departs Auckland early on Day 2. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, like the Hobbiton Movie Set or local wineries, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Day 2AucklandDay 2 Auckland (1B)
    Cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on a research boat in search of whales, dolphins and sea birds. After our cruise spend one-on-one time with one of the expert crew to allow a deeper discussion on marine wildlife and conservation. Later, enjoy a short orientation walk and some free time to explore the city. Additional Notes: The wildlife cruise of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is highly subject to weather and sea conditions and does on occasion get cancelled at the last minute. While unfortunate, this is completely outside of our control and we ask that you appreciate that this is entirely in consideration of passenger and crew safety. If the cruise is cancelled, your CEO will arrange an alternate activity for the group to enjoy. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Dolphin and Whale Experience
    Day 3RaglanDay 3 Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1L)
    Drive a scenic route, visiting an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture. Enjoy lunch, featuring food which has been sustainably produced on the farm. Continue to the artsy town of Raglan, stopping at Bridal Veil Falls en route, and enjoy a cruise on the stunning harbour. Included Activities: Eel Farm Visit Bridal Veil Falls Walk Raglan Harbour Boat Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)
    Day 4RotoruaDay 4 Raglan/Rotorua (1B, 1D)
    Rotorua sits over an active volcano with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools in different areas around the town. This is a fascinating region with Maori history and cultured tied directly to the geothermal aspects of the land. Relax in one of the hot pools fed by water coming directly from the natural springs. Included Activities: Waitomo Cave Excursion Meet a Maori Elder Tamaki Maori Village Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 100km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 140km)
    Day 5ChristchurchDay 5 Rotorua/Christchurch (1B)
    Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch. Take an orientation walk with the CEO to get a feel for the city. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle Flight (1.00-1.75 hours)
    Day 6Franz JosefDay 6 Christchurch/Franz Josef (1B)
    Transport: Train (2.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours, 240km)
    Day 7Franz JosefDay 7 Franz Josef (1B)
    Options are plentiful. Choose from a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier, or soaking in the hot pools amongst the stunning scenery.
    Day 8QueenstownDay 8 Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)
    Early start to travel to the picturesque Lake Matheson. When the weather is right, you can get a great photo of the Southern Alps reflected in the lake. Follow the wild West Coast Road, through the rainforest before stopping for some short walks and waterfall visits. Included Activities: Gondola Ride Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 365km)
    Day 9Doubtful SoundDay 9 Queenstown/Doubtful Sound (1B, 1D)
    In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course buffet dinner prepared by our onboard chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some of the fine wines at our licensed bar and if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars. The Fiordland Navigator is a purpose built vessel designed to replicate a traditional trading scow and is perfectly suited to cruising the fiords. **Boat is subject to change Additional Notes: *Please note that the itinerary for this day varies in the winter: Winter Schedule 18 May - 20 Sept Doubtful Sound/Te Anau Drive the scenic route around Lake Wakatipu to the town of Manapouri. Travel by boat and bus to arrive at an eco cruise boat. Spend the afternoon cruising the stunning Doubtful Sound, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls. The boat offers excellent chances for wildlife viewing in the area. Dolphins, penguins, seals and a variety of birds are some examples of what you can hope to see. In the evening, head to Te Anau for the night. We take in a screening of the award winning `Ata Whenua - Shadowland` Fjordland on Film documentary at the local cinema before having a group meal. Included Activities: Doubtful Sound Overnight Wilderness Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 250km)
    Day 10QueenstownDay 10 Doubtful Sound/Queenstown (1B)
    Kick off the day with a hearty cooked breakfast and spend the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord. We then return to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri, returning to Queenstown late afternoon. Opt for a farewell dinner with your group. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 250km)
    Day 11QueenstownDay 11 Queenstown (1B)
    For more time to explore Queenstown, we recommend booking post nights with your agent if you are interested in the countless adrenaline-packed activities in the town known as the "adventure capital of the world." Jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking, and sky diving are some of the activities available. Included Activities: Departure Day
    Dates/Pricing

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    11/05/2017$3,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: Waitlist Available; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    11/19/2017$3,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 5; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    12/03/2017$3,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 13; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    12/17/2017$3,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 11; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    12/31/2017$3,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 13; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
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    11/11/2018$3,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    11/25/2018$3,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    12/02/2018$3,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    12/23/2018$3,299.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    01/06/2019$2,999.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 16; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    Disclaimer

    Local Flights: A local flight is included in this trip - Your CEO will give you your ticket on the day of flight.

    Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

    VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

    Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

    Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
      
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