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Kiwi Adventure


Natural beauty and culture are in full effect on Kiwi Adventure, a 10 night itinerary showcasing the highlights of the Kiwi way of life. Envelope yourself in culture with a “Hangi” dinner and concert and a Twilight Cultural Tour. Become one with nature as you transcend into the grand Waitomo Caves filled with phenomenal glowworms, marvel at the overwhelming beauty of the glaciers at Franz Josef and take in the sweeping vistas at Milford Sound. Get adventurous with us on Kiwi Adventure.

Your New Zealand journey doesn’t start when you land in New Zealand, it starts as soon as you board your Air New Zealand flight. This is the beginning of the Kiwi experience. The same way New Zealand is no ordinary place, Air New Zealand is no ordinary airline. Its cultural identity and values provide the clues to your in-flight experience. From the hospitality, the level of comfort on board, Air New Zealand is the ultimate start and end to any New Zealand journey.

Book by October 31, 2017 to take advantage of this exclusive, air-inclusive itinerary including International Premium Economy airfare on Air New Zealand.


Trip Type: Adventure, Family, Romance & Honeymoon, Wildlife

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Auckland
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary with Premium Economy airfare on Air New Zealand. Enjoy more legroom with the largest seat pitch in its class and relax with 50% more recline than Economy. Air New Zealand is no ordinary airline. Its cultural identity and values provide the clues to your in-flight experience. From the hospitality, the level of comfort on board, Air New Zealand is the ultimate start and end to any New Zealand journey.

An exclusive airfare offer has been packaged into this itinerary to provide incredible value and service throughout your travel experience.

Day 2 – Cross the International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole - and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.

Day 3 – Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand
On arrival into Auckland, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

Auckland, ‘City of Sails’, located between two stunning harbors, enjoys a mild year-round climate. Auckland is the country's most visited region and largest urban area, offering exciting activities and great shopping.

The city lies across a 7-mile wide volcanic isthmus separating two harbors. The Waitemata to the east opens into the Hauraki Gulf, and to the Pacific Ocean. The Manukau Harbour to the west offers many estuaries and surf beaches and opens to the Tasman Sea.

Starting Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Auckland

Day 4 – Auckland to Rotorua Via Waitomo Caves
Depart Auckland on board a motor coach for your ride south to Hamilton. Travel through the rich Waikato area, famous for its dairy farms, kiwi fruit orchards, thoroughbred horses...and the Waitomo Caves! You will enter subterranean limestone caverns to view the Glow Worm Grotto; surely one of the wonders of the world. Then continue over the bush clad Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua.

Starting Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua (L)

Day 5 – Rotorua City Tour
See the highlights of Rotorua - this tour shows you the best of Rotorua’s natural and man-made attractions. Your half day tour includes a visit to Rainbow Springs and Rainbow Farm for a sheep show and working sheep dog demonstrations. Continue to Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see bubbling mud pools, steaming geysers and intricate Maori wood carvings.

Hangi dinner and concert
This Twilight Cultural Tour offers transport to and from a Marae by coach. Tonight is a spiritual experience you will never forget with Marae protocol, entertainment, Maori culture and feasting.

En route to the Marae, the guide explains the protocol to take place. The group on board is prepared for the wero (challenge) and welcome to the Marae. Upon entering the exquisitely carved meeting house, you will hongi (greet - pressing of noses) with your host. The tradition means you are a friend and may consider yourself one of the family. Now sit back and enjoy the culture of the Maori people. See the fierce Haka (war dance), twirling of poi balls, stick games and other entertainment.

From here we move to the Hangi pit to see the traditional Maori method of food preparation before heading into the dining room for a Hangi (feast). After the feast, you are transferred back to your Rotorua accommodation by coach.

Starting Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua (D)

Day 6 – Rotorua to Queenstown (Via Christchurch)
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight south to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Nestled beside the deep blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, at the foot of the Remarkables Mountain Range, Queenstown is a year round resort, where you can be as active as you want, or just leisurely enjoy the magnificent scenery.

Starting Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 7 – Milford Sound Tour
An early start as you leave your hotel and coach through some of the most beautiful countryside in New Zealand. On arrival at Milford Sound, board the vessel for a leisurely cruise along the sound to the Tasman Sea. The vessel stops at various points and plenty of time is available to view waterfalls, rainforests, mountains and seals. You may even see dolphins frolic alongside the boat. A picnic lunch is included during the cruise.

Starting Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (L)

Day 8 – Dart River Jet Boating
Transfer from Queenstown by coach to Glenorchy and the mouth of the Dart River. Here we board the 18 foot specially prepared jet boat and thread our way through a maze of channels between river flats in only inches of water. Snowcapped mountains surround you as you view the World Heritage Grandeur, and waterfalls cascade into the lush bush clad valleys - a magical, untouched place.

Your guide shares his knowledge and explains all about the area, then pulls into a bank so that you may explore the area by foot. This optional 30-45 minute guided walk takes you into the native forests at an area called Paradise in the spectacular Rees Valley. You will then be collected by the 4 x 4 coach to take you back to Glenorchy, before transferring back to Queenstown. Trip duration is 6 hours.

Starting Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 9 – Coach transfer from Queenstown to Franz Josef
Depart from Queenstown to arrive at Franz Josef around 4.15pm. Sit back, relax and take in the spectacular scenery of Kawarau Gorge, Lake Hawera, Haast Pass and Fox Glacier. A stop is made en route for lunch (own expense).

Starting Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel

Day 10 – At leisure, Franz Josef
Set between the stormy expanse of the Tasman Sea and the unbroken chain of the Southern Alps, the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand is truly a land apart. For six hundred kilometers from north to south, this wild and often sparsely-populated region of mountains and glaciers, of lakes and unruly rivers, of primeval forest and magnificent coastline, overwhelms visitors with its natural beauty. Opportunities on the West Coast are now virtually endless for activities like beach and forest walking, tramping, fishing, horse-trekking, canoeing or exploring old gold mining regions and ghost towns abandoned in the wane of the gold rush era.

Starting Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel

Day 11 – TranzAlpine Train
A point-to-point coach service will transport you from Franz Josef to Greymouth. A stop for lunch is made at Shantytown (own expense) before continuing on to Greymouth to connect with the TranzAlpine train.

Board the TranzAlpine train at Greymouth and farewell the glacier country as you travel through the rugged mountains of the Southern Alps to the Canterbury Plains and on to the 'English' city of Christchurch. The train features panoramic windows for scenic views and a restaurant car to purchase snacks and drinks.

This train is one the most beautiful journeys in New Zealand so don’t forget to bring along your camera! On arrival into Christchurch you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Ibis Christchurch

Day 12 – Akaroa Tour
On this amazing tour, visit the extinct volcanoes of Banks Peninsula and view the beautiful harbors & green farmland. Make photo stops at scenic places and enjoy morning & afternoon teas and a cheese tasting at the Barry's Bay Cheese Factory.

Once at Akaroa, included in your tour is a nature and harbor cruise on the Canterbury Cat. This cruise explores the volcanic harbor and sightings may be made of the world's smallest dolphin - the Hectors Dolphin, NZ Fur Seals and numerous seabirds.

If time allows, stroll through the village and along the waterfront, taking in the quaint French charm which is unique to Akaroa. Lunch is included today, and the return to Christchurch is around 5.30pm.

Starting Accommodation: Ibis Christchurch (L)

Day 13 – Christchurch to USA (Via Auckland)
You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flights with Premium Economy airfare on Air New Zealand. Depart New Zealand with an in-flight experience as memorable as the destination itself.

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Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
AucklandScenic Hotel AucklandRydges AucklandThe Langham, Auckland
RotoruaIbis RotoruaMillennium Hotel RotoruaNovotel Rotorua Lakeside
QueenstownHeartland Hotel QueenstownHotel St. MoritzSofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
Franz JosefPunga Grove MotelScenic Hotel Franz Josef GlacierWestwood Lodge
ChristchurchIbis ChristchurchRendezvous Hotel ChristchurchThe George


Pricing

Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
SWSP25590
Twin Share
11/1/2017 - 11/30/2017$6,930
12/1/2017 - 12/10/2017$7,220
2/1/2018 - 3/31/2018$6,935
Single Traveler
11/1/2017 - 11/30/2017$2,985
12/1/2017 - 12/10/2017$2,955
2/1/2018 - 3/31/2018$3,005


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. Must book by October 31, 2017. Fares and pricing subject to availability. Fares and pricing based on mid-week departures. International Premium Economy airfare on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to Auckland is included. Internal airfare is included. Price is based on the airfare routing LAX-AKL-ROT-CHC-ZQN-CHC-AKL-LAX. Any deviation to this itinerary may alter package price. included in price All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: wwww.swaindestinations.com/terms