• Inspired Classic Tour

Inspired Classic Tour

Our Inspired Classic Itinerary includes all of New Zealand’s classic sightseeing and attractions.  A great NZ Coach Tour option, relax and take in the scenic landscapes from your daily coach services.  From Sailing, Maori Culture, Geothermal, Beaches, Trains, Glaciers, Jetboat’ rides and cruising on Milford Sound.   This independent coach itinerary  takes care of it all, all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy!

Highlights: America’s Cup Sailing Experience, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Te Puia, Agrodome, Rainbow Springs, Maori Hangi and Cultural Show, Abel Tasman Day Trip, Tranzalpine Train, Glacier Jet Boat and Milford Sound Day Trip.

Day By Day

1

Welcome to Auckland, the City of Sails

Transfer to your city hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring Auckland, the city of sails.

Auckland city centre offers world-class shopping, restaurants, bars and galleries which are encircled by wine regions, stunning beaches, pristine rainforest and the magnificent Hauraki Gulf.

Accommodation:
Rydges Hotel, Superior Room with Full Breakfast *

 Providing a combination of stylish guestrooms, award winning dining and great service, the Rydges Auckland is an ideal location for leisure travellers. The hotel is a short stroll from Auckland’s business and retail districts, the Casino, the viaduct and waterfront restaurants.  

*If you are arriving early from an International Flight, please see our team about pre-registering your room for guaranteed access on your arrival. (at additional cost)

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Auckland

Experience the thrill of sailing on NZL40 or NZL41 America’s Cup Yachts.   An activity which in the past has been reserved for only the most elite professional yacht racers is now available for anyone to take up the challenge. Passengers become the crew and are encouraged to take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the action as they sail down the beautiful Auckland Harbour.

Highlights:

  • Experience sailing on an Americas Cup Yacht
  • Become part of the crew and take the helm or exert your energy on the grinders

Accommodation:
Rydges Hotel, Superior Room with Full Breakfast

3

Auckland to Waitomo, Rotorua

Join your coach for your journey through to Rotorua with an afternoon sightseeing tour.

On route to Rotorua, visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and enjoy a guided tour of over 250 metres of stunning underground scenery including the impressive Cathedral.  Then, a boat trip will take you through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto where you will glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Grotto, fascinated by these tiny glowworms that light your way.

In Rotorua, your tour takes in three of Rotorua’s most famous attractions. Experience a guided tour of Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. At Rainbow Springs Nature Park enjoy a guided tour showcasing native wildlife including the New Zealand Kiwi. Then get a glimpse into New Zealand’s proud agricultural heritage at the Agrodome with an entertaining sheep show including a shearing display and sheep dog trial.

Highlights:

  • Discover Waitomo’s underground caves and view the spectacular Glowworm Grotto.
  • Learn about the Maori culture and see demonstrations of carving, weaving and tattoo art.
  • Experience our geothermal wonderful including shooting geysers and bubbling mud pools
  • See our New Zealand Kiwi, along with various native bird species

Accommodation:
Millennium Hotel, Superior Room with Full Breakfast

Situated on the lakefront and on the fringe of Rotorua’s central business and shopping district, the Millennium Hotel offers 227 air-conditioned guest rooms. The Spa provides relaxing massage, indulgent body treatments including Rotorua Mud wraps. A comfortable base for exploring the wide variety of leisure pursuits in the Rotorua region.

4

Rotorua

Today is at leisure. Choose from a range of optional activities including kayaking, mountain biking or white water rafting on the Kaituna River.

This evening, visit an authentic Maori village to learn more about the Maori culture. Enjoy a traditionally cooked Hangi meal, culture performance and learn of their past, carvings and the moko (tattoo art).

Highlights:

  • Be captivated by our traditional Maori Culture with songs and dance

Accommodation:
Millennium Hotel, Superior Room with Full Breakfast

5

Rotorua to Nelson

Transfer to Rotorua Airport and connect with your internal flight to Nelson, a vibrant city. (flight not included).    Once in Nelson, transfer to your city hotel.

The Christ Church Cathedral looks over the city streets of Nelson, where you will find boutique shops, art galleries and alfresco dining. Along Wakefield Quay, Nelson’s picturesque waterfront, you will find several restaurants with views across the harbour to the mountains.

Accommodation:
Rutherford Hotel, Premium Room with Full Breakfast

Stylish accommodation with 114 well-appointed room. Facilities include a choice of restaurants, gymnasium, sauna, outdoor pool, conference and function rooms for up to 400 people.

6

Abel Tasman National Park Day Trip

Your Abel Tasman Day Trip includes a cruise along the magnificent Abel Tasman coastline north to the golden expanse of Onetahuti. View the fascinating Tonga Island Seal Colony on the way. Land at picturesque Tonga Beach where an abandoned granite quarry site still holds evidence of this failed venture. Enjoy a 2hr 15min walk through native forest via Bark Bay Falls to Medlands Beach – Bark Bay for your return cruise to Kaiteriteri and coach journey back to Nelson. A picnic lunch is also included.

Highlights:

  • Cruise along the stunning  coastline of the Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Visit the Tonga Marine Reserve
  • Enjoy a short walk, taking in golden sand beaches, native forest and waterfalls.

Accommodation:
Rutherford Hotel, Premium Room with Full Breakfast

7

Nelson to Punakaiki

Board your coach this morning for your journey south to Punakaiki, located on the West Coast.

A visit to Punakaiki isn’t complete without witnessing the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, take the short walk to view these 30 million year old limestone formations.

Accommodation:
Punakaiki Resort – Standard Garden/Sea View Room with Full Breakfast

Situated close to the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowhole at Punakaiki, and adjacent to Paparoa National Park, the Punakaiki Resort offers excellent comfort in an innovative surrounds. Sitting on the edge of the dramatic West Coast, the hotel takes full advantage of its position. 

8

Punakaiki to Greymouth, Christchurch

Coach along the coast to Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast and board the Tranzalpine Train, one of the world’s great train journeys.

The train travels coast to coast over the spectacular Southern Alps, over farmland and through forests. It offers the comfort of world class carriages and allows passengers to see the lush beech rainforest, before descending into Arthurs Pass National Park and the majestic Southern Alps. Cross the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River and the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmlands of Christchurch.

Transfer to your city hotel.

Highlights:

  • Travel from the coast to coast, through tunnels, across farmlands, rivers and the Southern Alps onboard the Tranz Alpine Train.

Accommodation:
Rydges Latimer Hotel, Superior Room with Full Breakfast

The hotel is located just two minutes walking distance from the city centre. The hotel overlooks Latimer Square and features 138 guest rooms and home to an excellent restaurant and bar.

9

Christchurch

Today is at leisure in the Garden City.

Optional Activities:
Choose from a range of activities including the Antarctic Centre, Punting on the  Avon, Christchurch Gondola and Tram. Or  enjoy a day trip to Akaroa, Hanmer Springs or Kaikoura to experience a Whale Watch Cruise.

Accommodation:
Rydges Latimer Hotel, Superior Room with Full Breakfast

10

Christchurch to Mount Cook

Travel south by coach through Lake Tekapo and onto Mount Cook.

In the afternoon experience your Glacier Jet Boat Trip.   This three-hour tour takes you on an up-close encounter with icebergs, on the Tasman glacial terminal lake.   Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and some of the best photographic opportunities as well. Your guide will give you an in-depth interpretation of glaciation, terminal lake formation, plate tectonics and a brief coverage of local and climbing history, flora & fauna leaving you with not just an insight into the Tasman Glacier but to the creation of New Zealand.

Highlights:

  • Get up close to Icebergs on the Terminal glacial terminal lake
  • Learn about the glaciation, terminal lake formation and plate tectonics

Accommodation: 
Hermitage Hotel, Standard Mt Cook View Room with Full Breakfast

The main Hermitage Hotel is the perfect ‘base camp’ with all rooms having ensuites, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV and fridges. All dining experiences offer the freshest and finest in New Zealand produce.

11

Mount Cook to Queenstown

Rejoin your coach this afternoon and continue to Queenstown, the adventure Capital!

Accommodation:
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Standard King Room with Full Breakfast

 One of Queenstown’s finest 4-star hotels enjoys one of the best locations in the alpine destination. It is situated on the waterfront of Lake Wakatipu and is in the heart of the town’s shopping, restaurant and entertainment district. It offers stunning views of the lake and mountains and is great for families, friends and couples.

12

Milford Day Trip

Board your coach for your Milford Day Trip.  On route, you will stop at Mirror Lakes to enjoy the wonderful reflections before continuing to Milford Sound.  Enjoy the scenic Milford Sound cruise which cruises the length of the fiord whilst taking in the waterfalls, scenery and history of the region by your skipper. Be sure to watch out for dolphins, seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguins. A buffet lunch is included onboard.

Return to Queenstown by coach, or take in a scenic flight back to Queenstown (additional cost applies).

Accommodation:
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Standard King Room with Full Breakfast

13

Queenstown

Today is at leisure.

Optional Activities:
Queenstown is known as the Adventure Capital of New Zealand but it also offers a range of relaxed, scenic tours and attractions too.  Let our team help you plan out your day.

Accommodation:
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Standard King Room with Full Breakfast

14

Depart Queenstown

Time for last minute photo’s and shopping before transferring to Queenstown Airport.

Connect with your onwards flight (flight not included).

Your 14 Day New Zealand Coach Tour concludes today.

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+64 3 3555 990
+64 21 461 971

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18B Onslow Street, St Albans
Christchurch 8014
New Zealand

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PO Box 36437, Merivale
Christchurch 8146
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14 Day New Zealand Coach Tour

Terms & Conditions

Booking Terms & Conditions:

Currency

All pricing is in New Zealand Dollars and includes 15% GST (Goods & Services Tax).

Pricing

Pricing is subject to availability and confirmation of the stated itinerary at time of booking.  If we are unable to confirm the stated hotels and services, we will endeavour to confirm substitutes at similar rates, however additional costs may apply.

Rental Car Terms & Conditions:

Inclusions: unlimited kilometres, airport/ferry collection fee, full insurance (subject to reduced excess), front windscreen cover, personal accident insurance, guaranteed replacement vehicle in case of accident.

Exclusions: insurance excess reduction of $345.00 including GST (note, standard insurance excess is $3,450.00 including GST), bond, petrol costs, one way fee ($57.50), optional extras, (all additional expenses to be paid direct)

Payment Policy

We do require a non-refundable deposit of NZD$250.00 per person before we go ahead with securing any reservations.

In addition, some of our suppliers may require further deposits to cover their strict cancellation policies, in this case we would advise you at the time of quoting and confirming your itinerary.

The balance of your booking would be required 45 days prior to your travel date.   If you book inside 45 days, full payment would be required at time of booking.

Payment can be made by electronic wire transfer and should include the additional NZD $25.00 bank fee.   We also accept Visa and Mastercard at an additional fee of 3.1%.

Bank Account Details

Bank Name & Address: Westpac Bank, Mid City Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand

Account Name: Inspired New Zealand Travel

BSB Number: 03-0296

Account Number: 0011146-000

Swift/Routing Code: WPACNZ2W 

Amendments

We are happy to amend your itinerary and dates, however please keep in mind that some of the original services may not be available for your new dates, which may incur additional costs for substituted services.   Amendment fees may apply with multiple changes.

Cancellation Fees

Once Confirmed               Non-refundable Deposit of NZD $250.00 per person

Inside 45 – 21 Days          A Cancellation fee of 30% of your total booking value will apply, along with any cancellation fees applied by our accommodation, sightseeing and other providers.

Inside 20 – 8 days             A Cancellation fee of 50% of your total booking value will apply, along with any cancellation fees applied by our accommodation, sightseeing and other providers.

Inside 7 Days                      Full Cancellations, 100% charge

We will however do our very best to recover and minimise these cancellation fees but recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance to cover yourself.

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