• New Zealand Highlights Tour

New Zealand Highlights Tour

Our Inspired Highlights package incorporates the best of NZ coach touring and must-see attractions. Suited to those who have limited time and prefer to sit back, relax, take in the spectacular scenery and not have to worry about how to get from A to B. This 10 Day New Zealand coach tour includes daily coach transfers throughout New Zealand, combined with range of sightseeing and accommodation making it the perfect holiday!  You will be sipping on award winning wines on Waiheke Island, visiting the magical underground glow worm caves, absorbing our Maori Culture and Geothermal Activity. Visiting a High Country Station, taking a thrilling jetboat ride along with the world famous Tranzalpine Train journey.  Finishing up in Queenstown with its spectacular scenery and visit to Milford Sound.

 

Highlights: Waiheke Wine Tour, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Rotorua Sightseeing with Te Puia, Agrodome, Rainbow Springs and Skyline Gondola, Maori Hangi and Cultural Show, Alpine Safari and Milford Sound Day Trip.

Day By Day

1

Arrive into Auckland

Auckland, known as the ‘City of Sails’ offers world-class shopping, restaurants, bars and galleries which are encircled by wine regions, stunning beaches, pristine rainforest and the magnificent Hauraki Gulf.

On your arrival into Auckland you will be met and transferred to your city hotel.

The remainder of the day is yours to explore.

Accommodation:
Heritage Hotel,  Superior Room with Full Breakfast *

A lovingly restored landmark building full of grace and elegance. The hotel has stunning views of Waitemata Harbour and is only moments away from both the America’s Cup Village and all the central amenities of Auckland. Boasting a restaurant, cafe, bar, 2 swimming pools, spa, sauna, fitness centre, tennis court, business centre and conference facilities the Heritage Auckland is a great option for business or pleasure, family or couples

*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)

2

Auckland

Cruise to Waiheke Island this morning for your Wine Tour and visit three of the Islands top boutique vineyards for wine tasting. Enjoy a scenic tour of the island with your guide and learn about the island, its people and its produce.

Highlights:

  • Visit Waiheke Island, a beautiful scenic Island and learn more about it’s people, produce and it’s wine
  • Taste award winning wines from the Islands top vineyards

Accommodation:
Heritage Hotel,  Superior Room with Full Breakfast

3

Auckland to Waitomo, Rotorua

Join your coach trip for your journey through to Rotorua.

At Waitomo, visit the 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.

Rejoin your coach and continue through to Rotorua, a volcanic wonderland and a place that is rich in Maori culture and history.

Highlights:

  • Explore the starry wonderland of Waitomo Caves and it’s Grotto.

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

In Rotorua, your tour takes in four 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. And finally travel up the Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views out over Rotorua.

An evening, experience an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Enjoy a traditionally cooked Hangi meal, culture performance and learn of their past, carvings and the moko (tattoo art).

Highlights:

  • Visit a Maori Village and learn about our Maori Culture through dance and music.
  • 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

5

Rotorua to Christchurch

Transfer to Rotorua Airport and connect with your internal flight to Christchurch (flight not included).

Once in Christchurch, transfer to you city hotel.    Christchurch has re-emerged as a vibrant and ever-changing city, following the 2010-2011 earthquakes.

Accommodation: 
Rydges Latimer Hotel, Superior Room with Full Breakfast

The hotel is located just two minutes walking distance from the city centre and an easy driving distance from a range of local attractions and activities. The hotel overlooks Latimer Square and features 138 guest rooms and home to an excellent restaurant and bar.

6

Christchurch

Experience an Alpine Safari in the breathtaking Southern Alps. This tour includes a 45 minute jetboat ride, an exciting four-wheel-drive adventure across Mt Torlesse high country station, lunch at a quaint country café before your journey continues along historic SH73 over Porters Pass through the Canterbury High Country to arrive at Arthur’s Pass National Park. Board the TranzAlpine Train for a relaxing journey through spectacular gorges and river valleys, over the staircase viaduct which stands at 73 meters high, past farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and back to Christchurch.

Highlights:

  • Experience one of the world’s greatest train journeys
  • Explore a high country station by Four Wheel Drive
  • Take a thrilling jetboat ride on the Waimakariri River

Accommodation:
Rydges Latimer Hotel, Superior Room with Full Breakfast

7

Christchurch to Mount Cook, Queenstown

The tour takes you from Christchurch, through diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd. Continue along the shores of Lake Pukaki before arriving at the location of New Zealand’s tallest mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook. Time for lunch (not included) before departing for New Zealand’s Adventure Capital, Queenstown.

Highlights:

  • View the stunning glacial feed lakes of Lake Tekapo and Pukaki.
  • See Mount Cook, New Zealand tallest mountain.

Accommodation:
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront, Superior Lakeview Room with Full Breakfast  

A great comfortable hotel for leisure, located wiithin walking distance of the town centre with most guest rooms offering views of the lake or mountains.

8

Milford Sound Day Trip

Board your coach for your Milford Day Trip.  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).

Highlights:

  • Take in the spectacular scenery and waterfalls on your Milford Sound Cruise.
  • View wildlife including dolphins, seals and Fiordland’s crested penguins.

Accommodation:
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront, Superior Lakeview Room with Full Breakfast  

9

Queenstown

At leisure in Queenstown.

Optional Activities:
Whether its adrenaline pumping adventures you’re after, like Bungy Jumping, white water rafting or jetboat rides.  Or perhaps your after a relaxing day sampling wines, scenic 4×4 safari or cruising to a high country farm station for lunch – just let us know, we would be happy to arrange for you.

Accommodation:
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront, Superior Lakeview Room with Full Breakfast  

10

Depart Queenstown

Enjoy your last morning in our Adventure Capital.

Transfer to Queenstown Airport and connect with your onwards flight (flight not included)

Your 10 Day New Zealand Coach Tour concludes today.

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Contact Details

Phone Us
+64 3 3555 990
+64 21 461 971

Our Physical Address
18B Onslow Street, St Albans
Christchurch 8014
New Zealand

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PO Box 36437, Merivale
Christchurch 8146
New Zealand

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10 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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