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BEST OF NEUSEELAND

New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes  steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords, vast mountain chains and lush rainforests, the best golfcourses of the world are waiting of you. New Zealand has over 400 golf courses. Come and join Best of  Newzealands Golftour. Welcome- Kia Ora

 

Day 1: Auckland
Morning / Afternoon: Guests will be met at Auckland Airport by our staff and transferred to central Auckland. The guests will be presented with a tour pack and our staff member will answer any questions.
Evening: At leisure in Auckland. (We recommend dinner at Orbit Restaurant in Auckland’s Sky Tower)
Accommodation: Stamford Plaza Hotel – Deluxe Room.
                                
Day 2: Auckland
Morning: Golf at Formosa. Guests will travel to the golf course across Auckland Harbour on a 30 minute ferry ride. Ferry departs downtown terminal at 10:20. Formosa tee time at 11:30. They will return via a scenic road tour of Auckland and arrive back at the hotel by 17:30.
Evening: At leisure in Auckland.
Accommodation: Stamford Plaza Hotel – Deluxe Room.

Day 3: Auckland - Bay of Islands
Morning: The rental vehicle will be delivered to the hotel and the guests will travel to Paihia in the Bay of Islands (3 hours). We recommend that the guests travel to Paihia via the Matakana Coast. On this journey they will have the option of snorkelling in the Goat Island Marine Reserve, visiting several wineries or playing golf at Omaha Beach, one of New Zealand’s “hidden gems”.
Evening: At leisure in the Bay of Islands.
Accommodation: Waterfront Suites – Poolside Apartment.

Day 4: Bay of Islands
Morning: Golf at Kauri Cliffs.
Afternoon / Evening: At leisure in the Bay of Islands.
Accommodation: Waterfront Suites – Poolside Apartment.

Day 5: Bay of Islands
Leisure Day.
Accommodation: Waterfront Suites – Poolside Apartment.

Activity Options:
1.
Bay of Islands – Discover the Bay / Hole in the Rock Cruise (dolphin cruise).
Guests experience the spectacular scenery in an area that is soaked in rich culture and history. Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings. Guests will cruise among the 144 islands with a skipper’s commentary. There will be the opportunity to meet the local dolphins/ whales as well as island time at Otehei Bay on the Department of Conservation’s Urupukapuka Island. Weather permitting this trip will also include a visit to the iconic ‘Hole in the Rock’.
2. Dune Rider
Dune Rider is a specialised mini-coach (38 seats) that drives along 90 Mile Beach. Guests will visit Cape Reinga lighthouse (NZ’s most northerly point), climb huge sand dunes and boogie board back down as well as viewing ancient buried kauri trees at the Gumdigger’s Park. This is a full, fun day tour which collects guests from their accommodation at 07:30.
3. Salt Air Cape Reinga Fly Drive Tour
The journey begins as guests depart Paihia for a one hour flight over some fantastic scenery which includes un-spoilt Doubtless Bay and of course the famous Ninety Mile Beach. From Ninety Mile Beach they will fly inland where they will land at an airfield that is just 20 km's by road from Cape Reinga.
Once on the ground, they will be met by a 4-wheel-drive vehicle for the 2½-hour road section of the tour. The first stop will be the Cape Reinga lighthouse with its spectacular views of the Tasman Sea and mighty Pacific Ocean merging together. The next stop is beautiful Tapotupotu Bay for morning or afternoon tea and a quick swim if desired. The last stop on the vehicle tour is the Te Paki quicksand stream with its mighty sand dunes, sand sleds are provided for the more adventurous travellers among the group to try a bit of "Sand Surfing" if desired. After the 4WD tour, they will reboard the aircraft for the 1-hour flight back to Paihia. The return flight follows the East coast of northland and takes in spectacular scenery such as Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay which are only visible by air or by sea. This is a very remote area and without a doubt is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful places.

Day 6: Bay of Islands - Auckland
Morning: Travel to Gulf Harbour, North Auckland (3 hours). I recommend a coffee stop at Whangarei Marina which is approximately halfway.
Afternoon: Golf at Gulf Harbour.
Evening: At leisure in Auckland.
Accommodation: Stamford Plaza Hotel – Deluxe Room.

Day 7: Auckland – Rotorua
Morning: Travel to Rotorua. (3 hours)
We recommend that “Lord of the Rings” & “The Hobbit” fans stop in Matamata (2 hours into journey).
Afternoon: At leisure in Rotorua (please see Rotorua guide).
Evening: Mitai Cultural Show (18:00 – 22:00.) Including traditional Maori dinner (hangi).
An evening at Mitai will give guests an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving them amazed and in awe. Enter the world of Mitai. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don’t miss the only opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat.
Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside – Lakeview Room.

Day 8: Rotorua - Taupo
Morning: Travel to Wairakei International (40 minutes) and tee off mid-morning.
Evening: At leisure, please see Taupo guide.
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel Taupo – Guest Room.

 

Day 9: Taupo
Morning: Golf at Kinloch.
Afternoon: Maori Rock Carving Scenic Cruise (departs at 17:00, duration 1.5 hours).
Guests will take an evening cruise on Lake Taupo. A full commentary is given on the volcanic history and Maori mythology surrounding Lake Taupo. Take in the fabulous views of secluded bays and the spectacular mountain peaks of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. On a clear day, the majestic volcanoes of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro can be seen from the Southern end of the lake. The scenic cruise is the smoothest, fastest and most comfortable way to see the Maori Rock Carvings and all the fabulous sites. Trip includes a complimentary glass of wine or beer on arrival.
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel Taupo – Guest Room

Day 10: Taupo – Hawke’s Bay
Morning: Travel to Hawke’s Bay (2 hours).
Afternoon / Evening: At leisure in Hawke’s Bay.
Accommodation: Te Pania Hotel Napier – Superior Room (ocean-view).

Activity Option:
A Twilight Odyssey
The world's only progressive winery dinner.
Take a scenic drive through the vineyards as you learn about the region and its wines. Enjoy a full interactive wine tasting alongside gourmet platters at Vidal. Take in the breath taking panoramic views from Te Mata Peak while enjoying a glass of bubbles as the sun sets from 399m above sea level (overlooking the glimmering lights of the Twin Cities in winter). Proceed to Craggy Range for the main course accompanied by a glass of wine. Finish the evening at the country's oldest and grandest winery the Mission Estate for dessert, dessert wine, and your choice of tea or coffee.

Tour Includes:
- Progressive Three Course Dinner @ NZ’s Top Winery Restaurants
- Sightseeing
- Wine Tasting (10 - 12 Wines)
- Champagne Sunset from Te Mata Peak
- Wine with Dinner
- Desserts & Dessert Wine
- Tea/Coffee

Day 11: Hawke’s Bay
Morning: Golf at Cape Kidnappers.
Afternoon / Evening: At leisure, please see Hawke’s Bay guide.
Accommodation: Te Pania Hotel Napier – Superior Room (ocean-view).

Day 12: Hawke’s Bay – Christchurch – Terrace Downs
Morning: Domestic flight from Hawke’s Bay to Christchurch (1h 20).
Afternoon: Collect new rental vehicle and travel to Terrace Downs (1 h).
Evening: Leisure at Terrace Downs.
Accommodation: Terrace Downs High Country Resort – Hillside Villa.

Day 13: Terrace Downs
Morning: Golf at Terrace Downs.
Afternoon / Evening: Terrace Downs offers several activities with hunting, fishing, jet boating, horse treks and a health spa amongst the options.
Accommodation: Terrace Downs High Country Resort – Hillside Villa.

Day 14: Terrace Downs – Queenstown (via Mount Cook)
Morning: Travel to Queenstown (5 hours’ drive time). Photo stops are recommended throughout the journey including Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook (NZ’s tallest mountain) and the Lindis Pass.
Evening: At leisure in Queenstown.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown – Courtyard Room.

 

Day 15: Queenstown
Morning: Play golf at Millbrook. Following golf we recommend that guests spend some time in nearby Arrowtown, a former goldmining town. On the return to Queenstown we also recommend you experience the iconic Shotover jetboat ride.
Evening: At leisure in Queenstown.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown – Courtyard Room.

Day 16: Queenstown
Leisure Day.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown – Courtyard Room.

Activity Options:
1. Doubtful Sound
When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence – a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall. The beauty and isolation of Doubtful Sound are so compelling that it’s difficult to believe you were in civilisation just a few hours earlier. A day excursion into this pristine fiord begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri to West Arm. You will then board a coach and travel the sub-alpine road over Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. On arrival in Doubtful Sound, board our spacious catamaran Patea Explorer for a three-hour cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery. Throughout the cruise, a specialist nature guide provides commentary, answers questions and points out highlights. Wildlife sightings are common in Doubtful Sound. Fur seals bask on rocky outcrops and the fiord’s resident pod of bottlenose dolphins are often seen in the deep waters.  The trip also includes a picnic lunch.
2. Milford Sound Coach/Cruise/Fly
Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is a fiord of spectacular beauty and natural grandeur, carved by ancient glaciers. The deep, icy blue waterway flows to the Tasman Sea and is set amongst the towering peaks of the majestic Fiordland National Park. Milford Sound is a 'must see' for any sightseeing visitor to New Zealand. As well as a flight into or out of Milford, a cruise on the Sound is a great way to discover and experience the many sights on offer. Travel from Queenstown to Milford Sound by luxury coach before boarding a launch for two hours cruising on Milford Sound. Return to Queenstown by scenic flight which takes in magnificent views of the mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests of Fiordland National Park.

Trip Includes:
- 5 hour luxury coach journey to Milford Sound from Queenstown.
- 2 hour scenic cruise on Milford Sound on Mitre Peak cruises.
- 45 minute scenic flight back to Queenstown.
- Transfers from airport to central Queenstown.

Day 17: Queenstown
Morning: Golf at Jacks Point.
Evening: At leisure in Queenstown. We recommend a trip to the top of Bobs Peak via the gondola.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel Queenstown – Courtyard Room.

Day 18: Queenstown – Franz Josef
Morning / Afternoon: Drive to Franz Josef (4.5 hours). Experience the most scenic driving route in New Zealand. We recommend refreshment stops at the Cardrona Hotel and the town of Wanaka. Photo stops at Lake Hawea and several vantage points along the rugged West Coast.
Evening: At leisure in Franz Josef. We recommend an afternoon of relaxation at the nearby hot pools.
Accommodation: Franz Josef Scenic Hotel - Graham Wing.

 

Day 19: Franz Josef
Leisure Day.
Accommodation: Franz Josef Scenic Hotel - Graham Wing.

Activity Options:
1.
Glacier Hiking (1 – 4 hours) Free!
This relaxing, interpretive walk to the glacier is the perfect opportunity to learn the role of the Franz Josef Glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape. After a short walk through the regenerating rainforest, the trip continues along the glacier valley with your guide calling stops to explain the unique features of the Franz Josef Glacier and its surroundings. With the emphasis more on geographical information and the glacier's history, you're able to venture right up to the dramatic terminal face of this advancing glacier with your experienced and knowledgeable guide.
2. Scenic Helicopter Flight Option: Neve Discoverer (duration 30 minutes).
The perfect opportunity to get up close to the glaciers and touch snow. You'll be captivated as you lift off and fly up and over the Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier and experience the solitude of a landing in this natural alpine wonderland
3. Fox Glacier Heli Hike (duration 4 hours). .
The fly-in, fly-out helihike combines the excitement of walking on the Fox Glacier with the thrill of a helicopter flight. By flying in, guests are able to access and explore a part of the glacier where its forces work hardest and often create spectacular ice caves and arches. Equipped with sturdy leather boots and other equipment, they board the helicopter for their first flight over the pinnacles of the lower icefall. They then circle the upper icefall and Victoria Falls before landing. The landing site on the ice is a remote and exceptionally beautiful part of the glacier. At this stage, their guide outfits them with crampons, specially designed for these ice conditions and they follow the ice steps cut by their guide as they explore the amazing formations and ice caves which are only seen here. Each departure is a true voyage of exploration. There are so many changing features that the guides always find something new. Weather permitting; ice time is about 2.5 hours. Please note that this is a natural and ever changing environment. Ice features change constantly and no guarantee can be given that specific features will be seen.

Day 20: Franz Josef – Greymouth - Christchurch
Morning: Travel to Greymouth (2h). We recommend a stop in Hokitika.
Afternoon: Check in at the Greymouth train station by 13:25. (Rental vehicle will be left at station).
13:45 depart on the TranzAlpine, arriving in Christchurch at 18:05. On arrival our guests will be met by private car and transferred to their accommodation.
Evening: At leisure in Christchurch.
Accommodation: Chateau on the Park, Christchurch – Double Room.

Day 21: Christchurch
Departure Day: Private car to Christchurch Airport to meet departing flight.   

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