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DAY 1: AUCKLAND (D)
Arrival to Auckland . The rest of the day is yours to relax and recover ahead of the evening’s event – a ‘Meet and Greet Dinner’ to acquaint yourself together with your travel companions whom you will share the next 17 days together on this amazing journey.


DAY 2: AUCKLAND – HOKIANGA (B, D)
Today our travels take us north along the ‘Kauri Coast Highway’, stopping at ‘Matakohe Kauri museum’ before arriving in the tiny settlement of ‘Omapere’ in the ‘Hokianga’.
The highlight of this day will be an amazing  ‘Eco – Forest Walk’ amongst New Zealand’s iconic Kauri Trees’ and the mighty ‘Waipoua Forest’ and where you have a chance to
marvel at ‘Tane Mahuta’ – God of the Forest, the 2,000 year old Kauri tree - a truly spectacular view. Be indicted by the Myths and Legends presented by your ownpersonal Maori Guide as they deliver the Cultural significance and bring to life the
story of this amazing tree species through song - 'waiata' and prayer - 'mihi'. After settling into your accommodation, the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy the atmosphere and serenity of this harbourside resort.

DAY 3 – HOKIANGA - BAY OF ISLANDS (B, D)  
Today we leave the Hokianga and travel to the ‘Bay of Islands’ and Paihia where you will visit the ‘Waitangi Treaty Grounds’ and be introduced to the heritage surrounding this important piece of New Zealand's historical past. Afterwards, you embark on an ’Overnight Boat Cruise' of the Bay of Island’s. Relax in comfort while experiencing all the highlights of the magnificent ‘Bay of Islands’ onboard this vessel. During this cruise you may see ‘dolphins’, ‘penguins’ and ‘whales’ in their natural environment – an interactive way to get close to these wonderful creatures.


DAY 4 – BAY OF ISLANDS– WHANGAREI – AUCKLAND (B, L)
This morning we leave the Bay of Islands and Paihia, stopping in Kawa Kawa briefly to view the work of the Austrian artist who built the famous ‘Hunterwasser Toilets’, before carrying on and arriving in ‘Whangarei’ where the activity of the day will be a ‘Cultural Heritage’ visit to one of New Zealand’s most famous ‘battle field’s and ‘Pa’ sites followed by an ‘exclusive’ Maori Eco -Waka - canoe journey ‘EXCLUSIVE’ to Singles downUnder hosted by your indigenous guides  We make our way south climbing the mountains of the Brynderwyn ranges, leaving the picturesque views of Whangarei harbour and Northland’s coastline behind arriving early evening in Auckland.


DAY 5 – AUCKLAND - ROTORUA (B, D) 

Today we make our way over the Bombay Hills and through the Hauraki Plains arriving in the ‘Bay of Plenty’ and ‘Rotorua’ – New Zealand’s premier destination. There is a lot to
see, hear and do in this ‘Geothermal & Geyser Wonderland’. We visit the ‘Whakarewarewa Thermal Village’ – the only living Maori Village in New Zealand and view spectacular geothermal activity – ‘Pohutu’ and ‘Prince of Wales Geysers’, pools of boiling
water – turned to steam reaching into the heavens and bubbling mud, before settling into our accommodation for the night. This evening, you will be treated to an authentic ‘Maori Cultural Performance’. See ‘Maori warriors’ arrive in their ‘war canoe’, then be entertained
in authentic surroundings by Rotorua’s most exciting interactive show casing of traditional ‘song’, ‘dance’, and ‘weaponry manoeuvres’. A traditionally cooked 'Maori hangi' is provided for dinner. The evening finishes with a short 'bush walk' to the ‘crystal clear water springs’. We capture glimpses of ‘glow worms’ along the way.


DAY 6 – ROTORUA – WHITE ISLAND – ROTORUA (B, L)
This morning an early start sees us join our cruise to ‘White Island’ and participate in the incredible experience of exploring the inner crater of New Zealand’s only ‘active marine volcano’. Late in the afternoon, we make our way to New Zealand’s premier visitor destination – ‘Rotorua’, the epi-centre for ’Maori Culture’. The rest of this evening is yours to enjoy at leisure … maybe take a ‘mud or spa bath’.

DAY 7 – ROTORUA - WAITOMO CAVES – TARANAKI (B, D)
Today we make our way towards ‘Waitomo Caves’ where an ‘underground boat-ride’ awaits us. The ‘Waitomo Glow Worm Caves’ is where thousands of tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in their ‘cinema-like’ environment as expert guides provide informative commentary. In the surrounding area we visit pristine waterfalls and natural limestone formations. Our destination for this day will be ‘New Plymouth’, located on the lower west coast of the North Island where you will be hosted by a local Indigenous family and treated to sublime hospitality and mystique with ‘Mount Taranaki’ as your backdrop. A Marae style accommodation is arranged at this facility where you also get to hear the legendary and unique stories through mythology of the ‘Warrior Mountains’.


DAY 8 – TARANAKI – WELLINGTON (B, D)
This day takes us from ‘New Plymouth to Wellington’, the capital city of New Zealand. But first, a visit to one of New Zealand’s historic Maori Pa sites, ‘Parihaka’ is visited and its significance to Maori history will be told by your Indigenous guides. On arrival to Wellington, a visit to an ‘exclusive’ Maori art gallery waits before our specially ‘planned dinner’ this evening concludes this days events.


DAY 9 - WELLINGTON/PICTON – MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS (B, L)
Today we bid farewell of Wellington and the North Island as we cruise via the Marlborough Sounds into ‘Picton’.  We make our way toward ‘Abel Tasman National Park’ via ‘Havelock & Queen Charlotte Sound’. Given the comfortable climate in this area, sophisticated wineries with innovative winemakers craft their knowledge of ‘grapes’ with stunning effects, it would only be appropriate that we visit such a vineyard and taste their wines as we savor our lunch amidst this glorious setting.


DAY 10 – MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS – KAIKOURA - CHRISTCHURCH (B, D)

Today we leave the Marlborough Sounds and make our way to the small township of ‘Kaikoura’. Here you will board a vessel to view ‘Giant Sperm Whales’ as part of a unique and popular ‘eco – experience’. Kaikoura is a special place of lush pastures and towering, snow covered peaks that fall into the sea. This rare magic continues just offshore where a deep undersea canyon combines with unusual sea currents attracting an extraordinary abundance of marine life, the most famous being the 'Sperm Whale'. ‘Whale Watching’ in Kaikoura is the ‘must-do activity’ while in this wondrous, peaceful town. Not only do you get a rare chance to get up close with these majestic mammals, you also get to appreciate the importance of the environment they reside in. After the tour, we travel south arriving in ‘Christchurch’, the largest city in the South Island.


DAY 11 – CHRISTCHURCH – LAKE TEKAPO – WANAKA (B, D)
This morning we take in the sights in and around the city before departing Christchurch heading through the rich irrigated farmlands of the ‘Canterbury Plains’, into the ‘McKenzie basin’ toward the mighty ‘Southern Alps’ stopping along the way at ‘Lake Tekapo’ where we will lunch. We leave Lake Tekapo and make our way towards Wanaka our destination for the day.

DAY 12 – WANAKA (B, L)
Wanaka’ is primarily a resort town with many outdoor opportunities. Nestled behind the ‘Southern Alp’s, ‘Wanaka’ has something for everyone, whatever age, ability or sense of adventure. You will have the whole day here to engage in different activities that are on offer.


DAY 13 – WANAKA – QUEENSTOWN – TE ANAU (B, L)
Leaving Wanaka we closely follow the course of the mighty ‘Kawarau River’ making a brief stop at the picturesque settlement of ‘Arrowtown’, before arriving at a ‘Vineyard’ for our group ‘Wine Cave Tour’ We will travel into the hillside through underground caves which have been blasted out of the solid mountain schist rock in order to provide the perfect natural environment to mature their award-winning wines before sampling some of the local product. Travelling on we arrive at the Resort town of ‘Queenstown’ – New Zealand’s adventure capital, before making our way to the ‘Skyline Gondola’ and enjoy a ‘Buffet lunch’ with panoramic views of Lake Manapouri as your backdrop.
Following lunch we stop at the ‘Kawarau Bridge’ the site of the world's first commercial ‘Bungy jumping’ operation - A J HACKETT – for those adventurous enough to experience the ‘original’ Bungy jump as an option, or maybe just to watch others do so before arriving late afternoon in the small township of ‘Te Anau’ – situated on the shores of ‘Lake Te Anau’.

DAY 14 – TE ANAU – DOUBTFUL SOUNDS (B, L)
Today we embark on an amazing day tour of ‘Doubtful Sounds’ and ‘Lake Manapouri’. We join our cruise across island-studded ‘Lake Manapouri’. On arrival at ‘West Arm’ we board our coach for the 2km journey underground into the machine hall of the amazing ‘Manapouri Power Station’. Thereafter we travel by coach for a spectacular journey over the ‘Wilmot Pass’ road to ‘Deep Cove’ in ‘Doubtful Sound’. On arrival into ‘Doubtful Sound’ you board your well appointed catamaran awaiting you in ‘Deep Cove’. During the afternoon, you will cruise the full length of the ‘fiord’, weaving through hidden coves and waterways. ‘Bottlenose dolphins’ are often encountered, ‘fur seals bask on the rocks’ and, at times, ‘rare penguins’ can be seen. After this ‘full-day’ cruise, the rest of the evening is yours for you to spend at your own leisure.


DAY 15 – TE ANAU - DUNEDIN (B, L)
Today we leave ‘Te Anau’ and make our way to ‘Dunedin’. Along the way, we pass through ‘Lumsden’ and across the river plains to ‘Gore’ before arriving in ‘Balclutha’ with it’s distinctive arched concrete bridge and museum, where we stop for lunch. The fresh, green farm scenery will accompany us as we travel past the historic mill town of ‘Milton’ – the unusual kink in the main road is where two surveyors didn’t quite meet, arriving early evening in ‘Dunedin’ – home to ostentatious Victorian architecture, wild-life and heritage. On arrival, we enjoy a ‘City Sights tour’ of Dunedin taking in Signal Hill, 'Baldwin Street', (world’s steepest street), Settlers museum, Railway station, Otago University before retiring for the day.

DAY 16 – DUNEDIN - OAMARU (B, L)
The morning is we depart for the Otago peninsula to observe 'Yellow-eyed penguins' with their young in the nesting area and a visit to New Zealand’s widely known castle. As the afternoon rolls on we journey west leaving Dunedin in our wake stopping at the ‘Moeraki Boulders’ and Moeraki for lunch before arriving early afternoon in Oamaru. For those looking to ‘paint the town’, there are a number of entertainment options here for you to choose from.


DAY 17 – OAMARU – CHRISTCHURCH (B, L, D)
Today we make our way north returning to Christchurch early afternoon. The rest of the day is yours for you to explore the city or catch up on some last minute shopping. Later this evening, a ‘FAREWELL DINNER – HAERE RA’ Group party will be part of a ‘special dinner’ arranged for YOU to indulge in a union of comradeship and friendship before departing New Zealand. Hosts for the night will be your ‘Indigenous Guides’, and a customary – ‘Poroporoaki – Maori Farewell’, performed in acknowledgement that soon you will be leaving these shores to venture onwards on your eternal journey …


DAY 18 – CHRISTCHURCH (B)
With the morning check-out there is the opportunity to store your luggage at the hotel. Maybe there is still some time for that last minute shopping before your transfer to the airport.