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New Zealand - City Breaks

We have put together these packages to provide you with great suggestions of what you can do while your visiting each city within the destination. We will link these together with a train, coach, flight or car to create your own custom itinerary. Travel to Auckland, New Zealand to true kiwi hospitality, choose Christchurch as your gateway to Canterbury and enjoy the fun filled frivolity of Queenstown. With vast destinations offering so many contrasting experiences, our comprehensive recommendations will help plan your journey.

Dreamtime Dive and Snorkel

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Step back into the Great Barrier Reef’s Dreamtime with Indigenous sea rangers on a day tour to two spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef sites.
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Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel is a unique educational Great Barrier Reef experience incorporating the world’s oldest living culture and the stories Traditional Owners have passed down over tens of thousands of years.

Indigenous rangers recount the Dreamtime stories of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji, Gunggandji, Mandingalbay and Yirrganydji people to help you gain a deeper cultural understanding of this diverse ecosystem. The sea country of these four Traditional Owner groups stretches from Port Douglas to the Frankland Islands and includes the two sites you visit.

Your day on the outer Great Barrier Reef has five hours of water activities split between two unique sites showcasing a variety of colourful corals and marine life. Snorkel and dive over stunning coral gardens where anemones, sea whips, clams and plate corals are home to clownfish, angelfish and batfish. Large schools of giant trevally, red bass and sweetlip congregate between the bommies, while turtles, cuttlefish, rays and sharks are frequently seen.

Included in your day:  Indigenous welcome and acknowledgment, Great Barrier Reef creation story, Two premium outer reef sites, Morning and afternoon tea, Marine Biologist presentation, Glass bottom boat tour, Snorkelling equipment, Wet and lycra suits, Freshly prepared buffet lunch.

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Wilderness and Aboriginal Explorer plus Cruise – Full Day Tour from Sydney

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Sydney Outback’s Wilderness and Aboriginal Explorer offers nature, Aboriginal and coastal day tours to the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Located just 45 minutes north from central Sydney, it is one of Australia’s most picturesque and diverse landscapes.

Learn about Australian colonial and Aboriginal history as you make your way to your first stop for the day, the world-class West Head Lookout where you can take in incredible views of the Tasman Sea, Lion Island, Pittwater, the historic sandstone lighthouse at Palm Beach, Broken Bay, and more.

The second stop is at one of Sydney’s most significant Aboriginal rock art sites with 15 images etched into the ground thousands of years ago.  The Park is home to over 1,500 sites and this one of the most impressive of the collection.

Our third stop is Akuna Bay marina where we begin a 2.5-hour scenic cruise through pristine National Park waterways and admiring the Aussie bush landscape.  During the cruise, you will enjoy interpretation at several ancient Aboriginal sites that are only accessible by water.

A number of historical, cultural and Indigenous presentations take place during the day.

We use a 25 seat coach and 50ft power catamaran (64 passengers) for our tours and is available on a private charter basis.  Inclusions are morning and afternoon tea, onboard lunch, coffee and beverages.

Departure days are Mon, Thurs, Fri and Sat subject to availability.

 

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2 Day Barossa Valley & Adelaide Hills from Adelaide

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Travel through the scenic Torrens Gorge to the Barossa Valley and continue over Jacobs Creek for a tasting of the fine wines at the Grant Burge winery and onto Rockford Wine Cellars for more traditional Barossa wines. Stop for a stroll in the German town of Tanunda – many of the shops pecialise in crafts made by the locals. After a lunch stop take in the view from the top of Menglers Hill for an unsurpassed view over the entire Valley. Out next stop will be Henschkes winery in Keyneton, a fifth-generation German winery producing outstanding wines. You’ll spend your overnight in a charming B&B in the Adelaide Hills.

The next morning, visit the historic German village of Hahndorf. Taste cheeses from Woodside cheese wrights and fine wines produced by Hillstowe wines. Travel through the Hills to Hardys Chateau Reynella winery, a winery with magnificent gardens to stroll plus wonderful wines to taste. Chateau Reynella is also the historical site where the first wine was made in South Australia. Next, you’ll visit the picturesque town of Clarendon and the Coriole winery, they produce some exceptional unique wine styles. Olive Grove is next on the list specializing in products from locally grown olives. Visit D’arenberg winery with innovative wines made by a fourth-generation family-run winery. After lunch visit the rustic Wirra Wirra winery, one of the premium wine producers in the area. If time permits, we will visit the new boutique Fox Creek winery

There are many options for customising and the tour can be made gourmet food focussed, including chocolate sampling, and visit local artists or visit other smaller wine identities. The opportunity is endless and can be tailor-made to the client.

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McLaren Vale Food & Wine – Day Tour from Adelaide

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Just 40 km’s south of Adelaide there is over 100 small, very individual wineries. Your guide will personally escort you via the picturesque town of Clarendon to Coriole winery – producing an outstanding range of wines, olives, olive oils and cheeses surrounded by magnificent views and gardens.  Visit d’Arenberg winery host to a range of outstanding and innovative wines. Options for lunch include d’Arrys Veranda restaurant, the scenic Currant Shed or alfresco under the vines picnic style. Winery options in the afternoon include Italian wine-style Primo Estate winery, the more rustic Wirra Wirra winery or Penny’s Hill which also showcases Australian artists. Tours can also be fully customized and feature more gourmet food focus including exploring the Blessed Cheese Trail, Olive products, locally produced Almonds or Fruitchocs or options to visit less explored smaller wineries.

 

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Best of Barossa – Day Tour from Adelaide

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Barossa Valley – the wine capital of Australia, is a relaxed and friendly place. Travel through the scenic Torrens Gorge to the Barossa Valley. Enjoy a tasting of fine wines at Trevor Jones or Kellermeister, Travel over Jacobs Creek to visit some smaller wine cellars, full of rustic charm who make wines in the traditional Barossa method, these include Rockford and Charlie Melton. Stop for a stroll in the German town of Tanunda – discover the small shops, many of which specialize in crafts made by the locals. Before lunch, enjoy an unsurpassed view over the entire Barossa Valley from atop Menglers Hill. Lunch will be alfresco under the vines or at Vintners restaurant just out of Angaston. The afternoon brings Henschke winery, a visit to the historic Yalumba, the biggest family-run winery in Australia. There may also be time to visit boutique producers such as Torbreck, Rolf Binder or Two hands. And a visit to Maggie’s beer Farm shop is a must for food lovers.

 

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7 Day Winter Eastern Express

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights)

$935

The below itinerary is an independent package, it can be adjusted to suit your travel interests, time frame and budget. Please do not hesitate to call one of our travel specialists for a customized package.

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5 Day Calgary Fall Getaway

Duration: 5 Days (4 Nights)

$849

Get ready for a fantastic getaway in the Heart of the New West! Enjoy the cooling temperatures and excellent colours of the mountains in Canmore and experience the fall festivities in Calgary.

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5 Day Discover the Bay of Islands

Duration: 5 Days (4 Nights)

$799

Only three hours north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands subtropical micro-region is known for its stunning beauty and history. On your day at leisure, the Twin Coast cycle trail bike tour or guided eco-kayak tour is highly recommended.

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4 Day Discover Queenstown

Duration: 4 Days (3 Nights)

$629

Sitting on the shore of the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the lake and mountain landscape make Queenstown suited to all kinds of adventure. This four season mountain resort offers activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting year round. Experience one of the many walking and hiking trails, sightseeing tours or indulge yourself with spa treatments, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine. From Queenstown the drama of the Central Otago landscape unfolds around you. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan you’ll recognise many of the locations of Middle-earth here. Travel to Milford Sound, where fiord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards.

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Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's smallest national park - but it's perfectly formed for relaxation and adventure. A coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by cruise boat, sailing catamaran, water taxi or sea kayak, visitors love the way the Abel Tasman National Park mixes physical exertion with beach life. Bursts of hiking or paddling are punctuated by sun bathing, swimming and sedate snorkeling.

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Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping.

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Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's paradise. A three hour drive or 35 minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula and includes the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri.

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Christchurch, New Zealand is interwoven by two rivers linking parks, gardens and avenues. Bordered by the Port Hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps as a majestic backdrop. Funky Christchurch city and the vast Canterbury region have plenty to keep you busy, whether you're a shopaholic, wild adventurer or history buff.

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Coromandel

The Coromandel, with its pristine beaches, native forests and laid-back vibe, is one of New Zealand’s most popular and best-loved holiday destinations. A binocular’s view across the gulf from Auckland, the Coromandel is everything that a big city isn’t. Cloaked in native rainforest with dazzling white sand beaches, it is rustic, unspoiled and relaxed.

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Dunedin

Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country's city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The accommodation is good and plentiful; the nightlife buzzes with funky bars and delicious restaurants and the natural attractions are unique and fascinating.

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Hawkes Bay

Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions and this has made it one of the country’s leading producers of wine; notably red wines – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah – but also with some quite stunning whites. The region is the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, and it's a popular place for bicycle wine tours.

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Marlborough

Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and the home of world-renowned sauvignon blanc. Marlborough enjoys high sunshine hours and a temperate climate so that visitors can experience all of Marlborough’s diversity through the season. No matter what time of year, there is always something going on in Marlborough, New Zealand.

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Nelson

Nelson is a lifestyle; that’s the best way to describe it. Situated at the top north-west of the South Island, it is the sunniest region in New Zealand. Perhaps it’s the sun, perhaps it’s the location, but Nelson, New Zealand, has long been a magnet for creative people. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, traditional, contemporary and Maori. Visit their studios and find a unique piece to take home with you.

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Queenstown

Captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers, it’s rumored that gold prospectors gave this now cosmopolitan town its name. Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges. World famous for its iconic scenery, friendly people, golf courses, wineries and smorgasbord of outdoor activities, you'll never be short of things to do in Queenstown.

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Rotorua

Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. After marvelling at the distinctive landscapes and volcanic activity within a geothermal park, enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a wellness getaway at a luxurious spa.

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Stewart Island

Stewart Island is New Zealand's third largest island, situated 30 kilometers south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Straight. In the Māori language, it’s known as Rakiura which means ‘the land of glowing skies’. The Aurora Australis which often appears in these southern skies will show inkling why.

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Taupo

Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China. Visit the Craters of the Moon and you'll see evidence of the lake's fiery birth in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. At some of Lake Taupo's beaches, swimmers and paddlers can enjoy warm, geothermal water currents.

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Wellington

Nestled between a sparkling harbor and rolling green hills, New Zealand's capital city is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. Wellington buzzes with delicatessens, cafes and restaurants – it’s a city that enjoys gourmet food and fine wine. Known as the culinary capital of New Zealand, Wellington is famous for its tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee.

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West Coast

The West Coast, or ‘the Coast’ as locals call it, is a wild place of rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. Never more than 50 kilometres wide, the whole stretch down the West Coast of the South Island - of which Greymouth is the largest town - is home to only 31,000 people. It’s good if you’ve got your own transport because this is a long region and there’s a lot to see. In fact, the Great Coast Road stretching from Westport to Greymouth was recently voted one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet.

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Accommodation options

We feature a variety of accommodations, from city hotels to boutique lodges and luxury tents. Most of our itineraries feature a moderate, superior, and deluxe category option. These can be adjusted to suit the experience you prefer in each location. However, in some locations all 3 hotel types may not be available. In these cases, we provide you with the next best possible hotel grade and will advise at the time of booking what is available.

Attractions & Sightseeing

Each City Break package includes our suggested sightseeing options based on the number of nights included in the sample program. We would be more than pleased to customise these details right down to your restaurant experience on an individual City basis, if another option (or no option at all) is preferable.

Pricing

A range of pricing is available for our city breaks and mini-packages to suit your needs. This includes Moderate, Superior and Deluxe pricing.

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