New Zealand 23 day small group tour

“Packed with highlights but perfectly paced to feel leisurely, this small group tours is 23 days of New Zealand discovery, taking in both islands.”

Highlights

Auckland | Omapere, Hokianga Harbour | Paihia, Bay of Islands | Rotorua | Tongariro National Park | Napier | Wellington | Nelson | Abel Tasman National Park | Methven | Mount Cook | Queenstown | Milford Sound | Wanaka | Franz Josef Glacier | Punakaiki | Christchurch

Description of New Zealand 23 day small group tour

This New Zealand 23 day small group tour is a colourful and comprehensive journey through the countryís landscapes, history and Maori culture. From the Bay of Islands to the Abel Tasman National Park, the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua to pristine Milford Sound and the West Coast rainforests, this holiday is the ultimate New Zealand tour.

We take to the water on several occasions, to admire New Zealandís landscapes from a new perspective. Explore Hokianga Harbour, enjoy a luxury yacht cruise on Lake Rotoiti, kayak around secluded Okarito Lagoon and discover beautiful Milford Sound on a nature and wildlife cruise.

As well as impressive landscapes and shores, discover some of New Zealandís wildlife, too. Enjoy a dolphin cruise out to Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett, and even swim with dolphins in the Bay of Islands. Meet the Kea, New Zealandís cheeky mountain parrot and enjoy a more unusual highlight, seeing thousands of twinkling glow worms at Kawiti Caves.

You will have time to enjoy New Zealandís beautiful cities and historic towns, too. Thereís a private, guided tour of Napier, famed for its Art Deco architecture, time to enjoy Wellington and Auckland, the chance to explore Russell, the first capital of New Zealand, and amazing views over Queenstown from the Skyline Gondola. Throughout, learn about the Maori people who live in and love this country.

You wonít be rushing from place to place, though, as the tour includes four two-night stopovers and a three-night stopover, too. Travel is in comfy, air conditioned coaches with a maximum of 18 travellers, and a local Kiwi guide will bring each destination to life. All breakfasts are included, two special dinners and some special lunches, too, including two at private homesteads and one at Te Wairoa Buried Village.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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Environment

We are committed to operating environmentally sustainable tours. By nature small group touring using one vehicle to transport multiple clients is more environmentally friendly than usual modes of travel including rental car or campervan. We have monitoring systems in place to ensure our vehicles are serviced and driven in line with the manufacturerís guidelines making the running of the fleet as efficient as possible.

On this tour we visit the heritage listed buildings and grounds of the Waitangi Treaty House contributing to their preservation. A local guide from the small community of Omapere will also helps us explore the Hokianga harbour and sand dunes and other local guides - one from thel Department of Conservation - will help us explore the ancient geothermal wonderland at Wai-O-Tapu and Okarito Lagoon They know the area and so are the best to advise on environmental issues and how to travel responsibly through the area.

We are a Qualmark Approved Visitor Service which means we have been independently reviewed and deemed to operate in an ethical, professional and environmentally sustainable way. Wherever possible we select suppliers that are also Qualmark approved and therefore deemed to operate in an ethical, professional and environmentally sustainable way.

We pay an annual licence and have official accreditation to operate on Department of Conservation land which demonstrates our commitment to the environment and sustainability. Payment of the license fee funds the protection of New Zealandís national parks.

Office: We work from several home offices saving on travel time and fossil fuel consumption. All printer cartridges and paper is recycled. Both home offices water supply is supplied by rain water.

Community

We are a sponsor of the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre. From Morepork chicks to one-legged kiwi birds and talking tuis, the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre works tirelessly to provide help, treatment and rehabilitation for ill and injured native New Zealand birds. This award-winning centre cares for over 1,200 birds per year and is part of the Department of Conservation's kiwi recovery program. We are proud to be a contributor to the conservation of New Zealand's native bird population, helping to ensure that our rare wildlife will be around for generations to come. Many of our favourite tours such as the Kiwi and Kakapo are named after our native birds.

Maori culture and customs are an integral part of the tour experience. All of the below experiences are inclusions on our tours. As these activities are owned and operated by indigenous Maori Iwi (Tribes)there are economic benefits for these communities.

Footprints Waipoua - we learn how Kauri trees are inter-twined with the lives of local Maori and the important role they play in the eco-system that is the Waipoua Forest.

Kawiti Glowworm Caves - The caves traditional Maori owners act as living links to the past and making history come alive with their rich local knowledge.

We also where possible visit local craftsmen, markets and restaurants further helping to support the local community.

4 Reviews of New Zealand 23 day small group tour

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Reviewed on 31 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We travelled to the South Island of New Zealand with our tour operator during the Christmas to New Year's holiday time period 2017. Landscapes, climate, clean air, outstanding scenery, relaxed lifestyle, the smiling faces of everyone in our little group, kindness, simplicity and authenticity were all highlights of our trip.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Our trip went so smoothly, with everything planned and documented in advance. We appreciated the travel tips on the itinerary. The accommodations were very good and well located, all bookings and appointments were scheduled perfectly. Tanya, who booked our trip, was great; Caroline sent us perfect trip details and Matt, our guide, did an outstanding job. Everything with Moa Trek was wonderful and highly recommend a trip with them.

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Every part of the trip was memorable. But if we have to pick, then it would be: Mount Cook view from the hotel - it was simply possibly the most extraordinary
view you could have from a confortable hotel room of a alpine peak in the world. And the second memory, would be traveling by small plane from Milford Sounds to Queenstown in a sunny day! - simply unforgettable!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Plan your side trips carefully. Take your time. Ask questions. Have a plan B prepared in case weather does not help. If you are planning to take a helicopter ride to either Mount Cook or Frank Josef, suggest to take a ride in the morning before the weather gets worse in the afternoon. You may need to choose between the planned itinerary and the helicopter ride. The key is flexibility. Be ready to make changes. Tell your tour operator that you really want to take that ride.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definetely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a most memorable special once in a lifetime holiday for us. The itinerary is pretty good.

Read the operator's response here:

Hello Luis,
Thank you for your lovely review, we are glad we could make it a 'trip of a lifetime' for you, and that you now have lots of wonderful New Zealand memories to treasure.
We hope to see you again.

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


New Zealand carried high expectations for many years; I often felt frustrated during this trip; it covered many kilometers and in theory mostly scenery, but it
rained or was foggy most of the time, 15 out of the 13 days?? So it did not live to my expectations. December was suggested to me as a great period, locally I
was told that lately November and December are rainy and cold

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


May be go later in the season, March...and do expect long bus days and no time to meet locals, if you care for that.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


No, may be in some places our meals expenses might be relevant, otherwise hotels were of very high standard or belonged to big chains.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fair.

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Beautiful views from my room.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for nonstop travel. As our guide, Paul, reminded us, "You are not on holiday, you are on tour."

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very enjoyable.

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