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Review: New Zealand

Escorted Tour

New Zealand in 4 weeks

  • By SilverTraveller

    7 reviews

  • Feb 2012
  • Wife

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From the moment we signed up this was an excellently organised tour whioch included not only 4 weeks in New Zealand, but a stop-over of 3 night on the way out, as part of the package from a good choice of venues and we added a stop-over on the way back. Both of these stop-overs included a half day tour to familarise oneself with the place.

In New Zealand we did North Island first, which was the right way as it introduced us to Maori culture and the history of the islands. The tour included 3 night is Auckland, a night on the west coast, 2 nights at the Bay of Islands, 2 in Rotorua, so we had a good look at the hot springs, and 2 inNelson where we caught the start of the Art Deco festival.

We then spent 2 night in Wellington before crossing Cook Sound to Nelson for 2 nights, a trip on the Trans-Alpine train from near Christchurch, unfortunately still not open to visitors, two nights in Franz-Joseph on the west coast where we stayde in a rainforest, but flew up and landed on Fox glacier. Then ajet boat ride and by coach to Queenstown for 3 nights followed by Dunedin and Lake Taipo for 2 night each. We took the option of staying with a New Zealand family for one night – a fantastic experience I would recommend to anyone doing this tour.

There was a good mix of whole group activities, option choices, included, and some extra options to keep evryone in the largely anglo-Australian party happy. All the hotels were good with some excellent and the tour manager and the two coach drivers helped to make the trip.

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