January 03 - 16, 2020
12 Days
Tour Status - Guaranteed

This HOSTED agriculture tour with David & Brenda Layden of Select Holidays is a rural and cultural tour, visiting many highlights in New Zealand.  You are in for an incredible "down under" farm tour with many extras included.

 

Diversity of sights and interests tailored to the variety of persons on the tour. Very well organized tour.
— Gary & Susan, AB

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Tour Highlights

  • Deluxe, city center accommodations*
  • Best Class accommodations in Rural Areas
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Air conditioned transportation
  • Rural Home Stay
  • City & area tours as per itinerary
  • Technical visits as per itinerary
  • Scenic Skyline Restaurant
  • Walter Peak Sheep Station
  • SS Earnslaw Lake Cruise
  • Milford Sound Luncheon Cruise
  • Cambridge Home Stay
  • Deer Farm Visit
  • Winery visit & lunch
  • Maori Feast & Concert
  • Maori Village Tour
  • Agrodome Sheep Show
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Auckland Sky Tower
  • Kelly Tarlton Underwater World & Penguin Display
  • Escorted by Select Holidays
  • Plus More....

Day 01 - Jan 03, 2020:  Fri - FLYING TO NEW ZEALAND
The tour begins with a flight from Canada/USA into New Zealand. You will cross the International Date Line and lose a day. [IFM]

Day 02 - Jan 04, 2020:  Sat - LOSE THIS DAY
This is a lost day because of the International Date Line.  You will cross over the International Date Line once more and gain a day back on your return home.

Day 03 - Jan 05, 2020: Sun – AUCKLAND ~ QUEENSTOWN, NZ
Upon arrival into Auckland International Airport on the North Island of New Zealand, clear New Zealand Customs.  Transfer to the Domestic Airport for a short flight to Queenstown on the South Island.  Check into a centrally located hotel for a 2-night stay. The balance of the afternoon is free to rest and relax before joining your fellow travellers for “Welcome Dinner” in the “Skyline Restaurant”. [IFM/D]

Day 04 - Jan 06, 2020:  Mon - QUEENSTOWN, NZ
This morning drive through the wine region & visit a fruit stand in the Cromwell district.  A stop will be made at the home of the original Bungee Jumping site, and the opportunity to take an optional jet boat ride (approx. $150 NZD) on the Shotover River.  Afternoon is free to explore on your own.  This evening, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the historic coal-fired steamer, the “SS Earnslaw”, crossing Lake Wakatipu to the “Walter Peak Sheep Station” for dinner and sheep dog demonstration.  Return to Queenstown for the night.   [B/D]

Day 05 - Jan 07, 2020:  Tue – QUEENSTOWN ~ TE ANAU, NZ
The journey today will follow along the shoreline of Lake Wakatipu and past sheep and deer farms on the way to Te Anau. From there, enter Fordland's National Park, crossing over mountain passes and through scenic valleys enroute to Milford Sound.  Enjoy a luncheon cruise in this breath-taking fjord, watch for numerous fur seals sunning themselves on the rocks and also view numerous waterfalls.  Return to Te Anau for an overnight stay.     [B/L]

Day 06 - Jan 08, 2020: Wed – TE ANAU ~ DUNEDIN, NZ
Traveling towards the Gore area, you visit a local dairy located in the rolling countryside and have lunch before continuing unto the Scottish city of Dunedin for an overnight stay.  Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin wears the country's Scottish heritage with pride. Dinner at the hotel this evening. [B/L/D]

Day 07 - Jan 09, 2020: Thu – DUNEDIN ~ MT COOK REGION, NZ
This morning you visit “Baldwin Street”, the world's steepest residential street with an opportunity to climb up the street if you so wish.   You then visit the "Moeraki  Boulders", mysteriously spherical stones scattered across a beach, and each weighing several tonnes and some up to two metres high.  A microbrewery lunch and tasting before and afternoon visit to a high country merino sheep and cattle station.   [B/L]

Day 08 - Jan 10, 2020: Fri – MT COOK REGION ~ ASHBURTON, NZ
Morning visit to view Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand.  Continue on to the Geraldine area, a beautiful, sub alpine village in Canterbury New Zealand.  Visit the “Tin Shed" with probably New Zealand's most extensive range of quality New Zealand-made merino woolen products for sale.   Arrive Ashburton for an overnight stay in this vital agricultural area.   [B/D]

Day 09 - Jan 11, 2020:  Sat – ASHBURTON/RURAL HOME STAY, NZ
Today you visit a wheat and white clover farm in the morning on the Canterbury Plains, a major area utilizing irrigation farming and the bread bowl region of New Zealand.  A highlight also is lunch with a farm host.  Meet your host farm family in the town of Ashburton and travel with them for an overnight home-stay experience and the hospitality shown by the New Zealand people.           [B/L/D]

Day 10 - Jan 12, 2020:  Sun – ASHBURTON ~ ROTORUA,  NZ
Today travel to Christchurch for a short city tour and a visit to the Botanical Gardens.  Later you fly to Rotorua on the North Island and check into hotel for a 2- night stay.  This evening, enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast and Concert at your hotel.   [B/D]

Day 11 - Jan 13, 2020: Mon - ROTORUA, NZ
A morning visit to an authentic Maori Village for a guided tour with one of the elders.  See first hand how the local native Maori people use the natural hot water and steam from deep in the earth to cook their food and heat their homes.  From there, it is a short drive “Rainbow Springs” to see the huge trout as well as get a glimpse of the elusive “Kiwi” bird.  Then it is off to the “Agrodome”, for a show of sheep and sheep dogs demonstration and fare wagon tour to see kiwi fruit on the vine.  Rest of the day at leisure.  [B]

Day 12 - Jan 14, 2020:  Tue – ROTORUA ~ RURAL FARM STAY/CAMBRIDGE, NZ
This morning visit “Waitomo Glow Worm Caves”.  Visit a rural town and have lunch on your own before meeting your host families in the Cambridge area for a tour of their property including dinner and an overnight stay. [B/D]

Day 13 - Jan 15, 2020:  Wed – CAMBRIDGE ~ AUCKLAND, NZ
Visit a deer farm this morning then travel to a winery for lunch. Continue on to Auckland, known as the “City of Sails” and New Zealand’s largest city, for a two night stay.  [B/L]

Day 14 - Jan 16, 2020:  Thu - AUCKLAND, NZ
A morning visit to the “Kelly Tarlton Underwater World” with its live penguin and killer sharks display. Drive to Davenport, across the bay from the city of Auckland, for lunch and time on your own. Take a ferry back to the city center and make your own way back to the hotel;  balance of the afternoon is free to explore on your own before enjoying a “Farewell to New Zealand Dinner” at your hotel this evening.  [B/D]

 

PER PERSON, DOUBLE - from $TBD

Plus Air/Gov't taxes of $TBD per person
Single Occupancy - add $TBD
INITIAL DEPOSIT - $2,000.00 per person at time of booking
Second payment of $2,000.00 per person is DUE before June 29, 2018
FINAL PAYMENT per person is due before October 5, 2018

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