January 8 - 19, 2018
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.

 

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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 Stays
  • 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
  • Redwood Forest
  • 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....

Jan 08, 2018: Mon – AUCKLAND ~ QUEENSTOWN, NZ
Arrive 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”. [D] **

Jan 09, 2018:  Tue - 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. $130 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]

Jan 10, 2018:  Wed – 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]

Jan 11, 2018: Thu – TE ANAU ~ DUNEDIN, NZ
Traveling towards the Gore area, you visit a local dairy located in the rolling countryside. Arrive into the Scottish city of Dunedin, home of the world’s steepest street, for the night.  Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the       country's city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. A visit and opportunity to climb Baldwin Street, the world's steepest residential street. [B/L/D]

Jan 12, 2018: Fri – DUNEDIN ~ RURAL FARM STAY / ASHBURTON, NZ
This morning, visit the "Moeraki Boulders", mysteriously spherical stones scattered across a beach.  Each boulder weighs several tonnes and is up to two metres high.  Continue on to the Geraldine area, a beautiful, sub alpine village in Canterbury New Zealand.  Stop at the “Tin Shed”, probably New Zealand's most extensive range of quality New Zealand-made merino and merino possum garments (both on location and online), where you may wish to purchase woollen goods.  Travel to the agricultural center of Ashburton.  Meet your host farm family in the Ashburton area for an overnight stay and experience the hospitality of a working farm family.   [B/D]

Jan 13, 2018:  Sat – ASHBURTON, 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.  This afternoon, a unique visit to a high country merino sheep and cattle station. You return back into Ashburton for an overnight stay in this vital agricultural area.          [B/L/D]

Jan 14, 2018:  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]

Jan 15, 2018: 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 people use the hot water and steam to cook their food and heat their homes.  From there, a short drive to the “Agrodome”, for a show of sheep and sheep dogs demonstration.  Later this afternoon, visit “Rainbow Springs” to see the huge trout as well as get a glimpse of the elusive “Kiwi” bird.  Evening is free.  [B]

Jan 16, 2018:  Tue – ROTORUA ~  RURAL FARM STAY/CAMBRIDGE, NZ
This morning visit “Waitomo Glow Worm Caves”.  Meet your host families in the Cambridge area for a tour of their property including dinner and an overnight stay. [B/D]

Jan 17, 2018:  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]

Jan 18, 2018:  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]

Jan 19, 2018: Fri - END OF TOUR **
Today your tour comes to an end.
You may wish to extend your stay with a 3-day package to the Bay of Islands or continue to Australia.

**Airfare to/from New Zealand is not included in the price. 
Ask about special Internationalairfares for this tour.
Flight from Christchurch to Rotorua included in the above price.

PER PERSON, DOUBLE - from $4,890.00

Plus Air/Gov't taxes of $180.00 per person
Single Occupancy - add $1,399.00
INITIAL DEPOSIT - $2,000.00 per person at time of booking
Second payment of $2,000.00 per person is DUE before June 30, 2017
FINAL PAYMENT per person is due before October 6, 2017

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