March 05 - 15, 2018
10 Days
Tour Status - Available

Join this small group tour showcasing the very best of beautiful New Zealand’s agriculture, culture and diverse scenery.  Visit a wide range of farm types in differing environments with the opportunity to meet farming families on their farms and enjoy genuine “Kiwi” country hospitality. Visits to some wonderful cities, towns and regions of New Zealand add an extra dimension to this tour and give you the opportunity to reflect on a life and farming Down Under!

This tour is operated by one of our Tour Partners {F2F}

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Tour Highlights

  • Accommodation in good quality 4* hotels/motor lodges
  • Land transportation by high-quality coach
  • A variety of farm and technical visits
  • Meals specified as included
  • Entries to visitor attractions specified in itinerary
  • Tour booklet, maps and NZ information

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Expenditure of a personal nature;
  • Meals, entries and activities not specified as included in itinerary,
  • Alcoholic beverages,
  • Mini bar expenses,
  • Telephone calls,
  • Laundry
  • Incidental hotel expenses eg wifi,

Mon 5 March 2018       Arrive Auckland, New Zealand    [D]
Arrive into Auckland. Assemble at your hotel and after entry formalities, meet your New Zealand guide. Travel into central Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city – known as the “City of Sails”. Take a sightseeing tour of Auckland city including seeing the iconic Sky Tower and scenic harbours and beaches for which the city is acclaimed.  This evening enjoy a ‘Welcome to New Zealand’ dinner.

Tues 6 March 2018       Auckland - Rotorua     [B/D]
Depart Auckland and travel south to visit a dairy farm milking around 500 NZ Friesian cows. This farm is pasture based but with some maize and grass silage supplementation during periods of slow growth. Dairying is currently New Zealand’s leading agricultural industry and principal driver of its export based economy. After a lunch break in the pretty riverside town of Cambridge, visit an organic Kiwifruit orchard, growing both green and gold varieties, for a look at one of New Zealand’s signature horticultural products. Later continue to lakeside Rotorua, an interesting geothermal region and home of native Maori culture. This evening, at Te Puia Whakarewarewa, you will meet members of the local Maori tribe and see steaming geysers and boiling mudpools. Enjoy a Maori cultural evening - an entertaining introduction to their customs, handicrafts and the Haka - the warrior challenge made famous by the All Blacks rugby team – and experience the Hangi – traditionally cooked meat and vegetables.

Wed 7 March 2018      Around Rotorua       [B/L]
This morning visit the Agrodome, a light-hearted but informative show featuring all the commercial sheep breeds found in New Zealand, plus a sheep-shearing and sheep-dog demonstration. This afternoon visit a mixed farm in a picturesque position overlooking Lake Rotorua. Inspect their crossbred sheep and the Jersey dairy bulls that are leased to dairy farmers prior to finishing for the beef market. Enjoy a relaxed lunch on the farm with your hosts. Later return to Rotorua where you have the rest of the day at leisure - perhaps enjoy the lakeside setting, take a fishing trip or take a walk in the Redwood Forest close to the hotel.

Thurs 8 March 2018     Rotorua - Taupo - Palmerston North    [B/D]
This morning travel south and visit a deer farm close to the hotel. New Zealand has around 2,800 deer farms, with a national farmed herd of over 1 million head. Meet with the owners of this 1000-head operation, producing venison meat, and deer velvet – the immature antler highly valued in Asia. As the farmer is also a talented sculptor and artist, view some of his work. Take a break for lunch at nearby Lake Taupo - New Zealand’s largest lake. This area is a popular holiday region and renown for its trout-fishing. After lunch, continue south alongside the Lake through the vast Volcanic Plateau – a scenic area of three large and active volcanoes, with the largest being Mt Ruapehu at 2,797m (9,177’). Next visit a sheep and beef-finishing farm in the Manawatu region. Each year 1,000 head of cattle and 15,000 sheep are finished on grass on this property. Also, high genetic-worth dairy stock are prepared for export to Asia on this property. Later arrive at the city of Palmerston North for dinner and overnight.

Fri 9 March 2018         Palmerston Nth - Wellington - Blenheim   [B/D]
This morning continue south via the scenic Kapiti Coast to the seaside capital city of Wellington where we take a brief city tour including the Parliament buildings and the scenic waterfront. This afternoon board the Interislander ferry for a three-hour crossing of the Cook Strait and through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds to the South Island. Arrive at Picton and take a short drive to Blenheim in the heart of Marlborough’s wine country. Enjoy the chance to sample some of the region’s fine wines over dinner tonight.

Sat 10 March 2018        Blenheim - Christchurch   [B/D]
Depart and drive through the surrounding vineyards and stop for a tasting at one of the local vineyards - the sauvignon blanc grape variety is dominant in this region. Continue south to Kaikoura - a small town set in a spectacular position between the high peaks of the coastal mountain range and the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean. Kaikoura is home to whales, seals and other marine life that inhabit the ocean close to the shore. After some free time, travel on to the rolling farmlands of North Canterbury and arrive into Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island, for the evening. Christchurch, “the Garden City”, so called due to the many attractive private and public gardens the city has to offer. Visit the Port Hills for panoramic views of the city and take a walk through the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

Sun 11 March 2018      Canterbury    [B/L]
Today travel to the picturesque Banks Peninsula region and visit the charming French settlement of Akaroa. Enjoy lunch at one of the seaside restaurants as well as time to visit the boutique stores and galleries. This afternoon take a harbour cruise, spotting the rare Hectors dolphins, pelagic birdlife, seals and other marine life that inhabit the area. Return to Christchurch for the evening.

Mon 12 March 2018     Christchurch - Mackenzie Country     [B/L/D]
This morning depart south across the Canterbury Plains showcasing a patchwork of farming enterprises including sheep, beef, dairy and cropping. Visit a large irrigated dairy farm near Ashburton with 7,000 cows on a cluster of five farms, owned by a talented young couple and a financial partner. This property is a great example of the large-scale developments common on the Canterbury Plains in the last 10-15 years. Stock includes pedigree Jerseys and Holstein cows. Also visit a leading arable farmer growing grain and pulse crops with irrigation. Continue south via the foothills before entering the Mackenzie Country – a high, dry inland region of austere beauty, punctuated by the large aqua-blue glacier-fed lakes that generate much of New Zealand’s hydroelectricity. The beautiful Southern Alps, including New Zealand’s highest peak Mt Cook/Aoraki 3,754m (12,313 feet) provide a dramatic backdrop to this area. Arrive at your Mackenzie hotel and enjoy a buffet dinner.

Tues 13 March 2018    Mackenzie Country - Queenstown    [B/L]
This morning continue south to the scenic Otago Lakes region. Make a brief visit to an interesting family owned salmon farm in the hydro canal. Continue south to a 6,000 ha (14,820 acre) High Country Station with fine-wool Merino, and meat producing sheep, beef cattle, and deer. This diversified farming business also provides ‘dairy support’ – the winter-feeding of non-lactating dairy cows prior to spring calving. Enjoy lunch with your farm hosts in this stunning location overlooking Lake Hawea. This afternoon continue to the beautiful lakeside town of Queenstown, stopping at a summer fruit orchard en route.  You have the evening free in this vibrant resort town.

Wed 14 March 2018     Queenstown      [B/D]
After breakfast tour the surrounding area, including the historic and charming gold-mining village of Arrowtown and past the Kawerau Bridge – the home of bungy-jumping. The rest of the day you are free to explore Queenstown. Perhaps a relaxing cruise of Lake Wakatipu on a historic steamer, or an exhilarating ride through the Shotover Gorge in a jet-boat. There are plenty of shopping options, perhaps savour the local food and wine, paraglide, bungy-jump, golf, or walk the many local tracks. This evening ride the gondola high above Queenstown at Bob’s Peak, with stunning views of the town, the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. Later enjoy a ‘Farewell to New Zealand’ dinner

Thurs 15 March 2018    Queenstown     [B]
Your tour ends in Queenstown after breakfast – continue with onward travel or make your way home

PER PERSON, DOUBLE - from $4,495.00 (Land only)

Single Occupancy - add $1,295.00
Plus Air/Gov't Taxes
INITIAL DEPOSIT - $2,000.00 at time of booking
FINAL PAYMENT due prior to December 15, 2017

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