NEW ZEALAND 8D7N NORTH AND SOUTH DISCOVERY ALL-IN

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TRAVEL DATES

March 26-April 3, 2017

April 12-20, 2017

April 27-May 5, 2017

FLIGHT DETAILS
PR218  MNL/AKL ETD: 2300H – ETA: 1615H
NZ647 AKL/ZQN ETD: 1435H – ETA: 1625H
NZ526 CHC/AKL ETD: 1300H – ETA: 1420H
PR219 AKL/MNL ETD: 1915H – ETA: 0330+1H

HOTELS (4STARS)
Auckland – Crowne Plaza Auckland or similar
Rotorua – Millennium Hotel Rotorua or similar
Queenstown – Novotel Hotel or similar
Christchurch – Hotel Ibis Christchurch or similar

INCLUSIONS

Roundtrip international airfare via PAL (MNL-AKL-MNL)

One way domestic airfare via Air New Zealand (AKL-ZQN)

One way domestic airfare via Air New Zealand (CHC-AKL)

Hotel accommodation based on twin share

Daily hotel breakfast
Full board meals
Private tours & activities as specified in the itinerary
Private airport return transfers

ITINERARY

DAY 01:   ARRIVE AUCKLAND

Welcome to Auckland, the “City of Sails”. A cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city. After immigration formalities, meet & greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy time at leisure today. (D)

DAY 02:   MATAMATA – ROTORUA

New Zealand has become synonymous with the Middle-earth of JRR Tolkien’s famous books since the release of the blockbuster Lord of the Rings film trilogy, directed by New Zealander Sir Peter Jackson. Scattered around New Zealand are spots that were transformed into sets for the three movies and the subsequent Hobbit sequels. One of the most famous was that of The Shire, home to the plucky hobbits, and while filming has finished, today you can still visit The Shire and see where the movie magic was created. Tucked away on picturesque private farmland near the small town of Matamata in the North Island’s Waikato region is the Hobbiton Movie Set, which draws visitors from around the world for guided Hobbiton tours to see the famous Hobbit holes, along with the Mill and The Green Dragon and other sights you’ll recognise from the films.  Continue your journey to Rotorua and we make our way to Te Puia, one of New Zealand’s foremost cultural venues. At Te Puia’s marae (meeting house) you will receive a traditional welcome and be invited to experience a Māori cultural performance, in which ancient and modern stories are told through song, dance, poi and stick games. You’ll gain an understanding of this unique culture and its history and be thoroughly entertained by the talented and charismatic performers. (BLD)

DAY 03:   AUCKLAND – QUEENSTOWN

Discover three of Rotorua’s best visitor attractions on this morning Rotorua sightseeing tour. See our agricultural industry in action at the Agrodome, a working organic farm where you can find out all about farming life in New Zealand, watch a sheep shearing display and see sheep dog trials where the hard-working farm dogs show off their amazing skills. Continue your journey back to Auckland to drop off at Auckland domestic airport for your flight into Queenstown. Arrive Queenstown, pick up by our South Island driver guide and transfer to dinner. Gondola Ride at Bob’s Peak and dinner at Skyline Queenstown. (BLD)

DAY 04:   MILFORD SOUND

Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination. You’ll experience the world-famous fiord in all its natural glory – surrounded by dense rainforest, glacier-carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls. Leaving Queenstown, travel in comfort along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and into southern farmland to Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island. After a morning tea stop (own expense), travel along the lake and into Fiordland National Park. Enter the picturesque Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls and one of only a few road-accessible glacier valleys in New Zealand, and take advantage of the photo opportunities on offer along the Milford Road, like the stunning Mirror Lakes, where on a calm day the surrounding mountain ranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters, and Knobs Flat, where glaciers have carved their mark on the terrain. Your glass-roof coach will provide amazing views of the dramatic skyline as you cross the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, with stunning mountain peaks all around. Stop at Monkey Creek and sample some of the purest water in the world (but watch out for cheeky kea – native mountain parrots!). Travel under the mountains through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km passageway drilled into solid rock, then experience The Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids. At Milford Sound, board your 1 hour 45 minute Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise and set off to explore the region that Rudyard Kipling called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Travel the length of the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, gliding past glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. Lush native forest clings to steep cliffs, while wildlife including seals, penguins and dolphins are regular visitors to the icy waters. Mountain ranges surround the fiord, including Mitre Peak which rises dramatically from the depths to a height of 1,692 metres above sea level. Along the way your captain will provide lively and informative commentary. Your cruise will take place on a modern, purpose-built catamaran with large viewing windows, outdoor decks, panoramic views and warm indoor seating. Translation sheets are provided in Japanese, German, Spanish, French, Korean and Mandarin. After your cruise, return to Queenstown by coach. Alternatively, book a scenic flight option (optional extra) and wing your way back high over the mountains, lakes and rivers of the South Island. Useful info: Milford Road stops including Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Monkey Creek and the Chasm are dependent on weather and road conditions. (BLD)

Day 05:    QUEENSTOWN

This scenic safari offers breathtaking mountain and forest views along the shore of Lake Wakatipu towards Glenorchy and the Paradise Valley. Visit the filming locations for Isengard, the Ithilien Camp, Lothlorien forest and the Seat of Seeing/ Battle of Amon Hen, plus yet-to-be-revealed filming locations from The Hobbit trilogy! For Lord of the Rings fans, this is the trip where Nomad Safaris really does take you There and Back again. Bring the films to life with our authentic replica props, dress up and take photos, or simply soak up the scenery. Beyond Glenorchy we travel up the Dart Valley to the filming location for Isengard, set amongst snow-capped mountains beside the turquoise waters of the Dart River  This setting offers views of Mt Earnslaw and it’s hanging glacier, used in the first instalment of The Hobbit trilogy. Explore the Paradise Forest, the location for the Forest of Lothlorien. Leaving Glenorchy and returning towards Queenstown we stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp.
The Safari of the Scenes – Glenorchy also includes locations from X-men Origins: Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and many more. Then, prepare yourself for the ultimate Jet Boating experience with Shotover Jet – the unique, breathtaking white water ride and adrenaline rush you’ll never forget. From the moment the accelerator hits the floor, your adrenaline hits the roof. You’ll speed over 10cm deep water, along the famous Shotover River and deep into the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. It’s an amazing white water ride, as the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you, your expert driver puts his state-of-the-art Big Red Jet Boat through its paces. At 85kph he’ll skillfully whip the powerful boat past rocky outcrops, skim around crags and boulders, and speed through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Rock faces blur in your peripheral vision and the water sprays into a myriad of white water crystals with every turn. (BLD)

Day 06    TWIZEL – CHRISTCHURCH

Travel through the Central Otago region and on to Twizel. Stop over at the famous Mrs. Jones fruit town of Cromwell. Continue North following the shores of Lake Pukaki for photo stop at Lake Tekapo and the Church of Good Shepherd before travelling across the Canterbury Plains. A visit to Farmers Conrner Souvenir Shop before to arrive at Christchurch. (BLD)

Day 07   CHRISTCHURCH – AUCKLAND       DEPARTURE

Discover the fascinating history of Christchurch on a half day city sightseeing tour. Take in the sights of the central city and its surrounds and see how this beautiful city is recovering from the devastating 2011 earthquake. Tour around central Christchurch. Your driver guide will tell you about the history of the city from its pioneering days to the present day. You will view some of the areas affected by the earthquakes, see how Christchurch is preserving some of its iconic heritage buildings and learn about the latest plans for restoration of the inner city. Experience the natural beauty of Hagley Park, the Avon River and Botanic Gardens, as well as the recently reopened New Regent Street with its distinctive Spanish Mission style architecture, and the Re:START mall, an innovative development created entirely out of shipping containers! Following your Christchurch city tour, we head towards the picturesque seaside village of Sumner where there is time to explore the beach and its interesting rock formations. From there we travel up the Port Hills to the historic Sign of the Takahe, a listed heritage building where you will enjoy panoramic views overlooking Christchurch City, the port of Lyttelton, the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps. On the return journey we visit Mona Vale, one of Christchurch’s most spectacular gardens. Take a leisurely stroll around the park and see why Christchurch is known as ‘the Garden City’. Depart Christchurch for your flight into Auckland. Upon arrival in Auckland, you will be transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. (BLD)

Day 08   AUCKLAND CITY TOUR – DEPARTURE

Today, you will be more fascinated by Auckland by experiencing it’s morning City Tour. Travel through the city centre, along Karangahape Road with its chequered past and eclectic vibe, past fashionable Ponsonby and over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline. Visit the Viaduct Harbour and Auckland’s famous Queen Street before continuing to the Auckland Domain. The Domain is the city’s oldest park and, at 75 hectares, one of its largest. Developed around an extinct volcano, it features tropical gardens, duck ponds and public art, and is also home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum.  After visiting the Domain, the tour continues to Parnell Village for a brief morning tea stop (own expense). The historic buildings of Parnell have been transformed into a trendy shopping area featuring a range of boutiques, craft and specialty stores. Our tour will then take you along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive to Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, above Mission Bay. Named after one of New Zealand’s most revered Prime Ministers, the park, with its formal gardens and tranquil atmosphere, offers a panoramic outlook over the picturesque Eastern Bays, Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour. Your Auckland tour ends after the city tour en-route into Auckland International Airport for your homebound flight. (BL)

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PROMO RATE

3910usd/pax (if paid until September 30, 2016)

REGULAR RATE

4500usd/pax (for finalizations after Sep 30, 2016)

REMARKS
*A guaranteed deposit of USD 300 per person. Non-refundable but deductible from total payable balance.

*No refund for any unused portion of the package.
*Rates are valid minimum 20pax
*Itinerary is subject change w/o prior notice in view of local weather/traffic condition
*Rates subject to change w/o prior notice.

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