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Fur, Feather and Fins

January 31 - February 14, 2016
15 days, 14 nights

Maximum 8 Travellers per Trip
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If you love all things wildlife and nature, this trip is for you! You’ll experience our unique flora and birdlife, as well as our wonderful marine life. We’ll take in the iconic scenery that New Zealand is famous for, including geothermal regions, lush rainforests, glacial and alpine vistas, and a remote wilderness fiord. To fully enjoy this trip, a moderate degree of fitness is required.

Day 1: Auckland - Muriwai – Miranda – Te Aroha

  • Experience Muriwai Gannet Colony
  • Visit Miranda Shore Bird Center
  • Soak in Natural Mineral Spa

Day 2: Te Aroha – Waitomo - Pukeatua,
Sanctuary Mountain

  • Tour Glowworm Cave
  • Visit Wetland to See Birds and Tuatara
  • Experience Native Bush at Night

Day 3: Pukeatua – Rotorua

  • Experience Native Bush in the Day
  • Visit Geothermal Area
  • Enjoy Maori Cultural Performance

Day 4: Rotorua – Christchurch – Cheviot

  • Tour Vineyards and Taste Wines

Day 5: Cheviot - Kaikoura – Abel Tasman National Park

  • Cruise to Watch Dolphins/Whales/Albatross

Day 6: Abel Tasman National Park

  • Cruise All Day on Conservation Tour Boat to Watch Native Birds and Marine Mammals

Day 7: Abel Tasman National Park

  • Free Day - Hike or Just Relax on a Beach, or See Enhancement Options Below

Day 8: Abel Tasman National Park – Punakaiki - Hokitika

  • Visit Cape Foulwind Seal Colony
  • View Pancake Rocks

Day 9: Hokitika – Okarito - Fox Glacier

  • Shop in Artsy Hokatika
  • Kayak Okarito Wetland Lagoon

Day 10: Fox - Wanaka

  • Walk around Lake Matheson
  • Hike to Terminal Face of Fox Glacier
  • Experience Short Native Bush Walks along Haast Pass

Day 11: Wanaka

  • Tour Nature Island Reserve and High Country Sheep Station

Day 12: Wanaka – Queenstown – Te Anau

  • Free Day - See Enhancement Options Below

Day 13: Te Anau – Doubtful Sound

  • Cruise Overnight in Doubtful Sound Wilderness

Day 14: Doubtful Sound - Queenstown

  • Ride Gondola to Scenic Lookout
  • Dine Lakeside for Final Dinner

Day 15: Haere Ra – Farewell

  • Bid Final Farewells
  • Shop for Last Minute Souvenirs

Activities Included:

  • Gannet Colony Visit - Muriwai
  • Shore Bird Center Visit - Miranda
  • Vineyard Tour and Tastings - Wairapa
  • Seal Colony - Cape Foulwind
  • Pancake Rocks - Punakaiki
  • Lake Matheson Walk - Fox Glacier
  • Hike to Terminal Face of Fox Glacier
  • Short Native Bush Walks - Haast Pass
  • Gondola Ride to Scenic Lookout - Queenstown

10 Experiences Led by Local Experts:

  • Glow Worm Cave Tour - Waitomo
  • Eco-Sanctuary Wetland Tour – Sanctuary Mountain
  • Eco-Sanctuary Nighttime Tour- Sanctuary Mountain
  • Eco-Santuary Daytime Tour – Sanctuary Mountain
  • Maori Cultural Performance - Rotorua
  • Albatross/Dolphin/Whale Watch - Kaikoura
  • Full Day Eco-Tour - Abel Tasman National Park
  • Kayak Tour – Okarito Lagoon
  • Full Day Eco-Tour and 4WD – Wanaka
  • Overnight Cruise – Doubtful Sound

Admissions:

  • Geothermal Area - Rotorua

Internal Flights:

  • Rotorua to Christchurch

Meals:

  • 14 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, 9 dinners

Price: NZ$6,695 based on double occupancy/twin share

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If you’re traveling alone, we’ll partner you up with another same-sex room-mate. There is no option of single occupancy on this trip – see note below about accommodation

Accommodation: A mix of lodges, cabins, B&Bs and hotels. These range from 3 star (2 nights) – 4 star (12 nights).

Note: Because we will stay in some small independently owned B&Bs, there is no possibility of a single room option. B&Bs and hosted lodges allow you time with the locals, living in their home and learning about their lives. Rooms within B&Bs can vary, and therefore you will at some stage be in a room that will be different than your trip mates. If you think this will pose a problem for you, this may not be the trip for you.

Also – the cruise in Doubtful Sound provides a shared gender specific bathroom situation for all guests. We feel our choice of company, with their extraordinary crew, makes this worthwhile for one night.

Enhance Your Experience:

  • Abel Tasman Free Day
    • Kayaking
    • Biking
    • Water Taxi Ride
    • Catamaran Cruise
    • Touring Nearby Vineyards
  • Queenstown Free Day
    • Scenic Helicopter or Plane Flights
    • Biking
    • Wine Tour
    • Bungy-Jumping
    • Spa Visit
    • ...the list is endless!

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