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8 Days Tour

Auckland | Rotorua | Waitomo | Queenstown | Mt. Cook National Park | Christchurch

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Tour Overview

Early Bird Offer

 

  • Book 12 weeks in advance and get £100 OFF per adult and child

  • Book 9 weeks in advance and get £75 OFF per adult and child

 

Tour Highlights

 

New Zealand

 

Auckland

  • Panoramic tour

 

Rotorua

  • Visit to Thermal Reserve

  • Visit to Agrodome

 

Waitomo

  • Visit the Glow Worm Caves

 

Queenstown

  • Tour of Milford Sound with a Scenic Cruise

  • Skyline Gondola

 

Mt. Cook National Park

  • Lake Wanaka

 

Christchurch

  • City Tour

  • Trans Apline Train

 

 

Price Includes

 

  • 07 nights accomodation in 3*/4* hotels with breakfast

  • Transportation in a private AC coach

  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Entrances and sightseeing as mentioned in Tour Highlights

  • Internal air tickets

  • All tips and service charges

  • Premium service of a Star Tours Representative

 

 

Price Excludes

 

  • International Airfare Tickets to Christchurch - departing from Auckland

  • Charges for passport, visas, overseas medical inclusion

  • Porterage at hotel / airport etc.

  • Expenses of personal nature such as excess luggage fees, laundry, mini-bar, water etc.

 

 

Pick up Points Available

 

  • There are no pick up points available for flight tours and therefore you must travel directly to Christchurch Airport.

 

 

The Star Difference

 

  • All internal flights included

  • All tips and service charge included

 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1
ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH

Today arrive at Christchurch international airport and met by your tour / airport representative and be transferred to hotel.. Evening at leisure.
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Day 2
CHRISTCHURCH - FRANZ JOSEF (TRANZALPINE TRAIN)

This morning explore the Southern Alps aboard the TranzAlpine train - one of the world's great train journeys. Enjoy your train journey till the alpine village of Arthurs Pass. Then board your coach and continue on your scenic journey to Greymouth. After lunch, continue your travel south along the scenic west coast as you reach the glacier region of Franz Josef.
B, L, D

Day 3
FRANZ JOSEF - QUEENSTOWN (LAKE WANAKA)

After breakfast we check out and travel down the west coast to the south island city of Queenstown. We drive past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to
the Haast Pass - gateway to the world heritage Westland National Park. Continue around the shores of lake Hawea to reach Wanaka. Spend some time at lake Wanaka before heading towards Queenstown.
B, D

Day 4
QUEENSTOWN - MILFORD SOUND WITH CRUISE

Today drive through the west coast of the south island to reach Milford Sound also know as Piopiotahi. You will be amazed by the sheer beauty with its fiord's cliffs, mountainous peaks. Cascading waterfalls and jawdroping views. On arrival board the scenic cruise. Enjoy your lunch on board as you gently cruise through stunning cliffs, the inky blackness of the water and the frosty alpine peaks.
B, L, D

Day 5
QUEENSTOWN

This morning take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere. You will be carried 480 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak, where you’ll enjoy a spectacular 220-degree panorama with breath-taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter and Cecil Peak and Queenstown. After lunch, day is free to leisure activities or explore the town on your own.
B, L, D

Day 6
QUEENSTOWN - AUCKLAND - WAITOMO - ROTORUA (GLOWWORM CAVE)

Early morning check out and proceed to the airport for our flight to Auckland. On arrival, drive to Waitomo to visit the famous Glowworm Cave. On arrival, take a boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 125 years of cultural and natural history. Experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glow-worms that light your way. Finally proceed to Rotorua
B, L, D

Day 7
ROTORUA - AUCKLAND (AGRODOME & GEOTHERMAL RESERVE)

After breakfast we visit the Agrodome for a New Zealand farm show featuring sheep / dog demonstrations, cow milking and an introduction to the sheep industry. Then we visit Geothermal Reserve to see the boiling mud pools, the cascading Pohutu geyser and the local Maori carvers in action. Final drive to Auckland. On arrival proceed on a short rientation tour of the city.
B, L, D

Day 8
AUCKLAND DEPARTURE

This morning, check out and proceed to the airport for your return flight back home.
B

Note
On day 06 Breakfast is subject to packed breakfast offered by the hotel, due to early check out.



B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Other Information

2024 USD Dates & Prices

 

Departure Dates

Adult

Child

2-11 years

Jan - 22

$2990

$2600

Feb - 19

$2990

$2600

Nov - 17

$2990

$2600

Dec 14, 29

$2990

$2600

Jan (2025) - 26

$2990

$2600


Price per person based on 2/3 adults sharing a room

Child 2 - 11 years must share a room with 2/3 adults

Infants 0 - 23 months price is $520 for a seat in coach only

Max occupancy per room is 3 person

Single supplement will be an additional $1105

 

Early bird Offer

Book 12 weeks in advance and

 get $130 OFF per adult and child

Book 09 weeks in advance and

 get $100 OFF per adult and child


 

Country Details

 

Country

Capital

Currency

Visa Required

Time

Zone

Electricity

Country

Code

New Zealand

Wellington

NZD

Yes

UTC + 13

230V,

50Hz

+64

 

Currency

 

 

The New Zealand dollar, code: NZD, is the official currency and legal tender of New Zealand. Within New Zealand, it is almost always abbreviated with the dollar sign ($), with "NZ$" sometimes used to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies.

 

Additional Excursions

 

We design our itineraries so that all the necessary excursions and places of interest are included to give the passenger the best possible holiday at an affordable price. However, often, the tour representative or local ground operator will offer passengers additional excursions that are designed to enhance the holiday experience and are not included in the tour cost.

 

Food

 

Breakfast will be provided at the hotels. The breakfast is usually in a separate dining area of the hotel and is usually a continental breakfast, which will consist of tea, coffee, bread, cereals, fruit and yoghurt.

 

Passengers can choose from vegetarian, or non-vegetarian (Jain or Halal will not always be available) meals. The meals are pre-set buffet, and a choice of menu is not available. Meals will be provided with tap water only.

 

Dinners are usually provided within the hotel or restaurant in a separate dining facility. You should always consult your tour representative if you are not sure of what ingredients a dish contains.

 

Foreign Office Travel Advice

 

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click on the link below to get Country specific details

 

For a full list of the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click here

 

UK Residents

USA Residents

New Zealand

New Zealand

 

Hotels

 

Not all hotels in this tour will have air-conditioning so you should carry a small portable fan with you especially during the summer months.

 

Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc. in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer/kettle as well as a thermos flask. Passengers may also want to carry a small travel iron and hairdryer etc., as many hotel rooms may not have these facilities.

 

Some hotels will provide two single beds put together as a Double occupancy room, as this sort of configuration allows the hotel to use a room for multi-use, we do contract with such hotels, and you should be prepared for such eventualities.

 

If you use services such as the phone or mini-bar or pay TV whilst in your room, you will have to pay the hotel directly when you check out; these services are not included in your tour cost.

 

The maximum occupancy per room on this tour is 3 person(s) excluding infants.

 

Other Advisories

 

General

 

Once in New Zealand, you must carry your passport with you at all times.

 

High Altitude

 

You should only make trips to high altitudes if you feel healthy. The following recommendations apply:

 

Advanced age is no barrier to high altitude. For blood pressure patients who are well controlled with medication, the altitude is not a concern. Asthmatics can travel to high altitudes without any problems. High-altitude air is less polluted with particles that can cause an asthma attack. Epileptics who are well controlled with medication should be able to negotiate the altitude.

 

Pregnant women: There may be a certain risk for pregnancy even without pre-existing diseases over 2500-3000 metres. Caution is therefore advised if in doubt, please consult your doctor in advance.

 

Infants: Short-term stays at the mountain tops are unproblematic. Infants and young children are often unable to equalise pressure during descent and are therefore increasingly at risk of ear irritation. Regular swallowing (drinking, sucking on a bottle) during the descent can prevent the occurrence of irritation.

Because children can chill faster than adults, always pay attention to sufficient protection from the cold at high altitude. Sunglasses and a good sunscreen are necessary on the glaciers!

 

High altitude visits not recommended for:

Lung and heart patients who are already short of breath while at rest or when climbing stairs are advised not to stay at high altitude. Patients with angina pectoris or severely impaired performance with heart enlargement and heart failure should not visit high altitude. Coronary artery disease (angina pectoris) and heart enlargement with medical therapy should not visit high altitude. Patients with a pronounced risk profile for cardiovascular disease (smoker + high blood pressure + diabetes + high blood fats + overweight + occasional chest pain) should consult the doctor before visiting high altitude.

 

Do not stay at high altitude after having striated muscles or a stroke.

 

Pick up and Drop off points & Times

 

Passengers should arrive at the airport where flights are done by Star Tours at the allocated time. If you are doing your own flights, then you will need to meet the tour rep directly at the arrival terminal at the destination.

 

You should always follow the protocol for flights as set out by the airline. You should check the board at the airport for any flight delays, change of gate number or any other useful information provided by the airline.

 

Visas & Passports

 

New Zealand

 

British passport holders can enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to 6 months on arrival without a visa, provided you can satisfy an Immigration Officer that you meet the requirements of the immigration rules. Visitors must have an onward ticket.New Zealand’s immigration rules are strict, particularly regarding employment. Visitors cannot work in New Zealand.

 

All other nationals should check with the relevant embassy.

 

Weather 

 

New Zealand

 

New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as – 10°C in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine.

 

Wheelchairs

 

We will accept lightweight manual wheelchair for travel, subject to them being capable of being stowed in the luggage hold of the vehicle. It is also essential that a family member is also on tour to push the wheelchair. Star Tour’s will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms; however, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed.

 

For us to request a wheelchair for you with the airline, this request should be made to us in writing at the time of booking. The allocation of the wheelchair will be at the discretion of the airline/airport.

 

Home Pick-Ups

The map below can be used to check the price of a home pick-up. The map shows the price bands for each area we service.

Home Pick-up Pricing Key:

Pick-Up points

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.


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