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Bus Tour New Zealand Highlights

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Saturday, Day 1
Auckland

Auckland, City of Sails, New Zealand

Kia Ora to Auckland, the City of Sails. Be our guest at our traditional Welcome Drink and Dinner. Getting to know each other is top of the list and your tour guide will give you further information on your upcoming New Zealand bus tour adventure.

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Sunday, Day 2
Auckland

New Zealand, Takahe

Our highlight for the day is the Tiritiri Matangi Island north of Auckland. The 'Eldorado' for photographers lies in the Hauraki Gulf and is an open nature reserve, noted for its bird life including Kiwi and Takahé. There the oldest lighthouse in New Zealand is still in operation and worth a visit on this island.

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Monday, Day 3
Auckland > Coromandel

Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

On the Pacific Coast Highway we will travel through the beautiful Coromandel peninsula and stay the night in Coromandel town.

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Tuesday, Day 4
Coromandel > Whitianga

New Zealand, Whitianga

During the day we will have a train ride through Kauri plantings and learn more about the Coromandel area. Our destination for today is Whitianga. We will spend the night near the beach, where once Captain Cook raised the British flag.

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Wednesday, Day 5
Whitianga > Rotorua

Maori, Rotorua, New Zealand

After a hearty breakfast 'By Nina' and a wonderful stroll we will reach the Cathedral Cove with its natural rock cathedral. We continue along the coast to Rotorua. Right before the city the smell of sulfur and blubbering and roaring geysers await us. Pure New Zealand culture is what we have in the evening in the Tamaki Village in the form of Maori dances and songs as well as the following Hangi Dinner.

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Thursday, Day 6
Rotorua > Napier

Te Puia, Rotorua, New Zealand

What the story is all about concerning the geysers and the rare Kiwis, we will learn in Te Puia. Overwhelmed by these nature events, we continue our bus tour to Taupo where we will stop at the Lake Taupo, the largest inland water of New Zealand, and enjoy the lovely view of Mount Ruapehu and its height of 2797m. Our destination today is Napier, after the great earthquake in 1931, it is a newly built city in the Art-Deco style. We will spend the night in an original Art-Deco hotel, directly on the beach promenade, the Marine Parade.

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Friday, Day 7
Napier > Wellington

Waterfall, New Zealand

With all the time in the world we will travel today to Wellington, the capitol of New Zealand. On our way we plan to stop at New Zealand's Stonehenge for a photo.

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Saturday, Day 8
Wellington

New Zealand, Te Papa Museum

Explore Wellington on your own - this day is at your own disposal and we are happy to recommend optional activities for you.

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Sunday, Day 9
Wellington > Nelson

Interislander, Wellington, New Zealand

Before we leave the northern island to head south, we will visit New Zealand's National Museum Te Papa. In the early afternoon we will then take the Interislander ferry for the short transfer to Picton. From Picton we will travel along Tasman Bay directly to Nelson, New Zealand’s first city ever. By the way the area around Nelson has the highest amount of sunshine hours in New Zealand and will give you lots of photo opportunities.

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Monday, Day 10
Nelson

Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

As a day tour, we will today undertake an excursion to the Abel Tasman National Park where we will be dropped off per water taxi at the beach and after a walk in the free wilderness simply be picked up again.

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Tuesday, Day 11
Nelson > Greymouth

Pancake Rocks, New Zealand

Our bus tour adventure leads us southwest along the famous Buller Gorge Road to Cape Foulwind and south to the Pancake Rocks. Here we will get a close up view of the blowholes with the spraying seawater. We will spend the night in the coastal city Greymouth, once an important Maori settlement.

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Wednesday, Day 12
Greymouth > Franz Josef

New Zealand, Franz Josef Helicopter Flight

We will visit a Jade Factory for souvenirs, pass the old gold mining town Ross and enjoy the all uniting landscape with imposing mountains, green rain forest and the Tasman Sea to the right. In Franz Josef we will set up our sleeping quarters below the Franz Josef Glacier. Depending on the weather, there is the possibility for a helicopter flight with a landing on the famous glacier or weather independent to take a breathtaking quad tour in the rain forest.

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Thursday, Day 13
Franz Josef

Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Explore the Franz Josef Glacier on your own and take an optional hiking tour - this day is at your own disposal.

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Friday, Day 14
Franz Josef > Queenstown

TSS Earnslaw, Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

Passing the Fox Glacier we will leave the Tasman Sea, cross the Haast Pass and reach Wanaka. A lonely mountain road leads us to the most exciting city of New Zealand, to Queenstown. After a breathtaking passage on the Lake Wakatipu we will have dinner in the Colonel's Homestead restaurant of the Walter Peak High Country Sheep farm and with a farm tour get a picture of the work on a New Zealand farm. The TSS Earnslaw, the oldest coal fueled steam ship of New Zealand, brings us afterwards back again to Queenstown.

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Saturday, Day 15
Queenstown

Bungee Jumping, Kawarau Bridge, New Zealand

There is action and sights to see: Starting with the popular bungee jumping off the historic Kawarau Bridge, up to para sailing and jet boat riding. Of course you can also spend your time with an abundant shopping tour in Queenstown or just relax - this day is at your own disposal.

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Sunday, Day 16
Queenstown > Te Anau

New Zealand, Queenstown Gardens

Your bus tour continues on by spending the morning in lovely Queenstown and heading to Te Anau in the early afternoon.

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Monday, Day 17
Te Anau

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Today a world wonder is on the program, one of the most famous symbols of New Zealand: the Milford Sound in the rain-laden zone of New Zealand. Here we will take a cruise on the 16 kilometer long fjord to the Tasman Sea and at the same time get amazing views from penguins, sea lions, dolphins, sometimes even whales, as well as the most spectacular waterfalls in New Zealand.

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Tuesday, Day 18
Te Anau > Invercargill

New Zealand, Southland

Later in the morning we will continue our adventure to Invercargill, the southernmost city of New Zealand and the heart of the Southland.

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Wednesday, Day 19
Invercargill

New Zealand, Stewart Island

Our day trip leads us to Stewart Island in the far south of New Zealand. Here we can observe in untouched nature i.e. rare bird species and take a boats tour for a spectacular underwater world.

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Thursday, Day 20
Invercargill > Dunedin

New Zealand, Nugget Point Lighthouse

Surely most of you have heard of the cult film 'The World's Fastest Indian' with Anthony Hopkins. We will have a close up view of Burt Monro's original motorcycle today. Afterwards we head through the Catlins on to Dunedin. Several photo stops like the famous Nugget Point Lighthouse are on our way.

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Friday, Day 21
Dunedin

Albatross, Stewart Island, New Zealand

Dunedin's Royal Albatross Colony in the Otago Peninsula will be today's highlight with onsite albatross and penguin viewing as well as a historical tour of Tairoa Head.

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Saturday, Day 22
Dunedin > Mount Cook

New Zealand, Mount Cook

Our destination for today is Mount Cook, more than 3800 meters high and the highest mountain in New Zealand. We will take a hiking tour and, if possible, stay the night at the legendary Hermitage Hotel below the mountain.

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Sunday, Day 23
Mount Cook > Christchurch

New Zealand, Church of the Good Shephard

The inland route to Christchurch leads us to the 'Church of the Good Shepherd' located on the shores of Lake Tekapo. The church is arguably one of the most photographed in New Zealand, and features an altar window that frames stunning views of the lake and mountains.

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Monday, Day 24
Christchurch

New Zealand, Akaroa

Today we will learn more about the French influence in New Zealand by taking a day trip to the village Akaroa, set on a beautiful sheltered harbour and overlooked by craggy volcanic hills.

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Tuesday, Day 25
Christchurch > Kaikoura

New Zealand, Whale Watching Kaikoura

Depending on the weather, we will join a whale watching tour. Our destination is Kaikoura, the most famous place for whale watching and photo shooting in New Zealand.

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Wednesday, Day 26
Kaikoura > Blenheim

New Zealand Marlborough Winery

While travelling back north, we have an overnight stay in Blenheim, the centre of New Zealand's wine industry and located in the Marlborough Region in the north of the South Island of New Zealand. Of course we will have a wine tasting tour.

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Thursday, Day 27
Blenheim > Wellington

New Zealand, Queen Charlotte Sound

Welcome back to the North Island. Via the Interislander we take the famous ferry ride through the Queen Charlotte Sound and pass the Cook Straight between the islands. The rest of the day in Wellington is at your own disposal.

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Friday, Day 28
Wellington > Taupo

New Zealand, Chateau Tongariro Hotel

From Wellington we will travel north to visit the oldest national park of New Zealand, the Tongariro National Park, for breathtaking views of Mount Tongariro and the historical Chateau Tongariro Hotel on its footsteps. After another wonderful day, our overnight stay is in Taupo near Lake Taupo.

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Saturday, Day 29
Taupo > Auckland

New Zealand, Waitomo Glowwormes

On our last day we will visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and take a boat ride under the glow worms. After this spectacular highlight, we head toward Auckland for our traditional Farewell Dinner in which we can recap the adventures of our bus tour through New Zealand.

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New Zealand Highlights Bus Tour - what's included:
* Guided Adventure Tour by Reuthers Tour Guide
* Travelling in comfortable Van / Mini Bus
* 29x Accommodation Middleclass Hotels in shared Double Room (1 common bed)
* Standard WiFi at Hotels
* Reuthers Secured Payment Certificate (Sicherungsschein)
* Reuthers Tour Book with Itineraries and Tips
* Reuthers Travel Lecture New Zealand
* Reuthers Welcome Drink
* Welcome- and Farewell-Dinner in Restaurants
* Maori Culture and Hangi Dinner
* Blenheim Wine Tasting
* Dinner Walter Peak High Country Sheep Farm
* Milford Sound Cruise
* Steamship Passage TSS Earnslaw
* Boats Tour Stewart Island Underwater World
* Boats Tour Whale Watching Kaikoura (depending on weather)
* Waitomo Caves Glowworms Tour
* Ferry Wellington > Picton > Wellington
* Ferry Stewart Island
* Ferry Tiritiri Matangi
* Water Taxi Abel Tasman National Park
* Train Ride Coromandel
* Transfers Airport-Hotel-Airport
* Entrance Fees
* Reuthers Rewards

Pricing:
Per Person = NZD 7365
Single Room extra charge = NZD 2748
Twin Room (2 separate beds) extra charge = NZD 388

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All pricing payable in New Zealand Dollar.
3% "Early Bird Discount" (booking more than 12 months prior tour start)
2% "Golden Ager Discount" (age min 60 years prior tour start)
10% "Group Discount" (from 8 participants, all registrations within one week, common Payment of Balance by Bank Transfer)
Please note: Total Discount max. 10% for Deposit by Credit Card and Payment of Balance by Bank Transfer. No Discount for Deposit and Payment of Balance by Credit Card or by PayPal.

Dates:
4.Feb.-4.Mar.2017
11.Mar.-8.Apr.2017
15.Apr.-13.May.2017
18.Nov.-16.Dec.2017
3.Feb.-3.Mar.2018
10.Mar.-7.Apr.2018
14.Apr.-12.May.2018
17.Nov.-15.Dec.2018
Of course we also realise individual dates for VIPs, private and group tours.

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