New Zealand 12 day small group tour

“Dramatic landscapes, Maori culture and characterful cities – this small group tour takes in the best of New Zealand in a dazzling two weeks.”

Highlights

Auckland | Rotorua | Lake Tarawera | Tongariro National Park | Wai-O-Tapu | Napier | Wellington | Cook Strait | Picton | Blenheim | Nelson | Abel Tasman National Park | Kaikoura | Mount Cook National Park | Queenstown | Te Anau | Milford Sound | nature cruise | scenic flight | Milford Sound |

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2020: 17 Feb, 6 Apr, 26 Oct, 2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov, 14 Dec, 21 Dec
2021: 4 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar, 29 Mar, 5 Apr
Accessible tourism overview:
As a small group tour specialist we have carried thousands of New Zealand travelers who have limited mobility, many who have decided our style of touring is right for them and tour with us many times over. We are now able to offer this same experience to our international travelers.
Limited mobility:
We offer door to door service. Wherever possible accomodation with lifts is chosen or ground floor accommodation is utiilised. We also book rooms designed specifically for limited mobility where available (e.g. with handrails, level flooring throughout etc.). There is no need for the traveler to handle their own luggage as this is taken care of by your friendly Kiwi guide and porterage assistance at the hotels.
Deaf or limited hearing:
All of our tour commentaries that the Kiwi guide utilises throughout the tour are available to be read online. Tours should be suitable for people with hearing limitations, but being accompanied by a hearing friend would be advised.
'Free from' food:
All dietary requirements are catered for. We have excellent communication with our meal providers and are used to requesting dietary requirements.
LGBT:
We have had many LGBT travelers. New Zealand is a progressive country and we provide the same travel experience for all our travelers.
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Responsible tourism

New Zealand 12 day small group tour

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

We are committed to operating environmentally sustainable tours. By nature small group touring using one vehicle to transport multiple clients is more environmentally friendly than usual modes of travel including rental car or campervan. We have monitoring systems in place to ensure our vehicles are serviced and driven in line with the manufacturer’s guidelines making the running of the fleet as efficient as possible.

On this tour local Department of Conservation guides help us explore the ancient geothermal wonderland at Wai-O-Tapu and local guides take us around Okarito Lagoon. They know the area and so are the best to advise on environmental issues and how to travel responsibly through the area.

We are a Qualmark Approved Visitor Service which means we have been independently reviewed and deemed to operate in an ethical, professional and environmentally sustainable way. Wherever possible we select suppliers that are also Qualmark approved and therefore deemed to operate in an ethical, professional and environmentally sustainable way.

We pay an annual licence and have official accreditation to operate on Department of Conservation land which demonstrates our commitment to the environment and sustainability. Payment of the license fee funds the protection of New Zealand’s national parks.

Office: We work from several home offices saving on travel time and fossil fuel consumption. All printer cartridges and paper is recycled. Both home offices water supply is supplied by rain water.

Community

We are a sponsor of the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre. From Morepork chicks to one-legged kiwi birds and talking tuis, the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre works tirelessly to provide help, treatment and rehabilitation for ill and injured native New Zealand birds. This award-winning center cares for over 1,200 birds per year and is part of the Department of Conservation's kiwi recovery program. We are proud to be a contributor to the conservation of New Zealand's native bird population, helping to ensure that our rare wildlife will be around for generations to come. Many of our favourite tours such as the Kiwi and Kakapo are named after our native birds.

Maori culture and customs are an integral part of the tour experience. All of the below experiences are inclusions on our tours. As these activities are owned and operated by indigenous Maori Iwi (Tribes)there are economic benefits for these communities.

Footprints Waipoua - we learn how Kauri trees are inter-twined with the lives of local Maori and the important role they play in the eco-system that is the Waipoua Forest.

Kawiti Glowworm Caves - The caves traditional Maori owners act as living links to the past and making history come alive with their rich local knowledge.

We also where possible visit local craftsmen, markets and restaurants further helping to support the local community.

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