New Zealand vacation, land and sea tour

“A 20 day self drive adventure through New Zealand, exploring this compact countryís diverse landscapes, from coast to volcanic lake, geyser to glacier. ”

Highlights

Auckland | Rangitoto Island | Tauranga | boat trip to White Island | Rotorua | Lake Taupo | Maori cultural evening | drive the Desert Road to Ohakune | hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing | drive the Forgotten World Highway to New Plymouth | Mount Egmont National Park | Wellington | ferry to Picton | Nelson | seals and beaches trip in the Abel Tasman National Park | Punakaiki and the Pancake Rocks | Glacier Country | Queenstown via the Haast Pass | overnight trip on Doubtful Sound | Te Anau | glow worm caves | Arrowtown

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Available all year. This suggested itinerary can be modified entirely to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used and how long you spend in each destination
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Tailor made vacations

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Green Globe 21: Several of the properties and excursions mentioned in this itinerary are members of Green Globe 21, the worldwide benchmarking and certification programme which facilitates sustainable travel and tourism for consumers, companies and communities. It is based on Agenda 21 and Principles for Sustainable Development endorsed by 182 governments at the United Nations Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992.

Accommodation: In general, New Zealand is a very environmentally friendly country, but certain properties have excelled in their eco-friendly approach. The Langham Hotel in Auckland achieved Green Globe 21 accreditation in 2007 and has more recently won a Green Globe Sustainability Award at the New Zealand Tourism Awards. Chalet Eiger in Taupo is also Green Globe accredited, as is Remarkable Lodge in Queenstown, both being very much committed to further improving their environmental practices.

New Zealand excels in its small, family-run bed and breakfast properties, where visitors experience true kiwi hospitality as well as often learning more about the area they are staying in and meeting the people who live there. This itinerary includes a variety of such properties, many of which are buildings of historic interest and are in stunning locations, a wonderful contrast to the impersonal, international hotel chains.

Excursions: By carefully choosing which operators we recommend in New Zealand, visitors can get up close to the scenery and wildlife in its natural environment without causing any disturbance. All of our suppliers are committed to the environment and some in particular have excellent environmental policies.

White Island tours achieved Green Globe certification in 2007 and are committed to ensuring their tours have a minimal impact on the environment. They offer visitors the opportunity to see New Zealandís only live marine volcano as well as observing other aspects of the natural environment and local wildlife.

Real Journeys won the Conservation in Action award at the New Zealand tourism in 2007 and has a very strong conservation ethos. They support a number of ongoing conservation projects in the areas in which they operate and are actively committed to best environmental practice. Staff and visitors are encouraged to get involved in conservation initiatives where possible and they have on-board naturalists and geologist on the cruises so that guest have the maximum opportunity to learn more about the local environment.

Local Culture: The Maori heritage is an inherent part of New Zealand life, and there are countless opportunities to experience Maori traditions, crafts, food and dance. Wairakei Terraces in Taupo is locally owned and uses local Maori guides, giving visitors the chance to immerse themselves in Maori cultural heritage and learn about the lives of the local people, their activities and their land. As a relatively small operation it offers a much more personal and authentic experience.

We also highly recommend a visit to the excellent Te Papa museum which has a comprehensive range of information in the form of displays, performances and interactive activities about the history of New Zealand culture and environment.
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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Taking a helicopter at Milford sound, and landing on a glacier! Everything was awesome, New Zealand is simply spectacular with heaps of exciting adventure
sports and activities for the whole family.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Another truly unforgettable vacation, well planned by the good people at Responsible Travel. Would be a challenge to do better for our next vacation!

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