Short Breaks are New Zealand Tours up to 5 days in duration. This year we are offering a variety of New Zealand Short Break tours visiting destinations we have not offered before and also the return of our popular favourites.
For 2018 we are offering more South Island Tours; we are still offering our full South Island Tour, but we thought long and hard of other destinations in the South Island we have not visited in detail…..and we have come up with some fantastic tours.
Monday 6 August – Thursday 9 August 2018 ~ Central Plateau & Forgotten Highway (4 Days)
Celebrate winter in the heart of the Tongariro Volcanic Plateau. During this fabulous four day tour we spend two nights in the Central Plateau, staying at the iconic Chateau Tongariro. Our journey also takes us through the Forgotten World Highway. On this stretch of road, we wriggle our way over four mountain saddles, through an eerie one-lane tunnel and along a sinuous river gorge to Stratford, and our last night will be spent in New Plymouth.
COST: From $1250
Thursday 27 September – Sunday 30 September 2018 ~ Wellington Wearable Arts (4 Days)
Journey with us to Wellington and experience the World of the Wearable Arts (WOW). From humble beginnings in 1987 the World of Wearable Art Show (WOW) has become an international event attracting artist and designers from around the world. WOW is a performance extravaganza where fashion and art collide. 2018 is the 30th anniversary of the World of Wearable Arts show, so join us to this must see event!
COST: From $1290
Friday 5 October – Tuesday 9 October 2018 ~ Lake Waikaremoana & Gentle Annie (5 Days)
This tour features two internal routes not often travelled by the independent traveller but extremely interesting and historical areas. South-East of Rotorua is the Kaingaroa Plain, now covered by the 162,000-hectare Kaingaroa Forest, the largest plantation forest in the Southern Hemisphere. Here the road runs through a seemingly endless avenue of pine trees. In the centre of the region is the Te Urewera National Park, which enriches Lake Waikaremoana in the southeast and reaches towards the Bay of Plenty. The Gentle Annie Route is now a lot gentler on travellers than it used to be. Here you’ll find picturesque high-country sheep stations like Erewhon and Springvale. Erewhon – “nowhere” backwards – takes its name from Samuel Butler’s influential 1872 novel. It’s an apt name for such an isolated place.
COST: From $1190
Friday 26 October – Monday 29 October 2018 ~ Taranaki Garden Festival (4 Days)
Awaken your senses with an impressive array of gardens. The Taranaki Garden Spectacular showcases a dynamic display of private & public gardens and we plan to visit as many as we can over the four days, including the world renowned Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust.
COST: From $1120
Sunday 28 October – Thursday 1 November 2018 (5 Days) ~ Molesworth Station (5 Days)
Molesworth Station is New Zealand’s largest farm at over 180,000 hectares and supports the country’s biggest herd of cattle. It is divided into two sections, and this tour will encompass both areas. The farm contains threatened native plants and animals and unique landforms. Our tour features; Alpine lakes, mountain passes, rivers, geological faults, 100 year old homesteads, native flora and fauna, plus the wildlife. A truly unbelievable tour.
COST: From $2190 per person
Friday 9 November – Sunday 11 November 2018 ~ Forgotten World (3 Days)
Join with us on our adventure to the Forgotten World. Travelling south on State Highway 3 we enjoy the history of two rural towns – Otorohanga & Te Kuiti. We see the Kiwiana collection and visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park. Nestled within the deep hidden valleys of New Zealand’s Forgotten World Highway is the ultimate way to explore rural New Zealand – travel along the decommissioned Forgotten World Highway rail line and enjoy a completely different perspective than travelling by road. Seated in the comfort of a specially adapted railcart, we travel along decommissioned railway lines, through tunnels, over bridges and rivers and to townships that time forgot. We will experience the first ten tunnels on the Forgotton World line and take a thrilling boat ride on the majestic Whanganui River.
COST: From $1175
Saturday 24 November – Tuesday 27 November 2018 ~ Pacific Coast Highway (4 Days)
The Pacific Coast Highway, traversing the spectacular east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is one of the great touring routes of the world. Linking the Coromandel, Bay of Plenty & Whakatane and Eastland with Auckland in the north and Hawke’s Bay in the south, the Pacific Coast Highway travels through a unique region where land and sea intermingle. Travelling around the Coromandel at this time of the year we see the full beauty of the Pohutukawa tree in full bloom. This stunning native tree adorns the coastline of the Coromandel Peninsula.
COST: From $1350
Friday 8 February – Sunday 10 February 2019 ~Great Barrier Island (3 Days)
Journey with us to one of the most unspoiled places you will ever find; an amazing island full of native flora and fauna, some unique to this special place. Escape to tranquillity – escape to Great Barrier Island! While on the island enjoy a full day touring visiting sights including Tryphena Harbour, Claris, Glenfern Sanctuary and much more.
COST: From $1250
Friday 15 February – Monday 18 February 2019 ~ Art Deco Weekend (4 Days)
The largest of all Art Deco events in Napier is the Tremains Art Deco Festival in February. It includes over 250 events, hundreds of 1920s and 30s cars, aerobatic flying displays, railcar rides, great Gatsby picnics, dinner dance extravaganzas and free outdoor concerts to name a few. Many thousands of guests and locals alike dressed in Deco style bringing glamour to the city streets.
COST: From $1370
Friday 22 February – Monday 25 February 2019 ~ Wings over Wairarapa (4 Days)
Join us on a journey to Masterton, where we experience the thrills and excitement of Wings Over Wairarapa 2019, featuring some of the world’s rarest vintage aircraft from the last century including original WWI aircraft alongside some of the classics from WWII.
COST: From $1750
Friday 26 April – Sunday 28 April 2019 ~ White Island (3 Days)
Just 49 kilometres off the coast of the Bay of Plenty lies White Island—arguably the world’s most accessible active marine volcano. We’ll cruise over to White Island on board a specially built luxury launch for the opportunity to see a world that only few have walked and experienced. Trained guides take us through the old mining factory, getting up close to bright yellow sulphur deposits. To top our experience off we venture right up to the main crater’s edge. After this experience we re-board our boat for lunch before returning to Whakatane. Our tour then continues following the volcanic centre of New Zealand. First of all to the base of Mount Edgecumbe to visit the spectacular Tarawera Falls, before continuing home via Rotorua passing Lakes Rotoma, Rotoehu, Rotoiti, and Rotorua.
COST: From $1050 per person
Friday 10 May – Tuesday 14 May 2019 – Scenic East Cape & Mahia Peninsula (5 Days)
Journey with us to the easternmost point of New Zealand, the East Cape. On our Scenic East Cape and Mahia Peninsula tour enjoy wonderful views of beautiful beaches, rugged cliffs and wild bush land. We will visit numerous historical sites and learn about our unique and interesting cultural heritage including the landing site of the Arawa Canoe, Hicks Bay, Mahia Peninsula and much more…
COST: From $1350 per person