Top Instagram Spots of the North Island

Take this 11-day tour through the North Island discovering the best “Instagram Spots” that have been flooding your feed. From the pounding black sand beaches of West Auckland and lush forest canopies of the Coromandel to the barren rocky landscapes of Tongariro National Park and the buzzing cosmopolitan of Wellington. Visit Waiheke for the gram worth photo at best NZ wineries, handstand under the grand Cathedral Cove, wander the many airy paths of the Redwood Forest or get “that” photo inside the world-famous shire of Hobbiton. This tour will take you to the best of the best spots.

Standard Package Features:

  • Personalised & comprehensive self-drive itinerary
  • 2 nights at Auckland at Grand Millennium Auckland in a (Deluxe Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Pauanui Pines Motor Lodge in a (One Bedroom Unit) – or similar
  • 1 night at Hotel Armitage in a (Standard Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Distinction Hotel Rotorua in a (Superior Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Skotel Alpine Resort in a (Standard Room) – or similar
  • 1 nights at Distinction Wellington Century City Hotel in a (Studio Suite) – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Sky City Auckland – Sky Tower Entry. A truly captivating experience awaits visitors to Auckland's Sky Tower. At 328 metres, it is the tallest structure in New Zealand and on a clear day, offers breath-taking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction.
  • Taste of Waiheke Tour - Taste the best of Waiheke Island in one day on this popular tour. You’ll visit some of the island’s most iconic destinations, including three wineries and an olive grove where you can sample their great local produce.
  • Hobbiton Movie Set – 2 hour guided tour. Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings.
  • Redwood Treewalk - A daytime discovery experience like no other, walk high amongst giant 118-year-old redwood trees and open your eyes to the natural beauty of our forest. A peaceful haven for you to discover above the forest floor, surround yourself with gentle giants, native fauna and sweeping silver ferns.
  • Admission to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland - Visit the thermal area of Waiotapu, one of the world’s most colourful thermal areas. See the Artist’s Palette where different minerals form areas on the pool surface, view the tiny bubbles surfacing in the Champagne Pool and walk down alongside the silica terrace to see the Bridal Veil Falls as well as other thermal activity.
  • Barbary Scenic Cruise to Maori Rock Carvings - Sail on Lake Taupo aboard The Barbary, sit back and relax in luxury bean bags on the spacious deck as Barbary takes you right up close for the perfect shot of the 10-metre high rock art of the Maori Carving on the cliff face. You are guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of life’s postcard moments on this tour.
  • Ruapehu Alpine Lifts – Sky Waka return Trip.
  • Wellington Cable Car Return Ticket - Join locals and visitors alike in a historic trip on the Wellington Cable Car. For over a hundred years passengers have enjoyed the dramatic views of our growing cityscape and the surrounding hills that define Wellington's harbour.

Superior Package Features:

  • Personalised & comprehensive self-drive itinerary
  • 2 nights at MSocial Auckland in a (Social Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Pacific Harbour Villas in a (Standard Room) – or similar
  • 1 night at Trinity Wharf Hotel Tauranga in a (Urban Balcony Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Princes Gate Hotel in a (Designer Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Chateau Tongariro in a (Standard Room) – or similar
  • 1 night at Rydges Wellington in a (Superior Room) – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Sky City Auckland – Sky Tower Entry. A truly captivating experience awaits visitors to Auckland's Sky Tower. At 328 metres, it is the tallest structure in New Zealand and on a clear day, offers breath-taking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction.
  • Taste of Waiheke Tour - Taste the best of Waiheke Island in one day on this popular tour. You’ll visit some of the island’s most iconic destinations, including three wineries and an olive grove where you can sample their great local produce.
  • Hobbiton Movie Set – 2 hour guided tour. Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings.
  • Redwood Treewalk - A daytime discovery experience like no other, walk high amongst giant 118-year-old redwood trees and open your eyes to the natural beauty of our forest. A peaceful haven for you to discover above the forest floor, surround yourself with gentle giants, native fauna and sweeping silver ferns.
  • Admission to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland - Visit the thermal area of Waiotapu, one of the world’s most colourful thermal areas. See the Artist’s Palette where different minerals form areas on the pool surface, view the tiny bubbles surfacing in the Champagne Pool and walk down alongside the silica terrace to see the Bridal Veil Falls as well as other thermal activity.
  • Barbary Scenic Cruise to Maori Rock Carvings - Sail on Lake Taupo aboard The Barbary, sit back and relax in luxury bean bags on the spacious deck as Barbary takes you right up close for the perfect shot of the 10-metre high rock art of the Maori Carving on the cliff face. You are guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of life’s postcard moments on this tour.
  • Ruapehu Alpine Lifts – Sky Waka Return Trip.
  • Wellington Cable Car Return Ticket - Join locals and visitors alike in a historic trip on the Wellington Cable Car. For over a hundred years passengers have enjoyed the dramatic views of our growing cityscape and the surrounding hills that define Wellington's harbour.

Premium Package Features:

  • Personalised & comprehensive self-drive itinerary
  • 2 nights at So Sofitel Auckland in a (So Comfy Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort in a (Chalet Room) – or similar
  • 1 night at Trinity Wharf Hotel Tauranga in a (Harbour Deluxe Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel in a (Boutique Suite) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Chateau Tongariro in a (McClaren Suite) – or similar
  • 1 night at QT Wellington in a (Harbourview King Room) – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Sky City Auckland – Sky Tower Entry. A truly captivating experience awaits visitors to Auckland's Sky Tower. At 328 metres, it is the tallest structure in New Zealand and on a clear day, offers breath-taking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction.
  • Full day private wine tour with Ananda Tours
  • Hobbiton Movie Set – 2 hour guided tour. Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings.
  • Redwood Treewalk - A daytime discovery experience like no other, walk high amongst giant 118-year-old redwood trees and open your eyes to the natural beauty of our forest. A peaceful haven for you to discover above the forest floor, surround yourself with gentle giants, native fauna and sweeping silver ferns.
  • Admission to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland - Visit the thermal area of Waiotapu, one of the world’s most colourful thermal areas. See the Artist’s Palette where different minerals form areas on the pool surface, view the tiny bubbles surfacing in the Champagne Pool and walk down alongside the silica terrace to see the Bridal Veil Falls as well as other thermal activity.
  • Barbary Scenic Cruise to Maori Rock Carvings - Sail on Lake Taupo aboard The Barbary, sit back and relax in luxury bean bags on the spacious deck as Barbary takes you right up close for the perfect shot of the 10-metre high rock art of the Maori Carving on the cliff face. You are guaranteed amazing photo opportunities as you experience one of life’s postcard moments on this tour.
  • Ruapehu Alpine Lifts – Sky Waka Return Trip.
  • Wellington Cable Car Return Ticket - Join locals and visitors alike in a historic trip on the Wellington Cable Car. For over a hundred years passengers have enjoyed the dramatic views of our growing cityscape and the surrounding hills that define Wellington's harbour.

Toyota Camry or similar full size sedan automatic

(5 pax / luggage capacity 2 Large + 1 Small suitcases)
Collect: Auckland Airport
Return: Wellington Airport
Includes hire, unlimited kilometres and standard motor vehicle insurance and GST.
Airport Collection/Drop / Interislander Ferry Collection/Drop Fee applies (NZ$51.75 – pay direct). One-way hire applies (NZ$57.50 – pay direct). Late ferry fee will apply for vehicle collection from a ferry location after 1830 hours (NZ$57.50 - pay direct).
Discuss insurance buy-down options with Budget staff at time of collection and pay direct for excess reduction should you choose this option.  Rental vehicle hirers will be required to put down a security deposit by credit card issued in their name (minimum NZ$100 + credit card fee). This will not be activated if the vehicle is returned undamaged, on time, to the pre-arranged depot with a full tank of gas.
A full and valid drivers licence must be presented (must be in English).

Toyota Highlander or similar full size SUV automatic

(5 pax / luggage capacity 3 Large + 2 Small suitcases)
Collect: Auckland Airport
Return: Wellington Airport
Includes hire, unlimited kilometres and standard motor vehicle insurance and GST.
Airport Collection Fee applies (NZ$51.75 – pay direct). One-way hire applies (NZ$57.50 – pay direct). Late ferry fee will apply for vehicle collection from a ferry location after 1830 hours (NZ$57.50 - pay direct).
Discuss insurance buy-down options with Budget staff at time of collection and pay direct for excess reduction should you choose this option.  Rental vehicle hirers will be required to put down a security deposit by credit card issued in their name (minimum NZ$100 + credit card fee). This will not be activated if the vehicle is returned undamaged, on time, to the pre-arranged depot with a full tank of gas.
A full and valid drivers licence must be presented (must be in English).
For guidelines on driving in New Zealand view www.DriveSafe.org.nz

Glass Bottom Boat Tour - Coromandel

Fully trained tour guides and skippers will take you on a 2 hour adventure providing you with a fun commentary enriched with local history and culture along the way. Explore breath taking volcanic coastline, including world famous Cathedral Cove and spectacular sea caves. Watch the amazing marine life up close through the glass bottom viewing panels or snorkel the Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve with all equipment supplied at no extra charge. 

Te Puia Admission And Public Guided Tour

A guided tour of Te Puia combines a premier Maori culture experience with an introduction to the magnificent geothermal activity in the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley.  Whilst in the valley see the boiling mud pools, steaming silica terraces, hot springs and geysers including the famous Pohutu Geyser which can erupt up to 30 metres high, depending on its mood.  Visit the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where young Maori are learning the traditional carving and weaving skills of their ancestors.  Further highlights of the tour include Rotowhio Marae and Te Aronui a Rua, the sacred meeting house of Rotowhio Marae.

Zealandia by Night Guided Tour

Begin your adventure with guided highlights of ZEALANDIA: The Exhibition. Then, as darkness falls, follow your guide into the Sanctuary Valley to search for little spotted Kiwi. Over 100 kiwi call this valley home, so there's a really good chance of spotting one! Also look out for Tuatara; a nocturnal duck, the Pateke; native forest parrot, the Kaka and the Morepork, a native owl.

Suggested Stops

  • Auckland: Piha, Karekare Falls, Mt Eden
  • Coromandel: Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove, Paku Hill
  • Tauranga – Rotorua: Hobbiton, Mount Maunganui, Kaiete Falls, Omanawa Falls
  • Rotorua: Kerosene Creek, Redwoods, Blue and Green Lake, Lake Tarawera
  • Rotorua – Tongariro: Huka Falls, Lake Taupo
  • Tongariro: Gollums Pool, Taranaki Falls, Tama Lakes, Mt Ruapehu
  • Wellington: Oriental Bay, Mt Tongariro, Lady Norwood Rose Gardens, Hannah’s Laneway, Cuba Street

Standard Accommodation

Grand Millennium Auckland

Located in the Auckland CBD, Grand Millennium Auckland is just a short walk away from one of Auckland's biggest shopping districts on Queen Street and the attractions that central Auckland has to offer, such as Skycity and the Skytower, Spark Arena, Viaduct Harbour and more. All of the 452 rooms and suites at the Grand Millennium Auckland combine smart design, modern decor, floor to ceiling windows for natural light and modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay.

Pauanui Pines Motor Lodge

Pauanui Pines offers motel accommodation at Pauanui Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. Within easy walking distance of the beach, shops, recreational club and two nine-hole golf courses. Pauanui Pines Motor Lodge is the perfect destination to relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere with personal service to unwind at a home away from home, where peace and beauty are at the doorstep.

Hotel Armitage

The Hotel Armitage and Conference Centre is located only a 3-minute walk from the hustle and bustle of the main center in Tauranga. You’ll find Tauranga's vibrant nightlife and great shopping at your doorstep and of course Mount Maunganui with its renown white sandy beaches is only a short leisurely drive away.

Distinction Hotel Rotorua

Distinction Rotorua Hotel is located just minutes from the city centre, in a beautiful garden setting guests can relax and unwind whilst still being minutes from all the attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer. All 133 guest rooms and suites are four star quality and offer guests all the modern amenities they could need and the hotel facilities, including a heated outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, private underground grotto spa, bike hire, gym, free unlimited Wi-Fi and more.

Skotel

Skotel Alpine Resort is a true alpine retreat nestled in tussock on the edge of Whakapapa Village in the heart of the Park. Its natural timber decor gives a warm mountain lodge atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

James Cook Grand Chancellor

The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is located in the heart of Wellington's commercial and retail districts. With hotel facilities including a spa style boutique, in-house gym, two restaurants and bars and more. All 268 well-appointed guest rooms and suites offer guests luxury accommodation in the middle of the city centre and close to all the attractions the area has to offer.

Superior Accommodation

Msocial Auckland

MSocial is a contemporary hotel located in Auckland CBD, a short walk from one of the biggest shopping districts central Auckland has to offer, Queen Street Shopping District, as well as nearby to attractions, restraunts, bars and venues including, Skytower, Skycity and Spark Arena. MSocial pride themselves on being the hotel for the curious, the explorers and those who thrive on new experiences. All 190 rooms and suites are equipped with all the amenities a modern traveller could need and feature wall to wall windows framing views looking over Princes Wharf with the Harbour and the Cityscape.

Pacific Harbour Villas

Pacific Harbour Lodge is an attractive Tairua accommodation option for those wanting an island style holiday. Our well-appointed chalets are set among lush vegetation on the shores of the spectacular Tairua Harbour.  We have a wide range of on-site facilities, a restaurant and cafe, and even a day spa for luxurous treatments.  The spacious island style chalet units are quiet, fully-equipped and modern. You have a range of Tairua, Coromandel accommodation options available during your stay with Pacific Harbour Lodge; whether you're travelling alone, as a couple or with the family, we have something to suit you.

Trinity Wharf Hotel

This truly unique property is located on and over the waters edge and is a leading accommodation provider in the Bay of Plenty region and only a 5 minute drive to Mount Maunganui.  Architecturally designed across three piers, Trinity Wharf Tauranga hotel presents 122 well appointed guestrooms that capture the ever-changing waters of the Tauranga Harbour.

Princes Gate Hotel

Prince's Gate Boutique Hotel is located in city centre, minutes away from Government Gardens, Rotorua Museum, the retail district, Eat Street and Lake Rotorua. All 50 bedrooms and suites are designed to offer a luxurious and comfortable stay in the heart of the city, from where you can explore and enjoy the many attractions and activities the area has to offer.

Chateau Tongariro

The Chateau Tongariro sits nestled in the shadow of three towering active volcanoes, and at the very foot of the majestic and sacred Mount Ruapehu. The 800 square kilometre Tongariro National Park – a dual listed World Heritage Area – provides a stunning natural playground bursting with diverse landscapes for visitors to the Chateau to discover. With arid Badlands, crater and alpine lakes, sparkling rivers, breath-taking lunar landscapes, lush rainforest and alpine meadows to be explored, staying at the Chateau Tongariro is an all-seasons, utterly unique experience not to be missed.

Rydges Wellington

Rydges Wellington is located on downtown Featherston Street with a unique combination of harbour views and city outlooks. Within close distance to Sky Stadium, Queens Wharf, Wellington Railway Station, Lambton Quay and more. Offering 280 luxuriously appointed guest rooms with all the amenities a guest could need, making it a great home base for guests exploring the area.

Premium Accommodation

SO Auckland

So Sofitel Auckland or SO/ Auckland Hotel is a luxury hotel situated downtown in the lively Britomart district, just a short walk from Viaduct Precinct and Wynyard Quarter with cafes, restaurants and nightlife along the waterfront and the attractions that central Auckland has to offer. All 130 rooms look alive with avent-garde design elements using Auckland's volcanic orgin as inspiration.

Grand Mercure Puka Park

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded hideaway located at Pauanui Beach, a two hour drive from Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton. Featuring 42 spacious private chalets, Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is hidden away on Mount Pauanui amid 25 acres ofnative bushland. Miha Restaurant offers superb dining, stunning views and an intimate ambiance, while other resort facilities include a pool, sauna, gym, tennis, a day spa, and conference space, with world class golf, fishing and diving located nearby.

Trinity Wharf Hotel Tauranga

This truly unique property is located on and over the waters edge and is a leading accommodation provider in the Bay of Plenty region and only a 5 minute drive to Mount Maunganui.  Architecturally designed across three piers, Trinity Wharf Tauranga hotel presents 122 well appointed guestrooms that capture the ever-changing waters of the Tauranga Harbour.

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel is in the heart of Rotorua's city centre near the dining precinct, a short stroll to the lake or into the city centre and a ten minute drive to many of Rotorua's attractions and activities. All 35 guest rooms and suites offer stylish and luxury accommodation with the best of amenities, guests staying can enjoy the hotel's facilities including an outdoor heated swimming pool, an indoor mineral thermal pool, fitness room, the Regent Room restaurant and wine bar.

Chateau Tongariro

The Chateau Tongariro sits nestled in the shadow of three towering active volcanoes, and at the very foot of the majestic and sacred Mount Ruapehu. The 800 square kilometre Tongariro National Park – a dual listed World Heritage Area – provides a stunning natural playground bursting with diverse landscapes for visitors to the Chateau to discover. With arid Badlands, crater and alpine lakes, sparkling rivers, breath-taking lunar landscapes, lush rainforest and alpine meadows to be explored, staying at the Chateau Tongariro is an all-seasons, utterly unique experience not to be missed.

QT Wellington

The QT Museum Wellington is a luxury boutique hotel located opposite the Wellington waterfront and Te Papa Museum. With onsite hotel facilities including an art gallery, spacious lobby with bar and cafe, fitness centre, sauna, swimming pool and spa, award-winning Hippopotamus restaurant and cocktail bar, day spa and much more. With 165 luxurious rooms and apartments for guests to make their own as they explore all the city has to offer, and all on the hotel's doorstep.

Top Instagram Spots of the North Island

Based on two travellers sharing one room - per person/share twin basis

 

Standard

Superior

Premium

Full size sedan rental vehicle 11 x 24 hours

Full size SUV rental vehicle 11 x 24 hours

01 June 2020 – 31 October 2020

 from NZ$1660.00

 from NZ$2225.00

 from NZ$3340.00

NZ$638.00

NZ$688.00

01 November 2020 – 31 March 2021

 from NZ$1750.00

 from NZ$2340.00

 from NZ$3515.00

NZ$700.00

NZ$900.00

01 April 2021 – 31 May 2021

 from NZ$1660.00

 from NZ$2225.00

 from NZ$3340.00

NZ$638.00

NZ$688.00

Optional Extras

Per person prices – based on 2 people sharing

 

Glass Bottom Boat Tour - Coromandel

Te Puia Admission and Public Guided Tour:

Zealandia by Night Guided Tour

Valid from 01/06/2020-31/05/2021

NZ$110.00

NZ$44.00

NZ$89.00

Prices are in New Zealand dollars based on cash or cheque payment only.  

QUOTE ONLY

  • No reservations are held.   Deposit required to proceed with making reservations
  • All pricing is subject to availability of the services specified in the itinerary at time of reservation
  • Prices may vary due to a number of factors including tax and surcharge increases, availability of services - we retain the right to adjust prices up or down based on services actually confirmed
  • All touring is subject to favourable weather, road, flying and sea conditions
  • Cancellation/amendment fees apply

INCLUDES:

  • Items and services as specified in the itinerary only
  • NZ GST at 15% (government imposed tax and subject to change without notice)

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfares are not included
  • Any meals unless otherwise specified within the itinerary
  • Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times
  • Any services not mentioned within the itinerary
  • Special event surcharges – surcharges and closeouts may apply
  • Items of a personal nature eg. laundry, internet access, phonecalls, excess luggage etc
  • Any credit card or bank fees
  • Travel insurance is not included, but highly recommended
  • Any further Government taxes or duties that may be introduced
  • When renting a vehicle (if applicable)
    • Petrol/oil/CDW insurance for rental vehicle (airport/ferry terminal collection/return fee / bond / excess applies - pay direct)
    • Rental vehicle additional Fees - pay direct
    • GPS Navigational System
    • Car parking fees

All bookings are subject to our normal terms and conditions

Booking Terms and Passenger Information

 
BOOKING TERMS

QUOTE ONLY.  NO RESERVATIONS ARE HELD.  Subject to availability of the services specified in the itinerary when travel dates are set.  Additional surcharges may be applicable during Special Events and/or statutory public holidays, e.g. Christmas, Easter etc.  Occasionally due to special event surcharges or supplier requirements etc, deposits or full payment will be required – you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

If you book a holiday with us and pay your deposit, you are deemed to have accepted these terms.

TOUR PAYMENTS AND BOOKING TERMS:

  • Costs are based on the Travel Date selected and are subject to the availability of the accommodation and other services specified.
  • Until we have a confirmed booking from the requested services, we retain the right to adjust prices up or down based on services confirmed.
  • Once we have finalised all costs based on your confirmed itinerary you will be asked for a non-refundable deposit of no less than $200.00 per person.
  • Full pre-payment is due not later than 35 days prior to arrival in New Zealand.  Bank account details and swift code for international telegraphic transfers will be on the invoice.  Payment by Visa or Mastercard is also accepted at a 3% surcharge.  Credit card payments may only be made in New Zealand Dollars.

BOOKING AMENDMENTS/CANCELLATION SCHEDULE:  

Amendments: The first amendment made to a confirmed booking is free of charge.  Any subsequent amendments made to the same booking will incur a NZ$50.00 fee per service already confirmed.

Cancellation Fees:  

In the event of passengers cancelling their booking, the following cancellation fees will apply on a per person basis (not per booking).

  • 31+ days prior to the client’s arrival, loss of non-refundable deposit plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 15 to 30 days prior to arrival: 40% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (60% refund)
  • 8 to 14 days prior to arrival: 60% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (40% refund)
  • 2 to 7 days prior to arrival: 80% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (20% refund)
  • 0 to 1 days or less prior to arrival: 100% cancellation fee

Please note that any applicable airline content does not apply to the above refunds – see your airline for their specific cancellation/refund policies.

No refunds on any unused portions of any itinerary.  The exception is if a sightseeing service is cancelled by operator due to weather conditions/safety concerns etc and the operator authorises a refund.  Any such refunds will be processed through agent.  Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers. 

COVID19 CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY:

Covid19 has created uncertainty for us all, therefore for cancellations directly related to Covid19, we have negotiated special terms with our suppliers which would override ‘normal cancellation’ terms as outlined above;

If the New Zealand Government imposes travel restrictions that would impact our ability to deliver your travel package prior to commencing travel, passengers will receive a full credit, less any applicable airline cancellation fees.  If travel restrictions are imposed while on tour, we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

If a passenger has been tested positive for Covid19 directly prior to travel or while on holiday with us, then with supporting documentation provided to us (a positive Covid19 test), we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

CUSTOMS, IMMIGRATION AND NEW ZEALAND LAW

It is your responsibility to comply with any New Zealand immigration, customs and/or quarantine regulations when entering New Zealand and to comply with New Zealand laws when in the country.  We will not, under any circumstances, have any liability or responsibility to you if you do not comply with any customs and immigration rules and regulations or if you fail to comply with any laws during your holiday.

ACCOMMODATION

Check in time at most hotels is 2pm or 3pm.  If you are arriving earlier, the hotel will store your luggage until your room is ready.  Alternatively, you may wish to pre-register your hotel room for immediate check in – an extra nights’ charge will apply.  Upon check in, most hotels will request an imprint of your credit card to cover any personal extras.  If you do not have a credit card, they may ask for a cash deposit.

ITINERARIES

The itinerary was correct at the time of printing, but it is subject to change without notice.  Your itinerary could change due to road or weather conditions, changes imposed by other tour operators or a range of other factors outside our control.  You agree that we have no liability to you for changes to your itinerary. 

FORCE MAJEURE

You agree that we have no liability to you and will not pay any compensation to you where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by circumstances amounting to “force majeure”. In these terms, ‘force majeure’ means any event that has an impact on your Packaged Tour which we or the other operator (where relevant) could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid.  Such events may include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, pilferage, epidemics, pandemics, forced quarantine, medical or customs regulations, riot, fire, storm, flood, explosion, compliance with any law or government restraint order, rule regulation, strikes, lock outs, or any other cause not reasonably within the control of our control.  We reserve the right to cancel, amend or reschedule your Packaged Tour during or following any force majeure and if we do so you agree that we will have no liability to you for any direct or indirect consequences of the cancellation, amendment or rescheduling.

 

ADDITIONAL TERMS WHEN APPLICABLE:

GREAT JOURNEYS OF NEW ZEALAND – LUGGAGE ALLOWANCES FOR RAIL SERVICES

(Northern Explorer; Coastal Pacific; Tranz Alpine)

  • One item of check-in baggage per person
  • Maximum weight for a single bag is 32kgs
  • Bags weighing over 23kgs will require two crew members to lift onto the train – assistance from the passenger may be required
  • Wheeled cabin bags and backpacks are classed as check-in luggage
  • Two additional items of baggage can be purchased for $20.00NZD including GST per piece – pay direct at the station
  • Repack bags available to buy at the station for $10.00NZD – pay direct at the station

BUDGET RENTAL CARS:

Additional fees:

The following fees apply – they are extra and payable direct each time a vehicle is collected in a non-continuous hire. (Non-continuous hires mean hires with more than 24 hours break between them).

NZ$51.75 Airport/Ferry Terminal Collection/Return Fee

NZ$57.50 One Way Fee

Budget Protection Plan - Excess Reduction  Applicable  1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020

Compact, Intermediate and full sized sedans: Budget Rentals have a standard excess of NZ$4025.00 for which the hirer is responsible for vehicle damage regardless of who is at fault. This excess liability can be reduced to NZ$258.75 by payment of an additional NZ$28.75 of hire a day direct to Budget Rentals on collection.

SUV, People Movers & Hybrid Sedan:  Budget Rentals have a standard excess of NZ$4887.50 for which the hirer is responsible for vehicle damage regardless of who is at fault.  This excess liability can be reduced to NZ$258.75 by payment of an additional NZ$33.35 of hire a day direct to Budget Rentals on collection.

 

$1610.00 incl GST will be charged if a windscreen (front or back) is cracked or broken that require replacement.

Chip on windscreen will cost $69.00 incl GST

 “RSN” (Roadside Assistance Package)

This is an optional product on top of BPP. It can only be paid directly at the counter costing NZ$6.90 per day.   Roadside Assistance when purchased provides the customer with a ‘no call out fee’ adding peace of mind to common issues that the customer may cause that are not included in the rental.

Roadside Assistance covers:

  • Out of fuel (Up to $10 fuel delivery)
  • Key replacement for lost keys/keys locked in vehicle
  • Flat Tyre Assistance
  • Tyre Replacement (just the tyre – the rubber) excludes the spare wheel/wheel cover/hubcap
  • Flat Battery

Roadside Assistance PLUS Package (available from April 2019)

This is an optional product on top of BPP. It can only be paid directly at the counter costing NZ$11.50 incl GST per day.   Roadside Assistance when purchased provides the customer with a ‘no call out fee’ adding peace of mind to common issues that the customer may cause that are not included in the rental.

  • Covers Roadside Assistance include the benefits as above plus 1 Windscreen replacement free of charge

Credit card

At the time of vehicle collection, clients are required to present a bank issued credit card issued in their name (card must have embossed numbers on front of card).  A preauthorisation will be taken as security and for any additional products and services.  This is payable direct.  The preauthorisation balance will vary, with a minimum of NZ$100.00 and any further amount calculated on estimated payable direct charges (for optional extras such as additional insurance coverage, airport/ferry terminal fees, one-way fees, or accessories such as baby seat, GPS unit etc).  After return of the vehicle, the preauthorisation will be released (approximately 3-days after return of vehicle), and any actual charges will be processed.

The preauthorisation can be made by any major international credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard or Diners Club).  Budget does not accept electronic or prepaid or preloaded or reloaded debit cards or cash payments for excess, bond etc.

Any additional charges over what has been included in the nett rate will be collected direct from the client – eg. fuel, additional coverages, additional hours, accessories, fees etc.

A card transaction may apply.  This fee is general between 2-3% of the total payable direct charges.

Driver Licence/ Minimum Age

All drivers must be 21 years old or over and hold a current non-probationary drivers licence (with a full and accurate English translation shown on the licence) from their home county.  An international driver’s permit must be accompanied by a home country licence.  The international driver’s licence or permit must be in English, or an accurate English translation of the licence or permit must be given.  An accurate English translation means that the translation must be given by a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate, or an overseas issuing authority or a translation service acceptable to the New Zealand Transport Authority.

There is no maximum age to hire a vehicle.  There is no charge for additional authorised drivers, however they must meet the criteria of the Driver’s Licence requirements.  Additional drivers must be registered on the Budget Rental Agreement, and prior to driving they must visit a Budget branch in New Zealand to show their full and valid driver’s licence.

Driver’s licence must be carried whenever driving in New Zealand.

GPS units are available with rental vehicles at extra cost.  These GPS units can be reserved in advance if requested, but the customer must pay for the unit hire direct to Budget Rentals at the time of collection.  Costs are NZ$11.45 per day, or NZ$57.45 per week, or NZ$114.95 per month incl GST.  In the event of the unit being lost, damaged or stolen while on rent to client, the client will be charged NZ$230.00 incl GST.