Short Breaks

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 2019 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.

Our Guaranteed Twin Share price is available for those passengers willing to share with another single traveller of the same gender. If there isn’t another passenger of the same gender to share with we GUARANTEE our twin share price.

Wednesday 12 June – Sunday 16 June 2019 ~ Northland Discovery (5 Days)

Spectacular yet diverse coastlines, marine reserves, kauri forests, and two oceans that collide make Northland an unmissable and unforgettable destination. Subtropical Northland is a land of contrasts where every area is steeped in history. Our five day Northland Discovery tour will explore the different areas of Northland including Whangarei in the south, Paihia – the hub of the Bay of Islands, the beachside resort of Taipa, the northernmost point in New Zealand, Cape Reinga, the Hokianga Harbour and everywhere in between.

COST:  From $1390 per person

 

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Monday 5 August – Thursday 8 August 2019 ~ 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 $1290

 

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Thursday 26 September – Sunday 2 September 2019 ~ 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. 2019 is the 31st anniversary of the World of Wearable Arts show, so join us to this must-see event!

COST: From $1320

 Book and pay in full by Wednesday 29 May 2019 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

Friday 11 October - Tuesday 15 October 2019 ~ 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 $1215

 Book and pay in full by Thursday 13 June 2019 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

 

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Friday 1 November - Monday 4 November 2019 ~ 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.

COST:  From $1190

 Book and pay in full by Thursday 27 June 2019 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

 

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Friday 8 November - Sunday 10 November  ~ 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 railcar, 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 Forgotten World line and take a thrilling boat ride on the majestic Whanganui River.

COST:  From $1290

 Book and pay in full by Thursday 11 July 2019 and receive a $70.00 discount per person!

 

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Friday 22 November - Sunday 24 November 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

Tuesday 24 December - Saturday 28 December 2019 ~ Christmas Tour (5 Days)

Come celebrate Christmas with us. Starting in Hamilton we visit Taupo to enjoy the Huka Falls River Cruise, before travelling to Tongariro, where we will stay at the Chateau Tongariro, where we will spend Christmas. We’ll also enjoy two nights in Napier with some sightseeing including a ride around the city on the Hawkes Bay Express.

COST:  From $1850

 Book and pay in full by Monday 26 August 2019 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Tuesday 24 December - Friday 3 January 2020 ~ Christmas & New Years Tour (11 Days)

Come celebrate the festive season with us. Starting in Hamilton we visit Taupo to enjoy the Huka Falls River Cruise, before travelling to Tongariro, where we will stay at the Chateau Tongariro, where we will spend Christmas. We'll also enjoy four nights in Napier with some sightseeing including a ride aboard the Hawkes Bay Express as well as a visit to the Gannets at Cape Kidnappers. Our Journey then continues to the western side of the North Island, where we will stay in Wanganui for four nights exploring the area. our Trip will conclude by traversing the country aboard the Northern Explorer. 

COST:  From $3890

 Book and pay in full by Monday 26 August 2019 and receive a $150.00 discount per person!

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Thursday 16 January - Sunday 19 January  2020 ~ New Plymouth Festival of Lights (4 Days)

Situated in the heart of New Plymouth, the TSB Festival of Lights transforms the beautiful botanic setting of Pukekura Park into a magical illuminated night-time wonderland of multicoloured lights gleaming amongst the trees, attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year. Other attractions we will visit during our four days stay in New Plymouth is the Tawhiti Museum in Hawera, and the beautiful Pukeiti Garden.

COST:  From $1290

 Book and pay in full by Wednesday 18 September 2019 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Friday 21 February - Monday 24 February 2020 ~ 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 the 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 $1260

 Book and pay in full by Thursday 24 October 2019 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Friday 3 April - Wednesday 8 April 2020 ~ Nelson and Farewell Spit (6 Days)

Farewell Spit is an area of outstanding natural beauty stretching 30 kilometres into the Tasman Sea. Designated a bird sanctuary since the 1930s, Farewell Spit is a haven for over 90 birdlife species. Not accessible to the public, the only way to access this hidden gem is by a tour. On this 6 day tour, we also enjoy some time in Nelson and the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park, before travelling to the garden city of Christchurch via the alpine village of Hanmer Springs.

COST:  From $2250

 Book and pay in full by Thursday 5 December 2019 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Friday 10 April - Wednesday 14 April 2020 ~ Warbirds Over Wanaka (5 Days)

WOW is unlike any other aviation event - the mountain scenery and amphitheatre provide a stunning backdrop to an extravaganza of action over Easter weekend. During the show, you will see over 80 aircraft including warbirds, jets, helicopters, aerobatic displays and much more! One of the top four Warbirds Airshows in the world, the airshow showcases a stunning array of WWII aircraft along with some exciting modern jets. You will be so close to the aircraft you feel as though you can touch them. See static displays of aircraft for sale and Warhorse military vehicles, vintage machinery, tractors and cars and a special display of sport craft.

COST:  From $2290

 Book and pay in full by Thursday 12 December 2019 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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