Short Breaks

Explore our extensive range of Short Breaks across all areas of New Zealand.
Short Breaks are tours of up to five days in duration generally escorted by one of our experienced tour leaders.

Take your pick from an array of destinations with some classic favourites alongside some off-the-beaten track locations and more unusual inclusions.

Friday 11 September – Tuesday 15 September 2020 ~ 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 $1,390 per person

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Friday 02 October 2020 – Tuesday 06 October 2020 ~ Lake Waikeremoana and 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 encompasses 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 $1,490 per person

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Sunday 18 October – Thursday 22 October 2020 ~ Scenic East Cape and 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 bushland. 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 $1550 per person

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Saturday 31 October 2020 – Wednesday 4 November 2020 ~ Taranaki Garden Festival (5 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 $1,690 per person

Book and pay in full by Friday 3 July 2020 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Wednesday 11 November 2020 – Sunday 15 November 2020 ~ Wanaka Spring Escape (5 Days)

Sitting on the shores of magnificent Lake Wanaka, the resort township of Wanaka draws visitors seeking adventure, spectacular scenery and a relaxed atmosphere.   This is a region of snow-capped peaks, long river valleys and lush native forest, anchored by its tranquil, far-reaching lake. Enjoy sightseeing activities including a 4WD journey through West Wanaka Station, a cruise on Lake Wanaka, visiting a local winery and local distillery,   and quirky attractions such as Puzzle World.

COST:  From $2,690 per person

Book and pay in full by Tuesday 14 July 2020 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Friday 13 November – Sunday 15 November 2020 ~ 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 tranquility – 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 $1290 per person

Book and pay in full by 16 July 2020 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Tuesday 17 November – Saturday 21 November 2020 ~ Molesworth Station & Rainbow Mountain (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 $2,550 per person

Book and pay in full by Monday 20 July 2020 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Friday 20 November – Sunday 22 November 2020~ 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 $1,320 per person

Book and pay in full by Thursday 23 July 2020 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Tuesday 24 November – Saturday 28 November 2020~ Hawkes Bay Historic Homes (5 Days)

The Hawkes Bay is home to a wide variety of houses built during 1870-1914 and our five day tour will give you an excellent chance to experience first-hand, the story of New Zealand’s formative years by visiting beautiful houses of the period – many of which are still in the hands of the families they were built for. We also enjoy a guided art deco walking tour exploring the interior and exterior of the beautiful art deco buildings of Napier.

COST:  From $1,790 per person

Book and pay in full by Wednesday 22 July 2020 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Friday 11 December – Sunday 13 December 2020 ~ 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, something 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 $1290 per person

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Friday 15 January – Sunday 17 January 2021 ~ 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, something 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 $1290 per person

Book and pay in full by Friday 04 December 2020 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Tuesday 19 February – Saturday 13 February 2021 ~ Molesworth Station & Rainbow Mountain (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 $2,550 per person

Book and pay in full by Monday 12 October 2020 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Friday 19 February – Monday 22 February 2021 ~ Art Deco Festival (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 $1390 per person

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Thursday 26 February – Monday 1 March 2021 ~ Wings over Wairarapa (5 days)

Join us on a journey to Masterton, where we experience the thrills and excitement of Wings Over Wairarapa 2021, 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 $1990 per person

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Friday 05 March – Monday 08 March 2021 ~ Kapiti Island (4 days)

Kapiti is one of New Zealand’s most valuable nature reserves and it is the only large island sanctuary for birds between the Hauraki Gulf in the north and New Zealand’s southern outlying islands. Kapiti is one of a few relatively accessible island nature reserves. It provides an opportunity for people to observe birds that are either very rare or absent from the mainland, and to see the recovery of vegetation after intensive modification during last century. Most people never get an opportunity to visit nature reserves because access to them is so difficult. On our Kapiti Island Tour we enjoy a cruise from Paraparaumu to Kapiti Island, and guided history & nature walk. We also visit Southwards Car Museum and Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour.

COST:  From $1390 per person

Book and pay in full by Thursday 05 November 2020 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Tuesday 13 April – Saturday 17 April 2021 ~ Coromandel Sights & Beaches (5 days)

The Coromandel Peninsula is one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets. It is an area of beautiful golden sand beaches and magnificent native forests. Our five day Coromandel Tour incorporates some of the best sights and beaches of the area, including Rapaura Water Gardens, Driving Creek Railway, Matarangi, Buffalo Beach, Whitianga, Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, and Whangamata, all while travelling at a leisurely and relaxed pace.

COST:  From $1690 per person

Book and pay in full by Monday 14 December 2020 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Saturday 17 April – Wednesday 21 April 2021  ~ 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 $1,490 per person

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