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New Zealand Vacation Packages and Specials

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New Zealand consists of two main islands, the North Island (tropical) and the South Island (more temperate, with a climate similar to Oregon or Washington).

The Maoris are the native New Zealanders, and descend from Polynesian settlers. The official languages are English and Maori.

The outdoors is a major draw for tourists, with the incredible Southern Alps, Milford Sound and its fjords, and brilliant lakes, rivers, and national parks.

It's also a great destination for foodies, with incredible restaurants and wineries. Seafood is a mainstay, with green-lipped mussels, crayfish, oysters and fresh fish. The most notable wine variety produced is Sauvignon Blanc, but New Zealand also produces some world-class Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blends.
  New Zealand vacations and special offers from Visual Itineraries

Hilton Auckland, 5 nights from $1,346
Hilton Hotel Auckland
Hotel: Hilton Hotel Auckland.

- Enjoy an exclusive $200 savings on air-inclusive bookings of seven nights or more made by October 31, 2017 for select travel through June 30, 2018
- For meetings, conventions and social events, the Hilton Auckland hotel is conveniently situated within walking distance of the Auckland CBD, Viaduct Village, Britomart and Wynyard Quarters.
- Five nights
- Deluxe Harbour view room
- Coromandel full-day excursion
- A Walk in the Wilderness excursion
- Private transfers
Land price is per person based on double occupancy (unless noted) for select travel dates shown. Air-inclusive vacations are for gateways noted. Rate quoted includes government-imposed fees and taxes and any necessary currency exchange rates. Rate is current when priced, at the time you purchase your vacation, rate may be higher. Rate does not include any applicable daily resort or facility fees (and in Europe, city tourist taxes) payable directly to the resort at check-out; such fees will be advised at the time of booking. Subject to availability and change; certain restrictions and black out dates may apply. Additional airline restrictions may apply, contact the airline directly with questions.
Valid for travel Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 15, 2017 (must complete travel by Dec 15, 2017).
Company: Journese
Offer added: February 24, 2017
BEST OF NEW ZEALAND WITH SYDNEY, 17 Day Tour from $4,578
SKYCITY Grand Hotel
Hotel: SKYCITY Grand Hotel.

Includes:

- American breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 6 dinners including a farewell dinner in Queenstown

- AUCKLAND: Sightseeing
- BAY OF ISLANDS: Visit the Waitangi Treaty House; scenic cruise
- ROTORUA: Traditional Hangi dinner and Maori cultural performance; visit Rainbow Springs and Te Puia; dinner at a local family’s home
- MARTON: Visit a local farm and enjoy a barbecue lunch
- WELLINGTON: Sightseeing including cable car ride; visit the botanic gardens and Te Papa
- INTERISLANDER FERRY: Scenic cruising across Cook Strait
- CHRISTCHURCH: Orientation
- TRANZALPINE TRAIN: Scenic train journey
- FRANZ JOSEF: Glacier Valley walk
- QUEENSTOWN: Winery visit and tasting; visit Fiordland National Park; cruise on Milford Sound; farewell dinner
- SYDNEY: City sightseeing; Host service
* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).
Valid for travel Sep 29, 2017 to Apr 8, 2018 (travel must commence by Apr 8, 2018).
Company: Globus
Offer added: April 18, 2017
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC, 17 Day Tour from $4,758
SKYCITY Grand Hotel
Hotel: SKYCITY Grand Hotel.

- Includes:

- American breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 4 dinners including a farewell dinner in Sydney

- AUCKLAND: Orientation; excursion to Waiheke Island with winery visit and lunch
- WAITOMO: Visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves
- MATAMATA: Visit the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings trilogy
- ROTORUA: Visit Waimungu Volcanic Valley; enjoy a Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner
- QUEENSTOWN: Gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for dinner; visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound
- MELBOURNE: Sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch
- MOSSMAN GORGE: Dreamtime walk with indigenous guide
- PORT DOUGLAS: Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities
- CAIRNS: Visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
- SYDNEY: Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House; botanic gardens; and Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club; lunch at the North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club; Sydney Harbour cruise; farewell dinner at Waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour
* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).
Valid for travel Sep 22, 2017 to Apr 1, 2018 (travel must commence by Apr 1, 2018).
Company: Globus
Offer added: April 18, 2017
DOWN UNDER DISCOVERY, 20 Day Tour from Auckland to Sydney from $5,138
SKYCITY Grand Hotel
Hotel: SKYCITY Grand Hotel.

- Includes:

- American breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 6 dinners including a traditional Hangi dinner in Rotorua and an Outback barbecue in Alice Springs, and farewell dinner in Sydney.

- AUCKLAND: Sightseeing
- WAITOMO: Visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves
- ROTORUA: Enjoy a Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner; visit Te Pui, the Agrodome, and Rainbow Springs; behind the-scenes visit at the Kiwi Encounter
- MOUNT COOK: Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park; visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center
- QUEENSTOWN: Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; cruise on Lake Wakatipu; dinner & farm demonstration at Walter Peak High Country Farm
- MELBOURNE: Sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; local treat at St. Kilda Beach; Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch
- ALICE SPRINGS: Sightseeing tour; School of the Air and visit the Old Telegraph Station Outback barbecue; meet members of the Warlpiri Aboriginal tribe
- ULURU (AYERS ROCK): Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock
- CAIRNS: Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
- SYDNEY: Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club; lunch at the North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club; Sydney Harbour cruise; farewell dinner at Waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour
* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).
Valid for travel Sep 16, 2017 to Apr 5, 2018 (travel must commence by Apr 5, 2018).
Company: Globus
Offer added: April 18, 2017
InterContinental Wellington - 5 nights from $1605
Intercontinental Wellington
Hotel: Intercontinental Wellington.

- Enjoy an exclusive $200 savings on air-inclusive bookings of seven nights or more made by October 31, 2017 for select travel through June 30, 2018
- Five nights
- Club room with access to Club Lounge for continental breakfast, and evening drinks and canapés, afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge
- Middle Earth full-day excursion
- Wellington City morning excursion
- Private airport transfers
Land price is per person based on double occupancy (unless noted) for select travel dates shown. Air-inclusive vacations are for gateways noted. Rate quoted includes government-imposed fees and taxes and any necessary currency exchange rates. Rate is current when priced, at the time you purchase your vacation, rate may be higher. Rate does not include any applicable daily resort or facility fees (and in Europe, city tourist taxes) payable directly to the resort at check-out; such fees will be advised at the time of booking. Subject to availability and change; certain restrictions and black out dates may apply. Additional airline restrictions may apply, contact the airline directly with questions.
Valid for travel Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018 (travel must commence by Mar 31, 2018).
Company: Journese
Offer added: September 18, 2017
Millennium Hotel Rotorua - 5 nights from $1026
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Hotel: Millennium Hotel Rotorua.

- Enjoy an exclusive $200 savings on air-inclusive bookings of seven nights or more made by October 31, 2017 for select travel through June 30, 2018
- Five nights
- Superior Lakeview room
- Volcanos and Rainforest full-day excursion
- Maori Hangi Dinner | private transfers
Land price is per person based on double occupancy (unless noted) for select travel dates shown. Air-inclusive vacations are for gateways noted. Rate quoted includes government-imposed fees and taxes and any necessary currency exchange rates. Rate is current when priced, at the time you purchase your vacation, rate may be higher. Rate does not include any applicable daily resort or facility fees (and in Europe, city tourist taxes) payable directly to the resort at check-out; such fees will be advised at the time of booking. Subject to availability and change; certain restrictions and black out dates may apply. Additional airline restrictions may apply, contact the airline directly with questions.
Valid for travel Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018 (travel must commence by Mar 31, 2018).
Company: Journese
Offer added: September 18, 2017
Rydges Auckland - 5 nights from $1,634
Rydges Auckland
Hotel: Rydges Auckland.

- Enjoy an exclusive $200 savings on air-inclusive bookings of seven nights or more made by October 31, 2017 for select travel through June 30, 2018
- Five nights
- Premium Harbour view room
- Hobbiton Express Tour
- Auckland Bridge Climb
- Maori Cultural Experience
- Private transfers
Land price is per person based on double occupancy (unless noted) for select travel dates shown. Air-inclusive vacations are for gateways noted. Rate quoted includes government-imposed fees and taxes and any necessary currency exchange rates. Rate is current when priced, at the time you purchase your vacation, rate may be higher. Rate does not include any applicable daily resort or facility fees (and in Europe, city tourist taxes) payable directly to the resort at check-out; such fees will be advised at the time of booking. Subject to availability and change; certain restrictions and black out dates may apply. Additional airline restrictions may apply, contact the airline directly with questions.
Valid for travel Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018 (travel must commence by Mar 31, 2018).
Company: Journese
Offer added: September 18, 2017
Pullman Auckland - 5 nights from $1,467
Pullman Hotel Auckland
Hotel: Pullman Hotel Auckland.

- Enjoy an exclusive $200 savings on air-inclusive bookings of seven nights or more made by October 31, 2017 for select travel through June 30, 2018
- Five nights
- Superior residence
- Coromandel full-day excursion
- Hobbiton Express Tour
- Airport transfers
Land price is per person based on double occupancy (unless noted) for select travel dates shown. Air-inclusive vacations are for gateways noted. Rate quoted includes government-imposed fees and taxes and any necessary currency exchange rates. Rate is current when priced, at the time you purchase your vacation, rate may be higher. Rate does not include any applicable daily resort or facility fees (and in Europe, city tourist taxes) payable directly to the resort at check-out; such fees will be advised at the time of booking. Subject to availability and change; certain restrictions and black out dates may apply. Additional airline restrictions may apply, contact the airline directly with questions.
Valid for travel Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018 (travel must commence by Mar 31, 2018).
Company: Journese
Offer added: September 18, 2017
SKYCITY Grand Hotel - 5 nights from $1,262
SKYCITY Grand Hotel
Hotel: SKYCITY Grand Hotel.

- Enjoy an exclusive $200 savings on air-inclusive bookings of seven nights or more made by October 31, 2017 for select travel through June 30, 2018
- 5 nights
- Premium Luxury Harbour view room
- Auckland and Bay of Islands Sites
- Auckland Maori Excursion
- Private transfers
Land price is per person based on double occupancy (unless noted) for select travel dates shown. Air-inclusive vacations are for gateways noted. Rate quoted includes government-imposed fees and taxes and any necessary currency exchange rates. Rate is current when priced, at the time you purchase your vacation, rate may be higher. Rate does not include any applicable daily resort or facility fees (and in Europe, city tourist taxes) payable directly to the resort at check-out; such fees will be advised at the time of booking. Subject to availability and change; certain restrictions and black out dates may apply. Additional airline restrictions may apply, contact the airline directly with questions.
Valid for travel Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018 (travel must commence by Mar 31, 2018).
Company: Journese
Offer added: September 18, 2017
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour - 5 nights from $1,575
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour.

- Enjoy an exclusive $200 savings on air-inclusive bookings of seven nights or more made by October 31, 2017 for select travel through June 30, 2018
- Five nights
- Luxury Marina view room
- Auckland Bridge Climb
- A Walk in the Wilderness Experience
- Sailing Adventure
- Private transfers
Land price is per person based on double occupancy (unless noted) for select travel dates shown. Air-inclusive vacations are for gateways noted. Rate quoted includes government-imposed fees and taxes and any necessary currency exchange rates. Rate is current when priced, at the time you purchase your vacation, rate may be higher. Rate does not include any applicable daily resort or facility fees (and in Europe, city tourist taxes) payable directly to the resort at check-out; such fees will be advised at the time of booking. Subject to availability and change; certain restrictions and black out dates may apply. Additional airline restrictions may apply, contact the airline directly with questions.
Valid for travel Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018 (travel must commence by Mar 31, 2018).
Company: Journese
Offer added: September 18, 2017
Sofitel Queenstown - 5 nights from $1,186
Sofitel Queenstown
Hotel: Sofitel Queenstown.

- Enjoy an exclusive $200 savings on air-inclusive bookings of seven nights or more made by October 31, 2017 for select travel through June 30, 2018
- Five nights
- Luxury room with spa
- The Grand Circle Helicopter excursion
- Shotover Jet Ride
- Private transfers
Land price is per person based on double occupancy (unless noted) for select travel dates shown. Air-inclusive vacations are for gateways noted. Rate quoted includes government-imposed fees and taxes and any necessary currency exchange rates. Rate is current when priced, at the time you purchase your vacation, rate may be higher. Rate does not include any applicable daily resort or facility fees (and in Europe, city tourist taxes) payable directly to the resort at check-out; such fees will be advised at the time of booking. Subject to availability and change; certain restrictions and black out dates may apply. Additional airline restrictions may apply, contact the airline directly with questions.
Valid for travel Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018 (travel must commence by Mar 31, 2018).
Company: Journese
Offer added: September 18, 2017
Te Waonui Forest Retreat - 5 nights from $1,665
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat.

- Enjoy an exclusive $200 savings on air-inclusive bookings of seven nights or more made by October 31, 2017 for select travel through June 30, 2018
- Five nights
- Deluxe room
- Twin Glacier Helicopter excursion
Land price is per person based on double occupancy (unless noted) for select travel dates shown. Air-inclusive vacations are for gateways noted. Rate quoted includes government-imposed fees and taxes and any necessary currency exchange rates. Rate is current when priced, at the time you purchase your vacation, rate may be higher. Rate does not include any applicable daily resort or facility fees (and in Europe, city tourist taxes) payable directly to the resort at check-out; such fees will be advised at the time of booking. Subject to availability and change; certain restrictions and black out dates may apply. Additional airline restrictions may apply, contact the airline directly with questions.
Valid for travel Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018 (travel must commence by Mar 31, 2018).
Company: Journese
Offer added: September 18, 2017
The George Christchurch - 5 nights from $1,562
The George
Hotel: The George.

- Enjoy an exclusive $200 savings on air-inclusive bookings of seven nights or more made by October 31, 2017 for select travel through June 30, 2018
Five nights
Premium executive room
Welcome cocktail
Kaikoura and Whale Watching Cruise with morning tea, lunch and transportation
Private airport transfers
Land price is per person based on double occupancy (unless noted) for select travel dates shown. Air-inclusive vacations are for gateways noted. Rate quoted includes government-imposed fees and taxes and any necessary currency exchange rates. Rate is current when priced, at the time you purchase your vacation, rate may be higher. Rate does not include any applicable daily resort or facility fees (and in Europe, city tourist taxes) payable directly to the resort at check-out; such fees will be advised at the time of booking. Subject to availability and change; certain restrictions and black out dates may apply. Additional airline restrictions may apply, contact the airline directly with questions.
Valid for travel Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018 (travel must commence by Mar 31, 2018).
Company: Journese
Offer added: September 18, 2017
Treetops Lodge & Estate - 5 nights from $2,272
Treetops Lodge and Estate
Hotel: Treetops Lodge and Estate.

- Enjoy an exclusive $200 savings on air-inclusive bookings of seven nights or more made by October 31, 2017 for select travel through June 30, 2018
- Five nights
- Lodge room
- Daily breakfast and dinner
- Pre-dinner drinks and canapés
- Select activities including trout lake fishing, mountain bikes and hiking trails
Land price is per person based on double occupancy (unless noted) for select travel dates shown. Air-inclusive vacations are for gateways noted. Rate quoted includes government-imposed fees and taxes and any necessary currency exchange rates. Rate is current when priced, at the time you purchase your vacation, rate may be higher. Rate does not include any applicable daily resort or facility fees (and in Europe, city tourist taxes) payable directly to the resort at check-out; such fees will be advised at the time of booking. Subject to availability and change; certain restrictions and black out dates may apply. Additional airline restrictions may apply, contact the airline directly with questions.
Valid for travel Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018 (travel must commence by Mar 31, 2018).
Company: Journese
Offer added: September 18, 2017
Auckland, Rotorua & Queenstown, 13 Days, 10 Nights with air from $2539
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Hotels: Millenium Hotel Queenstown, Millennium Hotel Rotorua.

- Round-trip airfare on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Auckland, Rotorua & Queenstown
- Four nights Grand Millennium Auckland
- Two nights Millennium Rotorua
- Four nights Millennium Queenstown
- US/foreign taxes & fees including Sept 11 Security Fee
Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Valid for weekday departures and weekend returns May 1, 2018 - June 21, 2018. Transpacific departures Fri – Sun incur a $50 fee.Advertised pricing reflects low season pricing. Seasonal surcharges apply for travel outside this season. Must be booked by January 31, 2018. Black-out dates may apply. Prices are current at time of posting (11/16/17) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed, due to fare increases and currency fluctuations. All pricing is strictly subject to availability. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice.
Valid for bookings made before Jan 31, 2018.
Valid for travel May 1, 2018 to Jun 21, 2018 (travel must commence by Jun 21, 2018).
Company: Down Under Answers
Offer added: December 6, 2017
 

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