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NEW YEAR SALE! New Zealand Gardening Festival Tour - Including return flights from Australia!

Bonus Inclusions up to $836!*

Discover the beauty of New Zealand's North Island from a new perspective! Explore a magnificent array of private gardens - and attend the Taranaki Garden Festival! And to say HAPPY NEW YEAR we have added in BONUS inclusions up to he value of $836 per couple!

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DURATION
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10 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • hotelAccommodation
  • free_breakfastDaily breakfast
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  • local_barSelected drinks
  • restaurantSelected meals
  • starsExclusive experience
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  • publicMultiple departure locations
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About this holiday

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Your tour at a glance

Fully escorted featuring an array of unique gardens and the Taranaki Garden Festival - The region’s public gardens are festival gems, but it’s the private gardens, open exclusively for the festival, that are a must see!

Over 11 wonderful days visit 7 different gardens alongside the many "must see" delights of New Zealand's North Island.

BONUS TOUR INCLUSIONS $836 VALUE PER COUPLE#

Book on the 11 Day North Island Garden Tour with Travel at 60 and receive the following range of BONUS tour inclusions:

  • Discount of $300 per person*
  • Grand Pacific Tours Jacket per person
  • 400-page New Zealand Eyewitness Travel Guide
  • Garden Book: Flourish - New Zealand women and their extraordinary gardens

Call our travel team to secure place on this exclusive tour - Seats are limited, call today on 1300 414 198!

*Must book and deposit by 8 January 2020 for receive the $400 discount.

Inclusions

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  • Return economy class airfares from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Launceston & Perth
  • Air taxes up to the value of $195 per person
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival in Auckland
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 10 nights staying in 4 star accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 8 dinners
  • High Tea at Henley Hotel, Cambridge
  • Hotel porterage
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Travel in a 48 seat modern coach travel, 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain and Tour Leader
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • BONUS Garden Book: Flourish - New Zealand women and their extraordinary gardens#
  • Travel at 60 Exclusive - 400 Page Eye Witness Travel Guide per household & Grand Pacific Tours Jacket per person

Accommodation

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NO TRAVEL PARTNER? NO WORRIES! For the solo traveller, you can either register to twin share with another solo traveller of the same gender, or you may opt to pay a single supplement to guarantee a room of your own.

Your holiday package includes 10 nights accommodation at the following hotels:

  • Rydges Auckland
  • Novotel Hamilton
  • Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
  • Copthorne New Plymouth
  • Copthorne Palmerston North
  • InterContinental Hotel

Travel dates

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2020 GUARANTEED DEPARTURE - 29 Oct - 8 Nov 2020

**EXCLUSIVE OFFER - Book with Travel at 60 to receive a $300 per person discount! PLUS bonus inclusions!

Departures from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne:

  • Usually $4,994, TRAVEL AT 60 price $4,694 pp twin share
  • Usually $6,344, TRAVEL AT 60 price $6,044 sole use

Departures from Perth:

  • Usually, $5,544, Travel at 60 price $5,244 pp twin share
  • Usually $ 6,894, TRAVEL AT 60 price $6,594 sole use

Departures from Adelaide, Launceston & Hobart:

  • Usually $5,294, TRAVEL AT 60 price $4,994 pp twin share
  • Usually $6,644, TRAVEL AT 60 price $6,344 sole use

Itinerary

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(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.

Day 1: Arrive Auckland (D)

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Rydges Auckland (2 nights)

Day 2: Auckland Sightseeing (B)

This morning enjoy the sights of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Travel to Matakana to visit Sculptureum, an internationally unique art experience. Enjoy time to wander through the Garden of Creative Diversity and view the hundreds of displayed works in the Galleries. This afternoon travel to the Auckland Zoo for a guided tour of Te Wao Nui, six stunning habitats showcasing the native fauna and flora of New Zealand. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

Day 3: Auckland - Hamilton (B,D)

This morning travel to Ayrlies Garden and Wetlands, one of New Zealand’s best-known gardens and a Garden of National Significance. It is characterized by sweeping lawns and informal but detailed plantings by ponds & waterways. Use of colour is a hallmark of Ayrlies, seen best in the lurid border where ‘hot’ colours are used to great effect. This afternoon travel to Waikato’s most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens. A guided tour of the themed gardens will transport you from the peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden to the Italian Renaissance garden followed by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh garden. Your guide will share the story of how the gardens were transformed from a rubbish dump into a Garden of International Significance.

Hotel Novotel Hamilton

Day 4: Hamilton - Matamata - Rotorua (B,L,D)

Today travel to Cambridge to visit the private garden of the Henley Hotel, nestled on 29 acres of parkland and features a camelia lined oval lawn and lakeside pavilion. You will be treated to High Tea amongst the cherry blossoms (weather permitting). Continue through picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a buffet lunch followed by a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Travel to Rotorua for a walk through the Rotorua Government Gardens before arriving at your hotel.

Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Room. 2 nights)

Day 5: Rotorua Sightseeing (B,SD)

Today begins with a gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and

spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Travel to Te Puia for a tour of the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to a Mãori village for an interactive and educational experience that culminates with a cultural performance and traditional Hãngi feast.

Day 6: Rotorua - Waitomo - New Plymouth (B,L,D)

Depart Rotorua and travel to Waitomo for a tour of the Glowworm Caves where tiny creatures radiate their luminescent light. Enjoy lunch in this native bushland setting before travelling to New Plymouth, home of the Taranaki Garden Festival. This afternoon will be spent visiting one of the festival gardens.

Hotel Copthorne New Plymouth (2 nights)

Day 7: Taranaki Garden Festival (B,D)

Today you will visit a variety of impressive gardens all set around the legendary Mount Taranaki. You will marvel at the majestic array of botanicals on display at this premier garden event which attracts thousands of visitors from New Zealand and the world. A selection of small private gardens and larger public gardens have been chosen to showcase the unique planting and local gardener’s will be on hand to share the history behind their garden.

Day 8: New Plymouth - Palmerston North (B,D)

Before we depart the Taranaki region, we visit one final stunning festival garden before travelling onto Whanganui for a shortstop. This afternoon continue to Cross Hills Rhododendron Garden, spanning 7 hectares, this park-like garden includes one of the world’s finest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, which will provide a dazzling colour display. Continue to Palmerston North for your overnight stay.

Hotel Copthorne Palmerston North

Day 9: Palmerston North - Wellington (B)

Travel to the nation’s capital, Wellington. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, one of the city’s most iconic attractions, to the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy time to view the protected native forest and colourful floral displays with stunning views over Wellington city. Join your coach for an extensive city tour which will highlight the history and culture on show here. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

Hotel InterContinental Hotel (Deluxe Room. 2 nights)

Day 10: Wellington (B,D)

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your new-found friends.

Day 11: Depart Wellington (B)

Having experienced some of the finest gardens in New Zealand, it is time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable holiday.

Questions

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DOCUMENTATION PACK:

Travellers receive a durable travel bag, toiletry wet pack & laundry bag, luggage tag & personal name badge. Your ticket wallet (1 per couple) includes tour itinerary & questionnaire, Optional Tours Directory, General Information & Frequently Asked Questions Directory, Touring Map, postcard, customs required resealable plastic bag and an emergency contact card. This pack will be couriered to your address two weeks prior to departure, unfortunately we cannot accommodate early requests for documentation. The ticket wallet is one per couple. Documents cannot be couriered to PO Box addresses, and therefore a physical address must be provided at the time of booking.

CLOTHING

Whilst on tour, dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants. The seasons are more pronounced and the weather is more changeable. In summer, a jacket and sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler or you visit higher altitudes. You can expect some rain, so also include a light rainproof jacket or coat. If visiting during the months ofMay and September, pack warm winter garments and layer your clothing.You may have the option to relax and unwind in thermal hot pools so don’t forget to pack your swimwear.

MONEY MATTERS

New Zealand’s unit of currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). All major international credit cards are accepted and provided they are encoded with a PIN, may be used to obtain cash from Automatic Teller Machines throughout New Zealand. Check with your bank whether this facility is available to you. It is highly recommended you obtain a small amount ofNew Zealand currency prior to your arrival in New Zealand.Cash Passports or Travel Money Cards are popular and are a safe and convenient way to allow you to access cash at Automatic Teller Machines throughout New Zealand.

WEATHER

These are average minimum/maximum temperatures in Celsius only during Spring (Sep to Nov). They could vary by up to 4-6 degrees.

  • Auckland 11 - 18
  • Rotorua 07 - 17
  • Wellington 09 - 15
TIPPING

New Zealanders do not depend on tips for their income, however tipping in appreciation for extra-special service is at the discretion of the individual traveller.Some tours may organise an envelope to be circulated for a group presentation to the Coach Captain and/or Tour Guide but any contribution is based on individual appreciation and is not mandatory.

INCIDENTALS

We suggest you allow a minimum of NZ $40 - $50 per day per person for incidental cash expenses such as lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

ROLE OF YOUR COACH CAPTAIN & TOUR GUIDE

Your Coach Captain is responsible for driving and maintaining the coach and for providing commentary throughout the tour. Your TourGuide is responsible for your wellbeing and for co-ordinating all the accommodation and activities. It is important whilst travelling on tour that you follow all Crew instructions.

COACH SEAT ROTATION

For the enjoyment of all travellers a daily seat rotation operates which all travellers must participate in as a condition of booking. The coach seat plan is displayed on the coach for your reference.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

  • Air taxes are included in the advertised prices up to the value of $195 per person. These are subject to change and will be confirmed on receipt of your final invoice.
  • Flights will be confirmed at the time of booking.
  • Non refundable deposit per person due within 3 days of booking, deposit amount to be confirmed at time of booking. Final Balance due no later than 14 August 2020.
  • Bonus Tour Inclusions Saving of $300 per person has already been deducted from the advertised price. GPT Jacket is one per person (value $78). Eyewitness Travel Guide (Value $30) and the Garden Book: Flourish - New Zealand women and their extraordinary gardens (Value $50) are both one per household.