|Trip Length||11 days/ 10 nights suggested minimum 11 nights|
|Walk Rating||Moderate to rugged depending on your interests|
|Included||Our quote will include all accommodations, private tours and guides, self drive or driver, meals where indicated, our personal enthusiasm for planning, and our personal knowledge of the destination.|
|Hotels||Luxury to Amazing. Some private villas.|
|Self Drive Itinerary – can be modified if a driver is desired.|
Your New Zealand family friendly adventure begins with an experience of “the real Middle-earth”. Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set where you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. You will be engulfed in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of The Shire and at the home of the Hobbit.
Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing you the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.
Choose any two of these suggested activities.
Enjoy a personalized tour with delicious food, wine, art and culture set in beautiful rural Hawke’s Bay. Start your day taking in the breathtaking panoramic views from Te Mata Peak, looking over the Pacific Ocean, and back over the rolling hills of Central Hawke’s Bay. Wander through the expansive gardens of Birdwoods Gallery & Cafe and admire the art while enjoying Devonshire Tea. Take a private walking tour of Napier City. Since the Art Deco Trust began showing the city’s Art Deco treasures to tourists in 1985, thousands of people each year have experienced Napier’s fascinating heritage and have been captivated by the dramatic story of this city’s rebirth in the vibrant 1930s. Experience the amazing views from Napier Hill, Napier, stop for a photo opportunity of the famous National Tobacco Company Building, the most photographed Art Deco facade in New Zealand, and drive through the picturesque port of Ahuriri l.
Our suggestions for Wellington include:
Mid October to Mid March
Queenstown has so much to offer that we could suggest anywhere from 2 to 5 days to really experience it all. For true Lord of the Rings fans, this trip really does take you There and Back again. This scenic sightseeing tour includes recognizable filming locations and stunning natural scenery. The Glenorchy Safari takes you from Queenstown to Glenorchy stopping at breath-taking viewpoints.
Or if you want something more active with breath taking views, hike up beneath the Gondola on the Remarkables Mountain range. More sedentary, take the Gondola up the mountain, enjoy the views, and return by Gondola.
For an adrenaline rush take the uniquely breathtaking white-water ride on the Shotover River. You’ll skim along the river at high speed, fishtailing into 360-degree spins.
Mid March to Mid October
Our New Zealand family friendly adventure invites skiers of all ages to enjoy the Wanaka mountains.
Doubtful Sound is unspoiled, unmatched and unforgettable. So get ready to create some lifelong memories as your cruise takes you through the ultimate Doubtful Sound experience. Begin with a short cruise across Lake Manapouri. A coach then takes you across Wilmot Pass, traveling on a sub-alpine road through dense rain forest. Arriving at Deep Cove you’ll be met by our crew and the majestic Fiordland Navigator. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon with fully licensed bar and an observation lounge.
After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat or to simply relax on board. For the adventurous (or very brave), there’s even a chance to go swimming. All activities are weather dependent. Overnight in the peaceful nature of Doubtful Sound. After a hearty breakfast, return to Queenstown before returning home.
This is a suggested itinerary based on a family friendly adventure. It can be modified to suite your interests, group size and ages of your group members, and length of available travel time.
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