Garden Tour of NZ

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Join us on a fully escorted tour of New Zealand's North island featuring an array of gardens and the Taranaki Garden Festival

11 Day Escorted Fly, Tour & Stay just $4994
  • Departs October 29, 2020
  • Depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast. (Other departures avail. with surcharge)
  • Arrive Early in Auckland or stay behind in Wellington available.
  • Single supplement is $1350
  • Don't need flights? Land only price is $4499

Price is per person, twin share

INCLUSIONS
  • Return international airfares 
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 48 seat modern coach travel, 2 door access,restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain and Tour Leader
  • 10 nights 4 star accommodation
  • 4 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • BONUS Garden Book: Flourish - New Zealand women and their extraordinary gardens#



GARDENS VISITED
  • Ayrlies Garden and Wetlands*, Auckland
  • Hamilton Gardens*, Hamilton
  • Henley Hotel Private Garden, Cambridge
  • Rotorua Government Gardens, Rotorua
  • Private Garden Visits, Taranaki Garden Festival
  • Cross Hills Rhododendron Garden, Kimbolton
  • Wellington Botanic Gardens

PREPAID ATTRACTIONS
  • Sculptureum Experience
  • Te Wao Nui*, Auckland Zoo
  • Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour and Lunch
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal Mud Pools and Geysers*
  • Tamaki Mãori Experience
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves*
  • Wellington Cable Car
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum*
  • City sights tour Auckland and Wellington
*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

MEALS
  • 10 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 8 sumptuous dinners including 1 specialty dinner: Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua
  • 2 lunches including a Shire’s Buffet lunch, Hobbiton
  • 1 delicious High Tea: Henley Hotel, Cambridge
Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.


TOUR HIGHLIGHT
Taranaki Garden Festival
The Taranaki Garden Festival was established in 1987 and continues to delight people from all over the world by offering an intriguing mixture of both unique and stunning gardens, each with their own story to tell. The region’s public gardens are festival gems, but it’s the private gardens, open exclusively for the festival, that are a must see.


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

DAY  1.... Arrive Auckland (D)
On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a  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 Matakanato 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 aGarden 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 you will 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 theWellington Cable Car, one of the city’s most iconicattractions, to the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy timeto view the protected native forest and colourfulfloral displays with stunning views over Wellingtoncity. Join your coach for an extensive city tourwhich will highlight the history and culture onshow 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.

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BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Deposits and Payment
At the time of booking a deposit of $500per person is required. If the Tour Package includes flights, a further deposit to cover the airfare and taxes is also required at time of booking. The balance of payment, including any merchandise, is due 90 days prior to departure. Once the tour has been booked and confirmed cancellation fees will apply as per Terms and Conditions. 
Airfares 
The airlines require all Trans-Tasman flight bookings to have the air ticket issued within three to five days of confirmation of the airline reservation. As this offer is a fully inclusive package price, the dollar difference between ‘Land Only’ price and ‘Package Price’ does not represent the airfare deposit amount due. Exact amount of airfare deposit and taxes required at the time of booking. Surcharges may apply over peak travel times.The Australian prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed at time of booking.
Passport and Visa Requirements 
All visitors require a passport to enter New Zealand. Your passport must be valid for at least three months past the date that you intend to leave. For Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport, you do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand. Visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to travelling to New Zealand. For visitors from non-visa waiver countries it is recommended you speak to your Ucango Consultant for full entry requirements. If you are not an Australian Citizen or permanent resident, you may also have to pay for an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). Please check with your Agent for up to date immigration requirements.
Prices 
All holiday prices are based on schedules, fares and tariffs current at the time of printing. We reserve the right to vary the cost of tours if necessary, by reason of currency fluctuation,component cost increase or airfare cost. Tour costing will be guaranteed at the price prevailing at the date of final payment.
Luggage Limits 
Each traveller is entitled to travel with ONE suitcase on tour measuring (length + width + depth) no more than 150cm. Weight limits also apply to luggage due to Occupational Health and Safety issues. Approximately, the maximum suitcase weight allowed is 23kg. If a traveller brings more than the allocated limit of luggage, any additional arrangements made to get their luggage to the final destination will be at their own expense. Please be aware that oversized or overweight luggage may be refused to be carried by coach companies. All travellers are supplied with a Tour Travel Bag for personal and small items which can be carried on the coach when travelling. The travel bag is designed to carry a maximum of 6kg. Due to limited space on board the coach,please ensure carry-on bags are approximately (length + width +depth) 81cm with a maximum weight restriction of 6kg. All luggage is entirely at the ‘owners risk’, the operator takes no responsibility for accidental damage or loss.
Dietary Requests
The operator limit special dietary requests to Vegetarian,Gluten Free, Lactose Intolerant and Diabetic. These will be requested to the hotel but cannot be guaranteed. Meal options may be limited. As a volume group tour operator, contracting specific menus which range from Buffet to A-la-carte, the logistics of arranging meals meeting the correct criteria over an extended touring itinerary can be challenging and cannot be guaranteed to meet the expectations of the traveller. Therefore, religious dietary requests (ie. Hindu Vegetarian, Kosher, Halal) cannot be accommodated. Any further intolerances needing to be managed are the responsibility of the traveller. Airlines have restricted dietary conditions which vary, ask at time of booking.
Twin Share Travellers 
If you are travelling alone and do not wish to pay the Single Supplement, a twin share room will be provided with a person of the same gender. Special room requests are not permitted on this basis. It is your duty to disclose any medical or other conditions that may prevent you from being a suitable rooming partner (such as CPAP Machines) and you must accept that compatibility with your rooming partner cannot be guaranteed.If at any time during the tour you consider your rooming partner unsuitable, we will endeavour to arrange single accommodation for you for the remainder of the tour, subject to availability and at your own cost. We accept no responsibility for the suitability of the allocated rooming partner.
Single Travellers 
Paying the Single Supplement covers the sole use of accommodation only, the 48 seat coach is not single seating, you will be required to sit with a fellow traveller.
Coach Seat Rotation 
For the enjoyment of all travellers there is a daily seat rotation system which all travellers must participate in as a condition of booking. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Cancellations / Transfer of Booking
 In the event a traveller cancels off a tour the following fees apply prior to departure:- 90 days or more prior to departure, loss of deposit plus the cost of the airline ticket if issued.- Between 31 and 90 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour package price.- Less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour package price.If a traveller wishes to cancel their existing booking and transfer to a new departure date, the above cancellation fees still apply. 
Transfers 
Airport transfers are included on the first and last day of your GPT tour and / or pre or post tour accommodation directly linked with the tour hotel. Transfers cannot be re-routed to other pick up points or destinations. No refund will be given for unused transfers. Inter-terminal airport transfers are not included. On arrival in New Zealand, the transfer vehicle will wait up to 1 hour after the flight lands. If your flight is delayed or has changed please contact operator. Travellers who miss the pre-booked transfers must make their own way to / from the tour hotel at their own expense.
Special Offers 
#Bonus Garden Book - one per household. Only one special offer is applicable per booking and must be advised at time of booking. There will be no retrospective discounts applied.


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