Midwest Diving Specialists Opt 2 [CD1157B]

Summary

Midwest Diving Specialists Opt 2 [CD1157B] 14 Days / 12 Nights

Auckland, Tutukaka, Rotorua, Christchurch and Queenstown

Auckland's blend of landscape, Polynesian culture, glistening harbours and modern city environment creates an unbelievable lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world. It is the largest city in New Zealand claiming one third of the population of the country.

Next, Enjoy a coach transfer from Auckland traveling along the coast to the quaint town of Tutukaka. The heads of this beautiful natural harbour open to the Pacific Ocean and the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve, a world-renowned diving location. There are some picturesque beaches within the harbour and the road north leads to several spectacular white-sand ocean beaches between forest-covered headlands.

Next is Rotorua, an exciting city with a vast history, tradition and culture. It is surrounded by volcanoes, lakes, parks and is a great place to go hiking or to view native birds and animals. The surrounding areas are a geothermal wonderland, with geysers, boiling mud pools, and steaming craters. Rotorua is also a showcase of Maori cultural activities and a place of exceptional natural beauty.

Then off to New Zealand's South Island. Christchurch is, known as the "Garden City", located on the east coast of the South Island. Christchurch - just like the rest of New Zealand - is a city of contrasts. It is a place where its residents continue to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty. A growing cosmopolitan ambience also adds a touch of excitement without overt flashiness. Everywhere there is an understated elegance that speaks of times gone by and promises a future where anything is possible.

Then to Queenstown, which is known as the Adventure Capital of the World. A reputation earned through the actions of a number of locally residing thrill seekers who have developed several unbelievable, adrenalin stirring, sanity-reducing adventures in a wildly exciting environment. Queenstown has, over the years, quietly expanded into all sorts of attractions, including new wineries, art galleries, arts trails and challenging golf courses.

Features

Midwest Diving Specialists Opt 2 [CD1157B]
  • Accommodation - Tutukaka (5 Nights), Auckland (1 Night), Rotorua (1 Night), Christchurch (2 Nights), Queenstown (3 Nights)
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Auckland, Auckland to Los Angeles
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Rotorua to Christchurch, Christchurch to Queenstown, Queenstown to Auckland
  • Day Tour - 4 Days of Diving with Dive Tututkaka
  • Diving Inclusions - Lunches, Hot Drinks, Tanks, Weights & Instructor/Guide Services
  • Diving Exclusions (Not Included) - Wetsuits, BCD's, Regulators, Masks, Fins, Snorkels, & Thermal Gear
  • Day Tour - Deluxe Coach Tour Auckland to Rotorua - One Way - Full Day
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
  • Shuttle Transfers - Auckland Airport to Tutukaka Accommodation, Daily Transfers between Accommodation & Dive Center, Tutukaka Accommodation to Auckland Hotel, Rotorua Hotel to Airport, Christchurch Airport to Hotel (return), Queenstown Airport to Hotel (return)
  • This is an Organized Group Tour
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.

Detailed Itinerary

2nd March 2012 Day 1 (Fri) - International Flight - Los Angeles to Auckland
2nd March 2012 Day 1 (Fri)  - International Flight - Los Angeles to Auckland Travel to New Zealand on your Vacation. After departing from Los Angeles you will be provided with an evening meal. You can relax, have a drink, watch a movie, review your itinerary or just rest. You will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland, New Zealand (you lose one day crossing the International Date Line but don't worry you'll catch it up again on your return flight to the USA)
Your international flight is equipped with the latest entertainment features of any Airline. The overnight flight to New Zealand can be a good opportunity for sleeping or to watch the latest movies after your evening meal.

Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.
4th Mar Day 2 - (Sun) Transfer by Coach from the Auckland Airport to your Accommodation in Tutukaka
4th Mar Day 2 - (Sun) Transfer by Coach from the Auckland Airport to your Accommodation in Tutukaka Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Tutukaka, New Zealand.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
4th - 9th Mar Day 2 to 7 - (Sun - Sat) 5 Nights Accommodation in Tutukaka
Travel to your accommodation in Tutukaka, New Zealand where you will be staying for 5 nights.
The resort overlooks the whole of the Tutukaka Harbour with a breathtaking ocean panorama across the deep sea fishing grounds from the historic Poor Knights Islands to the Hen and Chicken Islands. A coastal area where man and nature combine to provide a whole host of things to do, swimming, boating, fishing, surfing, scuba diving, sight-seeing, line fishing trips, deep sea fishing, exciting beaches to discover and explore.
5th - 8th Mar Days 3 - 6 (Mon to Thur) - 4 Days of Diving with Dive Tutukaka
Go diving with Dive Tutukaka New Zealand's premier full-service dive charter operator.
Dive Tutukaka is New Zealand's premier full-service dive charter operator. The Poor Knights Islands are on Jacques Cousteau's list of top 10 dive sites in the world! The turbulent sunlit waters and kelp forests on the upper reaches of the tumbling 'giant staircase', to the waters of the islands' many caves, offer an extraordinary variety of underwater experiences. There are sponge gardens and gorgonian fields inhabited by a myriad of fish, shellfish, urchins and anemones. The islands' famous arches are fascinating to explore. In the warmer months, stingrays can be seen cruising the waters of the archways.
9th Mar Day 7 (Fri) - Shuttle Transfer to Auckland Accommodation
9th Mar Day 7 (Fri) - Shuttle Transfer to Auckland Accommodation Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Tutukaka to the Auckland Airport.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
9th - 10th Mar (Day 7 - 8) (Fri - Sat) - 1 Night Accommodation in Auckland
Travel to your accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
Auckland is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world– renowned as that 'City Of Sails.' Dramatic landscapes and seascapes provide a diverse playground in which a compelling range of attractions are available. Visitors come to enjoy an array of exciting entertainment, leisure, culture and dining possibilities in New Zealand's largest city.
10th Mar Day 8 (Sat) - Day Tour: Deluxe Coach Tour from Auckland to Rotorua
On your vacation travel by deluxe luxury coach to the Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves and the spectacular geothermal regions of Rotorua, New Zealand.
DEPART AUCKLAND: Travel the main Southern Highway through small rural townships steeped in early pioneer history. Your host serves morning tea during this sector.

WAIKATO: Travel through New Zealand's largest dairy and sheep farming province. Travel the outskirts of Hamilton City via the small farming settlements towards the King Country, birthplace of the Maori Monarchy.

WAITOMO GLOW WORM CAVES: Join a guided tour through this world-famous cave formation, climaxed by drifting silently in a boat through a glow worm cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights.

LIGHT LUNCH: Served on-board as we make our way to Rotorua through magnificent rural farmland with its vast numbers of grazing animals.

ROTORUA: New Zealand's highest city, 305 meters (1000 feet) above sea level, located inside the rim of a volcanic crater. An area of great geothermal activity. We visit the following attractions:

AGRODOME FARM TOUR: An introduction to New Zealand farming, with a 45-minute tour of an authentic working farm in all-weather, all-terrain vehicles. Watch a sheep being shorn and hand-feed the animals.
Optional Upgrades:
1. Choose to go Zorb globe riding inside a giant inflatable ball instead of the Agrodome Farm Tour.
OR
2. Replace the Agrodome Farm Tour with a soak in an award-winning Polynesian spa.

LAKE ROTORUA: Drive through the foreshore park past the hundreds of ducks and swans. Then through the beautiful historic Government Gardens.

TE PUIA INSTITUTE (MAORI ARTS & CRAFTS AND WHAKAREWAREWA THERMAL RESERVE): One of Rotorua's most famous attractions. See woodcarving, weaving displays, Maori village and the thermal valley with the famous Pohutu Geyser, fumaroles, colourful silica deposits and boiling mud pools.

This tour ends in Rotorua.
10th - 11th Mar Day 8 - 9 (Sat to Sun) - 1 Night Accommodation in Auckland
10th - 11th Mar Day 8 - 9 (Sat to Sun) - 1 Night Accommodation in Auckland Travel to your accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
Located on the shores of Lake Rotorua your accommodation is only a short walk to the city centre, convention centre, cafes and restaurants. Here in the heartland of New Zealand's Maori culture you'll experience an enveloping warmth, proud spirit, deep sense of history and a quick humour. Picturesque cobbled and lantern lined streetways and striking Tudor architecture celebrates New Zealand's significant colonial history. Travel the region by mountain bike or participate in local bush walks.

Upgrade Available (extra cost):
Lake View Room
11th Mar Day 9 (Sun) - Shuttle Transfer from Rotorua Accommodation to Airport
11th Mar Day 9 (Sun) - Shuttle Transfer from Rotorua Accommodation to Airport Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand, to the Airport.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
11th Mar Day 9 cont (Sun) - Domestic Flight from Rotorua to Christchurch
11th Mar Day 9 cont  (Sun) - Domestic Flight from Rotorua to Christchurch Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Rotorua to Christchurch (South Island).
11th Mar Day 9 cont (Sun) - Shuttle Transfer from Christchurch Airport to Accommodation
11th Mar Day 9 cont  (Sun) - Shuttle Transfer from Christchurch Airport to Accommodation Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
11th - 13th Mar Days 9 - 11 (Sun to Tues) - 2 Nights Accommodtion in Christchurch
Travel to your accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 3 Star vacation accommodation in Christchurch, is located on New Zealand's South Island. Superbly situated in the very heart of this historic garden city, your accommodation in Christchurch is located just off Cathedral Square. Close to cafes, restaurants, museums and many of Christchurch's most popular attractions. It is the newest hotel in the city and offers 155 spacious guest rooms, a modern bar and restaurant as well and an intimate meeting room. All rooms feature views overlooking the city as well as broadband internet access.
13th Mar Day 11 (Tues) - Shuttle Transfer from Christchurch Accommodation to Airport
13th Mar Day 11 (Tues) - Shuttle Transfer from Christchurch Accommodation to Airport Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand, to the Airport.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
13th Mar Day 11cont (Tues) - Domestic Flight from Christchurch to Queenstown
13th Mar Day 11cont (Tues) - Domestic Flight from Christchurch to Queenstown Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Christchurch to Queenstown (South Island).
13th Mar Day 11 cont (Tues) - Shuttle Transfer from Queenstown Airport to Accommodation
13th Mar Day 11 cont (Tues) - Shuttle Transfer from Queenstown Airport to Accommodation Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
13th - 16th Mar Days 11 - 14 (Tues to Fri) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Queenstown
Travel to your accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
Your vacation accommodation is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel features rooms most of which have spectacular views over the lake and the remarkable mountain range. Facilities include a range of hotel amenities that invite those who want to relax from their travel. These include an outdoor swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, restaurant, bar, conference rooms and a ski and boot drying room. A convenient shuttle service to the town centre is also available. Travel and explore the surroundings by visiting New Zealand's Milford Sound, Central Otago Wineries. For the nature lover, maybe enjoy a nice stroll on walking trails that meander along the lakes shores. In the evening perhaps dine whilst enjoying a Maori Concert and see powerful performances of The Haka and other songs of New Zealand custom.

Upgrade Available (extra cost):
Lake View Room
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Doubtful Sound
When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence, a silence broken only by birdsong, or maybe the rushing of a distant waterfall.



On boarding a luxury coach in Queenstown, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Manapouri. Then cruise across the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri to West Arm before boarding a coach and crossing the alpine route of Wilmot Pass through some of Fiordland's most dense rainforest. On reaching Deep Cove, board a modern catamaran vessel, the Patea Explorer for a three hour cruise exploring the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and view the spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and mountains all the way out to the Tasman Sea. It is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals and when in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguin. An onboard nature guide with specialist knowledge of the region's history, flora and fauna provides detailed interpretation in English with a roving microphone. On the return cruise, the vessel's engines are turned off and passengers are treated to the 'sound of silence'. There is also a visit included to the Manapouri Power Station by coach before returning to Queenstown. Manapouri Power Station is an impressively large underground hydroelectric power station on the western arm of Lake Manapouri in Fiordland National Park. Lunch options and complimentary tea and coffee are available on the vessel.


*A picnic lunch can be pre-ordered before your tour for an additional cost. There is also a selection of cafe food aboard the vessel for purchase.

Tour departs at approximately 7am and returns at approximately 8pm (seasonally adjusted).

Photo Credit: Tourism Media
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Canyon Swing
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Canyon Swing And now for something completely different... Remember the swing you had in your back yard? Well, The Ledge Sky Swing takes that to a whole new level.


Once harnessed your lowered to the release 'station'. Let the thrill take over! As you swing away the biggest surprise is not knowing when you'll change from fall to swing. Just as your brain convinces you the fall will never stop, you begin arching out 400 metres over Queenstown.

The nightlife in Queenstown is famous for being fast and furious, so we decided to do the same with the Sky Swing. The Ledge Sky Swing is the only swing operating at night. It might pay to leave dinner to afterwards if you know what we mean.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hackett Nevis Bungy
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hackett Nevis Bungy The Bungy that got the whole thing started in Queenstown; and then, set Queenstown up as the adventure-tourism capital of the world.


With the Nevis Highwire Bungy, getting there is half the fun! The experience kicks off with a rugged 35 minute back-blocks 4x4 drive before you get harnessed up and board a shuttle which ferries you to the the Bungy Pod.

For many, this would have to be the ultimate challenge. Make no mistake, the Nevis Highwire Bungy is not for the nervous - with a wild 134 metres (440 feet) drop, the river seems to rush towards you faster than you're rushing towards it! Once off the edge it's simply a matter of basking in the glory of what you have achieved, as well as coming to grips with the 8 ½ seconds of freefall! Tour is 4 hours in duration.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Gondola Ride
One of the first sights to captivate visitors to Queenstown is the distinctive outline of the Skyline complex high above town.


Located an easy 5 minute walk from central Queenstown and exclusively accessed by scenic gondola, Skyline Gondola, Restaurant & Luge is a must-see attraction during your visit to Queenstown, New Zealand. The best views in the region are found here spread out in a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks. It's truly magnificent and awe-inspiring!

Of course there's more to do than just admire the view! Enjoy a dinner or relax in the bar in the Skyline Restaurant. Casual dining is also available during the day in the Cafe. Thrillseekers can hurtle down the winding downhill Skyline Luge - it`s the fastest fun on wheels! or maybe take in the challenge of AJ Hackett`s Ledge Bungy or Swing, or take off on a tandem parapente flight. Various walking tracks can also be accessed from Skyline, from an easy 30 minute walk to a full day hike.

Skyline was also a finalist in the `Best Visitor Attraction` in the New Zealand Tourism Awards in 1999 and 2001.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Winery Tour
Enjoy an afternoon exploring some of the award winning wineries in the Queenstown region.


Your tour operates with small groups (maximum of 22 people) that are suitable for first time tasters or wine connoisseurs. You will experience an in-depth introduction to four Queenstown wineries and an underground wine cave tour. Friendly, knowledgeable guides offer an understanding of the unique Central Otago wine growing conditions and wines offered. Travelling time is kept to a minimum, the pace is relaxed and wine always superb.

Departs 12:30pm daily. All year round. Allow 5 hours

Tour Includes:
Pick up from accommodation or central Queenstown
Tasting at the four wineries visited
Wine tasting in the unique underground wine cave
View of Queenstown's original bungy jump

Time for optional lunch (own expense) at Gibbston Valley Winery.

Photo Credit: Southern Public Relations
16th Mar Day 14 (Fri) - Shuttle Transfer from Queenstown Accommodation to Airport
16th Mar Day 14 (Fri) - Shuttle Transfer from Queenstown Accommodation to Airport Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, to the Airport.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
16th Mar Day 14 cont (Fri) - Domestic Flight Queenstown to Auckland
16th Mar Day 14 cont (Fri) - Domestic Flight Queenstown to Auckland Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Queenstown to Auckland (North Island).
16th Mar Day 14 cont (Fri) - International Flight from Auckland to Los Angeles
16th Mar Day 14 cont  (Fri) - International Flight from Auckland to Los Angeles Today depart Auckland and fly to the USA. Enjoy an in-flight dinner and movie with arrival in the USA. Note: you will be traveling back across the International Date Line. Gain that day back you lost on the way over, you actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Auckland.

Note: Flight may include a stop over in Australia.