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In a nod to the fictional adventurer Phileas Fogg, New Zealand travel experts have launched a new itinerary for guests to experience all 14 of the country’s diverse natural landscapes from the geo thermal landscape on the North Island to the fiords and petrified forests of the south coast – all in just 18 days.
New Zealand is renowned for its stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes, with many considering it to have one of the world’s most diverse range of landscapes, all condensed into a similar area of land than the UK.
“We wanted to celebrate New Zealand’s diverse range of habitats and landscapes that make it such a special country. Although this itinerary can be tailor-made to fit any duration, we have carefully selected the best destinations and accommodation across 14 spectacular landscapes, which truly represent the diversity and beauty of this amazing country,” says Paul Carberry, founder of New Zealand In Depth.
Travel experts at New Zealand In Depth have worked with partners and contacts in New Zealand to highlight the landscapes that span the country including geothermal formations, glaciers, volcanic, and coastal environments. Guests embarking on this adventure will also enter temperate rainforest, beech forest, and explore fiords and sounds. Other spectacular geological landscapes that finish the line-up include New Zealand’s finest lakes, mountains, limestone cavesand braided rivers.
The new itinerary starts with a night in cosmopolitan Auckland, before heading to the world-famous Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland and Maori cultural heartland. Here guests will be treated to a visual feast of geothermal features such as volcanic crater lakes, spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and hissing fumaroles. Guests will also experience genuine Maori hospitality in Whakarewarewa village and be treated to a cultural immersion at Te Puia, New Zealand’s Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.
From geothermal delights to almighty volcanoes of Tongariro National Park, where guests will experience the beauty of this landscape on a 19km guided walk of the Tongariro Crossing. As you trek this spectacular volcanic terrain you will encounter old lava flows, hot springs, crater lakes and be afforded stunning views of Mount Taranaki, Mount Ngauruhoe, the Kaimanawa Ranges, Lake Taupo and beyond.
The adventure continues to Motueka, famous for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters and limestone caves, it’s the perfect base to explore Abel Tasman National Park and the Golden Bay area.
Next stop Punakaiki, this dramatic landscape dates back 30 million years, with layered limestone forming the world-famous pancake rocks and coastal cliffs punctuated by booming blowholes.
From Water to ice in Glacier country. Here guests can choose to hop onboard a scenic flight that offers unparalleled aerial views of Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier as well as a snow landing high in the mountains or a Heli hike, where a helicopter will drop guests off at the top of the glacier for an up-close encounter with this natural wonder.
The next leg of the journey will take guests past temperate rainforest, waterfalls and braided rivers before arriving at the shores of Lake Wanaka. The perfect spot to simply relax and enjoy the mountain scenery.
Heading further south to explore the many treasures contained within the Fiordland National Park; the glow-worm caves, a three-hour cruise on the Milford Sound, where an underwater observatory allows a window into this spectacular world and finally an overnight cruise on the majestic Doubtful Sound.
On board the MV Southern Secret, guests will be able to kayak, fish for their own supper, enjoy the abundant nature including seals and dolphins as well as take in the breath-taking scenery, as waterfalls plunge into the sound from 2000ft cliffs above.
After a relaxing breakfast guests will take a ferry across to Stewart Island. Stewart Island is New Zealand’s third largest island and 85% of it forms Rakiura National Park – this is one of the few parts of New Zealand where it is possible to see kiwi in the wild.
Returning to the mainland, the final days include a stunning drive through The Catlins at the southern end of the South Island to view the petrified forests, with sightings of yellow eyed penguins and sea lions. Feeling more like the edge of the world as opposed to around the world!
Paul Carberry added “this really is a trip of a life time for nature lovers, adventurers and even budding geologists. All the wonders of New Zealand in 18 days without compromising on luxury and quality.”
The changing landscape itinerary starts from £3,200 per adult on a 3-4* self-catering/B&B basis, car hire, guided walk on Tongariro Crossing, cruises on Milford Sound, overnight on the Doubtful Sound, some meals and domestic flight from Taupo to Nelson all included, does not include international flights.
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Notes to editor:
- Temperate rainforest
- Beech and petrified forests
- Limestone caves
- Braided rivers
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Link to the itinerary online at http://www.newzealand-indepth.co.uk/experiences/the-changing-landscapes-of-new-zealand/
About New Zealand in Depth
The New Zealand in Depth team has created tailor-made holiday experiences to New Zealand for 11 years and are committed to understanding their client’s needs, sharing their expert knowledge and experience of the country and planning trips that leave lasting memories.
New Zealand in Depth has built great relationships with local activities, accommodation and suppliers to offer their clients the chance to experience the real side of New Zealand and get off the beaten track to experiences that are often not available through other operators.
About Paul Carberry – founder of New Zealand in Depth
“I think it was inevitable that I would work in travel and focus on New Zealand in particular. My dad worked in the airline industry for many years for the likes of BOAC, British Airways and then Air New Zealand before he set up his own long haul travel business.
I had the excitement of growing up imagining travel to distant lands and, after completing a degree in geology and working in the family travel business for a couple of years, I left the UK and spent several months exploring New Zealand returning to set up my own New Zealand travel company in 2003.
Since then I have been fortunate to have been able to travel back to New Zealand many times, feeling that is more and more like home every time I go.”
About Sally Lilley – Travel specialist at New Zealand in Depth
“I met John (my partner) in 1999 and after 20 years in the Financial Services industry jumped at the chance to take 12 months off and travel around the world as a mature backpacker. On returning to the UK in 2001 I worked for a number of organisations in the charity and hospitality sector before deciding New Zealand was where we wanted to live.
John & I emigrated to New Zealand in 2003 and entered the world of hospitality and tourism. Over the next seven years we ran a number of remote Lodges on the South Island including Milford Sound, Lake Moeraki and Arthurs Pass and in 2010 we took over a small group guided tour company based in Christchurch.
We spent the next four years guiding small groups around New Zealand ensuring they had a trip of a lifetime. After 11 years in New Zealand we moved back to the UK for family reasons and now have the pleasure of sending visitors to New Zealand to enjoy all my favourite places – many of which you will not find in the guide books.”
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