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New Zealand & Fiji Adventure

CHRISTCHURCH, ARTHUR’S PASS, FRANZ JOSEF, QUEENSTOWN, MILFORD SOUND, FAIRLIE & FIJI

 

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey on one of our New Zealand & Fiji tours. Reserve by November 16, 2017 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.


Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour includes
  • International Flight
  • 2 nights in Christchurch
  • 1 night in Franz Josef
  • 3 nights in Queenstown
  • 1 night in Fairlie
  • 3 nights in Fiji

 

  • Picturesque Queenstown
  • Milford Sound
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Breathtaking Fiji
  • Sightseeing in Christchurch
  • Scenic Arthur’s Pass
  • Haast Region
  • Te Anau
  • Farm Stay (Fairlie, NZ)
  • Round-trip international airfare from Los Angeles via Fiji Airways
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-South Pacific flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at deluxe and superior first class hotels
  • One night accommodation on a New Zealand Farm with dinner (D)
  • Welcome dinner in New Zealand (D)
  • Farewell dinner in Fiji (D)
  • Full buffet American breakfast daily (B)
  • Sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in itinerary
  • English speaking New Zealand Tour Director and local guide in Fiji

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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)

Depart

Return

Best Value Pricing
Reserve by Nov 16 2017

Reserve after
Nov 16 2017

2017

w/check 
discount

Sale

After Sale

Dec 28

Jan 9 ’18

$ 4199 $ 4299 $ 4599

2018

w/check 
discount

Sale

After Sale

Jan 7

Jan 19

$ 3899 $ 3999 $ 4299

Jan 14

Jan 26

$ 4099 $ 4199 $ 4499

Mar 11

Mar 23

$ 3799 $ 3899 $ 4199

Apr 1

Apr 13

$ 3699 $ 3799 $ 4099
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $899.
Business Class Upgrade: Add $4995.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

 

Day 1
Depart USA
Your fascinating journey to New Zealand & Fiji begins today as you board your Fiji Airways flight to the South Island of New Zealand via Fiji.
Day 2
International Flight
En route, cross the International Dateline and “lose” one day. You’ll “regain” this day when flying from Fiji back to the USA at the conclusion of your journey!
Day 3
Arrive Christchurch (New Zealand)
Afternoon arrival in Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to your upscale city-center hotel. Check in and relax, and then join your group for a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Chateau On the Park, A DoubleTree Hilton Hotel (D)

Day 4
Christchurch
After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, enjoy an orientation sightseeing tour of the city, which will include visits to Canterbury Museum and Botanical Gardens. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration. Consider visiting the Antarctic Centre, and learn about life in Antarctica while hanging out with little blue penguins. Or enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on board the beautifully restored heritage Trams, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. The friendly and knowledgeable drivers will inform you about the city, its landmarks and local sights. Then board a classic punt and an Edwardian punter will pole you quietly past trailing willows, woodlands, and the leafy banks of the Botanic Gardens. (B)
Day 5
Christchurch/Arthur’s Pass/Franz Josef
Depart Christchurch this morning after breakfast and begin your journey to Franz-Josef via Arthur’s Pass. Make several scenic stops along the way with time allowed for photos and lunch. This afternoon, arrive at Franz Josef Glacier. The balance of the day is at leisure. You may consider an optional helicopter ride over the glacier, or a dip in a glacier hot pool.
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef (B)

Day 6
Franz Josef/Haast/Queenstown
After breakfast, begin your journey from Franz Josef to Haast, a UNESCO World Heritage Area. Haast is famous for its dramatic landscapes. Situated on the western edge of Mount Aspiring National Park in the heart of a world heritage area, UNESCO has compared it to the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef as a significant natural treasure. Stop for lunch and then continue your drive to Queenstown. Arrive in Queenstown in the afternoon and check into your hotel which sits overlooking the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is within walking distance of Queenstown’s central shopping and entertainment area. Evening on your own to explore Queenstown.
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront (B)

Day 7
Queenstown
Today’s excursion is reputed to be one of the most scenic in the world. Drive along Lake Wakatipu through dense forests and shimmering Lake Te Anau to Fiordland National Park and the Homer Tunnel en route to Milford Sound. Here you’ll board an unforgettable cruise through towering fjords and majestic waterfalls. Return to Queenstown early this evening. (B)
Day 8
Queenstown
Today is a day at leisure to enjoy beautiful Queenstown. Perhaps enjoy an optional tour to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on a vintage steamship and disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Experience rural New Zealand as we take you on a walking tour of the farmyard. You can help feed the animals, see the sheep dogs in action and watch a sheep shearing display during the farm demonstration. Another optional tour offered is New Zealand Nomad Safaris -4 Wheel Drive Skippers Canyon. Leave bustling Queenstown behind, for the scenic beauty of Skippers Canyon on a half-day 4WD tour of the historic gorge. An experienced guide traverses Gorge Road and follows an old mining route toward Coronet Peak and into Skippers Canyon for outstanding views over the Wakatipu Basin and the Shotover River. Enjoy short walks and stop for scrumptious morning or afternoon tea including chilled wine, cookies and homemade cheese. (B)

Day 9
Queenstown/Tekapo/Fairlie
After breakfast, begin your journey to Fairlie via Tekapo. Drive through spectacular scenery and enjoy stops for photos and lunch along the way. Proceed to Fairlie, a thriving farming region in the heart of the sheep grazing pastures of the Canterbury Plains. You will spend the evening on a working farm where your hosts invite you for a delicious home cooked dinner and conversation. This is certain to be one of the highlights of the trip!
Farm Stay (B,D)

Day 10
Fairlie/Christchurch/Fiji
After a home-hosted breakfast at your Farmstay, depart Fairlie for the airport in Christchurch where you’ll board your flight to Nadi, Fiji. Upon arrival in Fiji, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Fiji. (B)

Day 11
Fiji
Today, visit the Garden of Sleeping Giants, which features canopied boardwalks, lily ponds, and over 2,000 types of orchids! Take in the beauty of this dense rainforest as you stroll the gardens. Continue to a Fijian village where you’ll enjoy a guided tour and have time to look at local handicrafts. Visit a Hindu Temple and then continue to Vuda Lookout which offers spectacular views of Nadi Bay and the neighboring islands. Enjoy some refreshments of seasonal fruits and juices. The balance of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 12
Fiji
Today is at your leisure. Take some time to rest and relax in beautiful Fiji or join an optional tour. You may consider visiting the Sabeto hot water springs and indulging in the therapeutic natural spa or take a cooking class and learn about Fiji’s traditional dishes! (B)
Day 13
Fiji/USA
Today, enjoy the morning and afternoon at leisure (perhaps take an optional tour) before an early farewell dinner with your group. Then, transfer to the airport and board your Fiji Airways flight back to the USA. You’ll cross the international dateline and arrive on the same day! (B,D)

Optional Tours

To enhance your amazing New Zealand & Fiji vacation package, you will be offered by your tour director several optional tours and  evening activities. All rates are approximates in US Dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Tours are subject to availability and minimum number of participants. Once confirmed, missed optional tours are non-refundable. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Christchurch
Christchurch Gondola (Approx. $20 per person)
Situated on the Port Hills of Christchurch City, the Summit Station of the Gondola provides spectacular panoramic views from its elevation. Perfect for those wanting an outdoors experience with amazing photographic opportunities. The Gondola is located on the edge of Christchurch just 15 minutes by vehicle from the heart of the city. Each cabin can take four people and 440 people can travel from the base station to the top in one hour.

Christchurch
Christchurch Tram & Punting (Approx. $34 per person)
Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city center on board the beautifully restored heritage trams, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. The friendly and knowledgeable drivers will inform you about the city, its landmarks, and local sights. Then board a classic punt and an Edwardian punter will pole you quietly past trailing willows, woodlands, and the leafy banks of the Botanic Gardens.

Franz Josef
Helicopter Line: Twin Glacier (Approx. $222 per person)
Fly over two of New Zealand’s most famous glaciers and land at the head of either the Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier. View the incredible natural phenomenon of the glacier as it winds slowly down the carved valleys from it’s origin in the mountains high above you.

Franz Josef
Glacier Hot Pools (Approx. $20 per person)
Immerse yourself in a choice of three invitingly warm public pools nestled in a heavily wooded rainforest, beneath mature 30 meter tall trees, with temperatures ranging from 36 to 40 degrees.

Queenstown
Walter Peak High Country Farm Excursion (Approx. $57 per person)
Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on a vintage steamship and disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy a walking tour of the farmyard, help feed sheep and get close to deer and Scottish Highland cattle. Watch the sheep dogs in action, a shearing display and maybe try your hand at wool spinning. There’s plenty of time to relax in the Colonel’s Homestead gardens and enjoy a country-style morning or afternoon tea in the lakeside setting.

Queenstown
Half-Day New Zealand Nomad Safaris: 4-Wheel Drive Skippers Canyon (Approx. $109 per person, with dinner)
The Nomad Safaris Skippers Canyon adventure is a half-day heritage tour that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. Travel the road that was hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley. As your experienced guide navigates this awe-inspiring canyon, you can relax and enjoy numerous historic sites along the journey, including a century old suspension bridge and the township of Skippers. Visit the restored Schoolhouse where you will gain a real insight into the local heritage through photos and relics of life in this tough environment. An adventure for the whole family.

Fiji
Sabeto Mudpool Tour Approx. $72 per person)
The Sabeto Hot Water Springs are one of Fiji’s hidden jewels. Enjoy this rare opportunity to indulge in a therapeutic natural spa also known as the Sabeto mud baths. This mud pool is the ideal remedy for self cleansing or naturally beautifying yourself. The sulfur in the hot springs is believed to have healing properties and is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike!

Fiji
Full-Day Navala Village Tour (Approx. $151 per person, with lunch)
Travel back in time with a visit to the Fijian village of Navala where locals live in traditional thatched roof “bures.” Navala village is carved into the side of the mountain of Ba. Villagers grow their own food and find wild fruits, yams and wild pigs from the jungle. Enjoy the “sevusevu” inside a Fijian “bure” before being guided around the village. You’ll visit the local primary school, get first hand knowledge about their traditional lifestyle and enjoy a tasty traditional lunch of vegetables in coconut milk with eggplant, stir-fried vegetables, and in season fruits.

Fiji
Full-Day Captain Cook Cruise (Approx. $101 per person, with lunch)
Cruise to the exclusive coral attol, Tivua Island for a full day of sun, culture, colorful reefs, turquoise water and lively music. This tropical atoll is surrounded by a white sandy beach and 500 acres of colorful coral gardens. This cruise includes guided snorkeling and glass-bottomed boat tours, use of canoes, a kava ceremony, volleyball, fish feeding, hammocks, a guided medicine walk, morning and afternoon tea, music and entertainment, a coconut husking demonstration, beach volleyball, a tropical buffet lunch, beer, wine, and soft drinks while on the island.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and back are on Fiji Airways.  Your flight schedules are below. We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure.

Departure Date

Depart LAX

Return LAX

2017: Dec.
2018: Jan. 7

9:30PM

11:25AM

2018: Jan. 14

9:30PM

12:25PM

2018: Mar. 11, Apr. 1

11:30PM

1:25PM

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Fiji Airways does not take seat requests in advance. smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the travel date. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.  If you failed to submit a copy of your passport with your deposit, you will need to mail smarTours one photocopy of your passport with your final payment.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 7 – 10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

Weather conditions will vary widely in the areas covered on this tour. Generally speaking, seasons in the Southern hemisphere are the reverse of our seasons. (When it is summer here it is winter there). The South Island of New Zealand will be mild during their summer (60’s and low 70’s) and cool in their winter (high in the 40’s). It is always a good idea to dress in layers. Fiji has a warm tropical climate with temperatures from the High 70’s to 80’s all year round.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 – $25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency.   It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

 

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