Crossing onto South Island, our first stop is Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary, where the dazzling South Island Saddleback and New Zealand Robin will no doubt entertain us, before we embark on another pelagic adventure into the fantastic upwelling off Kaikoura, searching for an abundance of albatrosses, shearwaters and petrels. Travelling across South Island, we will seek the endemic flightless rail known as the Weka, as well as Great Spotted Kiwi, before hiking through pristine Red Beech forest surrounded by breathtaking glacier-lined mountains, where Brown Creeper and the massive Kea can be found. In Fiordland National Park our targets will include Blue Duck, the cute Rock Wren and New Zealand Falcon, before catching our ferry to the rugged Stewart Island. Southern Brown Kiwi and a variety of other specialties will entertain us before another pelagic outing visiting several nearby islands. Our final destination will be Dunedin, where a visit to a Northern Royal Albatross colony and a Yellow-eyed Penguin breeding site will certainly be amongst the many highlights of this rewarding tour.
With excellent lodging and meals, awe-inspiring scenery and fantastically friendly “Kiwis”, this is sure to be a tour of a lifetime!
Our Galápagos of the Southern Ocean cruise sets off from New Zealand, from where we explore four groups of sub-Antarctic islands: the Snares, Auckland, Macquarie and Campbell Islands. These waters support the richest seabird assemblage on Earth, plus an impressive diversity of endemic land birds and waterfowl. Vast penguin and seabird colonies include the entire world population of Royal Penguins on Macquarie!
Tour Dates: 20th October to 6th November 2013 (18 days)
Tour Price: US$7,175 * £4,485 * €5,525 * NZ$8,875 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in NZ$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size: Limited to 8 participants and 1 leader (see below)
20th October- Auckland to Kerikeri
21st October- Kerikeri to Snells Beach
22nd October- Pelagic off Hauraki Gulf
23rd October- Day trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island
24th October- Warkworth to Tokaanu via Miranda
25th October- Tongariro National Park
26th October- Tokaanu to Picton
27th October- Picton to Kaikoura via Marlborough Sounds
28th October- Kaikoura Pelagic and drive to Punakaki
29th October- Punakaiki to Franz Josef Glacier
30th October- Franz Josef to Omarama
31st October- Omarama to Te Anau
1st November- Fiordland National Park via Milford Sound
2nd November- Te Anau to Stewart Island
3rd November- Stewart Island Pelagic
4th November- Stewart Island to Dunedin
5th November- Dunedin Area
6th November- Departure
The fee for the Comprehensive New Zealand tour is US$7,175 * £4,485 * €5,525 * NZ$8,875 per person sharing.
The single supplement cost for this tour is US$1,190 and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share,
the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
This tour fee includes:
All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 18;
Bottled drinking water;
All ground transportation;
All national park entrance fees; and
All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services.)
The tour fee does not include:
ANY flights (see above);
Special gratuities; and
Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (NZ$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate flight and single supplement rates
have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will
attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does not include your leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.
It is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) for hand luggage;Accommodation throughout the trip is of a good standard and the hotels and resorts that we make use of range from comfortable to good. There is no camping on this trip.
Please note that the seas during the various pelagic trips can be unpredictable and participants who opt for these pelagics must therefore bear this in mind. If you have any medical conditions
or physical limitations relating to balance and mobility, please do let the office know. Furthermore, it is essential that you bring along some motion sickness medication if you
suspect that you could be prone to seasickness. We suggest that you contact your travel doctor for information regarding the various medication options.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. The tour will begin in Auckland on day 1, which is scheduled as an arrival day; you are free to arrive at any time on this day. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude with our evening farewell dinner in
Dunedin on day 17. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance or advice in this regard, kindly contact the office.
Auckland is the main port of entry for international flights into New Zealand for those travelling on this tour and is well serviced by many of the world’s major airlines. As our guests come from all over the planet we do not include international flights in our tour prices. We have the capacity to advise you on
the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
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