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Tiny places - Big stories

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up to Sep 30

Book tour with only 20% deposit & SAVE $365 per person
$2855 $2490 – Grab this special now

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Evocative places with names like Middlemarch & Maniototo (red tussock) lace up your exploring boots and find out more. Glorious lakes, quaint places where giants live, or wineries where you are the only visitor. Platters of fresh produce and a glass of wine with a remote redwood forest at the doorstep. Enormous ancient landforms naturally sculptured nestled in farmland where sheep quietly graze. Personal stories of people who travelled before us create private doorways where we get to glimpse tiny places with big stories.

Tour at a Glance

Price
  • $2855 $2490 Per adult pp twin share
  • $1695 Per child
  • $5790 $4980 Price for 2 people
  • $795 Single Supplement
Tour Dates
  • 3 – 7 October 2021
  • 11 – 15 November 2021
  • 9 - 13 December 2021
Tour Leader:
  • Sarah-Jane Lee
Fitness Level
  • 1-2 hrs Able to walk
  • Good All paths
Extensions
  • Four special gardens
  • Hurunui scenic road trip discovering quiet country places
  • Charms of historic Port Chalmers and beyond
  • Cruise the harbour to observe Royal Albatross and marine life
Important notes
  • Some activities are weather-dependent (trips can be swap during the day)
  • Single Supplement: up to 4 single rooms per group
  • * Door to door transfer: within 25km to tour start point (Parnell Railway Station). Includes airport pick up and drop off (between airport and tour start point – Parnell Station) on the same day of tour start / finish.

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5 days
4 nights

Trip Overview

Who on earth lived here?

  • Magical Ohinetahi Gardens
  • Extraordinary geology, Vanished World / Duntroon
  • Glorious picture postcard St Bathans crystal deep blue lake
  • Lake Coleridge’s quiet beauty
  • Enjoy meeting some Aussies / hand feed wallabies
  • Amusing, quirky tiled piano and garden, an invitation to play
  • Garden rambles backdropped against Maniototo skyline
  • Afternoon tea in Larnach Castle’s heritage stable complex
  • Lunch finger food nestled in alpine country garden
  • Savour a classic country roast nestled in Dansey’s Pass hotel
  • Relish a night at Methven boutique cinema with snacks at hand
  • Farm style gift shops
  • Finding the unusual handmade objects and art
  • Ranfurly Visitor Centre wares displayed in an old railway carriage
Start Christchurch
Finish Dunedin
Start Christchurch
Finish Dunedin
Included
  • FLIGHTS to & from major cities*
  • Door to door shuttle urban areas*
  • Your own professional historian as a guide
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, 3 x 2-course dinners
  • Enjoy meeting some Aussies / hand feed wallabies
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
  • Entry Fees
Excluded
  • Airfare to and from destinations
  • Travel/Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended, please contact us for a quote)
  • Sightseeing / activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
  • Optional day tours during free time
  • Entry visa if needed
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Itinerary

Who on earth lived here?

Day 1

Christchurch - Bank Peninsula (Akaroa) - Small bays, fine views, pebble beach, arts and crafts

@thegiantshouse
@thegiantshouse

Highlights of the day

  • Scenic Lookout over Christchurch and mountains
  • Ohinetahi House & Garden
  • The Giant House Akaroa
  • Onuku, ancestral house and church
  • Birdlings Flat, pebble beach with ocean surf
  • Little River, tiny town in the heart of the Peninsula

Departs Christchurch Botanic Garden at 9.30 am. We board our coach to start our southern experience.

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Stops & extensions
Day 2

Bank Peninsula - Lake Coleridge/Methven Family - owned farm tour, historic country estate, Lake Coleridge high country

Lake Coleridge, New Zealand
Lake Coleridge

Highlights of the day

  • Family-owned farm tour
  • Cotons Cottage
  • Boutique Cinema Experience
  • Country Estate Lunch and Garden Tour
  • Lake Coleridge / Rakaia River scenic route

Variety is the keynote of today from a working farm, a picturesque lake with an industrial sized job (generating hydroelectric power) and tiny settlements with interesting stories.

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Stops & extensions
Day 3

Lake Coleridge/Methven - Danseys Pass Waimate, Kurow, Duntroon, Moeraki Boulders, Danseys Pass

Lake Coleridge, New Zealand @Agoda
Lake Coleridge @Agoda

Highlights of the day

  • Meet some Aussies / hand feed wallabies
  • Take a selfie with Richie McCaw / Kurow
  • Lost in a Vanished World / Duntroon
  • Jumping across Moeraki Boulders

There’s bound to be a small town out there that’s calling your name: Waimate. Waimate is home to one of New Zealand’s largest pieces of street art.

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Stops & extensions
Day 4

Danseys Pass - Maniototo Gold mining towns: Ranfurly, Naseby, Clachanburn Gardens, St Bathans

Clachanburn Gardens, New Zealand @Stuff
Clachanburn Gardens @Stuff

Highlights of the day

  • Clachanburn, a rambling country garden
  • Ranfurly, the Art Deco of Otago
  • Naseby, ‘jewel of the Maniototo’
  • St Bathans, five people are a crowd! / Blue Lake

Jane Falconer welcomes you to her rambling country garden, set in the stark beauty of the Maniototo. Maniototo is where Scottish roots writ large on the Maniototo (red tussock) landscape. Perhaps, try your hard at curling. Meet local artists who call the place home with one of a kind objects to ponder over.

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Stops & extensions
Day 5

Danseys Pass - Dunedin: Macraes, Middlemarch, Larnach Castle

Middlemarch, New Zealand
Middlemarch

Highlights of the day

  • Macraes, Otago’s gold mining history
  • Middlemarch, Central Otago backcountry
  • Larnach Castle, one and only mock castle in NZ

The bizarre, the sad and the glorious. Macraes gold mining history is about struggle and the likelihood of failure. Most miners do not find their pot of gold. We discover their stories at Golden Point Reserve. A lunar landscape is the legacy of dredging on an industrial scale.  Middlemarch is replete with stories of everyday settlers, the rocky tors and confluence of two rivers reflects the history of its farming and domestic life.

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Stops & extensions

Trip includes / Trip exludes / Important notes

Ohinetahi Garden, New Zealand @ohinetahi
Ohinetahi Garden @ohinetahi

TRIP INCLUDES

  • FLIGHTS to & from major cities*
  • Your own professional historian as a guide
  • 1 night at Akaroa Waterfront Motels
  • 1 night at Methven Resort
  • 2 nights at Danseys Pass Hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 x 2-course dinners
  • Magical Ohinetahi Gardens Guided Tour
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Dates and Prices

20% deposit will secure a place on this trip. All deposits are transferable to other dates or tours. 100% COVID RISK FREE GUARANTEE

Tiny places - Big stories
3.10 – 7.10.2021
5
  • Per adult pp twin share 2490 NZD
  • Per child 1695 NZD
  • Price for 2 people 4980 NZD
  • Single Suplement 795 NZD
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Tiny places - Big stories
11 – 15.11.2021
7
  • Per adult pp twin share 2490 NZD
  • Per child 1695 NZD
  • Price for 2 people 4980 NZD
  • Single Suplement 795 NZD
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Tiny places - Big stories
9 – 13.12.2021
11
  • Per adult pp twin share 2490 NZD
  • Child 1695 NZD
  • Price for 2 people 4980 NZD
  • Single Suplement 795 NZD
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Tiny places - Big stories
17 – 21.02.2022
18
  • Per adult pp twin share 2490 NZD
  • Per child 1695 NZD
  • Price for 2 people 4980 NZD
  • Single Suplement 795 NZD
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Tiny places - Big stories
19 – 23.04.2022
20
  • Per adult pp twin share 2490 NZD
  • Per child 1695 NZD
  • Price for 2 people 4980 NZD
  • Single Suplement 795 NZD
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    Frequently asked questions
    How many people are there on each tour?

    Our Escorted Tours are limited to a maximum of 10 tour members

    Do you have age restrictions for your tours?

    Travelers must be at least 18 years-of-age to travel unaccompanied by an adult. We recommend that children be at least 12 years of age. Our tours are heavy on “adult things” (art, history, architecture, etc.) that kids often find boring. Our tours allow flexibility, so squeezing in activities for younger children is possible but can still be overwhelming.

    Do I need to pay the single supplement?

    The accommodation on our tours is based on twin share. If you’d prefer to have your own room, please select the single supplement option in the online booking form. The single supplement fee is for the whole trip, not per night. This will ensure you have a room to yourself. If you’re happy to share, you will be placed in a twin room with another adventure-buddy of the same gender in separate beds. If we can’t find anyone to share your room with, you have to pay for the single supplement.

    We only share basic information about your adventure-buddy, but if you both agree you can keep in touch before the tour starts.

    How physically difficult are the tours?

    Walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs.

    (we provide personalized itineraries and private tours throughout New Zealand and Australia where one or more person has a physical or learning disability, is a slow walker or simply may need that bit of extra support along the way).

    What are the accommodations like?

    All the hotels on our escorted tours to New Zealand are carefully selected by our Directors to ensure they meet their exacting standards. Over the decades they’ve worked in the travel industry, they’ve come to understand precisely which hotel elements work best for your holiday. Location and consistent high standards are paramount. So, throughout your touring holiday in New Zealand, rest assured that we aim to provide top accommodation. And it does not cost the earth.

    Is the optional program guaranteed to happen?

    For optional programs you must apply and pay 45 days prior to departure. It is often no longer possible to apply after we start the tour but please contact us for more details.

    Do you book flights as well?

    All of our tours excluding airfares.

    How much luggage am I allowed to bring?

    Passengers are allowed one max 20kg suitcase/backpack and one day bag, as there are strict weight restrictions on our buses.

    What is your no show policy?

    Due to extremely strict time slots for entry into attractions, we recommend you show up 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Our groups depart precisely at the scheduled tour start time. If you show up late or cannot find the meeting point, for any reason, refund requests are not honored per policy. For most tours, it is not logistically possible to join the group after it has started but please contact us if you have any questions.

    What sort of weather can I expect on my tour?

    Please visit Metservice.com for a long term weather forecast.

    Do I need to tell you about any medical or special conditions?

    Yes we like to know about anything that needs consideration on your tour, such as ability to walk up stairs, etc. Once you have booked, you will receive a form requesting details of any medical conditions that may be relevant to your tour experience. This allows us to make any necessary arrangements.

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