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5 days / 4 nights
Heritage Byways
Goldfields Magic
Limited time offer
up to August 15
1 person - get $200 credit towards flight or balance
2 people - save $720 when booking twin share
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TRIP PROFILE
Dates:2021
  • 5 – 9 October Sold out
  • 2 – 6 November
  • 7 – 11 December
2022
  • 11 – 15 January
  • 8 – 12 February
  • 15 – 19 March
  • 26 – 30 April
  • 4 – 8 October
  • 8 – 12 November
  • 6 – 10 December
Trip Duration:5 days / 4 nights
Start:Dunedin
Finish:Dunedin
Price:
  • Adult NZD 2855 per person
  • Child NZD 1695 per person
  • Special price for 2 people – $5710 $4990
  • Single Supplement NZD 795
20% deposit will secure a place on this trip.
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all deposits are transferable to other dates or tours
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore a region with a rich gold mining history & try and find your own piece of gold
  • A red tinted tussock landscape (Maniototo)
  • The 1880 Daniel O’Connell suspension bridge with its stone piers crosses the Manuherikia River
  • Cromwell Heritage Precinct is central Otago’s best kept secret
  • Arrowtown is a postcard tourist town neatly wrapped as a preserved nineteenth gold mining settlement
  • Discover an interesting former Roxburgh Branch railway tunnel
TRIP INCLUDES
  • 2 nights accommodation in Cromwell / Heritage Lake Resort
  • 2 nights accommodation in Arrowtown / Millbrook Resort
  • Daily breakfast & dinner*
  • One Exclusive Winery Gourmet Lunch with wine tasting
  • Entry Fee of Lavender Farm, Orchard Tour, Mining Centre, Lake District Museum, Maniototo Early Settlers Museum
  • Commentaries provided by your experienced escort, drivers and local guides
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
  • Door to door transfer included*
  • Tax included

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    ITINERARY
    About Trip
    Heritage Byways
    Goldfields Magic

    Stories, places discovered, explored and it’s not a boring school trip. Hidden quiet corners waiting to tell the story of Aotearoa NZ’s gold mining frenzy. Side roads to the past where we find out about the lives of individuals willing to risk all for the lure of gold. We promise no homework, just fun exploring a heritage story! Heritage byways is a magical journey for anyone who wants to find out more.

    The hint of ruins, the shaft of light down a gloomy tunnel, the slowly rusting nineteenth century equipment next to an orchard brimming with lucious produce. There is laughter as we imagine ourselves in the straitjacket of Victorian clothing and a chance to journey down the rivers where gold was struck. It’s detective work and entertaining. And the hallmark of any story enjoying the bounty of gourmet food from local artisan cafes.

    Lake Dunstan

    DAY 1
    Dunedin - Cromwell
    Tussock-clad hills and sturdy mountain ranges, quaint little settlements

    Highlights of the day

    • Golden Point Reserve
    • Ranfurly
    • Naseby
    • Omakau
    • Cromwell

    Mining Village

    Stay

    @heritagehotels

    The elegant villa accommodation is located on a picturesque marina connected to Lake Dunstan. Each unit is modern and spacious. Studio features a private balcony with views of Lake Dunstan and the marina. It also includes a 40-inch flat-screen TV, microwave, a sink, a refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities.

    DAY 2
    Cromwell
    Central Otago’s best kept secret, gold panning, evening talk

    Highlights of the day

    • Bendigo Historic Reserve
    • Quartz-Reef Point Historic Reserve
    • Cromwell Heritage Precinct
    • Goldfields Mining Centre
    • Evening Talk

    @Grain and Seed Cafe

    DAY 3
    Cromwell - Arrowtown
    Most intact historic goldfield town, Central Otago’s Tastiest,
    Freshest Tour

    Highlights of the day

    • Orchard Tour
    • Arrowtown
    • Distillery Tour (optional)
    • Exclusive Hot Pools (optional)
    • Spa Treatments (optional)
    • Visit one of the most intact historic goldfield town / 4wd tour (optional)
    • Boutique Cinema Experience

    @NZNomadSafaris

    Stay

    Deluxe Studio @MillbrookNZ

    Millbrook’s iconic, inspirational and peaceful setting is unrivalled in the Queenstown area. Framed by the aptly named Remarkables Mountain Range and set on 650 acres of lush green fairways, rolling hills and gentle streams. Here is a quick overview of how Millbrook came to be the incredible golf & lifestyle resort it is today.

    Family Stay

    Two Bedroom Suite

    Perfect for a small group of friends or family, Millbrook’s opulent Two Bedroom Suites feature a spacious living area with separate kitchen facilities and showcases the perfect blend of contemporary and chic furnishings, natural finishes and carpeted flooring throughout. With panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and fairways from the two balconies, these spacious 160sqm Two Bedroom Suites boast California King size beds in both rooms, two oversized ensuites, flatscreen TV and gas fireplace.

    DAY 4
    Otago - Arrowtown
    Lavender farm, Shotover River, world-class Restaurant
    and Cellar Door (lunch)

    Highlights of the day

    • Heritage Walk
    • Exclusive Wine Tasting with gourmet lunch
    • Lavender Farm (October-April)
    • Edith Cavell Bridge / Historic Tunnel Walk

    Autumn leaves are falling on an old house, Arrowtown

    DAY 5
    Arrowtown - Dunedin
    Explore the old farm homesteads and historic gold mining villages
    on your way to Dunedin

    Highlights of the day

    • Alexandra
    • Mitchell’s Cottage
    • Roxburgh
    • Gabriel’s Gully Historic Reserve
    • Glenore Tunnel

    Alexandra

    Trip includes / Trip excludes / Important notes

    Dunedin, Railway Station

    TRIP INCLUDES

    • 2 nights accommodation in Cromwell / Heritage Lake Resort
    • 2 nights accommodation in Arrowtown / Millbrook Resort
    • All meals included*
    • One Exclusive Winery Gourmet Lunch with wine tasting
    • Entry Fee of Lavender Farm, Orchard Tour, Mining Centre, Lake District Museum, Maniototo Early Settlers Museum
    • Commentaries provided by your experienced escort, drivers and local guides
    • Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
    • Door to door transfer included*
    • Tax included
    ADD-ONS

    @NZNomadSafaris

    TRIP ADD-ONS

    • Single Supplement
    • Macetown Tour
    • Heavenly Spa Services
    • Hot Pools (45 min)
    • Distillery Tour
    • Boutique Cinema Experience

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