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New Zealand tour, 22 days

On our tour of New Zealand, you can explore one of the most beautiful countries in the world,  On this comprehensive journey you will be surprised by the different landscapes of both the North Island and the South Island. In the north you can visit include the metropolis of Auckland, the beautiful Bay of Island, Tongariro National Park and the steaming mud pools of Rotorua. In the south, especially in the mountains, the many sheep and clear blue lakes leave a lasting impression with spectacular views. Cozy Queenstown, with its many outdoor activities is a welcome stop. Of course, you also get to learn about the special Maori culture and you will gain an insight into the life of the original inhabitants of this unique country. Join our international groups, with active travelers of all ages on this active journey through New Zealand. 

Itinerary

  1. Auckland
  2. Auckland
  3. Auckland - Waipoua Kauri Forest - Bay of Islands
  4. Bay of Islands
  5. Bay of Islands - Rotorua
  6. Rotorua
  7. Rotorua - Taupo - Tongariro nationaal park
  8. Tongariro NP
  9. Tongariro NP - Napier
  10. Napier
  11. Napier - Wellington
  12. Wellington - ferry to Picton - Nelson
  13. Nelson, optional excursion Abel Tasman NP
  14. Nelson - pancake rocks - Greymouth
  15. Greymouth - Fox Glacier
  16. Fox Glacier - Queenstown
  17. Queenstown
  18. Queenstown - Te Anau
  19. Te Anau
  20. Te Anau - Christchurch
  21. Christchurch, optional excursion Kaikoura
  22. Christchurch


Land program begins  in Auckland at the hotel at 4 PM
Land ends in Christchurch  around 1 PM

Subject to change

Day by day

On the Road with Djoser

Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. During Djoser travels, the daily schedule is not rigidly set.

The day-to-day descriptions describe the anticipated, or possible daily activities. Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.

We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day-to-day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day-to-day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.

Auckland

Day 1 Transit day
Day 2 Transit day
Day 3 Arrival Auckland (land program begins )
Day 4 Auckland

Auckland, is our first stop on our travel to New Zealand. With more than one million inhabitants, it is the largest Polynesian city in the world but by the vastness does not have the atmosphere of a big city. We stay in the heart of the 'City of Sails', so named because of its location on two bays, where there are always a many sailboats. Auckland has many interesting museums, beautiful viewpoints and a stunning aquarium. In the many restaurants and cafes of the city you can take a pleasant break from the first impressions and get used to the relaxed lifestyle of the Kiwis. Also worthwhile are the beaches, a short distance from the city.

Bay of Islands

Day 5 Auckland - Parry Kauri Park - Bay of Islands
Day 6 Bay of Islands
Day 7 Bay of Islands - Rotorua

From Auckland, we drive to the north, through some beautiful forests where you can admire the huge kauri and expore the rolling countryside of the sparsely populated north, where agriculture is central.

The Bay of Islands is a subtropical bay with over 150 islands and beautiful beaches. In this environment, the first Europeans landed and the illustrious history is described in detail in the nice little museum of Russell. Russell, now a very quiet town, was known by the sailors once as the "Hellhole of the Pacific."

We stay in Paihia, a town with a beautiful view of the bay. At about 45 minutes walk from our motel is located in Waitangi Treaty House, where on February 6, 1840 the Maori and the British made their treaty. This is considered the birthplace of New Zealands’ current document. Here you can also see a beautiful war canoe that could carry up to 150 Maori Warriors. The Kupe leader landed with this type of canoe with his men around the year 1000. In the evening we can see a show in this special place, whichgives a good overview of the history and tradition of the Maoris.

A cruise in the bay is worthwhile and there is great probability that you can swim with dolphins. The next day we drive on the road with a few stops from the Bay of Islands to Rotorua.

Rotorua

Day 8 Rotorua
Day 9 Rotorua - Taupo - Tongariro NP

Rotorua is one of the largest thermal areas of New Zealand. Our hotel is in a beautiful area at about 20 minutes walk from the center and near the Whakarewarewa park, where you find pools of bubbling, hot mud and active geysers. This park also has an interesting cultural Maori Centre, where young Maori learn about their culture.

In the 'Polynesian Pools' you can relax in the natural hot water. In and around the lake at Rotorua there are several optional activities possible, such as rafting, fishing, helicopter or jeep safari to the top of a volcano. Of course you can also make beautiful walks in this area. As an important Maori center there is the opportunity to visit a marae and to attend a song and dance performance. Also, can you take part in a traditional 'hangi' meal.

On the way to Taupo we stop in the colorful thermal park Wai-o-tapu. This park has several volcanic attractions, such as the colorful Champagne Pool and the black “Inkwell of the Devil".

After a short drive we visit the spectacular Huka Waterfall , then land in Taupo, a quiet town on the largest lake in New Zealand, with a background of the peaks of the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park. This lake, was originally created by a gigantic volcanic eruption. It is ideal for boat trips.

Along the lake we continue our route towards the Tongariro NP, where we spend the night on the edge of the park.

Napier

Day 10 Tongariro NP
Day 11 Tongariro National Park - Napier
Day 12 Napier

Tongariro, the oldest national park in New Zealand, has some huge volcanoes that are still active.

If weather conditions permit, you can take a walk or trek in the park. Seasoned hikers can (possibly, accompanied by a guide) walk to the top of one of the volcanoes. The impressive surroundings of this ancient protected area of New Zealand has something to offer for every nature lover such as a one-hour walk or a a spectacular day trip of eight hours, to the Tongariro Crossing.

We drive through a wooded area east to the coast, to Napier. In 1931, this "art deco capital of the world" was hit by an earthquake and a fire, which virtually paralyzed the whole center. It was decided the to rebuild the city in the Art Deco-style bulding, giving the city a pleasant atmosphere, enhanced by the Mediterranean climate of Hawke's Bay. In the city art deco tours are given and at the intresting museum you can see an interesting slide show on the history of the area.

Our hotel is situated on the promenade, the Marine Parade, a stone's throw from the strikingly beautiful pebble beach and offers views on the Pacific Ocean. After the earthquake, vineyards were built on the fertile soil where, you can enjoy lunch with a house wine (especially in summer). Also a wonderful journey to a gannet colony is possible.

Wellington

Day 13 Napier - Wellington
Day 14 Wellington ferry to Picton - Nelson

We drive from Napier to the southern tip of the North Island. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is wedged between hills. On one of the hills you have a beautiful view and in good weather you can see the South Island.

Even thought the wind blows hard in “windy Wellington”, the center of this modern cultural city is attractive with interesting museums, parliament , a nice entertainment center and a huge choice of international restaurants, from Japanese to Mexican and Italian to Thai.

You can take a cable car to the botanical gardens that offer a beautiful view of the city and its surroundings.

In Wellington the ferry takes us to the South Island in about three hours. When we are halfway through the rugged coast of the Marlborough Sounds, you get a good idea of the beauty of the South Island. We travai to Picton and drive along the rugged coast in a few hours to Nelson, a small quite town, which, according to residents, has the most pleasant climate of New Zealand.

Nelson, Greymouth

Day 15 Nelson, optional excursion to Abel Tasman National Park
Day 16 Nelson - Pancake rocks - Greymouth

From Nelson we can take a day trip to the Abel Tasman National Park to explore an area with numerous small bays and a forest of New Zealand characteristic flora. You can walk along pristine golden sandy beaches, or go kayaking along the beautiful bays. In the evening you can in one of the cozy restaurants and cafes in Nelson enjoying the carefree life on the South Island.

We continue southward along the west coast and through the splendor of the Southern Alps, the high mountain range in the South Island. The pristine nature and often brilliant skies call for many photo stops.

We stop at the seal colony at Cape Foulwind and pass several old, partially abandoned, prospectors towns. At the end of the 19th century, in a large area on the west coast, much gold was found.

Just north of Greymouth is the town of Punakaiki , famous for its tropical vegetation and the 'pancake rocks', layered rocks compressed by the. Often the high waves crash onto the rocks with great might creating a spray, almost like a geyser.

Greymouth, a quiet town of miners, fishermen and brewers, has an atmosphere that has not changed in 100 years. The most famous guest of the hotel is undoubtedly the Queen.

Fox Glacier

Day 17 Greymouth - Fox Glacier
Day 18 Fox Glacier - Queenstown

Winding roads along high peaks and pristine lakes take us through the Franz Joseph Glacier, at Fox Glacier, a small village at the foot of the same glacier. The sight of these gigantic lumps of ice emerging out of the dense subtropical rainforest, is a fascinating sight.

Equipped with hiking boots with steel soles and accompanied by an expert guide, we make a trip on the glacier that moves daily. You can also go on a helicopter ride where you will be deposited on the glacier to look for the natural tunnels and crevices in the ice. Those who prefer something quieter can take a short walk through the Mine Haha Forest, which is about five minutes outside the village.

Through vast rainforest and along rushing rivers, large glacial lakes and snow-capped peaks, we drive further south and stop in the Wanaka with its beautiful lake.

Near Queenstown we stop at the famous bridge of New Zealand, legendary because this is the place where bungee jumping was invented on this So the brave can jump on a rubber band from the 141 foot high bridge.

Queenstown, Te Anau

Day 19 Queenstown
Day 20 Queenstown - Te Anau
Day 21 Te Anau

Queenstown is the center of outdoor activities. In addition to bungee jumping, there are countless other possibilities including boating, skiing, rafting, horseback riding, hiking, golf, paragliding or a ride in the spectacular Shotover jet , a speedboat on the rapid Shotover River. The city also has many restaurants and a lively evening and night life.

After Queenstown we continue our way to Te Anau, on the edge of Fiordland, the largest national park in New Zealand. You can make an excursion to Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound, breathtaking fjord areas with unique flora, mainly because they are among the wettest places on earth. Milford is most famous for the access road and the spectacular height. Doubtful is known of the hydropower station and the overwhelming silence.

Fiordland National Park is inhabited by penguins, seals and dolphins, which regularly swim cheerfully near the boats. Don’t let rain keep you from spending a day here.. Hikers have optons from Te Anau for a particular day hike through this impressive area.

Christchurch

Day 22 Te Anau - Lake Tekapo - Christchurch
Day 23 Christchurch, optional excursion to Kaikoura
Day 24 Christchurch - Land program ends

After the overwhelming nature of Fiordland we drive through the Lindispas, and hopefully get a view of Mount Cook (the highest peak of the country) and along beautiful Lake Tekapo to Christchurch on the east coast. From Christchurch you can make a day trip to Kaikoura and from this small, quiet fishing town, if the weather permits it, a trip to the sea to watch whales.

The trip comes to an end in Christchurch where you say goodbye to the travelers returning to the Netherlands and Belgium.

The travel days of course are fixed, but locally, the program is detemined in consultation between the group and the tour leader. New Zealand offers a variety of active possibilities. On most days, the offers a program, but you are certainly not required to participate. Those who prefer to go out on their own have the freedom to do so. On average, classes consist of 16 participants, the maximum group size is 20 people.

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2018

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Dec-17-18Jan-07-19$4,7350 seats

Departure dates 2019

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Jan-07-19Jan-28-19$4,6050 seats
Jan-14-19Feb-04-19$4,4700 seats
Jan-21-19
Guaranteed leave
Feb-11-19$4,6051 seatsbook now >
Jan-28-19Feb-18-19$4,6050 seats
Feb-04-19Feb-25-19$4,7350 seats
Feb-06-19Feb-27-19$4,7350 seats
Feb-11-19
Guaranteed leave
Mar-04-19$4,7351 seatsbook now >
Feb-18-19Mar-11-19$4,6050 seats
Oct-07-19Oct-28-19$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Oct-21-19Nov-11-19$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Nov-04-19Nov-25-19$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Nov-11-19Dec-02-19$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Nov-18-19Dec-09-19$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Nov-25-19Dec-16-19$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Dec-09-19Dec-30-19$4,60518 seatsbook now >
Dec-16-19Jan-06-20$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Dec-23-19Jan-13-20$4,60520 seatsbook now >

Departure dates 2020

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Jan-06-20Jan-27-20$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Jan-08-20Jan-29-20$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Jan-13-20Feb-03-20$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Jan-20-20Feb-10-20$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Jan-27-20Feb-17-20$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Feb-03-20Feb-24-20$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Feb-05-20Feb-26-20$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Feb-10-20Mar-02-20$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Feb-17-20Mar-09-20$4,60520 seatsbook now >
Feb-24-20Mar-16-20$4,60520 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Land program beginning and ending at hotels, transportation, hotel accommodation, excursions according to program, tour guide (speaks Dutch & English) 

Price excludes

International flights, travel insurance, meals, entrance fees, optional excursions, gratuities, personal expenses,

Cost Overview

Land price from

$4225
Single accommodations $970
   
Extension hotel city #1  Auckland
Double room per person $55 per person
Single room $90
   
Estimated out-of-pocket, weekly  
   
Deposit due upon booking $845
  * Deposit based on 20% of minimum land price, or $500 minimum
  * Balance due 60 days prior to departure. 

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

Accomodation - We stay overnight in varied types of accommodation in the tourist class category (mostly 3-star): Hotels, motels, hostels and lodges. The accommodations have double rooms, which are equipped with shower and toilet. Some rooms have kitchen facilities, so you have the choice to cook for yourself. Often there is in-room coffee and / or tea. The Rotorua hotel has a small pool and a spapool. In Napier we stay in a property in the Art Deco style, which is typical for this town. In the three major cities the hotels are within walking distance of downtown. The lodge located in the Tongariro National Park is in a fantastic location surrounded by nature.

Some examples of our usual hotels (subject to change)

Queenstown    Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park
Paihia  Casa Bella Motel
Rotorua    Alpin Motel
National Park Village  Discovery Lodge
Nelson  Kingsgate Hotel Beachcomber
Christchurch     Southern Comfort Motel
Napier   Masonic Hotel
Wellington  Comfort Hotel Wellington


Single room - 
Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on the "Dates & Prices" page page.

Hotel extensions - 
It is always great to be well rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed on the "Dates & Prices"  page.

Meals - The food in New Zealand reflects the multicultural composition of the country. So you will find the basic English fish and chips, Indian, Chinese, and Vietnamese cuisines, as well as pancakes. Try at least one lamb dish: a better quality will not be found anywhere. One thing for certain: you will not starve because the portions are always pretty large!

Meals are not included in the price, so you can decide what and where you eat. You have in each place a wide variety of dining options.

Flights & Transportation


Land program begins  in Auckland at the hotel at 4 PM
Land ends in Christchurch  around 1 PM

Subject to change

Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. This land program begins and ends in Amsterdam, however we do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The proposed flights are listed in this section but they are subject to change. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip.

Note: This trip is offered in cooperation with Djoser B.V. (the Netherlands). Because the flight from Sydney to Auckland is bundled with their flights from Amsterdam into Australia and returning to Amsterdam from New Zealand this land program will begin and end in Amsterdam. You will need to book your flights from the U.S or Canada to Amsterdam where you will meet up with the other group participants.

When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind:

All participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airline: Emirates
Amsterdam - Dubai 22:00 - 07:30
Dubai - Auckland 10:10 - 13:45

Christchurch - Dubai 16:55 - 06:00
Dubai - Amsterdam 08:20 - 12:40

Before you book your flight -
To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.

Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.

Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.

Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section

If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.

Airport transfer to/from hotel – not Included - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kaykak.com

Money Matters

A summary of all trip costs can be found on our "Dates & Prices" page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.

Included in price of our New Zealand tour package

  • Land program
  • Guide assistance (Guide speaks Dutch & English)
  • Transport by coach
  • Ferry Wellington - Picton
  • Hotel stays
     

When you book a trip

  • Deposit of 20% of the minimum land price due upon booking
  • Payments by charge card or check are accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date
     

While you are traveling

Local Currency: New Zealand - Dollar
ATM Machines: Widely available
Cash accepted:  Local currency
Credit Cards: Accepted most places


Tipping - 
It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.

** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Excursions

Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.

During our New Zealand group tour, the following excursions are included in the program:

  • From our centrally located hotel we leave Auckland and drive through Parry Kauri Park to the Bay of Islands.
  • Enjoy the beautiful passage from the North to the South Island. On clear days you can observe dolphins swimming at the ship's bow.
  • When we leave Nelson we ride through the rugged west coast along the Pancake Rocks. These rocks resemble petrified pancakes.


On the spot there are many other excursions that can be arranged. In major cities such as Auckland, there are many possibilities such as a visit to the Skytower or a view of Auckland from the water on the ferry. During the stay in Rotorua you will be quite busy.There are opportunities to learn about the Maori culture or visit hot mineral pools and geysers for which Rotorua is known. If the weather permits you can make a beautiful walk in Tongariro National Park. The Tongariro Crossing is for more experienced walkers, with a walk of 6 to 8 hours to the top of one of the volcanoes. Abel Tasman National Park offers the opportunity for beautiful walks and kayaking possibilities. Furthermore, there are numerous excursions on the South Island such as to Fox Glacier. You can be dropped off on the glacier by helicopter look for ice tunnels. Also in Queenstown you can bungee jump or attend a fun wine tasting. From Christchurch there is the possibility to make a trip to Kaikoura to spot the whales that swim close to the shore.
 

Travel Documents

When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.


Travel documents needed
New Zealand tourist visa needed – NO  Consulate link 

Visa / Passport  expeditor - If you are anxious about the a visa process, or if you are short of time, you can pay an additional fee for an expediting service. They will look over your paperwork and should be able to guaranty a swift return of your visa or passport. We can recommend TRAVISA. 

Health Issues & Insurance

Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance.It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM). Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellent , salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.

Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.

No vaccinations needed. Good sanitary conditions throughout these countries. 

Insurance - 
For piece of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses, Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.

You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792

Group Composition

Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).

Minimum group size: 8 
Maximum group size: 20


What to expect when traveling with an international group - 
Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been an Australia and New Zealand tour operator for over 10 years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been an Australia and New Zealand tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience. Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.

On our New Zealand group tour, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.

The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

This trip is guided by an experienced Dutch tour guide who has accompanied all trips for years. The guide speaks Dutch and English. These are not lecture tours. Our tour guides are responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. Their extensive travel experience and expertise adds value to the Djoser experience. Careful and comprehensive training lays the foundation for our guides.

Climate & Geography

New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, which means that the summer runs from November to March and it's the middle of winter in July. This makes it even hotter as you go north. In the cities, the temperatures are between a minimum of 32 ° F in winter and 75 ° F in summer. The chance of precipitation is greatest in July, but a hard rain is no question. We also travel in higher elevations, where it is obviously colder. In New Zealand, the weather can change in a short time, and given the high altitude it can happen that you are standing on a glacier in the morning and afternoon you are on the beach!

New Zealand has very few plant and animal diseases and wants to keep it that way. There are very strict rules in the field of nature conservation and the New Zealanders are proud of the unique flora and fauna that the country owes to the isolated position. National symbols are the (tree) fern and kiwi, the bird found only in New Zealand.

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org

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* Or mail Djoser, Inc., 154 Woodgate Lane, Paoli, PA 19301 - Attn: Luke Neal


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Highlights

  • Good balance North and South Island
  • Visit Tongariro one ofNew Zealand's oldest national park
  • Fantastic ferry ride from North- South Island through the Marlborough Sounds
  • Visit special Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki
  • Stay in Bay of Islands, Napier and Te Anau (Fjordland)
  • Visit to Abel Tasman Park and Kaikoura possible
  • Accommodation in good tourist class accommodation
  • Enthusiastic tour guide 
  • International group, all ages

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