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New Zealand North Island
- Never Travel Solo host for the entire trip. - 2 Nights accommodations with breakfast in Auckland. - 4 Nights accommodations with breakfast in Rotorua. - 3 Nights accommodations with breakfast in Wellington. - Tours and admissions for all attractions listed on the itinerary. - Flight from Auckland to Wellington. - Roundtrip transfer from Auckland airport to Auckland hotel. - Roundtrip transfer from Wellington hotel to Wellington airport. - Visit the cities of Auckland, Rotorua, and Wellington. - Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Tour. - Tour at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. - City tour of Wellington. - Lunch at Stratosfare in Rotorua. - Maori dinner show in Rotorua. - Lunch at Hobbiton. - Wine tasting at Volcanic Hills tasting room. - All taxes, surcharges, and currency fluctuations. - Tips for all tour guides and bus drivers. - The prices below do not include airfare to and/or from New Zealand. - The price for this trip is $2,499 per person double occupancy, $3,499 single occupancy if paying by check. If paying by credit card, there is a fee of 2.9% + $.30 per payment. - Complimentary roommate matching. If you would like to use our roommate matching service, we will match you up with a roommate as long as you're a complete non-smoker/tobacco user. You must book at least 120 days prior to the trip to take advantage of this. Don't let not having a roommate keep you from going on this amazing trip! - Deposit is a non-refundable $1,000 double occupancy, $2,000 single occupancy. To book, please contact Paul at [masked] or (571)[masked]. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 03/09/18 (Saturday) - Arrival Day (Auckland) You can schedule your flight to arrive anytime today. You will receive a transfer to our hotel with supershuttle New Zealand, a shared shuttle service. Today is a day to adjust to the new time zone so feel free to relax and explore. We will have a meet and greet event that night. NOTE Your hotel room may not be ready for check in until 3:00 PM. If you arrive early and your room is not ready. you can check your luggage. 03/10/19 (Sunday) - Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Tour (Auckland) The Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Tour is one of the top rated tours in Auckland. From the downtown pier we'll take a ferry to Rangitoto Island for a guided 4WD road train tour through the 600-year-old volcanic landscape. After being transported to the base of the island's summit, you can take a climb to the top for panoramic views. After our return descent, we'll finish our tour and return back to the ferry port for our ride back to downtown Auckland. NOTE You will need to bring your own lunch as no food is offered for sale on the island. 03/11/19 (Monday) - Waitomo Caves (Rotorua) Our private motorcoach will take us on our three hour journey to the Waitomo Glowworm caves. We'll visit the glittering underground world where we'll see the lights of thousands of illuminating glowworms. There will be a stop for lunch (on your own) at the onsite cafe as well as shopping before we begin our next part of the tour. Up next, the Ruakuri Cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo's most compelling subterranean experiences. Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance, and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries. Hear the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls and get up close to the glowworms. We finish the day back on our motorcoach with a two hour journey to our hotel in Rotorua. 03/12/19 (Tuesday) - Skyline Gondola / Stratosfare Restaurant / Volcanic Hills Wine Tasting (Rotorua) Today we visit Skyline Rotorua, an adventure attraction overlooking the city. We'll take a ride on the Skyline Gondola to reach the summit where we'll enjoy a wonderful lunch buffet at the Stratosfare Restaurant. We'll top that off with a wine tasting at the Volcanic Hills tasting room before having some time to enjoy the other activities and shopping before returning downhill on the Skyline Gondola. NOTE We'll be using a clean but older motorcoach for our transportation in Rotorua since it's shorter rides of 10 - 30 minutes between attractions. 03/13/19 (Wednesday) - Free Day / Moari Show / Hangi Meal (Rotorua) Today is a free day to take in all of the amazing adventure activities available in the Rotorua area. At night we'll enjoy a show featuring traditional cultural Maori performances. The displays of weaponry and combat that are shown during the performance will fascinate you. Coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance and the spine tingling haka finale, this is an interactive, and unforgettable experience. Then it's time to enjoy a Hangi meal, meat and sides cooked in an earth oven known as ‘the hangi pit’. 03/14/19 (Thursday) - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland / Rotorua Night Market / Treewalk (Rotorua) Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is a spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s most colourful and unique geothermal elements sculpted by thousands of years of volcanic activity. Photos can't even begin to show how amazing these colorful hot springs are. On Thursday nights downtown Rotorua closes their streets to vehicle traffic and transforms into the Rotorua Night Market, a feast for the culinary senses with varied ethnic cuisine specialties served from food trucks. Enjoy dinner on your own before we head out to an elevated walk among the redwoods at Treewalk. 03/15/19 (Friday) - Hobbiton / Lunch / Flight to Wellington (Wellington) Our private motorcoach will take us on the one hour journey to Hobbiton to experience their Movie Set Tour. We'll get to visit The Shire, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, as well as have a drink at The Green Dragon Inn. After our tour we'll have lunch before boarding our motorcoach for the two hour journey to the Auckland Airport for our flight to Wellington. Upon arrival in Wellington we'll take shuttles to our hotel. 03/16/19 (Saturday) - Te Papa Museum Tour / Wellington City Tour (Wellington) We start the day with a guided tour of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, commonly referred to as Te Papa We'll take a break so that everyone can enjoy lunch on your own. In the afternoon we'll enjoy a guided city tour where we'll get to know Wellington's waterfront, downtown, courts and parliamentary areas in an easy walk of just over two hours. Our guide will introduce us to the history, sights and culture of this vibrant city. 03/17/19 (Sunday) - Free Day (Wellington) Today is a free day the city of Wellington. 03/18/19 (Monday) - Departure Day Today is our departure day and you're free to schedule your flight to leave any time during the day. Checkout from the hotel is at noon but they'll hold your bags if needed. A transfer to the airport in Wellington will be provided. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NOTES Depending on the size of our group, some of our activities will be part of a larger tour group. The hotel, activities, and/or their order may change and/or be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. In the event this happens, we will try our best to make similar accommodations or changes. Some parts of this trip requires extensive walking (4 - 5 miles over the course of the day and uphill/downhill climbing).

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Have you ever wanted to explore a faraway place or some exotic locale while being able to share that experience with fun and interesting people? Have you ever wanted to travel somewhere but didn't have someone to travel with? Friends don't have the money or vacation time?

Well, look no further! Whether you are single, solo, or a couple looking to find new friends to explore the world with, we will bring you together on vacation so that you never have to travel solo again! We seek to have "a week of travel, a lifetime of friendships".

In addition to travel, we will get together locally to explore the area in which we live. Our area provides rich historical attractions, top rated restaurants, globally recognized wineries, unique cultural experiences, and so much more.

Please look at this discussion from our Message Board for more information about our group.

http://www.meetup.com/The-Never-Travel-Solo-Social-Club-Raleigh/messages/boards/thread/41181722/

Hope to see everyone at one of our events or on one of our trips!

Paul Cathcart
https://www.facebook.com/paul.cathcart.3rd
contact@nevertravelosolo.com
(571)318-9252

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