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North & South Island Adventures (http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-group-tours/) Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club have really done it this time. An incredible lifetime trip to NZ and we are all invited! Check out the details below.... March 3rd-14th 2018: Best of South Island http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-group-tours/ KEEP SCROLLING DOWN FOR THE NORTH ISLAND EXTENSION DETAILS. (http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-north-island-group-tours) E-mail Steve at joinus@photoflytravel.com for the daily itinerary! Secure your spot here (Limited space already!): http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-group-tours/ (http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-group-tours/) We’ve worked really hard creating this adventure, with the best off the path experiences & must see highlights of New Zealand’s South Island. The South Island IS the adventure isle of the world with rolling green pastures, sandy beaches, the towering Southern Alps mountain range, mirror blue lakes, glaciers, fjords, and so much more. The famed Queenstown has even been coined the “Adrenaline Capital of the World”. On this group adventure we’ll hit so many of these beautiful and diverse places. The amazing photographic opportunities are endless with a myriad of landscapes, climates, and sub-cultures. Don’t forget to check out our adventure filled New Zealand North Island Adventure Extension! (http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-north-island-group-tours) E-mail Steve at joinus@photoflytravel.com for the daily itinerary! * 11 nights/12 days throughout the best of New Zealand’s South Island * Private Kiwi guide throughout who knows New Zealand like no other! * Breakfast Everyday * 2 lunches, 2 Dinners (Including Welcome and Farewell Dinner Celebrations) Christchurch → Kaikoura → Nelson/Abel Tasman National Park: 4 Nights From the very start we’ll hit the ground running with a night in the “Garden City” of Christchurch, NZ’s South Island capital, before heading up on our first epic road trip along the gorgeous northeast coast. Our first stop is Kaikoura where we can go whale watching and swim with dolphins! Then on to Nelson, the sunshine capital of NZ. We’ll spend an awesome day in Abel Tasman National Park amongst stunning bush, ocean cliffs, waterfalls, and sandy beaches. – Explore the earthquake ridden city of Christchurch, still beautiful with parks and interesting street art as major rebuilding is taking place (cool photos to be taken all around) – Drive up the East Coast arriving in Kaikoura where we’ll have the option of going on a whale watch cruise with a 95% chance of sightings or opportunity to swim with wild dusky dolphins! – Stop at Ohau Point to encounter juvenile seal pups near a magnificent waterfall! – Explore Abel Tasman National Park: A boat trip with beach landing takes us to this coastal wonderland where we can relax on the beach or hike along the coastal track through lush forest and over river swing bridges. (Optional kayak tours and other guided hikes available). So many opportunities for stunning photos throughout this day. Hokitika & Franz Josef Glacier: 2 Nights – Cross the gorgeous Southern Alps with photo stops en route, arriving in Punakaiki to see and photograph the unique Pancake Rock formations – Guided walk through the Truman Track in Paparoa National Park (Unspoilt sub-tropical forest, podocarp and rata trees, vines, and nikau palms everywhere) – Hokitika: Stop for the night at this quaint coastal town on the west coast. (Walk the beach and visit the many studios in town famous for their jade, or greenstone carvings) – Franz Josef Glacier: See and photograph this unique glacier, one of only a few in the world that descends into a temperate rain forest. (Guided walking tour close as possible to the terminal face of the glacier, optional helicopter hikes or scenic heli rides with glacier landings available, end the day relaxing in soothing hot pools fed by natural springs nearby (optional) Queenstown & Doubtful Sound: 3 Nights – Lake Matheson: En route to Queenstown we’ll take a short walk along the shores of this beautiful mirror lake (hopefully the water will be still for some cool photographs!) – Check out Arrowtown nearby, a small village rich in history for its gold mining past (Many original shacks and structures from the gold mining era still stand today) – Free day to explore Queenstown on your own. A number of optional activities are available including bungy jumping, sky diving, Skyline Gondola, horse back riding, wine tours, ATV tours, and more! – TSS Earnslaw historic steamship ride to Walter Peak Farm for a kiwi style gourmet BBQ lunch and farm show. – Mind Blowing Milford Sound Exploration & Cruise: This is a place that potentially tops all others in New Zealand (and that’s saying a lot!). So magical in fact, that famed British writer Rudyard Kipling deemed Milford Sound an 8th Wonder of the World. Numerous waterfalls decorate the walls of the cliffs, and shower down into the sea. Explore & photograph the gigantic fjords, and if we’re lucky, see fur seals, dusky & bottlenose dolphins, & the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin! Lake Tekapo → Christchurch: 2 Nights – Travel through the middle of the South Island to the MacKenzie area and Lake Tekapo (Amazing views and photographs to be taken of the Southern Alps with the Church of the Good Shepherd in the foreground) – Super clear skies make Lake Tekapo the best place for star & planet gazing (Optional Mt. John Observatory Astronomy Tour) – Relax our muscles in the Tekapo Hot Springs under the stars (Optional) – Visit Mt Cook Village (Photo opps of New Zealand’s tallest mountain and Lake Pukaki with it’s gorgeous turquoise glacier water) * Tour Leader and photographer to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, taking better pictures, etc throughout these New Zealand group tours. (PhotoFly Travel Club adventures are laid back when it comes to photography. They are not workshop style based tours and you do not need to be an avid photographer to join. All are welcome!) * International Airfare is not included. We are happy to help you find a good flight as always! (Flying into & departing from Christchurch (CHC)(South Island Only) / Flying into Christchurch (CHC) & Departing from Auckland (AKL) if joining North Island Extension) (http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-north-island-group-tours) * All Taxes, Fees, & Transfers Included * Don’t Forget to check out our once in a lifetime New Zealand North Island Adventure Extension! (http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-north-island-group-tours) E-mail Steve at joinus@photoflytravel.com for the daily itinerary! Join Us! *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $2945.00 *Single Supplement: $805.00 OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-group-tours/ (http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-group-tours/) NORTH ISLAND ADVENTURE EXTENSION! (http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-north-island-group-tours) March 14th- 20th 2018: E-mail Steve at joinus@photoflytravel.com for the daily itinerary! This adventure is not to be missed if you are already coming on our Epic New Zealand South Island Tour (http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-group-tours/)! ALSO, for those who are not coming on the main trip to the South Island, you are more than welcome to join this extension option only!(ask about reduced rate since no domestic flight needed) To complete our New Zealand experience come with us to the North Island, a completely different landscape than the South Island, rich in geothermal activity and home to iconic volcanoes such as Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe (filmed in “Lord of the Rings” as Mt. Doom). We’ll spend time in the winterless North region of the Bay of Islands, cruising the beautiful bay in search of marine life and the famous “Hole in the Rock”. Experience & photograph fascinating geothermal activity in Rotorua and be immersed in Maori culture at a traditional village. In just one week, we’ll get to see & photograph a totally different range of landscapes than the South Island. Don’t forget to check out the main group tour of New Zealand’s South Island! (http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-group-tours/) E-mail Steve at joinus@photoflytravel.com for the daily itinerary! * 6 nights / 7 days throughout the best of New Zealand’s North Island * Private Kiwi guide throughout with extensive knowledge of the North Island! * Breakfast Everyday * 2 Dinners (Including Farewell Dinner Celebration) * Domestic Flight from Christchurch (CHC) → Auckland (AKL) included(*Discounted rate available if only joining North Island program-please inquire) Matakohe → Bay of Islands → Whangarei: 2 Nights On arrival at the Auckland International Airport we’ll waste no time and make our way up north via the Hibiscus Coast to see New Zealand’s famous Kauri Forest with massive 1500+ year old trees. Then, at the Bay of Islands a boat cruise to the Hole in the Rock will be awesome for photography. This part of the adventure ends with visits to historical Waitangi and the oldest stone house in NZ. We’ll settle in for the night at the picturesque harbour town of Whangarei. – Matakohe: Visit the Kauri & Pioneer Museum before exploring the Waipoua Kauri Forest with 1500 year old mighty Kauri trees. Photograph the Tane Mahuta (means “Lord of the Forest”), the largest living Kauri tree estimated to be 2,300 years old! – “Hole in the Rock” Cruise: Immerse ourselves in a journey around the beautiful Bay of Islands. Search for dolphins & marine life, photograph & cruise under the famous “Hole in the Rock”, and relax on the beach or hike to the top of Urupukapuka Island for 360° views of this beautiful region. – Historic Waitangi: Tour the treaty grounds where where in 1840, 46 Maori chieftains signed the contract of Waitangi with the British crown which still plays an important role today – Kerikeri Stone Store and Kemp Mission House: Located in a beautiful setting, these two buildings have survived through turbulent times and our guide will explain some of the interesting history. Auckland→ Waitomo → Rotorua: 2 Nights – Auckland: Known as the “City of Sails”, NZ’s largest city boasts a beautiful harbor filled with sail boats. We’ll go on a driving tour through the city and visit the Auckland museum, a great way to discover the country’s history and culture including a memorial to those who sacrificed their lives in wartime. – Waitomo underground caves: After making our way south through “King Country” we arrive in the small town of Waitomo famous for their mysterious limestone caves filled with glowworms. We’ll explore & photograph this fascinating underground world on a guided walking tour through the spectacular spiral entrance, and marvel at the shawl-like limestone formations, crystal tapestries, and shimmering glow worms. Rotorua: – Wai O Tapu: Here we’ll feel the “pulse of the earth”, famous for boiling mud pools, exploding geysers, and vibrant colored sulphur pools (yes this place is stinky but so worth it for the photography alone!). – “Te Puia”: More colourful travertine terraces to photograph here but the highlight will be the Maori cultural experience with an authentic Hangi, or earth oven, feast with dancing and music that’s still a rich part of the Maori tradition today. (Like a New Zealand Luau, except better!) Taupo → Tongariro National Park → Auckland 2 Nights – Huka Falls: Experience awesome views of Huka Falls (New Zealand's highest volume waterfall) on a hike to photograph the great rushing beast. A real New Zealand experience with crystal clear water, birdlife, and native bush lined riverbanks. – Tongariro National Park- After a good night sleep by the enormous crater lake, Lake Taupo, we’ll spend the day in NZ’s oldest and most famous national park. More recently made famous from its role in the Lord of the Ring’s trilogy, the park is based around the three volcanic cones of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe, and Ruapehu, and combines excellent hiking with spectacular scenery. An easy-moderate hike will be offered with lots of stops throughout the park for amazing photo opportunities! * Tour Leader and photographer to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, taking better pictures, etc throughoutthese New Zealand North Island group tours. (PhotoFly Travel Club adventures are laid back when it comes to photography. They are not workshop style based tours and you do not need to be an avid photographer to join. All are welcome!) * International Airfare is not included. We are happy to help you find a good flight as always! – Flying into Christchurch (CHC) & Departing from Auckland (AKL) if joining South Island Main Program first) (http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-group-tours). – Flying into and out of Auckland (AKL) if joining North Island Extension only. (*Discounted rate available if joining North Island program ONLY (since no domestic flight needed)-Please Inquire) * All Taxes, Fees, & Transfers Included * This optional NZ North Island extension is an add-on to our New Zealand South Island Adventure! (http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-group-tours) (All are welcome to join this extension option even if not coming on the main South Island trip!) E-mail Steve at joinus@photoflytravel.com for the daily itinerary! -------------------------------------------- Join Us! *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $1950.00 *Single Supplement: $409.00 OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-north-island-group-tours

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