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  • The City of Sails
    A quick look at the harbour and marina will explain why Auckland, located on New Zealand’s North Island and ranked fourth in the 2009 Mercer Quality of Living Survey, is known as the ‘City of Sails’.
  • Maori warriors
    New Zealand was originally colonised around the year 1140 by Maoris from the Pacific Islands, arriving in 12 large sailing canoes, the names of which became the names of rival tribes.
  • Milford Sound
    In the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island and once described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound is a stunning fjord, and one of the world’s top travel destinations.
  • Mitre Peak in the Fjordland National Park
    Rising just over a mile high from the waters of Milford Sound on New Zealand’s South Island, the iconic Mitre Peak, one of the world’s most photographed sites, is in fact five closely grouped peaks.
  • Rotorua
    Rotorua, the heartland of Maori culture, is also well-known as an area with extensive geothermal activity, and is home to the spectacular Pohutu geyser which erupts to a height of 30 metres throughout each day.
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Explore Auckland, the 'City of Sails' Escorted Journeys
The City of Sails

A quick look at the harbour and marina will explain why Auckland, located on New Zealand’s North Island and ranked fourth in the 2009 Mercer Quality of Living Survey, is known as the ‘City of Sails’.

New Zealand Contrasts

  • VIP door-to-door travel service 
  • Travel insurance
  • Return scheduled flights and transfers
  • All breakfasts, one lunch and all dinners including a farewell dinner
  • Excursions as described
  • Saga tour manager
  • Porterage at all hotels.

26 nights
from
£4,999
per person


New Zealand Contrasts

VIP travel serviceHighly Commended

Save up to £100*

Book by Apr 30, 2014 and save up to £100 on Sep 29, 2014, Jan 26, Apr 6, Sep 28, Oct 19, 2015 departures.

*Prices shown include saving and are subject to availability.

Customer reviews

New Zealand, the ‘land of the long white cloud’, is blessed with a stunning diversity of scenery and amazing natural wonders, from hot springs and geysers to sparkling glaciers, silent fjords and mountains.

This fascinating tour uncovers the highlights, and offers an insight into Maori culture.

This tour includes three nights aboard aircraft.

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The graph below shows you exactly what past customers thought — both good and bad. The percentages show how many customers rated the aspects excellent or good on their post‐holiday questionnaires between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013.

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Escorted Journey

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See the sights at a laid-back pace. On these tours you'll rarely spend more than three or four hours travelling a day and there will usually be a few days for you to simply stay put and relax. Typically, any walking during the excursions will be at a leisurely pace and will amount to just a few hours of the course of the day.

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Day 1-3 UK to Auckland

After taking Saga’s included UK VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart in the evening and fly to Auckland, arriving on the morning of day three.

You are met at the airport and taken to the Rydges Hotel (3Q) for a two-night stay.

Please note: For departures in 2014 you will stay at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel on days 3-5 during your stay in Auckland.

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