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DAY 2 - Raglan to Rotorua  See ya, Raglan; what a cool little town you are. Don't be too sad, though - we're headed onto Rotorua next. When you catch your first whiff of that .. 'unusual' sulphur smell, you'll know we've arrived in Rotorua. Famed for its spurting geysers, bubbling hot springs and lush canopies, Rotorua is a natural wonderland, and then some. It's also home to the Ngāti Whakaue Māori tribe, who will be our hosts for the next two nights. That's right, this is the first Special Stay of our trip, a traditional lakeside Marae, which is a traditional, ornately carved Māori home. Our hosts will make use feel welcome as they teach us Tikanga and Kawa, their customs and protocols. We'll then help them in the preparation of the steam Hangi (dinner) as they tell stories around the kitchen table. After a meal, we'll learn about Māori spirituality and healing practises, before the moment you've been waiting for. Yep, put on your best war face, as you're about to learn a haka! After showing you the ropes, our hosts will show us how it's done with their own cultural performance. Pinch yourself, it doesn't get much more authentic than this. Stay: Marae (Special Stay)

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With every kind of climate in the world, there’s something for everyone at any time of year in New Zealand. Slide down the world-class ski slopes in Queenstown during winter, or explore the rainforests of the South Island filled with native wildlife.

New Zealand was the first major nation to give all citizens the right to vote since 1893. Auckland proudly hosts the Sky Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere - the brave can stand on the clear glass floor of the Sky Deck, and Wellington is the home of the Weta workshop where the creative ideas behind Lord of the Rings, Avatar and Thor: Ragnarok were brought to life.

New Zealanders are immensely proud of their heritage and culture. Māori culture is beautifully integrated into New Zealand society and you’ll see the warmth and hospitality of all New Zealanders throughout your trip. You can arrange to experience an authentic Māori welcome in Rotorua, just before you stop in at the famous natural hot pools.

There’s so much to do in New Zealand, for every kind of traveller and you’ll make friends and memories for a lifetime.

Top 10 things to do:

  • Whale watching in Kaikoura
  • Experience a traditional Māori welcome and meal at a marae
  • Explore the many scenic walkways
  • Hop on the Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton for lunch and a wine tour
  • Try world-famous burgers from Fergburger in Queenstown
  • Spend a relaxing day on beautiful Waiheke Island
  • Bike around the vineyards in Martinborough
  • Drink pure, natural water from the many springs
  • Wrap up warm and visit Franz Josef glacier
  • Take a tour of the rivers, waterfalls and snow-capped mountains in Milford Sound

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Auckland

Christchurch

Dunedin

Queenstown

Wellington