Local transportation is by Mercedes Sprinter minibus with 17 seats. In this way we ensure a great flexibility of movements and options, even on mountainous roads with relative difficulties. Please note, however, that the luggage space is not suitable for large hard luggage, and almost everywhere you will need to take care of your own luggage. Flight tickets are included in the price, with the best possible itineraries with only one stopover, and their issue should be finalised by 15 November.
The total distance to be covered by car is approximately 3,000 km, of which 1,900 km in the South Island and 1,100 km in the North. We have made an effort not to have long tiring drives each day, and only 4 days will require us to drive more than 300 km in the same day.
Accommodation is in hotels or other accommodation, in double rooms, 2-bedroom apartments, or studios, with bathroom, as shown in the detailed description. It should be noted that the main criteria for the selection of hotels were their good rating, availability for the requested dates but more importantly the service of the detailed program and not the other way round, i.e. to make discounts in the program based on the existence of hotels of specific specifications.
Meals are not included in the price, except for 7 breakfasts and 2 buffet dinners. In those accommodations where breakfast is not included, it is available either in the same accommodations at an extra charge, or in other available options. Lunches will generally be snacks, so that we can take full advantage of all the time available for activities and walks. The other dinners will give us the opportunity to seek out the local cuisine of each region, while discovering the available culinary specialities of each place and avoiding the standard hotel food.
Change of programme:
Our office escorts have the discretion to modify the program if weather or other local conditions (strikes, political unrest, etc.) require it, with the main criterion being the smooth progress of the program and the safety of the participants. Any costs arising from such changes will be covered by the participants.
At the time of our trip New Zealand is in summer, and February in particular is the hottest month. The South Island, closer to Antarctica, has glaciers in the mountains reaching quite low altitudes, and in the Fiordland National Park area, there is also very high rainfall, which in some years can reach 8 metres! Temperatures in the South Island will range from 10 to 20 degrees while in the Auckland area the average February temperature is 23o C.
Tipping is an optional gesture that is usually skipped even by happy travelers. However, such a meaningful reward to a consistent attendant who has gone above and beyond to provide the best possible service to participants helps the attendant to enjoy his or her work and to maintain his or her cheerfulness and energy
Basic travel insurance is included in the cost of the trip, covering various contingencies such as health emergencies (e.g. injury at altitudes of up to 3,000 m, requiring transportation and hospitalization), flight cancellations, and other cases, including total cancellation of the trip for up to €5,000, including cancellation due to covid-19. Cover included is for ages up to 70 years, while for ages 70 to 80 years an additional amount is required, please ask us for information. Please refer to the link below to see the benefits of the plan and contact our insurance advisor for any questions regarding the Travel Insurance coverage from Trekking Hellas. https://trekking.gr/en/info/travel-insurance