New Zealand: Nature, Culture & The Arts

Mar 12 - 21, 2020
$6,870per person, twin share (land content only). $1,650 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Kathleen Olive
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Experience world-famous sculpture parks, remarkable art and architecture, striking landscapes shaped by dramatic volcanic activity, and the wealth of Maori culture, integral to Kiwi life today.

Delve into the art, architecture and nature of New Zealand’s North Island, from its Maori heritage to its privately-owned art collections and sculpture parks, on this 10-day tour. The tour begins in the harbourside capital of Wellington, before heading though classic farmland to Napier, then across the centre of the island to Lake Taupo and Rotorua, culminating in four days in and around Auckland. Experience how the dramatic mountain ranges, centres of volcanic activity, stunning coastlines and rolling green hills, are both setting and context for the art and culture of New Zealand.


  • Internationally-renowned and privatelyowned sculpture parks – Gibbs Farm, north of Auckland, and Connells Bay on beautiful Waiheke Island
  • Remarkable landscape at Waimangu, with steaming geysers and hot springs
  • Napier’s impressive Art Deco in harmonious public buildings, beach promenades and commercial and residential buildings
  • Experience wonderful food and wine at Mudbrick restaurant on Waiheke Island
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Auckland’s Toi o Tamaki Art Gallery, New Zealand’s largest and most inspiring visual arts experience
  • Scenic drives through mountains, volcanic landscapes and verdant countryside

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Your Tour Leader

Dr Kathleen Olive has more than 15 years’ experience in leading tours. She has a PhD in Italian literature, and regularly presents popular courses at the WEA, Sydney.


Days 1–2: Arrive in Wellington and explore the city’s cultural heritage at the Te Papa Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Katherine Mansfield Museum. Tour the Beehive, Wellington’s iconic parliament, and the Botanic Gardens.

Days 3–4: Cross the Rimutaka Mountains, visiting the Wairarapa wine region and exploring Art Deco architecture in Napier.

Days 5–6: From Rotorua, travel to Lake Taupo and witness Huka Falls. Take in the area’s volcanic landscape, including the Te Puia hot springs.

Days 7–10: In Auckland, enjoy visits to the Wallace Arts Centre, Gibbs Farm and Ayrlies Garden. Explore Waiheke Island and Connells Bay Sculpture Park.

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Getting There

The tour begins at our hotel in Wellington and ends at Auckland Airport. Qantas and Air New Zealand have regular flights into Wellington and out of Auckland from most Australian cities. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.


A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another ADFAS Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

ADFAS Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ADFAS Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an ADFAS Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ADFAS Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

ADFAS Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

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New Zealand: Nature, Culture & The Arts Mar 12 - 21, 2020

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Mar 12 - 21, 2020
$6,870per person, twin share (land content only). $1,650 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Kathleen Olive


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Tour Consultant

For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:

Jamal Fairbrother 02 9235 0023
or 1800 639 699 (Outside Sydney)
(outside Sydney)