Globus adds 10-day tour of New Zealand's South Island

LITTLETON, Colo. -- Globus, based here, introduced a 10-day tour of New Zealand's South Island called Leisurely New Zealand with a four-day optional extension to the North Island.

Departures are on Saturdays from Los Angeles.

Air-inclusive prices for the 10-day tour run from $2,178 to $2,632, depending on the season. Land-only prices run from $1,319 to $1,369.

With the four-day extension to the North Island, air-inclusive prices cost from $2,838 to $3,240, and land-only rates run from $1,859 to $1,989.

The 10-day tour of the South Island starts in Christchurch, followed by a train trip across the width of the island to Greymouth and a bus ride south to the mountain town of Franz Josef, home to the Franz Joseph Glacier.

From Franz Joseph the tour takes clients by bus to Queenstown and Fjordland National Park. There is a cruise into the park among fjords. Then there is a full day of leisure in Queenstown.

From Queenstown it's back up north to Christchurch, passing through Mount Cook on the way.

There is a stop in Mount Cook, followed by a full day of sightseeing in Christchurch. Return flights are from Christchurch.

For the four-day extension to the North Island, there is a flight from Christchurch to Rotorua.

Sites in Rotorua include Polynesian Pools hot springs and the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve.

From Rotorua there is a trip to Waitomo and a visit to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

The tour ends in Auckland. The highlight of Auckland is Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World. Return flights from the four-day extension are from Auckland.

Globus tours are available in Sabre, Worldspan, Amadeus or Apollo.

Phone: (800) 221-0090

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