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NZ Rugby Romance Tour 2017!

All Blacks app home pageWhat could be even bigger and better than the 2016 New Zealand Rugby Romance Tour? The 2017 tour!

It’ll be August 2017, and it’ll be amazing. This one has it all: Nearly three weeks to take in New Zealand in a fully personalized small-group tour run by the absolutely fabulous Sharron Hickman of Exclusive Tours. You’ll journey from Auckland to Dunedin, from pristine, empty beaches to snow-capped mountains. Go from relaxing in natural mineral hot pools near Tongariro National Park to bungy jumping or jetboating in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adrenaline capital.  And at the end, of course, watch the All Blacks take on the Wallabies of Australia in one of sport’s greatest rivalries!

Here’s a brief rundown of the highlights. For full details, view the itinerary with estimated prices.

Note: This tour is expected to sell out quickly. However, there is a 2018 tour already being planned. To get on the list to learn more, email sharronh[at]exclusivetours[dot]co[dot]nz.

8 August – Tuesday


9 August – Wednesday


Morning Auckland sightseeing tour (including 1 hour guided tour of Auckland Museum) followed by ferry to Devonport, lunch break in Devonport, Devonport tour afternoon tea and ferry back to Auckland. Rosalind James will be with the guests during the visit to Devonport.

Torpedo Bay and North Head – Devonport.

Pre dinner drinks and a chance to meet some New Zealand readers and Rosalind will sign books.

Welcome dinner this evening with Rosalind.


10 August – Thursday


Stop en-route at Zealong tea tour and tea tastings and lunch followed by a guided tour of Hobbiton – the world’s largest green movie set.

Free evening and time to enjoy the Thursday Night Market in Rotorua.

11 August – Friday


Free morning – possible Zip Lining or massage and or facial or visit the Rotorua Museum and Art Gallery.   This afternoon participate in a flax weaving class followed a guided tour of Te Puia and a Maori concert and hangi dinner.

Te Puia Maori concert – Rotorua.


12 August – Saturday


Stop en-route at Lava Glass, Huka Falls and Tokaanu Hot Pools to soak in the hot mineral water pools.

Free evening.


13 August – Sunday


Free day for hiking, or scenic flight, or visit Department of Conservation Centre.


14 August – Monday


Stop en-route at Bulls and RJ’s Licorice shop – delicious!

Group dinner at Mac’s Brew Bar.

Wellington city and harbour.


15 August – Tuesday


Morning tea with Rosalind at Picnic Cafe, Wellington Botanic Gardens.   Meet some New Zealand readers and Rosalind will sign books.

This afternoon a guided 1 hour tour New Zealand Parliament buildings including question time in the debating chamber.


16 August – Wednesday


Free time in Wellington.   Time to perhaps participate in a guided tour of Weta Workshop, or visit Te Papa Museum and or relax.

This afternoon travel by ferry from Wellington to Picton (3 hours on the ferry) and then by road to Blenheim.


17 August – Thursday


Visit Makana Chocolates followed by wine tasting tour and lunch at a vineyard and more wine tasting.


18 August – Friday


Today travel to Kaikoura.   Free time to go whale watching either by boat or aircraft.   


19 August – Saturday


This morning travel to Christchurch.   Free time to visit such places as the botanic gardens, Cashel Street Mall, New Regent Street etc.


20 August – Sunday


Stop en-route at Geraldine, Fairlie, Burkes Pass, Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki viewing area.


21 August – Monday


Free day in this very scenic mountain area.   Maybe a walk on the Hooker Valley trail or participate in the Glacier Explorer tour, or visit Department of Conservation Centre etc.


22 August – Tuesday


Stop en-route at Tarras, Mrs Jones’s Fruit Shop, AJ Hackett Bungy jumping site and historic Arrowtown.

Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Ranges.



23 August – Wednesday


Free day in the adrenalin capital of New Zealand!     Here is your chance to chill out or experience some adrenalin action!   Jet boating, bungy jumping, white water rafting, tandem hang gliding, shopping, massage, facials, walking in the Queenstown gardens, riding the gondola to Bob’s Peak etc.

Early this evening travel on the TSS Earnslaw boat to Walter Peak Station for a group dinner tonight followed by sheep show including dogs working sheep and sheep shearing.

Overnight: Scenic Suites, Queenstown.


24 August – Thursday


This morning travel to Milford Sound, cruise on the sound, including picnic lunch.   Then travel to Te Anau.


25 August – Friday


This morning visit the Te Anau Department of Conservation Bird Park (including visiting with some rare and flightless Takahe birds) before travelling on to Dunedin.

On arrival in Dunedin visit Larnach Castle and gardens.

Larnach Castle and gardens – Dunedin.


26 August – Saturday


Guided walking tour of downtown Dunedin followed by a guided tour of Olveston historic homestead.

Free afternoon to prepare for the big Bledisloe Cup rugby match – All Blacks v Australia.   Rosalind will accompany you to the match!

Forsyth Barr Stadium – the fabulous covered venue for the Bledisloe Cup match tonight!


27 August – Sunday


Free day to and recover from the excitement of last night!   Maybe visit Cadburys Chocolate Factory, Dunedin botanic gardens, Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin Chinese Garden etc.

Late this afternoon Speights beer tour and tastings followed by dinner at Speights Restaurant.



28 August – Monday



For full details, view the itinerary. 

To get on the list, email sharronh[at]exclusivetours[dot]com

See you in New Zealand!


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Lori Zellmer
Lori Zellmer
5 years ago

I’d like to learn more about the pricing – cannot commit yet. Thank you!

tina Nelson
tina Nelson
5 years ago

I would like to learn more about the pricing-I too cannot commit yet. Thanks!

Rosalind James
Rosalind James
5 years ago
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