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1-8 March 2020

Welcome to our inaugural GOOD tour of New Zealand!

We can't wait to welcome you to GOOD Travel's home: New Zealand! This trip will show you many classic Kiwi highlights as well as take you off the beaten track to experience some of our lesser-known secrets. Every aspect of the tour has been designed to support GOOD tourism businesses and social enterprises. This tour will give you a truly unique experience of our beautiful home, and make you feel GOOD on every step of your journey.

Trip highlights:

  • Experience the magic of Hobbiton, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies
  • Relax in the mineral water pools at Polynesian Spa in Rotorua
  • Learn to cook like a pro at the Ruth Pretty Cooking School
  • Discover the gold-sand beaches of the Abel Tasman national park by Waka (Māori canoe)
  • Connect with our co-founder and learn about the GOOD Travel story over lunch in her home in Wellington
  • Enjoy award-winning wine at a vineyard famous for its sustainability practices
  • Leave a positive footprint by planting your very own native tree in the New Zealand bush

Dates: 1-8 March 2020

Location: Auckland - Hobbiton - Rotorua - Te Horo - Wellington - Picton - Motueka - Nelson

Cost: $2899 including all accommodations, activities and a donation to a local project

Payment plan option: $290/month x 10 installments

Details & Itinerary

The following itinerary provides an outline of our trip intentions, but some activities may be adjusted a little. You will be provided with a full welcome pack including a detailed itinerary closer to our departure date.

March 1st: On arrival into Auckland international airport, you'll be met by a representative from GOOD Travel and taken to your accommodation. Depending on your arrival time, you may wish to join an optional Whale and Dolphin Safari. In the evening, we'll have a special welcome dinner and trip briefing in one of Auckland's restaurants famous for their sustainability practices and delicious food.

March 2nd: After a scenic drive, we'll arrive at Hobbiton. We'll step into the lush pastures of the Shire and experience the real Middle-earth, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. We will be guided around the 12 acre set; past Hobbit Holes, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon Inn. We'll then head to Rotorua, arriving in time to enjoy an evening dip in the hot pools at the Polynesian Spa.

March 3rd: We'll start bright and early this morning. Our first stop will be the Tongariro National Park - home to three active volcanoes, including Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings). We'll continue our drive south where we'll stop for an afternoon cooking class at the Ruth Pretty Cooking school in the rural tranquility of Te Horo.

March 4th: After a short drive to Wellington, you'll be invited to lunch at our co-founder's home and GOOD Travel's headquarters. You'll have the opportunity to learn more about the story behind GOOD Travel and how it came to be. You'll have the rest of the day to explore New Zealand's capital city and do some shopping!

March 5th: We'll take one of the world's most scenic ferry journeys to the South Island of New Zealand. Our next stop will be an award-winning vineyard famous for its sustainability practices and then we'll head to Motueka to spend the night.

March 6th: Today, we'll experience paddling a Waka (Māori canoe) in the Abel Tasman national park renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs and marine wildlife. You'll have the opportunity to learn about Māori etiquette (tikanga) associated with waka before becoming familiar with the boat and embarking on your journey (haerenga). We'll then head to a farm to spend the night.

March 7th: After a leisurely morning on the farm, we'll have lunch with the family of GOOD Travel's co-founder in their rural home near Motueka. They'll share their story of how they first came to New Zealand as tourists in 1977, dreamed of New Zealand for many years, and finally migrated here 20 years ago. We'll then head to Nelson in the evening for a special farewell dinner.

March 8th: The trip ends here in Nelson. We highly recommend staying longer in New Zealand if possible and we would be happy to arrange an add-on tour for you to Queenstown and Wanaka, or any other destinations.

What's GOOD about this trip?

  • This trip is being organized in partnership with GOOD Travel's local partner, Fine Art Tours. They are a locally-owned company who are Qualmark Gold certified due to their commitment to people, environment and culture.
  • Every stop on this trip will be supporting New Zealand businesses that share our values for positive social, economic and environmental impact. From partnering with members of Māori Tourism to supporting local farm tourism initiatives, this trip will give you a uniquely GOOD experience.
  • $100 from each participant will be directly donated to a local project in New Zealand, which you'll have the opportunity to learn more about while you're here.
  • All accommodations on this trip are certified by Qualmark and/or involved in sustainability initiatives.

Trip Facilitators

The trip will be led by local guides from New Zealand. In addition, you will have the opportunity to spend time with GOOD Travel's co-founder, Eliza Raymond. You will also be accompanied throughout the trip by Eliza's mother-in-law, Lori Stephens.

Eliza Raymond

Eliza is GOOD Travel's co-founder and director of operations. She migrated to New Zealand when she was 18 and never looked back! She is passionate about sustainable tourism and transforming the tourism industry into a force for GOOD. She can't wait to meet you and show you her home!

Lori Stephens

Lori Stephens is Eliza's mother-in-law from the foothills of Virginia. She has visited New Zealand several times and she can't wait to show you her favorite spots! Lori's favorite musician is New Zealand's own Keith Urban! Lori has been a special education teacher for the past 35 years. She has four children (one of which is Eliza's husband) and three dogs.

What's included

The trip cost includes:

  • 7-nights accommodation in 3-4 star accommodation in twin rooms, sharing with one other participant
  • Airport pick-up in Auckland
  • Private coach transportation for the group, including carbon offsetting
  • All activities listed in the itinerary
  • Welcome dinner, farewell dinner, lunch in Wellington and lunch in Motueka
  • $100 donation to a local project
  • Exclusive membership in our New Zealand Facebook group
  • 24/7 support from your trip leader throughout your stay in New Zealand

Please note that the following are not included:

  • International flights arriving in Auckland and departing from Nelson
  • International travel insurance (required)
  • Whale and dolphin safari in Auckland on arrival day (optional)
  • Airport transfer in Nelson
  • Visa for New Zealand (not required for US citizens)
  • Meals except those included above
  • Snacks, drinks and souvenirs

Book Now

There are two options for confirming your spot on this trip. Please note that this trip is limited to a maximum of 12 participants so we recommend arranging payment as soon as possible to secure your spot.

The first option is to pay for your trip over a series of ten monthly installments of $290 each. Before you set up your payment plan, please make sure you’ve read and understood our terms of service. Please note that with this option your first payments up to $700 will serve as your deposit and will be non-refundable. You can set up your payment plan here.

The second option is to pay a non-refundable deposit of $700 by April 1st 2019 and then to pay your remaining balance of $2199 by December 1st 2019. To pay your non-refundable deposit of $700, please click on the pay now button below. Before you make your payment, please make sure you’ve read and understood our terms of service. If there is anything in our terms of service that you’d like us to clarify, please contact us for more information.

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