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Address: 9 Rushland Rise, Pukekohe 2120, New Zealand.

Mobile Phone: (64) 027 4732934

Email: Sharron at sharronh@exclusivetours.co.nz

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Sightseeing tours for delegates attending IEEE ITSC 2019 conference in Auckland 26th to 31st October 2019

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Note with regards to Exclusive Tours Limited insurance cover.

  • Insurance company: Vero Insurance NZ Ltd, P O Box 1275, Hamilton, New Zealand.
  • Policy number: HO BSP 4410312
  • Type of cover: Public & Statutory Liability
  • Limit of Indemnity: Public Liability NZD$1,000,000.00.
  • Statutory Liability: NZD$500,000.00.
  • Excess:NZD$500.00 in respect of each and every event. The NZD$500.00 policy excess is payable by Exclusive Tours Limited as the insured in the event of any claim and not applied to each individual in respect of any claim.
  • Period of insurance:10/9/2019 – 10/9/2020

All tours depart from Cordis Hotel, Auckland and conclude at Cordis Hotel, Auckland unless otherwise stated in the tour notes.

If a tour or tours do not reach the minimum number required mentioned in the copy Exclusive Tours Limited may still run the tour or tours or an alternative tour or tours similar tours will be offered to replace the tour mentioned in the program.

Participants to please meet at conference registration desk 15 minutes prior to departure time for each tour.

For all tours we recommend that guests wear comfortable shoes, bring warm clothes and a rain jacket and camera.

If these tour dates and times do not suit your program then please inquire about tours being conducted on other days. Exclusive Tours Limited will operate a sightseeing / tour desk at the conference venue to talk to delegates about other tour options.

If delegates need assistance with planning and booking pre and post conference tours and or local Auckland sightseeing tours or day tours from Auckland then please contact Sharron Hickman at sharronh@exclusivetours.co.nz or phone +64 0274732934 www.exclusivetours.co.nz Or visit the sightseeing and tour desk, located close to the registration desk at the conference venue, to plan and book sightseeing and touring options. The sightseeing and tour desk will be open for the same hours that the registration desk is open.

Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th, Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th, Thursday 31st October

Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Agrodome and Te Puia

The most popular scheduled Grayline coach tour for delegates with only one day free to go touring.

Operates 7 days a week. AUD$345.00 per person.

Participants special dietary requirements and hotels that participants are staying at are required at time of booking this tour.

Approximately 6.45 am pick up time from hotels to approximately 8.15 pm drop off time at hotels.

7.30 am tour commences as coach departs downtown Auckland bound for the Waitomo Caves. Morning snack onboard the coach en-route to Waitomo Caves. Guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Caves – limestone formations, cave systems and shimmering lights of thousands of tiny glow worms. Picnic lunch onboard the coach as you travel from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua. On arrival in Rotorua visit the Agrodome watch a sheep being shorn, watch dogs working sheep and participate in a farm tour. Learn about farming in New Zealand, learn about how Kiwifruit grow and taste New Zealand honeys. Participate in a guided tour of Te Puia - view boiling mud pools, hot springs and magnificent geysers along with a visit to the Maori wood carving school, the Maori weaving school and the Kiwi nocturnal house. Evening snack onboard coach as you travel to hotels in Auckland.

AUD$345.00 per person includes hotel pick up and drop off, coach transport, driver, tour escort, morning snack on coach, guided tour of Waitomo Caves, picnic lunch on coach, Agrodome sheep show, Agrodome farm tour, guided tour of Te Puia, evening snack on coach and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%. No minimum and no maximum number of people.

Monday 28th October

Auckland city sightseeing tour including a guided introductory tour of Auckland Museum Maori cultural performance at Auckland Museum

A great way to see the "city of Sails".

9.30 am to approximately 1.30 pm. AUD$140.00 per person.

9.30 am depart the Cordis Hotel. With a population of approximately 1.6 million Auckland is the largest urban area, in New Zealand, covering 1,100 square kilometres (426 square miles). Auckland is the largest commercial centre of the county and has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world.

The city straddles a dormant volcanic field of approximately 50 vents, which take the form of cones, lakes, lagoons, islands and depressions. The most recent and by far the largest volcano, Rangitoto Island, came up out of the sea about 600 to 700 years ago. Enjoying a mild climate (frosts are rare), 1.5 metres (60 inches) annual rainfall, it has a cosmopolitan flavour, great wining and dining and so offers a good lifestyle. Known as the “City of Sails”, Auckland has more yachts per head of population than anywhere else in world. Car ownership is high with one car for every two people. A large percentage of Auckland is still dominated by a very suburban style of building, giving the city a very low population density. Although it has little more than a seventh of the population of London, it sprawls over a considerably larger area, making public transport costlier than in other high-density cities. Highlights during today's tour of Auckland will include Auckland harbour bridge, Tamaki Drive, Michael Joseph Savage Memorial (great views of the city and harbour from this location), Parnell Rose Gardens, Auckland Domain, one hour guided introductory tour of Auckland Museum, 45 minutes free time at Auckland Museum and Maori cultural performance at Auckland Museum.

At the conclusion of the visit to Auckland Museum travel back to the Cordis Hotel, Auckland.

AUD$140.00 per person includes road transport, tour guide, entry to Auckland Museum, one hour guided introductory tour of Auckland Museum, Maori cultural performance at Auckland Museum, bottled water and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%. Per coach minimum 20 people and maximum 40 people.

Tuesday 29th October and Thursday 31st October

Waiheke Island Tour

Stunning scenery, white sand beaches, beer tastings, wine tastings, olive oil tastings and artists/crafts people.

9.15 am to approximately 6.10 pm. AUD$215.00 per person.

9.15 am depart the Cordis Hotel bound for Auckland ferry terminal. 10.00 am ferry from Auckland ferry terminal to Waiheke Island and 5.30 pm ferry from Waiheke Island to Auckland ferry terminal.

When Aucklander's talk of an island paradise they are referring to Waiheke Island which is 40 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland. With a permanent population of around 9,000 people Waiheke Island is home to over 30 wineries, along with olive groves and dozens of local and internationally renowned artists. On this picturesque island there is a blend of farmland, forest and stunning beaches. With hot, dry summers and stony soils, Waiheke wineries produce unique, high quality wines based on cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, cabernet franc and the recent move into chardonnay grape varieties. Highlights today will include free time at the seaside town of Oneroa for an independent lunch, walk on Onetangi Beach, beer and wine tasting, olive oil tasting, meeting a local artist, visiting Waiheke Community Arts Centre etc. All delegates will have been given round-trip ferry tickets so they can return to Auckland whenever they like. On arrival back to Auckland ferry terminal delegates will be transferred to the Cordis Hotel.

AUD$215.00 per person includes transfer from Cordis Hotel to Auckland ferry terminal, tour manager, round trip ferry tickets, road transport and driver / guide on Waiheke Island, meeting several artists, beer / wine / olive oil tastings, bottled water, transfer from Auckland ferry terminal to the Cordis Hotel and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%. Per coach minimum 20 people and maximum 40 people.

Wednesday 30th October

Discover tea tour

A unique and fascinating experience.

7.30 am to approximately 3.00 pm. AUD$255.00 per person.

7.30 am depart Cordis Hotel bound for Zealong Tea Estate near Hamilton. New Zealand is the last place you would expect to find a tea plantation. But 90 minutes south of Auckland is New Zealand's only tea plantation located in rural Waikato. Waikato is home to Zealong Tea. A Pacific Garden of Eden where tea grows naturally, free of chemical sprays or fertilizers. Pure air, pure sunshine, pure water and fertile soil gives Zealong Tea a remarkable freshness in flavour and fragrance that excites even the most jaded tea drinker. Zealong is the world's only tea company fully certified to the world's highest food safety standard: ISO 22000 HACCP. At Zealong learn the fascinating story behind Zealong, see how tea is made, experience a traditional tea ceremony, explore tea's rich history and culture and pose for a souvenir photo in traditional tea picking garb.

Enjoy a delicious high tea in Zealong’s restaurant and drink the world's purest Oolong tea as you gaze out across the tea plantation.

The story of Zealong is the story of Vincent Chen's dream. A dream that started with a camellia tree back in 1996. Vincent had recently arrived in New Zealand with his family and one day his father noticed a camellia tree thriving in the neighbour's garden. A tea drinker, Mr Chen senior, knew tea was a kind of camellia. Talking with Vincent, he suggested maybe tea could grow in the Waikato too. Vincent realized this could be a way to put down roots in his adopted country - literally - and his dream was born. It has taken Vincent 16 years to realize his dream and the hurdles have been, and continue to be, numerous. But his focus on producing the world's purest tea in New Zealand is beginning to pay off, as people all around the world taste and appreciate the purity of Zealong tea.

At the conclusion of the Zealong Estate experience travel back to the Cordis Hotel, Auckland.

AUD$255.00 per person includes road transport, tour manager, tea tour, tea tastings, high tea, tea with high tea, bottled water and New Zealand Goods and Service Tax at 15%. Per coach minimum 20 people and maximum 40 people.

Wednesday 30th October

Bush and beach tour

Experience New Zealand rain forest and black sand beach.

12 noon to approximately 5.30 pm. AUD$165.00 per person.

12 noon depart the Cordis Hotel bound for the western area of Auckland. Only 30 kilometres from downtown Auckland is the city's largest regional park, the Waitakere Ranges. No other city in New Zealand has such a wonderful asset so close to it. In just 30 minutes you leave behind the bustle of the city and step into the tranquillity of the rainforest. Stop en-route, to purchase your own food for lunch. Your driver and hiking guide will select a great location for you to eat your lunch and they will also supply tea/coffee/water. Visit Arataki Centre perched high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges an enjoy breath taking panoramic views from the Manukau Harbour to the Pacific Ocean. Continue to the lush rainforest where you walk the easy bush tracks amongst giant fern trees and view New Zealand's famous kauri trees. Move on to experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer. Enjoy your picnic lunch at a scenic location.

At the conclusion of the tour travel back to the Cordis Hotel, Auckland.

AUD$165.00 per person includes road transport, driver, hiking guide, Regional Park access fee, tea/coffee/water and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%. Per small coach minimum 10 people and maximum 20 people.

Wednesday 30th October

Mountain biking

Two hour guided mountain biking adventure in the Woodhill Forest.

8.30 am to approximately 1.00 pm. AUD$140.00 per person.

8.30 am depart Cordis Hotel bound for Woodhill Forest. Woodhill Forest is a great destination for adventure lovers with activities year-round. The forest is a popular location for a number of recreation activities, mountain biking, including horse riding, 4WD and trail biking, walking, dog walking, tree climbing adventures (confidence and team building), orienteering and filming. Woodhill Forest is a sand-based pine forest, providing all weather trails and recreation. For mountain biking enthusiasts there are over 50 named trails/courses which provide over 100 kilometres of single-track riding and over 100 purpose-built, council compliant jumps and stunts including the huge and pretty scary 'North Shore' stunts. Woodhill Mountain Bike Park has become renowned throughout New Zealand's riding community as an exceptional and unique mountain biking destination. It's sand base means they can offer year-round riding which is a characteristic that gives us the freedom to continue to pour more resources into its development. With an intimate knowledge of both Woodhill and Mountain Biking the guides will help you get the most out of your ride by tailoring it specifically to the ability and fitness of your group, while also providing "friendly coaching" along the way during the two hour mountain biking experience.

At the conclusion of the exhilarating mountain biking travel back to Cordis Hotel, Auckland.

AUD$140.00 per person includes road transport, tour manager, helmet and mountain bike hire, mountain bike guides (1 guide per 10 bikers), snack food, bottled water and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%. Per coach minimum 20 people and maximum 40 people.

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