New Zealand Gardens - Fall 2016

gardenBuilding on the resounding success of local and international Cowichan Rhodo Society tours over the past 9 years and many other tours he has led, Bill Dumont has now teamed up with Duncan Hill Travel Ltd. to organize and lead an exciting and informative 22 day Tour of New Zealand gardens and highlights in the fall of 2016. We visit most major parts of this beautiful southern hemisphere country in the midst of their spring and prime time flowering for their amazing gardens in this two-island nation of 4.5 million people. The tour is scheduled from October 23 to November 13, 2016.

Our 3-week visit starts and ends in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city with a population of 1.5 million. We will be touring both the North and South islands and all the major cities including Wellington - the capital city, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown along with more than 30 major public and many private gardens including the spectacular 360 hectare Pukeiti garden at New Plymouth with 2000 rhodos and thousands of companion plants. The varied climate ranges from sub-tropical to temperate zones with ocean influences to create an amazing collection of native ecosystems, gardens and introduced plants to see, inspire and enjoy.

NZ gardenWe will be part of the 4-day 2016 New Zealand Rhododendron Association 70th Annual Conference in Hanmer Springs featuring guest lectures, special events and, of course, some fabulous private garden visits and the famous hot springs.

We will experience Maori and Kiwi culture, visit the Hobbits, a sheep farm, sip some great local wines, enjoy a cruise and lunch on spectacular, world-renowned Milford Sound and much more with regular travel in a deluxe highway coach and all the necessary comforts including Wi-Fi. We are travelling with Ritchie’s, New Zealand’s largest coach company supported by our travel advisors ATS Pacific.

On arrival is our Welcome Party get together in Auckland and a farewell dinner on the last night of the tour. As most international flights arrive and depart from Auckland that is where travel should be arranged (your responsibility). Because the tour requires a minimum number of participants to proceed do not book your air travel until you are advised the trip is proceeding.

NZ flagAs a full-service travel agency the team at Duncan Hill Travel can arrange your flights and by utilizing group bookings significant savings will be realized. Duncan Hill Travel can also assist in arranging all your travel insurance needs including trip cancellation and medical insurance as well as many other quality travel services.

The estimated cost per person (double accommodation) will be approximately CDN$7300 (single room supplement of CDN$1950 per person) depending on currency exchange next August. This includes: 3 and 4 star hotels, all breakfasts and suppers, garden and site entry fees, guides, gratuities, 15% GST taxes, full registration at the NZ Rhodo Association meeting, ferry from north to south island, deluxe coach transportation, Hobbiton and Shire visit, Maori culture and cuisine event, sheep farm and geothermal springs visit, Milford Sound cruise and lunch, flight from Queenstown to Auckland, tour mementos, wine tasting and an experienced tour guide. A full draft itinerary is available from

To confirm your seat please provide a $1700 deposit payment (refundable if the tour doesn’t proceed) to Duncan Hill Travel Ltd. 105 – 2700 Beverley St., Duncan, BC V9L 5C7 250-748-0391 by February 5, 2016. Payments can be cash, cheque, or debit card.

This will be a popular tour and your booking confirmation is on a first- come first- served basis based on date of receipt of the trip deposit. Due to the current instability of both NZ and Canadian currencies, the final tour pricing will be confirmed by August 1 with the balance of the tour cost payable by August 15, 2016. All participants must have valid Travel Medical Insurance to join this tour.

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