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Then and Now – A New Zealand Adventure

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Australia & New Zealand Guided Vacation

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To complement your appreciation of New Zealand’s spectacular scenery our escorted adventure includes a definitive cultural immersion. Interlude Tours has arranged for you to journey back in time to a Pre-European lifestyle experience of customs and traditions. A festival of Maori music, dance, traditional skills and the famous Hangi feast awaits you. A local guide will escort you on a cultural journey to the Maori Village, the life force of New Zealand’s indigenous people. Let your imagination take over as your guide instructs you on the protocol for visiting the Maori.  The performance is real, raw and earthy – full of emotion and power. All I can add is – WOW!

Set in the tranquil natural bush, the performers take you back in time when the ancient Maori customs and traditions were a vital part of everyday life in New Zealand. Through songs and dances plus tales and legends told, you will learn a great deal about their fascinating past. A chief is selected, a song is learned and the eerie cry of the welcome is heard before you enter the world of the proud warriors of the ancient Maori.

This once in a lifetime experience will include the welcome ceremony before you enter the village, with crackling open fires in front of traditional houses. You’ll hear traditional Maori instruments and watch the daily activities of days gone by. In the meeting house, a Rangiatea culture group offers a powerful display of haka song and dance.  The night will unfold into a relaxed, informal, friendly and fun atmosphere of feasting and entertainment. All meats and vegetables of the Hangi are cooked in the traditional fashion, beneath the ground on hot rocks. Dining is buffet style with the menu consisting of: Lamb, Chicken, Smoked Fish in white sauce, Kumara (sweet potato), Potato, Carrots, Coleslaw, Seasoning, Raw Mussels and Fried Bread. For dessert you can enjoy Steamed Pudding, Fruit Salad, Custard and Cream. Vegetarian meals are available on request. A fully licensed bar is also available.

The Maori culture is rich in the historically changing images of its people. From long sea voyages, peace and wars this indigenous tribe wears the mantle of the land with great dignity. Their culture embraces the heartbeat of a people-caring nation. They truly sing, dance and live to the rhythm of life. As born conservationists, they read the stars, the moon, the seasons, the tides, the days, the nights, the months, the years and the subtle changes in the environment. After this experience you will surely have a much deeper insight into understanding the Maori spirit of the past.

Australia & New Zeland Guided VacationAnd then it’s on to Queenstown! Born as an 1860’s gold mining camp, 140 years later Queenstown has a compact and sophisticated downtown area tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Though dwarfed by the surrounding mountains, the downtown area is a lively café/bar scene and provides excellent shopping

Getting around the downtown area is best by foot – many shops are in pedestrian areas or hidden away down narrow lanes – and, as you explore, remember to take some time to enjoy the  breathtaking views that are never more than a few paces away. Queenstown is one of best place in the world to buy traditional wool and sheepskin clothing and indigenous Pounamu (greenstone).

You will be arriving in the spring which begins officially September 1 and ends November 30. Weather is unpredictable so be prepared for temperatures spanning 48°F to 75°F.

The colors, sights, scents and sounds of Queenstown are amazing. There are more than 150 bars, restaurants and cafes to indulge in, as well as easy access to fabulous local vineyards where a lunch at a winery restaurant is one of the season’s most popular pastimes – a great way to spend your free day in the city!  For the ultimate in relaxation and pampering you may also want to visit one of several luxury spa resorts. Check with the concierge at your hotel or your local guide for more information.

Your travel day to the Milford Sound landscape is innately New Zealand. Imagine your visit – the mountain peaks rising from the waters, softened by mist and an air of almost flawless and overpowering mystic calm and majesty – it just doesn’t get any better than this!  Milford Sound embraces all that is beautiful: the serenity, the water surface mirroring the surrounding cliffs and towering peaks, and the glorious waterfalls on the mountainsides making their way to this inlet of the sea. Pictures can never do justice to the air of tranquility permeating your very being as the majesty of water and land formations surround your vision. A not to be missed adventure is waiting!  Have your cameras cocked and loaded to capture some truly unforgettable sights as you enjoy the incredible beauty of this masterpiece of nature.

This tour is a guaranteed departure, which means that it won’t be cancelled due to due to a lack of participation. So please, call Interlude today and begin to plan with confidence for your trip of a lifetime!

The full itinerary and pricing is available on our website for this escorted tour – a guaranteed departure so you can make travel plans with confidence.

Australia & New Zealand (click here for itinerary)
and Optional Great Barrier Reef Extension (16-18 days)

– Interlude blog team

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