Tongariro, Taranaki & the Forgotten World
October/November 2020

Explore the heart of the North Island and Taranaki on an adventure which is sure to have something to appeal to you. Along with the natural grandeur of the Tongariro World Heritage Park, you will get off the beaten track with your tour manager who will introduce you to an area he knows well. Then glimpse the pioneer past of New Zealand on the Forgotten World Highway before being delighted by Taranaki’s thriving arts world offering fascinating insights into contemporary art ideas. Cap off the experience with New Plymouth’s  prolific gardens which are so spectacular that they have their own acclaimed festival, the Taranaki Garden Festival (formerly the Rhododendron Festival).

TOUR DATES   Thursday 29 October –  Wednesday 4 November 2020 (6 nights)

This tour is now full. Please contact us if you would like to go on a wait list.

We may offer this tour again in October 2021 – contact us to register your interest – phone 0800 853 276 or email – cnltours@hot.co.nz.

 

 

 

 

 

Wellington, Wairarapa & Kapiti Island
November 2020

Join us on an exploration of some of the nooks and crannies of the Wellington and Wairarapa regions. In Wellington we bypass some of the more common tourist spots (although you can easily visit Te Papa and other popular destinations in a free afternoon or by staying on in Wellington pre or post tour), and instead see some  local favourites.

Stay in the delightful town of Martinborough. Delve into the history and mystery of astronomy at Stonehenge Aotearoa, and do some stargazing in the dark skies of the Wairarapa.

For native flora and fauna lovers, our visits to Otari-Wilton’s bush and Pukaha National Wildlife Centre at Mount Bruce will be a treat. The highlight, though, will be an overnight stay on Kapiti Island as we spend the evening on the hunt for the little spotted kiwi.

TOUR MANAGER  Andrew Matheson

TOUR DATES   Friday 6 – Friday 13 November 2020 (7 nights)

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Activities and sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Domestic travel to Wellington (flights can be booked for you at an additional cost)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless
    specified.
  • Personal expenses
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge fee of 2.5% will be charged

TOUR PRICE
Share twin per person               NZD $2,990
Single supplement                     NZD $   750

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 12

This tour is now full. Please contact us if you would like to go on a waitlist – 0800 853 276 or email cnltours@hot.co.nz 

 

 

 

 

South Island by e-bike
November 2020

Explore some of the best bike trails in the South Island – all from the comfort of an e-bike.  Enjoy breath-taking scenery, from Mt Cook, to Queenstown, to the Roxburgh Gorge and much more.  Our tour will include days on the most popular sections of iconic rides including the Alps2Ocean, Otago Rail Trail and West Coast Wilderness. Taking advantage of spring weather in the South Island, we will enjoy comfortable temperatures for biking and experience the best of the South Island without the crowds.

TOUR MANAGER Leen van Duin

TOUR DATES   Monday 16 – Thursday 26 November  2020 (10 nights)

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Support vehicle
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • E-bike included at no extra cost
  • Activities and admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • All group transfers
  • TranzAlpine train journey
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Domestic flights to Christchurch (flights can be booked for you at an additional cost)
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Other meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Bike helmet
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge of 2.5% will be charged

TOUR PRICE
Share twin per person               NZD $5,790
Single supplement                     NZD $   990

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 12

There are two places left on this tour, for a share twin or double.

 

 

 

 

 

Gibbs Farm Sculpture and Matakana
November 2020

Just an hour north of Auckland the delightful village of Matakana and its surrounds invite exploration: lush vineyards, idyllic coastal views and a foodie heaven.  A short break for a spring-time visit, this tour is perfect for both dedicated and casual lovers of sculpture and art as we visit three distinct sculpture installations. The highlight will undoubtedly be Gibbs Farm,  home to a series of major site specific artworks commissioned from some of the world’s most significant artists. You will also have the opportunity to visit one of the lesser known islands of the Hauraki Gulf, Kawau Island, on the daily Royal Mail ship and visit the historic mansion house.

TOUR MANAGER  Peter Gibbs

TOUR DATES   Tuesday 17 – Friday 20 November 2020 (3 nights)

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Activities and sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour material.

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Domestic travel to Auckland (flights can be booked for you at an additional cost)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Personal expenses
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge fee of 2.5% will be charged

TOUR PRICE
Share twin per person               NZD $1,590
Single supplement                     NZD $   390

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

 

 

 

Northland
November/December 2020

Visit the ‘winterless north’ of New Zealand as the Pohutukawa bloom. Enjoy exceptional coastal beauty, sweeping beaches and magnificent stands of native trees. Visit important places of historical and cultural significance and some of the country’s best museums. If you have not travelled to Northland before you will delight in the friendly people, delicious local food and slower pace of life. An early summer visit will afford us warm weather and long evenings, perfect for enjoying sunsets over the magnificent Hokianga. On this tour we will see the iconic highlights of Northland but will also have time to wander, get out on azure waters of the Bay of Islands and meet the locals.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • 7 nights accommodation (twin share)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Activities and sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Travel to/from Auckland (arrangements can be made for you at an additional cost)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Personal expenses
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge fee of 2.5% will be charged

TOUR PRICE
Share twin per person               NZD $3,290
Single supplement                     NZD $   990

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antarctica
coming in 2021

 

Journey by ship to a continent considered by many to be the ultimate travel destination where the wildlife is prolific and the scenery is staggeringly beautiful.  Your adventure begins in Argentina where you will have two nights to explore the exciting city of Buenos Aires and enjoy a tango show.  Fly to Ushuaia where you will board your ship and begin your journey to Antarctica. Sail through the Beagle Channel to the Antarctic Peninsula where you spend six enthralling days.  Here you will come across the countless penguin colonies that thrive in these ice strewn waters. Go ashore on deserted Antarctic islands and cruise in zodiacs to get close to icebergs and marvel at the dramatic, ever-changing landscapes. On board your ship, experienced lecturers have an in-depth knowledge of the biology, history and geology of this area. Come aboard for an adventure like no other!

Register your interest by email to cnltours@hot.co.nz or phone  0800 853 276.

 

 

 

 

 

Whanganui History & Heritage
January 2021

The picturesque river city of Whanganui is one of New Zealand’s most captivating places to visit. The city’s history is a rich amalgam of Maori and settler cultures with the river being central to its historic, cultural, and artistic development. The Whanganui River was known as the ‘Rhine of New Zealand’ and served as an important transport route for Maori and European settlers. And it is still the heart of the city both physically and spiritually. Driving from Hamilton, we will wind along the river on the scenic River Road passing small river communities, stopping at Jerusalem. and viewing the many beautifully preserved Marae. Your first two nights’ accommodation will be on the Whanganui River at a unique lodge accessed by aerial cable car.

Whanganui is home to hundreds of working artists and the city is filled with galleries and buzzing with creative energy. The historic Sarjeant Gallery is home to one of the best collections of fine art in New Zealand. While the Regional Museum has an extensive collection of Lindauer paintings and taonga Maori.

The concentration of significant heritage buildings found in Whanganui is rare in New Zealand and on an easy walking tour around the city centre, you will find Victorian and Edwardian treasures coexisting with fine examples of mid twentieth century architecture. A knowledgeable local guide will share the stories of these intact heritage buildings.  A double decker bus tour will take you a little further afield to visit other historic sites such as the Pakaitore (Moutoa Gardens), Pukenamu Queen’s Park and the Durie Hill elevator. You will also visit Maori sites of significance such as St Paul’s Memorial Church at Putiki. This is a fine example of a fusion of Maori and European architecture. The interior incorporates outstandingly beautiful carvings and tukutuku wall panels.  While you are in Whanganui, the annual Vintage Weekend will take place showcasing other heritage attractions.

This tour offers a chance to explore in some depth a lesser known New Zealand city steeped in history, art, and culture.

DATES Tuesday 19 – Tuesday 26 January 2021

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Activities and sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Domestic travel to Hamilton (flights can be booked for you at an additional cost)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Personal expenses
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge of 2.5% will be charged

TOUR PRICE
Share twin per person               NZD $3,290
Single supplement                     NZD $   890

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place, as they are very limited and we may have sold out of available spaces.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruise and Walk in Pelorus Sound and Golden Bay
January/February 2021

We have discovered that cruising and walking is a great combination enabling you to relax and explore an area in depth without the need to pack and unpack, so we are delighted to present this opportunity in Pelorus Sound.
Being on board a boat also means that if you feel like staying on board, cruising with the skipper instead of walking, that’s an equally fine way to spend the day. Pelorus (Te Hoiere), the largest of the Sounds that make up the Marlborough Sounds, has great natural beauty, crystal clear and sheltered waters, lush native bush, and a choice of walks of varying lengths and difficulty.

For the second half of the tour you will be based in Golden Bay, a place many people fly over but never quite visit.  With one road in and out, the Bay is largely self-sufficient, protected by the curving needle of Farewell Spit at the northern end, and cut off from the rest of the South Island by three national parks. You will have the chance to enjoy its many natural wonders including Farewell Spit, the dramatic wind and sea-carved coastline  and the golden beaches. Some of our very good clients live in Golden Bay and they have shared with us their favourite walks, some of which we have included in the itinerary.

DATE Monday 25 January – Tuesday 2 February 2021

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • 8 nights accommodation (twin share)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Activities and sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Travel to/from Nelson (arrangements can be made for you at an additional cost)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified

TOUR PRICE
Share twin per person               NZD $3,990
Single supplement                     NZD $1,890

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 14

This tour is now full, please contact us if you would like to go on a waitlist – T 0800 853 276 or email cnltours@hot.co.nz 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Island by e-bike
February 2021

Explore some of the best bike trails in the South Island – all from the comfort of an e-bike.  Enjoy breath-taking scenery, from Mt Cook, to Queenstown, to the Roxburgh Gorge and much more.  Our tour will include days on the most popular sections of iconic rides including the Alps2Ocean, Otago Rail Trail and West Coast Wilderness. Taking advantage of spring weather in the South Island, we will enjoy comfortable temperatures for biking and experience the best of the South Island without the crowds.

TOUR MANAGER John Matheson

TOUR DATES   Sunday 7 – Wednesday 17 February 2021 (10 nights)

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Support vehicle
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • E-bike included at no extra cost
  • Activities and admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • All group transfers
  • TranzAlpine train journey
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Domestic flights to Christchurch (flights can be booked for you at an additional cost)
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Other meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Bike helmet
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge of 2.5% will be charged

TOUR PRICE
Share twin per person               NZD $5,790
Single supplement                     NZD $   990

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 12

There is one single place available on this tour.

Please contact us to go on a wait list – T 0800 853 276 or E cnltours@hot.co.nz 

 

 

 

 

 

East Cape
February 2021

The East Cape of the North Island has a rugged beauty inspired by its isolation and on this tour you will be travelling on one of the world’s greatest and least known coastal road trips. This will be a leisurely journey because around every corner there is something new to see: stunning coastal scenery, white picture postcard bays and coves, remote settlements and farming communities and the ornately carved gateways of the many Marae. Its rich bicultural history makes this a unique destination.  You will have the opportunity to meet some of the local characters working on the out of the way back country stations. With a warm Mediterranean climate, clear blue skies and warm sunshine, this an ideal opportunity to explore some of the local treasures in a part of New Zealand you may not have seen. You will enjoy two-night stays at most stops, meaning time to relax and less packing and unpacking.

TOUR MANAGER  Penny Pickett

TOUR DATES   Wednesday 10 –  Wednesday 17 February 2021 (7 nights)

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Activities and sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Domestic travel to Hamilton (flights can be booked for you at an additional cost)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Personal expenses
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge fee of 2.5% will be charged

TOUR PRICE
Share twin per person               NZD $3,150
Single supplement                     NZD $  750

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 20

VARIATIONS IN TRAVEL We can make arrangements for any travel you would like to do before or after this tour.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

 

 

 

Coromandel
February 2021

On this leisurely exploration of the Coromandel Peninsula, immerse yourself in an area that is renowned for coastal towns and beach baches, but has so much more to offer. Weave up and down the coast enjoying breath-taking coastal vistas around every turn while visiting quirky and interesting small towns. Marvel at the juxtaposition of sub-tropical native rain forest, farmland and golden sand beaches. We will be in no rush so we can take our time to explore the nooks and crannies of this laid-back part of New Zealand. For those who want, there are a number of easy walks each with special character: native bush and birds, spectacular coastal views, pioneering and gold mining history.

TOUR DATES Friday 19 – Saturday 27 February 2021

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Activities and sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Domestic travel to Hamilton (flights can be booked for you at an additional cost)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Personal expenses
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge of 2.5% will be charged

TOUR PRICE

Share twin or double occupancy        NZD$3,390
Single Supplement                               NZD$    990 

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place, as they are limited.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southland, Stewart Island & Doubtful Sound
8 March 2021

The deep south is an area many New Zealanders have on their bucket lists but have not yet seen. Join us on a comprehensive tour of the best of Southland including spending two nights on Stewart Island. Visit the captivating Catlins, where the strong winds shape the forests and raise impressive waves along the coast. A cruise and overnight stay onboard the Fiordland Navigator on Doubtful Sound is sure to be a highlight. The ride over Wilmot Pass is spectacular enough but the Sound is breath-taking in its grandeur and the serenity and peacefulness you will experience will be memorable. At this time of the year, the late summer days are perfect for exploring and vivid sunsets and long twilight evenings lead to ideal star gazing opportunities. You may find that this tour which blends natural beauty, unspoilt landscapes, fascinating history and southern culture and hospitality takes you to another world and rivals any international experience you may have had.

TOUR DATES Monday 8 – Tuesday 16 March 2021

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced driver and tour manager
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night on the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ on Doubtful Sound. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon with fully licensed bar and an observation lounge
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Activities and sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Domestic travel to Invercargill and from Queenstown (flights can be booked for you at an additional cost)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Personal expenses
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge of 2.5% will be charged

TOUR PRICE 

Share twin or double occupancy $3,990
Single supplement $1,490

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, Maximum 18

We have two spaces only available on this tour departing 8 March. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southland, Stewart Island & Doubtful Sound
23 March 2021

The deep south is an area many New Zealanders have on their bucket lists but have not yet seen. Join us on a comprehensive tour of the best of Southland including spending two nights on Stewart Island. Visit the captivating Catlins, where the strong winds shape the forests and raise impressive waves along the coast. A cruise and overnight stay onboard the Fiordland Navigator on Doubtful Sound is sure to be a highlight. The ride over Wilmot Pass is spectacular enough but the Sound is breath-taking in its grandeur and the serenity and peacefulness you will experience will be memorable. At this time of the year, the late summer days are perfect for exploring and vivid sunsets and long twilight evenings lead to ideal star gazing opportunities. You may find that this tour which blends natural beauty, unspoilt landscapes, fascinating history and southern culture and hospitality takes you to another world and rivals any international experience you may have had.

TOUR DATES Tuesday 23 – Wednesday 31 March 2021

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced driver and tour manager
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night on the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ on Doubtful Sound. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon with fully licensed bar and an observation lounge
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Activities and sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Domestic travel to Invercargill and from Queenstown (flights can be booked for you at an additional cost)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Personal expenses
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge of 2.5% will be charged

TOUR PRICE 

Share twin or double occupancy $3,990
Single supplement $1,490

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, Maximum 18

We have one space only available on this tour departing 23 March. If you are a couple or require share twin, please contact us to go on a wait list  T 0800 853 276 or email cnltours@hot.co.nz 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking Chatham & Pitt Islands
November 2021

Don’t let Covid-19 prevent you from taking a trip ‘overseas’ and experiencing a different culture. The Chatham Islands environment is special, rich in its variety of indigenous plants and animals, historic relics and landscapes. Prepare to be surprised as these mysterious islands yield up their secrets. Landscapes with volcanic peaks thrusting up out of rolling peatland, towering seacliffs, the vast expanse of Te Whanga Lagoon, endless kilometres of sandy beaches and the ever-present ocean. Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, about 800km east of Christchurch, the Chatham Islands are New Zealand’s most easterly region. An archipelago of 11 islands, only Pitt and Chatham are inhabited by about 600 people. Meet the Chatham Islanders; a friendly and easy-going local community who extend warm hospitality to visitors. Visit heritage sites and learn of the fascinating history shaped by years of isolation; Moriori, Maori, sealers, whalers, missionaries, farmers, and settlers. We will encounter plenty of plants and birds, including species native to the Chatham’s, some of which are quite rare. Enjoy plentiful fresh seafood: crayfish, paua, and blue cod.  Our walks will take us through contrasting landscapes:  karaka forests, farmland, rocky coastlines, dunes, sandy beaches, expansive wetlands and conservation areas. Spend two nights on Pitt Island, surprisingly different from Chatham Island. Pitt Island is still the most isolated rural community in New Zealand territory. Stay in recently opened suites on Chatham Island and a boutique lodge on Pitt.

TOUR MANAGER – Jenny Newby Fraser

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Return airfare ex Auckland to Chatham Island
  • Scenic return flight Chatham Island to Pitt Island
  • 5 nights accommodation on Chatham Island (twin share)
  • 2 nights accommodation on Pitt Island (twin share)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All group transfers
  • Activities and sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Domestic flights/travel to/from Auckland (arrangements can be made for you at an additional cost)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Personal expenses
  • A 2.5% surcharge if you wish to pay by credit card

TOUR PRICE
Share twin or double occupancy       NZD$5,290

This tour is now full, please contact us if you would like to go on the waitlist – 0800 853 276 or email cnltours@hot.co.nz 

GROUP SIZE Minimum 8, maximum 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egypt & Jordan
Coming in 2021…

This tour offers you Egypt in all its glory from the golden treasures of Tutankhamun and the Pharaohs to the colossal temples in Luxor and Aswan. Gaze at almost 5,000 years of human history at the Great Pyramids of Giza. The Nile has always exerted a powerful role on the country and cruising the river is the perfect place from which to see many of the most spectacular ancient sites.  Board a first-class river ship for five nights and visit the Luxor temple complex, Valley of the Kings and the Temples of Abu Simbel. The tour also takes you to Jordan to the incomparable Petra, an ancient city hewn from red sandstone.  Meet the Bedouin people of Wadi Rum, the home of Lawrence of Arabia and enjoy a cooking class and dinner with a local family.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 14 nights accommodation in 4 star plus hotels
  • 4 nights on a 5 star rivership
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and drivers
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel porterage

This tour is now not proceeding in 2020. It may be offered again in 2021.

 

 

 

Costa Rica
April 2021

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

Costa Rica contains breath-taking biodiversity so this tour will appeal to those interested in flora and fauna. You will come across a vast array of birds, plants and wildlife, perhaps spotting rainbow billed toucans, scarlet macaws, frogs and lizards, butterflies and orchids, monkeys and crocodiles. The landscapes are also varied, from rainforests and wetlands, to active volcanoes, mountain ranges and beautiful coastlines. You will experience Costa Rica through a wide range of activities. Ascend Poas Volcano, hike to La Paz and Rio Celeste waterfalls, cruise on the channels at Tortuguero, walk through the tree tops in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, and bathe in natural hot springs. You will also visit family-run coffee and sugar plantations and end in world-renowned Manuel Antonio National Park where you can sail or snorkel. Staying in locally owned hotels and eco lodges, this is an active holiday full of adventures.

TOUR MANAGER Warwick Silvester

TOUR DATES  Saturday 3 – Tuesday 20 April 2021

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 1 nights accommodation on outbound journey
  • 14 nights accommodation in Costa Rica
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Activities and sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and other service providers
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel porterage
  • Any visa or eSTA visa fees

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland

Share twin per person                                     NZD$10,980
Single supplement (limited availability)     NZD$  1,900

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

 

 

Russia and the Baltics
June 2021

Turbulent political and social change has shaped these countries.  Discover the history, both recent and past of this region.  Spend a week exploring the now independent Baltic States, with two nights in each of the capitals, Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. Each city has a charming historic centre as well as burgeoning modern features. Join your river ship, and begin a six-night cruise along the Volga River through lakes, rivers and canals from St Petersburg to Moscow. Daily shore excursions will introduce you to villages and cities off the beaten track, offering insights into daily life in Russia to complement the grand city experiences at either end of the cruise. You will sample the rich cultural heritage of Imperial Russia with three-night stays in luxurious hotels in both the magnificent cities of  St Petersburg and Moscow.

TOUR DATES  Tuesday 15  June – Wednesday 7 July 2021

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 14 nights hotel accommodation
  • 6 nights on board the Volga Dream
  • Breakfast daily
  • Other meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All group transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and other service providers
  • Pre-tour material.

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel or airport porterage
  • Please note that, if you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge fee of 2.5% will be charged.

TOUR PRICE 

Share twin per person – Superior cabin NZD$15,399

Double per person – Deluxe cabin NZD$15,958

Single supplement (limited availability) $2,990

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, Maximum 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short Break – Walking in the Red Centre of Australia
July 2021

Immerse yourself in this ancient land by experiencing the natural wonders of the Red Centre. This is a land of colour, rich red ochre cliffs and rocky gorges, brilliant green waterholes and the startling white of the ghost gums. At the major sites of Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a knowledgeable guide will give in-depth interpretation of these special places. You will also walk in the West MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon. With two guides looking after you, you can choose easier or harder options along the way. The basic but comfortable accommodation means you can relax and fully enjoy the colours of this extraordinary landscape. After six days of walking, you will have time to explore Alice Springs and perhaps take a balloon ride before returning home. This short break will give you a real change of scene and respite from the New Zealand winter.

TOUR DATES  Thursday 29 July – Thursday 5 August 2021

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Cooked breakfasts, a la carte diners and comprehensive walker’s lunches
  • All group transfers
  • Desert Park and National Park admissions
  • Champagne and wine at sunset at Uluru
  • Pre tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Balloon flight – approximate price is AUD$300

TOUR PRICE 

Share twin per person NZD$5,999|
Single supplement NZD$825

Single occupancy places are limited on this tour, please contact us if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 12

 

Cruising the Kimberley from Broome to Darwin
August 2021

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE

Discover the world’s last, and possibly most pristine wilderness, the remarkable Kimberley, an area covering more than 400,000 square kilometres in North West Australia. Travelling by small ship you will access all the icons of the coast that are inaccessible by road. From towering waterfalls to secluded gorges, imposing rock ridges to wide savannah plains, the breath-taking outback landscapes of the Kimberley provide a unique experience.  See the world’s oldest indigenous rock art and hear legends of Australia’s pioneering past. Nature lovers will revel in the abundance of bird and wildlife in this area.  With two landings most days and the expert local knowledge of the guides, you are assured of making the most of every minute of your journey. Aboard your expedition vessel, which accommodates up to 120 guests in air-conditioned, en-suite cabins, you will travel in total comfort and unrivalled style.

TOUR DATES Sunday 1 – Friday 13 August 2021

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Economy class airfares
  • 1 nights accommodation in Perth with breakfast
  • 10 nights on board the Coral Geographer
  • All entrance fees, excursions and sightseeing
  • Daily lectures and briefings
  • All meals on the tour
  • Showcase wines, selected beers, juices and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
  • I nights accommodation at Sydney Airport with breakfast
  • All group transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Port taxes and government charges
  • Pre-tour material.

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel or airport porterage

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland, share twin or double occupancy
Coral Deck Cabin                                NZD$13,755
17 sq m cabin with king size bed or two singles, ensuite with shower, twin portholes

Sole use cabins are very limited. Please contact us for the single supplement price.

Please note that unlike most of our tours, if you wish to pay by credit card, a surcharge fee of 2% will be charged for Visa or Mastercard.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

Walking the West Highland Way and Hebridean Islands
August 2021

It is said that if you are going to do a walk in Scotland, it should be the West Highland Way.  Described as Scotland’s finest long-distance walk, ‘The Way’ features ancient and historic routes, old drovers’ roads, where Highlanders herded their cattle to lowland markets, and famous military roads built in the 18th century to control the Jacobite clansmen.  To this we have added a stunning train trip from Glasgow to Mallaig and a ferry ride to Skye followed by a further six days walking on Skye and the Outer Hebrides. Here you will walk in a world far removed from the hustle and bustle of life to scenes of unspoilt natural beauty, coastal seascapes, rare wildlife, ancient forests and historical monuments. Staying in country inns, B&B’s and comfortable hotels, you will find yourself immersed in the heartfelt warmth and spirit that is Scotland.

TOUR MANAGER
John Matheson will be your tour manager on this tour.  John has worked in the travel industry for over 30 years, the majority of these as a director of Calder & Lawson.  He has led many overseas tours and has travelled extensively in Europe.

TOUR DATES Wednesday 4 – Thursday 26 August 2021

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of a Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 2 nights accommodation in Dubai
  • 18 nights accommodation in Scotland
  • Breakfast daily, other meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between accommodation on walks
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for national and local guides
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel porterage

TOUR PRICE 

Share twin per person NZD$12,899

Single supplement NZD$975

Single occupancy places are extremely limited on this tour. Please contact us to check availability of a single place before making a registration. 

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, Maximum 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sail & Bike Slovenia & Croatia
August / September 2021

Imagine being on a yacht, rocking to sleep with the gentle waves on the Adriatic Sea, breakfasting on regional Croatian specialties followed by a refreshing swim, before getting on your bike to discover the southern Dalmatian islands. During your seven-night cruise, you will call in at various island ports, learning about their history, folklore and cultural treasures. Your trip will begin in Slovenia to bike the alpine villages around Lake Bled. Then onto Croatia to the Parenzana, a former narrow-gauge railway line, which penetrates deeply into the Istrian Peninsula. Riding through magnificent rolling landscapes and vineyards, you will see why the route is named the ‘wine railway’. Finally embark on your cruise along the Croatian coast. This tour is ideal for those wanting a biking holiday in a region rich in history. The rides are designated as moderate and e-bikes are available.

TOUR MANAGER
Leen van Duin is the ideal tour manager for this tour. He has led many of our biking tours and has recently explored Croatia in readiness for this tour. After 13 years with Air New Zealand, Leen joined Calder & Lawson House of Travel as an Owner/Director where he spent 25 years growing the corporate travel business. Relaxed, caring, and friendly with a quick sense of humour, Leen aims to make his travel companions comfortable and at ease.  From the moment Leen and his wife Diane meet the group at the airport, it is clear that every aspect of the trip has been taken care of.

TOUR DATES   Tuesday 31 August – Tuesday 21 September 2021

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand based Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 10 nights accommodation in 3-4 star hotels and guest houses in Slovenia and Croatia
  • 7 nights aboard a small ship, MS Harmonia
  • 1 nights accommodation in Dubai on outbound and return journey
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Refreshments and snacks while cycling
  • All group transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours with English-speaking local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and other service providers
  • Comfortable 21-speed hybrid bikes with a pannier
  • Local tourist taxes, port taxes
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel porterage
  • Electric bikes are available at an additional cost 
  • Bike helmets are available at extra cost but you are encouraged to bring your own. It’s compulsory to use them while cycling.

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland

Share twin per person NZD$14,799

Single supplement Price on application

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

 

 

 

Uzbekistan: Gem of the Silk Road
Coming in 2021…

Immerse yourself in the Silk Road, the world’s most famous and lively trading highway.  Uzbekistan is the gem of this historic route, with its bustling bazaars, towering mosques and ancient cities.  Experience the rich and diverse culture of Central Asia with fascinating architecture, history, religion and, most of all, its friendly people.  Beginning and ending in Tashkent, explore the ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, and the greenest city in Uzbekistan, Fergana.  Visit the dying Aral Sea, one of the world’s environmental disaster areas.  See where communism made its mark on the Asian steppes, with Soviet buildings butting up against glorious Islamic architecture.  This tour is full of memorable experiences – eating dinner in a private home, seeing artisans at work and enjoying traditional performances.

TOUR MANAGER
Your tour manager is Andrew Matheson, an experienced tour manager who enjoys making travel a memorable experience for all the group.  He is a keen and adventurous traveller and has visited around 90 countries to date.  Andrew has lived and travelled extensively in Asia, and has taken many of our successful tours to this region.

Andrew will apply his organisational skills to make sure the trip runs to plan and is tailored to the particular interests of participants whenever possible.  He is looking forward to helping you explore some special ‘off the beaten track places’ in this amazing country.

TOUR DATES  TBC

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced New Zealand-based Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 18 nights accommodation in Uzbekistan
  • 1 night in Dubai northbound
  • Breakfast daily
  • Other meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All group transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and other service providers
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Any visa fees (New Zealand and EU passport holders do not need a visa for Uzbekistan or the UAE)
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel or airport porterage

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland TBC

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

The itinerary will be posted here soon. Please contact us on cnltours@hot.co.nz if you are interested in joining this tour. 

 

 

 

Highlands & Islands of Scotland
Coming in 2021…

Sail the remote and beautiful islands of the Inner Hebrides and through the heart of Scotland via the Caledonian Canal that bisects the country navigating four Lochs: including the mythical Ness. Stay for seven nights on board M.V. Lord of the Highlands, a vessel with the appeal of a luxury yacht. Sail to the mystical Isle of Skye, the picture postcard Tobermory on Mull, the early Christian island of Iona, and tiny Eigg. Your itinerary also includes the Orkney Islands rich in archaeological discoveries.  Scottish history will come to life in places such as Blair and Cawdor Castles, the Clan Donald Centre, the battlefield of Culloden and the endearing Castle of Mey.  You will have time to explore both Inverness and Edinburgh. An ideal tour for those wanting to experience legendary Scottish hospitality and scenery. Ask us about a 3-night pre-tour package which includes attending the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 1 nights accommodation northbound
  • 10 nights land based accommodation in Scotland
  • 7 nights accommodation on board the Lord of the Highlands
  • 1 nights accommodation south-bound
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • All group transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and other service providers
  • Port taxes on the cruise
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel porterage

This tour has been cancelled for 2020, and will be re-offered in 2021. Please contact us if you would like to register your interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking in Italy
September 2021

Italy is the perfect place for a gourmet walking holiday.  Walk for several hours each day, absorbing the history and scenery, then reward yourself with the delicious food completely guilt free! Roam through the manicured hills with villas guarded by cypress trees and the walled hilltop towns of Tuscany.  Discover the small, elegant fishing harbours with colourful boats and welcoming gelatos of Liguria and the five seaside villages clinging precariously to the cliffs on the Cinque Terre. Stroll the lakesides and romantic gardens of the Northern Italian Lakes which have for centuries inspired poets and artists with their majestic beauty. Delight in the architectural treasures, art and history in Florence. Stay in small, comfortable, often family-owned hotels in villages and towns with time to absorb the atmosphere. A return of one of our most popular walking tours with some new twists.

TOUR MANAGER
John Matheson will be your tour manager on this tour.  John has worked in the travel industry for over 45 years, the majority of these as a director of Calder & Lawson.  He has led many overseas walking tours and has travelled extensively in Europe. Italy is Johns favourite destination in Europe, so much so that he has escorted this tour three times before. He is looking forward to helping you explore some of the hidden treasures and captivating villages of Italy.

TOUR DATES Monday 13  September – Wednesday 6 October 2021

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • The services of a Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 2 nights accommodation in Dubai
  • 19 nights accommodation in Italy
  • Breakfast daily, other meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between accommodation on walks
  • All group transfers
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for national and local guides
  • Pre-tour material

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Airline taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel porterage

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland
Share twin per person                                     NZD$13,880
Single supplement (limited availability)     NZD$  1,850  

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18

 

 

 

 

Biking in New York, Cape Cod & Vermont
Coming in 2021….

Begin your tour with three nights in New York City experiencing the vibrancy of ‘The Big Apple’. Visit  Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and other iconic sights both on foot and by bike. You will also have time to catch a Broadway show if you wish. Moving on to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, you will cycle easy paths past scenic lighthouses, gingerbread cottages and dramatic sea vistas.  Discover what makes Martha’s Vineyard such a favourite with artists, writers and American Presidents. Following this spectacular coastal riding, you will travel to Vermont to ride through the glorious fall colours. Every day will feature leisurely lakeside cycling and magical views of Lake Champlain. Rides will be on the Burlington bike path and quiet back roads, through charming New England towns all the while staying in cosy inns and boutique hotels.   E-bikes are available.

This tour is being re-scheduled into 2021. New dates will be published here as soon as they are confirmed.