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Unformatted text preview: Introduction: It is said that New Zealand, also known as “Land of the Long White Cloud,” exists in the imaginations of people in the same manner that Christmas does. New Zealand is a land of stlmningly beautiful country of green hills, long beaches, turquoise bays, lovely lakes, great clouds, wrap-around sunsets, and snow-capped mountains. These qualities boast the best in what a true vacation should be. I have chosen to visit this exciting country not only for its famously filmed trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings,” but also for the sheer beauty and elegance of a country that seems to have an open invitation to all of the world. This purpose of this trip is to expose myself to a new culture, and experience another country in my life of world travels. I will not only seek adventure, but I will seek to learn about the history, and culture of this new land. Area History and Customs: New Zealand is the youngest country on earth, and the last major landmass that was discovered. The history of New Zealand begins when the Rangitata land mass broke away from the supercontinent Gondwana about 80 million years ago (history-nz.org, 2008). It is thought to have been discovered by the Maori about 1000 years ago. The Maori arrived from Hawaiki, and established a thriving society based upon the Iwi tribe. According to the Maori, Kupe was the first explorer to reach New Zealand. Kupe is believed to have used the stars and ocean currents as navigational guides to venture across the Pacific Ocean (www.newzealand.com, 2008). In 1642, the first European explorer Abel J anszoon Tasman, of Holland, sailed into New Zealand waters. The encounter between the Europeans and Maori was violent. Unfortunately for Tasman, he was never able to step foot onto land due to the bloodshed. However, he was able to chart the coastline before sailing away. In 1769, James Cook, a British explorer, and Jean Francois Marie de Surville, Commander of a French trading ship, both arrive in New Zealand waters without one ever spotting the other. On February 6th, 1840, Maori Chiefs signed a treaty with the British, known as the Treaty of Waitangi. With this treaty came the settlement of Europeans, this eventually led to the New Zealand Wars. Although inferior, the Maori proved to be a formidable foe, and the war lasted for 20 years (history-nz.org). Today, New Zealand is an independent nation within the British Commonwealth. There is no interference with the Government, even though the British Monarch is the Constitutional Head-of —State. Along with the history of this beautiful country, there are many customs that are still practiced today. Standard greetings are usually invoked with a smile and a handshake. Despite the fact that they may move quickly to first names, it is best to address them by their honorific title, and surname until they suggest moving to a more familiar level, or they call you by your first name. There are very distinct protocols to how visitors should be greeted and sent off. In dealing with a tribe, a powhiri may be necessary. This ritual can range from 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the importance of the event. Visitors are called to the area of the meeting house. Speeches are given by selected members of the tribe and a selected visitor is expected to reply on behalf of the visiting group (www.kwintessential.co.uk). There are also gift giving etiquettes. If you are invited to a Kiwi’s home, then a small gift such as flowers, chocolate, or a book about your native country should be brought to the host. The gifts should not be lavish, and will be opened once received. Dining etiquette is another custom associated with New Zealand. They are a casual people, and are reflected in their table manners. The more formal the occasion is, the stricter the protocol will be. You should wait to be told where to sit, and the meals are often served family-style. You should not rest your elbows on the table, and must keep your hands off the table while eating. Hold the fork in the left hand, and the knife in the right, while eating and once finished, place the two pieces parallel on the plate with the handles facing the right (www.kwintessential.co.uk). Travel Motivations: I believe that traveling the world helps a person to gain a new perspective in life, as well as an appreciation for other cultures located across the globe. For those that are fans of “Lord of the Rings,” there is a common bond to visit the beautiful country in which this movie was filmed. Ranging from the beautiful snow-capped mountains, to the plentiful rolling green hills, and to the beautiful coast line beaches, this is not the only reason travel is made to New Zealand. Many Travelers visit New Zealand while traveling to Australia. It is found as a cheaper way to visit two countries within one trip. Backpacking is one of the biggest attractions of visiting New Zealand. Traveling the islands and staying within hostels gives the tourist a sense of control as to what they want to do or see. Other motivations also include Family vacations, honeymoons, and single vacations. These are various reasons why so many people around the world share the same feelings of visiting such a beautifill nation. The friendly atmosphere, as well as the gorgeous scenery seems to make people forget about and leave their worries behind them for the duration of their stay. New Zealand brings about a new life, and regenerates the lost feeling of adventure within most people. The joy and seemingly endless fun provides tourists with a new sense of accomplishment in their everyday lives. Overview of Tourism Development: Tourism plays a key role in New Zealand’s economic growth. It provides employment, foreign exchange earnings and investments, and by also encouraging regional development. For the last four decades there has been an almost constant growth in visitor arrivals. For 2007, visitors from overseas totaled 2.465 million, increasing 1.8% over the previous year. It has been found that the average length of stay in New Zealand is 20 days. Tourism contributes directly and indirectly about 8.9% of their GDP, and is one of the largest export industries based on the TSA (Tourism Satellite Account) from 2006. The government raises $1.3 billion in GST revenues from tourism. Education and Tourism services are the only export industries liable for GST (www.tianz.org-nz, 2007) The income from international and domestic visitors is the most significant drivers of regional development throughout New Zealand. Every Region benefits from this income. New Zealand’s tourism industry is composed of 10 major public-listed companies and roughly 18,000 small to medium enterprises. Tourism supports 1 in 10 jobs in New Zealand. Not only does tourism provide back to regions, and give employment, but it also contributes to other sectors such as: Transport, Accommodation, Retail, Catering, and Financial Services. Tourism also provides benefits to other sectors through the provision of goods and services including: Construction, Printing and Publishing, Manufacturing, and Insurance (www.tianz.org-nz, 2007) Currency/Visa Requirements: In order to enter New Zealand, you must have a passport valid for 3 months after the date of the intended departure. Along with the passport, you must be carrying an onward/return ticket to a country you have permission to enter. US citizens must have a passport, but are not required to have a visa or visitor permit, and are allowed to visit New Zealand for up to 3 months. However, British citizens and passport holders are entitled to enter New Zealand for up to 6 months and do not require a visa or visitor permit. Australian Citizens are also exempt from having a visitor permit when holidaying in New Zealand. As of April 8th, 2008, the current conversion of 1 American dollar into 1 New Zealand dollar is 0.8409 dollars. It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign, or NZ$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is also known, informally, as the “kiwi” and divided into 100 cents. This is one of the 16 most traded currencies in the world. Itinerary: Thursday, July 31st, 2008 Departure: 2:50 pm Washington, DC (IAD) Unites Airlines 49 Arrival: 5: 15 pm Los Angeles, Ca (LAX) Departure: 9:45 pm Los Angeles, Ca (LAX) Air New Zealand 1 Arrival: 5:30 am Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) +2 days (August 2nd, 2008) Total Time: 22 hrs 40min with layover and connecting flights. Total Price: $1707 (NZ$ 1435.42) 6:00 am 6:30 am 7:00 am 12:00pm 12:15 pm 2:00 pm 5:00 pm 8:00 pm 10:30 pm Sunday August 3rd 7:30 am 8:00 am 8:30 am 9:00 am 11:00am Saturday August 2nd, 2008 Meet ABC unlimited to pick up car rental (Previously rented for NZ$19 per day) NZ$152 Head to Airport Gateway Hotel Take a nap to work off the J et—Lag Wake up call Aria Restaurant and Bar NZ$35 Auckland Museum NZ$5 Aotea Square Market- to do a little shopping and indulge in some shopping and take in the scenery of Auckland. NZ$120 Bar Comida- Eat dinner, and talk to a few locals to gain some insight on the area. NZ$20 Airport Gateway Hotel- Sleep through the night for an exciting next day. Wake-up call Complimentary Breakfast Check out of Airport Gateway Hotel NZ$99 Leave Auckland, and head to Tauranga, New Zealand Check into Academy Motor Inn 12:00 pm 3:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 9:00pm Monday August 4th 7:30 am 8:00 am 8:30 am 8:45 am 11:30 am 12:00 pm 1:30 pm 5:00 pm 9:00 pm 11:00 pm Tuesday August 5th 8:00 am 8:30 am 9:00 am 12:00 pm Long Ridge Fun Park— A day of 4-wheel driving in the “U Drive 4WD” park. NZ$95 Long Ridge Fun Park— Jet boat Ride 12.5 krns along the east coast of new Zealand NZ$95 Charthouse Restaurant— Dinner before heading out to do some shopping NZ$35 Walk around Tauranga to do some shopping, and interact with some locals NZ$ 1 00 Academy Motor Inn— Sleep for the night Wake-up call Complimentary Breakfast Check-out of Academy Motor Inn NZ$109 Pack car and head to Gisborne, New Zealand Check into West lake Hotel The Fettuccini Brothers for lunch NZ$25 Poverty Bay golf club- 18 holes to work on my slice NZ$18 New Zealand Safari Adventures- Quad bike adventure tour withing 16,000 acres of green open paddocks, and native bush NZ$5 6 Wharf Café, Bar and Restaurant- Dinner and drinks with some locals NZ$45 West lake Hotel— Sleep for the night Wake-up call Complimentary Breakfast Check-out and packing car NZ$79 Arrive in Napier 12:30pm 1:00 pm 2:15 pm 7:00 pm 8:30 pm Wednesday August 6th 7:00 am 7:30 am 8:00 am 12:30 pm 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 8:00 pm 10:00 pm Thursday August 7th 6:30 am 7:00 am 7:30 am 9:30 am 10:30 am 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 10:30 pm Check into Quality Inn Acqua Seafood Restaurant— Trying shark for the first time! NZ$35 Shuttle ‘n’ Ride- Mounting biking for the day through trails in Hawke’s Bay NZ$55 Napier Rsa- Dinner Quality Inn— Sleep for the night Wake-up call Complimentary breakfast Check out and head to Wellington, New Zealand NZ$99 Arrive in Wellington, Check into Angus Inn Hotel Café Batille for a light lunch NZ$15 White Water rafting for the day..Don’t let me DROWN NZ$100 Wakefield’s Restaurant— BIG DINNER TONIGHT NZ$60 Angus Inn Hotel- Sleep Wake up call Complimentary Breakfast Check out of Angus Inn Hotel and head to Palmerston North, New Zealand. NZ$99 Arrive in Palmerston North and check into Novotel Palmerston North Hotel Himatangi Beach for the day Head back to Palmerston North to get dinner at the hotel NZ$25 Karaoke night at the Hotel bar. NZ$20 Go to room to head to bed for the night Friday August 8th 7:00 am 7:30 am 8:00 am 12:30 pm 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 7:00 pm 8:30 pm Saturday August 9th 6:00 am 6:30 am 7:00 am 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 2:15 pm 8:00 pm 10:00 pm Wake up call Complimentary Breakfast Check out and head to New Plymouth, New Zealand NZ$68 Arrive in new Plymouth and check into The Waterfront Hotel Est Wine Bar & Eatery NZ$35 Kayaking for the day NZ$60 Est Wine Bare & Eatery NZ$50 The Waterfront Hotel— Sleep for the night Wake-up call Complimentary Breakfast Check out and head back to Auckland NZ$99 Arrive in Auckland and check in at the Airport Gateway Hotel Aria Restaurant and Bar NZ$35 Glass Bottom Boat Ride- Exploring the outer reef a few miles off the coast, admiring the wonderful sea life and coral NZ$65 Aria Restaurant and Bar— Final Dinner in New Zealand NZ$65 Airport Gateway Hotel— Final night of sleep in New Zealand Sunday August 10th, 2008 12:00 pm 3:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:30 pm Departure: Arrival: Wake Up call Lunch at the hotel Check out of hotel and go to Airport, return car rental NZ$99 Arrive at airport, check luggage and wait to go back to the USA 9:30 pm Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) Air New Zealand 2 2:30 pm Los Angeles, Ca (LAX) Departure: 6:00 pm Los Angeles, Ca (LAX) United Airlines 1170 Arrival: 7:13 pm San Francisco, Ca (SFO) Departure: 10:10 pm San Francisco, Ca (SFO) United Airlines 74 Arrival: 6:09 am Washington, DC (IAD) Total Time: 24 hrs 39 min Total Cost: 0.00 Total Cost of Vacation Items United States Dollars ($) DINING 596.34 HOTEL 933.04 TRAVEL 2280.31 EVENTS 706.92 SHOPPING 273.33 MISCALLANEOUS 188.84 TOTAL 4978.78 TOTAL PER PERSON 4978.78 New Zealand Dollars(NZ$) 480.00 751.00 1835.42 569.00 220.00 152.00 4007.42 4007.42 References ...
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