Natural wonders never cease in New Zealand. Two islands, North and South, offer travelers an unending list of adventures. Set sail among fjords. Snorkel, surf, or simply relax at a beach front resort. Whatever you decide, you’ll find beauty at every turn.
(Auckland, Lake Tarawera Rotorua, Rotorua, Taupo)
The North Island has it all, from rafting to restaurants, sailing to shopping, beaches to biking & bungee jumping. Visit geothermal wonders such as the brilliantly colored Champagne Pool at Waiotapu, or the Whaka Thermal Reserve, where twin geysers erupt to heights of 30 yards.
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(Queenstown, Canterbury, Christchurch, Mount Cook)
Every day presents an opportunity to experience something new. Thrill seekers delight in a jaunt by jet boat, nature lovers marvel at the many waterfalls of Mitre Peak. Everyone will enjoy the island’s wineries, spas, fishing, sailing and guided walks.
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Day 1 – Arrive Wellington
Welcome to New Zealand. A transfer is included from Wellington International Airport to the your hotel. Join a welcome reception followed by dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 – Wellington Wonders
Discover Wellington on a tour that begins city center with a cable car ride up to the city’s Botanic Garden to see the award-winning rose garden and great views of the city, harbour, and Parliament Buildings. Next is Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum, where you’ll have a guided orientation to its exceptional nature, art and history, the South Pacific region, and Maori culture. Touring its exhibits is like actually experiencing thousands of years of New Zealand’s history in person, as motion simulators and interactive exhibits include you in the journey.
Day 3 – Marlborough Sounds and Te Anau
Take a charter plane to Blenheim for a visit to the Marlborough Sounds on South Island. Besides producing great wine, this island boasts freshly caught seafood, including green-lipped mussels. Sample them along with local wines, on a luncheon cruise that celebrates New Zealand’s bounty. Then fly off aboard on an exclusive charter to Manapouri (Te Anau) in the magnificent Fiordlands region, for two nights at an ideally located hotel, where you’ll attend a “Taste of Fiordland” dinner.
Day 4 – Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound
This comprehensive land tour continues as you take a dramatic drive through the unparalleled scenery of the South Island’s Fiordland National Park for a luncheon cruise – aboard a private boat and accompanied by a naturalist guide – among the sheer cliffs and glacier-hewn inlets of beautiful Milford Sound. The evening is at leisure back at your hotel in Te Anau.
Day 5 – Queenstown and Winery
Make your way across more beautiful South Island landscapes to Queenstown, where you’ll enjoy lunch at the Amisfield Winery, set in an iconic stone building with gorgeous mountain views and known for its Pinot Noir. Your hotel for the next three nights, the Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa, exudes French-inspired sophistication in the heart of the city.
Day 6 – Jet Boat and Queenstown Helicopter
Even if you’re not all that adventurous, today’s thrilling high-speed jet boat ride through the rapids and narrow gorges of Skippers Canyon on the Shotover River – followed by a helicopter ride to the summit of Bob’s Peak – will both be memorable highlights. Afterwards, head back down the mountain via Skyline gondola to spend the rest of the day in Queenstown.
Day 7- Lake Wakatipu
From Queenstown, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic steamer TSS Earnslaw today, continuing to the Walter Peak High Country Farm. Here, in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island countryside, you’ll watch farm dogs rounding up sheep, learn how shearing has been done through the ages in a private demonstration, and enjoy a wonderful barbecue dinner.
Day 8- Rotorua Maori Culture
Travel via private charter flight to Rotorua today, rich in geologic history and Maori traditions. Enjoy a warm welcome at the Te Puia Maori Cultural Center and Thermal Reserve, where a private presentation includes dancing and singing of the Poi dance and a moving rendition of the haka dance (war dance). Stroll through an array of cultural arts exhibits amidst bubbling mud pots and thermal geysers. Then, continue by another private charter flight to Auckland.
Day 9 – Wahiheke Island Wine Tasting
Depart from Auckland’s Ferry Terminal and head to nearby Waiheke Island, a mecca of farmland, forest, beaches and vineyards; enjoy a unique wine tasting and lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard. Ferry back to Auckland for some leisure time. Then join us this evening for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner at your hotel in the heart of Viaduct Harbour, a fitting finale to a most amazing tour!
Day 10 – Homeward Bound
Depart any time or extend your vacation.
New Zealand & Australia Tour
The ultimate 21-day tour includes desert Outback, tropical rain forests, coral reefs, glacier-capped mountains, dramatic fjords, and cosmopolitan cities. Capture the amazing sights of the Great Barrier Reef, the dramatic waters of Milford Sound, and the setting sun on Uluru (Ayers Rock). From a “Foodie Tour” of Sydney to a green-lipped mussel cruise, jet boat, sky tram and helicopter rides, a day in the Outback and a special Maori cultural experience, you’ll experience a great taste of Down Under life – enhanced by exclusive charter flights throughout New Zealand!