Exploring New Zealand

From the steaming geothermal vents of Rotorua and the ice sheets and temperate rainforest of Franz Josef Glacier, to the genuine warmth of a farm stay with a local family, experience all of New Zealand's many facets on this unforgettable journey. Enjoy city tours of Auckland, Napier, Wellington and Dunedin. Spend two nights discovering the sun-soaked Bay of Islands. Explore the wineries of Marlborough. Experience the wild and stunning west coast in Punakaiki famous for the pancake rocks and blow holes. Stand in awe of the giant Kauri tree. Savor a leisurely three-night stay in Queenstown, one of New Zealand's prettiest towns. Journey by cable car to Skyline restaurant for fantastic views of Queenstown! Cruise Milford Sound in dramatic Fiordland. Delight in an overnight stay on the shores of Lake Te Anau. Sip wine at a regional vineyard in Otago. Explore the beautiful 19th-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown. Stay in Dunedin, a little slice of Scotland in the South Pacific. Overnight at the foot of massive Mt. Cook. Dine in a restored Christchurch mansion. Immerse yourself in the Maori culture. Witness the famous Haka war challenge, followed by a Hangi feast. Discover the many treasures of New Zealand.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Duration
22 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1 and Day 2AucklandDepart from Home: Cross the International Dateline and begin the adventure of a lifetime by skipping a day ahead.
Day 3AucklandAuckland, New Zealand - Tour Begins: Your tour opens in Auckland, the 'City of Sails,' consistently rated one of the best places in the world to live. Auckland's Polynesian population instills into its chic atmosphere the vibrant feel of the Pacific Islands. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
Day 4AucklandAuckland - Bay of Islands: Come to know the best of Auckland during a panoramic city tour featuring the America's Cup Village, the War Memorial, bustling Queen Street, and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Next, depart Auckland and travel north to the Bay of Islands, your home for the next two nights. This sun-soaked region boasts more than 144 islands and warm waters with abundant marine life. Visit the Waitangi Treaty House where Maori and British leaders signed the 1840 treaty establishing New Zealand as a nation.
Day 5Bay of IslandsBay of Islands: We begin the day with a cruise that features the bay's famous Hole in the Rock and a stop off at picturesque Urupukapuka Island. Relax on the beach or walk to a higher elevation to enjoy 360 views. Look out at the Cape Brett Lighthouse which stands nearly 500 feet above sea level at the edge of the Cape Brett Peninsula. The rest of the day is yours to independently explore Paihia - the quaint town known as 'the jewel of the Bay of Islands.'
Day 6Bay of IslandsBay of Islands - Matakohe - Home Stay*: Leave the sparkling waters of the Bay of Islands behind and head to Matakohe in the heartland of the North Island. Make a stop at the Kauri Museum where you will come to know the stories surrounding the giant kauri tree that can live for 2,000 years. Discover how the early settlers used this abundant tree to build a life for themselves. Later, make yourself right at home when a New Zealand family welcomes you for the night!* This is sure to be an unforgettable experience as you make new friends, learn about the customs of the 'Kiwis' and enjoy a home-cooked meal.
Day 7RotoruaRotorua: Today, find yourself amid the dramatic geothermal landscape of Rotorua. With over one-third of its population boasting Maori roots, this city is known as the Maori capital of New Zealand. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand's premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience. The National Carving School and National Weaving School are located here, passing on age-old customs by teaching the tribal youth these traditional skills. Enjoy the chance to view the Kiwi bird and learn what is being done in an effort to remove this marvelous creature from the endangered species list. Tonight, experience an authentic Hangi dinner celebration where you learn about the warm-hearted Maoris and their lives before European colonists arrived in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and since. Enjoy an immersive experience featuring authentic entertainment such as the poi dance and the famous 'Haka' war challenge.
Day 8RotoruaRotorua - Napier: Journey into the Hawke's Bay region. After arriving in the city of Napier, which boasts some of the greatest Art Deco architecture in the world, enjoy a guided tour and learn why Napier took on such an eclectic design style. This afternoon, take advantage of time at leisure to stroll the oceanfront promenade and simply soak up the atmosphere.
Day 9NapierNapier - Wellington: Travel through the rolling countryside of the North Island. The rural vistas and the rugged Rimutaka Range slowly give way to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.
Day 10WellingtonWellington: This morning we embark on a walking tour of Wellington. See the Beehive, New Zealand's Parliament; historic St. Paul's Church; and the Old Government Building - the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere. Following the tour, visit the Te Papa Tongawera Museum, a fascinating center dedicated to art, history and the Maori culture. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Day 11WellingtonWellington - Picton - Blenheim, Marlborough: Board a ferry and sail across Cook Strait. This has been called 'the most beautiful ferry ride in the world.' Arrive in Picton on the South Island where you will have free time for lunch. Next, drive along the coast to the picturesque village of Havelock where you will have free time to enjoy the quaint colonial buildings in a town that bills itself as the 'green-lipped mussel capital of the world.' Upon arrival in Blenheim, relax at your hotel before heading to a local winery where you will see the vineyard, enjoy a tasting, and dine at the cellar door bistro.
Day 12BlenheimBlenheim: The morning is yours to enjoy the town of Blenheim. Next, we continue our introduction to the world-famous wine region of Marlborough with a visit to another of the family-owned wineries in the region for a tasting and tour. The area is famous for its Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and late harvest Riesling wines, all of which you will taste today.
Day 13BlenheimBlenheim - Punakaiki: Today we drive through the heart of the South Island and further along the rugged coast to Punakaiki. Stop and gaze in wonder at the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowholes. Here columns of water shoot skyward from rocks that resemble giant stacks of hotcakes. Upon arrival at your hotel you will have free time to explore the area before dinner.
Day 14PunakaikiPunakaiki - Franz Josef Region: We continue our journey along the stunning coastline. Our destination is the glacially carved landscape of the Franz Josef Region. Along the way, make a stop in Hokitiki to meet the skilled carvers who work with the West Coast pounamu - New Zealand greenstone - at a local jade shop.
Day 15Franz JosefFranz Josef - Queenstown: Before departing Franz Josef - if the dynamic New Zealand weather cooperates - you may opt to see this beautiful glacier region from a bird's-eye view during a flightseeing tour. En route to Queenstown, watch as the amazing landscape unfolds before your eyes as you pass through the rainforest, bordered by the Southern Alps and the twisting coastline. After crossing the Haast Pass, arrive in Queenstown, one of the country's prettiest towns. Tonight is sure to be a highlight as you board the cable car for a ride up to the Skyline restaurant where you will enjoy dinner and fantastic views of Queenstown. After dinner this evening, the choice is yours! Take a seat at a cultural show; enjoy star gazing with a naturalist; or, if you are feeling more adventurous, give the luge a try!
Day 16QueenslandQueenstown: Set off for the beautiful 19th century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to explore its quaint, historic streets. The Central Otago region is where some of New Zealand's best wines are grown and produced. During a stop at a local winery, visit the underground storage cave - the largest in New Zealand - for a tasting of their award-winning wine. Follow this unforgettable experience with lunch at the winery's fabulous restaurant. Later, return to Queenstown and enjoy some leisure time.
Day 17QueenstownQueenstown: A full day of leisure in Queenstown offers several options to enhance your dream trip. You may shop or people-watch in the village. Or, join the optional "Journey through Middle Earth" tour which takes you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed.
Day 18QueenstownQueenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau: En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You'll travel through ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. Following your cruise, enjoy an overnight stay on the southern shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on the South Island. Indulge in a special 'Taste of Fiordland' dinner showcasing the bountiful local produce.
Day 19Te AnauTe Anau - Dunedin: Travel to Dunedin, on the southeast coast of New Zealand. One of the earliest European settlements on the islands, Dunedin holds proudly to its Scottish heritage and traditions. Visit the Royal Albatross Centre, the only mainland breeding location in the world for these magnificent birds. Their epic wingspan can reach nearly 10 feet!
Day 20DunedinDunedin: This morning's panoramic drive reveals Larnach Castle as well as Baldwin Street, the world's steepest public road. Later you may choose to embark on an optional trip on the spectacular Taieri Gorge Railway; this line was begun in 1879 to serve the inland region of Otago and includes 10 tunnels and 35 bridges.
Day 21DunedinDunedin - Mt. Cook Region: The Maori word for Mt. Cook is Aoraki, which means 'cloud piercer.' Journey through New Zealand's unspoiled wilderness and arrive at Mt. Cook National Park, where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks. This is where famed New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary honed his skills before conquering Everest. You may choose to take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting) or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps.
Day 22Mt. Cook RegionMt. Cook - Christchurch: As you travel to Christchurch this morning, pause to pay a visit to a working farm. Watch a skilled New Zealand 'strong eye' sheep herding dog at work, followed by a sheep shearing demonstration. Get to know these New Zealand farmers over a home-made morning tea. Later, enjoy some free time to explore Christchurch on your own. Stroll the city's magnificent gardens or learn its more recent history at the Quake City exhibition at the Re:Start Mall.
Day 23ChristchurchChristchurch: This morning enjoy a short tour of Christchurch. Afterwards, you have free time to enjoy the sights on your own or perhaps join in an optional excursion. Tonight, visit the region's earliest home, Riccarton House, and enjoy a farewell dinner.
Day 24ChristchurchChristchurch - Tour Ends: Your adventure comes to a close, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful trip.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
05/21/2018$4,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
06/25/2018$4,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
07/30/2018$4,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
08/27/2018$4,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/24/2018$5,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
10/29/2018$6,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
11/05/2018$6,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
11/19/2018$6,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
01/14/2019$6,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
01/28/2019$6,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
02/18/2019$6,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
02/25/2019$6,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/25/2019$6,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/29/2019$5,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Pavilions Hotel Christchurch, New Zealand
Millennium Hotel Rotorua Rotorua, New Zealand
Scenic Hotel Te Pania Napier, New Zealand
Scenic Franz Josef Glacier Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
The Hermitage Mount Cook, New Zealand
Mackenzie Country Hotel Twizel, New Zealand
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross Dunedin, New Zealand
Amora Hotel Wellington Wellington, New Zealand
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands Bay of Islands , New Zealand
Home Stay Hotel Rotorua, New Zealand
Rydges Auckland Auckland, New Zealand
Distinction Te Anau Hotel Villas Te Anau, New Zealand
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Queenstown, New Zealand
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Punakaiki Resort Punakaii, New Zealand
Disclaimer
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
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