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11 days,Auckland to Queenstown

Learn about Maori myths and traditions, Experience the geothermal mysteries of Rotorua, Glide along the TranzAlpine railway, Cruise through Doubtful Sound searching for wildlife

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An all-encompassing yet comfortable journey through New Zealand that delivers the highlights of the region with stye to spare. Utilizing a diverse range of transport—trains, gondolas, boats—you’ll explore artsy beach towns, learn about local myths, legends and traditional cuisine from the Maori, and revel in the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand. Handpicked accommodations and upgraded transportation are standard fare on this decidedly non-standard adventure. This trip offers everything you could possibly want...and then some.

What's Included

  • Visit scenic Bridal Veil Falls for a walk. Raglan harbour lunch cruise. Visit an eco farm to learn about local conservation. Hike in Tongariro National Park. Soak in geothermal spa pools. Visit a historic Maori village with a local guide and traditional dinner. Orientation walk in Christchurch. Scenic TranzAlpine Train. Queenstown Gondola ride. Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight wilderness cruise (summer) on Doubtful Sound. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 5 dinners. (Allow NZD200-350 for meals not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (8 nts), local holiday home (1 nt), cruise boat (1 nt).
  • Mini-bus, plane, train, boat, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.
Itinerary Notes

Please note that due to seasonal weather the itinerary on Day 10 in Doubtful Sound varies from winter to summer months. The winter itinerary runs for all departures between June 4 - September 20. The remaining departures will follow the summer itinerary.

Day 1 Auckland

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Raglan (1B,1D)

Take the scenic route to an artsy beach town known for great surf breaks and en route visit scenic Bridal Veil Falls for a walk. A local holiday home provides the ideal setting for the night and enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on the harbour. Option to try bone carving with local Maori, surf lessons, stand-up paddle lessons, sea kayaking or simply exploring the village and its arts and crafts shops.

Day 3 Tongariro National Park (1B)

Journey to a working eco farm to learn about local conservation efforts. Continue on to Tongariro National Park and enjoy a hike with views of an active volcano and spectacular scenery.

Day 4 Rotorua (1B,1D)

Drive through the Lake Taupo region, enroute to Rotorua. Visit a historic Maori village with a local guide who explains the geothermal aspects of the area. Learn about local myths, legends and enjoy Hangi traditional cuisine. Later, relax with a dip in the geothermal spa pools at the hotel.

Day 5 Christchurch (1B)

Fly to Christchurch and enjoy an orientation walk.

Day 6-7 Franz Josef (2B,1D)

Enjoy the scenic TranzAlpine Train and continue down the west coast to the glacial area of Franz Josef. Opt for a guided walk or a soak in the hot pools on your free day.

Day 8-9 Queenstown (2B,1L,1D)

Travel through the rugged rainforest scenery of the west coast. Take a gondola ride and enjoy a group dinner at a skyline restaurant. Day 9 cruise across Lake Wakatipu and savour a barbecue lunch. In New Zealand's adventure capital, there are a number of adrenaline-filled options to choose from—opt to go jet boating, take a scenic flight or go skydiving.

Day 10 Doubtful Sound (1B,1D)

Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through Doubtful Sound with the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, sea birds and penguins and an option to kayak. After an afternoon of wildlife viewing, spend the night moored in a secluded bay (seasonal).

Day 11 Queenstown (1B)

Cruise back to port and tour ends in Queenstown at 4pm. Please book onward travel after 8pm.

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