You don’t have to ask for the best to know that the best is what you’re getting. The silence of Milford Sound surrounds you. The vista of the Panorama Restaurant stretches before you. The steam from the crater on White Island rises into the sky. From the Art Deco architecture of Napier to the extraordinary culture of Rotorua, New Zealand is filled with the unique, the diverse, and nothing less than the exceptional. This is New Zealand at its best and it never settles for less.
Auckland - Welcome to the Best
Arrive in Auckland and settle into the largest city in New Zealand. The arch of the Harbour Bridge glistens in the sunlight. The skyscrapers stand tall over the city, including the Sky Tower, the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest freestanding structure. Boats wade in the harbor and rock to the gentle sway of the sea. Walk along the vibrant life of Queens Street, the urban heart of the city. The shops bustle with life, from the charming boutiques to the high-end fashion. The lingering scent of cafes surrounds you, from the rich scent of fresh-brewed coffee, to the sweet perfume of fresh bread. Open your eyes to Auckland’s diverse and stunning offerings, from the food to the people, and you will begin to see the tip of the iceberg of New Zealand’s best.
Rotorua - The Best Glow
Rotorua - The Best’s Volcano
Napier - The Best Art Deco
Napier - The Best of Art Deco
Wellington - The Best Never Substitutes
Blenheim - The North to the South’s Best
Christchurch - A Vineyard’s Best
Aoraki - The Best of the Best
Queenstown - For the Best View
Milford Sound - The Best Sound
Milford Sounds - The Best Never Ends
- Visit the incredible cultural history of Rotorua
- Explore the luxuries of Napier Wine Country
- Helicopter flight to Mokoia Island
- Traverse the countryside on a 4x4 off-road adventure
- Cruise the stunning beauty of Milford Sound
- Experience the Waitomo Caves and the Glowworm Grotto
- Dine in front of the incredible vista at the Panorama Restaurant
No matter where you have traveled before, this 12-day tour of New Zealand offers you the must-see sights and the best adventures of the North and South Islands. In the depths of winter or the peak of summer, there are only good times to be had and grand scenery to explore while traveling New Zealand. From luxury to charm, and everything in between, you will traverse the landscape and experience the stunning world of New Zealand and the best of its unique and diverse world.
Land in Auckland and visit the rolling masts of the City of Sails and the ease of exploration through the vibrant city life. On your way to Rotorua you will stop in the warm glow of the Waitomo Caves where the Glowworm Grotto shines in the darkness. In Rotorua you will enjoy the skies on a helicopter flight around White Island, an active volcano in the area, along with venturing through the forest of Rotorua on a 4x4 adventure. While traveling to Napier you can stop by the stunning Lake Taupo and visit the thunderous Huka Falls before arriving in the Art Deco Capital of the world. The city streets are a work of art in and of themselves, while gannet conservations and the fantastic scenery of Cape Kidnappers Reserve borders the city. The southern most tip of the North Island gives you Wellington, the country’s capital, filled with diverse culture, vibrant character, and delicious flavor.
Cross the Cook Straight on the ferry and arrive in the lovely city of Blenheim in the heart of Marlborough County. On the outskirts of Blenheim lies the Montana Brancott Winery where the rich fame for New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc pulses. The city of Christchurch offers stunning beauty within the city center and a never-ending source of culture within the gardens, parks, and architecture. Settle into Aoraki and Mount Cook where a reservation at the famous Panorama Restaurant awaits your arrival, situated at the foothills of the Southern Alps.
Once in Queenstown you can experience the majesty of the Otago region first hand, filled with the stunning natural beauty that New Zealand is known for, including the National Fiordland Reserve and Milford Sound. Drift through the sound on a luxury cruise before returning back to Queenstown where your journey through New Zealand comes to an end. The best never compromises, nor should it have to; whether that means returning home or continuing on to experience more of New Zealand, the best never has to end.
$10,915 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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