Resort Town and Famous Visitor Center Queenstown, New Zealand

Best of New Zealand Vacation in 10-Days

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Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Auckland, Waiheke Island, Rotorua, Queenstown...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

From exploding geysers to glaciers and fjords, over these ten days, you can discover many of New Zealand’s most iconic highlights. You will bask on a tropical island, connect with Maori culture, explore Milford Sound, and discover the country’s most famous roads and train route. This privately chauffeured tour will reveal the highlights of both islands, including Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, and Franz Josef Glacier. Expect to be surrounded by natural wonder every step of the way as you are immersed...

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore tropical beaches and vineyards on a day trip to Waiheke Island
  • Indulge in a helicopter onto Franz Josef Glacier and hike on the ice as a rainforest extends below
  • Discover the wonder of Milford Sound, which is the most dramatic and mysterious of all New Zealand’s fjords
  • Luxuriate on the TranzAlpine train across the South Island, which will prove a stunning journey that highlights the island’s scenic diversity
  • Cruise through glowworm caves in Waitomo, discover geysers and spas in Rotorua and watch the sunset from a mountain above Queenstown
  • Be welcomed by a Maori family as they introduce you to their traditional manner and way of life
  • Marvel at Auckland’s waterside highlights while Queenstown offers a stunning variety of local adventures

Detailed Description

The New Zealand experience is dramatically shaped by Mother Nature. Even in just ten days, the diversity that you witness can be breathtaking. You can cruise through glowworm caves before watching geysers explore, and there will be lakes and hot springs beneath the shadow of dazzling, snow-capped mountains. Mystique and wonder drift through the air in Milford Sound while a helicopter can take you to the natural ice sculptures of Franz Josef Glacier. These are simply the destinations that you get to explore on this amazing excursion through New Zealand. A considerable part of the New Zealand experience is created by the journeys that you can take from the TranzAlpine train to a road that connects three national parks in a UNESCO World Heritage landscape.

Carefully planned travel connections are essential if you are to see the best of both islands in only ten days. On this luxury tour, you will travel by domestic flights and privately chauffeured journeys. Although you will move quickly, with just two days in each overnight destination, the travel should not feel tiresome. Flights mean that you can hop between diverse landscapes while road journeys offer endless vistas and places to stop along the way. Then, a scenic train excursion will connect many ecosystems and landscapes in only four hours, which will be a fitting final tribute to the country that you will have to come to love.

With this handcrafted tour, you will spend four nights on the North Island and five days on the South. Auckland is a convenient and relaxed place to start with the harbourfront being a great place to overcome the jet lag on day one. You can take a ferry to Waiheke Island on day two, where vineyards and golden beaches will create a tropical atmosphere. On day three, you will hit the road, traveling across bucolic Waikato to Waitomo, which is where the glowworm caves will offer a surreal experience. You will culminate today in Rotorua, where a Maori family will provide a traditional welcome and invite you for a hangi dinner. Day four will be slow and serene, so you can spend time in the natural hot springs and see more exploding geysers.

Fly to Queenstown on day five, and there will be a choice of local adventures, including a jetboat ride, a Lord of the Rings movie locations tour, or one of the many famous bungee jumps. You will escape to Fjordland the following morning where Milford Sound impresses its majesty and wild wonder. You will journey across snowy mountains, cruise the most dramatic of New Zealand’s fjords, and then admire Fjordland from the air with a helicopter flight back to Queenstown.

From here, the journey to Franz Josef Glacier is one of the finest on the planet, twisting through three national parks in a UNESCO World Heritage landscape. Arriving in Franz Josef will be just as spectacular. The glacier shimmers on high before tumbling through a rainforest to meet crashing ocean waves. You will discover this splendor during a Heli-Hike on day eight with natural ice sculptures and contrasting color being likely to linger long in your imagination.

You will complete your journey through World Heritage Te Wahipounamu on day nine with a private road journey and then the spectacular TranzAlpine train. With a 6 p.m. arrival, you will not have long in Christchurch, but a single evening will be enough to demonstrate how the city is rebuilding after the earthquake. The small city is also a convenient departure point. By flying out of New Zealand, you will reflect on the fact that your vacation felt like it was much longer than ten days. With so much to see and do, the country tends has this effect on people.  Don’t take just our word for it - consider reading some of our travelers’ reviews of New Zealand, and see how you can customize your own dream vacation.

Starting Price

$3,245 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.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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