Mitre Peak at Milford Sound, New Zealand

The Classic New Zealand Discovery Tour

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Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Christchurch...

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Suggested Duration

12 Days

Fantastical landscapes and vibrant culture will captivate you during your 12-day New Zealand highlights tour. The majesty of dramatic cliffs lining a pristine sound and caves shimmering glowworms will reveal the spirit of the North and South islands. You will have an immersive experience to the heart of Middle Earth and witness captivating blue glaciers as you venture into luxury and epic scenery on your New Zealand adventure.

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Trip Highlights

  •  Explore the icy surface of Tasman Glacier on an exceptional heli-hike merging a scenic helicopter ride with a walk on the glacier
  • Discover the erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools of New Zealand at Rotorua
  • Uncover the mystery of a kaleidoscopic glow that lights the secluded grotto of the renowned Waitomo Caves
  • Witness the majesty of towering cascades, soaring mountaintops, and active wildlife while cruising the untamed wilderness of Milford Sound
  • Step into the magical world of Middle Earth when you visit the preserved movie set of Hobbiton, originally constructed for the Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Relish the thrills of speeding across the rushing waters of the Dart River in view of lush forests, stunning mountain peaks, and hanging glaciers 
  • Stroll down a tunnel passage surrounded by swarming sharks and swirling schools of fish when you visit Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World in Auckland
  • Embrace the Maori culture in Rotorua during a typical hangi feast accompanied by a performance of traditional Maori dances including the infamous haka

Detailed Description

Your custom-tailored tour, 12-day tour of New Zealand will create the greatest memories by showcasing the natural wonders of the North and South. From the gardens of Christchurch to the serene waters of Milford Sound and the enrapturing chants of a Maori feast to the vibrant glow of the Waitomo Caves, you will witness a country celebrated for its magnificent scenery, fabulous culture, and a welcoming, adventurous spirit.

Your New Zealand vacation begins with your arrival in Christchurch. The city is surrounded by lush prairies and filled with vibrant greenery. Take your time wandering through the Garden City, as you explore the flowers and the cobblestone streets while you punt down the Avon River. Whether in the architecture of the Christchurch Cathedral or the shade of the Botanic Gardens, the beauty of the city shines bright no matter the season. On your way to Queenstown, you will witness the sensational heights of Mount Cook, which towers above Haast Pass, during a heli-hike to Tasman Glacier. Enjoy Queenstown’s surroundings on a jet boat safari along the Dart River, where the beech forests stand tall, the cool water splashes your skin, and the mountains tower over the riverbanks. Cruise through the breathtaking Milford Sound, where the serenity of the landscape is tangible, penguins often waddle along the shores, and waterfalls ring in the air.

Your final day in Queenstown will be yours to explore. With so much to offer, choosing one adventure is often the hardest decision when visiting Queenstown. Travel along the steepest gondola in the Southern Hemisphere to the top of Bob’s Peak where many walking paths and hikes take you around Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, or into the valleys beyond.

The classic landscapes of New Zealand continue on the North Island with your arrival in Rotorua, located at the center of the geothermal region. In the evening you will hear the melodic chants of the Maori as you participate in a traditional feast and performance. You will wander across the smoldering earth and sizzling pools, in addition to visiting the Government Gardens and the Rotorua Museum to find the geological and cultural histories of the region. Then, stop and experience the sensational light of the glowworms illuminating the depths of the dark Waitomo Caves. On your way to Auckland, explore the pathways and flavors of Hobbiton where 44 hobbit holes create the ambiance of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Once in Auckland, you will have a guided tour of the fabulous urban landscape to witness the City of Sails and the unforgettable highlights, from the Sky Tower and Parnell Village to Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World. 

Starting Price

$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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  • 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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