The dramatic landscape and natural wonder will captivate you on your complete 19-day New Zealand tour. Touch a glacier’s ancient icy colors. Watch for whales breaching the turquoise sea. Listen to the sounds of traditional Maori chants accompanying a customary feast. Embrace the inspiring features of Middle Earth. Enjoy Art Deco architecture, Alpine scenery, and soft sands as you experience New Zealand’s unparalleled diversity.
Auckland - The City of Sails Expands
Arrive in Auckland and settle into the beauty of the City of Sails. The water sparkles in the sunlight as sailboats drift along the sea lending Auckland to its nickname. Begin your adventure through the stunning variety of the natural world with a visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter. As you enter the building the rush of cold wind rushes against your cheeks. The encounter simulates the frozen tundra of Antarctica, along with the world beneath the shores that we often long to see. Ride along the snowcat and virtually traverse the rocky snow-scape of the tundra. Penguins waddle along the icy exhibition, diving into the water for fish and fun. As you continue through the exhibit you can see the variety of fish that swim around and over you. Walk through the viewing tunnel, and pay a visit to the Stingray Bay where you can dip your fingers into the cold water and run your tips over the slick skin of a stingray; Kelly Tarlton’s offers you the natural wonders of the arctic and the world underwater without ever having to step foot onto, or into, either.
Continue your adventure through Auckland with a ride along the Pride of Auckland. The sails billow in the breeze as the mist rises from the sea. The gentle scent of the sea surrounds you. The skyline spreads over the city with the Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, shining like an adorning jewel. The lush green shores of surrounding islands glisten in the setting sun. Glide along the water’s edge, watch the beauty of Auckland as the sun disappears behind the horizon and the city begins to glow.
Bay of Islands - The Wonders of the Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands - The Hole in the Rock
Rotorua - Glowing Caves and Chanting Tribes
Napier - Art Deco on the Beach
Hawke's Bay - Capital Beauty
Wellington - Lovely with a Capital “L”
Christchurch - The Expanse of the Garden City
Christchurch - Where Whales Never Fear to Tread
Franz Josef - A Trained Landscape
Franz Josef - The Majesty of Ice
Queenstown - Alpine Landscapes
Queenstown - A River Shot Over
Queenstown - Fit for Lords and Queens
Milford Sound - Landscaped Sound
Dunedin - Train Stations and Stained Glass
Dunedin - An Unforgettable Peninsula
Christchurch - Return of the Gardens
Christchurch - Landscapes Remembered
- Experience the serenity of Milford Sound
- Journey across the landscape of Otago on a 4WD Lord of the Rings Tour
- Travel across the sensational shores of the Bay of Islands
- Watch the whales meander off the stunning coast
- Take part in a Maori feast and concert
- Witness the gorgeous luminescence of glowworms at the Waitomo Caves
- Speed through Shotover River on a jet boat
- Journey to the wondrous Franz Joseph Glacier
- Explore the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
- Wander through charming Art Deco architecture
This is one of the most fabulous trips to New Zealand with 21-days to see this beautiful country. This tour has you journeying through the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand and is designed for nature lovers, adventure seekers, luxury enjoyers, or anyone that has ever wondered how special the world could be. The majesty of the North and South Islands will enrapture you; the glaciers will stun, the mountains will awe, and the lakes with inspire you as the world comes to life. Let the luxuries of Maori feasts beneath the stars and jet boat safaris along the riverbed surround you. The North and South Islands are yours to experience as you make your way along the custom tailored path through the wondrous landscapes and majestic nature.
Your holiday begins as you arrive in Auckland, New Zealand where the city is surrounded by lush forests and the ocean is dusted with islands. Explore the city’s and the island’s natural wonders with a visit to the Auckland Zoo and the Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World. Your journey continues with a visit to the Bay of Islands, where the water sparkles a translucent blue and you can swim in the cool sea as water laps at the craggy island of the Hole in the Rock in the distance. Venture through the glow of the Waitomo Caves on your way to Rotorua where you will enjoy being immersed into the Maori culture by taking part in a traditional feast. Watch the world smolder beneath your feet as you venture through the Craters of the Moon on your way to Napier where you can wander along the streets of the city, standing like an outdoor museum, showcasing the wonders of Art Deco architecture. Arrive in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, and watch the vast vineyards stretch along the valley and into the foothills. Visit the Te Paupa museum where you will see how the landscape and natural beauty of New Zealand are linked to the culture of its people, whether of indigenous or European settlers’ descent.
Continue your exploration of New Zealand on the South Island where the city of Christchurch is surrounded by flat plains and gardens. Wander through the many gardens of the city where flowers bloom and the river trickles, where the buildings are as sharp as the mountains in the distance. In Kaikora you can watch dolphins jump and see whales drift through the calm water as they migrate along the shores of the South Island. Once in Franz Josef you will see the Franz Josef Glacier sit between the foothills of the mountains and stretch into the distance. The ice crunches beneath your feat as you wander along the glacier’s surface.
Journey through the impressive plateau of Haast Pass where Mount Cook lingers over Lake Tekapo on your way to the alpine city of Queenstown. The Remerakables Mountains roll through the sky as Lake Wakatipu sparkles in the sunlight. Cruise through Dart River on a jet boat safari and see the landscape pass around you while the wind blows through your hair. Speed along the famous world of Lord of the Rings as you journey through the central Otago region on a 4WD Lord of the Rings Tour. Explore the outskirts of Queenstown at a leisurely pace before drifting through the sensational nature of Milford Sound, where the glacial waters reach into the sea, and the mountains stretch into the sky. Your final day on the South Island takes you to Dunedin where you will be able to view the Edwardian and Victorian Architecture, along with a visit to the only castle in all of New Zealand, Lanarch Castle. Outside of the city and along the shores of the Otago Peninsula, you can watch the majesty of the endangered yellow-eyed penguin, known for the vibrant yellow hair around their eyes and their beautiful ecosystem before you make your way to Christchurch and, eventually, home. New Zealand holds the wonders and majesty of an entirely different world, where by the end of your journey through the natural wonders of the islands you will have wandered, wondered, and seen it all.
$4,745 per person (excluding international flights)
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