Matakauri Lodge on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with views of the Remarkables mountains in Queenstown, New Zealand

Luxury New Zealand Tour: The Ultimate Experience

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Queenstown

Suggested Duration

11 Days

Embrace gentle seaspray and snowcapped peaks during your 11-day ultimate New Zealand luxury tour. Five-star accommodations will immerse you in secluded destinations and extreme comfort as you discover Maori culture and witness some of the North and South islands’ tallest peaks. Cross through dramatic alpine scenery on a scenic train and witness inspiring volcanic formations. Rippling lakes, marvelous coastlines, and natural thermal springs will highlight New Zealand’s unique majesty.

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Trip Highlights

  • Indulge in the luxuries and comforts of award-winning, 5-star accommodation offering personalized service, attention to immaculate details, and sensational panoramas
  • Experience the diversity of Maori Culture in Rotorua showcasing the heritage of war canoes, the traditional importance of Tā moko tattoos, and the sounds of iconic songs
  • Venture to the top of the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere reaching more than 1,075 feet high
  • Discover the pristine beauty of New Zealand’s highest peaks and untouched waterways, and majestic fjords hidden in the fascinating Southern Alps
  • Hike one of the best trails in the world along the Tongariro Alpine Crossing for dramatic insight into the inspiring scenery of the unique volcanic landforms
  • Relish the exhilarating speed and fascinating scenery of a Jet Boat excursion around Otago’s stunning coastlines, rippling lakes, and picturesque rivers
  • Delight in the immersive, luxurious warmth of New Zealand’s natural spa experiences in Rotorua filled with thermal vents, steam, and revitalizing ecological minerals
  • Enjoy an exhilarating and scenic adventure around the waters of Auckland New Zealand’s “City of Sails,” on a yacht used in America’s Cup

Detailed Description

Traverse New Zealand’s waterways and treetops under, over, and every way in between on this 11-day journey through the North and South Islands. Whether in cold sporting months of the winter or the warm leisure months of the summer, New Zealand vacations are always the right choice, with an abundance of sites to see, activities to do, and wealth of culture and flavors to experience. The lap of luxury on both the North and South Island is comfortable, inviting, and always ready for you.

Begin your expedition to New Zealand in Auckland. The city boasts an eclectic culture, including the largest Polynesian population outside of the Polynesian Islands. Whether viewing the skyline from the shore or the shore from the skyline, Auckland is a wondrous sight to see and a fabulous city to experience. Continue on to Rotorua where along the way the Waitomo Caves glow bright in the subterranean darkness. Rotorua presents to you the culture of the Maori people, the warmth of natural hot springs, and the lavishness of a luxury ecolodge. Wander the land or the museums and feel that the city has offered itself to you in every way imaginable.

Fly to the South Island and land in the “Garden City” of Christchurch to see the serene and subtle beauty of the city and the South Island. Whether experiencing the flair of its locals, viewing the panorama of the city from atop the tram’s edge, or floating down the Avon River, the fantastic city of Christchurch will never let you down. Continue your journey in Queenstown where the surrounding landscapes are just as breathtaking as the city itself. Wander the alpine streets, ride the gondola to Bob’s Peak, kayak along Lake Wakatipu, and venture to the breathtaking Milford Sound and wondrous Central Otago. Traveling through New Zealand’s waterways and treetops will be the best way to see the country’s majesty, which is an opportunity not to be missed.

Starting Price

$7,695 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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