Mt Cook, South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand Alpine Vacation from Nature to Culture

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Queenstown...

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Suggested Duration

9 Days

Enter the sensational world of New Zealand, where the culture resounds and the landscapes take your breath away. The rolling mountain ranges are seemingly endless. The ocean is incredibly calm. Waterfalls thunder down mountains as geysers explode into the sky. The saw-toothed mountains pierce the sky. The turquoise glacial lakes glisten in the sunlight. The consuming darkness disappears within the bright luminescence of glowworms. Step into the ineffable world of New Zealand and experience its...

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience the inspiring cultural history of Rotorua
  • Explore the breathtaking world of Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Sail through the majestic Milford Sound
  • See the tallest peak in the Southern Hemisphere, Mount Cook
  • Traverse the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Experience the Waitomo Caves and the Glowworm Grotto
  • Enjoy the luxuries of the alpine city of Queenstown
  • Witness the majesty of the Franz Josef Glacier

Detailed Description

Experience the unparalleled delights of New Zealand on this 9-day adventure through the exceptional, charming, and ineffable sights of the North and South Island. Whether in the lush summer months or the paradise of winter, the landscapes, and the flavors are always breathtaking in magnitude, and the people are always charming and friendly. From the cultural history of the Maori, the alpine charm of Queenstown, to the towering beauty of Mount Cook, New Zealand will be sure to delight you, entice you, and keep you wanting more.

Begin your journey through the North Island upon your arrival in Auckland, the City of Sails. The day is yours to explore the wonderful delights of the city, from the Polynesian influence, to the flavors of the surrounding islands. As you make your way to Rotorua you will experience the deep luminescence of the Waitomo Caves and the Glowworm Grotto. Once in Rotorua you will be welcomed into the Maori community with a feast and an introduction into the culture and history of the indigenous people. The exploration of Rotorua continues with a tour of Te Puia Thermal Reserve where the earth froths, the mud boils, and the pools sizzle. Witness the exceptional sights of the city’s natural and cultural wonders as you visit the Agrodome and the Rainbow Springs Nature Reserve, who take seriously the charge to repopulate the endangered kiwi.

The delights of the South Island begin as you set down in Christchurch, the Garden City, filled with blossoming parks and gardens that are sure to impress. The looming peak of Mount Cook is yours to explore as you make your way through Mount Cook National Park, whether from a far or on a fabulous scenic flight, on your way to the alpine luxuries of Queenstown. Enjoy the unparalleled cruise through the famous Milford Sound as you drift through the waters of the Fiordland National Park. Take advantage of the opportunity to venture through Queenstown at your leisure to experience all the enchantments that the city offers before you depart for Franz Josef.

The alpine town of Franz Josef gives you the perfect place to see the Franz Josef Glacier whether on foot or in the sky, glowing in the drifting sun. Your final day will have you comfortably winding through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train, taking you back to Christchurch where your final evening waits to be enjoyed. The sounds, sights, flavors, and joys on this trip to New Zealand are never-ending and will forever fill you with delight at the very thought of them.

Starting Price

$6,295 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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