The dramatic peak of Mount Cook will dominate the skyline.

New Zealand Tour: Wineries, Maori Tribe & Pristine Nature

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Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch...

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Suggested Duration

13 Days

Unparalleled beauty and welcoming culture will charm you during your 13-day New Zealand highlights tour. Dolphins will swim in quiet bays. Tender vines will produce celebrated wines. The dramatic peak of Mount Cook will dominate the skyline. From European descendants crafting cosmopolitan cities to traditional Maori songs echoing around a fire, vast pastoral hills to wonderlands of waterfalls hidden inside steep fiords, you will discover endless majesty.

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Trip Highlights

  • See the stunning fiord of Milford Sound
  • Enjoy a cruise around beautiful Auckland Harbour
  • Experience the authentic culture of the Maori tribes
  • Visit some of New Zealand’s best wineries
  • Explore Mt. Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain
  • Travel the world’s most scenic ferry ride from Wellington to Picton
  • Take the Southern Hemisphere’s steepest gondola ride
  • Experience the Arctic Circle with a visit to the Arctic Centre in Christchurch

Detailed Description

Travel across the Pacific, past the International Date Line and make your way to the incredible nation of New Zealand on this 15-day journey. Whether in the blossoming summer months of the Southern Hemisphere or the pristine white fields of the winter, the land is always filled with stunning views, friendly people, incredible wildlife, and eclectic culture. Your visit will take you through the North and South Islands introducing you to the local grandeur until you feel like a local yourself. Trust the Maori proverb that says: “He aha te mea nui o te ao? (What is the most important thing in the world?) He tangata! He tangata! He tangata! (It is people! It is people! It is people!).”

But New Zealand goes beyond just its people. Begin your trip in Auckland, exploring the opulent waters and stunning cityscape of the country’s largest city. From exploring the bay to the city streets, Auckland is the perfect way to begin your New Zealand exploration, and a perfect welcome from its locals.

Depart from Auckland and make your way to Rotorua, New Zealand’s cultural capital, filled with Maori traditions and the traditions of European descendants that radiate from the city’s pores, along with the city’s historic resort past. Make your way to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, and learn about the history of the islands at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, before taking what is considered to be the most beautiful ferry ride in the world, from Wellington, on the North Island, to Picton on the South Island.

Once you make it to the South Island you will travel to Christchurch, “The Garden City,” where the sweet scent of manicured gardens sweeps through the streets. Experience an Arctic adventure at the Antarctic Centre where many scientists prepare for their journey to the frozen continent. On the final days of your adventure you will make your way to Queenstown where the quaint beauty of the city is nestled between Bob’s Peak and Lake Wakatipu. Whether you search for adventure or leisure, the locals will welcome and guide you to whatever your heart desires, from the cool rush of a fun luge to the sweet taste of the local vineyard. You don’t need to imagine a land where friendliness is first and foremost, and where the scenery is just as beautiful as the people that inhabit it, you will live it when you experience New Zealand travel.

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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