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.
Auckland – A Personal Touch
Arrive in Auckland with the city inviting and the excitement buzzing in your ears. After settling into your accommodation, enjoy the sites of Auckland and its surroundings on an Auckland Harbour Coffee Cruise. Hop aboard a local Kiwi’s yacht, the sail raised into the air to catch the breeze, the splash of the sea on your lips, the pleasant commentary of Auckland and New Zealand’s history coming from the captain. Sip on your coffee, the heat warming you from the inside out as you make your way through the clear blue water of the Waiheke Island-Half Moon Bay. The farther you drift from the shore, the more impressive the skyline. The Sky Tower, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest free-standing structure, stands tall among its surroundings, the sky needled pointing high into the distant sky. The sails of Auckland Harbour wave in the breeze like a collection of sheets trying to blanket the ocean. It is no wonder the Auckland is called the “City of Sails.”
After you dock and exit the cruise wander along the urban life of Auckland’s harbors. With the people of New Zealand being just as much of a reason to visit as the country’s landscapes and activities, spend part of the day in Viaduct Harbour. Filled with a fabulous maritime museum that highlights New Zealand’s long history of its nautical connections, the harbor is also a great place to relax, enjoy a drink, and watch the city pass by. Colorful artist types, kooky hipster types, yachtsmen, and everyone in between, pass along the harbor’s walkways, the sea gently rocking the boats. The smell of fresh coffee drifts past you from the Sierra Coffee shop mixing with the salt of the sea. The sun sets beyond the harbor and makes the once blue ocean dance in a fire light.
Rotorua – The People of Rotorua
Rotorua – A Different Culture to Experience
Wellington – The People of the Land
Wellington – The People’s Choice
Christchurch – Solitude Along the Sea
Christchurch – The Isolation of Antarctica
Christchurch – Citizens of the Bay
Mount Cook – Inhabitants of the South Island
Queenstown – Meet the Adventurers
Queenstown – The Life Around Queenstown
Queenstown – Relax Like a Local
Queenstown – A Friendly Goodbye
- 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
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.
$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.
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