From geothermal springs and ice fields to stunning fjords and Maori culture, experience New Zealand at its best. Spend two nights discovering the sun-soaked Bay of Islands. Stand in awe of the giant kauri tree. Spend 2 nights in Christchurch and see how the city is reinventing itself. Admire the ice fields and glaciers surrounding Mt. Cook. Stay in Dunedin, a little slice of Scotland in the South Pacific. Cruise Milford Sound in dramatic Fiordland. Savor a captivating 3-night stay in Queenstown, the "Adventure Capital of the World." The vibrant lifestyle of the Pacific Islands welcomes you.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 12/31/2021
Duration
19 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1-2AucklandCross the International Dateline and begin the adventure of a lifetime by skipping a day ahead.
Day 3AucklandYour tour opens in Auckland, the "City of Sails," consistently rated one of the world's best places to live. Auckland's Polynesian population instills into its chic atmosphere the vibrant feel of the Pacific Islands. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
Day 4AucklandCome to know the best of Auckland during a panoramic city tour featuring the America's Cup Village, the War Memorial, bustling Queen Street, and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The afternoon is yours to explore New Zealand's largest city on your own. Perhaps you will choose to go on an optional America's Cup sailing experience.
Day 5AucklandDepart Auckland and travel north to the Bay of Islands, your home for the next 2 nights. This sun-soaked region boasts more than 144 islands and warm waters with abundant marine life. Visit the Waitangi Treaty House, the site where Maori and British leaders signed the 1840 treaty establishing New Zealand as a nation.
Day 6Bay of IslandsBegin the day with a cruise that features the bay's famous Hole in the Rock and a stop off at picturesque Urupukapuka Island. Relax on the beach or walk to a higher elevation to enjoy 360ø views. Look out at the Cape Brett Lighthouse, standing nearly 500 feet above sea level at the edge of the Cape Brett Peninsula. The rest of the day is yours to independently explore Paihia - the quaint town known as "the jewel of the Bay of Islands."
Day 7Bay of IslandsLeave the sparkling waters of the Bay of Islands behind and head to Matakohe in the heartland of the North Island. Make a stop at the Kauri Museum and come to know the stories surrounding the giant kauri tree that can live for 2,000 years. Discover how the early settlers used this abundant tree to build a life for themselves. Later, continue on to the town of Rotorua, known for geothermal activity and Maori culture.
Day 8RotoruaFind yourself amid the dramatic geothermal landscape of Rotorua, known as the Maori capital of New Zealand. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand's premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience. The National Carving School and National Weaving School are located here, passing on age-old customs. See the kiwi bird and learn what is being done to help this endangered species. In the evening, experience ceremonial Maori rituals at an authentic Hangi dinner and performance.
Day 9RotoruaToday we travel to Wellington, a coastal city nestled against the mountains. Embark on a tour of New Zealand's capital city, known as the "Windy City." See the Beehive - New Zealand's Parliament; historic St. Paul's Church; and the Old Government Building, the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere.
Day 10WellingtonExplore the Te Papa Tongawera Museum, a fascinating center dedicated to art, history, and the Maori culture before enjoying an afternoon and evening at leisure. With your free time, perhaps you'll consider a ride on the Wellington Cable Car to the suburb of Kelburn for stunning panoramic views of the city.
Day 11WellingtonBoard a ferry and sail across Cook Strait. Experience what is considered to be one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world. Arrive in Picton on the South Island where you will have free time for lunch. Continue along the breathtaking east coast to the largest city on the South Island, Christchurch.
Day 12ChristchurchChristchurch, the "Garden City," is recreating itself after a devastating earthquake in 2011. See firsthand how this city is evolving on a sightseeing tour that highlights the city's magnificent gardens and elegant park district. Pay a visit to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, a leader in the conservation of New Zealand species. Here, you'll have the chance to view New Zealand's "Big 5" - kiwi, kaka, tuatara, kea, and takahe - up close and personal.
Day 13ChristchurchJourney through New Zealand's unspoiled wilderness and arrive in the Mt. Cook region, where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks. The Maori word for Mt. Cook is Aoraki, which means "cloud piercer." This is where famed New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary honed his skills before conquering Everest. You can take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting), or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps.
Day 14Mt. Cook RegionTravel to Dunedin, situated on the southeast coast of New Zealand. One of the earliest European settlements on the islands, Dunedin holds proudly to its Scottish heritage and traditions. Enjoy time to explore this cultural city on your own.
Day 15DunedinStart your morning with a panoramic tour, visiting Larnach Castle and Baldwin Street - the world's steepest public road. Later, spend time at the Royal Albatross Centre, the only mainland breeding location in the world for these otherworldly birds. Albatrosses are the focus in many seafaring myths, and their epic wingspan can reach nearly 10 feet.
Day 16DunedinEnjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley and the Homer Tunnel as you head to Queenstown, a mountainside town set against the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The rest of your day is yours to explore the city dubbed the "adventure capital of the world."
Day 17QueenstownDuring a cruise of the beautiful Milford Sound, you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sites on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. On your return to Queenstown, perhaps you will consider an optional scenic flight, allowing you to see the landscape from an entirely new perspective.
Day 18QueenstownCruise Lake Wakatipu and head to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm, a family-owned merino sheep farm. En route, see the Cecil Peak, Bob's Cove and Mt. Earnslaw. In your exclusive visit, follow the behind-the-scenes process from mustering sheep to wool garments. Enjoy a fresh farmer's lunch before sailing back. Later, it's your choice! Go bird watching at the Kiwi Birdlife Park -OR- take a gondola to Bob's Peak for stunning views of the area. Gather for a farewell dinner and enjoy a local paddock-to-plate meal.
Day 19QueenstownYour adventure comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful trip.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
01/14/2022$4,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
01/28/2022$4,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
02/04/2022$4,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
02/18/2022$4,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
02/25/2022$4,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/04/2022$4,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/11/2022$4,999.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/25/2022$4,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Stamford Plaza Hotel - Auckland, New Zealand
Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Waitangi - Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Millennium Hotel - Rotorua, New Zealand
Novotel - Wellington, New Zealand
Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square - Christchurch, New Zealand
The Hermitage Hotel - Mount Cook, New Zealand
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross - Dunedin, New Zealand
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside - Queenstown, New Zealand
Disclaimer
* NOTE: Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
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