New Zealand

New Zealand offers such an incredible variety of experiences that it is sometimes called “The World in Miniature.” Take in a scenic view of Auckland and visit nearby attractions, including the quaint Victorian village of Parnell. Explore caves, observe native species in their natural habitats and soak in the waters of a Polynesian spa. Go tube rafting through the incredible Waitomo Caves to view the magical phosphorescent lighting created by glowworms, hike amidst Rotorua’s geothermal activity and attend a traditional Māori concert and hāngi dinner. Heli-hike on Fox Glacier and sample local wines in and around Queenstown. Visit New Zealand and experience a diverse culture, a wide variety of activities and awe-inspiring sights.

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Language

English, Māori

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Time Zone

GMT +13

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Currency

New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Average Temp

54° F

New Zealand Expedition

Maori & Milford

Inspire Your Expedition with Our Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Arrive in Auckland

Private transfer to hotel

Private half-day tour:

  • Victorian Village of Parnell
  • One Tree Hill
  • Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Sea Life Aquarium
  • Auckland Museum
  • Devonport Marine Village

Accommodations: M Social Auckland

Day 2 – AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA

Private transfer to Waitomo Caves

Glow-worm cave tour options:

  • Spellbound tour OR
  • Blackwater rafting (supplement applies)     

Private transfer to Rotorua

Accommodations: VR Lake Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – ROTORUA

Choose between two full-day private tours:

Option 1: 

  • Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland – Lady Knox Geyser
  • Mangamate Falls & Whirinaki Rainforest
  • Thermal pool baths

Option 2:

  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Māori Arts & Crafts Institute
  • Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • Working dog & sheep-shearing demonstration
  • Government Gardens 
  • Polynesian Spa

Evening: Traditional Māori Hāngi dinner

Accommodations: VR Lake Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – ROTORUA / CHRISTCHURCH

Private airport transfer for flight to Christchurch

Half-day private tour:

  • International Antarctic Center
  • Punting on Avon River
  • Picnic lunch
  • Heritage tram ride past Cathedral Junction, Gothic-style Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum, New Regent Street.

Accommodations: Distinction Christchurch
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 – CHRISTCHURCH – AKARAO OR KAIKOURA

Choose between two full-day private tours:

Option 1: Akaroa

  • Harbor Cruise OR Swim with Dolphins

Option 2: Kaikoura

  • Whale-watching Cruise

Accommodations: Distinction Christchurch
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 – CHRISTCHURCH / TRANZALPINE TRAIN / FOX GLACIER

Private transfer to station for TranzAlpine train to Greymouth

Rental Car to Fox Glacier

Attractions en route:

  • Reconstructed mining town
  • Greenstone Jade Studio (Hokitika)
  • Southern Alps
  • Tasman Sea

Accommodations: Distinction Fox Glacier
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – FOX GLACIER / QUEENSTOWN

Heli-hike on Fox Glacier

Self-drive to Queenstown

En route:

  • Haast
  • Ancient Rainforest
  • Westland World Heritage Visitors Center
  • Haast Pass
  • Lakes Hawea & Wanaka

Accommodations: Heritage Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 – QUEENSTOWN

Drop off rental car / pick-up by private driver

Choose between two excursions:

Option 1: Mt. Aspiring National Park:

  • Small group Routeburn track hike 

Option 2: Private Queenstown Tour:

  • Bob’s Peak
  • Arrowtown – mining town
  • Amisfield Vineyard Bistro & Gibbston Valley Wine Cave

Accommodations: Heritage Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 – QUEENSTOWN

Choose between two excursions:

Option 1: Dart River Safari:

  • Jetboat to upper Dart River
  • “Funyak” inflatable canoe down river
  • Picnic lunch

Option 2:  Mt. Earnslaw Station: 

  • 4×4 tour & bushwalk
  • Cruise on TSS Earnslaw vintage steamer to Walter Peak High Country station working farm

Optional horseback trek (supplement applies)

Accommodations: Heritage Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 – QUEENSTWON – MILFORD SOUND

Private transfer to Te Anau, Fiorland National Park & Milford Sound

  • Nature Cruise past Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea
  • Scenic flight back to Queenstown

Accommodations: Heritage Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 – QUEENSTOWN / NELSON

Transfer to airport for flight to Nelson

Private transfer to hotel

Private tour:

  • World of Wearable Arts Museum
  • Hoglund Handblown Art Glass Studio
  • Classic Car Collection
  • Wine tasting at local winery

Accommodations: Heritage Rutherford
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 – NELSON – ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Full-day small group tour:

  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Cruise
  • Kayaking, snorkeling & hiking

Accommodations: Heritage Rutherford
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 – NELSON / AUCKLAND / HOMEWARD BOUND

Private transfer to airport for flight to Auckland to connect with flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Starting at $9,350 per person
(two travelers, double occupancy, airfare not included)

Itineraries are customized to travelers’ interests and preferences.
Final prices will vary based on dates of travel and number of travelers.

I’m so thoroughly ensconced on Cloud 9 that I can hardly function. I just look at photos and smile. And smile. The trip was absolutely superb, amazing, awesome, everything I hoped. I loved it all! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I am so grateful to you! I know there were a million details and they all worked out just right. Where shall I go next? Actually, I want to do this all over again.

Susan B.
Charlottesville, VA

When to go:

Best times are from October to April

What to eat:

Green-lipped Mussels, New Zealand Lamb, Pavlova (meringue with fruit)

What to pack:

Long & short-sleeved shirts & t-shirts; trousers, jeans, shorts, skirts; jacket, sweater & rain jacket; layering & waterproof clothing; shawl or scarf; swimwear; comfortable walking & hiking shoes; sunscreen, sunglasses, hat; insect repellent; camera equipment; universal adapter

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