Journey to the subtropical Bay of Islands and the steaming geothermal vents of Rotorua. Venture to Mt. Cook in the Southern Alps and scenic Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy city tours of Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Dunedin. Spend two nights discovering the sun-soaked Bay of Islands. Explore the wineries of Marlborough. Stand in awe of the giant Kauri tree. Savor a leisurely 3-night stay in Queenstown, one of New Zealand's prettiest towns. Cruise Milford Sound in dramatic Fiordland. Explore the beautiful 19th-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown. Stay in Dunedin, a little slice of Scotland in the South Pacific. Overnight at the foot of massive Mt. Cook. Dine in a restored Christchurch mansion. Immerse yourself in the Maori culture. Discover the many treasures of New Zealand.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 3/31/2019
Duration
17 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1 and Day 2AucklandDepart from Home: Cross the International Dateline and begin the adventure of a lifetime by skipping a day ahead.
Day 3AucklandAuckland, New Zealand - Tour Begins: Your tour opens in Auckland, the 'City of Sails,' consistently rated one of the best places in the world 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 4AucklandAuckland - Bay of Islands: Come 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. Next, depart Auckland and travel north to the Bay of Islands, your home for the next two nights. This sun-soaked region boasts more than 144 islands and warm waters with abundant marine life. Visit the Waitangi Treaty House where Maori and British leaders signed the 1840 treaty establishing New Zealand as a nation. Tonight, experience an authentic Hangi dinner celebration where you learn about the warm-hearted Maoris and their lives before European colonists arrived in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and since.
Day 5Bay of IslandsBay of Islands: Begin 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 360 views. Look out at the Cape Brett Lighthouse which stands 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 6Bay of IslandsBay of Islands - Rotorua: Leave 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 where you will 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 7RotoruaRotorua: Today, find yourself amid the dramatic geothermal landscape of Rotorua. With over one-third of its population boasting Maori roots, this city is 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 by teaching the tribal youth these traditional skills. Enjoy the chance to view the Kiwi bird and learn what is being done in an effort to remove this marvelous creature from the endangered species list.
Day 8RotoruaRotorua - Wellington: Travel through the rolling countryside of the North Island. The rural vistas and the rugged Rimutaka Range slowly give way to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.
Day 9WellingtonWellington: This morning we embark on a tour of Wellington. 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. Following the tour, visit the Te Papa Tongawera Museum, a fascinating center dedicated to art, history and the Maori culture. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Day 10WellingtonWellington - Picton - Blenheim, Marlborough: Board a ferry and sail across Cook Strait. This has been called 'the most beautiful ferry ride in the world.' Arrive in Picton on the South Island where you will have free time for lunch. Next, drive along the coast to the picturesque village of Havelock where you will have leisure time to enjoy the quaint colonial buildings in a town that bills itself as the 'green-lipped mussel capital of the world.' Upon arrival in Blenheim, relax at your hotel before heading to a local winery where you will see the vineyard, enjoy a tasting, and dine at the cellar door bistro.
Day 11BlenheimBlenheim: The morning is yours to enjoy the town of Blenheim. Next, we continue our introduction to the world-famous wine region of Marlborough with a visit to another of the family-owned wineries in the region for a tasting and tour. The area is famous for its Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and late harvest Riesling wines, all of which you will taste today.
Day 12BlenheimBlenheim - Christchurch: This morning depart Blenheim and travel to the historic city of Christchurch. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the 'Garden City' is recreating itself during a sightseeing tour that highlights the city's magnificent gardens and elegant park district. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the region's earliest home, Riccarton House.
Day 13ChristchurchChristchurch - Mt. Cook Region: The Maori word for Mt. Cook is Aoraki, which means 'cloud piercer.' Journey through New Zealand's unspoiled wilderness and arrive at Mt. Cook National Park, where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks. This is where famed New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary honed his skills before conquering Everest. You may choose to take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting) or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps.
Day 14Mount CookMt. Cook - Dunedin: Travel to Dunedin, 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.
Day 15DunedinDunedin: This morning's panoramic drive reveals Larnach Castle as well as Baldwin Street, the world's steepest public road. Later, visit the Royal Albatross Centre, the only mainland breeding location in the world for these magnificent birds. Their epic wingspan can reach nearly 10 feet!
Day 16DunedinDunedin - Queenstown: Set off today for one of the world's prettiest towns. You may choose to embark on an optional trip on the spectacular Taieri Gorge Railway; this line was begun in 1879 to serve the inland region of Otago and includes 10 tunnels and 35 bridges. Before arriving in Queenstown, stop in the beautiful 19th century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown, and take some time to explore its quaint, historic streets.
Day 17QueenstownQueenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown: En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley. You'll travel through ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away.
Day 18QueenstownQueenstown: Journey into the heart of New Zealand's high country to visit an authentic, family-owned merino sheep farm. En route, enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Bob's Cove and Mt. Earnslaw as you cruise across spectacular Lake Wakatipu to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm. During your exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit, follow the journey of merino wool from mustering sheep through the creation of modern wool garments. Enjoy a freshly prepared farmer's lunch before sailing back to Queenstown. Later this afternoon, it's your choice! You may go bird watching at the Kiwi Birdlife Park -OR- take a gondola to the top of Bob's Peak for stunning panoramic views of the region. Gather for a farewell dinner overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable Mountains.
Day 19QueenstownQueenstown - Tour Ends: Your adventure comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful trip.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
10/14/2019$5,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
11/04/2019$5,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
01/13/2020$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
01/20/2020$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
02/10/2020$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
02/24/2020$5,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/16/2020$5,599.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/20/2020$5,199.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
The Hermitage Mount Cook, New Zealand
Mackenzie Country Hotel Twizel, New Zealand
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross Dunedin, New Zealand
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands Bay of Islands , New Zealand
Rydges Auckland Auckland, New Zealand
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Queenstown, New Zealand
Novotel Wellington Wellington, New Zealand
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Pavilions Hotel Christchurch, New Zealand
Millennium Hotel Rotorua Rotorua, New Zealand
Scenic Hotel Marlborough Blenheim, 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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