Discover the rich culture and awe-inspiring scenery of New Zealand. Considered one of the most unique destinations on earth, this island tour offers one-of-a-kind experiences including riding through glowworm caves, witnessing geothermal activity, and seeing some of the world’s most scenic landscapes. This exclusive trip is limited to only 39 travelers and will be an immersive experience through New Zealand!
DAYS 1-3—WELCOME TO NEW ZEALAND
Arrive in Auckland, a bustling city full of music, art, and culture. After taking a guided tour of the city, the afternoon is yours to settle into our hotel and explore at your leisure. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner as a group at the Orbit 360 revolving restaurant in the famous Sky Tower. L, D
DAY 4—WAIHEKE ISLAND
We depart in the morning to board the Auckland ferry as we head to Waiheke Island. Waiheke is a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves, and white sand beaches. While touring the island, an impressive wine tasting and winery lunch is prepared for our group. B, L
DAY 5—WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES/HOBBITON MOVIE SET
This morning, journey to Waitomo where we’ll discover the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions. Here we’ll take a boat ride through the glowworm grotto and marvel at thousands of magical glowworms. Next, continue on to Matamata, home to the Hobbiton Movie set used in the films “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”. We will take a guided tour “Beyond the Door” and have ample time to explore the ins and outs of the set. B, L
DAY 6—NATIONAL KIWI HATCHERY/TE PUIA THERMAL RESERVE
We spend today sightseeing in Rotorua, known for its geothermal activity. Kick-off with a visit to the National Kiwi Hatchery where we’ll see the conservation of kiwi chick eggs at one of the most successful hatcheries in the world. Then, witness the Agrodome Farm Show where we’ll be introduced to many animals before lunch on your own. This afternoon, transfer to the Te Puia Thermal Reserve where we’ll discover one of New Zealand’s most magnificent geothermal wonderlands featuring dramatic geysers and bubbling mud. We end today at the Te Puia Marae for a cultural evening of song, dance, and authentic cuisine. After dinner, our group is in for a real treat - enter the geothermal valley and enjoy hot chocolate while resting upon naturally heated rock-seats. B, D
DAY 7— NAPIER/WAIOTAPU THERMAL WONDERLAND
Following a delicious breakfast at the hotel, journey to Napier through Lake Taupo. Our first stop of the day will be Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, a spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s most colorful and diverse geothermal elements sculpted by thousands of years of geothermal activity. Next, we’ll continue on to Napier to enjoy a guided Art-Deco walk of the city to marvel at the beautifully preserved 1930s architecture. B
DAY 8—PUKAH MOUNT BRUCE NATIONAL WILDLIFE CENTRE
This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre on our way to Wellington. The Mount Bruce reserve is a restored forest and captive breeding site home to many endangered wildlife species. B, D
DAY 9—WELLINGTON/TE PAPA MUSEUM
This morning take part in a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Drive past the Beehive and Parliament buildings, Mt Victoria, Botanical Gardens, and enjoy waterfront views.
Discover New Zealand’s rich history and cultures through Te Papa’s world-leading exhibitions and treasures at the Te Papa Museum. B
DAY 10—AVON RIVER RIDE/QUAKE CITY
Relax and unwind on the scenic Avon River as we sit back and admire the spectacular views of Christchurch. Here we’ll visit Quake City, a must-see to understand the seismic events that shook Christchurch over a decade ago. B, D
All aboard the TranzAlpine to experience New Zealand’s finest inland rail journey. Described as “The Great New Zealand Rail Adventure”, the TranzAlpine is rated a
top six scenic train journey in the world! Ride through spectacular river gorges, the Southern Alps, and along Lake Brunner on this unforgettable ride. Later we arrive in Greymouth and enjoy lunch at the historic Speights Ale House. B, L D
Today we travel to Queenstown, stopping at unique attractions along the way. See dramatic landscapes and significant landmarks as we drive through Haast and Wanaka. B
DAY 13—QUEENSTOWN/MILFORD SOUND
Relish in the beauty of Queenstown set against the Southern Alps and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu. Early this morning we board Milford Sound, a cruise you
must experience to believe. The stunning sheer cliffs and inky black water will surround you as we travel by ship to see the iconic Mitre Peak. Disembark from the ship and transfer back to Queenstown on a scenic flight. B, L
DAY 14—BOB'S PEAK
Spend the morning exploring Queenstown on your own. This evening we’ll transfer to the Skyline complex where we will take a gondola ride to Bob’s Peak, famous for
its breathtaking views from 480 meters above Queenstown. B, D
DAY 15—JOURNEY TO LAKE TEKAPO
Depart on our journey to Lake Tekapo. On the way stop in Twizel, Mackenzie Region’s largest town with many excellent restaurants and shops for you to enjoy. We’ll see mountain views in all directions! B, D
DAY 16—SIR EDMUND HILLARY ALPINE CENTRE/DARK SKY EXPERIENCE
This morning we’re off to Mt. Cook to discover the fascinating history of this region at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, a tribute to one of the world’s greatest explorers. This afternoon we embark on a journey 13.8 billion years in the making. The Dark Sky Experience is one of the most awe-inspiring Dark Sky Reserves in the world. B, D
DAY 17—CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD/CHRISTCHURCH
As we head back to Christchurch, we’ll see the Church of the Good Shepherd situated on the shores of Lake PakapÕ that was built as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country. Cap off the day with free time before our farewell dinner. B, D
DAY 18—RETURN HOME
Travel home with fond memories of your adventures in New Zealand, or continue traveling on our optional post tour to Sydney. B
OPTIONAL POST TOUR TO SYDNEY
DAY 18—WELCOME TO SYDNEY!
Travel to Australia and enjoy dinner this evening at our hotel. D
DAY 19—SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE/BONDI BEACH
This morning depart on a guided tour of Downtown Sydney where we will explore the historic Rocks area and take in the views of Hyde Park, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House and the Art Gallery. Next, see inside the world’s most recognizable sails, the Sydney Opera House! This incredible display of architecture and engineering is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the world-famous Bondi Beach and enjoy the spectacular scenery. B, L
DAY 20—THE ROCKS/MANLY
Take a leisurely walk around The Rocks and uncover the authentic history of the Aboriginal people’s heritage within Sydney Harbour. Next, continue by ferry to the vibrant coastal suburb of Sydney, Manly. Manly offers the best of both worlds, cosmopolitan buzz and a relaxed atmosphere. Explore the beachfront town on your own before heading to tonight’s hotel. B
DAY 21—EXPLORE SYDNEY
After exploring Sydney on your own, enjoy dinner at Infinity, Sydney Tower’s revolving restaurant. B, D
DAY 22—SAY FAREWELL
Say farewell to the friends you made along the way and return home with amazing new memories. B
Nights 3-4: The Grand By SkyCity, Auckland
Nights 5-6: Pullman, Rotorua
Night 7: Swiss-Belboutique, Napier
Nights 8-9: Sofitel, Wellington
Night 10: Fable, Christchurch
Night 11: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef
Nights 12-14: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
Nights 15-16: Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo
Night 17: Fable, Christchurch
Feb 3-20, 2025
Price Per Person*:
Pre-/Post Tour Hotel:
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*Air pricing is approximated at $2,200 or $2,500 if including post tour to Sydney. Schedules and fare will be available in Spring 2024.
Post Tour to Sydney Add:
Price Per Person:
Los Angeles, CA
Professional, English speaking Tour Director
Welcome Reception and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions and meals
Luggage handling at most hotels
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service
Flight schedules will be available 10 months prior to departure.
Flight schedules will be available 10 months prior to departure.
Airport Transportation / Vehicle Parking
Our starting hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to/from Los Angeles Int’l Airport.
Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will also be on uneven paths. While walking canes are allowed, we are unable to accommodate travelers using other mobility devices, including walkers and wheelchairs.
February – highs in the mid 70’s°, lows in the mid 50’s°
New Zealand & Australian Dollar
GMT+12 (16 hours ahead of New York)
Each hotel has a hair dryer, iron, ironing boards, coffee maker and Wi-Fi. Exercise rooms, spa services and swimming pool at most hotels.
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.
A valid US Passport is required for travel to/from the United States.
Land Tours begin two days later. Airport transfers are not included with Land Only Tours.
Travel Protection Available
Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.