An all-encompassing yet comfortable journey through New Zealand that delivers the highlights of the region with stye to spare. Utilizing a diverse range of transporttrains, gondolas, boatsyoull explore artsy beach towns, learn about local myths, legends and traditional cuisine from the Maori, and revel in the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand. Handpicked accommodations, an expert local CEO and upgraded transportation are standard fare on this decidedly non-standard adventure. This trip offers everything you could possibly want...and then some.
Please make your own way to the joining hotel.
If you arrive early, head into the city to visit the Maritime Museum or the Botanical Gardens.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Travel from Auckland to Raglan, going through the world's most productive dairy farming country. Stop at a working eco farm for lunch and to learn more about local conservation efforts, then head towards to the arts and surf town of Raglan for the night.
In the afternoon, enjoy a cruise in the harbour including a light afternoon snack. Overnight in a holiday home overlooking one of the world's most famous surf breaks.
Afternoon Cruise on Raglan Harbour
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)
Enjoy free time after breakfast in Raglan. Travel to Tongariro National Park, stopping at the stunning Bridal Veil Falls for a walk and quick swim on the way. Enjoy a hike amid the breathtaking scenery and snow-covered active volcanoes of Tongariro NP.
Bridal Veil Falls Walk
Tongariro National Park Hike
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km)
Rotorua sits over an active volcano with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools in different areas around the town. This is a fascinating region with Maori history and cultured tied directly to the geothermal aspects of the land. Relax in one of the hot pools at the hotel fed by water coming directly from the natural springs.
Tamaki Maori Village
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 180km)
Visit Whakarewarewa, a Maori village with a local guide who explains the geothermal aspects of the region and enjoy a light lunch of corn cooked in a natural hot pool and a traditional hangi pie before flying to Christchurch where we take an orientation walk.
Whakarewarewa Geothermal Village Visit
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Board the TranzAlpine train, and enjoy the scenic views as we head to Greymouth. Once there, disembark the train and transfer to a beautiful rainforest lodge for the night.
Train (4.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Spend the day exploring the stunning region around Franz Josef.
Early start to travel to the picturesque Lake Matheson. When the weather is right, get a great photo of the Southern Alps reflected on the lake.
Continue on to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 365km)
On the morning of Day 9, try one of the numerous adventure activities that the area is famous for, or simply go for a walk to take in the stunning scenery around the lake. In the afternoon, depart on the TSS Earslaw, a 100-year-old historic steamer, and cruise across Lake Wakatipu.
Please note: between 27 May – 1 July we will travel on the Fjordlander vessel over to ‘Walterpeak'.
Lake Wakatipu Day Cruise
Drive the scenic route around the lake to the town of Manapouri, to arrive at an eco cruise boat, which will be our home for the next 24 hours. After an afternoon of stunning scenery, spend the night moored in a secluded bay (seasonal), with time to stargaze from the deck with a glass of New Zealand wine.
*Please note that the itinerary for this day varies in the winter:
Winter Schedule 18 May – 20 Sept Doubtful Sound/Te Anau
Drive the scenic route around the lake to the town of Manapouri. Travel by boat and bus to arrive at an eco cruise boat. Spend the afternoon cruising the stunning Doubtful Sound, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls. The boat offers excellent chances for wildlife viewing in the area. Dolphins, penguins, seals, and a variety of birds are some examples of what you can hope to see. In the evening, head to Te Anau for the night. Take in a screening of the award-winning ‘Ata Whenua' – ‘Fjordland Film' documentary at the local cinema before having a group meal.
Doubtful Sound Overnight Wilderness Cruise
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 250km)
Arrive back in Queenstown around 4pm. Please be sure to book any ongoing travel for after 8pm. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation to experience all this city has to offer.
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Trip Name: New Zealand in Style
Duration: 11 Days
From Price: 3909
Trip Code: 133104
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