Spend 11 days exploring the North and South Islands of this small country packed with wonders. Traveling by train, gondola, boat, and plane, connect with locals in artsy beach towns, walk through an ancient rain forest, and learn about local legends and cuisine from the Maori. Take a deep breath to fill your lungs with the impossibly clean air here—and fill your soul with the legendary Kiwi spirit.
Meet a Maori elder before enjoying a
traditional performance and feast.
Explore the glacial area of Franz
Cruise through Fiordland National Park
(seasonal) with naturalist guides,
spotting dolphins, seals, and
Itinerary - 11 Days
Day 1 — Auckland
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 — Auckland
Catch a ferry to Waiheke Island. Visit two local wineries to learn more about New Zealand's burgeoning wine industry and the history of wine production in the country, and sample some of the local blends. Later, enjoy a short orientation walk and time at leisure to explore the city. (1B)
Day 3 — Raglan
Drive a scenic route, visiting an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture. Enjoy lunch, featuring food which has been sustainably produced on the farm. Continue to the artsy town of Raglan, stopping at Bridal Veil Falls en route, and enjoy a cruise on the stunning harbor. (1B, 1L)
Day 4 — Rotorua
Drive to Rotorua, stopping for an excursion at Waitomo Caves where you'll take a boat ride through the cave and see thousands of flickering glowworms lighting up the walls. This evening visit Tamaki Maori Village and enjoy a private welcome and talk from a “Kaumātua” (an elder in Māori society). After, enjoy an extravagant performance about local myths, and legends while dining on traditional Hangi cuisine. (1B, 1D)
Day 5 — Christchurch
Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch. Take an orientation walk with the CEO to get a feel for the city. (1B)
Days 6 & 7 — Franz Josef
Embark on one
of the world’s great scenic rail rides on the TranzAlpine to New Zealand’s glacier region.
Transfer to a beautiful rain forest lodge, our
home for the next two nights. Opt to take a
helicopter ride and hike, walk over the glacier, or
relax in the hot pools. (2B)
Day 8 — Queenstown
Travel southward along
the coast, through the rugged rain forest to
Queenstown. Enjoy an evening gondola ride
with spectacular views and the
option to eat dinner at a skyline restaurant. (1B)
Day 9 — Fiordland National Park
Embark on an
amazing wilderness cruise (seasonal) through the
spectacular Fiordland National Park. Led by onboard
naturalist guides, we’ll have the opportunity
to see dolphins, seals, and penguins, as well as
the option to kayak. Spend the night on board
in your comfortable cabin, with time to relax
on deck, stargazing and enjoying New Zealand
wine. (1B, 1D)
Day 10 — Queenstown
Enjoy morning wildlife
viewing as we cruise back to port, then return to
Queenstown for our final night. (1B)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
Click here for a description of all activity levels.
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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $1,989
flights, transport between destinations and
to/from included activities, and activities as
listed in the itinerary. The optional Franz Josef
helicopter ride and glacier walk and optional
dinner in Queenstown are at an additional cost.
Accommodations Comfortable, mid-range
hotels (9 nights),
Fiordland National Park cruise boat (seasonal) (1 night)
Meals Included 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch,
2 dinners. Allow an additional $325–425 for
meals not included.
Transportation Mini bus, plane, train, boat
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.