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New Zealand Journey

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 11 Days | Auckland to Queenstown
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


Immerse yourself in New Zealand’s epic landscapes while traveling from the North to the South Island. Discover the geothermal wonders of Rotorua and the Maori culture of Christchurch, soar high above Queenstown in a gondola, and experience one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys across the Southern Alps. Cap off your journey with a wildlife cruise on spectacular Doubtful Sound.

Trip Highlights

    • Meet a Maori elder before enjoying a traditional performance and feast.
    • Explore the glacial area of Franz Josef.
    • Cruise through Doubtful Sound (seasonal) with naturalist guides, spotting dolphins, seals, and penguins.

Itinerary - 11 Days

Day 1 — Auckland

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 — Auckland

Cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on a research boat, searching for whales and dolphins. Later, take some free time to explore this lovely 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 — Doubtful Sound

Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise (seasonal) through spectacular Doubtful Sound. 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)

Day 11 — Queenstown

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Cost Details

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 $1,599

What's Included

Internal 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.

Comfortable, mid-range hotels (9 nights), Doubtful Sound cruise boat (seasonal) (1 night)

Meals Included
10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners. Allow an additional $325–425 for meals not included.

Mini bus, plane, train, boat

Optional Experience

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.