Journey Snapshot

A tale of two great islands, of epic natural beauty and ancient rituals and traditions – yours to explore on this Inspiring Journey across the length and breadth of New Zealand.

From the sophistication of its cities to the soulful expanse of its stunning untamed landscapes. From the rich Maori tradition, to the winelands renowned worldwide. New Zealand's beauty is unmatched, and an exploration of her wilderness will enrich and revive.

  • Inspiring New Zealand
  • New Zealand
  • 10 Days

Prices from:

Per person, in USD

  • Adult Twin $5,875

  • Single $7,585

Journey Overview

  • Start
  • End
  • Overnight Stays
  • Sightseeing
WELLINGTON DOUBTFUL SOUND THE RED BARN ROTORUA AUCKLAND QUEENSTOWN

Your Journey Itinerary

Day Activity
1 Welcome to Auckland

Welcome to New Zealand’s invigorating North Island hub. Spend your day at leisure before joining your Journey Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception and dinner.

  • Dinner with wine
  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel
2 Auckland Sights

A city sights tour will start your morning in Auckland. Travel around the waterfront from central city out to Mission Bay. Next up we take a ferry over to Waiheke Island. Enjoy a scenic drive to your first stop, Stonyridge Vineyard, where you'll enjoy a tour and tastings, plus a light lunch over views of the vineyard. You then depart for Rangihoua Estate, which introduces you to Waiheke’s olive growing industry, including tasting
award-winning olive oils. A stop at Casita Miro will leave you enchanted with the tastes and feelings of the Mediterranean. Your tour finishes with wine tastings at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard, with spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf, before returning to the ferry terminal. Tonight, enjoy a free evening; why not try one of the many restaurants in Wynyard Quarter or the Viaduct.

  • Full buffet breakfast, lunch
  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel
3 Auckland - Rotorua

Your leisurely discovery of New Zealand’s North Island continues as you follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5-star Eco Glowworm experience. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glowworms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Journey to the volatile landscapes of Rotorua, where Māori culture takes centre stage. Visit the Tamaki Māori Village for insights into the local rituals and traditions of this fascinating culture. Embrace their gracious Hongi greeting, experience the heart-pounding wero challenge and enjoy a Local Dining Experience, the delicious flavours of the Hangi cooked in the earth with geothermal steam.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • Pullman Rotorua
4 Rotorua at Leisure

First up, visit Whakawerawera Living Village where you’ll be accompanied by a Local Guide to view New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. Later, the day is all yours to explore the sacred lands, thermal marvels and Māori traditions of Rotorua. You could indulge in a spa treatment at the Polynesian Thermal Spa, tread in the footsteps of Bilbo Baggins in the fantasy-land of Hobbiton or if you’re up for a challenge, take the native forest zipline adventure tour with Canopy Tours.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Pullman Rotorua
5 Rotorua - Wellington

This morning visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs. You're sure to catch a glimpse of the shy, iconic national bird in the park’s nocturnal kiwi enclosure,  ‘behind the scenes tour’ - an exclusive TreadRight experience.  Later, fly to Wellington. Spend the evening at your leisure, enjoying dinner at one of the quirky cafes at Courtney Place or Cuba Street.

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Sofitel Wellington
6 Wellington

A foodie extravaganza awaits this morning as you join a local guide to sample the delicious gourmet delights shared over fascinating stories of Welly. Embrace your inner hipster as you explore the charming Victorian architecture and savour the city’s coffee culture, visiting several local gems with an expert to indulge in the city’s specialities. This afternoon, we continue to the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia, admiring the extraordinary efforts of conservationists who have reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife that were absent from mainland New Zealand for over a century.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Sofitel Wellington
7 Wellington – Queenstown

It’s time to prime yourselves for a few days of adventure, flying to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure-capital. On arrival, journey to the goldrush village of Arrowtown. Enjoy a tour of Queenstown, and gaze at the natural splendour in its midst – from the peaks of the Remarkables to beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
8 Queenstown

Your day begins in Manapouri, where you’ll embark on a cruise across Lake Manapouri. Then travel to the heart of Fiordland National Park and take in the beauty and vastness of remote Doubtful Sound on a Wilderness Cruise. It will take your breath away as you experience its deep wilderness. Keep a look out for wildlife including dolphins, fur seals and even occasionally penguins. Later enjoy dinner at your hotel.

  • Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine
  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
9 Queenstown Journey Select

Explore exciting Queenstown your way! You could enjoy a guided walk through a native beech forest or embark on a minibus tour through the scenic gorge of Skippers Canyon. For a more sedate encounter with the adrenalin capital, visit one of the nearby wineries on a wine tour. Your Journey Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. As your final day ends enjoy a Celebration Dinner at one of the local restaurants with your Journey Director and new-found friends.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Celebration Dinner
  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
10 Farewell from Queenstown

For now, all that’s left to say is a fond farewell as your inspiring journey comes to an end after breakfast. Throughout today you will be transferred to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight.

  • Full buffet breakfast

Unique Highlights

Authentic and Engaging Experiences

  • Discover
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    Discover

    • Stunning Doubtful Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park
    • Beautiful Lake Rotorua
    • Stunning scenery in “Adventure Capital” Queenstown
  • Explore
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    Explore

    • Rainbow Springs Nature Park, a TreadRight exclusive 
    • Historic goldrush Arrowtown
    • Queenstown Journey Select experiences
  • Immerse
    Tamaki Village

    Immerse

    • Visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
    • Experience Māori culture at the Tamaki Māori Village
    • Zealandia, the world’s first fully-fenced urban eco-sanctuary
  • Relax
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    Relax

    • In cosmopolitan Auckland and Wellington
    • With Rotorua Journey Select experiences

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Additional Information

What's Included
  • Hand-picked accommodation, selected to immerse you in your destination
  • Most meals, including Local Dining Experiences. See Dining tab below
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Travel by bespoke vehicle with reclining seats, WiFi and air-conditioning
  • A maximum of 20 guests to share your journey
  • Expert Journey Director and Driver Guide escorts
  • All entrance and National Park fees
  • Sustainable Travel Kit, including refillable water bottle and backpack
  • Exclusive immersive activities and interaction with local communities
  • Built-in leisure time, to explore destinations as you wish
  • Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)
What to Bring
  •  Comfortable walking shoes
  •  Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Warm layers in cooler months and a waterproof
  • Camera
  • A sense of adventure
Fitness Requirements
  • A low level of fitness is required
Dining
  • 9 Full buffet breakfasts
  •  2 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  •  1 Local Dining Experiences
  •  1 Celebration Dinner
Flight Information
  • Day 1: flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport
  • Day 10: flights to depart anytime from Queenstown Airport
  • Required Internal Flights: are to be purchased in order to fulfil the itinerary and are not included in the land content price
  • Day 5: Rotorua to Wellington NZ8235 (required internal flight)
  • Day 7: Wellington to Queenstown NZ605 (required internal flight)

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