Journey Snapshot

This expedition will invite you to become immersed in ancient Maori culture, and some of the planet's most pristine wilderness.

Be awed as you traverse New Zealand’s North and South Islands, from the hot pools of Franz Josef, an exclusive TreadRight experience in Rotorua, to the brave depths of Queenstown, the adventure capital. Explore extraordinary landscapes and ancient heritage, as you encounter exhilarating New Zealand as few have seen it before.

 

Itinerary valid from 1 April 2020

  • The Long White Cloud
  • New Zealand
  • 19 Days

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Per person, in USD

  • Adult Twin $9,450

  • Single $12,860

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Journey Overview

  • Start
  • End
  • Overnight Stays
  • Sightseeing

Your Journey Itinerary

Day Activity
1 Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival, board a private transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception.

  • Hotel Montreal, Christchurch
2 Christchurch – TranzAlpine – Franz Josef

Travel through the Southern Alps aboard TranzAlpine train. From Arthur’s Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, and meet a local greenstone (jade) carver. Continue to Franz Josef, where you’ll spend two nights in an eco-friendly retreat nestled in the wilderness.

  • Breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat
3 Franz Josef Glacier

This morning, explore Franz Josef, where a local guide explains the history behind the imposing Franz Josef Glacier.

  • Breakfast
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat
4 Franz Josef – Arrowtown – Queenstown

Discover the mighty Haast River this morning, as you journey its lengths in a fully enclosed river jet boat. Enjoy lunch at Makarora, then explore the heritage gold-settlement of Arrowtown, before a short orientation of breathtaking Queenstown.

  • Breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Hotel St Moritz
5 Queenstown at Leisure

Enjoy two full days to discover beautiful Queenstown. Perhaps a wine tour, or even an adrenaline-filled activity.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
6 Queenstown at Leisure

On your second night, enjoy a Local Dining Experience in one of Queenstown’s most exclusive restaurants.

  • Breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
7 Queenstown – Te Anau – Milford Sound

Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and then through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Tonight, stay at magnificent Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the magical Cleddau Valley.

  • Breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Milford Sound Lodge
8 Milford Sound

Wake up to the awe-inspiring beauty of Milford Sound. Learn about Fiordland with your local expert, then sail this magnificent area, seeing endemic wildlife, an Underwater Observatory - or breathtaking kayaking!

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine
  • Milford Sound Lodge
9 Milford Sound – Gore – Dunedin

Depart majestic Fiordland National Park for the picturesque South Otago. Travel through the musical town of Gore, before arriving in Dunedin, the country’s most southern city.

  • Breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Distinction Dunedin Hotel
10 Dunedin

This morning, join an exclusive tour of Larnach Castle. Spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps cruise the Otago Peninsula.

  • Breakfast
  • Distinction Dunedin Hotel
11 Dunedin – Omarau – Timaru – Christchurch

Travel up the east coast through Omarau. Back in Christchurch, take a sightseeing tour, and learn of its history.

  • Breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Hotel Montreal, Christchurch
12 Christchurch – Kaikoura – Wellington

Travel along the Pacific coast to the whale-watching capital of Kaikoura. Continue to the seaside village of Picton. Later cross the Cook Strait to Wellington for a city sightseeing tour, and then visit the enriching Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

  • Breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Sofitel Wellington
13 Wellington at Leisure

Today see Wellington your way. Why not visit the Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies or go on a walking tour around Wellington.

  • Breakfast
  • Sofitel Wellington
14 Wellington - Hawke’s Bay

Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke’s Bay. This evening, enjoy wine-tasting and Local Dining Experience at one of their world-famous wineries.

  • Breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • Porters Boutique Hotel
15 Napier (Relaxed Start)

Enjoy a relaxed start before you venture out to explore Napier. Join a local guide for a walking tour where you’ll gain an insight into the city’s Art Deco style. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

  • Breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Porters Boutique Hotel
16 Hawke’s Bay – Rotorua

Enjoy a leisurely start before continuing the journey to nearby Rotorua. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls, before arriving in Rotorua for a sightseeing tour. Later, visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village for an insight into Māori life. This evening, your Local Dining Experience is an authentic Māori Hangi and concert at the Tamaki Māori Village.

  • Breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • Pullman Rotorua
17 Rotorua

Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of the 115-year old redwood giants. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs and you might even spot a kiwi or two.

  • Breakfast
  • Pullman Rotorua
18 Rotorua – Auckland

Make your way to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5-star Eco Glowworm experience. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and onto Auckland. This evening, toast your trip together at a Celebration Dinner.

  • Breakfast, Celebration Dinner
  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
19 Farewell from Auckland

Time to say farewell as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and you are transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

  • Breakfast

Unique Highlights

Authentic and Engaging Experiences

  • Discover
    Queenstown Lake Wakatipu DISCOVER

    Discover

    • Franz Josef with a Glacier Valley Walk
    • The buzzing resort town of Queenstown
    • New Zealand’s vibrant capital Wellington
  • Explore
    Footwhistle Cave 0070 EXPLORE

    Explore

    • Glowworm Caves in Waitomo
    • Milford Sound with a nature cruise and kayak
  • Immerse
    Redwood Treetop Walk 0040

    Immerse

    • In traditional Maori Life at Whakarewarewa Living Village
    • Take a guided walk through the sacred Waipoua Forest
    • Enjoy a 'behind the scenes' tour of the kiwi Hatchery on an exclusive TreadRight experience 
  • Relax
    Casita Miro 0199 RELAX

    Relax

    • Spa treatment in Queenstown
    • With a soak in Rotorua’s healing waters

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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 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 layer
  • Camera
  • A sense of adventure
Fitness Requirements
  • Low level of fitness required
Dining
  • 18 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 8 Dinner with wine
  • 3 Local Dining Experiences
  • 1 Celebration Dinner
Flight Information
  •  Day 1: Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport
  •  Day 19: Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

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