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.  

  • The Long White Cloud
  • New Zealand
  • 19 Days

Prices from:

Per person, in USD

  • Adult Twin $9,450

  • Single $12,860

Journey Overview

  • Start
  • End
  • Overnight Stays
  • Sightseeing
MT. RUAPEHU HUKA FALLS WHANGAREI RUSSELL WAITOMO CAVES WELLINGTON MT. COOK LINDIS PASS WEDDERBURN MILFORD SOUND TE ANAU PUNAKAIKI TAUPO ROTORUA COROMANDEL AUCKLAND QUEENSTOWN HAAST FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER HOKITIKA PICTON CHRISTCHURCH ARTHUR’S PASS BAY OF ISLANDS

Your Journey Itinerary

Day Activity
1 Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you'll be driven by private car to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure before joining your Journey Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

  • Hotel Montreal, Christchurch
2 Christchurch – Franz Josef Glacier

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

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat
3 Franz Josef Glacier

After a relaxed start we explore this area, where a local guide explains the history behind the Franz Josef Glacier.

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat
4 Franz Josef Glacier – Queenstown

This morning it’s time for an adventure as we travel in a purpose-built fully enclosed river jet boat and journey down the Haast River. After a lunch break at Makarora we head to Queenstown, taking time to stop and explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, and then an orientation tour on arrival.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
5 Queenstown at Leisure

Enjoy Queenstown your way. Why not join a wine tour, view The Lord of the Rings film locations or spend time at the spa.

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
6 Queenstown at Leisure

Today, why not brace some of Queenstown's most daring activities. This evening, enjoy a Local Dining Experience at one of Queenstown’s exclusive restaurants.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
7 Queenstown – 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 Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the magical Cleddau Valley.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Milford Sound Lodge
8 Milford Sound

Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. Learn more about Fiordland National Park with an informative talk by a local expert. Later, board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day exploration of Milford Sound.

  • Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine
  • Milford Sound Lodge
9 Milford Sound – Dunedin

We leave the majestic Fiordland National Park for the picturesque of South Otago. Travel through the musical town of Gore, before arriving in Dunedin.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Distinction Dunedin Hotel
10 Dunedin

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

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Distinction Dunedin Hotel
11 Dunedin – Christchurch

Travel up the east coast through Omarau. Back in Christchurch, embark on a sightseeing tour of the city.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Hotel Montreal, Christchurch
12 Christchurch – 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 Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Sofitel Wellington
13 Wellington at Leisure

Today see Wellington your way. Why not visit 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.

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Sofitel Wellington
14 Wellington - Hawke’s Bay

Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawkes Bay. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Porters Boutique Hotel
15 Napier

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 wine-tasting and Local Dining Experience at one of their world-famous wineries.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • 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.

  • Full buffet 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 redwood giants. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Rainbow Springs is proud to be home of the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, where over 1,800 kiwi chicks have been hatched to date. You’ll enjoy a 'behind the scenes' tour of the Hatchery an exclusive TreadRight experience. Learn all about the efforts of our kiwi husbandry team, discover what it takes to hatch a chick, and if you're really lucky, see baby chicks in person! 

  • Full buffet 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.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Celebration Dinner
  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel
19 Farewell from Auckland

Bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends as your epic New Zealand Inspiring Journey has come to an end.

  • Full buffet 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 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 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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