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
  • 22 Days

Prices from: Per person, in USD

  • Adult Twin $10,895

  • Single $14,745

  • Child $10,895

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

Your New Zealand adventure begins in Christchurch, the Garden City. Spend the afternoon at leisure, before joining your Journey Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-off your journey of a lifetime.

  • Hotel Montreal, Christchurch
2 Christchurch – Franz Josef Glacier

Traverse the Canterbury Plains on board the TranzAlpine train. The gentle chug-chug in extraordinary surrounds gives way to more epic scenery as you board the coach at Arthur’s Pass. Admire the vivid hues of greenstone (jade) on a visit to Hokitika to meet a local artisan for a jewellery carving demonstration. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier. Your eco-friendly accommodation for the next two nights is set in pristine wilderness, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. Your only priority – relaxing in Franz Josef’s geothermal hot pools.

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

After a relaxed start, you’ll explore the area with a local guide, who’ll explain the history behind Franz Josef Glacier.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Te Waonui Forest Retreat
4 Franz Josef Glacier – Queenstown

It’s time for adventure as you board a purpose-built fully enclosed river jet boat for an exclusive experience journeying down the Haast River. After a lunch stop in Makarora and later the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown, the adventure capital of Queenstown awaits and you’ll have an opportunity to explore it during an orientation tour.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Crowne Plaza Queenstown
5 Queenstown Journey Select

Today, select your choice of sightseeing: consider a day indulging in the region’s vintages on a wine tour. View the Lord of the Rings film locations and scenery of Queenstown and Glenorchy on a scenic tour or spend time in the spa indulging in a relaxing massage.

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Crowne Plaza Queenstown
6 Queenstown Free Time

Calling all thrill seekers! Today’s the day to earn your adventurer stripes braving some of Queenstown’s most daring activities. This evening, enjoy a memorable Local Dining Experience at one of Queenstown’s fine dining restaurants.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • Crowne Plaza Queenstown
7 Queenstown – Milford Sound

Venture to Te Anau and then deep within the Fiordland National Park. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel and emerge into a photographer’s paradise where glaciers and peaks give way to the unexpected beauty of Mirror Lake. You’ll stop to explore the wonder of the Chasm Walk before arriving at Milford Sound Lodge, with its exquisite views of the Cleddau Valley.

 

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

Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, before boarding the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day exploration of Milford Sound, embark on a exclusive experience where a nature guide will share their knowledge of the fiordland and the wildlife that call it home.  Sail out to the Tasman sea looking for wildlife and an opportunity to go sea kayaking in Harrison Cove.

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

This morning, embark on a journey from the rainforests of Fiordland National Park through the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago and Te Anau, known for its beautiful lake. Stop in the country musical town of Gore at lunchtime before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city.

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

This morning, join an exclusive tour of Larnach Castle. Your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise.

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

Travel up the east coast and through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, before returning to Christchurch for an in-depth sightseeing tour.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Hotel Montreal, Christchurch
12 Christchurch – Wellington

Against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks, you’ll arrive in the whale-watching capital of Kaikoura. Consider an optional experience scenic whale-watching flight. Continue to the picturesque port town of Picton, the launch pad for a serene sailing across the Cook Strait to trendy Wellington.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Sofitel Wellington
13 Wellington Journey Select

Today, select your choice of sightseeing: you may wish to experience Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Take a walking tour around Wellington with a local guide or a guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

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

Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke’s Bay. Enjoy time to relax after the day’s adventures before joining your Journey Director for dinner at your hotel.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Porters Boutique Hotel
15 Hawke’s Bay

Enjoy a relaxed start before you venture out to explore Napier. Join a local guide for a city tour where you’ll see several types of Art Deco architecture, the style in which Napier was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1931. This evening, enjoy an exclusive wine-tasting and dinner at one of the region’s renowned wineries.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • Porters Boutique Hotel
16 Hawke’s Bay – Rotorua

You’ll travel past Lake Taupo and visit Huka Falls before you arrive in Rotorua, the cultural capital, for a sightseeing tour. Visit Whakarewarewa Living Village for insights into the lives of the Maori community and their special bond with this ancient land. This evening, enjoy a Maori Hangi feast and concert at the Tamaki Maori Marae.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • Pullman Rotorua
17 Rotorua

Your first stop is Rotorua’s natural splendour, revealed in the crystal clear mineral springs and native flora of 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 n 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! Later, ascending to the Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated view of these redwood giants from a series of 23 suspension bridges linking the majestic trees, a completely unique perspective. Your afternoon is at leisure.

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Pullman Rotorua
18 Rotorua – Auckland

Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience. Later in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, get your bearings during a city tour, then spend the rest of the day discovering why it’s deemed one of the world’s most liveable cities.

 

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel
19 Auckland – Bay of Islands

The golden sands of Orewa seem to stretch endlessly heading north to the native forest of Waipoua. Join a local Maori guide and head deep into the forest, immersing yourself in the fascinating legends behind these giant trees. Finally, journey to your waterfront resort in the Bay of Islands.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms
20 Bay of Islands Free Time

Make the most of your extended stay in the Bay of Islands. Why not sail aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy wine tasting around Kerikeri, or discover Russell on a highlights tour of this small township. Your Journey Director can assist you in booking your choice of activity.

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View
21 Bay of Islands Cruise – Auckland

Set forth through the Bay of Islands Maritime Park, and explore some the 144 islands in the bay. Return to Auckland for a memorable Celebration Dinner this evening.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Celebration Dinner
  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel
22 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
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    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
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    Relax

    • Spa treatment in Queenstown
    • In the beauty of the Bay of Islands
    • 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
  • 21 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 10 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 22: Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

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