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New Zealand Journey

New Zealand Journey

Spend 11 days exploring the North and South Islands of this small country packed with wonders. Travelling by train, gondola, boat, and plane, connect with locals in artsy beach towns, walk through an ancient rain forest, and learn about local legends and cuisine from the Maori. Take a deep breath to fill your lungs with the impossibly clean air here – and fill your soul with the legendary Kiwi spirit.

  • Sample wine with local experts on Waiheke Island
  • Learn about Maori myths and traditions
  • Experience the geothermal mysteries of Rotorua
  • Glide along the TranzAlpine railway
  • Relax at a rainforest lodge
  • Cruise through Fiordland National Park searching for wildlife and waterfalls

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys
Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light
Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Age Requirement: 12+
All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Service Level: Upgraded
Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Trip Type: Small Group
Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.

  • REGION: New Zealand
  • START/END: Auckland to Queenstown
  • VENDOR: G Adventures

WHAT’S INCLUDED
> National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Waiheke Island Wineries, Waiheke Island
> National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Meet a Maori Elder, Rotorua
Bridal Veil Falls visit
> Farm visit with local lunch
> Raglan harbour cruise
> Waitomo Caves tour
> Traditional Maori hangi feast and entertainment
> Orientation walk in Christchurch
> Scenic TranzAlpine train
> Ride the Queenstown gondola
> Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight cruise (summer) on Fiordland National Park
> Internal flight
> All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

ACCOMMODATIONS
Hotels (9 nts), cruise boat (1 nt, seasonal).

MEALS
10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Allow USD $325-$425 for meals not included.

TRANSPORTATION
Private vehicle, plane, train, boat, walking.

STAFF & EXPERTS
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

11 Days Auckland to Queenstown

DAY 1 AUCKLAND
Arrive at any time.

DAY 2 AUCKLAND
Catch a ferry to Waiheke Island and visit two local wineries. Here, learn more about New Zealand’s burgeoning wine industry and the history of wine production in the country with samples of local blends along the way. Later, enjoy a short orientation walk and some free time to explore the city.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Waiheke Island Wineries
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 AUCKLAND/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 harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 4 RAGLAN/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.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Meet a Maori Elder
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 5 ROTORUA/CHRISTCHURCH
Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch. Take an orientation walk with your CEO to get a feel for the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 CHRISTCHURCH/FRANZ JOSEF
Enjoy one of the world’s great scenic train trips on the TranzAlpine train, crossing the scenic Southern Alps to New Zealand’s glacier region. Disembark and finish the journey over the highest pass in the Southern Alps in a private vehicle before transferring to a beautiful rainforest lodge, our home for two nights.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7 FRANZ JOSEF
Options are plentiful. Choose from a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier, or soaking in the hot pools amongst the stunning scenery.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8 FRANZ JOSEF/QUEENSTOWN
Travel through the rugged rainforest along the west coast to Queenstown. Enjoy an evening gondola ride with spectacular views of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9 QUEENSTOWN/FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK
Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through Fiordland National Park. Led by onboard naturalist guides, we have the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, birds, and penguins along with an option to kayak. Spend the night onboard in comfortable cabins with time to relax on deck, stargaze, and enjoy some New Zealand wine.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 10 FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK/QUEENSTOWN
Enjoy morning wildlife viewing along the fiord as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown for the final night. Opt for a farewell dinner with your group.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 11 QUEENSTOWN
Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

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