You come alive in a stunning new world when you visit New Zealand and see the magnificence of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. Wind through Waikato’s lush farmlands to Matama and continue to Rotorua, an active geothermal city, where you’ll take a gondola ride over the breathtaking Lake Rotorua. Gushing geysers, bubbling mudpools, simmering crystal hot springs and strikingly steep cliffs dot the landscape of dramatic scenery. Just when you think you-ve seen it all, enjoy a scenic light aircraft flight over when returning to Queenstown (weather permitting). You’ll return home with memories and yarns that transcend time.
DAYS 1 & 2
Auckland, New Zealand
Visit the Auckland Museum located in the scenic Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, situated high atop a dormant 62,000-year-old volcano. Enjoy a memorable 50-foot yacht cruise in Waitemata Harbor.(B)
The Westin Auckland Lighter Quay, Auckland
Rotorua Lake Taupo
Travel south through Waikato’s lush farmlands to Matamata, a rural valley town and famed filming location of the Lord of the Rings movies. Continue on to Rotorua, an active geothermal city. Take a gondola ride over beautiful Lake Rotorua. View the famous Huka Falls and the Wairakei Geothermal project.(B)
Millennium Manuels Hotel Resort, Lake Taupo
DAYS 4 & 5
Hawke’s Bay (Napier)
Explore the internationally renowned wine region of Hawke’s Bay. Visit a few of the leading wineries to learn about wine production and enjoy some savory tastings.(2B)
Mangapapa Petit Hotel, Hawke’s Bay
DAYS 6 - 8
Fly to the South Island and the beautiful alpine resort of Queenstown, one of the more picturesque spots in the world. At Milford Sound, board a ferry-like vessel for an incredible 2½-hour guided nature cruise. Gaze at the magnificent glacier carved fjords, with views of spectacular waterfalls, rainforests, mountains and wildlife. Your return trip to Queenstown is a scenic light aircraft flight (weather permitting).(3B)
Millbrook Resort, Queenstown
Fly to the charming Old English-style city of Christchurch and enjoy a city tour.(B)
The George Hotel, Christchurch
Depart for Home
Today you will be taken to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.(B)
October 31, 2011
From $5,395.00 per person double occupancy.
From $1,080.00 single room supplement.
December 31, 2011
From $5,640.00 per person double occupancy.
From $1,130.00 single room supplement.
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by a private deluxe A/C vehicle
- Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
- Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
- Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
- Local taxes
- TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.