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Milford Sound view at New Zealand_P

New Zealand: Untamed Landscapes

Go Ahead Tours
4.9 . Excellent
Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
15 days
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  • Stunning volcanic landscapes
  • The intriguing Maori culture
  • The South Island’s beautiful bays & beaches
  • The spectacular Milford Sound
  • Sharing a home-cooked meal with a Kiwi family

Short Description

This island nation is known for its stunningly varied range of natural landscapes; you’ll understand why when you cruise through the fjords of Milford Sound or ascend the peaks of the Southern Alps. Amid these spectacular untamed settings, you’ll get a taste of the welcoming Kiwi culture.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Queenstown
End City Auckland

Trip Includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels
  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting
  • Guided sightseeing
  • Multilingual Tour Director
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Select entrance fees

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Day 1: Travel day

Cross the International Date Line in flight and “lose” a day.

Day 2: Travel day

Your flight continues to New Zealand.

Queenstown 3 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Arrival in Queenstown

Meals: Dinner

Welcome to Queenstown! Transfer to your hotel, then meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 4: Milford Sound

Meals: Breakfast

Head out to explore the breathtaking Milford Sound in New Zealand’s Fiordland, home to some of the most memorable scenery in the world.

Travel through the Five Rivers farming region and past Lake Te’Anau

Pass through beautiful beech forests and by glittering mirror lakes

Cruise around Milford Sound, in view of Mitre Peak

Day 5: Free day in Queenstown

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a day at your leisure in Queenstown, or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Dinner $109pp* Details

Fox Glacier 1 night Hotel info

Day 6: Transfer to Fox Glacier

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a scenic drive through the island’s Southern Alps to Fox Glacier, stopping at Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka, Knight’s Point and Thunder Creek Falls along the way.

Day 7: Transfer to Hokitika

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning at Fox Glacier or add an excursion.

Then, transfer to Hokitika for the night.

Optional Excursion - Fox Glacier Helicopter Ride $219pp* Details

Day 8: Transfer to Nelson via Punakaiki

Meals: Breakfast

Leave Hokitika behind as you set out for Nelson, stopping at Punakaiki en route.

Visit the distinctive “pancake” rocks and tidal blowholes of Punakaiki

Pass through the dramatic Buller Gorge before arriving in Nelson

Day 9: Abel Tasman National Park & Cruise

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Head out to explore Abel Tasman National Park and Kaiteriteri Beach, where you’ll embark on a scenic cruise.

Journey by boat through South Island’s pristine coves and turquoise waters

Visit breathtaking Kaiteriteri Beach

Tonight, dine with a Kiwi family at a traditional home-hosted dinner.

Day 10: Transfer to Wellington

Meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

On your way to Wellington, make stops in New Zealand’s wine country and the charming coastal town of Picton.

Stop for a wine tasting in Marlborough, a region renowned for its sauvignon blanc

Enjoy free time in the picturesque seaside town of Picton

Board a ferry for a scenic cruise across the Cook Strait to the city of Wellington on the North Island

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Wellington

Meals: Breakfast

Get to know Wellington, the southernmost capital city of any sovereign state, on a guided tour led by your Tour Director.

Explore the interactive exhibitions at Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum

Take in views of the city from soaring Mount Victoria

Wander along the Wellington waterfront

Day 12: Transfer to Rotorua

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Head to Rotorua, in the heart of the North Island’s Maori country.

Stop at Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Sample “Pavlova” a traditional dessert at tonight’s traditional hangi feast

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Rotorua & Kiwi Wildlife Park

Meals: Breakfast

See the sights in Rotorua on a guided tour with your Tour Director, then pay a visit to a Kiwi Wildlife Park.

Visit the Government Gardens, a public park and site of great historical importance to the local Maori people

Learn about Operation Nest Egg at Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s largest kiwi hatchery

Enjoy a free afternoon in Rotorua or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Maori Cultural Tour $109pp* Details

Day 14: Transfer to Auckland via Waitomo

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

En route to Auckland, stop at Waitomo Caves to try your hand at spelunking. Then, take a subterranean cruise to view the remarkable Glowworm Grotto on a guided tour. Later, explore Auckland with your Tour Director leading the way.

Enjoy Domain Park, Parnell shopping area, the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial and Auckland Bridge on a driving tour of New Zealand’s largest city

Take an elevator to the top of the 1,076-foot-high Sky Tower

Tonight, raise a toast to your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

Day 15: Departure

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Fiji.


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Go Ahead has a problem dealing with travel plans when they don't go as planned.

Our flight was late leaving San Diego so we missed our flight connection in Salt Lake City. Go Ahead claims they will "take care" of you if something like this happens...THEY DO NOT!. I had to deal with Delta to go standby on a later flight. We were then told by Go Ahead we would have to FIND and PAY for our own transportation from arrival destination to the hotel which was 60 miles. Next day I recognized a person on our tour who was on the same flight we flew standby and they had a DRIVER WAITING...As we were taking off I'm on the phone to the 3rd different person telling them what flight we were on and they couldn't figure out they had another tour client on the same flight!!Go Ahead has a problem dealing with travel plans when they don't go as planned...and they also don't communicate with each other!!!!!
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We just returned from the Jewels of Alpine Europe. Amazing. Beautiful scenery, great food, wonderful tour director (Jurgen) just a beautiful trip. If you love mountains (The Alps) this is the trip for you.This was my 6th trip with Go Ahead and I have just booked my 7th trip for next year.
Being said, I am a member of GoAhead's World Traveler Club. So, according to the catalog, since I have "six prior trips" I should have achieved Platinum status which entitles you to a higher discount and upgraded travel insurance. However, today I was told that although the catalog clearly states "six prior trips" I have to complete next years trip #7 before I am eligible for Platinum status-technically starting with trip #8. Many of you are repeat GoAhead travelers so I just wanted to share this information. All my trips were wonderful but this policy is misleading and deceitful.
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We did an "amazing" walking tour of the Amalfi Coast on 9/25/2014. From fabulous scenery at every turn, meeting new friends, finding success on the many mountain walks, eating the best food in the world & having the expertise of wonderful tour (Antonio) & local city guides, I once again say, thanks Go Ahead Tours for an unbelievable experience!!

We've done numerous tours through Go Ahead and have always been very happy! We would have never done this trip on our own. Leaving the driving to someone else takes away a lot of the stress of traveling! Enjoyable all the way around!!
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Had a blast on our European tour !!! Go ahead Tours is the best.

incredible experience!

My sisters and I went on the tour of Castles in Scotland in mid July. This was an incredible experience. Our Guide Shona was funny and personable. She brought music and her love of her native country to us all. I highly recommend this tour. Andi Pisacano
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Great experience!

We just got back from the London/Paris tour. It was the perfect blend of excursions and free time! Tour director was wonderful and so much fun. Guides for the panoramic tours of each city were knowledgeable. Hotel in Paris had wonderful location. London nice hotel, but the location could have been a little better for us. We had a great experience with Go Ahead and our first time in Europe was wonderful!!! I would recommend anytime and will be taking another trip asap.
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Optional Activities

Extension to Fiji $749 pp

Conjure up your fantasy of paradise on earth: you’re probably imagining Fiji. Gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, crystal-clear lagoons, colorful coral reefs, lush tropical rainforests and majestic mountains—that’s what makes this island nation in the South Pacific one of the most enticing places on Earth. Paradise, aside, perhaps the true allure of Fiji lies with the warmth of the people and the fascinating blend of cultures that has endured for centuries.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Maximum Number of People in Group: 35


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Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel your reservation, the cancellation fee schedule below will apply. If you are booked in a double/twin room and your roommate cancels his or her tour more than 45 days prior to departure, you will be responsible for paying the single supplement fee. Upon notifying GAT of your cancellation, you will be given a confirmation number that verifies your cancellation. If you purchased travel protection and are cancelling for a reason covered under the policy guidelines, cancellation fees will be reimbursed to you directly from the insurance company. In the event that you have to cancel your tour on the day of departure, you must notify GAT prior to the departure of your first flight. Any penalties for supplemental services/guarantees (including, but not limited to, flights, hotels or late additions) resulting from cancellations made at your request will be your responsibility, and all service fees are non-refundable. Substitution of travelers is not permitted. If you choose not to travel, but fail to cancel your tour prior to the departure date or if you return home before the scheduled completion of your tour, you will not be eligible for any refund or reimbursement from GAT for any unused portion of your trip or costs incurred by leaving your trip early.

For travelers with the travel protection policy (, Go Ahead Tours will reimburse the participant in the form of a credit voucher in the event the participant wants to interrupt their tour due to reasons not covered by their travel protection policy. The voucher is valid for one year from the day of the interruption of the tour and represents the value of the missed time on tour including any unused air, land or sea arrangements already paid for by the participant up to a maximum of $1,000 as determined by Go Ahead Tours. The voucher is personal and non-transferable and may be applied towards a future Go Ahead tour and is not exchangeable for cash. The participant is responsible for any additional costs incurred by interrupting the tour including but not limited to the return flight and other transportation costs due to the interruption. Reservation fees, rebooking fees, change fees, late and returned check fees, revision fees, supplemental fees for international deliveries and special arrangement fees are considered Used Fees once incurred and will not be refundable.

Cancellation of European land tours

If Days Prior to Departure is 71 days or more, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is $ 450

If Days Prior to Departure is 70–46 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 30%

If Days Prior to Departure is 45–8 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 50%

If Days Prior to Departure is 7–0 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 100%*

*Percentages listed above are of the total tour cost, including reservation fee. Listed cancellation fee is applicable per traveler.

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  • Passport and visa charges
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included:

13 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners

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