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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

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.

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4.6 Meals
New Zealand: Untamed Landscapes

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Thank you, Go Ahead Tours, for the trip of a lifetime. January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I was blessed to experience Grand Tour of Italy just a few weeks ago. It was the most amazing time of my life. I am already planning my next trip. The tour guide, the bus driver, the group, the hotels, the tours, the provided meals, the total experience was better than I could ever have expected. I never felt unsafe in my travels. I would recommend Go Ahead to anyone. Thank you, again!
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A trip of a lifetime! January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Went on the America the Beautiful tour in September which started and ended in Denver. It was such an amazing trip in terms of sights and people. We went to national parks such as Yellowstone where saw bison and elk, Arches with beautiful rock formations, and Mount Rushmore. We travel 6 states and over 2600 miles in 12 days. Our tour director, Stevyn Polk, was so informative ,knowledgeable and with a good sense of humor that I and my fellow travelers all are hoping to travel with him again. My fellow travelers bonded during our experience and when I left, felt that I left family. All of which I would love to see and share experiences with again.
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Had a fabulous trip thru Italy in October. January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The Go Ahead team took such good care of us throughout the trip. Always on time, total comfortable, great recommendations on our free days. The included and optional side excursions they planned were fabulous. It was a true vacation to be able to sit back and just enjoy. Food and wine - excellent. Can't wait for my upcoming trip to experience Ireland with them.
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I was at ease. January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My first tour alone to Europe. I had many apprehensions as a solo traveler. Once I arrived in Barcelona my tour guide was waiting. It was a piece of cake from there. Gracia Gonzalez de Rio made the tour a most memorable experience. A Food and Wine: A Taste of Spain, is a must for wine spectators. Art, culture, history, food and wine...what a delightful and educational experience. I cannot wait to plan my next tour! Thank you GoAhead Tours and Senora Gracia Gonzalez de Rio.
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I would recommend Go Ahead Tours to anyone looking for a good tour company. October 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My tour with Go Ahead Tours to London & Paris was incredible. I learned NOT to believe what I read on the internet. The two hotels were very good, 4 Star hotels. People complained about the hole-in-the-wall hotels, where they could not even turn around, without hitting something, was absolutely NOT TRUE! I believe Go Ahead may have heeded the complaints and upgraded their hotels. I stayed at a Marriott, in London and a Mercure Hotel, in Paris. Both were very good chain hotels, with clean, spacious rooms, located near a metro or subway stop. Service was excellent and the free breakfast was very good. The neighborhoods were safe and near restaurants.
Our Tour Director, Alfredo, was excellent. The bus was spacious, comfortable and fairly
new. The AC worked fine. Our city tour guides were excellent, witty & knowledgeable. Our tour director took us on special walking tours, on his own time and it saved us the problem of seeing some attractions, on our own. He showed us how to use the Metro or subways, during this side tour.
The included city tours were excellent. We left at 9:00 and they showed us all the important sights in the city. The tour ended around noon and we were given the choice of staying , near the places of interest or going back to the hotel.The optional excursions were excellent and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. They were friendly, kind and willing to make the tour enjoyable. Our Optional tour to Stonehenge was too short. The tour to Versailles was very nice and our tour guide Terri was excellent.
I tipped the guides according to how wonderful they did their jobs..
I was nervous about the trip and it turned out to be a wonderful vacation. Anne M. was my contact at Go Ahead and she was a tremendous help to me & my family. She would always return my calls or emails.
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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.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,699

Price Per Day:

$ 180 per person
  • Deposit Price: $ 450
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
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
Trip Excludes
  • International Flight charges
  • Passport and visa charges
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal Expenses
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.

Meals Included:

13 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Maximum Number of People in Group: 35

Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown

Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, the Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown is only a 5 minute walk along the Lakefront to the center of town. The hotels 255 guest rooms are endowed with contemporary amenities to assure you immense pleasure throughout your stay. All the rooms offer spectacular views of the Lake Wakatipu. The Ben Lomond is a stylish and a casual restaurant that offers delicious contemporary New Zealand cuisine for breakfast and dinner. For your comfort and relaxation, the hotel offers a spa pool, heated outdoor swimming pool and a sauna.

Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Conveniently located in Fox Glacier village (population 280), Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier is the perfect ‘base camp’ for discovering this spectacular area. Have fun exploring the great outdoors by day, then reflect on your adventures each evening as you enjoy our warm hospitality and cozy setting.

Beachfront Hotel Hokitika

The accommodation comprises two very different wings; from comfortable street frontage rooms to modern, luxury beachfront rooms. Full services including restaurant, bar and event facilities for weddings, conferences, meetings and parties are all available. Hokitika is centrally located, making it easy to travel to the main West Coast attractions such as the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, Shantytown, Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier, as well as numerous rainforest walks and gold mining history. Book your stay at Beachfront Hotel Hokitika and experience the best of the South’s Island’s West Coast.

Grand Mercure Monaco

The award-winning Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Resort, located in the sunny city of Nelson, is renowned for its relaxed atmosphere. All of its cottages, restaurant and facilities are arranged around a beautiful, village-style setting. Gorgeously landscaped around its own quiet stream and village green, it's the perfect place to disappear and relax.

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Enjoy stylish ambiance and sophisticated amenities – including two highly acclaimed restaurants and bars and a modern fitness room offering a variety of equipment. For corporate guests, high-speed Internet connectivity is available throughout the hotel, and our exclusive 26th floor Club Lounge affords the pinnacle of executive comfort with complimentary full buffet breakfasts, evening bar service and a business centre with spectacular harbor views.

Rydges Wellington Hotel

The new Rydges Wellington is centrally located downtown on Featherston Street, close to Custom Quay, Westpac Stadium, Victoria University and Wellington Railway Station.

Rydges Wellington features fantastic harbor views and offers you 280 spacious accommodation rooms, all with kitchenettes, and leisure center  including a lap pool, spa pool, sauna and exercise room. Valet parking is available. Dine in the retro-chic Plate Restaurant and Bar or order from the Take Inn Menu.

Millenium Hotel Rotorua

Centrally located in the city beside mystical Lake Rotorua, this welcoming, international class Rotorua Hotel is just a brief stroll from the Rotorua Museum, Convention Centres and adjacent to Polynesian Spa. At Millennium Hotel Rotorua, you will find 227 air-conditioned rooms offering you a wide choice of accommodation styles, including the Club floor rooms with complimentary use of the exclusive Club Lounge.

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua’s vibrant city center, The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none. Its 248 guest rooms, many with superb views across Lake Rotorua, feature an ensuite bathroom, wireless broadband internet, Sky Television and much more.

Rydges Auckland

March ’10 sees the grand re-opening of the new Rydges Harbour View Auckland. Auckland’s newest and freshest hotel will set a new standard in style, and service. The hotel’s close proximity to the centre of the city makes it ideal for both business and leisure. The central city, SkyCity Casino, Sky Tower, Vector Arena and a variety of thriving bars, cafes and restaurants in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour are just a short walk away. Freshly refurbished, our superior rooms are stylish, spacious sanctuaries. These rooms feature a spacious easy accessible bathroom. Sink into the luxurious new king bed with sumptuous triple sheeting and feather & down duvets or relax with the 32’ flat-screen LCD television and convenient mini bar.

Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown
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End City
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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