Stride climate

Trip Type : Small Group Tour
New Zealand Explorer tour
Auckland Christchurch New Zealand Explorer Trip

New Zealand Explorer

Indus Travels Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4.6 . Excellent
96%
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
11 days
From: $ 2,399 $ 218 / day
Checking price

Overview

Highlights

  • Visit the famous glowworm caves at Waitomo
  • Experience the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua
  • Admire Christchurch from Sign of the Takahe, a historic building providing spectacular views over the city
  • See the beauty and grandeur of the Southern Alps and see Mount Cook
  • Explore Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand

Short Description

Marvel at nature's creations in this tour that will take you to the highlights of New Zealand. From Auckland to Queenstown this tour show you fantastic landscapes.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small 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 Airfare included
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

N/A

Destinations

New Zealand

Cities & Attractions

Auckland Christchurch Queenstown Rotorua

Activities

N/A

N/A
See more

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation at listed hotels or similar
  • 1 lunch as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Intercity travel Auckland - Rotorua including visit to Waitomo Caves
  • Intercity travel Christchurch – Queenstown via Mt. Cook
  • Service of English-speaking local guides
  • International airfare from various gateways
  • Domestic flight Rotorua - Christchurch
  • Air taxes and fuel surcharges
  • All applicable taxes

Find your perfect trip
A vast selection of trips on every continent, for every style. Thousands of itineraries from hundreds of trusted travel companies.
Save time
Use simple search and comparison tools to easily find the best trip. Don't sweat the logistics -- travel providers plan for you.
Save money
Book directly with the operator. Find inclusive packages for the best value and get access to amazing deals.
Travel confidently
Read unbiased user reviews, pick the company that fits your style, and connect with them directly. No worries, just memories.

Itinerary

Day 1: USA/ CANADA - AUCKLAND

Make your own way to your chosen airport to board your international flight to New Zealand. Enjoy inflight meals and services on your overnight flight

Day 2: USA/ CANADA - AUCKLAND

Make your own way to your chosen airport to board your international flight to New Zealand. Enjoy inflight meals and services on your overnight flight

Day 3: AUCKLAND (ARRIVAL)

On arrival at Auckland International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to explore the city at your own pace.

Overnight in Auckland

Day 4: AUCKLAND

This morning’s tour is packed with city sights and historical landmarks of Auckland. Join your coach to commence a half-day tour introducing you to the sights of Auckland. Travel through the city center, along Karangahape Road with its chequered past and eclectic vibe, past fashionable Ponsonby and over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline. Visit the Viaduct Harbour and Auckland's famous Queen Street before continuing to the Auckland Domain. The Domain is the city's oldest park and, at 75 hectares, one of its largest. Developed around an extinct volcano, it features tropical gardens, duck ponds and public art, and is also home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. After visiting the Domain, the tour continues to Parnell Village for a brief morning tea stop (own expense). The historic buildings of Parnell have been transformed into a trendy shopping area featuring a range of boutiques, craft and specialty stores. You will be transferred back to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Auckland

Day 5: AUCKLAND ROTORUA (-/L)

Today you will experience New Zealand's rich cultural heritage and the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. You will also tour through the famous glowworm caves at Waitomo. Leaving Auckland in the morning, journey through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions while listening to entertaining commentary from your driver guide. Hear about the history of the region as you pass sites of interest including Rangiriri, the location of a major battle in the Maori Land Wars in 1863. Your first stop is in the small town of Waitomo, where you'll enjoy a 45-minute guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Caves. Travel through these underground limestone caverns, discovered in 1887, and hear how the amazing stalactites, stalagmites, and other weird and wonderful rock formations were formed over a period of 30 million years. Your tour finishes with a short but magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto – a subterranean cavern illuminated by thousands of tiny glowworms. Enjoy a delicious picnic-style lunch (vegetarian and other dietary options available on request) as you make your way to Rotorua, in the heart of the Central North Island. On the outskirts of the city, stop at the Agrodome, an organic working farm where you can learn all about farming in New Zealand. Take a tour of the Agrodome farm in an all-terrain vehicle, see how sheep are shorn and watch a live sheep dog trial. Leaving the Agrodome, make our way to Te Puia, one of New Zealand's foremost cultural venues. At Te Puia's marae (meeting house) you will receive a traditional welcome and be invited to experience a Maori cultural performance, in which ancient and modern stories are told through song, dance, poi and stick games. You'll gain an understanding of this unique culture and its history and be thoroughly entertained by the talented and charismatic performers. The tour concludes in Rotorua, where you can also experience everything from adrenaline rushes like luging and jet boating to nature encounters and relaxing spa treatments. The tour will end with drop-off at your hotel.

We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and taking a warm jacket for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour.

Overnight in Rotorua

Day 6: ROTORUA - CHRISTCHURCH

Enjoy the morning at leisure and, in the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Christchurch. Upon arrival in Christchurch, you will be transfer to hotel for check-in. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure or book an optional tour.

Overnight in Christchurch

Day 7: CHRISTCHURCH

Join your coach to commence a half-day tour that will take you on a journey to discover Christchurch. The trip begins by covering the central city highlights including the botanical gardens, Museum and Art Centre, the Avon River, Bridge of Remembrance, the city's new pop up container mall and many other CBD* highlights. On leaving the inner city, the tour travels to Mona Vale and historic homestead and gardens. Up to the Sign of the Takahe, a historic building providing spectacular views over the city, Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps, then over the Port Hills to the Port of Lyttleton, through the harbour tunnel to the seaside suburb of Sumner and cave rock before returning to the central city. Tour concludes at approximately 12.00pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

*Please note that the tour of the CBD can change daily due to road closures and new areas re-opening.

Overnight in Christchurch

Day 8: CHRISTCHURCH QUEENSTOWN

Today you will have an intercity tour to Queenstown. En-route, experience the beauty and grandeur of the Southern Alps on a sightseeing day tour via Mount Cook. Leaving Christchurch in the morning, travel through the fertile farmland of the Canterbury Plains to the shores of the stunning, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps. Continue to the location of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook, situated in a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage site. Rising to 3,724 meters high, Aoraki certainly lives up to its name, which in Maori can be translated as 'cloud piercer'. Legend tells of a young boy named Aoraki who was stranded with his brothers when their canoe struck a reef. As it tilted, the brothers climbed to the high side, where they were frozen by the south wind and turned into stone. Aoraki and his brothers now form the Southern Alps. Enjoy time for at the famous Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook Village (lunch not included). After lunch you'll have time to explore the village and soak up the view. Alternatively there is time to experience a scenic helicopter or ski plane flight for incredible views of mountain peaks and glaciers (additional cost, weather permitting – this flight can be arranged with your driver guide on the day). The tour continues south, past Lake Pukaki and through the tawny tussock of the Mackenzie Country. En route, enjoy afternoon tea (own expense) in the quaint village of Omarama and if time permits, visit the Jones Family Orchard near Cromwell. Your tour concludes at approximately 6:30pm upon reaching Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Overnight in Queenstown

Day 9: QUEENSTOWN

Enjoy the day at leisure or pre-book one of the following optional tours.

Overnight in Queenstown

Day 10: QUEENSTOWN

Enjoy the day at leisure or pre-book one of the following optional tours.

Overnight in Queenstown

Day 11: QUEENSTOWN USA/CANADA

In the morning check out and, if needed, you will be able to store your luggage at the hotel and explore the town. At the arranged time, you will be transferred to Queenstown Airport in time for your flight home.

Availability

Checking price
Price From $ 2,399
Price Per Day: $ 218 per day
Check Availability
Checking price
Start DateFinish DateBase Price 
Sep-16-2019Sep-27-2019$ 2,399 Reserve
Sep-23-2019Oct-04-2019$ 2,899 Reserve
Sep-30-2019Oct-11-2019$ 2,899 Reserve
Oct-07-2019Oct-18-2019$ 2,899 Reserve
Oct-14-2019Oct-25-2019$ 2,899 Reserve
Oct-21-2019Nov-01-2019$ 2,899 Reserve
Oct-28-2019Nov-08-2019$ 2,899 Reserve
Nov-04-2019Nov-15-2019$ 2,899 Reserve
Nov-11-2019Nov-22-2019$ 2,899 Reserve
Nov-18-2019Nov-29-2019$ 2,899 Reserve
Feb-03-2020Feb-14-2020$ 2,849 Reserve
Feb-10-2020Feb-21-2020$ 2,849 Reserve
Feb-17-2020Feb-28-2020$ 2,849 Reserve
Feb-24-2020Mar-06-2020$ 2,849 Reserve
Mar-02-2020Mar-13-2020$ 2,849 Reserve
Mar-09-2020Mar-20-2020$ 2,849 Reserve
Mar-16-2020Mar-27-2020$ 2,849 Reserve
Mar-23-2020Apr-03-2020$ 2,849 Reserve
Mar-30-2020Apr-10-2020$ 2,849 Reserve
Apr-06-2020Apr-17-2020$ 2,849 Reserve
Apr-13-2020Apr-24-2020$ 2,499 Reserve
Apr-20-2020May-01-2020$ 2,499 Reserve
Apr-27-2020May-08-2020$ 2,499 Reserve
May-04-2020May-15-2020$ 2,499 Reserve
Sep-14-2020Sep-25-2020$ 2,499 Reserve
Sep-21-2020Oct-02-2020$ 2,499 Reserve
Sep-28-2020Oct-09-2020$ 2,499 Reserve
Oct-05-2020Oct-16-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Oct-12-2020Oct-23-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Oct-19-2020Oct-30-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Oct-26-2020Nov-06-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Nov-02-2020Nov-13-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Nov-09-2020Nov-20-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
Nov-16-2020Nov-27-2020$ 2,999 Reserve
See more
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 999

Check Current Availability, prices, specials with Indus Travels.

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.

Ask Our Destination Experts

Clark Norton
Email Us

Stride Featured in

Stride Feature In

120 Indus Travels Travel Reviews & Ratings

96%
4.6 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 80
Great 35
Average 1
Disappointing 1
Terrible 3
Value
4.6
Guide
4.6
Activities
4.5
Lodging
4.6
Transportation
4.6
Meals
4.5

New Zealand Explorer

Write a Review
No reviews yet for this trip. Be the first one to write a review

Company Reviews

We passed a wonderful vacation in Dubai!!!

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
"Me and my families want to say thanks for the professional support, your and your  company did for us, everything was perfect, and how we want it and you promised.
l want to let you know as well, your team in Dubai was great, the guide tour was excellent, he know a lot about Dubai, thanks again, in the future vacation all my family want to do it with you company.
Thanks again, we passed a wonderful vacation in Dubai!!!!"
Read more

It was amazing time in India and Sri Lanka

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Our tour with Indus Travels went very well. We visited Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Colombo, Kandy, and Nuwara Eiliya. The Indus team organized a great trip which allowed us to see many sights, shops, and local culture. Our drivers was always prompt, knowledgeable, courteous and safe. Our guides were knowledgeable and also flexible with regards to time we spent exploring each sight. Having the Indus team check on us every couple days and having the ability to contact the representative assigned to us 24/7 was great as it provided safety and comfort throughout our trip. If I were to do another trip to India I would definitely book with Indus again
Read more

Must Visit

5.0
Details
Value4.0
Guide5.0
Activities4.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation4.0
Meals5.0
We had an amazing time travelling around India and Sri Lanka. Our travel consultant at Indus Travels arranged all of our accommodation, our tour guide and our driver, not to mention our flights and accommodation. Indus Team did a wonderful job making this a trip to remember. The accommodation was amazing, very clean and the staff were very friendly, we did the cultural tour of Sri Lanka and it was incredible to see the diversity of such a small island, we would advise for young travellers to stay somewhere with a little bit more atmosphere in Nuwara Eliya. I will definitely be recommending this Tour to all of our friends and family. We had a very authentic experience of Sri Lanka and we met some amazing people. We saw Taj Mahal, Qutab Minar, Amber Fort, and went to see tea and spice plantation, visited local temples etc. It is such a beautiful place to visit and my friends and I had the trip of a lifetime!
Read more

Excellent value and great service!

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging4.0
Transportation4.0
Meals5.0
This is the third time that my wife and I travel with Indus and we always have a great experience! Not only you get great value but the tours and guides are excellent. Our tour to Peru with Indus is still an amazing memory for us because of all that we did, see and eat. Peru is a must-visit destination!
Read more

Great experience with this company

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals4.0
I recently booked the best of Peru with Indus and had a fabulous time! It was our first time in South America so I was unsure but our Indus consultant told us great things about Peru and oh! was she right! Me and my friend both loved Miraflores in Lima- it felt very safe to walk around the city. But my favorite part of the trip was Sacred Valley where we got to stay in a very peaceful hotel with a stunning view of the mountains- simply incredible! Although at first I though the itinerary will be hectic, the tour was actually very pleasant with some time to visit on your own or relax- needed with the bit of jetlag! I came back very happy with both Indus service and the tour and I would recommend you 100% to book your tour with Indus- I am looking already at my next holiday with them. I have not taken Peru, Argentina and Brazil but if it is half as good as our Peruvian tour then you are bound to have a great trip!

Cathy
Read more

Breathtaking!

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide4.0
Activities4.0
Lodging4.0
Transportation4.0
Meals4.0
Kenya was absolutely breathtaking! The sheer amount of animals we saw on this trip was so much more that what we expected. We were taken aback by how diverse and rich the biodiversity and landscape is. This tour is a gem for those who love animals and is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
Read more

Details

Flights & Transport

Airfare included AC Vehicles

Local Flights

International & Domestic Flights Included

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 22

Trip ID#:

industravel-44

Trip Excludes

  • Items of a personal nature, tips & gratuities
  • Visa fees, if applicable
  • Optional tours
  • Travel Insurance
  • International airfare for Land Only option
  • Arrival and departure transfers for Land Only option
  • Items not mentioned as included

Similar Trips

See all similar trips
×
Great Choice!

You can access members-only savings of up to $700 on over 6,000 Stride Select trips.

Sign in to see trip eligibility

or
or
Provide email and password

With your FREE membership you get to:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
Already a member?

We respect your privacy and take great care to protect your information. By joining you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Stride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
To Follow, sign in or sign up (it's free) ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
member benefits
First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 32 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!
Find the 3 best trips for you.
Take a short quiz to recieve your top matches.

x
x
Download your brochure

Enter your email to get the "" brochure.

x
Brochure successfully sent!

We've sent the "" brochure to "". Check your inbox!