Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Auckland-New Zealand-927242-P

New Zealand Adventure

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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: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
16 days
From: $ 6,674 $ 417 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • New Zealand’s unspoiled natural scenery
  • Auckland sightseeing and harbour cruise
  • Geothermal Rotorua
  • Art Deco walking tour in Napier
  • Wellington’s Te Papa national museum
  • TranzAlpine train excursion
  • Two-night Franz Josef stay, with guided walk through the Glacial Valley
  • Kiwi birds at West Coast Wildlife Centre
  • Scenic Doubtful Sound excursion
  • Outdoor mecca of Queenstown

Short Description

It’s a tale of two islands as our small group journeys from New Zealand’s North to its South, through lively cities and pristine fjords, past lush farmland and enchanted forests in a land where the outdoors is the national shrine. Add engaging “Kiwis” and intriguing indigenous cultures it’s a pure New Zealand experience.

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
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Auckland
End City Queenstown

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 13 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class and First Class hotels
  • 25 meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

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Itinerary

Days 1 & 2: Depart U.S. for Auckland, New Zealand

Day 3: Arrive Auckland

Meals: Dinner

We arrive in New Zealand’s largest city early this morning and transfer to our hotel, where our rooms are ready for early check-in. After time to relax and freshen up, we take a casual walking tour of the area around our hotel. This evening we attend a briefing on the journey ahead, followed by a welcome dinner

Day 4: Auckland

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

This morning we tour cosmopolitan Auckland, an eminently livable city. One of only a few world cities straddling two harbors on separate bodies of water, Auckland offers an abundance of natural beauty. A highlight of our tour is the visit to the Auckland Museum, with its prized collections of Maori and Pacific Islander art and artifacts (Auckland has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world). After lunch at a local restaurant, we embark on a cruise around glittering Auckland Harbour. We return to our hotel early this afternoon; the remainder of the day is free for independent exploration. Dinner tonight is on our own

Day 5: Auckland/Rotorua

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

En route to Rotorua today, we stop at Ruakuri Caves to see the unique glowworms that illuminate the underground grottoes and caves. Late this afternoon we visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve and Maori Cultural Center for a traditional hangi dinner and performance

Day 6: Rotorua

Meals: Breakfast

With its geysers, bubbling mud pools, and hot thermal springs, Rotorua ranks as a geothermal wonder, as well as a center of indigenous Maori culture (Maoris comprise 40% of Rotorua’s population). We encounter this intriguing town on a morning tour that includes a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park, a popular showcase of native New Zealand flora, fauna, and birds set amidst an expanse of forest studded with aviaries, pathways, an underwater viewing pool, and other educational exhibits. Our guided tour here includes a visit to the National Kiwi Trust, dedicated to rehabilitating injured kiwis, housed on the park’s grounds

Day 7: Rotorua/Napier

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today we set out for one of New Zealand’s celebrated wine regions: Hawke’s Bay and the seaside city of Napier. We sample the local terroir at a wine tasting and lunch at Church Road Winery, one of the country’s oldest and most acclaimed. Reaching Napier after lunch, we embark on a guided walking tour of the city’s 1930s Art Deco architecture. After an earthquake leveled the city in 1931, it was rebuilt in “Deco” style; today, Napier ranks as one of the most authentically Art Deco cities in the world. Dinner tonight is on our own

Day 8: Napier/Wellington

Meals: Breakfast ,Lunch and Dinner

We travel today to New Zealand’s capital of Wellington, stopping along the way at a private farm where we learn about the country’s vital sheep farming industry. We see the sheep dogs at work and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration then enjoy a barbecue lunch. Reaching Wellington late afternoon, we have time to refresh before tonight’s dinner at a local restaurant. B,L,D

Day 9: Wellington

Meals: Breakfast

We encounter this genial waterfront city on the southern end of the North Island on this morning’s tour featuring a ride on the historic Wellington Cable Car for panoramic views of the city and harbor. We also visit acclaimed Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum with interactive exhibits spanning art, history, native cultures, and the natural environment. Then the remainder of the day is free to explore as we wish, perhaps to stroll along Bohemian Cuba Street; visit the Wellington Zoo; or wander the lively waterfront area. Lunch and dinner are on our own in this city with a vibrant restaurant scene

Day 10: Wellington/Christchurch

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today we fly south to Christchurch, New Zealand’s “Garden City.” Highlights of our city tour include the Botanic Gardens, the “green heart” of Christchurch dating to 1863; and Cathedral Square, for 150 years, the beating heart of Christchurch and site of Christchurch Cathedral. This afternoon is at leisure; we dine tonight at our hotel

Day 11: Christchurch/Franz Josef

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Early today we embark on one of the world’s great rail journeys aboard the TranzAlpine train: along the open farmland of the Canterbury Plain, through the foothills of the Southern Alps then into the snowcapped peaks themselves. We travel across steel girder bridges above deep gorges and through tunnels on our journey to Arthur’s Pass, where we board a motorcoach for the scenic drive to the village of Franz Josef, reaching our hotel this afternoon and dining there tonight

Day 12: Franz Josef

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

In Westland National Park this morning, we encounter one of New Zealand’s most spectacular sights: Franz Josef Glacier, the mass of ice that descends from the frigid upper reaches of the Southern Alps to a rainforest at sea level. With a local guide we take a walk through the glacial valley, where we have spectacular views of this natural wonder. Then we visit the West Coast Wildlife Centre with its rare kiwi birds, an animal linked so closely to New Zealand that its residents are known colloquially as “Kiwis.” This afternoon is free to enjoy the splendid surroundings as we wish

Day 13: Franz Josef/Queenstown

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Traveling to Queenstown today, we stop first in the lakeside resort of Wanaka for lunch on our own then in the Central Otago region at a local winery for a private tasting and tour of the wine cave. Late this afternoon we reach Queenstown and our hotel, where we dine tonight

Day 14: Queenstown/Doubtful Sound

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

More scenic overload is in store on our full-day excursion to Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound, one of New Zealand’s top attractions. We travel by boat across Lake Manapouri then by coach over Wilmot Pass to reach the “Sound of Silence,” as Doubtful is called for the remarkable serenity that prevails here and in the surrounding mountain peaks, rain forest, and waterfalls. This enchanting woodland may seem familiar to moviegoers: director Peter Jackson filmed The Lord of the Rings’ Fangorn Forest here. Among the wildlife we may see on our three-hour catamaran cruise: dolphins, fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins, and even whales. Surrounding us: rugged mountain peaks, rainforest, waterfalls. After this exhilarating excursion we return to Queenstown early this evening; dinner is on our own

Day 15: Queenstown

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today is at leisure to enjoy this outdoor mecca with a spectacular setting on Lake Wakatipu as we wish. Options abound, from jet boating and fly fishing to art gallery hopping or riding the Skyline gondola for outstanding views of this unusually scenic city. Tonight we celebrate our New Zealand adventure over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Day 16: Depart for U.S.

Meals: Breakfast

We depart this morning for the airport and our return flights home

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  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 1,695

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Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Tour membership limited to 12-24 guests

Accomodations

  • Grand Millennium Auckland, Auckland / Days 3-4 / Superior First Class
  • Millennium Hotel Rotorua, Rotorua / Days 5-6 / Superior First Class
  • Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier / Day 7 / First Class
  • Bolton Hotel, Wellington / Days 8-9 / Superior First Class
  • Rydges Latimer Square, Christchurch / Day 10 / Superior First Class
  • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier / Days 11-12 / First Class
  • Millennium Hotel Queenstown, Queenstown / Days 13-15 / Superior First Class

Trip ID#:

NewZeaOdy

Meals Included:

13 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 8 dinners

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