Slow down and experience the spellbinding charm of New Zealand aboard buses and trains on this fun 18-day tour. Auckland offers the perfect blend of history, art, culture and untamed nature in the form of volcanic peaks and ancient rainforests. Learn all about Maori culture and explore some of the region’s historic sites.
A hike along Tongariro National Park, the country’s oldest national park, is the best way to soak in the scenery of the place, right from pristine lakes to dense forests. Discover the region’s rich and varied marine life, as you set sail on the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Kaikoura in search of dolphins, whales and fur seals. From the beautiful botanic gardens of Christchurch to the distinct limestone rocks near Greymouth and the spectacular Fox Glacier, this immersive tour lets you experience New Zealand like never before.
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From volcanic peaks, lush native canopies and black sand beaches, to hip entertainment districts, contemporary art scenes and gourmet experiences, there’s something for everyone in this populous waterfront city, the largest in New Zealand!
Personalized Auckland Maori Luxury Tour Discover the fascinating Maori culture on a tour around Auckland’s historic sites. Start your journey by visiting several ancient volcanoes including the mystical Rangitoto Island in the Hauraki Gulf. Your local guide will lead the way, engaging you with commentary on the unique history and legends behind each Maori site. Tour the Auckland Domain, the city’s second largest volcano and home to the Auckland Museum and Wintergarden. The Tamaki Drive offers panoramic views of Waitemata Harbor, Mission Bay and Bastion Point. Ride across the scenic Auckland Harbor Bridge and through the affluent Titirangi (Maori for Fringe of Heaven) suburb on the Manukau Harbour, towards Auckland’s West Coast. Here, visit the Arataki (Pathways to Learning) Visitor Centre that is nestled amid the towering cliffs and volcanic black sand beaches of the Waitakere Ranges. End the tour by strolling through an ancient rainforest and observing the diverse flora and fauna, including the native Kauri Trees and the New Zealand Christmas Trees (Pohutukawa). (Duration: full day; Private activity & transfers; Private guide; Entrance fees, lunch, snacks, and water bottle included; Fitness level: easy to moderate; Please remember to wear walking shoes and bring a sun hat, sunscreen, swimming gear (summer) and a camera)
Explore Auckland on Your Own Set off at a convenient time to explore Auckland on your own. This bustling North Island city is a treasure trove of natural attractions, cosmopolitan delights and ancient indigenous culture. Arrive at Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park where you can check out striking remains of an extinct volcano and then savor the formal elegance of the Wintergardens. Make your way to the iconic Sky Tower and climb to the very top for breathtaking views of the Greater Auckland Region. Unwind with a cool mocha or savor a lunch of grilled seafood at any of the fashionable restaurants and bars that line the Viaduct Harbor. You might also want to stroll along the promenade to spot superyachts dotting the blue horizon and generally soak in the holiday vibes of this vibrant city. (Half Day; No guide; No transfers; Entrance fees and meals are not included).
Discover Tongariro National Park – a World Heritage site located on North Island and the oldest national park in New Zealand. It is home to three active volcanoes – Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu – as well as several Maori spiritual sites.
Personalized Tongariro Walking Tour Take your pick of various walking trails to explore the scenic beauty of Tongariro National Park in this guided activity. Choose from trails of varying difficulty based on your fitness levels and the scenic landmarks you want to see. From traversing the serene Mangatepopo Valley at the foot of the majestic Mount Tongariro to exploring the native forest along the slopes of Mount Pihanga right up to picturesque Lake Rotopounamu, there are plenty of options available. Several of the trails also go past the stunning Taranaki Falls, the gushing Silica Rapids, the crystal clear Ohinepango Springs, vantage viewpoints offering vistas of Lake Taupo, and the summit of Mount Urchin. Get picked up from a convenient point for the hike to your choice of stunning attractions in this sprawling park. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate. Please note that this activity is highly dependent on weather conditions).
Discover Wellington, a cosmopolitan harbor city brimming with art, culture, entertainment, and natural wonders. Wellington is also home to the protected Matiu/Somes Island reserve, and the Zealandia Ecosanctuary that conserves rare native flora and fauna.
Personalized Maori Heritage Tour at Te Papa Museum Explore the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa that overlooks the Wellington waterfront. Through this delightful experience, get an in-depth understanding of New Zealand, its history of human settlements, stunning geographical features, and fascinating native lifestyles. Begin with the interactive backlit floor map of New Zealand, where you can step on to view regional highlights of Māori landscape and see exhibits of the island’s extinct species. Learn about Māori culture from an indigenous perspective and their influence in modern society. Browse through Māori arts, crafts, ships, dresses, and treasures, while listening to traditional tribe stories and legends. Marvel at the intricate carvings on an old wharenui, of a Māori meeting hall called the marae, and admire a large pounamu greenstone immersed in a pond. End with a hongi greeting, before dispersing. (Duration 1 hr; Time: Daily on demand; Private Activity; Fitness level: Easy)
Group Tour of Kapiti Island Explore Kapiti Island, a birding enthusiasts’ paradise, located about three miles off the western coast of North Island, New Zealand. This predator-free sanctuary and nature reserve lies across the Rauoterangi channel and Kapiti Marine Reserve. Starting from the Kapiti Boating Club on Paraparaumu Beach, hop onto the ferry to reach Kapiti Island. After a 30-min introductory talk, follow your Maori guides for a bushwalk to spot exotic and endangered native birds such as weka, kokako and hihi among others. Little-spotted kiwis are only found on this island, thanks to extensive conservation efforts. Keep an eye out for tracks of little blue penguins on the beaches, and nests of black-backed gulls on rocks, as well as Maori artifacts scattered here. Kapiti Island has a complex history involving Te Rauparaha’s NZ Empire, European explorers, traders and commercial whalers. After lunch at Kapiti Island Nature Lodge, summit the peak of Rangatira Point or hike the loop trails, before returning. (Duration: Full day; Time: 0715 – 1630/1700 hrs; Shared activity & transfers; Pick-up drop-off from Wellington accommodations; Meals and refreshments included; Island landing permit fees included; Fitness level: easy-moderate; Available all year round; Please note that ferry departure times are 0900 hrs and 1500 hrs from Paraparaumu Beach and Kapiti Island respectively; Tours are subject to weather conditions and daily visitors’ limit)
Enjoy the quaint agricultural town of Blenheim, the gateway to the boutique wineries of the world-famous, wine-growing Marlborough region.
Personalized Fine Wine Tour in Marlborough by Luxury Sedan Cruise through the wineries, breweries and distilleries of Marlborough by luxury sedan! Start off this personalized tour created around your favorite wineries with wine tastings from a range of wines and some delicious food. Enjoy the arts and crafts of the area, as well as the local attractions and spectacular highlights of the region that have put New Zealand on the international wine map. (Duration: 4-6 hrs; Time of Day: 1000 hrs; Private Activity; Please note that while lunch and beverages are not included, the luxury sedan vehicle, driver, winery visits and wine tastings are all included.)
Sitting on a dramatic peninsula, Kaikōura boasts a superb location between the snow capped Kaikōura mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. Get up close to whales, fur seals, and dolphins in the coastal waters, or enjoy birdwatching tours and sheep shearing shows.
Group Tour: Dolphins Spotting in Kaikoura Set sail into the waters of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Kaikoura to watch dolphins in their natural habitat. These friendly mammals can be found in the coastal waters of Kaikoura all year round. Settle down in a comfortable spot on the boat that has been designed to ensure optimum viewing conditions. Watch the friendly dolphins indulge in acrobatics antics as they jump out of the water. Keep your camera ready to capture some stunning images of these beautiful marine animals in all their glory from vantage points on the boat. Listen to your tour guide explain how it is possible to interact with the amiable water creatures through a unique language that is a combination of singing and dolphin-like noises. (Time of Day: 0530/0830/1230 hrs (Nov 1-Jan 31), 0530/0900/1230 hrs (Mar 1–Apr 30), 0800/1230 hrs (May 1-Oct 31); Duration: 3.5 hrs; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that tours are dependent on weather conditions and times vary with season.)
Christchurch is a vibrant city with a rich English heritage nestled on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, bordered by the Waimakariri River and the Pegasus Bay.
Group Tour of Christchurch City and Wine Trails Begin your day exploring Christchurch, and witness the creative urban rebuilding where modern architecture and street art compliment its traditional English heritage. Learn about the historical settlements, and innovative developments such as Quake city and interactive installations that have spring up in the aftermath of its recent earthquakes. Visiting the world famous Christchurch Botanic Gardens, admire it’s exotic flora and fauna, while watching Edwardian punts gently glide on the meandering Avon river. Next, drive across the Kiwi countryside to the picturesque Waipara Valley, a gem of Northern Canterbury region, carpeted with acres of sundrenched vineyards. Hop between four of the dozens of boutique wineries here, set against a backdrop of Teviotdale Hills. Stepping into cellar doors, sample a fine selection of prized varietals paired with olives and homemade cheeses. Follow that with a platter winery lunch featuring local produce, and fresh seafood from the Kaikoura’s waters. Soak up the delightful surrounds over more wines before returning. (Time of Day: 1000 hrs; Duration: 6.5 hrs; Shared Activity; Fitness level: Easy)
The stretch of land comprising Greymouth, Punakaiki, and Westport, situated along the West Coast of South Island, is a treasure trove of natural resources.
Group Tour to Pancake Rocks Discover the curious limestone rock formations near Greymouth! Travel up to Punakaiki with your guide, who will accompany you on a walk through 30 million year old rock stacks and limestone formations. Go on to hike through a lush rainforest, all the way to a secluded beach. Learn about the intricacies of the country’s ecology, flora and fauna, and spend some time searching for jade and other gemstones on the beach. You could take some time off to enjoy your scenic and serene surroundings before making your way back. (Time of Day: 1410 hrs, Duration: 4 hrs; Shared Activity).
Set at the heart of glacier country, Fox Glacier is a charming town that nestles within the rainforests at the foothills of the spectacular Southern Alps.
Group Flight Over South Island Discover the eccentricities and glacial icefalls of two iconic glaciers! Take off from Fox Glacier and witness the neve or firn – granular snow found on high mountains, and other interesting ice formations at Fox Glacier and Frank Josef Glacier. Make the most of the trip by keeping your cameras ready – landing on the snowfields is sure to evoke several moments of joy and great memories. (Shared Activity; Duration: 30 mins; Please note that the flight departs from Glacier Helicopters Office, Main Rd, Fox Glacier. Infants under 4 years who are under 15 kg can fly free of charge and are required to sit on an adult’s knee.)
Queenstown is where adventure seekers head out to for a shot of adrenalin! The region’s dramatic landscape is wrapped around the scenic lakes, velvety mountains and valleys of the Southern Alps.
Personalized Milford Sound Discovery Tour Discover the world-heritage Milford Sound, a fjord on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Carved by glaciers during the ice ages, Milford Sound was described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world.’ Travel from the southern end of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, accompanied by a local guide. Enter the Fiordland National Park and continue on Milford Road through the Eglinton Valley. Stop to admire the Mirror lakes boardwalk, the Knobs Flat and Monkey Creek along the way. The last leg of the journey is the Homer Tunnel, where you can see The Chasm, a 22m deep ravine carved by the Cleddau River. Embark on a scenic cruise once you reach Milford Sound, and marvel at the sheer cliffs rising from inky black waters, the cascading waterfalls and the mist-covered mountains. Afterward, enjoy a picnic lunch on board before you make your way back to Queenstown. (Duration: full day; Private activity & transfers included; Private guide, entrance fees, picnic lunch & refreshments included; Fitness level: easy; Please note that cruise options may vary between a nature cruise or scenic cruise. Private Discovery Tours will be using Cruise Milford wherever possible with a maximum capacity of 85 pax and reserved seating available for them on the upper enclosed deck.)
Group Sky Gondola Ride with Dinner & Stargazing Enjoy a magical evening with a sky gondola ride and an authentic taste of New Zealand at the Skyline Gondola Complex atop Bob’s Peak, followed by a stargazing tour. To reach the complex, take an exciting sky gondola ride from the Skyline Gondola Terminal and soar over the dramatic natural landscape and beautiful cityscape of Queenstown. Sit back and enjoy the panoramic sights of the picturesque Lake Wakatipu, the Coronet Peak and the velvety cliffs of The Remarkables mountain range unfold before you. After your fun-filled ride, drop in at the Skyline Restaurant that affords a bird’s eye view of Queenstown below. After a delicious dinner of hearty New Zealand food and wine, enjoy an interpretation of the starry southern skies above you. Learn to identify popular constellations and nebulous galaxies with powerful telescopes. End your day on a sweet note, with a perfect cup of hot chocolate at the Skyline Bar overlooking Queenstown. (Time of day: Evening; Shared Activity; Fitness level: Easy; Please note dinner sittings available from 4.30pm–8:45 pm; allow for 15-min gondola ride before booking time; carry warm clothes & comfortable walking shoes).
You will be transferred from your hotel to Queenstown airport in a private vehicle
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Option 1 From $ 8,090 /person
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