Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: The Australia and New Zealand Book 2021 crossover

Embark on an exclusive expedition into the scenic highlights of New Zealand, a journey revealing the extraordinary depths of a land shaped by Maori legends, brave pioneers and ancient seismic forces.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Auckland and Queenstown
  • CRUISE to Waiheke Island and on Doubtful Sound
  • VIEW a Maori cultural performance, kiwi birds at Rainbow Springs and geothermal activity in Rotorua
  • VISIT historic Arrowtown, Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Rotorua geothermal valley and Footwhistle Cave at Waitomo
Dining Highlights
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners (Including Connect With Locals)
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Rotorua to Wellington, Wellington to Queenstown
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 12/31/2020
Duration
10 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1AucklandArrive Auckland (2 nights): Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand's vibrant 'City of Sails'. On arrival, transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception and dinner.
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Day 2Waiheke IslandWaiheke Island: Following a city tour of Auckland we'll board the ferry to Waiheke Island. With pristine beaches, world class wines, and fantastic cuisine it's easy to see why Waiheke Island?is considered the jewel in the Hauraki Gulf's crown. You'll feel like you're a world away as we embrace the essence of Waiheke with our 'Local Specialist' . Enjoy wine tasting at some of Waiheke's award-winning vineyards, followed by a light lunch, before we cruise the Hauraki Gulf back to the city.
Day 3RotoruaAuckland - Rotorua (2 Nights): Begin your day by exploring the iridescent Waitomo Caves on an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience with a 'Local Specialist'. Admire the magical subterranean world of Footwhistle Cave before continuing your journey to the volatile landscapes of Rotorua, where Maori culture takes centre stage. This evening,'Connect With Locals' on your visit the Tamaki Maori Village for insights into local rituals and traditions of this fascinating culture. Embrace their gracious Hongi greeting, experience the heart-pounding wero challenge during the Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome, and enjoy a 'Be My Guest' dinner, the delicious flavours of the Hangi cooked in the earth with geothermal steam.
Pullman
Day 4RotoruaRotorua Sightseeing: 'Dive into Culture' at the Living Maori Village Whakarewarewa, where a 'Local Specialist' will join you to view New Zealand's biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. You'll also learn about their special bond with this ancient land. Your afternoon is at leisure.
Day 5WellingtonRotorua - Wellington (2 Nights): Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a guided tour with a 'Local Specialist' of the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, the national leader in kiwi husbandry. Learn about the work being done to save New Zealand's national bird, see kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process and newly hatched kiwi chicks. Fly to Wellington and spend the evening exploring on your own, perhaps enjoying dinner at one of the quirky cafes at Courtney Place or Cuba Street.
Sofitel
Day 6WellingtonWellington Sightseeing: A harbourside city, Wellington is rich in natural beauty, but the wild wind has driven an exciting indoor life, too: there's a world-leading cafe culture, great multicultural restaurants, contemporary art and live music. This is your chance to know it like a local on a guided walking tour. Discover the stunning waterfront to the hidden laneways in the bohemian area: the heritage Cuba Street precinct. Once dimly lit back alleys, these newly rejuvenated laneways are now home to some of the country's funkiest bars, boutiques and breweries. Experience premium batch peanut butter tasting from an artisan supplier, and a taste of the Capital's very own chocolate and you'll see for yourself that Wellington really is the coffee and craft beer capital of New Zealand! This afternoon, we continue to the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia, admiring the extraordinary efforts of conservationists who have reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife that were absent from mainland New Zealand for over a century.
Day 7QueenstownWellington - Queenstown (3 nights): Explore the country's fascinating culture, nature, heritage and art at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Then it's time to prime yourselves for a few days of adventure, flying to Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital. On arrival, journey to the gold rush village of Arrowtown. Enjoy a tour of Queenstown, and gaze at the natural splendour in its midst - from the peaks of the Remarkables to beautiful Lake Wakatipu.
St. Moritz
Day 8Doubtful Sound CruiseDoubtful Sound Cruise: The legendary tears of two Maori sisters may have created Lake Manapouri, but there's nothing sad about your memorable cruise across its deep blue waters. Travel to the heart of Fiordland National Park next and immerse yourself in the beauty and vastness of remote Doubtful Sound. The views from your Wilderness Cruise will take your breath away as you venture even deeper into the rugged wilderness, keeping an eye out for dolphins, fur seals and the occasional penguin.
Day 9QueenstownQueenstown Free Time: Explore exciting Queenstown your way and consider an Optional Experience. Perhaps enjoy a guided walk through a native beech forest or embark on a minibus tour through the scenic gorge of Skippers Canyon. For a more sedate encounter with the adrenaline capital, visit one of the nearby wineries on a wine tour. As your final day ends, toast your trip at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.
Day 10QueenstownDepart Queenstown: For now, all that's left to say is a fond farewell as your trip comes to a end after breakfast. Throughout today you will be transferred to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
Dates/Pricing

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October 17, 2021$5,525.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
November 21, 2021$5,525.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
February 13, 2022$5,525.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
March 13, 2022$5,525.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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Children: Children under 12 years of age are ineligible to travel on this trip.

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