• Geothermal mud pools and geysers
• Glowworm caves and Maori culture
• Christchurch's garden city
• Historic steamship and working sheep farm
• Milford Sound cruise & Milford Track Walk
• Whale watching
• Turquoise blue glacial hikes and soak in mineral hot pools
• Visit to the 'Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton movie set
• 15 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Auckland, finish in Queenstown
• All meals included
• Includes 1 internal flight
• Activity Level: 3
Spectacular natural wonders, cosmopolitan cities, friendly people, a comfortable climate...all elements of the perfect travel destination - New Zealand. On this active trip, explore caves, geothermal areas and glaciers. Go whale watching, visit a working sheep farm, and learn about the fascinating Maori culture.
On the North Island, travel to Waitomo and the fairy tale glowworm caves and explore the Cave of the Spirit "Te Ana o te Atua". Experience the boiling mud pools at Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley, and enjoy breathtaking scenery around Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park.
We return back to Auckland and fly to Christchurch in the South Island. We'll have a scenic boat ride through the Waiau Canyon followed by a soak in the hot pools. We'll ride the historical Earnslaw steamship and enjoy a whale watching excursion, as well as marvel at the peaks and glaciers of Mount Cook. We end our trip with a cruise and overnight in Milford Sound National Park.
This 15 day off-the-beaten-track itinerary offers the very best of New Zealand's natural wonders, while encompassing the 'must see' highlights.
FROM: $8195 USD
has guaranteed departures
Comfortable accommodations with private bathrooms. Our beautiful lodge located within Milford Sound has limited availability and a few rooms may have a shared bathroom for 1 night.
Arrive in Auckland
Karangahake Gorge Windows Walk, to Rotorua
Lake Okataina, Maori Pa Site, Te Puia Thermal Wonderland and Mud Pools
Huka Falls Near Taupo, Hike Lake Rotopounamu
Tongariro National Park, Afternoon Tea at Cheateau Tongariro
Waitomo Caves and Glowworms, Return to Auckland
Fly to Christchurch, Walking Tour
Head North to Kaikoura, Whale Watching Tour
Hanmer Springs Forest, Scenic Jet Boat and Soak in Mineral Waters
Peel Forest, Explore Lake Tekapo
Explore Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Queenstown, Ride the Historial Earnslaw Steamship
Explore Fiordland, Overnight at Milford Sound
Walk Milford Track, Return to Queenstown