The Best of New Zealand
Ideal Length:21 Days
Best Time To Go:December - May
Flight Time:LAX 13 Hours 57 Minutes, CHI 17 Hours 14 Minutes, NYC-All Airports 18 Hours 27 Minutes
AVERAGE COST PER PERSON (Single occupancy; Airfare not included):$20,500
Vacation travel agents can customize this New Zealand itinerary to include additional destinations like Auckland, so you get the dream vacation you deserve.
New Zealand offers more than enough amazing places to enjoy outdoor serenity, including Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve, located on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Fans of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" films can work with an expert travel agent to help them arrange a fun trip to Hobbiton™. It's located in Matamata about a 1 ½-hour drive north of Taupo.
Stay at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Matauri Bay and arrange an intimate picnic lunch for two.
Nature lovers will enjoy a hike or boat ride to explore the natural beauty of Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park.
Stargazers will enjoy spending some time staring at the Milky Way on a clear night -- high above the historic Cape Palliser Lighthouse.
Arrange an adrenaline-pumping, high-speed boat ride through Shotover Canyon in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Visit New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, located near the North Island's southernmost point on the Cook Strait. Don't miss taking the cable car ride up to the city's beautiful Botanic Gardens.
Feeling adventurous? Plan a private helicopter tour of White Island, followed by an amazing excursion to traverse the amazing natural landscape with an expert tour guide.
Matauri Bay Day 1-3
Explore Matauri Bay from aboard a private sailing boat as balmy breezes drift across the covered deck. With a professional and knowledgeable crew, guests will visit an intimate sheltered cove, where you will enjoy panoramic views, beachcombing and a refreshing lunch.
Taupo Day 4-5
A scenic flight to White Island provides you with exciting aerial views of an active volcano, followed by a landing on the lunar-like surface. Explore the island’s active crater floor and observe active steam vents. And then head to Mount Tarawera’s summit for spectacular views of craters and domes formed by an 1886 eruption.
Hawke's Bay Day 6-8
Located about 66 miles southeast of Taupo, Hawke’s Bay is pure paradise, known for its award-winning food and wine, outstanding architecture and balmy days surrounded by magnificent landscapes waiting to be explored.
Wairarapa Day 9-10
Travelers enjoy an overnight stay at Wharekauhau Country Estate, a charming beachfront property. Guests can select from numerous local activities, including lighthouse and winery tours, quad biking, target shooting, cooking classes and scenic hikes.
Nelson Day 11-13
View New Zealand’s magnificent coastline at Abel Tasman National Park, a naturally resplendent home to native birds, seals and dolphins. Hop on a 5-hour transfer east of Nelson to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, to explore its diverse cuisine and historic landmarks, including World War II bunkers.
Christchurch Day 14-15
Arrive in the seaside town of Akaroa, which features a rich mix of French, Maori and English cultures. Take a 2-hour cruise around the peninsula near Christchurch, and explore the area’s diverse wildlife at a reserve and marine life at a preserve. For these 2 days, stay at the luxurious Otahuna Lodge.
Lake Wanaka Day 16-17
Explore pristine, remote Lake Wanaka Bay via a private helicopter tour. Travelers experience an unparalleled views of picturesque waterfalls and majestic fjords while observing indigenous wildlife, such as fur seals. Your trip is complete with an overnight stay at the Minaret Station Alpine Lodge.
Queenstown Day 18-21
Welcome to Queenstown, where visitors can embark on a thrilling 30-minute jet-boat ride through Shotover Canyon. The adventure whips passengers through jagged outcrops and rocky passages at the hands of an expert driver, who skillfully skims past crags and boulders. Spend the remaining 4 days at the Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown.