New Zealand in 19 Days

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The ideal choice for those looking for an overview of New Zealand's epic landscapes and vibrant cities. Visit both the North and South Islands and choose from a variety of optional tours to make your experience unique!

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Auckland
Christchurch
Queenstown
Rotorua
Wellington
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Experience the landscapes and cities of both the North and South Islands on an unforgettable journey through New Zealand. Discover the vibrant city life of Auckland and the geothermal activity of Rotorua. Explore cosmopolitan Wellington and uncover the heritage of Christchurch. Finally, immerse yourself in the untouched landscapes of Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

19 days trip including flights*

16 days and 15 nights in destination

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NYC - AKL

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NYC - AKL

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NYC - AKL

Auckland

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Auckland

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Auckland

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Rotorua

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Rotorua

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Rotorua

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Wellington

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Wellington

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Wellington

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Christchurch

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Christchurch

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Christchurch

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Queenstown

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Queenstown

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Queenstown

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ZQN - NYC

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ZQN - NYC

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: US - Night on board

Ready to experience the dramatic scenery and breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand? Arrive at your US departure airport, ready to board a flight to New Zealand. Night on board. 

2nd Day: Night on board

Continue your journey to New Zealand.

Due to the time difference, you will lose a day on your outward journey but will gain it on your return journey. You are not in flight for two days.

3rd Day: Auckland

Touch down in Auckland, situated on the North Island and one of the largest cities in New Zealand. Take a shared transfer to your hotel and, once settled, enjoy the remainder of the day to get to know this vibrant city at your leisure.* Auckland is located between two coastlines and is home to a variety of beautiful beaches. At the center of the city stands the Sky Tower, whilst a stroll along Viaduct Harbor is the perfect way to end the day, admiring the superyachts and stopping for a drink at one of the local bars or cafes. Overnight stay in Auckland.

*You will have the option to upgrade to return private airport transfers in the next step of the booking process.

4th Day: Auckland

Breakfast at the hotel. Relish a free day in Auckland to explore the city's most emblematic sights. Why not take in the views of the city from the top of the Sky Tower or pay a visit to the fantastic Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki to admire almost 1000 years of national and international artwork. Alternatively, we recommend an optional Best of Both World Tour to discover a combination of city and wilderness sights.* Overnight stay in Auckland.

*Optional Best of Both Worlds Tour: Get picked up from your hotel in a 'Bush & Beach' vehicle and begin the day with a city tour, including stops at iconic landmarks such as the Auckland Domain, Mount Victoria in Devonport and Westhaven Marina. Gain an insight into the Māori history of the area and the legends and stories behind some of the place names before a quick stop for lunch (own expense). Next, drive 30 minutes to Arataki Center, perched high in the Waitakere Ranges. Take in the breathtaking views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean and learn more about the traditional Māori carvings scattered throughout the area. Head west to the wild and rugged coast, visit the black sand beaches of Piha and enjoy an included New Zealand-style afternoon tea including cookies, Manuka honey, tea, coffee and juice. 

Optional
Best of Both Worlds Tour
5th Day: Auckland

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy your final day in Auckland to explore at your leisure. Perhaps soak up the natural beauty of this region at the Auckland Botanical Gardens or walk to the top of One Tree Hill at Cornwall Park to enjoy excellent views of the city. Great neighborhoods to explore include vibrant Britomart, home to countless bars, restaurants and cafes, or Takapuna, where you can experience Auckland's incredible beaches. Alternatively, don't miss out on your chance to visit Hobbiton with our optional excursion today. On the other hand, wine-lovers might prefer an excursion to Auckland's famous Wine Country.* Overnight stay in Auckland. 

* Optional Hobbiton Express Tour: Visit the legendary Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies on a fascinating guided tour! Travel south, crossing the beautiful Bombay Hills until reaching the farmlands of Waikato and the green, rolling hills of the Shire! Arrive in Hobbiton and embark on a movie set tour to see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and the famous party tree. Take photos at Bilbo's House and stop for a drink at the Green Dragon Inn before dining on a sumptuous feast at the Party Marquee. 

*Optional Half-Day Auckland Wine Country with Lunch: Set off to the wineries of Kumeu, where wine families of Croatian origin have established one of the country's most prestigious winemaking regions. Enjoy your first wine tasting at the award-winning Soljans Vineyard, followed by a Mediterranean-style lunch, before heading to Coopers Creek to indulge in their extensive range of wines. Afterwards, visit gannet nesting sites overlooking the Tasman Sea to see these seabirds in their natural habitat. After taking in the views of the wild, black sand beaches of Muriwai, head to your final tasting session at West Brook Winery before returning to Auckland.

Please note: You can only choose one of the optional excursions available on this day. 

Optional
Half-Day Auckland Wine Country with Lunch
Optional
Hobbiton Express Tour
6th Day: Auckland - Rotorua

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Auckland behind today as you take a shared transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Rotorua. Arrive and take a shared transfer to the hotel to check-in.* The remainder of the day is free to explore Rotorua at your leisure, a city set on a crystalline lake and known for its exquisite landscapes, geothermal activity and Maouri culture. It's the perfect place to experience the diverse scenery and culture of New Zealand. Overnight stay in Rotorua.

*You will have the option to upgrade to return private airport transfers in the next step of the booking process.

7th Day: Rotorua

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a day at your leisure or enjoy our optional Hell's Gate Thermal Experience!*. Overnight stay in Rotorua.

* Optional Hell's Gate Thermal Experience: Travel to Hell's Gate, Rotorua's most active geothermal reserve. For more than 700 years Hell's Gate, or Tikitere as it is known to the Māori, has been a special place of wellness. It is home to a medicinal sulphur lake, curative waters and the mineral-rich muds of Hurutini. Once used by Māori warriors to heal their battle-scarred bodies, visitors can use the nutrient-rich waters and mud to ease inflammation, unwind their minds and rejuvenate their skin. Enjoy a guided tour of the geothermal reserve before indulging in a rejuvenating soak.

Optional
Hell's Gate Thermal Experience
8th Day: Rotorua

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a day at your leisure to explore the natural wonders of Rotorua at your leisure. Why not treat yourself to an indulgent day at one of the city's excellent thermal spas or visit the towering Redwoods at Whakarewarewa Forest? We recommend an optional Hula Haka Cultural Experience to get a unique insight into Maori culture or an exciting Zorbing experience at H2OGO* Overnight stay in Rotorua. 

*Optional Hula Haka Cultural Experience: Enjoy an authentic introduction to the Maori culture at Mitai Maori Village. Witness warriors in traditional attire paddling in an ancient warrior canoe, view glow worms in their natural habitat and marvel at the sacred freshwater spring. Tuck into a traditionally cooked hangi meal and be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance. Learn about Maori history, carvings and ta moko tattoo art and visit a sacred and spiritual Maori site.

*Optional H2OGO Zorbing Experience: Join the OGO Zorbing crew at 525 Ngongotaha Road for an exciting H2OGO Sidewinder Track ride! One or two people ride inside the Zorb down the twistiest track ever constructed! Slide along 40 litres of water (cool in summer, warm in winter) gaining speed on the straights before riding up the sides of the 6 massive corners! A thrilling, fun-filled activity for anyone who wants to try something new!

Optional
H2OGO Zorbing Experience
Optional
Hula Haka Cultural Experience
9th Day: Rotorua - Wellington

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a shared transfer to Rotorua airport for a flight to Wellington. Arrive in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand and take a shared transfer to your hotel.* This charming yet compact city sits favourably on the waterfront and is known for its beautiful beaches and charming timber buildings. Spend the rest of the day discovering the city at your leisure. Overnight stay in Wellington.

*You will have the option to upgrade to return private airport transfers in the next step of the booking process.

 

10th Day: Wellington

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, discovering the delights of the New Zealand capital. Depending on the weather, perhaps spend a day at one of Wellington's beautiful sandy beaches or walk to the top of Mount Victoria for beautiful views of the city and surrounding bays. For further insight into the city's most emblematic sights, we recommend an optional Intro to Wellington Bike Tour.* Overnight stay in Wellington. 

*Optional Intro to Wellington Bike Tour: Set off on a guided bike tour will around the Wellington Waterfront as your guide introduces you to some fascinating past and present figures who have made Wellington the creative capital it is today. Ride past some key Wellington landmarks including the New Zealand Parliament, Wellington Stadium, Te Papa Museum, Cuba St, Oriental Bay, Wellington Railway Station and the historic Wellington Waterfront. Regular bikes are used for this tour as it's mostly flat and on cycle lanes, but you can upgrade to an electronic bike if you prefer.

Optional
Intro to Wellington Bike Tour
11th Day: Wellington

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a final day in Wellington at your leisure. Why not pay a visit to the fascinating Wellington Museum or take a stroll through the pretty Wellington Botanic Garden? We recommend an optional guided tour of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa or a guided walk through the Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary.* Overnight stay in Wellington.

*Optional Introducing Te Papa Tour: Embark on a guided journey through New Zealand's rich history and cultures at the Te Papa Museum. Hear stories of tenacious wildlife, the resilience of the Māori people, and artistic interpretations of life in the South Pacific. A fantastic opportunity to understand the vibrant landscapes and cultures you will encounter throughout your trip to New Zealand.

* Optional Zealandia By Day Excursion:  Experience New Zealand's rare and amazing wildlife on an engaging and informative guided walk through the picturesque Zealandia sanctuary to witness the native wildlife that is once again living on the mainland. Your nature-guru guides will use their knowledge of birdsong, habitats, and local flora to track down even the rarest of our unique animals. New Zealand has some of the most unique biodiversity and advanced conservation techniques in the world. Soak up the beautiful scenery while learning more about New Zealand's unique ecological history.

Please note: You can only choose one of the optional excursions available on this day. 

Optional
Zealandia By Day Excursion
Optional
Introducing Te Papa Tour
12th Day: Wellington - Christchurch

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the North Island behind as you take a shared transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Christchurch. On arrival, a shared transfer will take you to your hotel where you can get settled in before enjoying the remainder of the day at your leisure to get to know this charming city, known for its English heritage.* Overnight stay in Christchurch. 

 *You will have the option to upgrade to return private airport transfers in the next step of the booking process.

13th Day: Christchurch

Breakfast at the hotel. Get to know Christchurch at your own pace today. Discover its English heritage as you wander through the city's historic center or stroll through the charming Christchurch Botanic Gardens. A ride on one of the city's vintage trams is also recommended. Alternatively, opt for a tour this morning to get to know Christchurch's most important landmarks.* Overnight stay in Christchurch

*Optional Morning City Tour & International Antarctic Centre: Set off on a half-day city sightseeing tour to take in the city's highlights including Canterbury University, Riccarton House and Riccarton Bush, Mona Vale, Hagley Park, the Antigua Boat Sheds, the Botanical Gardens, Upper Worcester Boulevard, Victoria Clock Tower, Lyttleton, Evans Pass, Sumner, Mount Pleasant and the Sign of the Takahe. Afterwards, enjoy included entrance to the International Antarctic Centre, full of informative displays showcasing modern-day Antarctica. 

Optional
Morning City Tour & International Antarctic Centre
14th Day: Christchurch

Breakfast at the hotel. Soak up the ambience of Christchurch with a day at your leisure. Why not visit the Christchurch Art Gallery, housed within a modern building, or head to the coast to enjoy the beaches of South New Brighton. Alternatively, we recommend an optional Wine Trail Excursion or an exciting Punting Experience on the River Avon.* Overnight stay in Christchurch. 

*Optional Half-Day Christchurch Wine Trail Excursion: Explore four of North Canterbury's boutique vineyards: Waipara Hills, Pegasus Bay, Graystone and Waipara Springs. Each winery produces a fine selection of both white and red wines in the warm dry climate of the Waipara area. 

*Optional Punting on the Avon Experience: Board a classic wooden Punt and take a tour through the waterways of Hagley Park or Christchurch City. Your Edwardian Punter will guide you quietly past trailing willows, woodlands and leafy banks as you absorb the beauty of Christchurch's Botanic Gardens or the redeveloping centre of town. Punting on the beautiful Avon River is an iconic Christchurch experience not to be missed!

Please note: You can only choose one of the optional excursions available on this day. 

Optional
Punting on the Avon Experience
Optional
Half-Day Christchurch Wine Trail Excursion
15th Day: Christchurch - Queenstown

Breakfast at the hotel. Shared transfer to the airport for a flight to Queenstown. On arrival, take a shared transfer to the hotel and get settled in before enjoying the remainder of the day at your leisure.* Queenstown sits within a breathtaking region on the shores of glistening Lake Wakatipu. Set against the dramatic Southern Alps, beautiful landscapes can be enjoyed from almost anywhere in the city! Overnight stay in Queenstown. 

*You will have the option to upgrade to return private airport transfers in the next step of the booking process.

 

16th Day: Queenstown

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day exploring the landscapes of Queenstown at your leisure. The region is known for its adventure sports as well as its excellent wine production and vineyards. Don't miss out on the opportunity to visit one of New Zealand's most astounding natural wonders on our optional Milford Sound Nature Cruise.* Overnight stay in Queenstown.

*Optional Milford Sound Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch: Travel along the coast of Lake Wakatipu, soaking up the views of the countryside before arriving at incredible Milford Sound, within the Fiordland National Park. From here, board a boat for a relaxing cruise along the tranquil waters of the country's most famous and beautiful fiord. Cruise along the full length of the fiord and enjoy informative commentary along the way. Look out for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins and enjoy an included picnic lunch with tea and coffee. After the cruise, return to Queenstown. 

 

Optional
Milford Sound Nature Cruise with Picnic Lunch
17th Day: Queenstown

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a final day at your leisure to explore the exquisite landscapes and laid-back charms of Queenstown. Make the most of your last moments in New Zealand by taking an optional adrenalin-pumping jet boat ride or an adventurous zip-lining excursion!* Overnight stay in Queenstown.

*Optional Shotover River Canyon Jetboat Ride: Get picked up from ‘The Station’ Info Centre in downtown Queenstown and transfer to Arthur's Point, the departure point of your tour. Join your jet boat crew to commence the world's most exciting Jet boat ride through the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. Experience a thrilling ride, skimming past rocky outcrops as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breathtaking speeds!

*Optional Kea 6 Zip Line Tour: Set off on an adventure through the forest canopy at Skyline Gondola hill. Fly across 6 breathtaking tree-top zip lines as you take in the incredible alpine views, reaching speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour!  

Please note: You can only choose one of the optional excursions available on this day. 

Optional
Shotover River Canyon Jetboat Ride
Optional
Kea 6 Zip Line Tour
18th Day: Queenstown - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. Sadly, it's time to bring your journey through the cities and landscapes of New Zealand to an end. At the indicated time take a shared transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to the US. Night on board.

19th Day: US

Arrive in the US and end your trip. 

Accommodation: 15 Nights

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Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
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Optional

Suggested activity for day 4 in Auckland

Duration 08:30h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Best of Both Worlds Tour

Begin the day with an Auckland city tour to visit the city's most emblematic landmarks before heading to the Arataki Center to learn more about the traditional Māori carvings scattered throughout the area and visit the black sand beaches of Piha.

What's included: Transport, City Tour, Arataki Centre, New Zealand-style afternoon tea

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 5 in Auckland

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 12:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Half-Day Auckland Wine Country with Lunch

Enjoy wine tasting at three wineries in Kumeu including award-winning Soljans Vineyard, followed by a Mediterranean-style lunch, Coopers Creek and West Brook Winery. Also, visit gannet nesting sites to see these seabirds in their natural habitat.

What's included: Transport, wine-tasting, lunch.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 5 in Auckland

Duration 08:30h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Hobbiton Express Tour

Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings triology! Arrive in Hobbiton and embark on a movie set tour to see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and the famous party tree. Take photos at Bilbo's House and enjoy a sumptuous feast at the Party Marquee.

What's included: Return transport with full commentary from Auckland. Admissions and guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set. Hobbiton souvenir voucher.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 7 in Rotorua

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Hell's Gate Thermal Experience

Travel to Hell's Gate, Rotorua's most active geothermal reserve. It is home to a medicinal sulphur lake, curative waters and the mineral-rich muds of Hurutini. Enjoy a guided tour of the geothermal reserve before indulging in a rejuvenating soak.

Not included: Transfers

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from the main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Auckland, Queenstown - US.
  • Internal flights: Auckland - Rotorua, Rotorua - Wellington;, Wellington - Christchurch, Christchurch - Queenstown.*
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  • 15 nights hotel accommodation in Superior and Luxury category hotels.
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  • 15 breakfasts.
  • Transfers between airports and hotels by shared coach. **
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  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • This itinerary is independent and you will not be accompanied by a guide.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Visa (required), drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

** Shared coach transfers are included between the airports and hotels. You'll have the option to upgrade to private airport transfers in the next step of the booking process.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum validity of three months from date of return from New Zealand.
  • Visa
    No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days. An arrival card must be filled in to enter the country. From October 2019, all visitors will require an Electronic Visa to enter the country.
  • Currency
    New Zealand Dollar
  • Language
    English
  • Electricity
    220 / 240 V. A 3-pin plug adapter is required.
  • Health
    No mandatory vaccinations required.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 13:00.
  • Other useful information
    Products of animal or plant origin cannot be brought to the country. Anyone attempting to do so will face a severe fine.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://www.newzealand.com/int/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

 

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