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Unveiling New Zealand's Wonders

New Zealand in 12 Days, 8 Nights in Destination

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Discover the vibrant streets of Auckland to the adventure capital of Queenstown. Explore the enchanting atmosphere of Hobbiton. See the breathtaking fiords of Milford Sound. Immerse yourself in the geothermal wonders of Rotorua.

Trip Highlights

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    Auckland
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    Hobitton
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    Milford Sound
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    Queenstown
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    Rotorua
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    Waitomo Caves

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  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. All transfers

  4. Activities

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  3. Solo travelers from + $850

  4. Add up to 3 nights to your stay

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  • Accommodation in Charm & Superior category hotels.
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Accommodation: 8 Nights

Itinerary

Discover the dynamic urban landscape of Auckland and the thrilling adventures of Queenstown. Immerse yourself in the magic of Hobbiton. See the amazing Milford Sound fiord in the southwest. And witness the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. Each place has a unique blend of beauty, excitement, and nature. They invite you to explore the enchanting landscapes of this captivating country.

1st Day: US - Night on board
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Embark on an unforgettable adventure down under! Pack your bags and head to the departure airport*, where you'll begin your journey with a flight to Auckland. Get ready for a night of excitement and anticipation as you soar towards your dream destination! Night on board.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Continue your journey to Auckland
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Continue your journey to Auckland. Due to the time difference, you will lose a day on your outward journey, but will gain it back on your return. You are not in-flight for two full days.

3rd Day: Auckland
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Arrival at Auckland International Airport. Once you've completed Customs and Immigration procedures, proceed to the Terminal exit to meet your Super Shuttle driver. You can contact them using the provided number for assistance. They will then transfer you to your hotel. Overnight stay in Auckland.

Note: Please be aware that there won't be a driver waiting for you inside the terminal upon arrival. Additionally, there may be stops along the way to drop off other passengers within the general route to the hotel.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Rydges Auckland or similar
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3149 Reviews

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4th Day: Auckland
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Discover Auckland's most famous landmarks at your own pace with our 24-hour hop-on-hop-off bus ticket! The tour offers informative commentary and excellent service, ensuring a memorable journey through the city's highlights. The Red route, which takes about an hour to complete, offers a scenic tour of tree-lined streets, stunning beaches, and trendy shops. Don't rush—hop off at any stop to explore the sights that catch your eye. The tour operates daily, except on December 25th, from 9 am to 5 pm, with departures every 30 minutes until 4 pm. Please note that stops include Downtown Auckland, the Art Gallery, Queen Street, Newmarket shopping precinct, Holy Trinity Cathedral for Parnell Village, Bastian Point Lookout, and SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's. It's the perfect way to navigate New Zealand's biggest city. Overnight stay in Auckland.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Rydges Auckland or similar
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3149 Reviews

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Activities

included
Auckland Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

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5th Day: Auckland
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Today, you have a free day to further explore the breathtaking natural beauty of Auckland, known as "The City of Sails." You can explore the bustling streets of downtown and marvel at the views from the top of the Sky Tower. If you're seeking thrills, don't miss the vineyards and paradisiacal beaches of Waiheke. For culture lovers, visit the Auckland Museum. Immerse yourself in Maori history and traditions there. You'll see an authentic cultural village. If you prefer nature, go to the trails of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. There, you'll find hidden waterfalls and lush landscapes. For adrenaline lovers, we recommend walking across the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Or, you could bungee jump from the Sky Tower.

At Exoticca, we highly recommend indulging in some incredible activities, such as visiting Waiheke Island* or exploring Auckland's rugged West Coast**. Reminding you that you cannot do both tours at the same time. Overnight stay in Auckland. 

*Optional Tour to Waiheke Island: Embark on a day trip to Waiheke Island, complete with a return ferry ride and a half-day tour that includes a visit to a vineyard for wine tasting.

**Optional Tour to Auckland's Wild West Coast: Immerse yourself in the Auckland West Coast Wilderness Experience—a captivating afternoon half-day tour that takes you through the untamed beauty of Auckland's wild west coast, including a scenic bush walk.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Rydges Auckland or similar
tripadvisor rating

3149 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Full day visit to Waiheke Island

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Visit to Auckland's wild West Coast

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6th Day: Auckland - Rotorua
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Join us on an enchanting journey to the renowned Waitomo Glow-worm Caves! A knowledgeable guide will lead you. You'll embark on a captivating tour through these underground wonders. There, you'll encounter fascinating glow-worms. They light up the ancient limestone caves, which formed over 30 million years ago. Conclude your exploration with a serene boat cruise through the mesmerizing glow-worm grotto.

Next, we go to Matamata. It's the charming home of the Hobbiton Movie Set. The set is famous as the iconic filming location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton movies. Immerse yourself in Hobbiton's magic. Then, we'll continue our scenic coach journey to Rotorua.

This tour includes guided tours of the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set. It also includes comfy and scenic coach travel with informative commentary. Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off provided. Join us for an unforgettable day of adventure and discovery! Overnight stay in Rotorua.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Sudima Lake Rotorua or similar
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1881 Reviews

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Activities

included
Waitomo Glow-worm Caves visit

Moderate

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included
Hobbiton Movie Set visit

Moderate

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7th Day: Rotorua
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Today, you'll have a full day to immerse yourself in the wonders of Rotorua in your own pace. You can visit natural hot springs in places like Polynesian Spa. You can also visit them in Hell's Gate Geothermal Park. They offer relaxing baths and rejuvenating treatments. If you're interested in culture, you can also immerse yourself in the rich Maori heritage at Te Puia. There, you'll learn its history, dance, and craftsmanship. You'll also enjoy an authentic dinner and show. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland will amaze nature lovers. There, you'll find geysers, mud pools, and colorful lakes.

And don't miss out on exciting outdoor adventures! It offers something for everyone. There are activities from hiking to mountain biking, white-water rafting, and zorbing. At Exoticca, we recommend two thrilling optional activities. You can take a tour of Te Puia* or a tour of Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu Thermal Valleys**. Accommodation in Rotorua.

*Optional Tour to Te Puia: Delve into the enchanting Te Puia geothermal reserve with entry included. Join a guided tour through the mesmerizing geysers and other thermal wonders, and be greeted with a traditional Māori welcome followed by a captivating cultural show.

**Optional Half-Day Tour to Wai-o-tapu and Waimangu Thermal Valleys: Embark on an unforgettable half-day adventure through New Zealand's most breathtaking volcanic region. Experience the remarkable geothermal activity and marvel at the stunning volcanic landscapes of Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley on our highly acclaimed Geothermal Wonderland Tour. Witness the awe-inspiring eruptions of Lady Knox Geyser, explore colorful volcanic craters, and soak in the beauty of sizzling hot pools and boiling hot springs amidst lush rainforest and native birdlife.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Sudima Lake Rotorua or similar
tripadvisor rating

1881 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Te Puia Geothermal Valley guided tour

Moderate

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Optional
Half day tour to visit Wai-o-tapu and Waimangu thermal valleys

Moderate

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8th Day: Rotorua - Queenstown
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Transfer from your hotel to Rotorua Airport with our convenient shuttle service. During the journey, we may make brief stops to pick up fellow travelers. Remember that the package includes your flight from Rotorua to Queenstown.

Upon arrival in Queenstown, go through the terminal. You will meet your Super Shuttle driver. They will take you to the hotel. As we make our way to your accommodation, we may pause to drop off other guests.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Heritage Queenstown or similar
tripadvisor rating

2322 Reviews

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9th Day: Queenstown
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Discover the natural beauty of Milford Sound with a scenic coach ride from Queenstown and an unforgettable cruise on the fiord. Depart Queenstown, travel by coach past glacier lakes and into Fiordland National Park. Capture some memorable shots of Mirror Lakes or the ancient alpine forests at photo stops along the way. Our coach will give you sensational views of the Southern Alps. Next, board your cruise in Milford Sound to explore the spectacular fiord. Venture out to the Tasman Sea while cruising past tumbling waterfalls, glacier-scarred rock walls and lush rainforests. Return to Queenstown by coach.

Note: This tour includes a full-day excursion operating daily between the specified dates. See scenic stops at Milford Sound. They include Mirror Lakes and the Homer Tunnel. You can also explore Fiordland National Park.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Heritage Queenstown or similar
tripadvisor rating

2322 Reviews

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Activities

included
Milford Sound tour

Light

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10th Day: Queenstown
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Today, you have a free day to explore Queenstown. You can try bungee jumping from the iconic Kawarau Bridge, skydiving over breathtaking landscapes, or jet boating through the thrilling rapids of the Shotover River. For a more relaxed time, hike scenic trails. You can also take a gondola to Bob's Peak, where you'll enjoy stunning views of the city and Lake Wakatipu. Additionally, consider cruises on Lake Wakatipu or indulge in wine tasting tours in the nearby Central Otago wine region. Explore the lively town center with its boutique shops, art galleries, and dining options, and delve into local history at the Queenstown Museum. Don't miss the chance to catch live performances at the Queenstown Theatre. At Exoticca, we recommend optional tours. The tour includes a thrilling ride on the Shotover River*. It also includes a scenic trip across Lake Wakatipu**. Overnight stay in Queenstown.

*Optional tour on the Shotover: Take a thrilling ride on the Shotover where you'll experience heart-pounding excitement as you navigate the stunning Shotover River.

**Optional tout across Lake Wakatipu: Embark on a scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw. This iconic steamship will take you to Walter Peak Station, where you can enjoy a fascinating farm demonstration and savor a delicious buffet lunch or dinner at the Homestead Restaurant, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Heritage Queenstown or similar
tripadvisor rating

2322 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Jet Boat Ride on Shotover River

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Optional
Cruise across Lake Whakatipu and lunch at Homestead Restaurant

Light

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11th Day: Queenstown - Night on board
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It's time to bid farewell to New Zealand after an unforgettable journey of a lifetime. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.*

*Depending on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in the US the following day.

12th Day: US
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Arrive back in the US and end your trip.

Included activities

Included

Auckland Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Included activity for day 4 in Auckland

The Auckland Hop-On Hop-Off Bus is a flexible sightseeing option that allows passengers to explore Auckland's attractions at their own pace, with the freedom to hop on and off at designated stops throughout the city.

Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

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Waitomo Glow-worm Caves visit

Included activity for day 6 in Waitomo Caves

Discover the mesmerizing Waitomo Glow-worm Caves, where guided tours showcase the stunning glow-worm displays and geological wonders, offering a memorable experience in New Zealand.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 06:30

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Hobbiton Movie Set visit

Included activity for day 6 in Rotorua

Embark on a magical journey through the Hobbiton Movie Set, where guided tours reveal the charming landscapes and iconic locations from the beloved "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

Milford Sound tour

Included activity for day 9 in Milford Sound

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Milford Sound on a guided tour, where towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and serene waters await. Cruise through the majestic fjord, marvel at its dramatic scenery, and encounter native wildlife.

Duration 12:30h Approx. Pick up time: 06:30

Physical rating:

Light

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Available Activities

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

Full day visit to Waiheke Island

Suggested activity for day 5 in Auckland

Experience a full day exploring Waiheke Island, renowned for its stunning landscapes and vineyards. Enjoy leisurely walks along pristine beaches, indulge in wine tastings at local vineyards overlooking breathtaking views of the island.

Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: 12:00

Physical rating:

Light

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Optional

Visit to Auckland's wild West Coast

Suggested activity for day 5 in Auckland

Embark on an adventure to Auckland's wild West Coast and immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of New Zealand's natural landscapes. Discover rugged cliffs, stunning beaches, and lush native forests as you explore this breathtaking region.

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

Physical rating:

Active

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Optional

Te Puia Geothermal Valley guided tour

Suggested activity for day 7 in Rotorua

Embark on a fascinating guided tour through Te Puia Geothermal Valley, where you'll encounter erupting geysers, bubbling mud pools, and cultural landmarks. Learn about Maori traditions, witness traditional performances, and explore the unique landscape.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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The walking distance is 2.5 km. A reasonable level of fitness is required.

Half day tour to visit Wai-o-tapu and Waimangu thermal valleys

Suggested activity for day 7 in Rotorua

Embark on a captivating half-day tour to explore the Wai-o-tapu and Waimangu thermal valleys, where you'll encounter spectacular geothermal wonders. Marvel at vibrant geysers, colorful hot springs, and unique volcanic landscapes.

Duration 04:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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  • Departure from the main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Auckland, Queenstown - US.
  • Internal flights: Rotorua - Queenstown.*
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  • 8 nights hotel accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • All transfers
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with English speaking guide.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, meals, 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.

  • 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 canceled without prior notice.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 888-488-0592 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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