Spend 11 days exploring the North and South Islands of this small country packed with wonders. Traveling by train, gondola, boat, and plane, connect with locals in artsy beach towns, walk through an ancient rain forest, and learn about local legends and cuisine from the Maori. Take a deep breath to fill your lungs with the impossibly clean air here—and fill your soul with the legendary Kiwi spirit.
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Catch a ferry to Waiheke Island. Visit two local wineries to learn more about New Zealand's burgeoning wine industry and the history of wine production in the country, and sample some of the local blends. Later, enjoy a short orientation walk and time at leisure to explore the city. (1B)
Drive a scenic route, visiting an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture. Enjoy lunch, featuring food which has been sustainably produced on the farm. Continue to the artsy town of Raglan, stopping at Bridal Veil Falls en route, and enjoy a cruise on the stunning harbor. (1B, 1L)
Drive to Rotorua, stopping for an excursion at Waitomo Caves where you'll take a boat ride through the cave and see thousands of flickering glowworms lighting up the walls. This evening visit Tamaki Maori Village and enjoy a private welcome and talk from a “Kaumatua” (an elder in Maori society). After, enjoy an extravagant performance about local myths, and legends while dining on traditional Hangi cuisine. (1B, 1D)
Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch. Take an orientation walk with the CEO to get a feel for the city. (1B)
Embark on one of the world’s great scenic rail rides on the TranzAlpine to New Zealand’s glacier region. Transfer to a beautiful rain forest lodge, our home for the next two nights. Opt to take a helicopter ride and hike, walk over the glacier, or relax in the hot pools. (2B)
Travel southward along the coast, through the rugged rain forest to Queenstown. Enjoy an evening gondola ride with spectacular views and the option to eat dinner at a skyline restaurant. (1B)
Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise (seasonal) through the spectacular Fiordland National Park. Led by onboard naturalist guides, we’ll have the opportunity to see dolphins, seals, and penguins, as well as the option to kayak. Spend the night on board in your comfortable cabin, with time to relax on deck, stargazing and enjoying New Zealand wine. (1B, 1D)
Enjoy morning wildlife viewing as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown for our final night. (1B)
Depart at any time. (1B)
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