The Ultimate New Zealand Adventure | Adventure People
15 Days
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What's Included

  • Local driver/guide(s)/ Trip Leader
  • 14 Breakfasts; 3 Lunches; 3 Dinners
  • Accommodations (4-5* Hotels + Multishare BnB/ Lodges)
  • Transportation mentioned in Itinerary
  • Domestic flight from Wellington to Queenstown
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • Te Pa Tu Cultural Experience
  • Te Puia Geothermal Wonderland
  • Te Puia Hangi Lunch Buffet
  • Sunset Sail Barbary Cruise to Maori Rock Carvings
  • Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat & Canoe Tour
  • Walter Peak Farm Tour
  • Mt Cook Day Tour from Queenstown
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Final Dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant

What's Excluded

  • International Airfare
  • Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
  • Beverages & Meals not specified
  • Optional Activities
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
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Overview

Welcome to the land of pristine natural beauty and unforgettable experiences – New Zealand! Get ready for a 15-day adventure that will take you on a journey of a lifetime! Embark on a thrilling expedition to explore the North Island's volcanic terrain, from Auckland to Wellington. Delve into the rich Maori culture, marvel at magnificent waterfalls, and soak in hot spring pools. Experience the geothermal wonderland at Te Puia and conquer New Zealand's best-rated one-day trek, one of the top ten single-day treks in the world! But the adventure doesn't stop there. Hop on a short flight to Queenstown, the "Adventure Capital of the World," and get ready for an adrenaline-pumping experience amidst breathtaking natural beauty. Whether it's a high-octane adventure or luxurious pampering, Queenstown has it all. And the cherry on top? A scenic drive to Milford Sound recently ranked as the world's most beautiful place. Here, you'll have the opportunity to explore the majestic Fjordlands National Park on foot and by boat, creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. Get ready for an EPIC adventure that you will treasure forever!

Adventure Highlights

  • Discover Auckland’s beautiful parks, gardens, museums, and culinary scene
  • Discover the world-famous glow worms (only found in NZ) on a magical tour of New Zealand’s caves
  • Experience the most award-winning Maori cultural attraction in New Zealand, voted one of the Top 10 Experiences in the World
  • Explore the geothermal reserve of Te Puia, where you’ll witness the power of geothermal activity as Pohutu, the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, erupts up to 30m high every hour
  • Take a walk to the spectacular Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited and photographed natural attraction
  • Take a hike in Tongariro Crossing with the option of doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, considered the best day hike in New Zealand in amongst the top 10 in the world
  • Explore New Zealand’s capital city and discover why it is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty
  • Discover why Queenstown is known as “The Adventure Capital of the World”
  • Visit Fiordland National Park, one of New Zealand’s treasured natural icons
  • Cruise through the Milford Sound, recently ranked as the world’s most beautiful place
  • Join a Small Group Tour

    TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE
    November 24, 2024 - December 8, 2024 Guaranteed $4,590

    Traveling solo? No problem!
    On our group trips, we offer free roommate-matching and will pair you with a same-sex roommate, so you are never obligated to pay the single supplement fee. 

    Want Your Own Room?
    Single Supplement is available for an additional fee (based on availability)

    By booking this trip, you agree to the Booking Terms and Conditions.

    Daily Itinerary

    Auckland New Zealand
    Auckland New Zealand

    Upon arrival at Auckland Airport (AKL), you’ll be greeted by your driver who will transfer you to your accommodation. Auckland, situated on New Zealand’s North Island, is not only the country’s largest city but also a vibrant cultural hub nestled amidst stunning natural beauty. Known as the “City of Sails,” Auckland is renowned for its picturesque harbors, including the Waitematā Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf, which offer ample opportunities for sailing, boating, and enjoying waterfront activities. The city’s landscape is characterized by volcanic cones, such as Mount Eden and One Tree Hill, providing panoramic views of the surrounding region.

    Auckland boasts a rich cultural tapestry, with a diverse population contributing to its dynamic arts, music, and culinary scenes. Visitors can explore the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, home to an extensive collection of New Zealand and international artworks, or immerse themselves in the vibrant street art of neighborhoods like Wynyard Quarter and K’ Road. As evening descends, the city comes alive with the buzz of nightlife, with bars and restaurants buzzing with laughter and conversation. The city’s dining scene reflects its multicultural makeup, offering a tantalizing array of cuisines, from Pacific Rim fusion to traditional Māori fare. Against the backdrop of a stunning sunset, Auckland’s charm continues to captivate, promising endless discovery and enchantment with each passing moment.

    INCLUDED:
    — Airport Transfer

    Overnight in Auckland – M Social Auckland

    Hotel

    Waitomo Lost World Half-Day Adventure New Zealand
    Waitomo Lost World Half-Day Adventure

    This morning, we’ll depart Auckland’s largest city and drive a couple of hours south to Waitomo (‘wai’ meaning water, ‘tomo’ meaning hole), known for its world-famous glowworm caves.  Take a boat ride through the glowworm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms, and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history.

    Discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display. Explore the cave by foot before embarking on a boat ride, gliding silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Experience the serene ambiance as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world.

    The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are made up of two levels. The upper chamber is dry and decorated with stunning, delicate cave formations, and the lower level consists of stream passages, glowworms, and the Cathedral, the tallest chamber in the cave.

    Many of the guides are direct descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave, bringing the cave to life through story-telling and explaining the world-famous cave’s history, features, and legends.

    For those looking for a bit more adventure, you’ll also have the option of choosing an optional tour for a thrilling caving adventure.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN WAITOMO:

    Blackwater Rafting – Explore the magic Tumu Tumu Cave. Combine the best elements of Blackwater rafting with walking, climbing, swimming, and tubing through distinctive sections of the spectacular Tumu Tumu cave. A more comprehensive version of Black Water Rafting.

    Lost World Half Day – Abseil 100m into the surreal Lost World. Descend slowly, suspended in the massive void. Mist-filtered light gives unreal qualities to the strange plants and formations.
    Then embark on an underworld trek and climb back through the majestic dry passages of the Mangapu cave system.

    Haggas Honking Holes Abseiling & Rock Climbing – Feel like Indiana Jones in a washing machine. Haggas Honking Holes is very exciting, fast fast-moving action. It’s an adventure that crams lots of action into only 4 hours. See unique formations and glowworms close up. Waitomo’s most concentrated half-day adventure.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast
    — Glow Worm Caves Boat Tour or optional activities

    Estimated Travel Time to Waitomo: 2 hours driving
    Overnight in Waitomo – Waitomo Village Chalets

    Breakfast
    Hotel

    Te Pa Tu Cultural Experience New Zealand
    Te Pa Tu Cultural Experience

    After breakfast, we’ll start the day with a 45-minute walk through the Ruakuri Reserve, a real highlight of the Waitomo area, this spectacular loop walk takes you through a forested gorge, past natural sculpted cliffs, and under low limestone arches. The track follows the stream and winds up around a network of limestone bluffs and outcrops before descending to the Ruakuri Natural Bridge viewing platform.

    Next, we’ll roll on through to Rotorua, a captivating destination renowned for its geothermal wonders, rich Māori culture, and breathtaking natural beauty. Stepping into Rotorua feels like entering a realm where the earth comes alive, with bubbling mud pools, steaming geysers, and vibrant geothermal landscapes dotting the region.

    This evening, experience the most award-winning Maori cultural attraction in New Zealand, voted one of the Top 10 Experiences in the World. This is a cultural experience like no other. Delivered with genuine heart and soul, the Te Pa Tu Cultural Experience offers a window into a truly riveting, spirited way of life. Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, amazing re-enactment, powerful cultural performance, storytelling, and hangi feasting as we relive significant events within our pre-European history. Immerse yourself in the traditional Maori way of life during this interactive and entertaining evening experience with dinner.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
    — Ruakuri Reserve Walk
    — Te Pa Tu Cultural Experience

    Estimated Travel Time to Rotorua: 2 hours Driving
    Overnight in Rotorua – Pullman Rotorua

    Breakfast, Dinner
    Hotel

    Kaituna River Whitewater Rafting (Class V) New Zealand
    Whitewater Rafting on the Kaituna River

    The surrounding landscape of Rotorua invites exploration, with lush forests, crystal-clear lakes, and thrilling outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting, hiking, and ziplining. Today, you’ll have the day free to choose your own adventure.

    If you enjoy mountain biking, Rotorua is one of the world’s top mountain biking destinations, offering an extensive network of trails catering to riders of all skill levels. From flowing singletracks through towering redwoods to technical downhill descents and gravity-defying jumps, there’s something for everyone in Rotorua’s diverse trail system.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN ROTORUA:

    Kaituna River Whitewater Rafting (Class V) – Get your adrenaline fix on this exhilarating Class V whitewater rafting trip through breathtaking scenery. As the raft navigates the churning waters, adrenaline surges with each twist and turn, and the thrill of conquering roaring rapids like “Tutea Falls,” the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall, adds to the excitement. Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, but don’t forget to paddle!

    Whitewater Rafting + Hot Pools Combo – The ultimate combo. White water rafting on the Kaituna river followed by a soak in the hot pools at Manupiua Springs Hot Pools.

    Rafting + Zipline Combo – The ultimate in combos in Ōkere Falls. Zip over the Kaituna River with Rotorua Ziplines, then raft it.

    Zipline + Rafting + Hot Pools Combo – The ultimate combo is Ziplining over waterfalls, white water on the Kaituna River, followed by a soak in the hot pools at Manupiua Springs Hot Pools which are only accessible by boat.

    Mt Tarawera Full Day (6.5 hours) or Half Day (4.5 hours) – Famous for its eruption in June 1886, Mt Tarawera created the world’s youngest geothermal valley of Waimangu, at the same destroying the legendary Pink and White Terraces. This fully guided walking experience encompasses the unique landscape and history of the area. Get ready to see unmatched 360 panoramic views and go for an optional run into the heart of a volcanic crater!

    Mt Tarawera & Rafting Combo – Combine the unique crater walking experience with rafting on the Kaituna River. An all-day combo taking you from the volcanic crater of Mt Tarawera, to the Okere section of the Kaituna River, where you will raft the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall, take on 14 rapids with world-class guides and gear.


    Note: Please be aware that since today is a free day, we will try to accommodate transportation as best we can, but you may need to take an Uber to/from the meeting point of your scheduled activity. 

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast

    Overnight in Rotorua – Pullman Rotorua

    Breakfast
    Hotel

    Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo New Zealand
    Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo

    This morning, we’ll explore the geothermal reserve of Te Puia, where you’ll witness the power of geothermal activity as Pohutu, the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, erupts up to 30m high every hour. Explore the thermal valley full of hot springs, silica terraces, bubbling mineral-rich mud pools, and other pools with properties used over centuries by the Maori for cooking and remedies.

    Enjoy Thanksgiving lunch at Te Puia against a backdrop of geysers and stunning park views as you enjoy a range of Kiwi flavors at Pataka Kai Restaurant infusing traditional Maori flavors with an array of global cuisines and cooking styles. Be sure to try the Hangi Chicken and Hangi vegetables served with rewana bread stuffing and finished off with burnt brown sugar steamed pudding.

    After lunch, we’ll drive approximately one hour to the Great Lake Taupo. Upon arriving in Lake Taupo, we’ll stop to take a walk to the spectacular Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited and photographed natural attraction. The thundering 11m high falls on the Waikato River pump a volume of 220,000 liters of water over the rock face every second. There are walking tracks and viewing platforms alongside the river and the water is a beautiful crystal-clear blue on a sunny day. For those looking for a bit more adventure, take a Jet Boat ride at Huka Falls to get close to the base.

    This evening, we’ll discover the Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo on a Sunset Sailing Cruise (BYO food and alcohol). Taupo’s Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings are a must-see attraction, only accessible by boat. You will get up close to the 14m high rock art for amazing photo opportunities and catch the sunset on the way back. Swimming is encouraged if the weather is nice, so make sure you come prepared.

    INCLUDED:
    Te Puia Geothermal Wonderland (90min guided tour + Lunch Buffet)
    Sunset Sail Barbary Cruise to Maori Rock Carvings
    — Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Estimated Travel Time to Taupo: 1 hour
    Overnight in Taupo – Hilton Lake Taupo

    Breakfast, Lunch
    Hotel

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing New Zealand
    Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    This morning, we’ll have a fairly early departure for our drive to Tongariro National Park, New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual UNESCO World Heritage area due to its natural features and cultural significance. In autumn 2000, the park was home to the most sinister of the Lord of the Rings locations, Mordor. The area has jagged volcanic rock formations and eerie barren landscapes.

    Upon arrival at the park, we’ll split into groups to spend the day hiking through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular volcanic landscapes. One group will do an easier hike and the other will do a more strenuous hike.

    Depending on the weather, you may also have the option to do a guided hike of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, heralded as the best one-day trek in New Zealand and regarded as among the top ten single-day treks in the world. The 12-mile hike includes some steep climbs and the weather can be unpredictable, but worth it in every aspect.

    This evening, we won’t have far to drive as our accommodations are located within the National Park Village.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK:

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing – The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park is heralded as the best one-day trek in New Zealand and is regarded as among the top ten single-day treks in the world. The 12.3-mile point-to-point trail includes some steep climbs and is considered a challenging route. There are sections of the hike that are considered active volcano areas. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions on the route, and always have warm layers available as the peaks often have 10-15 degrees cooler temperatures. The walking is generally straightforward, but the extreme weather and potential for a full 7-10 hours to complete earn this track the “hard” rating.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast & Box Lunch

    Estimated Travel Time to Tongariro National Park: 1.5 hours driving
    Overnight in Tongariro National Park – Plateau Lodge

    Breakfast, Lunch
    Hotel

    New Zealand Whanganui National Park Bridge to Nowhere
    Whanganui National Park Bridge to Nowhere

    After breakfast, we’ll depart Tongariro, winding our way through the picturesque countryside, passing rolling hills dotted with sheep and cattle grazing in lush pastures. The road follows the meandering path of the Whanganui River, one of New Zealand’s longest navigatable waterways, offering glimpses of its tranquil waters framed by verdant hillsides. Eventually, the road leads to Pipiriki, a small riverside settlement nestled amidst the beauty of the Whanganui National Park, where travelers can embark on adventures such as jet boating, kayaking, or exploring the region’s rich Māori heritage.

    Upon arrival in Pipiriki, we’ll set out on a 55-minute jet boat journey upriver 32km to the Mangapurua Landing, through an area of spectacular natural features with deep river gorges covered with green tree ferns and lush native vegetation. With your guide, you’ll take an easy 40-minute walk from the Mangapurua landing following in the footsteps of the early pioneers along the old roadway to the “BRIDGE TO NOWHERE” where you will stop for lunch on this historical monument of a bygone era and learn the history from your local guide.​

    The tour then includes a Jet boat back down the river for 22 km followed by an unguided 2-hour canoe or kayak (last 10 km) back to Pipiriki, stopping and exploring along the way.

    After our return to Pipiriki, we’ll have about a 2-hour drive south to Whanganui City, a charming urban center with a rich cultural heritage and stunning natural surroundings. Art lovers will be pleased to learn that Whanganui has been named as New Zealand’s only UNESCO City of Design, in recognition of the city’s contribution to art and creativity.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast & Box Lunch
    Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat & Canoe Tour (6-7 hours)

    Estimated Travel Time to Whanganui National Park (Pipiriki): 1 hour driving
    Estimated Travel Time to Whanganui City: 2 hours driving
    Overnight in Whanganui City – The Avenue Hotel Wanganui

    Breakfast, Lunch
    Hotel

    Wellington New Zealand
    Wellington New Zealand

    After breakfast, we’ll start our 2.5 hour drive amidst the rolling hills and farmlands of the Manawatū region, passing charming rural towns before reaching the dramatic Kapiti Coast, with its rugged cliffs and sandy beaches. Continuing southward, the road winds through lush forests and steep hillsides of the Hutt Valley, culminating in a breathtaking descent into Wellington, with panoramic views of the harbor and city skyline. This scenic drive showcases the best of New Zealand’s natural beauty, from coastal vistas to mountain ranges, offering an unforgettable journey to the capital city.

    Wellington is a compact and walkable city. With a downtown area only 2 km across, most of the major attractions are within easy walking distance from the hotels, cafés, restaurants, bars, and shops. The city, originally founded by English settlers in the 1840s, is split into four quarters – Lambton Quay, the best place for shopping; the business area Courtenay Place; the entertainment district Cuba Street, full of cafés and vintage clothing stores that give the neighborhood a bohemian, alternative vibe; and Waterfront Quarter, which takes in Frank Kitts Park, Waitangi Park, Queens Wharf, and Te Papa.

    You’ll have the afternoon free to explore this incredible city. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner-city beach, and delve into many museums, art galleries, and theatre shows that make up the city’s pulsing cultural scene. There are beautiful walks around the harbor and surrounding hills. Ride the cable car up the hill to Kelbourn for amazing views over the city and enjoy an ice cream at the top. Visit the wildlife sanctuary, Zealandia, the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary and groundbreaking conservation project that has reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, some of which were absent from the mainland for over 100 years. On the waterfront itself, you’ll find Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, New Zealand’s National Museum. Te Papa, as it is colloquially known, means ‘our place’ and is one of the best interactive museums in the world. If you’re a beer lover, Wellington is becoming world famous for its craft beer scene. Stop in one of the local breweries or take a guided tour with tastings. For sunset, climb to the top of Mount Victoria (196m) for the best views of Wellington City and the Wellington harbor.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast

    Estimated Travel Time to Wellington: 2.5 hours driving
    Overnight in Wellington – James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

    Breakfast
    Hotel

    Queenstown New Zealand
    Queenstown New Zealand

    This morning, we’ll have an early morning departure with a box breakfast to be transferred to the Wellington Airport for our flight to Queenstown. Upon arrival in Queenstown, we’ll be met at the airport for our transfer to our hotel where we can drop off our bags until check-in time and head out for lunch nearby.

    Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the majestic Southern Alps, Queenstown is a world-renowned destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Often referred to as the “Adventure Capital of the World,” Queenstown offers an exhilarating array of outdoor activities, from bungee jumping and skydiving to jet boating and white-water rafting. Beyond its adrenaline-fueled reputation, Queenstown also boasts stunning natural beauty, with pristine alpine lakes, towering mountains, and lush forests providing a breathtaking backdrop for outdoor exploration. The charming town center is brimming with lively cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops, while nearby vineyards offer opportunities to sample world-class Central Otago wines.

    You’ll have the rest of the day free to explore this charming town on your own and partake in any adventure you choose. Whether seeking thrills or tranquility amidst nature, Queenstown has it all!

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast
    — Flight from Wellington to Queenstown

    Estimated Travel Time to Wellington: 1.5 hours by plane
    Overnight in Queenstown – Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

    Breakfast
    Hotel

    Walter Peak Farm New Zealand
    Walter Peak Farm

    If you can imagine it, you can do it in Queenstown. The city’s stunning natural surroundings and varied terrain, including mountains, rivers, and lakes, provide a wealth of opportunities for thrill-seekers of all levels.

    Some of the activities that Queenstown is known for include bungee jumping, skydiving, kayaking, jet boating, rafting, hiking, climbing, river surfing, sledging, kite skiing, parasailing, paragliding, hang gliding, snow sports, and mountain biking. It’s an adventure lovers’ paradise and you’ll have the morning free to choose your adventure.

    Starting its life as a gold mining camp in the 1860s, central Queenstown is today a compact area with a friendly, yet ‘grown-up’ feel. Its narrow streets are lined with plentiful bars, restaurants,  and local shops.

    This afternoon, we’ll board a scenic cruise on the vintage TSS Earnslaw to the Walter Peak Farm, situated on the picturesque Lake Whakatipu’s southwestern shores. The Walter Peak High Country Farm is steeped in history. Its sheltered bays were used as camping sites by Maori traveling to the Mararoa and Oreti Rivers on Moa hunting and pounamu (greenstone) gathering expeditions.

    Our rural host will greet you upon disembarking the TSS Earnslaw and take you to the arena where you will watch the remarkable skill with which the farm dogs round up sheep from the paddocks. Farming in the New Zealand high country is a way of life and you’ll get to witness it first-hand and up close at Walter Peak. Experience a walking tour of the farmyard, visiting the holding pens, where you can help feed the sheep and deer and even get up close to the Scottish Highland Cattle. Then, take a stroll to the charming, old wool shed for afternoon tea including scones, cakes, sandwiches, and slices, freshly baked at the farm. You may also have time to stroll through the lakeside gardens before you re-board the TSS Earnslaw for your cruise back to Queenstown.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast & Afternoon Tea
    Walter Peak Farm Tour (3.5 hrs)

    Overnight in Queenstown – Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

    Breakfast
    Hotel

    Mt Cook National Park New Zealand
    Mt Cook National Park

    Today, we’ll have an early morning departure from Queenstown to visit New Zealand’s highest peak and longest glacier at Aoraki/ Mount Cook National Park. As we drive out of the city, your guide will not only set the scene for your adventurous day but also point out and guide you past some of the area’s top highlights.

    Departing Queenstown, we’ll make our way through the Kawarau Gorge passing stunning views, the Kawarau Suspension Bridge, and the famous Roaring Meg Lookout. Time permitting we will stop for that first great shot of the tour.

    Exiting the Kawarau Gorge we enter the fruit and wine growing region of Cromwell. Cromwell was established by gold miners, but now its treasure is stone fruit. Passing huge fields of vines, we cross Lake Dunstan and follow this beautiful lake towards Lindis Pass.

    Climbing in altitude, Lindis Pass has amazing views down through the valleys. Being one of only three alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps, we’ll stop at the famous lookout at the top of the pass for an essential photo.

    While driving through the endless plains of the Mackenzie district we will spot several of the famous Merino breeds of sheep before stopping at the quaint township of Omarama. While in Omarama, we’ll have time for a break and try the best creamy chicken pie in New Zealand!

    Turning west we begin to enter the Aoraki National Park and Lake Pukaki begins to emerge in front of us. Lake Pukaki is one of the bluest lakes you will ever see and is stunningly framed by the backdrop of Aoraki/ Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. We’ll stop for some amazing photos and just marvel at the sight that we are beholding. It’s not hard to see why many “Lord of the Rings” scenes were filmed nearby.

    Arriving at Mt. Cook Village (weather permitting), we should get some amazing shots of the mountain itself. At 3724m (12,200ft), Aoraki/ Mt Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak. While in the park, we’ll do the Hooker Valley hike – thought to be one of New Zealand’s most beautiful hikes or if weather permits, opt for the Heli Hike on the Tasman Glacier, the ultimate way to enjoy the area.

    As we leave Aoraki/ Mt. Cook Village and return to Queenstown, we’ll make a stop at High Country Salmon, a local salmon farm where you can feed the fish and taste some of the freshest salmon in New Zealand.

    We’ll also make a stop at Mrs Jones Suncrest Orchard to try or buy her fabulous and delicious local baked goods, fresh honey, and ice cream.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES AT MOUNT COOK:

    Heli-Hike on Tasman Glacier – The heli-hike on Tasman Glacier from Mt Cook offers a thrilling adventure amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. After a breathtaking helicopter flight over snow-capped peaks and expansive glaciers, adventurers touch down on the pristine ice of the Tasman Glacier. Guided by experienced professionals, hikers navigate through a surreal world of crevasses, ice formations, and towering seracs, gaining insight into the glacier’s fascinating geology and history. Against the backdrop of the rugged mountains, each step on the glacier unveils a new perspective of this frozen wilderness. With the crisp mountain air filling their lungs and the grandeur of the alpine scenery surrounding them, participants in this heli-hike embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of New Zealand’s iconic landscapes.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast
    — Mt Cook Full Day Tour

    Overnight in Queenstown – Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

    Breakfast
    Hotel

    Te Anau New Zealand
    Te Anau New Zealand

    This morning, we’ll take the shuttle to Te Anau, serving as the main base for exploring Fiordland National Park, Te Anau is often dubbed the “Gateway to Fiordland.” The town itself exudes a serene charm, with its picturesque lakefront setting and surrounding mountains creating a captivating backdrop. Te Anau offers a range of activities for nature enthusiasts, including hiking, kayaking, and scenic cruises on Lake Te Anau. One of the town’s main attractions is the Te Anau Glowworm Caves, where visitors can marvel at the mesmerizing display of bioluminescent glowworms deep within the limestone caves. Te Anau also serves as the starting point for the famous Milford Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, which winds its way through some of the country’s most awe-inspiring landscapes.

    Upon arrival in the township of Te Anau, a stunning lakeside town of only 3,000 permanent residents, we’ll drop off our things at the hotel and head out to explore the lake and the surrounding area. There are many beautiful walks in the area or you can also choose to rent a bike and do the Lake2Lake bike trail. This 28.5km (Grade 2, Easy) offers a unique experience, making its way alongside the stunning Lake Te Anau and the East side of the Waiau River towards Lake Manapouri with incredible views and plenty of photo stops. There are also glow worm caves in Te Anau that offer tours and the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary is home to some of New Zealand’s rarest and most famous species of birds.

    This evening, enjoy a catered dinner at our accommodation in Te Anau, which was formerly a convent.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Estimated Travel Time to Te Anau: 2.5 hours driving
    Overnight in Te Anau – Te Anau Lodge

    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodge

    Milford Sound Cruise New Zealand

    This morning, we’ll have an early morning breakfast in “The Chapel” of our BnB before our pickup for our drive to Milford Sound, considered one of the most scenic journeys in New Zealand, offering breathtaking vistas around every twist and turn.

    Departing from Te Anau, we’ll venture into the heart of Fiordland National Park, where the road follows the winding path of the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys. We’ll make stops along the way to explore such iconic places as Mirror Lakes, which offers stunning reflections of the surrounding mountains on calm days, creating picture-perfect photo opportunities.

    As the road ascends into the mountains, we’ll pass through the iconic Homer Tunnel, a remarkable feat of engineering carved through solid rock. We’ll make stops at the viewpoints on either side of the tunnel for panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

    As we continue toward Milford Sound, the landscape becomes increasingly dramatic, with sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and lush rainforest creating a sense of awe and wonder. Each stop along the way provides a glimpse into the natural beauty and grandeur of Fiordland National Park, making the journey to Milford Sound an unforgettable experience.

    Upon arrival, we’ll board the MV Sinbad, a small boat cruise that promises an unforgettable journey through one of New Zealand’s most breathtaking natural wonders. As passengers board the vessel, they are greeted by friendly crew members who provide warm hospitality and a glass of bubbles! Cruising the length of the fiord you’ll enjoy freshly prepared canapes while you take in the beauty of Milford Sound.

    Setting sail into the pristine waters of Milford Sound, passengers are immediately immersed in the awe-inspiring beauty of towering granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and lush rainforest clinging to the steep slopes. The MV Sinbad glides gracefully along the fjord, offering unobstructed views from its spacious decks and large viewing windows. Along the way, passengers will have the opportunity to spot wildlife such as seals, dolphins, and rare Fiordland crested penguins, adding to the sense of adventure and excitement.

    Throughout the cruise, knowledgeable guides share fascinating insights into the history, geology, and ecology of Milford Sound, enhancing the experience with their expertise and passion for the region. A highlight of the journey is approaching iconic landmarks such as Mitre Peak and Stirling Falls, where the MV Sinbad maneuvers close to the cascading waters, allowing passengers to feel the mist on their faces and marvel at the sheer scale and power of nature. As the day draws to a close, passengers disembark from the MV Sinbad with memories of a truly unforgettable adventure, having experienced the majesty and magnificence of Milford Sound in all its glory.

    This evening, we’ll return to Te Anau in time for dinner. With a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, we’ll visit a local restaurant (not included) to indulge in dishes featuring the finest seafood, lamb, and produce from the surrounding area.

    After dinner, a leisurely stroll along the lakefront promenade provides the perfect opportunity to admire the tranquil waters of Lake Te Anau as they reflect the colors of the setting sun. Our BnB accommodations are just a 15-minute walk from town.

    Note: Please be aware there is no public transportation in Te Anau

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch & Canapes
    Milford Sound Cruise

    Estimated Travel Time to Milford Sound: 2 hours driving (each way)
    Overnight in Te Anau – Te Anau Lodge

    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodge

    Paragliding over Queenstown New Zealand
    Paragliding over Queenstown

    This morning, we’ll be picked up after breakfast for our return to Queenstown. Arriving mid-morning,  you’ll have the rest of the day free to tick off any last-minute adventures or you could also opt to do a Half-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Wine Tour.

    Queenstown and Central Otago in New Zealand is not only known for its adventure tourism but also for its world-class wine. The Hop-On-Hop-Off wine bus takes you to some of Queenstown’s best wineries, breweries, and attractions at your own pace without the hassle of a cab or Uber.

    This evening, we’ll take the gondola ride up to the Stratosfare Restaurant for a buffet dining experience on top of the world with panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the surrounding mountains. Feast on succulently grilled meats, seafood, a plethora of plant-based dishes, decadent desserts, and a whole lot more while you take in the incredible views.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN QUEENSTOWN:

    Hop-On Hop-Off Wine and Beer Tour – Tastings and lunch are at your own expense. Please ensure you pre-book lunch. It is also recommended to pre-book some tastings at vineyards. We recommend choosing no more than 3 stops – otherwise, your day may feel rushed.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

    Overnight in Queenstown – Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

    Breakfast, Dinner
    Hotel

    Today is departure day and at the appropriate time, you will be taken to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast
    — Airport Transfer

    Tour Ends/ Departure

    Breakfast

    Extend Your Trip

    Pre-Trip Add-On

    Note: No need to book separately. Add this trip extension at checkout.

    Auckland & Waikeke Island
    3 Days
    $750

    Spend a few days in New Zealand’s largest city with its cosmopolitan charm and the natural beauty and award-winning boutique wineries of Waiheke Island. This tour seamlessly blends urban exploration in Auckland, a serene escape to Waiheke Island, and mesmerizing bioluminescence.

    FAQs

    What is the currency in New Zealand?

    The official currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). It's advisable to use the local currency for transactions. Most places accept Visa and Mastercard.

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    US & Canadian Citizens traveling to or transiting through New Zealand will need an NZeTA to travel under the visa waiver program. It can take up to 72 hours to process an NZeTA, so apply well in advance of your trip. The NZeTA is valid for multiple visits for up to two years.

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    November is arguably one of the best months to visit New Zealand, with warm, dry conditions. Kiwis see November as the start of the warmer months and with winter now a distant memory, summer feels like it's just around the corner. Most days will see the thermostat hitting at least 68 °F, often higher.

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