Enchanting New Zealand: From City Lights to Alpine Heights

14 days / 11 nights

Price per person from *$5979pp (*Based on Double Occupancy)
Air/Land Inclusive

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Journey through New Zealand’s most iconic destinations, from the vibrant cityscapes of Auckland to the breathtaking beauty of Queenstown’s alpine landscapes. This 11-night adventure offers a perfect blend of urban exploration, natural wonders, and cultural immersion.

  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles including New Zealand Domestic Flights
  • 11 Nights Superior Accommodation including Breakfast
  • 10 Tours including Milford Sound, Hobbiton Movie Set, Maori Cultural Evening and City Tours
  • Round-trip private airport/hotel transfers throughout
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Description

Your adventure begins with a direct flight from Los Angeles to Auckland. Transfer by private vehicle to the located Movenpick Auckland and get ready for an Auckland City Revealed half-day tour. Dive into the heart of New Zealand’s largest city, uncovering its rich history, stunning waterfront, and vibrant culture. Explore at your own pace with a 48-hour Explorer Bus Hop On/Hop Off Pass.

Join a day tour from Auckland to Rotorua, where Middle-earth comes to life at the enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set. After immersing yourself in the Shire’s picturesque landscape, continue through New Zealand’s ever-changing countryside, passing geothermal wonders, and arriving in Rotorua, a hub of Māori culture and natural beauty. 

On arrival at Rotorua, check into the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside for two nights. Experience the magic of Te Puia Te Po Combo with an evening of Māori culture, geothermal wonders, and a sumptuous buffet dinner. Explore Rotorua’s geothermal wonders with a guided tour of the Geothermal Valley.

Next, it’s off to Christchurch for a two-night stay at The Mayfair. Discover the revitalized city center followed by a delightful Christchurch Wine Trail experience, complete with a delectable platter lunch.

Travel to Queenstown via the stunning Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook region, soaking in the scenic landscapes along the way. Spend four nights at the Crown Plaza Queenstown in a Lakeview Room. Dive into the excitement of Queenstown with a half-day Highlights tour, and embark on a Milford Sound Small Group Tour, featuring a glass-roof option and a scenic picnic lunch.

Explore Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic TSS Earnslaw before indulging in a Walter Peak Farm BBQ dinner. Your adventure concludes with private airport/hotel transfers as you bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes of New Zealand.


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Price

Travel Dates

Price*
*Price per person from Based on Double Occupancy
Jul 25, 2024 - Sep 17, 2024 from $5979pp*
Sep 18, 2024 - Oct 15, 2024 from $6429pp*
Oct 16, 2024 - Nov 28, 2024 from $6299pp*
Nov 29, 2024 - Dec 12, 2024 from $6699pp*
Dec 13, 2024 - Dec 23, 2024 from $7779pp*
Dec 24, 2024 - Jan 3, 2025 from $6739pp*
Jan 4, 2025 - Jan 13, 2025 from $7269pp*
Jan 14, 2025 - Jan 29, 2025 from $6699pp*
Jan 30, 2025 - Mar 15, 2025 from $6299pp*

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*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Valid for weekday departures and weekend returns.Transpacific departures Fri – Sun incurs a $50 fee each direction. Advertised pricing reflects low season pricing. Seasonal surcharges apply for travel outside this season. Must be booked by August 31, 2024. Black-out dates apply: Queenstown Nov 15-16; Dec 20 - Jan 5; Jan 29. Prices are not valid over special events and surcharges may apply. Prices are current at time of posting (6/30/2024) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed, due to fare increases and currency fluctuations. All pricing is strictly subject to availability. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice.  Please call for our current prices. CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531 | PC-1282498.


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Inclusions

  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angles to Auckland, returning from Queenstown
  • One-way flight from Rotorua to Christchurch
  • 3 Nights Auckland at the Movenpick Auckland in a Superior City Side Room
    • Auckland City & West Coast Luxury Tour includes hotel transfers, entrance fees and lunch
    • Explorer Bus 48-hour Hop On/Hop Off Pass
  • One-way Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton small-group tour includes hotel transfer, admission fees and lunch
  • 2 Nights Rotorua at Novotel Rotorua Lakeside in a City View King Room  
    • Te Puia Te Po Combo Experience includes hotel transfers, guided tour, hangi dinner and cultural performance
    • Eco Thermal Park Tour includes hotel transfers and admission fees
  • 2 Nights Christchurch at The Mayfair in a Mayfair King Room
  • Christchurch Wine Trail and City Tour includes hotel transfers, wine tastings and lunch
  • One-way small-group transfer from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt Cook tour includes hotel transfers from/to select hotels, admission fees and snacks
  • 4 Nights Queenstown at the Crowne Plaza Queenstown in a Lakeview Room
    • Best of Queenstown half-day tour includes wine tasting, cheese platter and a 30-minute scenic boat cruise
    • Milford Sound Small Group Tour (glass roof option) includes hotel transfers from select hotels, 1.45 hour Nature Cruise
    • TSS Earnslaw with Walter Peak Farm Evening includes buffet dinner
  • Private Sedan Airport/Hotel transfers
  • Breakfast daily
  • US/foreign taxes and fees including September 11 Security Fee

Exclusions

  • New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) NZ$17 on free App or NZ$23 if completed online PLUS the IVL of NZ$35. Payable on application.

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Itinerary

  • 01

    Day 1: Depart USA

    This evening make your way to the Los Angeles Airport for your overnight flight aboard Air New Zealand to Auckland. Enjoy a dining experience full of super fresh ingredients and flavors and an extensive range of premium New Zealand wines to complement each meal. Relax in the ergonomically designed seats that create generous personal space to ensure a comfortable journey. Take control of the on-demand entertainment and enjoy a wide range of audio and video and a collection of the very best in music.

  • 02

    Day 2: International Date Line

    During your flight, you will cross the International Date Line.

  • 03

    Day 3: Arrive Auckland

    After you clear Customs and Immigration, collect your luggage and transfer by private vehicle to your hotel for a three-night stay.

  • 04
    Time Unlimited West Coast

    Day 4: Auckland (B,L)

    Enjoy an amazing full day experience including lunch with the very best overview of Auckland City and its glorious West Coast. Marvel at views of several ancient volcanoes on the Auckland isthmus. Travel through the Auckland Domain with the Auckland Museum as its centerpiece, stopping to enjoy views of Auckland’s 2nd-largest volcano. Continue through the boutique suburb of Parnell, restored in the old colonial style and with many beautiful mansions. Explore Tamaki Drive, one of the world’s most beautiful city drives along Auckland’s waterfront, looking out at several of the stunning beaches along Auckland's shoreline. See Mission Bay, arguably Auckland’s most well-known beach with lovely golden sand. Enjoy great views of the famous Hauraki Gulf and the mystical island volcano Rangitoto Island, Auckland’s largest and youngest volcano at 600 years old. Drive over the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge, spanning the sparkling blue waters of the Waitemata Harbour dotted with white sails, from which you can marvel at the iconic view back to Auckland’s skyline. Visit the Arataki Visitor Centre at the gateway to Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa, the great forest of the Maori ancestor Tiriwa, also known as the Waitakere Ranges. Witness spectacular ocean vistas of both the Manukau Harbour and along Auckland’s wild West Coast. Get up close to some of New Zealand’s unique indigenous flora and fauna. View soaring cliffs, roaring surf, and spectacular volcanic black sand beaches. Discover ancient native rainforest including our New Zealand Christmas Trees (Pohutukawa), Nikau Palms, our national icon the Silver Fern, plus our amazing Kauri Trees.

  • 05
    Auckland Explorer Bus

    Day 5: Auckland (B)

    Today is free to explore the city at your leisure with your Explorer Bus Pass.

  • 06
    Hobbiton c Ian Brodie

    Day 6: Auckland – Rotorua (B)

    Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. Your journey takes you through undulating green hills reminding you that you are approaching The Shire. Your Bush and Beach guide will give you commentary on the way to Hobbiton with insights into the areas you are travelling through, along with some background to the movies. On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only part of the set remaining in New Zealand. You see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the party tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the gate to Bilbo’s house, “Bag End”, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. The tour ends with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn for a drink.

  • 07
    Rotorua Champagne Pool in Wai O Tapu Geothermal Wonderland

    Day 7: Rotorua (B)

    This morning, visit Rotorua's most natural and popular geothermal parks; Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rainbow Mt and boiling mud-fields The local naturalist guide will explain the volcanic processes of Rotorua and New Zealand. See volcanoes, geysers, New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool, and hot springs on a scenic drive around volcanic landscapes of farmland, native and exotic forests. The two heritage parks offer a variety of thermal activity; at Wai-o-tapu the amazingly colorful hot springs and moon-like landscapes are the key features along with the famous Lady Knox geyser. At Waimangu Volcanic valley your guide will explain the Mt Tarawera eruption, native flora and fauna and the geothermal features which were blown open in 1886. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Te Puia with a highly experienced local kaiārahi/guide who has connections to the whānau/family of the Whakarewarewa and Rotorua communities followed by a cultural performance in the carved meeting house.

  • 08
    Christchurch Avon River Bridge Steps c.Christchurch Tourism

    Day 8: Rotorua – Christchurch (B)

    This morning transfer to Rotorua Airport for your flight to Christchurch. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a 2-night stay. The remainder of your day is free to explore the city at your leisure.

  • 09
    The Mayfair Christchurch Exterior

    Day 9: Christchurch (B,L)

    Today, head to the revitalized City Centre and discuss the rebuilding and reinvention of our colorful City, now designed for walking. There are over 40 boutique vineyards within easy reach of Christchurch, a region renowned for producing aromatic wines, namely Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. Your guide will carefully select 3 wineries whose tastings illustrate the caliber of New Zealand wine.

  • 10
    Lake Tekapo

    Day 10: Christchurch - Mt Cook – Queenstown (B)

    Today, your journey takes you through the picturesque Canterbury plains to Geraldine, where a quick morning tea awaits. Continue towards Lake Tekapo, passing stunning alpine views, and visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd. Lake Pukaki offers awe-inspiring photos with its vivid blue waters framed by Aoraki/Mt Cook. In the national park, enjoy 2.5 hours of free time for walks or optional activities like Tasman Glacier exploration. Admire Mt Cook's majesty, then visit High Country Salmon before heading to Queenstown via the scenic Lindis Pass. Savor local fruit at Mrs. Jones Fruit Stall and behold Kawarau Gorge's beauty before concluding your journey in Queenstown.

  • 11
    Altitude Tours Best of Queenstown Arrowtown

    Day 11: Queenstown (B)

    Relax and relish a morning of guided sightseeing. Experience the excitement of Bungy jumping as intrepid thrill-seekers take the plunge from a dizzying 43-meter height. Next, indulge in a wine tasting at the scenic "Valley of the Vines" Gibbston region, hosted by Gibbston Valley Winery. Delve into the 1860s gold rush history and admire the charming colonial architecture of Arrowtown, with ample time to stroll along the main street and explore the Chinese Village. Conclude your adventure with awe-inspiring panoramic vistas from the Coronet Saddle lookout and a scenic journey back through the Shotover River Gorge.

  • 12
    Altitude Tours Glass Roof Milford Sound

    Day 12: Milford Sound (B,L)

    Depart Queenstown early in a glass roof vehicle at 6.30am and enjoy a fully guided tour to Milford Sound. This small group tour gives you the ability to get to know your driver and other guests, creating a more personal and memorable experience. Once in Milford Sound, we join a stunning two-hour small boat nature cruise on the fjord – see waterfalls, fur seals, penguins and occasionally dolphins. Enjoy fun and informative commentary from your nature guide, and plenty of off-the-beaten-track visits away from the crowds.

  • 13
    Queenstown Walter Peak TSS Earnslaw Docking

    Day 13: Queenstown (B,D)

    Today is free to explore Queenstown at your leisure or enjoy optional activities. This evening, indulge in a quintessential Kiwi experience at Walter Peak High Country Farm, where a delightful gourmet BBQ buffet meal awaits at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant. Dine amidst picturesque lakeside scenery, a serene escape from Queenstown's hustle and bustle. Your journey includes a scenic cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship, adding to the charm of the day. While at the farm, be entertained by an engaging demonstration showcasing the remarkable skills of farm dogs at work, making it a truly memorable lakeside dining adventure.

  • 14

    Day 14: Depart Queenstown (B)

    Say goodbye to Queenstown and your New Zealand vacation. Transfer to Queenstown Airport for your return flights to the US.


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