Traditions and Tales: Delving into New Zealand's Cultural Heritage

17 Days | 16 Nights

Price per person from *$6399pp (*Based on Double Occupancy)
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Experience a New Zealand vacation that offers a mix of historical sites, cultural experiences, and museums, allowing you to explore New Zealand's rich history and cultural heritage.

  • 16 Nights Superior Accommodation
  • 14 Tours/Experiences including Auckland Maori tour, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Whakarewarewa Living Māori Village Tour & Milford Sound
  • 14 Days Intermediate SUV Car Rental including Unlimited Mileage
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Auckland Musuem

Auckland Musuem

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Olveston House

Olveston House

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Waitangi, Northland

Waitangi, Northland

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Embark on a 16-night cultural odyssey through New Zealand, immersing yourself in the rich tapestry of Māori and colonial heritage. Begin in Auckland, exploring its vibrant Polynesian culture and modern art scene. Journey north to Omapere and the Bay of Islands, where Māori legends come to life amid stunning landscapes.

Discover the Coromandel Peninsula's historic gold rush towns before delving into Rotorua's geothermal wonders and Māori traditions. In Napier, admire the art deco architecture and sip world-class wines in the surrounding vineyards.

Continue to Wellington for a taste of the nation's capital before experiencing the English charm of Christchurch. Explore Dunedin's Scottish heritage and wildlife, then conclude your journey in Queenstown, where adventure meets Māori legend against the backdrop of breathtaking mountains and lakes. This curated itinerary offers a deep dive into New Zealand's diverse cultural heritage, ensuring memories last a lifetime.

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Travel Dates

*Price per person from Based on Double Occupancy
Jul 1, 2024 - Sep 24, 2024 from $6399pp*
Sep 25, 2024 - Mar 7, 2025 from $7149pp*

Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Advertised price valid for departures July 1- September 24, 2024. Other date ranges are available, however seasonal surcharges apply. Black-out dates apply Auckland: Jul 10-20, Oct 28, Dec 31-Jan 1, Jan 29, Feb 6; Wellington Aug 17, Aug 24, Sep 7, Sep 19-21, Sep 26-29, Oct 3-6; Oct 10-12; Queenstown: Dec 24-28; Dec 29-Jan 2; Jan 27-31. Other dates may be unavailable due to special events. Rooms are limited and subject to availability at the time of booking. Prices are current at the 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. Travel Answers terms and conditions apply to change fees and cancellations. Packages must be booked by August 31, 2024. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices based on availability. An ETA Visa is required to enter or transit in New Zealand.CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531

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  • Private arrival transfer Auckland Airport to Hotel
  • 2-nights Auckland, Travelodge Wynyard Quarter, Guest Room
    • Auckland Māori Luxury Tour including lunch
    • Auckland Museum Entry and Aotearoa Unveiled Tour
  • 9-days Group P Intermediate SUV including unlimited mileage
  • 1-night Omapere, The Sands Hotel or similar
    • The Manea Experience
  • 2-nights Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, Superior Seaview Room
    • Waitangi Treaty Grounds Admission
    • Island and Wildlife Day Cruise
  • 1-night Coromandel, Grand Mercure Puka Park, Rimu Chalet
  • 2-hour The Full Monty Cruise
  • 2-nights Rotorua, Sudima Rotorua, Superior King Room
    • Whakarewarewa Living Māori Village Tour
  • 2-nights Napier, Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Pacific View Room
    • Art Deco Evening Guided Walk
  • 1-night Wellington, Travelodge Wellington, Executive Room
    • Wellington Cable Car Return Journey
  • Te Papa Museum Highlights Tour
  • 5-days Group P Intermediate SUV including unlimited mileage
  • 1-night Christchurch, The Mayfair, Mayfair King
  • Christchurch Tramway Restaurant
  • 2-nights Dunedin, Fable Dunedin, Superior King Room
    • Castle to Cruise Tour
    • Olveston House Experience
  • 2-nights Queenstown, The Dairy Private Hotel, Habitat Room
    • Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly
  • Breakfast daily (except Auckland)

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    Auckland Musuem c.ATEED

    Day 1 - Auckland

    On arrival at Auckland Airport, meet your driver in the Arrivals Hall for your private transfer to your Auckland accommodation for a 2-night stay.

    This afternoon, make your way to the Auckland Museum for an intimate and high-end guided tour offers a rare opportunity to delve into New Zealand’s past, led by a curator-trained guide who will share their wealth of knowledge and passion for this remarkable land. The tour offers fascinating insights into the indigenous flora and fauna, Māori culture, and the history of our diverse and youthful nation. This authentic and private experience, behind-the-scenes and in key galleries at Auckland Museum

    • Travelodge Hotel Wynyard Quarter  (Superior)
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    Time Unlimited Auckland Day Tour

    Day 2 - Auckland (L)

    Enjoy a wonderful day of sightseeing and learning about indigenous Māori culture throughout the day as you discover Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa (Waitakere Ranges) on Auckland’s West Coast. View several ancient volcanoes and marvel at the architecture of the Auckland Museum, one of New Zealand’s most beautiful buildings, as you visit the Auckland Domain.

    Explore the boutique suburb of Parnell, restored in the old colonial style with many beautiful mansions and along Tamaki Drive, one of the world’s most beautiful city drives. See several stunning beaches along Auckland’s shoreline including Mission Bay, arguably Auckland’s most well-known beach with lovely golden sand and safe swimming.

    Drive over the famous Auckland Harbour Bridge spanning the Waitemata Harbour, see the Hauraki Gulf and great views of the mystical island volcano Rangitoto Island, Auckland’s largest and youngest volcano at 600 years old. Visit the Arataki Visitor Centre at the gateway to Auckland’s famous West Coast, which is well-known for its interesting displays and magnificent views over the Manukau Harbour. Enjoy overlooking spectacular ocean vistas along Auckland’s wild West Coast in our famous Waitakere Ranges.

    Discover Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa (Māori for ancient forest of Tiriwa), the indigenous forest covering the Waitakere Ranges on Auckland's famous west coast. Walk among unique indigenous trees and plants, learn their Māori names and their importance as both food and medicine. Meet some of our shy bush-dwelling native birds. Hear the lore and legends of the bush. Get up close to some of New Zealand’s unique indigenous flora and fauna. Explore Te Taihauuru (the famous ‘Wild West Coast’) with its unique and spectacular soaring cliffs. Return to Downtown Auckland after a wonderful day with a greater appreciation of Auckland and New Zealand’s Māori culture along the way.


    • Travelodge Hotel Wynyard Quarter  (Superior)
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    Waipoua Forest

    Day 3 - Omapere

    Collect your rental vehicle from the downtown location and head north to Omapere. On the way explore antique and craft stores in Maungaturoto and Paparoa or visit the Matakohe Kauri Museum.

    Discover Waipoua Forest - home to the majestic Tane Mahuta, the Lord of the Forest and largest Kauri tree in the world.  Continue to the Hokianga Harbour, where Māori first arrived in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Look out to the stunning sand dunes which after a short ferry ride you could be sandboarding down.

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    Manea Footprints

    Day 4 - Bay of Islands (B)

    This morning stop at Manea Footprints of Kupe for a 75-minute multisensory journey of guided storytelling – through art, taonga (cultural treasures), film, performance, digital interaction, and the splendor of Hokianga’s natural surroundings. Manea Footprints of Kupe offers you a unique cultural encounter, journeying into te ao Māori, the Māori world. The cultural and heritage center on the shores of the spectacular Hokianga Harbour is your first stop on this journey. You will feel the warmth of welcoming stories and traditions that will be shared.  Continue to across to the East Coast to the Bay of Islands for a two-night stay.

    This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of all the major treasures at Waitangi. The guides bring the Treaty story to life and introduce you to some of the key personalities and events that have shaped the nation. Many of the guides descend from signatories to the Treaty – they bring a personal connection to Waitangi that will enhance your understanding of the relevance of the Treaty in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand. Waitangi’s resident performance group, Te Pitowhenua, gives you a special introduction to New Zealand’s unique indigenous culture in Te Whare Rūnanga. Enjoy a fun-filled and spine-tingling performance of waiata (singing), poi, stick games, Māori weaponry, as well as the famous haka. All performances begin with a traditional Māori welcome outside the meeting house. After the show you will have the opportunity to interact with the performers, ask questions and have your photo taken with the group.

    • Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands  (Superior)
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    Carino Wildlife Cruise

    Day 5 - Bay of Islands (B,L)

    Today, board the Carino Wildlife Cruise for a change to see amazing wildlife and the opportunity to give back to the local community and help protect local marine wildlife. Guests contribute directly to marine conservation and research and a portion of every fare is gifted to the Carino Marine Explorers Trust. The island and wildlife day cruise allows you to experience the natural world in the Bay of Islands and provides a chance to make a real difference to the local environment. The 6-hour island and wildlife day cruise includes relaxed sailing, a chance to view wild dolphins, penguins, an island stop for swimming, snorkeling and a BBQ lunch.



    • Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands  (Superior)
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    The Coromandel Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort in Pauanui v2

    Day 6 - Coromandel (B)

    Journey south to Auckland and then around to the Coromandel Peninsula for an overnight stay.

    • Grand Mercure Puka Park  (Superior)
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    Cathedral Cove Coromandel NO EXP

    Day 7 - Rotorua (B)

    This morning, explore 12 kilometers of rugged volcanic coastline visiting nearby islands, stunning beaches, including Lonely Bay, Cooks Beach, Hahei and the spectacular Cathedral Cove where Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia) was filmed. Venture across the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve where you’ll observe an abundance of marine and bird life. Get up close and personal with towering pinnacles, giant blowholes and huge sea caves including Orua Sea Cave, one of the largest in New Zealand and only accessible by boat. Throughout the tour your local guide will highlight Mercury Bay’s rich and colorful history giving a fabulous balance of information and time to soak up the sights and sounds.

    After the tour concludes, continue to Rotorua for a 2-night stay.

    • Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua  (Superior)
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    Rotorua Bya of Plenty c.Miles Holden

    Day 8 - Rotorua

    A leisurely day in Rotorua to explore at your leisure.

    During the day, make your way to Whakarewarewa, the Living Māori Village for a guided tour.  Explore an authentic living Māori village where people live daily, using natural geothermal resources to cook, bathe and heat their homes as they have for centuries. View the geothermal wonders of Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley including the world-famous Pōhutu geyser, boiling mud-pools, steam vents and bubbling pools. Learn what it’s like to live in the challenging geothermal plateau where daily life includes cooking in the bubbling pools and steam vents, and bathing in the refreshing therapeutic waters. Take in our various historical landmarks and buildings, including an active Marae (meeting grounds and focal point of Maori communities), our WWII Memorial Archway, historic churches, and tapu (sacred) burial grounds.

    • Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua  (Superior)
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    Day 9 - Rotorua (B)

    After breakfast, continue your journey to Napier. The scenic drive offers plenty of opportunities to take in the sites along the way, including Huka Falls and Taupo.

    This evening, head out for an early evening guided walk around the city’s famous art deco architecture. Stroll around the city center with your guide, well after the sun has stopped beating down and the crowds have left the boardwalk and hear all about Napier’s culture and history. Discover the stories of the people that shaped the city and the buildings they left behind on this easygoing tour.

    • Scenic Hotel Te Pania  (Superior)
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    Napier Hawkes Bay c.Graeme Murray

    Day 10: Napier (B)

    Today relax or explore Napier and surrounds at your leisure. The region is renowned for wine and food, and there are many opportunities to drop into a cellar door.

    • Scenic Hotel Te Pania  (Superior)
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    Wellington Cable Car Selfie c Wellington Tourism

    Day 11 - Wellington (B)

    On arrival, make your way to 280 Lambton Quay for a return scenic ride on Wellington Cable Car. There is simply no better way to experience the hidden charm that Wellington has to offer than to take this 5-minute ride from the heart of the city center, up through the hillside terraced houses of Kelburn, to the lookout perched high above the city

    • Travelodge Wellington  (Superior)
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    Christchurch Avon River Bridge Steps c.Christchurch Tourism

    Day 12 - Christchurch (B,D)

    This morning, visit Te Papa Musuem and learn about how New Zealand came to be and what the future holds for this island nation on a privately guided tour of the national museum. Explore the diverse natural environment, the continued growth of Māori culture, and what the national art collection has to say about living in New Zealand. Discover intricate details and ask in-depth questions about New Zealand with your own personal guide who will take up close to a diverse array of taonga dotted around the museum.

    Return your rental vehicle to Wellington Airport for your flight to Christchurch (not included).

    On arrival, collect your rental vehicle and make your way to your accommodation for an overnight stay.

    This evening, board the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant for a view the inner city while enjoying an evening dinner.

    • The Mayfair Christchurch  (Deluxe)
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    St Clair Dunedin c.DunedinNZ

    Day 13 - Dunedin (B)

    After breakfast, hit the road and travel south to Dunedin. The road to Dunedin is lined with breathtaking beaches and fascinating geology.

    Visit Moeraki where giant perfectly rounded boulders lie strewn across the beach. At Katiki Point, see fur seals and yellow-eyed penguin resting alongside the Moeraki Lighthouse. Stroll down the stunning white sand beaches of Kakanui, Waikouati and Karitane.

    Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary - a 300-hectare, wildlife sanctuary and home to many of New Zealand's native birds and reptiles, is a must-see.

    • Fable Dunedin  (Deluxe)
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    Larnach Lodge Exterior

    Day 14 - Dunedin (B)

    This morning, take a wonderful journey back in time, on a guided tour of New Zealand's castle. Built in 1871, Larnach Castle took two hundred workers roughly three years to build the exterior shell and a further twelve years for master European craftsmen to finish the interior. Over the years the castle and grounds fell into ruin and disrepair. In 1967 the property was bought by the Barker family who have spent many years restoring it to its former grandeur.  During the tour you’ll see the magnificent carved ceilings, antiques and painstakingly restored original features. Hear the scandalous and tragic history of the original owner, William Larnach who took his own life with a single shot to the head.

    You’ll then meet your guide at the bus and continue the tour along the Peninsula. Join an invigorating Wildlife Cruise around Taiaroa Head, home to the world's only mainland nesting place of royal albatross. Watch as these huge birds glide in from the ocean and soar high above their hillside nests. You’ll cruise beneath a historic lighthouse, perched high above volcanic cliffs. Watch as New Zealand fur seals play and swim around the rocky outcrops below. Then it’s a short way out to sea to spot other species of albatross, cormorants, petrels and other rarely seen ocean birds. Occasionally you might spot blue penguins, dusky or hectors dolphins or sea lions.


    • Fable Dunedin  (Deluxe)
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    OlvestonAutumn 003 c.DunedinNZ

    Day 15 - Queenstown (B)

    Step back in time again with a one-hour tour of Olveston, built for Dunedin businessman, collector and philanthropist David Theomin, his wife Marie and their two children Edward and Dorothy. Designed by acclaimed English architect Sir Ernest George, Olveston was built as a family home furnished with fine art, furniture and artefacts purchased from all around the world. Intended for future generations of Theomin’s to enjoy, this was not to be the case as the Theomin children died without heirs. Surviving the death of her father, mother and elder brother, Miss Dorothy Theomin lived at Olveston until her death in 1966, when it was discovered the house, and the original contents were gifted to the City of Dunedin. Opened as a historic house museum in 1967, Olveston is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a family home between 1906 to 1966. Olveston is an authentic and original historic home depicting the life of a wealthy merchant family in the early part of the twentieth century.

    Leaving Dunedin, the road winds through the heart of Central Otago taking in characterful settlements such as Middlemarch, Ranfurly, Oturehua and Clyde, as well as the larger towns of Alexandra, Cromwell, Arrowtown, before arriving in Queenstown for a 2-night stay.

    • The Dairy Private Hotel  (Deluxe)
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    Air Milford Milford Sound Aircraft

    Day 16 - Queenstown (B)

    This morning, take to the skies on a 35-minute scenic flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound. From the sky, view the famous Skippers Canyon, the Paradise region (recently made popular as film locations for Lord of the Rings/Hobbit Trilogies), and the Donne glacier among many other awe-inspiring features.

    The second half of the adventure begins in Milford Sound, where your pilot personally escorts you to the boat docks where you will board the “Spirit of Milford” to enjoy your Milford Sound Nature Cruise. The catamaran explores nooks and crannies along the edge of the fiord, nudging into sheer rock faces to examine flora and fauna in detail.

    Following your Milford Sound cruise your return flight takes in many of the pristine alpine lakes and waterfalls that Fiordland National Park is recognized for, including the Sutherland Falls which span 580m (1900ft). Flight time is another 35 minutes, with a total trip time of approximately five hours.

    The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure.

    • The Dairy Private Hotel  (Deluxe)
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    Queenstown in the Spring 173152 c.Queenstown Tourism

    Day 17 - Depart Queenstown

    This morning, return to rental vehicle to the local or airport depot.

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