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Spectacular New Zealand

Discover the breathtaking scenery, charming hospitality, and exciting wildlife in New Zealand’s North and South Islands with overnights in Christchurch, Queenstown, Te Anau, Dunedin, Lake Taupo, and Cambridge. Witness natural wonders on a Milford Sound cruise and during a delightful journey by rail on the Taieri Gorge Railway. Make discoveries at the Orakei Korako Thermal Park, Fiordland National Park, and the Larnach Castle & Gardens. Learn about the famously regional kiwi bird at the Kiwi Birdlife Park, tour the Hobbiton™ Movie Set from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films, and more! Then arrive home with lifelong memories from this special place.

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Airfare Included
Airfare Included
Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
Most Meals Included
Most Meals Included
Premier Attractions
Premier Attractions
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Professional Tour Directors
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Choose Your Departure Year:

Day 1 : Depart the USA

Following our included flight to California, we board our overnight flight for Auckland. Enjoy delicious meals and attentive service.

Day 2 : New Zealand Bound

When we cross the International Date Line, we lose a calendar day.

Day 3 : Christchurch, South Island

Upon arrival we clear customs in Auckland and fly to Christchurch on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Once we land, we clear customs once more and transfer to the Distinction Christchurch Hotel. The remainder of the day is free.

Day 4 : Glacial Lakes & Southern Alps

This morning we travel through picturesque patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and enter the Geraldine foothills and expansive Mackenzie Country. We stop to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd overlooking Lake Tekapo’s pristine waters where we view the bronze statue of a sheep dog, symbolizing the important role these animals have played in the development of high country farming. We then drive along Lake Pukaki’s shimmering, turquoise glacial waters while enjoying the spectacular backdrop of Mount Cook and the Southern Alps. We journey over Lindis Pass and through the tussock-covered plains of Mackenzie Country to the Fruitlands of Central Otago, famous for its summer fruit production including apricots, peaches, nectarines, and plums. Our memorable day ends in the city situated on the rippling shores of Lake Wakatipu and set against the dramatic 7,000-foot Remarkables mountains.


Day 5 : Kiwi & Birdlife Park

Enjoy a private homemade breakfast featuring local produce at the Kiwi Birdlife Park. After breakfast we have the rare opportunity to meet New Zealand’s most iconic bird. Specially designed nocturnal houses allow us to view the kiwi during the day. Later we visit the historic and picturesque “gold rush” settlement of Arrowtown, then view the Kawarau River suspension bridge where bungee jumpers come for thrills from all over the world. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy New Zealand’s adventure capital with jet boating, golf, picturesque walks, and abundant restaurants and shops in one of the most scenic settings in the world.


Day 6 : Milford Sound Cruise

Today we travel through an ancient ice age region by first crossing pasturelands on our way to Fiordland National Park. We journey through beech forests and the beautiful Eglinton Valley to the Homer Tunnel before descending through the spectacular Cleddau Canyon, reaching Milford Sound. Our cruise takes us past Mitre Peak, rising over 5,500 feet. We pass by the phenomenal Stirling Falls and Bowen Falls. Cascading at more than 500 feet, these falls flow from valleys formed by receding glaciers. Watch for sea lions and a variety of birds. Our accommodations tonight are in Te Anau, the town nestled on the shores of Lake Te Anau with a spectacular backdrop of Mount Luxmore and the Murchison Mountains.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 : Larnach Castle & Dunedin

Departing Te Anau, we travel through some of New Zealand’s most populated sheep country, taking us through Lumsden and Gore to the historic Larnach Castle and Gardens nestled on picturesque Otago Peninsula. With its exciting and at times scandalous and tragic history, our guided tour of the castle and gardens offers a vision of the past and present. Marvel at magnificent carved ceilings, antiques, and breathtaking views. We arrive in Dunedin, known for its Scottish heritage and Victorian and Edwardian architecture. We witness some of the city’s iconic attractions such as Speights Brewery, the University of Otago, the world’s steepest street, and First Church of Otago.


Day 8 : Larnach Castle & Wildlife Tour

Today we explore the historic Larnach Castle & Gardens nestled on picturesque Otago Peninsula. With its exciting and at times scandalous and tragic history, our guided tour of the castle and gardens illustrates the history of the Castle from its very beginnings to the present day. Marvel at magnificent carved ceilings, antiques, and breathtaking views. Later, we visit Nature's Wonders. Placed at the very tip of the Otago Peninsula, this guided tour features an exhilarating ride aboard an Argo 8 wheeled vehicle. You will get a first hand look at the wildlife of New Zealand, featuring Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins, and New Zealand Fur Seals.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 : Lake Taupo

This morning we fly to the North Island and transfer to the quaint town of Taupo located on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake. Taupo is home to award-winning attractions, activities, and breathtaking lake and mountain vistas. Our lodging for two nights are at the Hilton Lake Taupo featuring spacious rooms overlooking the thermally heated pool.


Day 10 : Orakei Korako & Maori Concert

We begin with a visit to Orakei Korako, one of the finest thermal areas in the world. On our walk through the Hidden Valley, we see silica terraces, boiling pools, geysers and a rare geothermal cave. After lunch at leisure in Taupo’s town center, we cruise the Waikato River and witness impressive Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited natural wonder. Tonight we enjoy an authentic Maori hangi feast including a customary cooking method that prepares food in an underground pit oven followed by powerful song and dance from the traditional culture.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 : Hobbiton™ & The Red Barn

We travel to Alexander Sheep & Cattle Farm in Matamata, a combination working sheep farm and Hobbiton™, The Shire™ from Middle-earth™. Our visit includes a drive through the picturesque 1,250-acre farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges and a guided tour of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. The set has been completely rebuilt and remains as it was seen in these films. During our tour we see Hobbit Holes™, The Green Dragon Inn™, the mill, the double-arched bridge, and other structures and gardens built for this beloved imaginary world. For lunch, we enjoy a traditional pasture-to-plate meal at The Red Barn, a 500-acre working dairy farm. Originally built at the turn of the previous century as a livery stable for horses journeying across the greater Waikato, The Red Barn showcases the very best of New Zealand cuisine and country hospitality. Later we take a pleasant drive to Cambridge in the heart of rural Waikato, a picture-perfect country town characterized by quaint charm and tree-lined streets.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 : Auckland & Evening Flight

This morning we arrive in Auckland, the largest Polynesian city in the Southern Hemisphere. We enjoy lunch before ascending Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower, the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand, offering breathtaking views in every direction. We enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of the city including American’s Cup Village, lively Queen Street, and the Harbor Bridge before heading to the airport for our evening flight to Los Angeles. We cross the International Date Line and regain a day, arriving early in the afternoon.


Day 13 : Homeward

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes (minimum value of $825 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director specializing in the South Pacific
  • Experienced Driver/Guides
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night Distinction Christchurch Hotel
  • 2 nights Millennium Hotel Queenstown
  • 1 night Distinction Te Anau Hotel
  • 2 nights Distinction Dunedin Hotel
  • 2 nights Hilton Lake Taupo
  • 1 night Hidden Lake Hotel in Cambridge
  • 1 night Near the Los Angeles International Airport

Attractions & Highlights

  • Christchurch & Lake Tekapo
  • Queenstown & Lake Wakatipu
  • Kiwi Birdlife Park
  • Historic Arrowtown
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Dunedin city tour
  • Larnach Castle & Gardens
  • Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Toitū Otago Settlers Museum
  • Lake Taupo
  • Orakei Korako Thermal Park
  • Huka Falls River Cruise
  • Hobbiton™ Movie Set
  • Auckland Sky Tower

13 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Dinner at Parcels Restaurant in Dunedin
  • Maori Concert & Feast in Taupo
  • Pasture-to-plate dining experience at The Red Barn in Karapiro

Tour Dates & Pricing


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Final Payment Date: 12/27/2022


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Final Payment Date: 01/03/2023


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Final Payment Date: 08/08/2023


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Final Payment Date: 08/15/2023

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