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11 Days / 10 Nights Trip to New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

Get ready for a binge of bustling cities, adrenaline adventures, fiery geysers, immense glaciers and friendly locals.
Join us on a journey through a strange and fantastical land, where constellations of blue-green glow worms twinkle like stars in dark caves, and the wildlife is as bizarre as it’s possible to be; a landscape of velvety-green mountains and silver waterfalls; and meet fierce warriors and friendly Kiwis along the way.
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  • 11 Reviews
  • Duration
    11 Days
  • Starting From
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Cosmos Vacations
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Auckland: volcanoes & vineyards
Highlight #1
Auckland: volcanoes & vineyards
New Zealand’s largest city is famous for its harbours, volcanic islands, vineyards, and vibrant multiculturalism. Oh, and did we mention The Lord Of The Rings was filmed here?
Highlights of New Zealand
Highlight #2
Discover the wonders of Rotorua
Explore New Zealand's most active volcanic sites studded with naturally-heated pools, angry geysers and rainbow-coloured lakes.
Highlights of New Zealand
Highlight #3
Wellington: New Zealand's capital
The city boasts a harbour filled with white-sailed boats, lively waterfront, lots of ‘Lord Of The Ring’s filming locations, and vibrant city life.
Queenstown: the ‘Adventure Capital’ of New Zealand
Highlight #4
Queenstown: the ‘Adventure Capital’ of New Zealand
The ultimate adventure destination! From parasailing to hiking, bungy jumping to skiing, you’ll find plenty of adventures at every twist and turn.
Christchurch: a lively city like no other
Highlight #5
Christchurch: a lively city like no other
Welcome to a city alive with vivacious people, wineries, and white-sand beaches.


11 Reviews

Dushyant Arora

Written on 01 May, 2019

5.0 out of 5
Trip was great and memorable!
5.0 out of 5
Cosmos designs destinations with the best experiences. As usual, had the best of people on tour and the best Tour Director. All the optionals were also well arranged. My feedback is that Cosmos and Globus are the best tours which I would recommend now to all my friends & families and its worth the money you spent, in short, its " Value for Money "
Albina V
5.0 out of 5
Traveling with Cosmos was a unique experience. I had my own doubts when I decided to travel solo that too after my retirement. But it was like a family tour. I met so many people who came from the different parts of the world and have made friends too. Our tour guide George Korkedetao was very helpful and very well informed about the local history of the places visited. Even the local guides were good. Additional excursions were really worth it. We were taken to very unique places hardly heard of. Every minute detail of the tour was meticulously thought of and taken care off. Thoroughly enjoyed it and looking forward to travel again with you.
Dr Oscar
5.0 out of 5
Trust Cosmos to get our vacation pitch perfect !! The locales are right, the hotels are right, the food & drink is right and importantly the price is right. However, more than the traditional vacation experience that Cosmos always aces, it is the human connection that makes the holiday memorable. Along with our ever ebullient guide Mladen, a global family of Aussies, Canadians , Americans, Chinese & us indians connected with a camaraderie and bonding sans pareil. For creating a "family" of holiday makers, Cosmos, please take a bow!
Shabnam S
5.0 out of 5
This was my fourth venture with Cosmos. A great applause for our Tour Director John Shaw. Overall the transportation was great (new phone charging facilities added on the bus). Accommodations all very good, except at Fez. Vegetarian food was limiting. But the outstanding part of this most memorial tour was without a doubt our tour director JOHN SHAW. He was passionate, knowledgeable, extremely competent and honestly cared about all of his clients. It would not have been the same trip without him. Not forgetting to mention the small gesture of the Sangria and introducing us to Tapas. He went beyond and above his duties to keep us entertained. With a special person like him to represent you Cosmos will always be a winner with me.
Sanjukta D
4.0 out of 5
The Scandinavia tour was well conducted and explored the interior parts of Scandinavia that would be difficult to cover on customized tour. It gives the traveler an authentic feel of the country. We had a lovely Tour guide, Ms. Rosie and Tour Driver, Mr. Martin, who were well aware of the Scandinavian region and escorted us very well throughout the tour.
Edwin and Viona
5.0 out of 5
Thank you Cosmos for organizing such a wonderful tour of Italy, and for making a dream come true. Excellent planning and efficient coordination ensured that we did not have to worry about luggage, hotel bookings or anything else. We were fortunate to be guided around by our knowledgeable tour director Mattia di Carlo and driver Sergio, who gave us valuable recommendations about places to see in our free time. Each of the tour guides (Flavia in Rome and Lucia in Florence) shared key insights into the history of every place we visited, as well useful phrases in the local language, so that we could immerse ourselves completely into the culture throughout the duration of the trip. The local cuisines at all places on our itinerary were quite unique and appetizing; we got to try some dishes and wines for the first time. Travelling in an international group gave us the opportunity to socialize with some new people from different parts of the world. One of the key highlights of this tour package was the free time during the optional tours, which gave us the flexibility to visit additional tourist spots on our own. The holiday was totally worth it and I look forward to my next Cosmos tour.
Jennifer P
5.0 out of 5
Thank you Cosmos for the wonderful trip of Britian and Ireland. From the start of the trip to the end, everything was so well planned. A big thank you to our tour director Barbara for making this trip interesting with her vast knowledge of the places we went through. I have always done customised tours so was a bit apprehensive of doing a group tour, as I like to explore the places at leisure - not only sightseeing but also shopping. But Cosmos gave us enough time to explore, shop and eat without being rushed. Even our fellow travellers were very good and by the end of the tour, we became one big family. I am now recommending Cosmos to all my friends and family. Looking forward to my next trip with Cosmos, soon.
Sudha & Uthara
4.5 out of 5
Just to say thank you for all arrangements for our cruise to Russia. Everything, all small details were taken care of. Two senior citizens like us were very comfortable and safe at all the places we visited. I would really recommend this wonderful holiday, even to seniors and singles. Thank you once again!
Mr Sanjay Ghag
5.0 out of 5
The tour was very good. Our tour director was fantastic. The tour director managed the tour very well and in timely manner. The itinerary was well thought of and the hotels were in strategic locations - well connected to the downtown and restaurants. Quality of hotels were also good. Our Driver was super, driving a brand new bus. I will highly recommend Indians to go through Cosmos and enjoy the international group experience.
Rucha P
5.0 out of 5
We are extremely happy that we took this trip through Cosmos. It was a wonderful experience. Our stay was wonderful. All the hotels, as they say, were “conveniently located” and had either a bus or a train station at walking distance. Ms. Agnieszka was an excellent tour director and was always happy to help us with all our concerns.She was also very well informed about all the places we visited. Also was well-organized & well versed with our schedules, optional sightseeing’s, meal preferences etc. Both the coach and the driver – Mr. Grogeio were really good. The coach was comfortable & had Wi-Fi. And we had awesome local guides in all the 3 cities we visited. The number of things they knew & shared with us about the history, culture and food etc was immense. All in all an excellent trip. Thank you!

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Kia ora and welcome to New Zealand! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or start exploring.


This morning begins with a welcome briefing to meet fellow passengers and your Tour Director. Then enjoy a sightseeing tour, discovering first-hand why Auckland is regarded as one of the best places in the world to live. See the Domain, the city’s oldest park, developed around an extinct volcano. Highlights also include charming Parnell Village, bustling Queens Street, and the Viaduct Harbour. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may wish to take a trip to the top of Sky Tower, enjoy a sailing experience on Auckland Harbour, or visit nearby picturesque Waiheke Island. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.


Leave Auckland this morning and journey through lush farm land to Rotorua, home to New Zealand’s Maori culture and geothermal wonders. Our first stop is TE PUIA where a guided tour allows you to see bubbling mud, pools of boiling water, and the famous Pohutu geyser, the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere. You’ll also have a chance to witness traditional Maori carving and weaving along with a Maori cultural performance. Then, visit AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! This evening is at leisure.


Today is free to explore more of Rotorua. You may wish to take an optional excursion to visit magical Hobbiton, the set used as the Shire in the movie trilogies, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Other options include a zipline and canopy tour, helicopter and floatplane flights over the volcanic valley, or relaxing in a natural hot spring at the Polynesian Spa. In the evening, you may want to attend an optional Maori Hangi dinner and cultural performance.


Today we continue our journey on the north island traveling past Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. This afternoon, arrive in Napier, located in the beautiful Hawk’s Bay region. This afternoon, a WALKING TOUR explains how a natural disaster resulted in Napier becoming one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. With the rest of the day at leisure, you may wish to take a stroll on the beach, shop for a favorite souvenir, or visit the National Aquarium to see sharks, stingrays, penguins, and more.


Continue to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city known for is vibrant art scene, world-class restaurant culture, and active outdoor lifestyle. Upon arrival, a sightseeing tour includes the famous Beehive and Parliament building and panoramic views of the city and harbor from the top of Mount Victoria.


Today, enjoy a special treat as you sail from Wellington to Picton and enjoy the spectacular Marlborough Sound on one of the most scenic FERRY journeys in the world. Make sure to have your camera ready as dolphins are frequent traveling companions of the ferry. On occasion, you might even spot a pod of whales or some penguins swimming by. Continue to Christchurch, the largest city on the South IsIand for an overnight stay.


Our journey continues across New Zealand’s south island today. This is the land of towering mountains, rugged coastlines, and sweeping plains. Later, arrive in Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital” for a 3-night stay. This evening you may want to take the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak, where you’ll enjoy breath-taking views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu below.


Today is free to explore more of Queenstown on your own. You may want to take the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship to Walter Peak Farm for a delicious lunch or dinner, discover a favorite boutique or art gallery, take an exciting helicopter ride over the Remarkables Mountains, or enjoy a wine tour.


Today, travel to breathtaking Milford Sound and enjoy a CRUISE to see cascading waterfalls, sheer cliff walls, tropical rainforest, wildlife including seals and dolphins, and fantastic scenery. It’s sure to be a highlight of your trip! Return to Queenstown this evening.


Your vacation ends this morning.



 Transportation - Private, first-class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring, Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton.

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