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Highlights of New Zealand
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11 Days / 10 Nights Trip | Visit Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Cathedral Cove, Explore Rotorua, Te Puia Maori Village, Wellington City Tour, Dolphins in Kaikōura

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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  • Duration
    11 Days
  • Starting From
    $2,327
    /person
    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?
Discover the wonders of Rotorua
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.
Wellington: New Zealand's capital
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.
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Itinerary

ARRIVE AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

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.

AUCKLAND

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.

AUCKLAND–ROTORUA

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.

ROTORUA

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.

ROTORUA–LAKE TAUPO–NAPIER

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.

NAPIER–WELLINGTON

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.

WELLINGTON–INTERISLANDER FERRY–PICTON–CHRISTCHURCH

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.

CHRISTCHURCH–QUEENSTOWN

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.

QUEENSTOWN

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.

QUEENSTOWN. EXURSION TO MILFORD SOUND

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.

QUEENSTOWN

Your vacation ends this morning.

Inclusions

 Guides - PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR

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

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 Additional 5% GST

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