New Zealand Journey

  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Christchurch
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Fiordland National Park
  • 11 nights from
  • £2,379 per person
  • Trip Code: ES-1134

Holiday Overview

Spend 12 days exploring the North and South Islands of this small country packed with wonders. Travelling by train, gondola, boat, and plane, sample local wine, walk through an ancient rainforest, and learn about local legends and cuisine from the Maori. Take a deep breath to fill your lungs with the impossibly clean air here — and fill your soul with the legendary Kiwi spirit.

TRAVEL STYLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

SERVICE LEVEL: UPGRADED Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

PHYSICAL RATING: 2 - LIGHT Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

TRIP TYPE: SMALL GROUP Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.

AGE REQUIREMENT: 12+ All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

New Zealand Journey includes:

  • ACCOMMODATIONS Hotels (10 nts), cruise boat (1 nt, seasonal).
  • MEALS 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • TRANSPORTATION Private vehicle, plane, train, boat, walking.
  • STAFF & EXPERTS CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.
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Day 1 - AUCKLAND

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2 - AUCKLAND

Enjoy a morning orientation walk before catching a ferry to Waiheke Island. Visit two local wineries to learn more about New Zealand's burgeoning wine industry and the history of wine production in the country while sampling some of the local blends, of course.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Journeys Highlight Moment Waiheke Island Wineries Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 3 - AUCKLAND / ROTORUA

Drive to Rotorua, stopping for an excursion at Waitomo Caves where you'll take a boat ride through the cave and see thousands of flickering glowworms lighting up the walls.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 4 - ROTORUA

Enjoy a free day in Rotorua which sits over an active geothermal zone with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools. Opt to visit one of the geothermal sites, or go whitewater rafting. This evening visit Tamaki Maori Village and enjoy a private welcome and talk from a “Kaumātua” (an elder in Māori society). After, watch an extravagant performance about local myths and legends while dining on traditional Hangi cuisine.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Journeys Highlight Moment Meet a Maori Elder Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

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Day 5 - ROTORUA / CHRISTCHURCH

Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch. This afternoon, meet with a local expert and explore lesser-known paths around Christchurch on a unique walking tour of the city.

 

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Day 6 - CHRISTCHURCH / FRANZ JOSEF

Enjoy one of the world’s great scenic train trips on the TranzAlpine train, crossing the scenic Southern Alps to New Zealand's glacier region. Disembark and finish the journey over the highest pass in the Southern Alps in a private vehicle before transferring to a beautiful rainforest lodge, your home for two nights.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 7 - FRANZ JOSEF

Enjoy free time to explore the area. Opt for a helicopter hike, ice walking on the glacier, or soaking in hot pools among stunning scenery.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 8 - FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN

Take a stunning scenic drive through the rugged rainforest along the west coast to Queenstown.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 9 - QUEENSTOWN / FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK

Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through Fiordland National Park. Led by onboard naturalist guides, we have the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, birds, and penguins, with the option to kayak. Spend the night onboard in comfortable cabins (seasonal) with time to relax on deck and stargaze.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

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Day 10 - FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK / QUEENSTOWN

Enjoy early morning wildlife viewing along the fiord as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 11 - QUEENSTOWN

Enjoy a free day to explore on your own, visit a winery, or cruise on a historic steamship. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Opt to go bungee jumping, jet boating, skydiving, paragliding, or mountain biking. This evening enjoy a gondola ride with spectacular views of the city and surrounding landscape.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 12 - QUEENSTOWN

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

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