Save $125CAD Per Person - Essence of New Zealand with Goway
Price: $2,711CAD Per Person
(Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply.)
Savings: $125CAD Per Person
Departures: Daily between May 1-August 31, 2022
Photo: Fiord Milford Sound - South Island, New Zealand
First-Class | Tailor-Made: Combining the best of the North and South, this 9 day trip is the perfect introduction to picturesque New Zealand. Visit the rainforest and black sand beaches in Auckland, experience the Maori culture in Rotorua, cruise the magnificent Milford Sound with its rugged mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls, pass through the beautiful landscape of Otago before arriving in Christchurch.
- Private arrival and departure airport transfers
- 2-nights first-class accommodation in Auckland
- 2-nights first-class accommodation in Rotorua
- 3-nights first-class accommodation in Queenstown
- 1-night first-class accommodation in Christchurch
- Small group Best of Both World tour Auckland (max 21-guests)
- Small group Auckland to Rotorua including Hobbiton tour (max 21-guests)
- Shared Rotorua Morning tour
- Shared Journey of Ages Cultural experience
- Shared full day Milford Sound excursion
- Shared Queenstown to Christchurch tour including lunch
- 2-lunches, 1-dinner
Photo: Hobbit Garden in Hobbiton, New Zealand
Day 1: Arrive Auckland
On arrival at Auckland Airport, transfer to your Auckland Hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to begin your exploration of the City of Sails.
Duration: 2-Nights Accommodation Heritage Auckland Hotel
Day 2: Best of Both Worlds
Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning combined with an afternoon Wilderness Experience -- a day of contrasts. Auckland is set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it's New Zealand's largest and busiest city. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.
A 30 minute drive from downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, the gateway to the rain forest, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.
With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues on to the lush rain forest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand's famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.
Duration: 8 Hours
Day 3: Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton
Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. You travel through the heritage town of Cambridge where tree-lined streets add to the English-style atmosphere. From here your journey takes you through undulating green hills reminding you that you are approaching Hobbiton Shire.
On arrival at Shire's Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest "green set" in the world and the only place where you get an emotional response to a movie set in a natural setting. You see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the party tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the door of Bilbo's house, "Bag End", looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. The tour ends with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn for a drink. After the tour at Hobbiton board the shuttle at Shire's Rest Cafe for your journey to Rotorua.
Meal Plan Lunch
Duration: 2-Nights Accommodation Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Day 4: Discover Rotorua
Today on your morning tour you will visit Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts and culture of the Maori People. You will also experience Rainbow Springs which is a unique showcase of New Zealand's flora and fauna including New Zealand's national icon, a kiwi bird. Last but not least, you will have a hands on experience at the Agrodome Sheep Show, giving you an animated insight into New Zealand's farming history.
This evening you will engage in a wonderful experience at the Tamaki Maori Village. Enroute your guide will instruct you on the rules and protocol for visiting Marae (meeting grounds). On arrival at the venue, nobody must enter the fortified village until the Powhiri (formal welcome) has been performed. The host tribe will send out a toa (warrior) who will challenge the guests, via their elected chief to ascertain if they come in peace. A Teka (peace offering) is placed and received by one of the visiting chiefs. At the Village, the Karanga, or "welcome call" will echo across the courtyard, followed by the Powhiri (welcome dance). You will then be able to enter onto the village grounds where the Tangata Whenua (people of the land) will demonstrate different activities such as poi twirling, hand games, weaponry displays, reciting chants and displaying activities of an era gone by.
The buffet style dinner will be held in the meetinghouse dining hall and will have everyone enjoying a succulent Hangi feast. The evening ends with the Poroporoaki, the official closing ceremony and you will be safely transferred back to your accommodation.
Meal Included: Dinner
Day 5: Rotorua to Queenstown
This morning, transfer to the Rotorua airport for the flight to Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. (Flight not included in price). On arrival at Queenstown, you will be transferred to your hotel.
The balance of the day is at leisure.
Duration: 3-Nights Accommodation Heritage Queenstown
Day 6: Milford Sound Fly and Cruise
Following a transfer to the Queenstown airport, board an aircraft for the flight to Milford Sound. During the 35 minute scenic flight, take in expansive views of golden tussocked high country and the upper reaches of Lake Wakatipu and fly over the snow-capped Southern Alps. A hidden landscape unfolds below revealing glacial lakes, waterfalls, densely forested valleys and cloud-piercing summits.
On reaching Milford Sound join an extended and leisurely cruise of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. Nature cruises have a relaxed and flexible itinerary designed to allow guests to see and experience what makes Milford Sound world renowned. Spend up to two and a half hours nudging into waterfalls, spotting wildlife and listening to the informative commentary from a specialist Nature Guide who mingles with guests. Keep a look out for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins. A picnic lunch is included and complimentary tea and coffee is available.
Following the cruise, guests are transferred to the Milford airport for the scenic flight back to Queenstown. Return taxi transfers are provided to accommodation on arrival at Queenstown airport.
Meal Included: Lunch
Day 7: Queenstown at Leisure
Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.
Day 8: Queenstown to Christchurch
Depart Queenstown and travel through the rugged and beautiful landscape of Otago. Cross the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country to visit Mount Cook Village at the base of New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook. Here there is time to experience an optional scenic helicopter or skiplane flight with a snow landing (weather permitting). Continue your journey with a stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before continuing to your destination of Christchurch.
Duration: 1-Night Accommodation Distinction Hotel Christchurch
Day 9: Depart Christchurch
Today, you will be transferred to the Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.