Kia Ora! Defined by unspoiled, picture-postcard vistas, dotted with quaint villages with friendly locals, New Zealand combines Nature at its most sublime and dramatic with the native Maori art, adventure and history. The native Maori call it Aotearoa (the land of the long white cloud), but New Zealand has been called the God's Land and the Paradise of the Pacific since the early 1800s. New Zealanders know they live in a paradise, and they love sharing it with visitors.
The memories of the South Island and North Island Tour to New Zealand will stay with you for ever. You simply cannot forget a place that leaves you breathless time after time, the thundering waterfalls, the tranquil lakes, the silent glaciers, the towering mountains, and the surreal green. There are also cosmopolitan cities, flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth and unlimited adventure. Regularly voted the most beautiful country in the world, this South Pacific island nation is often described as a world in itself, and it takes in all climates, from the sub-tropical to the sub-Antarctic. During the tour, we'll experience the outlandishly beautiful scenery of the undulating hills of green, jagged mountains, steep fjords, raging rivers, scenic beaches and active geysers and volcanoes. We'll marvel at the unusual wildlife resulting from the islands' isolation, meet the genuinely friendly locals, and experience the vibrant Maori culture. We'll indulge in gourmet, organic food and excellent wines and stay at upscale hotels, as we experience the exhilarating, clean and green nature all around.
HIGHLIGHTS: Queenstown, Christchurch and Auckland ● Jet boat ride on the Shotover River ● Goldrush village of Arrowtown ● Gibbston Valley Winery ● Cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board the 1912 vintage steamer ● The Milford Sound ● Mt. Cook National Park ● Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley with its boiling mud pools, steaming silica terraces, hot springs, and active geysers ● The Maori cultural experience and Hangi dinner ● Waimangu Valley thermal reserve, with the Pink and White Terraces, Emerald Pool, a boiling lake and colorful silica terraces ● The Shire and Middle Earth on the Hobbiton Movie Set ● Polynesian Spa ● Waitomo Caves with glow worms ● Luncheon cruise in Auckland's Waitemata Harbour
Itinerary specifics subject to change.