Best of New Zealand (PN)

14 days from Auckland to Queenstown

 2020 Tour Details »2019 Tour Details

Experience the best of New Zealand on this unforgettable vacation filled with dramatic scenery, cultural exchanges, and the country’s top attractions. Your tour starts in Auckland, ends in Queenstown, and overnights along the way in the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, and Franz Josef.

You'll experience some of New Zealand's most majestic scenery throughout this New Zealand tour. In Auckland, spend time in the picturesque Bay of Islands region and enjoy a scenic cruise to the iconic “Hole in the Rock.” In Rotorua, visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area, to see New Zealand’s largest geyser and boiling mud pots. Continue south through New Zealand’s lush green North Island to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.

A scenic inter-island ferry brings you to New Zealand’s South Island. In Christchurch, board one of the world’s most scenic trains and travel across the Southern Alps. Two nights at Franz Josef won’t be enough as you admire the incredible views and have a chance to participate in a Glacier Valley walk. But that's not all...you'll enjoy an excursion to Fiordland National Park, boasting some of the world's most breathtaking scenery, where you'll have an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound.

It's not just amazing scenery you'll experience on this New Zealand tour. Throughout the tour, Globus has also included out-of-the-ordinary adventures to make your vacation unique. For example, visit a local farm and enjoy a barbecue lunch in Marton, enjoy a wine tasting and tour at a local Queenstown winery, and join a local New Zealand family in Rotorua for dinner in their home and a chance to immerse yourself in New Zealand culture.

From the cosmopolitan city of Auckland to rugged Milford Sound, you are sure to return home with lots of photos and unforgettable memories to share with friends and family.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

AUCKLAND
Sightseeing

BAY OF ISLANDS
Visit the Waitangi Treaty House; scenic cruise

ROTORUA
Sightseeing including a visit Rainbow Springs and Te Puia; dinner at a [LF] local family’s home

MARTON
Visit a [LF] local farm and enjoy a barbecue lunch

WELLINGTON
Sightseeing including cable car ride; visit the botanic gardens and Te Papa

INTERISLANDER FERRY
Scenic cruising across Cook Strait

CHRISTCHURCH
Orientation

TRANZALPINE TRAIN
Scenic train journey

FRANZ JOSEF
Glacier Valley walk

QUEENSTOWN
[LF] Winery visit and tasting; visit Fiordland National Park; cruise on Milford Sound; farewell dinner

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 5 dinners including a farewell dinner in Queenstown

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND. Welcome to Aotearoa, Maori for “land of the long white cloud.” Your hotel room is available for immediate check-in. Please schedule your flights to arrive by 4:30 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing.

NOTE:
Early check-in does not include breakfast. You may purchase breakfast directly from the hotel at an additional cost.

Day 2

AUCKLAND–BAY OF ISLANDS. Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Auckland, the “City of Sails.” See bustling Queen Street, the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, and historic Parnell Village. Continue to the Bay of Islands, known for its stunning beauty and history. Visit the WAITANGI TREATY HOUSE to learn about New Zealand’s past.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 3

BAY OF ISLANDS. This morning, embark on a sightseeing CRUISE to view the “Hole in the Rock,” have a chance to see dolphins, and learn more about the rich history and culture of this region. The remainder of the day is at leisure. You may wish to enjoy a hike, explore some of the island’s historic attractions, shop for souvenirs, or just relax at your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

BAY OF ISLANDS–ROTORUA. Today, travel through the Bay of Plenty region to Rotorua, home to geothermal wonders, adventure activities, and a thriving Maori culture. This evening, you may wish to join our optional outing to experience an authentic Maori village and cultural performance, followed by a delicious Hangi dinner. You might even be asked to join in a Haka, the traditional war dance of the Maori.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

ROTORUA. This morning starts with a visit to RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a walk through the kiwi bird enclosure. Last stop is TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area, with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon is at your leisure. You may wish to relax in a natural hot spring, zipline through the forest, be pampered at one of the city’s spas, or board a floatplane for flightseeing of this beautiful area. This evening, join a [LF] New Zealand family for DINNER in their home, a unique opportunity to interact with a local family and immerse yourself in New Zealand culture. Before the evening is over, you’ll feel like part of the family.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

ROTORUA–MARTON–WELLINGTON. Travel south today through rolling farmlands and past massive Lake Taupo. Stop in the historic rural town of Marton, where we’ll visit a [LF] LOCAL FARM and enjoy a barbecue lunch. Continue to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. (B,L)

Day 7

WELLINGTON. Our day begins with a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Take a scenic CABLE CAR ride, visit the beautiful BOTANIC GARDENS, see the famous Beehive and Parliament buildings, and enjoy 360-degree, panoramic views of the city and harbor from the top of Mount Victoria. You’ll also spend time at TE PAPA, the Museum of New Zealand. The remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

WELLINGTON–INTERISLANDER FERRY–PICTON–CHRISTCHURCH. This morning, board a FERRY and enjoy a scenic cruise across Cook Strait, connecting New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Continue to Christchurch for an orientation tour and overnight stay.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

CHRISTCHURCH–TRANZALPINE TRAIN–ARTHUR’S PASS–FRANZ JOSEF. Today, travel on the scenic TRANZALPINE, one of the world’s great train journeys. From the comfort of first-class carriages, see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmlands, followed by the spectacular gorges and rivers of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass National Park. The train features large panoramic windows, an onboard café, and at-seat audio commentary. Spend the next two nights in the small town of Franz Josef, located at the base of the impressive Franz Josef Glacier.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 10

FRANZ JOSEF. This morning, explore this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage area. Your GLACIER VALLEY WALK will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed, following the glacier’s path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier’s history, see what is left behind by this majestic giant, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere. Near the terminal face, after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing face of the glacier. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may opt to take a scenic flightseeing or helicopter tour, relax in one of the glacier hot pools, spend time at the West Coast Wildlife Centre, or pick up a picnic lunch and just take in the gorgeous scenery.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

FRANZ JOSEF–QUEENSTOWN. Our journey today takes us along the coast and the Tasman Sea. Climb through rainforests and over Haast Pass to arrive in Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Upon arrival, enjoy a tour and a tasting at a local [LF] WINERY. Tonight, why not enjoy dinner at one of Queenstown’s many restaurants or cafés and sample some of the region’s wines?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND. Today, travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. During your CRUISE on the fiord, see cascading waterfalls, wildlife, and experience this pristine natural setting just as early Maori and European explorers did. (B,L)

Day 13

QUEENSTOWN. Enjoy a full day at leisure in one of New Zealand’s prettiest towns. Tour some of the sights used to film The Lord of the Rings trilogy, shop for souvenirs, or take a thrilling jetboat ride on the Dart River. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 14

QUEENSTOWN. Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

BRYCE HENDERSON

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"I enjoy showing off New Zealand! It's an easy place to travel within, with an amazing change of scenery around each corner. Our history, both political and cultural, is unique and, along with the remarkable scenery, makes for a memorable vacation experience which I love to showcase."

Tour Director -  BRYCE HENDERSON

 Accommodations

AUCKLAND

STAMFORD PLAZA AUCKLAND

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

BAY OF ISLANDS

COPTHORNE HOTEL & RESORT

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

CHRISTCHURCH

NOVOTEL CHRISTCHURCH CATHEDRAL SQUARE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

FRANZ JOSEF

SCENIC HOTEL FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

QUEENSTOWN

NOVOTEL QUEENSTOWN LAKESIDE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

Centrally located in one of the most picturesque settings in the world, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is nestled beside beautiful and tranquil Lake Wakitipu. This fresh, modern hotel offers guests 273 contemporary rooms plus superb, uninterrupted views of the lake, mountains and adjoining gardens. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside also features great facilities including a Jacuzzi, plus the excellent Elements Restaurant and the Elements Cafe and Bar.

ROTORUA

MILLENNIUM HOTEL ROTORUA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

WELLINGTON

COPTHORNE HOTEL WELLINGTON ORIENTAL BAY

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
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$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
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