12 Day New Zealand Signature

11/22/2019 through 12/17/2020
10/04/2019 through 12/31/2020
Kensington Tours

12 Day New Zealand Signature
Sweeping dramatic landscapes, stunning fiordlands, and cultural adventures await you in an exclusive exploration of quintessential New Zealand. Discover the country’s two main islands in an voyage through sprawling natural wonders and mesmerizing city sights.

You’ll first explore bustling Auckland, nicknamed “The City of Sails” for its abundance of yacht marinas and its rich maritime history. Immerse yourself in the Aucklander experience as you meander through the entertainment district of buzzing Viaduct Harbour and witness the luxury super yachts of Silo Park. Then it’s on to an exclusive voyage through beautiful Waiheke Island, where you’ll enjoy a private tour of the island’s vineyards, sampling flavorful vintages amid backdrops of lush vegetation and crystal-blue waters. Visit the studio of a resident Waiheke Maori artist, learning more about New Zealand’s indigenous culture with a short native bush walk and discovering the traditional and medicinal Maori uses of native plants. You’ll next journey to Rotorua, home to the magical Waitomo Caves which feature a stunning glowworm display. Meander around the cave’s corner to discover the remains of one of New Zealand’s lost treasures – the ancient Moa, once the country’s largest bird that fell extinct almost 600 years ago. Discover Rotorua’s most popular geothermal parks through a scenic drive through volcanic landscapes, exploring the colorful hot springs and a moon-like landscape of Wai-o-Tapu and the historic Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Learn more of the Maori culture with a visit to Te Puia, nestled in the Whakarewarewa Valley, where a delicious and traditional steam-cooked Hangi dinner awaits you.

The journey continues in Christchurch, offering lush vegetation and symbols of its resilience following a historic natural disaster. A short drive north takes you into the Waipara wine region, known for its silky Pinot Noirs and crisp Sauvignon Blancs which you’ll savor first-hand. After treating your palate, you’ll journey to the massifs of the Southern Alps and Arthur’s Pass via the world-famous TranzAlpine Train, which whisks you through the beauty of Greymouth and offers stunning photo opportunities of snow-capped peaks along the way. Continue to the South Island, where the mist-shrouded fjords of Milford Sound await you. Board a comfortable vessel and set sail for awe-inspiring sights, taking in the incredible scenery of waterfalls, rainforest, and wildlife before boarding a scenic flight with alpine landing. Spend a final day in Queenstown exploring the “Garden City”, all the while relaxing in bespoke accommodations selected for your comfort.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

Itinerary

Day 1 Auckland To Welcome
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Day 2 Auckland
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Day 3 Auckland To Waiheke Island
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Day 4 Auckland To Waitomo Caves To Rotorua
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Day 5 Rotorua
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Day 6 Rotorua To Christchurch
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Day 7 Christchurch
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Day 8 Christchurch
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Day 9 Christchurch To Queenstown
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Day 10 Queenstown
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Day 11 Queenstown
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Day 12 Queenstown
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