New Zealand Explorer

8 days from $2,208 per person*
  • Feast on a Maori banquet as you listen to stories of the past in Te Puia.
  • Led by expert guide, explore the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.
  • Cruise through the rugged coastline of Milford Sound on a boat.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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This value-packed tour showcases the best of both New Zealand's Islands. Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. Travel overland from Auckland to Rotorua by coach, stopping along the way to visit Waitomo. Take a guided tour through the galleries and lofty chambers of the caves, and a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto. Once in Rotorua, spend a leisurely spa day at the Hells Gate Geothermal reserve, where you will experience the unique mud and water baths that this region is famous for. Attend a Maori Hangi and concert, where you learn about traditional Maori customs and beliefs and finish it all off with an authentic hangi dinner! Fly to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Embark on an unforgettable day trip to Milford Sound, where you will cruise through scenery that's sure to take your breath away. *** Due to fluctuating costs, the flights are not included in this itinerary. Air New Zealand offers great rates for this routing. You may also wish to speak with your travel agent about including domestic air with your international *** ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Welcome to New Zealand - Welcome Package
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 2 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City Sights (4hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide(2)
  • Day 3 Auckland to Rotorua
    Auckland to Rotorua
    • Auckland - Rotorua [Waitomo and Hobbiton] - Coach
  • Day 4 Rotorua
    Rotorua
    • Tour - Shared - Geothermal Wonderland (4.5hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Tour - Shared - Te Puia – Te Po & Hangi Concert (3hrs) - Shuttle/Dinner/Concert
  • Day 5 Rotorua to Queenstown
    Rotorua to Queenstown
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Rotorua - Queenstown [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 6 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Tour - Shared - Milford Sound and Cruise with Picnic Lunch (13hrs) - Coach/Cruise
  • Day 7 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Optional activities
  • Day 8 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver(6)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Auckland

You will receive a welcome package on arrival which will include a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, vouchers for each service, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting. This will be available at your first service. 

A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the Auckland airport and your hotel.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Auckland (3*)

Conveniently located in the heart of Auckland’s vibrant cultural, shopping and business district, the Scenic Auckland Hotel (3*) is a refurbished landmark site, formerly known as the MLC building. The hotel has a total of 97 apartment-style rooms and suites, many of them having great city views, and some with a beautiful glimpse of the harbor. Visit the MLC Café & Bar for the best and freshest of New Zealand produce, meat and seafood. Pair your meals with delicious and refreshing local fine wines. For guests wishing to stay fit during their stay, there is a fitness center with a variety of equipment.

Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Scenic Hotel Auckland
Scenic Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Auckland

See first hand why Auckland is known as the City of Sails as you enjoy a trip over the Harbour Bridge. Visit the Famous Auckland landmark of Mount Eden, a dormant volcano whose summit offers excellent panoramic views of the city and harbours. From the fantastic vantage point you will see evidence of Auckland's volcanic history, the most significant being the youngest volcano of Rangitoto Island at the entrance to the Waitemata harbour. This tour also takes in the Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park which is situated on a 62,000 year old volcano. In addition to these natural features you will be taken to the trendy shopping are of Parnell Village with its historical buildings that have been transformed into boutiques, antique and craft specialty shops. Your tour will then take you along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Dr. before returning to Downtown. This private tour takes approximately 4 hours.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Auckland (3*)
Auckland Domain
Auckland Domain

Day 3: Auckland - Rotorua

Enjoy this sightseeing, shared coach-transfer from Auckland to Rotorua.  Your first stop along the way will be in Waitomo, where you will enjoy a guided tour through the famed Waitomo Glowworm Caves.  Next you will continue to the Agrodome on the outskirts of Rotorua where you will be transferred onto the Hobbiton, for an exclusive "Lord of the Ring Movie Set" coach tour.  Upon completion of this adventure you will be transferred to Rotorua.

Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel (3*)

Sudima Lake Rotorua (3*) is the largest hotel in Rotorua, and is set right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. The hotel offers 250 guest rooms in a range of accommodation options, many with superb views across the lake. Visit the Lakes Restaurant & Mallards Bar for first-class service and top-quality dining. Enjoy a swim in the heated swimming pool, relax in one of the three private spa pools, or book time with the on-site massage therapist for a soothing massage therapy.

Rotorua
Rotorua
Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel
Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel

Day 4: Rotorua

During this 4 hour tour, experience the amazing geothermal activity, gushing geysers, boiling mud pools and the many colours displayed amongst the pools, lakes, craters, steaming vents and mineral terraces within the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Enjoy a Waimangu Volcanic Valley nature walk amidst a stunning volcanic landscape providing spectacular views of hot crater lakes, steaming cliffs, hissing fumeroles, colourful silica terraces, rare thermally adapted plants and the opportunity to see some of New Zealand's native birdlife. The passenger guide ratio is 1:10. The tour departs at 8.00 a.m.

A representative of Te Puia will pick you up from your hotel at around 5.30 p.m. this evening for a Maori Hangi dinner and Cultural Concert.  Te Po is an intimate time for sharing knowledge and also the time for enjoying food, culture and friendship. This experience begins every night at Te-Heketanga-a-Rangi (The Heavenly Origins), which is an area comprising of twelve monumental carvings reaching skywards, each one representing a Maori deity. Hear the stories of the past and see how these traditions live on today. Feeding guests is regarded by Maori as an honor and a sign of a tribe’s Mana (standing), so a sumptuous banquet is provided during the evening. This banquet combines contemporary cooking techniques with traditional Hangi (earth-cooked oven meal), where Kai (food) is steam-cooked by hot rocks in the earth, giving it a delicious smoky flavor. After the meal you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel (3*)
Geysers in Rotomahana Lake
Geysers in Rotomahana Lake
Welcome Ceremony 'Powhiri'
Welcome Ceremony 'Powhiri'

Day 5: Rotorua - Queenstown

A privately driven vehicle will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel today.

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

Meet your diver for a private transfer between Queenstown and the Domestic Airport.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4*)

This family-friendly Queenstown property is situated close to Queenstown Gardens and Queenstown Harbour. Another nearby point of interest is TSS Earnslaw Steamship. In addition to minibars and complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms feature working desks along with refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, and shower/tub combinations. In addition to a restaurant and spa services, Copthorne Resort Lakefront features a bar/lounge, a concierge desk, and a coffee shop/café.

Queenstown
Queenstown
Copthorne Hotel & Resort
Copthorne Hotel & Resort

Day 6: Queenstown

Travel by luxury coach on an unforgettable journey from Queenstown into Milford Sound.  Travel from Queenstown along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and through rolling countryside to Te Anau.  After a short break at Te Anau, continue via the spectacular Milford Road, to Milford Sound.  Board the Milford Mariner for a relaxing cruise of Milford Sound.  The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.  An on board nature guide provides interpretation in English only.   Experience stunning surroundings at the heart of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. In Maori legend, the fiords were created not by rivers of ice, but by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who came wielding a magical adze uttering incantations. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is without doubt his finest sculpture. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls washed with waterfalls. In the foreground stands Mitre Peak, dominating the skyline. Whatever the fiord’s mood, teeming with rain or with sun glistening on deep water, it will inspire you.   A return transfer by luxury coach to Queenstown is provided. The tour departs at 7 a.m., takes approximately 13 hours and can accommodate up to 120 guests.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4*)
Milford Sound Cruising
Milford Sound Cruising

Day 7: Queenstown

Queenstown has something for everyone! From adrenaline adventures to food and wine experiences, you are sure to find just the right activity for you.  Its natural beauty changes with the seasons, the lake glean in the summer sun, and snow clad mountains tower above the township in winter. Queenstown is a great place to visit all year round and doesn't earn its title of Adventure Capital of the World for nothing. Here, you can bungee jump, ski or snowboard, paraglide, jet boat, white water rafting, skydive, hang glide, jet-ski, and drive quad-bikes to your heart's content!  Let us help you plan as much (or little) as you like for your time in this scenic and beautiful region. Ask your consultant for more details!

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4*)
Sheep Station
Sheep Station

Day 8: Queenstown

A private vehicle will provide a transfer between the airport and your hotel.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Scenic Hotel Auckland (3*): Auckland

Conveniently located in the heart of Auckland’s vibrant cultural, shopping and business district, the Scenic Auckland Hotel (3*) is a refurbished landmark site, formerly known as the MLC building. The hotel has a total of 97 apartment-style rooms and suites, many of them having great city views, and some with a beautiful glimpse of the harbor. Visit the MLC Café & Bar for the best and freshest of New Zealand produce, meat and seafood. Pair your meals with delicious and refreshing local fine wines. For guests wishing to stay fit during their stay, there is a fitness center with a variety of equipment.

Scenic Hotel Auckland
Scenic Hotel Auckland

Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel (3*): Rotorua

Sudima Lake Rotorua (3*) is the largest hotel in Rotorua, and is set right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. The hotel offers 250 guest rooms in a range of accommodation options, many with superb views across the lake. Visit the Lakes Restaurant & Mallards Bar for first-class service and top-quality dining. Enjoy a swim in the heated swimming pool, relax in one of the three private spa pools, or book time with the on-site massage therapist for a soothing massage therapy.

Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel
Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4*): Queenstown

This family-friendly Queenstown property is situated close to Queenstown Gardens and Queenstown Harbour. Another nearby point of interest is TSS Earnslaw Steamship. In addition to minibars and complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms feature working desks along with refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, and shower/tub combinations. In addition to a restaurant and spa services, Copthorne Resort Lakefront features a bar/lounge, a concierge desk, and a coffee shop/café.

Copthorne Hotel & Resort
Copthorne Hotel & Resort
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Ken S. — August 10, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    This was a great trip from start to finish. Everything planned was right on schedule without any problems. All the drivers and tour guides were very helpful and friendly. The accommodations were top notch. Thank you Kensington tours for a perfect vacation to Australia.

  • Philip S. — May 19, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Superb trip, and as mentioned earlier, kudos to Louise Baer for her outstanding work and for patiently putting up with me and all my calls and questions.

  • Edith R. — May 19, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    We had a wonderful experience with Kensington Tours from the planning stages with your very helpful agent Aseem Mahajan, to the very friendly meet and greet services at each airport. The hotels fit our needs perfectly and the tours were fun and interesting with guides that were exuberant and loved showing us Australia. Thank You for a truly grand family experience.

  • Jim M. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Excellent tour.

  • Jennifer A. — May 12, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Thank you Kensington Tours and Kevin Rowland for organizing this much needed trip for our family! I had read several positive reviews for Kensington Tours, but I didn't expect the level of service that we received. From beginning to end, the entire process was seamless. Each tour/excursion was led by a knowledgeable, personable and entertaining guide.

  • Diane F. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    This is the second trip that we worked with Kensington to help plan and it was, like the first one, fantastic. The logistics were flawless and the help in planning was smooth and professional. From start to finish the process was fun. The trip was spectacular and we look forward to working with the Kensington team again on our next trip. Thank you

  • Holly W. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    One of the highlights of our trip is how smoothly our activities for every day went. Having Kensington make arrangements in all the right places gave us time to relax and enjoy the trip.

  • Anne B. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Wendy was extremely knowledgeable, patient and accommodating during the planning of our trip to New Zealand. Our guides were always there and very knowledgeable and professional. We would certainly ask Kensington to help us plan another trip for us.

  • Jack F. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    We had an absolutely wonderful trip. From our first email from Daniel until the time we arrived home everything went flawlessly. We spent 10 days in Australia and an additional 21 days in New Zealand accompanying a camping caravan from England. Kensington arranged all of our flights and all of our activities in Australia. We were met at the hotel door by all of our guides and tours. Each experience was great. We would not change a thing.

  • Carmen M. — May 13, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Everything was well organized.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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