Highlights of New Zealand

8 days from $4,184 per person*
  • Discover why Auckland is nicknamed "The City of Sails"
  • Explore the incandescent Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Immerse yourself in Māori culture at a hāngi dinner and cultural performance.
  • Cruise the stunning fjordlands of Milford Sound.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of quality accommodations.
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Discover the must-sees and sprawling majesty of spectacular New Zealand, rich in culture and dramatic beauty. Abundant in natural wonders and architectural treasures, the icons of this diverse landscape invite you on an unforgettable whirlwind adventure.

You'll first explore Auckland's famous harbor and waterfront, meandering through the entertainment district of Viaduct Harbour, a hub of buzzing night life and gourmet experiences. Journey to the geothermal hotspot of Rotorua, witnessing the shimmering spectacle of Footwhistle Cave, home to a stunning glowworm display within the largest cave found in Waitomo. Adventure through the forests and farmlands outside of Rotorua en route to Wai-o-Tapu, where you'll find New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool amid colorful hot springs and the world-famous Lady Knox geyser. Here in Rotorua is where you'll receive a warm Maori welcome and sit down to a delicious earth-cooked hangi dinner, learning more about New Zealand’s indigenous community through a cultural performance. 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 you. Cap off your adventure with time at leisure in incredible Queenstown, considered to be the world's adventure capital and the birthplace of bungee-jumping. With days of incredible sights and memorable experiences, you'll see why picturesque New Zealand is a dynamic and diverse paradise. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Auckland
    Auckland
    • New Zealand - Welcome Package
    • Private Transfer - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Private Tour - City of Sails Walking Tour (3.5 hrs) - Guide
    • Afternoon at Leisure in Auckland
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Auckland to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua
    Auckland to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua
    • Private Transfer - Auckland - Rotorua [via Waitomo (9 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide (Touring One Way)
    • Private Tour - Footwhistle Walking Tour and Glowworm Discovery (1 hr 15 min) - Guide
  • Day 4 Rotorua
    Rotorua
    • Shared Tour - 1/2 Day Eco-Thermal Tour (4.5 hrs) - Mini Coach/Guide
    • Shared Tour - Te Puia – Te Po & Hangi Concert (3 hrs) - Shuttle/Dinner/Concert
  • Day 5 Rotorua to Queenstown
    Rotorua to Queenstown
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Rotorua - Queenstown [3 hrs] - Separate Purchase
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Queenstown: Dining Suggestions
  • Day 6 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Shared Tour - Milford Sound Nature Cruise by Coach & Flight (with Picnic Lunch, 9 hrs) - Coach/Cruise/Flight
  • Day 7 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Day at Leisure in Queenstown
  • Day 8 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Private Transfer - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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: Stamford Plaza

Centrally located in Auckland, this property is near Queen Street Shopping District, Sky Tower, and Auckland City Hall. Additional nearby points of interest include Auckland War Memorial Museum. Guestrooms have premium bedding, air conditioning, and slippers; rooms also include refrigerators, separate bathtubs and showers, and bathrobes. At Stamford Plaza Auckland recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. The property also provides a business center, a concierge desk, and a porter/bellhop.

Highlights of New Zealand  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Highlights of New Zealand  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stamford Plaza Auckland

Day 2: Auckland

Meet your private guide at your city hotel to begin an exclusive walking tour into the heart of Auckland. Nicknamed the "City of Sails" for its abundance of yacht marinas and its rich maritime history, Auckland is New Zealand's largest and most bustling city, often confused for its capital. Along with your guide, you'll not only discovery the city's history, sights, and sounds, but you'll also experience a glimpse into daily Aucklander life. Discover Princes Wharf, once a commercial wharf on the city's waterfront now re-developed into a dazzling hub of bars and eateries, looking out to Waitemata Harbour. Visit the NZ Maritime Museum and learn of the early arrivals to the country, from early Polynesians to the Europeans. Meander through the entertainment district of Viaduct Harbour, home to buzzing night life and gourmet experiences. Your guide will also lead you through Wynward Quarter, currently being prepared for the 36th America's Cup taking place in 2021. Stroll by Auckland's Fish Market and the luxury super yachts of Silo Park, immersing yourself in authentic Auckland. Your walking tour concludes with a return to your Auckland hotel. 

After arriving into New Zealand from North America, guests often find that jet lag begins to set in by the afternoon. Today, recharge for the days to come with a half-day at leisure. Should you be feeling energetic, Auckland is a vibrant city that is easily explored on foot.

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza
Highlights of New Zealand  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Auckland Waterfront
Auckland Waterfront

Day 3: Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua

This morning you will meet your private driver guide in the lobby of your hotel and begin your scenic journey from the city of Auckland to Rotorua. En-route the transfer will visit the Waitomo Caves that are famous for their glowworms. Lunch and entrance fees are not included. The transfer takes nine hours, depending on the type of touring in Waitomo.

Admire the shimmering spectacle of Footwhistle Cave, home to a stunning glowworm display within the largest cave found in Waitomo. Led by your knowledgeable private guide, you'll enter this fascinating cave and learn of its rich history while viewing a magnificent display of the bio-luminescent insects, some mere inches away from you. 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. Experience the soothing sounds of the cave's stream flowing below you in the darkness, as low lights cast a warm glow over stunning limestone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. After enjoying a relaxed stroll through the cave, you'll take a seat in Footwhistle’s cathedral for a short but breathtaking show as the cave is illuminated by a dazzling magnesium torch. Just outwith of the cave's entrance, a traditional Ponga hut offers a special tea tasting featuring kawakawa, a special herb to the Maori often used as a health tonic. A memorable experience for all, this glowworm cave adventure offers a relaxed atmosphere in which you can see how nature truly shines. 

Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

The Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa redefines modern hospitality with a visionary blend of modern design, luxurious facilities and bespoke service to inspire imaginative travelers. Located in the heart of Rotorua, within close walking distance of the lakefront and convention centers and adjacent to the eating precinct, the Regent of Rotorua is the perfect hotel for business or pleasure. The 30 rooms and suites at the Regent of Rotorua are a haven of calm, blending stylish contemporary décor and hints of glamour, whilst still providing all the modern conveniences you would expect from a world class property.

Highlights of New Zealand  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Glowworm Cave
Glowworm Cave
Highlights of New Zealand  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Rotorua
Rotorua

Day 4: Rotorua

After an early morning pick-up, journey through the forests and farmlands outside of Rotorua en route to Wai-o-Tapu, host to New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool, colorful hot springs and the world-famous Lady Knox geyser, which – with luck – you’ll watch erupt before your eyes. Next, you’ll set off to Waimangu Thermal Valley where your experienced guide will provide details relating to the massive eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886 and its long-lasting effects on the local environment while exploring the exotic, seemingly-lunar landscape. This tour departs at 8:00 am, takes approximately four hours and 30 minutes to complete, and operates with a maximum of 15 guests.

A representative of Te Puia will pick you up from your hotel this evening for a Maori Hangi dinner and cultural concert. Begin the experience with Te Po; an intimate time for sharing knowledge while enjoying food, culture and friendship. Taking place 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 – you’ll 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), and as a result, you can expect a lavish banquet meal during the evening. This meal 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. Following dinner, you will be returned to your hotel.

Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua
Highlights of New Zealand  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Wai-o-Tapu
Wai-o-Tapu
Highlights of New Zealand  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Welcome Ceremony 'Powhiri'
Welcome Ceremony 'Powhiri'

Day 5: Rotorua - Queenstown

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

Board a flight in Rotorua with service to Queenstown, connecting via Auckland. Approximate flight duration is three hours and 10 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.

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

This evening, consider dining at one of Queenstown's many excellent establishments. For a fine dining experience, we recommend Botswana Butchery, Rata or Eichardt's Bar. For something quick and casual, Ferburger is a local favourite.

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is the most centrally located 4-star hotel on Queenstown's lakefront. Step outside your door and into the heart of Queenstown with easy access to all that this premier Four Season lake and alpine resort has to offer. The hotel has delicious New Zealand influenced dining options, WIFI access and complimentary Apple Mac stations, a spa pool as well as professional and friendly staff that make Novotel Queenstown Lakeside the perfect hotel for your Queenstown visit.

Highlights of New Zealand  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Queenstown
Queenstown
Highlights of New Zealand  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 6: Queenstown

Today you will be picked up from your hotel and travel from Queenstown along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, through the scenic rolling countryside to Te Anau. After a short break at Te Anau, continue via the spectacular Milford Road to Milford Sound. Here you’ll board a vessel that hosts up to 150 guests, features three viewing decks, and embark on a relaxing cruise of Milford Sound. The cruise provides excellent opportunities to take in the incredibly scenery of waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife, all while an on-board naturalist guide provides insights into the region throughout the journey. After the cruise, settle in for a coach transfer to Milford Airport to board a twin engine aircraft for the return flight to Queenstown (weather permitting). During this 35 minute scenic flight, take in panoramic views of the spectacular alpine scenery as you are returned to Queenstown.

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside
Highlights of New Zealand  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  En Route to Tasman Sea
En Route to Tasman Sea

Day 7: Queenstown

Widely considered the world's adventure capital, Queenstown is the epicentre of activity in New Zealand. We would be pleased to assist with arranging further day tours in-advance ranging from jet boat rides to wine tasting. Alternatively, soak up the scenery from the comfort of your hotel.

In the event that you have planned to visit Milford Sound by helicopter or light aircraft, this leisure day offers buffer time to re-schedule the flight in the event of inclement weather.

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside

Day 8: Queenstown

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

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

Stamford Plaza : Auckland

Centrally located in Auckland, this property is near Queen Street Shopping District, Sky Tower, and Auckland City Hall. Additional nearby points of interest include Auckland War Memorial Museum. Guestrooms have premium bedding, air conditioning, and slippers; rooms also include refrigerators, separate bathtubs and showers, and bathrobes. At Stamford Plaza Auckland recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. The property also provides a business center, a concierge desk, and a porter/bellhop.

Highlights of New Zealand  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stamford Plaza Auckland

Regent of Rotorua : Rotorua

The Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa redefines modern hospitality with a visionary blend of modern design, luxurious facilities and bespoke service to inspire imaginative travelers. Located in the heart of Rotorua, within close walking distance of the lakefront and convention centers and adjacent to the eating precinct, the Regent of Rotorua is the perfect hotel for business or pleasure. The 30 rooms and suites at the Regent of Rotorua are a haven of calm, blending stylish contemporary décor and hints of glamour, whilst still providing all the modern conveniences you would expect from a world class property.

Highlights of New Zealand  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua

Novotel Lakeside : Queenstown

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is the most centrally located 4-star hotel on Queenstown's lakefront. Step outside your door and into the heart of Queenstown with easy access to all that this premier Four Season lake and alpine resort has to offer. The hotel has delicious New Zealand influenced dining options, WIFI access and complimentary Apple Mac stations, a spa pool as well as professional and friendly staff that make Novotel Queenstown Lakeside the perfect hotel for your Queenstown visit.

Highlights of New Zealand  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
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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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