New Zealand Explorer

8 days from $2,280 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 »

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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.

New Zealand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
New Zealand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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*)
New Zealand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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.

New Zealand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Rotorua
Rotorua
New Zealand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel
Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel

Day 4: Rotorua

During this 4.5 hours 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*)
New Zealand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Geysers in Rotomahana Lake
Geysers in Rotomahana Lake
New Zealand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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 driver 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.

New Zealand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Queenstown
Queenstown
New Zealand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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*)
New Zealand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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*)
New Zealand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sheep Station
Sheep Station

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.

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.

New Zealand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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.

New Zealand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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.

New Zealand Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Copthorne Hotel & Resort
Copthorne Hotel & Resort

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.
  • Leonard C — November 07, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Can't think of a trip where everything went so well. Every transfer, every tour, both hotels, exceeded expectations. Warm, friendly, knowledgeable people from Renee through all we met on the ground in Cairns, Port Douglas and Mossman.

  • Juliet G — November 07, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Colin Rowe was fabulous. He showed real concern for our comfort and was always there to answer our questions. He is very knowledgeable and a real asset to your organization. We would ask for him by name if we travel again. The meals were delightful, and the tour guides were not only well versed in the culture and surroundings, but offered delightful personal stories during the ride that enhanced our trip. Our accommodations were excellent - both the Four Points Sheraton in Perth and the Radisson Blu in Sydney were first class. Clean and very comfortable. Overall, a wonderful trip!

  • Arthur P — September 08, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    It was all we hoped for and more, fantastic experience.

  • Kathleen H — September 08, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Our Kensington destination expert, Kate Perrier, did an extraordinary job of putting together a custom itinerary for my family. My family and I travelled nearly 11,000 miles to get to Australia and got to see everything we were most interested in thanks to Kate's expert planning!

  • Kathleen H. — September 26, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Our Kensington destination expert, Kate Perrier, did an extraordinary job of putting together a custom itinerary for my family. We wanted a wildlife (koalas, kangaroos, wallabies) focus and Kate suggested a multi day stay on Kangaroo Island. I hadn't even heard of Kangaroo Island but researched it on the internet after her suggestion and realized it was the perfect Australian destination for us. Our stay there was amazing - she arranged two full day tours that were superb. My family and I traveled nearly 11,000 miles to get to Australia and got to see everything we were most interested in thanks to Kate's expert planning!

  • Amy S — September 08, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Sydney was excellent all the way around.

  • Amy S. — September 26, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Sydney was excellent all the way around.

  • Michael P — August 22, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Everything went like clockwork! Our family absolutely loved our trip which was made possible by the Kensington travel team.

  • Pam Gerus — May 23, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    We've never done tours before and planning for Australia seemed overwhelming until I looked at tour options. Kensington was highly rated. I really liked the basics of the tour we picked and Jessica customized it and changed things around to better fit what we were interested in and the timing we preferred. I liked the multiple, smaller tours as opposed to being with the same group for a week. The tours selected were with great companies, small groups, very informative and fun. Also, I was pretty scrambled after the long flight. Having Lyn Redfern meet us at the airport, talk us through the plans, answer our questions, get us situated at the hotel was really comforting and welcoming. The selected hotels were great. Overall a good experience and I'd definitely consider having Kensington set up future trips.

  • Adeline R — February 07, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Right from working with Jessica on setting our vacation plan to the execution was fantastic.

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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