19 days from $10,260 per person*
  • Cruise the Bay of Islands by catamaran in search of dolphins.
  • Take a spin around Auckland’s harbor aboard a genuine America’s Cup racing yacht.
  • Learn about Māori culture first-hand in the traditional village of Whakarewarewa.
  • Visit the Tasman Glacier and take an overnight cruise of Milford Sound.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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New Zealand squeezes a ridiculous amount of amazingness into its 103,799 square miles (268, 838 square kilometers), and you’d need several lifetimes to give it all the attention that it deserves. This sweeping trip comes as close as humanly possible, combining the otherworldly landscapes of both islands, Maori tradition, active adventure, and so much more into an itinerary that must be experienced to be believed.

This comprehensive New Zealand itinerary was built for travelers for whom time is a luxury. It begins at the northern edge of the North Island on the golden shores of the Bay of Islands, where you’ll head out into the surf in hopes of spotting (and even swimming with) dolphins aboard a catamaran. Later in easygoing Auckland, take to the waves again and help out the crew of an authentic America’s Cup racing yacht on a thrilling cruise around the harbor. Further south, visit the extraordinary worlds of the subterranean Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton – a real-life Middle-Earth – before exploring the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua and a welcoming glimpse of Maori at Whakarewarewa. You’ll also take a fascinating tour into the Otar Wiltons Bush in search of seal colonies before crossing the Cook Strait to continue the adventure on the South Island. After a refreshing private cycling tour of the Marlborough wine region near Blenheim, you’ll board the TranzAlpine train for an impossibly scenic ride across the bucolic farmlands of Canterbury Plains and the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps through Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch. Finally, visit the Tasman Glacier aboard a custom-built boat with an expert guide before unwinding from it all in the best (and most authentically Kiwi) way possible on an overnight cruise through the majestic fjords of Milford Sound. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Auckland to Bay of Islands
    Auckland to Bay of Islands
    • Air - Auckland - Bay of Islands [1 hr] - Separate Purchase
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • New Zealand - Welcome Package
  • Day 2 Bay of Islands
    Bay of Islands
    • Shared Tour - Sailing and Dolphin Adventure (with BBQ Lunch, 6 hrs) - Catamaran
  • Day 3 Bay of Islands
    Bay of Islands
    • Shared Tour - 1/2 Day Cape Reinga by Air & 4WD - 4WD/Guide/Flight
    • Afternoon at Leisure
  • Day 4 Bay of Islands to Auckland
    Bay of Islands to Auckland
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Bay of Islands - Auckland [1 hr] - Separate Purchase
    • Afternoon at Leisure
  • Day 5 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Shared Tour - 1/2 Day Auckland City Highlights (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Shared Tour - America's Cup Sailing Experience (2 hrs) - Boat
  • Day 6 Auckland to Rotorua
    Auckland to Rotorua
    • Private Transfer - Auckland - Rotorua [Full Day Waitomo and Hobbiton (10 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 7 Rotorua
    Rotorua
    • Shared Tour - Geothermal & Cultural Tour (with Lunch, 8-9 hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 8 Rotorua to Wellington
    Rotorua to Wellington
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Rotorua - Wellington [1 hr] - Separate Purchase
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Self-Guided - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Day 9 Wellington
    Wellington
    • Shared Tour - Wild Wellington Tour (with Lunch, 8 hrs) - Mini-Coach
  • Day 10 Wellington to Blenheim
    Wellington to Blenheim
    • Private Transfer - Port - Vehicle/Driver
    • Transfer - Wellington - Blenheim [Ferry and Private Transfer] - Ferry/Vehicle/Driver
    • Afternoon at Leisure
  • Day 11 Blenheim
    Blenheim
    • Private Tour - Biking Wine Tour (6.5 hrs) - Bike/Guide
  • Day 12 Blenheim to Christchurch
    Blenheim to Christchurch
    • Shared Transfer - Blenheim - Christchurch [6.5 hrs] - Coach/Driver
    • Afternoon at Leisure
  • Day 13 Christchurch
    Christchurch
    • Shared Tour - Arthur's Pass with TranzAlpine Train and Scenic Nature Tour & Short Walks - Coach/Guide
  • Day 14 Christchurch to Mount Cook
    Christchurch to Mount Cook
    • Private Transfer - Christchurch - Mount Cook [4 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Shared Tour - 1/2 Day Tasman Glacier Exploration (3 hrs) - Boat/Guide
    • Big Sky Stargazing - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 15 Mount Cook to Queenstown
    Mount Cook to Queenstown
    • Morning at Leisure
    • Shared Transfer - Mount Cook - Queenstown [3.5 hrs] - Coach/Driver
  • Day 16 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Sights (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Shared Tour - Shotover Jetboat Ride (1.5 hrs) - Jet Boat/Driver
  • Day 17 Queenstown to Milford Sound
    Queenstown to Milford Sound
    • Shared Transfer - [4 hrs]
    • Embarkation
    • Ship-based - Exploring the Fiords (3-4 hrs)
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 18 Milford Sound to Queenstown
    Milford Sound to Queenstown
    • Ship-based - Sunrise Breakfast in Milford Sound (2 hrs)
    • Shared Transfer - [2-4 hrs]
    • Optional Dining - Botswana Butchery
  • Day 19 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Auckland - Bay of Islands

Board a flight in Auckland with direct service to Kerikeri, Bay of Islands. Approximate flight duration is 50 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.

A private transfer is provided between Kerikeri Airport and Bay of Islands.

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. 

Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Located in the idyllic sea-side town of Paihia in the Bay Of Islands, is the Paihia Beach Resort & Spa. Inviting you to experience a luxury boutique resort, been designed with guest’s ultimate comfort in mind, you can relax at La Spa Naturale, take a dip in the pool, and dine at Provenir. At Paihia Beach Resort & Spa your every need is taken care of. Each guest room faces the ocean and features air-conditioning, luxurious super king bed, unlimited Wi Fi access, large flat-screen television with 50+ Sky Channels, and 6ft spa baths. Take in the spectacular Pacific Ocean views with your own private balcony or patio. At Paihia Beach Resort & Spa every room is an ocean view room.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands

Day 2: Bay of Islands

Enjoy a six hours sailing adventure on a 50ft catamaran in and around the beautiful Bay of islands. You will have the opportunity to help set and trim the sails and or sit back and relax and experience the spectacular scenery, fantastic sea life within the Bay of Islands Maritime Park. Learn from your experienced crew to understand and appreciated the magic of wild dolphins and other wonders in the Bay of Islands. A kiwi style BBQ lunch will be provided aboard the catamaran. Watch their adopted dolphins “Bad Jelly and Jim” or other dolphins they know by sight and their names. They are conscious of the need to protect the dolphins and respect their habitat. Please Note: You will not swim with dolphins. Recent discussions with the Department of Conservation determined it is best to only watch, not swim, with the dolphins.

Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Dolphin
Dolphin

Day 3: Bay of Islands

Fly in a comfortable fixed wing aircraft via the stunning West Coast for a bird’s eye view of world famous 90 mile beach. With a 2.5 hour guided tour of the top of New Zealand in a comfortable air conditioned vehicle. Enjoy time at Cape Reinga, learning myths and legends of this very spiritual area. A freshly baked refreshment is served at stunning Tapotupotu Bay. Then drive down Te Paki Quicksand stream to the Giant Sand Dunes. Your return flight down the East Coast offers some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Northland.

 

This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Paihia Beach Resort & Spa
Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland

A private transfer is provided between Kerikeri Airport and Bay of Islands.

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

Board a flight in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands with direct service to Auckland. Approximate flight duration is 50 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.

This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Experience life on the waterfront at a 5-star Auckland hotel, blending Sofitel’s French chic and the pure beauty of New Zealand’s capital city. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour welcomes guests with a heartfelt Bonjour! The stylish Auckland luxury hotel places guests in the heart of Auckland Central between the upscale Viaduct Harbour lifestyle development and the attractions of the new Wynyard Quarter. Its understated elegance overlooks the shimmering Waitemata Harbour. Each luxuriously 172 spacious room and 4 suite features a private balcony floor-to-ceiling windows and 5-star indulgences from the unparalleled comfort of the Sofitel MyBed to marble bathrooms with both a rain shower and deep soaking tub.

Day 5: Auckland

On this half day sightseeing tour of Auckland, experience the very best of the City of Sails; spectacular ocean vistas, dramatic volcanic landscapes, lush green parkland, iconic landmarks, tranquil harbor-side bays and a historic picturesque marine village. Highlights throughout the tour abound, including Mount Eden - Auckland’s most famous volcano - Auckland Domain and the Auckland Museum, one of the city’s architectural icons. You’ll also drive through the suburb of Parnell, restored in old colonial fashion and featuring a range of striking mansions, then drive along the waterfront of Tamaki Drive with its gorgeous beaches that stretch across the Auckland shoreline. Snap a few keepsake photos over the dramatic Hauraki Gulf and the mystical island volcano, Rangitoto before crossing Harbour Bridge to span its sparkling blue waters dotted with white sails. In Devonport, the charming old North Shore marine village nestled in the shadow of historic Mount Victoria has great cafes and boutiques, making it an excellent finale for the day. After time to enjoy the village, you will be returned to your accommodation in Auckland.

The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest sporting trophy and arguably the most prestigious, representing the ultimate yachting accomplishment. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachters, today you’ll enjoy a very unique opportunity and participate in a sailing on these grand prix racing machines. A must do attraction in Auckland, contribute as crew member on an actual America’s Cup yacht. Perhaps you’ll take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the sail; in every case, you’ll experience a once in a lifetime sailing. The trip is subject to route alterations as well as wind and weather conditions, departs from the Viaduct Basin in Downtown Auckland, and group sizes vary between eight and 30 passengers. From November to March, the tour operates daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, and between April and October, daily at 1:00 pm.

Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Auckland
Auckland
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  America's Cup Sailing Experience
America's Cup Sailing Experience

Day 6: Auckland - Rotorua

Today your private driver-guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Auckland and provide a transfer to Rotorua via the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves and Hobbiton. Take a guided tour through the famed Glow-worm Caves. Continue on to Hobbiton and see the "Lord of the Rings" movie set. This experience will last around 10 hours, pending on the duration of your visits. Upon completion of this adventure, you will be transferred to your hotel in Rotorua. 

Accommodation: Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel

The Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel offers sophisticated, luxury lodge style accommodation right on the edge of Lake Rotorua with a backdrop of mature gardens. The Black Swan fuses classic sophistication and contemporary chic to create a thoroughly modern and uniquely luxurious Rotorua lakefront Boutique Hotel with personalized lodge style service. The expansive grounds include rose gardens, sweeping lawns, swimming pool, sauna, secret grotto, sandy beach, private jetty, heli-pad and eight guest rooms. The eight luxurious rooms are beautifully appointed with stunning views over the lake or gardens. Focusing on contemporary Pacific fusion food, the Black Swan offers its guests the opportunity to dine overlooking the lake or to request private dining in the conservatory, grotto or gardens.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hobbiton
Hobbiton
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rotorua
Rotorua

Day 7: Rotorua

Experience the wonders of New Zealand’s most spectacular, colorful and diverse volcanic region on an awe-inspiring journey through a geothermal wonderland. This morning, start your day off with the best of Rotorua’s amazing geothermal activity and dramatic volcanic landscapes at Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Stop for your included lunch, then continue in the afternoon to the scenic Blue and Green Lakes and Tarawera Lookout for a breath-taking panorama of Lake Tarawera and Mount Tarawera Volcano. At the historical Buried Village, witness the destructive forces of the 1886 Mount Tarawera volcanic eruption, then visit the Maori Village of Whakarewarewa – set within an active geothermal valley – and discover how the Maori people have lived in harmony amid this unique and challenging geothermal environment for many generations, utilizing the amazing activity of hot pools, steaming fumaroles and boiling mud pools for daily cooking, bathing and medicinal purposes.

Accommodation: Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Day 8: Rotorua - Wellington

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

Board a flight in Rotorua with service to Wellington. Approximate flight duration is one hour and 10 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.

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

During your afternoon at leisure in Wellington, consider visiting the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here you can learn about the art, culture and natural history of the region with a particular focus on Maori and Pacific cultures. A massive museum, the various collections include roughly 70,000 bird specimens, the largest example of the colossal squid, and approximately 13,000 items from historic and contemporary cultures throughout the Pacific Islands.

Accommodation: The Bolton Hotel

The Bolton Hotel has an ideal Wellington city center location, situated at the junction of the capital’s central business district and political heart. The hotel’s site, on the corner of Bolton and Mowbray Streets, is adjacent to Parliament Buildings and within walking distance to the city’s many theatres, restaurants, cafes, bars, retail hub, waterfront and stadium. Accommodation at the Bolton Hotel in Wellington provides the perfect base for you to explore the city. With contemporary-styled guest rooms and suites, complimentary wireless internet access for all guests, a fully equipped gym, heated lap pool, spa pool, sauna and in-house ARTISAN Restaurant & Bar, the award winning Bolton Hotel Wellington experience is like no other.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Maori Carving
Maori Carving
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fur Seal sitting on the Wellington Coast
Fur Seal sitting on the Wellington Coast

Day 9: Wellington

Depart from central Wellington and travel past some of the city’s most famous icons on your way to Otari Wiltons Bush, found 15 minutes from downtown Wellington. This is the only botanical gardens in New Zealand completely dedicated to native plants. It is also listed as a ‘Garden of National Significance’ by the New Zealand Gardens Trust. The trek starts at the Waharoa (Maori for entrance) and heads through the Fernery and examine some of the undergrowth on the way to pay tribute to Job Wilton who first secured the area as a Bush Reserve. You'll then head down to the creek, all the while looking out for native birds that frequent the area including Kereru, Tui, Kaka, Kakariki and Karearea to name a few. At the creek, spot long finned Eel before heading up to the highlight of the trek; a Rimu tree estimated to be over 800 years old. From there, head back up to the Canopy Walkway where you can see the trees as the birds see them. Return by vehicle and stop at the Stellin Memorial Lookout for fabulous views over the downtown area and harbor before heading to lunch at one of Wellington’s finest cafes. After lunch, enjoy an exhilarating journey through Terawhiti Station to the dramatic Seal Coast south of the city. Home to New Zealand’s most modern wind farm, Terawhiti Station is also a working beef and sheep farm. Driving through the farm, your guide will discuss the history of farming and electricity generation in the area, then head across a live active fault line, over rocky beachfront and around headlands to visit a colony of Wild New Zealand Fur Seals. The views on this tour are exceptional. Weather permitting, you’ll see where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, the tumultuous waters of Cook Strait separating the North and South Islands, and the distant mountain ranges of the South Island.

Accommodation: The Bolton Hotel
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Seal Coast
Seal Coast

Day 10: Wellington - Blenheim

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

Take the ferry from Wellington to Picton. Once you have collected your luggage after the ferry journey, you will be met by your driver who will transfer you to Blenheim. Blenheim is considered the "Sunshine Capital" of New Zealand and is situated on the Wairau Plain near the top of the South Island. Blenheim's combination of high sunshine hours, a long ripening period, and free-draining river flats have put the district's vineyards at the forefront of the International Wine Industry. The second Saturday of February is Blenheim's Wine and Food Festival which draws many to celebrate food, music and dance.

This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel

Surrounded by vineyards in the heart of Sauvignon Blanc country, Marlborough Vintners Hotel on Rapaura Road, Blenheim, New Zealand, is your cuisine and wine destination when travelling to Marlborough. This boutique vineyard accommodation and restaurant is set in 6 acres of grounds showcasing the tranquility of the vines. MVH offers luxury accommodation and Marlborough activities for your next holiday, wine experience, weekend escape, boutique vineyard wedding or executive retreat. This stunning property is also located in an area where cruising the Marlborough Sounds, biking, hiking, walking and fishing are fabulous alternative activities. MVH is located only 5 minutes from Blenheim airport and 1.5 hours from Nelson.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Blenheim
Blenheim
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Blenheim
Blenheim

Day 11: Blenheim

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Blenheim at approximately 9:30 am to begin a day of cycling through the beautiful Marlborough region, visiting some of the top vineyards along the way to indulge in samples of premium wines. Breathe in the fresh country air as you pedal down the quiet back roads which wind through the scenic Wairau River Valle. The tour takes approximately six and a half hours to compete, and a return transfer is included. Please wear comfortable and warm clothing to cycle in, for example fleece or jersey windbreaker, suitable biking shoes (also comfortable to walk in), sunglasses and sunscreen.

Accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Biking Tour
Biking Tour

Day 12: Blenheim - Christchurch

Travel with Intercity Coachlines from Blenheim to Christchurch. Approximate travel time is six hours and 30 minutes. Please be ready 15 minutes prior to departure time. Please note this is a commuter service with many stops and limited commentary.

This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Located in Central Christchurch and just minutes from the CBD dining, shopping and entertainment, Crowne Plaza Christchurch offers modern accommodation and dining options for travelers of all types. Overlooking historic Victoria Square and the iconic Avon River, you’ll be in the perfect spot to connect with Christchurch. The technology installed within the rooms is bound to impress, with Bluetooth and Wi Fi streaming high definition televisions, bathroom speakers and controls, electronic service indicators on the door for when you don’t want to be disturbed and plenty of USB ports for your devices. From the fully-equipped gym and library-themed business center, the property has everything you need to make your stay an enjoyable one. With the Issac Theater Royal and Christchurch’s coolest cafes, restaurants, shops and street art only a stroll away, it offers the perfect base to explore this lively city.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Christchurch
Christchurch
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Day 13: Christchurch

Journey across the rich agricultural belt of the Canterbury Plains to Springfield to take photos of the mountains rising above you while aboard the famed TranzAlpine train. The voyage through the gorge is spectacular and leads to the massifs of the Southern Alps and Arthur’s Pass. Having arrived at Arthur’s Pass village, join your guide on an adventure that best suits your interests. The first option is the set off to view the Waimakariri River and its unique braided river system. To do so, you’ll follow the old stage coach route, viewing the spectacular Otira Gorge – testament to the road builders of the 1860’s and the route taken by the Maori in their quest for greenstone – along the way before arriving at the Cave Stream where a thread of water has carved a circular tunnel through an area of limestone cliffs, gorges and craggy outcrops. The area was featured in the film adaptation of CS Lewis’s The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, making it a site of particular interest for nature enthusiasts who also enjoy a good movie. Alternatively, set off with your guide to visit the incredible Castle Hill rocks, unique weather-worn rain outcrops of limestone widely regarded as sacred by the Maori. These incredible formations are simply mesmerizing, made all the more impressive by the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Following your adventure in Arthur’s Pass, return to Christchurch by deluxe minivan, traveling via sub-alpine Porter’s Pass and the Canterbury Plains. Please note: The weather is extreme and unpredictable. In order to ensure an enjoyable experience, please wear a wind- and water-proof jacket, sweater, breathable hiking gear, comfortable hiking shoes, and hat, as well as day pack with room for water, snacks, camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Christchurch
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Train
Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Train

Day 14: Christchurch - Mount Cook

You will be privately transferred from Christchurch to Mount Cook by a professional driver. Approximate travel duration is four hours.

Tasman Glacier Exploration Tour is a memorable and amazing up close encounter with the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand's largest glacier. Explore, learn and discover the ever-changing glacial landscape as you journey across the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake in a custom-built MAC Boat alongside an experienced guide. With the effects of global warming and other climatic processes taking their toll on New Zealand glaciers, it is obvious that their retreat is imminent. Now approximately 17 miles (27 kilometers) long and 1965 feet (600 meters) deep, the Tasman Glacier is melting and calving at an increasing rate. In recent years the Tasman Glacier has changed from a 'melting' to a 'calving and melting' terminus, resulting in a terminal lake that is rapidly increasing in size. This results in icebergs of every shape and size imaginable periodically tearing away from the terminal face of the glacier into the rapidly growing lake below. On either side of the Terminal Lake, lateral moraines rear up almost 665 feet (200 meters) to remind us of the scale and grandeur that the glacier has reached in previous times - the last ice age finishing in just 1890.

Mount Cook is far from the city lights and therefore has some of the darkest skies in New Zealand - perfect for viewing the night sky! Begin with an introduction and orientation in the Theatre Planetarium using a special live Digital Sky presentation highlighting unique features in the southern sky. The informative astronomy guides then take you on a short drive (transport provided) to an outdoor stargazing site for spectacular views of that southern sky. Using the naked eye, high powered binoculars and state-of-the-art telescopes, you will tour the Milky Way and beyond. Unleash your imagination as you explore our neighbourhood in the universe including the Southern Cross, star clusters, planets, moons and distant galaxies.

Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

From an intrepid journey through glacial valleys to a mouth-watering culinary dining adventure, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect place to base your adventure and discover why this region has endeared itself to Kiwi adventure seekers for so long. Choose from premium hotel rooms, motel units or cozy chalets. . The property offers some of the finest dining options in New Zealand. Guests can choose a la Carte, buffet style or informal café fare. They are the freshest and finest in New Zealand produce. Culinary experts bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from all over the world to produce menus rich in Kiwi fare and infused with international flavors.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tasman Glacier
Tasman Glacier
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Big Sky Stargazing
Big Sky Stargazing

Day 15: Mount Cook - Queenstown

This morning, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

You will be transferred between Mount Cook and Queenstown. Approximate travel time is three hours and 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

Queenstown Park Hotel is one of Queenstown’s new luxury boutique hotels. Be awed and inspired by the incredible views, luxuriate in the quality and appreciate the stylish design and sophisticated service of an urban boutique hotel. Revel in the personal attention and local knowledge provided by your hotel hosts. Centrally located, yet surrounded by parklands, this 19 room architecturally-designed hotel compliments Queenstown's majestic mountain backdrop to perfection.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Queenstown
Queenstown
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

Day 16: Queenstown

Today you will be collected from your accommodation for your 3 hour sightseeing tour. The panoramic view point of Queenstown Hill is the first of several photo stops and the vista extends to Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range. The tour then follows a route along the Frankton Arm and into the Wakatipu Basin, past stunning Lake Hayes, and into the mouth of the Kawarau Gorge, one of many filming locations for The Lord of the Rings.  The next stop, join the "Secrets of Bungy Tour" is a 20 minute tour that gives a behind the scenes look at how bungy jumping started, the technology used and how it allows access to restricted viewing areas to watch live bungy jumping action (AJ Hackett Bungy Bridge). A short drive up the road is the Gibbston Valley Winery, with an opportunity to taste a selection of 4 wines, browse around the wine shop delicatessen. Continue on to the historic gold mining settlement of Arrowtown, where there is ample time for you to wander around the shops and cafes in the main street or follow the marked trail through the Chinese Settlement. The return drive back to Queenstown is via the world famous Shotover Canyon. Entrance fees aare not included.

Prepare yourself for the thrill and excitement of the ultimate jet boating experience with the world famous Shotover Jet; it's a unique, breathtaking white water ride and an adrenaline rush you'll never forget! From the moment the accelerator hits the floor your adrenaline hits the roof as you speed in mere inches of water along the famous Shotover River and deep into the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. As the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you, your expert driver puts your 'Big Red' Jet Boat through the paces and skillfully whips it past rocky outcrops, skims around crags and boulders, and speeds through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Rock faces blur in your peripheral vision and the water sprays into white water crystals with every turn as you speed in your state of the vessel at up to 52 miles per hour over water as shallow as four inches deep. Make sure to hold on tight when your driver makes the signal that you are about experience the thrills of trademark 360° spins. You'll grip the hand rail for comfort and reassurance as your Jet Boat spins fully around within its own boat length and, without losing momentum, keeps speeding along the river.

Accommodation: Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Scenic View Of Queenstown
Scenic View Of Queenstown
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Shotover Jetboat Ride
Shotover Jetboat Ride

Day 17: Queenstown - Milford Sound

You will be transferred from Queenstown to Milford Sound alongside other guests boarding the Fiordland Jewel. On the way, you'll stop to snap a few photos in the Eglinton Valley at the entrance of the Homer Tunnel, a site of incredible natural beauty that was captured in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Approximate travel time is four hours.

After arriving at the Cruise Milford Desk, you will board the Fiordland Jewel. During winter, embarkation begins at 2:20 pm and departs at 3:00 pm. In summer, embarkation begins at 3:45 pm and the ship departs at 4:15 pm.

Cruise down the south side of the fiord, past Bowen Falls, Sinbad Gully, the world-renowned Mitre Peak, Mount Pembroke, Bridal Veil Falls and Fairy Falls. An area of unparalleled beauty, the first hour of the cruise is an outstanding introduction to this gorgeous region. If weather permits, the Fiordland Jewel will cruise into the mouth of the fiord past Anita Bay, and head into the Tasman Sea for a glimpse of the West Coast before returning into the sound. Later in the day, venture up the north side of the fiord past Dale Point, the Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, Seal Rock, Stirling Falls, The Lion and the Cascade Range. Soon, anchor will be dropped at Harrison’s Cove or Deepwater Cove, and then you will be invited to explore the surrounding area via onboard sea kayaks before returning to the boat for drinks and dinner.

Accommodation: Fiordland Jewel

Fiordland is renowned as one of the southern hemispheres most spectacular wilderness regions. Here a small family owned and operated company has had its heart and home in the southern region of New Zealand for three generations. In December 2016, a brand new vessel was launched, the Fiordland Jewel, which is a luxury catamaran accommodating only 20 passengers a night. Sailing into Milford Sound, Fiordland, the Jewel's state-of-the-art technology offers guests the ultimate experience of traveling the Fiords and viewing the world beneath the waves like never before. Fiordland Discovery offers you helicopter access directly onto the vessel, an on-deck hot-tub, ROV underwater explorations, water activities, such as kayaking or zodiac excursions, land expeditions, and superb cuisine, coupled with nine luxury cabins, each with their own private en-suites.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Milford Sound
Milford Sound
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Milford Sound
Milford Sound

Day 18: Milford Sound - Queenstown

Dawn arrives at 6:00 am in December but can be as late as 8:00 am in March. Today, watch as a glorious sunrise welcomes in the new day while enjoying breakfast - served from 7:00 to 8:00 am - aboard the Fiordland Jewel before returning to the cruise terminal at 9:00 am.

You will be transferred to Queenstown, Te Anau or Glenorchy alongside other guests of the Fiordland Jewel. Travel time varies between two and four hours depending on your onward destination.

The ambience of the Botswana Butchery is warm and welcoming all year-round, with its roaring log fires, luxurious dining environment and private dining suites to accommodate from two to 30 people.  As well as the main restaurant and al fresco dining options, the restaurant has a number of individual private dining rooms on the first floor plus a bar and entertainment area including a plush private lounge for up to 25 patrons. 

Accommodation: Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Botswana Butchery
Botswana Butchery

Day 19: Queenstown

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

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) ( )

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

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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.

Paihia Beach Resort & Spa : Bay of Islands

Located in the idyllic sea-side town of Paihia in the Bay Of Islands, is the Paihia Beach Resort & Spa. Inviting you to experience a luxury boutique resort, been designed with guest’s ultimate comfort in mind, you can relax at La Spa Naturale, take a dip in the pool, and dine at Provenir. At Paihia Beach Resort & Spa your every need is taken care of. Each guest room faces the ocean and features air-conditioning, luxurious super king bed, unlimited Wi Fi access, large flat-screen television with 50+ Sky Channels, and 6ft spa baths. Take in the spectacular Pacific Ocean views with your own private balcony or patio. At Paihia Beach Resort & Spa every room is an ocean view room.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Paihia Beach Resort & Spa
Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour: Auckland

Experience life on the waterfront at a 5-star Auckland hotel, blending Sofitel’s French chic and the pure beauty of New Zealand’s capital city. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour welcomes guests with a heartfelt Bonjour! The stylish Auckland luxury hotel places guests in the heart of Auckland Central between the upscale Viaduct Harbour lifestyle development and the attractions of the new Wynyard Quarter. Its understated elegance overlooks the shimmering Waitemata Harbour. Each luxuriously 172 spacious room and 4 suite features a private balcony floor-to-ceiling windows and 5-star indulgences from the unparalleled comfort of the Sofitel MyBed to marble bathrooms with both a rain shower and deep soaking tub.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel : Rotorua

The Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel offers sophisticated, luxury lodge style accommodation right on the edge of Lake Rotorua with a backdrop of mature gardens. The Black Swan fuses classic sophistication and contemporary chic to create a thoroughly modern and uniquely luxurious Rotorua lakefront Boutique Hotel with personalized lodge style service. The expansive grounds include rose gardens, sweeping lawns, swimming pool, sauna, secret grotto, sandy beach, private jetty, heli-pad and eight guest rooms. The eight luxurious rooms are beautifully appointed with stunning views over the lake or gardens. Focusing on contemporary Pacific fusion food, the Black Swan offers its guests the opportunity to dine overlooking the lake or to request private dining in the conservatory, grotto or gardens.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel
Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Pool
Pool

The Bolton Hotel : Wellington

The Bolton Hotel has an ideal Wellington city center location, situated at the junction of the capital’s central business district and political heart. The hotel’s site, on the corner of Bolton and Mowbray Streets, is adjacent to Parliament Buildings and within walking distance to the city’s many theatres, restaurants, cafes, bars, retail hub, waterfront and stadium. Accommodation at the Bolton Hotel in Wellington provides the perfect base for you to explore the city. With contemporary-styled guest rooms and suites, complimentary wireless internet access for all guests, a fully equipped gym, heated lap pool, spa pool, sauna and in-house ARTISAN Restaurant & Bar, the award winning Bolton Hotel Wellington experience is like no other.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Bolton Hotel
The Bolton Hotel
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Pool
Pool

Marlborough Vintners Hotel : Blenheim

Surrounded by vineyards in the heart of Sauvignon Blanc country, Marlborough Vintners Hotel on Rapaura Road, Blenheim, New Zealand, is your cuisine and wine destination when travelling to Marlborough. This boutique vineyard accommodation and restaurant is set in 6 acres of grounds showcasing the tranquility of the vines. MVH offers luxury accommodation and Marlborough activities for your next holiday, wine experience, weekend escape, boutique vineyard wedding or executive retreat. This stunning property is also located in an area where cruising the Marlborough Sounds, biking, hiking, walking and fishing are fabulous alternative activities. MVH is located only 5 minutes from Blenheim airport and 1.5 hours from Nelson.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Marlborough Vintners Hotel
Marlborough Vintners Hotel

Crowne Plaza Christchurch : Christchurch

Located in Central Christchurch and just minutes from the CBD dining, shopping and entertainment, Crowne Plaza Christchurch offers modern accommodation and dining options for travelers of all types. Overlooking historic Victoria Square and the iconic Avon River, you’ll be in the perfect spot to connect with Christchurch. The technology installed within the rooms is bound to impress, with Bluetooth and Wi Fi streaming high definition televisions, bathroom speakers and controls, electronic service indicators on the door for when you don’t want to be disturbed and plenty of USB ports for your devices. From the fully-equipped gym and library-themed business center, the property has everything you need to make your stay an enjoyable one. With the Issac Theater Royal and Christchurch’s coolest cafes, restaurants, shops and street art only a stroll away, it offers the perfect base to explore this lively city.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Crowne Plaza Christchurch
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Crowne Plaza Christchurch Lobby
Crowne Plaza Christchurch Lobby

Hermitage Hotel : Mount Cook

From an intrepid journey through glacial valleys to a mouth-watering culinary dining adventure, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect place to base your adventure and discover why this region has endeared itself to Kiwi adventure seekers for so long. Choose from premium hotel rooms, motel units or cozy chalets. . The property offers some of the finest dining options in New Zealand. Guests can choose a la Carte, buffet style or informal café fare. They are the freshest and finest in New Zealand produce. Culinary experts bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from all over the world to produce menus rich in Kiwi fare and infused with international flavors.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hermitage Hotel
Hermitage Hotel

Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel : Queenstown

Queenstown Park Hotel is one of Queenstown’s new luxury boutique hotels. Be awed and inspired by the incredible views, luxuriate in the quality and appreciate the stylish design and sophisticated service of an urban boutique hotel. Revel in the personal attention and local knowledge provided by your hotel hosts. Centrally located, yet surrounded by parklands, this 19 room architecturally-designed hotel compliments Queenstown's majestic mountain backdrop to perfection.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

Fiordland Jewel: Milford Sound

Fiordland is renowned as one of the southern hemispheres most spectacular wilderness regions. Here a small family owned and operated company has had its heart and home in the southern region of New Zealand for three generations. In December 2016, a brand new vessel was launched, the Fiordland Jewel, which is a luxury catamaran accommodating only 20 passengers a night. Sailing into Milford Sound, Fiordland, the Jewel's state-of-the-art technology offers guests the ultimate experience of traveling the Fiords and viewing the world beneath the waves like never before. Fiordland Discovery offers you helicopter access directly onto the vessel, an on-deck hot-tub, ROV underwater explorations, water activities, such as kayaking or zodiac excursions, land expeditions, and superb cuisine, coupled with nine luxury cabins, each with their own private en-suites.

New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fiordland Jewel
Fiordland Jewel
New Zealand Grand Tour Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fiordland Jewel
Fiordland Jewel

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

Depart from the 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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    Kerry Brown was an exceptional travel consultant throughout the entire planning phase as well as a responsive resource as we encountered a few challenges while travelling. Her personal interest in our comfort, convenience, and pleasure made our trip an unforgettable experience. We will definitely consider using Kensington for international travel.

  • Ellen M — February 12, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Wonderful trip, tailored to our exact needs and wishes, quality hotels, tours, experiences. Very satisfied, the best part of our trip was through Kensington.

  • Holly T — April 17, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Samantha was amazing and the trip was wonderful and enchanting! Guides were amazing and super knowledgeable. Special shout out to Kenn Holmes (Brisbane) who not only provided an amazing tour of the Australian Zoo but went above and beyond to look for medical care for me for an ear infection during our day together. He was amazing!

  • Susan S — June 05, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Our trip to New Zealand was a special occasion in that I was celebrating my 70th birthday. Our itinerary was jam-packed as we were visiting both the North and South Islands, that included 6 cities and 4 national parks. Kensington Tours truly did an outstanding job arranging for our transportation, hotels and tour guides. They far exceeded my expectations.

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    We felt like rock stars on this trip! Everything was so well arranged and of high quality. The guides were all excellent and even the drivers to and from the airports provided a mini-tour during the transport. Many thanks for Jennifer May for accommodating our preferences of activities and hotels and making this all possible.

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    Renee, our Destination Expert, put together a great trip for our family. She listened to what our priorities were and designed a trip within our budget.

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