New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook

12 days from $6,732 per person*
  • Learn about Māori culture on a guided Waiheke Island hike and an authentic hāngi meal in Rotorua.
  • Explore the spellbinding Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton; the film set from The Lord of the Rings.
  • Cruise Milford Sound’s stunning fjords before taking to the skies for a scenic flight to Queenstown.
  • Hike the picturesque Hooker Valley and head out to the Tasman Glacier by boat.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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Nature rules the roost in New Zealand perhaps more than it does anywhere else. In this land of skyscraping mountains, smoldering geysers, and coastlines carved by glaciers, humans live in harmony with their surroundings as much out of necessity as for ecological reasons. This adventure – a fascinating journey across the North and South islands that grants you access to some of the world’s most jaw-dropping scenery, rare experiences, and rewarding cultural encounters – will show you why.

We start near Auckland on Waiheke Island, where you’ll embark on a bushwalk through some truly scenic landscapes with a Maori guide who will explain the impact of the local geography to native culture. Later, slip inside a pair of magical worlds, first on a cruise through the fascinating glowworm caves of Waitomo, then to Middle-Earth itself on a visit to an actual Lord of the Rings film set. In Rotorua, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the volcanic wonders of this geothermal fantasyland before enjoying a warm welcome and traditional hangi – where food is cooked in earth ovens heated by geysers – at a traditional Maori village. From there, the scene shifts southward to Milford Sound, the South Island’s incredible glacier-carved fjordscape. After cruising the sound, a scenic flight over the stunning alpine scenery brings you to Queenstown, gateway to the world-famous Mount Cook region. In this active traveler’s paradise, you’ll have the chance to explore the Tasman Glacier by boat with an expert guide and take a guided hike through Hooker Valley, home to some of New Zealand’s mightiest peaks, including Mount Cook (Aoraki, or “cloud-piercer in Maori). It all wraps up in Christchurch courtesy of the TranzAlpine railway, which offers perhaps the most dramatic views of New Zealand you’ll see – which, at this point in the journey, is really saying something. ... 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 to Waiheke Island
    Auckland to Waiheke Island
    • Ferry - Auckland - Waiheke Island [40 mins] - Fullers Ferry
    • Shared Tour - Waiheke Island Tour - Guide/ Indigenous Maori Experience
    • Ferry - Waiheke Island - Auckland [40 mins] - Fullers Ferry
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Auckland to Rotorua
    Auckland to Rotorua
    • Private Transfer - Auckland - Rotorua [Full Day Waitomo and Hobbiton (10 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 4 Rotorua
    Rotorua
    • Shared Tour - Geothermal Wonderland (4.5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
    • Shared Tour - Te Puia Guided Tour and Te Po Hangi & Concert - Shuttle/Guide/Dinner/Concert
  • Day 5 Rotorua to Christchurch
    Rotorua to Christchurch
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Rotorua - Christchurch [2 hrs] - Separate Purchase
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver (Domestic Apt)
  • Day 6 Christchurch
    Christchurch
    • Shared Tour - Arthur's Pass with TranzAlpine Train and Scenic Nature Tour & Short Walks - Coach/Guide
  • Day 7 Christchurch to Mount Cook
    Christchurch to Mount Cook
    • Private Transfer - Christchurch - Mount Cook [4 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Big Sky Stargazing - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Mount Cook
    Mount Cook
    • Shared Tour - Hooker Valley Guided Walk (5-7 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Mount Cook to Queenstown
    Mount Cook to Queenstown
    • Shared Tour - 1/2 Day Tasman Glacier Exploration (3 hrs) - Boat/Guide
    • Private Transfer - Mount Cook - Queenstown [3.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 10 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Shared Tour - Milford Sound Nature Cruise by Coach & Flight (with Picnic Lunch, 9 hrs) - Coach/Cruise/Flight
  • Day 11 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Shared Tour - Dart River Wilderness Safari (6 hrs) - Coach/Jet Boat
  • Day 12 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.

New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stamford Plaza Auckland

Day 2: Auckland - Waiheke Island

Travel with Fullers Ferry to Waiheke Island. It's 92 square kilometers of sandy beaches, vineyards, native bush settings pristine coastline, olive groves and laid back seaside villages' only 40 minutes cruise from downtown Auckland. There is so much to see, do and explore, try sea kayaking, mountain biking or take a scenic coastal walk.

This morning, join your local guide at Auckland wharf and set out to explore Waiheke Island from a Maori perspective. After a brief orientation, being the experience in earnest by walking around Waiheke to take in stunning sea views of the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland City and the Pacific Ocean. Stroll across pristine white sand beaches and hear the history of this land, focusing primarily on the Maori community on Waiheke. Through the course of the day, you’ll learn the significance of carvings and traditional tattooing, about the revitalization of Maori language and the impact of colonization on Maori people. When the time is right, settle in for lunch at a local cafe where you will have an opportunity to mix with locals and sample delicious food and coffee (not included). Afterward, learn about the unique climate that has allowed for an award-winning wine industry to be established on the island. Best understood through experience, you will visit a vineyard for an optional wine tasting. Waiheke Island is also becoming well known globally for its olive oil and you will be able to taste this for yourself. During a guided walk through native bush your guide will explain the traditional and medicinal Maori uses of native plants before arriving at the summit of a historical paa site where you will see archaeological remains of kumara pits, shell middens and defensive terraces. Native birds including tui’s, kereru’s and tirairaka’s are also likely to be spotted along the way. Your guide will drop you off at the wharf in time for the return 4 pm ferry. Alternatively, if you wish to stay on the island longer, your guide will drop you off at Oneroa village and you can make your own way back to the ferry by a 15-minute walk.

Take the ferry to travel from Waiheke Island to Auckland Downtown.

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza
New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Waiheke Island Tour
Waiheke Island Tour

Day 3: 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: 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.

New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hobbiton
Hobbiton
New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rotorua
Rotorua

Day 4: Rotorua

During this four and a half hour tour, experience the amazing geothermal activity, gushing geysers, boiling mud pools and vivid colors within the pools, lakes, craters, steaming vents and mineral terraces of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Enjoy a Waimangu Volcanic Valley nature walk amid the striking volcanic landscape which provide spectacular views of hot crater lakes, steaming cliffs, hissing fumeroles, colorful silica terraces, rare thermally-adapted plants, as well as the opportunity to see some of New Zealand's native birdlife. This shared tour departs at 8:00 am and operates with a ratio of ten guests per guide.

Enjoy a guided tour of the valley with one of Te Puia's world renowned guides. As part of the tour you will visit New Zealand's national carving and weaving schools and witness these disciplines in practice under the guidance of full-time master carvers and weavers. You will visit award winning interactive galleries, see a kiwi bird up close, and most importantly, hear stories told by descendants of the valley. To conclude the first half of the tour you will visit the geyser and mud pools and then be invited to have a short rest prior to the beginning of the evening experience. Traditionally, Te Po is 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 dessert, you will be transferred to the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley to take in the spectacular lighting. Here, you can wander around the illuminated natural attractions, including Pohutu geyser. A shared outing, this tour can accommodate up to 160 guests.

Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua
New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Geysers in Rotomahana Lake
Geysers in Rotomahana Lake
New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Flightless Kiwis
Flightless Kiwis

Day 5: Rotorua - Christchurch

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

Board a flight in Rotorua with service to Christchurch. Approximate flight duration is one hour and 50 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.

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 Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Christchurch
Christchurch
New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Day 6: 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 Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Train
Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Train

Day 7: Christchurch - Mount Cook

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

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 Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Big Sky Stargazing
Big Sky Stargazing
New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hermitage Hotel
Hermitage Hotel

Day 8: Mount Cook

Today you’ll set out on a guided group tour of Hooker Valley, a land of breath-taking views and host to some of New Zealand's highest and most enthralling peaks. A knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide will tell you all about the unique flora and fauna of the region as well as the local history while you trek through this amazing landscape. Departing from The Hermitage Hotel, you’ll head to the White Horse Hill camping ground. The journey takes in the poignant Alpine Memorial and passes over the turbulent Hooker River twice by swing-bridge to unsurpassed vistas of Aoraki Mount Cook's south face and the surrounding glaciers and mountains. Covering a beautiful stretch of the Hooker Valley that spans roughly 5 miles (8 kilometers) along a well-maintained track, please be sure to wear appropriate hiking gear, and also be sure to bring your camera to capture the spectacular scenery.

Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel
New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hooker Valley
Hooker Valley
New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Mount Cook
Mount Cook

Day 9: Mount Cook - Queenstown

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.

You will be privately transferred from Mount Cook to Queenstown by a professional driver. Approximate travel time is three hours and 30 minutes.

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.

New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tasman Glacier
Tasman Glacier

Day 10: 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
New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  En Route to Tasman Sea
En Route to Tasman Sea
New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Queenstown
Queenstown

Day 11: Queenstown

Take part in the world famous Dart River Wilderness Safari. The tour includes a jetboat ride, a short guided bush walk and a backroad adventure in a 4-wheel drive coach. Always dress warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes/boots and bring eyewear (sunglasses or prescription glasses). Bring a sunhat and sunscreen in summer and a warm hat and gloves in winter. Approximately 45 minutes are allowed for refreshments prior to the coach departing Glenorchy for Queenstown. The trip starts at 7.40 a.m. (weather permitting) and takes 6 hours. Upon completion of your tour you will be returned to Queenstown.

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside
New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jet Boating
Jet Boating
New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 12: 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.

New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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.

New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua

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 Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Crowne Plaza Christchurch
New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook 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 Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hermitage Hotel
Hermitage Hotel

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.

New Zealand Highlights with Mount Cook Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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.
  • Curtis L — March 21, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    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.

  • Jennifer B — February 19, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    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.

  • Jennifer U. — September 30, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    We had run into a snag on our trip. When we could not resolve this on our own we reached out to the after-hours contact at Kensington and between her and our original trip organizer, the issue was resolved for us promptly. It let us enjoy the rest of our trip without the stress of having to deal with the issue on our own. Peace of mind is priceless.

  • Ronald J. — August 13, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    Ashwarya, my Destination Expert, was on top of everything and answered all my questions.

  • Joshua J. — July 24, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    I am always thrilled with Kensington and their experts.

  • Emily D. — June 22, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    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.

  • William H. — September 10, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    Samantha created a great tour itinerary for us. It included all of the sights and activities that we truly wanted to see and do. We were impressed with the professionalism and knowledge of Samantha, our travel consultant. This was a trip of a lifetime and we want to thank Kensington Tours for making it happen!

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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