New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound

8 days from $4,088 per person*
  • Discover the "City of Sails" and the artistic treasures hidden in Auckland's laneways.
  • Savor vintage wines in an exclusive tour of beautiful Waiheke Island.
  • Walk the world-famous Routeburn Track and its legendary natural splendor.
  • Enjoy an overnight stay on the Fiordland Jewel Cruise, offering stunning views of Milford Sound.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of quality accommodations.
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Offering both rugged beauty with its Fiordland as well as decadent luxury in a glass of red or white, New Zealand is home to a diverse paradise of natural wonders and home-grown delights.

The adventure begins in cosmopolitan Auckland, nicknamed "The City of Sails" for its two harbors and historic waterfront. A blend of island escapes and dazzling nightlife, Auckland offers winding lane ways leading to artistic masterpieces and significant landmarks awaiting your discovery. Explore the beautiful Waiheke Island in an exclusive experience where you'll enjoy a private tour of the island's vineyards, sampling flavorful vintages amid backdrops of lush vegetation and crystal-blue waters. Learn about the country's indigenous culture and history as you visit the studio of a resident Waiheke Maori artist and enjoy a short native bush walk, learning of the traditional and medicinal Maori uses of native plants.

The journey continues in Queenstown, the perfect place for a delicious glass of wine in the Gibbston Valley, savoring a selection of 4 wines in this haven nestled between mountain ranges and the Kawarau River Gorge. Embark on an epic hike along the incredible Routeburn Track, world-famous for its natural splendor. Your walk begins among towering ancient beech forest, climbing gradually through blankets of forest moss and fern, jewel-like lakes in the horizon as you skirt through the gorge carved out over the millennia. Prepare for an awe-inspiring exploration of Milford Sound as you board the Fiordland Jewel Cruise, passing world-renowned peaks and glistening waterfalls before anchoring in Deepwater Bay for an overnight stay in modern luxury on the water. Wake the next morning to enjoy breakfast served with an unparalleled view of the sunrise, sure to inspire your next great adventure. ... 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
    • Private Tour - City Lane Ways Walking Tour (2 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 2 Auckland to Waiheke Island
    Auckland to Waiheke Island
    • Ferry - Auckland - Waiheke Island [40 mins] - Fullers Ferry
    • Private Tour - Exclusive Island Experience (with Lunch, 8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Ferry - Waiheke Island - Auckland [40 mins] - Fullers Ferry
  • Day 3 Auckland to Queenstown
    Auckland to Queenstown
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Auckland - Queenstown [2 hrs] - Separate Purchase
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Queenstown: Dining Suggestions
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Private Tour - Wine Tour in Central Otago Region (with Lunch, 5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Private Tour - Routeburn Track Guided Walk (with Lunch, 9 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Queenstown to Milford Sound
    Queenstown to Milford Sound
    • Shared Transfer - 4 hrs
    • Embarkation
    • Ship-based - Exploring the Fiords (3-4 hrs)
    • Dinner on Board (Included)
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 Milford Sound to Queenstown
    Milford Sound to Queenstown
    • Breakfast on Board (Included)
    • Ship-based - Sunrise Breakfast in Milford Sound (2 hrs)
    • Shared Transfer - 2-4 hrs
    • Afternoon at Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Private Transfer - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Auckland

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

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

Meet your private guide at your hotel to explore the best of beautiful Auckland. A mixture of island escapes and dazzling nightlife, Auckland is also home to winding lane ways leading to artistic masterpieces and significant landmarks. Immerse yourself in the heart of the city, strolling along Fort Street and Fort Lane to experience historical Auckland. Pick up a high-quality souvenir at Queens Arcade, a retail hub first built in 1929. Explore the Britomart Pavillions, a chic hub for fashion and eateries, ideal for treating your palette to a sweet treat or adding a new accessory to your wardrobe. Wander through the historic town square of Freyburg Place, located in the heart of the High Street which serves as a popular lunchtime destination for locals. Observe the Suffragette Mural in tree-lined Khartoum Place, honoring the Aucklanders who fought for women's right to vote. Take a stroll through the lush greenery of Albert Park, a picturesque public parkland with views of Auckland Art Gallery, and University of Auckland and its heritage precinct. After showcasing the very best of the City of Sails, your tour will conclude back at your hotel. 

Accommodation: Hotel De Brett

Settled in Auckland CBD, the Hotel De Brett links two unique precincts - High Street's hip fashion and Shortland Street's tailored commerce. Hotel's iconic building has been stylishly reinterpreted into a 25-room luxury boutique hotel. Every room is individually designed and complimented with eclectic furniture, New Zealand art and photography. Experience contemporary New Zealand cuisine featuring the best local produce prepared and cooked with care in the Kitchen. The hotel provides a gym and DVD and book library and bars.

New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Auckland
Auckland
New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Auckland Coastal Piha Beach

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.

Nestled in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, beautiful Waiheke Island offers a wealth of stunning beachfront and vineyards for you to discover. Embark on an exclusive journey through the island's pristine white sands with your own private local guide, dedicated to showing you the best the island has to offer. Enjoy a private tour of Waiheke Island's vineyards, sampling flavorful wines amid backdrops of lush vegetation and crystal blue waters. See for yourself how the sub-tropical Waiheke climate has allowed for a booming industry to be established on the island. Also known for its olive oil production, the island is home to an award-winning olive oil estate, the perfect place to sample delicious creations of this cooking essential. Break for lunch at a vineyard where the menu features a divine selection of food and wine, served with picturesque sea views to match. Enjoy a scenic drive around the island's coastline, taking time to stop at breathtaking viewpoints for excellent photo opportunities. Visit the studio of a resident Waiheke Maori artist and enjoy a short native bush walk, where your guide will explain the traditional and medicinal Maori uses of native plants. To further explore the island, you may opt for a privately guided kayak excursion around island bays and rock gardens, or choose to traverse the island on your own electric bicycle. 

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

Accommodation: Hotel De Brett
New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Waiheke Island Vineyard
Waiheke Island Vineyard

Day 3: Auckland - Queenstown

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

Board a flight in Auckland with service to Queenstown. Approximate flight duration is two hours. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.

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

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

Accommodation: St Moritz

Superbly positioned in a spectacular mountain lake setting within walking distance of Queenstown attractions, Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown - member of the MGallery collection is a unique place of majestic beauty and legendary experiences. Close to the airport, this property is also near Steamer Wharf and TSS Earnslaw Steamship. Another nearby point of interest is Queenstown Harbour. Refurbished with chic design, the hotel embodies the spirit of its alpine surroundings. Boasting floor to ceiling windows and panoramic views, Hotel St Moritz features a dining room, a bar, a library, a fitness center and a hot tub garden. The property also provides a restaurant, a children's club, and a concierge desk. Guestrooms have premium bedding, minibars, and high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge). Rooms also include refrigerators, bathrobes and hair dryers.

New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Hotel Entrance
Hotel Entrance
New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Approach to Hotel St Moritz
Approach to Hotel St Moritz

Day 4: Queenstown

Today your private driver-guide will meet you at your Queenstown accommodation and take you on an outstanding wine tour through the central Otago region. Your afternoon begins among boutique vineyards and splendid scenery, highlighted by wine tastings at four of the best wineries in the Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell regions. This outing also includes a delightful gourmet platter lunch at the award-winning Carrick Winery, followed by a leisurely stroll through Old Cromwell Town and a drive through the stunning Kawarau Gorge where you’ll learn about the gold history of the region (time and weather permitting). The duration of the tour is approximately five hours and operates with maximum of five guests. The tour departs at 12:00 pm and returns at approximately 5:00 pm.

Accommodation: St Moritz
New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Wine Tour
Wine Tour
New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Queenstown
Queenstown

Day 5: Queenstown

This full day walk in the ancient beech forest of the Mount Aspiring National Park starts with a scenic drive to the northern end of Lake Wakatipu and into the Routeburn Valley. The high snow-capped mountains provide a magnificent backdrop for the walk up this beautiful river valley. A journey along the edge of the lake from Queenstown to the head of Lake Wakatipu is the ideal preparation for the splendor of the world-famous Routeburn Track. Your walk begins among towering ancient beech forest, climbing gradually through blankets of forest moss and fern and skirting the thundering Routeburn through the gorge it has carved over the millennia. The woodland eventually parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by cloud-scraping mountains, some so high they have permafrost and small glaciers. The flats is a pristine sites for us to enjoy a well-earned lunch, as is the next stop, Routeburn Falls, a short stride through more alpine forest. You and your guide will decide which point suits you best.

Accommodation: St Moritz
New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Routeburn Track
Routeburn Track
New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  St Moritz Queenstown
St Moritz Queenstown

Day 6: 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: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Milford Sound
Milford Sound
New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Fjordland
Fjordland

Day 7: 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.

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

Accommodation: St Moritz
New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Milford Sound Cruise
Milford Sound Cruise
New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Hotel Lobby
Hotel Lobby

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.

Hotel De Brett: Auckland

Settled in Auckland CBD, the Hotel De Brett links two unique precincts - High Street's hip fashion and Shortland Street's tailored commerce. Hotel's iconic building has been stylishly reinterpreted into a 25-room luxury boutique hotel. Every room is individually designed and complimented with eclectic furniture, New Zealand art and photography. Experience contemporary New Zealand cuisine featuring the best local produce prepared and cooked with care in the Kitchen. The hotel provides a gym and DVD and book library and bars.

New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Hotel Debrett
Hotel Debrett

St Moritz : Queenstown

Superbly positioned in a spectacular mountain lake setting within walking distance of Queenstown attractions, Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown - member of the MGallery collection is a unique place of majestic beauty and legendary experiences. Close to the airport, this property is also near Steamer Wharf and TSS Earnslaw Steamship. Another nearby point of interest is Queenstown Harbour. Refurbished with chic design, the hotel embodies the spirit of its alpine surroundings. Boasting floor to ceiling windows and panoramic views, Hotel St Moritz features a dining room, a bar, a library, a fitness center and a hot tub garden. The property also provides a restaurant, a children's club, and a concierge desk. Guestrooms have premium bedding, minibars, and high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge). Rooms also include refrigerators, bathrobes and hair dryers.

New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  St Moritz Queenstown
St Moritz Queenstown
New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Approach to Hotel St Moritz
Approach to Hotel St Moritz

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: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Fiordland Jewel
Fiordland Jewel
New Zealand: Wine, Fjords & Milford Sound Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Fiordland Jewel
Fiordland Jewel

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

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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

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