Day 1 - Welcome To Auckland
Welcome to New Zealand′s invigorating North Island hub. Spend your day at leisure, before joining your Journey Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception and dinner.
Day 2 - Auckland
Soak up Auckland′s intoxicating charm this morning as you embark on a city sightseeing tour. Then travel by ferry to Waiheke Island for a culinary extravaganza of bold reds. Continue your love affair with Waiheke at Casita Miro, savouring delicious Mediterranean flavours. Today′s final stop is at Mudbrick Vineyard where you′ll enjoy spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf.
Day 3 - Auckland To Rotorua
Your leisurely discovery of New Zealand′s North Island continues as you follow the Waikato River to the home of Lance and Bridgette O′Sullivan, for a Be My Guest traditional country-style lunch. Visit the Tamaki Maori Village for insights into the local rituals and traditions and then indulge in the mouthwatering flavours of a Hangi Local Dining Experience.
Day 4 - Rotorua Journey Select
Embark on one of the Journey Select sightseeing experiences today to explore the sacred lands and Maori traditions of Rotorua. Indulge in the Polynesian Spa′s healing waters, tread in the footsteps of Bilbo Baggins in the fantasy-land of Hobbiton or take the native forest zipline adventure tour with Canopy Tours.
Day 5 - Rotorua - Wellington
Come face-to-face with New Zealand′s indigenous creatures within the lush surrounds of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Rainbow Springs is proud to be home of the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, where over 1,800 kiwi chicks have been hatched to date. You′ll enjoy a `behind the scenes` tour of the Hatchery. Learn all about the efforts of our kiwi husbandry team, discover what it takes to hatch a chick, and if you`re really lucky, see baby chicks in person! Encounter the local Maori community at Whakawerawera Living Village and see New Zealand′s largest geyser, before you board your flight to Wellington.
Day 6 - Wellington
A foodie extravaganza awaits this morning as you join a local guide to sample the delicious gourmet delights. Explore New Zealand′s fascinating culture, nature, heritage and art at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, joining a guide who will reveal the stories behind the exhibitions.
Day 7 - Wellington - Queenstown
Discover the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia, admiring the extraordinary efforts of conservationists. Then it′s time to fly to Queenstown, New Zealand′s adrenalin capital. On arrival, journey to the gold-rush village of Arrowtown. Enjoy an orientation tour of Queenstown.
Day 8 - Doubtful Sound
Journey deep into the heart of Fiordland National Park. From the silence of the ′Sounds′ to the ancient rainforests, the beauty and vastness will leave you speechless. Your day begins in Manapouri, where you′ll embark on a cruise across Lake Manapouri. In Doubtful Sound, take to the waters of this glistening fiord.
Day 9 - Queenstown Journey Select
Today indulge your adventurous side, selecting your choice sightseeing experiences: choose from a wine tour, a guided walk through native forest or a minibus tour in Skippers Canyon. As your final day ends, spend the evening enjoying a Celebration Dinner with wine with your Journey Director and new found friends.
Day 10 - Farewell From Queenstown
For now, all that′s left to say is a fond farewell as your journey comes to an end after breakfast.