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Best of New Zealand (PN)

14 Day Tour from Auckland to Queenstown

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Experience the best of New Zealand on this unforgettable vacation filled with dramatic scenery, cultural exchanges, and the country’s top attractions. Your tour starts in Auckland, ends in Queenstown, and overnights along the way in the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, and Franz Josef.

You'll experience some of New Zealand's most majestic scenery throughout this New Zealand tour.Spend time in the picturesque Bay of Islands region and enjoy a scenic cruise to the iconic “Hole in the Rock.” In Rotorua, visit Te Puia, Rotorua's most prominent thermal area, to see New Zealand’s largest geyser and boiling mud pots. Continue south through New Zealand’s lush green North Island to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.

A scenic inter-island ferry brings you to New Zealand’s South Island. In Christchurch, board one of the world’s most scenic trains and travel across the Southern Alps. Two nights at Franz Josef won’t be enough as you admire the incredible views and have a chance to participate in a Glacier Valley walk. But that's not all...you'll enjoy an excursion to Fiordland National Park, boasting some of the world's most breathtaking scenery, where you'll have an unforgettable cruise on Doubtful Sound.

It's not just amazing scenery you'll experience on this New Zealand tour. Throughout the tour, Globus has also included out-of-the-ordinary adventures to make your vacation unique. For example, visit a local farm and enjoy a barbecue lunch, enjoy a wine tasting and tour at a local Queenstown winery, and join a local New Zealand family in Rotorua for dinner in their home and a chance to immerse yourself in New Zealand culture.

From the cosmopolitan city of Auckland to rugged and remote Doubtful Sound, you are sure to return home with lots of photos and unforgettable memories to share with friends and family!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

AUCKLAND
Sightseeing
BAY OF ISLANDS
Visit the Waitangi Treaty House; scenic cruise
ROTORUA
Dinner at a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite local family’s home; visit Rainbow Springs and Te Puia; traditional Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Hangi dinner and Maori cultural performance
MARTON
Visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite local farm and enjoy a barbecue lunch
WELLINGTON
Sightseeing including cable car ride; visit the botanic gardens and Te Papa
INTERISLANDER FERRY
Scenic cruising across Cook Strait
CHRISTCHURCH
Orientation
TRANZALPINE TRAIN
Scenic train journey
FRANZ JOSEF
Glacier Valley walk
QUEENSTOWN
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Winery visit and tasting; visit Fiordland National Park; cruise on Doubtful Sound

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 6 dinners including a farewell dinner in Queenstown

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand

Welcome to Aotearoa, Maori for “land of the long white cloud.” Your hotel room is available for immediate check-in. Please schedule your flights to arrive by 4:30 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing.

Day 2 Auckland–Bay of Islands

Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Auckland, the “City of Sails.” See bustling Queen Street, the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, and historic Parnell Village. Continue to the Bay of Islands, known for its stunning beauty and history. Visit the WAITANGI TREATY HOUSE to learn about New Zealand’s past.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 3 Bay of Islands

This morning, embark on a sightseeing CRUISE to view the “Hole in the Rock,” have a chance to see dolphins, and learn more about the rich history and culture of this region. The remainder of the day is at leisure. You may wish to enjoy a hike, explore some of the islands historic attractions, shop for souvenirs, or just relax at your hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Bay of Islands–Rotorua

Today, travel through the Bay of Plenty region to Rotorua, home to geothermal wonders, adventure activities, and a thriving Maori culture. This evening, join a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite New Zealand family for dinner in their home, a unique opportunity to interact with a local family and immerse yourself in New Zealand culture. Before the evening is over, you’ll feel like part of the family.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 5 Rotorua

This morning starts with a visit to RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a walk through the kiwi bird enclosure. Last stop is TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area, with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon is at your leisure. You may wish to relax in a natural hot spring, zipline through the forest, be pampered at one of the city’s spas, or board a floatplane for flightseeing of this beautiful area. Dinner this evening is a traditional Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HANGI DINNER, followed by an authentic MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 6 Rotorua–Marton–Wellington

Travel south today through rolling farmlands and past massive Lake Taupo. Stop in the historic rural town of Marton, where we’ll visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LOCAL FARM and enjoy a barbecue lunch. Continue to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 7 Wellington

Our day begins with a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Take a scenic CABLE CAR ride, visit the beautiful BOTANICAL GARDENS, see the famous Beehive and Parliament buildings, and enjoy 360-degree, panoramic views of the city and harbor from the top of Mount Victoria. Time will also be spent at TE PAPA, the Museum of New Zealand. The remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Wellington–Interislander Ferry–Picton–Christchurch

This morning, board a FERRY and enjoy a scenic cruise across Cook Strait, connecting New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Continue to Christchurch for an orientation tour and overnight stay.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 9 Christchurch–Tranzalpine Train–Arthur’s Pass–Franz Josef

Today, travel on the scenic TRANZALPINE, one of the world’s great train journeys. From the comfort of first-class carriages, see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmlands, followed by the spectacular gorges and rivers of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass National Park. The train features large panoramic windows, an onboard café, and at-seat audio commentary. Spend the next two nights in the small town of Franz Josef, located at the base of the impressive Franz Josef Glacier.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 10 Franz Josef

This morning, explore this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage area. Your GLACIER VALLEY WALK will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed, following the glacier’s path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier’s history, see what is left behind by this majestic giant, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere. Near the terminal face, after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing face of the glacier. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may opt to take a scenic flightseeing or helicopter tour, relax in one of the glacier hot pools, spend time at the West Coast Wildlife Centre, or pick up a picnic lunch and just take in the gorgeous scenery.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Franz Josef–Queenstown

Our journey today takes us along the coast and the Tasman Sea. Climb through rainforests and over Haast Pass to arrive in Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Upon arrival, enjoy a tour and a tasting at a local Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WINERY. Tonight, why not enjoy dinner at one of Queenstown’s many restaurants or cafés and sample some of the region’s wines?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 Queenstown. Doubtful Sound Excursion

Today, travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Doubtful Sound is 10-times larger and three-times longer than Milford Sound, its more well-known cousin to the north. It is also far less visited due to its remote location. During your CRUISE, experience this pristine natural setting just as early Maori and European explorers did.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 13 Queenstown

Enjoy a full day at leisure in one of New Zealand’s prettiest towns. Tour some of the sights used to film The Lord of the Rings trilogy, shop for souvenirs, or take a thrilling jetboat ride on the Dart River. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 14 Queenstown

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

TESSA CLARKE

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

Kia Ora! I'm Tessa, and I've been guiding in New Zealand for some time. I can't wait for you to come and emerse yourself in my country. My goal is that when you go home, you leave with a deep understanding of what it is to be a Kiwi - and that you have discovered things not found in the guide books. Ka Kite Ano (see you soon)!

Tour Director - TESSA CLARKE

 Accommodations

Auckland
Bay of Islands
Rotorua
Wellington
Christchurch
Franz Josef
Queenstown

Auckland

SKYCITY Hotel

SKYCITY Hotel Corner Victoria & Federal St., Auckland,   New Zealand

Corner Victoria & Federal St.
Auckland, New Zealand

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

This spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep! Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional amenities include a casino, spa services, and a fitness facility. This is a smoke-free property.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer

Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel & Resort

First-Class

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Tau Henare Drive, Paihia,  New Zealand

Tau Henare Drive
Paihia, New Zealand

The Copthorne Hotel & Resort commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Enjoy onsite facilities including a tennis court, spectacular free form lagoon style swimming pool, mountain bike hire and courtesy shuttle to downtown. Take it easy in the massage studio or end your day with a long cool drink in the bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail

Rotorua

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Lake End Tutanekai Street, Rotorua,   New Zealand

Lake End Tutanekai Street
Rotorua, New Zealand

Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. The central location makes for easy access to Rotorua's cafes, restaurants, and many popular local attractions.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Phone

Wellington

Rydges Wellington

Superior First-Class

Rydges Wellington 75 Featherston Street, Wellington,  New Zealand

75 Featherston Street
Wellington, New Zealand

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Rydges Wellington is in close proximity to Wellington's city center and harbor. The hotel blends modern amenities with timeless comfort. Guests can dine at the restaurant/bar, or maintain their workout regime at the lap pool, spa, sauna and cardio room (guest access to offsite gym). Guests can also stay connected with work or home with Wi-Fi access from anywhere in the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Hot Tub
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Christchurch

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Rydges Latimer Christchurch 30 Latimer Square, Christchurch,  New Zealand

30 Latimer Square
Christchurch, New Zealand

The Rydges Latimer Christchurch overlooks scenic Latimer Square, in the heart of the city. Guests are invited to enjoy the restaurant/bar, sauna and fitness center, and free unlimited WIFI throughout the hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Coffee Maker

Franz Josef

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Moderate First-Class

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier 36 Main Road, Franz Josef Glacier,   New Zealand

36 Main Road
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Situated close to the edge of one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier provides an inviting base in which to explore the dramatic and enticing region. Dine at the Canavans Restaurant or toast to a delightful day at the Moa Bar where both feature local food, wine and beer.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Hot Tub
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Queenstown

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Corner Earl St & Marine Parade, Queenstown,   New Zealand

Corner Earl St & Marine Parade
Queenstown, New Zealand

Centrally located in one of the most picturesque settings in the world, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is nestled beside beautiful and tranquil Lake Wakitipu. This fresh, modern hotel offers guests 273 contemporary rooms plus superb, uninterrupted views of the lake, mountains and adjoining gardens. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside also features great facilities including a Jacuzzi, plus the excellent Elements Restaurant and the Elements Cafe and Bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Voicemail
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Rotorua
Franz Josef
Queenstown

Rotorua

Mt Tarawera Volcano Floatplane

Mt Tarawera Volcano Floatplane

Near the northeast coast of the North Island is Mount Tarawera, the volcano whose massive eruption in 1886 destroyed the famed Pink and White Terraces and buried three Maori villages. This exciting flightseeing excursion includes the thrill of a water take-off and landing on Rotorua Lake. In between, soar over Mount Tarawera's Crater Rift, including the Steaming Cliffs and the hot lakes of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

Approximate value: $215 NZD per person

Rotorua Duck Tour

Rotorua Duck Tour

Get a unique view of Rotorua's geothermal wonders on this fun excursion by Duck! Discover historic sights, Maori culture, and incredible natural beauty on this 90-minute sightseeing adventure aboard a WWII amphibious vehicle that travels on both land and water. Your journey begins in the heart of the city, where you will encounter just what makes Rotorua such a captivating destination. Then, we'll venture into the lake district for magnificent views of Mount Tarawere and an exciting splashdown into Lake Tititapu and Lake Okareka.

Approximate value: $68 NZD per person

Franz Josef

Helicopter - Glacier Snowlanding 30 Min

Helicopter - Glacier Snowlanding 30 Min

This amazing excursion delivers a spectacular helicopter ride and twice the ice! Explore the glacial icefalls of not one but two glaciers: Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Discover the unusual ice formations up close, where landing on the snowfields is a definite highlight. This is a trip custom-made for shutterbugs-and anyone looking to come away with exceptional memories.

Approximate value: $310 NZD per person

Queenstown

Kjet Thrill Ride

Kjet Thrill Ride

Get ready for unimaginable thrills across three waterways on one of the world's most exhilarating adventures. This incredible high-speed jet boat ride skims the crystal-blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, Kawarau River, and Shotover River, interjecting plenty of hair-raising, adrenalin-pumping 360-degree spins.

Approximate value: $125 NZD per person

Safari of the Scenes

Safari of the Scenes

Explore the magical side of New Zealand and understand why this beautiful country was chosen to portray Middle Earth in the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. This is the perfect tour for those who want the thrills of an off-road adventure to see the breathtaking film locations.

Approximate value: $180 NZD per person

Skyline Gondola & Two Luge Rides

Skyline Gondola & Two Luge Rides

Take a relaxing gondola ride to the summit of Bob's Peak, the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere. Marvel at one of the best views in the world of The Remarkables, Coronet Park, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak, and stunning Lake Wakatipu. Then, once you've reached the top, jump on a specialized cart, select your track, and zoom down the luge in an exhilarating ride. Catch the lift back to the start zone and do it all over again-once is never enough!

Approximate value: $47 NZD per person

Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch

Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch

Enjoy the Kiwi experience of a lifetime on this delightful lunch excursion. Your adventure begins with a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw, a part of Queenstown's pioneering history dating back to 1912. Arrive on the western shores of the lake, where Walter Peak High Country Farm awaits your discovery. Once there, relax on the lakeside terrace of Colonel's Homestead Restaurant and savor the delicious aromas as the chef prepares the best local meats and produce (vegetarian options available). After lunch, join an entertaining farm demonstration or explore the beautiful lakeside gardens.

Approximate value: $99 NZD per person

Wilderness Safari

Wilderness Safari

Join us for a spectacular jet boat journey along the Dart's ever-changing braided river system. Awe-inspiring surroundings include breathtaking snowcapped mountains, ancient native forest, waterfalls, and glacial valleys frozen in time. Your excursion includes an easy guided walk through the Heritage Trail at Paradise, where your knowledgeable guide will enhance your experience with informative and entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest, the unique fauna, amazing history, and fascinating Maori legends. You'll also ride aboard a 4WD coach along a scenic backroad route to view scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings movies.

Approximate value: $229 NZD per person

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



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