Tour Type: Luxury Gold
Brochure Type Luxury Gold Southpac 2025/2026 v1

See the wonders of New Zealand on this 19-day guided tour. Explore the Southern Alps and see Franz Josef Glacier up close with a Local Expert. On your way to Queenstown, stop by idyllic Arrowtown, where you can choose to take a scenic bike ride along its river, or join a boutique wine tour. Journey through rainforests and meadows to Milford Sound; here, board a catamaran and sail past towering cliffs and gushing waterfalls. See spectacular volcanic craters at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then travel to Rotorua for a Maori Hangi feast - a flavourful meal cooked underground with geothermal steam. Descend the caves of Waitomo during a exclusive guided experience: see the caverns illuminated by the bioluminescent species. Toast to your travels at a luxurious dinner with a former New Zealand All Black rugby player.The Activity Level of this tour is Leisurely, meaning there is 1 to 2 miles of walking per day on primarily flat surfaces with some stairs.

Additional Included Highlights
  • Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences.
  • Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.
  • Enjoy complimentary hotel Wi-Fi. And, on select coaches, onboard Wi-Fi may also be available.
  • Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
  • In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.
  • Included at all hotels.
  • On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.?
  • Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be reques
Choice Highlights
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Wellington Discover the stunning waterfront and the hidden laneways in the bohemian area of the heritage Cuba Street precinct. Once dimly lit back alleys, these newly rejuvenated laneways are now home to some of the country's funkiest bars, boutiques, an
  • Wellington Learn more about native flora and fauna on a guided walk through Otari Wiltons Bush, the only botanic garden in New Zealand, dedicated to native plants. The walk starts at the ?Waharoa' and heads through the Fernery and then down to the creek,
Dining Summary
  • 1 Lunch with Wine (L)
  • 10 Dinner (D)
  • 18 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Lunch (L)
Exceptional Dining
  • Auckland Raise a glass to your unforgettable journey as you enjoy your Celebration Dinner with a former member of the All Blacks rugby team. Hear stories of the world's leading rugby team, his personal victories and how passionate Kiwis are about their n
  • Dunedin Step into Parcels Restaurant at the Distinction Dunedin and taste their exquisite modern twist on traditional local dishes. Sip delicious wines as you look across to the First Church of Otago from the old post office building which houses the hot
  • Hawke's Bay Indulge in an intimate dinner with wine pairing at the award-winning restaurant of Craggy Range Winery. Feast on local produce as you sit in the shade of Te Mata Peak and drink wines from one of the region's world-famous vineyards.
  • Queenstown Enjoy dinner at the majestic waterfront Bathhouse, try locally grown, foraged and farmed produce, local and international wines, against the spectacular lakefront backdrop of Lake Wakatipu.
  • Rotorua Come together for a hearty and delicious meal warmed by the earth itself. Experience a uniquely prepared Hangi feast, cooked traditionally in a pit oven using geothermal steam at Te Pa Tu. Witness a captivating live cultural performance as you di
Magnificent Stays
  • Franz Josef Surrounded by pristine wilderness, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a five-star haven of relaxation and impeccable luxury. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there's no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.
  • Hawke's Bay Porters Boutique Hotel is a privately owned, boutique hotel that delivers a luxurious experience. Elegantly appointed guest rooms are fitted with plush, classic furnishings and local artwork, all moments away from the charming village of Have
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
  • Lake Wanaka Take a leisurely cruise out to Stevensons Arm, home to Mount Burke high country sheep station. Verdant green pastures precede Mount Gold which rises majestically into the Northern skyline. Learn about the conservation efforts to revive the ne
  • Napier Brace yourself for a journey that takes you from coast to cape, to the world's largest and most accessible Gannet colony in the beautiful Hawke's Bay. Discover the mesmerising birds in an almost face to face experience and take in the stunning vis
  • Rotorua Join Whirinaki Forest Footsteps, a guided eco-tour into the heart of the ancient Whirinaki Rainforest.
  • Rotorua Meet the kiwi at National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa as you are invited to step behind-the-scenes at a working nursery and hatchery for New Zealand's intriguing national bird. Seek out skinks, geckos, and incredible trout amidst the thick foliage of
Passport Moments
  • Auckland Discover the landmarks of New Zealand's largest city on your afternoon tour. See the diversity of the city from bustling Queen Street and the rejuvenated Viaduct harbour to the historic buildings around the city's university and the striking Auc
  • Christchurch Experience the striking natural landscape of the South Island as you travel on the TranzAlpine. Famous as one of the world's great train journeys, you can enjoy the remarkable scenery from the ice-fed Waimakariri River to the magnificent Can
  • Christchurch Explore the dynamic city of Christchurch and learn how the city has reinvented itself in the past decade. See how the unique Cardboard Cathedral and Container Mall juxtapose with the older landmarks of Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street
  • Cromwell Visit the Highlands National Motorsport Museum and come face to face with top-of-the-line machines. Since you only ever see them in the movies or on TV, there's just something about being in the same room with these rare special cars that gets e
  • Dunedin Sample exquisite botanical spirits made from surplus bread and bakery products in an effort to reduce landfill waste. Witness how owners, Jenny McDonald and Sue Stockwell, do it as they take you through the process of turning bread into spirits.
  • Fiordland National Park Give in to the wilderness, and escape to the secluded Patea Doubtful Sound, located in the depths of the Fiordland National Park. Unlike a day cruise, this unique overnight experience completely immerses you in nature. Wake up fee
  • Franz Josef Experience the mighty natural wonder of the Franz Josef Glacier and what the ice age must have felt like. The sheer enormity of these giant ice puzzles will leave you spellbound as you explore the area with your Local Expert.
  • Haast River Enjoy the unique blend of thrilling speed and calm comfort on a Haast River jet boat safari. Zip past untouched forests and snow-capped mountains in your fully enclosed cabin while you hear beguiling tales of the wilderness communities of the
  • Hawke's Bay Ease yourself into the day at your own pace with a morning at leisure in Hawke's Bay. Grab an artisan coffee at a local cafe, stroll about the Village Green, wander Keirunga Gardens, or pop into some of the charming boutiques.
  • Hokitika Visit the coastal town of Hokitika, where you'll find stunning scenery and a cool, arty vibe. Hear about its rich history, from the discovery of New Zealand jade through the many tales from the gold rush in the 1860s.
  • Huka Falls Witness the awe-inspiring power of nature at Huka Falls where nearly a quarter of a million litres of thundering water per second are funnelled from Lake Taupo and dropped eleven metres into the Waikato River below.
  • Lake Wanaka Wanaka Lavender Farm is just a few minutes drive from Wanaka, where you can experience 20 acres of beautiful lavender fields. Enjoy a walk through the flowers, meet our friendly farm animals, play a garden game, unwind over a cup of herbal te
  • Makarora Visit Makarora, a great base point to explore the beauty of the Southern Alps. Your Travel Concierge will take you on an orientation of the town where you can admire remarkable scenery and hear more about its history.
  • Napier Climb into a luxury vintage car with a discerning local guide for your personal tour of Napier. Uncover the highlights of this world-famous town's 140 art deco buildings and sculptures from the comfort of your luxurious vehicle.
  • Queen Charlotte Sound Cruise along Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Straight as you pass from South Island to North to begin the next leg of your incredible journey. See the coves, bays and lush green forests rising from the tranquil waters as you p
  • Queenstown Enjoy an exclusive wine tasting in Gibbston Valley Wine Region at Kinross, followed by lunch.
  • Rotorua Stand eye to eye with giant redwoods on the Redwoods Treewalk. Immerse yourself in the serene majesty of these 118-year-old trees from your 20-metre high perspective. Cross swing bridges and platforms on your elevated path through Whakarewarewa F
  • Rotorua Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the world's youngest geothermal system, formed after the eruption of Mt. Tarawera in 1886. Discover the world's largest hot spring, volcanic crater lakes and the most incredible flora and fauna that have been untou
  • Waitomo Cave Enter the subterranean Waitomo Cave where you'll be guided through the extensive network and meet the local residents, glow worms. View these fascinating glowing creatures as you glide quietly on a private tour by boat through the undergroun
  • Wellington Familiarise yourself with the landmarks of Wellington on a city orientation tour. Discover the highlights of New Zealand's capital from Old St Paul's wooden cathedral and the Parliament Buildings through vibrant and colourful Cuba Street to Mo
Personalise your day
  • Lake Wakatipu Fall in love with nature and immerse yourself in a unique experience where conservation, horticulture, and eco-tourism meet. The Walter Peak Eco Experience allows you to learn more about New Zealand conservation and contribute to biodiversi
  • Queenstown It's one of the best ways to see Queenstown's surrounding landscape - a cruise across Lake Whakatipu aboard the iconic century-old coal-fired steamship, the TSS Earnslaw.
  • Queenstown Ride the scenic Lake trail, visit hidden gems of the area and learn local history.
  • Wellington Discover the stunning waterfront and the hidden laneways in the bohemian area of the heritage Cuba Street precinct. Once dimly lit back alleys, these newly rejuvenated laneways are now home to some of the country's funkiest bars, boutiques, an
  • Wellington Learn more about native flora and fauna on a guided walk through Otari Wiltons Bush, the only botanic garden in New Zealand, dedicated to native plants. The walk starts at the ?Waharoa' and heads through the Fernery and then down to the creek,

Call (336) 243-2153 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18409775

Tour Operator
Luxury Gold by Insight
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2024
Duration
19 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1ChristchurchWelcome to Christchurch: Your New Zealand luxury tour begins by private car to your boutique hotel located in the heart of Christchurch and just minutes from North Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens. Pay a visit to the blooms at the Botanic Gardens or ride the Christchurch Tram before meeting your Travel Concierge where you'll raise a glass to a grand journey.

Accommodations: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch.
Day 2Franz JosefChristchurch to Franz Josef: Embark on one of the world's greatest scenic railway journeys aboard the TranzAlpine train to the small village of Arthur's Pass. In Franz Josef, your eco-friendly retreat nestled in the wilderness welcomes.

Accommodations: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.
Day 3Franz JosefThe Mighty Franz Josef Glacier: Explore Franz Josef, where a Local Expert reveals the glacier's impressive history.

Accommodations: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.
Day 4Lake WanakaTravel from Franz Josef to Wanaka: Cruise down the Haast River in a jet boat basking in the beauty of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. Experience fairy-tale lavender fields. Visit the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown before arriving at your hotel at the edge of Lake Wanaka, designed to flow with the seasons.

Accommodations: Edgewater Wanaka Hotel
Day 5Lake WanakaWanaka Relaxed Start: Marvel at Wakana's natural beauty on a lake cruise. Complete your experience on an afternoon nature walk.

Accommodations: Edgewater Wanaka Hotel
Day 6QueenstownWanaka to Queenstown Relaxed Start: Visit Highlands Motorsport Museum and come face to face with the state-of-the-art machines. Meet Mrs Jones Orchard, a traditional fruit stall owner, and indulge in real fruit ice-cream and stone fruit. Enjoy lunch and experience exclusive wine tasting in Gibbston Valley of the Vines at Kinross. Visit the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown.

Accommodations: The Rees Hotel
Day 7QueenstownQueenstown Relaxed Start: Take in the surrounding landscape on a Lake Wakatipu scenic cruise aboard TSS Earnslaw. Visit Walter Peak High Country farm for an Eco Experience - an idyllic place to spend a few peaceful hours. Enjoy dinner tonight at local restaurant The Bathhouse, located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Accommodations: The Rees Hotel
Day 8Doubtful SoundQueenstown to Doubtful Sound (overnight cruise): Travel by road to Manapouri, then by Catamaran and coach to Doubtful Sound to meet the Fiordland Navigator.

Accommodations:
Day 9DunedinDoubtful Sound to Dunedin: Upon disembarking the cruise, continue by road to Dunedin, stopping for lunch at Te Anau. In Dunedin, your heritage hotel welcomes you with a cosy atmosphere in the city centre. Dine on favourites such as surf and turf, braised lamb, catch of the day, or other modern twists on traditional local dishes at Parcels Restaurant.

Accommodations: Distinction Dunedin Hotel.
Day 10DunedinDunedin (Relaxed Start) Relaxed Start: Explore the flavours of Dunedin on a guided tour and tasting at Dunedin Craft Distillers. Venture next door for a special Chocolate tasting journey. View Dunedin's sites or venture to the dramatic coastline.

Accommodations: Distinction Dunedin Hotel.
Day 11ChristchurchDunedin to Christchurch: Travel up the coast though the towns of Oamaru and Timaru to Christchurch to uncover the city's highlights on a fascinating sightseeing tour. Sample the best of the city over dinner at Montreal Bar and Restaurant.

Accommodations: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch.
Day 12WellingtonChristchurch to Wellington: Travel the dramatic rugged coastline to the whale-watching hub of Kaikoura and onto the seaside town of Picton. Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington where you'll get acquainted with the city on an illuminating tour. Unwind this evening with a drink in your hotel's Lobby Lounge, admiring its famous art collection.

Accommodations: Nuami Hotel Wellington
Day 13WellingtonWellington Sightseeing Relaxed Start: Personalise your day discovering the stunning waterfront and hidden lanes of Wellington. Or, take a guided walk through Otari Wiltons Bush. This evening is free for you to dine at any of the city's restaurants.

Accommodations: Nuami Hotel Wellington
Day 14Hawke's BayWellington to Hawke's Bay: Wind your way through the pastoral dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand's Art Deco capital and world-renowned wine country. This evening, savour a tasting and dinner at family-owned Craggy Range Winery in the shadow of Te Mata Peak.

Accommodations: Porters Boutique Hotel, Hawke's Bay.
Day 15Hawke's BayExploring Napier: Take in Napier's art deco architecture with a Local Expert in a chauffeur-driven vintage car. Partake in a Gannet safari. Your participation on Gannet Safaris contributes to our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER initiative: TTC makes a donation on behalf of each guest to the Cape Sanctuary. Their amazing team is made up of over 300 volunteers that are giving their time to restore our beautiful land and replant grasses and natives to support the return of our wildlife.

Accommodations: Porters Boutique Hotel, Hawke's Bay.
Day 16RotoruaGeothermal Rotorua: Continue your journey to Rotorua, where this afternoon, armed with a packed lunch, you'll join a local guide for a cultural walking eco-tour to discover the jurassic Whirinaki Forest, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience.

Accommodations: Pullman Rotorua.
Day 17RotoruaThe Sights of Rotorua: Unveil the Californian Coastal Redwoods of Whakarewarewa Forest and go behind the scenes on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience at a kiwi bird nursery and hatchery. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at Te Puia. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a cultural performance and dinner.

Accommodations: Pullman Rotorua.
Day 18AucklandWaitomo and Auckland: Enjoy a private walk through Footwhistle Cave lit up by glow worms. Dine with one of New Zealand's famous former All Black rugby players.

Accommodations: JW Marriott Auckland.
Day 19AucklandFarewell Auckland: After one final breakfast, say farewell to your Christchurch to Auckland luxury tour as you are chauffeured to Auckland Airport.

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01/19/2026$15,430.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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03/11/2026$15,430.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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