Duration: 14 Days
Waking up in Milford Sound. Whale-watching in Kaikoura. Wine-tasting in Blenheim. Get ready to cross them all off your bucket-list on this 14-day Globus tour of New Zealand, travelling from Queenstown to Auckland.
Exhilarating experiences await in the Land of the Long White Cloud, serving up some of the country’s most spell-binding scenery. Enjoy an overnight cruise in Milford Sound – an area often referred to as one of the wonders of the world; delight in the dazzling sights of Franz Josef as you follow the trail of its icy glacier; and savour panoramic views of the Southern Alps as you journey onboard the world-famous TranzAlpine.
Further north, bold and breathtaking views continue from a variety of vantage points. A sky-high walk amongst towering forests in Rotorua, a cruise across the glassy waters of Lake Taupo, and a subterranean tour of glittering glowworm caves in Waitomo, are just some of the ways you’ll relish in the country’s unique natural wonders. A farewell dinner with 360-degree views atop Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower is a fitting end to this dream New Zealand holiday.
Welcome to the "Adventure Capital of the World"! Please meet your Tour Director at your leisure in the hotel lobby from 2.00pm - 5.30pm to complete the tour check-in process. Later, join your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome meeting and drink featuring local New Zealand wines.
GLENORCHY See the scenic locations from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, learn about Maori history, and enjoy morning tea. Explore the Mount Alfred Walking Track with a picnic lunch.
QUEENSTOWN Remainder of the day at leisure. (B,L)
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Queenstown with a ride on the Skyline Gondola, a scenic helicopter flight, or a fun bicycle tour through some of the region's magnificent scenery. These and many more options throughout your tour are available with MyAccount. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
Travel through lush rainforest to the West Coast.
MILFORD SOUND (Local Favourite) Cruise in this famous sound (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to view stunning waterfalls, dramatic cliffs, and the chance to see New Zealand fur seals, dolphins, and Fiordland-crested penguins; special dinner onboard featuring local food and wine and perhaps share in some stargazing. (B,D)
Accommodation Spotlight: Spend the evening on the Milford Mariner and wake up in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The cruise is relaxing, allowing plenty of time to take in the fiord's spectacular scenery and wildlife. The ship features spacious viewing decks, a dining room, bar, observation lounge and all cabins feature private ensuites. It's the ultimate Milford Sound experience!
NOTE: A carry-on bag is recommended for the overnight on the Milford Mariner. Make sure to pack non-slip walking shoes/boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater or jacket, change of clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, swimwear, camera, and cash/credit cards for the bar and snacks.
MILFORD SOUND Morning cruise on the famous sound; sightseeing.
WANAKA Tour and tasting at Cardrona Distillery. Remainder of the day at leisure in this resort town. (B)
WANAKA (Local Favourite) Visit a working deer farm in the New Zealand high country including morning tea.
HAAST PASS Explore the area on the Kahikatea Swamp Forest Walk.
FRANZ JOSEF Spend the next two nights at the foot of the amazing Franz Josef Glacier. Evening at leisure. (B)
FRANZ JOSEF Morning guided Glacier Valley Walk, which follows the glacier's path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Remainder of day at leisure to explore more on your own or take a kayak tour, scenic flight, visit the West Coast Wildlife Centre, or relax in the glacier hot pools. (B,L)
FRANZ JOSEF Take part in a private jade carving demonstration with a traditional carver.
GREYMOUTH Time at leisure before boarding the legendary TranzAlpine, one of the world's great train journeys.
CHRISTCHURCH Evening at leisure. (B)
CHRISTCHURCH (Local Favourite) Morning guided street art and coffee tour. Afternoon at leisure to explore on your own, stroll through the city's many gardens, enjoy a Punt on the Avon River, or visit the International Antarctic Centre. Tonight, enjoy a fun experience as you dine and travel the city's streets on the unique Tramway Restaurant. (B,D)
Drive along the picturesque coastal route to Kaikoura.
KAIKOURA Enjoy a wildlife cruise with a chance to see spectacular scenery, local sea birds, dolphins, seals, and whales (seasonal).
BLENHEIM Arrive in Blenheim where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
BLENHEIM Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, home to filmmaker, Peter Jackson's, collection of WWI aircraft. Visit (Local Favourite) Wairau River Wines for a tasting and nibbles.
INTERISLANDER FERRY Scenic crossing from the South Island to the North Island.
WELLINGTON Progressive dinner featuring local New Zealand food and wine. (B,D)
LAKE TAUPO Take a scenic cruise to view the unique Maori Rock carvings.
ROTORUA Evening is at leisure (B)
ROTORUA Walk amongst towering forest on the Redwood Tree Walk. Afternoon at leisure. Later, visit Te Puia to see bubbling mud pools and stunning geysers. You'll also have the chance to learn more about New Zealand's nocturnal flightless bird and see traditional Maori craft work. Finish your visit with a hangi dinner and Maori concert. (B,D)
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Rotorua with some relaxation at the Polynesian Spa, discover Rotorua's Lakes district on a WW2 amphibious craft duck tour, or enjoy fantastic views from a scenic sightseeing flight. These and many more options throughout your tour are available with MyAccount. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
WAITOMO Guided tour of the famous Ruakuri Glowworm Caves.
AUCKLAND Join your Tour Director for a festive farewell dinner with stunning 360-degree views atop the iconic SkyCity. (B,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. You may also choose to extend your time in Auckland and explore more on your own. Extra nights are available for purchase. (B)