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12 days for $4195 per person, double occupancy, land only starting from Auckland and ending in Queenstown



  • 1 night at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Auckland with breakfast, transfer from airport

  • 2 nights at the Regent of Rotorua in Rotorua with breakfast daily

  • 3 nights at the Crowne Plaza in Christchurch with daily breakfast

  • 2 nights at the Scenic Hotel Dunedin with daily breakfast

  • 2 nights at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel in Te Anau with daily breakfast

  • 2 nights at the Novotel Queenstown Hotel with daily breakfast

  • Flight from Rotorua to Christchurch included with separate purchase of international airfare through Escapes Unlimited

  • Coach transportation with a private driver/guide for the entire trip

  • Sightseeing & additional services as listed in the itinerary below

Double occupancy: $4195 per person
Single occupancy: $5195

Pricing based on a group of 15-19 passengers


Image by Partha Narasimhan

Day 1 - October 24, 2023

Arrive in Auckland

Upon arrival, meet with your guide and transfer to the Grand Millennium Hotel. Day free to explore Auckland.

Image by Koon Chakhatrakan

Day Two - October 25, 2023

Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive south from Auckland into the rolling farmlands of the Waikato and Waitomo countryside, home to an extensive network of caves. Visit the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves to see these incredible 30 million year old caves, before sailing through the glow worm grotto to see this incredible natural phenomenon. Continue to Rotorua and check in to the Regent of Rotorua Hotel.


Day Three - October 26, 2023


Breakfast at the hotel. Start the day by visiting the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park where you can see incredible geysers that erupt daily, as well as colorful volcanic lakes.

Afterward, return to Rotorua to see the Farm Show at the Agrodome for a look into New Zealand's farming industry. Then take an open-air bus through the farm to meet many different animals up close! You'll be able to hand feed the animals and taste fruit from the orchard, farm-made honey, and more.

In the evening, head to the Mitai Maori Village for a cultural performance by the local Maori tribe, followed by a traditional hangi dinner and jungle walk.

Image by Will B

Day Four - October 27, 2023

Fly to Christchurch

Breakfast at the hotel. Fly from the North Island to Christchurch on the South Island. The city was almost entirely rebuilt after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Take a walking tour of the city, including stops at the Riverside Market and the Botanical Gardens.

Image by Roselyn Cugliari

Day Five - October 28, 2023

Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula

Breakfast at the hotel. Head to Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula, a former volcano, that turned into rolling green hills and golden sand beaches after the collapse of the crater's rim. Here take a cruise to hopefully see the rare Hector's Dolphin, which is New Zealand's only native dolphin. You may also see the White Flippered Little Blue Penguin, fur seals, sea birds, and many other animals. Return to Christchurch.

Image by Martyn de Jong

Day Six - October 29, 2023

Christchurch to Dunedin

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Dunedin and head to the Otago Peninsula to visit Penguin Place, a conservation reserve dedicated to preserving penguin habitats and rehabilitating injured penguins. Go for a walk along the reserve's protected lands to see New Zealand fur seals, native bird species, forest and wetlands, as well as the many penguins who nest there.

Image by Sulthan Auliya

Day Seven - October 30, 2023

The Otago Peninsula

Breakfast at the hotel. Head to the wharf for a wildlife cruise around the Otago Harbour, where you can spot even more marine wildlife and learn more about the history of the Otago Peninsula.

Afterwards, head to Larnarch Castle, a historic estate that rivals Hearst's Castle in its beauty and scandalous tales of its inhabitants.

Image by Martyn de Jong

Day Eight - October 31, 2023


Breakfast at the hotel. Take a tour of Dunedin, including its many Victorian and Edwardian buildings, before strolling through the Dunedin Botanical Gardens and visiting the Otago Settlers Museum. The afternoon will be free for you to explore Dunedin and its surroundings.

Image by Mike Swigunski

Day Nine - November 1, 2023

Dunedin to Te Anau

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. Take a cruise across Lake Te Anau on a historic boat, and walk through the Hidden Lakes area on the edge of the Fijordland National Park.

Image by Sébastien Goldberg

Day Ten - November 2, 2023

Milford Sound

Breakfast at the hotel. Journey to Fiordland National Park to see the famous Milford Sound, which is the only sound accessible by road. Take a nature cruise in the sound and enjoy lunch on board. Afterward, drive to Queenstown.

Image by Michael Amadeus

Day Eleven - November 3, 2023


Breakfast at the hotel. Today is free to explore Queenstown on your own, perhaps with one of the many adventure tours and activities available from downtown.

In the evening, board the TSS Earnslaw Steamship and head to Walter Peak Farm for a delicious gourmet BBQ dinner. Enjoy a show of the farm's animals and herding dogs before returning to Queenstown.

Image by Wenhao Ji

Day Twelve - November 4, 2023

Return Home

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flights home.

International airfare available upon request.

Accommodations & daily breakfast

Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles

Private Guide and Driver

Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Other services as indicated in the itinerary


Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Gratuities for guides, drivers, waitstaff, bellhops, etc.

Services and meals not listed on the itinerary
Optional Tours

Flight from Rotorua to Christchurch*

International Flights (available upon request)

*The flight from Rotorua to Christchurch will be included in the cost if international airfare is booked through Escapes Unlimited.

Small Group Vaccination Requirements

Due to the increased potential for the spread of COVID-19 within a small group,
we require all travelers who sign up for our small group trips to be
fully vaccinated and boosted
with the most recent booster.
We recommend getting your booster about one month before departure.

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