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12 Days: Cook Islands & New Zealand Experience [BU-8639]
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$2,375
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Rarotonga (3 Nights), Auckland (3), Queenstown (3)
  • US Domestic Flights - (Not Included) Check Quote for Inclusion
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Rarotonga, Auckland to Los Angeles (Not Included) Check Quote for Inclusion
  • International Flight - Rarotonga to Auckland
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Auckland to Queenstown
  • Shuttle Transfers - Rarotonga Airport to Accommodation (Return), Auckland Airport to Accommodation (Return), Queenstown Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Rarotonga, Cook Islands (Check quote for inclusion)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

(Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, from Cook Islands Airport to Accommodation

Experience a Meet & Greet upon arrival and relax as you are transferred from the airport to your Cook Islands accommodation.

(Days 2 to 5) - 3 Nights Accommodation on Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Travel to your accommodation in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Idyllically situated on the sheltered western side of the island of Rarotonga, only minutes from Avarua township, and many restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops. The secluded beachfront location provides guests with an unspoilt view of Rarotonga’s crystal clear aqua blue lagoon and breathtaking sunsets.

This intimate Resort features 35 spacious rooms and suites, situated either on the beachfront overlooking the lagoon, or beside either of our two swimming pools set amidst lush tropical gardens. Please note our policy of no children under 12 years of age.

Insider's Tip: Hop On and Off the Bus

Hop on and off the bus that routes around the entire island to see main attractions or to explore.

To really see the island of Rarotonga, consider taking the bus. It operates a clockwise and counterclockwise route around the entire island on the main coast road. It only takes about 50 minutes to circumnavigate the whole island. It is a great way of spotting some main landmarks.

All buses leave from the bus stop outside Cook’s Corner in Avarua. Daytime buses going clockwise around the island depart every hour on the hour from 7am to 4pm on weekdays, 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, and from 8am to midday and 2pm to 4pm on Sunday.

Buses going counterclockwise depart at 25 minutes past every hour, 8.25am to 4.30pm on weekdays only.

If you plan on going out at night, you may still use the bus! A night-time bus service runs clockwise only from Monday to Thursday and on Saturday from 6pm to 10pm, with extra hourly buses on Friday night from midnight to 2am.

The bus fare is NZ$3 for one ride and NZ$5 for a return trip (two rides). We recommend a day pass valid for one day’s unlimited travel (NZ$10).

Photo Credit: Cook Islands Tourism

Insider's Tip: Visit the Local Brewery

Visit the local microbrewery in Rarotonga for a taste of genuine, Rarotongan lager.

The Cooks Lager brewery is one of only two in Rarotonga, and they go the extra mile to deliver the most refreshing lager, whether it is from the bottle or beer on tap. Made without preservatives and additives on-site using imported hops and grains lovingly combined with fresh island water, it is a genuine, Rarotongan lager.

The brewery is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 4:30pm and tours are offered at 1:00pm daily. Come in and enjoy a sample tasting. Come see the brewing process firsthand and enjoy a sample testing of the brews: Premium Lager, Original Blonde, and Cheeky Darkie.

Consider taking the city bus to the brewery, or hire a scooter to drive there yourself! Either way, you are sure to enjoy the microbrewery.

(Days 3 to 4) - Free Days to Explore Rarotonga

Enjoy the many attractions Rarotonga has to offer.

Dominated by a once almighty volcanic pyramid, now worn down by time and streams to sawtooth peaks and razorback ridges, the lush green carpeted Rarotonga, is the capital, and the hub of the Cook Islands.

This island paradise is also the youngest island of the group, so unlike its equally enchanting sisters which have been eroded and submerged by age, Rarotonga stands brilliantly upright against the sun. Its vistas are strewn and spiked with jutting pinnacles that fall to terraces and flats planted with bananas, coconuts, paw paw and pineapples that shift into a swampy plateau marked by the inimitable taro patch.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Tour of Aitutaki

Take this amazing day tour of the remarkable island of Aitutaki, Cook Islands.

Our Day tour operates daily Mondays through Saturdays. It departs from Rarotonga Airport at 8 am and returns at 5.30 pm. The tour includes transfers to/from airport to your accommodation, flights, island tour of Aitutaki, lagoon cruise and barbeque lunch. Towels and snorkeling gear are also provided.
The Day Tour starts with a coach transfer from all hotels and motels to Rarotonga International Airport for an 8 am departure to Aitutaki. The flight takes 40 minutes on our Saab 340 pressurised airliner during which a tea and coffee are served.

On arrival at Aitutaki you will be taken on a short island tour by ‘le truck’ lasting around one and a half hours and during which a stop is made at the local village market where souvenir T-shirts etc. can be purchased.

Then it’s on to the highlight of the day – the lagoon cruise. Departing from the wharf opposite Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa, you will board the 21 metre catamaran Titi-ai-tonga. (Translation: “Wind from the South” the name of a historic trading schooner that used to serve the island early last century).

There is time for snorkeling and swimming before stopping at a motu (small islet on the fringing reef) for a tasty barbecue lunch, cooked right on board. Anyone who has not snorkeled before will find our lagoon tour guides only to happy to help you experience the wonder of the lagoons underwater world.

Snorkeling gear and towels are provided on the lagoon cruise. We recommend you bring a light change of clothing, sun protection, and lots of extra film or memory cards for your camera.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Rarotonga Safari Tour

Experience Raro the local way!

See breathtaking panoramic views, travel the ancient road (Ara Metua) built by the Cook Islands ancestors, see ancient Marae’s (sacred sites) and find out about local traditions, culture & customs. Prepare a traditional underground oven (Umu) then while it’s cooking, head off for your safari tour and return to enjoy the Umu feast for lunch!

Photo Credit: Cook Islands Tourism

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Rarotonga Lagoon Cruise

Lagoon cruises are one of the best ways to spend an unforgettable time in the lagoon waters of Rarotonga.

Discover the lagoon and inner reef area of Rarotonga where marine life is abundant aboard a Glass Bottom Lagoon Cruiser. Swim and snorkel amongst schools of colourful Butterfly, Wrasse and Trigger fish, see giant clams in their natural habitat and top off the experience with a BBQ lunch on a remote uninhabited offshore island with Pacific Island singing and a performance.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Rarotonga Nature Walk

One of the Cook Islands more colourful characters will take you on a magical half day tour of the island, learning about its history, culture and native herbal lore.

Pa’s Nature Walk is a less vigorous tour and is suitable for everyone. Pa takes you to the interior of the island, explaining the history and culture of his ancestors as well as explaining the many medicinal uses for the fauna and flora of this island.

Learn about the local medicinal plants used by his ancestors. Referred to by many publications as ‘the South Pacific’s most famous experienced guide’, Pa will recite stories of wars, famines and great migrations as passed on to him by his forefathers.

Most of the walk is over even terrain in lush Rarotongan rainforest and on open ground. Suitable for everyone. Remember to bring sturdy walking shoes, insect repellent and your camera. This is a half day tour.

Photo Credit: Cook Islands Tourism

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Te Vara Nui Village Night Show & Dinner

With compelling legend stories set overwater portraying the past and fast hip-shaking dances with resounding beats of drums and rhythms of song and dance, this spectacular setting and performance are guaranteed to lift the hairs on the back of your neck!

Set in luscious gardens and peaceful water features, Te Vara Nui showcases not only the best cultural village experience in the Cook Islands but houses the most stunning out door entertainment venue and facility ever designed in Rarotonga, with our “Over-Water Night Show” Dances of Legends cultural performance.

Be blown away by our amazing Show while Rarotonga’s finest dancers and musicians perform by flaming torchlight on floating and fixed stages of our waterfall garden.

This stunning show delivers an electric authentic cultural performance like no other…

Enjoy our delicious Island/Western Fusion Buffet prepared by our local and International Chefs.

Immerse in our local culture and embrace the Cook Islands Maori people through the “Legend of Tongaiti””

Photo Credit: Te Vara Nui Village

(Day 5) - Shuttle Transfer, from Cook Islands Accommodation to Airport

Travel from your Cook Islands accommodation to the airport.

(Day 5) - International Flight, Rarotonga to Auckland

Fly internationally from Rarotonga, Cook Islands to Auckland, New Zealand.

(Day 6) - Shuttle Transfer, Auckland Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Days 6 to 9) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Auckland

Travel to your accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Situated on the western side of the CBD, your Auckland accommodation is only minutes walk away from a multitude of businesses, fabulous shopping, restaurants, bars and theatres; not to mention Auckland’s Sky City Complex.

(Days 7 to 8) - Free Day to Explore Auckland

Visit one of Auckland’s many attractions.

Fly a kite or throw a Frisbee in the beautifully landscaped Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park. Critique a giant selection of both traditional and contemporary art at Auckland Art Gallery. Take a walking, swim or hike through any of Auckland’s 25 Regional Parks. Have a laugh at The Classic Comedy and Bar in Queen Street, New Zealand’s home of live comedy. Take the bus over to Eden Park, New Zealand’s largest stadium. In the evening you can join the dancing on K’Road and party on till the wee hours at one of the many nightclubs. Or maybe you would rather visit the trendy suburb of Ponsonby and enjoy delicious cuisine, superb lattes or cocktails if more to your taste. And if it is cafes, bars and restaurants you’re after, the Viaduct Harbour has a great selection.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand – Julian Apse

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hobbiton Express

This day trip from Auckland visits the Waikato region, the heritage town of Cambridge, the Shire’s Rest, and concludes at the Green Dragon Inn.

This tour is an easy day trip from Auckland. Let us take you on a magical journey through Middle-earth to the Hobbiton Movie Set from “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films for a fascinating guided tour.

Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. You travel through the heritage town of Cambridge where tree-lined streets add to the English-style atmosphere.


From here your journey takes you through undulating green hills reminding you that you are approaching Hobbiton Shire.

On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only place where you get an emotional response with a movie set in a natural setting. You see 44 hobbit holes including Bilbo’s house, “Bag End”, the Mill and double arch bridge and the Party Tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the door of Bag End, looking out over the whole of Hobbiton to the hills in the distance.

The tour concludes with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn where you will enjoy a complimentary ale, cider or ginger beer.

After the tour your lunch is included at Shire’s Rest Café before heading back to Auckland.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Auckland Harbour Cruise

Visit a true thing of beauty and cruise the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour!



Head out on this one and a half hour tour to see the Devonport Naval Base, travel past the township and North Head, then cruise towards the iconic Rangitoto Island as you pass the historic Bean Rock lighthouse. You’ll pass under the Harbour Bridge twice and then off to Westhaven Marina to catch a glance at the viaduct harbour bustling with super yachts!



Daily at 10:45am & 1:45pm. Tours do not operate on Christmas day.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Bay of Islands Tour - Full Day

Marvel at spectacular coastal scenery including the Hole in the Rock, Cathedral Cave and the inner islands while aboard a luxury catamaran. Also see the historic Waitangi Treaty House and a ‘waka’ (Maori war canoe).

Travel north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and enjoy spectacular rural & coastal scenery enroute to the Bay of Islands via Hibiscus Coast and Whangarei. Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque and popular vacation sites in New Zealand and was the site of the earliest contact between the indigenous population and European settlers. Take a trip into the past and visit such historical places as the Waitangi Treaty House, see a traditional Maori Meeting House and a huge ‘waka’ (war canoe), Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Flagstaff Hill and the oldest building in the country (Kemp House) along with the oldest Church. In the early afternoon at Cape Brett, board a luxury catamaran for your cruising adventure through game fishing waters as you cruise past the Cape Brett lighthouse to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. The excitement grows as you make a passage through the Hole and then continue on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave. On your return journey relax and enjoy subtropical paradise views with your favourite drink as you meander through the inner islands back to Cape Brett which are world renowned deep sea fishing grounds where porpoise (dolphins) and schools of fish are frequently seen. With the Bay of Islands’ combination of great fishing, diving, sailing and other water sports with some of New Zealand’s most significant historic sites you will be sure to have fun!

Includes: Pickups from accommodations, admission to Waitangi Treaty House, a Cape Brett cruise and boxed lunch.

Photo Credit: Destination Northland

Optional Afternoon Tour (Not Included) - Wilderness Experience

Enjoy a wonderful afternoon visiting Piha black sand beach and immerse yourself in the incredible surrounding rainforest in this great introduction to New Zealand nature.

After being picked up at your hotel, your first stop is the visitor center which is the entrance to the largest native rainforest area around Auckland. The Arataki visitor’s center has dramatic panoramic views across the rainforest to both of Auckland’s harbors as well as views back to Auckland City. The visitor’s center is also home to some traditional Maori carvings and your guide will talk about them and explain their significance for the area.

Continue to the lush native rainforest where you walk the easy tracks among giant tree ferns. See and find out about the famous New Zealand silver fern, manuka, and kauri trees as your guide talks about what makes New Zealand nature so unique. They also talk about the original Maori uses for some of the native plants in the forest.

You will then move on to experience the power of the rugged west coast. You stop at a stunning viewpoint overlooking Piha black sand beach and the Tasman Sea before going down to this amazing phenomenon. There you get the chance to stroll along one of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer and watch the surf waves rolling in.

During the afternoon, there is also a New Zealand style afternoon tea including biscuits (cookies), manuka honey, coffee or juice. After tea you will be transported to your Auckland accommodation.

Operates
Daily
Departs 12:30pm, Returns 5:30pm (approx.)
Tour does not operate Christmas and New Year’s Day

Includes
– Visiting Piha’s black sand beach
– Guided walk in the rainforest
– Afternoon tea
– Pick up and drop off at inner city accommodation

Need to Know
– Food and beverages are not included
– Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat
– Please wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing (lighter clothing in the warm months, heavier clothing in the cooler months)

Upgrades
– Private tours available
– Auckland City Highlights Adventure

Insider's Tip: Auckland City Explorer Bus

Take a unique, fun and informative tour of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city on the Hop on Hop Off Auckland City Explorer Bus!

Nestled between two harbours, this beautiful and vibrant city has a diverse mix of culture and landscapes. Something for everyone – attractions and activities, shopping and eateries, events and adventure – you can explore it all this 24 hour Hop on Hop off bus pass.

Unique Vehicles with Fantastic Views: Discover the true magic of city sightseeing onboard our unique, classic and new, double decker buses. With a mix of open and closed top buses, you will ride in comfort and style, enjoying spectacular views from the top deck.

Entertaining ‘Live’ Commentary: Our friendly local guides provide a ‘live’ fun and informative commentary throughout your journey. Multi-lingual commentaries are also available on the central tour.

Hop-on Hop-off and Visit Auckland’s Best Attractions: As you circumnavigate the city, visiting historic landmarks and all the ‘must see’ attractions, you can hop on and off at your leisure to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

Devonport Ferry Trip Visit this historic suburb and browse boutiques for unique gifts, indulge at a restaurant or cafe, go to the beach or climb North Head for harbour views. Tickets are valid for sailings between 9:00am-4:30pm Monday to Friday, and all weekend sailings.

Includes
-Red and Blue Tour Routes
-Devonport Ferry

(Day 9) - Shuttle Transfer, Auckland Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 9) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Auckland to Queenstown

Travel by New Zealand domestic air from Auckland to Queenstown (South Island).

(Day 9) - Shuttle Transfer, Queenstown Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Days 9 to 12) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Queenstown

Travel to your accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

It’s all about location! Your 4 star accommodations sits in a tranquil lakefront setting only a minute’s walk from the heart of Queenstown with shopping, restaurants, nightlife and activities all within easy reach. This fresh, modern hotel features rooms and facilities furnished with the finest comforts and conveniences. A place where you can relax with surperb uninterrupted views of the lake, mountains and adjoining gardens. Comfortable and serene you will surely enjoy your stay here!

Upgrades Available: Garden View Room, Lakeview Room

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Gondola with Buffet & Performance

Gaze in awe at panoramic views of Queenstown before you sit down and enjoy a truly unique New Zealand buffet & live Haka performance.

Marvel at the stunning views as you ride the Skyline Queenstown Gondola – the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! Sit back and relax as the best views in the region unfold before your eyes and the Gondola carries you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob’s Peak.

En route you will enjoy a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breath taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and over Queenstown.

On arrival, there are purpose built viewing platforms and outdoor terraces that provide great photo opportunities.

After the Gondola ride, you will step foot in one of the best restaurants with a spectacular lake and mountain view. The famous Taste of New Zealand buffet offers delectable fresh seafood, salads, roast meats and delicious desserts, while the panoramic view from our windows will captivate you day or night. It’s the ideal place for that special night out and the best place in Queenstown to watch the sun go down!

With live music creating a relaxing atmosphere and never ending scenery to admire, you will be entertained as you dine on the award winning cuisine.

Kia Ora! Nau mai haere mai ki tenei o to tatou nei whare whakaturanga. (Welcome! To our special place of Maori performing arts)

The Kiwi Haka is a spiritual journey of Maori culture and customs as told through traditional song and dance. The live performance is set in an intimate 77-seat theatre surrounded by carved decorations depicting myths and legends of the local Wakatipu region. Highlights of the 30-minute show include the powhiri (welcome), stunning poi display and fearsome Haka.

(Days 10 to 11) - Free Days to Explore Queenstown

Spend a day to relax or explore dynamic Queenstown.

This region is renowned for its incedible adventure activities and spectacular outdoor terrain. You could try skiing, snowboarding, bungy jumping, paragliding, jetboating, sky diving and more! Or, if you want something a little more relaxed, you can choose from numerous family activities, nature experiences, tours and beauty spas. One hundred and forty years after our establishment as a gold mining camp, central Queenstown has transformed into a sophisticated cosmopolitan town, tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, beneath majestic mountains. There’s a permanent buzz in downtown Queenstown, where you’ll find a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Queenstown Highlights - Half Day

There’s so much to do in Queenstown it’s hard to know where to start. See the area in comfort and style with this half-day chauffeured tour showing the highlights of Queenstown.

Your fun-filled morning in Queenstown begins with a visit to Arrowtown, a charming town founded during the 1860s gold rush. Your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating stories about the town’s rich past. Then, you’ll watch bungy jumpers at the Kawarau Bridge, followed by a visit to a top winery to sample local wines with stunning lake and mountain views. The tour ends with a visit to iconic Lord of the Rings filming locations, providing plenty of opportunities to take in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds Queenstown. With an educated guide and a small group, this fun-filled morning is a memorable experience for the whole family.

Operates
On Request
Departs 9:30am, Returns 12:30pm (approx.)
Tour does not operate Christmas, December 26th, New Year’s Day, January 2nd, Good Friday, and Easter Monday

Includes
– Transfers to and from your hotel
– City tour in a premium sedan
– Local driver commentary

Need to Know
Please bring a camera and umbrella if it is raining. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

Upgrades
Limousine tours available

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Walter Peak Farm with Evening Dinner

Enjoy a quintessential Kiwi experience – a delicious gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour in a stunning lakeside setting.

Your journey starts with a cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw across to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Once there, you can sit back on the lakeside terrace of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and savor the delicious aromas as our chef has the best of local produce, sizzling away on the grill.

You’ll have plenty to choose from on the seasonal menu – salads, vegetables, succulent meat cooked on the outdoor rotisserie or grill. If you’re vegetarian, don’t worry, you are well catered for too. Then finish your meal with a scrumptious dessert.

After dinner, you can join an entertaining farm demonstration or explore the beautiful lakeside gardens.

On the magical night-time cruise home, you can enjoy the camaraderie of a sing-along with the ship’s pianist or breathe in the fresh night air on the moonlit decks as you watch the lights of Queenstown draw nearer.

Operates:
Daily (except Christmas Day)
Starts Multiple times in the evening from 4:00pm to 7:00pm (4 Hour Tour)

Includes:
– Return cruise on the TSS Earnslaw
– Farm tour/demonstration
– Lakeside BBQ dinner

Need to know:
Menu items are subject to change without notification. Licensed bar available aboard the TSS Earnslaw (Own expense). Substitute vessel used during 15May-26Jun maintenance period. Please advise of dietary requirements. Please bring non-slip shoes/boots, warm clothing and camera.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Discover Milford Sound Scenic Cruise - Full Day

Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination. You’ll experience the world-famous fiord in all its natural glory – surrounded by dense rainforest, glacier-carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls.

Today you will visit Milford Sound and experience a world of cascading waterfalls, sheer rock faces and dense rainforest. Your sightseeing tour to Milford Sound is made even more enjoyable by our glass-roofed coaches, which provide spectacular panoramic views as you travel along the Milford Road – one of the world’s most scenic roads – and through the Homer Tunnel, before arriving for your Milford Sound cruise. Enjoy striking views of iconic Mitre Peak from the head of the Sound – it rises 1,692 metres from the south shore and is named for its resemblance to a bishop’s mitre (headdress).

Upon leaving Queenstown, you will travel in comfort through rugged mountain terrain past Te Anau, a quiet town on the shores of the largest lake in the South Island. Your glass-roof coach will provide amazing views of the skyline. Your journey continues through the Southern Alps and along the picturesque Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls and one of only a few road-accessible glacier valleys in New Zealand.

Take advantage of the photo opportunities on offer along the Milford Road, like the stunning Mirror Lakes, where on a calm day the surrounding mountain ranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters, and Knobs Flat, where glaciers have carved their mark on the terrain. Travel through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km passageway drilled into solid rock, then experience The Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids.

At Milford Sound, board your 1 3/4 hour Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise and set off to explore the region that Rudyard Kipling called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Travel the length of the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, gliding past glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. Lush native forest clings to steep cliffs, while seals, penguins and dolphins are regular visitors to the icy waters. At the pinnacle of the sound, Mitre Peak rises dramatically from the depths to a height of 1,692 metres above sea level. Along the way your captain will provide lively and informative commentary.

After your cruise, you will return to Queenstown by coach. Alternatively, book a scenic flight option (optional extra) and wing your way back high over the mountains, lakes and rivers of the South Island.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Otago Wine Tour - Half Day

Enjoy an afternoon exploring some of the award winning wineries in the Queenstown region.

Take this afternoon tour and experience the true flavor of our local pinot noir and other wine varietals at three premium vineyards. Enjoy a guided tour through the vines and into New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave. This relaxing tour travels just a short distance from Queenstown where you will be given in-depth wine tastings and presentation at each vineyard.

You have plenty of time to unwind and get yourself a winery lunch (own expense) or sample a selection of local cheeses, craft beer, coffee (there is an opportunity to substitute wine tasting for beer at time of booking).

Operates
Daily (except Christmas, Boxing Day, Good Friday, & Easter)
Departs 12:00pm and Returns 4:30pm (approx.)

Includes
– Return transfers from hotel
– Hosted tasting at 3 wineries
– Underground wine cave tour
– 12+ wine tastings

Need to Know
Please bring money for Winery lunch. This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form.

Upgrades
Private Wine & Food

Photo Credit: Southern Public Relations

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Deluxe Coach Tour to Mt Cook

Visit Mount Cook National Park and experience the beauty of this Alpine area dominated by Australasia’s highest peak before returning back to Queenstown.

Your coach tour begins and ends in Queenstown.

Depart Queenstown which sits on the shores of beautiful lake Wakatipu.

On your arrival to Mount Cook you’ll have lunch at a village cafe (own arrangements), or explore the walks in and around the village (1 hour approximate).

At Lake Tekapo your have a spectacular sight on clear days of the Southern Alps at the far end of the lake.

Full Day Tour
Fare includes: Selected Queenstown Hotel/Motel pickup and drop off, coach and tax.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Lord of the Rings Tour

Spend the day taking in the breathtaking sights of the land around Queenstown; with time spent at ‘Lord of the Rings’ filming locations.

For true Lord of the Rings fans, this is the trip where Nomad Safaris really does take you There and Back again. This scenic sightseeing tour includes recognizable filming locations and stunning natural scenery. The Glenorchy Safari of the Scenes takes you from Queenstown to Glenorchy stopping at breath-taking viewpoints. 

En route from Glenorchy follow the Dart River to the spectacular filming location for Isengard. This location offers stunning views of Mt Earnslaw. Heading to Paradise discover the location for the Forrest of Lothlorien. Leaving Glenorchy and heading towards Queenstown you will stop at 12 Mile Delta to explore the location of the Ithilien Camp. This tour also includes locations from X-men Origins: Wolverine, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

Operates
Daily
Departs 8:00am or 1:30pm, Returns 12:30pm or 6:30pm (approx.)

Includes
– Return transfers from your hotel or information center
– Visit filming locations
– Beautiful views
– Gold pan in the Arrow River
– Safari vehicle is a 4WD Land Cruiser or Rover

Need to Know
You have the option of staying in or near the vehicle for any of the stops on the tour.

Upgrades
Private tours available
Full Day Lord of the Rings Tour

THE LORD OF THE RINGS and the characters, places, events and items contained therein, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Middle-Earth Enterprises, LLC and are used under license by Rings Scenic Tours Limited and Wingnut Film Productions Limited, which are independently owned and operated.

(Day 12) - Shuttle Transfer, Queenstown Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.

(Day 12) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Queenstown to Auckland

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Queenstown to Auckland (North Island).

(Day 12) - International Flight, Auckland to Los Angeles (Check quote for inclusion)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $2,375 $3,394 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $3,792 $4,812 Feb 17 2024 - Nov 28 2024
USA Departures: 17FEB - 28JUN; 24JUL-17SEP or 16OCT-28NOV24. Expires 30 MAY 24
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Business Class $9,156 $10,175 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.