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11 Days: New Zealand Adventure Vacation [ST-6162A]
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$3,109
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Auckland (1 Night), Rotorua (2), Wellington (1), Nelson (1), Christchurch (1), Franz Josef (1), Queenstown (2)
  • US Domestic Flights - Not Included (as per your own arrangements)
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Auckland (Return)
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Rotorua to Wellington, Nelson to Christchurch, Queenstown to Auckland
  • Day Tours - Rotorua: Hobbiton Shire Tour; Wellington: Seal Coast Safari Adventure, Ferry Ride from Wellington to Picton; Picton: Marlborough Icons Tour with a Greenshell Mussel Cruise; Queenstown: Doubtful Sound
  • Overnight Tours - Christchurch: Glacier Express Christchurch to Queenstown via Franz Josef
  • Shuttle Transfers - Wellington: Airport to Accommodation, Wellington Accommodation to Ferry Terminal, Nelson Accommodation to Airport, Christchurch Airport to Accommodation, Queenstown Accommodation to Airport
  • Car Rental - 4 Days Car Rental, Pickup in Auckland, Drop-off in Rotorua
  • Rental Car (Base rate only) does not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees.
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
  • Visa only required for some South Pacific countries.
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Auckland

Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!

Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.

(Days 2 to 3) - 1 Night Accommodation in Auckland

Travel to your accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Auckland is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world– renowned as that ‘City Of Sails.’ Dramatic landscapes and seascapes provide a diverse playground in which a compelling range of attractions are available. Visitors come to enjoy an array of exciting entertainment, leisure, culture and dining possibilities in New Zealand’s largest city.

(Days 2 to 5) - Car Rental, Pickup in Auckland and Drop-off in Rotorua

Discover New Zealand as you travel by rental car for four days.

Take the opportunity to explore parts of New Zealand in and around your vacation town. Please bring a valid American driver’s license with you and be aware that in New Zealand people drive on the left hand side of the road.

*Upgrade available to include GPS navigation system (additional cost).

Base rate only paid by About Australia. Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

(Day 2 cont) - 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)- 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) - Wilderness Experience

A 30 minute drive from downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, perched high in the Waitakere Ranges, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean.



Absorb the local history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.




With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues on to the lush rainforest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand’s famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.

Refreshments provided.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Insider's Tip: Auckland City Explorer Bus

Join us for a unique, fun and informative tour of Auckland – New Zealand’s largest city!

Nestled between two harbours, this beautiful vibrant city, has a diverse mix of culture and landscapes. With world-class attractions and activities, shopping and eateries – you can explore it all with Soaring Kiwi Tours!

Hop-On and Hop-Off as you explore the city at your leisure. Choose from an open or closed top double decker buses which are both classic and new, with incredible views from the top deck! There are two tour routes you can choose from to visit all the must-see attractions! Enjoy the ‘Live’ entertaining commentary from your friendly driver.

Multi-lingual commentaries also available.

(Day 3) - Self-Drive from Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo

Today Self Drive from Auckland to Rotorua (4 hours).

North New Zealand Self Drive:
Auckland to Hamilton (2 Hours), Hamilton to Waitomo Caves (1 Hour), Waitomo Caves to Rotorua (3 Hours)

Today begin your self drive from Auckland to explore the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua. From Auckland travel to Hamilton via HWY 1 (78 miles) Hamilton city highlights include Hamilton Gardens with themed displays of trees, flowers and exotic plants, The Waikato Museum of Contemporary Art and History, as well as The Hamilton Zoo, which provides native birds with enormous freedom in a walk through free flight aviary. Continue on HWY 3 until you reach The Waitomo Caves District (48 Miles). Beneath the surface of this limestone region is a series of vast cave systems decorated with speleotherms (stalactites and stalagmites) and glow worms. Black water rafting is an intriguing way to appreciate the underground splendours of Waitomo, you’ll be drifting along subterranean streams on your own personal raft. Next travel on to Rotorua (97 miles). Rotorua sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire, so the volcanic activity is part of the city’s past and present. Overnight in Rotorua.

(Days 3 to 5) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Rotorua

Travel to your accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Located on the shores of Lake Rotorua your accommodation is only a short walk to the city centre, convention centre, cafes and restaurants. Here in the heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture you’ll experience an enveloping warmth, proud spirit, deep sense of history and a quick humour. Picturesque cobbled and lantern lined streetways and striking Tudor architecture celebrates New Zealand’s significant colonial history. Travel the region by mountain bike or participate in local bush walks.

Upgrade Available (extra cost):
Lake View Room

(Day 4) - Day Tour - Hobbiton Shire Tour

Enjoy a tour of beautiful scenery as you venture to Hobbiton, the location where Lord of the Rings was filmed.

Your tour starts with a scenic drive from Rotorua across the Kaimai Ranges to The Shires Rest. It then continues with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the twelve acre site recounting fascinating details of how Hobbiton Movie set was created.

The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth.

Upon completion of your tour you will return to Rotorua.

Tour duration from Rotorua approx. 4 1/2 hours

(Day 5) - New Zealand Domestic Flight - Rotorua to Wellington

Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Rotorua to Wellington (North Island).

(Day 5 cont) - Shuttle Transfer - Wellington Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Wellington, 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 5 to 6) - 1 Night Accommodation in Wellington

Travel to your accommodation in Wellington, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located conveniently in the heart of Wellington, New Zealand. It is a short walk from Westpac Stadium, Te Papa Museum and the waterfront. Your vacation hotel has a direct elevator to Lambton Quay via a shopping arcade. Travel to New Zealand’s top wine regions, Wairarapa and Marlborough, which are only a short drive away. Or participate in adventure activities such as mountain biking, sailing, bushwalking and much more.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand

(Day 5 cont) - Day Tour - Seal Coast Safari Adventure

Enjoy New Zealand wilderness within minutes of downtown Wellington and immerse yourself in the native bird and wild life with stunning views of the city, sea and South Island snow-capped mountains.

Your excursion will have you experience a 4 Wheel-Driving on the beach in our Sealmobiles Off the beaten track. You will have exclusive access through private land driving right to the seals – no walking involved. Seals are guaranteed every trip.

Right from the start, you will be impressed by the friendly Kiwi “Gidday!” at the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre pick-up point when you are met by a Safari representative.

Your guide for the day will introduce you to the other guests, check he has enough gourmet muffins to satisfy your hunger pangs, and set off, pointing the powerful Landcruiser in the direction of the ocean.

Within minutes you have left the city behind and your 4WD adventure has begun! We traverse a local’s private land to access the sea, enjoying spectacular views and scenery along the way. This journey through our friend Steve’s ranch is a feature in itself that literally everyone comments on and loves. Includes- tea, coffee and muffins with the seals.

(Day 6) - Shuttle Transfer - Wellington Accommodation to Ferry Terminal

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Wellington to the Ferry Terminal.

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 6 cont) - Day Tour, Ferry Ride from Wellington to Picton

The 92 km journey across Cook Strait between Wellington (North Island) and Picton (South Island) takes only 3 hours and has been described as `one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world`.

Relax and enjoy the voyage on the Interislander Plus, the premium vessel traveling the straight. The vessel offers a stunning view of the South Island’s Kaikoura ranges and the opportunity to spot dolphins and sea birds.

Be greeted by staff at reception where you can purchase cinema tickets, phone cards, magazine, confectionary, souvenirs, postcards and stamps. Complimentary beer, wine, tea, coffee and finger food are available or you can purchase food from the Fresh Food Court for a hot meal. There are multiple food service areas on the Interislander for you to choose from. Then, relax in the TV lounge or cinema or enjoy a local band in the bar. With a little bit of everything to choose from, the Interislander is truly the premium way of traveling the straight.

Day 6 cont) - Day Tour, Marlborough Tour with a Greenshell Mussel Cruise

Marlborough is known worldwide for stunning Sauvignon Blanc, and your tour will reinforce how perfect it is with two of Marlborough’s other gems – Greenshell Mussels and amazing scenery.

Meet and greet at the Picton Ferry Terminal and depart through the Marlborough wine region to the small seaport township of Havelock. Havelock is the Greenshell Mussel Capital of the world with more mussels going through this port than anywhere else, it’s also the gateway to the stunning Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds.

On arrival in Havelock you will have time to purchase a light lunch to bring on board this afternoons cruise. Once on board the Mussel cruise in Havelock, enjoy a 3 hour scenic exploration of this breathtaking area.

Take in the natural beauty of the native bush and the tranquility of the Sounds. Learn from your experienced skipper the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the history of the pioneering families who have settled in the Sounds over several generations. Visit a Greenshell mussel farm and learn why this delicacy grows so well in the Marlborough Sounds. Taste a local favorite – freshly steamed Mussels matched perfectly to a complimentary glass of award winning Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

On arrival back in Havelock you will board the tour vehicle for the transfer to your Nelson accommodation.

Minimum of 2 Pax.

(Days 6 to 7) - 1 Night Accommodation in Nelson

Travel to your accommodation in Nelson, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Located just minutes away from the heart of Nelson, with views stretching across the Waimea Inlet to the mountains of Kahurangi National Park, this accommodation is the perfect retreat.

What’s more, once you arrive you won’t need to go far, as the resort provides all the comforts and conveniences you could hope for.

There’s plenty on offer, including award winning restaurant, health and beauty spa, pool, gym, purpose built conference facilities and even a craftsman jeweller and a hairdressing salon onsite.

This hotel can accommodate up to 280 guests, with 20 hotel rooms, 42 one-bedroom cottages and 38 two-bedroom cottages.

Photo Credit: Nelson Tasman Tourism

(Day 7) - Shuttle Transfer, Nelson Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Nelson, 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 7 cont) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Nelson to Christchurch

Travel by air today from Nelson to Christchurch, New Zealand.

(Day 7 cont) - Shuttle Transfer, Christchurch Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Christchurch, 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 7 to 8) - 1 Night Accommodation in Christchurch

Travel to your accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Your 3 Star vacation accommodation in Christchurch, is located on New Zealand’s South Island. Superbly situated in the very heart of this historic garden city, your accommodation in Christchurch is located just off Cathedral Square. Close to cafes, restaurants, museums and many of Christchurch’s most popular attractions. It is the newest hotel in the city and offers 155 spacious guest rooms, a modern bar and restaurant as well and an intimate meeting room. All rooms feature views overlooking the city as well as broadband internet access.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Ko Tane Maori Cultural Experience

The Ko Tane The Maori Experience includes a Maori Welcome, Maori Village, Maori Interactive Performance, and Hangi Dinner (4 course meal).

The blowing of the Putatara (conch) starts your evening. The conch was used as a form of communication over great distances to inform of intruders or visitors.

Your guide will explain the night ahead, with stories that have been passed down through the generations.

Come face to face with the wildlife. The guide will explain the relationship between Maori, wildlife and conservation.

Be guided through and welcomed onto the Pa (village) with a powerful challenge by their fearsome warrior. The Wero or Challenge is where the warrior or most skilled warrior displays a number of movements to distinguish the intentions of the visiting parties. (Do you come in peace or to fight?)

This will be confirmed by the picking up of the TAKE laid by the warrior for the chief of the visitors. Once this gift has been accepted visitors will be allowed to enter onto the next stage.

Inside the village the chief will speak words of welcome to the visitors and thank the chief of the visitors for accepting the challenge to come in peace.

The pressing of noses (hongi) is the final part of the welcome process this is the sharing of life between the two parties and must be done between the two chiefs.

The Village: Here your guide will discuss the lifestyles, including some of the hunting techniques, of the Maori people. The village is a papa-kainga or hunting village. There were around 1,400 of these types of sites in and around the pre-European Canterbury region.

The hunting and capturing of bird species was a specialised skill with different types of birds serving different needs. The easiest birds to hunt for food were the flightless kiwi, weka and the large moa which were trapped with snares.

Flax was the most important fibre to Maori as it was used to bind buildings & boats, for clothing, hunting snares, rope & fishing nets. One of the traditional uses for musical instruments was to duplicate communication with the birds to trick the bird into a trap.

A Performance: Haka (war dance) the haka is a preparation for war. This is a dance usually for men however there are some haka where women participate, the first haka of the evening will be one such haka.

Poi dance (swinging ball): The poi was a flax ball commonly used to store food for long distance journeys. Other uses included training for warfare where the balls use was to assist with the strengthening of elbow and wrist joints to aid in greater flexibly for the heavy short and long club weapons

Waiata ringa (action songs with a hand display) spoke about events and family members of great mana (prestige). It also helped to record and preserve historical events.

Hangi Meal: After the performance you will move into the Restaurant where you will be served a 4 course dinner with Hangi cooked mains. There is a fully licensed bar.

This will conclude your tour. Click Here to View Map

(Days 8 to 9) - Glacier Tour Christchurch to Queenstown (Franz Josef)

Enjoy a two day tour from Christchurch to Queenstown via the West Coast.

Day 1 Christchurch – Greymouth – Franz Josef

Board the world-renowned TranzAlpine train bound for Greymouth via the Arthur’s Pass National Park. Cross the Canterbury Plains, travel over viaducts and through tunnels and into the lush rainforests of the West Coast. On arrival in Greymouth board a coach for your journey south to the glaciers arriving in around 5:00pm. For summer departures you will have time to walk to the glacier lookout before sunset.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Bella Vista Motel or similar

Day 2 Franz Josef – Queenstown
We travel deeper into South Westland taking in the spectacle of Haast Pass, carved by the Haast River and framed by the Southern Alps. Take in the views of many beautiful lakes including Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Wakatipu. Arrive into Queenstown at 4.15pm.

This tour is suggested for departures between October and April for the best chance to see the glaciers. Add a night in Franz Josef to experience a half day guided walk on the glacier!

(Days 9 to 11) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Queenstown

Travel to your accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 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 superb 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

(Day 10) - Day Tour, Doubtful Sound (Full Day)

Travel to an untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. The beauty and vastness of Doubtful Sound will take your breath away as you experience its deep wilderness.

When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence – a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall. Its beauty and vastness will take your breath away.

Your day begins in Manapouri with a cruise across the picturesque Lake Manapouri followed by a trip across New Zealand’s most expensive road over Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below.


In Doubtful Sound, you will board our spacious, purpose built catamaran Patea Explorer for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise our knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin.

Lunch options and complimentary tea and coffee are available on the vessel.

*A picnic lunch can be pre-ordered before your tour for an additional cost. There is also a selection of cafe food aboard the vessel for purchase.

Tour departs at approximately 7am and returns at approximately 8pm (seasonally adjusted).

Photo Credit: Tourism Media

(Day 11) - 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 11 cont) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Queenstown to Auckland

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

(Day 11 cont) - International Flight, Auckland to Los Angeles

Today depart Auckland and fly to the USA. Enjoy an in-flight dinner and movie with arrival in the USA. Note: you will be traveling back across the International Date Line. Gain that day back you lost on the way over, you actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Auckland.

Note: Flight may include a stop over in Australia.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $3,109 $4,037 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) $3,872 $4,800 Feb 15 2019 - Dec 10 2019
USA Departures: 15 FEB - 21 JUN, 24 JUL - 17 SEP & 01 NOV - 10 DEC. Expires 22 MAR 2019
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
Basic (Economy Class) $5,200 $6,128 Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2018 and 1MAY-8JUN 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability
Shoulder (Economy Class) $5,407 $6,335 Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2018, 22SEP-8DEC 2018 and 1FEB-30APR 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability
Peak (Economy Class) $5,924 $6,852 Peak: 9DEC 2018 - 31JAN 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply) Subject to Availability
Premium (Economy Class) $8,177 $9,105 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $9,890 $10,819 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
First Class $29,654 $30,582 First Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/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.