It’s a pure New Zealand experience, a tale of two islands – an unforgettable 16-day small group journey through the country from north to south, through lively cities and pristine fjords. In cosmopolitan Auckland, visit the prized Auckland Museum and experience the city’s natural beauty on a cruise around glittering Auckland Harbour. En route to Rotorua, stop to see Ruakuri Caves’ unique glowworms. At Te Puia, witness Rotorua’s geothermal wonders and experience indigenous Maori culture at a traditional hangi dinner; then tour Rainbow Springs Nature Park, a showcase of native New Zealand flora and fauna. Set out for Hawke’s Bay and seaside Napier to enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at the acclaimed Church Road Winery and take an Art Deco walking tour. Watch sheepdogs at work at a private farm. Reaching Wellington, ride on the historic Wellington Cable Car; visit Te Papa, New Zealand’s renowned national museum; and explore independently. After touring Christchurch, New Zealand’s “Garden City,” embark on one of the world’s great rail journeys aboard the TranzAlpine train. In Westland National Park, encounter spectacular Franz Josef Glacier on a glacial valley walk, and see the rare Kiwi birds at the West Coast Wildlife Centre. Savor a private tasting and tour at award-winning Gibbstown Valley Vineyard. On a full-day excursion to Fjordland National Park, take a three-hour catamaran cruise through stunning Doubtful Sound, surrounded by dramatic scenery and on the lookout for dolphins, seals, penguins, and whales. A day at leisure to enjoy scenic Queenstown rounds off the journey.
For solo travelers, the single supplement is $1,695.
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