It’s true that sheep outnumber people in New Zealand six to one, but lucky for ewe, this untamed land also boasts an impressive number of soaring mountains, lush rainforests, and stunning fiords. The North Island’s Bay of Plenty sets the stage for the abundance of spectacular sights you’ll see on both of New Zealand’s breathtaking islands. Rotorua’s shooting geysers are only surpassed by the South Island’s soaring Southern Alps, which you’ll reach from charming Christchurch by way of the scenic TranzAlpine train. Throughout your tour of New Zealand, you’ll have the opportunity to walk along the Franz Josef Glacier, warm your toes in natural hot springs, and partake in all of the fun that Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World,” has to offer. With so many ways to work up an appetite, you’ll appreciate a special barbecue on a local farm and a traditional cooked-in-the-ground hot stone Hangi dinner.
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We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from transfers to and from your hotel and included intra-vacation flights to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!Your Train New Zealand’s TranzAlpine train glides through the South Island’s vast Canterbury Plains and soaring mountain peaks for an immersive experience offering a window into New Zealand’s stunning landscapes. Travel in comfort with an onboard café and in-seat audio commentary while traveling along the gorges of the glacier-fed Waimakariri River and the Southern Alps with unfettered views. Spacious reclining seats, panoramic windows, and skylights provide an incredible vantage point to marvel at New Zealand’s epic landscapes.
This vacation visits remote regions where some facilities are not up to the first-class standards you expect from Globus. However, we have selected the best available hotels that satisfy our high standards of cleanliness and comfort.
American breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
Welcome to Aotearoa (the Máori word for ‘land of the long white cloud’)! Hotel check-in available upon arrival. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Schedule flights to arrive by 4:30 pm in time for a welcome meeting and dinner Dinner
AUCKLAND Guided sightseeing includes Queen Street, Auckland Domain (Auckland’s oldest park), and historic Parnell Village. Drive to Bay of Islands.
BAY OF ISLANDS Visit Waitangi Treaty House to discover the history of New Zealand. Free time this evening Breakfast Dinner
BAY OF ISLANDS Scenic cruise includes the Hole in the Rock with the chance to view dolphins and other marine wildlife. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B) Breakfast
BAY OF ISLANDS Scenic drive to Rotorua.
ROTORUA In the evening, enjoy a traditional [LF] Hangi dinner (roasted meats and vegetables cooked underground with hot stones), followed by an authentic Máori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance with singing, dancing, and storytelling. (B,D)
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Rotorua with a visit to an authentic Máori (indigenous Polynesian people) village, including a cultural performance, traditional Hangi dinner (roasted meats and vegetables cooked underground with hot stones), and chance to learn the Haka (traditional Máori war dance). This and many more options throughout your tour are available with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app Breakfast Dinner
ROTORUA Guided sightseeing includes a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see native bush and wildlife including the shy Kiwi bird and Te Puia, home to New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. Free time this afternoon before [LF] dinner at a local family’s home Breakfast Dinner
Scenic drive through farmlands and past Lake Taupo en route to Marton.
MARTON Visit to a [LF] local farm includes a visit with the farm’s owners and a barbecue lunch before driving to Wellington.
WELLINGTON Free time this evening BreakfastLunch
WELLINGTON Sightseeing tour includes a scenic cable-car ride, the botanic gardens, the famous Beehive and Parliament buildings, and 360-degree views from Mount Victoria. Visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Free time the remainder of the day Breakfast
Fly to Christchurch.
CHRISTCHURCH Guide sightseeing includes famous landmarks and the city’s spectacular gardens. Free time this evening Breakfast
CHRISTCHURCH Scenic TranzAlpine train trip through Canterbury Plains, the Waimakariri River, and the Southern Alps en route to Arthur’s Pass. Continue with a scenic drive to Franz Josef.
FRANZ JOSEF Free time this evening Breakfast Dinner
FRANZ JOSEF (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) Walking tour in Glacier Valley along the Waiho River bed with a Local Guide. A short climb rewards you with spectacular views of the glacier. Free time this afternoon and evening Breakfast
FRANZ JOSEF Scenic drive along the coast of the Tasman Sea and across Haast Pass en route to Queenstown.
QUEENSTOWN Guided tour and [LF] tasting at a local winery. Free time this evening Breakfast
MILFORD SOUND Full-day sightseeing in Fiordland National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes a scenic cruise in Milford Sound with the chance to see marine wildlife, waterfalls, glaciers, and rainforests. Late evening return to Queenstown. Please note that the excursion to Milford Sound may happen on Day 13 depending on weather and road conditions today BreakfastLunch
QUEENSTOWN Free day followed by a special farewell dinner. (B,D)
ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Queenstown with an independent bicycle trip along country roads, through farmlands, and amid some of New Zealand’s most gorgeous scenery. This and many more options throughout your tour are available with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app Breakfast Dinner
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Stamford Plaza Auckland
22 - 26 Albert Street Auckland New Zealand
With its extensive hotel facilities and amenities, Stamford Plaza Auckland is one of the city's premier accommodation choices. The hotel features a fully equipped recreation center, multiple bars and restaurants, pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Copthorne Hotel & Resort
Tau Henare Drive Paihia New Zealand
The Copthorne Hotel & Resort commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Enjoy onsite facilities including a tennis court, spectacular free form lagoon style swimming pool, mountain bike hire and courtesy shuttle to downtown. Take it easy in the massage studio or end your day with a long cool drink in the bar.
Distinction Hotel Rotorua
390 Fenton St. PO Box 983 Rotorua New Zealand
Situated adjacent to the Whakarewarewa Forest, Distinction Hotel Rotorua is located minutes away from the city center of Rotorua. The hotel features a heated outdoor pool and spa, underground private grotto spas, on-site restaurant and bar, laundry facilities and dry cleaning, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay
100 Oriental Parad Wellington New Zealand
Located on Wellington's premier Oriental Parade overlooking the stunning Wellington Harbour, Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay is the perfect base to explore the city. Savor sublime cuisine, sip a cool cocktail, and enjoy the spectacular views from the 7th floor restaurant or bar, which gives spectacular 180° views of Oriental Bay. Additional facilities include a heated indoor pool, concierge service, and leisure desk. Dry cleaning, as well as coin-operated self-service laundry, is available.
Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square
50 Cathedral Square Christchurch New Zealand
The Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square is a landmark hotel featuring 154 contemporary rooms. The hotel is in the heart of the city only moments to main attractions like Cathedral Square and Hagley Park.
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
36 Main Road Franz Josef Glacier New Zealand
Situated close to the edge of one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier provides an inviting base in which to explore the dramatic and enticing region. Dine at the Canavans Restaurant or toast to a delightful day at the Moa Bar where both feature local food, wine and beer.
Ramada Queenstown Central
Corner Stanley Street & Frankton Road Queenstown New Zealand
The Ramada Queenstown Central is ideally positioned in the heart of Queenstown with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables Mountain Range, and Walter Peak. The hotel features a fitness center, on-site restaurant and bar, laundry services, and complimentary Wi-Fi.