Best of New Zealand 2021 - 14 Day Tour from Auckland to Queenstown
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Best of New Zealand 2021

14 Day Tour from Auckland to Queenstown

Starting at $4,671


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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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.



Destination & Sightseeing

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.
Notes:
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.

MEALS

American breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 6 dinners

ITINERARY

Day 1
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
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Day 2
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
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Day 3
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)
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Day 4
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
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Day 5
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
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Day 6
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
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Day 7
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
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Day 8
Fly to Christchurch. CHRISTCHURCH Guide sightseeing includes famous landmarks and the city’s spectacular gardens. Free time this evening
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Day 9
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
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Day 10
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
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Day 11
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
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Day 12
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
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Day 13
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
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Day 14
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
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Day 15
ARRIVE IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Day 16
AUCKLAND–BAY OF ISLANDS

Day 17
BAY OF ISLANDS

Day 18
BAY OF ISLANDS–ROTORUA

Day 19
ROTORUA

Day 20
ROTORUA–MARTON–WELLINGTON

Day 21
WELLINGTON

Day 22
WELLINGTON–CHRISTCHURCH

Day 23
CHRISTCHURCH–TRANZALPINE TRAIN–ARTHUR’S PASS–FRANZ JOSEF

Day 24
FRANZ JOSEF

Day 25
FRANZ JOSEF–QUEENSTOWN

Day 26
QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND

Day 27
QUEENSTOWN

Day 28
QUEENSTOWN

Day 29
Dinner

Day 30
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Day 31
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Day 33
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Day 34
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Day 35
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Day 38
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Day 39
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Day 42
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Day 43 ARRIVE IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND.
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
Meal Icon Dinner

Day 44 AUCKLAND–BAY OF ISLANDS.
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
Meal Icon BreakfastMeal Icon Dinner

Day 45 BAY OF ISLANDS.
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)
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 46 BAY OF ISLANDS–ROTORUA.
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
Meal Icon BreakfastMeal Icon Dinner

Day 47 ROTORUA.
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
Meal Icon BreakfastMeal Icon Dinner

Day 48 ROTORUA–MARTON–WELLINGTON.
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
Meal Icon BreakfastLunch

Day 49 WELLINGTON.
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
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 50 WELLINGTON–CHRISTCHURCH.
Fly to Christchurch. CHRISTCHURCH Guide sightseeing includes famous landmarks and the city’s spectacular gardens. Free time this evening
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 51 CHRISTCHURCH–TRANZALPINE TRAIN–ARTHUR’S PASS–FRANZ JOSEF.
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
Meal Icon BreakfastMeal Icon Dinner

Day 52 FRANZ JOSEF.
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
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 53 FRANZ JOSEF–QUEENSTOWN.
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
Meal Icon Breakfast

Day 54 QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND.
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
Meal Icon BreakfastLunch

Day 55 QUEENSTOWN.
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
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Day 56 QUEENSTOWN.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Accommodations

AucklandBay of IslandsRotoruaWellingtonChristchurchFranz JosefQueenstown
Stamford Plaza Auckland
Moderate Deluxe



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.
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