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New Zealand 2024: Land of the Long White Cloud

13 days
11-11-2024
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Price $5595
Special $4595

Price includes

  • 10 nights in hotels, tourist shelters, hostels, or camping cabins.
  • Accommodation in 2-4 person rooms.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Transportation throughout the tour.
  • Entrance tickets, excluding additional attractions listed below.
  • Assistance of a English-speaking guide.

The price does not include

  • Cost of international airfare.
  • Cost of airfare from Christchurch to Auckland.
  • Meals.
  • Entrance to the Sky Tower summit.
  • Guided tour of the Waitomo Caves.
  • Visit to the film set and Hobbiton village.
  • Maori cultural show at Tamaki Maori Village.
  • Helicopter flight with the option to land on Franz Josef Glacier.
  • Entrance to the thermal pools in Franz Josef.
  • Boat cruise on Milford Sound.
  • Scenic flight in a light aircraft over Fiordland National Park.
  • Personal expenses and customary tips.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel insurance.
A trip to New Zealand is like a fairy tale journey. Each year, it attracts tourists with its Hobbit village, the world’s purest lake, mountains, erupting geysers, geometric springs, and unique caves. Join us today, and it surely won’t be your last visit to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Boat cruise

Canyons

Caves

Culture and history

Entertainment

Hot springs

Islands

National parks

Trekking/hiking

Waterfalls


Travel itinerary

1.day

Flight to Auckland

After dropping off our luggage and going through passport control, we’ll embark on a long journey to Auckland, the largest city in Oceania. This beautiful city, founded by the British, is home to a population of 450,000 and serves as a significant scientific and cultural center.

New Zealand

2.day

Flight over the Pacific

Even though our flight over the Pacific will last for several hours, we will arrive at our destination two days after departing from Chicago or another airport in the United States.

This is thanks to crossing the International Date Line, which adds a whole day to our travel time. But don’t worry. We’ll regain that day when we return eastward, and in the end, everything will add up.

3.day

Auckland

After arriving in Auckland, we will check into our hotel and rest after the long journey. We’ll take a stroll through the waterfront district, and for an additional fee, there’s an option to go up the Sky Tower. We’ll also visit the botanical garden and the University of Auckland. Overnight stay in Auckland.

4.day

Waitomo, Otorohanga, Hobbiton, Rotorua, Tamaki Maori Village

Early in the morning, we will travel to Waitomo to explore the caves inhabited by glowworms, featuring fascinating stalactite formations.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to the famous Hobbiton village, home to the hobbits. We’ll visit the film set, Bilbo Baggins’ house, and conclude our visit with a refreshing ginger beer by the fireplace in the renowned hobbit inn.

In the evening, we’ll proceed to Rotorua, an important center of Maori culture. We’ll witness a Maori cultural show at Tamaki Maori Village, where we’ll learn about Maori martial arts, rituals, and traditions. We’ll participate in a vocal and dance performance and then savor a traditional hāngi meal served in a buffet style (additional cost – advance reservation required).

5.day

Te Puia, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park, Huka Falls, Waikato River Valley, Taupu

In the morning, we’ll visit the Te Puia Thermal Park to witness the Pōhutu geyser and encounter the kiwi bird at the new Kiwi Conservation Center. Following this, Maori carvers and weavers will showcase their skills at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

Next, we’ll take boats to Orakei Korako, a geothermal park overlooking the Waikato River. After admiring Huka Falls, we’ll stroll along the Waikato River Valley. The day concludes with a relaxing dip in thermal springs.

The afternoon will be spent exploring the town of Taupo. We’ll overnight in Auckland.

6.day

Queenstown

Today, we have an early flight from Auckland to Queenstown. Upon arrival, we’ll explore the port and Botanic Gardens. We’ll indulge in the famous Fergburger and take a gondola ride to the summit of Ben Lomond, the birthplace of bungee jumping.

7.day

Milford Sound, Humboldt Mountains, Fiordland National Park

Today we will explore Milford Sound, a 20-kilometer fjord in Fiordland National Park. Our visit will begin with a boat cruise through the fjord.

In the afternoon, we will embark on a panoramic car tour through the Humboldt and Darran Mountains. There is an option for a scenic flight over the fjords and surrounding glaciers.

On the way back, we will also stop to learn about the mysterious healing properties of the famous Manuka honey produced by local bees. Return for an overnight stay in Queenstown.

8.day

Mount Aspiring National Park, Haast Pass, Fox Glacier

On this day, we will embark on a full-day journey through the Southern Alps to their western coast. We will admire glacial lakes, mountain passes, and the mountain streams cascading down from them, creating picturesque waterfalls.

After crossing the mountains and reaching the coastline of the ocean, we will visit the Fox Glacier. In case of favorable weather conditions, we will witness the sunset to the west. Overnight stay in Franz Josef.

9.day

Franz Josef Glacier, Ross, Greymouth, and Westland National Park.

Today, we will visit Franz Josef Glacier, the steepest and fastest-moving glacier in the world.

From the town of Franz Josef, we will depart around noon to the town of Ross, which experienced a gold rush in the 19th century. Today, the town boasts a famous hotel that looks like it’s straight out of a western.

Finally, we will reach Greymouth, where the Grey River flows into the Tasman Sea, and it is there that we will find the most famous specimens of jadeite. Overnight stay in Punakaiki Marine Reserve.

10.day

Punakaiki, Arthur Pass

Punakaiki is home to Pancake Rocks and serves as a base for exploring Paparoa National Park. Here, we will see the famous pancake-like rocks around Dolomite Point and the Paparoa River Valley.

After visiting Dolomite Point, we will take a short walk to the Pororari River Valley, considered sacred by the Maori.

Around noon, we will embark on another journey through the Southern Alps, crossing the main ridge via Arthur’s Pass. Along the way, we will admire Devil’s Punchbowl Falls, the Otira Viaduct, numerous flocks of Kea parrots inhabiting the steep slopes, and the memorial to explorer Arthur Dudley Dobson, for whom the pass is named. Overnight stay in Tekapo.

11.day

Tekapo Lake, Mt Cook, Hooker Valley

After breakfast, we will visit the town of Tekapo, where we will see the Church of the Good Shepherd.

The next place we will visit is Mt Cook. During our stay, dependent on the whims of the weather (the guide may make a unilateral decision to resign from this part of the program due to weather conditions), we plan to take a walk to Hooker Valley and Lake Muller, where we can closely admire the slopes and peak of Mt Cook, as well as the nearby Hooker and Tasman Mountain glaciers. Accommodation in Wanaka or Cromwell.

12.day

Lake Wanaka, Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge

For those interested, there is an opportunity to start the day with a scenic flight by light aircraft over the peaks of the Southern Alps and the nearby lakes.

In the morning, we will head to Lake Wanaka to see the tree growing in the lake’s mirror with a beautiful mountain landscape in the background. Then we will proceed to the Kawarau River valley, where the first bungee jump was performed (there is an option to do a jump at the same location – additional fee applies, or a zip line ride). Some scenes for the movie “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” were also filmed there.

Overnight stay in Queenstown.

13.day

Departure from Auckland

Has New Zealand revealed all its secrets? Certainly not, but it’s time to say goodbye. After a morning flight to Auckland, another international flight awaits us to take us back home.

Join Rek Travel Adventure on a journey to Australia or Bora Bora.

New Zealand 2024: Land of the Long White Cloud

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The company is not responsible for any loss of customer's property due to burglary, theft, loss, etc. We also do not assume responsibility for any losses incurred by the customer in motels. Rek Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary due to circumstances beyond its control. The customer is obliged to comply with the tour regulations. Tour participants are insured according to the requirements of the US Department of Transportation for a total amount of $500,000 (insurance policy available upon request). Participants may opt for additional insurance coverage for hospital and outpatient treatment of illnesses acquired during the tour, as well as accidents in visited facilities (further information available at the office) for an additional fee.

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