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18 Days | Journey through New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring landscapes

4.6 out of 5 based on 12 reviews submitted.
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Dramatic peaks, glittering glaciers and geothermal wonders await on a 17-day Premium adventure through New Zealand’s north and south islands. With a passionate local leader to guide the way, you’ll experience a landscape that has been shaped by the elements over thousands of years. Taste wine at picturesque cellar doors, set out in search of kiwis, explore the mythical world of Hobbiton and explore the volcanic landscapes of Tongariro. From the pure spectacle of Milford Sound to the simmering geysers of Rotorua, this adventure is sure to blow you away.

Trip overview

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Start
Auckland, New Zealand
Finish
Queenstown, New Zealand
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
New Zealand
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
PHPZC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Uncover the geothermal wonders of Rotorua during a guided visit to Te Puia, home to hot springs, geysers, mud pools, a Maori art gallery and a kiwi conservation centre.
  • Sip your way around Waiheke Island off the shores of Auckland during an Exclusive Experience, visiting three cellar doors to learn about their production methods and sample some seriously excellent wine.
  • Be amazed by Tongariro National Park as you spend the day exploring its volcanic landscapes, then retire to your chateau-style Feature Stay where you can sit back and soak in views of Tongariro’s dazzling peaks.
  • Experience some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery during your second Feature Stay on Milford Sound aboard a purpose-built vessel.
  • Discover the best of the Otago region during your Exclusive Experiences – a chef-led food and foraging tour, and an adrenaline-pumping jetboat ride down the Shotover River.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The diversity of the seasons here makes for incredible scenery, but the weather in this region can be unpredictable. It’s best to wear layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. At night the temperature can really drop, so bring your warm clothes.
  • There are walking opportunities throughout this trip. We recommend you bring good quality walking shoes if you're keen to enjoy a hike - or two!

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 July 2024 to 30 June 2025.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 July 2023 - 30 June 2024

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Inclusions

Meals

17 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Catamaran, Ferry, Jet boat, Cruise boat

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights), Resort (1 nights), Homestead (2 nights), Cruise boat (1 night)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Auckland - Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Waiheke Island - Day Trip by Ferry
  • Waiheke Island - Winery Visits with Wine Tasting & Lunch
  • Hobbiton - Visit to the Lord of the Rings Movie Set
  • Hobbiton - Drink at the Green Dragon
  • Waitomo - Ruakuri Glow Worm Cave Visit
  • Rotorua - Visit to Te Puia Geothermal Area with Local Guide & Hangi Lunch
  • Rotorua - Ahua Gallery & Kiwi Conservation Centre
  • Rotorua - Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland
  • Tongariro National Park - Taranaki Falls
  • Wellington - Evening Cruise on Wellington Harbour
  • Wellington - Ferry Cruise through Marlborough Sound
  • Christchurch - Welcome Dinner
  • Greymouth - Monteith's Brewery Tour & Tasting
  • Greymouth - Pounamu (Greenstone) Studio Visit
  • Christchurch - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Lake Brunner - Nature Walk
  • Hokitika - West Coast Treetops Walk
  • Franz Josef - West Coast Wildlife Centre Visit with Ranger
  • Punakaiki - Rocks & Blowhole Visit
  • Franz Josef - Glacier View Walk
  • Makaroa - Aspiring Biodiversity Trust Lunch
  • Makaroa - Guided Flora and Fauna Walk with Local Ornithologist
  • Wanaka - Criffel Station Foraging & Lunch Experience with Local Chef
  • Milford Sound - Overnight Boat Cruise
  • Queenstown - Shotover River Jetboat Experience
  • Gibbston Valley - Wine Cave Tour
  • Arrowtown - Leader-led walk
  • Queenstown - Farewell Aperitivo
Add on activities
  • Rotorua - Polynesian Spa - from - NZD40
  • Rotorua - Redwoods Treetop Walkway - NZD39
  • Taupo - Lake Taupo Sailing Adventure - NZD69
  • Franz Josef - Lake Mapourika Scenic Cruise - NZD120
  • Franz Josef - Waiho Hot Tubs - from - NZD89
  • Franz Josef - Heli-Hiking Tour - from - NZD695
  • Franz Josef - Kayaking Excursion - from - NZD145

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 15 (Milford Sound) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

2. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.

3. The Milford Sound Cruise is seasonal and weather dependent. Some departures may require a slight shift in itinerary to make sure the cruise is included. If the Cruise has finished for the season, the Feature Stay will instead be the Milford Sound Lodge.

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Reviews

4.6 out of 5 based on 12 reviews submitted.
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Megan · Traveled January 2024
Make sure you read the itinerary very, very carefully and compare it to other companies to be sure it covers everything you want to see.
Review submitted 21 Jan 2024

Kevin · Traveled January 2024
What a fun trip! The itinerary and included activities gave us a very good introduction to the natural beauty, culture, history, flora, and fauna of New Zealand. We had a wonderful group of fellow travelers and our local guide Robbie John was absolutely outstanding.
Review submitted 21 Jan 2024

Lauren · Traveled November 2023
LOVED our Intrepid Premium New Zealand Encompassed trip! Out small group bonded well on this adventure across both islands. There was just the right amount of activities & free time. Each day was a delightful adventure!
Review submitted 21 Dec 2023

Sarah · Traveled November 2023
I can't say enough positive things about the New Zealand Encompassed trip and our fearless leader Summer. Our group bonded and had amazing times. I laughed until I cried daily. The itinerary offered diverse enjoyable experiences like the Te Puia cultural center in Rotorua, hiking in Tongariro and an overnight cruise in stunning Milford Sound. Summer was a joy to be around. She was extremely well organized and kept our group on-the-go in a seamless and stress-free manner.
Review submitted 17 Dec 2023

Jennifer · Traveled November 2023
This trip far exceeded my expectations. Summer’s knowledge of the culture and land coupled with her hysterical personality made the trip feel like we were traveling with special friends that just met. There really aren’t any words to relay the Spark felt on this 17 day adventure so you just have to experience it for yourself! Intrepid’s mission brought together similar yet different personalities of all ages from around the globe forming a special bond!
Review submitted 09 Dec 2023
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