Spotlight on New Zealand

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Travel by private air charter on Tauck's New Zealand-only trip. From Maori cultural traditions to regional culinary experiences, great wine to great adventure, our New Zealand trip offers an in-depth look at life on the North and South Islands.

Tauck's New Zealand-only trip offers an in-depth look at this beautiful country from Wellington to Auckland. As a Tauck Exclusive, travel aboard our exclusive air charters as you experience the North and South Islands as only Tauck can. Make cultural connections as you explore Maori traditions; explore your adventurous side on a jet boat cruise; travel by helicopter to the top of Bob's Peak in Queenstown; pamper your palate on a green-lipped mussel and wine cruise in Marlborough Sounds, lunch at a winery known for its Pinot Noir and lakeside views, and a wine tasting on Waiheke Island; and view some amazing natural wonders from the glacier-carved cliffs of Milford Sound to stunning Lake Wakatipu.

Highlights
Charter flights in New Zealand, Marlborough Sounds cruise, Waiheke Island, Maori cultural presentation, Shotover Jet Boat ride, Milford Sound cruise, wine tastings, farm visit and barbecue dinner, farewell dinner on Auckland's Viaduct Harbour
Destinations visited
  • Parliament
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Te Papa
  • Auckland Museum
  • Lake Wakatipu
  • Te Anau
  • TSS Earnslaw
  • Shotover River
  • Auckland
  • Queenstown
  • Australia
  • Australasia
  • Wellington
  • New Zealand
  • Armadale
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Te Anau, New Zealand
  • Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Auckland, New Zealand
Tags
  • Luxury
  • Cultural
  • Small Group
  • Wildlife
Day 1: Arrive Wellington
Tour begins: 5:30 PM, Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay. A transfer is included from Wellington International Airport to the Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay, overlooking Wellington's harbour and convenient to the city center. Join us for a welcome reception followed by dinner at the hotel.


Overnight: Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay
Meals: D
Port of Call: Wellington, New Zealand


Day 2: Wonders of Wellington
Discover Wellington on a tour that begins with a cable car ride from Lambton Quay, in the commercial heart of the city, up to the Botanic Garden. You'll see the award-winning rose garden and great views of the city, harbour and Parliament Buildings. Next up is Te Papa Tongarewa (meaning "container of treasures" in Maori); an orientation tour will introduce the five floors of New Zealand's national museum, focusing on the country's nature, art and history, the South Pacific region, and Maori culture. Dinner tonight is a "dine-around" from a choice of Wellington restaurants.


Overnight: Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay
Meals: B, D
Port of Call: Wellington, New Zealand


Day 3: Fly to the South Island, cruise Marlborough Sounds & fly to Te Anau
Hop aboard Tauck's charter flight to Blenheim, then head to the Marlborough Sounds on New Zealand's South Island; the area is known for its seafood and wine-growing expertise. You'll get a taste of both, along with experiencing the area's tranquil beauty, on a luncheon cruise featuring steamed green-lipped mussels and regional wine. Next, fly by Tauck's charter flight to Manapouri (Te Anau) for a two-night stay in New Zealand's Fiordlands resort area, where you'll attend a "Taste of Fiordland" dinner at your hotel this evening.


Overnight: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call: Te Anau, New Zealand


Day 4: Visit Fiordland National Park & Cruise Milford Sound
Enjoy a morning drive through the breathtaking scenery of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, encompassing mountain, lake, fjord and rainforest environments, as well as plants and animals that are completely unique to the area. Join a naturalist guide aoard a private boat for a luncheon cruise on Milford Sound, the best known of New Zealand's fjords, where you'll find amazing sheer cliffs rising vertically up from the ocean. You'll see why the Maori first envisioned these soaring cliffs as the work of a titanic mason. The evening is spent at leisure at your Te Anau hotel, where an à la carte dinner is included.


Overnight: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call: Te Anau, New Zealand


Day 5: To Queenstown for a winery visit and more
Travel across lovely South Island landscapes to Queenstown, then sample the good life during a wine-pairing lunch at a local winery that boasts scenic treasures and culinary pleasures. Your hotel for the next three nights, the Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa, exudes French-inspired sophistication in the heart of the city.


Overnight: Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa
Meals: B, L
Port of Call: Queenstown, New Zealand


Day 6: Adventures by jet boat and helicopter in Queenstown
Queenstown is known for outdoor adventures, as you'll discover for yourself on today's exciting jet boat excursion* through the rapids of the Shotover River in Skippers Canyon, followed by yet another thrill - a helicopter ride* to the top of stunning Bob's Peak. Afterwards, take a Skyline gondola back into town for a free afternoon and evening.


Overnight: Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa
Meals: B, D
Port of Call: Queenstown, New Zealand


Day 7: A Lake Wakatipu steamer & South Island country life
Climb aboard the TSS Earnslaw today, crossing Lake Wakatipu to reach the Walter Peak High Country Farm. Here, in the heart of New Zealand's South Island countryside, you'll watch farm dogs rounding up sheep, learn how shearing has been done through the ages in a private demonstration for Tauck guests only, and enjoy a wonderful barbecue dinner before returning to Queenstown for the night.


Overnight: Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa
Meals: B, D
Port of Call: Queenstown, New Zealand


Day 8: Charter flight to Auckland & Maori culture
Travel via Tauck's private charter flight from Queenstown to Auckland today for a two-night stay, arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Auckland Museum with a Maori cultural presentation and music concert. Have dinner at your hotel tonight.


Overnight: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call: Auckland, New Zealand


Day 9: A wine tasting & more on Wahiheke Island, and a farewell evening in Auckland
Take a ferry to nearby Waiheke Island, a free-spirited mecca of farmland, forests and beaches - and boutique vineyards. A sightseeing drive around the island takes you to Mudbrick Vineyard for lunch and a wine tasting, before returning to Auckland by ferry. Join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner at your hotel as we share memories of our journey in the "lands down under."


Overnight: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Meals: B, L, D
Port of Call: Auckland, New Zealand


Day 10: Journey Home
Tour ends: Auckland. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour to Auckland Airport. You should allow three hours for check-in at the airport.


Overnight:
Meals: B
Port of Call: Auckland, New Zealand


  • Exclusive charter flights in New Zealand - more sightseeing, less waiting
  • Visit to the high-tech Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum
  • Cruise the Marlborough Sounds, celebrating bounteous beauty with a luncheon of wine and steamed green-lipped mussels
  • Lunch at a winery and bistro known for its Pinot Noir and stunning views of Lake Hayes and the surrounding mountains
  • Jet boat ride on the Shotover River rapids & a helicopter ride to the top of Bob's Peak in Queenstown
  • Scenic cruise by vintage steamship on Lake Wakatipu for a sheep-shearing demonstration and barbecue dinner at Walter Peak Country farm
  • Presentation of Maori culture and entertainment at the Auckland Museum
  • Farewell cocktail reception and dinner at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 22 meals (9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners); gratuities to local guides & drivers, service charges, taxes, and porterage

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
07-Oct-2018 for 9 Nights
28-Oct-2018 for 9 Nights
29-Nov-2018 for 9 Nights

Why Tauck?

Tauck has been a family run business since its first tour through New England in 1925. Spanning three generations and currently run by six family members, their 90 years of experience is clearly seen in more than 140 unique travel experiences.

Tauck makes dreams come true with inspiring journeys of discovery all over the planet. Wherever you travel with Tauck, their aim is to help you explore the world’s treasures, discover people and cultures you may not have known existed and experience extraordinary, life-changing moments. From North America’s magnificent West to the land of the Incas in South America’s Andes; from Alaska’s glaciers to New Zealand’s fjords; from Europe’s cultural capitals to the wildlife-rich plains of Africa; from Melbourne to Moscow and Bangkok to Bucharest. Choose from land journeys, river cruises, family adventures, small group tours or small ship cruises for your hassle-free adventure with Tauck.

Tauck have built their company on the personal referrals and recommendations of their guests as they can think of no higher testament to their trips and commitment to customer satisfaction. Guests speak of how powerful travel can be and how much they enjoy exploring the world with Tauck, explaining that their special access lets them become part of the culture they are discovering. They appreciate that the trips are seamless and inclusive, with all the details taken care of, so they can relax and enjoy. Travelling well includes getting the best value for your money and Tauck guests feel that it’s not about spending as little as you can, but about what you get for what you spend. A Tauck trip is worth every penny; they say the exclusive experiences provided, the great hotels they stay in, and the exemplary service they receive often far exceeds their expectations.

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