Land Journey

New Zealand: A North & South Island Adventure

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$8,690 USD
Includes On-Tour Air
Journey Type
Land
Time of Year
Jan - Apr, Oct - Nov
Cities & Landmarks
Queenstown, Christchurch, Napier, Mount Cook, Marlborough Sound
New Zealand Tours
Marlborough Sounds New Zealand

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EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE — A sparkling 1930s party with a live swing band in Napier

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE — Private Maori performance at Auckland Museum and a tour of the Maori exhibit guided by the performers  

 

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Cruising the sunken valleys of the Marlborough Sounds

 

A jetboat ride on the Dart River, and a Lord of the Rings tour in Mt. Aspiring National Park

 

Wine tastings with artisan foods in Blenheim

 

Ride a boat through underground Waitomo Caves, illuminated by glow worms

 

Stargazing the night sky over Aoraki / Mt. Cook National Park with an expert guide

 

Tour of a sacred Maori site in Auckland with a member of the Waimarama Tribe

 

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Activity

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Active components such as hiking, bicycling and walking longer distances may be included, and hills and/or uneven terrain may be encountered on several days. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles and stand for long periods of time with no difficulty.

Pace

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Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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Our new 15-day journey explores the North and South Islands in-depth, experiencing daily life in dramatic landscapes with sightseeing choices ranging from outdoor adventure to wine tasting.

Experiences of a lifetime

See Christchurch from the back of a Harley and go punting on the River Avon... walk on Tasman Glacier... jetboat the Dart River and hike wilderness trails through Middle Earth... dance at a Gatsby-style gala in Napier... discover Maori culture and a Hobbit village in Auckland... with adventures in world-class wine and cuisine along the way.

Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring landscapes, cultures, and cuisines of New Zealand on this 14-day journey far off the beaten tracks. Your journey begins with two nights in Christchurch at a luxury hotel on the River Avon; tour the city sights by tram, foot, bicycle, or motorcycle... go punting on the River Avon... Stay at a lodge inside Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park where the landscape of rugged peaks and glaciers calls you to its hiking trails; ride a helicopter to Tasman Glacier; lose yourself in the spectacular night sky (the park is one of the best places in the world for stargazing)... Hike the Arrow River and pan for gold in Queenstown... ride a jet-boat on the Dart River, bicycle-ride, zip-line, fly-fish, or take a 4WD safari to landscapes featured in the Lord of the Rings movies...  Stay two nights in the heart of New Zealand's winemaking region at Blenheim, where you'll visit a winery and a sheep farm, and cruise the fjord-like sunken valleys of the Marlborough Sounds...  Discover the town of Napier, a treasure-trove of 1930s Art Deco architecture... Fly to Auckland on North Island for two nights at a waterfront luxury hotel, your base for exploring the city; tour the Auckland Museum with a private Maori dance performance... visit Waiheke Island (the island of wine), the artisan village of Matakana, or Hobbiton Farm (the Shire) the movie set where The Hobbit was filmed.

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Arbour Restaurant

Day 7

Cozy evening and exceptional food

Tonight, meet Bradley Hornby and his wife Liz at their restaurant, Arbour, and enjoy a tasting of the restaurant's exquisite menu. Crafted using local ingredients, the duo behind Arbour seamlessly blend simplicity, creativity and the surrounding area into the dishes they create. Winners of a One Hat (the equivalent of a Michelin Star) in 2017 and 2018 by Cuisine Good Food Awards, their menu is an ode to the passionate people and incredible ingredients available to them right on their doorstep in Blenheim.

Bulrangi Motorbikes

Day 2

See the local sights aboard a Harley

See New Zealand in a truly unique way... on the back of a Harley Davidson. Sit back and relax as you take in the sights and sounds of Christchurch and the surrounding areas of Central Christchurch, Sumner, Evan’s Pass Road, Lyttleton Harbour, Gebbies Pass and Taitapu all while your personal chauffeur drives you around.

Art Deco Masonic Hotel

Days 9, 10 & 11

Step back to Art Deco days in Napier, New Zealand

Napier is known as the Art Deco capital of the world and for its jazz architecture, and the Art Deco Masonic Hotel is an exemplification of just that. When a fire in 1931 destroyed most of the city, Napier decided to rebuild itself and move into a direction similar to that of Manhattan at the time. Showcasing the enthusiasm and exuberance of the twenties, mixed with the idealism and escapism of the thirties, Napier immerged with a new identity, one that would transcend time. Famous individuals have stayed where you are staying... Mark Twain, Ann Pavlova, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have entered its halls and carved their mark into the hotels history — and today, so will you.

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Airport Transfers Included

Upon arrival and departure, transfers to and from your hotel are included as noted.

One Upfront Price

Get what you pay for and then some – about 100 cost components are included on every trip. From fine hotels in prime locations to all luggage handling, most taxes, airport transfers upon arrival and departure, unique travel experiences and more. Because we believe that when you travel, just about everything should be included.

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Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

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No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

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Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Guest Protection Product

Your vacation is an important investment – and to help you protect it, Tauck's Guest Protection Product provides you with important benefits before your trip and while you are traveling, including 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services; you'll also find deposit details and information should you have to cancel. Truly peace of mind travel at its best!
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