Introduction
Our New Zealand adventure tour will take your breath away. If the snow-capped peaks don’t do it, then the sheer cultivated beauty of Waiheke Island will. You’re as likely to gasp at the thrill of sailing on an America’s Cup yacht as at the chill splendor of Tasman Glacier Lake where icebergs surround your boat. As we divide our time between New Zealand’s two main islands, Classic Journeys will introduce you to a land you would not find on your own. We’ll visit with a family on their vast sheep station. You’ll sip wine at a renowned vineyard in a setting you could easily mistake for the Napa Valley. Our local guide also arranges for naturalists, historians and expert specialists in glacier walking and jet boating. As you sample the green lip mussels...learn about Maori folklore and culture...and walk the swing bridge across the wild Hooker River, you’ll appreciate New Zealand as the most scenically diverse and unstoppably fun destination anywhere.
Picture yourself...
  • Cruising in an America's Cup yacht
  • Tasting wine at a Waiheke Island vineyard
  • Walking scenic trails surrounded by snow-capped mountains
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 — AUCKLAND
Situated on New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is truly spectacular. We begin with an easy, guided walk, and then board an America’s Cup yacht for an exhilarating ride. Pitch in with the crew or sit back and enjoy the views and the wind in your hair. You’ll also enjoy an entire day on Waiheke Island that looks and feels like a bit of Napa Valley dropped into the middle of the Hauraki Gulf. We’ll enjoy tastings of olive oil on a family farm and wine on one of the island’s finest vineyards before a walk with great views of the bay and beaches.

DAYS 3-4 — MOUNT COOK
After a flight to the South Island, we’ll pause at Lake Tekapo one of the country’s most iconic and most photographed sites. Then we check into our luxury lodge at Aoraki Mount Hood National Park. After an easy alpine walk, we’ll go boating on a glacial lake weaving amid freshly calved icebergs. While in the park, we’ll also take a once-in-a-lifetime walk on the Hooker Valley Track surrounded by the soaring, snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps.

DAYS 5-8 — QUEENSTOWN
En route to Queenstown, we’ll visit Arrowtown, site of the 19th century gold rush where we can still pan for gold. In luxury Land Rover Defenders, we talk to the hills for a stream-splashing ride into terrain that served as settings for the “Lord of the Rings” movies. Our friend Kate greets us at the Peregrine Vineyard for a tasting. (If you’re up for it, we can arrange for you to go bungy jumping where the sport was invented at the nearby Kawarau Gorge.)

Sitting on the shores of a gorgeous mountain lake, Queenstown is the perfect jumping off point for a number of activities. By catamaran, we’ll cruise to a family-operated sheep station where we’ll learn about farm life and see the sheep dog team in action. We’ll also arrange a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River into the heart of Mt. Aspiring National Park, where we walk in beech forests and learn about Maori folklore.

On our final day, you can begin your journey home or join any of four trip extensions we offer: Milford Sound Cruise, Doubtful Sound Cruise, or one or more days of hiking on either the Milford Track or the Routeburn Track.
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8 Days / 7 Nights
Starting Point: Auckland–10:00 AM hotel lobby

Ending Point: Queenstown–9:00 AM hotel lobby

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Logistics made easy
On a walking tour of New Zealand, logistics could be daunting. But Classic Journeys takes care of all the details so you can focus on the amazing scenery, culture and historic sites.
Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility on our New Zealand walking tour. Here and everywhere we travel, we offer alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
November 5-12, 2017$5095.00$895.00
Dec 31, 2017-Jan 7, 2018$5295.00$895.00
February 11-18, 2018$5195.00$895.00
March 17-24, 2018$5195.00$895.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
This trip includes an internal flight, which is priced separately from the land tour at an approximate cost of $225 per person.
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8 Days / 7 Nights
New Zealand’s seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. The country normally has a temperate climate. The temperature is generally very comfortable. In the summer (our winter) during our trips, the region does not have very significant temperature extremes. However it can be cool in the morning as well as the evening. Rain is always a possibility. It is a good idea to prepare for the chance of chilly weather by packing some warm layers.

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Hotels
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Situated at the edge of Waitemata Harbour amid the city’s liveliest new neighborhoods, this glamorous property is quietly sophisticated. Decorated in contemporary style, the rooms feature by floor-to-ceiling windows, and a 20-meter heated indoor pool.

The Hermitage Hotel

Originally built in 1884, the Hermitage is located deep within Aoraki Mount Hood National Park. Expansive windows bring the outside into the contemporary style rooms. And you’re only steps from some of the most magnificent scenery on earth.

St Moritz Queenstown

Built in the style of an elegant alpine residence, this luxurious property offers wonderful views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables Mountains. Guest rooms are decorated with understated elegance. The hotel also offers a gym, sauna and hot tub garden.

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