Did you know New Zealand is known as the adventure capital of the world? New Zealand is a dream destination packing a huge punch into a small space with adrenaline pumping adventures, incredible scenery, boiling hot springs, cosmopolitan cities, gigantic glaciers, and a jaw-dropping coastline. Exploring New Zealand's magnificent landscapes and rugged coastline tops the list for many travelers around the globe. Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of an amazing New Zealand tour package.
Breathtaking natural scenery from remote fjords to pristine lakes
Gourmet dining at fine restaurants in Wellington
Visit to a number of places featured in the movie, Lord of the Rings
Charming and quaint bed & breakfasts with New Zealand hospitality
Upscale modern lodges in the contemporary rustic style with all the comforts
(Day 1): Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand
(Day 2): Auckland - Matamata - Rotorua
(Day 3): Rotorua - Tongariro National Park
(Day 4): Tongariro National Park - Wellington
(Day 5): Wellington - Nelson
(Day 6): Half-Day Jet-Boating Adventure
(Day 7): Safari of the Scenes Wakatipu Basin Tour in Queenstown
(Day 8): Queenstown - Mount Cook
(Day 9): Mount Cook - Christchurch
(Day 10): Depart for Home
History & Archaeology Tours / Movie & TV Themed Tours / World Heritage Sites / Leisure / Beaches / Local Cruises / Scenic Drive / Shopping / Small Towns / Villages / Walking Tours / Boating & Sailing / Ecotourism / Hiking / Hot Springs / National Park / Reserve
Leisure / Outdoor Adventures
Spectacular Scenery / Unique Luxury Hotels / Lodges
Arrive in New Zealand at Auckland airport. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by your driver who will provide a private transfer to your lodging at Cotter House, a luxury bed & breakfast in an elegant historic mansion. Enjoy your plush accommodations at this romantic hideaway close to downtown Auckland. With its own garden, swimming pool, and spa, Cotter House is a special retreat that offers the charm of another era.
Today you will pick up your rental car (or have it delivered) to begin your New Zealand road trip. Drive south from Auckland to Matamata in the Waikato Region (approximately 120 miles away). In Matamata, visit the original Hobbiton village movie set from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The remnants of the movie set are located in a picturesque private farmland property. Take a guided Hobbiton Movie Set Tour through the ten-acre site and learn fascinating details about how the Hobbiton set was created. After your tour, continue your journey south to Rotorua (approximately 50 miles away) where you will be staying at The Springs Bed and Breakfast. This charming guest house offers luxury accommodations with each room beautifully decorated in the English style. You’ll find fresh flowers in your room and luxury New Zealand wool duvets, plus all modern amenities including hairdryers, TV and free WiFi. The property also has a private terrace and flourishing rose garden.
Drive south from Rotorua via Lake Taupo to the Tongariro National Park (approximately 120 miles) to check into your hotel for the night, Bayview Chateau Tongariro in Whakapapa village. This elegant lodging was built in 1929 in the French chateau style. The hotel features an excellent choice of restaurants and bars and stunning views of the surrounding landscape and Mount Ngauruhoe. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure around the hotel. You could go hiking or mountain biking or simply relax at the hotel. You can also watch movies at the Chateau Cinema.
This morning, you’ll leave Tongariro National Park and drive further south (approximately 200 miles) to Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. Upon arrival, check into your lodging for the night at Carlton Gore Bed & Breakfast. This stylish accommodation is located close to Wellington and features stunning sea views. With its grand floor plan, high ceilings and separate dining and living rooms, this 1900s home offer the luxury of a boutique hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure and enjoy dinner at one of Wellington’s renowned gourmet restaurants. Wellington is a culinary capital in New Zealand and is well-known for its variety of cafes and restaurants.
In the morning, drop off your rental car and take the ferry across Cook Strait to Picton, where you’ll pick up another rental car. Drive to the Nelson region (approximately 70 miles). Upon arrival in Richmond, check into at your lodging at Kershaw House. This luxury bed & breakfast is a 4-star accommodation in a registered historic 1920s home located amidst beautiful rolling hills and vineyards. The afternoon is at your leisure. You can visit nearby boutique wineries or stroll along art trails. You may also want to visit Jens Hansen Gold & Silversmith, the family jewelry workshop that made One Ring for the film The Lord of the Rings. You can even see on display one of the original rings from the movie.
Set off for a half-day adventure of wilderness jet boating. This exhilarating sport gives you a chance to take in the region’s spectacular scenery. You’ll travel past towering mountains, rushing waterfalls and hidden Lord of the Rings film locations. Enjoy the splendor of this untouched nature site. You’ll get through the rushing fresh-water river, which is fed by melted ice from the nearby glaciers.
Today go to the heart of the Lord of the Rings with a full-day adventure to the scenes on a 4X4. This extensive guided tour takes you deep into New Zealand’s countryside, the epitome of the sublime Middle Earth scenery of Tolkien’s imagination. See the place up close and take in the spectacular diversity of the scenery. The tour is based around many of the exact filming locations such as the Amon Hen summit and the Road to Mordor.
This morning, you will have free time for an optional helicopter tour. From the helicopter, you will see lush locations filmed for many movie settings. The 2 1/2 hour helicopter tour includes at least one landing at an isolated location. From Queenstown, drive (approx. 160 miles) to the alpine village of Mount Cook located within Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, a World Heritage area. Surrounded by the splendor of the Southern Alps, this tranquil setting will provide a restful night’s sleep. Check into your hotel, The Hermitage where you’ll be staying in a Premium Room, featuring a stunning view of Mount Cook.
This morning, take time to discover Mount Cook located in the heart of New Zealand’s most remarkable mountains, the Southern Alps. At 3764 meters above sea level, Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak. One of the most spectacular features of this area is the gigantic Tasman Glacier, which is 18 miles long and almost 2 miles across at the broadest point. We also recommend visiting the Hochstetter Ice Fall at Tasman Glacier for spectacular snowy scenery. You can choose to take a guided walking tour for the best appreciation of the landscapes and glacier scenery. Drive from Mount Cook through the Canterbury Plains (approximately 200 miles) to Christchurch. Spend your last night in New Zealand at the Elm Tree House Bed & Breakfast, a 5-star accommodation located less than two miles away from Christchurch city center.
Your tour concludes upon returning your vehicle to the Christchurch airport rental car drop-off. Depart Christchurch for your return flight home, via Auckland.
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