Naturally New Zealand

Feature Image

Discover the scenic beauty of New Zealand during this amazing vacation. Your trip begins in Christchurch with a guided sightseeing tour and free time before journeying through the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park, named after the highest peak in New Zealand. Next, enjoy spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps on the way to Queenstown, where you visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on breathtaking Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has the elite status of belonging to UNESCO’s World Heritage Parks.

Activities Sightseeing
Cultural performance
National Parks
Cruises

After a full day of leisure in Queenstown and a cruise on Lake Wakatipu on board a vintage steamship, fly to the center of Maori culture, Rotorua, where you learn about these fascinating people at a traditional Hangi dinner and Maori concert. Visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. Visit Rainbow Springs, where you view native bush and wildlife. Your tour also includes the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Enjoy the serene atmosphere as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling.

Conclude your vacation in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. A sightseeing tour of Auckland includes magnificent views of the city from Mount Eden. A farewell dinner is the perfect end to your spectacular New Zealand vacation adventure.

Transpacific flight

images Day 1-2: Board your transpacific flight and skip a day as you cross the International Date Line on your way to New Zealand for the adventure of a lifetime.

Arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand

images Day 3: Haere Mai—welcome to New Zealand! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special welcome dinner.

Christchurch

images Day 4: Sightseeing starts with a drive up the winding Summit Road for views of Lyttelton Harbor, then past Christchurch’s old stone buildings, the charming Avon River, and acres of green parks. The remainder of the day is free to explore this beautiful English “Garden City.”

Christchurch – Mount Cook

images Day 5: Today, journey through the alpine scenery of MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK, named after the highest peak in New Zealand. Stop at the SIR EDMUND HILLARY ALPINE CENTER for a unique insight into the history and culture of this region. Weather permitting, don’t miss the chance to take an optional ski-plane flight that actually lands on the 18-mile-long Tasman Glacier. It’s an unforgettable experience! Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

Mount Cook – Queenstown

images Day 6: Today, enjoy fantastic views as you journey through the snowcapped peaks, waterfalls, and rugged mountain scenery of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Later, arrive in Queenstown, nicknamed the “Adventure Capital of the World.”

Queenstown. Cruise on Milford Sound

images Day 7: More beautiful scenery today as you travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has the elite status of belonging to UNESCO's World Heritage Parks. CRUISE on the fiord with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths.

Queenstown

images Day 8: A full day at leisure for your own discovery. Consider an optional visit to a local vineyard and sample some of the prize vintages, or maybe a thrilling jetboat ride on the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities. This evening, enjoy breathtaking scenery in every direction as you CRUISE Lake Wakatipu on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Upon arrival at Walter Peak you will be served dinner at Colonel’s Homestead.

Queenstown – Rotorua

images Day 9: A short flight brings you to Rotorua, the center of the Maori culture in the heart of New Zealand’s geothermal wonderland. Upon arrival, visit TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. Enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER this evening, followed by an authentic MAORI CONCERT.

Rotorua

images Day 10: A morning visit to the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! You will see varieties of sheep breeds on stage and will watch the art of sheep shearing, a sheepdog demonstration, and an exciting sheep auction. Then, on to RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a walk through the Kiwi enclosure. The afternoon is at your leisure. You may wish to enjoy a wonderful fusion of relaxing hot spring pool bathing, sumptuous spa, and massage therapies at picturesque Polynesian Spa, or to be entertained by a New Zealand family at dinner in their home.

Rotorua – Waitomo – Auckland

images Day 11: This morning, travel north through Waikato to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the caverns. Enjoy a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Later, arrive in the “City of Sails,” situated on an isthmus between two magnificent harbors. During your sightseeing, ascend Mount Eden for magnificent views of the city and Ragitoto Island, the volcanic cone which dominates the inner harbor. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner.

Departure from Auckland

images Day 12: Your homebound flight arrives the same day.

Red Sea Relaxation

Red Sea Relaxation Red Sea Relaxation is all about you relaxing in Sinai. The Sinai is a place of awesome beauty where rugged beaches, lapped by the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Aqaba, form a picturesque frame for the jagged mountains of the peninsula.

Nile's Treasures

Nile's Treasures The Nile's Treasures a four night Nile River Cruise with four nights in Cairo. Discover the glories of Ancient Egypt on our bestselling escorted Nile cruise, combining first class accommodation and classic sightseeing.

European Charm

Californian Classics

Europe’s most famous cities and picturesque towns.

Begin in Amsterdam with guided sightseeing, a canal cruise, and a visit to a major diamond center.

Grand European

Californian Classics

Few places pack the punch of Europe.

This trip covers many of Europe’s “must-see” cities and sights, including a Eurostar train ride from London

Exploring Australia

Californian Classics

Explore fascinating Australia!

From the Outback to the Great Barrier Reef, on this vacation you experience the beauty of Australia’s