10 or 13 days

Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, with extension to Franz Josef

Journey to New Zealand’s north and south islands. Feel the heat at the Whaka geothermal springs and dine on a native Maori meal. Explore the fascinating history of Maori culture at Wellington’s Te Papa Museum, which celebrates the country’s history and geology with unique interactive displays. Tour Christchurch and visit the International Antarctic Centre and the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

Day 1: Fly to New Zealand

Day 2: Cross the International Date Line

Day 3: Auckland

Meet your Tour Director at the airport
Take a tour of Auckland
Dinner in Auckland

Day 4: Rotorua

Watch a sheep and dog show at the Agrodome
Take a Rotorua Duck Tour
Enjoy an authentic Hangi Feast

Day 5: Rotorua

Visit the Whakarewarewa geothermal area
Visit the Whakarewarewa Maori Village
Ride the Skyline Gondola
Learn about jade carving in a local craftsman’s shop

Day 6: Wellington

See Lake Taupo

Day 7: Wellington

Visit Wellington Government buildings
Visit the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Day 8: Christchurch

Take a ferry to Picton

Day 9: Christchurch

Take a tour of Christchurch
Visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Take the Christchurch Gondola
Visit the International Antarctic Center

Day 10: Depart for home

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Day 10: Franz Josef

Make stops at Arthur Pass and Hokitika

Day 11: Franz Josef

Take a guided tour of Franz Josef Glacier
Visit the Glacier Hot Pools

Day 12: Christchurch

Take a train to Christchurch

Day 13: Depart for home