Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand
Auckland to Queenstown
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Inspiring Journeys

Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand

A tale of two great islands, of epic natural beauty and ancient rituals and traditions - yours to explore on this Inspiring Journey across the length and breadth of New Zealand. Embrace the sophistication of its cities and the soulful expanse of its stunning untamed landscapes.
*Please note. Domestic flights from Rotorua to Wellington then Wellington to Queenstown are needed with this tour. These are not included in the cost but we can book this on your behalf.

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Small group tour escorted

This suggested tour costs from NZD$8,169 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Queenstown

10 days/9 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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Tour Inclusions

Visit to Whakarewarewa Living Village
Entry to Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellington
Walking Gourmet Food tour of Wellington
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 3 special dinners
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland the 'City of Sails'
Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (or similar)

Day 2: Begin the morning with a city sights tour and a trip to Waiheke Island for a culinary extravaganza
Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (or similar)

Day 3: Depart Auckland, through the rolling green pastureland of Waikato, visit a farm for lunch before continuing to Rotorua
Accommodation: Pullman Rotorua (or similar)

Day 4: A day to explore the geothermal city of Rotorua at your own pace
Accommodation: Pullman Rotorua (or similar)

Day 5: Visit Rainbow Springs and Whakarewarewa Village before boarding your flight to Wellington
Accommodation: Sofitel Wellington (or similar)

Day 6: Sample food delights of Wellington with a local guide this morning and visit the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia this afternoon
Accommodation: Sofitel Wellington (or similar)

Day 7: A morning visit to Te Papa Museum before boarding your flight to Queenstown
Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 8: Journey into Fiordland National Park and experience a cruise on Doubtful Sound
Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 9: A free day to enjoy the pristine alpine playground of Queenstown
Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 10: Depart Queenstown

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Detailed itinerary: 10 day tour starting in Auckland

Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland the 'City of Sails'
Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 1
Welcome to Auckland

Welcome to the City of Sails, New Zealand's invigorating North Island hub and one of the most liveable cities in the world. After you check-in to your hotel spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening join your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Your accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (or similar)

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland on the unique and vibrant Viaduct Harbour and close to the new Wynyard Quarter.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Begin the morning with a city sights tour and a trip to Waiheke Island for a culinary extravaganza
Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 2
Enjoy a city sights tour and experience Auckland

Following a city sights tour of Auckland this morning we board the ferry to Waiheke Island. With pristine beaches, world class wines, and fantastic cuisine it’s easy to see why Waiheke Island is considered the jewel in the Hauraki Gulfs crown. Just 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland you’ll feel like you’re a world away as we embrace the essence of Waiheke with our local guide. Enjoy wine tasting at some of Waiheke’s award-winning vineyards, including a light lunch before we cruise the Hauraki Gulf back to the city. Tonight, enjoy a free evening; why not try one of the many restaurants in Wynyard Quarter or the Viaduct.

Your accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (or similar)

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland on the unique and vibrant Viaduct Harbour and close to the new Wynyard Quarter.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 - Depart Auckland, through the rolling green pastureland of Waikato, visit a farm for lunch before continuing to Rotorua
Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 3
Auckland to Rotorua

Your leisurely discovery of New Zealand’s North Island continues as you follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5-star Eco Glow Worm experience. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Journey to the volatile landscapes of Rotorua, where Maori culture takes centre stage. Visit the Te Puia for insights into the local rituals and traditions of this fascinating culture. Embrace their gracious Hongi greeting, experience the heart-pounding wero challenge and enjoy a Local Dining Experience, the delicious flavours of the Hangi cooked in the earth with geothermal steam.

Your accommodation: Pullman Rotorua (or similar)

Pullman Rotorua is located in the city and only moments away from the lakefront. It is surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 4 - A day to explore the geothermal city of Rotorua at your own pace
Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 4
Rotorua Sights

Today, visit Whakarewarewa Living Village where you’ll be accompanied by a Local Guide to view New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. Later, the day is all yours to explore the sacred lands, thermal marvels and Maori traditions of Rotorua. You could indulge in a spa treatment at the Polynesian Thermal Spa or if you’re up for a challenge, take the native forest zipline adventure tour with Canopy Tours.

Your accommodation: Pullman Rotorua (or similar)

Pullman Rotorua is located in the city and only moments away from the lakefront. It is surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 5 - Visit Rainbow Springs and Whakarewarewa Village before boarding your flight to Wellington
Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 5
Rotorua to Wellington

This morning visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a guided tour of the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, the national leader in kiwi husbandry. Learn about the work being done to save New Zealand’s national bird, see kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process and newly hatched kiwi chicks. Later, fly to Wellington. Spend the evening at your leisure, enjoying dinner at one of the quirky cafes at Courtney Place or Cuba Street.

(Your airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent, the team are ready to assist you with this).

Flight Rotorua to Wellington

Fly from Rotorua to Wellington.  The cost for this is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Your accommodation: Sofitel Wellington (or similar)

Ideally positioned in the Central Business District and government hub, Sofitel Wellington is within walking distance from the major tourist attractions, with many restaurants and cafes nearby.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Sample food delights of Wellington with a local guide this morning and visit the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia this afternoon
Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 6
Explore Wellington

A harbourside city, Wellington is rich in natural beauty, but the wild wind has driven an exciting indoor life too, there’s a world-leading café culture, great multicultural restaurants, contemporary art and live music. This is your chance to know it like a local on a guided walking tour. Discover the stunning waterfront to the hidden laneways in the bohemian area: the heritage Cuba Street precinct. Once dimly-lit back alleys, these newly rejuvenated laneways are now home to some of the country’s funkiest bars, boutiques and breweries. Experience premium batch peanut butter tasting from an artisan supplier, and a taste of the Capital’s very own chocolate and you’ll see for yourself that Wellington really is the coffee and craft beer capital of New Zealand! This afternoon, we continue to the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia, admiring the extraordinary efforts of conservationists who have reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife that were absent from mainland New Zealand for over a century.

Your accommodation: Sofitel Wellington (or similar)

Ideally positioned in the Central Business District and government hub, Sofitel Wellington is within walking distance from the major tourist attractions, with many restaurants and cafes nearby.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 - A morning visit to Te Papa Museum before boarding your flight to Queenstown
Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 7
Wellington to Queenstown

This morning, explore New Zealand’s fascinating culture, nature, heritage and art at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Then it’s time to prime yourselves for a few days of adventure, flying to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. On arrival, journey to the goldrush village of Arrowtown. Enjoy a tour of Queenstown, and gaze at the natural splendour in its midst – from the peaks of the Remarkables to beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

(Your airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent we are more than happy to help you with this).

Flight Wellington to Queenstown

Fly from Rotorua to Christchurch.  The cost for this is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Your accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Awarded the best hotel in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 3 times running this luxury apartment-style hotel is built on an elevated hillside position offering spectacular lake and mountain views. Only a 2 minute walk to the centre of Queenstown's vibrant attractions and activities.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Journey into Fiordland National Park and experience a cruise on Doubtful Sound
Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 8
Doubtful Sound cruise

Journey deep into the heart of Fiordland National Park. From the silence of the Sounds to the ancient rainforests, the beauty and vastness will leave you speechless. Your day begins in Manapouri, where you'll embark on a cruise across the loveliest of all the Fiordland lakes, Lake Manapouri. Meander through epic surrounds, across New Zealand's most expensive road over Wilmot Pass. Boarding a cruise, take to the waters of Doubtful Sound, keeping your eyes peeled for the diverse species that call this beautiful body of water home.

Your accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Awarded the best hotel in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 3 times running this luxury apartment-style hotel is built on an elevated hillside position offering spectacular lake and mountain views. Only a 2 minute walk to the centre of Queenstown's vibrant attractions and activities.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 - A free day to enjoy the pristine alpine playground of Queenstown
Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 9
Explore Queenstown

Explore exciting Queenstown your way! Perhaps take a minibus tour through spectacular Skippers Canyon or immerse yourself among the boutique vineyards and spectacular scenery of Central Otago on a Boutique Wine tour. Your Journey Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. As your final day ends enjoy a Celebration Dinner at one of the local restaurants with your Journey Director and new-found friends.

Your accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Awarded the best hotel in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 3 times running this luxury apartment-style hotel is built on an elevated hillside position offering spectacular lake and mountain views. Only a 2 minute walk to the centre of Queenstown's vibrant attractions and activities.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 10 - Depart Queenstown
Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 10
Depart Queentown

For now, all that's left to say is a fond farewell as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end after breakfast. E noho rā New Zealand - we hope for a speedy return

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