Including Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, and Queenstown
Is your time limited? No problem. Our whirlwind tour of New Zealand provides plenty of time to visit the country’s best sites while still feeling relaxed and traveling at a comfortable pace. We’ve done all the hard work and you’ll just sit back and enjoy a variety of guided tours and exciting excursions in this country known not only for its natural beauty but also its adventure activities.
First, fly to Auckland where you’ll be treated to the sites of New Zealand’s most populous urban area. Continuously ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities, Auckland straddles a volcanic field, making its terrain extra interesting. A true melting pot with a particularly large Polynesian and British population, Auckland is the yachting capital of the Southern Hemisphere. On your private tour of the city, visit the SkyTower, see the set of The Lord of the Rings, and explore Auckland’s eclectic neighborhoods. Set aside some time for shopping, visit a theme park, or take in one of the city’s many natural attractions.
Next, head to Rotorua where you’ll experience New Zealand’s rural side. Immerse yourself in Maori culture, visit an area farm, check out the geysers and thermal springs, or take a walk around one of the area’s 16 stunning lakes. After your time in Rotorua, continue to Taupo for an overnight stay. Taupo sits on the shore of a large lake, where you can enjoy a leisurely cruise or visit one of many hot springs, suitable for bathing.
After a relaxing stay in Taupo, depart for the city of Queenstown, situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. On a luxury tour of the area you’ll visit the wine country and hear about the area’s gold mining history. Of course, you’ll experience Queenstown’s wild side as well, with an optional jet boat tour, helicopter excursion, ziplining, canyoning, or even a bungee jump or hot air balloon ride. During your free time, explore Queenstown’s vibrant culinary scene or shop in the downtown retail district.
Day 1 Arrive in Auckland and enjoy a half-day urban tour
Day 2 Transfer to Taupo with a stop in Rotorua to see the sights
Day 3 Free time in Taupo followed by a deluxe river cruise
Day 4 Depart by air for Queenstown, enjoy a city tour
Day 5 and 6 Choose your favorite adventure activities and enjoy free time for shopping or wine tasting
Day 7 Depart for home