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The Long White Cloud
From $14,025.00 (USD)

Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type Luxury Gold Southpac 2024/2025 v2See the wonders of New Zealand on this 19-day guided tour. Explore the Southern Alps and see Franz Josef Glacier up close with a Local Expert.
 
The Long White Cloud
Tour Type: Luxury Gold
Brochure Type Luxury Gold Southpac 2024/2025 v2

See the wonders of New Zealand on this 19-day guided tour. Explore the Southern Alps and see Franz Josef Glacier up close with a Local Expert. On your way to Queenstown, stop by idyllic Arrowtown, where you can choose to take a scenic bike ride along its river, or join a boutique wine tour. Journey through rainforests and meadows to Milford Sound; here, board a catamaran and sail past towering cliffs and gushing waterfalls. See spectacular volcanic craters at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then travel to Rotorua for a Maori Hangi feast ? a flavourful meal cooked underground with geothermal steam. Descend the caves of Waitomo during a exclusive guided experience: see the caverns illuminated by the bioluminescent species. Toast to your travels at a luxurious dinner with a former New Zealand All Black rugby player.The Activity Level of this tour is Leisurely, meaning there is 1 to 2 miles of walking per day on primarily flat surfaces with some stairs.

Additional Included Highlights
  • Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences.
  • Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.
  • Enjoy complimentary hotel Wi-Fi. And, on select coaches, onboard Wi-Fi may also be available.
  • Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
  • In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.
  • Included at all hotels.
  • On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.?
  • Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be reques
Choice Highlights
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Queenstown Embark on a boutique wine tasting tour in the heart of the Central Otago wine region.
  • Queenstown Ride the scenic Lake trail, visit hidden gems of the area and learn local history.
  • Wellington Discover the stunning waterfront and the hidden laneways in the bohemian area of 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, an
  • Wellington Learn more about native flora and fauna on a guided walk through Otari Wiltons Bush, the only botanic garden in New Zealand, dedicated to native plants. The walk starts at the ?Waharoa' and heads through the Fernery and then down to the creek,
Dining Summary
  • 10 Dinner (D)
  • 16 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Lunch (L)
Exceptional Dining
  • Auckland Raise a glass to your unforgettable journey as you enjoy your Celebration Dinner with a former member of the All Blacks rugby team. Hear stories of the world's leading rugby team, his personal victories and how passionate Kiwis are about their n
  • Dunedin Step into Parcels Restaurant at the Distinction Dunedin and taste their exquisite modern twist on traditional local dishes. Sip delicious wines as you look across to the First Church of Otago from the old post office building which houses the hot
  • Hawke's Bay Indulge in an intimate dinner with wine pairing at the award-winning restaurant of Craggy Range Winery. Feast on local produce as you sit in the shade of Te Mata Peak and drink wines from one of the region's world-famous vineyards.
  • Rotorua Come together for a hearty and delicious meal warmed by the earth itself. Experience a uniquely prepared Hangi feast, cooked traditionally in a pit oven using geothermal steam at Te Pa Tu. Witness a captivating live cultural performance as you di
Magnificent Stays
  • Franz Josef Surrounded by pristine wilderness, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a five-star haven of relaxation and impeccable luxury. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there's no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.
  • Hawke's Bay Porters Boutique Hotel is a privately owned, boutique hotel that delivers a luxurious experience. Elegantly appointed guest rooms are fitted with plush, classic furnishings and local artwork, all moments away from the charming village of Have
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
  • Rotorua Join Whirinaki Forest Footsteps, a guided eco-tour into the heart of the ancient Whirinaki Rainforest.
  • Rotorua Meet the kiwi at National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa as you are invited to step behind-the-scenes at a working nursery and hatchery for New Zealand's intriguing national bird. Seek out skinks, geckos, and incredible trout amidst the thick foliage of
Passport Moments
  • Auckland Discover the landmarks of New Zealand's largest city on your afternoon tour. See the diversity of the city from bustling Queen Street and the rejuvenated Viaduct harbour to the historic buildings around the city's university and the striking Auc
  • Christchurch Experience the striking natural landscape of the South Island as you travel on the TranzAlpine. Famous as one of the world's great train journeys, you can enjoy the remarkable scenery from the ice-fed Waimakariri River to the magnificent Can
  • Christchurch Explore the dynamic city of Christchurch and learn how the city has reinvented itself in the past decade. See how the unique Cardboard Cathedral and Container Mall juxtapose with the older landmarks of Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street
  • Dunedin Sample exquisite botanical spirits made from surplus bread and bakery products in an effort to reduce landfill waste. Witness how owners, Jenny McDonald and Sue Stockwell, do it as they take you through the process of turning bread into spirits.
  • Fiordland National Park Embark on a serene cruise on Lake Manapouri where you can marvel at plummeting waterfalls and see countless coves and beaches dotted along its shore. See the magnificent scenery of the Fiordland National Park with its forest-clad
  • Franz Josef Experience the mighty natural wonder of the Franz Josef Glacier and what the ice age must have felt like. The sheer enormity of these giant ice puzzles will leave you spellbound as you explore the area with your Local Expert.
  • Haast River Enjoy the unique blend of thrilling speed and calm comfort on a Haast River jet boat safari. Zip past untouched forests and snow-capped mountains in your fully enclosed cabin while you hear beguiling tales of the wilderness communities of the
  • Hawke's Bay Ease yourself into the day at your own pace with a morning at leisure in Hawke's Bay. Grab an artisan coffee at a local cafe, stroll about the Village Green, wander Keirunga Gardens, or pop into some of the charming boutiques.
  • Hokitika Visit the coastal town of Hokitika, where you'll find stunning scenery and a cool, arty vibe. Hear about its rich history, from the discovery of New Zealand jade through the many tales from the gold rush in the 1860s.
  • Huka Falls Witness the awe-inspiring power of nature at Huka Falls where nearly a quarter of a million litres of thundering water per second are funnelled from Lake Taupo and dropped eleven metres into the Waikato River below.
  • Makarora Visit Makarora, a great base point to explore the beauty of the Southern Alps. Your Travel Concierge will take you on an orientation of the town where you can admire remarkable scenery and hear more about its history.
  • Milford Sound Immerse yourself in nature with a guided walk along a stunning section of Milford Track, one of the most breathtaking walks in the world. Learn about its wildlife and heritage while you traverse beach forest and bubbling rivers as you pass
  • Napier Climb into a luxury vintage car with a discerning local guide for your personal tour of Napier. Uncover the highlights of this world-famous town's 140 art deco buildings and sculptures from the comfort of your luxurious vehicle.
  • Queen Charlotte Sound Cruise along Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Straight as you pass from South Island to North to begin the next leg of your incredible journey. See the coves, bays and lush green forests rising from the tranquil waters as you p
  • Rotorua Stand eye to eye with giant redwoods on the Redwoods Treewalk. Immerse yourself in the serene majesty of these 118-year-old trees from your 20-metre high perspective. Cross swing bridges and platforms on your elevated path through Whakarewarewa F
  • Rotorua Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the world's youngest geothermal system, formed after the eruption of Mt. Tarawera in 1886. Discover the world's largest hot spring, volcanic crater lakes and the most incredible flora and fauna that have been untou
  • Waitomo Cave Enter the subterranean Waitomo Cave where you'll be guided through the extensive network and meet the local residents, glow worms. View these fascinating glowing creatures as you glide quietly on a private tour by boat through the undergroun
  • Wellington Familiarise yourself with the landmarks of Wellington on a city orientation tour. Discover the highlights of New Zealand's capital from Old St Paul's wooden cathedral and the Parliament Buildings through vibrant and colourful Cuba Street to Mo
Personalise your day
  • Queenstown Embark on a boutique wine tasting tour in the heart of the Central Otago wine region.
  • Queenstown Ride the scenic Lake trail, visit hidden gems of the area and learn local history.
  • Wellington Discover the stunning waterfront and the hidden laneways in the bohemian area of 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, an
  • Wellington Learn more about native flora and fauna on a guided walk through Otari Wiltons Bush, the only botanic garden in New Zealand, dedicated to native plants. The walk starts at the ?Waharoa' and heads through the Fernery and then down to the creek,
Call (530) 896-1668 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18409759
Tour OperatorLuxury Gold by Insight
OfferOffer valid through 9/30/2024
Duration
19 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
Itinerary
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1ChristchurchWelcome to Christchurch: Your New Zealand luxury tour begins by private car to your boutique hotel located in the heart of Christchurch and just minutes from North Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens. Pay a visit to the blooms at the Botanic Gardens or ride the Christchurch Tram before meeting your Travel Concierge where you'll raise a glass to a grand journey.

Accommodations: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch.
Day 2Franz JosefChristchurch to Franz Josef: Embark on one of the world's greatest scenic railway journeys aboard the TranzAlpine train to the small village of Arthur's Pass. In Franz Josef, your eco-friendly retreat nestled in the wilderness welcomes.

Accommodations: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.
Day 3Franz JosefThe Mighty Franz Josef Glacier: Explore Franz Josef, where a Local Expert reveals the glacier's impressive history.

Accommodations: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.
Day 4QueenstownTravel from Franz Josef to Queenstown: Cruise down the Haast River in a jet boat basking in the beauty of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. Visit the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown before arriving at your hotel in Queenstown, offering expansive views across Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables.

Accommodations: Edgewater Wanaka Hotel
Day 5QueenstownExplore Queenstown Relaxed Start: Take a scenic bike ride on the Arrow River Trail or sample the Central Otago region's best Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc on a boutique wine tour.

Accommodations: The Rees Hotel
Day 6QueenstownQueenstown at Leisure Relaxed Start: Queenstown's adventure culture is yours to experience. Take a Locally Available Experience jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River, or whitewater raft down the Kawarau River. In the evening, dine at one of Queenstown's exclusive restaurants.

Accommodations: The Rees Hotel
Day 7Milford SoundQueenstown to Milford Sound Relaxed Start: Journey to Milford Sound through Fiordland National Park. View Mirror Lakes, the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel and Cleddau Valley en route to the dramatic Chasm.

Accommodations: Milford Sound Lodge.
Day 8Milford SoundMilford Track Walk and Milford Sound Cruise: Take a guided walk on Milford Track through pristine lakes, sky-scraping mountain peaks, glaciers and deep valleys. Bask in the spectacular scenery of Milford Sound aboard a catamaran before dining at Pio Pio Restaurant.

Accommodations: Milford Sound Lodge.
Day 9DunedinMilford Sound to Dunedin: Take a scenic journey from Fiordland National Park through rolling green pastures before arriving in Dunedin. Your heritage hotel welcomes you with a cosy atmosphere in the city center. Dine on favourites such as surf and turf, braised lamb, catch of the day, or other modern twists on traditional local dishes at Parcels Restaurant.

Accommodations: Distinction Dunedin Hotel.
Day 10DunedinDunedin (Relaxed Start) Relaxed Start: Explore the flavours of Dunedin on a guided tour and tasting at Dunedin Craft Distillers. Venture next door for a special Chocolate tasting journey. View Dunedin's sites or venture to the dramatic coastline.

Accommodations: Distinction Dunedin Hotel.
Day 11ChristchurchDunedin to Christchurch: Travel up the coast though the towns of Oamaru and Timaru to Christchurch to uncover the city's highlights on a fascinating sightseeing tour. Sample the best of the city over dinner at Polo Bar and Restaurant.

Accommodations: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch.
Day 12WellingtonChristchurch to Wellington: Travel the dramatic rugged coastline to the whale-watching hub of Kaikoura and onto the seaside town of Picton. Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington where you'll get acquainted with the city on an illuminating tour. Unwind this evening with a drink in your hotel's Lobby Lounge, admiring its famous art collection.

Accommodations: QT Wellington.
Day 13WellingtonWellington Sightseeing Relaxed Start: Personalise your day discovering the stunning waterfront and hidden lanes of Wellington. Or, take a guided walk through Otari Wiltons Bush. This evening is free for you to dine at any of the city's restaurants.

Accommodations: QT Wellington.
Day 14Hawke's BayWellington to Hawke's Bay: Wind your way through the pastoral dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand's Art Deco capital and world-renowned wine country. This evening, savour a tasting and dinner at family-owned Craggy Range Winery in the shadow of Te Mata Peak.

Accommodations: Porters Boutique Hotel, Hawke's Bay.
Day 15Hawke's BayExploring Napier: Take in Napier's art deco architecture with a Local Expert in a chauffeur-driven vintage car. A decadent dinner awaits at Malo.

Accommodations: Porters Boutique Hotel, Hawke's Bay.
Day 16RotoruaGeothermal Rotorua: Continue your journey to Rotorua, where this afternoon, armed with a packed lunch, you'll join a local guide for a cultural walking eco-tour to discover the jurassic Whirinaki Forest, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience.

Accommodations: Pullman Rotorua.
Day 17RotoruaThe Sights of Rotorua: Unveil the Californian Coastal Redwoods of Whakarewarewa Forest and go behind the scenes on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience at a kiwi bird nursery and hatchery. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at Te Puia. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a cultural performance and dinner.

Accommodations: Pullman Rotorua.
Day 18AucklandWaitomo and Auckland: Enjoy a private walk through Footwhistle Cave lit up by glow worms. Dine with one of New Zealand's famous former All Black rugby players.

Accommodations: QT Auckland.
Day 19AucklandFarewell Auckland: After one final breakfast, say farewell to your Christchurch to Auckland luxury tour as you are chauffeured to Auckland Airport.

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December 02, 2024Land Price$14,025.00 (USD)Quote
January 20, 2025Land Price$14,025.00 (USD)Quote
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