New Zealand Tours & Trips 2020

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.

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Exploring New Zealand featuring the North & S ...

Collette
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22 days
$ 245 / day
$ 5,399
From : $ 6,641
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience an authentic Hangi dinner and learn about Maori culture.
  • Sample local specialties of the South Island at a “Taste of Fiordland” dinner.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu.
  • Cruise through the Bay of Islands’ famous “Hole in the Rock.”
  • Overnight in the spectacular Mt. Cook region where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks.
  • Visit a working, family-owned farm and learn about daily life in New Zealand’s high country.
  • Explore Te Puia, a Maori cultural and geothermal experience.
  • Take in the well-preserved Art Deco architecture of Napier.
  • Relish a breathtaking cruise through Milford Sound fjord.
Visits:
Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington, New Zealand
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Best of New Zealand

14 days
$ 335 / day
$ 4,689
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Auckland : Sightseeing
  • Bay of islands: Visit the Waitangi Treaty House; scenic cruise
  • Rotorua : Traditional Hangi dinner and Maori cultural performance; visit Rainbow Springs and Te Puia; dinner at a local family’s home
  • Marton : Visit a local farm and enjoy a barbecue lunch
  • Wellington : Sightseeing including cable car ride; visit the botanic gardens and Te Papa
  • Interislander ferry : Scenic cruising across Cook Strait
  • Christchurch : Orientation
  • Tranzalpine train: Scenic train journey
  • Franz josef : Glacier Valley walk
  • Queenstown : Winery visit and tasting; visit Fiordland National Park; cruise on Milford Sound; farewell dinner
  • Experience the best of New Zealand on this unforgettable vacation filled with dramatic scenery, cultural exchanges, and the country’s top attractions
  • Your tour starts in Auckland, ends in Queenstown, and overnights along the way in the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, and Franz Josef
Visits:
Auckland, Christchurch, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington, New Zealand
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Highlights of Australia and New Zealand Summer 2020

Trafalgar
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22 days
$ 445 / day
$ 9,825
From : $ 12,054
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland
  • VISIT Uluru (Ayers Rock), Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Franz Josef Glacier
  • VIEW Sydney Harbour Bridge on your city tour and the renowned Field of Light installation in Uluru
  • CRUISE on Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour and Milford Sound
Visits:
Alice Springs, Auckland, Cairns, Christchurch, Melbourne, Queenstown, Rotorua, Sydney, Australia, New Zealand
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Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

22 days
$ 375 / day
$ 8,250
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Unique dining experience on board Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways and arcades
  • Indulge in a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary
  • Toast an Uluru sunset with gourmet canapés and wine
  • Discover rock art at Uluru and learn about sacred sites
  • Hike through Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Create your own dot painting
  • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room
  • Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean on Bondi Beach
  • Experience Sydney Opera House on a guided tour
  • Discover the glowworms of Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
  • Immerse yourself in rich Maori arts and culture at an exclusive cultural dinner
  • Travel on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Discover spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise
  • Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm
Visits:
Auckland, Cairns, Christchurch, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia, New Zealand
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New Zealand Uncovered

Trafalgar
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
17 days
$ 346 / day
$ 5,875
From : $ 7,226
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Auckland, Blenheim and Wellington
  • VISIT a kiwifruit orchard in Te Puke, a geothermal valley in Rotorua and the Museum of New Zealand
  • VIEW the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train
  • CRUISE the Cook Strait, on Lake Wakatipu and Milford Sound
Visits:
Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington, New Zealand
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Queenstown Southern Loop

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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6 days
$ 291 / day
$ 1,745
From : $ 2,356
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Soak up the silence of Milford Sound on a cruise across its waters – you’ll be left speechless by the hundreds of tumbling cascades and deeply forested mountains.
  • Explore the Cathedral Caves of the Catlins, an untamed coastal wilderness home to rugged cliffs, dense forest, and spectacular hidden waterfalls.
  • Cross the Foveaux Strait to unspoilt Stewart Island, a haven for hikers and birdwatches and the place to spot a wild kiwi.
  • Enjoy two days to explore the wilderness of Stewart Island, cruising the bays and inlets to spot penguins and seabirds and walking along its forested coastal tracks.
Visits:
Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Cycle New Zealand South Island

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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8 days
$ 252 / day
$ 2,685
From : $ 2,719
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Cycle the spectacular Otago Central Rail Trail, the oldest rail trail in New Zealand and voted 'New Zealand's Favourite Ride' for the past two years. 
  • Ring along flat, traffic-free paths aslongside some of the South Island's most stunning scenery.
  • Begin your journey in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand and arguably the world.
  • Experience firsthand the famous hospitality of New Zealanders on a trail built specifically to cater for cyclists.
Visits:
Queenstown, New Zealand
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From the Outback to the Glaciers

Collette
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20 days
$ 235 / day
$ 4,699
From : $ 5,780
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Witness Ayers Rock at sunset while you sip champagne.
  • Take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
  • Dine with a Kiwi family in their home.
  • Overnight in the majestic Mt. Cook National Park.
  • Take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House – an architectural wonder.
  • Visit Hartley’s Croc Farm for a chance to get up close and personal with crocodiles.
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Discover the origins of the Aboriginal people on a "Dreamtime Tour."
  • Explore Kata Tjuta and the base of Ayers Rock (Uluru).
Visits:
Alice Springs, Cairns, Christchurch, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock)
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Exploring New Zealand featuring the North & S ...

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
19 days
$ 268 / day
$ 5,099
From : $ 6,272
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience an authentic Hangi dinner and learn about Maori culture.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu.
  • Cruise through the Bay of Islands’ famous “Hole in the Rock.”
  • Visit spectacular Mt. Cook National Park where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks.
  • Visit a working, family-owned sheep farm and learn about daily life in New Zealand’s high country.
  • Explore Te Puia, a Maori cultural and geothermal experience.
  • Enjoy intimate wine tastings in the famous Marlborough wine region.
  • Relish a breathtaking cruise through Milford Sound fjord.
Visits:
Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington, New Zealand
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From the Outback to the Glaciers

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
21 days
$ 281 / day
$ 5,899
From : $ 7,256
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Witness Ayers Rock at sunset while you sip champagne.
  • Take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
  • Meet the young Aboriginal group, Drum Atweme.*
  • Take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House – an architectural wonder.
  • Visit Hartley’s Croc Farm for a chance to get up-close and personal with crocodiles.
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Discover the origins of the Aboriginal people on a "Dreamtime Tour."
  • Explore Kata Tjuta and the base of Ayers Rock (Uluru).
Visits:
Alice Springs, Cairns, Christchurch, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock)
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New Zealand South Island Explorer

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 278 / day
$ 3,055
From : $ 4,124
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • From the striking contrasts of the Canterbury Plains to New Zealand’s highest point at Mt Cook, the South Island’s west coast is full of spectacular sights. You’ll definitely want a window seat.
  • Spend three nights in Queenstown – New Zealand's adventure capital – where you'll have tonnes of time for optional activities, from thrill-seeking jaunts to some chilled-out haunts.
  • Set sail on an included cruise through the Milford Sound on the south-western coast. Passing by glacial waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and marine life, be sure to have your camera ready.
  • Franz Josef Glacier is every adventurer's dream, and that’s why you’ve got the power to choose your own adventure. A guided trek across the glacier, a quad bike ride or a scenic heli-hike? It’s up to you.
  • Beginning and ending in Christchurch means you’re at an ideal gateway to explore the rest of New Zealand. Better yet, why not spend more time before or after your adventure to see this city in full swing?
Visits:
Milford Sound, Queenstown, Christchurch, New Zealand
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South Pacific Wonders

Collette
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 263 / day
$ 3,949
From : $ 4,857
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Take in the sights during a dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
  • Dine with a Kiwi family in their home.
  • Come to know Australia’s people at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center.
  • Get up close and personal with koalas and native crocodiles at Hartley’s Croc Farm.
  • Take a guided tour of the fascinating Sydney Opera House.
  • Board a catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • See where the original colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney.
Visits:
Cairns, Christchurch, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Sydney
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Australia and New Zealand Uncovered

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
22 days
$ 282 / day
$ 6,199
From : $ 7,625
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Taste Maori culture at a Hangi lunch.
  • Join a local Kiwi family for a home cooked dinner.
  • At a memorable Sounds of Silence dinner, dine under the stars overlooking Uluru (Ayers Rock).
  • Sip lavender tea and enjoy culinary treats at a lavender farm in Barossa Valley.
  • Explore New Zealand’s pristine wilderness and coastlines on several easy walks.
  • Walk amongst the history and heritage of Maori culture.
  • Spend the day at the Great Barrier Reef at leisure – with included options to snorkel, hike, or chat with a marine biologist.
  • Set sail through the graceful natural beauty of Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Cruise through the dramatic Milford Sound.
  • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House.
Visits:
Adelaide, Cairns, Milford Sound, Nelson, Queenstown, Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Wellington, Australia, New Zealand
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New Zealand Active Adventure

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 325 / day
$ 3,070
From : $ 3,949
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • You have the power to choose your own adrenaline rush with numerous optional activities during your active adventure. Bungy jumping? Mountain hikes? Helibiking? New Zealand’s got you covered.
  • Lap up the thrills and spills of a jet boating adventure through the winding Whanganui River. Both that and the cycle back to your lodge will have you and your small group in a spin.
  • Choose to kayak through the stunning Abel Tasman National Park, or opt to sit back and relax on one of the scenic sea shuttles to take you into its pristine and lush surrounds.
  • Discover the strangely satisfying phenomenon of Natural Flames – gas flames that naturally spring from the earth – a truly unique experience in the depths of Murchison’s forests.
  • Admire the dramatic landscapes and stunning lakes and sounds as you traverse New Zealand’s countryside – it’s not just the thrill-seeking activities that will get your heart pumping!
Visits:
Abel Tasman National Park, Tasman National Park, Wellington, New Zealand
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New Zealand North Island: Hike, Bike & Canyon

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 333 / day
$ 1,665
From : $ 2,248
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Hike to secluded coves on the east coast of the deeply forested Coromandel Peninsula and marvel at the towering natural arches.
  • Luxuriate in the bubbling waters of a natural sand hot spa, dug with your own hands right on the beach.
  • Tackle the trails of the world’s best mountain biking regions as you cycle through impressive redwood forest, past panoramic views and glistening lakes.
  • Learn more about Maori culture with a night spent at a marae, where you’ll enjoy a traditional dinner as you learn about the customs and protocols of the marae.
  • Wonder at the heights of towering redwood trees on a night-time hike though a lantern-lit forest and canyon though caves in search of countless glow worms on an invigorating and dazzling active adventure.
Visits:
Auckland, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Top New Zealand Experiences

Exploring the quaint shores, coffee shops, and restaurants as well as an adventure activity or two in beautiful Queenstown.

Hiking one or more of New Zealand’s world-famous “tracks” -- Milford, Routeburn or others -- to challenge yourself on mountain terrain while enjoying panoramic views.

Going on a thrilling white water rafting adventure tour down Buller Gorge.

Making your way through a dark glow-worm cave on New Zealand’s South Island, with the worms glowing like stars on a cave-roof “sky.”

Sailing Milford Sound in New Zealand’s southern Fjordland, one of the world’s most spectacular boat trips.

Walking through the Whirinaki rainforest on New Zealand’s North Island in the company of a Maori guide while learning about the flora and fauna and tribal history.



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7,298 New Zealand Tour Reviews - Summary 95% Recommend

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5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I can't say enough great things about ACIS! I have completed two successful trips with them and they were terrific in terms of planning the trip (our program manager was in constant communication and made sure that the itinerary met our precise needs) and the trip itself. ACIS tour managers are knowledgeable, expert in working with teenagers and are able to pivot on a dime when situations change. Hotels are centrally located, clean and provide a hearty breakfast. Further, the ACIS staff is professional and readily available to accommodate our needs both before and during the trip. I traveled once with another educational tour company and discovered that ACIS is far superior.

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A Trusted Partnership

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

My partnership through the years with the ACIS has transformed my professional life as an educator. After creating and developing a seminar on the Holocaust at my school I aspired to take my students to Europe to trace this terrible history and to contemplate its many lessons in a more meaningful way. I had misgivings in reaching out to a travel company to organize such a trip, however, because the course had become personal to me in a way only an educator could understand and I was nervous about turning my work over to travel agents and my students' experience to tour guides. But if I was going to take students overseas I would need expert assistance, and so I called the ACIS to inquire about such a trip. From that first hour long conversation with their program manager, it was clear the ACIS was not merely offering services but more importantly a partnership with desperately needed insight and travel experience. Before we talked about dates, places, and numbers of travelers, Cara wanted to understand what I imagined such an experience could be for my students and how it might impact them for years to come so that she could leverage the considerable expertise of the ACIS to help bring my vision to life. Trusting the ACIS with my work was the best decision I ever made. My ACIS tour manager understands me as a teacher because he's one of the best educators I know. With the world as his classroom, he teaches best by creating an experience that reaches students in that place where truth is kept.

In addition to how they understand the purpose and value of travel, the ACIS is equally revered by me for their professionalism and competence. Ever phone call is returned and email responded to in a timely manner with answers and insights to questions and concerns. The myriad logistics for hotels, restaurants, flights, busses, etc., are meticulously reviewed and appraised multiple times before, during, and after each trip to the point where they are handled so smoothly I simply don't see them. Through the years unforeseen circumstances on my trips have put their competency to the test. One year in Krakow, Poland, after a cancelled flight home due to an early morning fog my anxious students and I were stranded at the airport. All it took was one phone call to the ACIS. They gathered their resources, woke up who they needed to, and worked the problem. In short order we were transferred to another airport, new flight arrangements were made, put up in a hotel airport to rest, and made it home safe and sound into the wide open arms of grateful parents—at no extra cost. Perhaps at no other time has the ACIS been tested more severely as a result of the recent pandemic. Last March only two days before we were set to leave for another trip we had to cancel as the pandemic quickly worsened. Despite finding themselves in uncharted waters, how they have navigated my trips through the last year has been remarkable.

The ACIS continues to inspire me and I hope nothing more than to continue this valued partnership for years to come.

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Choosing ACIS - Again and Again!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I have worked with ACIS for many many years (and have also previously traveled with other companies) and I can honestly say that ACIS is truly the best travel company out there. The support given to the group leaders is outstanding, from the earliest stages of planning a trip with fantastic Program Managers, to communications and check-ins during the tour from both your own program manager and those from offices overseas, plus follow-ups after the trip. With ACIS, your ideas and your voice really do matter, and they listen and try to accommodate whatever plans you may want to arrange for your group.

When weather delays or city strikes have ever affected plans, ACIS bends over backwards to make sure that alternative plans are activated so that your group has the best possible experience no matter what. When our return flight was affected because of a commercial airline strike, ACIS arranged for us to travel by train from Paris to London, and arranged an amazing city tour for us including theater tickets to a show of our choice and a fabulous meal at Covent Garden so that we could then fly home on a different airline from a different city without skipping a beat. When luggage was once delayed longer than usual because of major weather issues at the airport, ACIS met us with cash in hand for each of the travelers so that everyone could purchase toiletries and necessary items so that we could carry on a bit longer until our luggage caught up with us.

ACIS tours are educational in ways large and small! We have traveled to Central America, China, Russia, Australia + New Zealand and all over Europe and the UK with ACIS and each trip included a well-balanced itinerary with a trip that included really excellent hotels and restaurants that I would gladly return to if traveling to that destination again. The food is local, fresh, authentic and delicious, and mealtime becomes a cultural event. The points of interest selected on their itineraries are a combination of sites you absolutely must see plus sites you may not have been as familiar with, but are so glad you experienced!!! The tour managers make every effort to weave in stops at local markets, shops, concerts or shows that may be of interest so that you can experience more from each area you visit.

ACIS uses experienced tour managers and guides who not only know the history and culture of each destination, but who also know how to interact well with both students and adults. They are stellar additions to the ACIS team in every corner of the world we have visited, and I have repeat travelers who tell me that the ACIS tour managers and guides are one of the many reasons they continue to return. Experienced, knowledgeable guides make learning fun and fascinating, and we have never been disappointed in all the years we have traveled with this company.

We have an ACIS trip planned for Japan that was postponed because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, and I can’t wait to travel again. They have made very reasonable and flexible reservation arrangements in light of the world’s pandemic, demonstrating once again their ability to pivot and help the traveler as much as possible. It has been my continued experience that ACIS will be there for you when it counts, helping you plan for just about anything that may come up in as stress-free a manner as possible. We have had one awesome trip after another, every single time. This has not been my experience with other travel companies. You get what you pay for…and although ACIS may not be the least expensive travel company, they are truly, truly the best, and you will be SO glad you chose to travel with them!"

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ACIS is a true 5-star company

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

ACIS is a true 5-star company. I have had the pleasure to work with this company for over 25 years. The Boston Team is by far the best educational travel team. I have worked with two other companies and each one yielded a sub-par experience with so many problems and extra-hidden charges. This is never the scenario, from my experiences with ACIS, in fact, the total opposite. As a Group Leader, one does except planning and organizing, but I must say that Tom Heigham, facilitated my trip from start to finish that at times, I felt like I was a participant! Tom is the utmost professional, meticulous and ensures a smooth transition from each leg of the trip. As my last trip left prior to the pandemic last February, Tom and his team were able to defuse a dilema I was experiencing regarding an ill student. Due to my long-standing relationship with ACIS, my student was able to receive a full refund minus the initial deposit. I was extremely grateful for this gesture by ACIS. My Tour Manager in Span, Nil, was excellent and not only provided insightful recommendations for our free time, but also offered to arrange any extra activities for my students. Nil was knowledgeable and an expert in Spanish art, culture and history. I would definetly request Nil for my next trip! However, whomever I would be assigned, would be up to the exemplary standards of ACIS. I would highly recommend ACIS for a new teacher venturing out on a new trip or a returning teacher. I look forward to working with Tom and the Boston Team for my next trip in 2022.

Sincerely,
Liza Iolli
Woodward School for Girls
Quincy, MA

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Happy Customer

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

My first trip with ACIS was in 2019. It was during this trip that I became hooked on ACIS and would always use them as my travel company. That trip was not even with students yet, it was the Group Leaders trip to Barcelona. This company is amazing at putting together incredible experiences and giving us tools to be great group leaders. They are with you every step of the way. I would not travel with any other comapany.

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Three dream trips!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Summer 2014 trip to France : We could not have dreamed up a better tour manager! Her suggested changes to our itinerary made the trip for us so memorable because not only did we get to see many more typical French villages that were lesser known to foreign tourists, but we also got to have a picnic on an authentic farm and even take advantage of the proximity of Italy by going there for a day. Our tour manager was so knowledgeable, positive, hilarious, engaging, and organized: a true diamond in the rough!


2016 trip to France: This entire trip honestly felt like a dream! We could not have asked for a better experience, and my kids learned and grew so much in just 9 days. I particularly love this itinerary because it allowed for three completely different views of France: city (Paris), mountains (Chamonix), beach (Nice). In addition, our group was elated to get to drive through Italy en route to Nice!

Feb 2019 to Quebec: This was an absolute dream trip, and I would not have changed anything about it! The kids raved about the experience, especially dog-sledding, snow tubing, and sugar shack dancing! We definitely plan to offer this exact same trip (hopefully with Tony!) every other year for our school.

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