New Zealand: Untamed Landscapes

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This island nation is known for its stunningly varied range of natural landscapes; you’ll understand why when you cruise through the fjords of Milford Sound or ascend the peaks of the Southern Alps. Amid these spectacular untamed settings, you’ll get a taste of the welcoming Kiwi culture.
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Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Stunning volcanic landscapes
    • The intriguing Maori culture
    • The South Island’s beautiful bays & beaches
    • The spectacular Milford Sound
    • Sharing a home-cooked meal with a Kiwi family

What's this trip about?

    This island nation is known for its stunningly varied range of natural landscapes; you’ll understand why when you cruise through the fjords of Milford Sound or ascend the peaks of the Southern Alps. Amid these spectacular untamed settings, you’ll get a taste of the welcoming Kiwi culture.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeGroup - max of 35 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityQueenstown
End CityAuckland

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife


  • New Zealand


  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Auckland
  • Nelson
  • Queenstown
  • Tongariro National Park


  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Nature
  • Short Cruise
  • Wine Tasting

Trip includes

    • 12 nights in handpicked hotels
    • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting
    • Guided sightseeing
    • Multilingual Tour Director
    • Private deluxe motor coach
    • Select entrance fees

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Travel Map

Day 1: Travel day

Cross the International Date Line in flight and “lose” a day.

Day 2: Travel day

Your flight continues to New Zealand.

Queenstown 3 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Arrival in Queenstown

Meals: Dinner

Welcome to Queenstown! Transfer to your hotel, then meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 4: Milford Sound

Meals: Breakfast

Head out to explore the breathtaking Milford Sound in New Zealand’s Fiordland, home to some of the most memorable scenery in the world.

Travel through the Five Rivers farming region and past Lake Te’Anau

Pass through beautiful beech forests and by glittering mirror lakes

Cruise around Milford Sound, in view of Mitre Peak

Day 5: Free day in Queenstown

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a day at your leisure in Queenstown, or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walter Peak: Lake Cruise & Dinner $109pp* Details

Fox Glacier 1 night Hotel info

Day 6: Transfer to Fox Glacier

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a scenic drive through the island’s Southern Alps to Fox Glacier, stopping at Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka, Knight’s Point and Thunder Creek Falls along the way.

Day 7: Transfer to Hokitika

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning at Fox Glacier or add an excursion.

Then, transfer to Hokitika for the night.

Optional Excursion - Fox Glacier Helicopter Ride $219pp* Details

Day 8: Transfer to Nelson via Punakaiki

Meals: Breakfast

Leave Hokitika behind as you set out for Nelson, stopping at Punakaiki en route.

Visit the distinctive “pancake” rocks and tidal blowholes of Punakaiki

Pass through the dramatic Buller Gorge before arriving in Nelson

Day 9: Abel Tasman National Park & Cruise

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Head out to explore Abel Tasman National Park and Kaiteriteri Beach, where you’ll embark on a scenic cruise.

Journey by boat through South Island’s pristine coves and turquoise waters

Visit breathtaking Kaiteriteri Beach

Tonight, dine with a Kiwi family at a traditional home-hosted dinner.

Day 10: Transfer to Wellington

Meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

On your way to Wellington, make stops in New Zealand’s wine country and the charming coastal town of Picton.

Stop for a wine tasting in Marlborough, a region renowned for its sauvignon blanc

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Wellington

Meals: Breakfast

Get to know Wellington, the southernmost capital city of any sovereign state, on a guided tour led by your Tour Director.

Explore the interactive exhibitions at Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum

Take in views of the city from soaring Mount Victoria

Wander along the Wellington waterfront

Day 12: Transfer to Rotorua

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Head to Rotorua, in the heart of the North Island’s Maori country.

Stop at Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Sample “Pavlova” a traditional dessert at tonight’s traditional hangi feast

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Rotorua & Kiwi Wildlife Park

Meals: Breakfast

See the sights in Rotorua on a guided tour with your Tour Director, then pay a visit to a Kiwi Wildlife Park.

Visit the Government Gardens, a public park and site of great historical importance to the local Maori people

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Day 14: Transfer to Auckland via Waitomo

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

En route to Auckland, stop at Waitomo Caves to try your hand at spelunking. Then, take a subterranean cruise to view the remarkable Glowworm Grotto on a guided tour. Later, explore Auckland with your Tour Director leading the way.

Day 15: Departure

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Fiji.

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If you cancel your reservation, the cancellation fee schedule below will apply. If you are booked in a double/twin room and your roommate cancels his or her tour more than 45 days prior to departure, you will be responsible for paying the single supplement fee. Upon notifying GAT of your cancellation, you will be given a confirmation number that verifies your cancellation. If you purchased travel protection and are cancelling for a reason covered under the policy guidelines, cancellation fees will be reimbursed to you directly from the insurance company. In the event that you have to cancel your tour on the day of departure, you must notify GAT prior to the departure of your first flight. Any penalties for supplemental services/guarantees (including, but not limited to, flights, hotels or late additions) resulting from cancellations made at your request will be your responsibility, and all service fees are non-refundable. Substitution of travelers is not permitted. If you choose not to travel, but fail to cancel your tour prior to the departure date or if you return home before the scheduled completion of your tour, you will not be eligible for any refund or reimbursement from GAT for any unused portion of your trip or costs incurred by leaving your trip early.

For travelers with the travel protection policy (, Go Ahead Tours will reimburse the participant in the form of a credit voucher in the event the participant wants to interrupt their tour due to reasons not covered by their travel protection policy. The voucher is valid for one year from the day of the interruption of the tour and represents the value of the missed time on tour including any unused air, land or sea arrangements already paid for by the participant up to a maximum of $1,000 as determined by Go Ahead Tours. The voucher is personal and non-transferable and may be applied towards a future Go Ahead tour and is not exchangeable for cash. The participant is responsible for any additional costs incurred by interrupting the tour including but not limited to the return flight and other transportation costs due to the interruption. Reservation fees, rebooking fees, change fees, late and returned check fees, revision fees, supplemental fees for international deliveries and special arrangement fees are considered Used Fees once incurred and will not be refundable.

Cancellation of European land tours

If Days Prior to Departure is 71 days or more, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is $ 450

If Days Prior to Departure is 70–46 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 30%

If Days Prior to Departure is 45–8 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 50%

If Days Prior to Departure is 7–0 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 100%*

*Percentages listed above are of the total tour cost, including reservation fee. Listed cancellation fee is applicable per traveler.

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Meals Included

13 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners

Age Requirements
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