Spotlight on New Zealand

Tauck Spotlight New Zealand 1440

The ultimate in New Zealand tours, Tauck’s New Zealand-only trip offers an in-depth look at this beautiful country from Wellington to Auckland. As a Tauck Exclusive, travel aboard our exclusive air charters as you enjoy fabulous travel experiences throughout the North and South Islands. Make cultural connections as you explore Maori traditions; explore your adventurous side on a jet boat cruise; travel by helicopter to the top of Bob’s Peak in Queenstown; pamper your palate on a green-lipped mussel and wine cruise on the Marlborough Sounds, lunch at a winery known for its Pinot Noir and lakeside views, and a wine tasting on Waiheke Island; and view some amazing natural wonders from the glacier-carved cliffs of Milford Sound to stunning Lake Wakatipu.

 

Tauck Logo

 

MEMBER BENEFIT**

  • $150 savings off the purchase of Tauck coach class air

  • $300 savings off the purchase of Tauck business class air

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Exclusive charter flights in New Zealand – more sightseeing, less waiting
  • Visit to the high-tech Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum
  • Cruise the Marlborough Sounds, celebrating bounteous beauty with a luncheon of wine and steamed green-lipped mussels
  • Lunch at a winery and bistro known for its Pinot Noir and stunning views of Lake Hayes and the surrounding mountains
  • Jet boat ride on the Shotover River rapids & a helicopter ride to the top of Bob’s Peak in Queenstown
  • Scenic cruise by vintage steamship on Lake Wakatipu for a sheep-shearing demonstration and barbecue dinner at Walter Peak Country farm
  • Presentation of Maori culture and entertainment at the Auckland Museum
  • Farewell cocktail reception and dinner at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 22 meals (9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners), gratuities to local guides & drivers, service charges, taxes, and porterage

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Wellington

Your most comprehensive of New Zealand tours begins at 5:30 PM at the Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay. A transfer is included from Wellington International Airport to the Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay, overlooking Wellington’s harbour and convenient to the city center. Join us for a welcome reception followed by dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Dinner
Lodging: Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay

Day 2: Wonders of Wellington

Discover Wellington on a tour that begins city center with a cable car ride up to the city’s Botanic Garden to see the award-winning rose garden and great views of the city, harbour, and Parliament Buildings. Next up is Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum, where you’ll have a guided orientation to its five floors focusing on the country’s exceptional nature, art and history, the South Pacific region, and Maori culture. Touring its exhibits is like actually experiencing thousands of years of New Zealand’s history in person, as motion simulators and interactive exhibits include you in the journey. Dinner tonight is a “dine-around” from a choice of Wellington restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging: Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay

Day 3: Fly to the Marlborough Sounds & Te Anau

Tauck puts a charter plane at your service today, taking you first to Blenheim for a visit to the Marlborough Sounds on New Zealand’s South Island. Besides producing great wine, this island boasts delectable freshly caught seafood, including green-lipped mussels; sample them, along with local wines, on a luncheon cruise that celebrates New Zealand’s bounty. Then fly off aboard Tauck’s exclusive charter to Manapouri (Te Anau) in the magnificent Fiordlands region, for two nights at an ideally located hotel, where you’ll attend a “Taste of Fiordland” dinner at your leisure this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 4: Fiordland National Park & Milford Sound

This most comprehensive of New Zealand tours continues as you take a dramatic drive through the unparalleled scenery of the South Island’s Fiordland National Park for a luncheon cruise – aboard a private boat and accompanied by a naturalist guide – among the sheer cliffs and glacier-hewn inlets of beautiful Milford Sound. The evening is at leisure back at your hotel in Te Anau, where an à la carte dinner is included.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 5: To Queenstown and lunch at a winery

Make your way across more beautiful South Island landscapes to Queenstown, where you’ll enjoy lunch at the Amisfield Winery, set in an iconic stone building with gorgeous mountain views and known for its Pinot Noir. Your hotel for the next three nights, the Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa, exudes French-inspired sophistication in the heart of the city.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging: Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa

Day 6: Adventures by jet boat & ‘copter in Queenstown

Even if you’re not all that adventurous, today’s thrilling high-speed jet boat ride* through the rapids and narrow gorges of Skippers Canyon on the Shotover River – followed by a helicopter ride* to the summit of Bob’s Peak – will both be memorable highlights of Tauck’s New Zealand tour! Afterwards, head back down the mountain via Skyline gondola to spend the rest of the day as you wish in Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging: Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa

Day 7: Lake Wakatipu cruise & South Island country life

From Queenstown, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic steamer TSS Earnslaw today, continuing to the Walter Peak High Country Farm. Here, in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island countryside, you’ll watch farm dogs rounding up sheep, learn how shearing has been done through the ages in a private demonstration for Tauck guests only, and enjoy a wonderful barbecue dinner before returning to Queenstown for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging: Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa

Day 8: Charter flight to Auckland & Maori culture

Travel via Tauck’s private charter flight from Queenstown to Auckland today for a two-night stay, arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Auckland Museum with a Maori cultural presentation and music concert. Have dinner at your hotel tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 9: Wine tasting & lunch on Waiheke Island

Depart from Auckland’s Ferry Terminal and head to nearby Waiheke Island, a mecca of farmland, forest and beaches – and vineyards; enjoy a unique wine tasting and lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard. Ferry back to Auckland for some leisure time. Then join us this evening for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner at your hotel in the heart of Viaduct Harbour, a fitting finale to the most amazing of New Zealand tours!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 10: Homeward bound

Tauck’s 10-day New Zealand tours end in Auckland. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour to Auckland Airport. You should allow three hours for check-in at the airport.

Meals: Breakfast

 Worldwide - More Info? Ready to Book? Call 800.529.3222

*Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy, land and on-tour air only, and subject to change and availability.  International airfare is additional. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, porterage and the services of local guides, drivers and the Tauck Director are included. For activities marked with an asterisk (*), participation is at your own risk; a signed liability waiver will be required. Rates,terms/conditions & policies subject to change without notice.

**AAA Member Benefit: In the case where air through Tauck is not available to purchase, Tauck will provide a $50 per person allowance off the tour price. Certain restrictions may apply.