19 Days: The Long White Cloud [NZIJ]
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Tour Dates


Oct 9
Nov 6


Jan 22, 29
Feb 19
Mar 11
Oct* 7
Nov* 4


Jan* 6, 27
Feb* 3
Mar* 3

*Price will increase due to seasonality


  • All inclusive
  • Fully escorted coach travel
  • 4 – 5 star accommodations
  • Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
  • Welcome Reception


  • Accommodation – Christchurch – Hotel Montreal (1 Night), Franz Josef – Te Waonui Forest Retreat (2), Queenstown – St. Moritz Queenstown (3), Milford Sound – Milford Sound Lodge (2), Dunedin – Distinction Dunedin Hotel (2), Christchurch – Hotel Montreal, Wellington – QT Wellington, Napier – Ports Boutique Hotel (2), Rotorua – Pullman Rotorua (2), Auckland – QT Auckland (1)
  • Meals – 18 Full breakfasts, 2 Highlight Dinners, 1 Local Dining Experience, 8 Dinners with wine, 1 Farewell Dinner
  • US Domestic Flights – (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • International Flights – Los Angeles to Christchurch, Auckland to Los Angeles (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Day Tours – Christchurch: TranzAlpine Train; Hokitika Town Visit; Franz Josef – Franz Josef Exploration, Haast River Jet Boat; Arrowtown Historic Village; Milford Sound: Milford Sound Guided Walk, Milford Sound Cruise; Dunedin: Emerson’s Brewery Tour; Christchurch: Sightseeing Tour; Picton: Queen Charlotte Sound Cruise; Wellington: City Orientation; Napier: Vintage Car Tour; Rotorua: Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Lake Rotomahana Cruise, Redwoods Treewalk, Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Te Pa Tu Maori Cultural Experience; Waitomo: Caveworld Waitomo
  • Transfers – Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be driven by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the Christchurch Botanical Garden or take a ride on the Christchurch Tram. In the evening meet your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel Hotel Montreal (1 Nights)

Christchurch – TranzAlpine – Franz Josef

It’s all aboard the TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys, you’ll travel in comfort across the Canterbury Plains through to the Southern Alps. From Arthur’s Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural center of the West Coast, to learn about the importance of Pounamu, better known as jade or greenstone. Later we continue to Franz Josef. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not enjoy Franz Josef’s local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage.

Hotel Te Waonui Forest Retreat (2 Nights)

Breakfast & Dinner with Wine included

Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier

After a relaxed start we explore this area, where a local guide explains the history behind the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.

Breakfast included

Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown

This morning it’s time for an adventure as we journey down the Haast River in a purpose built, fully enclosed river jet boat. After a lunch stop at Makarora then travel on to Arrowtown where there is time to explore this historic gold-mining village on the Arrow River. Continue to Queenstown for an orientation tour. Tonight, dinner is included at your hotel.

Hotel Hotel St. Moritz (3 Nights)

Breakfast & Dinner with Wine included

Day 5: Queenstown

Enjoy Queenstown your way! Perhaps join a wine tour and taste some of Central Otago’s world-renowned Pinot Noir or view The Lord of the Rings film locations on a scenic tour of Queenstown and Glenorchy. Tonight, you can dine at one of the local restaurants along the waterfront in town or simply relax at your hotel.

Breakfast included

Day 6: Queenstown

Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station, take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River. Or simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one of the many cafés and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views. Tonight, enjoy a highlight dinner at one of Queenstown’s exclusive restaurants.

Breakfast & Highlight Dinner included

Day 7: Queenstown – Te Anau – Milford Sound

Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of the South Island’s largest lake. Later you’ll travel through the rainforest of the UNESCO-listed World Heritage site of Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges onto the amazing Mirror Lake before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Tonight, stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley.

Hotel Milford Sound Lodge (2 Nights)

Breakfast & Dinner with Wine included

Day 8: Milford Sound

Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, explore a section of the famous Milford Track on an easy going half day guided walk. This place is steeped in rich history and stories, the flora and fauna are unique and special. This afternoon aboard the Southern Discoveries vessel sit back and relax as a specialist nature guide introduces you to the natural wonders of Milford Sound often called the ‘eighth natural wonder of the world’.

Breakfast & Dinner with Wine included

Day 9: Milford Sound – Gore – Dunedin

We leave the majestic Fiordland National Park for the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago. Travel through Te Anau known for its beautiful lake and on to the country musical town of Gore for lunchtime, before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city. Enjoy dinner tonight at Parcels Restaurant at your hotel.

Hotel Distinction Dunedin Hotel (2 Nights)

Day 10: Dunedin

Enjoy a relaxed start this morning, before taking a guided tour at Emerson’s Brewery, sample the tasty craft beer before an afternoon at leisure. Relax or continue exploring Dunedin as you wish. Perhaps ride the historic Tairei Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise of the Otago Peninsula.

Breakfast included

Day 11: Dunedin – Oamaru – Timaru – Christchurch

Travel up the east coast of the South Island via Oamaru and Timaru. On arrival in Christchurch embark on a sightseeing tour of the city to learn about its rebirth after the devastating 2011 earthquake.

HotelHotel Montreal

Breakfast & Dinner with Wine included

Day 12: Christchurch – Kaikoura – Wellington

Travel up the rugged Pacific Ocean coast this morning to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Pass the pink tinged crystallization ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, then travel to pretty seaside fishing village of Picton. Later cruise Queen Charlotte Sound and cross the Cook Strait to the North Island. On arrival in Wellington embark on a city orientation tour. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel QT Wellington (2 Nights)

Breakfast & Dinner with Wine included

Day 13: Wellington

Today see Wellington your way! Perhaps visit Weta Workshop, home to the creative wizards behind ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies or learn about New Zealand history and culture on a visit to Te Papa – Museum of New Zealand. Your Journey Director can assist in booking your optional experience.

Breakfast included

Day 14: Wellington – Hawke’s Bay

Continue north today, travelling through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawkes Bay. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine matching at Craggy Range Winery, one of the regions world famous wineries situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak.

Hotel Porters Boutique Hotel (2 Nights)

Breakfast & Highlight Dinner included

Day 15: Napier

Enjoy a relaxed start before venturing out to explore the Hawkes Bay region. Relive the glamor and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour. Your driver will provide a fascinating commentary as you are driven in style, through Art Deco Napier and surrounding areas. You’ll learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city, hear stories of the people that led the rebuild, and discover the Art Deco style. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Breakfast & Dinner with Wine included

Day 16: Hawke’s Bay – Rotorua

Enjoy a leisurely start before continuing the journey to Rotorua. This afternoon visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley where you will connect with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, it’s unique history and legacy. Along the guided walk you’ll experience geothermal activity, hot springs, volcanic craters, nature and wildlife. Followed by a relaxing 45-minute cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana see stunning geothermal activity only accessible by boat as well as rare native birdlife. Immerse in the stories of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption and the resulting dramatic landscape changes that created this amazing part of the world.

Hotel Pullman Rotorua (2 Nights)

Breakfast included

Day 17: Rotorua

Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of the 115-year-old redwood giants and the beautiful surrounds of the forest from a unique perspective. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a behind the scenes look at the National Kiwi Hatchery. Tonight, visit Te Pa Tu for insights into the local rituals and traditions of this fascinating culture. Tu Te Ra is a summer celebration of the abundant harvest of this season, and explores concepts, rituals, and stories of ancient Māori warfare and peace in a feast of culture and cuisine. Enjoy a special three course feast with aperitif.

Breakfast & Local Dining Experience included

Day 18: Rotorua – Auckland

Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glow Worm experience at Caveworld Waitomo. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and onto Auckland. Tonight, Toast your trip together tonight at a Celebration Dinner.

Hotel QT Auckland

Breakfast & Farewell Dinner included

Day 19: Farewell Auckland

Say farewell to your fellow travelers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast included

All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are not included in the land content price. We will include the price of all flights in your custom quote.

Single supplements apply.