New Zealand Journey

from £2499
excluding flights *
10 nights Nov-May, Jul-Oct


This small group guided tour is the ideal introduction to this small country that feels so huge. Utilizing a diverse range of transport – train, gondola, boat, plane – you’ll connect with locals in arty beach towns, roam through an ancient rainforest, learn about local legend and cuisine from local Maori, and breathe in all the clean air you possibly can. Come to New Zealand a stranger, return home an honorary Kiwi.


  • Cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park for a whale and dolphin experience
  • Learn about Maori myths and legends
  • Experience the geothermal mysteries of Rotorua
  • Enjoy a ride on the scenic TranzAlpine railway
  • Relax at a rainforest lodge
  • Cruise through secluded Doubtful Sound searching for wildlife and waterfalls

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private or shared bathroom
  • 1 night on a cruise boat (seasonal)
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Excursions as per itinerary

Full description

As part of the National Geographic Journeys travel style collection this tour allows greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort. Quality accommodation is included throughout as well as more inclusions, such as meals, private transport and activities. Some light walking and hiking is involved, suitable for most fitness levels.

These group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £825 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private or shared bathroom

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp)
26 Aug 2018 10 Nights £2,499
16 Sep 2018 10 Nights £2,499
07, 14, 28 Oct 2018 10 Nights £2,499
18, 25 Nov 2018 10 Nights £2,499
02 Dec 2018 10 Nights £2,499

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private or shared bathroom
  • 1 night on a cruise boat (seasonal)
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners (allow approximately £230-£300 for meals not included)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Domestic flight
  • Hauraki Gulf Marine Park whale and dolphin experience
  • Scenic visit to Bridal Veil Falls
  • Farm visit with local lunch
  • Raglan Harbour cruise
  • Waitomo Caves visit
  • Meet a Maori elder
  • Traditional Maori hangi feast and entertainment
  • Orientation walk in Christchurch
  • Scenic TranzAlpine train
  • Queenstown gondola ride
  • Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight cruise (summer) on Doubtful Sound
  • Services of group leader
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Group Size:
Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 16

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Auckland

Arrive at any time today under your own arrangements. There are no activities until an evening welcome meeting so head out and enjoy the City of Sails. Feel free to explore, but make sure you are back in time to meet the group at 18:30 hours. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Day 2: Auckland

Cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on a research boat in search of whales, dolphins and sea birds. After our cruise spend one-on-one time with one of the expert crew to discuss marine wildlife and conservation. Later, enjoy a short orientation walk and some free time to explore the city.
National Geographic Journeys Exclusive: Dolphin and Whale Experience 4hrs, 30m. Cruise the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on a research-based marine mammal vessel. Working closely with the Department of Conservation and local universities, the crew of biologists and conservationists combine up-close viewing of whales, dolphins, and sea birds with important marine science research.
This wildlife cruise is highly subject to weather and sea conditions and does on occasion get cancelled at the last minute. If the cruise is cancelled, your CEO will arrange an alternative activity for the group to enjoy.

Day 3: Auckland - Raglan

Drive the scenic route, visiting an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture. Enjoy lunch, featuring food which has been locally produced on the farm. Continue to the arty town of Raglan, stopping at Bridal Veil Falls en route, and enjoy a cruise on the stunning harbour.

Day 4: Raglan - Rotorua

Drive to Rotorua, stopping for an excursion at Waitomo Caves and enjoy a boat ride through the cave to see thousands of flickering glowworms lighting up the walls.
National Geographic Journeys Exclusive: Meet a Maori Elder .Enjoy a “mihi” (private welcome) in Tamaki Village from a “Kaumātua” (an elder in Māori society). Sit down to an exclusive talk with the elder and learn about the community’s traditions, myths, and legends, including the Sky Father and Earth Mother. Afterwards, enjoy an extravagant performance about local myths, and legends while dining on traditional Hangi cuisine.

Day 5: Rotorua - Christchurch

Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch. Take an orientation walk with the CEO to get a feel for the city.

Day 6: Christchurch - Franz Josef

Enjoy one of the world’s great scenic train trips on the TranzAlpine train, crossing the scenic Southern Alps to New Zealand's glacier region. Disembark and finish the journey over the highest pass in the Southern Alps in a private vehicle before transferring to a beautiful rainforest lodge, our home for two nights.

Day 7: Franz Josef

Options are plentiful today. Choose from a heli-hike excursion, guided walk on the glacier, or soaking in the hot pools amidst the stunning scenery.

Day 8: Franz Josef - Queenstown

Travel through the rugged rainforest along the west coast to Queenstown. An early start today to travel to wonderfully picturesque Lake Matheson. If the weather is right, it is possible to take incredible photos of the Southern Alps reflected in the lake. Follow the wild West Coast Road, through the rainforest before stopping for some short walks and waterfall visits. Enjoy an evening gondola ride with spectacular views of the city.

Day 9: Queenstown - Doubtful Sound

Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through scenic Doubtful Sound. Led by on-board naturalist guides we have the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, birds and penguins and an option to kayak. In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course buffet dinner in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some of the fine wines at our licensed bar and, if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck stargazing. The Fiordland Navigator is a purpose built vessel designed to replicate a traditional trading scow and is perfectly suited to cruising the fiords.

Day 10: Doubtful Sound - Queenstown

Enjoy morning wildlife viewing as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown for the final night. Kick off the day with a hearty cooked breakfast and spend the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord. We then return to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri, returning to Queenstown late afternoon. Opt for a farewell dinner with your group.

Day 11: Queenstown

Depart at any time today. For more time to explore Queenstown, we recommend booking post-tour nights if you are interested in the countless adrenaline-packed activities in the town known as the "adventure capital of the world." Jet boating, bungy jumping and mountain biking, are some of the activities available.

Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Rotorua's largest deluxe hotel, the Millennium Hotel invites guests to enjoy the timeless surroundings in one of its 227 world-class rooms.

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