The Long White Cloud

19 days,

18 nights |

from $9450 per person*

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TOUR CODE: NZIJ

This expedition will invite you to become immersed in ancient Maori culture, and some of the planet’s most pristine wilderness. Be awed as you traverse New Zealand’s North and South Islands, from the hot pools of Franz Josef, an exclusive TreadRight experience in Rotorua, to the brave depths of Queenstown, the adventure capital. Explore extraordinary landscapes and ancient heritage, as you encounter exhilarating New Zealand as few have seen it before.

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Tour Highlights

  • Franz Josef with a Glacier Valley Walk
  • The buzzing resort town of Queenstown
  • New Zealand’s vibrant capital Wellington
  • Glowworm Caves in Waitomo
  • Milford Sound with a nature cruise and kayak
  • In traditional Maori Life at Whakarewarewa Living Village
  • Take a guided walk through the sacred Waipoua Forest
  • Enjoy a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the kiwi Hatchery on an exclusive TreadRight experience
  • Spa treatment in Queenstown
  • With a soak in Rotorua’s healing waters

Flight Information

Flights are not included in the tour price; please call our team for the current flight prices. Any flights referred to in the itinerary are an additional expense.

Departure Dates

From $9450 per person* departing: 13 Apr 2020 5 Oct 2020 12 Oct 2020 9 Nov 2020 23 Nov 2020 7 Dec 2020 4 Jan 2021 11 Jan 2021 25 Jan 2021 1 Feb 2021 8 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 8 Mar 2021 15 Mar 2021 22 Mar 2021 11 Oct 2021 8 Nov 2021 6 Dec 2021 Please click here for full Booking Conditions.

All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

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December 1, 2021

Valid for travel between:

04/01/2020 – 12/06/2021

Additional dates, gateway cities and airlines may be available.

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Day 1 Welcome to Christchurch Your New Zealand adventure begins in Christchurch, the Garden City. Spend the afternoon at leisure, before joining your Journey Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-off your journey of a lifetime. Hotel: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch Day 2 Christchurch – Franz Josef Glacier Traverse the Canterbury Plains on board the TranzAlpine train. The gentle chug-chug in extraordinary surrounds gives way to more epic scenery as you board the coach at Arthur’s Pass. Admire the vivid hues of greenstone (jade) on a visit to Hokitika to meet a local artisan for a jewellery carving demonstration. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier. Your eco-friendly accommodation for the next two nights is set in pristine wilderness, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. Your only priority – relaxing in Franz Josef’s geothermal hot pools. Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, 2 nights Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine Day 3 Franz Josef Glacier After a relaxed start, you’ll explore the area with a local guide, who’ll explain the history behind Franz Josef Glacier. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine Day 4 Franz Josef Glacier – Queenstown It’s time for adventure as you board a purpose-built fully enclosed river jet boat and journey down the Haast River. After a lunch stop in Makarora and later the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown, the adventure capital of Queenstown awaits and you’ll have an opportunity to explore it during an orientation tour. Hotel: Crowne Plaza Queenstown, 3 nights Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine Day 5 Queenstown Journey Select Today, select your choice of sightseeing: consider a day indulging in the region’s vintages on a wine tour. View the Lord of the Rings film locations and scenery of Queenstown and Glenorchy on a scenic tour or spend time in the spa indulging in a relaxing massage. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast Day 6 Queenstown Free Time Calling all thrill seekers! Today’s the day to earn your adventurer stripes braving some of Queenstown’s most daring activities. This evening, enjoy a memorable Local Dining Experience at one of Queenstown’s fine dining restaurants. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience Day 7 Queenstown – Milford Sound Venture to Te Anau and then deep within the Fiordland National Park. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel and emerge into a photographer’s paradise where glaciers and peaks give way to the unexpected beauty of Mirror Lake. You’ll stop to explore the wonder of the Chasm Walk before arriving at Milford Sound Lodge, with its exquisite views of the Cleddau Valley. Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge, 2 nights Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine Day 8 Milford Sound Cruise Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, before boarding the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day exploration of Milford Sound a nature guide will share their knowledge of the fiordland and the wildlife that call it home Sail out to the Tasman sea looking for wildlife and an opportunity to go sea kayaking in Harrison Cove. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine Day 9 Milford Sound – Dunedin This morning, embark on a journey from the rainforests of Fiordland National Park through the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago and Te Anau, known for its beautiful lake. Stop in the country musical town of Gore at lunchtime before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city. Hotel: Distinction Dunedin Hotel, 2 nights Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine Day 10 Dunedin Free Time This morning, join an exclusive tour of Larnach Castle. Your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast Day 11 Dunedin – Christchurch Travel up the east coast and through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, before returning to Christchurch for an in-depth sightseeing tour. Hotel: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine Day 12 Christchurch – Wellington Against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks, you’ll arrive in the whale-watching capital of Kaikoura. Consider an optional experience scenic whale-watching flight. Continue to the picturesque port town of Picton, the launch pad for a serene sailing across the Cook Strait to trendy Wellington. Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine Day 13 Wellington Journey Select Today, select your choice of sightseeing: you may wish to experience Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Take a walking tour around Wellington with a local guide or a guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast Day 14 Wellington – Hawke’s Bay Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke’s Bay. Enjoy time to relax after the day’s adventures before joining your Journey Director for dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Porters Boutique Hotel, 2 nights Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine Day 15 Napier Enjoy a relaxed start before you venture out to explore Napier. Join a local guide for a city tour where you’ll see several types of Art Deco architecture, the style in which Napier was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1931. This evening, enjoy wine-tasting and dinner at one of the region’s renowned wineries. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience Day 16 Hawke’s Bay – Rotorua You’ll travel past Lake Taupo and visit Huka Falls before you arrive in Rotorua, the cultural capital, for a sightseeing tour. Visit Whakarewarewa Living Village for insights into the lives of the Maori community and their special bond with this ancient land. This evening, enjoy a Maori Hangi feast and concert at the Tamaki Maori Marae. Hotel: Pullman Rotorua, 2 nights Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience Day 17 Rotorua Your first stop is Rotorua’s natural splendour – revealed in the crystal clear mineral springs and native flora of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Later, ascending to the Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s-eye view of these redwood giants. Your afternoon is at leisure. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast Day 18 Rotorua – Auckland Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience. Later in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, get your bearings during a city tour, then spend the rest of the day discovering why it’s deemed one of the world’s most liveable cities. Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast Day 19 Farewell from Auckland Time to say farewell as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and you are transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

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Discount available on selected Guided Vacations and Inspiring Journeys. Discount applies only to the land content portion of the vacation. Can be combined with other discounts where applicable. The full amount must be paid by the designated date. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Prices are land only, ‘from’ per person, based on double occupancy and valid for travel in low season. International airfare is not included. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (27 March 2020). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Subject to availability, this offer may be withdrawn at any time. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government-imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Please call for our current prices. Hearing impaired persons may dial 711 (National Relay Service) to contact us at the above number. Tour code: NZIJ. CST#2001136-50.

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