The Long White Cloud
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.
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Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch
On arrival, board a private transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception.
Hotel: Hotel Montreal
Day 2: Christchurch – TranzAlpine – Franz Josef
Travel through the Southern Alps aboard TranzAlpine train. From Arthur’s Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, and meet a local greenstone (jade) carver. Continue to Franz Josef, where you’ll spend two nights in an eco-friendly retreat nestled in the wilderness.
Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, 2 nights
Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier
This morning, explore Franz Josef, where a local guide explains the history behind the imposing Franz Josef Glacier.
Day 4: Franz Josef – Arrowtown – Queenstown
Discover the mighty Haast River this morning, as you journey its lengths in a fully enclosed river jet boat. Enjoy lunch at Makarora, then explore the heritage gold-settlement of Arrowtown, before a short orientation of breathtaking Queenstown.
Hotel: Hotel St Moritz, 3 nights
Day 5: Queenstown at Leisure
Enjoy two full days to discover beautiful Queenstown. Perhaps a wine tour, or even an adrenaline-filled activity.
Day 6: Queenstown at Leisure
On your second night, enjoy a Local Dining Experience in one of Queenstown’s most exclusive restaurants.
Day 7: Queenstown – Te Anau – Milford Sound
Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and then through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Tonight, stay at magnificent Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the magical Cleddau Valley.
Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge, 2 nights
Day 8: Milford Sound
Wake up to the awe-inspiring beauty of Milford Sound. Learn about Fiordland with your local expert, then sail this magnificent area, seeing endemic wildlife, an Underwater Observatory – or breathtaking kayaking!
Day 9: Milford Sound – Gore – Dunedin
Depart majestic Fiordland National Park for the picturesque South Otago. Travel through the musical town of Gore, before arriving in Dunedin, the country’s most southern city.
Hotel: Distinction Dunedin Hotel, 2 nights
Day 10: Dunedin
This morning, join an exclusive tour of Larnach Castle. Spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps cruise the Otago Peninsula.
Day 11: Dunedin – Omarau – Timaru – Christchurch
Travel up the east coast through Omarau. Back in Christchurch, take a sightseeing tour, and learn of its history.
Hotel: Hotel Montreal
Day 12: Christchurch – Kaikoura – Wellington
Travel along the Pacific coast to the whale-watching capital of Kaikoura. Continue to the seaside village of Picton. Later cross the Cook Strait to Wellington for a city sightseeing tour, and then visit the enriching Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.
Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights
Day 13: Wellington at Leisure
Today see Wellington your way. Why not visit the Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies or go on a walking tour around Wellington.
Day 14: Wellington – Hawke’s Bay
Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke’s Bay. This evening, enjoy wine-tasting and Local Dining Experience at one of their world-famous wineries.
Hotel: Porters Boutique Hotel, 2 nights
Day 15: Napier
Enjoy a relaxed start before you venture out to explore Napier. Join a local guide for a walking tour where you’ll gain an insight into the city’s Art Deco style. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Day 16: Hawke’s Bay – Rotorua
Enjoy a leisurely start before continuing the journey to nearby Rotorua. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls, before arriving in Rotorua for a sightseeing tour. Later, visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village for an insight into Māori life. This evening, your Local Dining Experience is an authentic Māori Hangi and concert at the Tamaki Māori Village.
Hotel: Pullman Rotorua, 2 nights
Day 17: Rotorua
Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of the 115-year old redwood giants. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs and you might even spot a kiwi or two.
Day 18: Rotorua – Auckland
Make your way to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5-star Eco Glowworm experience. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and onto Auckland. This evening, toast your trip together at a Celebration Dinner.
Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
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.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|November: 09, 23||$12,150.00||$16,665.00|
|2021 Dates & Prices|
|January: 11, 25||$12,150.00||$16,665.00|
|February: 01, 08||$12,150.00||$16,665.00|
|March: 01, 08, 15, 22||$12,150.00||$16,665.00|
|Meals:||18 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 12 dinners|
|Transport:||Private Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach|
|Rail:||Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train|
|Accommodation:||18 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||Expert Travel Director and/or Driver Guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.