God's Own Country?it might sound conceited, but this is how New Zealanders-or 'kiwis'-refer to their country. Why? Maybe because it offers stunning beauty. Maybe because it's one of the first countries in the world to see the sunrise. Maybe because bungee jumping first began there. Don't worry-we won't make you go bungee jumping, unless you choose to do that on your own! Instead, we'll show you the amazing beauty and fun cities. On this 16-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel accommodations, daily breakfast (plus three lunches and one dinner), sightseeing, land transportation, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airports for all intra-vacation flights. A one-of-a-kind special feature is the Independence by Globus Local Host, someone who is there for you to ensure your vacation runs smoothly and you get the most out of your trip. We've arranged for you to have a Local Host in Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, and Sydney.Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Auckland, as we can help after the long flight by getting you from the airport to your selected hotel. Your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and a set of materials to help you get settled and familiar with the city. The next day, we've arranged guided sightseeing with a local expert, including a cruise on Waitemata Harbour for spectacular views of Auckland. From Auckland, we've arranged your transportation to Waitomo, where you'll take a boat trip to the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and to Matamata, where you'll visit the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. In Wellington, capital of New Zealand, you'll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour that reveals the local, insider stories and takes in the must-see sights. Then, you're off to Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island. Your Local Host will be waiting for you in Christchurch with materials to help you become acquainted with the area. We'll take you on an excursion to Akaroa for a cruise to see native wildlife.From Christchurch, we've arranged your transportation to Mount Cook National Park, where you'll have time to explore this alpine wonderland set in the Southern Alps. Perhaps explore New Zealand's largest glacier or be dazzled by the Southern Hemisphere's stars in the night sky. Continue on to Queenstown, the "Adventure Capital of the World." Here, we'll take you on what will undoubtedly be a highlight of your trip: a cruise on Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Sometimes called the 'Sound of Silence,' you'll be awed by its abundant flora and fauna, as well as its raw beauty. And did we mention that in Rotorua we've included visits to Te Puia, home to 500 geothermal wonders. Before starting your exploration of New Zealand, stop in cosmopolitan Sydney, Australia for a three-night stay. Your visit includes a half-day city sightseeing tour including photo stops at the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge plus a visit to Bondi Beach, one of city's famous beaches. Your Sydney Local Host is available to help you with additional sightseeing, dining, and shopping recommendationsWith Independence by Globus, we handle all the details and you save valuable time and avoid stress by not having to create this dream vacation on your own. So, what are you waiting for? New Zealand awaits with the I-Time you deserve! All you need to do is pack your bags and go!
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2022
- 16 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Sydney||- Welcome to Australia's largest city, Sydney. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Your Local Host is available to answer questions and make suggestions for sightseeing and dining.(B)|
|Day 2||Sydney||- Enjoy a morning guided sightseeing tour which includes a photo stop at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Then, visit Bondi Beach, one of Sydney's most beautiful beaches. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. (B)You may want to enjoy a cruise on Sydney Harbour to admire stunning views of the city from the water or visit Taronga Zoo to see some of Australia's native animals, such as koalas, kangaroos, and platypuses. Other options include exploring the shops of Darling Harbour, travel to the top of Sydney Tower for amazing views of the city below, or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House. |
|Day 3||Sydney||- Enjoy a full day at leisure in this beautiful city. (B)With you free time today, why not see the city from new heights with a climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or discover Sydney's storied past on the Rocks Pub Tour. You may also choose to shop for souvenirs, explore the restaurants of Barangaroo, or take a ferry to nearby Manly Beach. |
|Day 4||Auckland||- Fly from Sydney to Auckland, New Zealand. The rest of the day is at your leisure.(B)|
|Day 5||Auckland||- Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour. See bustling Queen Street, the city's oldest park, Auckland Domain, and historic Parnell Village. Next, a scenic cruise on the city's famous harbor. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)You may choose to travel to the top of Sky Tower for 360-degree views of the cityor take the ferry to nearby Waiheke Island for sandy beaches, beautiful scenery, and fabulous local wines. Your Local Host is available to make recommendations and point you in the right direction. |
|Day 6||Rotorua||- Travel via motorcoach south to visit the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. - Continue to Waitomo, where you will take a boat trip through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Continue on to Rotorua. (B,L)|
|Day 7||Rotorua||- Guided sightseeing includes a visit to Agrodome, where you'll learn about New Zealand's sheep industry and to Te Puia, where you'll explore this geothermal wonderland. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or join in an optional excursion. (B)Choose to join an optional Maori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance and Hangi dinner (roasted meats and vegetables cooked underground with hot stones). Other options include a relaxing soak in one of the therapeutic pools at the Polynesian Spa, a magical treetop walk through the Redwoods, or a helicopter tour to see this scenic region by air. |
|Day 8||Wellington||- Fly to Wellington, capital of New Zealand. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to start exploring this vibrant city. (B)|
|Day 9||Wellington||- Guided morning sightseeing tour takes you to see the famous Beehive and Parliament buildings as well as scenic views from the top of Mount Victoria. Take in the beauty of the Wellington Botanical Gardens, then drive around the rugged Wellington coastline, discovering hidden bays and some of Wellington's most popular beaches. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)During your free time, you may want to visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where interactive displays tell the story of the country's great heritage and natural wonders. Other choices include a ride on Wellington's historic cable car, finding a favorite restaurant on Cuba Street, going behind-the-scenes at Weta Workshop to see how some of the world's biggest films were made, or exploring one of Wellington's many outstanding hiking trails. (B)|
|Day 10||Christchurch||- Today, fly to Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island. The remainder of your day is at leisure. (B)|
|Day 11||Christchurch||- Travel to Akaroa, a former French and British settlement where you will have some time to explore the charming village with its colonial architecture, galleries, and cafes. - Afterward, take a nature cruise on Akaroa Harbour for a chance to see some of the native wildlife, including New Zealand fur seals, the white-flippered blue penguin, and the Hector's dolphin, one of the smallest and rarest in the world. Return to Christchurch in the late afternoon. (B)|
|Day 12||Mount Cook National Park||- Travel south by motorcoach via the Canterbury Plains to the shores of turquoise-blue Lake Tekapo, where the Southern Alps provide the backdrop for a stunning photo. Continue on to Mount Cook National Park. After lunch at your hotel, you will have time to explore this alpine wonderland. (B,L,D)You may choose to hike the Hooker Valley Track, full of stunning scenery and one of the easiest trails in the park. Other options include a scenic flight over the park with a landing on Tasman Glacier, visiting the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, a tribute to one of the world's greatest explorers, or doing some stargazing in the evening. The region is protected from artificial light pollution and is the only Dark Sky Reserve in the Southern Hemisphere. |
|Day 13||Queenstown||- Enjoy the morning at leisure to further explore the area. - Later, travel via motorcoach past Lake Pukaki and rugged Mackenzie Basin to Omarama, where you will make a comfort stop. Continue on to Queenstown, the 'Adventure Capital of the World.' (B,L)|
|Day 14||Queenstown||- Enjoy a full-day excursion to Milford Sound. First, travel by motorcoach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. View the Mirror Lakes as you pass through Eglinton Valley. From the Homer Tunnel, emerge into Cleddau Valley. Join your Milford Sound cruise for an unforgettable experience. Be on the lookout for wildlife such as dolphins and penguins, and enjoy the breathtaking waterfalls and scenery. Return to Queenstown late this evening. (B,L)|
|Day 15||Queenstown||- Enjoy a full day at leisure in one of New Zealand's prettiest towns. (B)Perhaps choose a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River, visit a local winery to sample some of the region's best, take a historic steamship across beautiful Lake Wakatipu, shop for souvenirs, or visit some of the sights used to film The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Your Local Host will be available to make shopping and dining recommendations. |
|Day 16||Queenstown||- Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
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