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Inspiring JourneysInspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand

On this inspiring 10 day journey traveling the length of New Zealand you'll see the best of the country including untamed landscapes, snow-capped mountains, white sandy beaches and vibrant cities. You'll learn about ancient Maori culture and come away feeling truly inspired. 

*Please note. Domestic flights from Rotorua to Wellington then Wellington to Queenstown are needed with this tour. These are not included in the cost but we can book this on your behalf.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Queenstown
 10 days/ 9 nights
 Hotel 4 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Sunrise over the city of Wellington
dusk over the city of Rotorua

At a glance - Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland the 'City of Sails'. Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (or similar)

Day 2: Begin the morning with a city sights tour and a trip to Waiheke Island for a culinary extravaganza. Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (or similar)

Day 3: Depart Auckland, through the rolling green pastureland of Waikato, visit a farm for lunch before continuing to Rotorua. Accommodation: Pullman Rotorua (or similar)

Day 4: A day to explore the geothermal city of Rotorua at your own pace. Accommodation: Pullman Rotorua (or similar)

Day 5: Visit Rainbow Springs and Whakarewarewa Village before boarding your flight to Wellington. Accommodation: Sofitel Wellington

Day 6: Sample food delights of Wellington with a local guide this morning and visit the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia this afternoon. Accommodation: Sofitel Wellington

Day 7: A morning visit to Te Papa Museum before boarding your flight to Queenstown. Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 8: Journey into Fiordland National Park and experience a cruise on Doubtful Sound. Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 9: A free day to enjoy the pristine alpine playground of Queenstown. Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 10: Depart Queenstown.

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Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland the 'City of Sails'

Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 1

Welcome to Auckland

Welcome to the City of Sails, New Zealand's invigorating North Island hub and one of the most liveable cities in the world. After you check-in to your hotel spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening join your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Your Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (or similar)

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland on the unique and vibrant Viaduct Harbour and close to the new Wynyard Quarter.

Meals included: Dinner

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (or similar)

Day 2: Begin the morning with a city sights tour and a trip to Waiheke Island for a culinary extravaganza

Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 2

Enjoy a city sights tour and experience Auckland

A city sights tour will start your morning in Auckland. Travel around the waterfront from central city out to Mission Bay. Prepare your camera for the stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. Next up we take a ferry over to Waiheke Island, on arrival you'll be greeted at the wharf by your tour driver and directed to your coach. Enjoy a scenic drive to your first stop, Stonyridge Vineyard, where you'll enjoy a tour and tastings, plus a light lunch over views of the vineyard. You then depart for Rangihoua Estate, which introduces you to Waiheke's olive growing industry, including tasting award-winning olive oils. A stop at Casita Miro will leave you enchanted with the tastes and feelings of the Mediterranean. Your tour finishes with wine tastings at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard, with spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf, before returning to the ferry terminal. Tonight, enjoy a free evening; why not try one of the many restaurants in Wynyard Quarter or the Viaduct.

Your Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (or similar)

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland on the unique and vibrant Viaduct Harbour and close to the new Wynyard Quarter.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (or similar)

Day 3: Depart Auckland, through the rolling green pastureland of Waikato, visit a farm for lunch before continuing to Rotorua

Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 3

Auckland to Rotorua

Your leisurely discovery of New Zealand's North Island continues as you follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to the home of Lance and Bridgette O'Sullivan, of New Zealand horse racing fame, for a Be My Guest experience, a traditional country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato Farm. Journey to the volatile landscapes of Rotorua, where Māori culture takes centre stage. Visit the Tamaki Māori Village for insights into the local rituals and traditions of this fascinating culture. Embrace their gracious Hongi greeting, experience the heart-pounding wero challenge and enjoy a Highlight Dinner, the delicious flavours of the Hangi cooked in the earth with geothermal steam.

Your Accommodation: Pullman Rotorua (or similar)

Pullman Rotorua is located in the city and only moments away from the lakefront. It is surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions. Discover shooting geysers, bubbling mud, natural hot springs and magical forests. The hotel has 130 rooms and suites, a gym, Executive Lounge, vibrant restaurant, chic bar and 4 dynamic meeting rooms with internet connectivity. The perfect base to explore the region's geothermal paradise.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Pullman Rotorua (or similar)

Day 4: A day to explore the geothermal city of Rotorua at your own pace

Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 4

Rotorua Sights

Embark on one of the Included Choice sightseeing experiences today to explore the sacred lands, thermal marvels and Māori traditions of Rotorua. Indulge in the Polynesian Spa's healing waters, tread in the footsteps of Bilbo Baggins in the fantasy-land of Hobbiton or if you're up for a challenge, take the native forest zipline adventure tour with Canopy Tours.

Your Accommodation: Pullman Rotorua (or similar)

Pullman Rotorua is located in the city and only moments away from the lakefront. It is surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions. Discover shooting geysers, bubbling mud, natural hot springs and magical forests. The hotel has 130 rooms and suites, a gym, Executive Lounge, vibrant restaurant, chic bar and 4 dynamic meeting rooms with internet connectivity. The perfect base to explore the region's geothermal paradise.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Pullman Rotorua (or similar)

Day 5: Visit Rainbow Springs and Whakarewarewa Village before boarding your flight to Wellington

Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 5

Rotorua to Wellington

Come face-to-face with New Zealand's indigenous creatures that find sanctuary alongside the crystal-clear mineral water springs and within the lush surrounds of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Leave the shy kiwis behind for an encounter with the local Māori community at Whakawerawera Living Village and an introduction to the bubbling geysers, mud pools and thermal springs of Rotorua. A local guide will show you New Zealand's largest geyser before you board your flight to Wellington, the Capital of Cool. Spend the evening at your leisure, enjoying dinner at one of the quirky cafes at Courtenay Place or Cuba Street.

(Your airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent, we are more than happy to organise this).

Flight Rotorua to Wellington

Fly from Rotorua to Wellington.  The cost for this is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Your Accommodation: Sofitel Wellington

Ideally positioned in the Central Business District and government hub, Sofitel Wellington is within walking distance from the major tourist attractions, with many restaurants and cafes nearby. All 129 Guest Rooms are beautifully appointed in vintage gold and bronze tones and feature indulgent rain showers.

Meals included: Breakfast

Sofitel Wellington

Day 6: Sample food delights of Wellington with a local guide this morning and visit the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia this afternoon

Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 6

Explore Wellington

This afternoon, continue to the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia, admiring the extraordinary efforts of conservationists who have reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife that were absent from mainland New Zealand for over a century.

Your Accommodation: Sofitel Wellington

Ideally positioned in the Central Business District and government hub, Sofitel Wellington is within walking distance from the major tourist attractions, with many restaurants and cafes nearby. All 129 Guest Rooms are beautifully appointed in vintage gold and bronze tones and feature indulgent rain showers.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sofitel Wellington

Day 7: A morning visit to Te Papa Museum before boarding your flight to Queenstown

Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 7

Wellington to Queenstown

This morning we continue to the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia, admiring the extraordinary efforts of conservationists who have reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife that were absent from mainland New Zealand for over a century. Then it's time to prime yourselves for a few days of adventure, flying to Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital. On arrival, the journey to the goldrush village of Arrowtown. Enjoy a tour of Queenstown, and gaze at the natural splendour in its midst – from the peaks of the Remarkables to beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

(Your airfare is not included and must be booked by you or your travel agent we are more than happy to help you with this).

Flight Wellington to Queenstown

Fly from Rotorua to Christchurch.  The cost for this is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Your Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Awarded the best hotel in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 3 times running this luxury apartment-style hotel is built on an elevated hillside position offering spectacular lake and mountain views. Only a 2 minute walk to the centre of Queenstown's vibrant attractions and activities.

Meals included: Breakfast

Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 8: Journey into Fiordland National Park and experience a cruise on Doubtful Sound

Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 8

Doubtful Sound cruise

Journey deep into the heart of Fiordland National Park. From the silence of the Sounds to the ancient rainforests, the beauty and vastness will leave you speechless. Your day begins in Manapouri, where you'll embark on a cruise across the loveliest of all the Fiordland lakes, Lake Manapouri. Meander through epic surrounds, across New Zealand's most expensive road over Wilmot Pass. Boarding a cruise, take to the waters of Doubtful Sound, keeping your eyes peeled for the diverse species that call this beautiful body of water home.

Your Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Awarded the best hotel in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 3 times running this luxury apartment-style hotel is built on an elevated hillside position offering spectacular lake and mountain views. Only a 2 minute walk to the centre of Queenstown's vibrant attractions and activities.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 9: A free day to enjoy the pristine alpine playground of Queenstown

Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 9

Explore Queenstown

You have a full day to indulge your adventurous side, selecting one of the Included Choice sightseeing experiences on offer in Queenstown. Enjoy a guided walk through a native beech forest or embark on a 4WD minibus tour through the scenic gorge of Skippers Canyon. For a more sedate encounter with the adrenalin capital, visit one of the nearby wineries to sample award-winning vintages. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking any of your chosen Included Choice experiences. As your final day ends, spend the evening together enjoying a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant and toast to shared memories of an epic encounter with New Zealand's north and south.

Your Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Awarded the best hotel in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 3 times running this luxury apartment-style hotel is built on an elevated hillside position offering spectacular lake and mountain views. Only a 2 minute walk to the centre of Queenstown's vibrant attractions and activities.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 10: Depart Queenstown

Inspiring Journeys 10 Day Inspiring New Zealand - Day 10

Depart Queentown

For now, all that's left to say is a fond farewell as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end after breakfast. E noho rā New Zealand - we hope for a speedy return

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