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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. 

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 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Queenstown
 10 days/ 9 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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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

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

Day 3: Depart Auckland, through the rolling green pastureland of Waikato, visit a farm for lunch before continuing to Rotorua. Accommodation: The Princes Gate Hotel

Day 4: A day to explore the geothermal city of Rotorua at your own pace. Accommodation: The Princes Gate Hotel

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: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 8: Journey into Fiordland National Park and experience a cruise on Doubtful Sound. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 9: A free day to enjoy the pristine alpine playground of Queenstown. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

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.

Your Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

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: Speciality Dinner

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

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

Soak up Auckland's intoxicating charm this morning as you embark on a city sightseeing tour that begins at the city waterfront and ends in Mission Bay. Admire magnificent views of Waitemata Harbour, Rangitoto and the picturesque Auckland city skyline. Then, travel by ferry to Waiheke Island for a culinary extravaganza of bold reds and sweet olives. Your first stop is Stonyridge Vineyard, where you'll enjoy a tour and tastings plus a light lunch, over views of the vineyard. Continue your love affair with Waiheke at Casita Miro, savouring delicious Mediterranean flavours. Your final stop is at Mudbrick Vineyard where you'll enjoy delicate chardonnay paired with spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf. The evening is yours to continue your gourmet exploration of Auckland. Consider dinner at the trendy Wynyard Quarter in the heart of the city or at Viaduct Harbour.

Your Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

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

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: The Princes Gate Hotel

The most famous hotel in Rotorua built in 1897 this 107 year old beautiful hotel is privately owned and operated. The Princes Gate Hotel is not just a hotel but also an attraction and proudly deserves the phrase 'a hotel so good; they built the City around it.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Speciality Dinner

The Princes Gate Hotel

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: The Princes Gate Hotel

The most famous hotel in Rotorua built in 1897 this 107 year old beautiful hotel is privately owned and operated. The Princes Gate Hotel is not just a hotel but also an attraction and proudly deserves the phrase 'a hotel so good; they built the City around it.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

The Princes Gate Hotel

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 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

A foodie extravaganza awaits this morning as you join a local guide to sample the delicious gourmet delights shared over fascinating stories of Welly. Embrace your inner hipster as you explore the charming Victorian architecture and savour the city's coffee culture, visiting several local gems with an expert to indulge in the city's specialities. 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, explore New Zealand's fascinating culture, nature, heritage and art at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, joining a guide who will reveal the stories behind the exhibitions. Then it's time to prime yourselves for a few days of adventure, flying to Queenstown, New Zealand's adrenalin capital. On arrival, journey to the gold-rush village of Arrowtown. Enjoy an orientation tour of Queenstown, and gaze at the natural splendour in its midst - from the peaks of the Remarkables to beautiful Lake Wakatipu.

Your Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

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: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

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: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

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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