New Zealand’s two main islands are like fraternal twins with so much in common yet markedly distinct from one another.
North Island possesses natural geysers and thermal springs around Rotorua, the subterranean Glow Worm Caves of Waitomo, and the exquisite Bay of Islands, with its miles of deserted beach landscapes dotted with boulders. South Island, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts some of the most impossibly beautiful scenery… rugged mountains, glaciers, fjords and waterfalls. North Island produces fine wool products while South Island is gaining an international reputation for its vineyards. The cities are equally distinctive: from the Art Deco city of Napier, to the casually elegant Auckland, to the adventurous township of Queenstown.
The ancient culture of the indigenous Maoris is found throughout New Zealand. Enchanting cities, wide-ranging adventures and extraordinary panoramas create a kaleidoscope of opportunities that allows each traveler to craft a personal, once-in-a-lifetime journey to this absorbing destination. Enchanting cities, wide-ranging adventures and extraordinary panoramas create a kaleidoscope of opportunities that allows each traveler to craft that once-in-a-lifetime luxury tour to New Zealand.
There is no bad time to visit New Zealand. Plan your trip around your interests, whether that is skiing the Southern Alps or kayaking on mountain lakes. The Southern Hemisphere’s seasons are the opposite of those in North America. Summer lasts from December to February. Spring is September through November. Autumn is from March to May. Winter runs June through August.
President’s Pick: New Zealand & Australia Land, Sea, Sky 21 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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“Every time I see the creative programs our team comes up with, I ask, ‘What does a cookie cutter even look like?’ That includes this one featuring one of my favorite parts of Australia, the Whitsundays along with some of the prettiest parts of New Zealand including the top golf courses on both islands. This is the Australia and New Zealand that reaches past the rock, the reef and commercialism.”
Classic Australia & New Zealand 29 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $29,000
This distinctive Australia and New Zealand exploration takes you into Australia's cities from iconic, sophisticated Sydney to Melbourne with its mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture, trams and boutique shops. Enjoy a jaunt to Kangaroo Island to discover the vast wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park. New Zealand's stunning islands encompass the South Island's beautiful Christchurch and continue to Queenstown, where you savor a hot air balloon with views of the Southern Alps. North Island's Rotorua is a thermal wonderland is one of New Zealand's most colorful volcanic areas. Stay in some of the most exclusive and luxurious lodges in the South Pacific that offer adventures ranging from star gazing, to jet boat journeys, to trekking and wildlife viewing.
Natural New Zealand 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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Discover the magnificent Bay of Islands and delve into all that nature has to offer in this island nation. Hike the dramatic coastlines, swim with dolphins, golf at championship courses, sky dive, fly high in a hot air balloon, heli-surf, and more.
New Zealand 16 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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An exploration of landscapes and ecosystems from the island's north to south.
New Zealand’s Spectacular South Island 8 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $9,190
Adventures abound on New Zealand's South Island, where you explore pristine lakes and the spectacular landscapes of Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s premier attractions. Go trekking, mountain biking and enjoy dolphin encounters.
Custom New Zealand Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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New Zealand’s two main islands are like fraternal twins with so much in common yet distinctly different. From North Island's thermal regions to South Island's magnificent fjords, New Zealand offers adventure for everyone from heli skiing to wine tastings to sailing to Maori culture.
Speed Collection New Zealand 10 Days New Reality Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $21,850
Jump off the tallest building in Southern Hemisphere, careen down a river in a jet boat, and experience aerial acrobatics in a vintage bi-plane.