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Kiwi Highlights

Natural beauty and culture are in full effect on this Kiwi adventure, a 10 night itinerary showcasing the highlights of the Kiwi way of life. Envelope yourself in culture with a “Hangi” dinner and concert and a Twilight Cultural Tour. Become one with nature as you transcend into the grand Waitomo Caves filled with phenomenal glowworms, marvel at the overwhelming beauty of the glaciers at Franz Josef and take in the sweeping vistas at Milford Sound. Get adventurous as you journey through Kiwi Highlights.

Trip Type: Adventure, Family, Romance & Honeymoon, Wildlife

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Auckland
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price. 

Day 2 – Cross the International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole - and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.

Day 3 – Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand
On arrival into Auckland, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

Auckland, ‘City of Sails’, located between two stunning harbors, enjoys a mild year-round climate. Auckland is the country's most visited region and largest urban area, offering exciting activities and great shopping.

The city lies across a 7-mile wide volcanic isthmus separating two harbors. The Waitemata to the east opens into the Hauraki Gulf, and to the Pacific Ocean. The Manukau Harbour to the west offers many estuaries and surf beaches and opens to the Tasman Sea.

Starting Accommodation: Rydges Auckland

Day 4 – Auckland to Rotorua Via Waitomo Caves
Depart Auckland on board a motor coach for your ride south to Hamilton. Travel through the rich Waikato area, famous for its dairy farms, kiwi fruit orchards, thoroughbred horses...and the Waitomo Caves! You will enter subterranean limestone caverns to view the Glow Worm Grotto; surely one of the wonders of the world. Then continue over the bush clad Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua.

Starting Accommodation: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside (L)

Day 5 – Explore Rotorua
Eco Thermal Park Tour
Today's tour will visit Wai O Tapu and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. The two parks offer a variety of thermal activity; at Wai-o-tapu the colorful hot springs are the key features along with the famous Lady Knox geyser. At Waimangu Volcanic valley the guide will explain the Mt. Tarawera eruption which blew open this now spectacular, bush covered, geothermal park.

The local naturalist guide will explain the volcanic processes of Rotorua and New Zealand, while you have the opportunity to view the volcanoes, geysers, New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool, and hot springs.

Hangi dinner and concert
This Twilight Cultural Tour offers transport to and from a Marae by coach. Tonight is a spiritual experience you will never forget with Marae protocol, entertainment, Maori culture and feasting.

En route to the Marae, the guide explains the protocol to take place. The group on board is prepared for the wero (challenge) and welcome to the Marae. Upon entering the exquisitely carved meeting house, you will hongi (greet - pressing of noses) with your host. The tradition means you are a friend and may consider yourself one of the family. Now sit back and enjoy the culture of the Maori people. See the fierce Haka (war dance), twirling of poi balls, stick games and other entertainment.

From here we move to the Hangi pit to see the traditional Maori method of food preparation before heading into the dining room for a Hangi (feast). After the feast, you are transferred back to your Rotorua accommodation by coach.

Starting Accommodation: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside (D)

Day 6 – Rotorua to Queenstown (Via Christchurch)
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight south to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Nestled beside the deep blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, at the foot of the Remarkables Mountain Range, Queenstown is a year round resort, where you can be as active as you want, or just leisurely enjoy the magnificent scenery.

Starting Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 7 – Milford Sound Nature Cruise
An early start as you leave your hotel and coach through some of the most beautiful countryside in New Zealand. On arrival at Milford Sound, board the vessel for a leisurely cruise along the sound to the Tasman Sea. The vessel stops at various points and plenty of time is available to view waterfalls, rainforests, mountains and seals. You may even see dolphins frolic alongside the boat. A picnic lunch is included during the cruise.

Starting Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (L)

Day 8 – Dart River Wilderness Safari
Transfer from Queenstown by coach to Glenorchy and the mouth of the Dart River. Here we board the 18 foot specially prepared jet boat and thread our way through a maze of channels between river flats in only inches of water. Snowcapped mountains surround you as you view the World Heritage Grandeur, and waterfalls cascade into the lush bush clad valleys - a magical, untouched place.

Your guide shares his knowledge and explains all about the area, then pulls into a bank so that you may explore the area by foot. This optional 30-45 minute guided walk takes you into the native forests at an area called Paradise in the spectacular Rees Valley. You will then be collected by the 4 x 4 coach to take you back to Glenorchy, before transferring back to Queenstown. Trip duration is 6 hours.

Starting Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 9 – Coach transfer from Queenstown to Franz Josef
Depart from Queenstown to arrive at Franz Josef around 4.15pm. Sit back, relax and take in the spectacular scenery of Kawarau Gorge, Lake Hawera, Haast Pass and Fox Glacier. A stop is made en route for lunch (own expense).

Starting Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 10 – At leisure, Franz Josef
Set between the stormy expanse of the Tasman Sea and the unbroken chain of the Southern Alps, the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand is truly a land apart. For six hundred kilometers from north to south, this wild and often sparsely-populated region of mountains and glaciers, of lakes and unruly rivers, of primeval forest and magnificent coastline, overwhelms visitors with its natural beauty. Opportunities on the West Coast are now virtually endless for activities like beach and forest walking, tramping, fishing, horse-trekking, canoeing or exploring old gold mining regions and ghost towns abandoned in the wane of the gold rush era.

Starting Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B)

Day 11 – TranzAlpine Train
A point-to-point coach service will transport you from Franz Josef to Greymouth. A stop for lunch is made at Shantytown (own expense) before continuing on to Greymouth to connect with the TranzAlpine train.

Board the TranzAlpine train at Greymouth and farewell the glacier country as you travel through the rugged mountains of the Southern Alps to the Canterbury Plains and on to the 'English' city of Christchurch. The train features panoramic windows for scenic views and a restaurant car to purchase snacks and drinks.

This train is one the most beautiful journeys in New Zealand so don’t forget to bring along your camera! On arrival into Christchurch you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch (B)

Day 12 – Akaroa Tour with Cruise
On this amazing tour, visit the extinct volcanoes of Banks Peninsula and view the beautiful harbors & green farmland. Make photo stops at scenic places and enjoy morning & afternoon teas and a cheese tasting at the Barry's Bay Cheese Factory.

Once at Akaroa, included in your tour is a nature and harbor cruise on the Canterbury Cat. This cruise explores the volcanic harbor and sightings may be made of the world's smallest dolphin - the Hectors Dolphin, NZ Fur Seals and numerous seabirds.

If time allows, stroll through the village and along the waterfront, taking in the quaint French charm which is unique to Akaroa. Lunch is included today, and the return to Christchurch is around 5.30pm.

Starting Accommodation: Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch (L)

Day 13 – Christchurch to USA (Via Auckland)
You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flights.

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Included Activities

Akaroa Tour
Akaroa Tour
Length: Full-day
Auckland to Rotorua (via Waitomo)
Auckland to Rotorua (via Waitomo)
Length: Full-day
Dart River Wilderness Safari
Dart River Wilderness Safari
Length: Half-day
Milford Sound Tour
Milford Sound Tour
Length: Full-day
Rotorua Highlights
Rotorua Highlights
Length: Half-day, Full-day


AucklandRydges AucklandSKYCITY Grand Hotel
RotoruaNovotel Rotorua LakesidePeppers on the Point
QueenstownNovotel Queenstown LakesideSofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
Franz JosefScenic Hotel Franz Josef GlacierWestwood Lodge
ChristchurchRendezvous Hotel ChristchurchThe George


Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Twin Share
2/1/2020 - 3/31/2020$3,555$4,860
4/1/2020 - 4/30/2020$3,295$4,675
5/1/2020 - 6/30/2020$2,975$4,385
7/1/2020 - 9/30/2020$3,075$4,595
10/1/2020 - 10/31/2020$3,455$4,975
11/1/2020 - 11/30/2020$3,515$5,040
12/1/2020 - 3/31/2021$3,530$5,085
Single Traveler
2/1/2020 - 3/31/2020$5,440$8,260
4/1/2020 - 4/30/2020$4,845$7,560
5/1/2020 - 6/30/2020$4,245$7,020
7/1/2020 - 9/30/2020$4,445$7,440
10/1/2020 - 10/31/2020$5,185$8,185
11/1/2020 - 11/30/2020$5,285$8,295
12/1/2020 - 3/31/2021$5,285$8,345

Add internal air to this package from $495*

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Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: www.swaindestinations.com/terms