Aotearoa: Land of the Long White Cloud


Auckland: City Tour; Waitomo Caves; Rotorua: Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve; Wellington: Te Papa Museum; Doubtful OR Milford Sound overnight cruise; Mt Cook scenic overflight

Trip Information


Breakfast and dinner daily (hotels and local restaurants); lunch on overnight cruise. All land transport, sightseeing (including scenic overflight) and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.


Tour Leader gratuity, most lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, shopping, and locally paid departure taxes.

Seasonality and Weather

Subtropical in the north and temperate in the south. The warmer months (Oct-Mar) are the most pleasant, though you must be prepared for a wide range of conditions.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Transportation throughout via a/c private motor coach. The trip is not strenuous though it is busy; you must be prepared for some full days and early starts.


Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range (3 star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout (probably shower only). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than doubles. Porter service is usually available at hotels though you should be independent with your luggage. The sound that we cruise can vary depending on space availability and other scheduling considerations. We board either the Fiordland Navigator (Doubtful Sound) or the Milford Mariner (Milford), both of which feature private twin-bedded cabins and operated by our partners, Real Journeys (view the full itineraries and vessel descriptions at

Our hotels in New Zealand are chosen primarily for location, cleanliness, security, and comfort. We regret that mid-range hotels in the region do not generally provide free wifi; it is available, but it may be costly.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader, coach captain, local step-on guides.

Group Size

10-21 (plus Tour Leader)




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