GLOBUS 2024: Independent Naturally New Zealand (IPN1)

13 Day Package from Auckland to Queenstown

God's Own Country?it might sound conceited, but this is how New Zealanders-or 'kiwis'-refer to their country. Why? Maybe because it offers stunning beauty. Maybe because it's one of the first countries in the world to see the sunrise. Maybe because bungee jumping first began there. Don't worry-we won't make you go bungee jumping, unless you choose to do that on your own! Instead, we'll show you the amazing beauty and fun cities. On this 13-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel accommodations, daily breakfast (plus three lunches and one dinner), sightseeing, land transportation, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airports for all intra-vacation flights. A one-of-a-kind special feature is the Independence by Globus Local Host, someone who is there for you to ensure your vacation runs smoothly and you get the most out of your trip. We've arranged for you to have a Local Host in Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Auckland, as we can help after the long flight by getting you from the airport to your selected hotel. Your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and a set of materials to help you get settled and familiar with the city. The next day, we've arranged guided sightseeing with a local expert, including a cruise on Waitemata Harbour for spectacular views of Auckland. From Auckland, we've arranged your transportation to Waitomo, where you'll take a boat trip to the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and to Matamata, where you'll visit the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. In Wellington, capital of New Zealand, you'll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour that reveals the local, insider stories and takes in the must-see sights. Then, you're off to Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island. Your Local Host will be waiting for you in Christchurch with materials to help you become acquainted with the area. We'll take you on an excursion to Akaroa for a cruise to see native wildlife.

From Christchurch, we've arranged your transportation to Mount Cook National Park, where you'll have time to explore this alpine wonderland set in the Southern Alps. Perhaps explore New Zealand's largest glacier or be dazzled by the Southern Hemisphere's stars in the night sky. Continue on to Queenstown, the "Adventure Capital of the World." Here, we'll take you on what will undoubtedly be a highlight of your trip: a cruise on Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Sometimes called the 'Sound of Silence,' you'll be awed by its abundant flora and fauna, as well as its raw beauty.

And did we mention that in Rotorua we've included visits to Te Puia, home to 500 geothermal wonders. With Independence by Globus, we handle all the details and you save valuable time and avoid stress by not having to create this dream vacation on your own. So, what are you waiting for? New Zealand awaits with the I-Time you deserve! All you need to do is pack your bags and go!

Call 1 -866-934-6292 for more information or to book today! Mention code 17275282

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Offer valid through 6/30/2023
13 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1Auckland
- Welcome to New Zealand! The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Why not browse the shops and galleries before relaxing in one of Auckland's many superbc restaurants on the water? Sip a glass of local wine or try a craft beer. The choices are endless!
Day 2Auckland
- Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour. See bustling Queen Street, the city's oldest park, Auckland Domain, and historic Parnell Village. Next, a scenic cruise on the city's famous harbor. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.


You may choose to travel to the top of Sky Tower for 360-degree views of the cityor take the ferry to nearby Waiheke Island for sandy beaches, beautiful scenery, and fabulous local wines. Your Local Host is available to make recommendations and point you in the right direction.
Day 3Rotorua- Travel via motorcoach south to visit the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.
- Continue to Waitomo, where you will take a boat trip through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Continue on to Rotorua.

Day 4Rotorua
- Guided sightseeing includes a visit to Agrodome, where you'll learn about New Zealand's sheep industry and to Te Puia, where you'll explore this geothermal wonderland. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or join in an optional excursion.


Choose to join an optional Maori (indigenous Polynesian people) cultural performance and Hangi dinner (roasted meats and vegetables cooked underground with hot stones). Other options include a relaxing soak in one of the therapeutic pools at the Polynesian Spa, a magical treetop walk through the Redwoods, or a helicopter tour to see this scenic region by air.
Day 5Wellington
- Fly to Wellington, capital of New Zealand. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to start exploring this vibrant city.

Day 6Wellington
- Guided morning sightseeing tour takes you to see the famous Beehive and Parliament buildings as well as scenic views from the top of Mount Victoria. Take in the beauty of the Wellington Botanical Gardens, then drive around the rugged Wellington coastline, discovering hidden bays and some of Wellington's most popular beaches. The remainder of the day is at leisure.


During your free time, you may want to visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where interactive displays tell the story of the country's great heritage and natural wonders. Other choices include a ride on Wellington's historic cable car, finding a favorite restaurant on Cuba Street, going behind-the-scenes at Weta Workshop to see how some of the world's biggest films were made, or exploring one of Wellington's many outstanding hiking trails. (B)
Day 7Christchurch
- Today, fly to Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 8Christchurch
- Travel to Akaroa, a former French and British settlement where you will have some time to explore the charming village with its colonial architecture, galleries, and cafes.
- Afterward, take a nature cruise on Akaroa Harbour for a chance to see some of the native wildlife, including New Zealand fur seals, the white-flippered blue penguin, and the Hector's dolphin, one of the smallest and rarest in the world. Return to Christchurch in the late afternoon.

Day 9Mount Cook National Park- Travel south by motorcoach via the Canterbury Plains to the shores of turquoise-blue Lake Tekapo, where the Southern Alps provide the backdrop for a stunning photo. Continue on to Mount Cook National Park. After lunch at your hotel, you will have time to explore this alpine wonderland.


You may choose to hike the Hooker Valley Track, full of stunning scenery and one of the easiest trails in the park. Other options include a scenic flight over the park with a landing on Tasman Glacier, visiting the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, a tribute to one of the world's greatest explorers, or doing some stargazing in the evening. The region is protected from artificial light pollution and is the only Dark Sky Reserve in the Southern Hemisphere.
Day 10Queenstown- Enjoy the morning at leisure to further explore the area.
- Later, travel via motorcoach past Lake Pukaki and rugged Mackenzie Basin to Omarama, where you will make a comfort stop. Continue on to Queenstown, the 'Adventure Capital of the World.'

Day 11Queenstown- Enjoy a full-day excursion to Milford Sound. First, travel by motorcoach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. View the Mirror Lakes as you pass through Eglinton Valley. From the Homer Tunnel, emerge into Cleddau Valley. Join your Milford Sound cruise for an unforgettable experience. Be on the lookout for wildlife such as dolphins and penguins, and enjoy the breathtaking waterfalls and scenery. Return to Queenstown late this evening.

Day 12Queenstown
- Enjoy a full day at leisure in one of New Zealand's prettiest towns.


Perhaps choose a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River, visit a local winery to sample some of the region's best, take a historic steamship across beautiful Lake Wakatipu, shop for souvenirs, or visit some of the sights used to film The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Your Local Host will be available to make shopping and dining recommendations.
Day 13Queenstown
- Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.


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