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This itinerary can be completely customized to give you the exact vacation that you want.

Your adventure begins in Auckland, the melting pot for 190 ethnicities. This exciting diversity is reflected in the lively arts and cultural scene, craft markets, and outstanding local food and wine. You’ll also find extraordinary natural features, including forty-nine dormant volcanoes. The entire city is a banquet. 

While in Auckland, you’ll cruise to Waiheke Island. Delight in beaches, olive groves, laid-back seaside villages, and wine tasting at three boutique vineyards. A guide will let you in on Waiheke’s secrets.

Say farewell to Auckland, pick up your rental car, and head to Waitomo. Be prepared for the magic that is Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. Warm lights cast shadows over formations, glowworms, and lost treasures. Stay in Rotorua, renowned for the intersection of geothermal activity and Māori culture. For a full day, you’ll be part of an Eco-Cultural experience near an active Māori village, ending after a visit to the pristine lakes of this amazing volcanic region.

Queenstown is nestled in a magnificent setting amid steep mountain ranges, with the jagged peaks of the Remarkables Range rising from Lake Wakatipu. Travel the lake in a glass-roof coach, visit the Underwater Observatory, and soar over stunning alpine scenery. This rare New Zealand adventure is for those who love to dig deep when they travel, and come home with their senses renewed.

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Included Unique Activities

Take the Ferry to Waiheke Island

Take the Ferry to Waiheke Island

Half Day Afternoon Artisan Culinary Tour

Half Day Afternoon Artisan Culinary Tour

Waitomo Glowworm Cave Daytime Tour

Waitomo Glowworm Cave Daytime Tour

Rotorua Cultural Eco Tour Full Day

Rotorua Cultural Eco Tour Full Day

Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, & Fly Tour

Milford Sound Coach, Cruise, & Fly Tour


2 Nights

Rydges Auckland

2 Nights

Millennium Rotorua Hotel

3 Nights

Hotel St Moritz


  • Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer on Arrival and Departure
  • Ferry between Auckland and Waiheke Island
  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission for 3 Days

Points of Interest

  • Sky Tower
  • Okahu Bay
  • Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • Rotorua
  • Te Puia & Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley
  • Lake Wakatipu
  • Queenstown
  • Te Anau & Fjordlands
  • Milford Sound

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Waitomo, New Zealand

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Sky Tower, New Zealand

Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand

Mount Eden, New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand

Available Tour Dates


From $2,698 per person

Your Price Includes


  • 7 Nights in Authentic Superior Hotels


  • Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer on Arrival and Departure
  • Ferry between Auckland and Waiheke Island
  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission for 3 Days


  • Delectable Breakfast Each Morning


  • Visit three Boutique Vineyards and Enjoy Tastings & an Excellent Platter Lunch on a Small Group Tour of Waiheke Island
  • Glide by Boat through the Enchanted Glowworm Caves of Waitomo
  • Enjoy a Full Day Experiencing Maori culture and the geothermal regions of Rotoroa and see how they are intricately entwined
  • Travel along Lake Wakatipu in a Glass-Roof Coach, Enjoy Lunch & a Boutique Cruise Traversing Milford Sound, and Fly over Stunning Alpine Scenery on a Full-Day Nature Discovery Tour


  • Sky Tower
  • Okahu Bay
  • Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • Rotorua
  • Te Puia & Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley
  • Lake Wakatipu
  • Queenstown
  • Te Anau & Fjordlands
  • Milford Sound
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

"Family vacation"

Kristy M.


Amanda A. is the best travel agent I have ever worked with! She is friendly, nice and really cares about her clients. I will always recommend her to my family and friends. The places we stayed and activities she recommended were all terrific. We are looking forward to planning our Ireland/Scotland vacation with Amanda's help for next September. We love her!

"Couple's Vacation in Wales"

Kellie H.


We have just booked our 3rd trip with Lauren to Wales next summer and we expect that as usual it will be amazing. Lauren has previously sent my husband and I to Ireland and Scotland and we know that with her everything will go absolutely perfect. She really goes above and beyond to tailor our trips to our personalities and she knows what we like to do. Every hotel or B&B we've stayed in have been perfect. We have never worried about logistics etc... It is so wonderful to go on a trip and know that when you get there absolutely everything is taken care of and all there is left to do is enjoy! We will continue to call upon Lauren for future vacations and cannot wait for our next adventure!

"Awesome Yellowstone Vacation"

Duane K.

Thank you, Josi! What a wonderful trip it was. I cannot tell you how happy we are you made dinner reservations. We ate at all the best spots, but we watched them turn away customer after customer because they were over booked. Great weather! It snowed a bit the day we arrived, and was in the 70’s/80’s and sunny the rest of the time. Just beautiful. Did you order the weather too? Spring Creek was great. The Yellowstone tour was awesome (Bison, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Elk, Moose). Paddleboard company was great. Also, the Hotel in Salt Lake is 5 star. I’ve stayed in the nicest hotels in New York, Chicago, LA and this one is a classic. My appreciation to you!

"Ireland Vacation"

Nicole A

What an amazing trip! Michelle was amazing at assisting in the planning. Our hotels were amazing. The recommended itinerary suited exactly what my family and I wanted to experience on our trip to Ireland. I would definitely utilize Authentic Vacations again!

"Driving through history"



We had an excellent trip. Absolutely no problems with bookings that Donna arranged. Driving Ireland and seeing it at your own pace lets you stop to admire ruins not normally on a tour. Only thing we would do differently is upgrade the car. As someone who enjoys driving I regret not having something a little more sporty!

"Christmas in Ireland"


We talked to Lainie about what we were looking for. She listened to our wishes offering suggestion and developed our plan. We got exactly what we were looking for. Made sure we were happy and answering a million questions. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you Lainie !

"An epic solo road trip!"

Anthea O.


Just want to say a big thank you to Anna for all her help and patience in supporting my free and easy solo road trip across Ireland, chasing writers poets and thin places. The bed and breakfast choices were fantastic. I don't usually go through an agent to help with booking accommodation etc. but I had little to do so myself so am glad that I had Anna to take that load off me. I appreciate too that Anna was on WhatsApp with me and very responsive. I felt very supported. Thank you.

"Ireland birthday trip"

Stephanie S.


Josi was an immense help. From the beginning with her planning based on our wishes and prompt replies we felt very confident everything was covered. And it was! beautiful locations great suggestions for sites to see we could not have been more pleased with the whole Adventure. It was so nice to have all the reservations set and the car rental covered it made the whole experience stress free. I will definitely reach out to Josie for my next vacation.

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