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This is a suggested itinerary for a private group with a minimum of 12 people traveling together. Some of these experiences are seasonal and may not be available. In those instances, we will source alternatives for your group.

Imagine an authentic tour of New Zealand. A trip that includes caves, lost treasures, and wine tasting at the top of the world. Perhaps you’d like unspoiled beaches, naturalists, and the wisdom of Māori guides. What could be better? Your New Zealand adventure begins in Auckland, a dazzling city of 49 dormant volcanoes and 190 ethnicities. 

From Auckland, it’s a short journey to Rotorua and Waitomo Caves. Enter a cave, lit by torches. Amazing. You’ll also take a helicopter tour and soar over pristine northern lakes, hot springs, and calderas—this is the New Zealand that few visitors get to see. Come with us to Fairy Springs and a Kiwi Hatchery. Once near extinction, these creatures have whiskers like a cat, massive feet, and they cannot fly. Being with them is a joy.

Two quite different experiences are up next. The first is a stylish, progressive dinner held at three of the top wineries in New Zealand. The next is a traditional Māori feast. Relax and feel time slip away. The city of Napier is a gem of Art Deco architecture, vintage fashion, and an extraordinary gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. Christchurch is the place where urban innovation meets heritage. Go punting on the Avon River or explore the botanical gardens.

Stewart Island is a sanctuary of secluded bays, and you’ll discover rare birds with a knowledgeable guide. Feel the peace… From Te Anau, a catamaran sails you to an exclusive retreat; you may spot an albatross flying above. After a night spent cruising the Tasman Sea, you’re deeply aware of the magic here. Finally, you’re on to Queenstown, a vibrant city carved by glaciers and shaped by wild-eyed dreamers. Hop on a 4 x 4 for an off-road thrill through gold rush settlements and lush film sites. This extraordinary New Zealand vacation is pure wonder. 

Included Unique Activities

  • Private Introductory Auckland Sightseeing Tour
  • Footwhistle Glowworm Cave Tour
  • Experience a Helicopter Sightseeing Tour over Volcanos and Pristine Lakes
  • Behind the Scenes at The National Kiwi Hatchery Tour
  • A Twilight Odyssey Wine and Dine Tour
  • Half-Day Ancient Maori Village Tour
  • Christchurch Vintage Bike Tour
  • 3.5 Hour Private Ulva Island Guided Walk for 2
  • Evening Kiwi Guided Walk
  • Navigator Overnight Cruise Te Anau to Te Anau
  • Half-Day High Country Queenstown Tour
Christchurch Vintage Bike Tour

Christchurch Vintage Bike Tour

Flight from Napier to Christchurch

Flight from Napier to Christchurch

Footwhistle Glowworm Cave Tour

Footwhistle Glowworm Cave Tour

Behind the Scenes at The National Kiwi Hatchery Tour

Behind the Scenes at The National Kiwi Hatchery Tour

A Twilight Odyssey (Wine and Dine Tour)

A Twilight Odyssey (Wine and Dine Tour)

Half Day Ancient Maori Village Tour

Half Day Ancient Maori Village Tour

Rotorua Lakes, Mount Tarawera, Orakei Korako by Helicopter

Rotorua Lakes, Mount Tarawera, Orakei Korako by Helicopter

Auckland Introductory City Sightseeing Tour

Auckland Introductory City Sightseeing Tour

Accommodations

1 Night

Chic Heartfelt Hotel

2 Nights

5-Star View Hotel

1 Night

4-Star Art-Deco Hotel

1 Night

Award-Winning Luxury Inn

2 Nights

Secluded View Lodge

1 Night

5-Star Ideal Heritage Lodge

1 Night

Stunning Overnight Cruise

Transportation and Guides

  • Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer on Arrival and Departure
  • Private Luxury Air-Conditioned Mini-Coach Transportation with Knowledgable Driver-Guide
  • Domestic flights from Napier to Christchurch, Christchurch to Invercargill
  • Queenstown Jet Boat Airport Transfer

Meals Included

  • Delectable Breakfast Each Morning
  • A la carte Dinner at Sugar Club Auckland
  • Home-cooked Lunch at Crosshills Homestead, 
  • A Twilight Odyssey Wine and Dine Tour at NZ’s Top Winery Restaurants
    • Includes Interactive Wine Tasting & Platter. Champagne Sunset from Te Mata Peak. Main Course with 3 Wines. Dessert & 2 Dessert Wines
  • Dinner at Pescatore - Christchurch's only 2 Hat Restaurant in the 2018 Cuisine Good Food Awards
  • Dinner at Rātā - Set Menu, shared bites followed by a choice of entree, main and dessert

Points of Interest

  • Auckland
  • Ngaruawahia
  • Waitomo Village
  • Arapuni
  • Putaruru
  • Rotorua
  • Mount Tarawera and White Island
  • Waiotapu Thermal Region
  • Kaingaroa Forest
  • Napier
  • Te Mata Peak
  • Otatara and Hikurangi
  • Christchurch
  • Stewart Island
  • Oban
  • Lake Manapouri & Lake Te Anau
  • Queenstown

Rotorua, North Island

2024

Available Dates

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

ON SALE! From $14,558 $14,358 per person

2025

Available Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

ON SALE! From $15,286 $15,086 per person

"Amazing Ireland Guided Vacation"

Lindsay S.

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Jorie, I can't thank you enough for all your help, answering all my 50 million questions and also reassuring me that Ireland would be amazing. When switching my group from Egypt to a different destination, I was so flustered and not confident in where to go, but it was so easy to sell into the group. I have to say, Ireland was not necessarily at the top of my list, but oh my gosh, it is now! You and Authentic do an AMAZING job when it comes to Ireland!

My group literally cannot stop talking about our trip and they ALL loved it. The hotels were amazing. Aghadoe and Glenlo literally took the spotlight. Our guide Seamus was phenomenal and our driver Ian was so funny. We all had such a good time! Even with the other 2 couples that were on the trip. I really can't think of one flaw or hiccup.. everything was so seamless and perfect. I think it was some long days driving for some, but ultimately I think everyone knew that it was inevitable to see all of the beauty of Ireland. The bus was so nice and it was nice that it was roomy enough for us all to spread out. Again, I can't really think of one thing that I was 'ehh..'. It was all so amazing!

Again, I can't thank you enough.

"This Guided Vacation far exceeded my wildest dreams"

Lorraine M.

Dear Jen, thank you for all your assistance and patience with our Ireland vacation. This is my lifetime dream. Elegant and fabulous tour. The best guide and bus driver. Small, lovely. This trip far exceeds my wildest dreams. Seamus is witty, well informed and an excellent guide.

"Trip to London and Scotland"

Kathie S.

Agency

My clients LOVED their trip to London and Scotland. They really enjoyed the hotels that Authentic Vacations recommended, especially the Rembrandt. Thank you!

"The entire Ireland trip was a dream"

Jennifer B.

Jackson, NJ

Ellie booked our dream vacation for a total of 15 days to Ireland. We did a self-driving tour with a car rental starting and ending in Dublin. We traveled the entire coastline staying 1 or 2 nights at each hotel. The places arranged for us got better and better each night, ending with our last night in a castle built in 1101. The entire trip was a dream. All the recommendations made to us by Ellie were spot on! I can not wait to work with her again. We plan on returning in a couple years with our adult children. I would definitely use Authentic Vacations again for any trip I plan on taking overseas.

"Great trip in Ireland & Scotland"

Tena

Ireland/Scotland trip was a great trip planned with our group and Jorie. We thoroughly enjoyed each city we visited in both countries. All our hotels were very nice but as older adults, I would advise to pack light which is hard to do if your visit is extended but we had to climb stairs in several places. My favorite thing in both countries are the people. Everyone was so friendly and inviting at hotels, restaurants and local sites. We felt completely safe and comfortable. I would agree with other travelers that driving is stressful for both driver and passengers especially in Ireland where the roads are extremely narrow with rock walls on each side. Next trip will include staying in certain cities with tours out. JerPoint Park in Ireland was a favorite of our group of 4. Authentic Vacations plans, reservations and communications were first rate.

"Wonderful Scottish and Irish adventure"

James

South Carolina

Lauren, thank you for putting together a wonderful Scottish and Irish adventure. In many unexpected ways it indeed was an adventure that we will remember forever. So sincere thanks. Despite a glitch in St Andrews your team's recovery actually made St Andrews the highpoint of our trip. Staying at Rusacks overlooking the first tee and eighteenth green of the old course was awesome. All the Hotels were first rate. Experiences - awesome The Clontarf Castle is an awesome way to the trip. Well done y'all.  Big city stays - We all felt like we could have used an extra day in the larger cities. They all had a story to tell, and we just had enough time to scratch the surface. Self-drive - while less expensive alternative, the person doing the driving misses out on a lot in transit, while the passenger's white knuckle thru the driver's learning process. Also, the roads in Scotland and Ireland are no joke.  Would recommend it is worth it to hire a private chauffer driver or go Small Guided for sure.

"Scotland Birthday Trip"

Michelle

Agency

Adina, I'm following up on my client's train/whiskey tour/ birthday trip to Scotland in October. They had a wonderful time! The whiskey tour day was their favorite, made extra special by their driver Alec who was a superstar. My client's boyfriend is a real train enthusiast. They enjoyed all the train trips, and Nick was like a child on the Jacobite train. Thanks so much for your help with this trip. You clearly know Scotland and planned a very nice route with some unique requirements. I greatly appreciate your expertise and attentive service. I look forward to working with you again in the future. An early Happy Holidays!

"Memorable Trip in Italy"

Loryl

Fort Thomas, KY

Amber, I received this email from my client Mrs. R this morning - I love being able to share these with you all :).

"Loryl, WOW! What a wonderful trip we had in Italy! Thank you for helping make this trip so memorable. We have so many wonderful memories that we will cherish forever. It was a trip of a lifetime. Thank You!  I guess we need to start thinking about our next trip. "

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