NEW AUTHENTIC GUIDED VACATIONS

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

Accommodation

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

  • 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

Dining Options 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

2023

Available Tour Dates

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

From $14,558 per person

2024

Available Tour Dates

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

From $14,558 per person

"Italy Bucket List"

Dale

Wisconsin

We recently completed our trip to Italy after walking the Camiño de Santiago. The trip included Tuscany, Sicily, and Rome with a cruise to the Holy Land between Sicily and Rome. We worked with Naomi on the original planning and Joleen on the execution. Both were exceptional to work with and both are true professionals. Every facet of the trip, from transportation to billeting to excursions, was flawlessly planned and executed. We worked with Authentic Vacations for three trips this summer, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy we could not be more pleased with the service they provided us. Thank you!

"Girl's Dream Trip Of a Lifetime"

Elizabeth

California

We three Girls wanted a Dream trip of a Lifetime. We stayed for 12 Days and had our own Driver/Tour guide, who will forever be "Family" to us now. We stayed in three Castle Hotels and three other beautiful hotels. All accommodations were so different and unique in their own way. We ate our way through the Beautiful Irish countryside in mostly Pubs, suggested by our driver, Seamus. We were Never disappointed! We had the most wonderful stay we could have imagined, from larger cities to quaint towns we were treated so kindly and had a Blast! We shopped til we dropped, saw more than we could have ever guessed possible, and will have this vacation to remember and Cherish for the rest of our lives.  Thank you, Joleen, Thank you Authentic Vacations!

"Wales Vacation"

Carl

Massachusetts

We couldn’t have asked for a better trip! Our small group had a small luxury coach, and excellent accommodations, and Ian was an outstanding guide in every way! Graham was a wonderful driver who navigated the narrow country roads with great skill! Authentic Vacations gets our 5-star rating! Brian & Esther, MA.  Thank you, Jennifer, my agency will be using Authentic Vacations, again!

"Dream Trip to Emerald Isle"

Judy

CA

Michaela and Authentic Vacations, sharing a very positive review from my clients.   Thanks for always making me look so good. - Judy your travel advisor partner.


Hi Judy,


I think I speak for all of us when I say THANK YOU for the most wonderful Ireland trip we could have ever imagined! Each hotel and activity that Authentic Vacations selected for our stay was perfect and beyond our expectations. Our accommodations were well located, extremely comfortable, and even had great food in their restaurants! The breakfasts included were much larger than we remember typical Continental European breakfasts being. The Hawk Walk was a highlight of ours!  Our only added wish is that we would have had a full 2 weeks to fully enjoy what Ireland had to offer, and we were blown away by how nice and helpful ALL the Irish people we met were. Thank you again!!

"Anniversary Trip in Ireland"

Janet

Illinois

Because of the pandemic, we waited 2 1/2 years to finally begin our dream vacation. During that time Michaela reassured me over and over again and kept me up to date on all the Covid regulations. Our trip turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip thanks to Michaela's attention to detail. I can't compliment her enough. I highly recommend this agency...Thank you so much!

"Renewal of Vows in Scotland"

Monique

Alberta Canada

Our trip was amazing. It was more than I hoped for!!!! We booked our Scotland trip pre-pandemic and were so excited to finally go in September 2022. Lonna made sure everything was perfect! From booking the cutest bed and breakfasts in Stonehaven, Skye, Fort William, and Inverness, to a castle stay in Airth. The experiences included in the trip were amazing.

She answered my numerous questions with patience, suggestions, and guidance. Thank you Lonna!!! I would absolutely book through Authentic Vacations again!

"Scotland Family Vacation"

Jill

California

Wow does not even begin to describe our trip to Scotland! Josi was the best planner and walked us through every little bit. When the queen died and it looks like we might miss one of our tours, she was on top of it and was able to reschedule it. Her extra suggestions were what made our trip over the top! With her expertise, we were able to see everything we asked for and then some. I will certainly use her and Authentic Vacations again. We are already thinking of where our next trip will be!

"Cousins Getaway to Ireland & Scotland"

Toni

Oregon

What a wonderful trip! We started planning our trip in 2019 for June 2020, but something happened to shut down the world!😅. Our original travel planner left the company, but Adina stepped in and took over and did a fantastic job. We experienced everything from quaint B &B’s to 5-star Castle hotels, the country, the city, and everything in between. It was well planned and our 15 days in Ireland and Scotland went without a hitch! Thank you, Adina, and Authentic Vacations. We will definitely use your company again when we go back!

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