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For those looking to experience New Zealand’s North and South Islands, look no further than our 14-Night North to South New Zealand Discovery package. With overnight stays in Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Nelson, Punakaiki, Franz Josef, and Queenstown, this New Zealand vacation is the best way to see some of the more remote areas of the country!

Your tour begins on the North Island with a range of activities including an afternoon wilderness and cultural experience at the Arataki Centre; a guided electric bike tour of Waiheke Island, a guided daytime tour of the Footwhistle Glowworm Cave in Waitomo; a full day helicopter tour soaring over pristine northern lakes, hot springs and calderas exploring a part of New Zealand few get to see, a night tour of Zealandia, a sanctuary valley full of rare and endangered species (including nocturnal species); and a behind-the-scenes Maori tour at Te Papa Taonga (New Zealand’s national museum). After a ride on the classic Interislander Ferry (from Wellington to Picton), your journey continues on the South Island.

The South Island portion of your tour features an Abel Tasman experience, complete with a short cruise and a self-guided walk; a heli-hike tour of Franz Josef Glacier, including admission to the Franz Josef Hot Pools; and a full day Milford Sound tour featuring a glass-roof couch tour, a small boat cruise of Milford Sound, a visit to the underwater observatory, and a scenic flight over untouched wilderness. When possible, we ensure that your day tours are run by local small group operators to deliver the most authentic experience. With visits to some of the country’s more remote areas, this tour offers intimate experiences that can only be experienced in New Zealand. 

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Included Unique Activities

Private Meet & Greet Airport Transfer - Auckland

Private Meet & Greet Airport Transfer - Auckland

Waitakere Afternoon Wilderness Experience

Waitakere Afternoon Wilderness Experience

Waiheke Islands Back Roads E-Bike Tour with Maori Guide

Waiheke Islands Back Roads E-Bike Tour with Maori Guide

Waitomo Glowworm Cave Daytime Tour

Waitomo Glowworm Cave Daytime Tour

Rotorua Lakes, Mount Tarawera, Orakei Korako by Helicopter

Rotorua Lakes, Mount Tarawera, Orakei Korako by Helicopter

Zealandia by Night Tour

Zealandia by Night Tour

Te Papa Taonga Behind the Scenes Maori Tour

Te Papa Taonga Behind the Scenes Maori Tour

Abel Tasman National Park Swing Bridge, Bush & Beach

Abel Tasman National Park Swing Bridge, Bush & Beach

Accommodation

2 Nights

Stylish Designer Hotel

2 Nights

Stunning Attractions Hotel

2 Nights

5-Star City Heart Hotel

2 Nights

Bayview 4-Star Hotel

1 Night

Ocean View Retreat

2 Nights

4-Star Nature Retreat

3 Nights

5-Star Boutique Hotel

Transportation

  • Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer
  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission for 9 Days
  • All Transportation between Activities Included

Dining Options Included

  • Delectable Breakfast Each Morning

Points of Interest

  • Queens Wharf
  • Arataki Visitor Centre And The Waitakere Rainforest
  • Waiheke Island
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • White Island - New Zealand's Most Active Volcano
  • Mount Tarawera
  • Rotorua
  • Wellington to Picton - One of The Most Beautiful Ferry Rides in the World
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Lake Wakatipu 
  • Milford Sound
  • Queenstown
  • Bob’s Peak

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

White Island, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

Sky Tower, New Zealand

Bob's Peak and Skyline Gondola, New Zealand

The Kawaru River, New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand

Milford Sound, New Zealand

YEAR ROUND 

Available Tour Dates

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

From $6,898 per person

Your 2022 Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 14 Nights in Authentic Superior Hotels

TRANSPORTATION

  • Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer
  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission for 9 Days
  • All Transportation between Activities Included

DINING OPTIONS INCLUDED

  • Delectable Breakfast Each Morning

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Absorb the Untouched Nature and Local Maori History at Waitakere Ranges Regional Park
  • Scenic 40 Minute Cruise to Waiheke Island Through the Beautiful Hauraki Gulf.
  • Cruise the Back Roads of Waiheke Island on Electric Bicycle, Led by an Authentic Maori Guide
  • Glide by Boat through the Enchanted Glowworm Caves of Waitomo
  • Combination of Two Helicopter Tours - Landing on Both Mount Tarawera and White Island
  • Te Papa National Museum Taonga Behind the Scenes Maori Tour
  • Cruise and Unguided Walk at Abel Tasman National Park
  • Exhilarating Helicopter Ride, Jaw-dropping Scenery and a Three Hour Franz Josef Glacier Hike
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise, Underwater Observatory, Picnic Lunch, and Scenic Return Flight

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Queens Wharf
  • Arataki Visitor Centre And The Waitakere Rainforest
  • Waiheke Island
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • White Island - New Zealand's Most Active Volcano
  • Mount Tarawera
  • Rotorua
  • Wellington to Picton - One of The Most Beautiful Ferry Rides in the World
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Lake Wakatipu 
  • Milford Sound
  • Queenstown
  • Bob’s Peak
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.

"Wonderful Ireland, Golf, Site Seeing, Relaxation"

Debbie

Texas

We had a wonderful experience visiting Ireland for the first time. All of the scheduled accommodations, sites and activities, golf courses and suggested restaurant were excellent. The people we met were very helpful and welcoming.

"Ireland Business/Vacation"

Harold

Cape Cod

Our agent, Jennifer, did an outstanding job organizing our trip. We had originally planned for 4 days, but hiring a driver was too expensive, and there were no rental cars available. She planned a train trip from Dublin to Kilkenny (absolutely great town- highly recommend a visit there) and then back to Dublin to stay in the Clontarf Castle. Everything went very smoothly and her recommendations were perfect. The Irish were/are the friendliest people we've ever met, and we can't wait to return. When we do, we will use Authentic Vacations again!

"Ireland Birthday Celebration"

Candace

MN

I cannot say enough great things about Authentic Vacations! My husband and I had an amazing time in Ireland. They set up everything for us, from staying in 4-star hotels to amazing castles. They had sites to see included in our package and suggestions for other places to go. From the day we landed in Dublin, to getting our rental car and navigating the southern coast of Ireland, it went smoothly. It was a trip of a lifetime! We are already talking about our next adventure and we will definitely go through Authentic Vacations!

"Scotland our New Second Home"

JoAnne

Texas

What began four years ago, this trip had several stops and starts. But when we finally boarded the plane it was a perfect vacation.

Rosslyn Chapel, Glamis Games, Cauloudian and the Amazing William Wallace Monument, Loch Ness, and the Jacobite Train did not disappoint. Finding more information about my family topped the list.

We had a couple of issues with lodging but was worked out. We are already looking forward to going back.

Liz, at Atholl House, in Inverness. is my new best friend

Scotland is my new second home!

Thank you, Lonna, and the whole team at Authentic Vacations for taking this journey with us.

"Game of Thrones Family Vacation"

Laura R.

Ireland

We had a great time on our 6-day Game of Thrones sightseeing tour. We appreciated that they took care of setting us up with 4 different hotels and a rental car, plus a couple of site-seeing reservations and suggestions on other things to do. 

"Wonderful Ireland Vacation"

Rowanne

Ohio

Authentic Vacations gave my agency and me exceptional service, support, and knowledge base from all team members!  

"Brothers trip to Ireland for ancestry search and golf"

Sharon L.

NV

Adina did an excellent job of making our dream trip come true after 2 years of rescheduling. All of the accommodations, especially Harvey's Point, the most beautiful, were convenient and offered wonderful breakfasts. We were greeted at the airport in Dublin by a driver even though our flight was very late getting in. Our 11-day tour had very professional drivers, especially Patsy who was with us for 8 days. 3 days of golf were booked for us, afternoon tea at Ashford castle, and entrance to Kylemore abbey. We loved Bushmills Inn in Northern Ireland and the Giant's Causeway. There were little hiccups along the way but Authentic always came through. This is the 2nd trip I have booked with Authentic Vacations and I am getting ready to plan a 3rd! I would definitely recommend this company!

"Long delayed Ireland Anniversary (thanks covid)"

Owen W.

Virgina

Absolutely wonderful anniversary vacation. We didn't really look at packages, we just gave Authentic Vacations some general desires and they delivered!

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