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

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

  • 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
  • Experience a Helicopter Sightseeing Tour over Volcanos and Pristine Lakes
  • 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
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

M Social Auckland

2 Nights

Millennium Rotorua Hotel

2 Nights

Grand Mercure Wellington

2 Nights

Rutherford Hotel Nelson

1 Night

Punakaiki Resort

2 Nights

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

3 Nights

Hotel St Moritz

Transportation

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

Dining Options

  • 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

Tour Price

Year Round

From $5,748 per person

Your 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 (Inclusions)

  • 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.

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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"

Ed

Edmonton

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"

William

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 Ong

Singapore

Just want to say a big thank you to Anna Wilgenbursch 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.

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Minnesota

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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Boston

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St. Cloud

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Coronado

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