Print this Page Email this Itinerary to a Friend

Request Quote See all itineraries

New Zealand | An In-depth Journey through the North and South Islands

Sample Itinerary


Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown

Trip Duration

11 nights / 12 days

Immerse yourself in a wealth of varied experiences as you explore the very best of New Zealand on this itinerary that covers both North and South Island.

Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.


Days 1 - 2:  USA / Auckland |

After a comfortable 12 hour flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, relax in your private transfer as you take in the sights. Arrive at SKYCITY Grand Hotel, an urban oasis of contemporary elegance and style for three nights in a Luxury suite. Located in the iconic Sky Tower which features a variety of restaurants, casino and Sky Tower activities. Enjoy award-winning cuisine at dine by Peter Gordon, head to the top of the tower for spectacular panoramic city views or treat yourself to a rejuvenating treatment at East Day Spa.

Day 3: Auckland |

Be in awe on nature as you set off on the Walk in the Wilderness Experience. Begin the day at the Arataki Centre perched high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges with breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Admire magnificent Maori carvings, then walk the easy bush tracks among New Zealand's famous kauri trees on your way to cascading waterfalls. Complete the day with your toes in the black sand beaches along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches in the world.

Day 4:  Auckland / Rotorua |

Depart from Auckland on the Auckland to Rotorua Experience and enjoy the scenic drive through rolling hills to the Maori cultural heartland of Rotorua. On the way, discover the Waitomo Glowworm Caves with stalactites, stalagmites and limestone formations and a silent boat ride though the Glowworm Grotto, followed by a delicious picnic lunch. Upon arrival in Rotorua, settle in to your Club Millennium at Millennium Rotorua and enjoy exclusive Club Lounge access with continental breakfast, afternoon canapes and cocktails and complimentary internet. Here, you can experience the cultural heritage and the geothermal wonders over the next two days. Begin with a traditional Hangi dinner at theTe Po Evening Experience on the first evening at Te Puia Maori Village. Discover the Maori culture, history and performance of song and dance followed by a traditional Hangi feast.

Day 5: Rotorua |

Geothermal activity abounds on the Volcano and Rainforest Excursion. Begin the day with a walk and lake cruise amidst a volcanic landscape, then step back in to the past with a walk in Whirinaki Rainforest, famous for its towering 800-year-old Rimu, Totara, Matai, Miro and Kahikatea trees. Savor a gourmet lunch before your scenic ride back to the hotel.

Day 6: Rotorua / Wellington |

Hop in your private transfer to the airport and travel to the capital city of Wellington, on Wellington Harbour and ringed by mountains. Settle in to your contemporary and stylish Club room at InterContinental Wellington for two nights, where you'll enjoy Club Lounge access with continental breakfast, traditional afternoon tea, evening drinks and appetizers and two tickets on the Wellington Cable Car. Discover the city on a half-day City Highlights Excursion, visiting the top of Mount Victoria, Parliament buildings including the famous Beehive and the Old St. Paul's Cathedral.

Day 7: Wellington |

Experience a journey The Lord of the Rings fans will cherish on the Middle Earth Excursion. Be spellbound at the site of Lothlorien, the majestic Fernside Lodge, explore River Anduin, Helms Deep, Minas Tirith and where the hobbits raced to the ferry and hid from the Nazgul. Explore Rivendell and he riverside spot where Aragorn was washed ashore and visit Miramar, home to the production studios and the stars while they were filming. Your journey wouldn't be complete without a stop at Weta Cave for souvenirs and a virtual tour of the Weta Workshop.

Day 8:  Wellington / Christchurch |

Relax in your private transfers, then fly to Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island and known for its similarity to the quaint towns in England. Your private transfer takes you to THE GEORGE for two nights in a Premium Executive guestroom overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and River Avon. This luxury boutique hotel is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalized stay and attentive staff allowing impeccable service with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio.

Day 9: Christchurch |

With its ideal coastal location, Christchurch offers fantastic opportunities to explore the sea life. Travel the beautiful rural pastoral scenes of North Canterbury to Kaikoura where you'll enjoy the Kaikoura and Whale Watching Cruise. Board you ship and be on the lookout for Sperm Whales, Dusky Dolphins, Humpback Whales and Pilot Whales. After a thrilling event on the water, enjoy a cafe lunch with spectacular views of the peninsula and Pacific Ocean, followed by a visit to Kaikouraor Waipara Wineries for delectable tastings.

Day 10:  Christchurch / Queenstown |

Enjoy the scenic drive on the Christchurch to Queenstown Excursion via Mount Cook and the Canterbury Plains. Explore Lake Tekapo, Church of the Good Shepherd and Lake Pukaki, then savor lunch in Aoraki. Enhance your excursion with a scenic helicopter flight over Mount Cook Village before continuing on to the quaint village of Omarama en route to Queenstown, one of the most beautiful regions in New Zealand. Arrive at the stunning Hotel St. Moritz and enjoy two nights in a One-bedroom Alpine lake view suite.

Days 11 - 12: Queenstown / USA |

Thrill-seekers delight with an exciting jet boat ride to the upper reaches on the Dart River Funyaks Adventure. Then paddle downstream in your own canoe, taking in the awe-inspiring sights found amidst the Dart River's shimmering channels. Enjoy a wilderness lunch among an ancient beach forest, then explore the hidden side streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms. The following morning, soar above Queenstown on The Grand Circle Helicopter Excursion. Marvel at The Remarkables range with stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to the Southern Alps. Land upon the Remarkables Spur overlooking Queenstown with Coronet Peak in the distance, offering sensational photographic opportunities. Relish your last evening in New Zealand before boarding your private transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Kia Ora!

See more

Distinguished Recognitions, Pleasant Holidays Family of Brands