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 Trip Length
19 Days
 Trip Starts
Christchurch
 Trip Finishes
Auckland
19 Day The Long White Cloud Itinerary (Inspiring Journeys)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
Our Price From 14,216 Per Person
Exclusive Savings 644 Per Person
 Trip Length
19 Days
 Trip Starts
Christchurch
 Trip Finishes
Auckland
19 Day The Long White Cloud Itinerary (Inspiring Journeys)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
Accommodation
4 - 5 Star
Max. Group Size
22
Trip Code
NZIJ
Accommodation
4 - 5 Star
Max. Group Size
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Trip Code
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Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud. Be awed as you traverse New Zealand’s North and South Islands, from the hot pools of Franz Josef, an exclusive TreadRight experience in Rotorua, to the brave depths of Queenstown, the adventure capital. Explore extraordinary landscapes and ancient heritage as you encounter exhilarating New Zealand as few have seen it before.
Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud. Be awed as you traverse New Zealand’s North and South Islands, from the hot pools of Franz Josef, an exclusive TreadRight experience in Rotorua, to the brave depths of Queenstown, the adventure capital. Explore extraordinary landscapes and ancient heritage, as you encounter exhilarating New Zealand as few have seen it before.

Itinerary

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you'll be driven by private car to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure before joining your Journey Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Stay: George Hotel, Christchurch

Travel in comfort across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps aboard TranzAlpine train. From Arthur's Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, and meet a local greenstone (jade) carver. Later we continue to Franz Josef, where you'll spend two nights in an eco-friendly retreat. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

This morning, explore Franz Josef, where a local guide explains the history behind the imposing Franz Josef Glacier. (B)

This morning it's time for an adventure as we travel in a purpose-built fully enclosed river jet boat and journey down the Haast River. After a lunch break at Makarora we head to Queenstown, taking time to stop and explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, and then an orientation tour on arrival. (B/DW) Stay Three Nights: Hotel St Moritz Queenstown

Enjoy Queenstown your way. Why not join a wine tour, view The Lord of the Rings film locations or spend time at the spa. (B)

Today, why not brace some of Queenstown's most daring activities. This evening, enjoy a Local Dining Experience at one of Queenstown's exclusive restaurants. (B)

Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and then through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Tonight, stay at Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the magical Cleddau Valley. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Milford Sound Lodge

Get a taste of the world-famous Milford Track with a halfday walk. Walking in a small group, your nature guide will point out the native fauna and flora and share the fascinating human heritage of the track. This afternoon, enjoy Milford Sound's awe-inspiring scenery from the comfort of a small boat. Cruise the length of the Fiord, view iconic Mitre Peak and get up close to Stirling Falls. With limited numbers, you'll be rewarded with an intimate experience and unobstructed photo opportunities from the outdoor viewing decks. Keep an eye out for seals and maybe a pod of dolphins. The perfect way to round off your day. (B/DW)

Depart majestic Fiordland National Park for the fertile sheepdotted pastures of South Otago. Travel through the country music town of Gore, before arriving in Dunedin, the country's southernmost city Dunedin. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Join a behind the scenes tour at a state-of-the-art 5000L craft brewery, Emerson's, before joining your hosts for an exclusive tasting. This afternoon is at leisure, so perhaps consider an optional experience. (B)

Travel up the east coast through Omarau. Back in Christchurch, embark on a sightseeing tour of the city. (B/DW) Stay: George Hotel, Christchurch

Travel along the Pacific coast to the whale-watching capital of Kaikoura. Continue to the seaside village of Picton. Later cross the Cook Strait to Wellington for a city sightseeing tour, and then visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. (B/DW) Stay Two Nights: QT Wellington

Today see Wellington your way. Why not visit Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies or go on a walking tour around Wellington. (B)

Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawkes Bay. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B) Stay Two Nights: Porters Boutique Hotel

Join a local guide for a vintage car tour through Napier and surrounds areas. You'll learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city in 1931 and hear stories of the people that led the rebuild in the Art Deco style. (B/DW)

Continue your journey, arriving in Rotorua. Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the world's youngest geothermal valley. Cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana to see stunning geothermal activity as well as rare native birdlife. (B) Stay Two Nights: Pullman Rotorua

Ascend the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk for an elevated bird's eye view of the 120-year old redwood giants. Your Local Dining Experience is a Māori Hāngi and cultural performance at the Tamaki Māori Village. (B)

Make your way to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5-star Eco Glowworm experience. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and onto Auckland. This evening, toast your trip together at a Celebration Dinner. (B/CD) Stay: QT Auckland

Time to say farewell as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and you are transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. (B)

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you'll be driven by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the Christchurch Botanical Garden or take a ride on the Christchurch Tram. In the evening meet your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception. Stay: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch

It's all aboard the TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world's great scenic railway journeys, you'll travel in comfort across the Canterbury Plains through to the Southern Alps. From Arthur's Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, to learn about the importance of Pounamu, better known as jade or greenstone.

Later we continue to Franz Josef. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not enjoy Franz Josef's local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage. Stay: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

After a relaxed start we explore this area, where a local guide explains the history behind the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.

This morning it's time for an adventure as we journey down the Haast River in a purpose built, fully enclosed river jet boat. After a lunch stop at Makarora then travel on to Arrowtown where there is time to explore this historic gold-mining village on the Arrow River. Continue to Queenstown for an orientation tour. Tonight, dinner is included at your hotel. Stay: Hotel St Moritz Queenstown

Enjoy Queenstown your way! Perhaps join a wine tour and taste some of Central Otago's world-renowned Pinot Noir or view The Lord of the Rings film locations on a scenic tour of Queenstown and Glenorchy. Tonight, you can dine at one of the local restaurants along the waterfront in town or simply relax at your hotel.

Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station, take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River. Or simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one of the many cafés and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views. Tonight, enjoy a highlight dinner at one of Queenstown's exclusive restaurants.

Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of the South Island's largest lake. Later you'll travel through the rainforest of the UNESCO-listed World Heritage site of Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges onto the amazing Mirror Lake before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Tonight, stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley. Stay: Milford Sound Lodge

Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, explore a section of the famous Milford Track on an easy going half day guided walk. This place is steeped in rich history and stories, the flora and fauna are unique and special. This afternoon aboard the Southern Discoveries vessel sit back and relax as a specialist nature guide introduces you to the natural wonders of Milford Sound often called the ‘eighth natural wonder of the world'.

We leave the majestic Fiordland National Park for the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago. Travel through Te Anau known for its beautiful lake and on to the country musical town of Gore for lunchtime, before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand's southernmost city. Enjoy dinner tonight at Parcels Restaurant at your hotel. Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Enjoy a relaxed start this morning, before taking a guided tour at Emerson's Brewery, sample the tasty craft beer before an afternoon at leisure. Relax or continue exploring Dunedin as you wish. Perhaps ride the historic Tairei Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise of the Otago Pennisula.

Travel up the east coast of the South Island via Oamaru and Timaru. On arrival in Christchurch embark on a sightseeing tour of the city to learn about its rebirth after the devastating 2011 earthquake. Stay: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch

Travel up the rugged Pacific Ocean coast this morning to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Pass the pink tinged crystallisation ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, then travel to pretty seaside fishing village of Picton. Later cruise Queen Charlotte Sound and cross the Cook Strait to the North Island. On arrival in Wellington embark on a city orientation tour. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. Stay: QT Wellington

Today see Wellington your way! Perhaps visit Weta Workshop, home to the creative wizards behind ‘The Lord of the Rings' and ‘The Hobbit' trilogies or learn about New Zealand history and culture on a visit to Te Papa - Museum of New Zealand. Your Journey Director can assist in booking your optional experience.

Continue north today, travelling through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawkes Bay. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine matching at Craggy Range Winery, one of the regions world famous wineries situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak. Stay: Porters Boutique Hotel

Enjoy a relaxed start before we venture out to explore the Hawkes Bay region. Relive the glamour and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour. Your driver will provide a fascinating commentary as you are driven in style, through Art Deco Napier and surrounding areas. You'll learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city, hear stories of the people that led the rebuild, and discover the Art Deco style. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Enjoy a leisurely start before continuing the journey to Rotorua. This afternoon visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley where you will connect with the beating heart of the world's youngest geothermal valley, it's unique history and legacy.

Along the guided walk you'll experience geothermal activity, hot springs, volcanic craters, nature and wildlife. Followed by a relaxing 45-minute cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana see stunning geothermal activity only accessible by boat as well as rare native birdlife. Immerse in the stories of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption and the resulting dramatic landscape changes that created this amazing part of the world. Stay: Pullman Rotorua

Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird's eye view of the 115-year-old redwood giants and the beautiful surrounds of the forest from a unique perspective. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a behind the scenes look at the National Kiwi Hatchery.

Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at Tamaki Maori Village. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a cultural performance. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glow Worm experience at Caveworld Waitomo. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and onto Auckland. Tonight, Toast your trip together tonight at a Celebration Dinner. Stay: QT Auckland

Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

Trip Inclusions

  • Embrace the traditional Māori greeting at Tamaki Māori Village, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Waimangu
  • Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience at Craggy Range Winery in Hawke's Bay, a region blessed with fertile soils
  • Join a nature guide on the breathtaking Milford Track, and discover the luminous shimmer of the Footwhistle Cave
  • Wake up to the wonder of Fiordland at Milford Sound Lodge, and take a deep breath and unwind at Te Waonui Forest Retreat

  • Hand-picked accommodation, selected to immerse you in your destination
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Travel by bespoke vehicle with reclining seats, WiFi and air-conditioning
  • Expert Journey Director and Driver Guide escorts
  • All entrance and National Park fees
  • Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)

  • Total of 30 meals are included throughout this tour

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months

  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport
  • Day 19 – flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

  • Low level of fitness required

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

  • TranzAlpine train journey
  • Franz Josef Glacier Valley Guided Walk
  • Haast River Safari
  • Milford Track ½ day guided walk
  • Southern Discoveries Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Emerson's Brewery Tour – Craft Beer
  • Craggy Range Winery Dinner
  • Art Deco Vintage Car Tour in Napier
  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley guided walk and cruise
  • Redwoods Treewalk
  • Rainbow Springs Nature Park & The National Kiwi Hatchery
  • Tamaki Maori Village – Cultural performance & Hangi
  • Footwhistle eco-glowworm Cave

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Journey Director and Driver Guide
  • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • Mixture of boutique, unique and 5-star hotels

  • 18 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 8 Dinner with wine
  • 3 Local Dining Experiences
  • 1 Celebration Dinner

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Warm layers in cooler months, and a waterproof layer
  • Camera
  • A sense of adventure

  • Day 1: Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport
  • Day 19: Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

  • Low level of fitness required

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
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