NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITION
Explore the largest glow worm caves in the world. Marvel at the tastes of a traditional Maori Hangi (tribal feast) and learn the Haka dance. Sleep on the lake's edge in Queenstown and hike the beautiful mountain trails of the surrounding valley. Cruise and kayak through Milford Sound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on the journey of a lifetime through both the Northern and Southern Islands of New Zealand, coming close to nature and becoming a part of the Maori family.
ITINERARY | 8 Days
Day 1: The charming city of Queenstown is cushioned between the shore of lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range, where the cool breeze from the lake brings the sweet scent of fresh water through city streets. We will spend our first day on the South Island relaxing at the lake's edge, sipping delicious cocktails, and exploring the beautiful scenery of the nature around us. Accommodation: Queenstown Lodge
Day 2: A short ride on our private bus will take us deep into the heart of Fiordland National Park, home to the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site, Milford Sound. On a boat cruise through the Fjord you will experience jagged mountains standing tall over the reflective waters, with vibrant rainforests clinging to the rock walls. We will hear the sound of crashing waterfalls and see dolphins jump as we sail along the pristine waterway. Accommodation: Queenstown Lodge
Day 3: Today you will have the opportunity to relax among the beauty of the Fjords, hike the beautiful nature trails, or even embark on an adventure through the fjord on kayaks. You will have the opportunity to move along paths and waterways that are impassable by mainstream transportation. We After spending the day relaxing and exploring the beauty of the Fjord, we will gather at our hotel balcony overlooking the pristine water and stunning mountains and dine on traditional food. Accommodation: Queenstown Lodge
Day 4: We will hop on a flight to New Zealand's North Island where the sea is populated with local sailboats and the landscape is dotted with 48 ancient volcanic hills. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and is home to the world’s largest Polynesian population. We will walk the stunning streets of this cosmopolitan city, taste the sizzling flavors of slow cooked stews, listen to live music in old cafes, and tour the Auckland Harbor as the city lights twinkle on throughout the evening. We will learn more about the culture of New Zealand during our traditional welcome dinner. Accommodation: Auckland Hotel
Day 5: As we depart for the south we will drive through beautiful farmlands and forests, making our way out of the city and into a labyrinth of extensive caves. We will walk through high-ceilinged chambers made of smooth limestone and journey on small boats through the winding waterways where the air is dense and earthy. The darkness allows us to see the tiny speckles of blue and green, illuminated by thousands of tiny glowworks that live suspended from the ceilings. After exploring the caves we will continue our journey south to the quaint city of Rotorua filled with beautiful gardens, cobblestone streets, and the Pacific Ring of Fire. We will settle for the night to prepare for our morning exploration of the volcanic mountains, geothermal springs, and crater lakes that make up the infamous Ring of Fire. Accommodation: Rotorua Hotel
Day 6: Up early as the sun rises, after today's breakfast we will head deep into the National Park of Rotorua. Exploring Rotorua and the fabulous world of Te Puia, we will observe stunning geothermal geysers, bubbling mud-pools, thermal hot springs, and the vivacious Maori culture. As we explore this national park, we will hear the crashing sound of water from the eruption of Pohutu Geyser (the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere), see the slow trudge of bubbling mud as it gurgles above the earths surface, encounter the famous and elusive kiwi -- New Zealand’s best-known indigenous bird, and interact with the local Maori people as they guide us around their homeland. Accommodation: Rotorua Hotel
Day 7: Today we will embark on a cultural and gastronomical journey to a Maori village where New Zealand’s indigenous people have thrived for centuries. We will learn about their way of life, explore their villages, and watch a traditional ceremony filled with Maori music, dance, and costumers. During a traditional Hangi where the food has been slow-cooked beneath the ground, we will feast on tender meats that fall of the bone and sweet roasted vegetables that emanate succulent scents. We will also be serenaded by the powerful haka dancers, as they perform the most traditional war dance on the island. Accommodation: Auckland Hotel
Day 8: After an early breakfast, we transfer to the airport to transfer to our international flights back home.
Trip Summary: New Zealand | 8 Days
Trip Dates: Round Trip
Group Size: Max 16 participants
Price From: $4200 per person
This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.
Private dates upon inquiry.
All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.
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