Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers

+ Embark on a thrilling jetboat adventure on the Shotover River.
+ Journey by 4WD into Middle Earth, the inspiring setting for the Lord of the Rings films.
+ Cruise Lake Wakatipu on a turn-of-the-century steamer to spend time on an authentic sheep station homestead.
+ Sample world-class wines, enjoy lunch on a farm, visit a bountiful fruit orchard and sit down to a convivial dinner with a family in Christchurch.
+ Wake up to some of the most magnificent scenery on Earth on our overnight cruise through Milford Sound.
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Queenstown

    Upon arrival, you'll be escorted to the 5-star St. Moritz Hotel. Join your guide and fellow guests for a welcome drink and then board the TSS Earnslaw, a turn-of-the-century steamer, for a cruise across beautiful Lake Wakatipu. Step off at a working high-country homestead where you'll see highly trained sheep dogs in action and enjoy a delightful lakeside dinner. Meals D
  • Day 2 - Discover Middle Earth

    Our 4WD adventure to Glenorchy immerses you in the magnificent landscapes made famous in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Then explore Arrowtown, founded in the heady days of the Gold Rush, and thrill to a jetboat adventure on the Shotover River. Meals B
  • Day 3 - Queenstown

    This afternoon's gondola ride is a great way to take in the mountains and waterways that surround Queenstown. After lunch, visit the Kiwi Bird Park and then sample the boutique wines of a local winery. Return to your hotel for dinner and a free evening. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 4 - Thrill to Milford Sound

    Skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and journey into Fiordland National Park to embark your overnight cruise. Settle in to your private cabin and enjoy a leisurely afternoon and dinner as you sail with our shipboard naturalist. Marvel at waterfalls, rainforests and wildlife and maybe even explore in the ship's tender or kayaks! Meals B+D
  • Day 5 - Te Anau to Clyde

    Step off ship this morning and journey to Te Anau, an alpine region of unparalleled beauty set on the shores of one of New Zealand's deepest lakes. Enjoy lunch on a farm here and then journey into the spectacular Kawarau Valley. See the famous Bungy Bridge where two adventurers launched the worldwide bungee jumping craze in 1988 and then check in to Oliver's in historic Clyde. Meals B+L
  • Day 6 - Exploring Central Otago

    With fruit orchards and rolling fields, this is one of New Zealand's loveliest areas. Begin your day at a farmers market in Cromwell and sample the region's bounty at a local orchard. Enjoy a tasting and lunch at a nearby winery and visit one of the region's historic gold mines before returning to Clyde. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 7 - Onward to Mt. Cook

    Journey through the imposing Linda Pass to reach New Zealand's highest mountain. Check in to the Hermitage Hotel in time for dinner. Tonight, the absence of ambient light makes the Aoraki MacKenzie International Dark Sky Reserve one of the best places to view the Southern Constellations. Meals B+D
  • Day 8 - Canterbury Plains to the Garden City

    Embark on an available flightseeing adventure over Mt. Cook or just enjoy a leisurely morning. Then depart your hotel to journey over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. With its lovely parks, new Cardboard Cathedral and handsome Gothic buildings, there's a very English ambience to Christchurch. Upon arrival, you'll set out to see the town's architectural landmarks and the Botanic Garden. Delight in casual conversation and dinner with a local family in their home and overnight at the George Hotel. Meals B+D
  • Day 9 - Depart Christchurch

    Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight or continue your adventure with our journey to the North Island. Meals B

Extend Your Journey

  • Explore the North Island...

    4 days for $2699

    Add the wonders of the North Island to your adventures through New Zealand with this 4-day extension including Auckland and Rotorua.

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  • A Week In Australia

    10 Day Post-Tour Extension from $6,499

    In an intimate group with never more than 16 like-minded travelers, our expert Down Under guides will show you the amazing diversity of their native land – from the rainforest and Great Barrier Reef to its iconic landmarks, cuisine and wine!

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  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown

    Our stylish boutique hotel offers stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains.

  • Oliver's Hotel Clyde

    Set on an authentic 19th-century homestead, our charming lodge blends modern comfort and the region's history.

  • The Hermitage Mount Cook

    Terrific dining and great views over the region’s valleys and towering peaks distinguish our warm and inviting hotel.  From an intrepid journey through glacial valleys to a mouth-watering culinary dining adventure, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect place to base your adventure and discover why this region has endeared itself to Kiwi adventure seekers for so long.

  • The George Christchurch

    Our luxury boutique hotel offers an enviable location in the "Garden City" overlooking Hagley Park and the River Avon.

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  • Milford Mariner - Private Cabin

    Milford Mariner - Private Cabin

    Unforgettable adventure awaits with spacious viewing decks, hearty meals, expert onboard naturalist and the Sound’s amazing scenery!

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Our Small Group Journey Value

+ Comprehensive expertly guided sightseeing across the South Island with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
+ 17 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 6 dinners with fine New Zealand wines
+ 7 nights in our wonderful boutique hotels
+ 1 night in a private outside cabin aboard the Milford Mariner
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers
+ Luggage handling and all hotel taxes

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Arrive Queenstown - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodations
Departure Return   Regular Deal
10/10/2017
Guaranteed
10/18/2017 $5899 $5599
 
12/12/2017 12/20/2017 $5899 $5599
 
1/18/2018 1/26/2018 $5899 $5599
 
2/2/2018 2/10/2018 $5899 $5599
 
3/15/2018
Guaranteed
3/23/2018 $5899 $5599
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $600 per couple + $300 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys whenever you book and pay-in-full.
  • Travel is one life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and may vary during holidays and trade shows. Additional surcharges and blackout dates may apply.

Extend Your Journey

  • Explore the North Island...

    4 days for $2699

    Add the wonders of the North Island to your adventures through New Zealand with this 4-day extension including Auckland and Rotorua.

    View Day by Day »

  • A Week In Australia

    10 Day Post-Tour Extension from $6,499

    In an intimate group with never more than 16 like-minded travelers, our expert Down Under guides will show you the amazing diversity of their native land – from the rainforest and Great Barrier Reef to its iconic landmarks, cuisine and wine!

    View Day by Day »

Our Private Journey Value

Comprehensive expertly guided sightseeing across the South Island with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
17 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners
7 nights in our wonderful boutique hotels
1 night in a private outside cabin aboard the Milford Mariner
All on-tour transportation including airport transfers
Luggage handling and all hotel taxes

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Travel Any Day - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodations
Departure Return   Regular Deal
1/10/2017 12/31/2017 $10499 $10199
 
1/1/2018 4/24/2018 $10499 $10199
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $600 per couple + $300 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys whenever you book and pay-in-full.
  • Travel is one life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

Extend Your Journey

  • Explore the North Island...

    4 days for $2699

    Add the wonders of the North Island to your adventures through New Zealand with this 4-day extension including Auckland and Rotorua.

    View Day by Day »

  • A Week In Australia

    10 Day Post-Tour Extension from $6,499

    In an intimate group with never more than 16 like-minded travelers, our expert Down Under guides will show you the amazing diversity of their native land – from the rainforest and Great Barrier Reef to its iconic landmarks, cuisine and wine!

    View Day by Day »

Private Tour Add-Ons

  • Singapore In-Depth

    4 Day FreeStyle Travel

    Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package features a luxury hotel, 4 meals, chauffeured airport transfers and city sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide, and our exclusive, uniquely-designed cultural excursions

  • Bali

    4-Day Freestyle Tour

    Our leisurely stay on this idyllic island gives you enough time to explore its temples and oft-photographed terraced landscapes on a private tour as well as a full day to relax and enjoy as you wish.

Trip Reviews

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(14 Traveler Reviews)

  • Franklin from WA gives this tour 

    Delighted by the beauty of the country especially the night on the boat in Milford Sound (New Zealand) and the friendliness of the people. Accommodations and guides/driver were fantastic. Read More »

  • Carl from NY gives this tour 

    We went on the Spectacular New Zealand journey and it was fantastic. The lodgings and planned meals were all superb with outstanding views wherever we stayed. Our guide (Stephen) and our driver (Cliff) were wonderful, friendly, and helpful. We look forward to many more journeys with Alexander and Roberts in the future. Read More »

  • Irene from CT gives this tour 

    Delighted by the small group, excellent accommodations, knowledgeable guide. Read More »

  • John from CT gives this tour 

    Enjoyed the small group personal feeling, farm visit and lunch-relaxing afternoon and delicious food! Accommodations were excellent. Read More »

  • Steven from CA gives this tour 

    The tour guide and driver were exceptionally nice, knowledgeable and engaging. Read More »

  • Sheila from NM gives this tour 

    Delighted by the knowledge and helpfulness of our Guide, the unspoiled beauty of New Zealand, the quality of the hotels and the dinner arrangements made for our tour. Read More »

  • Bryn from MN gives this tour 

    Our guide and our food was phenomenal. Read More »

  • Patrick from MN gives this tour 

    New Zealand was beautiful and the trips to Milford Sound and Mt. Cook were especially picturesque! Read More »

  • Elizabeth from MN gives this tour 

    Our family had a spectacular time in New Zealand. Our guide was fabulous and we couldn't be more pleased. Read More »

  • Russ from OH gives this tour 

    Small groups, activities, all arrangements pre booked, nice hotels, great hosts! Read More »

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