Our Distinctive A+R Style

+ Wake up to some of the most stunning scenery on Earth on our naturalist-guided overnight cruise deep into Milford Sound.
+ Step aboard a turn-of-the-century steamer and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to spend time on a working sheep-station homestead.
+ Venture by 4WD into Middle Earth, the breathtaking and awe-inspiring setting for The Lord of the Rings films.
+ Embark on a thrilling jetboat adventure through the spectacular rocky gorges of the Shotover River.
+ Savor the bounty of the South Island, from wine tasting on vineyard estates to our congenial farm-to-table dining.
+ Delight in the very English ambiance of Christchurch and sit down to a convivial dinner with a local family.

Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Queenstown

    Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the 5-star St. Moritz Hotel. This evening, join your guide and fellow guests for a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel. Meals D

  • Day 2 - Discover Middle Earth

    This morning’s excursion to Glenorchy finds you on the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in a region of towering mountain ranges and old beech forests. Setting out in comfortable and maneuverable 4WD vehicles with skilled professional drivers, you’ll have ample time to take in these magnificent landscapes, including several sites that were featured in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
     
    Back in town, the Skyline Gondola will take you to the top of Bob's Peak, nearly 1,500 feet above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. This is the steepest cable car ascent in the Southern Hemisphere and offers breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter and Cecil Peaks and, of course, Queenstown. After lunch on the Peak, a thrilling jetboat ride through the picturesque canyons of the Shotover River promises an unforgettable afternoon adventure.  Meals B+L
     
  • Day 3 - In + Around Queenstown

    After breakfast, you’ll spend this day exploring Queenstown and its surrounding countryside. At the Kiwi Bird Park, you’ll have a chance to observe and learn about some of New Zealand’s indigenous wildlife including the Brown Kiwi, Tuatara Lizard, and the colorfully plumed Rainbow Lorikeet.
     
    Next up is historic Arrowtown. Founded in the heady days of the Gold Rush, this charming leafy town is nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. Take some time to stroll along Buckingham Street with its heritage buildings and old miners’ cottages – many of them now home to inviting galleries, shops and cafes.  

    Later this afternoon, you’ll 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 with fine New Zealand wine. Meals B+D
     
  • Day 4 – Cruise through Milford Sound

    This morning’s drive begins along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and takes you through the amazing Homer Tunnel that opened in 1953. Continue through the spectacular glacier-carved Eglington Valley into Fiordland National Park to embark your overnight cruise aboard the comfortable Milford Mariner.
     
    As you journey the full length of Milford Sound, our ship’s expert naturalists are on hand to explain the history and geology of the region and to answer your questions. You’ll have plenty of time to take in the fjord’s pristine waterfalls, rainforests and soaring mountain peaks - and with sharp eyes, you might observe seals and possibly even dolphins and penguins. Anchoring in a sheltered cover, you’ll be able to join our naturalist guides to explore in the Mariner’s tender or by kayak.

    Featuring two levels of open decks and comfortable public spaces with panoramic picture windows, the Mariner is designed to surround you with the beauty and sounds of nature! You’re encouraged to take advantage of these inviting public areas as staterooms are small and simply furnished; there is a rectangular porthole so you won’t miss a bit of the scenery even when you spend time in your cabin. Tonight after a delicious carvery buffet, you can relax in the company of your fellow passengers or hit the deck to observe the constellations of the Southern Sky.
    Meals B+D

  • Day 5 - Te Anau to Clyde

    After breakfast onboard the Mariner, we’ll step off ship and travel to the Punanga Manu o Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Set on the shores of Lake Te Anau, this is a terrific place to observe an abundant variety of indigenous birds that are otherwise difficult to see in their native wilderness habitats. In addition to colorful forest parrots, warblers,  paradise shelducks, fantails and bellbirds, the star of the sanctuary is the rare, flightless Takahe - once thought to be extinct here on the South Island. We’ll tour the Sanctuary and learn about their captive breeding and rehabilitation programs that aim to reintroduce healthy birds into the wilderness. Then we’ll  enjoy a hearty lunch downtown at the Fat Duck Café, loved by locals and visitors alike for its modern New Zealand cuisine prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

    In the afternoon, continue into the spectacular Kawarau Valley, home to the famous Bungy Bridge where two daring adventurers launched the worldwide bungee jumping craze in 1988. The day’s journey ends at Oliver’s Hotel, set on an authentic 19th-century homestead in historic Clyde.  Meals B+L

  • Day 6 - Exploring Central Otago

    With fruit orchards, waterways and rolling hills, Central Otago is one of New Zealand’s loveliest and most bountiful agricultural areas. After breakfast, you’ll begin your exploration at a lively farmers market in Cromwell, a charming and historic town founded during the Gold Rush days of the 1800’s. At one of the area’s local orchards, you’ll have a chance to sample some of the region’s bounty. Then enjoy a guided tour, wine tasting and lunch at a nearby vineyard estate.
     
    In the mid 1800’s, this region also witnessed New Zealand’s first major gold rush and fortune seekers and adventurers poured into the region to dig for gold. This afternoon’s tour at the Goldfields Mining Center immerses you in this colorful chapter of the island’s history. You can follow paths along the Kawarau Gorge to the mine shafts that were excavated more than a century ago and see the land laid bare by ground sluicing. Gold nuggets can still be found in the soil and you might even try our luck as you try your hand at gold panning! Enjoy a congenial dinner and another tranquil night in Clyde.  Meals B+L+D

  • Day 7 - Onward to Mt. Cook

    Departing Clyde this morning, our first stop of the day will be the Maori Point Vineyard. Against a lovely mountain backdrop, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the estate as we learn about the viticulture traditions of Central Otago, one of New Zealand’s premier wine-producing areas. Paired with local products including dried fruits, nuts, pâté, artisanal cheese and freshly baked bread, we’ll sample four of their award-winning wines including Pinot Noir and a desert wine to finish.

    Then we’ll continue through the Lindis Pass at an altitude of 3,800 feet and make our way through the Mackenzie Basin – a land of powder blue lakes and wide-open grasslands set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

    Arriving in the beautiful Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park, you’ll check in to the comfortable 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 take this morning to relax.  A pleasant stroll on the landscaped grounds of the hotel or through the surrounding alpine meadows would offer a chance to take in the fresh mountain air and marvelous views of the soaring terrain. Later, you’ll depart the National Park to journey over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
     
    With its lovely parks and handsome Gothic buildings, there's a delightful, very English ambience to Christchurch. In contrast, the Cardboard Cathedral designed by Shigeru Ban in 2011 is a marvel of 21st-century architectural design and ingenuity, constructed of paper tubes, re-purposed shipping containers and a lightweight outer skin. Upon arrival, you'll set out to see the town's architectural landmarks and the Botanic Gardens - founded in 1863 with the planting of a single English oak tree. From this humble beginning, the garden has grown to encompass mature trees, expansive lawns and 10 different gardens set within a loop of the gently flowing Avon River. This evening, you’ll be the guests of a Christchurch family in their lovely home. Congenial conversation with your hosts and perhaps a few of their friends will accompany a wonderful home-cooked meal of traditional New Zealand fare.
     
    Overnight at The George, a luxury boutique hotel on the Avon River.  Meals B+D

  • Day 9 - Depart Christchurch

    Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. Or continue your adventure with our 12-day Small Group Journey to Australia. Meals B

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    Milford Mariner - Private Cabin

    Promising the ultimate Milford Sound experience, our comfortable 3-masted motor ship offers spacious viewing decks and expert onboard naturalists who are there to enhance your experience of the fjord’s natural wonders. With only 30 en suite cabins, the Milford Mariner promises an intimate journey. Anchoring in a sheltered cove, you can step off ship to explore in the vessel’s tender craft or kayaks. After a delicious carvery buffet in the Dining Room, you can join fellow guests for a bit of Southern Sky stargazing or retire to your comfortable cabin.

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Our Original Journey Value

+ Comprehensive 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 gratuities are included, except for your Trip Leader
+ All on-tour transportation and transfers
+ All luggage handling, hotel taxes, port charges and fees
+ Solo guests enjoy double occupancy hotel and cruise accommodations

Trip Pricing

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Arrive Queenstown - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodations
Departure Return   Regular Deal
10/7/2019
Sold Out
10/15/2019 $6199 $5699
 
1/13/2020
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1/21/2020 $6499 $5999
 
1/27/2020
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2/4/2020 $6499 $5999
 
2/10/2020 2/18/2020 $6799 $6299
 
2/24/2020 3/3/2020 $6799 $6299
 
3/9/2020
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3/17/2020 $6799 $6299
 
3/23/2020
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3/31/2020 $6799 $6299
Doubtful Sound aboard the Fjordland Navigator
4/25/2020 5/3/2020 $6399 $5899
 
9/13/2020 9/21/2020 $5999 $5499
 
10/4/2020 10/12/2020 $6399 $5899
 
11/8/2020 11/16/2020 $6499 $5999
 
1/10/2021 1/18/2021 $6499 $5999
 
1/24/2021 2/1/2021 $6499 $5999
 
2/9/2021 2/17/2021 $6599 $6099
 
2/24/2021 3/4/2021 $6599 $6099
 
3/14/2021 3/22/2021 $6599 $6099
 
3/27/2021 4/4/2021 $6599 $6099
 
4/11/2021 4/19/2021 $6499 $5999
 
4/17/2021 4/25/2021 $6499 $5999
 

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  • Save $1000 per couple + $500 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you pay-in-full at time of booking.
  • Travel is one of  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.

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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
May to September private itineraries overnight in Queenstown hotel with a day cruise on Milford Sound
All on-tour transportation including airport transfers
Luggage handling and all hotel taxes

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Arrive Any Tuesday - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodations
Departure Return   Regular Deal
4/23/2019 9/30/2019 $9399 $8899
 
10/1/2019 12/31/2019 $9899 $9399
 
1/1/2020 3/31/2020 $10699 $10199
 
8/31/2020 8/31/2020 $10199 $9699
 
9/1/2020 9/30/2020 $10199 $9699
 
10/1/2020 10/31/2020 $10699 $10199
 
11/1/2020 12/31/2020 $10899 $10399
 
1/1/2021 3/31/2021 $10899 $10399
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $1000 per couple + $500 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you pay-in-full at time of booking.
  • Travel is one of  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

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  • Lenore from CT gives this tour 

    It was nice experiencing the variety of Australia's climates.


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    Date Traveled: 3/27/2019

  • Steven from CT gives this tour 

    I was sick after the New Zealand tour where two people spread an upper respiratory infection. Close contact on the bus did not help.


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    Date Traveled: 3/27/2019

  • Nahid from CA gives this tour 

    The shotover boat ride and Milford sound overnight stay stood out. Overall great hotels with beautiful scenery.


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    Date Traveled: 3/4/2019

  • Eileen from FL gives this tour 

    John and Steven were excellent. If all your tour guides are like John we will be back!


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    Date Traveled: 3/1/2019

  • Thomas from FL gives this tour 

    Really enjoyed all the Lord of the Rings sites, Mount Cook, and Milford Sound.


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Our Special Departure March 23, 2020


Join us next Spring for a very special departure highlighted by an overnight cruise into Doubtful Sound, deep in the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Named by Captain Cook in 1770, Doubtful is larger and less accessible than the better-known Milford Sound. Aboard the Fiordland Navigator, purpose-built to explore these remote waters, our exploration of Doubtful Sound promises rich discoveries enjoyed by few other visitors. Behold the sheer rock walls of the Sound, lush with vegetation, and set out in a kayak or on our ship’s tender craft to search for dolphins, seals and penguins. Experienced naturalists are there to enhance every moment in this untouched wilderness of mountain peaks, fiords and rainforest.

We include private en suite accommodations with dinner and breakfast onboard.

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