Renowned for its outdoor lifestyle, Auckland and Queenstown offers experiences off the beaten path as well as on it.

Enjoy a full-day Coast and Rainforest Walk in Auckland. See the breathtaking panoramic views from the sweeping decks extend from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean within the Waitakere Ranges. Absorb the area's history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there.  Walk through an area of Auckland's coastal rainforest to learn about the local flora and fauna with its giant tree ferns growing alongside picturesque streams in regenerating rainforest.

Travel north via the Hibiscus Coast to the beautiful Bay of Islands, a haven for people who enjoy sea activities and the beauty of uncrowded sandy beaches and native forests. Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds before joining a cruise to Cape Brett, to travel through the famous Hole in the Rock (weather permitting).

Explore the untouched in Queenstown on a full-day Funyak Safari.  Travel up the Dart River by jetboat before disembarking to begin your Funyak journey in one of our unique inflatable "Funyak" canoes. Paddle and drift for two hours downstream, taking in all the awe-inspiring sights found amidst the Dart River's shimmering channels.  Stop amongst the ancient beech forest to enjoy a wilderness buffet lunch and explore the hidden side streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms such as the beautiful Rockburn, before continuing downstream to Paradise.  Return to Queenstown by 4WD.

View the magnificent alpine scenery as you journey from Queenstown to the Fiordland National Park.  Short walks and photo opportunities abound before you join an extended leisurely and relaxing two hour nature cruise of Milford Sound.  Look out for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins when in season.

Extend your stay and visit the West Coast of New Zealand to visit the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers or join the TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps!

Inclusions:

  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Auckland and Queenstown
  • Four nights Mercure Auckland, Mercure Guest Room
  • Four nights Mercure Queenstown Resort, Garden View Room
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Auckland and Queenstown
  • Half-day Coast and Rainforest Walk including picnic lunch
  • Full-day Discover the Bay with Cape Brett including lunch
  • Full-day Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Full day Funyak Safari
  • US/foreign taxes & fees including Sep 11 Security Fee
  • Applicable airline fuel surcharge