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Classic New Zealand

13 days/10 nights - from $3,899 per person including airfare from Los Angeles

Departures & Rates

Take a 10-night trip to New Zealand. Start in Auckland, where you see Harbour Bridge and panoramic views from Mt. Victoria. From there, travel to Rotorua with a stop at the Waitomo Caves to visit the magical glow-worm grotto. Once in Rotorua, visit includes the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute and the Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley. Next, travel to Queenstown and to Milford Sound, where you cruise on the fjord and view Mitre Peak. Then, travel overland to Mt. Cook, and view New Zealand’s highest peak. Finally, travel to Christchurch, where you see central city highlights, spectacular views over the city, Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps. Return to the US. Starting from $3899, including air, with weekly guaranteed departures.

Day 1 - USA/Auckland
Depart from the US on Fiji Airways trans-Pacific flight to Auckland.

Day 2 - En Route
Cross the International Date Line.

Day 3 - Auckland
Arrive in Auckland and transfer to hotel. (Rydges/SkyCity)

Day 4 - Auckland
Morning sightseeing tour begins with travel through Auckland's central business district, past the Auckland University and through the inner city park known as the Domain. Continue on through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby with its historic buildings, before heading over the Harbour Bridge to Auckland's North Shore for a stroll on one of the white sand beaches. Next, continue up to the summit of Mt Victoria with its stunning panoramic views of Auckland city and historic Devonport. Travel back over the Harbour Bridge to Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere. (B)

Day 5 - Auckland/Waitomo/Rotorua
Travel by motor coach to Waitomo Caves and visit the magical glow-worm grotto. Continue to the thermal springs of Rotorua. (Sudima/Rotorua Lakeside Novotel) (B)

Day 6 - Rotorua
Morning at leisure. This afternoon you are guided through the greenstone, wood carving and flax weaving schools at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Rotowhio Pa, Kiwi Conservation Centre and Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley including Pohutu geyser. The cultural performance will take place in the beautifully carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua. It will include a pohiri (traditional welcome), waiata (song), moteatea (traditional chant) poi and haka. (B/D)

Day 7 - Rotorua/Queenstown
Fly to Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. Arrive and transfer to hotel. (Copthorne Lakefront/Millennium) (B)

Day 8 - Milford Sound
Drive from Queenstown through the Fiordland National Park. On arrival at Milford Sound, enjoy a cruise on the tranquil waters of the fiord, with a view of the famous Mitre Peak and the waterfalls. Return to Queenstown in the evening. (B/L)

Day 9 - Queenstown
Full day at leisure. (B)

Day 10 - Queenstown/Mt. Cook
In the morning, travel overland to Mt. Cook. Drive through the Kawarau Gorge and Lindis Pass and view Mt. Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. You may take an optional flight over New Zealand’s finest alpine scenery. Or, take a walk in the Mt. Cook National Park. Dinner at the Hermitage Hotel. (Hermitage) (B/D)

Day 11 - Mt. Cook/Christchurch
Morning at leisure before leaving Mt. Cook for Christchurch. Travel alongside Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo, view the Church of the Good Shepherd, pass through the Mackenzie country, cross the Canterbury Plains, and arrive in Christchurch. (Rydges Latimer/George) (B)

Day 12 - Christchurch
Your morning tour commences by covering the central city highlights including the Botanical Gardens, Museum and Art Centre, the Avon River, Bridge of Remembrance, the city's new pop up container mall and many other CBD highlights. On leaving the inner city, the tour travels to Mona Vale, an historic homestead and garden. Up to the Sign of the Takahe, an historic building providing spectacular views over the city, Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps, then over the Port Hills to the Port of Lyttelton, through the harbour tunnel to the seaside suburb of Sumner and Cave Rock before returning to the central city where the tour will conclude. (B)

Day 13 - Christchurch/USA
Depart for the US via Fiji Airways. Arrive in the US the same day. (B)

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Departure DatesLand & Air *
Los Angeles
Land Only *Single Supplement
April 1-2704/01 - 04/27
$4199 FC$4,199 FC
$4399 D$4,399 D
$3199 FC$3,199 FC
$3455 D$3,455 D
$1499 FC$1,499 FC
$1599 D$1,599 D
April 28 - May 31 04/28 - 05/31
$3899 FC$3,899 FC
$4099 D$4,099 D
$2855 FC$2,855 FC
$3075 D$3,075 D
$1355 FC$1,355 FC
$1455 D$1,455 D
June 1-2606/01 - 06/26
$4499 FC$4,499 FC
$4755 D$4,755 D
$2855 FC$2,855 FC
$3075 D$3,075 D
$1355 FC$1,355 FC
$1455 D$1,455 D
June 27 - August 20 06/27 - 08/20
$4599 FC$4,599 FC
$4755 D$4,755 D
$2955 FC$2,955 FC
$3075 D$3,075 D
$1399 FC$1,399 FC
$1455 D$1,455 D
August 21 - September 23 08/21 - 09/23
$3999 $3,999
$4499 $4,499
$2999 FC$2,999 FC
$3555 D$3,555 D
$1399 FC$1,399 FC
$1699 D$1,699 D
September 24 - October 31 09/24 - 10/31
$4299 FC$4,299 FC
$4499 D$4,499 D
$3285 FC$3,285 FC
$3555 D$3,555 D
$1555 FC$1,555 FC
$1699 D$1,699 D
November 1 - December 10 11/01 - 12/10
$4299 FC$4,299 FC
$4599 D$4,599 D
$3299 FC$3,299 FC
$3599 D$3,599 D
$1555 FC$1,555 FC
$1699 D$1,699 D
December 11-3112/11 - 12/31
$5099 FC$5,099 FC
$5399 D$5,399 D
$3455 FC$3,455 FC
$3755 D$3,755 D
$1555 FC$1,555 FC
$1699 D$1,699 D
2025
January 1-1401/01 - 01/14
$5099 FC$5,099 FC
$5399 D$5,399 D
$3455 FC$3,455 FC
$3755 D$3,755 D
$1555 FC$1,555 FC
$1699 D$1,699 D
January 15 - February 28 01/15 - 02/28
$4299 FC$4,299 FC
$4599 D$4,599 D
$3355 FC$3,355 FC
$3655 D$3,655 D
$1555 FC$1,555 FC
$1699 D$1,699 D
  • Land & Air prices are per person based on double occupancy and include government taxes and fees. 
  • Hotels are FC (first-class) and D (deluxe), as indicated.

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Tour Features

  • Round trip trans-Pacific airfare via Fiji Airways coach class
  • Local airfare, coach class, as per itinerary
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Overland transfers with sightseeing stops as per itinerary
  • 2 nights stay in a double occupancy room in Auckland, Rotorua, and Christchurch
  • 3 nights stay in a double occupancy room in Queenstown
  • 1 night stay in a double occupancy room in Mt. Cook
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Extensive sightseeing tours by coach/car with English-speaking guide and admission fees in each location as per itinerary
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Airline fuel surcharge (subject to change) and government taxes and fees  

Rates do not include 

  • Any expenses of personal nature such as tips, laundry, table drinks, telephone calls, etc.
  • Optional Travel Insurance
  • Any item not mentioned above   

Remarks   

  • First Class (FC): Rydges (Auckland), Sudima (Rotorua), Copthorne Lakefront (Queenstown), Hermitage (Mt. Cook), Rydges Latimer (Christchurch)
  • Deluxe (D): SkyCity (Auckland), Rotorua Lakeside Novotel (Rotorua), Millennium (Queenstown), Hermitage (Mt. Cook), George (Christchurch)
  • If above hotels or Fiji Airways is not available at the time of reservation, alternative hotels at the same category or airlines could be used. Prices may  differ.
  • During trade fairs season and during Christmas and New Year’s Days, some hotels may require surcharges. The prices may increase.
  • Ticket(s) must be issued within 30 days of reservation; full payment must be received 90 days prior to departure
  • Major credit cards accepted; credit card authorization required
  • Change and cancellation penalties ($250-$600 per person) apply once ticketed; Pacific Holidays’ general cancellation policy applies
  • Hotel upgrades, air upgrades, additional hotel nights, extensions, and add-on air fares from various US cities are available  
from $3,899
General information about the region
Auckland. New Zealand
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 73.6 74.7 72.3 68.2 63.9 59.9 58.5 59.2 61.7 64 67.1 70.9
Average Low 59.4 60.4 57.9 53.8 50.5 46.6 44.8 45.5 48 50.7 53.6 57.2
Average Rainfall 2.886 2.602 3.437 3.913 4.433 4.976 5.713 4.661 4.138 3.945 3.378 3.654
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+12:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
New Zealand Dollar
$1.00 USD = $1.49 NZD
Visa requirement
No
Waitomo. New Zealand
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 70 71 69 65 61 57 55 56 58 60 63 66
Average Low 57 57 55 52 49 46 44 44 47 49 51 55
Average Rainfall 2.1 3.3 2.7 4.1 4.4 4.8 4.3 4.0 4.2 4.6 4.0 4.2
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+12:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
New Zealand Dollar
$1.00 USD = $1.49 NZD
Visa requirement
No
Rotorua. New Zealand
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 63.9 64.2 60.8 55.9 51.3 47.3 46 47.1 50.4 53.6 57 61.2
Average Low 54.7 55.4 52 47.3 43.3 39.7 38.3 39.4 42.4 45.7 48.6 52.7
Average Rainfall 3.65 3.697 3.906 4.22 4.602 5.358 5.295 5.173 4.303 4.421 3.693 4.496
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+12:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
New Zealand Dollar
$1.00 USD = $1.49 NZD
Visa requirement
No
Queenstown. New Zealand
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 71.2 71.2 65.8 59 53.1 47.1 46 49.6 55.2 59.5 62.8 67.5
Average Low 49.6 48.9 45 39.7 36.1 31.5 28.9 32.4 36.5 39.7 42.8 46.9
Average Rainfall 2.547 1.98 2.102 2.213 2.697 2.815 1.98 2.606 2.457 2.614 2.504 2.965
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+12:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
New Zealand Dollar
$1.00 USD = $1.49 NZD
Visa requirement
No
Milford Sound. New Zealand
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 58.5 58.6 55.9 51.8 47.1 42.6 41.5 44.4 47.5 50.2 53.2 56.1
Average Low 50.7 50.5 47.8 43.9 40.1 36 34.3 36.3 39.4 42.3 45.5 48.7
Average Rainfall 28.425 17.902 23.429 20.992 23.488 19.177 16.681 18.248 21.709 25.209 21.575 27.563
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+12:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
New Zealand Dollar
$1.00 USD = $1.49 NZD
Visa requirement
No
Mt. Cook. New Zealand
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 68.9 69.3 64.2 58.1 51.8 45.7 43.7 47.5 53.4 57.6 61.7 64.8
Average Low 48.2 47.8 44.2 39.2 34.7 30.2 28 30.6 34.7 38.5 41.7 45.1
Average Rainfall 18.012 10.961 16.453 14.291 14.059 12.382 12.016 12.339 11.709 18.854 16.307 19.181
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+12:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
New Zealand Dollar
$1.00 USD = $1.49 NZD
Visa requirement
No
Christchurch. New Zealand
January February March April May June July August September October November December
Average High 72.9 71.8 68.9 63.9 58.5 53.6 52.3 54.9 59.5 63 66.7 70
Average Low 54.1 54 50.7 45.9 40.8 36.1 35.4 37.8 41.4 44.8 48 51.8
Average Rainfall 1.508 1.665 1.764 1.819 2.508 2.398 2.693 2.535 1.618 2.079 1.803 1.949
* Degrees are in Fahrenheit. Rainfall are in inches.
Climate/T
Time zone
(GMT+12:00)
Voltage
220-240V
Health requirements
Currency
New Zealand Dollar
$1.00 USD = $1.49 NZD
Visa requirement
No
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