South Island and North Island
Discover the world's most stunningly diverse landscapes in the Paradise of the Pacific: from subtropical beaches and lush vineyards to geysers, mossy forests and dramatic fjords. Experience the native Maori culture, walk on a glacier in Mt. Cook, admire the waterfalls, geysers, the surreal green, the black sand beaches and the Lord of the Ring’s scenery.
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Many people have asked me over the twelve years I’ve been a regular international traveler what my favorite destination was or is. Though I prefer my standard quip that “the next trip is always my favorite destination,’ if I was pinned down, I’d have to say New Zealand. Why? Because no other country combines so many outstanding things on two small islands. There is such a wealth of adrenaline activities, a tourist infrastructure that’s set up to make it easy for visitors, and local people who speak English and can understand our culture. The fact that it’s so far down and far away means that nearly all Kiwis have traveled abroad, so there is a lack of provincialism that’s refreshing.
The native Maori call it Aotearoa (the land of the long white cloud), and New Zealand has been called Gods' Land and the Paradise of the Pacific since the early 1800s. Its outlandishly surreal green, the undulating hills, jagged mountains, steep fjords, raging rivers, scenic beaches and active geysers leave visitors breathless time after time. Its thundering waterfalls, the tranquil lakes, the silent glaciers, the towering mountains, and the exhilarating nature stay with you forever. This "Lord of the Rings" scenery coincides with the vibrant Maori culture, superb organic food and great wines.
The Maori legend of how the Kiwi lost his wings is a well-known children's favorite in New Zealand, as well as an enchanting story about self-sacrifice and selfishness. One day, Tanemahuta was walking through the forest. He looked up at his children reaching for the sky and he noticed that they were starting to sicken, as bugs were eating them. He talked to his brother, Tanehokahoka, who called all of his children, the birds of the air together. Tanemahuta spoke to them. "Something is eating my children, the trees. I need one of you to come down from the forest roof and live on the floor, so that my children can be saved, and your home can be saved. Who will come?"
Rudyard Kipling called it the eighth Wonder of the World. It has been judged the world's top travel destination and is New Zealand's most famous tourist destination. Milford Sound is a fjord in New Zealand's South Island, within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It is named after Milford Haven in Wales, while the Cleddau River which flows into the sound is also named for its Welsh namesake. The Maori named the sound Piopiotahi after the, now extinct, thrush-like piopio bird. Piopiotahi means "a single piopio", harking back to the legend of Mâui trying to win immortality for mankind - when Maui died in the attempt, a piopio have flown here in mourning.
From robust reds to crisp whites and everything in between, New Zealand's wines are celebrated the world over for their distinct flavor and aroma, due to the unique sea climate and ideal growing conditions. New Zealand's coast is lined with unique, scenic wineries, where we'll sample a variety of vintages and pair these exceptional wines with the zesty, Pacific-style cuisine. New Zealand's most renown wine regions lie along the east coast from Northland to Otago, where the sea air allows grapes to develop a rich, full-bodied flavor and the perfect acidity for a flavorful wine. Whether you love a rich Merlot or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, you'll find your ideal wine here.
10 Days /9 Nights
Tour starts in Queenstown and ends in Auckland