This trip will captivate all nature lovers and will allow you to enjoy an extensive visit to New Zealand both North and South Islands with stops in Auckland, Rotorua, Tongariro National park, Wellington, Queenstown and then to fly to Australia to discover Sydney and the magnificent Cairns with its world-renowned Great Barrier reef.
Auckland, located around 2 large harbors, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In the center the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbor which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Winter gardens. Near Downtown, Mission Bay Beach has a seaside promenade with great restaurants to explore.
What this island is about is art, food, and wine – in any order you like. Waiheke is a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, all just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. The white sandy beaches at Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi slope gently down into the Hauraki Gulf and are perfect for swimming, kayaking...
Rotoroa Island is a unique center for arts, cultural heritage and conservation, a predator free sanctuary for wildlife and home to endangered native species including kiwi, tieke (saddleback), takahe and pateke (brown teals) , skinks (lizards).
Te Puia is a top Rotorua attraction in New Zealand and center for Maori cultural experiences, a geothermal valley with the Rotorua geysers, Maori village. It features 60 hectares of geothermal wonder just five minutes from Rotorua's central city. At Te Puia the concerts and cultural performances will not just move you but enable you to get inside this fascinating culture. Surrounded by the beautiful carvings of the Te Arawa ancestors, you will experience entertaining stories told through song and dance, with plenty of surprises thrown in.
Immerse yourself in traditional Maori culture, history and natural geothermal attractions at Te Puia. Traditionally, weaving and carving were vital Maori arts but by the 1920s they were in danger of extinction. Established in 1926, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia has seen carving, weaving and other traditional Maori art forms not only survive but thrive.
Centered upon three volcanoes –Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu –Tongariro National Park is home to some of New Zealand's most dramatic landscapes. Tongariro is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. This status recognizes the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual.
One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World. Wai-O-Tapu is an active geothermal area at the southern end of the Okataina Volcanic Centre
Wellington is the capital and second-most populous urban area of New Zealand. The city is known for its vibrant creative culture fuelled by great food, wine, craft beer, coffee, and events. It was recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet.
Queenstown is renowned for adventure sports. It’s also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns. There's bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge and jet-boating on the Shotover and Dart rivers.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed all around New Zealand. Over 150 real-world locations were used for key scenes, including Mordor, Hobbiton, Rivendell...
Sydney, spectacularly draped around its glorious harbor and beaches, has visual wow factor like few other cities. Scratch the surface and it only gets better.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system. It can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms.