New Zealand Odyssey

9 days in New Zealand with seasoned tour guides as we visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, explore the Waitomo Glowworm caves, walk the black sand beaches, visit the Whakarewarewa Maori Village, and much more.

Day 1. Departure

Fly Las Vegas, U.S.A. ~ Auckland, New Zealand

(Cross International Date Line. Lose a day on outbound. Gain it back on Return)

Day 2. Day tour in Auckland

Arrive Auckland International Airport.

Auckland Sky Tower ( the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction)

Auckland Corn Maze (depends on the arrival time)

Drive to Hamilton (123 KM, 2 hr) Hotel: Hamilton (4 nights)

Day 3. Day tour in Otorohanga

(50 km, 1 hr Drive from Hamilton)

Kiwi Bird House (Close-up viewing of kiwi bird-New Zealand’s national bird. Rare Great Spotted Kiwi and Brown Kiwi on display.)

Otorohanga Glow Worm Caves(Place high in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glow worms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural & natural history)

The Boat Ride (Marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glow Worm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glow Worm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you will immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by the glow worms that light your way.)

Return to Hamilton about 4:00pm

Hotel Hamilton

Day 4. Day tour in Hamilton

Maori Handicrafts Class (or similar cultural activity)

Hamilton Lake Picnic

Classics Cars Museum

Hamilton Gardens (afternoon group activity)( The 54-hectare park is based on the banks of the Waikato River and includes enclosed gardens, open lawns, a lake, a nursery, a convention centre and the Hamilton East Cemetery. The site features 21 gardens representing the art, beliefs, lifestyles and traditions of different civilisations or historical garden styles. These gardens are grouped into the Paradise, Productive, Fantasy, Cultivar and Landscape garden collections, and there is space for gardens which are still in development.)

Hotel: Hamilton

Day 5. Day tour in MataMata (Leave at 8:00am)

Hobbiton Movie Set (a significant location used for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film series. During your tour you will see Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill, double arched bridge, and other structures and gardens built for the films.)

Lake Taupo

Huka Falls

Craters of the Moon

Hotel: Rotorua (4 nights)

Day 6. Day tour in Rotorua

Agrodome & Farm Tour (You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you are introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, witness a live sheep shearing demonstration. The farm dogs will amaze you as they demonstrate their ability to repond to commands and keep those sheep (and ducks!) in line! See sheep dogs work the flock and try your hand at feeding the lambs. Farm tour. There is also a kiwi fruit farm inside, and they will let you taste the juice, wine and honey during the tour.)

Tauranga Beach

Mountain Maunganui – short hike to top, panorama view of Bay

Wai-o-Tapu Falls

Hotel: Rotorua

Day 7. Day tour in Rotorua

Paradise ValleyWildlife Park (At Paradise Valley Springs, a variety of NZ wildlife--deer, pigs, thar, and wallabies may be hand fed. View native New Zealand birds, waterfowl on wetlands and walk-through. Walk right up in the tree canopy on the Rainforest Treetops Walk-- solid boardwalk is up to 20 ft off the ground.)

The Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest)

Lake Rotorua (Picnic or Dinner by the lake)

Hotel: Rotorua

Day 8. Day tour in Rotorua

Whakarewarewa Maori Village (Follow your guide through the traditional village located within the volcanic valley, where you can experience a live weaving display within the art and craft gallery. The carvings of the traditional meetinghouse burst from the posts with facial art, bulging eyes, and protruding tongues in imitation of spirits and warriors. As the sound of exploding geysers and thundering water fades into the distance, the oral history of the Maori people fills the quiet. The stories fade, the sizzle and bubble of the geyser disappears, and you make your way back to your accommodation full of cultural understanding and the memory of the bubbling earth.)

Free Afternoon: Options ~ a. Gondola Ride & Buffet Dinner b. Rainbow Springs

Hotel: Rotorua

Day 9. LEAVE FOR AUCKLAND & FLY HOME

Day tour on the way back to Auckland International Airport (8:00am-5:00pm)

Coramandel -Hot sand pools

Flight Home (estimated flight 5:15pm)

  • "It is a totally different country from what I was expecting. Warm and inviting."

    Shay - 2014

  • "What a great cultural experience. The tour guides made it exceptional."

    Rachel - 2015

  • "This trip is worth it, and it's only half over!"

    Jim - 2015

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