Tour the City of Sails and the Adventure Capital of the World
On an 11-day, 8-night trip to New Zealand, you’ll explore Auckland’s harbors and the fjords outside of Queenstown, with the option to spend two additional nights in the geyser-filled city of Rotorua. The package includes roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or San Francisco International Airport (SFO), hotel accommodations, and guided tours in each city. Airfare from 15 additional cities can be arranged for an extra fee; click here to see each available option.
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Auckland, Days 1–7:
The first leg of the trip includes accommodations at the 4-star Mercure Auckland. A half-day Auckland city tour visits scenic Mount Eden and the trendy Parnell Village, where historical buildings have been transformed into boutique shops.
Dozens of harbors and bays border the northern city of Auckland, often called the "City of Sails” for having the world’s highest number of boats per capita. One of the best ways to see Auckland is by taking a cruise on Waitemata Harbor. You can also visit the observation deck of the Auckland Sky Tower to get a 360-degree view of the city from more than 1,000 feet in the air.
Queenstown, Days 8–11:
In Queenstown, you'll stay at the Rydges Lakeland Resort. A full-day luxury-coach tour includes a visit to Fiordland National Park to see Milford Sound, a spectacular fjord Rudyard Kipling called “the eighth wonder of the world,” and a boat cruise to see the Mitre Peak rock walls and waterfalls.
Known as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown plays host to a number of year-round outdoor activities, including skiing and snowboarding, whitewater rafting, and scenic cruises along Lake Wakatipu. Located on New Zealand’s South Island, the city also contains dozens of wineries that offer tours and tastings of the region’s famous pinot noir.
Optional Rotorua Extension, Days 12–14:
Accommodations are included at Sudima Lake Rotorua hotel, as well as a flight between Auckland and Rotorua. Also included is a full-day tour of the Hobbiton movie set and farm, which heads across Lake Rotorua into the rolling green hills of "the Shire,” where parts of the Lord of the Rings films were shot, and a Tamaki Maori cultural evening that includes a hangi dinner.
Rotorua has some of the highest levels of geothermal activity in the world—the city is rife with geysers, steaming mud pools, and thermal springs. Pay a visit to Te Puia, a geothermal valley a few minutes outside the city, to see the Pohutu Geyser erupt up to 100 feet high. The region is also home to several large volcanoes, including Mount Tarawera. The best ways to tour the volcano are by helicopter, a four-wheel-drive vehicle, or mountain bike.
Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Book by 3/1/13 or promo value expires. Depart by 6/2/13 or 9/15/13, per on option bought. Stays at Mercure Auckland not valid 6/8 or 9/14. Limit 2/person, +2 as gifts. Limit 1/person/visit. Valid only for date & option bought. Reservation required, subject to availability. Redemption occurs upon reservation; canceling once booked will result in a fee up to Groupon price. Changes to travel/airfare incur $300 fee plus add'l penalties/fees from airline/hotels. Airfare non-refundable once ticketed. Not valid toward group or existing reservations. Must be 18+ to check in. CC required at booking/check-in. Fee to travel solo not included: $499 (options 1 & 3) or $799 (options 2 & 4). Visas & gratuities not included. Hotels subjected to change based on availability.