With never more than 16 guests and the finest native-born guides, our original journey showcases the captivating landscapes and fine local wines and produce of the magnificent South Island. Delight in thrilling adventures by land and water, including an overnight cruise deep into Milford Sound, and retreat to our terrific boutique hotels.

Our prices start from

$ 7,299 LAND ONLY

10 Days • GUIDED • 18 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Including boutique hotels and a private outside cabin aboard the Milford Mariner
  • Services of a trip leader
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • All gratuities are included, except for your trip leader
  • Airport transfers (Restrictions apply)
  • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Hotel St. Moritz

Hotel St. Moritz

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Hotel St. Moritz

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Your cruise across Lake Wakatipu ends at a working high-country homestead where you'll see highly trained sheep dogs in action and enjoy a delightful lakeside dinner with fine New Zealand wine.

Hotel St. Moritz

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Our expedition ship offers kayaks and a tender; anchoring in a sheltered cove, you'll be able to join our knowledgeable naturalists for a wonderfully intimate experience of Milford Sound's astounding natural beauty.

Milford Mariner (expedition ship)

Breakfast, Dinner Included

At the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, you'll have a chance to encounter the rare, flightless Takahe - once thought to be extinct here on the South Island.

Oliver's Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Nuggets can still be found in the soil at the Goldfields Mining Center, and you might even try your luck with some gold panning!

Oliver's Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

If there are clear skies tonight, the absence of ambient light makes the Aoraki MacKenzie International Dark Sky Reserve one of the best places to view the Southern Constellations.

Hermitage Hotel

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Toast your fellow travelers this evening with a glass of fine New Zealand wine and enjoy a final dinner of fresh locally-sourced fare.

The George

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Breakfast Included

2023 Tour Dates

January
6, 24
:
$7,299
|
February
6, 18
:
$7,299
|
March
13, 23
:
$7,299
|
October
14
:
$7,299
|
November
1
:
$7,299
|
December
2
:
$7,599
|

2024 Tour Dates

January
7, 19, 31
:
$7,299
|
February
19
:
$7,299
|
March
8, 20
:
$7,499
|
April
1
:
$7,499
|

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and cruise only, based on October 14, 2023 travel date. Single supplement from $2,400. International airfare is additional. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Save up to $1000 per couple ($500 solo) when you pay in full at booking. Ask about our pre-trip to Australia or our extension to New Zealand's North Island..

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AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Complimentary pre-night, breakfast & transfer in Queenstown

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