New Zealand

Awe Inspiring New Zealand Scenery

New Zealand Scenery: 2019 (Dates TBD)

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Explore breathtaking New Zealand! Tour extravagant gardens, delve into the beauty of the fjords, and enjoy decadent food and local wine while enjoying the company of your fellow travelers. This tour is perfect for the novice or experienced New Zealand traveler.

Welcome to New Zealand

  • Meet and greet upon arrival and transfer to the hotel.
  • Ayrlies Garden
  • Welcome dinner

Auckland

  • Totara Waters Garden, the private garden of Jocelyn Coyle
  • Auckland Botanic Gardens
  • Sightseeing tour through central Auckland
  • Evening at leisure

Auckland to Dunedin 

  • Move to the South Island of New Zealand, commence with the “Edinburgh, Scotland of the South”, Dunedin.
  • Early morning flight to Dunedin
  • Dunedin Botanic Garden
  • City tour of Dunedin

Dunedin

  • Self-guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Guided tour of the Castle’s gardens and grounds
  • Drive out to Taiaroa Heads on the Otago Peninsula to join Natures Wonders for a Wildlife Tour
  • Haggis presentation and dinner in the hotel

Dunedin to Te Anau     

  • Wylde Willows Garden
  • Leisure time in Te Anau
  • Optional excursion to view the Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Te Anau to Doubtful Sound    

  • Leisure time to explore Te Anau
  • Overnight cruise of Doubtful Sound deep in Fiordland National Park

Doubtful Sound to Queenstown

  • Morning in Fiordland National Park
  • Depart for Queenstown
  • Afternoon at leisure in Queenstown                                                                               

Queenstown

  • Private home and gardens of celebrated artist, DaVella Gore, The Stoneridge Chapel and Water Garden.
  • Historic Arrowtown
  • Gibbston Valley Winery, famous for New Zealand’s largest and most innovative wine cave
  • Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station to dine at the Colonel’s Homestead

Queenstown to Mt. Cook

  • Travel north over Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country
  • Pass along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook Village in the heart of the South Alps
  • Leisure time to walk or enjoy the scenery

Mt. Cook to Christchurch      

  • Mt. Cook National Park
  • Stop at Lake Tekapo and visit to the Church of the Good Shepherd and the statue of the Collie dog
  • Trott’s Garden
  • Akaunui, the delightful garden of Diana and Ian Mackenzie
  • Travel north to Christchurch stopping en route to visit Suzette Gardens in Rakaia.
  • Evening at leisure

Christchurch

  • Ohinetahi, the famous private garden of Sir Miles Warren
  • Giants House, an historic Akaroa house with terraced gardens
  • French settlement of Akaroa
  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • Farewell dinner at Curators House in the Botanic Garden

Departure