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Highlights of 19 Days Off the Beaten Path in New Zealand:
Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Taupo, Napier and Hawke’s Bay, Blenheim, Marlborough, Christchurch, Mount Cook, Tasman Glacier, Doubtful Sound, Te Anau &QueenstownBlurb for photo box and include as first paragraph in Overview:
Off The Beaten Path in New Zealand in 19 Days offers an unparalleled experience of many of New Zealand’s most iconic natural wonders and an introduction to several of her most beloved cities. Start in Auckland, the “City of Sails,” travel to Waitomo for a unique and breathtaking cave experience, then head to Taupo, situated on the lake shore. Travel to Napier in celebrated Hawkes Bay and on to Blenheim and an exploration of Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy your time in the world-renowned Marlborough wine region then on to Christchurch, followed by the Mt. Cook area. Experience an overnight cruise in Fiordland’sDoudbtful Sound then on to Te Anau for a trek on the iconic Routeburn Track. Finish your adventure in adventure-laden Queenstown before returning to the U.S.A.Trip at a Glance:
Day 1: Arrive in Auckland
Day 2: Full Day Auckland
Day 3: Drive to Taupo via Waitomo Caves
Day 4: Full day Taupo
Day 5: Full day guided fishing
Day 6: Drive to Napier
Day 7: Full day self guided winery cycle tour
Day 8: Fly to Blenheim
Day 9: Full day guided kayak and walk
Day 10: Full day Marlborough Tour
Day 11: Train to Christchurch
Day 12: Drive to Mt Cook
Day 13: Glacier Cruise, Drive to Queenstown
Day 14: Full day Paradise Discovery Tour
Day 15: Overnight Doubtful Sound
Day 16: Drive to Te Anau
Day 17: Full day Routeburn Track
Day 18: Drive to Queenstown
Day 19: Depart Queenstown, return to U.S.A.Trip Highlights:

  • Discover the rich cultural melting pot that is Auckland, the “City of Sails”
  • Explore New Zealand’s famed and unique Waitomo Caves
  • Fly fish Lake Taupo’s pristine waters
  • Experience Hawke’s Bay’s famed wine country by bike
  • Explore the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound afoot and by kayak
  • Take a full day tour of the world renowned wine mecca, Marlborough
  • Enjoy a scenic train ride to Christchurch
  • Visit Mount Cook and enjoy a cruise around the Tasman Glacier
  • Learn about the regional agriculture, history, and culture of the South Island’s heartland on a full day Paradise Discovery Tour
  • Experience Fiordland’s Doubtful Sound on a scenic overnight cruise
  • Spend a day hiking the world-renowned Routeburn track with experienced guides