Itinerary Overview

Experience exhilarating, pristine natural landscapes with rare flora and fauna

New Zealand’s unparalleled natural beauty beckons with soaring peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and swathes of unpopulated white-sand beaches. Traveling through scenic fjords, bays, and sounds, witness plunging waterfalls and an abundance of whales, dolphins, and fur seals drawn by sparkling waters rich with marine life.

The last country to be inhabited by humans, isolated for 85 million years, New Zealand boasts flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world. Among its 300 species of birds are the world’s smallest penguin, a colony of 20,000 gannets, and the magnificent royal albatross with an impressive 10-foot wingspan. On guided walks through a rare podocarp forest, a rainforest, botanical gardens, and arboretums, learn about the country’s fascinating plant life. Visit sites important to Maori history and culture, Napier’s well-preserved Art Deco city center, and cosmopolitan Auckland, “The City of Sails.” New Zealand’s celebrated wines and culinary specialties add to the many pleasures of this inspiring expedition.

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