New Zealand Adventure



It’s a tale of two islands as your small group traverses the country from north to south, from cosmopolitan Auckland and geothermal Rotorua to genial Wellington and scenic Queenstown.  Lively cities, pristine fjords, and enchanted forests – add engaging “Kiwis” and intriguing indigenous cultures and it’s a pure New Zealand experience

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Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Apr 11, 2024 - Apr 26, 2024



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Christina Thompson
Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All
In this endearing, offbeat memoir, Christina Thompson effortlessly alternates tales of mostly disastrous early encounters with the Maori (she’s an anthropologist) and the story of the love of her life, Seven, the Maori she married. Her title is taken from what “Darwin said that Cook said the Maoris said at that interesting moment when Europeans first appeared.” What probably actually transpired on that fateful day in 1769 at the Bay of Isles was more complex.

Peter Oettli
Culture Smart! New Zealand
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.

Eyewitness Guides
Eyewitness Guide New Zealand
This superb illustrated guide to New Zealand from the Eyewitness series features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country’s attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.

National Geographic Maps
New Zealand Adventure Map
A detailed map at a scale of 1:1,000,000, printed on handy tear- and water-resistant paper.

Louis Leland
A Personal Kiwi-Yankee Dictionary
Take this book with you on your trip to help you untangle the sometimes perplexing and colorful local idioms.

K. T. Harawira, T. R. Buxton (Introduction)
Beginner’s Maori
A guide to the Maori language, written for the traveler looking for an introductory foundation to the language, culture and traditions of the Maori people.

John Chambers
A Traveller’s History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands
A brisk portrait of New Zealand and its culture, economy and society, this concise history also covers the settlement of the
Pacific Islands.

David Hackett Fischer
Fairness and Freedom
Pulitzer Prize-winner Fischer compares the politics of America and New Zealand, posing the question: is it possible to be both fair and free? Despite its focus on politics and fairness, the book is thoroughly enjoyable and, in its own way, a travelogue.

H.G. Robley
Maori Tattooing
A new unabridged edition of the classic illustrated sourcebook on Maori tattooing (moko), first published in 1896. The author pays scrupulous attention to the intricate patterns, design and cultural meaning of traditional Maori tattoos.

Annie Potts
New Zealand Book of Beasts, Animals in Our Culture, History and Everyday Life
This engaging scholarly work explores New Zealanders’ relationship with native fauna: how New Zealanders have nurtured, glorified, cherished, demonized and devoured the nation’s animals.

Paul Theroux
The Happy Isles of Oceania
The peripatetic author flies off to Australia and New Zealand with a kayak and ends up exploring much of Melanesia and Polynesia, including Tonga, Fiji and the Marquesas, in this wickedly funny, wide-ranging tale.

Frank McLynn
Captain Cook, Master of the Seas
McLynn re-creates the remarkable voyages that took the famous navigator from his native England to the remote Pacific, showing him to be a brave and brilliant seaman, who transcended his humble beginnings as a deckhand and triumphed through courage, talent and good fortune.

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Slipping Into Paradise, Why I Live in New Zealand
In this far-ranging travelogue, Masson (who wrote a series of books on the emotional lives of animals) combines his travels and tales with history, riffs on the Kiwis, nature and society.

Samuel Butler, Peter Mudford (Introduction)
Butler’s classic Victorian novel inspired by his experiences in 1860s New Zealand. A satirical account of a journey to an upside-down country at the end of the world, where sick people are thrown in jail and murderers are taken to the hospital.

Lloyd Jones
Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance
Originally published in 2002, this sensuous novel is set in rural New Zealand and spans the end of World War I to the present day. Brought together by their obsession with the tango, two couples experience the trials of true love and the power of storytelling.

Katherine Mansfield
The three marvelous, long stories in this collection constitute the beginnings of a novel based on Mansfield’s childhood in Wellington.

Keri Hulme
The Bone People
Set on the South Island, this powerful novel brings together three troubled individuals who represent Maori and European traditions in contemporary New Zealand.

Eleanor Catton
The Luminaries
Murder and mystery in 19th-century New Zealand. This epic and intricately constructed tale — spinning out over 800 pages — is set during the wild days of the 1866 gold rush on the west coast on South Island. It’s just over Arthur’s Pass from where Catton was raised in Christchurch.

Herbert Guthrie-Smith, William Cronon (Introduction)
Tutira, The Story of a New Zealand Sheep Station
First published in 1921, this loving account of the ecology of New Zealand focuses on Guthrie-Smith’s 40,000-sheep shearing station on the shores of Lake Tutira in the Hawke’s Bay region of the North Island.

Julian Fitter
A Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand
A comprehensive and compact guide by longtime resident Julian Fitter featuring 600 color photographs, range maps and species descriptions.

Mark Carwardine
Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
In the trademark graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world’s cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species.


Cancellations, Refunds, and Changes: If you must cancel your trip, the effective date of cancellation will be upon Odysseys Unlimited, Inc.’s receipt of your notification. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges:

  • Cancellations received prior to 95 days before departure will receive a full refund of all monies paid to Odysseys Unlimited.
  • Cancellations received 94 to 65  days before departure 25% of tour price
  • Cancellations received 64 to 45  days before departure 50% of tour price
  • Cancellations received 44 to 30  days before departure 75% of tour price
  • Cancellations received 29 to 0 days before departure will receive no refund (as per our existing terms).

If you make any changes to your reservation from 94 to 30 days prior to departure, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. will apply a $100 per person administrative fee, in addition to any fees or penalties imposed by third parties. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If your your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy for any reason, you will be charged the single supplement. No changes are allowed within 30 days of departure. Upon reservation, you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport, as well as your date of birth and gender. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue. Trip cancellation insurance is available and an application will be sent after you submit your trip reservation(s).




  • day 1&2

    Days 1 & 2: Depart U.S. for Auckland, New Zealand

  • day 3

    Auckland, New Zealand

    We arrive in New Zealand’s largest city early this morning and transfer to our hotel, where our rooms are ready for early check-in. After time to relax and freshen up, we take a casual walking tour of the area around our hotel. This evening we attend a briefing on the journey ahead, followed by a welcome dinner. D

  • day 4

    Auckland, New Zealand

    This morning we tour cosmopolitan Auckland, an eminently livable city. One of only a few world cities straddling two harbors on separate bodies of water, Auckland offers an abundance of natural beauty. A highlight of our tour is the visit to the Auckland Museum, with its prized collections of Maori and Pacific Islander art and artifacts (Auckland has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world). After lunch at a local restaurant, we embark on a cruise around glittering Auckland Harbour. We return to our hotel early this afternoon; the remainder of the day is free for independent exploration. Dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

  • day 5


     En route to Rotorua today, we stop at Ruakuri Caves to see the unique glowworms that illuminate the underground grottoes and caves. Late this afternoon we visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve and Maori Cultural Centre for a traditional hangi dinner and performance. B,D

  • day 6


    With its geysers, bubbling mud pools, and hot thermal springs, Rotorua ranks as a geothermal wonder, as well as a center of indigenous Maori culture (Maoris comprise 40% of Rotorua’s population). We encounter this intriguing town on a morning tour that includes a visit to Paradise Valley Springs, which offers an up-close look at New Zealand’s biodiversity, with native flora, a freshwater stream that’s home to wild trout, and wildlife, including alpaca, llama, and wallabies. The park also features a variety of birdlife. Then we drive to the National Kiwi Trust, dedicated to rehabilitating injured kiwis, New Zealand’s national bird. B

  • day 7


    Today we set out for one of New Zealand’s celebrated wine regions: Hawke’s Bay and the seaside city of Napier. We sample the local terroir at a wine tasting and lunch at Church Road Winery, one of the country’s oldest and most acclaimed. Reaching Napier after lunch, we embark on a guided walking tour of the city’s 1930s Art Deco architecture. After an earthquake leveled the city in 1931, it was rebuilt in “Deco” style; today, Napier ranks as one of the most authentically Art Deco cities in the world. Dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

  • day 8


    We travel today to New Zealand’s capital of Wellington, stopping along the way at a private farm where we learn about the country’s vital sheep farming industry. We see the sheep dogs at work and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration then enjoy a barbecue lunch. We continue on, reaching Wellington late this afternoon. Dinner tonight is on our own in this city known for its vibrant restaurant scene. B,L

  • day 9


    We encounter this genial waterfront city on the southern end of the North Island on this morning’s tour featuring a ride on the historic Wellington Cable Car for panoramic views of the city and harbor. We also visit acclaimed Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum with interactive exhibits spanning art, history, native cultures, and the natural environment. Then the remainder of the afternoon is free to explore as we wish, perhaps to stroll along bohemian Cuba Street, visit the Wellington Zoo, or wander the lively waterfront area. We dine together tonight at a local restaurant. B,D

  • day 10


    Today we fly south to Christchurch, New Zealand’s “Garden City.” Highlights of our city tour include the Botanic Gardens, the “green heart” of Christchurch dating to 1863; and Cathedral Square, for 150 years the beating heart of Christchurch and site of Christchurch Cathedral. This afternoon is at leisure to explore independently; we dine tonight at our hotel. B,D

  • day 11

    Christchurch/Franz Josef

    Early today we embark on one of the world’s great rail journeys aboard the TranzAlpine train: along the open farmland of the Canterbury Plain, through the foothills of the Southern Alps; then into the snowcapped peaks themselves. We travel across steel girder bridges above deep gorges and through tunnels on our journey to Arthur’s Pass, where we board a motorcoach for the scenic drive to the village of Franz Josef, reaching our hotel this afternoon and dining there tonight. B,D

  • day 12

    Franz Josef

    In Westland National Park this morning, we encounter one of New Zealand’s most spectacular sights: Franz Josef Glacier, the mass of ice that descends from the frigid upper reaches of the Southern Alps to a rainforest at sea level. With a local guide we take a walk through the glacier valley, where we have spectacular views of this natural wonder. Then we visit the West Coast Wildlife Centre with its rare kiwi birds, an animal linked so closely to New Zealand that its residents are known colloquially as “Kiwis.” This afternoon is free to enjoy the splendid surroundings as we wish. We dine tonight at our hotel. B,D

  • day 13

    Franz Josef/Queenstown

    Traveling to Queenstown today, we stop first in the lakeside resort of Wanaka for lunch on our own then in the Central Otago region at a local winery for a private tasting and tour of the wine cave. Late this afternoon we reach Queenstown and our hotel, where we dine tonight. B,D

  • day 14

    Queenstown/Doubtful Sound

    More scenic overload is in store on our full-day excursion to Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound, one of New Zealand’s top attractions. We travel by boat across Lake Manapouri then by coach over Wilmot Pass to reach the “Sound of Silence,” as Doubtful is called for the remarkable serenity that prevails here and in the surrounding mountain peaks, rainforest, and waterfalls. This enchanting woodland may seem familiar to moviegoers: director Peter Jackson filmed The Lord of the Rings’ Fangorn Forest here. Among the wildlife we may see on our three-hour catamaran cruise: dolphins, fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins, and even whales. Surrounding us: rugged mountain peaks, rainforest, waterfalls. After this exhilarating excursion we return to Queenstown early this evening; dinner is on our own. B,L

  • day 15


    Today is at leisure to enjoy this outdoor mecca with a spectacular setting on Lake Wakatipu as we wish. Options abound, from jet boating and fly fishing to art gallery hopping or riding the Skyline gondola for outstanding views of this unusually scenic city. Tonight we celebrate our New Zealand adventure over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. B,D

  • day 16

    Depart for U.S.

    We depart this afternoon for the airport and our return flights home. B

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