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Highlights of
New Zealand

January 12 - 23, 2024

Starting at $6,995/person

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A Destination
Unlike All Others

Packed with adventure, unforgettable landscapes, and breathtaking scenery, New Zealand is an experience like no other.


Get an intimate look at the country’s many wonders as you explore the unspoiled landscape; discover unique flavors and wine straight from the source; enjoy thrilling one-of-a-kind experiences; and plunge below the Earth’s surface to discover geothermal pools and the fascinating Milford Sound.

Experience a dose of Kiwi hospitality and more during our journey through both the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

Limited to Guests 18+ years of age only


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The Journey Begins (with Hobbits)

Day 1: Friday, January 12

  • Arrive in Auckland

  • Morning private transfer from airport to your accommodations in Rotorua

  • Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films

  • Group dinner in Rotorua

What's included: ground transportation, accommodations, guided tour, dinner (alcohol at traveler's expense)

Adventure awaits...

Day 2: Saturday, January 13

  • Breakfast in Rotorua

  • Your choice of a Māori Cultural Experience or Whitewater Rafting on the Kaituna River

  • Group dinner in Rotorua


What's included: accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation, tickets for activity, dinner (alcohol at traveler's expense)

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Stargazing Twizel Style

Day 3: Sunday, January 14

  • Breakfast in Rotorua

  • Group transfer to airport and domestic flight to Christchurch

  • Transportation from airport to Twizel

  • Check into accommodations in Twizel or upgrade your lodging for January 14 and 15 to a SkyBed* 

  • Group dinner and stargazing in your own backyard in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve

What's included: breakfast, ground transportation accommodations, dinner (alcohol at traveler's expense)

Stunning Hikes

Day 4: Monday, January 15

  • Breakfast in Twizel

  • Hike the Hooker Valley Track (easy 10 KM out-and-back) or enjoy a relaxing morning 

  • Tasman Lake hike (easy 3.5 KM out-and-back) or enjoy a relaxing afternoon

  • Group dinner in Twizel

  • Stargaze in your own backyard in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve 

What's included: breakfast, accommodations, ground transportation, hikes, dinner (alcohol at traveler's expense)

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The Mighty Tasman Glacier

Day 5: Tuesday, January 16

  • Breakfast in Twizel

  • Depart Twizel for a scenic drive to Mount Cook

  • Lunch on your own

  • Board our helicopter for a scenic ride landing on the Tasman Glacier

  • Explore the glacier on a guided hike across this extraordinary sheet of ice

  • Check into accommodations in Wanaka

  • Group dinner in Wanaka

What's included: breakfast, accommodations, ground transportation, heli-hiking experience, dinner (alcohol at traveler's expense)

A Leisurely Day

Day 6: Wednesday, January 17

  • Breakfast in Wanaka

  • Day of leisure to explore Wanaka on your own

  • Lunch on your own

  • Short walk to the Wanaka Tree on Lake Wanaka (easy .4 KM loop trail)

  • Group dinner in Wanaka


What's included: breakfast, accommodations, lake walk, dinner (alcohol at traveler's expense)

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The Most Beautiful Hike

Day 7: Thursday, January 18

  • Breakfast in Wanaka

  • Hike the Rob Roy Glacier Track (easy 10 KM out-and-back trail) or enjoy a relaxing day in Wanaka

  • Group lunch

  • Dinner on your own in Wanaka


What's included: breakfast, accommodations, ground transportation, hike, lunch (alcohol at traveler's expense)

Welcome to the Adventure Capital

Day 8: Friday, January 19

  • Breakfast in Wanaka

  • Depart Wanaka for Queenstown

  • Watch or take the leap yourself at one of New Zealand's best bungy jump experiences (optional add-on)

  • Lunch on your own at local winery

  • Check into accommodations in Queenstown

  • Group dinner in Queenstown

What's included: breakfast, accommodations, ground transportation, dinner (alcohol at traveler's expense)

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A World-renowned Natural Wonder

Day 9: Saturday, January 20

  • Breakfast in Queenstown

  • Transfer to airport for an awe-inspiring flight to Milford Sound

  • Scenic cruise through the Milford Sound

  • Group lunch

  • Transfer to airport for flight back to Queenstown

  • Dinner on your own

What's included: breakfast, accommodations, ground transportation, round trip flight to/from Milford Sound and cruise, lunch (alcohol at traveler's expense)

A Memorable Day in the Vines

Day 10: Sunday, January 21

  • Breakfast in Queenstown

  • Explore some of the best wineries on a full-day tour

  • Group lunch during winery tour

  • Dinner on your own in Queenstown


What's included: breakfast, ground transportation, winery tour and wine tastings, lunch

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A Thrilling Jet Boat Ride

Day 11: Monday, January 22

  • Breakfast in Queenstown

  • Paraglide through the skies, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views over Queenstown (optional add-on)

  • Lunch on your own

  • Enjoy an adrenaline pumping jet boat ride through the most dramatic canyons of the Shotover River

  • Farewell group dinner in Queenstown

What's included: breakfast, accommodations, ground transportation, jet boat tour, dinner (alcohol at traveler's expense)


Day 12: Tuesday, January 23

  • Breakfast in Queenstown

  • Transportation from accommodations to airport

  • Begin your flight home or extend to your next destination


What's included: breakfast, transportation from accommodations to airport


Accommodations will be varied throughout your adventure. The different styles of lodging throughout this journey are part of the adventure that makes New Zealand unique.

Eat & Drink

New Zealand's cuisine has been described as Pacific Rim, drawing inspiration from Europe, Asia and Polynesia. Indulge your taste buds with mouth-watering cuisine, delectable wines, and local ingredients.

All the Things

Here's an idea...instead of endlessly scrolling the web for experiences, we've actually done all of the work for you. Let us show you the best of New Zealand.

More Inclusive Pricing

That means essentials like accommodations, most meals, basic bevvies, some really cool experiences, and ground transportation are included.


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Enhance Your Stay in Twizel

*Upgrade your Twizel accommodations to a SkyBed. These accommodations were built to create an atmosphere of connection – to the earth and the sky. Inset floors and natural building materials leave you feeling at one with nature, whilst the bedroom’s glass walls and ceiling provide stunning vistas of the Mackenzie basin and the universe above. Experience the luxury of:

  • Relaxing under the stars in a super-size outdoor bath, filled to the brim with spring-fed water and heated just the way you like it.

  • Gazing at the sky and across the Mackenzie basin, all from the comfort of your king-sized bed.

  • Waking up to only the sounds of nature and enjoying a fresh continental breakfast inside or in your secluded courtyard.


 All SkyBeds are reserved.  Join the wait list for an upgrade.

Terms & Conditions


$6,995 (USD) per person


Total price includes the following:

  • January 12-23, 2024 (12 days/11 nights).

  • 4 regions (North Island: Rotorua and South Island: Twizel, Wanaka, Queenstown).

  • Accommodations for 11 nights (Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Bathroom and showering facilities are sometimes shared and may not be en-suite).

  • One (1) shared room at each accommodation. Room assignment is assigned based on a first-come, first-served basis. All pricing is per person and based on double occupancy. More or less than 2 people per room incurs additional charges.

  • Ground transportation as detailed in the trip itinerary.

  • Meals: Eleven (11) breakfasts, three (3) lunches, eight (8) dinners.

  • Beverages: non-alcoholic beverages for meals included with trip.

  • Tour experience and entrance for Hobbiton Movie Set; your choice of a Māori Cultural Experience or Whitewater Rafting on the Kaituna River; Tasman Glacier Heli-Hiking; Scenic Flight to and Boat Tour of Milford Sound; Scenic Road Trip, Winery Tour; Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Ride; Hikes as detailed on the trip itinerary. Activities and tours may be substituted at the sole discretion of tour hosts.   



Not included in the trip costs are gratuities and tips, international airfare, domestic airfare, trip cancellation or travel insurance, visas when applicable, personal charges, meals on your own, alcohol unless noted, optional add-ons, activities planned on your own, and accommodations before January 12, 2024 and after January 23, 2024.


  • Price and availability not guaranteed until deposit is made. Price is in U.S. Dollars.

  • A $750 deposit per person is required to confirm a reservation at the time of booking.

  • A reservation is binding once deposit is made.

  • Deposits are non-refundable.

  • Payment Due Dates

    • Due Immediately - $750

    • June 1, 2023 - $3,000

    • September 15, 2023 - Remaining Balance Due

  • All pricing is per person and based on double occupancy. Solo travelers are welcome to book a room to themselves but must pay a single supplement based on room selection (Please email us at for information on single supplement options). Rooms with more than 2 people incur an additional charge which must be calculated upon request.


  • Cancellation requests must be made in writing to

  • Deposits are non-refundable.

  • Please refer to the Guest Contract for details on cancellations, payments, refunds, and other terms & conditions which are incorporated into this and every tCE trip.

  • Please note that changes made to overall party size may result in a change to the rate.

  • We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. A great resource for comparing options and purchasing insurance is

  • Cancellation Fees:

    • From Date of Deposit through June 1, 2023: $750 (Guest Deposit) per Guest.

    • June 2, 2023 - September 15, 2023: $3,750 (Guest Deposit + $3,000) per Guest.

    • After September 15, 2023: 100% of vacation price per Guest.



  • Our day-to-day itinerary may, from time to time and prior to departure, need to be altered or slightly modified to address possible unforeseen logistical and weather challenges.

  • All listed retreats (hotels, villas, barges, etc.) are, at times, subject to changes. In such rare instances, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

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Highlights of New Zealand Waitlist

Please complete the below to join the Highlights of New Zealand journey (January 12-23, 2024). Please note, by submitting this form, you are not guaranteed a booking/reservation. 

Thank you for requesting a spot for this journey! We'll be in touch soon.

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