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Exploring New Zealand


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Lose yourself in this Kiwi Adventure and experience all of New Zealand’s many facets.

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Lose yourself in this Kiwi Adventure and experience all of New Zealand’s many facets.


Auckland - Bay of Islands - Rotorua

Considered one of the best places in the world to live, Auckland’s Polynesian population instills into its chic atmosphere the vibrant feel of the Pacific Islands. See the America’s Cup Village, the War Memorial, bustling Queen Street, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, and spectacular views from the harbourside.


Travel north to the Bay of Islands. This sun-soaked region boasts more than 144 islands and warm waters with abundant marine life. Visit the Waitangi Treaty House where Maori and British leaders signed the 1840 treaty establishing New Zealand as a nation. Cruise through the bay’s famous Hole in the Rock and view the Cape Brett Lighthouse, which stands nearly 500 feet above sea level at the edge of the Cape Brett Peninsula.


In Rotorua, visit Te Puia, New Zealand's premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience. The National Carving School and National Weaving School are located here, passing on age-old customs by teaching the tribal youth these traditional skills.  


Wellington – Christchurch

Journey to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. View the Beehive, New Zealand’s Parliament, historic St. Paul’s Church, and the Old Government Building – the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit the Te Papa Tongawera Museum, a fascinating center dedicated to art, history and the Maori culture.


Board a ferry and sail across Cook Strait to experience what has been called “the most beautiful ferry ride in the world.” Arrive in Picton on the South Island. Later, arrive in the historic city of Christchurch. Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the “Garden City” is recreating itself.


Queenstown - Milford Sound – Mount Cook

Travel to Queenstown, one of New Zealand’s prettiest towns. Enjoy dinner at the Skyline Restaurant, where you will enjoy spectacular views overlooking Queenstown, the Remarkable Mountains, and mysterious Lake Wakatipu. 

Set off for the beautiful 19th-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to explore its quaint, historic streets. The Central Otago region is where some of New Zealand’s best wines are grown and produced. During a stop at a local winery, visit the underground storage cave – the largest in New Zealand – for a tasting of their award-winning wine. 

Cruise the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound and see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island.


The Maori word for Mount Cook is Aoraki, which means “cloud piercer.” Journey through New Zealand’s unspoiled wilderness and arrive at Mt. Cook National Park, where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks. This is where famed New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary honed his skills before conquering Everest. Take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour, or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps.


To learn more about New Zealand, contact your local travel professional or call major tour operator Collette at 800.340.5158 and visit www.gocollette.com.


May 24, 2023

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  • Thanks for featuring New Zealand Collette - it is indeed one of the most beautiful countries in the world and we are very welcoming of tourists, especially Baby Boomers, who have a real respect and fascination with our culture.

    We are proud to have launched 'Look After Me' - New Zealand's Homestay Network, which puts American Baby Boomers in touch with Kiwi Baby Boomers. Guests stay in hosted accommodation (either spare rooms, guest wings or self-contained units). Our hosts have all been vetted and the prices are really fair.

    Our guests tell us they love the benefit of the local knowledge, enjoying a lovely glass of wine and a decent coffee!

    We would warmly welcome your travel enquiry.

    Julia Charity
    Look After Me - New Zealand's Homestay Network

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