Explore geothermal springs and ice fields to stunning fjords and Maori culture, and experience New Zealand at its best…with an optional extension to Fiji’s paradise


Fri Jan 27 – Sun Feb 12, 2023


New Zealand & Fiji Extension






Explore the two magnificent sister island paradises nestled within the scenic southwestern Pacific Ocean – the North and South Islands. Infused with its unique Maori culture and pristine natural beauty ranging from sun drenched golden beaches, geothermal springs, stunning mist-cloaked fjords and towering mountain terrains dotted with ice fields, experience New Zealand at its best. From hidden gems to tourist must-do’s, discover the two different sides of this dual island oasis on a journey that begins in Auckland, then into the Bay of Islands, onward to Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch, including Mount Cook and ending in Queenstown. Enjoy the serenity of the Milford Sound on a breathtaking Bay of Islands cruise through the famous “Hole in the Rock”. Admire the awe-inspiring ice fields and glaciers surrounding Mt Cook with its dramatic ragged mountain peeks. Embark on a ferry to cross the Crook Strait and take in the marvelous vistas. Visit a working family-owned farm and learn about daily life in New Zealand’s high country. Experience Te Puia, with a Maori cultural geothermal ritual and sit down to an authentic Hangi dinner with local Maori hosts. Go birding at the Kiwi Birdlife Park or opt to ride to the top of Bob’s Peak by gondola for a stunning panoramic view of the region. Stay in the charming city of Dunedin, a little slice of Scotland in the South Pacific. Savor a captivating stay in Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” While in Auckland, enjoy an optional sensory-immersive once-in-a-lifetime experience of sailing onboard an America’s Cup yacht. Embrace all the extraordinary untamed natural wonders that these South Pacific islands beckon you to experience! Should you wish to end with an additional island oasis, consider the extension onward into the Fijian paradise on the island of Nadi for a memorable finale!


Consider the wonderful extension into the breathtaking islands of Fiji post-Adventure (at the end of the tour from Queenstown), to relax and enjoy 3 additional nights in this idyllic island paradise. Please refer to more details below in the Adventure Itinerary.

This is a private THIRDHOME small-group tour with a maximum occupancy of 24.  Our group size is kept small, allowing this Adventure to be a more engaging and rewarding experience for participants. On this active, immersive journey, travelers will connect with the culture of the extraordinary destination of New Zealand’s North and South Islands in an authentic and more intimate way. 

Who Can Participate

Exchange Club & Adventure Club Members, along with their family & friends ● Age requirement 12+ 

Activity Level

To experience this unique destination, you will need to be able to walk at least 30-45 minutes at a time over a variety of terrains – from cobblestones streets to easy straightaways, city blocks to hillsides and flights of stairs. You can expect some longer guided days, balanced with ample free time to relax or set out on your own to explore each city and/or region. Some of the touring days have pre-planned select included group activities in addition to occasional meals together as a group. Guests should bring adequate sun protection, appropriate layers and sturdy walking shoes adequate for walking and climbing on uneven surfaces.


  • Discover two pristine sister-islands and their unique naturally diverse differences
  • Enjoy Auckland, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Mount Cook and more
  • Explore Te Puia, a Maori cultural and geothermal experience
  • Experience an authentic Hangi dinner and learn about the Maori people
  • Visit a working family-owned farm in New Zealand’s high country
  • Cruise through the Bay of Island’s famous “Hole in the Rock”
  • Cross the Cook Straight by ferry for a memorable scenic journey
  • Marvel at the spectacular Mt Cook region immersed within ice fields, glaciers and mountains
  • Stay in the charming Scottish-inspired city of Dunedin immersed with Maori history
  • Enjoy the captivating “Adventure Capital of the World” in Queenstown
  • Choose to Add-On the optional Premium Experience – Enjoy a sensory-immersive once-in-a-lifetime experience of sailing onboard an America’s Cup yacht. Details can be found in the Itinerary expanded version and in the Adventure Optional Premium Experience section.
  • Choose to Add-On the island paradise of Fiji at the end of the Adventure – Enjoy two Premium Add-on Experiences either to Tivua Island on a scenic day-cruise (OR) a fun exploration tour of this beautiful “Sleeping Giant Island”



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Our Adventure begins today with international flight arrivals into Auckland (The City of Sails) per your preferred carrier. Upon arrival at the Airport, Collette Tours will meet and greet all participants, and ground transfer to the group hotel. Auckland’s Polynesian heritage instills a vibrant feel of the Pacific Islands adding to its chic cosmopolitan ambiance. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore the city on your own depending on flight arrival time. This evening, join your fellow adventurers for a wonderful Welcome Dinner. Overnight at the Stamford Plaza Auckland Hotel. (Dinner included)


Enjoy breakfast and afterwards experience an insightful morning exploration of Auckland with our guide. Discover the best of the city during a panoramic city tour featuring the America’s Cup Village, the War Memorial, bustling Queen Street, and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The afternoon is on your own with free-time to try one of the fabulous local restaurants and further explore Auckland on your own. You may also choose the Premium Excursion option of a thrilling America’s Cup sailing experience (refer to below optional Premium Experiences). Overnight at the Stamford Plaza Auckland Hotel. (Breakfast included)


This morning after breakfast, we will depart Auckland and travel north to the Bay of Islands. We will spend the next two days exploring this marvelous sun-soaked region that boasts more than 144 islands and enjoy the warm waters with abundant marine life. Upon arrival we will visit the Waitangi Treaty House, the site where Maori and British leaders signed the 1840 treaty establishing New Zealand as a nation. This evening we will enjoy a lovely group dinner. Overnight at Copthorne Bay of Islands Resort. (Breakfast and dinner included)


Following breakfast, we will depart our hotel to venture and enjoy a scenic cruise that features the Bay’s famous Hole in the Rock. We will marvel at the views and look-out at the Cape Brett Lighthouse, standing nearly 500 feet above sea level at the edge of the Cape Brett Peninsula. The remainder of the day is free to relax or independently explore Paihia – the quaint town known as “the jewel of the Bay of Islands.” Overnight at Copthorne Bay of Islands Resort. (Breakfast included)


After breakfast we will depart the Bay of Islands and journey to Matakohe in the heartland of the North Island. We will make a relaxing stop at the Kauri Museum and learn the history surrounding the unique giant kauri tree that has lived for 2,000 years. Through storytelling we will discover how the early settlers used this abundant tree to build a life for themselves. Afterwards we will continue onward to Rotorua, known for its geothermal activity and enriching Maori culture. This evening we will enjoy a group dinner. Overnight at Millenium Hotel Rotorua. (Breakfast and dinner included)


Enjoy breakfast this morning, followed by an in-depth exploration of the area. Amid the dramatic geothermal landscape of Rotorua, known as the Maori capital of New Zealand, we will be enriched by authentic Maori heritage and practices. We will visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier Maori cultural and geothermal experience; in addition we will visit The National Carving School and National Weaving School to view age-old customs in their folk art exhibits and how they have passed down age-old customs. Encounter with real kiwi birds and learn what is being done to help this endangered species. In the evening, we will experience a once-in-a-lifetime authentic Hangi dinner showecasing ceremonial Maori rituals in a memorable performance. Overnight at Millenium Hotel Rotorua. (Breakfast and dinner included)


After breakfast, we will depart Rotorua and travel to Wellington, a coastal city nestled against beautiful mountains. Embark on a picturesque sightseeing tour of New Zealand’s “Windy City.” We will visit the Beehive – New Zealand’s Parliament; historic St. Paul’s Church; and the Old Government Building, the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere, along with other sites and attractions. Late afternoon there will be time to freshen up before enjoying a group dinner this evening. Overnight at Novotel Wellington. (Breakfast and dinner included)


Following breakfast, we will depart the hotel for a guided city exploration of Wellington, that includes a visit to the Te Papa Tongawera Museum, a fascinating center dedicated to art, history, and the Maori culture. Afterwards the remainder of the day is free to relax or explore the area further with lunch on your own. With your free time, perhaps take a thrilling scenic ride upon the Wellington Cable Car to the suburb of Kelburn for stunning panoramic views of the city (minimal cost on your own). Evening is at leisure to try one of the local wonderful restaurants. Overnight at Novotel Wellington. (Breakfast included)


Enjoy breakfast this morning and depart Wellington. We will board a ferry and journey across the famous Cook Strait, to experience what is considered to be one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world. Arrive in Picton on the South Island where you will have free time for a lunch on your own. We will continue afterwards on our journey along the breathtaking east coast to the largest city on the South Island, Christchurch. Evening at leisure to try one of the local wonderful restaurants. Overnight at Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square. (Breakfast included)


After breakfast we will depart the hotel to discover the lovely city of Christchurch, the “Garden City,” which has been reinventing itself after a devastating earthquake in 2011. Experience firsthand the remarkable recovering city on a guided sightseeing tour that highlights the city’s magnificent gardens and elegant park district. Pay a visit to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, a leader in the conservation of New Zealand species. Here, you’ll have the chance to view New Zealand’s “Big 5” – kiwi, kaka, tuatara, kea, and takahe – up close and personal. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy as you wish, exploring the city further or relaxing. Lunch and dinner are on your own. Overnight at Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square. (Breakfast included)


Enjoy breakfast this morning before we journey through New Zealand’s unspoiled wilderness and arrive in the Mt. Cook region, where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks. The Maori word for Mt. Cook is Aoraki, which means “cloud piercer.” This is where famed New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary honed his skills before conquering Everest. We will enjoy a guided serene nature walk to meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps. An optional Glacier Flightseeing Tour will be available locally to opt-into should you wish to enjoy this exhilarating experience (weather permitting). Remainder of the day free to enjoy as you wish and lunch on own. This evening is also free time and open to enjoying a lovely local restaurant. Overnight at The Hermitage Mt Cook National Park. (Breakfast included)


Enjoy breakfast before we depart for our journey to charming Dunedin, a Scottish-influenced gem of a town situated on the southeast coast of New Zealand. One of the earliest European settlements on the islands, Dunedin holds proudly to its Scottish heritage and traditions. Enjoy ample free time to explore this cultural city on your own. This evening enjoy a wonderful group dinner. Overnight at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross. (Breakfast and dinner included)


After breakfast we will start our morning with a panoramic tour of Dunedin, visiting Larnach Castle and Baldwin Street – the world’s steepest public road. Later, spend time at the Royal Albatross Centre, the only mainland breeding location in the world of these otherworldly birds. Albatrosses are the focus in many seafaring myths of this region, and their epic wingspan can reach nearly 10 feet. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to relax or further explore, with lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross. (Breakfast included)


After breakfast, we will depart the hotel and leave beautiful Dunedin behind. As we journey towards Queenstown, we will encounter the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley and the Homer Tunnel. Upon arrival into Queenstown, marvel at this magnificent mountainside town set against the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The rest of your day free to explore the city dubbed the “adventure capital of the world” and relax with the evening free to try one of the favorite local restaurants. Overnight at Novotel Queenstown. (Breakfast included)


Enjoy breakfast this morning and afterwards depart the hotel for a memorable breathtaking cruise of the beautiful Milford Sound. We will encounter one of the most visited sites on the South Island, a stunning fjordland, with rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side…the scenery will take your breath away. On our return to Queenstown we will stop for a lovely group lunch. Remainder of the late afternoon at leisure in Queenstown to enjoy the charm of this city and relax. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the Novotel Queenstown. (Breakfast and lunch included)


After breakfast we depart the hotel for a fabulous day of exploration – we will cruise upon Lake Wakatipu and head to Mt. Nicholas High Country Farm, a family- owned merino sheep farm. En route, see the Cecil Peak, Bob’s Cove and Mt. Earnslaw. During our visit, we will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the process from mustering sheep to the creation of wool garments. Enjoy a fresh farmer’s lunch before we sail back to Queenstown. Later, enjoy a “YOUR CHOICE” Excursion – Choose either (1) Go bird watching at the Kiwi Birdlife Park -OR- (2) take a gondola to Bob’s Peak for stunning views of the area. This evening we will gather for a wonderful locally-sourced farewell dinner. Overnight at Novotel Queenstown. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)


Depart the hotel this morning after breakfast for group ground transportation to the Queenstown Airport. Although your adventure has come to close, we hope you will cherish the many fond memories of your time spent in New Zealand, while having gained a new understanding of this extraordinary region in the South Pacific. Please note: we recommend that your onward flight arrangements occur anytime after 11AM. (Breakfast included) – OR continue onward to Fiji if you wish to extend with us.


ADD-ON COST $1099 per person (Based on Double Occupancy – please inquire for more details


FOR THOSE EXTENDING TO FIJI: For those who wish to add-on the post adventure extension package and continue onward to Fiji, we will depart Queenstown on a short flight (provided by Collette Tours) to Nadi. Arrive in the beautiful tropical paradise of the Fijian capital island of Nadi. Transfer to the hotel for check-in and remainder of the day free to relax on the inviting expansive sandy beaches and clear ocean waters. This evening on your own to unwind, recharge and perhaps try one of the local restaurants or dine within the hotel. Overnight at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa (Breakfast included this morning)


Enjoy two full days in this idyllic island oasis free to discover everything that your resort has to offer, or explore further out as you wish. Relax by the beach and pool, or choose one of the many fun, adventurous optional activities available to you from the hotel activities desk. The friendly concierge will help you get the most out of your time. Consider either of these two fantastic Premium Experience Add-Ons: (1) Garden of the Sleeping Giant Island Tour – or – (2) Tivua Island Day Cruise (please refer below for more details under Premium Experiences section). Overnights at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa (Breakfast included daily; one dinner included on FEB 13th evening)


Depart the hotel this morning after breakfast for group ground transportation to the Nadi Airport. Please note check-out is 11AM, therefore you may have a long wait at the airport depending on your flight departure time. Please note: Most flights from Fiji to LAX and other major connection cities depart in the late evening from Fiji. To allow our guests added comfort while waiting for your late flight, if you would like to extend your room reservation through 6pm in order to enjoy another day relaxing by the pool or any last minute sightseeing, you may do so by booking the Sofitel “DAY ROOM” Option noted below. This option is based on the hotel’s space availability at the time of your request. (Breakfast included this morning)


Would you like to extend the Adventure with an additional night on either end of the tour?  Depending on your arrival and departure flight needs, pre and post nights accommodations can be added on with our Adventure group hotels. For pre nights in AUCKLAND (Stanford Plaza) add $200 per night/room; or for post nights in QUEENSTOWN (The Novotel Queenstown Lakeside) add $400 per night/room. For airport transfers there is a slight additional cost when extending, add $50 per person each way.


Would you like to extend the Adventure with an additional night on either end of the tour?  Depending on your arrival and departure flight needs, pre and post nights accommodations can be added on with our Adventure group hotels. For extra post nights in NADI (Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa) OR day-room half-day needs for international flights, please inquire for details as these are based on a request basis.


Enjoy 4 & 5-star boutique accommodations throughout the Adventure in the order of the itinerary nights, at the following properties:

What’s Included

  • 16 nights accommodations in 4-5-star properties throughout group itinerary – 2 Nights Auckland, 2 Nights Bay of Islands, 2 Nights Rotorua, 2 Nights Wellington, 2 Nights Christchurch, 1 night Mount Cook National Park, 2 Nights Dunedin, 3 Nights Queenstown (plus Optional Fiji Extension would add an additional 3 Nights)
  • Small-group deluxe bus transportation where applicable in each region of the itinerary, including other modes of unique transportation as noted per adventure itinerary
  • Internal Domestic flights required per adventure itinerary as part of our organized group tour
  • 25 Group Meals including 16 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Insider expert tour guides throughout adventure itinerary
  • All sightseeing experiences as noted per adventure itinerary

What’s not Included

  • 3 Night Fiji Extension as noted above + inter-air flight requirements (arranged by Collette Tours) – this extension includes 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner – Cost $1099 per person (double occupancy)
  • International Airfare – home town into Auckland for arrival / departure from Christchurch to onward destination
  • Airport/Hotel Transfers – Arrival in Auckland/Departure from Christchurch – approx $100 per person
  • Fiji Airport Transfers – Arrival/Departure – TBD
  • Visas may be required for each destination based on traveler’s nationality (SEE BELOW)
  • Meals “on your own” when not provided in the scheduled group itinerary
  • Optional activities, spa treatments and hotel incidentals are on your own
  • Premium Experiences offered are optional and at additional cost as noted
  • Additional pre and post nights/extensions in Auckland, Christchurch and Nadi/Fiji
  • “Cancel for Any Reason” travel insurance (refer to pricing details)


  • NEW ZEALAND – Please follow the guidelines on this direct link provided by the country of New Zealand, based on your nationality – Currently, U.S. citizens may enter without a tourist visa, along with any other country nationality found on this approved list. However due to the global pandemic, THIRDHOME will closely monitor the requirements on this matter should anything change or be added to tourism-entry requirements.
  • FIJI EXTENSION – Please follow the guidelines on this direct link provided by the country of Fiji, based on your nationality – Currently, U.S. citizens may enter without a tourist visa. We continue to closely monitor the requirements should anything change or be added to tourism-entry requirements.
  • PASSPORTS – All traveler passports MUST have validity of minimum 6 months or longer at the time travel occurs, otherwise the risk of denied travel could be experienced per airline carrier rules and country entry requirement mandates with Customs & Immigrations. We recommend that our members travel abroad with a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. Your photocopy should be packed separately from your actual passport. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact or entrusted family/friend.
  • PROOF OF RETURN OR ONWARD TICKET – Italy and Malta require proof of onward ticket or return to your original destination or another destination outside of their country, to ensure you are not staying past the 90-days allowance

OPTIONAL Premium Experiences

ADD-ON this Premium Experience in Auckland

America’s Cup Sailing Experience | $145 per person | Duration: 2.5 Hours

Feel the wind in your hair and take the helm – it’s time for a once-in-a-lifetime experience on a race yacht. Feel the thrill of riding on an actual America’s Cup Yacht, belonging to one of the most esteemed sports competitions in the world. Become a temporary member of the crew and find out what it takes to race these sleek boats through the water. If you’d prefer a more leisurely trip, feel free to sit back and relax, marveling at the stunning view of the harbor as you pass by. No sailing experience is necessary – just get ready for an adventure and allow the crew to be your guide. It is recommended that you wear flat soled shoes. Transportation is included.

ADD-ON this Premium Experience in Nadi, Fiji

Tivua Island Day Cruise Exploration | $130 per person | Duration: 8 Hours

Seize the chance to set sail upon the legendary waters of the South Pacific. Board your sailing ship (the Ra Marama or Fiji One) and let the winds carry you to the coral atoll of Tivua Island, home to 500 acres of coral gardens. Once you arrive, enjoy a full day in paradise. Savor the beautiful combination of sun, sand, turquoise water and music. This excursion also includes guided snorkeling and glass-bottomed boat tours. Experience a little of the local culture during a kava ceremony or guided medicine walk. Soak up the tropical atmosphere in a hammock, view a coconut husking demonstration and even sip morning and afternoon tea on board. All the while indulge in a buffet lunch and included beer, wine and soft drinks on the island. This is as good as it gets. We recommend that you purchase this optional excursion as soon as possible to ensure confirmation of this small-group unique island exploration opportunity. Transportation is included.

ADD-ON this Premium Experience in Nadi, Fiji

Garden of the Sleeping Giant Island Tour | $75 per person | Duration: 5 Hours

This popular half-day tour takes you into Nadi’s scenic hinterland to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. This garden, begun by Hollywood actor Raymond Burr, now houses one of the largest and most varied orchid collections in the world with over 2,000 different varieties. The Vuda Lookout affords a 360 degree bird’s-eye-view of the West’s mountain ranges, Nadi Bay and the beautiful Yasawa Group of islands. Travel to Viseisei Village, the legendary landing site of the first Fijians, where you will enter the village and have a chance to explore the local handicraft displays. You will also make a stop in the bustling township of Nadi to experience the modern style of Fiji living. We recommend that you purchase this optional excursion as soon as possible to ensure confirmation of this small-group unique island exploration opportunity. Transportation is included.


Adventure pricing excludes Fiji Extension (see pricing above and below); and also excludes “Not Included” items as noted

$4999 per person based on Double Occupancy

$6999 Single Occupancy

DEPOSIT REQUIRED to Confirm: $700 per person

FIJI EXTENSION ADD-ON: $1099 per person (Double Occupancy)

Adventure pricing excludes Fiji Extension therefore this is an add-on for those who wish to extend


Deposits are refundable if the Adventure is cancelled or postponed by Collette Tours. Adventure is non-refundable after final payments have been made. This Adventure requires 24 people to operate at the price quoted; if less participants join this adventure than an increase in cost would be required.

“Cancel for Any Reason” Travel Insurance: $399 per person

Adventure is fully non-refundable after final payment. THIRDHOME requires all participants to purchase travel insurance. Insurance is required to be purchased prior to final payment date. Collette Tours has partnered with TripMate Travel Insurance for this Adventure, offering a special group tour rate of $399 per person for coverage. Click here to learn more about what’s covered. Collette Tours reserves the right to modify or change itinerary accommodations and/or alter tour routing if conditions beyond their control require such alterations thereof due to unforeseen circumstances.

THIRDHOME strongly recommends that all travelers purchase travel insurance prior to participating in a THIRDHOME Adventure and that all such insurance be purchased when a tour deposit is made. THIRDHOME travelers can purchase travel insurance through (1) the THIRDHOME preferred provider Allianz Travel or (2) the traveler’s insurance provider of choice. THIRDHOME will require proof of such travel insurance protection when a tour deposit is made.  

Any traveler that elects not to purchase travel insurance, by either of the above means, agrees to release THIRDHOME from liability for any loss of funds incurred due to the cancellation of a specific THIRDHOME Adventure as a result of, but not limited to, an act of God, a failure to purchase travel insurance, the cessation of business with respect to a tour operator/ground operator, the failure of a tour operator/ground operator to refund consumer deposits or payments within 120 days following the cancellation of a THIRDHOME Adventure or a material failure to complete performance of a THIRDHOME Adventure.

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CURRENT COVID-19 UPDATE per Collette Tours

This Adventure is provided in partnership with Collette tours.

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