Immerse your family in New Zealand’s vibrant cities and enchanting landscapes on a 15-day journey from Auckland to Queenstown that includes the Abel Tasman National Park, the Milford Sound, and sites featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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 Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown  The road to Milford Sound  Looking out over Queenstown. Credit: Chris Sisarich/Tourism New Zealand  Landscape of lupines and mountains on the South Island  Waterfalls in Fiordland National Park  The city of Auckland. Credit: Tourism New Zealand  Rotorua's Te Puia. Credit: Eric Lindberg/Tourism New Zealand  Tasting cafe in Wellington. Credit: Tourism New Zealand  Cruising in Milford Sound. Credit: Adam Bryce/Tourism New Zealand

New Zealand for Families: A Tailor-Made Journey

15 days from $6,170

Immerse your family in New Zealand’s vibrant cities and enchanting landscapes on a 15-day journey from Auckland to Queenstown that includes the Abel Tasman National Park, the Milford Sound, and sites featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Accommodations

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Fable Aukland

Aukland, New Zealand

Set in the Windsor House, an Art Deco building that was Auckland’s first skyscraper, the recently refurbished Fable Auckland is a stylish boutique property in the heart of Auckland’s shopping district and close to Waitematā Harbour. A variety of rooms and suites blend Art Deco elements with classic elegance and modern amenities. The chic Cooke’s Restaurant and Bar offers delectable dishes with an emphasis on local and organic ingredients, and the hotel’s gym and spa include a sauna and jacuzzi. 

Number of nights: 2

City Lights Boutique Lodge

Rotorua, New Zealand

This boutique B&B offers comfortable lodgings set in large grounds on the slopes of Mount Ngongotaha just outside Rotorua. With just three guest rooms, City Lights Boutique Lodge offers an intimate experience with genial hosts who can provide expert advice about the area. 

There is a large guest lounge with an open fireplace, soft leather sofas, zebra-print rug and bold, contemporary art, and two of the rooms offer direct access to the outdoor terrace. Along with the B&B rooms, the property also offers a two-bedroom apartment and a two-bedroom cottage, both of which have self-catering kitchens. All are decorated in a comfortable, contemporary manner with modern en suite bathrooms and large windows. 

In the morning, the healthy buffet breakfast includes local fruit and juices, homemade muesli and preserves, yoghurts and breads. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property, a small gym and an infrared sauna. Outside, there is a heated spa pool in the garden and plenty of space in the seating area which is kitted out with sun loungers. The lodge also has a resident cat, Oscar, and seven alpacas.

Number of nights: 3

Bolton Hotel

Wellington, New Zealand

A family-owned, independent hotel in Wellington’s central business district, the Bolton Hotel offers a range of spacious, chic studios and apartment-style suites. Its Artisan restaurant offers up authentic kiwi cuisine using fresh, local ingredients, as well as a stylish high tea.  The hotel’s fitness center includes a sauna, a spa-pool, and a lap pool; and Wellington’s waterfront is just a short walk away.

Number of nights: 3

Ocean View Chalets

Marahau, New Zealand

The Ocean View Chalets are wooden cabins tucked into the bush just outside the Abel Tasman National Park. Free-standing one- and two-bedroom chalets often comfortable accommodation with full kitchens and private balconies. Breakfast is served in the main building and packed lunches are available for outings. The chalets are a short walk from restaurant options for the evening. The family-owned property has a strong sustainability ethic and is involved in local reforestation, whale rescue, and bird conservation programs.

Number of nights: 3

The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments

Queenstown, New Zealand

The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments and Lakeside Residences enjoys a prime lakefront location on the outskirts Queenstown. The complex is named after William Gilbert Rees, the pioneer settler and founder of Queenstown, and throughout the property you will find details that allude to this heritage. The hotel rooms and apartments are spacious and beautifully furnished, and most accommodations offer views of Lake Wakatipu. The property features a library of rare books and art, a courtesy shuttle to central Queenstown, a well-equipped gym, a restaurant and wine lounge, and a private beach and wharf.

Number of nights: 3

Tailor-Made Benefits

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.