Experience New Zealand from north to south as you journey from Auckland to Queenstown, visiting winelands, fiordlands, volcanic landscapes, and the Southern Alps.

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 Landscape of lupines and mountains on the South Island  Looking out over Queenstown. Credit: Chris Sisarich/Tourism New Zealand  The city of Auckland. Credit: Tourism New Zealand  Rotorua's Te Puia. Credit: Eric Lindberg/Tourism New Zealand  Spouting geysers, Rotorua. Credit: Chris McLennan/Tourism New Zealand  The Po Hutu Geyser in Rotorua  Marlborough Sound  The Rose Garden at the Botanical Gardens, Christchurch  Wines of New Zealand. Credit: Chris McLennan/Tourism New Zealand  Tasting cafe in Wellington. Credit: Tourism New Zealand  View of Doubtful Sound   Serene setting of Doubtful Sound  View of the dramatic Doubtful Sound

New Zealand North and South: A Tailor-Made Journey

From Auckland to the Milford Sound

17 days from $8,800

Experience New Zealand from north to south as you journey from Auckland to Queenstown, visiting winelands, fiordlands, volcanic landscapes, and the Southern Alps.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

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Our trip to New Zealand and Australia was fabulous! We had fun planning it with our country specialist, Alison. She quickly figured out what we like to do and organized a trip that exceeded our expectations.

- Tina W.


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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Auckland, New Zealand

This chic waterfront hotel in the heart of central Auckland is situated between the sophisticated shops and restaurants of Viaduct Harbour and the attractions of the new Wynyard quarter. Each of the 172 spacious rooms and suites features a private balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the harbor or city views, an espresso machine, and a marble bathroom with both a rain shower and a deep soaking bathtub. The many facilities include a champagne bar, café, a gourmet restaurant, swimming pool, sauna, fitness center, and a spa. In addition, a team of dedicated staff deliver excellent, personal service to assure you of a memorable stay.

Number of nights: 3

Regent of Rotorua

Rotorua, New Zealand

The Regent of Rotorua is an intimate boutique hotel with just over 20 guest rooms located just steps from the Rotorua’s waterfront. Rooms range from spacious and elegant suites to cozy “cutie” rooms, each featuring designer décor and plenty of amenities. The hotel features a heated swimming pool and a mineral pool, a small gym, a lounge and wine bar, outdoor dining and lounging areas, and an award-winning restaurant.

Number of nights: 2

QT Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand

Opulent, fun, and full of creative touches, the QT Wellington calls itself a museum hotel and is home to  an eclectic collection of artwork. Positioned by Wellington's waterfront, the hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the diverse shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife that New Zealand’s capital has to offer. The property is comprised a hotel wing and a residence wing. Almost every wall features individual artwork, many of which are for sale, and all of which have a story behind them. Facilities include a restaurant and bar, which take advantage of the harbor views, as well as a gym, pool and sauna.

Number of nights: 1

Marlborough Vintners Hotel

Blenheim, New Zealand

The Marlborough Vintners Hotel is located in the heart of the Blenheim winelands, and provide contemporary, self-contained accommodation among the vines. The suites are spacious and light, with views of the surrounding vineyards and the impressive Richmond Range. On site you will also find the Vintners Room restaurant, which offers fine dining and the opportunity to sample wines from throughout the Marlborough region and beyond.

Number of nights: 2

The Hamptons

Kaikoura, New Zealand

The Hamptons is a boutique B&B set in a peaceful setting a few steps from the beach, but still just a short walk from the center of Kaikoura. It offers two beautifully arranged, spacious guest rooms boasting unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean from their large private decks and gardens. Each room features a king size bed, spacious en suite bathroom, air conditioning, Wi-Fi access and a smart TV. Breakfast is served each morning in your room, and at your own convenience, and the owners offer friendly, personalized service.

Number of nights: 1

Orari Bed & Breakfast

Christchurch, New Zealand

Originally built in 1893 by the England brothers, renowned architects of the period, the Orari is a fabulous Victorian heritage home. It has been restored and refurbished to offer bed and breakfast accommodation with elegant living areas, gardens, and ten comfortable rooms. The Orari is situated an easy walk from city center and just across from the Christchurch Art Gallery.

Number of nights: 2

Hidden Lodge

Queenstown, New Zealand

Perched on a hillside with unobstructed views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountains, Hidden Lodge is a lovely bed and breakfast on the outskirts of Queenstown. A cross between a small boutique hotel and a warm family home, the lodge offers just four spacious suites with lake and mountain views, inviting common spaces,  expansive gardens, and an outdoor courtyard.

Number of nights: 3

Fiordland Navigator

Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

A three-masted sailing vessel designed like a traditional trading scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old world charm with modern comforts. Accommodating 72 guests in private cabins and shared quads, the ship features spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon with fully licensed bar, and an observation lounge. It carries a fleet of kayaks and tendercraft that guests may use to explore the fjords.

Number of nights: 1

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.



Our trip to New Zealand and Australia was fabulous! We had fun planning it with our country specialist, Alison. She quickly figured out what we like to do and organized a trip that exceeded our expectations.

- Tina W.
Reading List

Highly Recommended

Come On Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All: A New Zealand Story
By: Thompson, Christina
Field Guide to the Wildlife of New Zealand
By: Fitter, Julian
DK Eyewitness New Zealand (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
New Zealand - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (78)
By: Ortolja-Baird, Ljiljana, Culture Smart!

Also Recommended

Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies: New Zealand and the United States
By: Fischer, David Hackett
Maori Tattooing (Dover Pictorial Archives)
By: Robley, H. G.
A River Rules My Kitchen
By: Smith, Tony
A Portrait of New Zealand
By: Worrall, Jill
The rise and fall of the Southern Alps
By: Glen Coates
Kiwis, Coffee, and Quakes: Emigrating to New Zealand
By: Durston, Ian
Captain Cook: Master of the Seas
By: McLynn, Frank
Eat Up New Zealand: Recipes and Stories
By: Brown, Al
The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific
By: Theroux, Paul
The Luminaries
By: Catton, Eleanor
Tutira the Story of a New Zealand Sheep Station (Classic Reprint)
By: Guthrie-Smith, H.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of New Zealand (Naturalists' Guides)
By: Thomas, Oscar
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
Travel Insurance

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