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Independent Naturally New Zealand With Sydney

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God’s Own Country…a big claim, but this is how New Zealanders-or "kiwis"-refer to their country. Why? Maybe it’s the spectacular scenery, the world’s first sunrise each morning, or the birthplace of bungee jumping. Whatever the reason, your independent spirit is right at home in New Zealand. On this 16-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel accommodations, daily breakfast (plus two lunches), sightseeing, land transportation, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airports for all intra-vacation flights. A one-of-a-kind special feature is the Independence by Globus Local Host® who’s available to ensure you get the most out of your I-time. We've arranged for you to have a Local Host in Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, and Sydney.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Auckland, as we can help after the long flight by getting you from the airport to your selected hotel. Your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and a set of materials to help you get settled and familiar with the city. The next day, we've arranged guided sightseeing with a local expert, including Queen Street, the city’s business district, Auckland University and the Domain, an inner-city park. From Auckland, we've arranged your transportation to Matamata, where you’ll visit the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. In Wellington, capital of New Zealand, you'll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour that reveals the local, insider stories and takes in the must-see sights. Then, you're off to Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island. Your Local Host will be waiting for you in Christchurch with materials to help you become acquainted with the area. We’ll take you on an excursion to Akaroa for a cruise to see native wildlife.

From Christchurch, continue on to Queenstown, the "Adventure Capital of the World." Here, we’ll take you on what will undoubtedly be a highlight of your trip: a cruise on Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Sometimes called the "Sound of Silence," you’ll be awed by its abundant flora and fauna, as well as its raw beauty. And did we mention that in Rotorua we've included visits to Te Puia, home to 500 geothermal wonders.

Before starting your exploration of New Zealand, stop in cosmopolitan Sydney, Australia for a three-night stay. Your visit includes a half-day city sightseeing tour including photo stops at the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge plus a visit to Bondi Beach, one of city’s famous beaches. Your Sydney Local Host is available to help you with additional sightseeing, dining, and shopping recommendations.

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It’s a big world out there—with dizzying options for sightseeing, transportation and accommodations. Why spend hours trying to figure it out on your own when we’ve spent nearly a century perfecting the art of travel planning? With one-stop shopping, you can secure an exclusive experience with all the right inclusions. 

Beyond the Guidebooks.

While it might be the iconic sights of the world that first entice us to pack our bags for adventure, it’s often something quite different that beckons us to return—the towns with no traffic, the coasts with no crowds, the nooks with no noise. Globus designs the perfect balance of the hero sights you mustn’t miss and the hidden gems you otherwise would, offering a deeper glimpse into the world’s most intriguing destinations. Join us to veer off the beaten path, break away from the packs, and even break bread with the locals for an unparalleled vacation beyond the guidebooks that you couldn’t create on your own.

Don't Miss the Must Sees.

Why stand in line to catch a fleeting glimpse of ancient ruins and remarkable historic sites that have been standing for centuries? Globus gives you VIP access with an expert Local Guide to go deeper, get closer, and soak it all in. From the Sistine Chapel to Sydney Harbour, you’ll explore the world’s most iconic locations without getting lost in a crowd or waiting in line. Don’t just file past masterpieces or magnificent views with only a hurried look at centuries-old treasures. Experience the world’s extraordinary sights—and historic sites—from Europe to Australia to South America and beyond!  

A Friend in Every City.

Join us and a few of our friends in your next dream destination. After all, we’ve spent nearly a century making friends in virtually every city and country in the world who share local secrets like where to find the best scone, stein, or sake; the best people-watching table; or the best view of wide-open spaces. Every Globus vacation includes local experts to share the stories behind the sights and local favorites you won’t find in the guidebooks. Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides hail from the region through which you’re traveling. No one is more familiar, passionate, or eager to share insider knowledge than our local pros!

A Local Slice of Life.

When in Rome—or London, Paris, Manhattan, or Melbourne—we arrange for you to do as the locals do, not just what the tourists do. In every itinerary, we include hands-on, authentic experiences for a true taste of a day in the life. Board a private water taxi through the Grand Canal of Venice, greet a Grecian sunset with a glass of ouzo, find a hidden city in the clouds in Peru, or take painting lessons from nature with an Australian Outback sunrise. Whichever path you choose to explore, you’re sure to step into someone else’s shoes and experience the world from an insider’s perspective on a Globus tour.

Adventure, A la Carte.

Maybe you’re an art lover, a foodie, or a history buff. Perhaps you’re moved by music, the theater, or the great outdoors. We offer a creative menu of optional excursions and activities—tailored to a variety of fitness levels—so you can make your adventure with your own personal passions and preferences. Each Globus excursion and activity has been tested by us and handpicked just for you! You never have to choose between included and optional excursions, since optional activities fit seamlessly with your vacation schedule, and we build freedom into every itinerary so you can stroll, meander, and linger!

Craveable Destinations. 

A pan of zesty paella. A bowl of creamy chowder. A cup of chilled ceviche. A cone of creamy gelato. One of the most rewarding ways to experience a different culture is through its unique cuisine. We offer the right mix of included meals and on-your-own dining exploration for a well-balanced culinary journey. Stumbling upon that quiet candlelit café, lively street vendor, or bustling local market can be some of the most memorable moments of your vacation. The best part of waking up is knowing that breakfast is ready! The most important meal of the day is included on every Globus vacation so you can easily fuel up to feed your passions.

Places of Dreams.

Goodbye scouring endless online reviews. Hello pre-screened and hand-selected hotels near the sights and views you’ve always dreamed of. We’ve personally visited and reserved the best rooms around the world based on location, comfort, and style—all first-class and above and many with rich histories that are destinations in their own right. Check in perfectly relaxed knowing we’ve already checked everything out. For the duration of your journey, we’ve arranged all baggage handling from coach to hotel to train to ferry. So once you’ve packed your bag, you can forget about it. We do the heavy lifting and take care of the tips, too, so all you have to do is settle in!

Enjoy the Journey.

Forget everything you think you know about “bus tours” and think “on tour” instead. Like your favorite rock stars, you’ll travel from city to city and village to village in the most modern of comforts. From high-speed and mountain trains to river cruise ships and ferries, you’ll see the world from a variety of exhilarating vantage points. Aboard our private, first-class coaches, you'll enjoy large windows, plush seats, ample legroom, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and an emergency restroom. If you prefer the VIP treatment (and who doesn’t?) we can also arrange your flights to and from home with airport transfers for a totally seamless vacation.

Connecting you to the World.

Travel is all about connection. Connecting to new people and places, while always staying connected to the world. Globus makes it easy to stay in the know by putting the world at your fingertips with the GlobusGO mobile app. Never miss tour commentary or the best spots in town with Globus technology keeping you connected wherever you roam. A world of pre- and on-trip information at your fingertips. Stay on top of flight schedules and itineraries, get dining, sightseeing and entertainment recommendations, easily navigate local streets with GPS directions, plus document your journey—all without the need for Wi-Fi or cellular data.

Mar 27, 2025 through
Apr 11, 2025
Mar 23, 2025 7:00 PM
15 Nights from
$5,639.00 (USD)
Per Person
Please Call, Includes Intra-vacation air transfers. Arrival and destination airfare not included.
Mar 26, 2025 through
Apr 10, 2025
Mar 22, 2025 7:00 PM
15 Nights from
$5,629.00 (USD)
Per Person
Please Call, Includes Intra-vacation air transfers. Arrival and destination airfare not included.
Mar 28, 2025 through
Apr 12, 2025
Mar 24, 2025 7:00 PM
15 Nights from
$5,629.00 (USD)
Per Person
Please Call, Includes Intra-vacation air transfers. Arrival and destination airfare not included.
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Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.