Cultural Quest - Meet the People

Cultural Quest - Meet the People

Ask returned visitors to name their favorite place in New Zealand and you’ll receive 10 different answers: ask what made their trip wonderful and you’ll get one answer: the people. This vacation showcases not just the stunning scenery of New Zealand, but also provides the opportunity to meet the locals on tours and experience local culture.

Cultural Quest - Meet the People

21 Days, 18 Nights

Experience a truly authentic Kiwi adventure through New Zealand’s stunning landscapes, immersing yourself in the warmth of local hospitality and culture at every turn.

Your journey commences onboard your Air New Zealand flight from Los Angeles to Auckland. Upon arrival, experience the genuine warmth of Kiwi hospitality as you’re greeted with a private sedan transfer to your accommodation. Spend three nights at Skycity Hotel Auckland in a Premium Room, where you’ll wake up to hearty breakfasts each morning.

Dive into the heart of Kiwi culture with a half-day Waiheke Scenic Wine tour, where you will have the opportunity to savor the finest wines and connect with local winemakers, hearing their stories and insights. Delve deeper into Maori traditions with a small-group tour for the best sights of Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and its fascinating Maori Culture.

Hit the open road with a nine-day intermediate car hire, allowing you the freedom to interact with locals and discover hidden gems off the beaten path. In Coromandel, your Ocean-View king suite at Brenton Lodge offers more than just breathtaking views; it’s a chance to connect with the owners, who will share their passion for the region and its history. Join a guided nature and coast tour, led by locals who know the land intimately and are eager to share their knowledge.

Overnight at Matamata Lodge before stepping into the pages of Middle-earth. Your Hobbiton tour and lunch combo offers a chance to chat with guides who call this magical place home.

Continue your journey to Rotorua, where your lodge room at Koura Lodge provides a tranquil retreat amidst nature. Your visit to Whakarewarewa Village offers an authentic glimpse into Maori life, with locals proudly sharing their customs and traditions. Take to the skies on a floatplane adventure with Volcanic Air, guided by pilots who call this volcanic region home.

Discover Napier’s art deco charm during your stay at Mangapapa Hotel and experience the city on a guided walk led by passionate locals who are dedicated to preserving Napier’s architectural treasures.

In Wellington, your Executive King Studio at Museum Apartment Hotel serves as a cozy base from which to explore. Experience Zealandia by Night, guided by conservationists who are committed to protecting the country’s unique biodiversity. Savor local tastes on a full-day guided tour of the city’s hot spots.

Board the Interislander ferry for a scenic journey to Picton, where you’ll mingle with locals in the Plus Lounge, sharing stories and laughter. Resume your road trip, stopping in Blenheim and Kaikoura for memorable encounters with local marine life on a whale-watching cruise.

Overnight in Christchurch before embarking on the iconic TranzAlpine rail journey from Christchurch to Greymouth.

Collect your rental vehicle in Greymouth, venturing to Franz Josef for a stay at Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Enjoy a grand traverse flight over the Glaciers for exhilarating views of the region from the air.

Conclude your journey in Queenstown, with a quaint stay at Hidden Lodge Queenstown overlooking Lake Wakatipu. Experience the majesty of Milford Sound, guided by locals who have an intimate understanding of this pristine wilderness.


  • Auckland: Waiheke Island, Maori Cultural Experience
  • Coromandel: Nature & Coast
  • Matamata: Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Rotorua: Maori Living Village
  • Napier: Art Deco Walk
  • Wellington: Te Papa Museum, Zealandia, Foodie Tour
  • Kaikoura: Whalewatch
  • TranzAlpine Rail
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown: Milford Sound, Jetboat Ride


  • Round-trip airfare on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to Auckland, returning from Queenstown
  • One-way private arrival transfer Auckland Airport/Hotel 
  • 2-nights Auckland Skycity Hotel Auckland, Premium Room including breakfast
    • Half-day Waiheke Scenic Wine tour including lunch and return ferry transfers 
    • Auckland Maori Luxury Tour including lunch 
  • 9 Days Intermediate Car Hire (Group D) including unlimited mileage
  • 2-nights Coromandel, Brenton Lodge, Ocean View King Suite including continental breakfast provisions
    • Nature and Coast Guided Tour including lunch 
  • 1-night Matamata, Matamata Lodge, The Studio including continental breakfast
    • Hobbiton Tour and Lunch Combo 
  • 2-nights Rotorua, Koura Lodge, Lodge Room including breakfast
    • Whakarewarewa Village Tour
  • Floatplane Crater Lakes Experience
  • 1-night Napier, Mangapapa Hotel, Deluxe Room including breakfast
    • Art Deco Guided Walk
  • 2-nights Wellington, Museum Apartment Hotel, Executive King Studio including breakfast
    • Te Papa Highlights at Te Papa Museum
    • Zealandia by Night
    • Taste Bud for Foodies Tour
  • Interislander Wellington to Picton, Plus Lounge
  • 4 Days Intermediate Car Hire (Group D) including unlimited mileage
  • 1-night Blenheim, Scenic Hotel Marlborough, Superior Room including breakfast
  • 1-night Kaikoura, Sudima Kaikoura, Superior King Room including breakfast
    • Whale Watch Kaikoura 
  • 1-night Christchurch, The Classic Villa, Deluxe Room including continental breakfast
  • TranzAlpine rail from Christchurch to Greymouth, Scenic Plus
  • 5 Days Intermediate Car Hire (Group D) including unlimited mileage
  • 2-nights Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Deluxe Room includes breakfast & dinner
    • Grand Traverse Flight 
  • 3-nights Queenstown, Hidden Lodge Queenstown, Wha Suite, including breakfast
    • Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly
    • Glenorchy Kiwi Special Tour 
  • US/foreign taxes and fees and September 11 Security Fee



Based on Departures

Price per person from*

Based on Double Occupancy

May 1 - June 28, 2024 8799
June 29 - July 24, 2024 9299
July 25 - September 25, 2024 9149
September 26 - October 16, 2024 9839
October 17 - December 4, 2024 9479
December 5 - December 12, 2024 9699
December 13 - December 23, 2024 10569
December 24 - January 3, 2025 9999
January 4 - January 13, 2025 10569
January 14 - January 29, 2025 10099
January 30 - March 10, 2025 9699

Group Size

Independent Vacation


May 1 - June 28, 2024


From $8799 per person based on double occupancy*

Trip Terms

*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on twin share. Single supplements apply. Advertised price valid for departures May 1 - June 28, 2024. Other date ranges are available, however seasonal surcharges apply. A weekend surcharge of US$50 each way applies to travel Thu-Sat (US$100 roundtrip) for Transpacific flights. Black-out dates apply Auckland July 13; Jul 17; Nov 13-16; Dec 31-Jan 1; Wellington Mar 15-16. Other blackout dates may apply. Other dates may be unavailable due to special events. Airlines frequently change their prices because of fare increases.  Seats and rooms are limited and subject to availability at the time of booking. Prices are current at the time of posting (14/3/2024) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. Airfare is non-refundable once ticketed as per airfare rules. Travel Answers Group terms and conditions apply to change fees and cancellations. Packages must be booked by May 31, 2024. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices based on availability. An ETA Visa is required to enter or transit in New Zealand.CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531

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