Small Group Tours by STORY

Story Land & Sea®

Discover both islands on this Story adventure down under to New Zealand.

New Zealand Discovery

Your New Zealand Adventure Begins.

Land of the Kiwi. Land of Beauty.

From North to South

Story Land & Sea Tours extends a personal invitation for you to join us on this New Zealand itinerary for your trip of a lifetime through "Middle Earth." From the time you arrive Auckland, a very modern metropolis that is welcoming and ready for exploration to the rugged beauty of Middle Earth on the South Island, New Zealand will delight you with great cuisine and wine, sheer beauty of her majestic mountains and tranquil scapes from ocean to meadow.

Your satisfaction and sense of real discovery is what we consider as priorty with your New Zealand vacation.

  • Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Rotorua, New Zealand
  • New Zealand
  • Scenic New Zealand
  • Mt. Cook, New Zealand

Deluxe New Zealand Tour

The Adventure Begins.

Hotel availability may occassionally be an issue on our True Small-Group® Tours. This is due to popularity, high season, and/or if you are booking within 60 days of departure. A supplement (or reduction) may be applied if our normal set of hotels in each city are not available.

Depart USA 

Depart the USA on your TransPacific flight to Auckland (flight not included - inquire for pricing).

Story's Air Service can provide you with a competitive fare in economy, economy plus, business or first class. Inquire here.

Cross the International Dateline

This day will be "lost" as we cross the International Dateline. We will regain this day on our return.

New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

D. Dinner Included. Haere Mai (Welcome to New Zealand!) Upon arrival at the Auckland Airport, we transfer to our hotel in the heart of the city.

Tonight, enjoy a welcome feast Kiwi-style with the Tour Captain (included) at a local, favorite restaurant.

Story Accommodation: Waldorf St. Martins Apartments Hotel or Similar, 2 Nights
Savvy Budget Accommodation: Superior Tourist Hotel or Similar, 2 Nights

Vineyards of Zealand

BL. After breakfast, we embark on our first full day with a trek through fertile farmlands and stunning beaches.

Some of New Zealand's top wineries are found here, and we enjoy a tasting to complement our included lunch on our journey today. 

The Tour Captain invites you to an optional dinner tonight, or explore on your own.

Treasures of the Land ~ Rotorua

Rotorua, New Zealand

BD. After breakfast, we're off to the land of the Maori to discover many of their traditions. Our first stop is Te Puia Maori Cultural Center to witness daily life, "poi dancing," and a time to review the cultural arts exhibits. This region is a 'geologic hotspot,' and you will be impressed by the evidence of its ever-changing character.

We continue on to our hotel to freshen up before the included Hangi Dinner tonight with the Tour Captain. A traditional and authentic Maori concert entertains after dinner.

Story Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua, Novotel Rotorua Lakeside or Similar, 1 Night
Savvy Budget Accommodation: Superior Tourist Hotel or Similar, 1 Night


Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, NEW ZEALAND
food icon   Included Story Way® Dining tonight. Savvy Budget Travelers: Opt to add tonight's special dinner experience.

After breakfast, we make our way to the Sydney airport for the flight to the South Island of New Zealand.

Welcome to the South Island.

Queenstown New Zealand

We airhop to Queenstown on the South Island and make our way to Te Anau, our home for the next two evenings.

We check in, freshen up and enjoy time at leisure until our included dinner tonight in Fiordland.

Story Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau & Villas, 2 Nights
Savvy Budget Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge or similar, 2 Nights

South Island New Zealand Winery & Queenstown

Milford Sound, New Zealand

food icon   Unique Perspectives Experience: Zealand Winery

We head north on the way to Queenstown where you will enjoy our winery tour and taste the varietals from the South Island paired with lunch. Exquisite! Not all departures will feature the winery experience: occasionally this will be substituted with an equivalent experience.

Continue on to Queenstown to arrive our hotel mid to late afternoon and enjoy the balance of day free until our special reception.

Join the Tour Captain in the lobby for a special reception this evening.

Join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner or explore at leisure tonight.

Story Accommodation: Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa or similar, 2 Nights
Savvy Budget Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside or similar, 2 Nights

Lord of the Rings Tour

food icon   Included Dinner: Enjoy dinner with the Tour Captain tonight. Savvy Budget Travelers: Opt to add tonight's special dinner experience.
food icon   Unique Perspectives Experience: TSS Earnslaw. Savvy Budget Travelers: Opt to add tonight's special cruise experience.

We tour the countryside in specially-fitted 4 wheel-drive vehicles while visiting the locations where the Fortress of Isengard, Forest of Lothlorien and other famous Peter Jackson scenes were filmed. Find out why New Zealand is the movie directors’ choice for film locations. We return to our hotel around mid-day for the balance of your day at leisure.

Special Dining: We step aboard the TSS Earnslaw for a nostalgic cruising and dining experience. We enjoy a cruise of the lake on the way to the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak. Please NOTE: This is a seasonal experience. Alternate activity will be provided during off-season.

Enjoy high country hospitality and a carvery style dinner featuring the best of New Zealand meats and seafood, along with fresh vegetables and garden salads.

An entertaining after dinner show provides a glimpse into farming life. We return to our hotel for the balance of day at leisure. Your Farewell to the South Pacific dinner is with the Tour Captain onboard.

It is a night of fun, great cuisine, wine, and memories! Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes, and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together!

Departure Day

Christchurch, New Zealand

food icon   Included Dining: Breakfast

After breakfast, opt for our transfer to the Queenstown Airport to catch flights bound for North America, or perhaps our extension to the North Island. Inquire for details.

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To reach us by telephone, call toll free 1-877-865-6711

To reach us by telephone, call toll free 1-877-865-6711


Heart of City Hotels.

Enjoy all the amenities of Story deluxe hotels.

Auckland Hotels - 2 Nights

Rotorua Hotel - 1 Nights

Queenstown Hotel - 4 Nights

New Zealand Adventure

What's Included

  • Accommodations in Deluxe or Savvy Budget based on double occupancy
  • Story Way® Dining per itinerary
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Sightseeing, visits and admission as noted in the itinerary
  • On-Tour transportation unless otherwise noted
  • Local guides in small group tour sightseeing averaging 20 guests


Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

Full, hot breakfast daily. Lunches and dinner included per itinerary. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra. Select dinners are included at unique restaurants. 

Arrival and departure airport/hotel transfers are not included. On-Tour Air: Internal transfers and flights are not included.

Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD50 per bag. Story Land & Sea luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. Please make sure that you have completed your Australia entrance Visa. Information for this is:

Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are Budget, Superior First Class and Luxury Class categories - you choose based on your preferences.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

Airfare is not included but it can be quoted here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Italy tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

Travel Protection is not included. Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 83I

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