Naturally New Zealand with Sydney (IPNC)

16 Day Package from Sydney to Queenstown

Monograms has created all-in-one packages a cut above going on your own, while leaving the group behind. Each package comes with hand-selected hotels, plus "they really do that?" service of a Monograms Local Host®-a local expert available throughout your stay. We've arranged sightseeing, exclusive to Monograms guests, complete with VIP access into some of the most incredible attractions (that means you skip the lines). We've arranged transportation and we offer a selection of special excursions. With Monograms, you travel in style independently without going it alone.


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown

Meals Included

American breakfast daily; 3 lunches; 1 dinner

Sightseeing & Activities

Sightseeing as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2018 / 2019

DAY
1
SYDNEY

Welcome to Sydney. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

DAY
2
SYDNEY

Enjoy a morning guided sightseeing tour that includes an Opera House and Harbour Bridge photo stop, and a visit to stunning BONDI BEACH, considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Sydney. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
3
SYDNEY

Enjoy a full day at leisure in this vibrant city. Choose from our selection of optional excursions, including a cruise on Sydney Harbour and a climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
4
SYDNEY–AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Today, fly to Auckland. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
5
AUCKLAND

Enjoy a morning guided sightseeing tour of the city, followed by a CRUISE on Waitemata Harbour for spectacular views of Auckland and its surroundings. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
6
AUCKLAND–WAITOMO–HOBBITON–ROTORUA

Today, travel via motorcoach south to Waitomo, where you will take a boat trip through the WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Afterward, visit the HOBBITON MOVIE SET from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Continue on to Rotorua.

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DAY
7
ROTORUA

This morning, enjoy guided sightseeing with visits to TE PUIA, RAINBOW SPRINGS, and the AGRODOME. This afternoon, explore this geothermal wonderland on your own. This evening, you may choose to join our optional Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
8
ROTORUA–WELLINGTON

Fly to Wellington, capital of New Zealand.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
9
WELLINGTON

Your guided morning sightseeing tour takes you to see the famous Beehive and Parliament buildings as well as scenic views from the top of Mount Victoria. Take in the beauty of the Wellington Botanical Gardens, then drive around the rugged Wellington coastline, discovering hidden bays and some of Wellington’s most popular beaches. During your free time today, you may want to visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where interactive displays tell the story of the country’s great heritage and natural wonders.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
10
WELLINGTON–CHRISTCHURCH

Today, fly to Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
11
CHRISTCHURCH. EXCURSION TO AKAROA

Today, travel to Akaroa, a former French and British settlement where you will have some time to explore the charming village with its colonial architecture, galleries, and cafés. Afterward, take a NATURE CRUISE on Akaroa Harbour for a chance to see some of the native wildlife, including New Zealand fur seals, the white-flippered blue penguin, and the Hector’s dolphin, one of the smallest and rarest in the world. Return to Christchurch in the late afternoon.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
12
CHRISTCHURCH–MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK

Travel south by motorcoach via the Canterbury Plains to the shores of turquoise-blue Lake Tekapo, where the Southern Alps provide the backdrop for a stunning photo. Continue on to Mount Cook National Park. After lunch at your hotel, you will have time to explore this alpine wonderland.

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DAY
13
MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK–QUEENSTOWN

Enjoy the morning at leisure to further explore the area. In the afternoon, travel via motorcoach past Lake Pukaki and rugged Mackenzie Basin to Omarama, where you will make a comfort stop. Continue on to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.”

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DAY
14
QUEENSTOWN. EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND

Travel by motorcoach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, gateway to FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK. Marvel at the Mirror Lakes as you pass through Eglinton Valley. From the Homer Tunnel, emerge into Cleddau Valley and join your Milford Sound CRUISE for an unforgettable experience. Be on the lookout for wildlife such as dolphins and penguins, and enjoy the breathtaking waterfalls and scenery. Return to Queenstown in the late afternoon. Your evening is at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
15
QUEENSTOWN

Enjoy a full day at leisure in one of New Zealand’s prettiest towns. Perhaps choose an optional jetboat ride, visit a local winery, or tour some of the sights used to film The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
16
QUEENSTOWN

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

Transportation

As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and transfers to/from all intra-vacation flights (intra-vacation flights not included)

Included Hotels

Sydney
Auckland
Rotorua
Wellington
Mount Cook
Queenstown

Rydges World Square

389 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

Feel right at home when checking into Rydges World Square and enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. After a great day of sightseeing, wine and dine in their Italian & Mediterranean-inspired Sphere Restaurant or relax while sipping a cocktail at the Cidery Bar and Kitchen with a great outside deck overlooking the World Square area.

Location & Highlights

Conveniently located in Sydney’s Central Business District, providing easy access to the Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, Qantas Credit Union Arena and the city’s financial precinct.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Window Opens

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
Take advantage of modern comforts and thoughtful amenities. Guest rooms are well-equipped with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The cozy Rydges Dream Bed with crisp, white linens will have you sleeping soundly and waking fully refreshed. Guests also have access to 24-hour room service, minibar and tea and coffee maker.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Sydney
Auckland
Wellington
Christchurch
Mount Cook
Queenstown

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

176 Cumberland Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 11:00

The luxurious rooms and suites of the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney are situated in the historic Rocks district in the heart of the city. The hotel has breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour encompassing the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Celebrate the end of a great day in their signature restaurant, bar or café.

Location & Highlights

Situated in the historic Rocks district in the heart of the city, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney has breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour encompassing the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
Luxuriously furnished, the Deluxe Grand Harbour View rooms offer breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. These rooms feature modern design and furnishings, triple-glazed soundproofed windows, plush duvets, iHome docks and bathrobes.

Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

11 Jamison St
Sydney, NSW Australia

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

The award-winning luxurious Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney combines space, style and warmth to provide guests ultimate ambience. Their two restaurants and bar offer exceptional wining and dining experiences. A dedicated relaxation zone is available at the Amora Day Spa. Guests can also take advantage of the heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and gym.

Location & Highlights

Located in the heart of Sydney's financial district, near the Opera House, Harbour Bridge & Circular Quay.

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
Rooms offer exceptional comfort and space with complimentary Wi-Fi and fitted to a high standard with all the latest amenities, including air-conditioning, cable TV, blackout shades, robes and slippers, complimentary toiletries, and mini-bar.

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

61-101 Phillip Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

Located in the heart of Sydney, the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is a 5 minute stroll from the Opera House, the Rocks, the Royal Botanical Garden, restaurants, nightclubs, and museums. The hotel features Club Sofitel, Sofitel Lounge, Library, Elix'r Health Club, and Lattouf Hair & Spa.

Location & Highlights

On Phillip Street in the financial heart of the Sydney Central Business District and just minutes from the Opera House, Circular Quay, the Rocks, and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
All rooms are finished in rich contemporary yet classic tones, sympathetic to the history of this grand hotel. Design does not compromise your comfort; in fact, space has been optimized by furniture selection and layout. Guestrooms feature air conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi access, coffee/tea maker, minibar, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, and bath amenities.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Sydney
Auckland
Rotorua
Wellington
Christchurch
Mount Cook
Queenstown

Sydney

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

Enjoy a memorable experience with excellent cuisine and incomparable views from atop Sydney Tower.

Price Range: $$

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

Take a walk on the wild side on this amazing discovery of Australia's incredible sealife and wildlife.

Price Range: $

Sydney Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Board your luxury Australian made catamaran for a one hour sightseeing cruise on Sydney Harbour.

Price Range: $

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

See the animals of the world including Wild Australia themed area at the zoo with a view!

Price Range: $

Sydney Tower Eye & 4D Experience

Stroll around the Observation Deck and take in 360 degrees of Sydney sights. Finish your visit to Sydney Tower with a 4D cinema experience showcasing footage from famous Sydney locations.

Price Range: $

The Rock's Pub Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the Australia's early convicts, mischievous gangs and locals of the past as you share a drink in four of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys and cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, legends and stories of Australia's first European settlement. Learn about the fight for the title 'Sydney's Oldest Pub', what is the 6 O'clock Swill, how beer quelled the rum rebellion, and more stories, myths, and legends that you can pack into two and a half hours of fun.

Price Range: $$

The Sydney Opera House Tour

See inside the world's most recognisable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering.

Price Range: $

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Discover Australia's oldest wine-producing area on this exceptional, full-day excursion to the Hunter Valley.

Price Range: $$$$

Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

Grab your camera and step aboard a luxury catamaran for a sumptuous seafood buffet lunch and relaxing cruise around Sydney Harbour.

Price Range: $$

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Join us for an excursion to the famed Blue Mountains that is truly off the beaten track!

Price Range: $$$$

Bondi Beach Like a Local Tour

Join your friendly local Bondi Surf Instructor and experience Australia's most beautiful beach... the way the locals do! Enjoy a half day Bondi Beach group tour that includes hotel transfers, surf lifesaving club tour, a surf or body board lesson and a casual beachside lunch with 5 star views across Bondi. There are awesome sight-seeing and photo opportunities and all the equipment is included. These tours depart daily and will pick you up from your city accommodation at 10am and drop you back around 2pm. You're never a tourist when you're cruising Bondi with a local!

Price Range: $$$$

24 Hour Ferry Eco Hopper Pass

Experience the world's most beautiful harbour and some of its famous destinations. The Eco Hopper takes you to Manly, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont Bay, North Sydney, Fort Denison and Q Station. All on one 24 hour Hop-On-Hop Off Pass. Includes travel on Manly Fast Ferry, Harbour Beaches Sightseeing Ferry, Manley-Darling Harbour Ferry. Commentary and bar onboard.

Price Range: $

Auckland

Auckland Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a unique dining experience on Auckland's magnificent Waitemata Harbour.

Price Range: $$

Sky Tower

Enjoy incredble views of Auckland and the harbor from atop Sky Tower. Spot the key landmarks, a number of volcanoes and historical locations within the greater Auckland area.

Price Range: $

America's Cup Sailing Experience

Feel the thrill of sailing an authentic America's Cup yacht on Auckland's beautiful Waitemata Harbour.

Price Range: $$$

Rotorua

Mt Tarawera Volcanic Valley by Floatplane

Near the northeast coast of the North Island is Mount Tarawera, the volcano whose massive eruption in 1886 destroyed the famed Pink and White Terraces and buried three Maori villages. This exciting flight-seeing excursion includes the thrill of a water take-off and landing on Rotorua Lake.

Price Range: $$$$

Rotorua Duck Tours

Get a unique view of Rotorua's geothermal wonders on this fun excursion by Duck! Discover historic sights, Maori culture, and incredible natural beauty on this sightseeing adventure aboard a WWII amphibious vehicle that travels on both land and water.

Price Range: $

Rotorua Zipline and Canopy Tour

Soar along 500-year-old Mamaku Forest on New Zealand's only native forest zipline canopy tour. Set in a 1,200-acre forest, this 3-hour adventure combines heart-racing fun and pristine natural beauty as you switch between six zipline cables suspended 72 feet above the ground. Keep your eyes open for bellbirds, whiteheads, fantails, and many other native bird species. This is an experience of a lifetime!

Price Range: $$

Hangi Dinner & Maori Concert

Meet New Zealand's indigenous people during this fascinating and entertaining evening.

Price Range: $$

Dinner with a New Zealand Family

Experience kiwi hospitality and a traditional 3-course dinner on this authentic New Zealand dining experience.

Price Range: $$

Scenic Crater Lakes Flight by Floatplane

Take a scenic floatplane trip over the hidden lakes district.

Price Range: $$$

Wellington

Zealandia By Day

'Take an educated and extended tour around New Zealand's unique predator free sanctuary, Zealandia.

Price Range: $

Christchurch

The Antarctic Centre

Experience the magic of Antarctica without ever leaving Christchurch!

Price Range: $

Mount Cook

Glacier Explorer by Land and Water

Join us for an amazing encounter with Tasman Glacier, New Zealand's largest glacier, and its terminal lake. After an exhilarating walk through Mount Cook National Park, you'll board your boat with an expert guide for a cruise around the ever-changing scenery. View the Tasman Glacier from a safe distance, and come face to face with icebergs of all shapes and sizes.

Price Range: $$$

Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre Explorer Pass

Educational and entertaining, the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre is a wonderful tribute to the great humanitarian, ambassador, and one of the world's greatest explorers.

Price Range: $

Tasman Valley 4WD

Embark on a unique 4WD adventure for magnificent views of the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand's longest glacier. In the company of an expert Mount Cook guide, ride aboard a rugged, 8-wheel ATV-the perfect way to travel over the water, ice, and steep mountain terrain of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.

Price Range: $$

Hooker Valley Guided Walk

Join us on a guided walk to New Zealand's famed Hooker Valley for breathtaking alpine views of some of the country's most incredible natural wonders. Along the way, learn about the area's unique flora and fauna, such as the Mount Cook lily, the largest buttercup in the world, and red deer, Himalayan tahr, and the mischievous kea-the only alpine parrot in the world.

Price Range: $$

Tasman Glacier Experience by Ski Plane or Helicopter - 35 minutes

35 minute ski plane or helicopter scenic experience through the Mt Cook National Park. Stunning scenic flight up the Tasman Valley, through the Hochstetter Icefall, with a landing on the mid-snowfields of the Tasman Glacier.

Price Range: $$$$

Glacier Highlights by Ski Plane or Helicopter - 45 minutes

Enjoy this 45 minute ski plane or helicopter scenic experience through Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. Breathtaking views from the moment you're airborne. Experience everything Mt Cook National Park has to offer.

Price Range: $$$$

Glacier Encounter Helicopter Flight - 25 minutes

Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the Tasman Terminal Lake and get a bird's-eye view of the Hochstetter Icefall before landing on the blue ice and moraine rocks of the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand's longest glacier. Bask in the incredible vistas of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park-the scenery and experience are simply beyond expectation!

Price Range: $$$$

Tasman Glacier Experience Helicopter Flight - 35 Minutes

No trip to New Zealand is complete without seeing Aoraki/ Mt Cook. This flight takes in the magnificent scenery of Mount Cook National Park.

Price Range: $$$$

Queenstown

Upgrade One-Way Flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown

After your cruise of Milford Sound, take a scenic flight back to Queenstown.

Price Range: $$$$

Cruise onboard the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship

It's New Zealand's most iconic boat and one of Queenstown's most historic destinations.The leisurely cruise across beautiful Lake Wakatipu showcases some of Queenstown's spectacular alpine scenery while offering you plenty of time to explore a piece of Queenstown's living history - the 105 year old TSS Earnslaw.

Price Range: $

Queenstown Wine Trail Tour

Take this tour and experience the true flavor of the local pinot noir and other wine varietals at three premium vineyards.

Price Range: $$$

Walter Peak Gourmet Evening Dinner

Cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the 103-year-old TSS Earnslaw steamship to enjoy a popular dinner excursion at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy great scenery, a delcious meal, and learn more about life on a New Zealand farm.

Price Range: $$

Safari of the Scenes

Explore the magical side of New Zealand and understand why this beautiful country was chosen to portray Middle Earth in the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. This is the perfect tour for those who want the thrills of an off-road adventure to see the breathtaking film locations.

Price Range: $$$

Wilderness Safari

Join us for a spectacular jet boat journey along the Dart's ever-changing braided river system. Awe-inspiring surroundings include breathtaking snowcapped mountains, ancient native forest, waterfalls, and glacial valleys frozen in time. Your excursion includes an easy guided walk through the Heritage Trail at Paradise, where your knowledgeable guide will enhance your experience with informative and entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest, the unique fauna, amazing history, and fascinating Maori legends. You'll also ride aboard a 4WD coach along a scenic backroad route to view scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings movies.

Price Range: $$$$

KJet Thrill Ride

KJet offers 60 minutes of unforgettable thrills, spins and exhilaration across three waterways in one of the world's most stunning locations.

Price Range: $$

Panorama Evening

Take a cable car to the top of Bob's Peak for a wonderful dinner and one of the best views in the world!

Price Range: $$

Station to Station Bike Ride

The perfect half day - an independent cycling trip experiencing the best that Queenstown has to offer. Enjoy a Spirit of Queenstown cruise to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm, stopping at Bob's Cove to view flora and fauna up close and spectacular views towards Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw, the Southern Alps and The Remarkables mountain range. Disembark the vessel and journey between Mt Nicholas and Walter Peak (high country farms) located on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu as you cycle along a quiet country road through open farm land at your own pace. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, watch the landscape unfold and take in the panoramic alpine views while cycling 14 kms (8.6 miles) along a remote but public, shingle road to Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak. Then, enjoy a BBQ lunch at Walter Peak before boarding the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for the return cruise to Queenstown. What a perfect way to see the best of Queenstown!

Price Range: $$$

Discover Arrowtown and Wanaka

Discover the beauty of Arrowton and Wanaka with a half day tour exploring these stunning towns. Experience Arrowtown's charming streets, journey over the Crown Range (New Zealand's highest main road), and learn the histiory of the area and take in breathtaking view at every turn.

Price Range: $$$

Helicopter Flight over the Remarkables Mountains with Landing

See Queenstown's most famous and iconic mountain range from one mile high. This "Remarkable" excursion takes you towards the South Eastern shores of Lake Wakatipu where the Remarkables stand tall over Queenstown - one of only two Mountain ranges in the world that run directly North to South. Soar straight to the top and take in the views of the incredible alpine environment. On the top, we make a landing and shutdown the helicopter to allow you to take in the grandeur scale of the Wakatipu Basin. Take the ultimate photograph, breathe in the southern fresh air and you may even be lucky enough to enjoy some fresh snow. From there, your helicopter will take off and make its way back to base, showing off the picturesque scenery of Queenstown on the way down.

Price Range: $$$$

Walter Peak Farm and BBQ Lunch

Cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the 103-year-old TSS Earnslaw steamship to enjoy a popular lunch excursion at the historic Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy great scenery, a delcious meal, and learn more about life on a New Zealand farm.

Price Range: $$

Insider

Sydney
Auckland
Rotorua
Wellington
Christchurch
Mount Cook
Queenstown

Sydney

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Sydney, AustraliaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Sydney. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Sydney and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Sydney, Australia insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Sydney

Hi, I'm Vic. With 25 years as a Tour Director, I love presenting the beauty of Australia to visitors from all over the world. I enjoy helping Monograms guests create long-lasting memories. One of my favorite recommendations is a visit to the Rocks to learn about Sydney's early history.

I love sharing my local knowledge, from it’s small (and interesting) beginings to the bustling city it has grown into.

Manly Beach

Catch the ferry from Circular Quay to this iconic Sydney beach. Stroll through the corso while enjoying an ice-cream or treat yourself to a beer at the Hotel Steyne overlooking the ocean. You may wish to walk along the beachfront to Little Manly Beach.

Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Enjoy spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and the city surrounds as you take an easy stroll across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and back.

Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade

These shopping arcades are both architectural beauties in their own right. Even if you aren’t interested in shopping, they are worth a glimpse.

Clifftop Coastal Walk

This walk hugs the coastline from Bondi to Coogee and is 6 kms in length. Walk all or part of it for amazing views and perhaps stop for a swim at one of the beaches along the way.

Altmann & Cherny Opal Store

Located on Pitt St. at Circular Quay, this family-owned and operated business offers an impressive range of opal jewelry.

Paddy’s Market

If you want to bring home inexpensive, kitschy souvenirs, this Chinatown market is the place. Kangaroo oven mitts and Opera House shot glasses abound.
Note: Paddy's Market is not open on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Stroll the MCA and experience the work of today’s artists from across Australia and around the world on your own or take part in one of the free daily guided tours. Getting hungry? Stop at the MCA Cafe on Level 4 for spectacular harbor views, site-specific art and a fresh daily menu. On Wednesdays, make sure to check out their contemporary art after dark when the galleries, cafe, and store are all open until 9 pm.

Sydney Opera Bar

Found at the water’s edge of the Sydney Harbour and base of the famous Sydney Opera House, the Opera Bar promises an experience to remember. Toast to unforgettable views, new friends and new experiences in the afternoon sun.

Explore The Rocks

Get a sense of Sydney's past exploring The Rocks' cobbled laneways, cozy cafés and oldest pubs in the country. Major highlights within this area are: Sydney Observatory, Argyle Gallery, Cadman's Cottage, Sydney Theatre Company, Lord Nelson Brewery, and The Rocks Markets where Sydneysiders flock to on Fridays and over the weekend.

Island hopping on Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour Islands Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd, Goat, and Cockatoo are among some of Sydney's most popular natural attractions. Catch one of the regular ferry services from Circular Quay during summer and take in the sparkling scenery.

Thai Town

Thai Town, located in Haymarket on Campbell Street bordering Chinatown, is a neighborhood in Sydney with a Thai theme. While not as elaborate as Sydney's Chinatown, it has quickly become to best place to go in Sydney for great Thai Restaurants as well as Thai grocery stores.

Auckland

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Auckland, New ZealandMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host ®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Auckland, New Zealand. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Auckland and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Auckland insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting memories on your New Zealand vacation.

Meet a Local Host® in Auckland

I'm Caroline and I'm a Monograms Local Host. I enjoy meeting the people who come to my beautiful country of New Zealand. I enjoy giving suggestions for sightseeing, the best places to eat, and where to shop for New Zealand made products. I suggest a visit to nearby Waiheke Island for beautiful beaches and local wineries.

New Zealand Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum is a place of stories, ambition, courage, exploration, and amazing journeys. Discover how the nation’s relationship with the sea has shaped the New Zealand identity; from stories of the Polynesian people’s epic migration to Aotearoa, to early European exploration then settlement and modern-day yachting successes.

Devonport, New Zealand

Take a ferry from downtown Auckland direct to Devonport or drive over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The historic seaside village of Devonport has a charming and relaxed atmosphere. Stroll around the village at your leisure and visit some of its attractions including the many art galleries, historic points of interest and lookouts. Galleries are scattered throughout the village with a range of art by specialists in glass, ceramics, painting, sculpture and jewelry. Take a break at one of the many cafes or indulge at the renowned Devonport Chocolates.

Victoria Park Market

Auckland's historic market has many shops to browse around, and a New Zealand Walk of Fame. Walk across to the nearby Victoria Park, where you may catch some locals engaged in a game of cricket.

Auckland Bridge Climb

Admire the expansive city and harbor views as you climb over (and under) Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Beautifully situated in the Domain and occupying one of Auckland’s finest heritage buildings, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is a key destination for those wishing to experience New Zealand’s cultural and spiritual history. Exciting stories of the Pacific, the people, and the flora, fauna and landforms of New Zealand’s unique islands are told within a memorial dedicated to those who have sacrificed their lives for New Zealand.

The Museum is home to a valuable collection of Maori taonga (treasures) and the daily cultural performances provide a warm, vibrant and entertaining glimpse into Maori culture through song and dance. The cultural experience includes the opportunity to meet, talk, and take photos with the performers.

Ponsonby

Visit the trendy suburb of Ponsonby and enjoy delicious cuisine, superb lattes or cocktails if more to your taste! For the younger travelers, this is a popular place for nightlife.

Viaduct Harbour

This is the perfect spot to take a leisurely stroll and watch the activity in and around the harbor. After you admire the super yachts and launches in the water there are many bars to choose from where you enjoy the views while sipping on fine, local wine.

Rotorua

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Rotorua, New Zealand. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Rotorua and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Rotorua insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting memories on your New Zealand vacation.

Hell’s Gate

This unique thermal park features the only hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. The on-site spa specializes in traditional Maori massage (Mirimiri) and mud baths.

Whakarewarewa Forest

Located just five minutes from downtown Rotorua, this pristine forest is highlighted by a grove of Californian Redwoods. Rent a bike and ride on one of the many world-class trails, take a hike, or trek through the forest on horseback.

Kuirau Park

New Zealand’s only geothermal public park features beautiful gardens, a crater lake, mud pools, hot springs, free thermal foot baths, BBQs and picnic tables, children's playground, and food market held every Saturday from 6 am to 1 pm. Admission is free.

Wellington

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Wellington, New Zealand. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Wellington and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Wellington insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Te Papa Museum

Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum, renowned for being bicultural, scholarly, innovative, and fun. Collections span five areas: Art, History, Pacific, Maori, and Natural Environment.

Wellington Cable Car

This icon runs from Lambton Quay through the leafy suburb of Kelburn and up to the Botanic Garden. There are spectacular views of the harbor and city from the top of the terminus, and you can take a stroll through the city's award-winning Botanic Gardens.

Old St Paul's

Old St Paul's is a fine example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture adapted to colonial conditions and material.

Surprising sculptures

Keep an eye out for sculptures hiding below seawalls or twisting and turning in the wind, sculptures pop up everywhere around you when wandering through the city.

Eat out

Wellington’s known as the culinary capital, famous for our tucked-away bars (with award-winning bartenders), quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants, curly fries and really good coffee. Just head to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street to immerse yourself in the delights.

Christchurch

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Christchurch, New ZealandMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Christchurch, New Zealand. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Christchurch and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Christchurch insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Christchurch

Hi, I'm Emma and I was born in Christchurch and am a native "Kiwi." I love sharing knowledge of my home town and explaining the re-birth of Christchurch with new restaurants and shops. I suggest a walk along the Avon River and through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens - a perfect introduction to the city!

Christchurch Gondola

For incredible views of the Canterbury Plains, Southern Alps, Pegasus Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and the Kaikoura Ranges, take a ride on the Christchurch Gondola.

Sumner Beach

Hit Sumner Beach for swimming, surfing, and fun in the sand, a bus ride of about 40 minutes from city. There are plenty of cafes and stores on The Esplanade and in nearby Sumner village.

Honey Pot Café

Sightseeing requires energy, and you can get loads of it at the warm and cozy Honey Pot Café. Stop here for the giant “Full Breakky” breakfast and fuel up for the day.

Untouched World

Head to this store in the Arts Centre for a great selection of ethically-made luxury garments. Then enjoy an organic lunch in the shop’s Native Garden Café.

Punting on the Avon

The Avon River flows through the city of Christchurch, and you can float through this charming city as well. Relax on the velvet cushions of your boat as an Edwardian punter propels you through the prettiest stretches of Christchurch.

Traiteur of Merivale

Watching the punters float by is as peaceful as being on a boat yourself. Before making your way to the banks of the Avon, head to this gourmet take-out shop for a grand selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts to create a fantastic picnic.

RE:START

Don't miss a chance to view the city’s most fearless and entertaining street performers at the Re:START village project, a shopping district built after the 2010 & 2011 earthquakes that houses retailers in unique architecturally-designed shipping containers.

Quake City

Delve deeper into the 2010 & 2011 earthquakes at Quake City, a unique multi-sensory attraction coordinated by the Canterbury Museum.

The Tannery

Just 15 minutes by taxi from downtown lies The Tannery, one of the first brick factory warehouses in Christchurch fully rebuilt into a shopping center. Enjoy local shops, cafes and two restaurants including The Brewery.

Waipara Valley Wineries

If time permits, take a trip out to the Canterbury wine region, just 45 minutes north of Christchurch. Stop for lunch at one of two stand out wineries with a good reputation for their cuisine at Pegasus Bay or Waipara Springs. With over 30 unique wineries to choose from, the hardest part is finding the enough time to try them all!

Mount Cook

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Mount Cook, New Zealand. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Mount Cook and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Mount Cook insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Big Sky Stargazing

Aoraki/Mount Cook is far from city lights and therefore has some of the darkest skies in New Zealand - perfect for viewing the night sky. Explore the southern sky every clear evening from the Hillary Deck with expert astronomy guides. Telescopes ensure a close look at stars, planets, moon craters and distant galaxies.

Short Walks

Established walks include the 10 minute Bowen Track, the 15 minute Glencoe walk, and nature trails to Kea Point (2.5 hour return) and Governors Bush (1 hour).

The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world’s greatest explorers, the centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people, and its place in the universe.

Lord of the Rings Gondor Location - Twizel

This 2 hour tour gives you access onto the private land where the Gondor location was filmed. Enjoy insider stories about what it was like to be an orc and rider on location. Pose with replica swords, masks, and flags for that extra special video or photo for your album. Not just for Lord of the Rings fans; anyone with an interest in movie making will enjoy this unique attraction.

Queenstown

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Queenstown, New ZealandMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Queenstown, New Zealand. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Queenstown and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Queenstown insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Queenstown

I'm Honor and I've been a Queenstown local of over 20 years, I enjoy all the outdoor activities the region offers. I love helping arrange activities for Monograms guests so they can make the most of their time while in Queenstown. I recommend visiting some of the nearby wineries that offering tastings and also delicious food.

Mt. Difficulty Wines

With the smoothest Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Merlot, you won’t find anything difficult about sampling the vintages at this winery.

Queenstown Underwater Observatory

View into the depths of Lake Wakatipu for a glimpse at the underwater inhabitants who call the lake home. The Observatory is conveniently located at the Main Town Pier (just look out for the yellow KJet sign).

Visit Arrowtown

Charming and quirky, this delightful gold rush village is nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. Stop by at the award winning Lakes District Museum for a historical lesson of this enchanted town.

Bonz Gallery

Queenstown has an excellent selection of sheepskin and wool products. The Bonz Gallery features original designs—everything from sweaters to jackets—in 100% merino wool.

Barbara Smith Gallery

If you never want to forget the beauty of Milford Sound or Fiordland National Park, visit this gallery and take home one of the artist’s magnificent oil paintings depicting New Zealand’s landscapes.

Coronet Peak

Skiers around the world head to Queenstown from early June to early October to ski. Rent a pair of skis and join them on the slopes of Coronet Peak.

Onsen Hot Pools

The Onsen Hot Pools experience is all about unwinding and soaking-up Queenstown's spectacular scenery. Immerse yourself in the views, the pure waters, and the fresh mountain air, as your mind and body surrenders to the deep penetrating warmth and gentle massage of their private pools.

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