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January 23 – February 9, 2025

Explore New Zealand's Beauty with Sisterhood Travels in 2025 Featuring the North and South Islands

Join Sisterhood Travels in 2025 for an exclusive women-only expedition through the captivating beauty of both New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Prepare to delve into an unparalleled adventure exploring this enchanting country’s scenic wonders and rich culture.

This unique journey with Sisterhood Travels will take you from Auckland to Queenstown, unveiling the diverse landscapes and cultural treasures that New Zealand has to offer. Immerse yourself in historical sites, geothermal marvels, and untamed wilderness, creating an extraordinary tapestry of experiences.

Seize the opportunity to forge enduring connections and craft indelible memories with like-minded female travelers during this enthralling escapade in 2025 with Sisterhood Travels.

auckland skyline


January 23, 2025

Welcome to Auckland, the “City of Sails”! Upon arrival, your driver will meet you in the arrivals hall and transfer you to our hotel. This evening, perhaps you’ll meet your fellow Sisters in the hotel lobby for an optional, informal get-together at your own expense. No meals are included today.

Hotel: Rydges Auckland

January 24, 2025

Today, continue resting and rejuvenating or explore independently with your new Sisters. This evening, we’ll gather together for our Welcome Dinner. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Hotel:  Rydges Auckland

January 25, 2025

Come to know the best of Auckland during a panoramic city tour featuring the America’s Cup Village, the War Memorial, bustling Queen Street, and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. This afternoon, we’re going to enjoy an America Cup’s sailing experience! (Breakfast)

Hotel: Rydges Auckland

America Cup’s sailing experience
Harbour Bridge

January 26, 2025

Depart Auckland and travel north to the Bay of Islands, your home for the next 2 nights. This sun-soaked region boasts more than 144 islands and warm waters with abundant marine life. Visit the Waitangi Treaty House, where Maori and British leaders signed the 1840 treaty establishing New Zealand as a nation. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands aeriel

January 27, 2025

Today, we’ll begin with a cruise that features the bay’s famous Hole in the Rock. Look out at the Cape Brett Lighthouse, standing nearly 500 feet above sea level at the edge of the Cape Brett Peninsula. The rest of the day is yours to explore Paihia – the quaint town known as “the jewel of the Bay of Islands.” (Breakfast)

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands
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January 28, 2025

This morning, we’ll leave the sparkling waters of the Bay of Islands behind and head to Matakohe in the heartland of the North Island. We’ll stop at the Kauri Museum and learn the stories surrounding the giant Kauri tree that can live for 2,000 years. Discover how the early settlers used this abundant tree to build a life for themselves. Later, we’ll continue on to the town of Rotorua, known for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Hotel: Millennium Hotel Roturua

kauri tree

January 29, 2025

Today, find yourself amid the dramatic geothermal landscape of Rotorua, known as the Maori capital of New Zealand. Visit Whakarewarewa, a Maori cultural and geothermal experience. Explore an authentic Maori village where people live using natural geothermal resources to cook, bathe, and heat their homes as they have done for centuries. We’ll experience ceremonial Maori rituals this evening at an authentic Hangi dinner and performance. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Hotel: Millennium Hotel Roturua

Rotorua geothermal landscape

January 30, 2025

Today, we travel to Wellington, a coastal city nestled against the mountains. We’ll embark on a tour of New Zealand’s capital, the “Windy City.” You’ll see the Beehive – New Zealand’s Parliament; historic St. Paul’s Church; and the Old Government Building, the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Hotel: Novotel Wellington

Wellington aeriel

January 31, 2025

This morning, we’ll explore the Te Papa Tongawera Museum, a fascinating center dedicated to art, history, and the Maori culture, before enjoying an afternoon and evening at leisure with our Sisters. With your free time, perhaps you’ll consider a ride on the Wellington Cable Car to the suburb of Kelburn for stunning panoramic views of the city. (Breakfast)

Hotel: Novotel Wellington

Wellington cable car

February 1, 2025

Board a ferry and sail across Cook Strait. Experience what is considered to be one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world. Arrive in Picton on the South Island where you will have free time for lunch. Continue along the breathtaking east coast to the largest city on the South Island, Christchurch. (Breakfast)

Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Cook Strait ferry

February 2, 2025

Christchurch, the “Garden City,” is recreating itself after a devastating earthquake in 2011. See firsthand how this city is evolving on a sightseeing tour that highlights the city’s magnificent gardens and elegant park district. We’ll visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, a leader in conserving New Zealand species. Here, you can view New Zealand’s “Big 5” – kiwi, kaka, tuatara, kea, and takahe – up close and personal. Learn about the local indigenous culture of the Maori, with a paddle on the Avon River in a traditional canoe or ‘waka’. (Breakfast)

Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

February 3, 2025

Today, we’ll journey through New Zealand’s unspoiled wilderness and arrive in the Mt. Cook region, where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks. The Maori word for Mt. Cook is Aoraki, which means “cloud piercer.” This is where famed New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary honed his skills before conquering Everest. You can take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting), or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Hotel: The Hermitage, Mount Cook National Park

February 4, 2025

This morning, we’ll travel to Dunedin, situated on the southeast coast of New Zealand. One of the earliest European settlements on the islands, Dunedin holds proudly to its Scottish heritage and traditions. Enjoy time to explore this cultural city on your own with your Sisters. (Breakfast)

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross


February 5, 2025

Start your morning with a panoramic tour, visiting Larnach Castle and Baldwin Street – the world’s steepest public road. Later, spend time at the Royal Albatross Centre, the only mainland breeding location in the world for these otherworldly birds. Albatrosses are the focus of many seafaring myths, and their epic wingspan can reach nearly 10 feet. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Larnach Castle

February 6, 2025

Enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley and the Homer Tunnel as we head to Queenstown, a mountainside town set against the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The rest of your day is yours with your Sisters to explore the city dubbed the “adventure capital of the world.” (Breakfast)

Hotel: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Lake Wakatipu

February 7, 2025

During a cruise of the beautiful Milford Sound, you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sites on the South Island. With rock faces that rise nearly 4,000 feet on either side, the scenery will take your breath away. On your return to Queenstown, you may consider an optional scenic flight, allowing you to see the landscape from an entirely new perspective. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Hotel: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Milford Sound aeriel

February 8, 2025

Today, we’ll cruise Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by Queenstown’s stunning landscape, aboard an iconic coal-fired steamship. Then, we’ll enjoy a BBQ lunch lakeside, followed by a sheepdog demonstration before sailing back. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Go bird watching at the Kiwi Birdlife Park -OR- take a gondola to Bob’s Peak for stunning views of the area. We’ll gather for a Farewell Dinner this evening and enjoy a locally sourced meal. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Hotel: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

lake wakatupu

February 9, 2025

And just like that, our epic journey winds down. The memories we’ve made and the incredible friends we’ve met will forever be etched in our hearts. Cheers to adventures past and those yet to come! (Breakfast)

Trip Inclusions



Double Occupancy
$ 8349
per person


Single Occupancy
$ 9799
per person

important information


  • There will be a maximum of 24 Sisters on this tour, including your Sisterhood Travels Group Leader
  • International airfare is not included in your pricing.
  • Your flight must arrive on January 23, 2025, into Auckland, New Zealand (AKL). You may arrive at any time. Your room will be available for check-in at 3:00 pm.
  • You will depart from Queenstown, New Zealand on February 9, 2025. You can arrange your flights for any time on that day.
  • We recommend that you use extreme caution when booking your flights, especially to ensure your arrival date is correct. Booking flights where you cross the International Date Line can be confusing.
  • All flight arrangements must be submitted to Sisterhood Travels on or before October 24, 2024. If you need help making flight arrangements, or to submit your independent flight arrangements, please click here for Airfare Information.
  • Please be aware that if your flight schedule is via Dubai or if you are stopping over in Dubai and are carrying narcotic drugs, controlled or semi-controlled drugs, then you will be required to complete an electronic form prior to entering the country, to obtain approval to carry medication. Please use the link to view the guidelines. A user’s guide is available to explain the application and the supporting documents required.
  • Arrival transfers are provided only on January 23rd from the Auckland airport to our hotel. Departure transfers are only provided on February 9th from our hotel to the Queenstown airport. If you arrive or depart outside these days and/or you’re needing transfers or hotels elsewhere, you are responsible for making your own arrangements at your own expense.
  • For US and Canadian citizens travelling to New Zealand: an ETA and Tourism Levy are required for entry. These must be processed in advance of travel through the New Zealand Immigration website (approximate cost of 23 NZD for ETA). The Tourism Levy has a cost of approximately 35 NZD when paid online. Rates are approximate and can be changed at any time based on governing authority.
  • You must hold a passport that is valid for six months beyond February 9, 2025, or the date of your return.
  • Please don’t schedule any optional excursions on your own for this trip, as we cannot promise that you will arrive in time at any location to make your independent excursion. Sisterhood Travels won’t be liable for any expense you incur because of this.
  • Gratuities for your Tour Director and local guides are not included in your pricing. We will provide you with tipping guidelines for your trip.
  • Optional Travel Insurance is not included in your pricing. We will send you a quote via email.
  • We cannot accommodate wheelchairs or assistive mobility devices on this trip.
  • There are no refunds for unused portions of this tour.
  • Dates and times of itinerary as well as hotels listed are subject to change without notice due to operational or logistical reasons.
  • Any optional expenses or expenses related to anything not specifically listed in this itinerary are not included.

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Activity Level:


This is a moderately paced itinerary that involves some longer days and more activities. Expect some early hotel departures, and limited time for day time rest and rejuvenation as the itineraries are designed to ensure that you see as much as possible in these wonderful destinations. This may include longer coach journeys and guests should be able to join a walking tour lasting 1-2 hours with stops possibly over uneven terrain. Guests should have reasonable health and mobility and be comfortable with standing for longer periods of time with no difficulty.