New Zealand Tours

New Zealand offers life-changing, eye-opening tour possibilities for every performer. The American Celebration of Music will incorporate the best that Australia’s great cities have to offer, by arranging amazing concert venues and "must-see" site-seeing experiences. Please click on the itinerary links below to discover the best fit for your ensemble. Remember — in order to maximize your cultural and musical experience abroad, we consider these tour options a solid starting point, upon which we can further customize the ideal concert tour for your ensemble.

 

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Tour #1 - 8 nights | 11 days - Auckland | Hamilton | Rotorua | Taupo | Wanganui | Wellington

Depart for Auckland. Arrive in Auckland and meet your Tour Manager. Take a sightseeing tour of Auckland for a view of the Harbour Bridge which shows why Auckland is known as the City of Sails. Venture up Auckland’s Sky Tower for breathtaking views. Participate in a masterclass. Visit the seaside township of Devonport or explore many Museums and Art Galleries in Auckland. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in New Zealand. Transfer to Hamilton. Explore local shops in New Zealand’s richest dairy farming area. Continue to Rotorua. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in New Zealand. Take a skyline Gondola up Mt. Ngongotaha and ride the luge back down the mountain. Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Enjoy a Sulphur Spa experience with geothermal mud baths. Continue to Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s oldest national park. This is a place of extremes and surprises, from a desert-like plateau to active volcanoes. Enjoy a relaxing day in Wanganui. Explore the Sarjeant Art Gallery and Royal Wanganui Opera House. Wanganui is a musical city with a strong brass band influence and strong male choir. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in New Zealand. Transfer to the capital city of Wellington. Visit the Parliament Buildings, Mount Victoria, and the Botanical Gardens. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in New Zealand. Enjoy a farewell dinner and depart for home.

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Tour #2 - 8 nights | 11 days - Christchurch | Timaru | Mount Cook | Queenstown | Arrowtown | Dunedin

Depart for Christchurch. Arrive in Christchurch and meet your Tour Manager for an orientation of the city. Participate in a traditional Maori ‘Hangi’ (feast). Participate in a masterclass. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in New Zealand. Visit the Christchurch Antarctic Centre. Transfer to Timaru. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in New Zealand. Transfer to Queenstown via the high mountain country of Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook. Optional activities in Queenstown include thrilling jet boat rides, a Skyline Gondola, the world’s first Bungee jump site, and many more adrenaline pumping activities. Head to Walter Peak Station aboard the ‘TSS Earnslaw’ on a working steam engine. The TSS Earnslaw is thought to be the last coal-fired steamship still operating in the southern hemisphere. Proceed up the Skyline Gondola to enjoy Luge rides down the mountain. Excursion to Arrowtown to visit this city rich in gold mining heritage. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in New Zealand. Transfer to Dunedin, known as the “Edinburgh of the South”. Spend the morning at the famous ‘Joyville’ Cadbury Chocolate Factory. Visit the Penguin Palace, a center dedicated to helping endangered Yellow Eyed Penguins survive.

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Tour #3 - 11 nights | 14 days - Auckland | Hamilton | Rotorua | Taupo | Wellington | Christchurch | Queenstown | Dunedin

Depart for Auckland. Arrive in Auckland and meet your Tour Manager. Take a sightseeing tour of Auckland for a view of the Harbour Bridge which shows why Auckland is known as the City of Sails. Venture up Auckland’s Sky Tower for breathtaking views. Participate in a masterclass. Visit the seaside township of Devonport or explore many Museums and Art Galleries in Auckland. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in New Zealand. Transfer to Hamilton. Explore local shops in New Zealand’s richest dairy farming area. Continue to Rotorua. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in New Zealand. Take a skyline Gondola up Mt. Ngongotaha and ride the luge back down the mountain. Enjoy a traditional Maori ‘Hangi’ (feast).  Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Enjoy a Sulphur Spa experience with geothermal mud baths. Continue to Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s oldest national park. This is a place of extremes and surprises, from a desert-like plateau to active volcanoes. Transfer to Wellington. Visit the Parliament Buildings, Mount Victoria, and the Botanical Gardens. Participate in a masterclass. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in New Zealand. Transfer to Christchurch. Board a ferry from the North Island to the South Island for one of the most scenic ferry rides in the world. See the dramatic Kaikoura mountain range. Take an orientation tour of the city. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in New Zealand. Travel to the high mountain country to Lake Tekapo. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd with its wonderful stained glass windows. Transfer to Queenstown. Enjoy an evening Skyline Gondola to enjoy Luge rides. Optional activities in Queenstown include thrilling jet boat rides, a Skyline Gondola, the world’s first Bungee jump site, and many more adrenaline pumping activities. Head to Walter Peak Station aboard the ‘TSS Earnslaw’ on a working steam engine. The TSS Earnslaw is thought to be the last coal-fired steamship still operating in the southern hemisphere. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in New Zealand. Transfer to Dunedin, known as the “Edinburgh of the South." Enjoy a farewell dinner and depart for home.

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Tour #4 - 11 nights | 14 days - Auckland | Hobbiton | Rotorua | Taupo | Hamilton | Auckland | Sydney | Canberra | Melbourne

Depart for Auckland, New Zealand. Arrive in Auckland and meet your Tour Manager. Take a sightseeing tour of Auckland for a view of the Harbour Bridge which shows why Auckland is known as the City of Sails. Venture up Auckland’s Sky Tower for breathtaking views. Participate in a masterclass. Visit the seaside township of Devonport or explore many Museums and Art Galleries in Auckland. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in New Zealand. Excursion to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Explore Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, and many more famous sites. Continue to Rotorua for a Maori Huangi (feast). Take a Skyline Gondola up Mt. Ngogotaha and ride the luge back down the mountain. Have a Sulphur Spa experience with geothermal mud baths. Transfer to Taupo to see the mighty Huka Falls with optional jet boat ride. Continue to Hamilton. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in New Zealand. Transfer to Sydney. Take an orientation tour of the city. Participate in a masterclass. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in Australia. See Sydney Harbour Bridge and visit the world famous Opera House. Visit the Wildlife World and Aquarium. Enjoy time to climb the Sydney Bridge or take a thrilling jet boat ride for views of Sydney Harbour. Transfer to Canberra. Visit the Parliament House and Mt. Ainslee lookout for views of the capital region. Take a guided tour of the War Memorial Galleries and Museum. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in Australia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Melbourne’s Victorian architecture including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Princess and Regent Theatres, and the Queen Victoria Markets. Participate in a morning masterclass. Perform as part of the American Celebration of Music in Australia. Enjoy a farewell dinner and depart for home.

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