March 14 – 27, 2020

About This Tour

After spending 30 years exploring the globe with gay groups, visiting well over 125 countries, Toto Tours founder Dan Ware is often asked: “What is your favorite destination in the world?” That question is a little unfair, as every place is spectacular in many ways, but New Zealand wins for most breathtaking scenery, cleanest environment, friendly people, and a vibrant indigenous culture.

The islands of New Zealand were forged relatively recently from the cauldron of the Earth’s molten core, as volcanoes rose from the sea, creating a spectacular landscape of mountains, coastlines, fjords and lakes. Few countries encompass such contrasts in geography and culture as New Zealand. Famous writers have called New Zealand the “eighth wonder of the world” and “probably the most beautiful place on earth,” and most first-time visitors often agree. It is so wild and pristine that film director Peter Jackson chose it to be the dramatic setting for his film versions of Tolkien’s Middle Earth saga: “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.”

Toto Tours invites you to experience the best that New Zealand has to offer. We take you from cosmopolitan Auckland, to a taste of Maori culture in Rotorua, the peaceful and majestic beauty of Fjordland and Doubtful Sound, to the capital of adventure activities in Queenstown. Join Toto Tours in this amazing wonderland, as we discover the magic of New Zealand and celebrate our 30th Anniversary!

Tour Highlights

  • Bay of Islands *
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds *
  • Swim with Dolphins *
  • Auckland
  • Tiritiri Matangi Island Bird Sanctuary
  • Hobbiton
  • Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves
  • Rotorua Cultural and Thermal Tour
  • North Island Lake District
  • Wellington
  • WETA Workshop tour
  • Kiwi-Spotting Night Walk
  • Ferry to South Island
  • Nelson
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Southern Alps
  • Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Flight and Landing
  • Wanaka
  • Queenstown
  • Earnslaw Steamer Lake Cruise
  • Farmlife and Sheep-Shearing Demonstration
  • Fjordland National Park
  • Cruise on Doubtful Sound
  • Dart River Jetboat Adventure
  • * Optional pre-tour, March 10 – 14, 2020