The Real Deal Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Auckland and Queenstown to Los Angeles; two nights at the Mercure Auckland, close to views of Waitemata Harbour; two nights at the Ibis Rotorua, within three miles of Rotorua's biggest attractions, four nights at the Mercure Resort Queenstown—with beautiful views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range, all in-country flights, airline fuel surcharges, and breakfast daily, from $1,889 including airport taxes and fees.
When May 21, June 4, 18, 2012 ($1,889); add $100 for July 2, 16, 30, Aug. 13, 27, Sept. 10, 24, 2012.
Gateway Los Angeles ($1,889).
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Why It’s a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip multicity airfare from Los Angeles to Auckland and Queenstown starts from $2,049 in mid-June (Air New Zealand). For $160 less, this package gives you airfare, eight nights’ accommodations in three New Zealand cities, all inter-country connecting flights, airline fuel surcharges, breakfast daily, and all taxes and fees.
More Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Auckland's biggest attractions, complete with shopping in Parnell Village, scenic views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Waitemata Harbour, and a trip to Auckland Domain—the oldest park in the city, built in a 62,000-year-old volcano—for $70 per person. A half-day wilderness experience tour from the Waitakere Mountains to the black-sand beaches of New Zealand's West Coast is available for $139 per person. For a more authentic cultural experience, enjoy a traditional Maori concert and dinner at the Tamaki Maori Village outside Rotorua for $105 per person. A half-day trip to the refreshing thermal waters of Rotorua's volcanic landscape is available for $139 per person, while a scenic tour of Rotorua's lakes is available for $70 per person. Unleash your inner hobbit with a tour of famous scenes from Lord of the Rings for $89 per person, or indulge in a half-day wine tour through Queenstown and Gibbston Valley for $139 per person. Splurge for a full-day cruise of the Milford Sound and Fjordland National Park for $243 per person with lunch.
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