14 Day New Zealand Marvel Guided Tour

From the impressive display of the glaciers of the West Coast, to the sensational alpine landscape of Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook National Park, right up to the extraordinary geysers of Rotorua and the dramatic underground caverns of the Waitomo Caves, there is an abundance of spectacular natural sights to take your breath away.

14 Day New Zealand Marvel Guided Tour

This classic New Zealand itinerary spans both the North and South Islands, leading you through majestic panoramas. Witness the glaciers of the West Coast, the sensational alpine landscapes of Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook National Park, and the extraordinary geothermal fields of Rotorua. Glimpses of traditional Māori history and culture deepen your experience as you explore the marvellous land of The Long White Cloud.
Tour Type: Group Tours
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 14 days
Tour Code: LCCA

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Arthurs Pass, Hokitika, Franz Josef, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau, Dunedin, Tekapo, Kaikoura, Picton and Marlborough Sounds, Wellington, Rotorua, Auckland

Tour Inclusions

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (flights to arrive prior to 4pm on day 1, flights can depart anytime on day 14)
  • Full buffet breakfasts (13)
  • Lunch (1)
  • Highlight dinners (2)
  • Dinners (2)
  • Farewell dinner (1)
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak dinner, Queenstown
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Dunedin City Sights
  • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Cruise Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Visit Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand
  • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto
  • Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Māori culture


Frequently Asked Questions – GroupTours

What is a Group tour?
What could be better than travelling with a group of like-minded people, on a coach tour operated by one of our preferred operators, AAT Kings or Grand Pacific Tours. You will be taken care of from your arrival into New Zealand through to your departure.

Do these tours departure every day?
The departure dates are stipulated on our website. Should a date not fit into your schedule, please contact us as we would gladly make alternative arrangements for you.

I am a single traveller, can I be matched up with another single traveller in a twin room?
Yes, you can pay on a share twin basis. You will be matched with a fellow traveller of the same gender, however we are unable to guarantee compatibility.

What is included in my tour?
5 star coach transportation, experienced coach captain with full commentary, some tours include a tour manager. Accommodation, activities and meals as stipulated in the itinerary.

Can I join or leave a tour part way through?
Yes, should you wish to we can arrange this for you. However, there will be no deduction in the cost for unused services.

Does the tour include transfers on arrival and departure?
You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to the tour hotel to meet your fellow travellers. At the completion of the tour you will be transferred to the airport in ample time for your departure flight.

Can I add accommodation onto my tour, at the beginning or the end of the tour?
Yes, this is pre or post accommodation. Just let us know and we can include that in your tour.

I am prone to motion sickness, can I guarantee a forward seat?
All tours operate a seat rotation system for the enjoyment of all travellers. All travellers must participate in seat rotation as a condition of booking. Due to this we are unable to guarantee forward seating.

How much luggage can I bring on tour?    
Each traveller is entitled to travel with one suitcase. Maximum suitcase weight allowed is 23kg (50lbs). All luggage is entirely at the ‘owners risk’ whilst on tour and we strongly recommend that travel insurance be taken out by each traveller to cover accidental damage or loss. All travellers are supplied with luggage tags. This will assist the Coach Captain to identify your luggage when loading the coach throughout your tour and the delivery of luggage to your room.

What clothing should I bring on tour?
Whilst on tour, dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants. The seasons are more pronounced and the weather is more changeable. In summer, a jacket and sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler or you visit higher altitudes. You can expect some rain, so also include a light rainproof jacket or coat. If visiting during the months of May and September, pack warm winter garments and layer your clothing. You may have the option to relax and unwind in thermal hot pools so don’t forget to pack your swimwear.

What can I expect weather wise?
As much as we would like to say 100% sunshine, that is beyond us so the New Zealand Met service have the following averages.

Spring: September, October, November - average daytime temperature 16 – 19 Celsius (61 – 66 Fahrenheit)
Summer: December, January, February - average daytime temperature 20 – 25 Celsius (68- 77 Fahrenheit)
Autumn/Fall: March, April, May - average daytime temperature 17-21 Celsius (62 – 70 Fahrenheit)
Winter: June, July, August - average daytime temperature 12 - 16 Celsius (53 – 61 Fahrenheit)

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated.

Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia. Information on the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) can be found here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta

What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase.

Do I require travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday, so it is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights. Pacific Travel Ltd does not sell travel insurance.

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH
Group Tours New Zealand

On arrival in Christchurch there’s time for relaxing or exploring. This evening, your holiday begins at a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH / FRANZ JOSEF
Rail Tours

Board the iconic TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s great rail journeys. Pass through the lush pasture-land of the Canterbury Plains to the rugged gorges and ice-fed streams and lakes of the Southern Alps. Arrive at Arthur’s Pass and continue to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 3: FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN
Glacier Tours

Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls, and serene Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Stop at the town of Cromwell and enjoy delicious stone fruit. Next, you’ll visit the historic goldmining settlement of Arrowtown, where over seventy buildings from the gold-rush era are still beautifully preserved. You’ll arrive in Queenstown in time for an orientation tour.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 4: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Walter Peak Tours

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital today. There are jet-boat rides for thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for those who enjoy a more leisurely pace. Enjoy a peaceful cruise this evening across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner and an entertaining after-dinner show offering glimpses of high-country farm life.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 5: QUEENSTOWN / TE ANAU
Tours including Milford Sound

Travel the highway known as the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the town of Te Anau. On your journey to Milford Sound you’ll be awestruck by the native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park. Your cruise on the Sound provides views of cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and towering Mitre Peak. Return to lakeside Te Anau, where this evening you can consider an optional experience visiting the Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

DAY 6: TE ANAU / DUNEDIN
New Zealand Tours

Journey through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Dunedin this morning. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please. Sit back and relax, or consider an optional experience. Perhaps ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway, or take a wildlife cruise to spot penguins and Royal Albatross.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

DAY 7: DUNEDIN / OMARAMA
15 Day Classic New Zealand Explorer Guided Tour

Consider an optional experience to visit Larnach Castle this morning. Then set out for the historic town of Oamaru, with its elegant tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Later, follow the course of the mighty Waitaki River, passing monumental Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the Benmore Dam on your way to Omarama.

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 8: OMARAMA / CHRISTCHURCH

Journey through the awe-inspiring Aoraki/ Mt. Cook National Park this morning. See majestic Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, and stop to view the famous Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, traverse the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 9: CHRISTCHURCH / PICTON
New Zealand Tours

Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast this morning to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore (an optional whale-watching flight is available). Pass the pink-tinged ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, then travel to pretty seaside fishing village of Picton. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Accommodation: Picton Beachcomber Inn

DAY 10: PICTON / WELLINGTON
y Classic New Zealand Panorama Guided Tour

Cruise tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, then cross the Cook Strait to Wellington on the North Island. Take a city tour before enjoying some free time. Later, visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore the many fascinating exhibits.

Accommodation: Travelodge Wellington

DAY 11: WELLINGTON / ROTORUA
North Island Tours

Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome, it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity ‘Eat My Lunch’. Travel along the scenic Kapiti Coast through lush dairyfarming country to Tongariro National Park and snow-capped Mt. Ruapehu. Panoramic views of Lake Taupo will unfold around every corner. View mighty Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Māori culture followed by a Hangi Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 12: ROTORUA
North island Tours

Relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace. Perhaps you might visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park to observe the native fauna of New Zealand, including the country’s iconic kiwi.

Accommodation: Ibis Hotel

DAY 13: ROTORUA / AUCKLAND
Waitomo Experiences

This morning, explore the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto by boat, and walk through towering limestone caverns. Later, you’ll follow the noble Waikato River into Auckland. Take an orientation tour of the city before joining your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

DAY 14: FAREWELL FROM AUCKLAND
Tours including Auckland

Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

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