14 Day New Zealand Vista Guided Tour

Wander up one of the forty eight volcanic cones that make up the rolling landscape of Auckland for panoramic city views. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner city beach. Amble alongside the Avon River, as it runs through the heart of Christchurch. Each of New Zealand’s major cities offers up something just a little unexpected.

14 Day New Zealand Vista Guided Tour

Wander up one of the forty eight volcanic cones that make up the rolling landscape of Auckland for panoramic city views. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner city beach. Amble alongside the Avon River, as it runs through the heart of Christchurch. Each of New Zealand’s major cities offers up something just a little unexpected.
Tour Type: Group Tours
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 14 days
Tour Code: LAAC

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Picton and Marlborough Sounds, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Dunedin, Te Anau, Queenstown, Haast, Franz Josef, Hokitika, Arthurs Pass

Tour Inclusions

  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • 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 (4)
  • Farewell dinner (1)
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • Maori hangi and Concert with the Tamaki Family Marae
  • Discover Maori Arts & Crafts
  • Explore New Zealand’s capital Wellington
  • Visit Te Papa, the museum of New Zealand
  • Cruise Queen Charlotte Sound
  • See spectacular lake Tekapo and Te Anau
  • Cruise Milford Sound
  • Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak dinner, Queenstown
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Tranz Alpine Train


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 AUCKLAND
Auckland, North Island Tours

After settling into your hotel, you’ll have time to explore Auckland independently. This evening enjoy a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director.

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

DAY 2: AUCKLAND / ROTORUA
Group Tours, North Island

Begin your day with a city tour, then trace the path of the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves to explore the amazing Glowworm Grotto. Travel on to Rotorua and take an orientation tour of the city, where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Lake Rotorua. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain insight into traditional Māori culture followed by a delicious Hangi Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 3: ROTORUA
Rotorua Tours

Relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 4: ROTORUA / WELLINGTON
Wellington, New Zealand

Journey through tall pine forests and verdant farmland to spectacular Huka Falls and serene Lake Taupo. Drive along the shores of New Zealand’s biggest lake through the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Next, follow the Kapiti Coast to Wellington for a city orientation tour.

Accommodation: Travelodge

DAY 5: WELLINGTON / PICTON
Interislander Ferry, New Zealand Tours

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington, and then visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. 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’. Cruise across the Cook Strait and explore the maze of inlets of Queen Charlotte Sound. Later you’ll travel to the seaside village of Picton and take a tour of the city before dinner.

Accommodation: Picton Beachcomber Inn

DAY 6: PICTON / CHRISTCHURCH
Christchurch, South Island Tours

Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Continue along the Pacific Ocean coast, then across fertile farmlands to Christchurch.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 7: CHRISTCHURCH / OMARAMA
Lake Tekapo, south Island Tours

After a morning at leisure, travel through verdant countryside to serene Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, and view the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing to the awe-inspiring Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park.

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 8: OMARAMA / DUNEDIN
Dunedin, South Island Tours

Visit the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the monumental spillway of the nearby Benmore Dam. Then travel to the historic town of Oamaru en route to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city, where your afternoon is at leisure. You may like to take a wildlife cruise, or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

DAY 9: DUNEDIN / TE ANAU
Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour

This morning you’re free to explore Dunedin at your own pace: you might like to visit stately Larnach Castle. This afternoon, travel through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Fiordland National Park and the town of Te Anau. Tonight, why not consider an optional experience and take a boat tour of the mysterious Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Accommodation: Distinction Lexmore Hotel

DAY 10: TE ANAU / QUEENSTOWN
Milford South, New Zealand Tours

Your experience in magnificent Milford Sound is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. Travel through tall native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park, then cruise the serene waters of this natural wonder. On the way to Queenstown see Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, then travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy an informative orientation tour on arrival.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 11: QUEENSTOWN
Skyline Gondola, Queenstown

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. There are jet boat rides, white water rafting and 4WD safaris for the thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for those who enjoy a more leisurely experience. Later this afternoon, enjoy a cruise across peaceful Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 12: QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF
Haast Pass, New Zealand

Your first destination today is the faithfullyrestored gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Sample luscious stone fruit in Cromwell, and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes. Drive over spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls and stopping for a tranquil rainforest walk on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier (an optional scenic flight is available).

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 13: FRANZ JOSEF / CHRISTCHURCH
Group Tours, South Island

Travel on this morning to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Continue to Arthur’s Pass to board the iconic TranzAlpine train and embark on one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys. Pass through magnificent landscapes to the lush pasture-land of the Canterbury Plains. This evening in Christchurch, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 14: FAREWELL FROM CHRISTCHURCH
Christchurch Tours

Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

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