17 Day New Zealand Magic Guided Tour

A trip through glorious New Zealand features almost every type of natural landscape you can imagine, as you make your way to Auckland in the North Island from Christchurch in the South Island.

17 Day New Zealand Magic Guided Tour

Take a journey across patchwork plains, over shimmering blue waters, through mist-shrouded forests and along roads hand-carved into sheer mountainsides.
Tour Type: Group Tours
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 17 days
Tour Code: LCBA

Regions Visited

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

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 17)
  • Full buffet breakfasts (16)
  • Lunch (1)
  • Highlight dinners (2)
  • Dinners (6)
  • Farewell Dinner (1)
  • Journey on the Tranz Alpine Train
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for dinner
  • Cruise on breath-taking Milford Sound
  • See spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Te Anau
  • Dunedin City Sights
  • Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Cruise Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Visit Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand
  • Maori Hangi and Concert with the Tamaki Family Marae
  • Waitomo’s Glow Worm Caves
  • Cruise through the Hole in the Rock in the Bay of Islands


* Please note: There is an itinerary change from 1 April 2021. Please ask for details.


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
Christchurch, South Island Tours

You’ll have time to relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH / FRANZ JOSEF
South Island tours

Travel on the iconic TranzAlpine train, passing through magnificent landscapes on your way to Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika, stop to learn about New Zealand greenstone (jade) before continuing to the town of Franz Josef.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 3: FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk Tour

Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass and past a trio of lakes. Stop at Cromwell and enjoy the tastes of its delicious stone fruit. Next you’ll visit the historic gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. An orientation tour of Queenstown completes your day.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 4: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Skyline Gondola, Queenstown

Explore exciting Queenstown your way today. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner at The Colonel’s Homestead.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 5: QUEENSTOWN / TE ANAU
South Island Tours

Travel the iconic stretch of highway known as the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of serene Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. On your way to cruise on Milford Sound you’ll be awestruck by the towering native rainforests and rugged mountains. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel and see the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls.

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

DAY 6: TE ANAU / DUNEDIN
Tours of New Zealand

Journey through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Dunedin. After a city tour the afternoon is yours.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

DAY 7: DUNEDIN / OMARAMA

Set out for historic Oamaru, with its elegant tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Later, pass the monumental Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam on your way to Omarama.

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 8: OMARAMA / CHRISTCHURCH
New Zealand Tours

Journey through the awe-inspiring Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park. 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. Pass the pink-tinged crystallisation ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, then travel to the pretty seaside village of Picton.

Accommodation: Beachcomber Inn

DAY 10: PICTON / WELLINGTON
City Sights and Coastline, Wellington

Cruise tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound this morning, then cross the Cook Strait to Wellington. Take a city tour before enjoying some free time, and later visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

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 today 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. This evening, a very entertaining cultural experience awaits you at the Tamaki Māori Village. Experience a powerful Haka challenge, witness a concert showcasing Māori culture, and dine at a traditional Māori Hangi feast Highlight Dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 12: ROTORUA
Rotorua Sights, Gondola and Lunch Tour

Relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace.

Accommodation: Ibis Hotel

DAY 13: ROTORUA / AUCKLAND
Waitomo Glowworm Caves, North Island Tours

Travel through lush Waikato farmland to the fabulous Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glowworm Grotto by boat, and walk through limestone caverns. Later you’ll follow the noble Waikato River into Auckland.

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

DAY 14: AUCKLAND / BAY OF ISLANDS
New Zealand Tours

Depart Auckland via the scenic Hibiscus Coast, then it’s off to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett, and the natural arch known as the ‘Hole in the Rock’.

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort

DAY 15: BAY OF ISLANDS
New Zealand Tours

Experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands in your own way. Perhaps take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via idyllic 90 Mile Beach or enjoy a day of sailing on a tall ship.

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort

DAY 16: BAY OF ISLANDS / AUCKLAND
Spectacular Auckland Tour

Enjoy a leisurely morning before travelling through lush farmland as you return to Auckland. Take an orientation tour of the city before joining your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

DAY 17: FAREWELL FROM AUCKLAND
New Zealand Tours

Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

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