10 Day Abel Tasman Explorer Tour

From Queenstown - the south's adventure capital, Aoraki / Mt Cook - New Zealand's highest mountain, the golden sand beaches of Abel Tasman National Park to geothermal Rotorua, you'll enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery New Zealand has to offer including a relaxing journey on board the famous TranzAlpine train.

10 Day Abel Tasman Explorer Tour

Enjoy many of the beautiful sights New Zealand has to offer - with a flight from Nelson to Rotorua included, you can see more! From Queenstown to the soaring walls of beautiful Milford Sound to New Zealand's highest peak at Mt Cook. Relax on board the TranzAlpine Train and dip your toes in golden sand beaches at Abel Tasman National Park. Take part in the NZ culture in Rotorua and check out a hobbit hole. There is so much to see and do.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Queenstown to Auckland
Departs: Daily
Duration: 10 days
Tour Code: 10A

Regions Visited

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Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mt Cook, Christchurch, Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, Rotorua, Hobbiston, Waitomo Caves, Auckland

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & Transfers
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Milford Sound cruise & picnic lunch
  • Skippers Canyon Jet
  • Skyline Gondola, Queenstown
  • Glacier Explorer Tour, Mt Cook
  • Abel Tasman National Park day tour
  • Kahukiwi cultural tour
  • Entry to Polynesian Spa
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tour & lunch
  • Waitomo Caves

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO QUEENSTOWN
Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation.

Take time to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Wakatipu and the Remakrable mountain range. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 2: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND
Milford South, New Zealand Tours

You will be collected from your accommodation as you travel around Lake Wakatipu, inland to Te Anau, crossing the main divide to Milford Sound.

On arrival climb aboard and cruise the “sound” to the Tasman Sea, before returning to Milford. Return to Queenstown late evening reflecting on the wonders you have seen today.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 3: QUEENSTOWN SIGHTSEEING
Queenstown activities

This afternoon you will be collected from your accommodation as you take a step back in time, travelling up the Skippers Canyon, transfer to a jet boat with a few whirls and twirls before arriving at Winkys museum – try your hand at some gold panning, you might get lucky. Upon returning to Queenstown make your way up Bobs Peak – by Skyline gondola.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 4: QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK
New Zealand Tours

Depart Queenstown travel into the Mackenzie Country the landscape changes from tussock covered mountains to blue glacial fed lakes and farmlands, before heading along lake Pukaki to Mount Cook National Park.

Experience the Taman Glacier from the glacial fed lake, you may even touch a piece of the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s largest. This evening don’t forget to look up at the night sky.

Stay: Mt Cook

DAY 5: MT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH
Christchurch, South Island Tours

Free morning to explore Mt Cook National Park. Leave Mt Cook and travel to Tekapo and later through the lush farmlands and Canterbury plains. Arrive in Christchurch, the South Islands largest city.

Stay: Christchurch

DAY 6: CHRISTCHURCH / NELSON
Rail Tours New Zealand

Board the famous TranzAlpine train, travelling from east to west. View the small heartland towns, before traversing the Southern Alps, through Arthur’s Pass, descending onto Greymouth. Crossing many viaducts and travelling through tunnels. Leave Greymouth and travel along the rugged Tasman Sea coastline to Nelson.

Stay: Nelson

DAY 7: ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Your full day tour to the Abel Tasman National Park commences with a morning pick up from your accommodation. Drive through horticultural areas to Motueka and on to beautiful Kaiteriteri beach where you board your launch. You have various cruise/walking options in the National Park during the day before returning to Nelson. A stunning day out!

Stay: Nelson

DAY 8: FLY NELSON - ROTORUA
14 Day New Zealand Vista Guided Tour

This morning you will be transferred to Nelson airport where you check in for your flight to Rotroua.

This afternoon you are booked on an intimate 4WD cultural tour, guided by highly knowledgeable Māori guide, you’ll explore our stunning marae, landscapes and never-before-seen views that look over Rotorua’s lake district. This evening visit Polynesian spa for a soak in the therapeutic geothermal waters Rotorua is famous for.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 9: ROTORUA / WAITOMO CAVES / HOBBITON / AUCKLAND
Hobbiton, New Zealand Tours

Enjoy a fabulous action packed day! Depart Rotorua and explore the Waitomo Caves including a boat cruise through the limestone caverns. Onto Hobbiton for a movie set tour, including “The Green Dragon Inn”.

Stay: Auckland

DAY 10: FAREWELL FROM AUCKLAND
Auckland, New Zealand

Sadly today your tour comes to an end. You will be transferred to Auckland airport for your flight.

This tour is available as a Self Drive Tour

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $3,938 NZD $5,168 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $3,960 NZD $4,811 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $5,450 NZD $7,060 NZD Enquire / Book
Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.
Frequently Asked Questions – Independent Tours

What is an Independent Tour?
Independent Tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people traveling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are traveling independently.  However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.

What dates do your tours depart?
The Pacific Travel Independent Tour programme operates on a daily basis (with daily departures) using the services of Great Sights, InterCity, Interislander and KiwiRail. All tours are subject to availability at time of booking.

What is included in the tour cost?
All tours 2+ days in length include coach travel, transfers, accommodation and sightseeing activities where specified. A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers and comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you or delivered to your pre tour accommodation for you to collect on check in.

What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.

I am travelling alone – can I pay the triple or twin share rate and be linked with other travellers?
No, unfortunately. You must pay the single room – per person cost.

I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.

Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior accommodation option includes breakfast. No other meals are included in the tour cost except where stated in the itinerary. The coach makes various refreshment / comfort stops throughout the day where food can be purchased. Each evening you are free to relax and dine at you choice of restaurant either on site if you choose Superior accommodation, or just a short walk into town if staying in Standard accommodation.

Is Halal food available in New Zealand?
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country.

Do Independent Tours have a tour escort?
As these tours are Independent, you do not have an escort traveling with you. However all coach drivers are experienced professionals. They will share their vast knowledge of our country with you by providing an informative commentary on most routes.

Can I add in additional nights to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra nightly rates.

What is the difference between Standard & Superior accommodation? 
Standard:  Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms.
Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast.

Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers. We endeavour where possible to book accommodation that is within easy walking distance of the centre of town.

What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we are more than happy to help you plan a customised tour.

How much luggage can I take on my tour?
Each passenger may take 2 pieces of luggage (max 25kg each). For safety reasons, each passenger is limited to one carry on item (max 5kg). We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.

How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 30 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 30 days prior to travel. For bookings made 30 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.

What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 30 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit.
Cancellations 0 – 29 days prior to travel: no refund.
Booking amendments made by you. An amendment fee may be charged, to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.

Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.

Will I need 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.

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.

10 Day Abel Tasman Explorer Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 10A From $3,938 Per Person Departs: Daily From Queenstown - the south's adventure capital, Aoraki / Mt Cook - New Zealand's highest mountain, the golden sand beaches of Abel Tasman National Park to geothermal Rotorua, you'll enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery New Zealand has to offer including a relaxing journey on board the famous TranzAlpine train. Enquire about this tour

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