10 Day New Zealand Adventure

Looking for an adventure of a lifetime? This could be it! A wonderful 10 Day adventure beginning in Auckland and travelling the country passing through many of the iconic natural wonders before ending in Christchurch.

10 Day New Zealand Adventure

Looking for an adventure of a lifetime? This could be it! A wonderful 10 Day adventure beginning in Auckland and travelling the country passing through many of the iconic natural wonders before ending in Christchurch.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 10 days
Tour Code: 10NZ

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Mt Cook, Queenstown, Haast, Franz Josef, Greymouth

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Picnic style lunch en-route to Rotorua
  • Rotorua sightseeing tour
  • Mt Cook Village & lunch at Hermitage Hotel
  • Franz Josef Glacier transfer

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - AUCKLAND / WAITOMO CAVES / ROTORUA
Rotorua Sights, Gondola and Lunch Tour

Travel south through the rich farmland of the Waikato to the region of Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the World Famous Glow Worm Caves. Enjoy a picnic style lunch en-route Rotorua.

Upon arrival in Rotorua, join an afternoon sightseeing tour visiting the Agrodome, Te Puia, Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley where you will see the world famous Pohutu Geyser unleash vapour jets up to 30 metres high.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 2 - ROTORUA AT LEISURE
y Classic New Zealand Panorama Guided Tour

You have today at leisure to explore this fascinating area. Rotorua has it all – the forest canopy, hiking trails, geothermal wonderlands, Maori culture along with spas and natural hot pools for you to relax and unwind. We are happy to including optional activities into your itinerary. This evening you may like to take part in a traditional Maori Hangi & Concert – a wonderful evening out! Please ask us if you would like this activity included in your package.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 3: ROTORUA / WELLINGTON
New Zealand Tours

Depart Rotorua and travel south to Wellington past Lake Taupo and on through the Desert Road where on a clear day you get wonderful views of the towering peaks of Mt Ngaruahoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu.

Stay: Wellington

DAY 4: WELLINGTON AT LEISURE

Today you have a full day at leisure to explore New Zealand’s capital city and the birth place of Sir Peter Jackson. Perhaps a visit to Weta Cave, Te Papa Museum, take a ride up the Cable Car, head to Cuba Street for a slice of Bohemia and boutique shopping, or you may choose to travel further afield to Palliser Bay – the choice is yours.

Stay: Wellington

DAY 5: WELLINGTON / CHRISTCHURCH
Interislander Ferry

Board the Interislander ferry for your scenic cruise across Cook Strait. The 92 km, three hour journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tourist experiences, and acknowledged as one of the most spectacular cruises in the world as you pass through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

On arrival into Picton, connect with the Coastal Pacific train*. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel through Blenheim and the rugged Kaikoura coastline before arriving into Christchurch this evening.

Stay: Christchurch

* Travel may be by coach if the Coastal Pacific train is not operating

DAY 6: CHRISTCHURCH / MT COOK / QUEENSTOWN
Mt Cook Day Tour

Travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mount Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Hermitage Hotel along with some free time to enjoy the spectacular surroundings before continuing on to Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 7: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Queenstown Tours

A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort. There are dozens of activities available. Something for everyone. Perhaps a jet boat ride, jump off a bridge, a scenic wine tour, Lord of the Rings tours or anything in-between. We are happy to include additional activities / sightseeing into your tour package.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 8: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Queenstown

A second free day in this beautiful resort. Time for more activities, a spot of shopping or simply time to relax in one of the many cafes.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 9: QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF
New Zealand Tours

Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing via the Haast Pass into Westland National Park. Take a short trip to enjoy the views of the glacier.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 10: FRANZ JOSEF / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH
Rail Tours

Travel north through lush rainforest to Greymouth where you will transfer to the TranzAlpine train. Enjoy a remarkable train journey across the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to the “Garden City” of Christchurch.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $2,933 NZD $3,440 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $2,674 NZD $3,310 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $3,632 NZD $5,085 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 New Zealand Adventure

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 10NZ From $2,674 Per Person Departs: Daily Looking for an adventure of a lifetime? This could be it! A wonderful 10 Day adventure beginning in Auckland and travelling the country passing through many of the iconic natural wonders before ending in Christchurch. Enquire about this tour

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