14 Day In-Depth New Zealand Tour

A bobby-dazzler! Let us show you New Zealand’s natural splendour on this unhurried 14 day tour. From tiny glow worms, roaring geysers, barren volcanic plains and a massive Beehive in the north to the surreal south where stunning Mt Cook, rippled blue glacier ice, a splash of friendly wildlife and enchanting forests and fiords await. As the old saying goes, variety is the spice of life and this tour has it all.

14 Day In-Depth New Zealand Tour

Relax with us as we take you on a 14 day journey around New Zealand. This tour is taken at a leisurely pace so you get to soak up the stunning scenery.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 14 days
Tour Code: 14D

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Mt Cook, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Haast, Fox Glacier, Greymouth

Tour Inclusions

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

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - AUCKLAND / WAITOMO CAVES / ROTORUA
Traditional Maori Cultural Experience & Hangi

Depart Auckland and travel through the Waikato region known for its dairy farms. Passing through small settlements before reaching Waitomo.

Enjoy a guided tour through this world famous cave formation, climaxed by drifting silently in a boat through a glow worm cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights. Departing Waitomo, relax on board the coach as a light lunch is served en-route to Rotorua.

After arriving at the Agrodome, join a 60 minute tour of this authentic working farm in all weather, all terrain vehicles. Watch a sheep shearing demonstration and hand feed the animals. This is followed by a sheep dog demonstration. Travel along Rotorua’s lakeside area to the beautiful Government Gardens, past Rotorua’s Tudor Towers alongside the geothermal steam pools – famous for their therapeutic qualities. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Enjoy 45 minutes of song and dance inside the sacred meeting house. Visitors are treated to perfect harmonies, the rhythms of the Poi dance, the ferocity of the Haka and the complexity of the Tititorea (stick games). View Maori carving, flax garment making and a life size replica of a traditional Maori village. Continue through the geothermal area, past boiling mud pools and the famous Pohutu Geyser, which spurts boiling water and steam high into the air on a regular basis. There is also the opportunity to wander through the nocturnal Kiwi House (time allowing).

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 2 - ROTORUA AT LEISURE
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 3: ROTORUA / WELLINGTON
Central North Island 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
Lord of the Rings Full Day Tour

Today you have a full day at leisure to explore New Zealand’s capital city and the birth place of Sir Peter Jackson. We are happy to suggest sightseeing options. Perhaps a visit to Weta Cave, Te Papa Museum, take a ride up the Cable Car or head to Cuba Street for a slice of Bohemia and boutique shopping.

Stay: Wellington

DAY 5: WELLINGTON / CHRISTCHURCH
New Zealand tours

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 Tours

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
3 Day Southern Highlights Tour

A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort. There are dozens of activities available. Something for everyone. We are happy to include additional activities / sightseeing into your tour package.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 8: QUEENSTOWN / DUNEDIN
New Zealand Tours

High country tussock soon gives way to the lush pastures of Southland and Otago as you travel through Gore and Balclutha arriving in Dunedin. This afternoon there is time to enjoy an Otago Peninsula Tour to watch as fur seals swim and play, view ocean birds including albatross and enjoy a guided tour of Penguin Place. Please ask us about this optional extra.

Stay: Dunedin

DAY 9: DUNEDIN / TE ANAU
South Island Tours

Free time this morning in Dunedin which boasts some beautiful architecture – a quiet stroll around the city can be most rewarding. In the afternoon journey through the lush pastures of Otago and Southland to the lakeside resort of Te Anau.

Stay: Te Anau

DAY 10: TE ANAU / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN
South Island Tours

A full day tour to the World Heritage listed, Fiordland National Park. Enjoy cruising Milford Sound and viewing the spectacular waterfalls and towering Mitre Peak.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 11: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Queenstown Tours

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 12: QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF
Wanaka, South Island Tours

Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing through Cromwell, Wanaka and Hawea before climbing over the Haast Pass into the Westland National Park.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 13: FRANZ JOSEF AT LEISURE
Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike tour

Today enjoy an outing where after a short stroll you can view the glacier from the look out point. Or up-grade to a Glacier Heli Hike – a fantastic way to walk on ice and enjoy the spectacle of a moving glacier. Please ask at time of booking. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 14: FRANZ JOSEF / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH
Christchurch 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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Well, back home in Tampere, Finland again, with work calling us the day after tomorrow. My wife Paula and I have nothing but praise of the highest order to your company and especially YOU for an absolutely brilliant trip.

Everything ran like clockwork, hotels, motels, connections to our coaches, trains, ferry etc. Absolutely brilliant. As for the refund, I just phoned you to let you know what happened in Milford Sound. Getting some money back was the last thing on my mind. Paula and I are absolutely staggered by you and your firms honesty and integrity. Our estimate of you just went off the scales.

By the way, just to let you know, Paula (and me as well) have never stayed in a motel before, just hotels. Because of you and the super motels you booked us in, it looks like every time we go on holidays now, MOTELS it is.

The very warmest regards
First of all, Happy New Year! Second, thank you for everything.

The trip was superb and we enjoyed so much being there. I have to congratulate you and your team for the great job. Everything worked find and the tours, places were beautiful, and especially all the people were very friendly and makes us eager to do it again in the future. It is a shame that we couldn’t stay more days and know more of your beautiful country.

Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $3,780 NZD $4,916 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $3,532 NZD $4,412 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $5,329 NZD $7,389 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.

14 Day In-Depth New Zealand Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 14D From $3,532 Per Person Departs: Daily A bobby-dazzler! Let us show you New Zealand’s natural splendour on this unhurried 14 day tour. From tiny glow worms, roaring geysers, barren volcanic plains and a massive Beehive in the north to the surreal south where stunning Mt Cook, rippled blue glacier ice, a splash of friendly wildlife and enchanting forests and fiords await. As the old saying goes, variety is the spice of life and this tour has it all. Enquire about this tour

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