14 Day South to North Tour

For those with more time to explore New Zealand this is the perfect tour. You'll get the real “Kiwi experience” with plenty of free time to explore each destination.

14 Day South to North Tour

From stunning Mt Cook, rippled blue glacier ice, a dash of friendly wildlife and fairytale forests and fiords in the south to the north where a massive Beehive, barren volcanic plains, roaring geysers and thousands of tiny glowworms await. As the old saying goes, variety is the spice of life and this tour has it all.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Departs: Daily Except 25 December
Duration: 14 days
Tour Code: 14S

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Greymouth, Franz Josef, Haast, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau, Dunedin, Mt Cook, Wellington, Taupo, Rotorua, Waitomo, Auckland

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Franz Josef Glacier transfer
  • Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
  • Mt Cook Village & lunch at Hermitage Hotel
  • Rotorua sightseeing tour
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF
South Island Rail Tours

Leaving Christchurch city on the TranzAlpine train, we cross the Canterbury Plains and into the Arthur’s Pass National Park. From Arthur’s Pass our journey is via an 8.5 km long rail tunnel that has been cut through the heart of the Southern Alps. Once on the West Coast we follow a narrow coastal strip of beech forest with spectacular mountain back drops south to the glaciers.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 2 - FRANZ JOSEF AT LEISURE
Fox 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 3 - FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN
Haast Past, South Island

Travel deeper into South Westland taking in the spectacle of Haast Pass. Admire the views of many beautiful lakes including Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Wakatipu before arriving in Queenstown.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 4 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Skyline Gondola, Queenstown

A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort town. There are dozens of activities available, something for everyone – from jet boating, bungy jumping, sightseeing or a relaxing wine tour. We are happy to include additional activities into your itinerary.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / TE ANAU
Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruise departing Milford Sound Tour

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: Te Anau

DAY 6 - TE ANAU / DUNEDIN
Lake Te Anau, South Island

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 7: DUNEDIN / QUEENSTOWN
South Island Tours

Free time this morning in Dunedin which boasts some beautiful architecture – a quiet stroll around the city can be most rewarding. This afternoon travel through the Central Otago hill country to Queenstown.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 8: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
9 Day Touch of New Zealand Tour

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

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 9: QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH
Lake Tekapo, south Island Tours

Travel north through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to Cromwell and up over the Lindis Pass to Mt Cook National Park. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Hermitage Hotel along with some free time to enjoy the spectacular surroundings before continuing to follow the foothills of the Southern Alps via lake Lake Tekapo and through the Canterbury Plains into Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch

DAY 10: CHRISTCHURCH / WELLINGTON

This morning jump on board the Coastal Pacific train*. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel north through the rugged Kaikoura coastline before arriving into Picton. Board the Interislander ferry for your scenic cruise across Cook Strait. The 92 km, three hour journey between Picton and Wellington 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.

Stay: Wellington

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

DAY 11: 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. 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 12: WELLINGTON / ROTORUA
Rotorua Tours

Journey north out of the capital city, along the Kapiti Coast and over the Manawatu Plain before skirting the volcanic plateau to Taupo and on to Rotorua. This evening you may like to take part in a traditional Maori Hangi & Concert – a wonderful evening out!

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 13: ROTORUA AT LEISURE
Rotorua Sights, Gondola and Lunch Tour

This morning enjoy a coach tour visiting Te Puia, Rainbow Springs and the Agrodome. You have the afternoon free for optional activities.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 14: ROTORUA / WAITOMO / AUCKLAND
Waitomo and Rotorua Experience Tour

Departing Rotorua, travel north to the Waitomo Caves. Visit the Glow-worm Grotto for a spectacular display of tiny lights emitted by these unique life forms deep in the cave grotto. Continue on to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ where your tour concludes.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $3,993 NZD $5,303 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $3,487 NZD $4,576 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $5,571 NZD $7,112 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 South to North Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 14S From $3,487 Per Person Departs: Daily Except 25 December For those with more time to explore New Zealand this is the perfect tour. You'll get the real “Kiwi experience” with plenty of free time to explore each destination. Enquire about this tour

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