15 Day Aotearoa at Leisure

There is nothing more enjoyable than a relaxing 15 day tour through our beautiful country. Enjoy days at leisure where you can include additional sightseeing activities or simply sit back and relax, take in the amazing scenery and re-charge the camera.

15 Day Aotearoa at Leisure

Come and travel with us on this fantastic 15 day tour of Aotearoa (New Zealand). This tour is planned at a leisurely pace for you to really soak up the gorgeous scenery. We have included a number of leisure days for your own exploration and activities. Bring on the good times....
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 15 days
Tour Code: 15A

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Bay of Islands, Waitomo, Rotorua, Wellington, Picton and Marlborough Sounds, Nelson, Franz Josef, Haast, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mt Cook, Christchurch

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Cape Brett - Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Rotorua Sightseeing Tour
  • Visit Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
  • Mt Cook Village & lunch at Hermitage Hotel

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: AUCKLAND / PAIHIA
Bay of Islands Day Tour

Travel north via the Hibiscus Coast to the beautiful Bay of Islands. On arrival in the Bay of Islands visit the historic Waitangi Grounds, site of the historic treaty between Maori and European pioneers. View a magnificent Maori meeting house and a large war canoe then transfer to the Paihia waterfront to join a dolphin watching cruise to Cape Brett. Travel through the famous “Hole in the Rock” and through Grand Cathedral Cave (weather permitting). A boxed picnic lunch is included.

Stay: Paihia

DAY 2: PAIHIA AT LEISURE
New Zealand Tours

Today is at leisure for you to soak up the bevy of beautiful islands that surrounds Paihia. We recommend a tour to the top of the North Island – Cape Reinga. Walk out to the lighthouse and see where the Pacific Ocean collides with the Tasman Sea. This beautiful region is steeped in Maori legend and mythology. We are happy to include this in your package.

Stay: Paihia

DAY 3: PAIHIA / AUCKLAND
Tours including Auckland

You have free time in Paihia this morning. Perhaps take the short ferry ride across to the lovely township of Russell. Depart Paihia by coach and travel back to Auckland.

Stay: Auckland

DAY 4: AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA
Waitomo and Rotorua Experience Tour

Travel south from Auckland 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. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glow Worm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling.

We continue east to Rotorua, a thermal wonderland of roaring geysers and boiling mud pools. On arrival into Rotorua visit the Agrodome for a farm tour followed by Te Puia Thermal Reserve for a tour & Maori Cultural performance.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 5: ROTORUA AT LEISURE
9 Day New Zealand Highlights Tour

Entertaining in any weather, and at any time of the year, Rotorua promises to keep you captivated with geothermal phenomena and special cultural experiences. Geysers, boiling mud pools, Marae stays, Hangi feasts, an authentic pre-european maori village and indulgent spa therapies will provide plenty of content for your emails home. Please ask at time of booking if you would like us to book additional activities for you.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 6: ROTORUA / WELLINGTON
Central North Island Tours

Travel via Lake Taupo then on through the barren Desert Road where on a clear day you get wonderful views of the towering peaks of Mt Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu. You travel via Palmerston North and along the Kapiti Coast into Wellington city.

Stay: Wellington

DAY 7: WELLINGTON / PICTON / NELSON
14 Day New Zealand Vista Guided Tour

Board the Interislander ferry that will take you across to Picton. Your journey today passes through the Marlborough vineyards and the Nelson state forests. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure for you to explore this lovely township.

Stay: Nelson

DAY 8: NELSON AT LEISURE
9 Day Abel Tasman Whales and Wildlife

Full day to look around ‘sunny Nelson’ as it’s known to the locals. Vibrant bustling cafes, charming boutiques and funky art galleries waiting to be leisurely explored. If you are interested in going further afield and taking a day trip to the Abel Tasman area, please ask at time of booking for more details.

Stay: Nelson

DAY 9: NELSON / FRANZ JOSEF
South Island Tours

Travel south following the rugged coastline through the Paparoa National Park to Punakaiki. There is a brief opportunity to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes before continuing your journey to Franz Josef where you arrive early evening.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 10: FRANZ JOSEF AT LEISURE
Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike Tour

Today you have a full day to spend exploring the Franz Josef area. If you are interested in including a Glacier Walk or Heli-Hike option, please ask at time of booking. Alternatively, there are many short native walks in the area or enjoy the beautiful hot pools for a relaxing soak.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 11: FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN

Travel deeper into South Westland taking in the spectacle of Haast Pass, carved by the Haast River and framed by the Southern Alps. Take in the views of many beautiful lakes including Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Wakatipu before arriving into Queenstown.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 12: MILFORD SOUND DAY EXCURSION
Milford Sound 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 13: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Queenstown, South Island Tours

A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort town. There are dozens of activities available, something for everyone. Please ask at time of booking for additional options.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 14: QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH
9 Day Southern Wonders Guided Tour

Travel through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to Cromwell and then over the Lindis Pass to the Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy a buffet lunch and some free time in Mount Cook before continuing to Lake Tekapo. After a brief stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd, our journey continues across the Canterbury Plains arriving in the garden city of Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch

DAY 15: FAREWELL FROM CHRISTCHURCH
Christchurch, South Island Tours

Today we bid you farewell as you travel back home with wonderful photos and memories.

This tour is available as a Self Drive Tour

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $3,730 NZD $5,355 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $3,470 NZD $4,612 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $5,233 NZD $7,314 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.

15 Day Aotearoa at Leisure

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 15A From $3,470 Per Person Departs: Daily There is nothing more enjoyable than a relaxing 15 day tour through our beautiful country. Enjoy days at leisure where you can include additional sightseeing activities or simply sit back and relax, take in the amazing scenery and re-charge the camera. Enquire about this tour

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