15 Day Enchanted New Zealand Tour
This wonderful 15 day tour covering the "must see" spots of New Zealand is not only packed with exciting activities and day adventures, but runs at a relaxed pace allowing you to really take in the amazing landscape. Come and enjoy the "kiwi back yard" with us - you really will be charmed.
15 Day Enchanted New Zealand Tour
With included sightseeing tours such as the Hobbiton Movie Set, Abel Tasman National Park, whale watching in Kaikoura and of course beautiful Milford Sound all at a relaxed pace, what more could you wish for in a tour?
|Tour Type:||Independent Tours|
|From:||Auckland to Christchurch|
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- All transport
- 14 nights accommodation
- Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves
- Eco Thermal Park Tour
- Abel Tasman Cruise & Wine Tour
- Kaikoura Whale Watching Cruise
- Mt Cook Village
- Safari of the Scenes Tour
- Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
- Franz Josef Glacier transfer
- Glacier hot pools
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1 - AUCKLAND / HOBBITON / WAITOMO CAVES / ROTORUA
Departing Auckland, travel south through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. First stop is the Hobbiton Movie Set. During your guided tour you’ll see highlights like the original Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Party Tree and more. Your tour guide will share amazing behind-the-scenes stories and fascinating facts about how the film set was brought to life. After you’ve had your fill of movie magic, sit down to lunch – a delicious feast worthy of a true hobbit – outside the Green Dragon Inn. Your next stop is at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a network of underground tunnels and caves made from incredible limestone formations. Set off on a 45-minute guided tour of the caves, ending with a truly special boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto, where glowworms twinkle and shine overhead as you sail through a dark and silent cavern. After exploring these two top New Zealand visitor attractions, you travel to Rotorua arriving in the early evening.
DAY 2 - ECO THERMAL PARK TOUR
After being collected from your accommodation, your guide today will take you to visit two of Rotorua’s most natural and popular geothermal parks: Wai-o-Tapu & Waimangu Volcanic Valley. At Wai-o-Tapu the colourful hot springs and moonlike landscapes are a key feature along with the famous Lady Knox Geyser. At Waimangu Volcanic Valley your guide will explain the Mt Tarawera eruption, native flora and fauna and the geothermal features which were blown open. This is now a spectacular, bush covered, geothermal park. You have this afternoon in Rotoura to explore at your own leisure.
DAY 3: ROTORUA / WELLINGTON
Today you might like to have the morning at leisure in Rotorua for additional activities or depart early and spend the day in Wellington. Airport transfers in Rotorua and Wellington are included. You will need to make your own flight arrangements to fly between Rotorua and Wellington – you can fly at anytime during the day.
DAY 4: WELLINGTON AT LEISURE
Today you have a free day to explore New Zealand’s great little capital city and its endless sights. Enjoy a vibrant creative culture along with great food, wine and coffee. Please ask at time of booking if you would like us to book additional activities.
DAY 5: WELLINGTON / PICTON / NELSON
From Wellington, board the Interislander Ferry that will take you across Cook Strait to Picton where you board your coach bound for Nelson. Your journey passes through the Marlborough vineyards and the Nelson state forests. Afternoon at leisure in “sunny” Nelson.
DAY 6: ABEL TASMAN CRUISE & WINE TOUR
Join a full day Abel Tasman Cruise & Wine Tour – designed to fit in as much as possible, but still have a nice relaxing day. You will be collected from your accommodation in the morning and enjoy an informative drive out to Kaiteriteri. From here you will take a cruise or water taxi ride to Anchorage. Here you can take a short scenic walk or just relax on the beach and take in the picturesque scenery. On arrival back in Kaiteriteri, you continue on the tour, travelling to two of Nelsons award winning wineries and tasting some great wines. You will also stop at the historic Mapua Wharf that now holds some of the regions best boutique stores. There is a possibility for a swim during your time at Anchorage so please feel free to bring swim-wear and a change of clothing.
DAY 7: NELSON / KAIKOURA
Travel through the Nelson state forests to Blenheim before heading south to the seaside resort of Kaikoura. Enjoy spectacular views of the Kaikoura coastline and the seaward Kaikoura mountain range. This afternoon is at leisure in Kaikoura – perhaps a stroll along the beach or a spot of shopping in the lovely shops.
DAY 8: WHALE WATCHING CRUISE / CHRISTCHURCH
This morning enjoy a 3 hour Whale Watching Cruise to marvel at the giant sperm whale and the dusky dolphins. Kaikoura Whale Watch has won many international awards for tourism excellence and marine conservation. This afternoon step on board the Coastal Pacific Train* bound for Christchurch. After following the coastline for a short distance the train turns inland travelling through the mixed cropping farming areas of North Canterbury and the rapidly expanding vineyard areas of Waipara.
DAY 9: CHRISTCHURCH / MT COOK / QUEENSTOWN
Travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mount Cook village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Free time at Mount Cook Village before continuing on to Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge.
DAY 10: SAFARI OF THE SCENES TOUR
Take a morning 4WD tour that is perfect for those that want the thrills of an off road adventure but also want to discover exciting Lord of the Rings film locations. The Wakatipu Basin tour takes you to The Remarkables, which were used as various mountain scenes throughout the trilogy including the Misty Mountains. Travelling part way up this beautiful mountain range you get a bird’s eye view onto Deer Park Heights which was used for the refugees of Rohan and the Battle of the Wargs scenes. Other highlights of the morning include the Kawarau Gorge and Arrowtown where the loss of The One Ring at Gladden Fields was filmed. Near Arrowtown you will experience some true off road adventure. Following a historic gold mining road up the Arrow River you will cross the river to get to the Ford of Bruinen. At this point you can indulge in morning tea and try your hand at a spot of gold panning. Arriving back into Queenstown early afternoon, you have the rest of the day free for your own exploring in this fabulous resort town.
DAY 11: MILFORD SOUND DAY EXCURSION
Today you will experience one of the world’s greatest natural wonders – the Fiordland National Park – a world heritage park. A vast remote wilderness with snow capped mountains, glacial lakes and valleys, fiords, islands, waterfalls and dense forests. Travel to Te Anau and on to the forested Eglinton Valley, through the Homer Tunnel and out into breathtaking Milford Sound. Enjoy a one and a half hour cruise of Milford Sound viewing spectacular waterfalls, wildlife and famous Mitre Peak. A day out you will remember forever.
DAY 12: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
A full day at leisure for you to enjoy Queenstown and its surrounds. There are dozens of activities available – something for everyone! If you prefer, you can relax in one of the cafes or enjoy a little shopping.
DAY 13: QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF
Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing through Cromwell, Wanaka and Hawea before climbing over the Haast Pass into the Westland National Park. The Haast Pass is our southern most Pass that traverses the Southern Alps linking the East Coast with the West Coast.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 14: FRANZ JOSEF AT LEISURE
Today we have included a short sightseeing tour for you to view the glacier. Visitors can view the glacier after a short 10 minute walk (unguided). Also included is entry into the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools. Enjoy a relaxing soak in beautiful surroundings at a time that suits you today.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 15: FRANZ JOSEF / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH
Travel north through lush rainforests to Greymouth where you will transfer to the famous TranzAlpine Train. Enjoy a remarkable train journey across the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to the “Garden City” of Christchurch where your tour concludes this evening.
TOUR TYPE - 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 travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.
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 Iour 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 your agent prior to your departure or delivered to your pre tour accommodation for you to collect on check in.
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 Independent Tours do not include meals. There are exceptions where a picnic lunch is included on particular sectors. The coach does make 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 quality class, or just a short walk into town with tourist class. Many accommodation providers offer a breakfast service which can be arranged directly.
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 quality and tourist class accommodation?
Quality class: Hotel style accommodation with a restaurant on site, 4 star standard. At times 4 star motor lodges are also used.
Tourist class: Self contained style accommodation with ensuite bathrooms and kitchenette facilities, 3.5 – 4 star standard. Breakfast provisions can be purchased from these properties but you will need to go to the town centre to purchase your evening meal. 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 NZ$500 per person or 10% of the value of the package price (whichever is greater). This is a non-refundable deposit. 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. 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 31 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit plus a further 10% of the total package price.
Cancellations 15 – 30 days prior to travel: Deposit + a further 20% of the total package price.
Cancellations 0-14 days prior to travel: 100% of total fare (no refund).
Booking amendments made by you: an amendment fee of 10% of total package price will 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. Unfortunately Pacific Travel 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.
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. The above currency conversion page is to be used as a guide only.