15 Day Enchanted New Zealand Tour

With included sightseeing tours such as the Hobbiton Movie Set & a day tour to Milford Sound along with additional opportunities in Nelson, Kaikoura, Queenstown and Franz Josef, what more could you wish for in a tour?

15 Day Enchanted New Zealand Tour

This wonderful 15 day tour covers the "must see" spots of New Zealand includes some exciting activities and day adventures and 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.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 15 days
Tour Code: 15R

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua, Wellington, Picton and Marlborough Sounds, Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Mt Cook, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Franz Josef, Haast, Greymouth

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • A delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn, Hobbiton
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Mt Cook Village & lunch at Hermitage Hotel
  • Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
  • Franz Josef Glacier transfer

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - AUCKLAND / HOBBITON / WAITOMO CAVES / ROTORUA
9 Day Platinum Northern Escape Guided Tour9 Day Platinum Northern Escape Guided Tour

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.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 2 - ROTORUA AT LEISURE
Rotorua Sights, Gondola and Lunch 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.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 3: ROTORUA / WELLINGTON

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
Greytown Village Artisan Tour

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 include additional activities.

Stay: Wellington

DAY 5: WELLINGTON / PICTON / NELSON
South Island Tours

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 Nelson.

Stay: Nelson

DAY 6: NELSON AT LEISURE
South Island tours

“Sunny” Nelson is a lovey city facing the Tasman Bay. It’s known for its local arts and crafts stores and art galleries. It’s also a popular base for nearby vineyards and has a vibrant cafe scene. Perhaps go further out of Nelson and visit the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. Please ask if you would like us to include this option in your tour package.

Stay: Nelson

DAY 7: NELSON / KAIKOURA
2 Day Kaikoura Marine Wildlife Tour

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.

Stay: Kaikoura

DAY 8: KAIKOURA / CHRISTCHURCH
2 Day Coastal Kaikoura Explorer Tour

This morning is at leisure in beautiful Kaikoura. Perhaps you would like to include a 3 hour Whale Watching Cruise to marvel at the giant sperm whale and the dusky dolphins? 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.

Stay: Christchurch

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

DAY 9: CHRISTCHURCH / MT COOK / QUEENSTOWN
New Zealand Tours

Travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mount Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Enjoy a buffet lunch and some free time in Mount Cook before continuing on to Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 10: 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.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 11: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Ziptrek Kea Tour

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 12: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Skyline Gondola, Queenstown

A second day at leisure for you to enjoy Queenstown and its surrounds. Time for more adventure, or if you prefer, you can relax in one of the cafes or enjoy a little shopping.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 13: 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. 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
Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike Tour

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) or perhaps you would like some time to “walk on ice” and upgrade to a Glacier Heli Hike?. Please ask us about this option. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 15: FRANZ JOSEF / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH
Rail Tours

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.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $3,666 NZD $5,383 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $3,420 NZD $4,618 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $5,258 NZD $7,536 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 Enchanted New Zealand Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 15R From $3,420 Per Person Departs: Daily With included sightseeing tours such as the Hobbiton Movie Set & a day tour to Milford Sound along with additional opportunities in Nelson, Kaikoura, Queenstown and Franz Josef, what more could you wish for in a tour? Enquire about this tour

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