9 Day Abel Tasman, Whales and Wildlife Tour

The great outdoors rules! With wine, water, woodlands & walks, who could ask for anything more? Ever wanted to see a split apple rock? Here is your opportunity. Prefer to sit quietly on a perfectly golden sand beach looking into equally perfect azure blue water? Now you can. Join us on this nature lovers 9 day South Island tour visiting the Abel Tasman National Park, naming just one amazing area you'll visit. This really is paradise, going strong.

9 Day Abel Tasman, Whales and Wildlife Tour

A fabulous 9 day tour of the South Island. You’ll watch whales in Kaikoura, visit sunny Nelson, enjoy a day out in Abel Tasman National Park, travel the beautiful northern reaches of the West Coast along with visiting Christchurch, Dunedin, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown and Mt Cook.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 9 days
Tour Code: 9A

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Greymouth, Punakaiki, Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, Kaikoura, Dunedin, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Mt Cook

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast/li>
  • Visit Punakaiki - Pancake Rocks
  • Abel Tasman National Park Day Tour
  • Kaikoura Whalewatch Tour
  • Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
  • Mt Cook Village & lunch at Hermitage Hotel

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / NELSON
9 Day KKR West Coast and Fiordland Tour

Board the world renowned TranzAlpine train bound for Greymouth via the Arthur’s Pass National Park. Cross the Canterbury Plains, travel over viaducts and through tunnels and into the lush rainforests of the West Coast. On arrival in Greymouth board your coach for your journey North to Nelson. An afternoon stop is made at Punakaiki where you can view the Pancake Rocks..

Stay: Nelson

DAY 2 - ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK
South Island tours

Your full day tour to the Abel Tasman National Park commences with a morning pick up from your accommodation. Drive through horticultural areas to Motueka and on to beautiful Kaiteriteri beach where you board your launch. You have various cruise/walking options in the National Park during the day before returning to Nelson. A stunning day out!

Stay: Nelson

DAY 3 - NELSON / KAIKOURA
South Island Tours

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. Afternoon at leisure in Kaikoura.

Stay: Kaikoura

DAY 4 - KAIKOURA / CHRISTCHURCH
New Zealand Tours

This morning enjoy a 3 hour cruise with Kaikoura Whale Watch 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. In the afternoon sit back and relax aboard the Coastal Pacific train*. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you travel south to Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch

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

DAY 5 - CHRISTCHURCH / DUNEDIN
5 Day Goldfields and Glacier Tour

Travel south over the Canterbury Plains to the cities of Timaru and Oamaru. Follow the coastline to Palmerston and then its over the Kilmog Hill and Mt Cargill to Dunedin – the Edinburgh of the south. Afternoon at leisure in Dunedin. Ask us at time of booking if you wish to do a tour to see the penguins/seals on Otago peninsula.

Stay: Dunedin

DAY 6 - DUNEDIN / TE ANAU
South Island Tours

Morning at leisure in Dunedin, perhaps a stroll around this beautiful city taking in some of the remarkable architecture. In the afternoon travel through the lush pastures of Otago and Southland to the lakeside resort of Te Anau.

Stay: Te Anau

DAY 7 - TE ANAU / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN
Tours of New Zealand

Regarded as one of the World’s most scenic journeys into Fiordland National Park – a world heritage area. Enjoy a one and a half hour cruise of Milford Sound viewing spectacular waterfalls and famous Mitre Peaks before heading to Queenstown.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 8 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Ziptrek Kea Tour

A full day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort. There are dozens of activities including white water rafting, jet boating, sky diving, bungy jumping, lake cruises, high country sheep station tours and excellent walking trails. Something for everyone. Our team is happy to book any additional activities for you, please ask us for more information.

Stay: Queenstown

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

Leave Queenstown and travel through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to Cromwell and up over the Lindis Pass to Mt Cook National Park. Time is available at Mt Cook village for a delicious lunch at Hermitage Hotel and perhaps a short walk before continuing to Lake Tekapo and across the Canterbury Plains to the “Garden City” of Christchurch.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $2,696 NZD $3,426 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $2,403 NZD $3,085 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $3,800 NZD $4,890 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.

9 Day Abel Tasman, Whales and Wildlife Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 9A From $2,403 Per Person Departs: Daily The great outdoors rules! With wine, water, woodlands & walks, who could ask for anything more? Ever wanted to see a split apple rock? Here is your opportunity. Prefer to sit quietly on a perfectly golden sand beach looking into equally perfect azure blue water? Now you can. Join us on this nature lovers 9 day South Island tour visiting the Abel Tasman National Park, naming just one amazing area you'll visit. This really is paradise, going strong. Enquire about this tour

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