12 Day New Zealand Tiki Tour
Just as the name suggests – why not experience New Zealand the Kiwi way, by taking the scenic route to some incredible destinations. Travel around New Zealand on this 12 day tour with an itinerary jam packed full of beautiful scenery, popular destinations and enough free days for you to relax and enjoy the incredible places you'll visit.
|Auckland to Christchurch|
Click on the region name to view more information about the region
|Auckland||Hobbiton||Waitomo||Rotorua||Napier||Wellington||Christchurch||Mt Cook||Fox Glacier||Greymouth||Queenstown||Milford Sound|
- All transport & transfers
- 11 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
- Visit Lake Matheson
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.
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.
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1 - AUCKLAND / HOBBITON / WAITOMO CAVES / ROTORUA
Travel south from Auckland through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Enjoy a guided tour through the Hobbiton Movie Set. Your tour guide will share amazing behind-the-scenes stories and fascinating facts about how the film set was brought to life. After your tour, enjoy a delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn. Your next stop is the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. A guided tour takes you through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the World Famous Glow Worm Caves. After exploring these top NZ visitor attractions, you arrive in Rotorua.
DAY 2 - ROTORUA AT LEISURE
Full day at leisure in the geothermal city of Rotorua. We are happy to recommend and include additional activities. Perhaps visit the Agrodome for a farm tour, take a stroll along the lakefront or venture further out of the city and visit Wai-o-tapu & Waimangu Thermal Valleys.
DAY 3 - ROTORUA / NAPIER
Depart Rotorua and travel to Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest freshwater lake famous for its Rainbow Trout. From Taupo we travel to the region of Hawkes Bay, renowned for its red wines and onto the Art Deco city of Napier.
DAY 4 - NAPIER / WELLINGTON
This morning enjoy some free time in Napier. Time for a little shopping or maybe a city & wine sightseeing tour. We are happy to include optional activities in your itinerary. Later, travel south through the Manawatu Gorge to Palmerston North then down the Kapiti Coast to Wellington.
DAY 5 - WELLINGTON AT LEISURE
Today you have a free day to explore New Zealand’s capital city and its endless sights. We are happy to book additional sightseeing activities. Please ask for suggestions.
DAY 6 - WELLINGTON / CHRISTCHURCH
Board the Interislander Ferry for your scenic cruise across Cook Strait. The 92 km, three hour journey between Wellington and Picton 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. On arrival into Picton, connect with the Coastal Pacific train*. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel through Blenheim and the rugged Kaikoura coastline before arriving into Christchurch this evening.
* Travel may be by coach if the Coastal Pacific train is not operating
DAY 7 - CHRISTCHURCH / MT COOK / QUEENSTOWN
Travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mount Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Hermitage Hotel along with some free time in Mount Cook before continuing on to Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge.
DAY 8 - MILFORD SOUND DAY EXCURSION
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.
DAY 9 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort town. There are dozens of activities available – something for everyone. We are happy to suggest activities and include in your itinerary.
DAY 10 - QUEENSTOWN / FOX GLACIER
Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast via the spectacular Haast Pass into Westland National Park.
Stay: Fox Glacier
DAY 11 - FOX GLACIER AT LEISURE
This morning why not treat yourself to a fabulous Flying Fox Heli hike (additional cost). The fly-in, fly-out heli hike combines the excitement of walking on Fox Glacier with the thrill of helicopter flights. By flying in you can access and explore a part of the glacier where its forces work hardest and often create spectacular ice caves and arches. Later visit Lake Matheson. Offering unparalleled views of Fox Glacier, Mt Tasman and Aoraki/Mt Cook, Lake Matheson is the most photographed lake in New Zealand. Winding through ancient native rainforest, the walkway has three viewing platforms along the journey, providing unprecedented views. The full circuit around the lake takes approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours.
Stay: Fox Glacier
DAY 12 - FOX GLACIER / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH
Travel north through lush rainforest to Greymouth where you will transfer to the TranzAlpine Train. Enjoy a remarkable train journey across the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to the “Garden City” of Christchurch.