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 Jsoef, what more could you wish for in a tour?
|Auckland to Christchurch|
Click on the region name to view more information about the region
|Auckland||Hobbiton||Waitomo||Rotorua||Nelson||Wellington||Christchurch||Mt Cook||Greymouth||Picton||Franz Josef||Queenstown||Milford Sound|
- 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
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 - ROTORUA AT LEISURE
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.
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.
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 include 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 - NELSON AT LEISURE
“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.
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 - KAIKOURA / CHRISTCHURCH
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.
* Travel may be by coach if the Coastal Pacific train is not operating
DAY 9 - CHRISTCHURCH / MT COOK / QUEENSTOWN
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.
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.
DAY 11 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
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.
DAY 12 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
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.
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) 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
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.
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.