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?
|Auckland to Christchurch|
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|Auckland||Hobbiton||Waitomo||Rotorua||Nelson||Wellington||Christchurch||Mt Cook||Greymouth||Picton||Abel Tasman||Franz Josef||Queenstown||Milford Sound|
- 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.
* 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. 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). 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.