10 Day New Zealand Scenic Beauty

Take in the unbelievable turquoise waters of Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki before viewing Mt Cook. Visit Queenstown and be delighted by a glacier on the West Coast. A fabulous tour with many fantastic sights, activities and memories!

 

10 Day New Zealand Scenic Beauty

Your tour begins with glowing worms, boiling mud & shooting geysers, a great lake and a stunning snow capped central plateau… all this before you’ve even reached 'the coolest little capital in the world ' Wellington (as labelled by Lonely Planet).

 

Tour Type:

Independent Tours

From:

Auckland to Christchurch

Departs:

Daily

Duration:

10 Days

Tour Code:

10SB

 

Regions Visited

Click on the region name to view more information about the region

Franz Josef Auckland Queenstown Waitomo Rotorua Wellington Christchurch Mt Cook Greymouth

 

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Eco Thermal Park Tour
  • Mt Cook Village
  • Queenstown Gondola
  • Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
  • Fox Glacier transfer

Prices for the period 1st October 2018 to 30th September 2020

Accommodation

Standard

Superior

 
Twin/Double $3,850 NZD $4,550 NZD Enquire
Triple $3,570 NZD $4,070 NZD Enquire
Single $5,160 NZD $6,530 NZD Enquire

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

 

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 / WAITOMO CAVES / ROTORUA

Travel south through the rich farmland of the Waikato to the region of Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the World Famous Glow Worm Caves. Early afternoon continue east to Rotorua, a thermal wonderland of roaring geysers and boiling mud. Tonight enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi and Concert experience.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 2 - ECO THERMAL PARK TOUR / TAUPO

Enjoy a guided tour visiting two of Rotorua’s most natural and popular geothermal parks, Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. At Wai-O-Tapu the colourful hot springs and moon-like 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 afternoon travel to Taupo where you have this afternoon at leisure.

Stay: Taupo

DAY 3 - TAUPO / WELLINGTON

Travel through the barren Desert Road where on a clear day you get wonderful views of the towering peaks of Mt Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu before reaching Wellington.

Stay: Wellington

DAY 4 - 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.

Stay: Christchurch

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

DAY 5 - CHRISTCHURCH / MT COOK / QUEENSTOWN

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

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 6 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of activities available. Something for everyone.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 7 - 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. You have the option of an overnight cruise (additional cost). Please ask at time of booking for this option.

Stay: Queenstown (or Milford Mariner)

DAY 8 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Another day for you to relax and enjoy Queenstown. Or for those who stayed overnight on the Milford Mariner, you will return to Queenstown mid afternoon.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 9 - QUEENSTOWN / FOX GLACIER

Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing via the Haast Pass into Westland National Park. Take a short trip to enjoy the views of the glacier.

Stay: Fox Glacier

DAY 10 - 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.