14 Day South to North Tour
For those with more time to explore New Zealand this is the perfect tour. You'll get the real “Kiwi experience” with plenty of free time to explore each destination.
|Christchurch to Auckland|
|Daily Except 25 December|
Click on the region name to view more information about the region
|Dunedin||Queenstown||Christchurch||Greymouth||Franz Josef||Wellington||Taupo||Auckland||Milford Sound||Mt Cook||Te Anau||Rotorua||Waitomo|
- All transport & transfers
- 13 nights accommodation
- Superior accommodation includes breakfast
- Franz Josef Glacier Transfer
- Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
- Mt Cook Village & lunch at Hermitage Hotel
- Rotorua sightseeing tour
- Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
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 - CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF
Leaving Christchurch city on the TranzAlpine Train, we cross the Canterbury Plains and into the Arthur’s Pass National Park. From Arthur’s Pass our journey is via an 8.5 km long rail tunnel that has been cut through the heart of the Southern Alps. Once on the West Coast we follow a narrow coastal strip of beech forest with spectacular mountain back drops south to the glaciers.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 2 - FRANZ JOSEF AT LEISURE
Today enjoy an outing where after a short stroll you can view the glacier from the look out point. Or up-grade to a Glacier Heli Hike - a fantastic way to walk on ice and enjoy the spectacle of a moving glacier. Please ask at time of booking. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 3 - FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN
Travel deeper into South Westland taking in the spectacle of Haast Pass. Admire the views of many beautiful lakes including Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Wakatipu before arriving in Queenstown.
DAY 4 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort town. There are dozens of activities available, something for everyone - from jet boating, bungy jumping, sightseeing or a relaxing wine tour. We are happy to include additional activities into your itinerary.
DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / TE ANAU
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.
Stay: Te Anau
DAY 6 - TE ANAU / DUNEDIN
High country tussock soon gives way to the lush pastures of Southland and Otago as you travel through Gore and Balclutha arriving in Dunedin. This afternoon there is time to enjoy an Otago Peninsula Tour to watch as fur seals swim and play, view ocean birds including albatross and enjoy a guided tour of Penguin Place. Please ask us about this optional extra.
DAY 7 - DUNEDIN / QUEENSTOWN
Free time this morning in Dunedin which boasts some beautiful architecture – a quiet stroll around the city can be most rewarding. This afternoon travel through the Central Otago hill country to Queenstown.
DAY 8 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
A second free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort style town. Time for more activities, a spot of shopping or simply time to relax in one of the many cafes.
DAY 9 - QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH
Travel north through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to Cromwell and up over the Lindis Pass to Mt Cook National Park. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Hermitage Hotel along with some free time to enjoy the spectacular surroundings before continuing to follow the foothills of the Southern Alps via lake Lake Tekapo and through the Canterbury Plains into Christchurch.
DAY 10 - CHRISTCHURCH / WELLINGTON
This morning jump on board the Coastal Pacific train*. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel north through the rugged Kaikoura coastline before arriving into Picton. Board the Interislander Ferry for your scenic cruise across Cook Strait. The 92 km, three hour journey between Picton and Wellington 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.
* Travel may be by coach if the Coastal Pacific train is not operating
DAY 11 - WELLINGTON AT LEISURE
Today you have a full day at leisure to explore New Zealand’s capital city and the birth place of Sir Peter Jackson. We are happy to suggest sightseeing options. Perhaps a visit to Weta Cave, Te Papa Museum, take a ride up the Cable Car or head to Cuba Street for a slice of Bohemia and boutique shopping.
DAY 12 - WELLINGTON / ROTORUA
Journey north out of the capital city, along the Kapiti Coast and over the Manawatu Plain before skirting the volcanic plateau to Taupo and on to Rotorua. This evening you may like to take part in a traditional Maori Hangi & Concert - a wonderful evening out!
DAY 13 - ROTORUA AT LEISURE
This morning enjoy a coach tour visiting Te Puia, Rainbow Springs and the Agrodome. You have the afternoon free for optional activities.
DAY 14 - ROTORUA / WAITOMO / AUCKLAND
Departing Rotorua, travel north to the Waitomo Caves. Visit the Glow-worm Grotto for a spectacular display of tiny lights emitted by these unique life forms deep in the cave grotto. Continue on to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ where your tour concludes.