14 Day South to North Tour

From stunning Mt Cook, rippled blue glacier ice, a dash of friendly wildlife and fairytale forests and fiords in the south to the north where a massive Beehive, barren volcanic plains, roaring geysers and thousands of tiny glowworms await. As the old saying goes, variety is the spice of life and this tour has it all.

Dunedin and Otago Harbour at dusk

 

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.

 

Tour Type:

Independent Tours

From:

Christchurch to Auckland

Departs:

Daily Except 25 December

Duration:

14 Days

Tour Code:

14D

 

Regions Visited

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

 

Tour Inclusions

  • 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

Prices valid from 1st October 2019

Accommodation

Standard

Superior

 
Twin/Double $3,919 NZD $4,870 NZD Enquire
Triple $3,728 NZD $4,480 NZD Enquire
Single $5,571 NZD $7,116 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 - 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.

Stay: 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.

Stay: Queenstown

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. 

Stay: Dunedin

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.

Stay: 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.

Stay: Queenstown

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.

Stay: 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.

Stay: Wellington

* 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.

Stay: Wellington

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!

Stay: Rotorua

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.

Stay: Rotorua

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.