9 Day Touch of New Zealand Tour
A nine day tour covering the tourist highlights of the North & South Islands. Take the famous TranzAlpine Train from the East to the West Coast, enjoy a free day in Queenstown with ample time to enjoy any number of activities. Cruise the length of Milford Sound, be amazed at majestic Mt Cook and explore NZ's cultural capital, Rotorua.
|Christchurch to Auckland|
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|Christchurch||Queenstown||Milford Sound||Tekapo||Greymouth||Franz Josef||Mt Cook||Wellington||Rotorua||Waitomo||Auckland|
- All transport & transfers
- 8 nights accommodation
- Superior accommodation includes breakfast
- Glacier transfer
- Milford Sound cruise & picnic lunch
- Mt Cook village & lunch at Hermitage Hotel
- Rotorua sightseeing tour
- Waitomo 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
Board the TranzAlpine Train and cross the Canterbury Plains into the Arthur’s Pass National Park. Once on the West Coast we follow a narrow coastal strip of beech forest with a spectacular mountain back drop south to the glaciers. Take a short trip to enjoy the views of the glacier.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 2 - 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 3 - 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.
DAY 4 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort. There are dozens of activities available. Something for everyone – let us know if you would like any activities included.
DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH
Leave Queenstown and travel through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to Cromwell and up over the Lindis Pass to Mt Cook National Park. Time is available at Mt Cook village for a delicious lunch at Hermitage Hotel and perhaps a short walk before continuing to Lake Tekapo and across the Canterbury Plains to the “Garden City” of Christchurch.
DAY 6 - 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 7 - 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.
DAY 8 - ROTORUA
This morning enjoy a coach tour visiting Te Puia, Rainbow Springs and the Agrodome. You have the afternoon free for optional activities.
DAY 9 - 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.