8 Day Queenstown to the North Tour

An 8 day New Zealand tour starting in Queenstown and travelling north to Auckland. Highlights include the stunning West Coast with a transfer to visit Lake Matheson & time to view the glacier, TranzAlpine Train, Kaikoura Whalewatch, Wellington & Rotorua sightseeing including Maori Hangi & concert.

 

8 Day Queenstown to the North Tour

Starting in Queenstown and travelling up the West Coast of the South Island for a 2 night stay in Fox Glacier. Traverse the Southern Alps to Kaikoura for whalewatching, then across to the NZ capital city Wellington. Continue your journey to Rotorua sightseeing including Maori Hangi & concert, before finishing your New Zealand tour in Auckland.

 

Tour Type:

Independent Tours

From:

Queenstown to Auckland

Departs:

Daily

Duration:

8 Days

Tour Code:

8Q

 

Regions Visited

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Fox Glacier Greymouth Christchurch Kaikoura Picton Wellington Rotorua Auckland Queenstown Waitomo

 

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Fox Glacier transfer
  • Visit Lake Matheson
  • Kaikoura Whale Watch Cruise
  • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Rotorua Sightseeing Tour
  • Visit Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

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

Accommodation

Standard

Superior

 
Twin/Double $3,155 NZD $3,680 NZD Enquire
Triple $2,900 NZD $3,295 NZD Enquire
Single $4,275 NZD $5,300 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 - QUEENSTOWN / FOX GLACIER

Leaving Queenstown we travel to the West Coast passing through Cromwell, Wanaka and Hawea, before climbing over Haast Pass into 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: Fox Glacier

DAY 2 - FOX GLACIER / VISIT LAKE MATHESON

Today we have included 2 shuttle transfers you can book timings at your leisure. The glacier shuttle will drop you at the Fox Glacier carpark where you can take a stroll to the look out point. The Lake Matheson shuttle will take you to the Lake Matheson carpark. Offering unparalleled views of Fox Glacier, Mount Tasman and Aoraki/Mt Cook, Lake Matheson is the most photographed lake in New Zealand. Winding through ancient native rainforest, the walkway has three viewing platforms along the journey, providing unprecedented views. The full circuit around the lake takes approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours.

Stay: Fox Glacier

DAY 3 - FOX GLACIER / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH

Travel north through lush rainforests and spectacular scenery to Greymouth where we transfer on to the world famous TranzAlpine Train. A remarkable journey of little more than four hours from the West Coast to the East Coast including the lush rainforest of the Arthur’s Pass National Park. Pass through the Southern Alps via the Otira Tunnel, cross massive viaducts over the Waimakariri Gorge descending to the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and on to the “Garden City” of Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch

DAY 4 - CHRISTCHURCH / KAIKOURA

Board the Coastal Pacific train* for your journey north to the seaside resort of Kaikoura. See rolling farmland, the beautiful Kaikoura coastline and the rugged Kaikoura mountain range. On arrival into Kaikoura join a 3 hour cruise with Kaikoura Whale Watch to marvel at the giant sperm whale and the dusky dolphin. Kaikoura Whale Watch has won many international awards for tourism excellence and marine conservation. Afternoon at leisure to explore Kaikoura.

Stay: Kaikoura

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

DAY 5 - KAIKOURA / PICTON / WELLINGTON

You will be transferred to the railway station to meet with the Coastal Pacific train*. Enjoy the rugged Kaikoura coastline and the imposing seaward Kaikoura mountain range as you make your way to Picton in the Marlborough Sounds. Upon arrival in Picton, board the Interislander for your scenic cruise through the Marlborough Sounds in the South Island to Wellington in the North Island.

Stay: Wellington

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

DAY 6 - WELLINTON / ROTORUA

Begin the North Island section of the tour this morning heading north out of the capital city. Travel along the Kapiti Coast and over the Manawatu Plain to Palmerston North before skirting the volcanic plateau to Taupo and then on to Rotorua. In the evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi and Concert.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 7 - ROTORUA SIGHTSEEING

This morning you join a coach tour visiting Te Puia, Rainbow Springs and the Agrodome. Afternoon at leisure in Rotorua.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 8 - ROTORUA / WAITOMO / AUCKLAND

Depart Rotorua travelling 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 grotto. Continue on to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ where your tour ends mid afternoon.