12 Day New Zealand Tiki-Tour

Just as the name suggests – why not experience New Zealand the Kiwi way, by taking the scenic route to some incredible destinations. Travel around New Zealand on this 12 day tour with an itinerary jam packed full of exciting activities, beautiful scenery, popular destinations and enough free days for you to relax and enjoy the incredible places you'll visit.

Tour Type: Independent Tour
Starts: Auckland    Ends: Christchurch
Duration: 12 Days
Departs Daily

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Extra days and activities can be added at time of booking

HIGHLIGHTS - included in the fare
  • Hobbiton
  • Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves
  • Rotorua geo-thermal area
  • Maori cultural concert
  • Traditional Maori meal
  • Art Deco Napier
  • Napier Sightseeing Tour
  • Mount Cook
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Fox Glacier Shuttle Transfer
  • Lake Matheson Shuttle Transfer
  • TranzAlpine train journey
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Day 1: Auckland – Hobbiton – Waitomo Caves – Rotorua
Departing Auckland by luxury coach, you travel South through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. First stop is the Hobbiton Movie Set. During your guided tour you'll see highlights like the original Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Party Tree and more. Your tour guide will share amazing behind-the-scenes stories and fascinating facts about how the film set was brought to life. After you've had your fill of movie magic, sit down to lunch - a delicious feast worthy of a true hobbit - outside the Green Dragon Inn. Your next stop is at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a network of underground tunnels and caves made from incredible limestone formations. Set off on a 45-minute guided tour of the caves, ending with a truly special boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto, where glowworms twinkle and shine overhead as you sail through a dark and silent cavern. After exploring these two top New Zealand visitor attractions, you travel to Rotorua arriving in the early evening.
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Hotel Novotel or similar
Day 2: Free Day in Rotorua
Today you have a full day to explore the thermal wonderland of Rotorua. We are happy to suggest ideas for activities in the area (please ask at time of booking). This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi (meal) and concert.
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Hotel Novotel or similar
Day 3: Rotorua – Napier
Depart Rotorua and travel to Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest freshwater lake famous for its Rainbow Trout. From Taupo we travel to the region of Hawkes Bay, renowned for its red wines and the Art Deco city of Napier. Arrival time in Napier is approximately 2.50pm.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Hotel Te Pania or similar
Day 4: Napier – Wellington
This morning depart on a Napier Sightseeing & Wine Tour.  A City Overview Sightseeing Tour including History, the rebuilding of the City in Art Deco, and the changes resulting in today's Napier. We will also visit a winery for the purpose of Wine tasting different varieties of local wine.   Depart Napier at 1:30pm, travel south through the Manawatu Gorge to Palmerston North then down the Kapiti Coast to Wellington where you arrive at 6.55pm.
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Quality Hotel or similar
Day 5: Free Day in Wellington
Today you have a free day to explore New Zealand’s capital city and its endless sights. We are happy to book additional sightseeing activities (please ask at time of booking).
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Quality Hotel or similar
Day 6: Wellington – Christchurch
Today you have the option of spending the morning in Wellington or taking an early flight to Christchurch to spend the day there. You will need to make your own flight arrangements to fly between Wellington and Christchurch – you can arrange your flight at anytime today. Airport transfers in Wellington and Christchurch are included. 
Accommodation: Quest Apartments, Hotel Novotel or similar
Day 7: Christchurch – Mount Cook – Queenstown
Travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mount Cook village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Free time at Mount Cook Village before continuing on to Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge. 
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 8: Milford Day Tour
A full day tour to the World Heritage listed, Fiordland National Park. Enjoy a one and a half hour cruise of Milford Sound (includes picnic lunch) viewing the spectacular waterfalls and Mitre Peak. 
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 9: Free day in Queenstown
A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of activities from white water rafting, jetboating, bungy jumping, sky diving, lake cruises and excellent walking trails. Something for everyone. Please ask at time of booking if you would like us to book additional activities.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 10: Queenstown – Fox Glacier
Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing through Cromwell, Wanaka and Hawea before climbing over the Haast Pass into the Westland National Park. The Haast Pass is our southern most pass that traverses the Southern Alps linking the East Coast with the West Coast.
Accommodation: The Westhaven Motel, Distinction Fox Glacier or similar
Day 11: Full Day in Fox Glaicer, 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.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Distinction Fox Glacier or similar
Day 12: 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.

* Note: Between May & mid September the Coastal Pacific Train will not be operating (closed for winter season). Travel during this period will be by coach.

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This tour departs daily

As this is an 'independent' styled tour, you can depart whatever day you like! (subject to availability)

Tourist (Motel) Quality (Hotel)
Single NZ$4,900 per person NZ$6,335 per person
Double NZ$3,500 per person NZ$4,245 per person
Triple NZ$3,265 per person NZ$3,795 per person

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018

Meals (except where specified in the itinerary) and expenses of a personal nature such as beverages, travel insurance, laundry, optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.


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.
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