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

Day 1: Auckland – Hobbiton – Waitomo Caves – Rotorua
Travel south from Auckland through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Enjoy a guided tour through the Hobbiton Movie Set. Your tour guide will share amazing behind-the-scenes stories and fascinating facts about how the film set was brought to life. Your next stop is the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. A guided tour takes you through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the World Famous Glow Worm Caves. After exploring these top NZ visitor attractions, you arrive in Rotorua.
Stay: Rotorua
Day 2: Free Day in Rotorua
Full day at leisure in the geothermal city of Rotorua. We are happy to recommend and include additional activities. Perhaps visit the Agrodome for a farm tour, take a stroll along the lakefront or venture further out of the city and visit Wai-o-tapu & Waimangu Thermal Valleys. This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi & Concert.
Stay: Rotorua
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 onto the Art Deco city of Napier. 
Stay: Napier
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 and taste different varieties of local wine.   Later, travel south through the Manawatu Gorge to Palmerston North then down the Kapiti Coast to Wellington.
Stay: Wellington
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).
Stay: Wellington
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.
Stay: Christchurch
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 in Mount Cook before continuing on to Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge.
Stay: Queenstown
Day 8: Milford Day Tour
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: Queenstown
Day 9: Free day in Queenstown
A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort town. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of activities available. Something for everyone.
Stay: Queenstown
Day 10: Queenstown – Fox Glacier
Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing via the Haast Pass into Westland National Park.
Stay: Fox Glacier
Day 11: Full Day in Fox Glaicer, visit Lake Matheson
Take a short trip to enjoy the views of the glacier where you can take a stroll to the look out point. Later visit Lake Matheson. Offering unparalleled views of Fox Glacier, Mt 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 12: Fox Glacier – Greymouth – Christchurch
Travel north through lush rainforest to Greymouth where you will transfer to the TranzAlpine Train. Enjoy a remarkable train journey across the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to the "Garden City" of Christchurch.


12 Day New Zealand Tiki-Tour
Review by: K & C Smith
"Just wanted to say thank you for organising our 12 Day Tiki-Tour. We had an amazing time. All the transport was expecting us and all the hotels were very comfortable and of a high standard. We enjoyed every minute of our time in New Zealand and the tour really gave us the highlights."

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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