6 Day North to South Express Tour

For those with little time to spend in our beautiful country, let us guide you through the most popular scenic spots on an express tour. Highlights include Glow Worm Caves, a Maori Cultural performance, Pohutu Geyser, stunning Lake Tekapo and majestic Mount Cook. Enjoy 3 nights in Queenstown with a visit to Arrowtown and a Milford Sound Scenic cruise.

Tour Type: Independent Tour
Starts: Auckland    Ends: Queenstown
Duration: 6 Days
Departs Daily


Extra days and activities can be added at time of booking

HIGHLIGHTS - included in the fare
  • Queenstown Highlights tour
  • Rotorua
  • Christchurch
  • Mount Cook
  • Agrodome
  • Te Puia Marae
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • Rotorua thermal activities
Day 1 Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua (including sightseeing)
Depart Auckland and travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, enjoy a tour through the world famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. Leaving Waitomo, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch (vegetarian and other dietary options available on request, please mention at time of booking) as we make our way to Rotorua. Visit the Agrodome on the outskirts of Rotorua and take a tour of an organic working farm in all-terrain vehicles. Get an insight into agriculture, New Zealand's primary industry, as you experience sheep-sheering and view a live sheep dog trial. When then make our way to Te Puia, one of New Zealand's foremost cultural venues. At Te Puia's marae (meeting house) you will receive a traditional welcome and be invited to experience a Maori Cultural performance. You'll gain an understanding of this unique culture and its history and be thoroughly entertained by the talented and charismatic performers. Next, venture into a landscape unlike any other with a guided tour of the bubbling mud pools and active geysers of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. See the world famous Pohutu Geyser unleash vapour jets up to 30 metres high. The tour also includes a visit to Te Puia's woodcarving and weaving schools where apprentices are trained in these traditional skills by master carvers and weavers. After your full day of sightseeing you will be dropped off at your Rotorua accommodation.
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Hotel Novotel or similar
Day 2 Rotorua - Christchurch
Today you might like to have the morning at leisure in Rotorua. Airport transfers in Rotorua and Christchurch are included. You will need to make your own flight arrangements to fly between Rotorua and Christchurch. You can fly at anytime during the day.
Accommodation: Quest Apartments, Hotel Novotel or similar
Day 3 Christchurch - Mount Cook - Queenstown
Departing Christchurch, travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mount Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. There is time for lunch (own cost) or you might like to take one of the many short walks available in the area. Depart for Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge. 
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 4: Queenstown Highlights Tour
Spend a morning exploring Queenstown on a guided tour, taking in some of the region's best sights and activities. Travel up Queenstown Hill and enjoy spectacular bird's-eye views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. Discover the secrets of bungy-jumping with a behind the scenes tour of AJ Hackett's world famous Bungy Bridge and watch the jumpers from the viewing deck. Visit the award winning Gibbston Valley Winery and sample a selection of wines produced on site. Browse the winery's well stocked gift shop and the region's only cheesery. Have your camera ready as you are transported into Middle-Earth at the Kawarau Gorge - film location for the "Pillars of the Kings" in The Lord of the Rings. Then discover beautiful Arrowtown's captivating history and colonial architecture. Highlights are the cafes and restaurants. Arrive back at your accommodation early afternoon. You have the afternoon at leisure for more Queenstown exploring or shopping.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 5: Full Day Excursion to Milford Sound
A to one of the world's greatest natural wonders - the Fiordland National Park - a world heritage park. A vast remote wilderness with snow capped mountains, glacial lakes and valleys, fiords, islands, waterfalls and dense forests. Travel to Te Anau and onto the forested Eglinton Valley, through the Homer Tunnel and out into breath-taking Milford Sound. Enjoy a one and a half hour cruise of Milford Sound viewing the spectacular waterfalls and famous Mitre Peak before returning to Queenstown. An optional scenic flight maybe taken for the return journey to Queenstown (additional cost). If interested in this option, please request at the time of booking.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 6: Tour concludes in Queenstown
After checking out from your accommodation this morning, you are now on your own travel arrangements. An airport transfer can be arranged or perhaps you might like to add on one of our West Coast tours:
2 Day Glacier Express or 3 Day Glacier Explorer Tour, both ending back in Christchurch.

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$2,400 per person NZ$3,190 per person
Double NZ$1,785 per person NZ$2,180 per person
Triple NZ$1,720 per person NZ$1,965 per person

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018

Flight between Rotorua and Christchurch and 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.


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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