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

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Extra days and activities can be added at time of booking

Day 1 Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua (including sightseeing)
Travel south through the rich farmland of the Waikato to the region of Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the World Famous Glow Worm Caves. Continue on to Rotorua, a thermal wonderland of roaring geysers and boiling mud. This afternoon enjoy a coach tour visiting Te Puia, Rainbow Springs and the Agrodome.
Stay: Rotorua
Day 2 Rotorua - Christchurch
Today you have the option of spending the morning in Rotorua or taking an early flight to Christchurch to spend the day there. You will need to make your own flight arrangements to fly between Rotorua and Christchurch – you can arrange your flight at anytime today.
Stay: Christchurch
Day 3 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 4: Queenstown Highlights Tour
Spend a morning exploring Queenstown on a guided tour, taking in some of the region's best sights. Enjoy a spectacular bird's-eye views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. Discover the secrets of bungy-jumping, visit the award winning Gibbston Valley Winery and explore beautiful Arrowtown's captivating history and colonial architecture. You have the afternoon at leisure in Queenstown before heading up the gondola to enjoy a buffet dinner at the spectacular Skyline Stratosfare restaurant with it’s breathtaking views of Queenstown.
Stay: Queenstown
Day 5: Full Day Excursion to Milford Sound
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 6: Tour concludes in Queenstown
After checking out from your accommodation this morning, you are now on your own travel arrangements. We are happy to arrange an airport transfer if required.


6 Day North to South Express Tour
Review by: K. Blanter
"I just wanted to write and let you know what a pleasure it was dealing with your company. You made the booking process very easy for a start. Henry and Irina had a wonderful time. They said every part of the trip was very well organised and they were taken care of. They were so pleasantly surprised to have a representative of the tour company waiting at the airport for their hotel transfer, as they didn’t arrive in Auckland until around 1am!. Again, thanks for everything. We would recommend your services to anyone."

6 Day North to South Express Tour
Review by: S Hatton
"I'm waiting for my flight back right now, but I'm happy to say that my luggage caught up to me in about a day. The hotel was super helpful in coordinating that. I had an amazing time here in New Zealand. It's definitely my favourite holiday that I've taken, and I can't thank you enough for your efforts. The tours were great, really well managed. I really enjoyed my time on the South Island, especially Milford Sound. And the transportation arrangements were all smooth as well. The only minor thing was my accommodation in Queenstown was a giant double room, way too much space for me, but that's not really a major problem, is it? Overall, I've been really really satisfied with everything. I definitely plan to come back in the future. Thanks again"

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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