9 Day New Zealand Highlights Tour

Experience a feast of contrasts starting in metropolitan Auckland, travelling to a traditional Maori feast and concert in Rotorua and then south to cruise the awe inspiring Milford Sound.

Tour Type: Independent Tour
Starts: Auckland    Ends: Christchurch
Duration: 9 Days
Departs Daily

New Zealand tour map

Extra days and activities can be added at time of booking

Day 1 Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua
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. Early afternoon continue east to Rotorua, a thermal wonderland of roaring geysers and boiling mud. Tonight enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi and Concert experience.
Stay: Rotorua
Day 2 Full Day in Rotorua
This morning enjoy a coach tour visiting Te Puia, Rainbow Springs and the Agrodome. You have the afternoon free for optional activities.
Stay: Rotorua
Day 3 Rotorua – Wellington
Depart Rotorua and travel south to Wellington past Lake Taupo and on through the Desert Road where on a clear day you get wonderful views of the towering peaks of Mt Ngaruahoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu. 
Stay: Wellington
Day 4 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 5 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 6 Milford Sound Day Excursion
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 7 Full 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 available. Something for everyone. 
Stay:  Queenstown
Day 8 Queenstown – Franz Josef
Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing via the Hasst Pass into Westland National Park.  Take a short trip to enjoy the views of the glacier.
Stay:  Franz Josef Glacier
Day 9 Franz Josef – 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.

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$4,045 per person NZ$5,230 per person
Double NZ$3,025 per person NZ$3,640 per person
Triple NZ$2,875 per person NZ$3,305 per person

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018

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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