9 Day New Zealand Highlights Tour
Tour Type
Independent Tour
9 Days

Experience the trip of a lifetime exploring both the north and south islands of New Zealand. 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. More highlights include the TranzAlpine Train Journey, picturesque Queenstown and the Franz Josef Glacier.

Prices per person in NZD* Single Double or Twin Triple
Tourist (Motel) NZ$4,045 per person NZ$3,025 per person NZ$2,875 per person
Quality (Hotel) NZ$5,230 per person NZ$3,640 per person NZ$3,305 per person

*Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018


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.
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Hotel Novotel or similar
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.
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Hotel Novotel or similar
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. 
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Quality Hotel or similar
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. Airport transfers in Wellington and Christchurch are included.
Accommodation: Quest Apartments, Hotel Novotel or similar
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.
Accommodation:  Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 6 Milford Sound Day Excursion
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 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 from white water rafting, jetboating, sky diving, bungy jumping, lake cruises and excellent walking trails. Something for everyone. 
Accommodation:  Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 8 Queenstown – Franz Josef
Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing through Cromwell and Hawea before climbing over the Hasst Pass into Westland national Park.  After arriving into Franz Josef you will be collected by shuttle and transferred to the glacier carpark where you take a short walk to a glacier lookout point.
Accommodation:  Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier or similar
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.

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

*Prices are per person and include: pick up from centrally located pre tour accommodation, transfers to / from accommodation throughout the tour and activities as specified in the itinerary. 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.
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.

This tour departs daily

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

What is an independent tour?
 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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Why choose Scenic Pacific Travel?

You will have peace of mind knowing we are a proven, local tour operator, with decades of experience. Our caring, experienced travel consultants will give you accurate and up to date information with their intimate knowledge of New Zealand. They will work directly with you in planning your New Zealand tour to ensure you have a wonderful experience and lasting memories.

We offer a carefully selected choice of over 100 tours from all over New Zealand. Our Independent Tours depart daily while the Guided Group Tour have set departure dates. There is a tour to suit every budget and travel date.

Regardless of your choice of holiday, you will receive a personal travel wallet containing your itinerary, travel vouchers, maps and information brochures - everything you need to travel with.

You have free telephone access (within New Zealand) to one of our travel consultants during your tour. We are right here in New Zealand (we are not just a New Zealand website for an overseas company). If any unforeseen issues should arise once you arrive in New Zealand we are here to help.

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