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 beautiful scenery, popular destinations and enough free days for you to relax and enjoy the incredible places you'll visit.

12 Day New Zealand Tiki Tour

Adrenalin filled is one way to describe Queenstown. But you don't have to be super adventurous to enjoy New Zealand's premier resort town. Surrounded by stunning scenery, a mountain range that will take your breath away and on the edge of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown will relax and inspire you. Just one amazing area you will visit during this incredible 12 day New Zealand Tiki-Tour.

Tour Type: Rail Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 12 days
Tour Code: RT12T

Regions Visited

Click on the region name to view more information about the region

Auckland, Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Mt Cook, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Haast, Fox Glacier, Greymouth

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • A delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn, Hobbiton
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Mt Cook Village & lunch at Hermitage Hotel
  • Milford Sound cruise & picnic lunch
  • Visit to Lake Matheson

Day By Day Itinerary

Waitomo Experiences

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

12 Day New Zealand Tiki Tour

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.

Stay: Rotorua

5 Day Taupo and Napier Tour

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

Napier, New Zealand Group Tours

This morning enjoy some free time in Napier. Time for a little shopping or maybe a city & wine sightseeing tour. We are happy to include optional activities in your itinerary. Later, travel south through the Manawatu Gorge to Palmerston North then down the Kapiti Coast to Wellington.

Stay: Wellington

City Sights and Coastline Tour

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 for suggestions.

Stay: Wellington

New Zealand tours

Board the Interislander ferry for your scenic cruise across Cook Strait. The 92 km, three hour journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tourist experiences, and acknowledged as one of the most spectacular cruises in the world as you pass through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

On arrival into Picton, connect with the Coastal Pacific train*. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel through Blenheim and the rugged Kaikoura coastline before arriving into Christchurch this evening.

Stay: Christchurch

* Travel may be by coach if the Coastal Pacific train is not operating

Tours of the South Island

Travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mount Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Hermitage Hotel along with some free time in Mount Cook before continuing on to Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and Kawarau Gorge.

Stay: Queenstown


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


A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort town. There are dozens of activities available – something for everyone. We are happy to suggest activities and include in your itinerary.

Stay: Queenstown


Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast via the spectacular Haast Pass into Westland National Park.

Stay: Fox Glacier

South Island tours

This morning why not treat yourself to a fabulous Heli hike (additional cost). The fly-in, fly-out heli hike combines the excitement of walking on Fox Glacier with the thrill of helicopter flights. By flying in you can access and explore a part of the glacier where its forces work hardest and often create spectacular ice caves and arches.

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

Christchurch Tours

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.

Average Score: 5 (2 ratings)
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We would rate Pacific Travel’s customer service 10 out of 10!

You produced an amazing trip for us and were always on hand if we had any queries. You even made alternative arrangements when we wanted to alter one of the trips so that we could go to the National Park which ended up being one of the highlights of our trip! The tour exceeded our expectations! Not only because New Zealand is such an amazing country, but also because of the well organised transport and tours that were arranged as part of our trip.

Everything ran so smoothly which made our holiday hassle free. We loved the fact that everything was so well organised and we didn’t have to worry about what we were doing next. The trips that were organised as part of our holiday couldn’t have been any better! The tour guides were so nice and would make little stops to ensure we saw all of what New Zealand could offer. We ere even lucky enough to have perfect weather for every trip we did.

There were no aspects of the tour we did not enjoy, everything was perfect! We were very pleased with all the hotels that were booked for our trip especially the Chateau Tongariro Hotel which was outstanding! All hotels were at a high standard and were in the perfect spots to see the surrounding areas especially as we were not in some of the places for very long.

One of the aspects that made our trip enjoyable was sitting on the very comfy coaches listening to the very knowledgeable tour guides that would do anything to make your experiences very special (taking lots of photos!).

We would highly recommend Pacific Travel to others! My husband and I wanted a trip of a lifetime and this was exceeded by the excellent travel arrangements made by Pacific Travel. We would definitely book with them again.

Thank you again for all of your help and the plans you made for us!
Many thanks.
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.

Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $3,383 NZD $4,300 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $3,108 NZD $3,934 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $4,490 NZD $6,086 NZD Enquire / Book
Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Frequently Asked Questions – Rail Tours

What is a Rail Tour?
Our rail tours are designed to make the most of New Zealand’s intricate Scenic Rail network. As New Zealand’s passenger rail services are limited, we have taken the worry out of the logistics. We have connected the dots for you, so you can travel by rail as much as possible during your time on tour. Our packages include the iconic Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine train journeys. Where possible we have added in some local gems operated by volunteers with in certain regions – all our rail tours have been created with the ferroequinologist in mind. Essentially it’s a very relaxing way to travel.

What dates do your tours depart?
Due to train timetables, rail journeys leave on specific days of the week. Most major services run at least 3 times a week, so let us know your arrival date and we will work out the day your tour will start.  All tours are subject to availability at time of booking.

What is included in the tour cost?
All tours include transfers, rail journeys, car hire (if required), accommodation and sightseeing activities where specified. A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers and comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you or delivered to your pre tour accommodation for you to collect on check in.

What is 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 (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.

What services are provided on the rail journeys?
The major rail services (Great Journeys of New Zealand), offer a buffet dining car providing drinks, tea and coffee, snacks and meals. Bathrooms are also provided. You can upgrade (additional cost) to “Scenic Plus”. This upgrade includes a fully serviced carriage with local cuisine. Please advised us should you wish to upgrade.

Do the local trains run by volunteers offer services on the excursion train?
All these services are round trip excursions, there will be a local café and restrooms usually at the starting pointing and sometimes both ends of the track. Parking is available at these stations. Note: These services are usually historical trains and are short excursions.

What is required to hire a vehicle within New Zealand?
A valid driver’s licence in English is required to hire a rental vehicle within New Zealand.  Please note drivers must be over 21 years to hire a vehicle. If you are aged between 21 – 25 years, a young driver surcharge is applicable. We recommend all clients have a credit card for car rental, the card number is then held for a bond. All vehicles are automatic transmission, we do not offer manual transmissions. Winter conditions may see the need to hire snow chains.

I am travelling alone – can I pay the triple or twin share rate and be linked with other travellers?
No, unfortunately. You must pay the single room – per person cost.

I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.

Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior and Premium accommodation option includes breakfast. No other meals are included in the tour cost except where stated in the itinerary.

Is Halal and other speciality food available in New Zealand? 
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country, let us now if you require this and we will compile a list for you. We can also offer advice in regards to Vegan and other special requirements.

Can I add in additional nights to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra nightly rates.

What is the difference between the two tour types Standard, Superior Tours?
Standard:  Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms. Your rental car is a small compact car.

Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast. Your rental car is a mid-size car.

Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers.

What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we are more than happy to help you plan a customised tour.

How much luggage can I take on my tour?
Each passenger may take 2 pieces of luggage (max 25kg each). For safety reasons, each passenger is limited to one carry on item (max 5kg). We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.

How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 30 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 30 days prior to travel. For bookings made 30 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.

What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 30 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit.
Cancellations 0 – 29 days prior to travel: no refund.
Booking amendments made by you. An amendment fee may be charged, to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.

Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.

Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday, so it is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights. Pacific Travel Ltd does not sell travel insurance.

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated.

Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia. Information on the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) can be found here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta

What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase.

12 Day New Zealand Tiki Tour

Tour Type: Rail Tour Tour Code: RT12T From $3,108 Per Person Departs: Daily 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 beautiful scenery, popular destinations and enough free days for you to relax and enjoy the incredible places you'll visit. Enquire about this tour

Where this tour will take you...