9 Day Touch of New Zealand Tour

Showcasing the best of both islands, this tour takes in all the 'must sees' even for those on a whirl-wind visit to New Zealand. Go adventurous in Queenstown like you never thought you could with the numerous activities on offer and get hot and steamy in Rotorua! With such diverse scenery around each corner, you'll be on cloud nine after this tour!

9 Day Touch of New Zealand Tour

A nine day tour covering the tourist highlights of the North & South Islands. Take the famous TranzAlpine train from the East to the West Coast, enjoy a free day in Queenstown with ample time to enjoy any number of activities. Cruise the length of Milford Sound, be amazed at majestic Mt Cook and explore NZ's cultural capital, Rotorua.

Tour Type: Rail Tour
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Departs: Daily
Duration: 9 days
Tour Code: RT9T

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Greymouth, Franz Josef, Haast, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mt Cook, Tekapo, Wellington, Rotorua, Waitomo, Auckland

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Glacier transfer
  • Milford Sound cruise & picnic lunch
  • Mt Cook village & lunch at Hermitage Hotel
  • Rotorua sightseeing tour
  • Waitomo Caves

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF
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Board the TranzAlpine train and cross the Canterbury Plains into the Arthur’s Pass National Park. Once on the West Coast we follow a narrow coastal strip of beech forest with a spectacular mountain back drop south to the glaciers. Take a short trip to enjoy the views of the glacier.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 2 - FRANZ JOSEF - QUEENSTOWN

Travel deeper into South Westland taking in the spectacle of Haast Pass. Admire the views of many beautiful lakes including Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Wakatipu before arriving in Queenstown.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 3 - MILFORD SOUND DAY EXCURSION
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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 4 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Queenstown Tours

A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort. There are dozens of activities available. Something for everyone – let us know if you would like any activities included.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH
15 Day Classic New Zealand Explorer Guided Tour

Leave Queenstown and travel through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to Cromwell and up over the Lindis Pass to Mt Cook National Park. Time is available at Mt Cook village for a delicious lunch at Hermitage Hotel and perhaps a short walk before continuing to Lake Tekapo and across the Canterbury Plains to the “Garden City” of Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch

DAY 6 - CHRISTCHURCH / WELLINGTON

This morning jump on board the Coastal Pacific train*. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel north through the rugged Kaikoura coastline before arriving into Picton.

Board the Interislander ferry for your scenic cruise across Cook Strait. The 92 km, three hour journey between Picton and Wellington 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.

Stay: Wellington

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

DAY 7: WELLINGTON / ROTORUA
Taupo Day Tour

Journey north out of the capital city, along the Kapiti Coast and over the Manawatu Plain before skirting the volcanic plateau to Taupo and on to Rotorua.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 8: ROTORUA
North Island Tours

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 9: ROTORUA / WAITOMO / AUCKLAND
Spectacular Auckland Tour

Departing Rotorua, travel north to the Waitomo Caves. Visit the Glow-worm Grotto for a spectacular display of tiny lights emitted by these unique life forms deep in the cave grotto. Continue on to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ where your tour concludes.

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We (two adults) travelled around New Zeeland for 10 days in an absolutely perfectly arranged tour!

No problems anywhere, even better than “promised”, as there were guiding (we where on a non guided individual tour) at all parts except one half day. The only problem was- we had wanted to stay even longer.. Maybe the days were to long for kids, but for us-supreme!!
Just wanted to say a big thank you for assisting with our travel needs.

We have enjoyed the trip to NZ thoroughly due to the efficient and smooth organisation of pickups, drop-offs, accommodation and transfers to and from destinations. I would like to say a big thank you to the coach drivers who have demonstrated a high level of professionalism, are well-informed and have a great sense of humour! I will definitely recommend your travel agency to others! Your help and time are much appreciated. Thanks.
This is just to tell you that our trip to the South Island was great!! Thank you for the excellent organization and the friendly reception everywhere, especially the coach drivers! We will certainly recommend you to our friends.  Best wishes from Barcelona.
I wanted to thank you for all that you did when Jeannie & I had our flight to New Zealand cancelled at the last minute. You forwarded a new copy of our itinerary and vouchers and also issued a credit without being asked for things that Jeannie & I missed out on. This is outstanding service!.

In the course of our travels, we learned that all of the coachlines, hotels and other attractions included in our package always had our names and were expecting us. It was comforting to know that we wouldn’t be stranded at any of our stops. We also learned that you and Scenic Pacific / Pacific Travel have a good reputation with those you do business with.

Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $3,038 NZD $3,815 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $3,147 NZD $3,513 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $3,955 NZD $5,157 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.

9 Day Touch of New Zealand Tour

Tour Type: Rail Tour Tour Code: RT9T From $3,038 Per Person Departs: Daily Showcasing the best of both islands, this tour takes in all the 'must sees' even for those on a whirl-wind visit to New Zealand. Go adventurous in Queenstown like you never thought you could with the numerous activities on offer and get hot and steamy in Rotorua! With such diverse scenery around each corner, you'll be on cloud nine after this tour! Enquire about this tour

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