7 Day Southward Bound

7 Day Southward Bound

A lively paced independent tour from Auckland to Christchurch by coach, plane and ferry. Enjoy two multiple night stays in Rotorua and Wellington allowing time to explore and enjoy the included activities with time for yourselves to 'do your own thing'.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Coach & Fly Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $1815 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Lively
Duration: 7 Days
Tour Code: RJ309

Inclusions

6 nights accommodation
All Coach, Ferry & Rail Transport & Transfers
Optional Breakfasts
Daily Departures
Internal flight from Wellington to Christchurch
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Maori Village Experience, Hangi & Concert in Rotorua
Te Puia Geothermal Experience
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Agrodome Farm Show
Wellington City Sights Tour

* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Prices are valid for travel until September 2018

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland

Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and a hub for shopping and dining. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Enjoy the opportunity to explore this fascinating city. Auckland has so much to offer, from deserted islands just off the coast, lush native bush out west, and sophisticated inner city streets ideal for shopping and dining. Take some time to explore Auckland’s vibrant waterfront this afternoon, and even better if time permits add an extra day in Auckland to experience a slice of what this city has to offer.

Day 2
Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua

With an early morning departure from Auckland you will be travelling southbound towards the Waitomo Caves via the city of Hamilton which sits on the banks of the Waikato River. Enjoy a guided tour of the caves with a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto – a subterranean cavern lit up by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms. Arrival at your Rotorua accommodation will be in the early afternoon. Tonight you will attend a hangi (feast) and concert, an authentic and intimate Maori experience. (D) (2 nights)

Day 3
Rotorua

This morning you will experience Maori culture and the amazing thermal wonderland at Te Puia. Te Puia is also home to the Arts and Crafts Institute where the ancient teachings of Maori ancestors have been preserved and continue to thrive. Continue on to the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, an attraction like no other. Set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams you will see a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants including the Kiwi Conservation Centre. New Zealand’s thriving agricultural industry is on show at the Agrodome, where you will witness a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 4
Rotorua - Wellington

Drive south to Wairakei – wreathed by steam, then to Taupo. Skirt Lake Taupo, and cross the volcanic landscape of the Desert Road past the majestic peaks of Tongariro, Ngaruahoe and Ruapehu. Continue across the fertile plains of the Manawatu and along the rugged Kapiti coastline to Wellington. (2 nights)

Day 5
Wellington

This morning a half day tour of the city will take in the Parliament Buildings and ‘Beehive’, Old St Paul’s Cathedral, panoramic views of the harbour and city from Mt Victoria and a ride on the cable car (optional). This afternoon is free, perhaps to visit Te Papa Museum or the Museum of City and Sea.

Day 6
Wellington - Internal Flight - Christchurch

This morning you’ll be transferred to the airport to board your domestic flight (included in your tour cost) which will take you across the Cook Strait and down the East Coast of the South Island to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred to your accommodation.

Day 7
Depart Christchurch

Sadly your trip has come to an end. We hope that you have thoroughly enjoyed your experiences in New Zealand. Today you will be met at your accommodation and transferred to the airport for your onward journey. Have a safe trip home.

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There are 6 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

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19/03/2018
We had this tour planned just for two of us and we were pleasantly surprised how well it was done and what an excellent service we received. Thank you, Marie!
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05/07/2017
Our tour was wonderful, we will forever treasure the moments spent in New Zealand. Toni, our travel agent, was outstanding, always helpful and quick to respond to our queries.
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09/01/2013
I was very happy with the tour. All the arrangements went smoothly, the accommodation was good (although the hotel in Rotorua was quite a way out of town) and the activities really interesting.
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29/11/2011
I was a solo traveller and it was indeed a great tour, convenient and with peace of mind. Everything was well organised and quite flexible too. I was able to see best of NZ while having my own time to enjoy it too. Worth every cent spent! :)
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19/09/2010
The whole trip was excellent. Perfect timekeeping and expert knowledge of the surrounding countryside and points of interest. I would love to do it all again.
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14/01/2009
We had a lovely time, thank you! The coaches were on time, the driver was an excellent tourist guide and the views were amazing. The mountains were beautiful and it was all so clean and well organised. It was a pleasure not to see litter lying around! We will definitely recommend your company and hope to be able to come back ourselves in the future.
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7 Day Southward Bound
Coach & Fly Tour
Tour Code: RJ309
From (NZD) $1815 per person
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Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Rating:
6 reviews (4.7/5)

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