7 Day Southward Bound

7 Day Southward Bound

See some of New Zealand's highlights on this 7 day independent tour from Auckland to Christchurch. You will visit the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves, geothermal Rotorua, New Zealand's capital city Wellington, as well as a stopover in the 'Garden City' of Christchurch.

Book and pay your deposit by 31 March 2019 to receive a 5% discount off your independent coach tour price for this month

Tour Info

Tour Type: Coach & Fly Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: Jan 2019 - March 2020
Price: From (NZD) $1815 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 7 Days
Tour Code: RJ309

Inclusions

6 nights accommodation
All coach, ferry and rail transport and transfers
Optional breakfasts
Daily departures
Internal flight from Wellington to Christchurch
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Māori village experience, hāngī and concert in Rotorua
Te Puia geothermal experience
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Agrodome farm show
Wellington city sights tour

Conditions

Prices are per person based on twin-share, and are subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel January 2019 – March 2020. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking.

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Book and pay your deposit by 31 March 2019 to receive a 5% discount off your independent coach tour price for this month

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland

Welcome to Auckland! After clearing customs and immigration you will be transferred from Auckland Airport to your hotel in the central city. After checking in and getting yourself settled, turn your roving eye outside and enjoy a free afternoon in the ‘City of Sails’. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, with plenty of sights, shopping and street appeal for even the pickiest of travellers.

Day 2
Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua

With an early morning departure from Auckland you will be travelling southbound towards Waitomo via the city of Hamilton, which sits on the banks of the Waikato River. For over 100 years, Waitomo Glowworm Caves have attracted millions of people from all over the world. The moment you enter this subterranean wonderland, you’ll discover an ancient underground labyrinth of limestone caves and grottos. You will experience a boat trip like no other, journeying through the starry expanse of the cave while your way is lit by a multitude of tiny glowworm lights.

On completion of this tour, continue over the forested Mamaku Ranges to reach the geothermal city of Rotorua in the early afternoon. Tonight you’ll be treated to a Māori feast, as Te Pō’s cultural experience promises hours of fun, thought, and kai (indigenous food). After a formal Māori welcome, relax and enjoy a captivating performance by the local people, including traditional songs as well as the renowned haka. Following a truly delectable dinner you will be transported by people movers to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the geothermal Te Whakarewarewa Valley, and an essential hot chocolate. (D) (2 nights)

Day 3
Rotorua

This morning you will experience more Māori culture and the amazing thermal wonderland at Te Puia. Te Puia is also home to the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, where the ancient teachings of Māori ancestors have been preserved and continue to thrive. Continue on to 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 to discover just how volatile this region used to be, when Rotorua fell victim to an expected pyroclastic event. On June 10th 1886, Mount Tarawera erupted, putting the world’s youngest geothermal valley of Waimangu on the global radar, and destroying the legendary Pink and White Terraces in a devastating surge of lava. Join a guided tour through this historic moment by moment as Rotorua’s landscape comes to life through stories and commentary. With unmatched scenic vistas and 360-degree panoramic views, this experience is ideal for all ages and includes an optional run into the heart of the volcanic crater.

Day 4
Rotorua - Wellington

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

Day 5
Wellington

This morning a half-day tour of the city will take in the Parliament Buildings, the ‘Beehive’, Old St Paul’s Cathedral, and panoramic views of the harbour and city from Mount Victoria, as well as a ride on the historic Cable Car (optional). This afternoon is free to explore New Zealand’s capital city further – perhaps to visit Te Papa 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 you will be transferred to your accommodation.

What should you do with the rest of the day? Take it slow, sit back and relax, punting down the River Avon through the stunning Botanic Gardens.

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. Haera rā!

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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
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Tour Code: RJ309
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See some of New Zealand's highlights on this 7 day independent tour from Auckland to Christchurch. You will visit the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves, ... Read More

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