14 Day Classic New Zealand
14 Day Classic New Zealand
This 14 day independent tour travels over both islands of New Zealand. Heading south from Auckland and finishing in Christchurch, we've included plenty of interesting activities in Rotorua, a sightseeing tour in Wellington, train journeys on the TranzAlpine and Taieri Gorge Railway, and time on the West Coast to explore the glacier region!
|Tour Type:||Coach & Fly Tour|
|From:||Auckland to Christchurch|
|Departures:||Jan 2019 - March 2020|
|Price:||From (NZD) $3338 per person|
|Tour Operator:||Relaxing Journeys|
|13 nights accommodation|
|All coach, ferry and rail transport and transfers|
|Waitomo Glowworm Caves|
|Māori cultural experience, hāngī feast, and concert|
|Te Puia geothermal experience|
|Rainbow Springs Nature Park|
|Agrodome farm show|
|Wellington city sights tour|
|Internal flight from Wellington to Christchurch|
|Taieri Gorge Railway journey|
|TranzAlpine train journey|
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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Day by Day Tour Itinerary
Welcome to Auckland! Pass through customs, collect any baggage, and be met by one of our friendly representatives, ready to whisk you away to your city accommodation via an executive sedan. 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.
Head south along the Southern Motorway to reach the market garden area of Pukekohe. Continue through Hamilton, New Zealand’s fourth largest city, and the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo.
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. Arrive at your Rotorua accommodation 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)
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.
Drive south to Wairakei, wreathed by steam, then on to Taupō. Skirt Lake Taupō, then 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)
This morning a half-day tour of the city will take in the Parliament Buildings, the ‘Beehive’, Old St Paul’s Cathedral, panoramic views of the harbour and city from Mount Victoria, and a ride on the historic Cable Car (optional). This afternoon is free, perhaps to visit Te Papa or the Museum of City and Sea.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your domestic flight (included in your tour cost), which will take you across Cook Strait and down the east coast of the South Island to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch 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.
Today you depart from Christchurch and travel across the Canterbury Plains through diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the Church of the Good Shepherd by the lakeshore. The altar window offers awe-inspiring views of the lake and mountains. Your tour continues along Lake Pukaki before arriving at Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain.
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a World Heritage-listed site that covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery. It is also home to the Tasman Glacier, the longest in the Southern Hemisphere. The morning is at leisure for you to explore this area, and you may like to take an optional Tasman Glacier Explorer excursion.
This afternoon travel to Dunedin. Leaving Aoraki Mount Cook, you will travel alongside three lakes and see the hydro-electric dams on the Waitaki River. Take a break at Ōamaru for a tour of the Victorian Precinct to view the amazing buildings and architecture in this historic district. Stop for a walk on Koekohe Beach to view the mysterious, spherical, 60-million-year-old Moeraki Boulders, before arriving in Dunedin where you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation.
Board the Taieri Gorge Railway at the historic Dunedin Railway Station. Journey through the rugged and spectacular Taieri Gorge, across wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago, to Pukerangi. A full commentary is provided and there are plenty of stops for photo opportunities. On arrival back in Dunedin, board your coach and journey to Queenstown – exciting, sophisticated and fantastically scenic. (2 nights)
Today is completely at your leisure to enjoy the many sights of this alpine resort town situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown offers something for everyone. You could enjoy the quiet beauty and tranquility of this mountain retreat and enjoy several walking trails in the town area. For sheer excitement there is white-water rafting, helicopter rides, the famous jetboats, bungy jumping to pump your adrenalin, and off-road 4WD tours with plenty of river crossings.
There are cruises on the lake and a visit to a high country sheep station as well as wine tasting tours. You can visit nearby Arrowtown where the main street has been preserved since the 1860s gold rush days, and try your luck and pan for gold in the adjacent Shotover River.
Depart Queenstown this morning for a thrilling journey to Wanaka over the Crown Range. Travel along the banks of Lakes Hawea and Wanaka, before stopping in Makarora for an essential short walk along the Blue Pools Track nearby.
Refreshed by the brisk mountain weather, continue your climb over the Haast Pass to the West Coast, where ancient rainforests tower above you. Continue north to the village of Franz Josef Glacier.
Today you have a whole day at leisure. Perhaps enjoy a guided walk, a heli-hike, or a scenic flight from the Franz Josef township. If you’d prefer a relaxing day, head to the Glacier Hot Pools nestled amongst the lush rainforest, or meander through the village where you will find a wonderful selection of gifts, artwork, merchandise and cafes.
Treat yourself and upgrade your accommodation in Franz Josef to the 5-star Te Waonui Forest Retreat, a luxury lodge hotel nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest. Our upgrade package includes luxurious accommodation, dinner on the first night – an indulgent 5-course degustation menu in The Canopy Restaurant – and a la carte breakfast both mornings. We’ve also included a stunning Franz Josef heli-hike to help you make the most of your time in the region. Ask us for a price!
Board your coach and head north through Hokitika and into the small town of Greymouth. You’ll be spoiled by some spectacular countryside with the rugged Tasman Sea to the west and the stunning Southern Alps to the east. On arrival in Greymouth, stop to stretch your legs before boarding the renowned TranzAlpine train bound for Christchurch.
The TranzAlpine is described as ‘The Great New Zealand Rail Adventure’ and is rated one of the top six scenic train journeys in the world. Ascend through lush beech forests, pass beautiful Lake Brunner, and wind over massive viaducts through the spectacular Southern Alps to the village of Arthur’s Pass, situated 737m above sea level. The train then travels through spectacular river gorges and follows the stunning Waimakariri River, arriving in Christchurch at approximately 6:05pm.
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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