14 Day Classic New Zealand

14 Day Classic New Zealand

This fourteen 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, and perhaps take a heli-hike on Franz Josef!

Tour Info

Tour Type: Coach & Fly Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $3338 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Comfortable
Duration: 14 Days
Tour Code: RJ312

Inclusions

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

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Optionals

Prices are per adult (we'll adjust your quote for any children)

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 - 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
Christchurch - Mt Cook

Today you depart from Christchurch, and travel across the Canterbury plains and through diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the Church of the Good Shepherd by the lake shore. The altar window offers awe inspiring views of the lake and mountains of the Mackenzie Country. Your tour continues along Lake Pukaki before arriving at Mt Cook; New Zealand’s tallest mountain.

Day 8
Mt Cook - Dunedin

The morning is at leisure. You may like to take an optional Tasman Glacier Explorer excursion. This afternoon travel to Dunedin. Leaving Mt Cook travel alongside three lakes and see the hydro electric dams on the Waitaki River. Take a break at Oamaru for a tour of the Whitestone Main Street Precinct to view amazing buildings and architecture in the historic district. Stop to view the famous and fascinating Moeraki Boulders before arriving in Dunedin where you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation.

Day 9
Dunedin - Queenstown

Board the Taieri Gorge Train at Dunedin’s historic railway station. Journey through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River 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 into Dunedin, board your coach and journey to Queenstown – exciting, sophisticated and fantastically scenic. (2 nights)

Day 10
Queenstown

Today is completely at your leisure to enjoy the many sights of this alpine resort situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown offers something for everyone – you can 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 jet boats, bungy jumping to pump your adrenalin, and offroad 4WD tours with plenty of river crossings. There are cruises on the lake and a visit to a high country sheep station, and wine tasting tours. You can visit nearby Arrowtown where the main street has been preserved since the 1860’s gold rush days and you can try your luck and pan for gold in the adjacent Shotover River.

Day 11
Queenstown - Franz Josef

Depart Queenstown this morning, travel along the shores of Wanaka and Lake Hawea to the Haast Pass, gateway to World Heritage Westland National Park. Then continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to Franz Josef Glacier. (2 nights)

Day 12
Franz Josef

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 Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools that are nestled amongst the lush rainforest of the glacier country or meander through the village where you will find a wonderful selection of gifts, artwork, merchandise and cafes.

Day UP
Glaciers Upgrade Package

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!

Day 13
Franz Josef - TranzAlpine - Christchurch

Board your coach and head north through Hokitika and into the small town of Greymouth where you will stop to stretch your legs before boarding the renowned TranzAlpine Train for one of the world’s great scenic train trips to Christchurch. Experience the beautiful Lake Brunner, spectacular viaducts, 8.6kms in the lengthy Otira Tunnel, ice – fed rivers, patchwork farmland and the tussock landscape of the Canterbury Plains. Arrive at approximately 6:05pm in our most ‘English’ of cities, Christchurch.

Day 14
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 3 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4 out of 5.

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14/05/2018
A good overall trip and feel like i saw quite a bit of NZ. It ran smoothly re shuttle connections etc.
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07/11/2016
Everything went perfect and staff was extremely helpful.
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04/03/2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour around the North and South Islands. Everything went like clockwork. The shuttle buses were there to pick us up at our hotels when they were supposed to. We didn't have any problems with the connections for buses/ferry or trains. The hotels were really good and catered for our needs. We also enjoyed the included tours as well as the optional excursions which were arranged for us. Although ours was an unescorted tour most of the coach drivers were very knowledgable and provided us with enough local information as we were travelling around especially Kenny who drove us from Auckland to Rotorua. He warned us he would talk and boy did he. He was great. Many thanks Mani for arranging our tour and we wouldn't hesitate recommending both Relaxing Journeys and this particular tour. Our best regards.
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* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Prices are valid for travel until September 2018

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14 Day Classic New Zealand
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Tour Code: RJ312
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Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
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