15 Day Leisurely New Zealand

15 Day Leisurely New Zealand

Travel New Zealand on this leisurely tour covering both islands of New Zealand and including lots of hidden gems - like a trip aboard the Taieri Gorge Train, a wildlife cruise on the Otago Peninsula, the Shotover Jet experience in Queenstown and plenty of time to enjoy each region 'your way' with five two night stays and one 3 night stay to keep everything at a comfortable pace.

Book your independent coach tour this month and receive a discount of 7.5%. If you pay by 30 September 2018.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Independent Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $4061 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Comfortable
Duration: 15 Days
Tour Code: RJ313

Inclusions

14 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
TranzAlpine Train Journey
Milford Sound Day Tour & Cruise (including lunch)
Shotover Jet in Queenstown
Taieri Gorge Train Journey
Half Day Otago Peninsula Wildlife Cruise & Tour

Book your independent coach tour this month and receive a discount of 7.5%. If you pay by 30 September 2018.

* 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. Spend the remainder of your day relaxing or take time to explore the city. Perhaps a visit to Auckland’s vibrant waterfront and a ride on the Dockline Tram. All within walking distance from your accommodation.

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 - TranzAlpine - Franz Josef

This morning you will board the TranzAlpine Train for one of the world’s great scenic train trips that will take you across the patchwork farmland of the Canterbury Plains before a slow climb into the Southern Alps. From here you will marvel at views of the stunning Waimakiriri River gorge and alpine scenery on a series of breathtaking viaducts. After a brief stop at Arthur’s Pass you will enter one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels, the Otira Tunnel and subsequently descend through a deep valley of sub tropical rainforest over a broad shallow river into the small town of Greymouth. Join your coach in Greymouth and travel through Hokitika to the glacier region. Stay 2 nights at Franz Josef Glacier. (2 nights)

Day 8
Franz Josef

Today you have a whole day at leisure at Franz Josef. 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 prices!

Day 9
Franz Josef - Queenstown

Travelling south your journey will take you through coastal forest and windswept sand dunes, crossing Haast Pass on New Zealand’s longest single lane bridge. Travelling through Wanaka sitting at the foot of the Southern Alps your next stop is Queenstown, which is the Southern Hemisphere’s premiere four season alpine lake resort. (3 nights)

Day 10
Milford Sound Cruise

It’s an early departure today as your coach follows the southern arm of Lake Wakitipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. The scenery changes dramatically from tussock covered grasslands to glacier hewn valleys as you enter the Eglington Valley and travel through the breath taking man-made Homer Tunnel before reaching Milford Sound. Upon arrival at Milford Sound, board your launch for a spectacular cruise where you will see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls that rise 1,200m vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the Sound far below. On completion of your cruise you will return to Queenstown by coach arriving in the evening. (L)

Day UP
Milford Sound Return Flight Upgrade (from NZ$395pp)

Return to Queenstown on a scenic flight taking in magnificent views of the alps, glaciers, lakes and forests of Fiordland National Park – a quick and convenient way to return to Queenstown. (Duration 35mins) The flight shaves off approximately 4 hours off a return by coach. It is however very weather dependent, so if the weather doesn’t play ball, then you will need to return by coach and we will refund the upgrade price.

Day 11
Queenstown

Enjoy your day in this picturesque alpine resort that lies at the outlet to Lake Wakatipu, one of New Zealand’s most scenic lakes. Today we have included the world famous Shotover Jet Boat – enjoy this unique breath taking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons & hold on tight for Queenstown’s only exhilarating full 360° spins. Stabilise your heart rate with a leisurely stroll around this picture postcard town whilst browsing through the eclectic array of galleries, gift shops and book stores. Join a tour (own expense) for an afternoon of fine wine and food in Central Otago’s wine country or perhaps explore landscapes only accessible by 4WD vehicles while discovering exciting Lord of the Rings film locations. Whatever your interests are Queenstown is sure to deliver.

Day 12
Queenstown - Dunedin

This morning you head off by coach into Pukerangi and on arrival board the Taieri Gorge Train and relive the history of Dunedin’s pioneers on this unique journey through fertile farm land of the Taieri plains and climbing into the Taieri River Gorge. A truly unique experience and a fantastic way to arrive into Dunedin. Arrive late afternoon for a 2 night stay.
Depart Queenstown this morning and travel through the historic goldfields to the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin, renowned for its natural history. The harbour is the gateway to the Otago Peninsula and today we have included the excellent half day Peninsula Cruise. Explore the length of the beautiful Otago Peninsula and a wildlife cruise of spectacular Taiaroa Head where you’ll experience Albatross, Fur Seals, Yellow Eyed Penguins, and Dolphins just to name a few. (2 nights)

Day 13
Dunedin

This morning report to the historic Dunedin railway station for your return Taieri Gorge railway excursion to Pukerangi. This journey takes you through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge, across wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago. This afternoon is at your leisure. You may wish to take a visit to New Zealand’s oldest brewery for an entertaining and enlightening heritage tour, and guided Tours of Larnach Castle and the stately home of Olveston House.

Day 14
Dunedin - Christchurch

Leaving Dunedin behind you, keep your eyes peeled for the perfectly rounded boulders which are embedded in the sand at Moeraki beach as you make your way north to Oamaru (the boulders are a natural phenomenon that started forming 60 million years ago on the ocean floor). Oamaru has the country’s largest collection of protected heritage buildings, neoclassical buildings made from the local limestone. Pass through the vibrant seaside town of Timaru and cross over the Rakaia River on New Zealand’s longest bridge arriving into Christchurch.

Day 15
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.

4.4/5.0

There are 5 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.4 out of 5.

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5
10/11/2017
Our trip was perfectly planned and perfectly executed. All of the hotels, bus trips. train rides, excursions and shuttle transfers were arranged, on time and very pleasant; We were two days late getting into Auckland to start our vacation due to airline and ATC issues. We emailed Toni from San Francisco and she and Sally made all of the necessary changes on the fly. Well done! We would certainly use Relaxing Journeys again. Oh, and New Zealand was AMAZING!
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5
12/03/2017
The tour was very well organised and allowed us to see a wide variety of what New Zealand has to offer, which was what we were looking for. If I were to do another trip I would ask to stay in smaller hotels, as we especially enjoyed the accommodation and friendliness of hotels such as the Distinction Fox Glacier. The big hotels (Auckland, Queenstown) had fine rooms but were less personal. The Hermitage Mt Cook was a highlight, with its wonderful views. It was good to have two nights in several of the hotels. If I do another tour I will look for one with 2-3 nights in the one place, and not so much travelling.
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4
12/02/2016
We enjoyed our journey and everything was well organized. The Super Shuttle System worked perfect, the drivers were all very friendly, of great assistance and nearly always on time. But if they had to wait for a customer, they gave a call to the hotel and we had been informed accordingly. The hotels were well chosen, some of the \"things one has to see\" were too touristic for us. Finally, we had a great time, the weather was mostly with us and we met wonderful people. Thank you Toni for your organization.
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04/12/2014
It was an overall great tour and gave us plenty of time to explore as well as have time for the things we wanted to do. My only suggestion would've been to give more time in Dunedin and Christchurch as it seemed that many days were free in Queenstown.
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02/12/2013
We had an absolutely amazing time. New Zealand is an incredible country and this was definitely the easiest and most stress free way to explore it. Everything went without a hitch, the coaches were rarely late even for a few minutes, the hotels ranged from good (some were a bit outdated but still clean) to amazing and we pretty much never had to worry about anything. I just wish we had more time to explore the country but at least there's still plenty so see next time.
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15 Day Leisurely New Zealand
Independent Coach Tour
Tour Code: RJ313
From (NZD) $4061 per person
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Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
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