17 Day Kiwi Odyssey

17 Day Kiwi Odyssey

Discover New Zealand on this relaxing seventeen day Kiwi Odyssey. Four two night stays and one three night stay in self catering or hotel accommodation ensures a leisurely paced tour with plenty of time to experience the country your way. We've included some fantastic 'must see' activities including the Waitomo Caves, an evening Maori village experience, Hawkes Bay small group wine tour, Milford Sound cruise & Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake Tour!

Tour Info

Tour Type: Independent Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
From (NZD) $4640 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Relaxing
Duration: 17 Days
Tour Code: RJ317


16 nights accommodation
All Coach, Ferry & Rail Transport & Transfers
Optional Breakfasts
Daily Departures
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Maori Village Experience, Hangi & Concert in Rotorua
Te Puia Geothermal Experience
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Agrodome Farm Show
Afternoon Hawkes Bay Wine Tour
Scenic Interislander Cruise
Abel Tasman National Park Walk & Cruise (including lunch)
Shotover Jet in Queenstown
Milford Sound Day Tour & Cruise (including lunch)
Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake Tour

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

Chat Request Callback

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

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 - Napier

Depart Rotorua and travel South to Napier located in the Hawke’s Bay. You will take a refreshment stop at the lakeside town of Taupo before continuing on to Napier. The city of Napier was rebuilt into a place of Art Deco splendour following a massive earthquake in 1931 The Art Deco walk or guided tour (own expense) is an exceptional way to experience the city’s elegance. (2 nights)

Day 5

This afternoon join a fun filled wine tasting tour in the sun driving through absolutely stunning scenery. Meet like – minded people and share an appreciation of this regions fantastic wine. You will visit four to five wineries and enjoy a cheese platter in the grounds of Ngatarawa Vineyard beside the lily pond. You will taste around 30 different wines including the main varieties, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Pinot Gris, Viognier and the lesser known aromatics such as Gewurztraminer and Riesling.

Day 6
Napier - Wellington

Depart Napier and travel to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city located on the Southern tip of the North Island. Wellington is also New Zealand’s capital city for arts and culture. Wellington is an urban paradise surrounded by a glistening harbour on one side and rolling green hills on the other.

Day 7
Wellington - Interislander Cruise - Nelson

This morning you will board the Interislander which will ferry you across Cook Strait and through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Make the short journey to Nelson where you will enjoy two wonderful nights in this tranquil destination. (2 nights)

Day 8
Abel Tasman National Park

Travel through Motueka to Kaiteriteri where you board your launch. Relax in style as you cruise the stunning golden inlets of the Abel Tasman coast. Laze on an idyllic beach or choose a walk exploring the beaches and forests. Rejoin your cruise back to Kaiteriteri and return to your hotel late afternoon. (L)

Day 9
Nelson - Punakaiki

Travel through Murchison, the scene of a massive earthquake in 1929, and on through the Buller Gorge to Westport on the West Coast. The road to Punakaiki hugs the coast, providing spectacular views of wild beaches and the tempestuous Tasman Sea. Overnight at Punakaiki, famous for its pancake rocks and magnificent blowholes.

Day 10
Punakaiki - Franz Josef

The morning is at your leisure. We recommend a walk around the stunning Pancake Rocks and blowholes – fantastic in all weather! This afternoon enjoy the views of the wild west coast as you travel to Greymouth, the commercial centre of the West Coast and the coastal town of Hokitika before arriving into Franz Josef which is known for being home to one of the world’s most accessible glaciers. (2 nights)

Day 11
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
Glacier 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 12
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 13

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 14
Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

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 Package (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 15
Queenstown - Mt Cook

Leaving Queenstown you will soon reach picturesque Lake Hayes and travel through Kawarau Gorge, home of award winning wineries and the famous Kawarau Bungy bridge. You will travel past the township of Cromwell and its many orchards before crossing Lindis Pass and into the Mackenzie Country. Hydro-electricity canals and glacier fed lakes will guide you into the Mount Cook National Park. Here you will find Aoraki Mount Cook; New Zealand’s tallest mountain.

Day 16
Mt Cook - Glacier Explorer - Christchurch

This morning you will embark on a fascinating tour of the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. An experienced guide will whisk you away in a stable MAC Boat to explore the melting ice-face of the glacier. Touch and taste 400 year old icebergs that have been carved into the murky waters of the lake. This afternoon re-board your coach northbound for Christchurch. On your way you visit beautiful Lake Tekapo and view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before crossing the vast Canterbury Plains and arriving in the evening.

Day 17
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.


There are 3 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

Overall Tour Rating
Value For Money
Tour Pace
Relaxing Journeys Experience

Tour Reviews

All that you did was perfect! No glitches or mistakes. Always on time and a few times we called the shuttle and they gave us satisfactory information. The only problem is that we are used to much modern and comfortable coaches (with standing toilets, stewardess serving refreshments, two drivers, more confortable seats, etc). But we understand that the coaches you offered us are the best in your market. Thank you for your fine work.
Overall Tour Rating

Value For Money


Tour Pace

Relaxing Journeys Experience
We picked Relaxing Journeys to organise our tour by sticking a pin in a list and have no cause to regret our choice. From initial enquiry through to confirmation of our itinerary the service provided was first class. All our choices of places to visit and things to do were included and we also received suggestions as to alternatives. All in all the planning stage was very positive. The organisation was faultless - everything went like clockwork. We have no hesitation in recommending Relaxing Journeys to anyone who is considering their services. Our thanks go to them, and Toni in particular, for a memorable holiday. (Ed. Share that pin around! Many thanks).
Overall Tour Rating

Value For Money


Tour Pace

Relaxing Journeys Experience
Good accomodations. Good balance between gorgeous scenery and cities and towns. Good balance between planned items and time to ourselves. All travel occurred on schedule. The tour guides were courteous and helpful and provided valuable background information.
Overall Tour Rating

Value For Money


Tour Pace

Relaxing Journeys Experience



New Zealand has a great deal of things to see and do, why not add one of our optional sightseeing activities to your trip. Prices are per adult (we'll adjust your quote for any children).

Enquire about our 17 Day Kiwi Odyssey

17 Day Kiwi Odyssey
Independent Coach Tour
Tour Code: RJ317
From (NZD) $4640 per person
Enquire Now
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
3 reviews (4.7/5)

Discover New Zealand on this relaxing seventeen day Kiwi Odyssey. Four two night stays and one three night stay in self catering or hotel accommodatio... Read More

Itinerary Map

Click to view a larger image.

17 Day Kiwi Odyssey
Like this tour?

Upgrade this tour by adding one of our carefully selected optional tours & activities or go ahead and request a quote to guarantee your spot.