Explore NZ by Coach or Self-Drive Car
Outstanding New Zealand 13 Days, 12 Nights
Daily Departures Tour # TT939
12 nights accommodation
Christchurch/Auckland one way airfare
Transfers within journey
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Maori Hangi & Concert
Te Puia Geothermal Experience
Agrodome Sheep Show
TranzCoastal Train Journey
TranzAlpine Train Journey
Skyline Gondola - Queenstown
Milford Sound Cruise including lunch
Dunedin Wildlife Tour
Wellington City Tour
All tours are flexible. Pre and post tour accommodation and airport transfer packages available.
Immerse yourself in everything that is New Zealand. From the inspirational culture, breath taking scenery and array of activities on offer, there is something on this exceptional tour that will appeal to all tastes. Sit back and relax as you are about to be introduced to outstanding New Zealand.
Day 1: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
Travel south through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves for a boat ride under a galaxy of glowworms. Continue east to Rotorua, steeped in Maori culture and history. Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi (feast) and concert. Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 2: At Rotorua
This morning see roaring geysers and boiling mud pools at the thermal area, tame trout at the springs and performing sheep and dogs at the Agrodome. Your afternoon is free, there are many activities to enjoy.
Day 3: Rotorua - Wellington
Travel south to Wairakei, wreathed by steam, then to the picturesque township of Taupo. Skirt Lake Taupo and cross the volcanic landscape of the Desert Road past the majestic peaks of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. Continue across the fertile plains of the Manawatu and along the rugged Kapiti coastline to Wellington. Stay 2 nights in Wellington.
Day 4: At Wellington
A morning tour of the city will take in the Parliament Buildings, Old St Paul's Cathedral, Mt Victoria and an optional ride on the cable car. This afternoon is free to enjoy our capital city.
Day 5: Wellington - Picton - Christchurch
Cross Cook Strait by ferry to the Marlborough Sounds and Picton. The TranzCoastal train skims the spectacular coastline between the Kaikoura ranges and the Pacific Ocean. Continue through North Canterbury sheep country to Christchurch arriving in the evening. Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Day 6: Christchurch - Greymouth - Glaciers
Aboard the renowned TranzAlpine train cross the Canterbury Plains to the mountains, where Arthurís Pass and the Otira Tunnel lead to the West Coast. Continue by coach along the narrow, bush clad, coastal plain. Stay 2 nights in Fox or Franz Josef Glacier township.
Day 7: At Glaciers
A whole day is available for optional excursions on the Glacier, for bush walks or simply to soak up the beauty of snow-capped mountains contrasting with the deep greens of the native bush.
Day 8: Glaciers - Queenstown
Head south into dense rainforest broken by rugged coastal vistas. The Haast river guides you inland through the Haast Pass to Lake Wanaka. Continue on this afternoon through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown. Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.
Day 9: At Queenstown
Today is free for you to enjoy this fabulous alpine resort - we have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of optional activities from thrilling jet boat rides to leisuely lake cruises, 4WD safaris and bungy jumping.
Day 10: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau
An early start around the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to Lake Te Anau, then into Fiordland National Park. Pass through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to view the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls aboard a cruise on the Sound. Depart Milford Sound to return to Te Anau. Stay 1 night in Te Anau.
Day 11: Te Anau - Dunedin
This morning cross the Waimea Plains towards the farming community of Gore, then continue across the rolling hill country of Southland and South Otago to Dunedin 'the Edinburgh of the South'. Consider staying an extra day. Stay 1 night Dunedin.
Day 12: Dunedin - Christchurch
Travel north through historic Oamaru, and seaside Timaru, then across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch arriving early evening. Please note, no commentary is provided on this journey.
Day 13: Christchurch - Auckland
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Auckland.
Accommodation has been chosen to fit our criteria of value for money, central locations, and guest services provided. All properties include TV and telephone in room and breakfast available on site. Our accommodation providers are fully informed of your travel arrangements and are happy to provide support and information during your stay.
There are five levels of accommodation, offering you a choice that fits your budget and holiday requirements.
Clean, comfortable, value for money accommodation Qualmark rating 3, 3+ Star
Tourist properties with full facilities on site. Qualmark rating 3+, 4 Star
First class tourist properties providing excellent locations and services. Qualmark rating 4, 5 Star