Duration: 9 Days | 8 Nights
From Christchurch to Auckland
Tour Code: TT053
Flaxy Date & Departures
The perfect introduction to the stunning sights and landscapes of the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Experience remarkable contracts within New Zealand from mountain peaks, fiords and glaciers to bubbling thermal areas, glowworm caves and metropolitan cities. This trip will also see you experiencing the world famous TranzAlpine rail journey.
Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
Welcome to Christchurch, known as the 'Garden City' where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Today is yours for optional activities.
1 night in Christchurch
Day 2: Christchurch- Mt Cook- Queenstown
Cross the Canterbury Plains into the Mount Cook National Park and enjoy lunch with a view then pass through the spectacular Mackenzie Country to the Lindis Pass. Pass the stone fruit growing area of Cromwell and past the Kawarau Gorge with its historic gold mines to Queenstown.
3 nights in Queenstown
Day 3: Queenstown- Milford- Queenstown
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 while enjoying lunch aboard a cruise on the sound. Depart Milford Sound to return to Queenstown by evening.
Day 4: Queenstown
Today is free for you to enjoy this fabulous alpine resort. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour.
Day 5: Queenstown- Glacier
Travel through the Southern Lakes district to Haast Pass and on through dense rainforest broken by rugged coastal vistas. A shuttle will take you to view one of the glaciers (seasonal).
1 nights in Fox or Franz Josef Glacier townships
Day 6: Glacier- Christchurch
Travel up the coast to Greymouth. Board the renowned TranzAlpine train and travel through the Orita Tunnel, over Arthur's Pass and across
the Canterbury Plains. Arrive in Christchurch early evening.
1 nights in Christchurch
Day 7: Christchurch- Rotorua
You will be transferred to Christchurch airport for your flight to Rotorua (flight not included). On arrival into Rotorua you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a Maori Hangi (feast) and Concert.
2 nights in Rotorua
Day 8: Rotorua
This morning see roaring geysers and boiling mud pools at the thermal area, tame trout at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and see the performing sheep and dogs at the Agrodome. Your afternoon is free for optional activities.
Day 9: Rotorua- Waitomo- Auckland
This morning see roaring geysers and boiling mud pools at Te Puia thermal area, tame trout at Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park and see the performing sheep and dogs at the Agrodome. Travel through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves for a underground boat ride under a galaxy of glowworms.
8 nights Accommodation
Airport transfer on arrival
Transfers within journey
Mount Cook National Park including lunch
Milford Sound Cruise including lunch
Skyline Gondola - Queenstown
TranzAlpine Train Journey
Maori Hangi & Concert
Te Puia Geothermal Experience
Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park
Agrodome Sheep Show
Waitomo Glowworm Caves with lunch