North to South – Ultimate Tour (8 Days / 7 Nights) LT43D

$2,695.00

(per adult)

A eight day independent tour departing Auckland daily with seven nights 4 - 4.5 star accommodation, two nights in Rotorua, one night in Wellington, one night in Kaikoura, two nights in Christchurch and one night in Franz Josef. The tour includes city sights in Christchurch, whale watching in Kaikoura, the Franz Josef Glacier, travel on the Coastal Pacific Train & Tranz Alpine Train and the Inter Islander Ferry, plus admission and tours of Te Puia, Rainbow Springs, Agrodome and Waitomo Caves.

Highlights

  • Waitomo Caves
  • Rotorua & Attractions
  • Wellington
  • Inter-Islander Ferry
  • Coastal Pacific Train
  • Kaikoura & Whale Watching
  • Christchurch & City Sightseeing tout
  • TranzAlpine Train
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Westland World Heritage National Park
  • Queenstown

 

Day  One: Auckland – Waitomo – Rotoura

Depart Auckland for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, tour cave formations, stalactites, stalagmites by boat through a Glowworm Cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glowworm lights. From Waitomo travel through the Central North Island to Rotorua Arriving at the Agrodome you can feed the sheep, llamas, and deer. See a sheep shearing demonstration and a sheep dog trial. Next a Maori Cultural Performance inside Te Puia Marae be treated to the perfect harmonies, the Poi, Haka and Tititorea. Finally the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Woodcarving, weaving displays and the thermal valley surrounded by boiling mud pools, and the famous Pohutu geyser.

Evening accommodation: Sudima Hotel Rotorua or similar

 

Day Two: Rotorua

Day at leisure an opportunity to explore the Rotorua town ship, the lake front and beautiful Government Gardens or take in some of the other attractions, such as Rainbow Springs Skyline Gondola, or the Tamaki Maori Village.

 

Day Three: Rotorua – Wellington

Rotorua by coach travelling south to the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington, via the shores of Lake Taupo, through the dry arid central plateau, the home of several active volcanoes. Prior to arriving in Wellington travel down the Kapiti Coast with great views of Cooks Strait and the South Island.

Accommodation: James Cook Hotel or similar

 

Day Four: Wellington – Picton – Kaikoura

Depart Wellington by the Inter-Islander Cook Strait Ferry for the 3 hour ferry crossing to Picton in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds. On your arrival you will board the TransCoastal train and travel to Kaikoura via some spectacular scenic coast line.

Accommodation: White Morph Inn or similar

 

Day Five: Kaikoura – Christchurch

Kaikoura is where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphin. This morning you will join a whale watch tour, with Whale Watching Kaikoura, where you will see the giant sperm whales, which reside in the deep waters just off the coast of Kaikoura year round. In the afternoon, following the whale watching  you will visit a seal colony where New Zealand  fur seals may be viewed at close quarters and provide fantastic photo opportunities. On departing Kaikoura you will travel by road through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Christchurch. On route a stop will be made at winery in Waipara, one of the larger wine regions of New Zealand, here you will have the opportunity to taste some of New Zealand’s delightful wines. From Waipara the coach continues south to Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

Day Six: Christchurch

Today is in Christchurch, this morning you will be collected from your hotel for a morning sightseeing tour of this most beautiful and interesting city, severely damaged by a series of earthquakes in 2011 the city center was almost completely destroyed.  The morning tour will show you much of the remaining earthquake damage to the city, and the rebuild that is taking place. The tour will also highlight some of the most beautiful features of this charming city, known as ‘the garden city. The remainder of the day is at leisure to continue your exploration of this beautiful city.

Evening Accommodation: Chateau on the Park Hotel Christchurch or similar

 

Day Seven: Christchurch – Arthurs Pass – Greymouth – Franz Josef

Travel by train on the TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth, this train journey is renowned as one of the top ten train journeys in the world, through the heart of the Southern Alps slowly climbing and flowing the Waimakariri river gorge on viaducts and tunnels to the Alpine township of Arthurs Pass. Throughout the journey you will have magnificent scenic views through the panoramic train windows. From Arthurs Pass the train enters the Otira tunnel which quickly descends from the heart of Southern Alps to the West Coast of the South Island to Greymouth. From there travel by road south along the rugged West Coast with shoreline on your right and spectacular mountain views on your left to the township of Franz Josef. The Franz Josef Glacier is 11 km in length and more than 7,000 years old.  This living “river of ice” is a must see for any visitor to New Zealand.

Evening Accommodation Scenic Circle Franz Josef Glacier or similar

 

Day Eight: Franz Josef – Wanaka – Queenstown

Depart Franz Josef for Queenstown travelling through the sparsely populated rain forests of the World Heritage Westland National Park with the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps  to your left and the rugged Westland Coastline to your right, and area where rivers, rainforest and mountain peaks dominate the landscape. The road then traverses the picturesque Haast Pass to Lakes Hawea, Wanaka and Dunstan prior to passing through Cromwell, the fruit going heart of Central Otago, and then finally travelling through the Kawarau Gorge, famous for its gold exploration of the mid 1800’s, onto Queenstown. This beautiful township is nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by high mountain ranges which are snow-capped for much of the year. In addition to its natural beauty Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world.

You will be dropped at your evening’s accommodation, where your tour concludes. 

 

Note: This tour can be operated in reverse starting in Queenstown (LT43E). When booking this tour for 3 people, please select the 2 persons option and add the Triple Room supplement before proceeding. Quad room types and pricing are also available on request – email: info@leisuretours.co.nz

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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights
Maximum number of people: Unlimited
Location: New Zealand – Both Islands
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