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11 Day New Zealand Coach Tour: Embark on an awe-inspiring 11 day journey – coach itinerary/tour through New Zealand’s most remarkable destinations, from the stunning geothermal marvels of the North Island to the majestic and breathtaking landscapes of the South Island, New Zealand.

  •    TOUR DURATION:
    11 days
  •    TOUR STARTS/ENDS:
    Auckland to Christchurch
  •    TOUR CATEGORY:
    Independent Coach Tour
  •    TRANSPORTATION:
    Coach
  •    TOUR DEPARTURES:
    Daily
  •    AIRPORT TRANSFERS:
    Not Included
  •    MEALS:
    1 x Lunch (Milford Sound Tour) Lunch 
  •    ACCOMMODATIONS:
    Luxury Lodges, Boutique Hotels / Boutique B&B's, First Class Hotels, Superior Hotels, Standard Hotels, Apartments, Motels
  •    PASSENGERS:
    no minimum number of passengers
  •    TOUR CODE:
    GTNZ022023
  •    PRE & POST ACCOMMODATION:
    “Available“
  •    CITIES/REGIONS VISITED:

    AUCKLAND – HOBBITON – ROTORUA – CHRISTCHURCH – GREYMOUTH – FRANZ JOSEF – QUEENSTOWN – MILFORD SOUND – MT COOK – TEKAPO – CHRISTCHURCH

ITINERARY

Depart from United States Of America, US

DAY 1 : Arrive Auckland (Wed, Fri, Sun, Tue only)

On arrival you will be met and privately transferred to your accommodation. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, set between two harbours with gentle sandy shores on the east coast and black sand, wild surf beaches on the west coast. Home to sheltered, sparkling blue waters dotted with beautiful emerald islands, we recommend getting out on the water when you are here. Overnight: Auckland

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Auckland Sky Tower
Orbit Restaurant Sky Tower
Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise
Weta Workshop Unleashed Tour

DAY 2 : Auckland - Hobbiton - Rotorua

Today’s coach tour takes you through the rolling green hills to the iconic Hobbiton Movie Set.  See where the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed as your tour guide shares behind-the-scenes tales. You’ll see sights like Hobbit Holes, the Mill, and The Green Dragon Inn, and learn how farmland was transformed into a living, breathing piece of Middle-earth.  After exploring Hobbiton, tuck into a delicious lunch in the Party Marquee before continuing to Rotorua.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Redwoods Nightlights

DAY 3 : Rotorua

Rotorua is surrounded by a fascinating geothermal landscape with its unique steam vents, spouting geysers and bubbling mud pool set alongside freshwater lakes and majestic native forests. It is also a region immersed in fascinating Maori myths and legends.

You will be transported to Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland for a two hour visit today. Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. This evening you’ll be transported to Te Puia for an Indigenous Evening Experience including a buffet dinner and cultural performance. The evening culminates with hot chocolate and pudding on the geyser terrace. Overnight: Rotorua

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland Admission
Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience

DAY 4 : Rotorua - Christchurch

Depart on your domestic flight to Christchurch. (Airfare is NOT included).

Flight Time Rotorua to Christchurch is approx. 2 hours

Christchurch is set between the deep blue Pacific Ocean and the mighty snow-capped Southern Alps. This is a vibrant, ever-changing city with inner city parks and gardens delightfully interwoven by the meandering Avon River. Overnight: Christchurch

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Christchurch Tram Dinner

DAY 5 : Christchurch - Greymouth

You will be transported to the Christchurch Railway Station for the Tranz Alpine train crossing the vast expanses of the Canterbury Plains, through the dramatic gorge of the Waimakariri River to Arthur’s Pass National Park. On arrival in Greymouth, you will be met and transferred to the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes for a short self-guided walk to view the fascinating pancake-shaped rock formations before being delivered to your accommodation. Overnight: Greymouth

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Tranz Alpine Scenic Train Journey
Punakaiki Rocks and Blowholes

DAY 6 : Greymouth - Franz Josef (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun only)

This morning, you’ll be transferred to Shantytown Heritage Park for a sense of what it was like to live in New Zealand during the gold rush before returning to Greymouth for your transfer to Glacier Country. The temperate climate at a low altitude makes Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers among the most convenient to visit in the world. Steep valleys bear scars from where glaciers have retreated and advanced over millennia and here, the ice age is still underway. Overnight: Franz Josef

DAY 7 : Franz Josef - Queenstown (Tue, Thu, Sat, Mon only)

Today you will be collected from your accommodation for your transfer through wilderness towns, waterfalls and river scenery on the journey to Queenstown. Magnificent vistas and majestic mountains dominate this compact alpine resort town and with such an expansive natural physical environment it is not surprising that Queenstown has been described as the Adventure Capital of the World.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Gondola Ride

DAY 8 : Queenstown

Magnificent vistas and majestic mountains dominate this compact alpine resort town and with such an expansive natural physical environment it is not surprising that Queenstown has been described as the Adventure Capital of the World.

Today is a free day to add some of the endless optional activities on offer. Overnight: Queenstown

DAY 9 : Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Fiordland is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. Today’s stunning tour takes you past mirror lakes and waterfalls into Milford Sound, carved by ice age glaciers and famously described as the eighth wonder of the world. On arrival, board your vessel for a cruise of the fiord surrounded by towering mountains and cliffs that plunge into the sea. Feel the refreshing spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces before returning to shore. After a big day out, reflect on memories of a lifetime on your coach return to downtown Queenstown. Lunch is included. Overnight: Queenstown

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Milford Sound Cruise

DAY 10 : Queenstown - Mt Cook/Tekapo - Christchurch

Departing Queenstown, your passionate driver guide will bring todays journey to life, sharing stories and rich background knowledge. Pass through the stunning Kawarau Gorge, fruit and wine growing region of Cromwell, following beautiful Lake Dunstan and through the dramatic Lindis Pass. Travel the vast plains of the Mackenzie district alongside magnificent turquoise blue lake framed by Aoraki Mt Cook and the spectacular Southern Alps to Mt Cook Village where you have some free time. Leaving Mt Cook it’s not hard to see why many Lord of the Rings scenes were filmed nearby. Your driver guide will point them out on the journey to Lake Tekapo where you will make a stop close to the popular Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing on through the amazing countryside to Christchurch. Overnight: Christchurch

DAY 11 : Depart Christchurch

Arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer to Christchurch Airport.

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Inclusions & Highlights

Included in this itinerary/tour:

Exclusive Meet & Greet Arrival Transfer
10 Nights Accommodation
Auckland to Rotorua Tour
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland
Te Po – Indigenous Evening Experience
Tranz Alpine Train*
Punakaiki Tour
Shantytown
Milford Sound Tour with Cruise & Lunch
Queenstown/Mt Cook/Christchurch Tour
Supporting transfers from/to CBD accommodation

* subject to track maintenance

Private Touring can be arranged upon request

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