Explore NZ by Coach or Self-Drive Car
New Zealand Vistas 9 Days, 8 Nights
Daily Departures Tour # TT942T
8 nights accommodation
Christchurch/Auckland one way airfare
Transfers within journey
Waitomo Glow-worm Caves
Maori Hangi & Concert
Te Puia Geothermal Experience
Agrodome Sheep Show
TranzCoastal Train Journey
Milford Sound Cruise including lunch
Views of Mt Cook National Park
All tours are flexible. Pre and post tour accommodation and airport transfer packages available.
Exciting experiences and spectacular scenery await you on this New Zealand Vistas tour. Leave Auckland behind you and marvel at the wonders of Waitomo Caves, continue onto Rotorua and discover active geysers, boiling mud pools and the traditional Maori culture. Your journey will then take you to the sights and sounds of the South Island, the world famous TranzCoastal Train, Te Anau and the glorious Milford Sound, to name but a few.
Day 1: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
Travel south through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves for a boat ride under a galaxy of glow-worms. 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 -Te Anau
Travel south across the Canterbury Plains through seaside Timaru and historic Oamaru to Dunedin “the Edinburgh of the South”. Please note, no commentary is provided on this journey. Continue south across the rolling hill country of South Otago and Southland. After the farming community of Gore, head across the Waimea plains to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland. Stay 1 night in Te Anau.
Day 7: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown
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 back to Te Anau, the turn north following the dramatic southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to reach Queenstown by early evening. Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.
Day 8: At Queenstown
Today is free for you to enjoy this fabulous lakeside resort. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of optional activities from thrilling jetboat rides to leisurely lake cruises, 4WD safaris and bungy jumping.
Day 9: Queenstown – Christchurch
Travel through the Kawarau Gorge with its historic gold mines, then past the stone fruit growing region of Cromwell to the Lindis Pass. Cross the spectacular Mackenzie country bounded by the Southern Alps to Lake Tekapo. Continue north through the Canterbury Plains arriving into Christchurch late afternoon in time for your flight to Auckland. Your tour ends on arrival at Auckland Airport.
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