Air New Zealand Activities

5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Trip

3.5 Definitely worth doing 5 Reviews

  • Location: Auckland or Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: 5 days (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2950CLT43
Journey through the North Island of New Zealand and explore Waitomo, Rotorua and Lake Taupo, and discover the natural beauty of Kaikoura and Christchurch on this 5-day trip from Auckland to Christchurch or vice versa. See the glow worms at Waitomo Caves, relax at Rotorua's geothermal wonderland, see giant sperm whales at play and be mesmerized by the natural beauty of New Zealand. This 5-day tour will have you travelling by coach, train and ferry with plenty of time at leisure to make this holiday truly magical.
Day 1 - Auckland to Waitomo, Rotorua
Today you will depart from Auckland and drive to the magical Waitomo Caves. Here you will have a guided tour of the caves, before taking a short boat ride along the river to the grotto. Be enchanted by the thousands of glow worms emitting tiny lights that twinkle in the darkness. Later, you drive to Rotorua, passing through the Fitzgerald Glade, a section of highway where native bush forms a canopy overhead.

Overnight in Rotorua - Sudima Rotorua or Similar

Day 2 - Rotorua
This morning explore Rotorua's geothermal wonderland and discover the unique culture of New Zealand's Maori people. Enjoy a guided tour of Te Puia, see Rainbow Springs and watch the Agrodome Sheep Show. The rest of the day is at leisure and in the evening you might like to experience a Maori hangi (a traditional barbecue) and concert (at own expense).

Overnight in Rotorua - Sudima Rotorua or Similar

Day 3 - Rotorua to Wellington
There is more stunning scenery on offer today as you travel by coach to Wellington, passing Lake Taupo, Palmerston North and the Kapiti Coast.

Overnight in Wellington - James Cook Grand Chancellor or similar

Day 4 - Wellington via Picton to Kaikoura
This morning, travel by Inter Islander Ferry, via Cook Strait to Picton. Then it’s all aboard the TranzCoastal train to Kaikoura. This is a spectacular train journey that passes through stunning coastal scenery and rugged mountain ranges.

Overnight in Kaikoura - White Morph or similar

Please note: The TranzCoastal train will not be operating during winter months from May 6 to September 30, 2013. During that time you will be transferred to Kaikoura by comfortable coach.

Day 5 - Kaikoura to Christchurch
The highlight this morning is a whale watching tour by boat or light aircraft. See the gentle giants of the sea and be thrilled as the giant sperm whales breach, and watch the dolphins and seals at play. Later in the afternoon you will drive to Christchurch where your tour concludes.

Tour can also be operated in reverse, Christchurch to Auckland

Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from centrally located hotels in Auckland and Christchurch
Departure Time:
7am
Return Details:
Concludes at Auckland or Christchurch at 6:00pm on Day 5

Pricing information

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Auckland to Christchurch
Code: EXAKL

5-Day one-way trip from Auckland to Christchurch

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$1,467.05
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Christchurch to Auckland
Code: EXCHC

5-Day one-way trip from Christchurch to Auckland

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$1,467.05
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5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Trip

5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Trip
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Inclusions:
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves tour
  • Rotorua afternoon sightseeing tour
  • Ferry between Wellington and Picton
  • TranzCoastal train journey between Picton and Kaikoura (only from 01 October, 2013 to 30 April, 2014)
  • Kaikoura whale watching tour
Exclusions:
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage (e.g. surfboards, golf clubs or bikes) may have certain restrictions, please inquire with the operator prior to travel to confirm if your excess luggage is acceptable
  • This tour is independent touring, different coach and driver each day, all pickups and drop-offs will be at your accommodation.
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Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Uolevi K, January 2014

The tour was ok, but why 5 days' tour is only 4 days tour with one free day? Heidi and Uolevi

Reviewed by: Caroline D, February 2013

Great tour with a well timed itinerary and wonderful local staff. Would have been useful to know of the names of the local places of accommodation or at least what type of rooms we were booked into as we could have made better use of the kitchenettes if we had known. It would also be helpful to have it stated clearly and upfront, that this is a self-guided tour with the occasional input from local operators. It was not a draw back for us, but certainly not expected when booking a "tour".

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