11 Day Auckland to Christchurch Tour

    Tour Auckland to Christchurch on a short time frame, including the world’s best scenic train ride – TranzAlpine.

    Auckland to Christchurch road trip tour for those short on time and who want to see both the North and South Island.

    You will visit Rotorua, the most active geothermal area in New Zealand. Then we visit Lake Aniwhenua, a great place for you to dive deep into the Maori culture. Hike at Blue Duck station to see the three peaks of Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruho. You will feel on top of the world! Heading into Wellington you will feel the culture in this funky city. Amazing coffee and bars to explore, plus the best museum we have ever been to, Te Papa.

    Take the ferry across to the South Island, no there isn’t a bridge! We are straight into Lord of the Rings country now. Exploring winding tracks, miles of beaches, and swimming in pristine waters are the name of the game in Abel Tasman National Park.

    Then hop on one of the most famous train journeys in the world the Tranzapline. Head from Greymouth to Christchurch, viewing the stunning Southern Alps.

    On this tour, the accommodation is Twin share in comfortable 3-4 star hotels. Relax and soak up the scenery and let someone else do the driving. You’ll travel by private, air-conditioned bus. Oh and on the train too! Our fun and expert local guide will teach you about New Zealand’s history and culture on tour.

    Whistle stop tour of New Zealand on our Auckland to Christchurch road trip while seeing the best bits!

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      Day 1: Auckland to Rotorua

      Haere Mai and Welcome! Your tour begins in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) the city of sails, the largest city in New Zealand and home to over 2 million people. We’re departing this morning for a short trip to Rotorua and, let’s just say, the ‘unusual’ sulphur smell will be a telltale sign that you’ve arrived! Known as the North Island’s geothermal hot spot and hub for all the very best adventure activities, Rotorua is 100% one of the best places to explore… even if your nostrils tell you otherwise! We’ll stop at the Whakarewarewa Forest for a walk amongst the giant California Redwoods planted over 100 years ago before checking in at our hostel.

      Day 2: Rotorua

      Today is a free day for you to explore Rotorua! There are heaps of cool activities to do here including white water rafting, ziplining, zorbing and even Hobbiton or just relaxing in a geothermal spa! If you want to see some geothermal activity for free, head to Kuirau Park to see boiling mud pools and steaming lakes. (B)

      Day 3: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua

      After hanging out in a major tourist destination like Rotorua, you’ll probably feel ready to experience a more authentic slice of New Zealand culture. Today we venture off the beaten track to the shores of Lake Aniwhenua. Kohutapu Lodge is owned by a local Maori family who are passionate about showcasing their Maori tribal heritage. You’ll see sacred Maori rock carvings, play traditional stick games and watch the preparation of a ground cooked ‘hangi’, before tasting it for yourself! Prepare your tastebuds – this will probably be the best meal you eat in New Zealand, or maybe even in your lifetime! (B and D)

      Exclusive experience includes:

      ● Welcome to the tribal lands and a guided tour to sacred Maori rock carvings
      ● Introduction to to the Murupara area, its people, history and challenges
      ● Afternoon tea
      ● Mau Rakau (Maori stick games)
      ● Weaving Lesson
      ● Haka Lesson
      ● 1 night’s accommodation at the serene lakeside Kohutapu Lodge
      ● Full traditional hangi buffet dinner & dessert
      ● Storytelling around the fire pit
      ● Continental breakfast

      Day 4: Lake Aniwhenua to Blue Duck Station

      Rise and shine, strayers! Enjoy your buffet breakfast and get ready for a day of jam-packed adventure. Keep your togs (swimwear) handy, because our first stop is Kerosene Creek – a naturally hot river and the perfect place for a morning soak. Then it’s on to Taupo to see Australasia’s largest lake and the mighty Huka Falls before venturing about as far off the beaten track as you can get in the North Island! Blue Duck Station is a sprawling 7,200-acre high country farm that is both a working station and an eco-conservation pioneer dedicated to protecting the native environment for its namesake, the rare blue duck. On arrival, we will settle in to learn a little about daily life at Blue Duck, the station’s interesting settlement history and their sustainability efforts before cooking some dinner and chilling out around the bonfire. (B and D)

      Day 5: Blue Duck Station

      Good news – You have a full free day to explore this ruggedly charming destination. For entertainment, you have the option to go horseback riding over rolling green hills, or jump on a 4WD and travel through native bush to the ‘Top of the World’ where you can see the three peaks of Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe. If you’d prefer to explore on foot, hike to the Kaiwhakauka waterfall and see if you can spot a rare blue duck in the flesh. Whatever you decide, we have no doubt this will be the start of your love affair with this lush kiwi paradise. Those holiday romances, aye! (B, L and D)

      Day 6: Blue Duck Station to Ohakune

      Rise and shine this morning for your trip to Ohakune. We’ll head straight there after breakfast for your scenic bike ride along the Old Coach Road. You’ll be fitted for your Bike and then shuttled to Horopito where your easy but epic 4-hour unguided bike trail begins. Download the free app before you start if you’d like to get some info along the way about your route. You’ll cycle on a unique cobbled road, past historic Viaducts and limestone cliffs and there’ll be plenty of stops along the way to take photos for the ‘gram. Once you’ve finished the tour you’ll head to your accommodation at Powderhorn Chateau for a relaxing evening. (B)

      Day 7: Ohakune to Wellington

      Onwards to Wellington, the ‘coolest little capital in the world’! Wellington packs a lot of character into its downtown district, with funky restaurants and bars along Cuba Street and Courtenay Place. Fill your afternoon by browsing through the exhibits at Te Papa National Museum, grab a craft beer at an edgy brewery, climb to the top of Mt Victoria for panoramic views or take a stroll along the waterfront and Oriental Parade. Oh and, most importantly for those who seek 24/7 caffeination, you’ll be glad to know that Wellington’s coffee culture and cafe scene is considered one of the best in NZ. (B)

      Day 8: Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman)

      We catch an early Bluebridge Ferry across the Cook Strait and through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds to the South Island. If the weather’s good, head out to the viewing deck to witness some incredible scenes before arriving in Picton and setting off through the picturesque Marlborough region. Then we continue to Marahau, situated right on the edge of the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park.

      Day 9: Marahau (Abel Tasman)

      Count yourself lucky – you have a full day to explore New Zealand’s most popular national park. From our accommodation, you can hike straight into the park (no water taxi required!). It’s a cool 12kms to Anchorage and you’ll see the park’s natural golden sand beaches and brilliant blue waters along the way. The walk is approx. 4 hours each way but there are enough photo stops en route to spend an entire day exploring. Enjoy a picnic on the beach before checking out Cleopatra’s Pools, moss-lined fresh water pools with a natural water slide.

      Day 10: Marahau (Abel Tasman) to Christchurch

      Buckle up for an awesome day driving down the incredibly scenic ‘wild’ West Coast, an area known for its untamed beaches and spectacular rainforest. Through Buller Gorge and down a stretch of road named one of the top drives in the world by Lonely Planet, there’s not much cell phone reception but you are NOT gonna need it – we dare you to peel your eyes away from the window for even a second. We’ll stop at the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowholes to explore this unique part of coastline before continuing on to Greymouth where you’ll board the TranzAlpine scenic train down to Christchurch. A city where old meets new, Christchurch is home to cool laneways and creative street art intended to bring cheer and colour to a city once buried in rubble. On arrival in Christchurch, make your way to the Ibis hotel which is your accommodation for the evening. (B)

      Day 11: Depart Christchurch

      Today your adventure comes to an end. We hope you had a blast! If you have some time at the end of your trip, why not stay a few extra days in Christchurch and explore the city.

      What To Bring
      Booking Info
      • See sacred Maori rock carvings
      • Visit Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowholes
      • Travel with a small group of like-minded travelers
      • Have an adventure in Abel Tasman National Park
      • Traverse the country on the Tranzalphine Train
      • Camera
      • Sturdy walking shoes/boots
      • Warm clothing
      • Waterproof jacket
      • Hat & Sunscreen
      • Bathers/towel
      • Water bottle
      • Toiletries
      • Motion sickness tablets
      • Insect repellent
      • Twin-share bookable live. Prices per person, in New Zealand Dollar (NZD). For a single upgrade enquire for more details.
      What is the tour guide like?

      Expect entertaining anecdotes, great recommendations, extra support and local insider knowledge from your charismatic guide. They know every inch of this country. You can’t get this from a google search!

      How do we travel around New Zealand?

      Private Coach Transport. Take the pressure off, kick back, relax, soak up the scenery and let someone else do the driving. You’ll travel by private, air-conditioned bus.

      What food is included on tour?

      Meals: A mixture of cooked and continental breakfasts are included for every morning of your tour. We’ve also included other meals here and there, be sure to check your itinerary for details. Meals are indicated as B, L and D for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

      Why stay at Lake Aniwhenua?

      This experience is an introduction to modern-day Maori culture. You’ll be hosted by a local Maori family, taken on a guided tour to a sacred archaeological site, be introduced to the local Maori stories and games and be treated to a delicious hangi dinner, cooked under the ground!

      Where will I sleep on tour?

      Accommodation: High quality twin share rooms are included. You’ll stay in comfy 3-4 star hotels for most of the nights and high country farm or scenic lodges close to waterfront or national park in our unique destinations. Hotel rooms are with ensuite, while shared facilities are in Strademark places.

      Accommodation Upgrade: You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a solo-occupied private room (subject to availability).


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