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Take in both North and South Island over 11 days. Perfect for those with only a couple of weeks in New Zealand. Get moving, see and do as much as you can!
11 Day Auckland to Christchurch Tour
- Trip Styles: Budget
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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What To Bring
- 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
- Sturdy walking shoes/boots
- Warm clothing
- Waterproof jacket
- Hat & Sunscreen
- Water bottle
- 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).