10 Day Auckland to Christchurch Tour

    Explore New Zealand, spend time in geothermal hotpots in the North Island, sip wine in an acclaimed New Zealand vineyard and explore the glorious top of the South Island.

    Experience the trip of a lifetime on our 10-day Auckland to Christchurch tour. Journey from North to South through the stunning landscapes of New Zealand, and witness the absolute highlights of this amazing country.

    Starting in Auckland, you’ll travel in style on our premium coach, staying in hand-picked quality accommodation every night. Along the way, you’ll visit some of the most breathtaking places New Zealand has to offer.

    From Auckland, we’ll head to Rotorua, famous for its geothermal activity and rich Maori culture. Witness dramatic geysers and mud pools, and immerse yourself in the history and traditions of the Maori people.

    Next, we’ll make our way to Taupo, a scenic playground of diverse landscapes. Here, you’ll stay at the luxurious Hilton hotel, a 19th-century building that combines Victorian charm with modern decor. Enjoy stunning lake views and explore the surrounding area at your leisure.

    On our Auckland to Christchurch tour, you’ll also visit Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand. Admire the unique architecture and soak up the relaxed coastal vibe of this charming town. We’ll then make our way to Wellington, the country’s classy capital city. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city’s many museums, galleries, and attractions.

    But the adventure doesn’t end there. The South Island awaits as we take the ferry into Picton. From there, we’ll make our way to Nelson, the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park. Relax on the Coastal Pacific Train as you marvel at the fantastic scenery of rugged beaches and dramatic coastlines.

    Throughout the tour, our knowledgeable guides will provide insights into the history and culture of the places we visit. And with a small group of fellow travelers, you’ll have the opportunity to make new friends and share unforgettable experiences.

    So what are you waiting for? Join us on our Auckland to Christchurch tour and turn your travel dreams into a reality in the Land of the Long White Cloud. Book now and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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      Day 1: Arrival day to Auckland

      Haere Mai and Welcome to Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), the largest city in New Zealand and home to over 2 million people. The magic of Auckland is in it’s diversity from culture to the environment. There are over 44 volcanoes in the area and 2 harbours, which explains why Auckland is known locally as the ‘City of Sails’. Take the afternoon or early evening to explore after you make your way to Neusto Hotel in central Auckland.

      Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua

      This morning we’ll be leaving Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and heading for the Rotorua region. Our first stop today is the Okere Falls. The falls lie on the Kaituna River which has cultural significance to the local iwi (tribes) in the area. Currently the River is used for tourism, specifically white water rafting and sledging. We’ll stop by the Falls and see if we can spot some brave rafters going over the falls in their raft.

      Next we’ll continue on, skirting round the edge of Lake Rotorua to a lookout point where we’ll have a view of the infamous Mount Tarawera, once the home of the renowned pink and white terraces before a violent eruption destroyed them in 1886. This evening we’ll arrive in Rotorua township and check into our hotel, enjoy a delicious dinner together and then settle in for a luxurious night’s sleep at the Distinction Rotorua. (B and D)

      Day 3: Free Day Rotorua

      Known as the North Island’s geothermal hot spot and hub for all the very best adventure activities, Rotorua is definitely one of the best places to explore… even if your nostrils tell you otherwise! There is so much to see and experience here and you have a full free day to see as much as you like. If you want to see some geothermal activity for free, we recommend taking a walk around Kuirau Park to see boiling mud pools and steaming lakes. You can book a multitude of tours via your Tour Guide and with options such as white water rafting, ziplining through the trees, relaxing at the Polynesian Spa and taking a Gondola up to see the amazing Rotorua Skyline you truly are spoilt for choice. (B)

      Day 4: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua to Taupo

      This morning we venture off the beaten track to the shores of Lake Aniwhenua in Murupara. Kohutapu Lodge is owned by a local Maori family who are passionate, not only about showcasing their Maori tribal heritage but also about making a difference in the local area. Murupara is an impoverished community that has been transformed for the better through tourism and commercial development. Through community-driven initiatives and a clear vision to provide more opportunities for the local youth, Kohutapu Lodge has paved the way for change in the area. Begin the experience with a guided tour of the sacred Maori rock carvings before arriving at the Lodge to witness the preparation of a ground-cooked hangi and tasting it for yourself! After lunch, we’ll depart for the lush, green Whirinaki rainforest for a guided tour along the Rongoa trail. Spot native endangered birds and ancient medicinal plants, and learn more about the history of the forest, including the myths and legends before enjoying a hot kawakawa tea in the forest and a final karakia. This evening, our destination is Taupo. First, we’ll stop at the spectacular Huka Falls to see more than 22,000 litres of water per second thundering into the Waikato River. Then we’ll continue on to our hotel, the fabulous Hilton Taupo, a 19th-century building that combines Victorian charm with modern decor. The resort-style hotel houses a tennis court, a fitness center, and swimming pools. This evening we’ll have a delicious 2-course group dinner at their lake-view restaurant. (B, L and D)

      Day 5: Taupo to Napier

      After a delicious breakfast it’s time to leave Taupo and travel along the Napier-Taupo Highway to what is widely regarded as the ‘Tuscany of the Southern Pacific’. The stunning Hawe’s Bay region boasts some of the best wineries around and a visit here would not be complete without a trip to Church Road Winery. Established in 1897, the team at Church Road were the first in New Zealand to craft an exceptional Bordeaux-style Red Wine. After a wine tasting, you’ll sit down for lunch in the magnificent Tom McDonald cellar to enjoy an afternoon of delicious food and exceptional wines and soak up the ambience and heritage of this historic building. Later, it’s an easy drive into the beautiful coastal town of Napier. Known for it’s perfectly preserved Art Deco facades, Napier is often referred to as a 1930’s film set. You have the option to stroll along the tree-lined promenade this evening and sample some fresh seafood from one of the many restaurants. (B and L)

      Day 6: Napier to Wellington

      Today it’s time to leave the Art Deco capital and journey down to Wellington, our sparkling capital city, where modern business style blends with a cultured, bohemian spirit. On the way, we’ll stop in Greytown, Wairarapa’s oldest town, for a spot of lunch. A picturesque village with restored Victorian buildings, Greytown is a charming place to stop, refuel and do some boutique window shopping before we continue our journey to Wellington. With a population of less than 200,000 people, there is no capital city on earth that marries relaxed and refined better than Wellington. The afternoon is free but we highly recommend a visit to our national museum Te Papa and your entrance fee is included. This evening is yours to explore Wellington. (B)

      Day 7: Wellington to Nelson

      After breakfast this morning, you’ll take the Ferry to the South Island, don’t miss the spectacular views of the sunken valleys meeting the sea that form the Marlborough Sounds. We’ll then head to Nelson arriving at our destination mid-afternoon, the coach will take you on a scenic drive along the seaside. This evening there’s plenty of time to relax, explore the area and the option to taste some of Nelson’s fine local beverages. (B)

      Day 8: Abel Tasman National Park

      Travel to the seaside resort town of Kaiteriteri and spend the morning cruising the stunning Abel Tasman National Park – a coastal paradise known for its golden sand beaches. See the iconic Split Apple Rock and call in to the most popular beaches along the coastline as you sail up to Totaranui and back. This afternoon we’ll take the scenic route and arrive back in Nelson mid-afternoon. (B and L)

      Day 9: Nelson to Christchurch

      This morning we’ll travel back to Picton and here you’ll jump on board the magnificent Coastal Pacific train and journey down to the capital of the South Island in luxury, soaking up the gorgeous scenery en-route, see Kaikoura’s rugged coastline, beautiful mountains, and rolling farmland of Canterbury before you arrive late afternoon in the South Island’s Capital Christchurch. Tonight we’ll have a group dinner at the hotel. ( B and D)

      Day 10: Depart Christchurch

      The final day is today and your trip comes to an end, enjoy a hearty breakfast and say goodbye to your group and leader. Whether you decide to head home today or to stay in Christchurch for a few extra days, we hope you leave with many happy memories of your trip with us. (B)

      Booking Info
      • View Mount Tarawera from Rotorua
      • Learn about native endangered birds and ancient medicinal plants
      • Wine tasting in Hawkes Bay region
      • Coastal Pacific Train journey across the South Island
      • Cruise Abel Tasman National Park
      • Twin-share bookable live. Prices per person, in New Zealand Dollar (NZD). For a single upgrade enquire for more details.
      What type of coach will I be travelling on?

      Each of our coaches offers large panoramic windows for easy viewing, dual entry for easy access, onboard restroom and daily seat rotation providing everyone a chance to mix with fellow travelers.

      Our personalized fleet of premium Coaches will have you traveling in Enviro 4 & 5-star vehicles all fitted with individual seat belts.

      What standard of hotels would I stay in?

      On this tour we use a range of hotels on our coach tours, with the standard varying between 3.5 and 4.5 stars.

      Can I share a room if I am travelling alone?

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        10 Day Auckland to Christchurch Tour


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