9-Day New Zealand Self-Guided Tour from Auckland
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Product Code: 4032-354904
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Hobbiton Movie Set Tours
  • • Tamaki Maori Culture Tour
  • • Te Puia - Maori Culture Tour
  • • Milford Day Tour from Queenstown
  • • Entrance to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • • TranzAlpine Train: Greymouth - Christchurch
  • • Glacier Hot Pools
Tour Code
4032-354904
Duration
9 days
Departure City
Auckland
End City
Christchurch
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
Itinerary
Day 01
Auckland

Auckland

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Auckland (Standard) / Auckland City Hotel - Hobson St (Standard) / Heritage Auckland (Superior) / Rydges Auckland (Superior) / Grand Millennium Auckland (First Class) / SKYCITY Hotel (First Class) / MSocial Hotel Auckland (Deluxe) or similar

On arrival in Auckland, 'The City of Sails', you will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Rotorua

Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua (Standard) / Distinction Rotorua (Superior) / Novotel Rotorua Lakeside (First Class) / Princes Gate Hotel (Deluxe) or similar

Begin your New Zealand tour by traveling south to arrive at Waitomo for a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Then we'll explore the world famous Hobbiton Movie Set, discovering Hobbit holes and a true fantasy land.

Afterwards we'll arrive in Rotorua.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves
More than 30 million years ago, the legend of Waitomo began with the creation of limestone at the bottom of the ocean. Now these limestone formations stand as one of New Zealand's most inspiring natural wonders and a must-see destination.

Your guided tour will take you through over 250 metres of stunning underground scenery commencing with the impressive Cathedral. Your tour begins at the upper entrance of the cave and proceeds along a low narrow passage to the Tomo, a deep limestone shaft. Other magnificent cave formations include the Banquet Chamber, the Pipe Organ and the Catacombs.

The highlight of your tour is an unrivalled boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto. As your eyes adjust to the dark, the walls and roof sparkle with the lights of glowworm larvae. Glide silently through the starry wonderland of the glowworm grotto, your way lit by a myriad of tiny glowworm lights glittering, and reflecting off the water.

Your experienced tour guide will deliver a highly informative commentary about the formations and the history of the area. The cave is easily accessible to those with reasonable mobility, with good handrails and paths.

Hobbiton
xperience the real Middle-Earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.

Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the twelve acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie set was created.

The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth.

Upon completion of your tour you will return to The Shire's Rest.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 03
Rotorua

Rotorua

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua (Standard) / Distinction Rotorua (Superior) / Novotel Rotorua Lakeside (First Class) / Princes Gate Hotel (Deluxe) or similar

Today you'll explore the Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mud pools and roaring geysers.

Following this, we'll head to the Agrodome for a New Zealand farm show. Then you'll visit Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand’s trout, birds and wildlife

This afternoon is at leisure.

Te Puia Thermal Reserve
Te Puia is the premier Maori cultural centre in New Zealand - a place of gushing waters, steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers. Our Maori tradition lives on at Te Whakarewarewa, with our guided tours and attractions, our Maori culture, and our National Carving and Weaving Schools of New Zealand.

Agrodome
The Agrodome offers visitors an experience like no other – seeing through the eyes of a true New Zealand farmer. Situated just north of Rotorua city on a scenic 160-hectare sheep and beef farm, this exciting, educational and hands-on experience is one not to be missed. Just 15 minutes north of Rotorua CBD.

Visit the Agrodome Farm Show, an exciting and informative insight into the world of New Zealand agriculture, featuring 19 breeds of sheep, sheep shearing, cow milking, lamb feeding and dog demonstrations.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 04
Queenstown

Rotorua - Queenstown

Hotel: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (Standard) / Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown (Superior) / Millennium Hotel Queenstown (First Class) / Hilton Queenstown (Deluxe) or similar

Depart on your domestic flight from Rotorua to Queenstown (airfare is NOT included).

Upon arrival we'll transfer you to the hotel.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Te Anau

Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Hotel: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (Standard) / Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown (Superior) / Millennium Hotel Queenstown (First Class) / Hilton Queenstown (Deluxe) or similar

Travel through Lumsden and Te Anau to the Fiordland National Park.

Here we'll enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the man made Homer Tunnel to arrive in Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on the fiord before returning to Queenstown.

Milford Sound
Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound. You'll experience the world famous fiord - rich in dense rainforest, glacier carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls.

Journey across the Southern Alps and travel deep into the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through solid rock. Uncover Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls, take photos of the stunning Mirror Lakes, then walk across The Chasm. At the deep waters of Milford Sound, board your 1 3/4 hour Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise. See the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Queenstown

Queenstown

Hotel: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (Standard) / Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown (Superior) / Millennium Hotel Queenstown (First Class) / Hilton Queenstown (Deluxe) or similar

A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. Optional activities not included in the tour price.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Franz Josef

Queenstown - Glacier Region

Hotel: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (Standard) / Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Superior) / Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel (First Class) or similar

Journey past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before turning into the Haast Past and the World Heritage Westland National Park.

Then we'll continue north to arrive in Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 08
Christchurch

Glacier Region - Greymouth - Christchurch

Hotel: Ashley Hotel Christchurch (Standard) / Sudima Hotel (Superior) / Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch (First Class) / Crowne Plaza Christchurch Hotel (Deluxe) or similar

Today we'll travel north to Greymouth and board the Tranzalpine train.

From here we'll ascend through lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps.

Afterwards we'll travel over the Canterbury Plains to reach ‘the garden city’ of Christchurch.

TranzAlpine Train
Truly one of the world’s great scenic train trips through the dramatic contrast of dry beech forests and tussock land on one side of the Alps and lush green landscapes on the other.

From Christchurch, cross the patchwork farmland of the Canterbury plains, follow the Waimakariri river, climbing into alpine scenery on a series of spectacular viaducts. Then, after stopping at Arthur's Pass, emerge from the long Otira Tunnel and descend through sub tropical rain forest past beautiful Lake Brunner and on to Greymouth.

The TranzAlpine operates daily excluding Christmas Day.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09

Christchurch

Today you'll be picked up at your accommodation and transferred to the airport.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Pick-up Details/Transfers
We offer 24 hours complimentary airport transfers. The detailed information will be sent to customers 7 days prior to the departure date.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • 8-night hotel accommodations
  • 8 breakfasts
  • Professional driver
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tours
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Agrodome Farm Show & Rainbow Springs
  • Milford Sound cruise with lunch
  • Entrance to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • TranzAlpine Train: Greymouth - Christchurch

Package Excludes

  • Entrance and activities not mentioned in the Includes
  • All personal expenses
  • Tour guide
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Tips
Special Notes
  • This tour is self-guided with transportation by seat-in coach and a professional driver for transfers between activities and accommodation.
  • Accommodations:
    - Standard: Entry level, comfortable and affordable accommodation representing excellent value for money.
    - Superior: Mid-level accommodation offering comfort and convenience with a range of services & facilities.
    - First Class: High quality accommodation, well located with excellent services and a large range of facilities.
    - Deluxe: Upscale boutique accommodation providing a sense of luxury and a high level of service
  • Cancellation Policy:
    - Cancellation made within 9 days prior to departure date, there is no refund.
    - Cancellation made within 10-14 days prior to departure date, 50% of payment will be refunded.
    - Cancellation made within 15-29 days prior to departure date, 75% of payment will be refunded.
    - Cancellation made within 30 or more days prior to departure date, 90% of payment will be refunded.
  • The itinerary and operating dates may change due to weather, traffic and other reasons during the busy season. Please re-confirm your booking prior to the departure date.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.
  • Placing an order on Tours4Fun does not guarantee confirmation. Tours4Fun usually confirms a booking within 1-2 days during low seasons. During high seasons, we may confirm the bookings within 5-7 workdays.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Price for Single Occupancy applies when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
* Price for Double/Triple Occupancy applies when two/three people stay in one standard hotel room respectively.
* Tour prices are based on New Zealand dollars (NZD) and converted into US dollars (USD). Constant fluctuations in the exchange rate cause prices to change on a regular basis. You will be charged the price based on the applicable exchange rate at the time of payment. All transactions are final. We do not offer discounts or compensation to those citing lower prices at a later date.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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  • Felix

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    05/22/2017
    Enjoyable days

    Milford Sound is the top one I recommend. It was a clear sunny day and both the road and boat journeys are wonderful and inspiring. We would recommend to others definitely.

  • Maralinda

    Maralinda

    05/20/2017
    Very excellent trip

    It was a self-guided tour from Auckland. We enjoyed all the great sights in North Islands and South Islands within 9 days. Highly recommended.

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