17-Day New Zealand Self-Guided Adventure Tour: Auckland to Christchurch
(1 Reviews)
Product Code: 3955-201556
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Travel through the North and South Island!
  • • See the shimmering Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • • Set foot on the Lord of the Rings Movie Set
  • • Journey to the famous Franz Josef Glacier
  • • Explore the gorgeous Milford Sound
  • • Enjoy free time in Queenstown
Tour Code
3955-201556
Duration
17 days
Departure City
Auckland
End City
Christchurch
Tour Type:
Adventure/Activities
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Nature, Adventure, Backpacker

Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Independent

No guide will be available except during included excursions/activities/transfers

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Budget

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries

Accessibility: Not accessible

Tour does not have wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions or allow service dogs

Itinerary
Day 01
Auckland

Auckland

Hotel: Local hotel / hostel or similar

As you arrive at Auckland Airport you will be transferred to your accommodation for check-in.

Check-in is from 3:00pm, and you'll be free to explore the city for the rest of the day.

Tips:
The name of the hostel or the hotel will be provided to you once the reservation is confirmed.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Rotorua

Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua

Hotel: Base Backpackers Auckland or similar

Leaving Auckland in the morning we'll travel through the Waikato and King Country regions, passing by flourishing farmland and picturesque countryside. Your experienced local driver guide will provide entertaining commentary and point out highlights along the way, such as Rangiriri, where in 1863 a major battle was fought between colonial forces and those loyal to the Maori King.

Upon arrival in the small town of Waitomo, you'll meet your knowledgeable local guide, who will give you a tour of the caves including commentary on their fascinating geological and cultural history. Experience a 45-minute guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a series of limestone caves formed over 30 million years ago.

Learn all about stalagmites, stalactites and other intriguing rock formations as you walk through the caverns, and finish the tour with an enchanting boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny glowworms spread across the ceiling like a blanket of stars. This peaceful and magical experience is hard to beat. You will emerge into a picturesque setting of native New Zealand bush before following a short trail back up to the Waitomo Caves visitor complex.

Here you can take in the views and enjoy lunch (at own expense), before arriving at Rotorua, where you'll be free to check into your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day.

Day 03
Matamata

Rotorua - Hobbiton - Rotorua

Hotel: Base Backpackers Rotorua or similar

Today you will make your way to the designated meeting point to be picked up and travel to the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island, and immerse yourself in the rural Kiwi town of Matamata. Here you will find the famous Hobbiton Movie Set, known for its dramatic views of picturesque countryside and the Kaimai Ranges, where the award-winning films of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed by Sir Peter Jackson.

Visit this magical movie set and pristine countryside of The Shire, which was created on the grounds of an actual beef and sheep farm. Take a guided tour through beautiful landscapes and hobbit homes where Pippin, Merry, Sam, Frodo and Bilbo came to life. Peek into hobbit holes and explore many of the sets and structures like the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn which were created specifically for these two famous films. Learn about the complex process of transforming farmland into Middle-Earth.

At the end of the tour you will return to Rotorua, you will be dropped-off at the meeting point and have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Taupo

Rotorua - Taupo

Hotel: Base Backpackers Taupo or similar

Today you travel from Rotorua to Taupo (approx 1 hour) where you will have the full day to explore this awesome town on your own.

There is no shortage of activities on offer in Taupo, be it an adrenaline rush or the more sedate - there is something for everyone! From the ever popular Bungy to Taupo being internationally known as a mecca for adventure activities like Skydiving to Jet Boating in the Lake Taupo and Scenic Flights to Taupo's AC Baths. Check out Taupo's one and only Starlight Cinema!

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Napier

Taupo - Napier

Hotel: YHA Napier or similar

Today you will travel to Napier, the main 'port' city of the Hawke's Bay region. Razed by earthquake and fire in 1931, Napier has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco buildings in the world. Napier has many tourist attractions and travel activities with something to suit all ages, tastes and budgets. From adrenaline-pumping adventure to a relaxing day out, you will never be bored in Napier. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to take advantage of the city and its many activities, and overnight.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Napier

Napier - Hawke's Bay - Napier

Hotel: YHA Napier or similar

Today, you will be picked-up from your accommodation to join a fun filled wine tasting afternoon in the sun driving through absolutely stunning scenery. Meet like-minded people and share an appreciation of this region's fantastic wine.

We will visit four to five wineries and enjoy a cheese platter in the grounds of Ngatarawa Vineyard beside the lily pond. You will taste around 30 different wines including the main varieties, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Pinot Gris, Viognier and the lesser known aromatics such as Gewurztraminer and Riesling.

After the tour you will be dropped-off at your Napier accommodation.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Wellington

Napier - Wellington

Hotel: Base Backpackers Wellington or similar

This afternoon you will travel from Napier to the capital of New Zealand, Wellington. This trip takes approximately 5 hours so you will get into the capital around 7:00pm.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Wellington

Wellington

Hotel: Base Backpackers Wellington or similar

Today is free to explore Wellington: enjoy what the vibrant city has to offer from world class restaurants to classy & trendy cafes and bar, and discover its many landmarks and attractions.

Visit Te Papa - The national museum which is absolutely free to public! The Museum of Wellington City & Sea, the City Gallery, the Wellington Cable Cars and much more are a short walk from where you'll stay! The waterfront is also a stunning place to spend the afternoon watching the boats come in and out of the bay.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Picton

Wellington - Nelson

Hotel: Paradiso Backpackers Nelson or similar

Today you will travel to the South Island from Wellington on the Inter-islander Ferry. Enjoy the sights as you pass into Marlborough, which offers stunning views you will not forget. When you arrive into Picton, travel West to Nelson which is the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park.

Visiting Attractions

Day 10
Abel Tasman National Park

Nelson - Abel Tasman - Nelson

Hotel: Paradiso Backpackers Nelson or similar

Today, you will be picked-up from your accommodation to embark on a journey that will restore your connection with nature. Start the day with an invigorating walk through lush native forest from Marahau to Anchorage. Feel the freedom, soak up the ambiance and take in the views of New Zealand's coastal paradise.

Join the sailing tour by 1:30pm from Anchorage beach for a visit to the Fur Seal colony. Then let nature do the work and sail back through the best of the Abel Tasman coastline via Split Apple Rock into the gorgeous resort community of Kaiteriteri (2.5 hour sail & 4 hour walk).

Lunch is served on the boat along with morning and afternoon tea. At the end of the tour you will be dropped-off back at your Nelson accommodation.

Tips:
Lunch is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 11
Franz Josef

Nelson - Franz Josef

Hotel: YHA Franz Josef or similar

Today you will spend the whole day travelling from Nelson to the incredible town of Franz Josef where you will spend the night. The journey takes approx 10 hours but includes many stops along the way where you will have many chances to grab food!

Visiting Attractions

Day 12
Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef

Hotel: YHA Franz Josef or similar

The Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed, following the glacier's path as it winds its way through this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier's history, see what this majestic giant leaves behind, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere. Near the terminal face, after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the glacier’s rapidly changing terminal face.

This leisurely and informative journey can be tailored to suit groups of most abilities and interests, so no trip is ever the same. Accessing some exclusive trails and including great storytelling from your experienced and well-trained guide, there has never been a more extraordinary time to visit the Franz Josef Glacier.

Visiting Attractions

Day 13
Queenstown

Franz Josef - Queenstown

Hotel: Base Backpackers Queenstown or similar

Today we travel onward from Franz Josef to the Adventure Capital of New Zealand - if not the world - Queenstown! Queenstown is a scenic town in the South Island of New Zealand. It's one of the most beautiful regions and offers year round attractions.

The town sits on the edge of Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by the Southern Alps. The most remarkable sight is the Remarkables, which is a saw-toothed range of mountains on the opposite side of the lake from the town. After arrival, check-in into your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to settle in.

Visiting Attractions

Day 14
Milford Sound

Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Hotel: Base Backpackers Queenstown or similar

Make your way to the departure point today, to visit Milford Sound, undoubtedly one of the world's most spectacular natural phenomena, and to journey along the 295 km Milford Road through Fiordland National Park, equally impressive.

Leaving Queenstown, you will travel on modern comfortable buses that include informative and entertaining commentary from experienced local guides, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and into southern farmland to Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island. After a morning tea stop (own expense), travel along the lake and into Fiordland National Park.

Enter the picturesque Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls and one of only a few road-accessible glacier valleys in New Zealand, and take advantage of the photo opportunities on offer along the Milford Road, like the stunning Mirror Lakes, where on a calm day the surrounding mountain ranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters, and Knobs Flat, where glaciers have carved their mark on the terrain.

Your glass-roof coach will provide amazing views of the dramatic skyline as you cross the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, with stunning mountain peaks all around. Stop at Monkey Creek and sample some of the purest water in the world (but watch out for cheeky kea-native mountain parrots!). Travel under the mountains through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2 km passageway drilled into solid rock, then experience The Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids.

At Milford Sound, board your 1 hour 45 minute Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise and set off to explore the region that Rudyard Kipling called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Travel the length of the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, gliding past glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below.

Lush native forest clings to steep cliffs, while wildlife including seals, penguins and dolphins are regular visitors to the icy waters. Mountain ranges surround the fiord, including Mitre Peak which rises dramatically from the depths to a height of 1,692 meters above sea level.

During your cruise the crew will entertain you with commentary on the natural history and wildlife of the area, and the large top deck allows amazing viewing and panoramic photo opportunities. Large covered seating areas and viewing windows are located on other levels.

After your cruise, return to Queenstown by bus.

Visiting Attractions

Day 15
Queenstown

Queenstown

Hotel: Base Backpackers Queenstown or similar

Today is free to enjoy yourself in Queenstown. There are so many things to see and do here, it's impossible to ever get bored!

Visiting Attractions

Day 16
Christchurch

Queenstown - Christchurch

Hotel: All Stars Inn on Bealey or similar

Today we say goodbye to Queenstown and make the long journey to Christchurch where you will spend your last night. This trip takes between 8 & 9 hours and offers some really incredible scenery along the way. On arrival check-in into your new accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the southern New Zealand vibe.

Visiting Attractions

Day 17

Christchurch

Today is your last day of the trip. Enjoy the morning in Christchurch before checking out of your accommodation in time to catch your return airport transfer, where this amazing adventure will come to an end.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Airport pick-up, drop-off
  • All transportation as per itinerary
  • 16 nights accommodation
  • 1 lunch
  • Waitomo Glowworm Cave Experience
  • Hobbiton Experience
  • Hawkes Bay Wine Tour
  • Abel Tasman by Land & Sea Experience
  • Franz Josef Glacier Valley Experience
  • Milford Sound Cruise Experience

Package Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Transfers to/from bus stations
  • Optional activities:
    - Franz Josef Ice Explorer: USD 233
    - Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike: USD 316
    - Franz Josef Heli Ice climb: USD 323 - Shotover Jet: USD 116
    - Skydive Queenstown 15,000ft: USD 376
    - Skydive Queenstown 12,000ft: USD 291
    - Skydive Queenstown 9,000ft: USD 256
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
Special Notes
  • Cancellation Policy: Non-refundable once confirmed.
  • There’s no tour leader to follow around on these adventures, only local guides for each included activity. You will travel independently on a fixed itinerary with prebooked public transportation, activities and accommodation. Take advantage of some free time to go explore at your own pace. Choose to stay overnight in hostels, 3-star, or 4-star hotels.
  • Most of travelers on this tour fall between the ages of 18 - 35, but everyone is young at heart and welcome to come experience the world with us! If you are between the ages of 18 and 118, we invite you to take this trip and have the time of your life! Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Your day trips will include:
    Waitomo Glowworm Caves Experience
    - Return Coach Travel from Auckland
    - Free WiFi on Board of the Bus
    - Tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    - Glowworm Grotto Boat Ride
    - Experienced Guide

    Hobbiton Experience
    - Meeting Point Pick-up/Drop-off
    - Return Transportation from Rotorua
    - Time at leisure in Matamata
    - Two Hour Guided Tour of The Shire Film Set (Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill, The Party Tree, and more..)

    Hawkes Bay Wine Tour
    - English Speaking Guide
    - Accommodation Pick-up & Drop-off
    - 4/5 Wineries plus Cheese Board
    - Luxury Air-conditioned Modern Vehicles

    Abel Tasman by Land & Sea Experience
    - English Speaking Guide
    - Accommodation Pick-up & Drop-off
    - Freedom Walk
    - Catamaran Sailing Tour
    - Morning & afternoon Tea

    Franz Josef Glacier Valley Experience
    - Experienced Glacier Guide
    - Breathable Rain Jacket
    - Waterproof Over-trousers (if required)
    - Socks & Sturdy Boots (or you have the option to wear your own hiking boots)
    - Woollen Hats & Gloves (if required)

    Milford Sound Cruise Experience
    - Comfortable Coach Transfers with Free WiFi on Board
    - Glass Roof Coach for Optimal Viewing
    - Informative English Speaking Driver/Guide
    - Milford Sound 2 hour Nature Cruise
  • Tours4fun requires passengers to be aware of the importance of travel insurance when traveling on adventure style tours. We strongly advise to take out travel and cancellation insurance to cover against cancellation costs, lost or damaged luggage or costs incurred from injury or illness. If you choose not to travel with travel insurance please be aware Tours4fun or any of its affiliates will take no liability for any cost incurred while traveling on this tour.
  • 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.

Pricing Info

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

* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.
* The display price is per person for travelers sharing a room with other travelers in hostels. You can upgrade to single occupancy or double/twin occupancy in the check-out page.

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.
REVIEWS

SATISFACTION

100%

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Write a Review and earn 200 points. Attach photos to your review and earn 25 points per photo.
Please check the Rewards4Fun Program FAQ for more information.

Tell Us

Tell Us

(required but will never be displayed)
(NOTE: HTML is not translated!)
UPLOAD
Photos must be:Less than 1MB; Family-Friendly; Virus-free; In .gif, .bmp, .jpg, .png format
  • Sandamalie

    Sandamalie

    Verified Purchased 03/13/2017
    WONDERFUL

    Everyone in our group was very happy! Paul is great for organizing everything last minute since we only got our visas one day before we travel to NZ. Paul, we thank you for being so patient with us! The accommodation, timings and everything... were great except for one place. It was a nice and enjoyable experience overall. Thanks Tours4Fun! Keep it up and I will recommend you without problem to anyone! Read full review

Q & A

Questions previously answered may have different answers due to many reasons: season (date and year of travel), rates, availability, etc. Please check the Rewards4Fun Program FAQ for more information.

Ask Us
Ask Us
(required but will never be displayed)
(NOTE: HTML is not translated!)
Re accommodation: My husband and I are both seniors (66 years old), but both energetic. We are interested to join your tour about the 1st week of September 2017.
Is this a good time to travel to your country? We will be coming from the Philippines and
would like to spend a couple of nights in Melbourne. Is there a flight that goes from Melbourne to Auckland on a regular basis?
How much extra will it cost if we upgrade to 3-4 star twin sharing hotel during the tour?
07/14/2017 11:24:19
Tours4Fun 07/14/2017 14:15:32

Dear Evangeline,

Thank you for your inquiry.

Currently, this tour is available for the first week of September.

Please be advise that there’s no tour leader to follow around on these adventures, only local guides for each included activity. You will travel independently on a fixed itinerary with prebooked public transportation, activities and accommodation. Take advantage of some free time to go explore at your own pace.

Most of travelers on this tour fall between the ages of 18 - 35, but everyone is young at heart and welcome to come experience the world with us! If you are between the ages of 18 and 118, we invite you to take this trip and have the time of your life!

There are flights from Melbourne to Aukland with regular departures.

The cost of the *3 star hotel for twin sharing room will be $983.00 while the *4 star hotel twin sharing room will be
$1,588.00.

Best Regards,
Mary
Customer Service Rep

We would like to inquire your New Zealand Self-Guided Adventure Tour: Auckland to Christchurch but we have only 13 days. Arriving Auckland on September 18 6pm, and leaving Auckland October 1, 4 pax.

Thank you.

Eileen
07/09/2017 12:00:00
Tours4Fun 07/09/2017 14:57:31

Dear Eileen,


Thank you for your inquiry.

Please note that you can book this tour but since you only have 13days so you need to self-dismiss on day 14 at Queenstown and arrange your own transportation going to Auckland but the price will be the same.

Please refer to the package includes of the tour:

Airport pick-up, drop-off
All transportation as per itinerary
16 nights accommodation
1 lunch
Waitomo Glowworm Cave Experience
Hobbiton Experience
Hawkes Bay Wine Tour
Abel Tasman by Land & Sea Experience
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Experience
Milford Sound Cruise Experience

To place your order for a reservation online, simply select your desired tour start date and the number of rooms you need/ travelers you are booking for on the upper right section of the tour information page, and then click on "BOOK NOW". After that you will be processed to checkout.


Best Regards,
Keyven
Customer Service Rep

Traveler Photos

Upload your photos and earn 25 points per photo.
Please check the Rewards4Fun Program FAQ for more information

Upload Photos Upload Photos

Edit Photo Title & Description

Loading……
16
Calendar
Modify
Departure Date:jul-01, 2017
Room
Number of Travelers
Ticket
Adult(s)
- +
Tours Options
Accommodation Options:
From USD
$1,884.00/person
loading
Total USD 0
$1,884.00
View different Currencies
How did we get this total?
0

AUD: A$ 263.05

EUR: A$ 263.05

GBP: A$ 263.05

Check Availability Book Now $
End Date:
loader
  • Sold Out
  • Available

Need Help?

Customer care available 24/7

1-866-933-7368

Why Book with Tours4fun?

  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Hand-picked Tours & Activities
  • 24/7 Customer Support

Many of our tours and activities are available in several languages:

Guide

Your guide speaks the language.

Audio

A headset or similar audio device in the language is available.

Popular Searches:
USA East
USA West
Florida
Hawaii
Canada
Europe
Oceania
Please select