Tram Christchurch

Tram Christchurch

Heli Hike @ Franz Josef/ Fox Glacier

Heli Hike @ Franz Josef/ Fox Glacier

Queenstown

Queenstown

Queenstown Bungy

Queenstown Bungy

Aoraki Mount Cook

Aoraki Mount Cook

Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd

Waitomo Glowworm Cave

Waitomo Glowworm Cave

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa

Maori Haka Performance

Maori Haka Performance

Eruption of Pohutu Geyser @ Te Puia

Eruption of Pohutu Geyser @ Te Puia

Agrodome Farm Tour

Agrodome Farm Tour

Departure City: Christchurch

End City: Auckland

Duration:  11 Days

Type of Tour: Self-drive or Privately Guided

11-Day Classic  New Zealand   Tour 

Overview

This classic tour covers most of the popular destinations in New Zealand. Starting from the gateway of South Island, Christchurch which is also known as Garden City; Glacier town, Franz Josef where you can have the best opportunity to make contact with the Glacier; Adventure Capital of the World, Queenstown where you can experience some world-renowned extreme activities or just have a relaxing day by walking along or cursing across the Lake Wakatipu; New Zealand's "8th Wonder of the World", Milford Sound; Mt.Cook where you can witness the highest mountain in New Zealand and this place offers some of the most impressive mountain walks; Followed by the biggest city in New Zealand, Auckland; the Sulphur city, Rotorua to see the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere; take a boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms in Waitomo; Experience 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 & the Hobbit Trilogies. 

Highlights

  • Discover New Zealand's North & South Islands

  • Cruise on New Zealand's "8th wonder of the world"

  • Explore the world-famous adventure capital

  • Witness the highest mountain in New Zealand

  • Opportunity to make contact with the Glacier

  • Take a guided Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

  • Take a boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms in Waitomo

  • Watch the eruption of the largest active geyser 

 
 

Itinerary

Day 1 Christchurch


On your arrival in Christchurch, your presonal driver guide will transfer you from the airport to the hotel or if you're a self-drive guest, you will pick up your car rental and drive to the hotel. Exploring the garden city at your own leisure. Optional Activities: Punting on the Avon; Dinner on Tramway Restaurant




Day 2 Christchurch - Franz Josef/ Fox Glacier


Today, you will travel to the glacier town in West Coast, Franz Josef/ Fox Glacier. On arrival, explore this glacier town at your own leisure. Christchurch - Franz Josef: 382km (approx. 5hours) Christchurch - Fox Glacier: 405km (approx. 5hours & 30mins)




Day 3 Franz Josef/ Fox Glacier - Wanaka


You may choose to join the Heli Hike tour or spend the morning at your own leisure. This tour is highly recommended that offers a great experience of making an actual contact with the glaciers. (Please note that this optional activity is not included; can be added to the tour as per request.) Later in the afternoon, you will travel down to Wanaka. On your arrival there, explore this beautiful town at your own leisure. Optional Activities: Heli Hike Franz Josef - Wanaka: 286km (approx. 3hours & 45mins) Fox Glacier - Wanaka: 262km (approx. 3hours & 20mins)




Day 5 Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown


Today will be one of the highlights of your trip. You will travel through Te Anau and enjoy the spectacular alpine landscape to Milford Sound. You will board a scenic cruise on the Milford Fjord and enjoy an international buffet lunch served onboard. Return to Queenstown and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. Queenstown - Milford Sound: 287km (approx. 4hours) Milford Sound - Queenstown: 287km (approx. 4hours)




Day 6 Queenstown


Today is your free day to explore the endless optional attractions & activities available. Queenstown offers various of outdoor activities, such as, bungy jumping, skydiving, paragliding, jetboating, gondola rides and many more! Simply tell us what you would like to do and our friendly team will get it booked for you in advance to aviod any disappointment. Optional Activities: Bungy jumping, Skydiving, Paragliding, Jetboating, Skyline Gondola + Lunch/ Dinner; TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruises; Walter Peak Farm Tour and many more..




Day 7 Queenstown - Mt.Cook


You will travel up to Mt.Cook National Park where the highest mountain in New Zealand is located. On the way, you will stop at the famous fruit capital, Cromwell where you can taste and purchase the freshest New Zealand fruits. On your arrival in Mt.Cook, you will enjoy this afternoon at your own leisure. There are some stunning treks or optional activities that offer the great experience for exploring this beautiful place. Optional activities: Ski plane & Helicopter Alpine Experience; Glacier Explorer; Stargazing Queenstown - Mt.Cook: 264km (approx. 3hours & 15mins)




Day 8 Mt.Cook - Lake Tekapo - Christchurch - Auckland


You will return to Christchurch and fly to Auckland where your journey in North Island will begin. Travel through Lake Tekapo after farewelling Mt.Cook and spend some time to explore this breathtaking small town. Your personal driver guide will transfer you to Christchurch Airport directly or if you're a self-drive guest, you will return your rental car at the airport and take flight to Auckland. On your arrival in Auckland, your North Island's personal driver guide will transfer you from the airport to the hotel or pick up your car rental and drive to the hotel if you're a self-drive guest. *Please note flight from Christchurch to Auckland is your own arragement and expenses. Mt.Cook - Lake Tekapo: 105km (approx. 1hour & 15mins) Lake Tekapo - Christchurch: 227km (approx. 3hours) Christchurch - Auckland: approx. 1hour & 20mins by plane




Day 9 Auckland - Waitomo - Matamata - Rotorua


You will travel to Waitomo Glowworm Caves and follow by Hobbiton Movie Set. On arrival in Rotorua, you will check in to the hotel. Later this evening, you will then enjoy the night in the award winning mineral hot pools. Auckland - Waitomo: 195.5km (approx. 2.5hours) Waitomo - Matamata: 100km (approx. 1.5hours) Matamata - Rotorua: 71km (approx. 1hour)




Day 10 Rotorua - Auckland


Your day will start with visiting Te Puia. 60-minute guided tour will enrich you with the knowledge of Maori history and culture and watch a powerful Haka performance and have the chance to see the eruption of Pohutu geyser. Then, you will pay a visit to Agrodome where you get to taste a life on an authentic working New Zealand farm with guided tour and farm show. Late this afternoon, your personal driver guide will transfer you back to Auckland or drive back if you're a self-drive guest. Rotorua - Auckland: 228km (approx. 3 hours)




Day 11 Departure Day


You will be transferred to Auckland International Airport or return your rental car at the airport. Then, take a flight back home. We trust you enjoyed your vacation with iKiwi Travel.




Day 4 Wanaka - Queenstown


You may choose to do Skydiving or spend the morning at your own leisure. It is highly recommended to do your skydiving in Wanaka as it is famous for clear sunny days, the annual rainfall is low and clouds do not generally hang around. Or you can fly a plane yourself and overlook the amazing view from above (Please note that these optional activities are not included; can be added to the tour as per request.) Later in the afternoon, you will continue traveling to the adventure capital, Queenstown. On your arrival, explore this world famous town at your own leisure. Optional Activities: Skydive Wanaka, Fly a Plane Wanaka - Queenstown: 67.5km (approx. 1hour & 15mins)





 

Additional Information

What is included:


  • A choice of two transport options: Private driver guide for up to 9 hours per day (transport, driver's accommodation, meals & tips included) or Car Rental for 11 Days
  • Accommodation for 10 nights
  • Milford Sound Cruise + International Lunch Buffet
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Hot pool admission for Polynesian Spa
  • Te Puia 60-minute guided tour and Maori Haka performance
  • Admission for Agrodome Farm show & tour




Not included:


  • Any meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any excursions not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • Any tips & gratuities other than driver guide's tips





All iKiwi Travel package tours are flexible:

  • Can be taken in the reserve direction;

  • Can be extended with extra nights and additional locations;

  • Can be personalized with specific optional tours and activities. 

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