NEW ZEALAND – 10 Days Highlights of North and South Islands

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Bucket List Group Travel > Global Bucket List > NEW ZEALAND – 10 Days Highlights of North and South Islands
Overview

Marvel at the unrivaled views of the snow-capped mountains on the New Zealand Tour and indulge in the brilliance of the beautiful bioluminescence of glowworms at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Go bungee jumping at Queenstown and encounter the magnificent whales and dolphins at the waters of Kaikoura. Set out on the Hobbiton Movie Tour and go kayaking at the Bay OF Islands.

Highlights
Visited Places:

• Auckland

• Rotorua

• Christchurch

• Queenstown

• Franz Josef

Travel Experience:

• Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea

• Hobbiton 

• Glowworm Caves

• Maori culture

• Rotorua sightseeing tour

• Milford Sound Nature Cruise

• Walking / Hiking

• Franz Josef Glacier area

• TranzAlpine scenic train 

Notes
Tour Start

Auckland

Tour End

Christchurch

Destination

New Zealand

Flights
  • Arrival: Day01 before 3pm 
  • Return: Day10 anytime after 12pm
FLY IN Airport: Auckland Airport (AKL)  
FLY OUT Airport: Presidente Christchurch International Airport (CHC)  
Meeting Point
  • The group meets at the arrival airport or at the hotel on Day01.
  • More details will be provided via group chat on WhatsApp
Availability
  • Seat available till the booking is open!
  • Balance due 2 months before the tour departure date!
* Minimum number of members requires for all group tour. Please confirm with the organizer before any flight booking!
Itinerary
Day01

Auckland

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Description:
Welcome to Auckland
 
You will be met at the Auckland airport by the driver and transferred to your Auckland accommodation.

Auckland, New Zealand’s self-proclaimed “City of Sails” is the country’s largest metro area. Resting between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, this urban paradise has something for everyone. Surrounded by native bush, rainforests, and an abundance of beaches, Auckland is a playground for both the city-savvy and those with an eye for adventure. Explore the central museums and galleries on foot, or get out onto the water to experience the best views of the city.

Activities Included:
  • Airport transfer
  • Free day to explore the city
Optional Activities:
  • Harbour Dinner Cruise – $100 pp
Accommodation:
  • Hotel in Auckland 
Day02

ROTORUA HIGHLIGHTS

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Description:

Auckland Central (Pass By) Your tour starts in New Zealand’s largest city. As we drive out of the city your guide will not only set the scene for your adventure today but also point out and guide you past some of the city’s top highlights.

  • Waikato Region (Pass By)
  • Tirau
  • Te Puia
  • Rotorua
  • Maori Cultural Performance &  Traditional Maori Hangi Buffet Lunch.

Note: Each day tour itinerary is subject to availability, it is possible that the same day itinerary is sold out and in that case we will book the similar day itinerary that is available. 

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing in Rotorua
  • Mitai Maori Village
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Accommodation:
  • Hotel in Auckland 
Day03

Glowworm Caves - Hobbiton

Waitomo glowing worm cave | Bucket List Group Travel
Description:

The fictional, yet globally famous, village of Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves rank among the most popular sites of interest in New Zealand. On this tour, visit both sites in one day—see the home of Bilbo Baggins and explore Waitomo’s subterranean caverns.

  • Auckland Central (Pass By)
  • Waikato Region (Pass By)
  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Karapiro
  • Otorohanga (Pass By)
  • Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour.

 

Note: Each day tour itinerary is subject to availability, it is possible that the same day itinerary is sold out and in that case we will book the similar day itinerary that is available. 

Activities Included:
  • Guided sightseeing
  • Glowworm caves
  • Hobbiton
Optional Activities:
  • Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa – $40 pp
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
Accommodation:
  • Hotel in Auckland
Day04

Auckland - Queenstown

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Description:

Its time to say goodbye to North Island as today you will catch an early flight to Queenstown (South Island), on arrival you will be met by a driver and transferred to your accommodation.

Today is a free day to explore Queenstown. Although celebrated as New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown offers far more than a fast-paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic, and scenic wonders. 

Suggested activities:

Go hiking – Queenstown Hill

The Queenstown Hill walk is one of the best short hikes around Queenstown. The name just says it all! To get to the top of Queenstown Hill you’ll need to climb 600 meters (2000 feet) over the 2.5 kilometers. The total hike time is around 2 hours depending on how much time you spend at the top enjoying the view.

Riding the iconic ‘Big Red’ Jet Boat through the narrow Shotover Canyon is an exhilarating experience not to be missed.  Your skilled jet boat driver pushes the boat to 85 kph, skimming across shallow water and past towering canyon walls.  This 25 minute white water ride includes 360 degree spins and maximum thrills.

The Nevis Bungy is New Zealand’s highest bungy at 134 metres and 8 1/2 seconds of freefall. Located in the Nevis Valley high above the Nevis River this is the ultimate adrenaline experience.

The upper section of the Shotover River gives rafters time to practice their paddle techniques before they hit the whitewater of the lower Canyon. Paddle numerous rapids such as Rock Garden, Jaws, 

Activities Included:
  • Airport transfer
  • Flight Auckland – Queenstown (one way)
Optional Activities:
  • Queenstown Skyline Gondola Ride – $30 pp
  • Shotover Canyon River Jet Boat Adventure – $105 pp
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast @ hotel
Accommodation:
  • Hotel in Queenstown
Day05

MT COOK & HOOKER VALLEY HIKE

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Description:

Mt Cook & Hooker Valley Hike Tour, this small group, fully-guided day trip combines all of the key highlights in the area with the famous Hooker Valley Hike along with the secret stops and wildlife viewings.

Highlights:

Kawarau Suspension Bridge (Pass By)

Cromwell

Lindis Pass

Omarama

Lake Pukaki

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Hooker Valley Track

Mt. Cook Village

High Country Salmon

Mrs Jones Fruit Orchard

Note: Each day tour itinerary is subject to availability, it is possible that the same day itinerary is sold out and in that case we will book the similar day itinerary that is available. 

Activities Included:
  • Sightseeing 
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
Accommodation:
  •  Hotel in Queenstown 

Day06

Milford Sound Nature Cruise

MILFORD SOUND NATURE CRUISE
Description:

Return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with a 1 hour 40 minute Cruise along the full length of the fiord. On boarding a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown or Te Anau, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option of purchasing refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. On reaching Milford Sound, you board the modern, spacious vessel for a leisurely cruise in the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforests, mountains, and wildlife. During the cruise, your friendly crew provides commentaries in several languages and points out the sights such as Mitre Peak and the Pembroke Glacier.

 Please bring comfortable shoes, a waterproof jacket, warm clothing, and insect repellent.

Activities Included:
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise with return luxury coach transfers 
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Accommodation:
  • Hotel in Queenstown
Day07

QUEENSTOWN - FRANZ JOSEF

Franz Josef Glacier | Bucket List Group Travel
Description:

Take a sightseeing day tour from Queenstown to Franz Josef and discover the wild beauty of New Zealand’s West Coast.

Leaving Queenstown, travel by luxury coach through the stunning scenery of the South Island. Your driver guide will provide entertaining commentary and point out sites of interest as you pass by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Dunstan, Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea.

After a morning tea break in Makarora on the border of Mount Aspiring World Heritage Park, you’ll travel through the Haast Pass, journeying through native beech forest and over the Southern Alps, before emerging on the West Coast. This remote area has a ruggedly beautiful landscape of vast rainforests, gushing waterfalls and snow-capped mountains.

Skirt the coast and see waves crashing on rocky beaches before returning inland. Pass tree-fringed lakes and stop at a boutique salmon farm on the Paringa River for afternoon tea, before arriving in the afternoon at the small village of Franz Josef. From here you can explore the world famous Franz Josef Glacier.

The German explorer Julius von Haast named the Franz Josef Glacier after Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. Located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, it is approximately 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) long. 

Activities Included:
  • Sightseeing on the way to  Franz Josef
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast @ hotel
Accommodation:
  • Hotel in  Franz Josef Glacier Village
Day08

FRANZ JOSEF

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Description:

Today is a free day to explore the Franz Josep area. Some of the optional activities which is recommended:

Cruise & Rainforest Walk 

Explore beyond the glacier at Franz Josef with a scenic cruise on Lake Mapourika. See the snow-capped mountains reflected in the lake on a calm, clear day, as you cruise across the lake to a hidden nature trail through the ancient, untouched rainforest. Visit a kiwi sanctuary and look out for other birds along the way.

Kayak Adventure 

Journey across Lake Mapourika and enjoy exclusive access to our private rainforest trail through the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary. Step off the boat and into a Jurassic rainforest that feels like another world!

Activities Included:
  • Free day to explore
Optional Activities:
  • Scenic cruise and rainforest walk ($95 / person)
  • Kayak adventure ($85 / person)
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast @ hotel
Accommodation:
  • Hotel in  Franz Josef Glacier Village
Day09

TranzAlpine Scenic Train

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Description:

Today you will be transferred to the Greymouth train station. 

Check-in and board a train through New Zealand’s Southern Alps on a gorgeous rail journey from Greymouth to Arthur’s Pass and Christchurch. You have the option to ride one segment of the mountainous route, or take the entire 4.5-hour journey, passing wide-open views, rugged peaks, and vast forests of native beech. Personal headsets with GPS-triggered audio commentary tell the story of the communities and places you’ll pass, with a combination of seats and open-air viewing decks for a comfortable ride.

NOTE: Your TranzAlpine train departs Greymouth Train Station at 14:05. Please check-in at least 20 minutes before departure by presenting your reference number to the ticket office. You will receive your boarding pass and your suitcases (large bags) will be checked in.

Your train is scheduled to arrive at Christchurch Train Station at 18:30. Get transferred to the hotel on arrival.

Activities Included:
  • TranzAlpine Scenic Train
  • Transfer to train stn
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast @ hotel
Accommodation:
  • Hotel in  Christchurch
Day10

Christchurch

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Description:

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers and the guide as the tour ends today with breakfast at the hotel. Check out is usually by 11am so book your return flight accordingly. Hoping that you have captured the best moments on camera and packed in a host of travel memories to carry back home with you.

Activities Included:
  • Airport shuttle/transfer 
Meals Included:
  • Breakfast

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Inclusions

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup and transfers
  • Breakfast @ Hotels – Note: tour starts early each day so you may request for a box to go breakfast at the hotel!
  • 9 nights of hotel accommodation 
  • One-way flight (Auckland – Christchurch)
  • Transportation in A/C bus / Van (shared)
  • Excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Glacier Valley Shuttle
  • TranzAlpine Scenic Train

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Meals (other than mentioned above)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips and gratuities 
  • Transfers other than mentioned in the Itinerary (available at extra cost)
  • Travel insurance / Visa

NOTE: Some activities have a pickup/dropoff location that requires a 5 to 15 mins walk from the hotel accommodation. We do not offer transfers for a such short distances.

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FAQ

I'm a solo traveler, can I still join the tour?

Yes of course, As all our tours are for solo travelers. You will travel with like-minded and fun-loving people who like to explore new destinations and activities like yourself.

I want to join with my partner or friends; is it possible?

No condition for fun! You can always join the group tours with anyone by your side either your partner or a group of crazy friends. We make sure to arrange accommodation and all other activities accordingly. Do you want to know the lined-up list of tours; please check our tour finder section for more details.

I am travelling solo, do I have to pay single supplement?

No. All trip prices are based on double occupancy rooms. You will be paired with another solo traveler of the same gender to share the accommodation. If you enrolled with another person, you’ll room with that person. Although single supplement option is available if you prefer a room for yourself. If you are interested in a single room please select the single supplement package while booking.

What are the accommodation options?

We offer luxurious hotels, budgeted motels, spontaneous camps, handy lodges and every other possibility at your destination.

What is cancellation policy?

If you cancel your booking cancellation fees could apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:

More than 60 days prior to departure you will receive a full refund less deposit amount
Between 45 to 60 days prior to departure we will retain the deposit or 50% of the amount paid (whichever is greater)
Less than 45 days prior to departure we receive the right to not refund any of the costs paid

Do I need a Travel Medical insurance?

Yes, Travel insurance is required for all international trips. Insurance covers (and reimburses you) for things like trip cancellation, trip interruption, and trip delay, lost or delayed baggage, medical coverage, medical evacuation, etc.

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