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Auckland to Christchurch - 16 days map

This 16-day group tour from Auckland to Christchurch explores the highlights of New Zealand's picturesque North and South Islands. Discover the cities of Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown, and Christchurch through guided city tours. Embrace Maori traditions at Rotarua, cruise the Milford Sound and discover the vibrant scenery of Abel Tasman National Park. Opt for a helicopter flight over Fox Glacier and the surrounding gorges and mountains and spend a night besides the largest lake on the South Island, Te Anau.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Auckland - Enjoy the view from Bastion Point, visit Auckland Museum and the waterfront on a guided city tour
Wellington - See highlights including the Parliament Building and the 'Beehive' on a guided city tour
Punakaiki -Discover the world-famous Pancake Rocks and blowholes, an impressive natural wonder
Te Anau - Stay beside the largest lake on the South Island and the gateway to Fiordland National Park
Queenstown - Spend a free day here exploring as you please, with optional zip-lining, rafting, or a 4X4 safari
Rotorua - Visit the Te Puia geothermal site and a Kiwi conservation project, plus experience a Te Pa Tu Maori cultural evening
Abel Tasman National Park - Cruise the waters of this national park and enjoy optional hiking across wild beaches and through lush scenery
Wanaka - Choose from an ecological tour to a serene island on Lake Wanaka or a 4X4 excursion into the surrounding countryside
Milford Sound - Pass through incredible Fiordland National Park and enjoy a cruise on Milford Sound - look out for dolphins!
Christchurch – End your adventure in the city, with an included punting experience and ride on a heritage tram

Included

15 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 2 dinners
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 16
All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned vehicle
Ferry across the Cook Strait
Te Pa Tu Maori experience
Wine tasting at one of Marlborough’s premier wineries
'Pancake Rocks' visit at Punakaiki
Milford Sound cruise & lunch
Christchurch Edwardian punt & heritage tram experience
15 nights 4 star hotels
Escorted by an expert local guide/driver with specialist local guides at some sites
Economy class flight from Rotorua - Wellington
Touring of Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington & Christchurch
Te Puia & Lake Terawera visit
Abel Tasman National Park cruise
Local eco-guided tour or an authentic 4WD adventure at Wanaka
Morning tea at a local home on the shores of Lake Tekapo
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.

Not Included

International flights and visas
Optional activities
Items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, travel insurance etc)
Tip for your tour guide driver. We recommend you allow $4 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to New Zealand!

Upon arrival into Auckland you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day offers free time to explore the local area; why not ask the guide for tips on where to eat in the evening.
Overnight: Auckland

Day 2

Auckland to Rotorua

Auckland – Rotorua. This morning we enjoy an Auckland City tour with panoramic views from Bastion Point, Maori and Pacific Island displays at the Auckland Museum, the quaint Parnell Village, and the picturesque waterfront. Following this we leave Auckland and head to Rotorua, the heart of New Zealand's thermal and cultural region. When we arrive we will take part in a city tour before heading to our nights accommodation.

In the afternoon we have some time to relax before we visit Tamaki Maori Village for Te Pa Tu, an evening experience and feast that changes with the Maori lunar calendar. We experience Maori culture and feast on seasonal cuisine in the forest Pa surrounded by Tawa trees and bonfires. The 4-course fusion feast includes Hangi dishes served al fresco or in the dining room, depending on the weather. Return hotel transfers included; other travellers will be on board.
Overnight: Rotorua  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Te Puia & Wellington

Rotorua – Wellington. In Rotorua, we'll experience both New Zealand's geothermal wonders and rich Maori heritage. Te Puia is a must-visit, featuring active geothermal sites, indigenous arts, crafts, and a Kiwi conservation project. Their welcoming culture means they treat you like family and we are treated with a private guide whilst we are here. Following this we explore the Blue and Green Lakes, along with Lake Tarawera, site of the Buried Village, a Māori village destroyed by the 1886 Mt. Tarawera eruption. It provides a first hand look at the aftermath, including the loss of the Pink and White Terraces.

This afternoon we fly to Wellington, New Zealand's capital, which is nestled on steep hills around a stunning harbour. It's the country's political and administrative centre, boasting a cosmopolitan feel with offices, stores, cafes, and restaurants. We enjoy a city tour, taking in iconic landmarks like the Parliament Buildings and the 'Beehive.'
Overnight: Wellington  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Crossing From North to South Island

Wellington – Nelson. Today we cross the Cook Strait on one of the most picturesque ferry journeys in the world. Often accompanied by dolphins riding the bow wave, we arrive in Picton on the South Island. We travel to Blenheim, nestled in the heart of the renowned Marlborough wine country. What could be a more perfect way to savour this region, celebrated for its Sauvignon Blanc, than indulging in wine tasting at one of Marlborough's top wineries? From here we head to the delightful town of Nelson, where we spend the next two nights.
Overnight: Nelson  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Abel Tasman National Park

Your choice of activity today must be made at the time of booking. Please let our Reservations team know which included activity you would like to partake in.

We spend today soaking up the beauty of Abel Tasman National Park, with its golden coves, turquoise lagoons and forest ranges. Since there are few roads in this national park we see the sights of it by boat instead. Boarding a small cruiser at Kaiteriteri we head out to enjoy the scenery with plenty of stops along the way for swimming and exploring on foot. Arriving back in Kaiteriteri after the cruise, you have three options.

Option 1 is to relax in the town of Kaiteriteri at leisure.

Option 2 is to join a shorter 7km (2.5 hour) self-guided walk to fabulous Anchorage Beach.

Option 3 is to join a longer 10.5km (4 hour) self-guided walk to Anchorage Beach including the scenic highlights of the South Head lookout, the famous Falls River swing-bridge and Cleopatra’s Pool.

After these activities are completed, we transfer back to Nelson for the evening.
Overnight: Nelson  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Nelson Lakes National Park & Punakaiki

Nelson – Punakaiki. This morning we journey through the captivating Nelson Lakes National Park, which features rugged peaks, lush forests, glacial lakes, and the majestic Southern Alps. We take some time to explore the charming village of St. Arnaud, before turning inland along the Buller River Gorge, a stunning scenic drive. We then follow the coastline south to the small settlement of Punakaiki. This area is renowned for its wild and untamed shoreline, as well as the famous 'Pancake Rocks' – striking limestone formations that stand as a remarkable testament to the forces of nature.
Overnight: Punakaiki  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Franz Josef & Fox Glacier

Punakaiki – Fox Glacier. Leaving Punakaiki behind we travel on to Hokitika on the West Coast where we visit its galleries of greenstone jewellery and artwork. Continuing to Hokitika Gorge we stretch our legs and discover the blue/green waters that pass through the rugged rocks. Following the road south we reach Franz Josef and then on to the village of Fox which is where the huge rivers of snow and ice of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers flow from vast snowfields high in the Southern Alps, down almost to sea level. If the weather allows there is the option of a helicopter ride over the glaciers at an extra cost.
Overnight: Fox Glacier  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Mt Aspiring National Park

Fox Glacier – Wanaka. First thing today we visit nearby Lake Matheson which, when weather conditions are just right, perfectly mirrors Mount Cook in its waters creating a stunning visual effect. From here we head up over the Haast Past along the river road, which took more than 40 years to complete, travelling deep into Mt Aspiring National Park to Lake Wanaka and the picturesque resort town of Wanaka.
Overnight: Wanaka  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Wanaka

Your choice of activity today must be made at the time of booking. Please let our Reservations team know which included activity you would like to partake in.

Today we have a choice of two included excursions. Option 1 sees you join an eco tour. Depart Wanaka by boat and escape civilisation as we cruise to an island where we hike through vibrant native vegetation to find a hidden mountaintop lake surrounded by small islands. We trek on to reach the island's summit for a 360-degree view of Lake Wanaka, its mountains and valleys, and the Arethusa Pool. Look out for the rare Buff Weka, a flightless bird extinct on Mainland NZ since 1920, which often joins visitors.

Option 2 is a 4WD adventure. We will explore a perfect mix of stunning scenery, history, and farm life in New Zealand's High Country. We will traverse remote back roads on an authentic farm with Lake Wanaka as our backdrop, surrounded by nature's beauty. We get up close to farm animals and visit historical sites, all while enjoying optional hikes through alpine meadows and lakeside forests, offering a unique insight into Wanaka's history, heritage, modern farming, and breathtaking landscapes.

When we return to Wanaka we have the afternoon at leisure to relax or enjoy the town.
Overnight: Wanaka  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Wanaka to Te Anau

Wanaka – Te Anau. We begin our day from Wanaka, stopping at the iconic Cardrona Pub. Then we venture through the Crown Range road to explore historic Arrowtown, a charming gold rush village nestled beneath majestic peaks near the Arrow River. We carry on along the scenic road between the Remarkables mountain range and stunning Lake Wakatipu before traversing a glacial valley turned farmland to reach Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest freshwater lake and the entry point to Fiordland National Park.
Overnight: Te Anau  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Fiordland National Park & Milford Sound

Te Anau – Queenstown. The journey from Te Anau to Milford Sound is one of the most scenic drives you can experience. Fiordland National Park, part of the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area is awe-inspiring, and features towering mountains and deep valleys sculpted by ancient glaciers. Milford Sound, famously dubbed the 'eighth wonder of the world' by Rudyard Kipling, is a breathtaking destination in any weather.

Following this we embark on a comfortable cruise, passing the iconic Mitre Peak to reach the Tasman Sea. Keep a lookout for seals and dolphins, which often grace the fiord's waters. After the cruise we retrace our route back to Te Anau and then journey through the Southland farmlands and circle the stunning Lake Wakatipu to reach Queenstown.
Overnight: Queenstown  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Exploring Queenstown

Nestled amid majestic mountains and on the pristine shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown's natural beauty and unique ambiance provide an ideal setting for a visit filled with adventure, exploration, or relaxation. Today, we have the freedom to choose our own activities: thrill-seekers might opt for activities like zip-lining at Bob's Peak, a heart-pounding Shotover jet-boat ride, or white-water rafting. For those of us seeking a more leisurely experience, we can enjoy a gondola ride to Bob's Peak or embark on a 4WD safari to Skippers Canyon. Queenstown also offers boutique wineries, local gardens, and a chance to cruise Lake Wakatipu on the elegant steamship TSS Earnslaw for a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm.
Overnight: Queenstown  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Journey to Mt Cook

Queenstown – Twizel. This morning we head north through Kawarau Gorge and past the scenic Lake Dunstan. We cross the Central Otago Countryside to the Lindis Pass where we descend into the Mackenzie Basin where the Southern Alps dominate the horizon. We enjoy a picturesque drive along Lake Pukaki to arrive at Mt. Cook Village, nestled at the base of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Our overnight stay awaits in the charming town of Twizel.
Overnight: Twizel  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Twizel to Christchurch

Twizel – Christchurch. Today we get to experience Kiwi culture by visiting a local home on Lake Tekapo's shores to learn the art of making Pavlova, a beloved New Zealand dessert. We enjoy our Pavlova during morning tea, taking in the stunning lake views. We admire the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd, beautifully situated against the backdrop of the Southern Alps. Continuing our journey through the high country's tussock plains, passing through charming towns like Fairlie and Geraldine, en route to Ashburton we then travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains to reach Christchurch, a city that combines post-earthquake regeneration with a rich blend of heritage, culture, and innovation.
Overnight: Christchurch  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Discovering Christchurch

This morning we embark on a leisurely punt cruise along the River Avon in the company of boatmen sporting straw boaters and Edwardian attire as we glide through the picturesque Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Following this we experience the evolving cityscape of Christchurch from the comfort of a beautifully restored heritage tram. As our journey together is coming to a close, we'll conclude the day with a laid-back farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Christchurch  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16

Saying Goodbye

Today our adventure in New Zealand comes to an end. A transfer takes you to Christchurch Airport for your flight home.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

Guaranteed Departure
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
15 Jan - 30 Jan 5% off
R132,145
R125,538
R174,185
R165,476
29 Jan - 13 Feb 5% off G
R132,145
R125,538
R174,185
R165,476
19 Feb - 06 Mar 5% off G
R132,145
R125,538
R174,185
R165,476
26 Feb - 13 Mar 5% off G
R132,145
R125,538
R174,185
R165,476
12 Mar - 27 Mar 5% off G
R132,145
R125,538
R174,185
R165,476
26 Mar - 10 Apr 5% off G
R132,145
R125,538
R174,185
R165,476
23 Apr - 08 May 5% off G
R122,535
R116,408
R162,775
R154,636
14 May - 29 May 5% off G
R112,925
R107,279
R150,755
R143,217

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation - Auckland
R3,125
R0
Post Tour Accommodation - Christchurch
R2,645
R0

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

M Social, Auckland

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The M Social Hotel in Auckland is the perfect blend of modern design and convenient location. Situated in Auckland’s vibrant waterfront, this modern hotel offers an unbeatable location to explore the city. The hotel boasts a variety of well-decorated rooms and suites with stunning views of the city or harbour. Each room is designed for comfort and style, featuring sleek decor, comfortable beds, and modern amenities to make your stay truly comfortable. A highlight of the M Social Hotel is the stylish Beast & Butterflies restaurant, serving up delicious Asia Pacific cuisine. When relaxing in the hotel guests can make the most of the modern fitness centre or enjoy some drinks at the bar to unwind after a day of exploring.

Millennium Hotel Rotorua, Rotorua

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set in the heart of Rotorua, the Millennium Hotel offers a unique blend of luxurious comfort and access to local natural beauty. The hotel's location places you within easy reach of Rotorua's geothermal parks, Maori cultural experiences, and adventure activities, making it an ideal choice for exploring the diverse attractions of this captivating city. Rooms provide a perfect place for relaxation. Guests can expect modern amenities, comfortable furnishings, and some rooms even offer stunning views of Lake Rotorua or the surrounding landscapes. Millennium Hotel Rotorua offers a variety of facilities to enhance your stay, including a heated pool & fitness centre. The hotel offers two restaurants that serve delectable menus of local and international cuisine. A contemporary cocktail bar is also found on site for guests to enjoy.

Regal Palms Resort, Rotorua

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Found in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the Regal Palms Resort is a luxurious escape surrounded by nature's marvels. Conveniently located on the edge of the city, this resort provides easy access to Rotorua's iconic attractions, including geysers, hot springs, and cultural experiences. Rooms at the Regal Palms Resort are stylish and modern, offering a variety of spacious and well-equipped suites and villas. Each unit boasts modern amenities such as an ensuite, a TV, A/C, and a small kitchenette with private balconies or courtyards, creating a serene retreat for guests. The resort's facilities include a heated outdoor pool, mineral spa pools, a fitness centre, tennis courts, and a mini gold course, allowing guests to unwind and rejuvenate. The on-site day spa offers a range of pampering treatments for ultimate relaxation.

DoubleTree By Hilton Wellington, Wellington

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington is perfectly situated in the heart of New Zealand's vibrant capital city. The hotel's location is unbeatable, just steps away from Wellington's bustling business district and the city's major attractions. It's a great base for exploring the Te Papa Museum, the iconic Wellington Cable Car, and the vibrant scene along the waterfront. Rooms are comfortable, clean and stylish and guests can expect plush furnishings, modern amenities and splendid views of the city from some rooms. Facilities include a fitness centre and a restaurant/bar serving Asian and European inspired cuisine.

Rutherford Hotel Nelson, Nelson

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Rutherford Hotel in Nelson is the perfect hotel for travellers to this charming coastal city. Ideally situated in the heart of Nelson's central business district, the hotel offers easy access to the city, as well as the picturesque waterfront and nearby parks. Rooms at the Rutherford Hotel are modern and comfortable in addition to many boasting splendid views of the city or the nearby Tasman Bay. The hotel features excellent facilities, including a fitness centre, and a restaurant/bar.

Scenic Hotel Punakaiki, Punakaiki

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

With a picturesque beach right on the doorstep, the Scenic Hotel Punakaiki boasts easy access to the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, the seaside village of Punakaiki, and Paparoa National Park. Its comfortable and spacious rooms feature an en-suite, WiFi, and panoramic views of either the surrounding green forest or ocean. Guests can enjoy the ‘Ocean View Restaurant & Bar’ which offers delicious dishes prepared using premium New Zealand ingredients.

Distinction Fox Glacier Hotel, Fox Glacier

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Situated in the charming township of Fox Glacier, the Distinction Fox Glacier Hotel provides a perfect base for exploring the awe-inspiring Fox Glacier and nearby attractions. Rooms are designed for comfort and relaxation, many with stunning mountain or rainforest views. Paired with its modern amenities and cosy furnishings ensure a pleasant stay. The hotel offers excellent facilities, including a welcoming bar and restaurant serving delectable cuisine, perfect for refuelling after a day of adventure in the surrounding wilderness.

Edgewater Hotel, Wanaka

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Edgewater Hotel in Wanaka offers a spectacular retreat set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps and the pristine waters of Lake Wanaka. This idyllic location provides guests with a serene and picturesque escape in the South Island. Many rooms offer breathtaking lake or mountain views and feature modern amenities such as ensuites, A/C, and TV’s, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay. The hotel's amenities include a restaurant serving delicious local cuisine and a bar for unwinding with a drink. Edgewater Hotel also features a heated pool, spa pools, tennis courts, and a fitness centre, offering opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Distinction Luxmore Hotel in Te Anau is a gateway to the stunning Fiordland region, nestled on the shores of Lake Te Anau. The hotel provides a comfortable and welcoming retreat after a day of adventure. Rooms are thoughtfully designed and equipped with modern amenities such as an ensuite, WiFi, and a TV, ensuring a restful stay. Many rooms offer scenic views of Lake Te Anau or the surrounding mountains. The hotel features an on-site restaurant and a cosy bar where guests can savour local and international cuisine while taking in the picturesque surroundings. Other amenities include a fitness centre and a guest lounge.

Scenic Suites Queenstown, Queenstown

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Scenic Suites Queenstown offers a luxurious escape in the heart of New Zealand's adventure capital. Ideally located just a short walk from the vibrant town centre, the hotel enjoys a prime position for exploring the stunning landscapes, adrenaline-pumping activities, and the thriving dining and entertainment scene that Queenstown is famous for. Accommodation at Scenic Suites Queenstown is stylish and designed for comfort. Many rooms offer breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains, creating a tranquil and scenic backdrop for your stay. The hotel's amenities include a restaurant and bar serving delicious local and international cuisine and a modern fitness centre, ensuring that guests can unwind and rejuvenate after a day of adventure. The hotel's location is also convenient for exploring Queenstown's attractions, such as the Skyline Gondola and the waterfront.

Distinction Mackenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Distinction Mackenzie Country Hotel in Twizel offers a peaceful retreat amidst the stunning landscapes of the Mackenzie Basin. Located at the gateway to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, this hotel provides a picturesque setting for nature enthusiasts and those seeking outdoor adventures. Rooms at the Distinction Mackenzie Country Hotel are a cozy haven after a day of exploration where guests can enjoy comfortable furnishings and contemporary amenities such as an en-suite, TV, WiFi, and large windows offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. The hotel features excellent facilities, including an on-site restaurant serving delectable cuisine, a bar for relaxing with a drink, and sunny gardens offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and a peaceful place for a stroll.

Distinction Christchurch Hotel, Christchurch

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Distinction Christchurch Hotel stands in the heart of Christchurch. Located in the city centre, the hotel offers a convenient base for exploring the city's vibrant culture, shopping precincts, and iconic landmarks. The Distinction Christchurch Hotel is modern and stylish, and rooms provide modern amenities and chic decor, creating a comfortable retreat for all guests. The hotel's facilities include a sophisticated restaurant and bar, serving fresh and locally sourced cuisine and refreshing drinks in a refined atmosphere. With its central location, the hotel is within easy reach of Christchurch's attractions, including the Botanic Gardens and the Canterbury Museum.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Auckland
Ends
Christchurch
Departs
Wednesdays
Group Size
Min 1 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
4-star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide/driver
Meals
Breakfast: 15, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 2
Countries
Minimum Age
18
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
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