- Journey through the North Island of New Zealand and explore Waitomo, Rotorua and Lake Taupo, and discover the natural beauty of Kaikoura and Christchurch on this 5-day trip from Auckland to Christchurch or vice versa. See the glow worms at Waitomo Caves, relax at Rotorua's geothermal wonderland, see giant sperm whales at play and be mesmerized by the natural beauty of New Zealand. This 5-day tour will have you travelling by coach, train and ferry with plenty of time at leisure to make this holiday trully magical.
Day 1 - Auckland to Waitomo, Rotorua
You'll be picked up at your centrally located Auckland hotel. Travel by air-conditioned coach to Rotorua via Waitomo where you will stop for a guided tour of Waitomo Caves. Your Waitomo Caves tour will end with a boat ride through the glowworm grotto that is illuminated by thousands of tiny lights emitted by the glow worms. Travel on to Rotorua by road via the Fitzgerald Glade, a section of highway where native bush forms a canopy overhead. Overnight in Rotorua.
Day 2 - Rotorua
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon you will join a half day tour to experience the scenic beauty of Rotorua including admission to some of Rotorua's leading
attractions. In the evening you could experience a Maori Hangi (feast) and concert (at own expense). Overnight in Rotorua.
Day 3 - Rotorua to Wellington
Depart Rotorua this morning by coach for Wellington traveling via Lake Taupo, Palmerston North and the Kapiti Coast. Overnight in Wellington.
Day 4 - Wellington via Picton to Kaikoura
This morning you will board the Inter Islander Ferry and travel via Cook Strait to Picton. On arrival you will board the TranzCoastal train and travel to Kaikoura
via some spectacular scenic coast line. See some of the most impressive mountain ranges and rugged ocean coastline in New Zealand. TranzCoastal train has air-conditioned carriages, reclining seats, panoramic windows and an open-air carriage. Overnight in Kaikoura.
Day 5 - Kaikoura to Christchurch
Today you will go whale watching where you will see giant sperm whales, dolphins, seals and other marine life. Whale Watching is by boat or light aircraft. In the afternoon you will travel on to Christchurch by road where your tour concludes.
Tour can also be operated in reverse, Christchurch to Auckland
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