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7 day Auckland to Christchurch Highlights Tour

Journey from the Auckland via Rotorua, Napier and the capital city of Wellington.  Fly to Christchurch, the garden city, and explore the gateway to the South.

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New Zealand independent tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$2,569 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch

7 days/6 nights

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Intercity Coach Travel
Air New Zealand flight Wellington to Christchurch
- Private Transfer Auckland Airport to Auckland accommodation
- Rotorua Accommodation to Rotorua Intercity Depot - Private Transfer
- Super Shuttle transfer
- Private transfer Wellington train station to hotel (IST)
- Private transfer Christchurch Airport to your accommodation
- Private transfer Wellington Hotel to Airport (IST)
- Private transfer accommodation to Christchurch Airport
Meals included: 1 lunch, 1 dinner
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Brief itinerary - 7 day Auckland to Christchurch Highlights Tour

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland, transfer to hotel. Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua with Rotorua experience. Accommodation: Silver Fern Accommodation & Spa

Day 3: Rotorua to Napier by Intercity coach. Accommodation: Pebble Beach Motor Inn, Napier

Day 4: Morning tour of Napier then to Wellington by Intercity coach. Accommodation: CityLife Wellington

Day 5: Explore Wellington city and harbour. Accommodation: CityLife Wellington

Day 6: Wellington to Christchurch via air New Zealand flight. Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 7: Explore Christchurch before departing for your onward destination.

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Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland, transfer to hotel

7 day Auckland to Christchurch Highlights Tour - Day 1
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Private Transfer Auckland Airport to Auckland Accommodation

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

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Harbour Dinner Cruise with Explore

This unique on-water dining experience is not to be missed while you're in Auckland. Enjoy smooth sailing on the Waitemata Harbour - then watch this photogenic city come alive with twinkling lights. Enjoy your meal as you sail around the beautiful Auckland Harbour taking in the view as the sun slowly sets. You'll be treated to canapes and a drink as you set off towards Westhaven Marina. Choose between dining in the downstairs cabin or on deck to take in the iconic sights of the Auckland Harbour. To finish the evening off, savour your dessert course as you leisurely sail back to Auckland's vibrant Viaduct Harbour.

Your accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Admirably positioned in the hub of the city's business, retail and entertainment district, the City Life Hotel is perfect to explore Auckland. Their self-contained suites are equipped with everything you will need to enjoy your stay.

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Day 2 - Auckland to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua with Rotorua experience

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Auckland to Rotorua including Waitomo and Rotorua Experience with GreatSights

Departing early, this full-day tour has it all! From the magical glowworms and world-famous limestone formations of Waitomo to the rich cultural heritage and geothermal bounty of Rotorua. Includes a visit to the glowworm caves, a Māori cultural performance, a visit to the Agrodome and bubbling mud pools and geysers.

Tamaki Maori Village Cultural Tour and Hangi Dinner

Journey back in time to a Pre-European lifestyle experience of customs and traditions. Enjoy the night's festivities with the people of Tamaki Maori Village as you are treated to a banquet of succulent foods cooked the traditional Maori way. Rediscover the Maori village as it comes alive to the sound and activities of tribal songs, dances, myths, and legends and browse throughout the largest after hours tribal marketplace in Rotorua. Includes a hangi buffet feast that has cooked slowly underground.

Your accommodation: Silver Fern Accommodation & Spa

Silver Fern Accommodation & Spa is located just minutes from Rotorua's city centre and close to popular thermal attractions, cafes, restaurants and golf courses. Suites have a private spa pool or double spa bath for you to unwind and relax.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

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Day 3 - Rotorua to Napier by Intercity coach

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Rotorua Accommodation to Rotorua Intercity Depot

You will be collected from your accommodation and transferred to Rotorua Intercity Coach Depot.

Rotorua to Napier by InterCity Coach

From Rotorua you travel along the geothermal highway and past the edge of the largest man-made radiate pine forest in the world - the Kaingaroa Forest towards Taupō. Your coach travels past Taupō which sits on the shores of New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupō. From Taupō you'll travel over the Ahiminawa Ranges to Napier. Napier has the highest concentrations of Striped Classical, Spanish Mission and Art Deco building styles in the world. The commercial centre was completely rebuilt following a catastrophic earthquake in 1931. Napier is also at the centre of one of the largest and most vibrant wine-producing areas in New Zealand.

Super Shuttle Transfer
SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Twilight Progressive Dinner Tour

Join an extraordinary 3 course progressive dinner that transports you in luxury comfort from one winery restaurant to the next, enjoying wonderful food and sampling wine to accompany it. Add to this the stunning sunset or evening views from the summit of Te Mata Peak and a wonderful, memorable evening awaits.

Your accommodation: Pebble Beach Motor Inn, Napier

Pebble Beach Motor Inn offers luxurious ocean front accommodation situated perfectly on the Napier's Marine Parade. Just a stroll from the many attractions, restaurants and cafes.

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Day 4 - Morning tour of Napier then to Wellington by Intercity coach

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Napier Whirlwind Tour

This 2 1/2 hour tour takes in all the history, from early settlement, through to the huge 1931 earthquake and the rebuilding of the City to the Art Deco Capital of the World to what it is today. You also visit the historic area of Ahuriri, National Tobacco Building and the famous Mission Estate Winery. As you return to Napier City, you will also tour an Art Deco Housing Estate. Experience many stops for photos from lookouts to famous landmarks etc. This is a compact tour, it is really for those that are spending the one night here in Napier and still wish to see the City highlights.

Napier to Wellington by InterCity Coach

Leaving the 1930's inspired city of Napier you will travel through the countryside of the Hawke's Bay and Manawatu. Travelling along the Kāpiti Coast line into the capital city of Wellington. Wellington sits on a wonderful deep natural harbour and is surrounded by bush clad hills. The city centre itself is quite compact (only around 1 square kilometre) and exploring on foot is relatively easy. You can easily stroll the famous cafes and restaurants within the city and New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa, is also close by.

Private transfer Wellington train station to hotel

You will be met on arrival into Wellington train station and transferred to your hotel.

Your accommodation: CityLife Wellington

City Life Wellington is a suite style hotel with every amenity required for a comfortable stay, as well as being in a superb location to explore the compact city centre. Situated on Lambton Quay, you’ll find the best shopping, tourist attractions and cultural landmarks all within easy walking distance.

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Day 5 - Explore Wellington city and harbour

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Wellington Half Day Tour

Witness the best sights of New Zealand's capital city up close and personal, before experiencing the beauty of the coastline that surrounds central Wellington and its harbour. On this tour, you will head for the hills of Mt Victoria to witness the stunning landscape of Wellington and its harbour below. You will then follow the coastline round to the Weta Cave Museum, which is the showpiece of Peter Jackson's film empire. After a drive around the south coast, you will head back into the city for a ride on the Cable Car and a walk around the lady Norwood rose gardens. The tour concludes with a visit to the Beehive and our Parliament buildings.

Your accommodation: CityLife Wellington

City Life Wellington is a suite style hotel with every amenity required for a comfortable stay, as well as being in a superb location to explore the compact city centre. Situated on Lambton Quay, you’ll find the best shopping, tourist attractions and cultural landmarks all within easy walking distance.

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Day 6 - Wellington to Christchurch via air New Zealand flight

7 day Auckland to Christchurch Highlights Tour - Day 6
Private transfer Wellington Hotel to Airport (IST)

You will be collected from your Wellington hotel and transferred to the airport.

Air New Zealand flight Wellington to Christchurch

Fly from Wellington Airport to Christchurch Airport.

Private transfer Christchurch Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your Christchurch accommodation.

Your accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Bella Vista Motel Christchurch offers a great range of comfortable modern units with excellent facilities. Enjoy the convenience of being located in close proximity to the Christchurch CBD, shops, entertainment and other activities.

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Day 7 - Explore Christchurch before departing for your onward destination

7 day Auckland to Christchurch Highlights Tour - Day 7
Private transfer accommodation to Christchurch Airport

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to Christchurch Airport in time for your departing flight.

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