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Thrifty Tours7 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.

 New Zealand independent tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch
 7 days/ 6 nights
 Motels
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Napier, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand

At a glance - 7 day Auckland to Christchurch Highlights Tour

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland, transfer to hotel. Accommodation: Waldorf Stadium Apartments

Day 2: Auckland to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua with Rotorua experience. Accommodation: Tuscany Villas Rotorua

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: Mercure Wellington Central City Apartments

Day 5: Explore Wellington city and harbour. Accommodation: Mercure Wellington Central City Apartments

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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7 day Auckland to Christchurch Highlights Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland, transfer to hotel

7 day Auckland to Christchurch Highlights Tour - Day 1

Personal meet and greet, and private transfer to your accommodation

On arrival you will be met by one of our team and driven 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. Your experienced crew will talk about Auckland's highlights and there will opportunity try your hand at steering. 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 canapés and a drink as you set off towards Westhaven Marina. Choose between a formal dinner in the downstairs cabin or take in the iconic sights of the Auckland Harbour while you eat on deck. A decadent dessert will then be yours to savour as you set sail. You can choose from a delectable three course menu catered for by Degree Gastrobar, a renowned Viaduct Restaurant.

Your Accommodation: Waldorf Stadium Apartments

Waldorf Stadium Apartment Hotel offers 4.5 star self-contained apartment accommodation in downtown Auckland City. Located a short walk from Britomart Transport and Entertainment Precinct, Auckland Waterfront and Ferries, Queen Street and Vector Arena, Waldorf Stadium is in a wonderful location to visit all of Auckland Cities attractions in.

Waldorf Stadium Apartments

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

7 day Auckland to Christchurch Highlights Tour - Day 2

Auckland to Rotorua including Waitomo and Rotorua Experience with GreatSights

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.

Mitai Maori Village

An evening at Mitai will give you an awe-inspiring introduction to the indigenous Maori culture. Marvel at the beautiful bush setting and see warriors in traditional dress who paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream while trout and eels swim beneath the surface. Enjoy a traditionally cooked hangi meal and round your evening off with a spectacular cultural performance that tells the story of the Maori people, their past, carvings, and ta Moko -Tattoo art. Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat and be amazed by the spine tingling Haka finale. Truly an experience to remember.

Your Accommodation: Tuscany Villas Rotorua

Tuscany Villas offers guests luxurious accommodation in the heart of the city, with new modern designs and comfortable furnishings and a personal and friendly service.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Tuscany Villas Rotorua

Day 3: Rotorua to Napier by Intercity coach

7 day Auckland to Christchurch Highlights Tour - Day 3

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

Take your connecting super shuttle transfer.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Twilight Odyssey Progressive Winery Dinner

Take a scenic drive through the vineyards as you learn about the region and its wines. Enjoy a full interactive wine tasting alongside gourmet platters at Vidal. Take in the breathtaking panoramic views from Te Mata Peak while enjoying a glass of bubbles as the sun sets from 399m above sea level (overlooking the glimmering lights of the Twin Cities in winter).

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.

Pebble Beach Motor Inn, Napier

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

7 day Auckland to Christchurch Highlights Tour - Day 4

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 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: Mercure Wellington Central City Apartments

Mercure Wellington central city Apartments are located in the heart of the city, close to all the attractions and excellent restaurants. The modern rooms offer a great place to relax at the end of the day.

Mercure Wellington Central City Apartments

Day 5: Explore Wellington city and harbour

7 day Auckland to Christchurch Highlights Tour - Day 5

City Highlights Inspiration Half Day Tour

Enjoy an intimate small group tour looking at the unique aspects of the World's Coolest Little Capital. Drive through Courtenay Place and Oriental Parade and head up Mt Victoria for spectacular views of the City and Harbour. Then travel the stunning rugged coastline, now a marine reserve, stopping along the way to taste some famous Wellington coffee. Return to the central city for a drive through the quirky Cuba Street district and along Lambton Quay, the main shopping street for a chance to ride the famous Wellington Cable Car.

Your Accommodation: Mercure Wellington Central City Apartments

Mercure Wellington central city Apartments are located in the heart of the city, close to all the attractions and excellent restaurants. The modern rooms offer a great place to relax at the end of the day.

Mercure Wellington Central City Apartments

Day 6: Wellington to Christchurch via air New Zealand flight

Private transfer Wellington hotel to Airport

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 delivered to your Christchurch accommodation.

Your Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

The Bella Vista Motel and Apartments, Christchurch, offer accommodation in a great range of comfortable modern units with excellent facilities.

Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 7: Explore Christchurch before departing for your onward destination

Private transfer to Christchurch airport

You will be collected from your accommodation and a private transfer will deliver you to Christchurch airport in time for your departing flight.

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