7 Day Iconic New Zealand Coach Tour Package
Discover New Zealand with one of our fantastic New Zealand coach tours…
Holiday Package Includes:
- 7 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Auckland City Sights Tour and Sky Tower
- Auckland to Rotorua Coach Tour via Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton
- Entry into Rotorua’s Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve
- Te Puia Te Po Maori Evening Experience including Hangi Dinner
- Milford Sound Nature Cruise ex Queenstown by Scenic Coach
- Shotover Jet – the world’s most exciting jet boat ride!
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is bordered by two stunning harbours. Make your way to your Auckland accommodation (please enquire for transport options).
In the afternoon, relax and explore downtown Auckland.
Stay 2 nights in Auckland City.
Day 2 Auckland
Experience the best of Auckland’s city highlights with a half-day scenic tour, followed by a trip up the famous Auckland Sky Tower.
Travel around the city centre and over the Auckland Harbour Bridge with its stunning views of the harbour and city skyline. Visit the Viaduct Harbour and Auckland’s famous Queen Street, and enjoy the lush grounds of the Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park.
Pause for morning tea (own expense) in charming Parnell Village, a historic suburb which has been transformed into a unique boutique shopping experience. The tour continues along the waterfront to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, named after a much-respected Prime Minister of New Zealand. With panoramic views of the harbour and beautiful formal gardens, it’s a great spot to take photos.
After a scenic trip back along Tamaki Drive to the city, arrive at Auckland’s Sky Tower, the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand at 328 metres high. Prepare yourself for breathtaking 360 degree views from the observation deck of this Auckland landmark. On a clear day you’ll be able to gaze as far as 80 kilometres in all directions – it’s the perfect way to get to know the city of Auckland and its surroundings. Includes collection from your accommodation in the morning.
Day 3 Rotorua
Explore the central North Island on a day trip from Auckland to Rotorua, taking in guided tours of both the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set.
After travelling through the Waikato region and into the King Country, visit the Waitomo Caves and take a 45-minute guided tour of these marvellous limestone caverns. See underground rivers and waterfalls, fantastic stalactites and stalagmites and journey through the magical Glowworm Grotto by boat as glowworms sparkle overhead.
After your Waitomo Caves tour, sit down to a buffet lunch at the Waitomo Caves Restaurant and enjoy a hearty meal in scenic surroundings. Then it’s time to visit the fantasy world created by JRR Tolkien – the village of Hobbiton, painstakingly constructed on private farmland for the filming of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies. On your guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set you’ll learn all about how a little piece of Middle-earth was formed, right here in New Zealand.
After your Hobbiton tour comes to an end, your journey continues to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Includes pick up and drop off at your accommodation.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 4 Rotorua
This diverse city will put on a display as you stroll through Hells Gate in the morning. Explore the thermal reserve, with its mud pools, craters and activities including the chance to try Maori weaving and wood carving. Includes shuttle pick up and drop off.
In the evening, enjoy a traditional Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner. Hear stories and learn how Maori traditions live on today. Experience an authentic Maori welcome. Watch a challenge by the Maori warriors, a karanga (call) from the Maori women welcoming you onto the marae, and a whaikorero (welcome speech). Relax and enjoy the beautiful waiata (songs), the world renowned haka (challenge), and the elegant poi dance. Learn Maori customs including Maori musical instruments, haka and poi. The dining experience is a culinary opportunity like no other. Following dessert, you will be transported down into the valley to conclude your evening beside the awe-inspiring Pohutu geyser. Includes shuttle pick up and drop off from accommodation.
Day 5 Rotorua > Queenstown
Today, depart Rotorua for Queenstown on a domestic flight (cost of flight not included in holiday package). Please enquire for flight options and approximate costs.
Make your way to your Queenstown accommodation (please enquire for transport options) and relax and explore Queenstown in the afternoon.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Day 6 Queenstown
Today, get ready for the world’s most exciting Jet Boat ride! It’s a thrilling ride – skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet ‘Big Red,’ you will twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breathtaking speeds. And a major highlight – hold tight for the world-famous Shotover Jet full 360º spins!
Add-on any must do Queenstown activities – ask about our top recommendations to really make the most of your stay in Queenstown!
Day 7 Queenstown > Milford Sound
Enjoy a scenic coach journey through heartland New Zealand to reach Milford Sound. The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) is one of the finest alpine drives in the world. The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. No other road in Fiordland offers such a diverse glimpse into New Zealand’s alpine zone. Your luxury coach has been purpose built for travelling the Milford Road, incorporating the latest technology for comfort and safety. The seats are tiered and angled towards the windows to maximise your views, and the expansive glass roof provides breathtaking sights of the snow-capped peaks. The schedule includes plenty of time for short nature walks and photo opportunities along the way.
Upon reaching Milford Sound you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise. With specialist nature guides on board, Real Journeys Nature Cruises offer a close-up experience of Milford Sound’s rainforest, soaring rock walls, towering snow capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, hanging valleys and wildlife… words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself! Throughout the cruise, the guides share stories of the fiord’s history and are happy to answer your questions. After your cruise, relax while your coach drives through stunning scenery before delivering you back to your Queenstown accommodation.
Day 8 Depart Queenstown
Make your way to Queenstown Airport (please enquire for transport options) and depart Queenstown.