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Auckland - Rotorua - Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch 5 Day Travel Tour
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 non-escorted independent tour. See the glow worms at Waitomo Caves, relax at Rotorua's geothermal wonderland, see giant sperm whales at play in Kaikoura and be mesmerized by the natural beauty of New Zealand.

This 5 Day non-escorted independent travel tour will have you travelling by scenic coach, train and ferry with plenty of time at leisure to make this holiday truly magical.

Day 1 - Auckland to Waitomo Caves and Rotorua
Today you will depart from Auckland and travel to the magical Waitomo Caves. Here you will have a guided tour of the caves, before taking a short boat ride along the river to the grotto. Be enchanted by the thousands of glow worms emitting tiny lights that twinkle in the darkness. Later, you drive to Rotorua, passing through the Fitzgerald Glade, a section of highway where native bush forms a canopy overhead.

Day 2 - Rotorua
This morning explore Rotorua's geothermal wonderland and discover the unique culture of New Zealand's Maori people. Enjoy a guided tour of Te Puia, see Rainbow Springs and watch the Agrodome Sheep Show. The rest of the day is at leisure and in the evening you might like to experience a
Traditional Maori Hangi Dinner (a traditional barbecue) and concert (at own expense).

Day 3 - Rotorua to Wellington

There is more stunning scenery on offer today as you travel by coach to Wellington, passing Lake Taupo, Palmerston North and the Kapiti Coast.

Day 4 - Wellington via Picton to Kaikoura
This morning, travel by Inter Islander Ferry from Wellington, crossing Cook Strait to Picton. Then it’s all aboard the Coastal Pacific train to Kaikoura. This is a spectacular train journey that passes through stunning coastal scenery and rugged mountain ranges.
Day 5 - Kaikoura to Christchurch
The highlight this morning is a whale watching tour by boat or light aircraft. See the gentle giants of the sea and be thrilled as the giant sperm whales breach, and watch the dolphins and seals at play. Later in the afternoon you travel to Christchurch where your tour concludes.

non-escorted independent tour includes - accommodation pick up and drop offs, 4 nights hotel accommodation, sightseeing tours and entrance fees in Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Kaikoura and scenic coach, ferry and train travel with onboard commentary.

Pre and post travel accommodation is not included. For pre travel accommodation reservations and pick up in Auckland and post accommodation reservations and drop off in Christchurch.

You can add to this travel tour, the one way Christchurch to Mt Cook/Aoraki to Queenstown 1 Day tour or the 5 Day Christchurch to Mt Cook/Aoraki, Queenstown, Milford Sound, The Glaciers and Christchurch travel tour or the 7 Day Christchurch to Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound, The Glaciers and Christchurch travel tour or choose from a range of half and full day sightseeing attractions and/or other non-escorted independent touring travel packages (ranging from 2 to 7 Days) in and from Christchurch.

This non-escorted independent tour departs Auckland 7.00am and concludes in Christchurch approximately 6.00pm.
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