Best of North & South Island(10 Nights)

Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier, Christchurch

for Family Traveller

Holiday Overview

TranzAlpine Train Interior (Photo Courtesy: Maxim75)
View Down the Glacier (Photo Courtesy: Avenue)
Terminal Face of Franz Josef Glacier (Photo Courtesy: Pseudopanax)
Queenstown Views - Photo Courtesy Donaldytong
Waitomo Glowworm Cave exit (Photo Courtesy: Bgabel)
Waitomo Caves
Western Edge of Viaduct Harbour (Photo Courtesy: Ingolfson)
Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park near Bastion Point

New Zealand is world renowned for its scenic landscapes, stunning drives, glaciers and lakes alongwith adventure activities. Our Best of North & South Island holiday offers a comprehensive holiday package to New Zealand’s most visited destinations such as Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown and Franz Josef.

  • "Explore Auckland city to visit Harbour Bridge, Auckland Viaduct, Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park and Waitemata Harbour
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Visit Puia Thermal Reserve, Rainbow Springs for New Zealand’s trouts – birds – wildlife
  • Experience an authentic Maori Hangi feast over an evening concert
  • Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls
  • Explore the endless activities of Queenstown such as bungee jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides, etc.
  • Glacier experience at Franz Joseph"

Auckland(2) - Rotorua(2) - Queenstown(3) - Franz Josef Glacier(1) - Christchurch(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrive in Auckland
  • Day-2 Auckland sightseeing
  • Day-3 Auckland – Rotorua via Waitomo
  • Day-4 Rotorua sightseeing
  • Day-5 Rotorua – Christchurch Fly (Flight not included)
  • Day-6 Christchurch- Mt Cook - Queenstown
  • Day-7 Milford sound day tour
  • Day-8 Queenstown day free for optional activities.
  • Day-9 Queenstown - Glacier region
  • Day-10 Christchurch via Greymouth (Tranz alpine train will be applicable only for SIC clients)
  • Day-11 Departure day
Sightseeing Summary

Auckland - Viaduct Harbour (1.00 kms)

Christchurch - Tranz Alpine Train (4.00 kms)

Franz Josef Glacier - Glacier Hot Pools in Franz Josef Glacier (5.00 kms)

Queenstown - Milford Sound (285.00 kms)

Rotorua - Agrodome Sheep Show (10.00 kms), Waitomo Caves (138.00 kms), Waitomo Glow Worm Caves (140.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Auckland Departure - Christchurch
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
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  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Guests having more time can combine Australia with New Zealand. Guests routing the flight via Singapore, popularly opt for a transit Singapore stay on return.

  • Auckland to Rotorua -228 kms (6 hrs)
  • Rotorua to Queenstown
  • Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier -353 kms (4.3 hrs)
  • Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch -383 kms (5 hrs)

Auckland(2) - Rotorua(2) - Queenstown(3) - Franz Josef Glacier(1) - Christchurch(2)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrive in Auckland Upon arrival you will be met by our local representative in the arrival hall and transferred to hotel in a private vehicle. Overnight at hotel.

Day-2 Auckland sightseeing After breakfast, today morning See firsthand why Auckland is regarded as one of the best cities in the world to live in, as you join this half day tour around the central city and picturesque suburbs. Our journey begins with a short trip over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore before returning to the central city to visit Queen St and the Auckland Viaduct. Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park has panoramic views over Whenua Rangatira, Auckland city and Waitemata Harbour. Overnight at hotel.

Day-3 Auckland – Rotorua via Waitomo After breakfast you will travel across the rich Waikato farmland for Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitomo Caves (entry & guided tour with boat ride is included) and a boat ride through the famous Glow-Worm grotto. Enjoy twinkling lights emitting from the ceiling like stars in a dark night. Later travel across to forested Mamaku Range to arrive at the thermal City Rotorua. Overnight at hotel.

Day-4 Rotorua sightseeing After breakfast we proceed to AGRODOME (included) to witness the Agrodome Agricultural Show, where you will be entertained by New Zealand's performing sheep and other attractions. Overnight at hotel.

Day-5 Rotorua – Christchurch Fly (Flight not included) After breakfast, travel to Rotorua airport and board your flight to Christchurch (flight not included), upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day-6 Christchurch- Mt Cook - Queenstown Travel to Queenstown via Mt Cook National Park travel through the Central Otago region to Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook National Park Village. Set at the foothill of the Alps, you have a close up view of Mt Cook -the highest mountain in the country. Descend the mountains and re-cross the Canterbury Plains to arrive in Queenstown the evening. Overnight in hotel.

Day-7 Milford sound day tour After breakfast, this morning we head to MILFORD SOUND CRUISE (included). This famous cruise gives you an opportunity to see MITRE PEAK which is just out of the water and mile high. Go exploring with a nature guide in the tender vessels and kayaks. You may see fur seals lazing on the rocks and lots of sea birds and numerous waterfalls. Return back to the hotel in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day-8 Queenstown day free for optional activities. After breakfast, today you have an option to enjoy the exciting SHOTOVER JET BOAT RIDE, LEDGE BUNGY JUMP, RIVER RAFTING, SKY DIVING Etc. (activities not included) Overnight in hotel.

Day-9 Queenstown - Glacier region After breakfast leave for Franz Joseph. Discover the rugged scenery along one of New Zealand's most awe-inspiring highways. The viewing platforms overlooking Franz Josef show the sheer size and beauty of these natural wonders and provide fantastic photo opportunities. Overnight in hotel.

Day-10 Christchurch via Greymouth (Tranz alpine train will be applicable only for SIC clients) Today, check out from hotel and leave to Greymouth. On arrival you will board Tranz Alpine train for one of the most scenic train journeys in the world (only SIC customers will travel by train). On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day-11 Departure day After breakfast you will be transferred to airport in a shared vehicle to board your flight for onward journey (flight not included).

Detailed Sightseeing

Auckland :

  • Viaduct Harbour - Viaduct Harbour knownn as Viaduct Basin is a former commercial harbour on the Auckland waterfront. It now houses upscale restaurants, apartments and commercial properties.

Christchurch :

  • Tranz Alpine Train - TranzAlpine Train is one the greatest scenic passenger train trips by KiwiRails running across the dramatic contrast of dry beech forests, tussock land and covers beautiful spots from Christchurch to Greymouth.

Franz Josef Glacier :

Queenstown :

  • Milford Sound - Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. The fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the waters and high mountain peaks adorn the shore. You can see numerous waterfalls with some as high as 1000 metres. Boat cruises (day or overnight) are an excellent way to experience the Sound.

Rotorua :

  • Agrodome Sheep Show - Agrodome Sheep Show is a fun-packed hour of entertainment and education for the whole family. Here you will be introduced to amazing facts about 19 breeds of sheep. You can also witness a live sheep shearing demonstration and a fun sheep auction.

  • Waitomo Caves - Waitomo Caves is a solutional cave system and a village in northern region of New Zealand. These caves were formed by underground streams pushing through limestone over the years and now these caves are noted for its stalactites and stalagmite and are adorned by a multitude of glow worms.

  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves - Waitomo Glow Worm Caves is where one Traverses through the ancient underground labyrinth and marvel at the limestone formations. Here one can experience the wonder of a boat ride under thousands of glowworms. The limestone formations in Waitomo are believed to be 30 million years old

Destination Overview

Auckland - Auckland is New Zealand's largest urban area and typically arrival point for any international traveller to New Zealand. Auckland is renowned as City of Yachts for having the highest per capita Yachts in the world

Rotorua - Rotorua is renowned for its geothermal activities and being the Maori cultural heartland

Queenstown - Queenstown is set on Lake Wakatipu is one of the most visited location in New Zealand and is often referred as the Adventure Capital of the World

Franz Josef Glacier - Franz Josef Glacier, a 12 km long glacier along with Fox Glacier is located in New Zealand’s west coast of South Island’s Westland Tai Poutini National Park.

Christchurch - Christchurch is a distinctly English town in New Zealand being home to many Gothic Architecture monuments, parks, gardens and walks

Prefered Arrival : No ImageAuckland
Prefered Departure : No ImageChristchurch
  • Auckland to Rotorua -228 kms (6 hrs)
  • Rotorua to Queenstown
  • Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier -353 kms (4.3 hrs)
  • Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch -383 kms (5 hrs)

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  • Auckland to Rotorua -228 kms (6 hrs)
  • Rotorua to Queenstown
  • Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier -353 kms (4.3 hrs)
  • Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch -383 kms (5 hrs)

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