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Journey by coach, ferry and railway from the North Island to the South Island of New Zealand during this 5-day trip from Auckland to Christchurch, or vice versa. Ride a boat into the Waitomo Glowworm Caves; see the geothermal wonderland at Te Pua and the Agrodome Sheep Show in Rotorua; take the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait from Wellington; and hop on a Coastal Pacific train from Picton to Kaikoura, where you’ll watch giant sperm whales at play. Enjoy overnight accommodation in Rotorua, Wellington and Kaikoura. 


  • Explore the best of New Zealand's natural beauty in five-days
  • Boat ride through the glow worm grotto at Waitomo Caves
  • Relax at Rotorua's geothermal parks
  • Cross Cook Straight by ferry between Wellington and Picton
  • Take in the spectacular coastal scenery on the train journey between Picton and Kaikoura (only from 01 October, to 30 April)
  • Spot giant sperm whales in Kaikoura

What You Can Expect

5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Trip

5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Trip

You’ll be mesmerized by the natural beauty of New Zealand on this 5-day tour. Travel from Auckland to Christchurch, or take the tour in reverse, with four nights’ accommodation and all transportation included. Guided tours include Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Rotorua’s thermal pools and Kaikoura whale watching, and you have plenty of time at leisure to relax between sightseeing.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wish that the transit in Taupo Lake was longer...10 minutes was like touch and go...and should not be listed as highlight of the tour...

Uolevi K

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

The tour was ok, but why 5 days' tour is only 4 days tour with one free day? Heidi and Uolevi

Caroline D

4 star rating: Recommended February 2013

Great tour with a well timed itinerary and wonderful local staff. Would have been useful to know of the names of the local places of accommodation or at least what type of rooms we were booked into as we could have made better use of the kitchenettes if we had known. It would also be helpful to have it stated clearly and upfront, that this is a self-guided tour with the occasional input from local operators. It was not a draw back for us, but certainly not expected when booking a "tour".

Joel F

4 star rating: Recommended December 2011

very nice trip
would book again!

Filomena P

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2010

Make sure you travel light when you take this tour. You will be at the bus station, waiting for your particular bus to get you to your tour. One of the hotel ( Mercure)we stayed as not nice and no elevator, so we have to carry our large heavy luggage naad there was no porter to help us.

Natalie R I

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2016

I don't know if I booked something wrong or misread but I did not expect to be completely by myself for the tour, I thought that I would be part of a tour group. Other than that the places and the sights and activities were great! I would love the same tour but with more people to meet!

Sheila D

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2012

The details of this trip read that it was a tour. I signed up alone for my first trip to New Zealand. I expected a tour where the same people would be with me for the duration. This was very different. One day, I was transported to a public bus, which I rode for the day to Wellington. The hotel was in an area too far for any real sight seeing. You are left on your own quite a bit. That was OK in a couple of stops since there were things you could do and see on your own. I did enjoy NZ quite a bit and was able to see a bit of both islands. The tour ends in Christchurch. I was moved by what the people of Christchurch have been through. I think you should reconsider the end city of the tour. Access to the city, where most tourist attractions were, is closed. Based on the other Viator tours I've taken, this rated very low.

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