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Auckland - Rotorua - Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch 5 Day Bus and Train Tour
Travel through the North Island of New Zealand and explore Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Lake Taupo and discover the natural beauty of Kaikoura and Christchurch on this 5-day non-escorted independent tour from Auckland to Christchurch. 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 bus, train and ferry making make this holiday truly magical.

Day 1 - Auckland to Waitomo Caves and Rotorua
Today you will depart from Auckland by scenic bus, traveling 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 travel 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 thermal reserve, 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 scenic bus to Wellington, passing Lake Taupo, through the volcanic plateau of the central North Island, toe the farming landscapes of Palmerston North and the rugged Kapiti Coast coastline to Wellington.

Day 4 - Wellington via Picton to Kaikoura
This morning, travel by a Cook strait ferry from Wellington, crossing Cook Strait that separates the North and South Islands 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.

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

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 the  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.
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