Moeraki boulders at Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast in New Zealand

Classic Coast to Coast New Zealand Itinerary

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Christchurch, Dunedin, Te Anau, Doubtful Sound...

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Suggested Duration

13 Days

From coast to coast, you will discover what makes New Zealand tick on this captivating 13-day tour leading you from Christchurch to Franz Josef. The sparkling cityscapes, magnificent Fiordland, and soaring snowy summits of the alps are but a few of the mesmerizing scenes set to sweep you away as you explore New Zealand’s unspoiled wilderness magic like never before.

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Trip Highlights

  • Spend an afternoon discovering the remarkable feats of restoration sweeping the once devastated destination of Christchurch as you peruse its bustling cityscape poised in the proliferating greenery
  • Set sail from the banks of the Akaroa Harbor to marvel at the many marine wonders sprawling the South Island seas, including rare dolphins who leap from the sparkling swells
  • Venture to witness the luxuriant vistas composing the Canterbury Plains, Lake Tekapo, and Lake Pukaki as you slowly make your way to Aoraki for an evening beneath Mount Cook
  • Uncover marvelous natural wonders en route to Dunedin, including golden images of the Twizel grasslands and memorable pictures of the Moeraki Boulders spreading across the desolate sand
  • Indulge in the tantalizing artisanal delights at a buzzing market in Dunedin before relishing penguin sightings at Penguin Place or unraveling history in the Larnach Castle
  • Marvel at the magnificent spectacles lining the vast stretch of coastline constituting the world-famous Catlins area, capturing unforgettable memories as you make your way to the New Zealand fiords
  • Cruise past the fabled New Zealand fiords on an overnight boat trip showcasing the majesty of these surreal geological phenomenons and the marine creatures who reside alongside their rocky outcrops
  • Admire the astonishing beech forests and glacier-fed natural pools of the surrounding Lake Wanaka hills and cherish scenes of the staggering stretch of West Coast rainforest
  • Bask in the brilliant scenes of Franz Josef’s soaring snow-capped summits as you slowly galavant the spirited town and unwind in the icy paradise
  • Soar across New Zealand’s postcard-perfect landscapes, from rolling emerald hills to soaring snowy summits, onboard the world-famous TranzAlpine Train

Starting Price

$6,820 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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4.72 stars based on 18 reviews.

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