Overview

This 10 day self drive itinerary includes tastings of the best food & wine that New Zealand has to offer. Experience an authentic Maori hangi (meal) at an authentic Maori village in Rotorua, visit some of the iconic wineries in the Wairarapa & Marlborough wine regions, and enjoy a 3 progressive winery dinner in Hawke's Bay.

Itineraries

All itineraries can be amended or combined with other itineraries. Please advise amendments when requesting a quote.

Auckland - Rotorua - Napier - Wellington - Blenheim - Christchurch

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Arrive Auckland
Auckland to Rotorua
Rotorua
Rotorua - Napier
Napier
Napier to Wellington
Wellington to Blenheim
Marlborough
Blenheim to Christchurch
Depart Christchurch

Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Day 2

Auckland to Rotorua

Travel Time: 4 hrs 50 mins

Distance: 346 kms

Day 3

Rotorua

Day 4

Rotorua - Napier

Travel Time: 2 hrs 35 mins

Distance: 219 kms

Day 5

Napier

Day 6

Napier to Wellington

Travel Time: 4 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 355 kms

Day 7

Wellington to Blenheim

Travel Time: 25 mins

Distance: 29 kms

Day 8

Marlborough

Day 9

Blenheim to Christchurch

Travel Time: 4 hrs 15 mins

Distance: 310 kms

Day 10

Depart Christchurch

Welcome to New Zealand's North Island! Collect your car rental on arrival from the Budget rental car office, located at the airport terminal. Make your way to the city and check into your accommodation for tonight. This evening is at your leisure to explore the city of Auckland. You could take a trip up Auckland's Skytower, and afterwards you could do some shopping in Queen Street, or dine in one of the many restaurants and cafes on the Auckland Harbour.

Stay 1 night Auckland

Travel south to Rotorua, perhaps via Waitomo Caves, where a highlight of the day is a tour through the magical grotto lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. Alternatively drive through Matamata and take a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. Then it is on to Rotorua, steeped in Maori culture and history. 

Tonight enjoy a night of traditional culture and entertainment, before experiencing a Maori hangi (feast), with a selection of foods cooked the traditional Maori way underground, amongst the surroundings of an authentic village.

Two nights accommodation Rotorua

Today you are free to explore some of Rotorua's many attractions. Visit the Agrodome this morning and see a fun, informative sheep show and shearing demonstration. Afterwards you could visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and see the brilliant colours of the Champagne Pool, and Artist's Palette, as well as the once a day eruption of Lady Knox Geyser; before travelling back to town to relax at the Polynesian Spa. 

Travel across the central plateau via Lake Taupo, stopping at the Huka Falls along the way. Then, continue on to the Hawkes Bay region and Napier, New Zealand's Art Deco capital. Spend the morning exploring Napier on an Art Deco Tour in a vintage car. This one hour tour includes all of the major Art Deco highlights and your local guide will provide information on the history and architecture of the city.

Two nights accommodation Napier

Enjoy today in Napier and Hawkes Bay, famous for its wineries and beautiful vineyards. The region is recognised world wide for the quality of it's reds. The wines are typically Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. The sunny, warm climate of the Bay also produces some of New Zealand's best Chardonnays. Enjoy a progressive winery dinner and scenic tour through Hawke's Bay. Visit 3 of the region's finest wineries with plenty of opportunity for tastings. You could visit New Zealand's oldest winery, Mission Estate and enjoying the tasting and knowledge of wine makers from other wineries. 

Depart early and set off south to Martinborough and the Wairarapa region, famous for its wineries and beautiful vineyards. Sample some of the premium local wines; before driving the short distance to New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character; sprawled over the hills surrounding Wellington Harbour. A vibrant city, filled with cafes, restaurants, museums, theatre and all kinds of shops. In your spare time don't miss out on visiting Te Papa- Museum of New Zealand and take a cable car for great views over the city and harbour..

Overnight accommodation Wellington

Drop your car off in Picton, then sit back, relax and soak in the scenery as you cruise across Cook Strait and the gorgeous Marlborough Sounds on your Interislander Ferry journey to Picton, the gateway to the marine, forest and island attractions of the Marlborough Sounds.

Pick up another car for your drive to Blenheim, the centre of the Marlborough wine region famous for its Savignon Blanc and gourmet food.

Two nights accommodation Blenheim

Enjoy 3 of the region's icons all in one day - Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough Sounds and Greenshell Mussels!This morning you will join your Marlborough Wine Tour with wine tastings.  Home to over 50 wineries the region is the best place to explore the world of wine.

In the afternoon take a cruise on the Marlborough and Kenepuru Sounds, and visit a Greenshell Mussel Farm. Learn about how the mussels are grown, before tucking into some freshly steamed mussels, with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Drive south along Kaikoura Coast and be sure to stop at Kaikoura for lunch, renowned for its whale and dolphin watching. Further south are the Canterbury Plains and the Waipara Wine Region with cellar doors open for tastings, before arriving into Christchurch.

Overnight accommodation Christchurch

Today you are free to explore Christchurch before returing your rental car for your onward journey.

Day 1, Arrive Auckland

Arrive Auckland

Welcome to New Zealand's North Island! Collect your car rental on arrival from the Budget rental car office, located at the airport terminal. Make your way to the city and check into your accommodation for tonight. This evening is at your leisure to explore the city of Auckland. You could take a trip up Auckland's Skytower, and afterwards you could do some shopping in Queen Street, or dine in one of the many restaurants and cafes on the Auckland Harbour.

Stay 1 night Auckland

Day 2, Auckland to Rotorua

Auckland to Rotorua

Travel Time: 4 hrs 50 mins

Distance: 346 kms

Travel south to Rotorua, perhaps via Waitomo Caves, where a highlight of the day is a tour through the magical grotto lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. Alternatively drive through Matamata and take a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. Then it is on to Rotorua, steeped in Maori culture and history. 

Tonight enjoy a night of traditional culture and entertainment, before experiencing a Maori hangi (feast), with a selection of foods cooked the traditional Maori way underground, amongst the surroundings of an authentic village.

Two nights accommodation Rotorua

Day 3, Rotorua

Rotorua

Today you are free to explore some of Rotorua's many attractions. Visit the Agrodome this morning and see a fun, informative sheep show and shearing demonstration. Afterwards you could visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and see the brilliant colours of the Champagne Pool, and Artist's Palette, as well as the once a day eruption of Lady Knox Geyser; before travelling back to town to relax at the Polynesian Spa. 

Day 4, Rotorua - Napier

Rotorua - Napier

Travel Time: 2 hrs 35 mins

Distance: 219 kms

Travel across the central plateau via Lake Taupo, stopping at the Huka Falls along the way. Then, continue on to the Hawkes Bay region and Napier, New Zealand's Art Deco capital. Spend the morning exploring Napier on an Art Deco Tour in a vintage car. This one hour tour includes all of the major Art Deco highlights and your local guide will provide information on the history and architecture of the city.

Two nights accommodation Napier

Day 5, Napier

Napier

Enjoy today in Napier and Hawkes Bay, famous for its wineries and beautiful vineyards. The region is recognised world wide for the quality of it's reds. The wines are typically Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. The sunny, warm climate of the Bay also produces some of New Zealand's best Chardonnays. Enjoy a progressive winery dinner and scenic tour through Hawke's Bay. Visit 3 of the region's finest wineries with plenty of opportunity for tastings. You could visit New Zealand's oldest winery, Mission Estate and enjoying the tasting and knowledge of wine makers from other wineries. 

Day 6, Napier to Wellington

Napier to Wellington

Travel Time: 4 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 355 kms

Depart early and set off south to Martinborough and the Wairarapa region, famous for its wineries and beautiful vineyards. Sample some of the premium local wines; before driving the short distance to New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character; sprawled over the hills surrounding Wellington Harbour. A vibrant city, filled with cafes, restaurants, museums, theatre and all kinds of shops. In your spare time don't miss out on visiting Te Papa- Museum of New Zealand and take a cable car for great views over the city and harbour..

Overnight accommodation Wellington

Day 7, Wellington to Blenheim

Wellington to Blenheim

Travel Time: 25 mins

Distance: 29 kms

Drop your car off in Picton, then sit back, relax and soak in the scenery as you cruise across Cook Strait and the gorgeous Marlborough Sounds on your Interislander Ferry journey to Picton, the gateway to the marine, forest and island attractions of the Marlborough Sounds.

Pick up another car for your drive to Blenheim, the centre of the Marlborough wine region famous for its Savignon Blanc and gourmet food.

Two nights accommodation Blenheim

Day 8, Marlborough

Marlborough

Enjoy 3 of the region's icons all in one day - Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough Sounds and Greenshell Mussels!This morning you will join your Marlborough Wine Tour with wine tastings.  Home to over 50 wineries the region is the best place to explore the world of wine.

In the afternoon take a cruise on the Marlborough and Kenepuru Sounds, and visit a Greenshell Mussel Farm. Learn about how the mussels are grown, before tucking into some freshly steamed mussels, with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Day 9, Blenheim to Christchurch

Blenheim to Christchurch

Travel Time: 4 hrs 15 mins

Distance: 310 kms

Drive south along Kaikoura Coast and be sure to stop at Kaikoura for lunch, renowned for its whale and dolphin watching. Further south are the Canterbury Plains and the Waipara Wine Region with cellar doors open for tastings, before arriving into Christchurch.

Overnight accommodation Christchurch

Day 10, Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

Today you are free to explore Christchurch before returing your rental car for your onward journey.

Additional Information

Pricing

Cost per person

May to September 2019

 Twin/Double
Standard 3-3.5 Star Accommodation From AU$3,640* per person

* Please Note

Prices are estimates only, and are subject to availability and exchange rates when booking, seasonal or holiday price surcharges (such as Christmas/New Year and Easter); as well as special events that may be on. Please forward a request and we will be happy to forward a quote.

Car Rental

  • Car hire excess fees of up to NZ$3500 + GST applies. This will be imprinted on a credit card upon collecting the vehicle. Excess reduction options are available at an additional cost per day. 
  • Airport/Ferry pick up fee applies in some locations. This must be paid direct in New Zealand. 
  • Car parking fees may apply in some locations.

Payment

  • Deposit: $200 per person within 7 days of booking
  • Full Payment: 60 Days before travel
  • Airfares (if applicable): Paid in full no more than 6 days after booking

Cancellation Charges

  • Cancellation Fees up to 100% can apply after booking. Extra deposits or full payment may be requested to cover these charges prior to booking.
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Includes

Includes:

9 nights accommodation

  • 1 Night Auckland
  • 2 Nights Rotorua
  • 2 Nights Napier
  • 1 Night Wellington
  • 2 Nights Blenheim
  • 1 Night Christchurch

9 days car hire (C/CDAR Toyota Corolla or Similar)

Tamaki cultural hangi and concert, Rotorua

Twilight Odyssey Tour, Napier

Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton

Marlborough Icons Wine Tour, Blenheim

Options

Travel Insurance

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Kruse GPS Audio Travel Guide

A great alternative to normal GPS Sat Nav in New Zealand is a KRUSE GPS Audio Travel Guide. As well as working like a normal GPS, this great alternative also gives you a detailed commentary as you travel through each region. Let's you know what you can do, where the best restaurants and cafes are, as well as all those hidden secret gems.

Airfares

International flights can be included from Australia for all Australian residents.

Highlights

Tamaki Maori Village Hangi & Concert

Step into a traditional Maori Village set within a Rotorua forest. View & participate in activities including the Haka, poi, warrior training, carving & tattooing, and enjoy a cultural performance before indulging in a hangi feast.

Twilight Odyssey

Enjoy a taste of rural New Zealand when you visit a boutique brewery, participate in an interactive wine tasting, indulge in gourmet platters with top local produce, champagne sunset followed by dinner ending at New Zealand's oldest winery for dessert.

Marlborough Icons Tour

Experience the 3 icons of the Marlborough region on this full day tour - Sauvignon Blanc, the Marlborough Sounds and Greenshell Mussels. Visit some superb Marlborough wineries in the morning, stop for lunch at Havelock Marina and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on a Greenshell Mussel Cruise.

Interislander Ferry Crossing

Often called "one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world", the Interislander Ferry crosses Cook Strait, connecting Wellington in the North Island with Picton in the South Island.

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