Overview

Your journey begins in the City Of Sails, Auckland. Enjoy a cruise on the Bay Of Islands, drive around the Coromandel Peninsula, then experience the geothermal activity & Maori culture in Rotorua. Visit the Art Deco capital of Napier before travelling to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Cross Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry and travel to Nelson. Drive down the West Coast to Queenstown, stopping at Punakaiki & Franz Josef Glacier along the way. Enjoy a cruise on spectacular Milford Sound, then see wildlife & heritage on the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin. Stop at Lake Tekapo & Mt Cook before returning to Christchurch.

Itineraries

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

Auckland - Bay of Islands - Coromandel Peninsula - Rotorua - Napier - Wellington - Nelson - Punakaiki - Franz Josef Glacier - Queenstown - Te Anau - Milford Sound - Dunedin - Lake Tekapo - Christchurch

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Arrive Auckland
Auckland - Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands - Whitianga
Whitianga to Rotorua
Rotorua
Rotorua - Napier
Napier - Wellington via Martinborough
Wellington to Nelson
Abel Tasman National Park
Nelson - Punakaiki
Punakaiki - Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier - Queenstown
At Queenstown
At Queenstown
Queenstown - Te Anau
Milford Sound Day Trip
Te Anau - Dunedin
At Dunedin
Dunedin - Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo - Christchurch
Depart Christchurch

Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Day 2

Auckland - Bay of Islands

Travel Time: 4 hrs 50 mins

Distance: 353 kms

Day 3

Bay of Islands

Day 4

Bay of Islands - Whitianga

Travel Time: 5 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 436 kms

Day 5

Whitianga to Rotorua

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Distance: 232 kms

Day 6

Rotorua

Day 7

Rotorua - Napier

Travel Time: 2 hrs 40 mins

Distance: 219 kms

Day 8

Napier - Wellington via Martinborough

Travel Time: 4 hrs 40 mins

Distance: 359 kms

Day 9

Wellington to Nelson

Travel Time: 1 hr 35 min

Distance: 107 kms

Day 10

Abel Tasman National Park

Day 11

Nelson - Punakaiki

Travel Time: 3 hrs 10 mins

Distance: 264 kms

Day 12

Punakaiki - Franz Josef Glacier

Travel Time: 2 hrs 40 mins

Distance: 217 kms

Day 13

Franz Josef Glacier - Queenstown

Travel Time: 4 hrs 20 mins

Distance: 353 kms

Day 14

At Queenstown

Day 15

At Queenstown

Day 16

Queenstown - Te Anau

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Distance: 171 kms

Day 17

Milford Sound Day Trip

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Distance: 234 kms

Day 18

Te Anau - Dunedin

Travel Time: 3 hrs 55 mins

Distance: 290 kms

Day 19

At Dunedin

Day 20

Dunedin - Lake Tekapo

Travel Time: 4 hrs 10 mins

Distance: 320 kms

Day 21

Lake Tekapo - Christchurch

Travel Time: 4 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 329 kms

Day 22

Depart Christchurch

Collect your car on arrival at the Airport and then head into the city, a melting pot of cultures, world class shopping destination and proud owner of a sparkling waterfront lined with superb restaurants and bars. Visit the Sky Tower, the most iconic feature of Auckland’s skyline, for panoramic views of the city and twin harbours. If you’re brave, venture to the SkyJump or SkyWalk, a surefire way to get your holiday started with an adrenaline rush!

Overnight accommodation in Auckland

Hit the road and head north to Bay of Islands, the birthplace of our nation. Stop at Whangarei along the way and stretch your legs with a walk around the town basin – an international yachting marina, and home to plenty of art galleries. When you reach Paihia this afternoon we recommend a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. This award-winning attraction is our most important historic site, and a must-do for all visitors.

Two nights accommodation Bay of Islands

Jump aboard a catamaran this morning for a half-day jaunt around the bay. Cruise past the islands dotted around as you make your way up Cape Brett Peninsula, and keep a keen eye for dolphins, whales, and other marine life. At Motukōkako Island (the Hole in the Rock), the walls of this natural marvel tower above as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and into Grand Cathedral Cave. You will make a stop at Urupukapuka Island before heading back to port. This afternoon, take a short ferry ride to Russell and spend the afternoon exploring the heritage village.

Journey south back through Auckland and across the Hauraki Plains to Coromandel Peninsula. After a stop in Thames, wind your way up the coast – a stunning scenic drive with the sea on your left and bush-clad volcanic ranges rising steeply on your right. If you left Paihia early this morning you may have time to visit Driving Creek Railway, before carrying on to Whitianga for the night.

Overnight accommodation Coromandel Peninsula

Before you leave the peninsula be sure to check out the famous Hot Water Beach, or paddle a kayak around the shimmering waters of Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve at Cathedral Cove. Tonight, enjoy an authentic indigenous cultural experience at Tamaki Maori Village.

Option:  On the way back to Rotorua stop at Matamata and visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord Of The Rings.

Two nights accommodation Rotorua

Explore the geothermal city today, and choose from a range of sightseeing activities that showcase the best of the region. Maybe a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour of Whakaari (White Island – New Zealand’s most active volcano), or a demonstration of our active earth and an enriching natural mud bath at Hells Gate.

Travel south to Taupō, situated on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake and renowned for trout fishing. Don’t forget to stop off at Huka Falls to see the point where the blue waters emerge roaring from the ravine. Napier is the Art Deco capital of New Zealand, almost entirely rebuilt in the 1930s after an earthquake devastated the city. Learn more about the fascinating history and architecture with a tour by vintage car, or a guided walk.

Overnight accommodation in Napier

Your journey to Wellington will take you through the wine province of Wairarapa. There are plenty of wineries with excellent on-site restaurants, so this is a great location to stop for lunch and sample some of the local pinot noir, the region’s signature drop. For those whose tastes tend more towards beer, the Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka might be your bag. On arrival in our vibrant capital, we thoroughly recommend a visit to Te Papa, where you can immerse yourself in the stories of Aotearoa.

Overnight accommodation Wellington

Return your rental vehicle early in time for your ferry crossing aboard the Interislander. You will cross Raukawa Moana (Cook Strait) on a three hour scenic voyage and alight at Picton. Collect a new rental car and drive to Nelson, then spend the afternoon in awe of the breathtaking World of Wearable Art creations (and some fabulous vintage cars!) at the WOW Museum & Classic Car Collection.

Two nights accommodation Nelson

Take the coach from Nelson to Kaiteriteri to board the 9.30am Vista Cruise departure. Cruise the length of the spectacular Abel Tasman coastline to Totaranui viewing the fascinating Seal Colony at Tonga Island Marine Reserve along the way. You will return to the golden expanse of Anchorage Beach to walk 3hrs 30mins (11.5kms, 7 miles) along the easiest section of the coast track, with spectacular views over Tasman Bay. The track winds through sunny Kanuka forest with hidden fern grottos and crystal mountain streams. At Marahau you will rejoin your coach at 4.00pm or 5.30pm for the trip back to Nelson.

Leave our sunniest region and make your way south to Punakaiki, home of the pancake rocks. Thirty million years in the making, nature has carved the rock into fantastical shapes and turned it into a percussion of thundering, thumping, and roaring, with plumes of salt water hissing from the blowholes.

Overnight accommodation Punakaiki

Spend some time in Hokitika on your way down the coast, a town noted for its pounamu (New Zealand jade) and wild west gold mining history. Maybe you would like to see the world from a bird’s viewpoint, and walk high above the ground through the ancient rimu and kamahi tree canopy on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. This afternoon at Franz Josef Glacier, avail yourself of one of the many ways to see the ancient ice valley – from a moderate self-guided walk to the terminal face to a professionally guided adventure that will take you onto the ice itself, a truly unforgettable experience.

Overnight accommodation Franz Josef

Make an early start for your drive to Queenstown via Haast Pass. There are scores of places to stop at the roadside in the pass, for short walks to stunning waterfalls and blue pools or simply to admire the verdant landscape. In Wanaka pay a visit to weird and wonderful Puzzling World, an entertaining activity for young and old alike with a mix of bizarre buildings, the world-famous Great Maze, and rooms of illusion.

Three nights accommodation Queenstown

We heartily recommend one of the adrenaline-filled activities on offer in our adventure capital. Some are more heart-stopping than others – a jet boat ride on the Shotover River appeals to almost everyone, but bona fide daredevils might prefer a skydive from 12,000 feet. Immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery by walking one of the myriad tracks around the town, or joining a 4WD safari. We have included a Skyline Gondola ride and buffet dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant, so finish your day of excitement with a delicious dining experience overlooking the town, lake, and mountains beyond.

Perhaps venture to Arrowtown today, a quaint village with heritage buildings and boutique shopping, filled with stories of its beginnings as a gold mining settlement. For a decadent treat, you might fancy a tour of the area’s wineries – an excellent way to see more of the region and sample some of the tastiest wine and food you could wish for.

Follow the highway down the shores of Lake Wakatipu and into Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. This evening we suggest you take a tour of the Te Anau Glowworm Caves, a subterranean world of limestone tunnels sculpted over thousands of years by the river that runs through them. Admire the galaxies of glowworms overhead as you float by on the silent waters.

Two nights accommodation Te Anau

Rudyard Kipling described Milford Sound as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, and we have to agree. Leave Te Anau with time to spare for stops along the dramatically beautiful Milford Road, then hop aboard your nature cruise for a two hour scenic voyage. As you head out to meet the Tasman Sea at the mouth of the sound you will be captivated by the bewitching atmosphere, with waterfalls cascading from sheer cliffs, abundant marine life, and dense rainforest. If you would like to explore further after your cruise ends, consider a scenic flight, short walk, or kayak. Return to Te Anau for the night.

Follow your nose to Invercargill, our southernmost city, and drive the Southern Scenic Route through the Catlins. Truly off the well-beaten path, this remote area is a natural rugged beauty with long windswept beaches, lush temperate rainforest, and rolling farmland. Finish today’s long trip in Dunedin, our Edinburgh of the south.

Two nights accommodation Dunedin

Spend the morning in a sweet-tooth’s paradise on a Cadbury World tour. Learn of all things chocolate, from history to current day (including the all-important taste test!), and float out in a cocoa haze. If you wish to continue with the theme, a tour of the iconic Speights Brewery might be on the cards, ending with a meal at the on-site restaurant. For those that would prefer a bit of fresh air, take an excursion to the Otago Peninsula. This picturesque area is a haven for seabirds and other marine life, including kororā (little blue penguins), hoiho (yellow-eyed penguins), and toroa (albatross).

Time to head north again. Have a break in Oamaru, steampunk capital of the world and home to a thriving Victorian Precinct. Take the time to wander the cobbled streets and rifle through galleries and shops, then grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or cafes before continuing on your journey. A visit to Mt John Observatory in Lake Tekapo this evening is a must, for an awe-inspiring tour of the stars in the Southern Hemisphere’s only International Dark Sky Reserve.

Overnight accommodation Lake Tekapo

Before you leave Lake Tekapo, stop by the historic Church of the Good Shepherd. A stalwart monument to the farming pioneers of the Mackenzie Basin, the church sits peacefully on the edge of the turquoise lake – an exceptional spot for memorable photos. As you drive to Christchurch the scenery will change from golden high country peaks to sweeping plains. In the city you will see a lively downtown area at various stages of rebuild, with new and old architecture side-by-side, street art, sculpture, and a flourishing cafe and restaurant scene. Buy a ticket for the heritage tram for a delightful way to navigate the city, hopping on and off as you please at locations that catch your eye.

Overnight accommodation Christchurch

Depending on the departure time of your flight home, you may have the opportunity for one last experience in Christchurch before returning your rental car. We recommend the International Antarctic Centre, the closest you’ll get to the cold continent without mounting an expedition!

Day 1, Arrive Auckland

Arrive Auckland

Collect your car on arrival at the Airport and then head into the city, a melting pot of cultures, world class shopping destination and proud owner of a sparkling waterfront lined with superb restaurants and bars. Visit the Sky Tower, the most iconic feature of Auckland’s skyline, for panoramic views of the city and twin harbours. If you’re brave, venture to the SkyJump or SkyWalk, a surefire way to get your holiday started with an adrenaline rush!

Overnight accommodation in Auckland

Day 2, Auckland - Bay of Islands

Auckland - Bay of Islands

Travel Time: 4 hrs 50 mins

Distance: 353 kms

Hit the road and head north to Bay of Islands, the birthplace of our nation. Stop at Whangarei along the way and stretch your legs with a walk around the town basin – an international yachting marina, and home to plenty of art galleries. When you reach Paihia this afternoon we recommend a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. This award-winning attraction is our most important historic site, and a must-do for all visitors.

Two nights accommodation Bay of Islands

Day 3, Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

Jump aboard a catamaran this morning for a half-day jaunt around the bay. Cruise past the islands dotted around as you make your way up Cape Brett Peninsula, and keep a keen eye for dolphins, whales, and other marine life. At Motukōkako Island (the Hole in the Rock), the walls of this natural marvel tower above as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and into Grand Cathedral Cave. You will make a stop at Urupukapuka Island before heading back to port. This afternoon, take a short ferry ride to Russell and spend the afternoon exploring the heritage village.

Day 4, Bay of Islands - Whitianga

Bay of Islands - Whitianga

Travel Time: 5 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 436 kms

Journey south back through Auckland and across the Hauraki Plains to Coromandel Peninsula. After a stop in Thames, wind your way up the coast – a stunning scenic drive with the sea on your left and bush-clad volcanic ranges rising steeply on your right. If you left Paihia early this morning you may have time to visit Driving Creek Railway, before carrying on to Whitianga for the night.

Overnight accommodation Coromandel Peninsula

Day 5, Whitianga to Rotorua

Whitianga to Rotorua

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Distance: 232 kms

Before you leave the peninsula be sure to check out the famous Hot Water Beach, or paddle a kayak around the shimmering waters of Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve at Cathedral Cove. Tonight, enjoy an authentic indigenous cultural experience at Tamaki Maori Village.

Option:  On the way back to Rotorua stop at Matamata and visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord Of The Rings.

Two nights accommodation Rotorua

Day 6, Rotorua

Rotorua

Explore the geothermal city today, and choose from a range of sightseeing activities that showcase the best of the region. Maybe a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour of Whakaari (White Island – New Zealand’s most active volcano), or a demonstration of our active earth and an enriching natural mud bath at Hells Gate.

Day 7, Rotorua - Napier

Rotorua - Napier

Travel Time: 2 hrs 40 mins

Distance: 219 kms

Travel south to Taupō, situated on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake and renowned for trout fishing. Don’t forget to stop off at Huka Falls to see the point where the blue waters emerge roaring from the ravine. Napier is the Art Deco capital of New Zealand, almost entirely rebuilt in the 1930s after an earthquake devastated the city. Learn more about the fascinating history and architecture with a tour by vintage car, or a guided walk.

Overnight accommodation in Napier

Day 8, Napier - Wellington via Martinborough

Napier - Wellington via Martinborough

Travel Time: 4 hrs 40 mins

Distance: 359 kms

Your journey to Wellington will take you through the wine province of Wairarapa. There are plenty of wineries with excellent on-site restaurants, so this is a great location to stop for lunch and sample some of the local pinot noir, the region’s signature drop. For those whose tastes tend more towards beer, the Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka might be your bag. On arrival in our vibrant capital, we thoroughly recommend a visit to Te Papa, where you can immerse yourself in the stories of Aotearoa.

Overnight accommodation Wellington

Day 9, Wellington to Nelson

Wellington to Nelson

Travel Time: 1 hr 35 min

Distance: 107 kms

Return your rental vehicle early in time for your ferry crossing aboard the Interislander. You will cross Raukawa Moana (Cook Strait) on a three hour scenic voyage and alight at Picton. Collect a new rental car and drive to Nelson, then spend the afternoon in awe of the breathtaking World of Wearable Art creations (and some fabulous vintage cars!) at the WOW Museum & Classic Car Collection.

Two nights accommodation Nelson

Day 10, Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park

Take the coach from Nelson to Kaiteriteri to board the 9.30am Vista Cruise departure. Cruise the length of the spectacular Abel Tasman coastline to Totaranui viewing the fascinating Seal Colony at Tonga Island Marine Reserve along the way. You will return to the golden expanse of Anchorage Beach to walk 3hrs 30mins (11.5kms, 7 miles) along the easiest section of the coast track, with spectacular views over Tasman Bay. The track winds through sunny Kanuka forest with hidden fern grottos and crystal mountain streams. At Marahau you will rejoin your coach at 4.00pm or 5.30pm for the trip back to Nelson.

Day 11, Nelson - Punakaiki

Nelson - Punakaiki

Travel Time: 3 hrs 10 mins

Distance: 264 kms

Leave our sunniest region and make your way south to Punakaiki, home of the pancake rocks. Thirty million years in the making, nature has carved the rock into fantastical shapes and turned it into a percussion of thundering, thumping, and roaring, with plumes of salt water hissing from the blowholes.

Overnight accommodation Punakaiki

Day 12, Punakaiki - Franz Josef Glacier

Punakaiki - Franz Josef Glacier

Travel Time: 2 hrs 40 mins

Distance: 217 kms

Spend some time in Hokitika on your way down the coast, a town noted for its pounamu (New Zealand jade) and wild west gold mining history. Maybe you would like to see the world from a bird’s viewpoint, and walk high above the ground through the ancient rimu and kamahi tree canopy on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. This afternoon at Franz Josef Glacier, avail yourself of one of the many ways to see the ancient ice valley – from a moderate self-guided walk to the terminal face to a professionally guided adventure that will take you onto the ice itself, a truly unforgettable experience.

Overnight accommodation Franz Josef

Day 13, Franz Josef Glacier - Queenstown

Franz Josef Glacier - Queenstown

Travel Time: 4 hrs 20 mins

Distance: 353 kms

Make an early start for your drive to Queenstown via Haast Pass. There are scores of places to stop at the roadside in the pass, for short walks to stunning waterfalls and blue pools or simply to admire the verdant landscape. In Wanaka pay a visit to weird and wonderful Puzzling World, an entertaining activity for young and old alike with a mix of bizarre buildings, the world-famous Great Maze, and rooms of illusion.

Three nights accommodation Queenstown

Day 14, At Queenstown

At Queenstown

We heartily recommend one of the adrenaline-filled activities on offer in our adventure capital. Some are more heart-stopping than others – a jet boat ride on the Shotover River appeals to almost everyone, but bona fide daredevils might prefer a skydive from 12,000 feet. Immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery by walking one of the myriad tracks around the town, or joining a 4WD safari. We have included a Skyline Gondola ride and buffet dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant, so finish your day of excitement with a delicious dining experience overlooking the town, lake, and mountains beyond.

Day 15, At Queenstown

At Queenstown

Perhaps venture to Arrowtown today, a quaint village with heritage buildings and boutique shopping, filled with stories of its beginnings as a gold mining settlement. For a decadent treat, you might fancy a tour of the area’s wineries – an excellent way to see more of the region and sample some of the tastiest wine and food you could wish for.

Day 16, Queenstown - Te Anau

Queenstown - Te Anau

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Distance: 171 kms

Follow the highway down the shores of Lake Wakatipu and into Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. This evening we suggest you take a tour of the Te Anau Glowworm Caves, a subterranean world of limestone tunnels sculpted over thousands of years by the river that runs through them. Admire the galaxies of glowworms overhead as you float by on the silent waters.

Two nights accommodation Te Anau

Day 17, Milford Sound Day Trip

Milford Sound Day Trip

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Distance: 234 kms

Rudyard Kipling described Milford Sound as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, and we have to agree. Leave Te Anau with time to spare for stops along the dramatically beautiful Milford Road, then hop aboard your nature cruise for a two hour scenic voyage. As you head out to meet the Tasman Sea at the mouth of the sound you will be captivated by the bewitching atmosphere, with waterfalls cascading from sheer cliffs, abundant marine life, and dense rainforest. If you would like to explore further after your cruise ends, consider a scenic flight, short walk, or kayak. Return to Te Anau for the night.

Day 18, Te Anau - Dunedin

Te Anau - Dunedin

Travel Time: 3 hrs 55 mins

Distance: 290 kms

Follow your nose to Invercargill, our southernmost city, and drive the Southern Scenic Route through the Catlins. Truly off the well-beaten path, this remote area is a natural rugged beauty with long windswept beaches, lush temperate rainforest, and rolling farmland. Finish today’s long trip in Dunedin, our Edinburgh of the south.

Two nights accommodation Dunedin

Day 19, At Dunedin

At Dunedin

Spend the morning in a sweet-tooth’s paradise on a Cadbury World tour. Learn of all things chocolate, from history to current day (including the all-important taste test!), and float out in a cocoa haze. If you wish to continue with the theme, a tour of the iconic Speights Brewery might be on the cards, ending with a meal at the on-site restaurant. For those that would prefer a bit of fresh air, take an excursion to the Otago Peninsula. This picturesque area is a haven for seabirds and other marine life, including kororā (little blue penguins), hoiho (yellow-eyed penguins), and toroa (albatross).

Day 20, Dunedin - Lake Tekapo

Dunedin - Lake Tekapo

Travel Time: 4 hrs 10 mins

Distance: 320 kms

Time to head north again. Have a break in Oamaru, steampunk capital of the world and home to a thriving Victorian Precinct. Take the time to wander the cobbled streets and rifle through galleries and shops, then grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or cafes before continuing on your journey. A visit to Mt John Observatory in Lake Tekapo this evening is a must, for an awe-inspiring tour of the stars in the Southern Hemisphere’s only International Dark Sky Reserve.

Overnight accommodation Lake Tekapo

Day 21, Lake Tekapo - Christchurch

Lake Tekapo - Christchurch

Travel Time: 4 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 329 kms

Before you leave Lake Tekapo, stop by the historic Church of the Good Shepherd. A stalwart monument to the farming pioneers of the Mackenzie Basin, the church sits peacefully on the edge of the turquoise lake – an exceptional spot for memorable photos. As you drive to Christchurch the scenery will change from golden high country peaks to sweeping plains. In the city you will see a lively downtown area at various stages of rebuild, with new and old architecture side-by-side, street art, sculpture, and a flourishing cafe and restaurant scene. Buy a ticket for the heritage tram for a delightful way to navigate the city, hopping on and off as you please at locations that catch your eye.

Overnight accommodation Christchurch

Day 22, Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

Depending on the departure time of your flight home, you may have the opportunity for one last experience in Christchurch before returning your rental car. We recommend the International Antarctic Centre, the closest you’ll get to the cold continent without mounting an expedition!

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Pricing

Cost per Person

 01 September 2017 – 31 August 2018

 Twin/Double
Standard Accommodation from NZ$3,238* 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.

  • Prices are per person, twin/double share and subject to availability. 
  • Prices were correct at the time of submission (OCT17) but are subject to change without notice. 
  • Valid for travel 01 September 2017 – 31 August 2018. 
  • Blackout periods and surcharges may apply. 
  • Car hire excess fees of NZ$3000 + 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 of NZ$45+ GST applies. This must be paid direct in New Zealand. 
  • Car parking fees may apply in some locations. Please enquire for more information.

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:

21 nights accommodation

22 days car rental (excess applies)

Interislander Ferry crossing

Auckland Sky Tower

Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' cruise

Traditional Maori Hangi and Cultural Experience

Wilsons Abel Tasman Cruise and Walk

Franz Josef Hot Pools

Milford Sound nature cruise

Skyline Gondola ride and Stratosfare buffet dinner

Cadbury World tour

Options

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Accommodation

There is a choice of accommodation available on all packages, which depending on locations, includes motels, 3 star hotels, 4 star hotels, boutique lodges & hotels and luxury lodges and hotels. We are happy to quote on alternate accommodation requests.

Airfares

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

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.

Highlights

Auckland Sky Tower

Towering over Auckland and standing at 328m tall, the Sky Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Travel up in glass-fronted lifts to one of the 3 spectacular viewing platforms, where you can take in views of Auckland City & its twin harbours.

Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise

Cruise by luxury catamaran to Cape Brett Lighthouse, Motukokako Island and then make your passage through the 'Hole in the Rock' followed by Grand Cathedral Cave. Meander through the inner islands stopping at Otehei Bay for a swim or scenic walk.

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.

Skyline Gondola Ride & Buffet Dinner

A great night out is to enjoy a dinner up the top of the Skyline Gondola at the Stratosfare, which serves up a mouth-watering buffet of legendary proportions. After dinner, set back & relax with a drink or cocktail fron the bar and take in the spectacular scenery before returning to Queenstown on the Gondola.

Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Get up close & personal with Milford Sound on this leisurely nature cruise. Experience the spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces or watch out for dolphins, seals and in season, the rare Fiordland blue crested penguins.

Cadbury World Tour

Ignite the senses at Cadbury World with a chocolate tour where you can see it, smell it, try it & buy it. This colourful & informative chocolate themed tour offers a sensation in sight, smell & sound. Choc a block with fun, a visit to Cadbury World is a must do while in Dunedin.

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