Overview

Discover all of New Zealand on this 21 night self drive New Zealand tour itinerary taking you off the beaten track to unique locations as well as all of the 'must see' scenic attractions. Visit historic Dunedin and see the wildlife on Otago Peninsula; before taking a cruise on spectacular Milford Sound. Visit Queenstown & be amazed at the majesty of the West Coast Glaciers, then take the famous Tranz Alpine train over Arthurs Pass to Christchurch.

Itineraries

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

Auckland - Bay of Islands - Whitianga - Rotorua - Napier - Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch - Lake Tekapo - Dunedin - Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier - 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 Kaikoura
Kaikoura to Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo to Dunedin
Dunedin
Dunedin to Te Anau
Milford Sound Cruise
Te Anau to Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch via TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch
Depart Christchurch

Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Day 2

Auckland - Bay of Islands

Travel Time: 2 hrs 50 mins

Distance: 228 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 15 mins

Distance: 222 kms

Day 6

Rotorua

Day 7

Rotorua - Napier

Travel Time: 2 hrs 35 mins

Distance: 219 kms

Day 8

Napier - Wellington via Martinborough

Travel Time: 4 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 353 kms

Day 9

Wellington to Kaikoura

Travel Time: 1 hr 50 min

Distance: 156 kms

Day 10

Kaikoura to Lake Tekapo

Travel Time: 4 hr 45 mins

Distance: 400 kms

Day 11

Lake Tekapo to Dunedin

Travel Time: 3 hrs 40 mins

Distance: 310 kms

Day 12

Dunedin

Day 13

Dunedin to Te Anau

Travel Time: 3 hrs 25 mins

Distance: 289 kms

Day 14

Milford Sound Cruise

Travel Time: 3hrs

Distance: 236 kms

Day 15

Te Anau to Queenstown

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Distance: 171 kms

Day 16

Queenstown

Day 17

Queenstown

Day 18

Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier

Travel Time: 4 hrs 20 mins

Distance: 352 kms

Day 19

Franz Josef Glacier

Day 20

Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch via TranzAlpine Train

Travel Time: 2 hrs 5 mins

Distance: 173 kms

Day 21

Christchurch

Day 22

Depart Christchurch

Arrive at Auckland International Airport, where you will pick up your car. The rest of the day is free to explore Auckland's many attractions.You could take a walk down to the Viaduct or try shopping on Queens Street.

Travel over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and follow the northern motorway through to the beachside suburbs, turn off to visit the Matakohe Kauri Museum and then spend the afternoon following the western Northland coast through the Kauri forests and stop to view the largest Kauri tree "Tane Mahuta". Travel over to the East Coast to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. 

Option: Tonight hop on board Darryl's Dinner Cruise for an evening of fun and cruising on the Waitangi River with BBQ dinner included.

A full day to enjoy Paihia and the magnificient Bay of Islands. This morning, board a luxury catamaran for the most popular cruise in the Bay of Islands. The high speed vessel will whisk you on a comfortable journey out through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse. Next is Motukokako Island and the famous "Hole in the Rock"; the excitement grows as you make a passage through the Hole and on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave. View sandy beaches, beautiful bays and marine wildlife as your skipper gives an informative commentary. Includes an island stopover on beautiful Urupukapuka Island where there are numerous activities including scenic walks & swimming. Upon returning to Paihia, enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Relax on one of the region's beaches, visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds or take the ferry across to Russell - the choice is yours!

Today drive south from Paihia to Auckland, then across to the Coromandel Peninsula. Take a drive around the peninsula's coast, stopping at the towns of Thames & Coromandel. If you are travelling during summer or have left Paihia early, be sure to take a ride on the Driving Creek Railway. If not, spend some time in Coromandel Town to explore the area.

Depart Whitianga this morning and drive to Rotorua, New Zealand's geothermal wonderland. Be sure to stop at Hot Water Beach on the way. If you're interested in water activities, you can choose to do kayaking from Cathedral Cove. 

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

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. 

This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi and concert at Tamaki Village.

Travel across the central plateau via Lake Taupo, stopping at the Huka Falls along the way. Then, continue on to the Hawkes Bay region. Explore Napier, New Zealand's Art Deco capital, with options to join an Art Deco guided walking tour or vintage car tour.

Overnight accommodation, Standard - Bella Tuscany on Kennedy, Superior - Crown Hotel.

Spend the morning exploring Napier, before traveling through Hastings and the rural landscape of Hawke's Bay. Just south of Masterton is the township of Martinborough, where you can taste and purchase exquisite Pinot Noir before continuing on to Wellington, compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot. Enjoy cafes, restaurants, museums, theatre and all kinds of shops.

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 (3 hrs 10 mins), the gateway to the marine, forest and island attractions of the Marlborough Sounds.

Pick up your rental vehicle and then continue along the coastal road to reach the coastal town of Kaikoura.  Join an optional tour to view the whales, or go swimming with the dolphins.

This morning drive south along the coast and crossing the Canterbury Plains past Christchurch to Lake Tekapo. This afternoon is at leisure - visit the Earth & Sky Observatory, take a scenic flight over Mt Cook, or visit the Church Of The Good Shepherd & Collie Dog Memorial. 

Depart Lake Tekapo this morning and drive along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook. Take a short walk in the area or join one of the sightseeing activities at the Hermitage Hotel. Choose from boat cruises on the Tasman Lake to see the Tasman Glacier, ski plane flights, helicopter flights, or spend some time exploring the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

Afterwards travel south to Omarama and historic Oamaru, home of the Little Blue Penguins. Be sure to check out the unique geological formations known as the Moeraki Boulders located 70km's north of Dunedin "the Edinburgh of the South". Dunedin is memorable for its historical architecture. 

Today you have a full day to explore Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula, famous for it's eco tourism and wildlife and there are a variety of tours and cruises showing all the best of the Dunedin region. Drive out to the Otago Peninsula and visit the Royal Albatross Centre, enjoy an argo adventure at Natures Wonders or go on a guided tour of the Yellow Eyed Penguin reserve

Take time to explore Larnach Castle and learn about its scandalous history. You might also want to visit Baldwin Street, the world's steepest residential address. End the day with a tour of the 125 year old Speights Brewery, finishing with a tasting of their range of world class beers. Dunedin is memorable for its historical architecture. 

Travel across the lush green farmlands of South Otago and Southland, at Balclutha cross the mighty Clutha River and on to Gore. From here you travel across river plains, and onto Te Anau located on the shores of beautiful Lake Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.

Experience the beauty of the Fiordland Region at the  Shadowlands Cinema for a 35 minute breath taking journey. This evening you could take an evening cruise across the lake to visit the incredible limestone caves that shimmer with thousands of glow worms.

You have the morning to enjoy in Te Anau and maybe take a drive down to view Lake Manapouri. This morning drive one of New Zealand’s most scenic routes to Milford Sound. Upon arrival at Milford Sound, check in for your 11.00 am cruise Depart on your cruise of the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea.  The vessel stops at various points and plenty of time is available to view waterfalls, rain forest, mountains and wildlife.  The cruise is leisurely and is accompanied by comprehensive commentaries.  A choice of lunch menus and a well stocked bar are available.

Tea and coffee are supplied complimentary.  Duration is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

This morning drive through to Queenstown. The small towns of Mossburn and Lumsden can be explored for unique shopping opportunities - a farm tour is another possibility. From Kingston, the rest of your journey clings scenically to the edge of Lake Wakatipu as you make your way to Queenstown.

Today is at your leisure to explore the adventure capital of New Zealand. It's the place to source almost any kind of adventure, including bungy, taking a Shotover Jet ride, horse trekking, rafting and river surfing. It's also a destination for luxury experiences - gourmet food and wine, spa treatments and leisurely games of golf. Nearby is the former gold mining town of Arrowtown is a living, historic holiday destination, nestled beside the Arrow River.

Enjoy a second day at leisure to explore the Queenstown region. If you are travelling between late June & early October, be sure to check out the ski fields within the region - there are 5 ski fields within an hour of Queenstown. This evening, for a night to remember take a ride up the Skyline Gondola to a view that will take your breath away before sitting down a sumptuous buffet dinner.

The shortest route to Wanaka is over the Crown Range Road. It's a challenging drive, but the views are amazing and you'll probably encounter friendly keas (mountain parrots). More conservative drivers can take the route that runs beside the Shotover River, Lake Dunstan and the Clutha River.

The vineyards of the Gibbston area and bungy jumpers at the Kawarau River Bridge are interesting distractions along the way. Leaving Wanaka, Lake Hawea is the first scenic highlight, followed closely by the northern end of Lake Wanaka. The famous ‘bra fence' is impossible to miss - it started as a joke, but it's become a local legend.

At the wilderness town of Makarora you can fuel up and refresh before you take on the dramatic twists and turns of the Haast Pass  to the wild West Coast. At pretty Lake Paringa you can enjoy a delicious meal of salmon at the salmon farm.

A free day for you to explore the region.  Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are unique relics of the last ice age. Mighty rivers of solid white, tumbling down ice-hewn rock valleys, they are classically beautiful in the glacial sense. Nowhere else in the world have glaciers advanced so close to the sea at this latitude. Also be sure to visit the Glacier Hot Pools in the town centre during your stay. This is the most relaxing way to end your day after a walk to the glacier. 

Option: Take a self guided walk or guided terminal face walk to the glacier, or see the glaciers from the air onboard a helicopter flight. At Franz Josef we recommend a visit to the Glacier Hot Pools.

This morning you drive north passing Hokitika, which is the centre for fine greenstone jewellery. Drop your rental car off at Greymouth, where you board the world famous TranzAlpine train for your journey through Arthurs Pass, the highest of the three passes through the Southern Alps, back to Christchurch.

Enjoy a day at leisure in Christchurch. Visit the ReStart Mall in the city or the shopping & cafe precinct at Riccarton Road, take a gondola down the Avon River, visit the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve or the International Antarctic Centre. Alternatively, take a drive to the French village of Akaroa (162km / 3 hour return trip) and go on a Black Cat Wildlife Cruise, or Akaroa Swim with the Dolphins trip.

Today you are free to explore Christchurch before being transferred to Christchurch Airport for your flight home.

Day 1, Arrive Auckland

Arrive Auckland

Arrive at Auckland International Airport, where you will pick up your car. The rest of the day is free to explore Auckland's many attractions.You could take a walk down to the Viaduct or try shopping on Queens Street.

Day 2, Auckland - Bay of Islands

Auckland - Bay of Islands

Travel Time: 2 hrs 50 mins

Distance: 228 kms

Travel over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and follow the northern motorway through to the beachside suburbs, turn off to visit the Matakohe Kauri Museum and then spend the afternoon following the western Northland coast through the Kauri forests and stop to view the largest Kauri tree "Tane Mahuta". Travel over to the East Coast to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. 

Option: Tonight hop on board Darryl's Dinner Cruise for an evening of fun and cruising on the Waitangi River with BBQ dinner included.

Day 3, Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

A full day to enjoy Paihia and the magnificient Bay of Islands. This morning, board a luxury catamaran for the most popular cruise in the Bay of Islands. The high speed vessel will whisk you on a comfortable journey out through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse. Next is Motukokako Island and the famous "Hole in the Rock"; the excitement grows as you make a passage through the Hole and on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave. View sandy beaches, beautiful bays and marine wildlife as your skipper gives an informative commentary. Includes an island stopover on beautiful Urupukapuka Island where there are numerous activities including scenic walks & swimming. Upon returning to Paihia, enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Relax on one of the region's beaches, visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds or take the ferry across to Russell - the choice is yours!

Day 4, Bay of Islands - Whitianga

Bay of Islands - Whitianga

Travel Time: 5 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 436 kms

Today drive south from Paihia to Auckland, then across to the Coromandel Peninsula. Take a drive around the peninsula's coast, stopping at the towns of Thames & Coromandel. If you are travelling during summer or have left Paihia early, be sure to take a ride on the Driving Creek Railway. If not, spend some time in Coromandel Town to explore the area.

Day 5, Whitianga to Rotorua

Whitianga to Rotorua

Travel Time: 3 hrs 15 mins

Distance: 222 kms

Depart Whitianga this morning and drive to Rotorua, New Zealand's geothermal wonderland. Be sure to stop at Hot Water Beach on the way. If you're interested in water activities, you can choose to do kayaking from Cathedral Cove. 

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

Day 6, 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. 

This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi and concert at Tamaki Village.

Day 7, 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. Explore Napier, New Zealand's Art Deco capital, with options to join an Art Deco guided walking tour or vintage car tour.

Overnight accommodation, Standard - Bella Tuscany on Kennedy, Superior - Crown Hotel.

Day 8, Napier - Wellington via Martinborough

Napier - Wellington via Martinborough

Travel Time: 4 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 353 kms

Spend the morning exploring Napier, before traveling through Hastings and the rural landscape of Hawke's Bay. Just south of Masterton is the township of Martinborough, where you can taste and purchase exquisite Pinot Noir before continuing on to Wellington, compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot. Enjoy cafes, restaurants, museums, theatre and all kinds of shops.

Day 9, Wellington to Kaikoura

Wellington to Kaikoura

Travel Time: 1 hr 50 min

Distance: 156 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 (3 hrs 10 mins), the gateway to the marine, forest and island attractions of the Marlborough Sounds.

Pick up your rental vehicle and then continue along the coastal road to reach the coastal town of Kaikoura.  Join an optional tour to view the whales, or go swimming with the dolphins.

Day 10, Kaikoura to Lake Tekapo

Kaikoura to Lake Tekapo

Travel Time: 4 hr 45 mins

Distance: 400 kms

This morning drive south along the coast and crossing the Canterbury Plains past Christchurch to Lake Tekapo. This afternoon is at leisure - visit the Earth & Sky Observatory, take a scenic flight over Mt Cook, or visit the Church Of The Good Shepherd & Collie Dog Memorial. 

Day 11, Lake Tekapo to Dunedin

Lake Tekapo to Dunedin

Travel Time: 3 hrs 40 mins

Distance: 310 kms

Depart Lake Tekapo this morning and drive along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook. Take a short walk in the area or join one of the sightseeing activities at the Hermitage Hotel. Choose from boat cruises on the Tasman Lake to see the Tasman Glacier, ski plane flights, helicopter flights, or spend some time exploring the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

Afterwards travel south to Omarama and historic Oamaru, home of the Little Blue Penguins. Be sure to check out the unique geological formations known as the Moeraki Boulders located 70km's north of Dunedin "the Edinburgh of the South". Dunedin is memorable for its historical architecture. 

Day 12, Dunedin

Dunedin

Today you have a full day to explore Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula, famous for it's eco tourism and wildlife and there are a variety of tours and cruises showing all the best of the Dunedin region. Drive out to the Otago Peninsula and visit the Royal Albatross Centre, enjoy an argo adventure at Natures Wonders or go on a guided tour of the Yellow Eyed Penguin reserve

Take time to explore Larnach Castle and learn about its scandalous history. You might also want to visit Baldwin Street, the world's steepest residential address. End the day with a tour of the 125 year old Speights Brewery, finishing with a tasting of their range of world class beers. Dunedin is memorable for its historical architecture. 

Day 13, Dunedin to Te Anau

Dunedin to Te Anau

Travel Time: 3 hrs 25 mins

Distance: 289 kms

Travel across the lush green farmlands of South Otago and Southland, at Balclutha cross the mighty Clutha River and on to Gore. From here you travel across river plains, and onto Te Anau located on the shores of beautiful Lake Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.

Experience the beauty of the Fiordland Region at the  Shadowlands Cinema for a 35 minute breath taking journey. This evening you could take an evening cruise across the lake to visit the incredible limestone caves that shimmer with thousands of glow worms.

Day 14, Milford Sound Cruise

Milford Sound Cruise

Travel Time: 3hrs

Distance: 236 kms

You have the morning to enjoy in Te Anau and maybe take a drive down to view Lake Manapouri. This morning drive one of New Zealand’s most scenic routes to Milford Sound. Upon arrival at Milford Sound, check in for your 11.00 am cruise Depart on your cruise of the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea.  The vessel stops at various points and plenty of time is available to view waterfalls, rain forest, mountains and wildlife.  The cruise is leisurely and is accompanied by comprehensive commentaries.  A choice of lunch menus and a well stocked bar are available.

Tea and coffee are supplied complimentary.  Duration is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Day 15, Te Anau to Queenstown

Te Anau to Queenstown

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Distance: 171 kms

This morning drive through to Queenstown. The small towns of Mossburn and Lumsden can be explored for unique shopping opportunities - a farm tour is another possibility. From Kingston, the rest of your journey clings scenically to the edge of Lake Wakatipu as you make your way to Queenstown.

Day 16, Queenstown

Queenstown

Today is at your leisure to explore the adventure capital of New Zealand. It's the place to source almost any kind of adventure, including bungy, taking a Shotover Jet ride, horse trekking, rafting and river surfing. It's also a destination for luxury experiences - gourmet food and wine, spa treatments and leisurely games of golf. Nearby is the former gold mining town of Arrowtown is a living, historic holiday destination, nestled beside the Arrow River.

Day 17, Queenstown

Queenstown

Enjoy a second day at leisure to explore the Queenstown region. If you are travelling between late June & early October, be sure to check out the ski fields within the region - there are 5 ski fields within an hour of Queenstown. This evening, for a night to remember take a ride up the Skyline Gondola to a view that will take your breath away before sitting down a sumptuous buffet dinner.

Day 18, Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier

Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier

Travel Time: 4 hrs 20 mins

Distance: 352 kms

The shortest route to Wanaka is over the Crown Range Road. It's a challenging drive, but the views are amazing and you'll probably encounter friendly keas (mountain parrots). More conservative drivers can take the route that runs beside the Shotover River, Lake Dunstan and the Clutha River.

The vineyards of the Gibbston area and bungy jumpers at the Kawarau River Bridge are interesting distractions along the way. Leaving Wanaka, Lake Hawea is the first scenic highlight, followed closely by the northern end of Lake Wanaka. The famous ‘bra fence' is impossible to miss - it started as a joke, but it's become a local legend.

At the wilderness town of Makarora you can fuel up and refresh before you take on the dramatic twists and turns of the Haast Pass  to the wild West Coast. At pretty Lake Paringa you can enjoy a delicious meal of salmon at the salmon farm.

Day 19, Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier

A free day for you to explore the region.  Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are unique relics of the last ice age. Mighty rivers of solid white, tumbling down ice-hewn rock valleys, they are classically beautiful in the glacial sense. Nowhere else in the world have glaciers advanced so close to the sea at this latitude. Also be sure to visit the Glacier Hot Pools in the town centre during your stay. This is the most relaxing way to end your day after a walk to the glacier. 

Option: Take a self guided walk or guided terminal face walk to the glacier, or see the glaciers from the air onboard a helicopter flight. At Franz Josef we recommend a visit to the Glacier Hot Pools.

Day 20, Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch via TranzAlpine Train

Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch via TranzAlpine Train

Travel Time: 2 hrs 5 mins

Distance: 173 kms

This morning you drive north passing Hokitika, which is the centre for fine greenstone jewellery. Drop your rental car off at Greymouth, where you board the world famous TranzAlpine train for your journey through Arthurs Pass, the highest of the three passes through the Southern Alps, back to Christchurch.

Day 21, Christchurch

Christchurch

Enjoy a day at leisure in Christchurch. Visit the ReStart Mall in the city or the shopping & cafe precinct at Riccarton Road, take a gondola down the Avon River, visit the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve or the International Antarctic Centre. Alternatively, take a drive to the French village of Akaroa (162km / 3 hour return trip) and go on a Black Cat Wildlife Cruise, or Akaroa Swim with the Dolphins trip.

Day 22, Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

Today you are free to explore Christchurch before being transferred to Christchurch Airport for your flight home.

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Pricing

Cost per person

May to September 2019

 Twin/Double
Standard 3-3.5 Star Accommodation From AU$6,125* per person
Superior 4 Star Accommodation From AU$7,124* per person

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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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21 nights accommodation in your chosen category:
Standard: 3 to 4 star motels / hotels
Superior: 4 to 4.5 star hotels

  • 1 Night Auckland
  • 2 Nights Bay of Islands
  • 1 Night Whitianga
  • 2 Nights Rotorua
  • 1 Night Napier
  • 1 Night Wellington
  • 1 Night Kaikoura
  • 1 Night Lake Tekapo
  • 2 Nights Dunedin
  • 2 Nights Te Anau
  • 3 Nights Queenstown
  • 2 Nights Franz Josef
  • 2 Nights Christchurch

20 Days Car hire (C/CDAR Toyota Corolla or Similar)

Skytower Auckland entry

Cape Brett Hole In The Rock Cruise

Tamaki Hangi & Cultural Show, Rotorua

Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Skyline Queenstown Gondola & Dinner

Interislander ferry crossing

Tranz Alpine train journey

Options

Explore Kaikoura

Dolphin Encounter Swimming with the Dolphins

Experience a magical swimming encounter with dusky dolphins off the coast Kaikoura. You’ll be taken out in the catamaran and have the chance to swim in the water with these wild mammals in an completely natural environment. The dusky dolphin inhabits the waters around Kaikoura for most of the year - making it one of the only places in the world where dolphins can be encountered every day.

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Airfares

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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.

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.

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.

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.

TranzAlpine Train Journey
Your TranzAlpine train journey begins in Greymouth. Travel through lush beech forest from the West Coast, then descend into the Southern Alps. Cross the spectacular gorges & river valleys of the Waimakariri River before crossing the Canterbury Plains.

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