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This extensive itinerary is an ideal introduction to New Zealand for first time visitors looking to explore the country at their own pace. Travel the length of New Zealand to visit the main sights, with plenty of opportunities to explore each area further and excursions that can be tailored to your own preferences.
– 3- & 4-star accommodation
– Arrival and departure transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
– 17 days’ car hire in a Group C compact automatic car
– Selected Meals: 6 breakfasts and 1 dinner
– Overnight cruise through Milford Sound
– Travel through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train
– Get close to the Franz Josef glacier
– Whale watching cruise off Kairkoura
On arrival, transfer to either the SKYCITY Hotel or M Social Auckland for 2 nights.
Explore Auckland at leisure or take an optional excursion
Collect your hire car and drive north to the Bay of Islands. On arrival, stay 2 nights at Copthorne Hotel. Suggest excursions include a cruise out on the Bay of Islands to stop dolphins. Alternatively, visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds or the historic town of Russell.
Explore the Bay of Islands at leisure.
Drive south to the volcanic town of Rotorua and stay 2 nights at the Millennium Rotorua for 2 nights. You can break up this journey with a stop in Cambridge or Matamata, home of the Hobbiton film set. Alternatively, spend a night in Auckland.
Day at leisure to explore Rotorua.
Drive south to Wellington and stay at the Copthorne Hotel Wellington for 2 nights.
Explore New Zealand’s capital at your leisure, with time to visit the National Museum Te Papa or join a guided walking tour.
Drop off your hire car and board the Interislander ferry for the journey to South Island. On arrival in Picton, collect a new car and drive south through the Marlborough wine-growing region to Blenheim. Stay overnight at the Scenic Hotel Marlborough.
Continue south this morning along the beautiful east coast to Kaikoura. Stay 1 night at The White Morph. Afternoon whale watching cruise off Kaikoura coast.
Drive south to Christchurch and stay 2 nights at the Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square.
Explore Christchurch at leisure.
Drive to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and stay overnight at the Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook Hotel. Spend the afternoon walking in the park or visiting the Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre.
Drive to the lakeside town of Te Anau and stay overnight at Distinction Luxmore.
Drive to Milford Sound, where you will board the Milford Mariner for an overnight cruise.
Drive to Queenstown and stay at the Millennium Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights.
Explore Christchurch at leisure.
Drive north through the Mount Aspiring National Park to the town of Franz Josef. Stay 1 night at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef. Optional guided walk to the face of the Franz Josef glacier or take a scenic flight for an aerial view.
Drive north to Greymouth, where you’ll drop off your hire car and board the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch. On arrival transfer to the Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel for 1 night.
Transfer to the airport to fly home or continue your holiday.
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call on 0808 258 4739 or enquire
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0808 258 4739 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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