DAY 1 – ARRIVE AUCKLAND
On the first day of your itinerary, collect your hire car from the Thrifty counter in arrivals hall upon arrival at Auckland.
Excess NZD$2990.00 & Airport pick up fee of NZD$40.25. It is PAYABLE on pick up. As for the excess amount, it can be turned to NIL by paying NZD$34.50 per day. It will also reduce the Airport pick up fee to NIL. Do not forget to purchase a travel insurance policy from our web site.
DAY 2 – AUCKLAND/BAY OF ISLANDS
Take a 3Hrs 8Mins (216Kms) drive time to cross Auckland Harbour Bridge. Later on, head north to the amazing scenic beauty of Bay Of Islands.
During the afternoon, you will enjoy wonderful sightseeing at:
- Cape Brett Dolphins
- Hole in Rock cruise (Departs at 1:30pm from Paihia wharf. Return 4:30pm.)
DAY 3 – BAY OF ISLANDS
On your day three, sit back & relax. Our finely planned itinerary has included a Fullers coach trip to Cape Reinga on this day of your trip. Delicious BBQ lunch is included, too.
Every traveler would agree that, a visit to New Zealand is incomplete without a journey to the North Island and more specifically, Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). So, we will be bringing you here and make sure that, on arrival at Cape Reinga, you get to watch the Pacific Ocean amazingly colliding with the Tasman Sea. Feel the charm of soft and warm sand between your toes while your driver, guides you to dig for shellfish (conditions permitting) at Ninety Mile Beach. This action-packed day will also give you the opportunity to take photos and at the same time to enjoy such unique part of New Zealand.
All is included
DAY 4 -BAY OF ISLANDS/AUCKLAND
Today, take an adventurous drive of 3Hrs 8Mins.
After Breakfast (optional) your journey will take you back to Auckland.
DAY 5 – AUCKLAND/WAITOMO
On this day you will enjoy a wonderful 2Hrs 50Mins (195Kms) drive.
* FARM STAY – OPTIONAL
Make your way to Waitomo in the morning and explore why this land is popularly known as the lost world.
A Glowworm Cave tour has been included by us, too.
DAY 6 – WAITOMO/ROTORUA
2Hrs 14Mins (156Kms) drive has been prepared for you on day six.
The morning has been kept for you to spend a quality leisure time so that you can go for a short drive to the amazing thermal wonderland of Rotorua.
DAY 7 – ROTORUA
Day seven has been kept for exploring the Highlights of this spectacular thermal wonderland. Do not miss the opportunity to stopover at Paradise Valley OR Rainbow Springs. There is an option to adventure in between the New Zealand animals and birds, at the Agrodome. Then, there is an option finely planned for you to visit:
- 130 hectare farm complex
- See on stage a parade of 19 different breeds of sheep
- Demonstration of sheep shearing
- Visit to te puia thermal reserve – popular for its steaming valley comprised with the amazing bubbling mudpools and geysers.
Your entry to these places will be provided by Rotorua Travel (included in cost).
A traditional Maori concert and hangi, dinner for all has been planned for the evening.
Operator: Rotorua Travel
Meals: Hangi Concert – Tamaki Tours
DAY 8 – ROTORUA – NAPIER
Your drive time will be 3Hrs 8Mins for 218Kms on day eight so that you can adventurously explore:
- East coast of the North Island
- The wine area of Hawke Bay
- Napier and its extraordinary art deco
DAY 9 – NAPIER – WELLINGTON
Say goodbye to the wine land on day nine with a 4Hrs 35Mins (319Kms) drive that will take you to the New Zealand capital Wellington.
DAY 10 – WELLINGTON – PICTON-KAIKOURA
Interislander Ferry Departs from Picton: 8:25am. Arrives Picton at 11:25am
Tranz Coastal Departs Picton 2:00pm Arrives Kaikoura 4:28pm
After dropping your car at the Wellington Ferry Terminal you will be joining your Interislander Ferry that would take you for your journey to the South Island. After arriving at Picton take a train journey from Tranz Coastal so that you can arrive at the whaling town of Kaikoura. Later on, you will be comfortably transferred to your accommodation. The afternoon has been preserved for your quality leisure time spending.
DAY 11 – KAIKOURA – CHRISTCHURCH
Tranz Coastal Departs Kaikoura 4:28pm Arrives Christchurch 7:21pm
There is an optional whale watch tour arranged for you in the morning.
As for the afternoon, enjoy a comfortable transfer to the Railway Station. On being here, you will be joining the Tranz Coastal. This will take you to Christchurch. Henceforth, get transferred to your respective accommodation.
DAY 12 – CHRISTCHURCH/MOUNT COOK/TWIZEL
Drive Time to Christchurch-Mount Cook will be 4Hrs 50Mins (332Kms)
Drive Time to Mount Cook-Omarama will be 1Hr (64Kms)
Fix your car that will be leaving in the morning and will take you for an adventurous journey across the Canterbury Plains and McKenzie Country. After reaching to the foot of Mount Cook, the journey will take you to your evening accommodation at Twizel.
DAY 13 – TWIZEL/DUNEDIN
Drive Time 3Hrs 42Mins (257Kms)
On day thirteen you will leave South Island and travel to Dunedin – reputed for its Scottish influence.
On being here at Dunedin you will get to see the incredible wildlife that also includes the world’s rarest penguins (at Taiaroa Head). It happens to be world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross.
You will love visiting:
- The Cadbury Factory
- Olverston House
- Larnach Castle
- We Recommend
- Tairei Gorge Railway
DAY 14 – DUNEDIN/TE ANAU
The adventure time on this day will start with a drive time of 4Hrs 19Mins (298Kms)
In the morning you will have ample of time to look around the attractions of Dunedin. Eventually, head towards the gateway to the Fiordland!
DAY 15 – TE ANAU/MILFORD SOUND/QUEENSTOWN
Drive Time to Te Anau-Milford Sound: 1Hr 41Mins (116Kms)
Drive Time to Milford Sound–Queenstown: 4Hrs 13Mins (290Kms)
Enjoy your day at the heart of the Fiordland on day fifteen. We would suggest to take a coach tour for Milford Sound (the road can be tricky) – (INCLUDED). Later on, journey back to Te Anau and drive further north to the resort town of Queenstown
Operator: Real Journeys
DAY 16 – QUEENSTOWN
A Skyline Gondola buffet dinner in the evening.
Dart River Wilderness Safari – You journey deep into the Lord of the Rings country and experience the thrill of the jetboat – Not to be missed.- (Optional)
DAY 17 – QUEENSTOWN/FRANZ JOSEF
Drive Time 5Hrs 41Mins (392Kms)
On day seventeen travel through:
- The Kawarau Gorge
- Lake Dunstan
- The Glacier Region.
DAY 18 – FRANZ JOSEF
Snow landing (with helicopter)
Glavier Valley Walk
Helicopter with snow landing
DAY 19 – FRANZ JOSEF/GREYMOUTH/CHRISTCHURCH
Drive to Time Franz Josef-Greymouth (2Hrs 36Mins for 180Kms)
Tranz Alpine Departs Greymouth at 1:45pm. Arrives Christchurch: 6:05pm
Today, make your way to Greymouth Railway station to experience the fifth most scenic train trip in the world. From Christchurch get a comfortable transfer to your accommodation.
DAY 20 – CHRISTCHURCH
DAY 21 – CHRISTCHURCH/HOME
Enjoy your transfer to the airport for your flight home
CAR HIRE EXCESS
Vehicle excess of NZD$2990.00 & Airport pick up fee of NZD$40.25 PAYABLE in New Zealand.- Excess can be reduced to NIL by paying NZD$34.50 per day, this payment will reduce the Airport pick up fee to NIL.
We recommend the purchase of a travel insurance policy from our web site which covers vehicle excess.
- 20 Nights Accommodation as selected
- 17 Days car hire – Toyota Corolla Automatic/similar
- Hole in Rock Cruise
- Cape Reinga – 90 mile beach tour & BBQ lunch
- Waitomo Caves tour
- Rotorua Legends tour
- Maori Hangi Concert
- Interislander Ferry
- Tranz Coastal
- Milford Sound Nature Cruise & Coach – Ex Te Anau
- Skyline Gondola & Buffet Dinner
- Tranz Alpine
- Transfers where indicated
- Farm Stay – $80.00pp
- Tairei Gorge Railway – $84.00pp
- Dart River Wildnerness Safari – $228.00pp
- Glacier Valley Walk – $68.00pp
- Helicopter with snow landing – $210.00pp
- Heli-Hike – $398.00pp