Combining cities with scenery and the luxury of many 2 night stays to discover hidden gems and iconic attractions of both North and South Islands, NZ. We’ve also included the Milford Sound Nature Cruise- an unmissable attraction.

After days spent exploring and travelling, you retreat to charming tried and tested boutique lodges and hotels, where your hosts will be sure to provide a warm New Zealand welcome.

  • The approximate total driving distance and time for this itinerary is: 2925 kms / 1814 miles, 35.9 hours
  • You can expect to spend around NZ$520 in fuel cost on this itinerary based on an intermediate sized car. (NEED car illustration guide)
  • Your tour documentation pack and support (image)

Image: Kaikoura, Canterbury © Sara Orme

On arrival into New Zealand your tour pack is hand delivered to you by our representatives. The pack contains all the documentation you will need for your tour including a printed and bound detailed version of your itinerary with driving instructions and maps for each leg plus all the reservation details for your accommodation and activities. You’ll also receive a souvenir New Zealand picture atlas plus lots of relevant brochures and information on the destinations.

  • Whilst travelling throughout New Zealand 24 hour support and help is available should you need it.
  • Complimentary New Zealand cell phone for your holiday

You will receive a New Zealand cell phone for the duration of your tour with $50 credit pre-loaded for your use. The number is allocated to you around 14 days before your arrival so you can leave this with friends and family if you wish. Receiving calls (including international) does not cost anything on this phone so there are no expensive roaming charges. It’s a great option to help you make dinner reservations, book an activity, call ahead to your accommodation or for calling us if you need any help.

Your rental vehicle for your New Zealand holiday: You can choose from an extensive range of late model cars and 4WD vehicles, from Europcar, Budget or Hertz.

GPS navigation system

Use the latest GPS technology as you tour New Zealand. Your portable GPS features a simple touch screen interface, with automatic route calculation and turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions, which announces street names. The automotive-grade GPS unit is easy to use and has multiple language options.

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Day 1: Arrive Auckland City

Transfer to your accommodation and rest of day at leisure

A private transfer will meet you from your flight and drive you to your Auckland accommodation.

Auckland City is New Zealand’s largest. Known as the ‘city of sails’ it is situated on a narrow neck of land between two harbours, Manukau Harbour and the beautiful Waitemata Harbour which flanks the city centre. There is somewhere for every visitor to feel right at home as each suburb has its own unique style and atmosphere, from the vibrant and trendy fashion and cuisine found along Ponsonby Road to the breath-taking native bush and beaches of the West Coast. Spend the day exploring the city or relaxing before your adventure begins.

Accommodation

Great Ponsonby Art Hotel B&B

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels

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Day 2: Your Rental Car

Collect your rental car and then explore Auckland and surrounds
Today collect your rental vehicle for your New Zealand holiday

Accommodation

Great Ponsonby Art Hotel B&B

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 3: Head South through the Waikato countryside to Rotorua

Driving distance and time: 220 kms / 136 miles : 2.6 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

The drive south from Auckland on State Highway 1 quickly takes you past the Bombay Hills into rolling green farmland and the rich dairy pastures of the Waikato. Heading east you enter hobbit country as the route takes you through the town of Matamata where you can visit the Hobbit Village film location made famous in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Just south of Matamata is the township of Tirau, home to giant metal sheep and sheepdog sculptures. Tirau also offers a surprising number of antique and craft stores as well as great cafes for a refreshment break. Arriving into the city of Rotorua the region’s geothermal activity quickly becomes evident as you see steam rising from the roadside and surrounding hills. Considered the cultural centre for the Maori people, Rotorua is the ideal place to gain an insight into this unique culture. The Rotorua Museum located in the Government Gardens houses fascinating displays focused on the history of the local Maori tribes.

Here you will learn of the devastating volcanic eruption of Mt. Tarawera in 1886, you can also visit the Buried Village to see first-hand the impact of this event. Ohinemutu Village on the shores of Lake Rotorua is the original site of the first Maori settlers in the area. Despite the modern buildings you can still gain a sense of what the original village was like while you explore the magnificent meeting house and historic carvings. One of the most popular introductions to the Maori Culture is through an evening at Mitai Maori Village where you can enjoy performances and demonstrations followed by a traditionally cooked hangi meal. Of course Rotorua is also a great place to enjoy many other activities including, fishing, 4WD trips, relaxing spa treatments, biking and a whole host of adventure activities.

Accommodation

Peppers on the Point

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 4: Explore Rotorua

A full day to explore Rotorua’s unique attractions

Rotorua sits right in the centre of the world’s most volcanically active region and this is highly evident through the smell of sulphur. No visit to Rotorua would be complete without visiting one of the many geothermal parks. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is around 30 minutes from Rotorua and here a network of paths will take you past bubbling pools, sulphur ponds, geysers and waterfalls. For a more relaxing thermal experience, you can’t go past the Polynesian Spa, either soak in their mineral pools or experience a unique ‘mud massage’. White Island sits around 40 kilometres off the Bay of Plenty coast and is still one the most active volcanoes in the world. Volcanic Air Safaris offer scenic flights to the island and the opportunity to land and explore the original sulphur mines. They also offer scenic flights over Mt. Tarawera and float plane flights to Orakei Korako Hidden Valley. Rotorua is also the heartland of Maori culture in New Zealand and Mitai Maori Village lets you experience the stories, singing and traditional Maori kai (food) cooked in a hangi. For a deeper understanding of Maori arts and crafts, visit Te Puia the premier Maori Arts and Cultural centre. As well as the lake which is teeming with trout for the anglers amongst you, there are opportunities to get up close to our national animal the sheep at Agrodome and the kiwi at Rainbow Springs. For those looking to enjoy some of the adrenalin packed adventures New Zealand is renowned for you’ll be pleased to know Rotorua rivals Queenstown for adventure, so whether you are zorbing, rafting or flying through the forest canopy you’ll have a blast.

Accommodation

Peppers on the Point

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 5: Enjoy the drive to Taupo and then onto the coast and the Art Deco city of Napier

Driving distance and time: 210 kms / 131 miles : 2.4 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Rotorua to Napier.

This drive takes you through the thermal region south of Rotorua. Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu and Craters of the Moon near Taupo are just a few of the thermal hot spots you can explore along the way. As you approach Taupo signs direct you to Huka Falls, walkways from the car park lead you to the spectacular sight of the churning waters from Lake Taupo pouring through a narrow gorge at the start of the Waikato River. Here you can take a thrilling jet boat ride which gets you up close to the thunderous falls or enjoy a lunch of fresh prawns raised in the nearby naturally heated thermal pools. From Taupo the road climbs as you cross the rugged Ahimanawa Range before you descend back down to the Pacific Coast reaching the shoreline just north of Napier, the world’s finest art deco city.

Accommodation

McHardy Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 6: South through the Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa farmlands to the capital city of Wellington

Driving distance and time: 322 kms / 200 miles : 4.1 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

The rolling countryside of the Hawke’s Bay leads you into some of New Zealand’s richest farmland, located around the Manawatu region. Passing along the Manawatu Gorge the Wairarapa welcomes you. Masterton is home to the golden shears sheep shearing competition while just further south Greytown boasts the largest concentration of historic wooden buildings in the country. Nearby Martinborough is home to dozens of boutique wineries. The route takes you over the Rimutaka Range and along the magnificent natural harbour that the capital city of Wellington sits upon.

Accommodation

Bolton Hotel Wellington

Room type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 7: Cross the Cook Strait this morning and then follow the Pacific Coastline to Kaikoura

Driving distance and time: 143 kms / 89 miles : 1.8 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Interislander ferry Wellington to Picton

The 92 km journey between Wellington and Picton takes around 3 hours and has been described as ‘one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world’. Leaving Wellington Harbour you pass many interesting points such as Pencarrow Head on top of which is New Zealand’s oldest lighthouse (1859). Red Rocks is home to a seal colony and Oterangi Bay is the site which recorded the country’s highest ever wind speed of 268 kph (167 mph). From the Cook Strait spectacular views of the Kaikoura Ranges on the South Island can be enjoyed and dolphins and many sea birds are often seen. Around one hour of the cruise takes you through the Marlborough Sounds. This region of bush covered mountains, small islands, crystal clear waters and secluded bays is a remarkable photographic opportunity. At the end of Queen Charlotte Sound the cruise comes to an end in the picturesque town of Picton.

Today collect your rental vehicle for your New Zealand holiday

Today you’ll collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday. You can choose from an extensive range of late model cars and 4WD vehicles, from Europcar, Budget or Hertz.

From Picton you head south on state Highway 1 towards Blenheim which sits right at the heart of the New Zealand’s largest wine producing region, Marlborough. Ideally located to enjoy an afternoon sampling the local produce, the best way to do this is to take a guided wine tour with Sounds Connection Wine Tours. Crossing the ‘dry hills’ of the Marlborough ranges you head towards one of the most spectacular coastlines of the South Island, the Kaikoura Coast. The road hugs the shore for around 50 kilometres and offers many chances to view the native wildlife such as seabirds and New Zealand fur seals. To the east is the turquoise of the South Pacific Ocean and to the west the towering Kaikoura Ranges. Kaikoura Township is a bustling little place with many cafes, restaurants and shops but the main reason for visiting here is the wildlife. Whale Watch Kaikoura is New Zealand’s only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. Kaikoura is New Zealand’s world famous whale watching destination. Sperm Whales can be seen here year-round while depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales. Another great Kaikoura activity is Swimming with the Seals. Donning a wet suit you have the opportunity to interact with these inquisitive creatures on their terms. Wings over Whales also offer tours from fixed wing aircraft to view the whales and other marine creatures from 500 feet in the air.

Accommodation

Manakau Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 8: A full day to relax or explore the wonderful attractions and wildlife of Kaikoura

Kaikoura is renowned for its wildlife and this is the main draw for visitors. The seas along the coast offer a plentiful food supply for whales, seals and dolphins and these magnificent animals can be observed all year round. Seals are the easiest animals to view with a colony at the tip of the peninsular and many basking along the coast road. Whale Watch Kaikoura run a 4 hour excursion by boat to view the marine wildlife and you will have around a 95% chance of spotting a whale. If you don’t enjoy the sea then Wings over Whales can also take you wildlife spotting on a 30 minute scenic flight.

Another great local activity is to swim with the resident seal population and Seal Swim Kaikoura operate both land based and boat based trips. Of course there are many other great reasons to visit Kaikoura; the township has a charming atmosphere with lots of small shops, cafes and restaurants and not to be missed is a crayfish meal – the town’s signature dish. Historic Fyffe House located on Kaikoura Peninsula provides a fascinating insight into the original settlers lives. Further along the peninsula you can enjoy hiking, quad biking, mountain biking and golf to mention just a few activities. It’s definitely the scenery that steals the show in Kaikoura, with some of the best coastal views in the country.

Accommodation

Manakau Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 9: A short drive through the Waipara Hills to Christchurch City

Driving distance and time: 170 kms / 105 miles : 2.1 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Kaikoura to Christchurch

The drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch continues to follow the spectacular coastline before heading inland and through North Canterbury’s major wine region, the Waipara Valley. You are also introduced you to the South Island’s most numerous inhabitant, the sheep. A great detour to take is the side trip to Hanmer Springs for a relaxing dip in the thermal pools. Arriving into Christchurch City puts you close to the airport and the International Antarctic Centre and a visit is highly recommended. Here you can get as close to experiencing life on the frozen continent without actually visiting plus see New Zealand little blue penguins and ride in a Haaglund Tracked vehicle.

Accommodation

Elizas Manor Boutique Hotel

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 10: A full day to explore Christchurch, a city re-emerging

Explore Christchurch City

Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island, offers an eclectic mix of activities for you to best experience this regenerating city. For fantastic views of the city and the Canterbury region take the Christchurch Gondola ride to the crater rim of an extinct volcano. Alternatively there are a number of city tours to take in the sights and the amazing development that the city is undergoing, including the fun Double Decker tour or for a slightly more active exploration take a Christchurch Bike Tour. Christchurch is also known as ‘The Garden City’ and a relaxing way to enjoy the beautiful parks is punting along the River Avon – included as part of the Grand Tour.

The historic Christchurch trams are another enjoyable way to explore the city, running between the Spanish influence Regent St and the Botanic Gardens. Family fun options include the International Antarctic Centre which gives a unique insight into the frozen continent of Antarctica. You can view little blue penguins as well as taking a ride in the impressive Haaglund tracked vehicle. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve lets you experience New Zealand’s native birds such as the kiwi and also our unique Maori Culture at the Ko Tane Maori Experience. A must-see for every visitor to Christchurch is Quake City, the Earthquake Experience; the informative and moving displays will help you understand the challenges the people of Christchurch have overcome.

Accommodation

Elizas Manor Boutique Hotel

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 11: Cross the Canterbury Plains to Mackenzie country and Mt Cook National Park

Driving distance and time: 350 kms / 217 miles : 4.1 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Christchurch to Mt. Cook National Park

Today you head into the heart of the South Island. Crossing the vast Canterbury Plains along the inland scenic route, Geraldine offers an ideal stop before you head into the Mackenzie Country. Ascending Burkes Pass, you’ll enter New Zealand’s high country. The picturesque town of Lake Tekapo, is the first of the large Southern Lakes on your journey. Enjoy the magnificent views from the lake shore or for an even better view take a scenic flight. On arriving at Lake Pukaki, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of Mt Cook, towering over the lake. Continue along the lake as it guides you to your destination, Mt. Cook Village. There are many ways to enjoy Mt Cook National Park, by ski plane or helicopter with a glacier landing, kayaking on a glacial lake or by walking one of the many tracks. At The Hermitage Hotel the Sir Edmund Hillary Centre is a must see.

Accommodation

Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium

Room type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 12: Follow the Waitaki River along its system of hydro lakes as you make your way to Dunedin

Driving distance and time: 318 kms / 197 miles : 3.7 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Mt. Cook National Park to Dunedin

As you leave Mt Cook National Park, you’ll travel past Twizel, the location of many Lord of the Rings movie scenes. Heading down the Waitaki valley, from Omarama, you follow the hydro power generating system towards the east coast. The town of Oamaru is most famous for its white stone buildings, constructed with the local ‘Oamaru Stone’. From the harbour, you can see blue penguins come ashore at dusk as they return from their day at sea. Further south the Moeraki Boulders are a unique geological feature and worth the short detour to the beach to view. Arriving into Dunedin, you can appreciate the city’s Edwardian and Scottish heritage through its fine buildings particularly around the Octagon.

Accommodation

Fletcher Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 13: Explore Dunedin City, the Otago Peninsular and its wildlife and scenery

Dunedin City Centre is full of grand and fascinating buildings. The ‘Octagon’, in the city centre, is where you’ll find funky cafes and bars and just down from the Octagon you’ll see the iconic Dunedin Railway Station, reputed to be the most photographed building in New Zealand. From here, you can take a scenic train journey along the Taieri Gorge. The Otago Peninsula is a short drive from the centre and offers amazing wildlife experiences as well as being the home of historic Larnach Castle. The peninsula is home to the only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony in the world. The beaches and hillsides also hide nesting sites for the rare yellow eyed penguin, which you can discover at Penguin Place. Monarch Wildlife Cruises offer a choice of guided tours to explore the peninsula by sea for the very best vantage of the New Zealand Fur Seals basking on the rocky shoreline.

Accommodation

Fletcher Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 14: Cross the Southland farmland to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park

Driving distance and time: 287 kms / 178 miles : 3.3 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Dunedin to Te Anau

The drive to Te Anau takes you through classic Southland farmland scenery but if you want to spend the whole day exploring a little off the beaten path than taking the Southern Scenic Route. This will bring you through The Catlins area, following the incredible Otago coastline to Invercargill. After passing through the fishing towns of Riverton and Colac Bay, you’ll head north to Manapouri. From here, you can embark on a day or overnight cruise to Doubtful Sound. A short drive further, brings you to your lake side destination of Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park and the world famous Milford Sound.

Accommodation

Te Anau Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 15: A full day to take the classic drive to Milford Sound and enjoy a nature cruise

Driving distance and time: 233 kms / 145 miles : 3.6 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Te Anau to Milford Sound and return to Te Anau

The road to Milford Sound has countless photo opportunities and short walks. The Mirror Lakes create perfectly clear reflections of the surrounding mountains and glacier formed meadows. Further along the road The Chasm Walk includes two walking bridges over the dramatic Cleddau River, while the surrounding ancient native beech forest creates a fascinating landscape. You’ll pass through the Homer Tunnel, an incredible feat of engineering at 1219 metres long. Milford Sound is the only sound accessible by road, making it very popular to visit. Coming into the village you’ll be greeted with an amazing view of Mitre Peak which rises spectacularly from the waters up to the sky. Real Journey cruises can take you out into the sound where you’ll receive a wealth of information on how this magnificent area has been formed and experience first-hand the multitude of waterfalls that line the fiord.

An extended and leisurely 2½ hour cruise of Milford Sound on board the Milford Mariner, MV Sinbad or Milford Wanderer. These modern vessels, purpose built for operating in a fiord environment, have been designed along the lines of a traditional trading scow, and have real character. These relaxing cruises have special appeal for the independent traveler and an on board nature guide provides detailed interpretation and commentary.. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and to view the stunning scenery, including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks. Keep a lookout for dolphins, seals and penguins. Includes picnic boxed lunch.

Accommodation

Te Anau Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 16: A short drive to Queenstown along the shores of Lake Wakatipu

Driving distance and time: 164 kms / 102 miles : 1.9 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Te Anau to Queenstown

Crossing the rolling tussock lands you pass through Mossburn, the deer capital of New Zealand. Continue north through Southland countryside towards Lake Wakatipu. The road now hugs the lake edge and the Remarkable mountain range towers over you as you approach Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Accommodation

Browns Boutique Hotel

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 17: Enjoy your free day exploring Queenstown and the surrounding countryside

Queenstown has so much to explore and enjoy

Queenstown is consistently voted one of the top places in the world to visit by travellers and there are a multitude of reasons why. With its backdrop of spectacular mountains, including the aptly named Remarkables and overlooking the glistening waters of Lake Wakatipu you could happily spend your time here just soaking up the views. But there’s more to Queenstown than stunning scenery, it’s also home to a massive range of exciting activities and attractions. One of the most popular is cruising across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw before landing at Walter Peak for a kiwi-style BBQ dinner.

As well as the adrenalin-rush adventures like rafting on the Kawarau River and jet boating on the Shotover River there are also a variety of relaxing activities, such as wine tours and hot air ballooning for amazing views. Gibbston Valley is home to boutique wineries which can be explored either on a cycle tour or guided tour or spend a day in charming Arrowtown, rich in history and home to some great dining options for lunch. Venture further afield and you’ve got large tracts of untouched wilderness in the form of Fiordland and Mt Aspriring National Parks within easy reach and perfect for day trips. An amazing trip that takes you into the heart of Mt Aspiring National Park is the Dart River Wilderness Safari, combining jet boating on the turquoise waters of the Dart River and a walk through majestic beech forests, or for a taste of one of our great walks, the Routeburn Track day encounter from Queenstown is a must.

Accommodation

Browns Boutique Hotel

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 18: Over the Crown Range to the alpine town of Wanaka and then onto the Wild west Coast

Driving distance and time: 344 kms / 214 miles : 4.4 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier (via Wanaka)

Crossing the Crown Range, the highest sealed road in the country, you arrive into the alpine town of Wanaka, the gateway to Mt. Aspiring National Park. The route follows the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before you enter the village of Makarora. The Blue Pools, just outside Makarora, are a wonderful 30 minute walk through pristine native beech forest. Driving towards the Haast Pass, crashing rivers and waterfalls are around every corner. Crossing the Haast River you are now truly on the wild West Coast, a 600 kilometre stretch of bush, rainforest and podocarp forest. First Fox Glacier welcomes you to the glacier region and Franz Josef township is just a further 45 minutes.

Accommodation

Westwood Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 19: Explore the Franz Josef Glacier and the regions unique attractions and activities

The glacier is the main attraction in Franz Josef and what makes it such a unique feature is that this 12km glacier flows down through lush temperate rainforest, finishing just 300 meters above sea level. You can walk along the valley floor to the glacier’s terminal face without a guide, but you must take a licensed tour to get any closer than 100 metres of the glacier. Franz Josef Glacier Guides have a great choice of guided interpretive walks to and onto the glacier, including the new Ice Explorer tour and a Heli-hike option where you fly onto the glacier to explore the ice flows, caves and crevasses. Other scenic flights with short glacier landings are available with The Helicopter Line. The township, although small, has a lively atmosphere during its busy seasons and there is plenty of choice for dining out and to help you wind down from the day’s adventures a soak in the glacier hot pools is well recommended.

Accommodation

Westwood Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 20: Head to Greymouth then take the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train across the Southern Alps to Christchurch

Driving distance and time: 170 kms / 106 miles : 2.1 hours

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

The drive north from Franz Josef takes you through the historic gold mining region of Ross and the town of Hokitika, renowned for its pounamu (greenstone) its also a great place to explore the craft stores. You’ll then arrive at the West Coast’s largest town, Greymouth, which is also the starting point for the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train. Drop your rental car at the Greymouth Train Station depot located inside the train station building.

Now it’s time to experience one of the world’s great train journeys. Climb aboard the TranzAlpine train to enjoy a scenic journey like no other. This unforgettable train ride takes you from Greymouth to Christchurch and allows you to take in an amazing diversity of sights.

Leaving Greymouth, you’ll travel from the Tasman Sea through Arthur’s Pass National Park and across the Southern Alps to Christchurch and the Pacific Ocean. Relax in the comfort of your carriage as you climb from the lush rain forest of the West Coast to the spectacular mountains of the Southern Alps. Then you’ll travel through towering gorges and the river valley of the Waimakariri River and descend to cross the farmland of the Canterbury Plains, before arriving in the city of Christchurch.

Private transfer Christchurch train station to your accommodation

Your private transfer driver will meet you on arrival into Christchurch train station and take you to your Christchurch accommodation. (Look for a driver holding a board displaying your name after disembarking from the train.)

Accommodation

Elizas Manor Boutique Hotel

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 21: Depart Christchurch today

Private transfer to Christchurch airport
You will be collected from your accommodation and a private transfer will deliver you to Christchurch airport in time for your departing flight.

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Day 1: Arrive Auckland City

Accommodation

Great Ponsonby Art Hotel B&B

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 10 am
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Bar on site
Hairdryer
All rooms non smoking

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Day 2: Your Car Rental

Accommodation

Great Ponsonby Art Hotel B&B

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 3: Head South through the Waikato countryside to Rotorua

Accommodation

Peppers on the Point

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 11 am
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Breakfast service available
Dinner service available
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Hairdryer
Laundry facilities: Drycleaning service available
Gym/fitness centre

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Day 4: Explore Rotorua

Accommodation

Peppers on the Point

Room type: Luxury Lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 5: Enjoy the drive to Taupo and then onto the coast and the Art Deco city of Napier

Accommodation

McHardy Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 11 am
Walking distance to local shops/restaurants: 30 mins +
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Hairdryer
Swimming pool

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Day 6: South through the Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa farmlands to the capital city of Wellington

Accommodation

Bolton Hotel Wellington

Room type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

Check in time: 3 pm
Check out time: 11 am
Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
Parking: onsite paid parking NZ$30-NZ$35 per 24 hrs
Internet facilities: In room free access
Restaurant on site
Breakfast service available
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Kitchen/kitchenette in room
Hairdryer
Swimming pool
Gym/fitness centre

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Day 7: Cross the Cook Strait this morning and then follow the Pacific Coastline to Kaikoura

Accommodation

Manakau Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

Check in time: 3 pm
Check out time: 10:30 am
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Dinner service available
Hairdryer
All rooms non smoking

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Day 8: A full day to relax or explore the wonderful attractions and wildlife of Kaikoura

Accommodation

Manakau Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 9: A short drive through the Waipara Hills to Christchurch City

Accommodation

Elizas Manor Boutique Hotel

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 10 am
Walk time to shops/restaurants: 5-10 mins
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Laundry facilities: Dry cleaning service available
All rooms non smoking

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Day 10: A full day to explore Christchurch, a city re-emerging

Accommodation

Elizas Manor Boutique Hotel

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 11: Cross the Canterbury Plains to Mackenzie country and Mt Cook National Park

Accommodation

Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium

Room type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 10 am
Walk time to shops/restaurants: 1-2 mins
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Internet facilities: On site free access
Restaurant on site
Bar on site
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Hairdryer
All rooms non smoking

12

Day 12: Follow the Waitaki River along its system of hydro lakes as you make your way to Dunedin

Accommodation

Fletcher Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

Check in time: 3 pm
Check out time: 11 am
Walk time to shops/restaurants: 10-15 mins
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: On site free access
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Laundry facilities: On site
All rooms non smoking

13

Day 13: Explore Dunedin City, the Otago Peninsular and its wildlife and scenery

Accommodation

Fletcher Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

14

Day 14: Cross the Southland farmland to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park

Accommodation

Te Anau Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 10 am
Walk time to shops/restaurants: 15-20 mins
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Laundry facilities: On site

15

Day 15: A full day to take the classic drive to Milford Sound and enjoy a nature cruise

Accommodation

Te Anau Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

16

Day 16: A short drive to Queenstown along the shores of Lake Wakatipu

Accommodation

Browns Boutique Hotel

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 10 am
Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Hairdryer
All rooms non smoking

17

Day 17: Enjoy your free day exploring Queenstown and the surrounding countryside

Accommodation

Browns Boutique Hotel

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

18

Day 18: Over the Crown Range to the alpine town of Wanaka and then onto the Wild west Coast

Accommodation

Westwood Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

Check in time: 2 pm
Check out time: 11 am
Walk time to shops/restaurants: 10-15 mins
Parking: onsite free parking
Internet facilities: In room free access
Includes continental breakfast
Includes cooked breakfast
Bar on site
Tea/coffee facilities in room
Hairdryer
All rooms non smoking

19

Day 19: Explore the Franz Josef Glacier and the regions unique attractions and activities

Accommodation

Westwood Lodge

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

20

Day 20: Head to Greymouth then take the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train across the Southern Alps to Christchurch

Accommodation

Elizas Manor Boutique Hotel

Room type: Boutique lodges & hotels
Meals included: Breakfast

21

Day 21: Depart Christchurch today

-Kaikoura-Canterbury- classic new zealand self drive

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