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We would be delighted to help you choose your New Zealand self drive tour, whether that be this one or one of the many others we have available. You can pop in the shop for an initial chat, or ideally make an appointment for a convenient time. We can follow up by phone and email or face to face if you decide to take it further.
Arrive into Auckland and transfer independently to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore.
Hotel: Value - Scenic Hotel Auckland; Standard - Stamford Hotel; Superior - Crowne Plaza.
Collect your rental vehicle this morning from the downtown office. Head north over Auckland's Harbour Bridge though the northern suburbs and beaches of the Hibiscus Coast to the beautiful Bay of Islands. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
Hotel for 2 nights: Value - Scenic Hotel; Standard - Scenic Bay of Islands; Superior - Copthorne Bay of Islands (Seaview)
Today the choice is yours to view the Bay of Islands from the water or visit Cape Reinga, New Zealand's most northern point where the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea's crash together. Choose from either a Cape Reinga Day Tour, Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise, Dolphin Adventure or the historic and more leisurely Cream Trip cruise.
Today enjoy a leisurely drive south back to Auckland. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Hotel: Value - Scenic Hotel Auckland; Standard - Stamford; Superior - Crowne Plaza.
This morning leave Auckland and travel south through the farming city of Hamilton to Waitomo Caves. A guided glow-worm cave tour is included. From Waitomo continue over the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua.
Hotel for 2 nights: Value - Ibis Hotel; Standard - Sudima Hotel; Superior - Millennium Hotel
Today's sightseeing incorporates Rotorua's best attractions. A guided tour of Te Puia and the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute to see roaring geysers and boiling mud pools, Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, the Agrodome Leisure Park famous for its entertaining sheep show, a gondola cable car to the Skyline complex and Polynesian Spa, New Zealand's leading international day spa and hot mineral baths (mineral bath admission only included). This evening attend a traditional Maori Hangi meal and Cultural Show.
Today travel south through the world's largest man-made forest to Taupo and onto Hawkes Bay with its Art Deco buildings and dramatic history.
Hotel for 2 nights: Value & Standard - Scenic Te Pania; Superior - Scenic Te Pania (suite)
Today is free to explore.
Travel south over the Rimutaka Ranges to the Wairarapa and continue to Wellington.
Hotel for 2 nights: Value - Thorndon Hotel; Standard - Rydges; Superior - Sofitel
Today is free to explore Wellington.
Self Drive passengers: return your rental vehicle at Wellington Ferry Terminal prior to boarding the ferry.
Board the Interislander ferry, crossing the Cook Strait and cruise through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds to Picton where you board the Coastal Pacific^ train and travel south along the coast to Kaikoura.
Hotel: Value - Lobster Inn; Standard - White Morph Inn Studio Room; Superior - White Morph Inn Spa Room.
This morning meet the giant sperm whales off the coast of Kaikoura on your Whalewatch cruise. This afternoon reboard the Coastal Pacific^ and travel to Christchurch.
Hotel: Value - Heartland Cotswold; Standard - Rydges Latimer; Superior - The George.
Self Drive passengers: collect your rental vehicle this morning from the Christchurch Airport rental office.
Today's journey is across the Canterbury Plains and through Burke's Pass to Lake Tekapo / Mount Cook.
Hotel: Value & Standard - Peppers Tekapo; Superior - Hermitage Mount Cook
Into the Mackenzie Country and beyond the scrub with its vast expanses of tussock, over the Lindis Pass into Queenstown via the Kawarau Gorge.
Hotel for 2 nights: Value - Heartland Hotel; Standard - Novotel Queenstown Lakeside; Superior - Crowne Plaza
Today is free to explore this alpine resort. Included is a ride on the Skyline Gondola.
South to Te Anau, the gateway to the Fiordland National Park. The road climbs steadily to the Homer Tunnel before descending through rugged mountains and forest to Milford Sound. Cruise Milford Sound and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, and unparalleled beauty. Return to Te Anau following your cruise.
Hotel for 3 nights: Value & Standard - Distinction Luxmore; Superior - Distinction Te Anau
Cruise across Lake Manapouri and take a coach over Wilmot Pass to board the Fiordland Navigator. Enjoy the stunning views and discover the hidden arms of Doubtful Sound. As the shadows lengthen, you will drop anchor for the night and enjoy an evening buffet meal. Overnight onboard the Navigator*
*Overnight cruise does not operate from 01 Jun to 31 August, during this time you will stay overnight in a Te Anau hotel and enjoy a day cruise on Doubtful Sound.
Breakfast is included on board this morning. After your cruise you will be returned to Te Anau where the rest of your day is at leisure.
Make your way to Dunedin today and enjoy the afternoon exploring this Scottish influenced city. A great option is to drive the Otago Peninsula.
Hotel: Value - Mercure Leisure Lodge; Standard - Scenic Hotel Dunedin City; Superior - Distinction Dunedin
Travel through the rich fruit producing regions of central Otago, along the shores of Lake Dunstan to the alpine lakeside village of Wanaka.
Hotel (all grades): Edgewater Resort
Your journey today takes you along the West Coast, through the awesome Haast Pass, to the Glacier towns of Fox Glacier and Franz Josef.
Hotel for 2 nights (all grades): Scenic Franz Josef
A free day to relax or explore the captivating Franz Josef Glacier. Optional activities include rainforest walks, indoor ice climbing and the Franz Josef Hot Pools complex.
From Franz Josef travel through Hokitika to Greymouth. Here self drive clients will return their rental vehicle. Board the TranzAlpine Train, New Zealand's premier alpine rail journey. Travel through lush beech forest, past lakes and rivers before ascending the Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass which leads across the main divide. From here descend through the foothills of the Alps onto the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Hotel: Value - Heartland Hotel; Standard - Rydges Latimer; Superior - The George
Your tour ends today with the check out from your hotel.
Please note that these should be seen as a guideline only - please call us for up to date availability and an exact costing. Prices are 'per person' based on 2 adults sharing one room.
Prices start from approximately £2800 per person plus the cost of the flights. There is a choice of value, standard or superior hotels. The trip is available every day of the year, although please be aware that some services do not operate in the low season, for example the overnight cruise does not operate in June, July or August.
The best way to start the ball rolling is to give us a few brief details about your requirements and make an appointment to come in at a later date. That way we can prepare a couple of options for you ready for when you come in.
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