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Best of Both Islands Self Drive

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,035

Get to know Auckland before heading to Rotorua then Queenstown. From Queenstown travel to the Glacier Region and Christchurch truly uncovering the best that both islands have to offer.


Perfect for those who want flexibility but have limited time, this self-drive tour combines the highlights of North and South to create a swift, yet satisfying 10 day journey.

Quality-of-life polls routinely rank Auckland within the world’s top 10, and it’s easy to see why. New Zealand’s largest city seduces visitors with its laid back pace, world class museums, galleries and gardens. Enjoy panoramic views from Mt Eden, or a walk around historic Parnell Village. Drive on to Rotorua, a spectacular geothermal laboratory of steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools. This is also a place of great spiritual significance to the Maori, with plenty of cultural experiences on offer.

Board your flight to Queenstown to continue your adventure on the South Island. The adrenaline capital of New Zealand, Queenstown offers a wealth of activities to suit any style of traveller. A ride on the famous Shotover jetboat is a local favourite, but no visit here is complete without a trip to Milford Sound. A 16km fjord carved by glacial ice, this is New Zealand’s most spectacular attraction and is best seen via a cruise along its length. A journey up the rugged West Coast takes you to Glacier country, with sights such as Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, said to be the tears of a Maori princess, pining for her lost love. A final drive through the spectacular Southern Alps takes you to historic Christchurch, with time for sight-seeing before you depart.

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,035

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Welcome to New Zealand's largest city, a place to enjoy marine adventures, wine trails, forest walks and urban sophistication. On arrival, pick up your rental car and make your way to your hotel.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

SkyCity Hotel Auckland

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    SkyCity Hotel Auckland



    Experience New Zealand's premier entertainment destination when you stay at SKYCITY Hotel. Located in the city centre and close to major attractions and shopping, SKYCITY offers over 300 recently refurbished rooms and suites - all with free WIFI internet. Facilities including a world class casino, ...

    Experience New Zealand's premier entertainment destination when you stay at SKYCITY Hotel. Located in the city centre and close to major attractions and shopping, SKYCITY offers over 300 recently refurbished rooms and suites - all with free WIFI internet. Facilities including a world class casino, more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on select nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all on the doorstep of this spacious and modern hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Auckland at leisure

A full day to visit attractions that appeal to all ages. Perhaps visit The Sky Tower; or visit Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World.

Day 3

Auckland to Rotorua

Journey from Auckland to the thermal center of Rotorua, an area to introduce you to Maori culture and heritage.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Rydges Rotorua

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    Rydges Rotorua



    Located in a park like setting on the edge of Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. The hotel is close to Rotorua's famous attractions and activities, and an easy walk to the city centre ...

    Located in a park like setting on the edge of Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. The hotel is close to Rotorua's famous attractions and activities, and an easy walk to the city centre and Whakarewarewa Geysers.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Rotorua

Today is at leisure to explore the natural and man made attractions of Rotorua. Perhaps take a Morning tour to include Rainbow Springs, Rainbow Farm, Te Whakarewarewa thermal reserve and the Te puia Arts and craft Institute. In the evening, don't miss a traditional Maori concert and hangi.

Day 5

Rotorua to Queenstown

Drive to the airport and drop off your rental car in time for your flight to Queenstown, the activity center of New Zealand. Pick up your rental car on the South Island for the rest of your stay.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

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    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront



    On the shores of Lake Wakatipu is the 241 suite Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront. It offers the very best of the New Zealand outdoor lifestyle. Located close to several of New Zealand's finest ski fields, it is also the starting point for exploring ...

    On the shores of Lake Wakatipu is the 241 suite Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront. It offers the very best of the New Zealand outdoor lifestyle. Located close to several of New Zealand's finest ski fields, it is also the starting point for exploring the spectacular scenery of New Zealand's southern region.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Queenstown

You have two days at leisure to explore the adventure capital of New Zealand! Optional tours include a Milford Sound Day Excursion, where you take a cruise past mile-high Mitre Peak, through glacially carved fiords and out into the open sea.

Day 7

Queenstown

You have another day at leisure to explore Queenstown.

Day 8

Queenstown to Glaciers

Drive up to the rugged West Coast, home to a spectacular glacial region and temperate rainforest.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

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    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier



    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and it is just moments from one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. The hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place ...

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and it is just moments from one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. The hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 9

Glaciers to Christchurch

This morning perhaps take an optional tour to the face of the glacier before continuing your journey to Christchurch, home to Victoria Park and the famous Avon River, and renowned as the "most English city outside of England".

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch

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    DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch



    A city resort - a unique escape nestled in 5 acres of beautiful and tranquil gardens, the DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch offers hotel accommodation that seems a world away from the stresses of city life. Yet just minutes away from this secluded retreat is the ...

    A city resort - a unique escape nestled in 5 acres of beautiful and tranquil gardens, the DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch offers hotel accommodation that seems a world away from the stresses of city life. Yet just minutes away from this secluded retreat is the vibrant city of Christchurch. Whether you are visiting Christchurch for business or pleasure, the peaceful garden resort of DoubleTree by Hilton Christchurch will provide all you need.

    Facilities

    • Bicycles
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 10

Depart Christchurch

Drop off your rental vehicle and depart Christchurch.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily from Auckland or it can be done also in a reverse direction from Christchurch

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights of accommodation
  • 10 Day Hertz Group E car rental with unlimited kilometers
  • Goway's New Zealand Co-Pilot Kit.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meland and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Park fees unless stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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