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Best of Both Islands Self Drive

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,579

FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: An excellent way to acquaint yourself with both islands, this self-drive program brings you to must-see destinations throughout New Zealand including Rotorua and the rugged Glacier region while also setting aside ample free time to simply unwind.


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$ 1,579

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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

Heritage Auckland Hotel

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    Heritage Auckland Hotel



    The Heritage Auckland is an ideal place to stay for both leisure and business travellers. The hotel is positioned overlooking Waitemata Harbour in the heart of Auckland's business district. The hotel is within walking distance of the city's many attractions, including the Sky Tower Casino, …

    The Heritage Auckland is an ideal place to stay for both leisure and business travellers. The hotel is positioned overlooking Waitemata Harbour in the heart of Auckland's business district. The hotel is within walking distance of the city's many attractions, including the Sky Tower Casino, the shops of Queen Street and Auckland city's finest cafes and restaurants. It includes two distinctive accommodation wings, The Hotel (reflects delightful ornate touches carefully preserved from the building's past) and The Tower (offers a more contemporary design). They are connected by a walkway enabling guests to access the range of facilities available. Both have their own entrance and reception areas.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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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 293 kms (183 miles) 3 hours

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

Duration2 Nights
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Millennium Hotel Rotorua

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    Millennium Hotel Rotorua



    This popular hotel in Rotorua is centrally located just a brief stroll to Lake Rotorua, Rotorua's International Convention Centre, world famous Polynesian Spa, the town centre and only minutes from Rotorua's key tourist attractions and adventure activities. At Millennium Hotel Rotorua, you will find 227 …

    This popular hotel in Rotorua is centrally located just a brief stroll to Lake Rotorua, Rotorua's International Convention Centre, world famous Polynesian Spa, the town centre and only minutes from Rotorua's key tourist attractions and adventure activities. At Millennium Hotel Rotorua, you will find 227 rooms offering you a wide choice of accommodation styles.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Rotorua

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

Heritage Queenstown

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    Heritage Queenstown



    The Heritage Queenstown offers enchanting views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkable Mountain Range. A short distance from the town centre, this unique European style lodge is surrounded by native forest in the heart of New Zealand's alpine wonderland. Crafted from centuries old schist and …

    The Heritage Queenstown offers enchanting views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkable Mountain Range. A short distance from the town centre, this unique European style lodge is surrounded by native forest in the heart of New Zealand's alpine wonderland. Crafted from centuries old schist and cedar, The Heritage Queenstown is the perfect place to relax in comfortable yet sophisticated surroundings. The Heritage offers a choice of 178 luxury rooms, including traditional deluxe hotel accommodation and spacious 1 or 2 bedroom Suites. Each room is thoughtfully decorated, featuring individual touches which reflect unique high country origins.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • 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 Approx 404 kms (251 miles) 6 hours

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

Duration1 Night
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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
    • Parking (for Self Park)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 9

Glaciers to Christchurch Approx 378 kms (236 miles) 5 hours

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
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Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

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    Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch



    Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is just one block from Cathedral Square in the heart of the city. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, you will appreciate the central location that puts the best of Christchurch within easy reach. The 171 rooms and suites at …

    Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is just one block from Cathedral Square in the heart of the city. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, you will appreciate the central location that puts the best of Christchurch within easy reach. The 171 rooms and suites at Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch are designed for your comfort with uninterrupted views of the city or the Southern Alps. At Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch, friendly service, relaxed atmosphere and superb facilities are all designed to provide you with superior value.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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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:

  • Car rental for 14 days with unlimited kilometres and mandatory vehicle insurance
  • Goway's Co-Pilot Kit including maps and detailed driving information
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Auckland
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Rotorua
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation in Queenstown
  • 1 night moderate accommodation in Franz Joseph
  • 1 night first-class accommodation in Christchurch

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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