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Essential New Zealand (Self Drive)

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,639

Get to know both of New Zealand’s islands by driving through their most popular sites. Travel from Auckland to Christchurch, visiting Rotorua, Queenstown and Milford Sound in between.


Combining the best of north and south, this 9 day trip is the perfect introduction to picturesque New Zealand.

New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland seduces visitors with its laid back pace, world class museums, galleries and gardens. Enjoy spectacular city views from your included visit to Mt Eden, as well as historic Parnell Village. You’ll also explore some of the surrounding rainforest, including the black sand beach where ‘The Piano’ was filmed.

The North Island of New Zealand is a geology geek’s paradise. Believed to be over two million years old, the Waitomo Caves are a major draw for visitors fascinated by their large population of glowworms and beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. You’ll have the chance to explore them on your way to Rotorua, where spouting geysers and boiling mudpools showcase geothermal New Zealand at its best. An included tour of this area includes Rainbow Springs, Te Whakarewarewa thermal reserve and Te Puia Rotorua. Cap off your sightseeing with a traditional Maori concert and Hangi (feast) for a taste of New Zealand’s indigenous culture.

A Mecca for skiers, Queenstown puts you in the heart of the South Island’s mountain landscape. Less active travelers can enjoy an optional scenic helicopter flight, jetboat trip or Gondola ride to take in the sights. An included day trip takes you to Milford Sound, a breathtaking, 16km long fjord carved by glaciers out to the Tasman Sea. Your onward journey to Christchurch also passes Lake Wanaka and includes a stop at majestic Mount Cook, known to the Maori people as ‘Cloud Piercer’.

Christchurch was devastated by four large earthquakes between September 2010 and December 2011. But while some areas and attractions remain closed for repairs, there is still plenty for the visitor to do and see if time allows. The Air Force Museum will thrill military history buffs, while the Canterbury Museum provides a fascinating look at New Zealand history. Or take a tour of sites affected by the quakes for a glimpse of a resilient, rebuilding Christchurch.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,639

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Haere Mai - Welcome to New Zealand. After collecting your rental car, drive into the city. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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 sightseeing

This morning go on a tour of Auckland to explore the sights and history and to discover how Aucklanders live and play. This afternoon travel to the Waitakere Ranges, visit the black sand beach and travel into a dense rainforest with tree ferns, Kauri trees and waterfalls.

Day 3

Auckland to Rotorua

Today drive to Rotorua, home to spouting geysers and boiling mud pools.

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 Sightseeing

A morning tour includes Rainbow Springs, the Agrodome, Te Whakarewarewa thermal reserve and Te Puia Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori concert and Hangi (feast).

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 5

Rotorua to Queenstown

The morning is at leisure before you drop off your car and board your flight to Queenstown. On arrival pick-up your car and drive to your selected accommodation (airfare not included).

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

Milford Sound

Travel south into Fiordland, through Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Cruise past mile-high Mitre Peak, along this 16 km long glacially-carved fiord, and out to the open sea. This will be one of the most memorable experiences of your holiday. In the afternoon return to Queenstown.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 7

In Queenstown

Today you are at leisure to enjoy New Zealand's favourite holiday resort town. Optional tours include helicopter scenic flights, jetboat river trips, steamship lake cruises, white water rafting and Skyline Gondola rides.

Day 8

Queenstown to Christchurch

Drive past Lake Wanaka and over historic Lindis Pass, stop to view majestic Mount Cook, known by the Maori people as "Cloud Piercer". Then cross the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Christchurch

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    Crowne Plaza Christchurch



    The hotel is 2 minutes' walk from New Regent Street, 6 minutes' walk from Christchurch Casino and 5 minutes' drive from the centre of Christchurch CBD (Central Business District). Christchurch Airport is 18 minutes' drive away.

    The hotel is 2 minutes' walk from New Regent Street, 6 minutes' walk from Christchurch Casino and 5 minutes' drive from the centre of Christchurch CBD (Central Business District). Christchurch Airport is 18 minutes' drive away.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Fitness Centre
    • Library
    • Luggage Storage
    • Wifi/Internet Access

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Day 9

Christchurch to your next stop

The day is at leisure until you drop off your car at the airport and board your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily from Auckland and Christchurch.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Maori dinner and concert
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • 9 days Hertz Group I Car Rental
  • Sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfares & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Park fees unless specififed
  • 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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