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Essential New Zealand (Self Drive)

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,240

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$ 2,240

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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

Hotel DeBrett

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    Hotel DeBrett



    Hotel DeBrett's centrally located iconic building has been stylishly reinterpreted into a 25-room boutique hotel. Every room is individually designed and complimented with eclectic furniture, New Zealand art and photography. The famous House Bar has been meticulously restored as Auckland's premier meeting place. A private ...

    Hotel DeBrett's centrally located iconic building has been stylishly reinterpreted into a 25-room boutique hotel. Every room is individually designed and complimented with eclectic furniture, New Zealand art and photography. The famous House Bar has been meticulously restored as Auckland's premier meeting place. A private drawing room has been created for exclusive use by hotel guests. The hotel is perfect for leisure or business stays.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant(s)

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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

The Springs

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    The Springs



    The Springs was purpose built in 1998. The design is that of a 1930's New Zealand bungalow ensuring the property complemented the already established neighbourhood. The Springs is set in a simple yet elegant garden of white Iceberg roses and sasanqua camellias evoking a sense ...

    The Springs was purpose built in 1998. The design is that of a 1930's New Zealand bungalow ensuring the property complemented the already established neighbourhood. The Springs is set in a simple yet elegant garden of white Iceberg roses and sasanqua camellias evoking a sense of restful contentment. The Guest Wing, with four elegant rooms, is at the rear of the house ensuring a private, quiet stay.

    Facilities

    • Art Gallery
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)

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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

Browns Boutique Hotel

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    Browns Boutique Hotel



    This stylish European inspired Bed and Breakfast lodge is the perfect holiday accommodation for a vacation or ski holiday. This boutique hotel is superbly situated in the heart of Queenstown, in a quiet location with stunning views overlooking the town and mountains, just a 2 ...

    This stylish European inspired Bed and Breakfast lodge is the perfect holiday accommodation for a vacation or ski holiday. This boutique hotel is superbly situated in the heart of Queenstown, in a quiet location with stunning views overlooking the town and mountains, just a 2 minute walk to shops and restaurants. Browns Boutique Hotel combines an intimate, timeless feel with genuine New Zealand hospitality to ensure that guests feel completely at home.

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    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking

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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

The George Hotel

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    The George Hotel



    The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon you will find this peaceful Christchurch accommodation just ...

    The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon you will find this peaceful Christchurch accommodation just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. Impeccable service in an intimate ambience is guaranteed at The George, the only Christchurch Hotel with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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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 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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