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New Zealand Motorhome Vacation

Duration
16 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,459

See the best sights of New Zealand and enjoy the freedom of your own motorhome on this air-inclusive New Zealand vacation. Start in the cosmopolitan city of Auckland, then weave your way through hot springs, Hobbit towns, world renowned wine regions, and down one of the world’s most impressive coastlines before disembarking in Christchurch.


This 16-day New Zealand vacation includes flights from North America, before combining the best of the country with the freedom of your own motorhome.

Pick up your motorhome in Auckland and set out for Coromandel Peninsula, a favourite getaway for local Aucklanders. Take some time to enjoy the white sands of the Bay of Plenty, as well as the Peninsula’s booming restaurant scene before driving on to Rotorua. The ‘geothermal laboratory’ of New Zealand, the town is famous for its bubbling mud pools and steaming geysers, but it is also a cradle of traditional Maori culture, offering a great opportunity to learn about New Zealand’s first people.

Your next stop is Napier, one of the most famous Art Deco cities in the world. It’s also the gateway to the North Island’s most famous wine regions, including Marlborough, where you’ll spend a night. Your last North Island stop is Wellington, the capital of New Zealand and arguably its most culturally engaged city. Besides being the centre of the country’s booming film industry, Wellington boasts more restaurants, cafes, and bars per capita than any other major world city, including New York City, earning it the title of the world’s ‘coolest capital.’

Catch the Interislander ferry to Nelson, gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, then continue along the West Coast to Punakaiki. See the famous Pancake Rocks, formed by the wild winds and waters of the Tasman Sea, then drive on to the central West Coast’s biggest attractions, its glaciers. Stay at Franz Josef, visiting the base of the namesake glacier, or take a scenic helicopter flight for a closer look.

Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital, where your options for outdoor activities are endless. Go bungie jumping in the town where it was invented, take a jetboat trip on the Shotover River, or take a trip out to Milford Sound (keep in mind, this is a full day trip). Your last night is spent in Christchurch, a city that has spent recent years reinventing itself after devastating earthquakes. If you have time, explore the museums, galleries and parks that pre-date the quakes, or dive into the new artistic and culinary districts that have sprung up since.


 

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Duration
16 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,459

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from Los Angeles (USD) or Vancouver (CAD) airport on  board award winning Air New Zealand

Day 2

Cross the International Dateline

You will lose a day, which is regained on the return journey.

Day 3

Arrive Auckland, travel to Coromandel Peninsula

On arrival, make your way to the Britz Counter to arrange collection of your motorhome. We have put together a suggested itinerary to follow.

Depart Auckland and travel the Pacific Coast Highway touring route to the Coromandel Peninsula.

The Coromandel's dramatic and unspoiled coast, and beautiful white sandy beaches, offer endless opportunities for fishing, diving, boating, surfing and swimming.

Day 4

Coromandel to Rotorua

Depart Coromandel and arrive in the Bay of Plenty region early afternoon, in time for a swim or lunch at one of the many restaurants. Continue on to Rotorua, famous for its spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and warm geothermal ponds.

Day 5

Rotorua at Leisure

Spend the day experiencing the many wonders of Rotorua. Perhaps book a 4WD trip to Mt Tarawera to see an amazing crater and hear the stories of Maori legends.

Day 6

Rotorua to Napier

Depart for the Hawke's Bay region. Basking in a Mediterranean climate, the Hawke's Bay region is known for its wine, food and fabulous scenery. Over 30 vineyards offer visitors a wine tasting and indoor/ outdoor dining experience. Napier and Hastings, the two main centres in the region, have a high concentration of Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the many vineyards and wonderful restaurants in the area.

Day 7

Napier to Martinborough

Today travel south, options include stopping at the small country towns of Carterton, Greytown and Featherston. Travel to Martinborough well known for the range of vineyards in the area and its growing worldwide reputation for its Pinot Noir wine. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 8

Martinborough to Wellington

Drive over the beautiful Rimutaka Hills to Wellington. The nations capital is home to Te Papa - the interactive Museum of New Zealand, numerous art galleries and national treasures such as the original Treaty of Waitangi. A diverse range of cafes and restaurants support the city's vibrant nightlife.

Day 9

Wellington to Nelson

You will catch the Interislander ferry today from Wellington to Picton, on arrival continue your journey to Nelson.

Day 10

Nelson at Leisure

Lots of options today including beaches to explore, harbour cruises, walks or adventure activities.

Nelson is also the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park, the smallest of New Zealand's national parks, with glittering beaches, turquoise water and spectacular ocean views.

Day 11

Nelson to Punakaiki

From Nelson journey through scenic reserves to Westport. Westport is a historic coal-mining settlement; the coal town museum has historical exhibitions and photographic displays. Visit the seal colony before continuing on to Punakaiki.

Day 12

Punakaiki to Glaciers

This morning explore Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and the Blowholes before continuing south to Franz Josef, an area of mountain peaks, impressive glaciers, tranquil lakes, raging rivers, lush rainforest and a magnificent coastline. Explore the base of the glaciers or take a scenic flight.

Day 13

Glaciers to Queenstown

Travel through the scenic wilderness of Haast pass, stopping along the way to take advantage of many short nature walks and picnic spots before continuing to Queenstown.

Day 14

Queenstown at Leisure

Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the majestic Southern Alps. Queenstown is recognized as New Zealand's premier visitor destination.

Day 15

Queenstown to Christchurch

Depart Queenstown today for your journey to Christchurch.

Day 16

Depart Christchurch

This morning is at leisure before returning your rental vehicle and joining your departure flight from Christchurch to Auckland and on to North America

Other Information

DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Valid for travel: 13 May – 30 Jun ’18 inclusive. 

CANADIAN DEPARTURES
Date From:
Vancouver
CA$
From:
Edmonton,
Calgary,
Kamloops,
Kelowna
CA$
From:
Toronto,
Ottawa,
Montreal
CA$
From:
Saskatoon,
Regina,
Winnipeg
CA$
13 May - 30 Jun'18 $ 1,669 $ 1,769 $ 2,019 $ 2,049

 

US DEPARTURES
Date From
Los Angeles, San Franciso
US$
From:
California, Arizona,
Nevada,
Texas (except Houston),
North & South Dakota
US$
From:
Colorado,
Idaho,
Montana,
New Mexico,
Oregon,
Utah, Washington, Wyoming
US$
From:
Florida,
Georgia,
llinois,
Michigan, Louisiana,
North Carolina,
Ohio
US$

13 May - 
30 Jun'18

$ 1,459 $ 1,659 $ 1,759 $ 1,859

For Departures from New York add US$450 per person to the Los Angeles rate.

Book By: 21 November, 2017

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip Air New Zealand airfare from Vancouver (CAD) or Los Angeles (USD) to        Auckland and returning from Christchurch
  • Britz Voyager 4 Berth Motorhome Rental for 14 days
  • Ferry Crossing for 2 passengers and Motorhome

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • items of a personal nature and drinks
  • One way drop fee for motorhome
  • Limited seats
  • Subject to availability

OTHER INFORMATION:

Motorhome rental must be undertaken between: 15 May – 30 Jun ‘18

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are quoted in CAD/USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double/twin occupancy. Single supplements apply. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply, pricing also based on flights Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri, if travelling on a Fri/Sat/Sun a weekend surcharge will apply.

If you require travel over dates not listed above, please enquire for a customized quote, motorhome rentals are available year round in New Zealand, but pricing will vary depending on your travel dates

Airlines frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases. Prices are current at time of posting (16-Nov-17). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice and all is pricing subject to availability and may not be available every day at listed prices.  Advance Purchase and minimum stay requirements may apply to the airfares used. 

 


15 Jun 2018
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