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North & South Island Self Drive

Duration
18 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,699

If you are fortunate enough to have the time, you can see virtually all of the most interesting sights in New Zealand by combining the North Island and South Island self-drive itineraries.


Combine our NorthIsland and South Island Self-drives to create the ultimate 18 day New Zealand adventure for those wanting a complete, yet flexible tour.

Depart Auckland for Coromandel Peninsula, home of Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own thermal spa in the sand. Waitomo Caves are known and loved for their breathtaking stalactites, stalagmites and glow-worms. Take a memorable journey through them on your way to Rotorua, a spectacular geothermal laboratory of steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools. Stop in at beautiful Lake Taupo on your way to historic Napier and Hastings, where an abundance of Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture is yours to explore. The picturesque Martinborough region will delight your taste buds with its world famous Pinot Noir, along with other delicious wines. End your North Island adventure in Wellington, capital of New Zealand and home to many of the country’s best museums and galleries.

Across Cook Strait, Nelson is the South Island’s oldest established city. Leave your vehicle in town to explore Abel Tasman National Park, a pristine wilderness with unspoiled beaches and spectacular ocean views. A drive along the Tasman coast brings you to the unique Pancake rocks of Punakaiki, as well as Glacier country, where stunning Franz Josef glacier is said to be the tears of a Maori princess, pining for her lost love.

As New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown is a Mecca for skiers, but still has plenty to offer the less active visitor, including a ride on the famous Shotover jetboat. No stay here is complete without a day 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. Go on to the beautiful, Scottish-influenced town of Dunedin, where you may enjoy visiting the Royal Albatross and Yellow-eyed Penguin colonies of Otago Peninsula. Your journey ends in historic Christchurch, with time for a little sightseeing before departure.

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Duration
18 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,699

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Day 1

Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 164 km (102 Miles) 2.5 hours

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.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort Pauanui

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    Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort Pauanui



    Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded hideaway perfect for a leisure holiday. The hotel is situated just 800 metres from a 3 kilometre sandy beach and nestled into the slopes of Mt. Pauanui. The 42 private chalets accommodate guests in comfort and style, …

    Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded hideaway perfect for a leisure holiday. The hotel is situated just 800 metres from a 3 kilometre sandy beach and nestled into the slopes of Mt. Pauanui. The 42 private chalets accommodate guests in comfort and style, with a balance of modern convenience and the relaxed atmosphere of a mountain lodge.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Tennis

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Day 2

Coromandel at leisure

Enjoy the unique experience of Hot Water Beach where at low tide you can dig in the sand, allowing the sulphur-heated waters to rise to the top to create your very own thermal spa.

Swim with dolphins, hire a kayak and explore the many offshore islands or simply let the azure water lap at your feet and marvel at the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

Day 3

Coromandel to Rotorua (via Tauranga) 253 km (157 miles) 4.5 hours

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.

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

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 5

Rotorua to Lake Taupo 80 km (50 miles) 1.5 hours

Depart Rotorua for a short journey through to the Lake Taupo region. Taupo is the main centre of the region and Lake Taupo is one of the North Islands most popular holiday destinations.

Duration1 Night
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Millennium Hotel and Resort Taupo Manuels

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    Millennium Hotel and Resort Taupo Manuels



    This Mediterranean style hotel is an ideal place to stay for leisure or business travellers. Located on the shores of Lake Taupo with fantastic views of the lake and mountains, the town centre is 3 kilometres away. The hotel has 51 rooms and suites which …

    This Mediterranean style hotel is an ideal place to stay for leisure or business travellers. Located on the shores of Lake Taupo with fantastic views of the lake and mountains, the town centre is 3 kilometres away. The hotel has 51 rooms and suites which are all well-appointed.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Lake Taupo to Napier 143 km (89 miles) 2.5 hours

Depart Taupo 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.

Duration1 Night
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Scenic Hotel Te Pania Napier

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    Scenic Hotel Te Pania Napier



    The hotel features 109 fully air-conditioned superior rooms and suites with modern decor. Savour the delights of Hawke's Bay with excellent dining at The Exchange Bar and Brasserie, which highlights local food and wine and offers indoor and al fresco dining. The Hotels convenient, central …

    The hotel features 109 fully air-conditioned superior rooms and suites with modern decor. Savour the delights of Hawke's Bay with excellent dining at The Exchange Bar and Brasserie, which highlights local food and wine and offers indoor and al fresco dining. The Hotels convenient, central location means many of Napier's best local attractions are within a few minutes' walk.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking (for Self Park)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 7

Napier to Martinborough 252 km (156 miles) 3.5 hours

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.

Duration1 Night
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Martinborough Hotel

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    Martinborough Hotel



    The Martinborough Hotel is located on the Square, at the heart of Martinborough Wine Village. Boutique wineries producing some of the world's best Pinot Noirs are within easy walking distance of the hotel. This colonial hotel dates back to 1882. The hotel has 16 individually …

    The Martinborough Hotel is located on the Square, at the heart of Martinborough Wine Village. Boutique wineries producing some of the world's best Pinot Noirs are within easy walking distance of the hotel. This colonial hotel dates back to 1882. The hotel has 16 individually designed rooms. 10 of the rooms open out to the first floor veranda while 6 rooms overlook the hotel garden. Each room has its own bathroom with deep claw-footed bathtub or shower and pedestal basin.

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Day 8

Martinborough to Wellington 83km (52 miles) 1.5 hours

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.

Duration1 Night
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InterContinental Wellington

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    InterContinental Wellington



    Intercontinental Wellington is a modern luxury hotel perfect for leisure or business travellers. Located in the heart of the city and adjacent to the scenic harbour, it is the ideal base to explore the local businesses, shopping and cultural centres. There are 232 stylish rooms …

    Intercontinental Wellington is a modern luxury hotel perfect for leisure or business travellers. Located in the heart of the city and adjacent to the scenic harbour, it is the ideal base to explore the local businesses, shopping and cultural centres. There are 232 stylish rooms to choose from and several modern conveniences on site for you to enjoy.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 9

Wellington to Nelson

This morning is at leisure before returning your rental vehicle.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

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    Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco



    Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco is a handcrafted resort village surrounded by gardens. Featuring 95 rooms, the hotel boasts a charming one storey hotel plus elegant self-contained one and two bedroom apartments with scenic views over the village green. Offering easy access to countless activities and …

    Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco is a handcrafted resort village surrounded by gardens. Featuring 95 rooms, the hotel boasts a charming one storey hotel plus elegant self-contained one and two bedroom apartments with scenic views over the village green. Offering easy access to countless activities and attractions, Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco is just five minutes from the airport. Exquisite in character and style, it is the ideal choice for a relaxing weekend, holiday or conference.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Fireplace
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
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    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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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 275 km (180 miles) 5 hours

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.

Duration1 Night
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Punakaiki Resort

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    Punakaiki Resort



    The Punakaiki Resort is an eco-tourism hotel located in the Buller district between Greymouth, 30 minutes to the south and Westport which is 45 minutes to the north. Carefully designed to complement the stunning natural setting, it is situated close to Pancake Rocks and Blowhole …

    The Punakaiki Resort is an eco-tourism hotel located in the Buller district between Greymouth, 30 minutes to the south and Westport which is 45 minutes to the north. Carefully designed to complement the stunning natural setting, it is situated close to Pancake Rocks and Blowhole at Punakaiki and adjacent to Paparoa National Park. This hotel is a perfect choice for a leisure stay.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
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Day 12

Punakaiki to Glaciers 227 km (135 miles) 4 hours

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.

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.

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

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Day 13

Glacier Region to Queenstown 404 km (251 miles) 6 hours

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.

Duration2 Nights
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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.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
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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 Te Anau 170 km (106 miles) 2.5 hours

Journey through mountains and alongside lakes to Te Anau. We suggest a cruise on Milford Sound with its sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls and majestic Mitre Peak.

Duration1 Night
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Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

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    Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau



    Located in the heart of the town, The Distinction Luxmore is a popular choice with both visitors and locals alike. Basing yourself in Te Anau enables you to explore the Fiordland World Heritage National Park and staying at Distinction Luxmore ensures your experience will be …

    Located in the heart of the town, The Distinction Luxmore is a popular choice with both visitors and locals alike. Basing yourself in Te Anau enables you to explore the Fiordland World Heritage National Park and staying at Distinction Luxmore ensures your experience will be enjoyable. Distinction Luxmore has 186 rooms consisting of Standard, Superior and Deluxe. There are two on site restaurants and bars. Highlights Restaurant and bar has seating for 160 guests offering buffet breakfast daily and a scrumptious Carvery Buffet dinner. Guests can enjoy the views overlooking the township towards Lake Te Anau and surrounding mountain ranges.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
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Day 16

Te Anau to Dunedin 290 km (180 miles) 4 hours

Today is spent driving the southern scenic route exploring the Catlins area. The Catlins is home to an abundance of wildlife, and Nugget Point is a stunning and accessible place for viewing seals and penguins. Continue to Dunedin, a historic university town, that was first settled by the Scottish as it is renowned as the "Edinburgh of the South".

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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross Dunedin

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    Scenic Hotel Southern Cross Dunedin



    Dunedin's largest hotel proudly stands in the heart of the city. Dating back to 1883, this landmark building now blends Dunedin's distinctive charm and heritage with the modern day comforts guests demand. The uniqueness of the historic parts of the hotel, and their commitment to …

    Dunedin's largest hotel proudly stands in the heart of the city. Dating back to 1883, this landmark building now blends Dunedin's distinctive charm and heritage with the modern day comforts guests demand. The uniqueness of the historic parts of the hotel, and their commitment to excellent customer service will ensure you have a memorable stay.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking (Paid)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
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Day 17

Dunedin to Christchurch 362 km (225 miles) 5 hours

Depart Dunedin and head north to Timaru a place known for its extensive Edwardian and Victorian architecture. Stop and enjoy the coastal views from Caroline Bay before continuing on to Christchurch.

Duration1 Night
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Distinction Hotel Christchurch

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    Distinction Hotel Christchurch



    The newly renovated Distinction Christchurch Hotel is an urban escape combining sophisticated smarts and familiar warmth, whilst standing proud amongst the buzz of the rejuvenation of Cathedral Square. The hotel is ideally positioned in the heart of the city only a few minutes' walk from …

    The newly renovated Distinction Christchurch Hotel is an urban escape combining sophisticated smarts and familiar warmth, whilst standing proud amongst the buzz of the rejuvenation of Cathedral Square. The hotel is ideally positioned in the heart of the city only a few minutes' walk from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Christchurch Casino and Cashel Mall. Distinction Christchurch offers 179 elegant, air-conditioned hotel rooms, including 3 floors of brand new Superior Rooms and Suites out-fitted with the latest technology including flat screen Smart TVs and free unlimited WiFi. Designed to suit everyone from business travellers requiring spacious, contemporary accommodation to those travellers seeking a place to relax and unwind after a day exploring Canterbury's vibrant attractions

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    • Bar
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    • Disabled Friendly
    • Family Room
    • Fitness Centre
    • Room Service
    • WiFi

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Day 18

Christchurch to your next stop

This morning is at leisure before returning your rental vehicle.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 17 nights accommodation
  • Group I Hertz Kia Sportage or similar suv
  • Goway's co-pilot kit  (maps, directions, discounts)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals 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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