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North & South Island Self Drive

Duration
18 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,149

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$ 3,149

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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
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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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Regent of Rotorua

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    Regent of Rotorua



    An oasis of understated hip contemporary elegance and comfort amidst the exciting attractions and experiences Rotorua has to offer. Step out of the calm of your gorgeous room or suite and stroll to the vibrant restaurant zone or lakefront area or simply stay in, relax …

    An oasis of understated hip contemporary elegance and comfort amidst the exciting attractions and experiences Rotorua has to offer. Step out of the calm of your gorgeous room or suite and stroll to the vibrant restaurant zone or lakefront area or simply stay in, relax and savor the luxury facilities.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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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.

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The Pillars Retreat Taupo

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    The Pillars Retreat Taupo



    The Pillars Retreat Taupo is a modern Mediterranean style country manor offering privacy and tranquility. The house is set amid 3 acres of park like grounds with views of the lake and mountains and is only 10 minutes from Taupo Township, making this the perfect …

    The Pillars Retreat Taupo is a modern Mediterranean style country manor offering privacy and tranquility. The house is set amid 3 acres of park like grounds with views of the lake and mountains and is only 10 minutes from Taupo Township, making this the perfect place for a leisure stay.

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    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tennis

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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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McHardy Lodge

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    McHardy Lodge



    Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac McHardy Lodge offers to its guests peaceful and beautiful surroundings. The boutique style luxury accommodation provides all the services of a small hotel. McHardy Lodge provides a haven of tranquility and calm for the traveller weary from the day's discovery …

    Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac McHardy Lodge offers to its guests peaceful and beautiful surroundings. The boutique style luxury accommodation provides all the services of a small hotel.
    McHardy Lodge provides a haven of tranquility and calm for the traveller weary from the day's discovery of Hawkes Bay.
    The Lodge has four Deluxe rooms and one Superior room uniquely designed with fine linens and furnishings, polished native timber floors and luxurious ensuite bathrooms.

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    • Business Centre
    • Fireplace
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)

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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
Accommodation

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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Art Deco Masonic Hotel

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    Art Deco Masonic Hotel



    Right in the heart of 1930's Napier and opposite Hawke's Bay's MTG (museum), The Art Deco Centre and i-SITE, the Art Deco Masonic Hotel's location is perfect for exploring Napier. With a choice of stylish and individual accommodation styles your stay at Art Deco Masonic …

    Right in the heart of 1930's Napier and opposite Hawke's Bay's MTG (museum), The Art Deco Centre and i-SITE, the Art Deco Masonic Hotel's location is perfect for exploring Napier. With a choice of stylish and individual accommodation styles your stay at Art Deco Masonic Hotel is guaranteed to add glamour and fond memories to your Napier experience. Guests enjoy a choice of bar and dining options including the "World's Best Bars" Emporium Eatery and Bar and the property offers all guests complimentary Wi-Fi internet.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wedding Facilities

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Day 9

Wellington to Nelson

This morning is at leisure before returning your rental vehicle.

Duration2 Nights
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Cambria House Nelson

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    Cambria House Nelson



    An inner city haven, built in the 1880s, on a quiet street within easy walking distance of the town center. This B and B mixes old and new, from the original fireplaces and timber paneling to the freely available high-speed Internet access, including wireless, and …

    An inner city haven, built in the 1880s, on a quiet street within easy walking distance of the town center. This B and B mixes old and new, from the original fireplaces and timber paneling to the freely available high-speed Internet access, including wireless, and from antiques to up-to-date fabrics and modern conveniences. You can relax with a drink on the sunny garden deck or by the wood-burning fireplace in the guest lounge.

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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.

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Ti Kouka House

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    Ti Kouka House



    Ti Kouka House is a Bed and Breakfast for the discerning traveler on the west coast of New Zealand near Punakaiki. The property offers warm hospitality and three lovely guest bedrooms, each with a private ensuite bathroom and its own private deck overlooking the sea. …

    Ti Kouka House is a Bed and Breakfast for the discerning traveler on the west coast of New Zealand near Punakaiki. The property offers warm hospitality and three lovely guest bedrooms, each with a private ensuite bathroom and its own private deck overlooking the sea. The house is unique in its design and the attention to detail is surprising. Recycled timbers have been used throughout. The comfortable lounge area and fireplace add to the atmosphere.

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    • Non-Smoking Property
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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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Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Boutique Hotel

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    Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Boutique Hotel



    Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier is the ideal hotel accommodation in Fox Glacier village, a charming township in the beautiful alpine West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island. The hotel's location provides a real sense of privacy and peaceful seclusion, while being only a short …

    Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier is the ideal hotel accommodation in Fox Glacier village, a charming township in the beautiful alpine West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island. The hotel's location provides a real sense of privacy and peaceful seclusion, while being only a short stroll to the main street of the Fox Glacier village. It offers a beautifully appointed, modern Fox Glacier accommodation at the foot of the Southern Alps and very close to the magnificent New Zealand glaciers. A quiet boutique hotel, Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier presents just 20 rooms - so you'll enjoy a peaceful and private South Island experience.

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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Library
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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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Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

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    Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel


    Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel is a new luxury hotel centrally located and nestled between two parks, affording expansive views of Queenstown and the surrounding mountains. This nineteen room boutique hotel has been designed by a leading New Zealand architect with proud New Zealand owners. The …

    Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel is a new luxury hotel centrally located and nestled between two parks, affording expansive views of Queenstown and the surrounding mountains. This nineteen room boutique hotel has been designed by a leading New Zealand architect with proud New Zealand owners. The interior design will delight and excite the most discerning traveler.

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    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Kitchen Facilities
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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.

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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
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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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".

Duration1 Night
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Larnach Castle Dunedin

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    Larnach Castle Dunedin



    Larnach Lodge is a colonial farm building set in 35 acres of gardens and grounds, close to Larnach Castle. There are 12 bedrooms with private facilities, each individually decorated in period style. Each room has a splendid view of the ocean 1000 feet below. Lodge …

    Larnach Lodge is a colonial farm building set in 35 acres of gardens and grounds, close to Larnach Castle. There are 12 bedrooms with private facilities, each individually decorated in period style. Each room has a splendid view of the ocean 1000 feet below. Lodge guests may dine in the Castle dining room.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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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.

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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.

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    • 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 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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