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North and South Island New Zealand tour - 14 Days

Hit the road and make the most of beautiful New Zealand

Tour Prices

fr £1830pp

fr £2010pp

Valid between:

  • 01/10/2017 - 31/03/2018

Rates based on twinshare

Price includes

  • 13 nights accommodation-room only
  • Rental car for duration-CDAV (Compact vehicle)
  • Admission to sightseeing activities in Rotorua
  • Maori Hangi dinner and concert
  • Interislander Ferry crossing Wellington to Picton

Not included

  • Options Tours & Sightseeing

International flights not included unless otherwise stated

There is no better way to fully appreciate the natural beauty of New Zealand than to drive through it. And on this exciting two week self-drive tour you will see all the main highlights of both North and South Island as you travel from Auckland down to Christchurch. Lord of the Rings country never fails to delight visitors and with the freedom you have by driving yourself you will have plenty of opportunities to make the most out of your 14 day itinerary by finding places where other tourists can't reach.

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Auckland

On arrival at Auckland airport you can collect your rental car for your exclusive use until the end of the tour package. Drive into this bright and buzzing city with its exclusive waterfront area and go exploring before eating out in one of a number of fine restaurants.

Accommodation: Standard Copthorne Hotel Auckland City Accommodation: Superior Heritage Auckland

Day 2: Auckland / Rotorua

This morning you say farewell to Auckland and drive south over the Bombay Hills and through the lush Waikato pasturelands to the famous geothermal centre of Rotorua, where you spend the next two nights. The journey is around 200 miles and, of course, you drive on the left just like in England.

Accommodation: Standard Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua Accommodation: Superior Millenium Hotel Rotorua

Day 3: Rotorua

Geysers, mud pools and thermal springs have been attracting visitors to Rotorua since the 1800s and the living, breathing landscape never fails to amaze. A faint sulphur scent lingers in the air, a constant reminder of the thermal activity that is visible in pockets scattered around the region. Clouds of steam drift from Kuirau Park, home to boiling mud pools and crater lakes. Fumaroles and silica terraces displaying amazing colours can be found at the region’s various thermal parks – a must-see for any visitor.

Accommodation: Standard Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua Accommodation: Superior Millenium Hotel

Day 4: Rotorua / Napier

Today you leave the steamy wonderland and Maori culture of Rotorua and travel south-east today towards Napier, known as the fruit bowl of New Zealand and a well known wine region. This journey is again around 200 miles but the driving is easy and the rolling countryside a delight.

Accommodation: Standard Scenic Hotel Te Pania Accommodation: Superior The Crown

Day 5: Napier

A full day today at leisure with time to explore the lovely parks, gardens, shoreline and wineries of Napier, one of New Zealand's most attractive cities, located at the south of the Hawkes Bay and capital of the country's wine growing industry. Palm trees line the inner-city streets and the wonderfully sculpted Marine Parade runs along the shore. Known as the Art Deco City, Napier has the most comprehensive collection of inner-city art deco buildings in the world.

Accommodation: Standard Scenic Hotel Te Pania Accommodation: Superior The Crown

Day 6: Napier / Wellington

Back in the car today for the 300 mile journey south through the Manawatu Gorge, horticultural farms and the rocky seascapes to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Wellington is also the country's arts and cultural capital. Visit the galleries, see the world-class New Zealand Symphony Orchestra or the Royal New Zealand Ballet and on the waterfront you’ll find Te Papa Tongarewa, a presentation of New Zealand’s story through art and interactive display. Wellington has a vibrant café scene and some of the best restaurants in the country.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel Grand Chancellor James Cook Accommodation: Superior Rydges Wellington

Day 7: Wellington / Picton / Blenheim

Today it is time to change islands. Drop your car off at the rental car depot at the Wellington Ferry Terminal and board the Interislander Ferry for your journey across Cook Strait to Picton. On arrival in South Island collect your rental car and make your way to Blenheim, a drive of around 100 miles.

Accommodation: Standard Scenic Hotel Marlborough Accommodation: Superior Chateau Marlborough

Day 8: Blenheim / Kaikoura / Christchurch

There is another long and picturesque 300 mile drive today from Picton. Journey down the coast past the towns of Kaikoura, which is famous for whale watching and Cheviot before arriving in Christchurch, one of New Zealand's most beautiful and relaxed cities. Time to relax in the wonderful parks or go shopping.

Accommodation: Standard Chateau on the Park Accommodation: Superior Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

Day 9: Christchurch / Mt Cook

It will be hard to tear yourself away from Christchurch as there is so much to see and do there, but today you begin another 300 mile drive to majestic Mount Cook. While in Mount Cook National Park you may want to make time for a scenic skiplane or helicopter flight over the Tasman Glacier.

Accommodation: Standard The Hermitage Hotel -Superior Room Accommodation: Superior The Hermitage Hotel -PremiumRoom

Day 10: Mt Cook / Queenstown

This morning travel south over the Lindis Pass and through the Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown. This journey is also around 300 miles but the scenery is so stunning that the time will pass in a flash. Once you have arrived in the adrenalin junkies capital of the world it is up to you which adventure you try.

Accommodation: Standard Copthorne Resort Lakefront Accommodation: Superior Millennium Queenstown

Day 11: Queenstown

A full day at your leisure to select your optional sightseeing or thrilling experience. There is bungee jumping, jet boating and white water rafting to name but a few and for a more relaxed time, vintage steamer lake cruises, visits to high country sheep stations, mountain gondola rides - the list is endless. You should also make time to relax and simply marvel at the beautiful mountain scenery.

Accommodation: Standard Copthorne Resort Lakefront Accommodation: Superior Millennium Queenstown

Day 12: Queenstown / Dunedin

Depart this morning for the 250 mile drive to Dunedin through the Kawarau Gorge to Cromwell, following the Clutha River down through Alexandra via the rich farmlands of South Otago. Dunedin - the Edinburgh of the South - is a fascinating place. Visit the railway station, the world's steepest street, the Otago Peninsula - home of the Royal Albatross Colony, the Yellow Penguins or historic Larnach Castle.

Accommodation: Standard Mercure Leisure Lodge Accommodation: Superior Distinction Dunedin

Day 13: Dunedin / Christchurch

This morning you drive the 250 miles heading north to Moeraki to view the unique outdoor beach boulders. Continue via Oamaru and Timaru across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch where you will have time to see some of the sights you missed earlier in your trip.

Accommodation: Standard Chateau on the Park Accommodation: Superior Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

Day 14: Christchurch

Today your wonderful self drive tour of New Zealand comes to an end. Time for some more sightseeing and shopping in Christchurch before you return your rental car directly at the airport and prepare for your onward flight or journey back home having seen for yourself why New Zealand is a paradise for tourists.