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New ZealandRoad trip from Auckland to Queenstown

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Travel across New Zealand from north to south visiting tranquil lakes and stunning coastline. Along the way, enjoy the freedom of having your own vehicle and stay in luxurious boutique accommodation. This itinerary is stocked full of indulgent and exciting experiences such as wildlife viewing, cultural rituals, food & wine tastings, unforgettable scenic flights and nature cruises. ...

Travel across New Zealand from north to south visiting tranquil lakes and stunning coastline. Along the way, enjoy the freedom of having your own vehicle and stay in luxurious boutique accommodation. This itinerary is stocked full of indulgent and exciting experiences such as wildlife viewing, cultural rituals, food & wine tastings, unforgettable scenic flights and nature cruises. 

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    Mountain
  • Countryside
    Countryside
  • Wine tasting
    Wine tasting
  • Sailing activities
    Sailing activities
  • Multi-activity
    Multi-activity

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Day 1: Welcome to Aotearoa! 

Arrival in Auckland...

• Upon arrival you will be met by your private driver and transfer to your accommodation

• Spend the afternoon at leisure

• Stroll around the Viaduct Harbor, Wynyard Quarter and North Wharf area

• For great eateries and designer shops check out Britomart

Visited:
Auckland
Accommodation
night in Sofitel (Auckland)

Day 2: Waiheke Island wine tasting

• Board a ferry to Waiheke Island, a perfect city escape

• Met your guide for a small group tour of three of Waiheke’s top vineyards

• Enjoy a two-hour lunch stop (at own cost) at a village or beachside café, or, for a memorable gourmet experience, at one of the top vineyards

Visited:
AucklandWaiheke Island
Accommodation
night in Sofitel (Auckland)

Day 3: Travel to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves

Grab the rental car and drive south to Rotorua, our geothermal and cultural capital

• Stop at the Waitomo Caves and visit two different cave systems

• You will first be taken on an inflatable raft to view glowworms!

• Then, walk through the second cave


Accommodation
night in Koura Lodge (Rotorua)

Day 4: Mitai Maori cultural experience

• Spend the day at leisure

• Perhaps explore the geothermal parks or go for a pleasant walk around a lake

• In the evening, enjoy a traditional Maori experience

• During a cultural performance, learn about Maori’s past, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art)

• Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance

Visited:
Rotorua
Accommodation
night in Koura Lodge (Rotorua)

Day 5: Travel to Napier

Drive east to Napier passing Lake Taupo and stunning forests

• Spend the rest of your day at leisure

• Explore this Art Deco city which is also one of the country’s largest wine producing areas, at your own pace

Visited:
RotoruaNapier
Accommodation
Night at Art Deco Masonic Hotel (Napier)

Day 6: Gannet safari

• Travel overland right up to the Gannets at Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony

• Cape Kidnappers is the largest and most spectacular mainland nesting place of gannets in the world

• Observe adults and young nesting, fishing and performing the recognition ritual

Visited:
Napier
Accommodation
Night at Art Deco Masonic Hotel (Napier)

Day 7: Flight to Nelson

Return your rental vehicle to Napier Airport

• Next, fly to Nelson where you will collect your next rental vehicle and drive to your accommodation

• Spend the rest of the day at leisure

• Nelson is known for year-round sunshine, golden sand beaches, national parks, boutique wineries, microbreweries and a large community of working artists

Visited:
Napier, Nelson
Accommodation
Clayridge House and Cottages (Nelson)

Day 8: Abel Tasman National Park 

• Hop aboard a catamaran cruise along the beautiful coastline of Abel Tasman National Park

• Enjoy a flexible cruise itinerary with opportunities to observe dolphins and fur seals

• After a light lunch you can swim, snorkel, sea kayak, go ashore for a bushwalk, or just relax onboard


Day 9: Travel to Blenheim

Make your way to Blenheim with a stop in Picton to look out into the beautiful Marlborough Sound

• Spend the rest of your day at leisure

• Perhaps sample the regions wine, olive oil and the gourmet foods

Visited:
NelsonBlenheim
Accommodation
Night at The Bell Tower (Blenheim)

Day 10: Crayfish in Kaikoura

• Drive south along the rugged east coast to Kaikoura

•The word ‘Kaikoura’ means ‘to eat crayfish’ so be sure to enjoy great seafood during your stay

Visited:
Blenheim, Kaikoura
Accommodation
Night at Kaikoura Boutique (Kaikoura)

Day 11: Whale watching

• Today you will join a whale watching boat tour!

• You may encounter giant sperm whales, fur sealsdusky dolphinswandering albatross, humpback whales, pilot whales, blue whales, southern right whales and orcas 

Visited:
Kaikoura
Accommodation
Night at Kaikoura Boutique (Kaikoura)

Day 12: Queenstown

Drive to Christchurch airport and return your rental vehicle

 Board your flight to Queenstown where you will collect your final rental vehicle

• Spend the day at leisure wandering the lively village full of great cafes, restaurants, bars and shops

Visited:
KaikouraChristchurchQueenstown
Accommodation
Night at The Dairy Private  (Queenstown)

Day 13: Flight in Milford Sound 

Transfer to Queenstown Airport for your scenic flight to Milford Sound

• Enjoy panoramic views of spectacular alpine scenery including glaciers, rivers, lakes and rainforest

• Then, cruise the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea for excellent wildlife viewing including seals, dolphins and penguins

• Hop aboard a return flight to Queenstown via a different scenic route

Visited:
Milford SoundQueenstown
Accommodation
Night at The Dairy Private  (Queenstown)

Day 14: Day at leisure in Queenstown

• Spend your final full day relaxing in Queenstown

• Or, drive out to Glenorchy for a true slice of paradise, or to Arrowtown for a look around this quaint historic mining town

• Another option, Wanaka is a lovely lakeside town

Visited:
Queenstown
Accommodation
Night at The Dairy Private  (Queenstown)

Day 15: Depart Queenstown

Return your rental vehicle in Queenstown before departing for your home country


Safe travels!

Visited:
Queenstown

AucklandWaiheke IslandRotoruaNapierNelsonAbel Tasman National ParkBlenheimKaikouraChristchurchQueenstownMilford Sound

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support
  • Trip creation with an expert local agent
  • Car rental

Not included in the price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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