10 Day Aotearoa Highlights Holiday Package
Discover the best of Aotearoa – the “land of the long white cloud” – with this fantastic New Zealand holiday package. Book now for an unforgettable holiday experience!
Holiday Package Deal Includes:
- 10 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic including Full Insurance (0 – 18 months old)
- Entry into Rotorua’s Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve
- Skyline Gondola and Buffet Dinner Combo Rotorua
- Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton Ferry
- Whale Watching Scenic Flight
- Shotover Jet – the world’s most exciting jet boat ride!
- TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruise & Walter Peak High Country Farm Evening Dining
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” and New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland is bordered by two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport, then make your way to your accommodation.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Day 2 Rotorua
Driving time Auckland to Rotorua 235 km / 146 miles, 3.5 hours
Rotorua is distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity.
Stroll through Hells Gate, a steaming thermal reserve. See bubbling mud pools, steaming craters, and hot springs, and even try Maori weaving and wood carving!
In the evening enjoy dinner at Rotorua’s most spectacular location – Skyline Restaurant. Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold on your journey to the Skyline complex. The Skyline Restaurant will then serve you a mouthwatering taste of New Zealand, a buffet of legendary proportions. Feast on mouth-watering fresh soups, salads and seafood specialties such as mussels, queen scallops, sushi and sashimi. Enjoy carvery roasts of beef, lamb or pork with specialty sauces to match, with live cooking from your friendly chefs. The legendary Art of the Grill menu will tempt your taste buds even further, with a selection of fillet steak, prawn and Morten Bay Bugs – all cooked on the grill to your liking. Add to that a range of sumptuous desserts, and you’ve got yourself a unique dining experience not to be missed. Tiered seating guarantees stunning views from every table! After dinner, enjoy the scenic ride back down on the gondola. At the top of the gondola you also have the option to add on a thrilling Luge Ride, enjoy nature walks, and visit the Jelly Belly Shop and Volcanic Hills winery and tasting room.
Stay 1 night in Rotorua.
Day 3 Taupo
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy the short drive south to Taupo, a township rich in natural beauty and filled with attractions such as the Huka Falls, incredible bush walks, relaxing boat cruises, and bungy jumping.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Day 4 Wellington
Driving time Taupo to Wellington 375 km / 233 miles, 4.5 hours
Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, has so much to offer. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour, surrounded by rolling hills, it’s a city rich in culture waiting to be explored. From shopping and picturesque walks to live theatre, exhibitions, Te Papa Tongarewa: the Museum of New Zealand, and more – Wellington has something for everyone.
Stay 1 night in Wellington.
Day 5 Kaikoura
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours
Driving time Picton to Kaikoura 156 km / 97 miles, 2.5 hours
It’s all about the journey today as you board the Interislander Cook Strait Ferry, which will transport you on a scenic cruise to Picton. Enjoy the coastal drive along the East Coast to Kaikoura.
In the afternoon, experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with a Whale Watch Scenic Flight to view the majestic Sperm Whales off the Kaikoura Coast.
Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.
Day 6 Hanmer Springs
Driving time Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs 134 km / 83 miles, 1.5 hours
Travel on to Hanmer Springs, a year-round holiday destination offering a variety of outdoor activities and of course the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. Visitors have been travelling to bathe in the rejuvenating mineral pools for over 120 years! Relax in open-air thermal pools and de-stress with spa therapies.
Stay 1 night in Hanmer Springs.
Day 7 Lake Tekapo
Driving time Hanmer Springs to Lake Tekapo 357 km / 222 miles, 4.5 hours
Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and inland towards the Southern Alps to reach Lake Tekapo, an amazing turquoise lake. Lake Tekapo presents many world class vacation attractions, from the famous Church of the Good Shepherd and Tekapo Springs to scenic flights exploring NZ’s highest mountains and largest glaciers, including Mt Cook, Tasman Glacier, and Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.
Stay 1 night in Lake Tekapo.
Day 8 Queenstown
Driving time Lake Tekapo to Queenstown 254 km / 158 miles, 3 hours
Venture past Lake Pukaki, a picturesque turquoise glacial lake, before you travel through the dramatic Lindis Pass which links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. Queenstown awaits you, New Zealand’s adventure capital and top vacation destination.
Enjoy a relaxing evening cruise on the TSS Earnslaw. The historic steamship will take you across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station for a gourmet BBQ dinner followed by a farm tour. Cruise back to Queenstown as the sun sets over the mountains and lake.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Day 9 Queenstown
Today, get ready for the world’s most exciting jet boat ride with Shotover Jet!
Relax and explore Queenstown for the afternoon.
Day 10 Queenstown
Choose from an exciting range of optional activities including rafting, scenic flights, 4WD safaris, winery tours, lake cruises and more. Ask about our fantastic package deals.
Day 11 Depart Queenstown
Drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.