14 Day New Zealand Bays & Boiling Mud Holiday Package
Fantastic value all-inclusive New Zealand self drive holiday package…
Holiday Package Includes:
- 14 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic including Full Insurance (0-18 months old)
- Glass Bottom Boat Tour to Cathedral Cove
- Entry to Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve Rotorua
- Skyline Buffet Dinner and Gondola Package Rotorua
- Interislander Cook Strait Wellington to Picton Ferry
- Abel Tasman Boat Cruise
- Ko Tane Maori Experience Evening with Hangi Dinner and Kiwi House Tour
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is bordered by two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport, explore the city, then make your way to your accommodation.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Day 2 Coromandel Peninsula
Driving time Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 169 km / 105 miles, 2.5 hours
Renowned worldwide as a holiday destination, with white-sand beaches, misty rainforests and wilderness aplenty, Coromandel is the ideal place to unwind.
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula.
Day 3 Coromandel Peninsula
Today, join the Glass Bottom Boat for a unique boat cruise. Depart from the Whitianga Wharf to explore the breathtaking volcanic coastline, including the famous Cathedral Cove. See the stunning Champagne Bay, plus a range of blow holes and sea caves, including Orua’s Sea Cave, the second largest sea cave in New Zealand! See what lies above and below the surface in the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve and be amazed by all the marine life to be seen. You can choose your own level of fun. Either sit back and enjoy the amazing marine life through the glass boat, or take the plunge and snorkel amongst the fish. All equipment supplied and no experience necessary. Blue penguins are a common sight year-round.
Day 4 Rotorua
Driving time Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua 252 km / 157 miles, 3.5 hours
Rotorua is distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity.
This diverse city will put on a display as you stroll through Hells Gate in the afternoon to view a steaming thermal reserve with mud pools, craters, and activities including the chance to try Maori weaving and wood carving.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 5 Rotorua
Relax and explore Rotorua today.
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, or visit the Jelly Belly Shop and Volcanic Hills winery and tasting room.
Day 6 Taupo
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy a short drive south to Taupo, rich in natural beauty and filled with attractions such as the Huka Falls and bungy jumping.
Relax and explore Taupo in the afternoon, with the option to add on a Thrilling Jet Boat Ride or Scenic Floatplane Flight over Lake Taupo.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Day 7 Napier
Driving time Taupo to Napier 141 km / 87 miles, 2 hours
Head to the East Coast and discover Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand, which is also set within the country’s oldest and second largest wine growing region, Hawkes Bay.
Stay 2 nights in Napier.
Day 8 Napier
Relax and explore Napier today. If nature is of interest, add on the Safari Overland to Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony – the world’s largest, most accessible Gannet nesting place.
Day 9 Wellington
Driving time Napier 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.
Stay 1 night in Wellington.
Day 10 Nelson
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours
Driving time Picton to Nelson 156 km / 97 miles, 2 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. Back on dry land, drive through Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region, to reach your destination, Nelson. Enjoying New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours, Nelson is a creative paradise, with galleries, boutique shopping, local markets and gourmet cafes. You will soon love the Nelson way of life.
Stay 1 night in Nelson
Day 11 Abel Tasman
Driving time Nelson to Abel Tasman 47 km / 29 miles, 1 hour
Only a short drive away is the Abel Tasman, renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, rich unmodified estuaries, long sunshine hours and the world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track.
Stay 2 nights in Abel Tasman.
Day 12 Abel Tasman
Today, enjoy a boat cruise into Abel Tasman National Park, where you can relax on the hot golden sand or enjoy a day walk within the park.
Day 13 Hanmer Springs
Driving time Abel Tasman to Hanmer Springs 304 km / 188 miles, 4.5 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 and Spa. Visitors have been travelling to bathe in the rejuvenating hot mineral pools for over 120 years! Relax in open-air thermal public and private pools and de-stress with spa therapies.
Stay 1 night in Hanmer Springs.
Day 14 Christchurch
Driving time Hanmer Springs to Christchurch 133 km / 82 miles, 2 hours
At your leisure, travel to Christchurch today. Relax and explore New Zealand’s Garden City in the afternoon.
In the evening, enjoy a Maori Cultural Experience which includes a guided tour through the kiwi house to see kiwi and other New Zealand wildlife icons. Afterwards, you will be greeted with a traditional Maori welcome and challenge (wero), followed by a tour of the replica Maori village, where you will learn about their history, ancestors and traditions. Before dinner you will experience a traditional Maori performance including the haka and a waiata a ringa. To finish off your evening, enjoy a four course dinner with traditional hangi mains, where food is cooked underground long and slow from stones that are heated in a pit.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Day 15 Depart Christchurch
Drop your rental car off at Christchurch Airport and depart Christchurch.