14 Day New Zealand Encounter Family Holiday Package
This 14 day New Zealand family vacation package is the perfect self-drive option for an unforgettable New Zealand family vacation. This is a great way for you and your family to visit some of New Zealand’s best vacation spots and top destinations. With fun activities to entertain the kids, and the planning stress taken away, this vacation package will offer a unique family vacation.
Family Holiday Package Includes:
- 14 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Hyundai Sonata Sedan or similar automatic including Full Insurance (0-18 months old)
- Glass Bottom Boat Tour to Cathedral Cove
- Entry to Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve Rotorua
- Skyline Buffet Lunch and Gondola Package Rotorua
- Interislander Cook Strait Wellington to Picton Ferry
- Christchurch Gondola, Tramway, Punting and Botanical Gardens 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 warm white-sand beaches, misty rainforests and wilderness aplenty, the Coromandel is the ideal place to relax and 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
Enjoy the scenic drive to Rotorua, 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
Today, visit Rotorua’s Skyline Gondola. The Skyline Rotorua complex is situated just minutes from central Rotorua, high up Mt Ngongotaha. To begin your Skyline adventure, take a leisurely uphill gondola ride and enjoy the extensive views of Rotorua, the surrounding lakes and geothermal areas. At the top, enjoy the famous Skyline Buffet and feast on delicious New Zealand fare for lunch, served up with the best views in town! 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.
Day 6 Taupo
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy the 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 2 nights in Wellington.
Day 10 Wellington
Relax and explore Wellington today – from shopping and picturesque walks to exhibitions, festivals, Te Papa Tongarewa: the Museum of New Zealand, and more – Wellington has something for the whole family.
Day 11 Kaikoura
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours
Driving time Picton to Kaikoura 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. Enjoy the coastal drive along the South Island’s east coast to Kaikoura.
Kaikoura is a stunning coastal township offering a backdrop of majestic mountains. As an important fishing port, Kaikoura is a mecca for seafood lovers. Local specialties include blue cod, paua (abalone) and of course crayfish (lobster).
Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.
Day 12 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 13 Christchurch
Driving time Hanmer Springs to Christchurch 134 km / 83 miles, 2 hours
Today, experience two of the four Christchurch must-do activities! Christchurch Tramway and the Botanical Gardens Tour.
Tramway – Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on board the beautifully restored heritage Trams. Your day-long ticket allows you to hop on and off the Tram as much as you please.
Botanical Gardens Tour: A visit to Christchurch is not complete until you visit the historic Botanical Gardens. Climb aboard an all-weather electric vehicle and tour in comfort.
Stay 2 nights in Christchurch.
Day 14 Christchurch
Today, experience Punting on the Avon and the Christchurch Gondola.
Punting on the Avon River – Relax among the velvet cushions as your punter takes you down the river for 30 minutes on one of two routes – City or Park.
Gondola – Soar suspended above the suburbs as birds fly beneath your cabin. The Christchurch Gondola whisks you nearly a kilometre to the Crater Rim. Revive your spirits with a snack at the Red Rock Cafe, and browse what is on offer in the shop.
Day 15 Depart Christchurch
Drop your rental car off at Christchurch Airport and depart Christchurch.