21 Day New Zealand Wild West Holiday Package
Explore New Zealand with this fantastic all-inclusive New Zealand self drive tour package …
New Zealand Self Drive Tour Package Includes:
- 21 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic including Full Insurance (0 – 18 months old)
- Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise or Hole in the Rock Cruise
- Entry into Rotorua’s Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve
- Te Puia Te Po Maori Evening Experience including Hangi Dinner
- Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton Ferry
- Abel Tasman Boat Cruise
- Scenic Helicopter Flight over Franz Josef Glacier with snow landing
- Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour
- Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
- Shotover Jet – the world’s most exciting jet boat ride!
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, explore the city, then make your way to your accommodation.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Day 2 Bay of Islands
Driving time Auckland to Bay of Islands 219 km / 136 miles, 4 hours
Drive to the Bay of Islands, renowned for its 144 Islands and surreal maritime park where you will find an abundance of marine life that includes whales, penguins and dolphins. Relax on one of the many warm secluded beaches.
In the afternoon, enjoy a Dolphin Discovery Cruise or a Hole in the Rock Cruise.
Stay 2 nights in Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Day 3 Bay of Islands
Option today to experience Maori culture by visiting Waitangi’s treaty house and national marae (meeting house), or venture off-road to Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach.
Day 4 Auckland
Driving time Bay of Islands to Auckland 219 km / 136 miles, 4 hours
Journey back to Auckland at your leisure. In the afternoon, visit city attractions such as the Sky Tower and Viaduct Harbour.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Day 5 Coromandel Peninsula
Driving time Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 178 km / 110 miles, 3 hours
Renowned worldwide as a holiday destination, with white-sand beaches, misty rainforest and wilderness aplenty, the Coromandel is the ideal place to unwind.
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula.
Day 6 Coromandel Peninsula
Today, dig your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach, add on a sea kayak tour to explore the world famous Cathedral Cove, or enjoy other marine eco adventures.
Day 7 Rotorua
Driving time Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua 252 km / 157 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!
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 8 Rotorua
Explore Rotorua, with the option to add on a New Zealand RiverJet ride for a fantastic geothermal jet boat safari.
In the evening, enjoy a traditional Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner.
Day 9 New Plymouth
Driving time Rotorua to New Plymouth 298 km / 185 miles, 3.5 hours
As a popular tourist destination, New Plymouth is well-known for its black sand surf beaches which offer some of the best surfing in the country. Other attributes include Mount Taranaki and the Egmont National Park, a Mecca for trampers. In contrast with the outdoors lifestyle, New Plymouth also has an artistic side, as it is home to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, NZ’s only contemporary art museum with a permanent collection.
Stay 1 night in New Plymouth.
Day 10 Wellington
Driving time New Plymouth to Wellington 351 km / 218 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 exhibitions, festivals, Te Papa Tongarewa: the Museum of New Zealand, and more – Wellington has something for everyone.
Stay 1 night in Wellington.
Day 11 Abel Tasman
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours
Driving time Picton to Abel Tasman 181 km / 112 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. Back on dry land, drive through Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region, to reach the Abel Tasman. Abel Tasman is 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
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 Hokitika
Driving time Abel Tasman to Hokitika 377 km / 243 miles, 5 hours
Discover the rugged West Coast as you travel to Hokitika, famous for its arts and crafts. Watch a masterpiece being crafted from gold, silver, molten glass, bone, silk or greywacke or carve your own creation from wood or jade (pounamu). Take in Hokitika’s natural beauty, enjoy its expansive beach, or venture down one of the many walking and mountain biking tracks.
Stay 1 night in Hokitika.
Day 14 Franz Josef
Driving time Hokitika to Franz Josef 136 km / 85 miles, 2.5 hours
Continue south through dense rainforest towards New Zealand’s most famous glaciers. Stay at Franz Josef Glacier township.
In the afternoon, take a 20 minute scenic helicopter flight sweeping above Westland National Park as you explore Franz Josef Glacier before landing in the snow to enjoy exceptional views of the majestic Southern Alps.
Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.
Day 15 Wanaka
Driving time Franz Josef to Wanaka 285 km / 177 miles, 4 hours
The change in landscape will amaze you as you travel down the West Coast, with glimpses of the Tasman Sea showing beneath rugged cliffs. Take the Haast Pass Highway inland and admire waterfalls and many viewing points and short walks along the way before reaching Wanaka, an alpine paradise with views so good it’s hard to put down your camera.
Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.
Day 16 Wanaka
Relax and explore Wanaka – you may want to visit Puzzling World, Wanaka’s illusional attraction, or the National Toy and Transport Museum. Other options include strolling along one of Wanaka’s stunning walking tracks, relaxing on the lake’s edge or browsing through Wanaka’s boutique shops.
You could also visit Rippon Vineyard and Tasting Room to sample local wines, or catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre.
Day 17 Te Anau
Driving time Wanaka to Te Anau 230 km / 143 miles, 3 hours
Travel to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland.
In the afternoon, explore a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Your Te Anau Glowworm Cave adventure begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Te Anau on board the catamaran Luminosa to the western side of the lake. On arrival, there is time to view the interesting displays at Cavern House before your friendly guides accompany you underground in small groups. As you explore by path and small boat, your senses will be overwhelmed. In this mysterious underground world, discover fossils and rock formations, and view rushing waterfalls and whirlpools. Learn how the caves are still being carved out by the incredible and relentless power of nature before gliding through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto. The delicate incandescence of thousands of tiny glowworms is a magical sight!
Stay 2 nights in Te Anau.
Day 18 Te Anau > Doubtful Sound
Driving time Te Anau to Manapouri 21 km / 13 miles, 20 minutes
Sailing/Driving time Manapouri to Doubtful Sound (return trip) 8 hours
Located deep in the heart of a World Heritage Area, Doubtful Sound is an overwhelming place. You can feel the power of nature here – the remoteness, the wilderness and the peace. Enjoy a full day Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise including a boat cruise on Lake Manapouri, scenic coach over Wilmot Pass, and a full three hour Doubtful Sound Cruise. Keep a look out for bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.
Day 19 Queenstown
Driving time Te Anau to Queenstown 174 km / 108 miles, 2.5 hours
Enjoy the stunning scenery on your way to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital of the world. Get settled into your Queenstown accommodation and then explore downtown Queenstown.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Day 20 Queenstown
Today, get ready for the world’s most exciting jet boat ride with Shotover Jet! It’s a thrilling ride as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breathtaking speeds.
In the afternoon, choose from scenic flights, 4WD safaris, winery tours, lake cruises and more.
Day 21 Queenstown
Make the most of your last night in Queenstown and add on an enjoyable cruise on Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu to reach Walter Peak High Country Station for a gourmet BBQ dinner. Make a toast to a fantastic holiday as you cruise back to Queenstown.
Day 22 Depart Queenstown
Drop off your rental car at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.