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.
Driving time Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 169 km / 105 miles, 3 hours
Renowned worldwide as a holiday destination, with white sandy beaches, misty rainforests and wilderness a-plenty, the Coromandel is the ideal place to unwind.
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula.
Today discover the excitement and adventure of the Hahei Explorer boat tour to Cathedral Cove – the most photographed beach in New Zealand. Penguins, seals and dolphins are a big favourite when they take time out of their busy schedule to visit the boat. Visit places only accessible by boat including coastal islands in the marine reserve and spectacular sea caves. When the tide is right you will be taken inside an amazing blowhole 24 metres (80 feet) high – a truly magical place.
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 encounter mud pools, craters and geothermal terraces.
Stay 2 nights in 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 while you 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 salads, seafood and carvery roast meat. The legendary Art of the Grill menu will tempt your taste buds even further. Add to that mouth-watering desserts, and you’ve got yourself a unique dining experience not to be missed. 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.
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy a short drive south to Taupo, rich in natural beauty providing 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.
Driving time Taupo to Napier 140 km / 86 miles, 2 hours
Head to the East Coast and discover Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand within the country’s oldest and second largest wine growing region, the Hawke’s Bay. Relax and explore Napier in the afternoon.
Stay 2 nights in Napier.
Today enjoy a Napier Wine Experience Tour, visiting four world class local wineries for wine tastings and a winery tour with a difference! Includes wine tastings at New Zealand’s oldest winery and New Zealand’s only winery museum.
Driving time Napier to Wellington 328 km / 203 miles, 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.
Relax and enjoy Wellington City for the day. Options include visiting top Wellington attractions such as Te Papa, Weta Workshop, Wellington Cable Car, Mount Victoria Lookout and Wellington Zoo.
If you are a Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit fan, adding a Lord of the Rings Tour is a must!
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, discover the creative paradise that is Nelson, with galleries, boutique shopping, local markets and gourmet cafes, you will soon love the Nelson way of life.
Stay 2 nights in Nelson.
Driving time Nelson to Kaiteriteri 47 km / 29 miles, 1 hour (each way)
Today enjoy a boat cruise into the Abel Tasman National Park where you can relax on the hot golden sand or enjoy a day walk on the Abel Tasman Coast Track.
Driving time Nelson to Greymouth 288 km / 178 miles, 4.5 hours
Travel to the West Coast today. Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast of the South Island with around 31,000 people calling it home. This hardy West Coast town has a history of jade hunting, gold mining and dramatic river floods. The West Coast is know for its rugged beaches and coast, and ‘coasters’ or the locals. They are an independent bunch, who are self-resilient but also friendly and hospitable.
Stay 1 night in Greymouth.
Driving time Greymouth to Franz Josef 170 km / 105 miles, 2.5 hours
Continue south through dense rain forest towards New Zealand’s glaciers.
In the afternoon enjoy a scenic helicopter flight sweeping above Westland National Park as you explore Franz Josef Glacier before landing in the snow to enjoy amazing views of the majestic Southern Alps.
Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.
Driving time Franz Josef to Wanaka 284 km / 176 miles, 4 hours
The change in landscape will amaze you as you travel down the West Coast with peeks of the Tasman Sea. Take the Haast Pass Highway 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.
Enjoy Wanaka by visiting attractions such as Puzzling World, Rippon Vineyard, Cinema Paradiso, the Toy and Transport Museum and the Warbirds and Wheels Museum.
Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 68 km / 42 miles, 1 hour
Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, one of New Zealand’s highest alpine roads, and admire the vistas from fantastic viewing points. Be sure to stop at historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital of the world.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Enjoy a scenic coach journey through heartland New Zealand to reach Milford Sound where you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise. Stare in amazement as Milford Sound will impress! Sheer cliffs, towering snow capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, hanging valleys, sub-tropical rain forests, marine life… words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself! After your cruise relax while your coach travels through stunning scenery delivering you back to your Queenstown accommodation.
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 Dinner. Make a toast to a fantastic holiday as you cruise back to Queenstown.
Driving time Queenstown to Lake Tekapo 252 km / 156 miles, 4 hours
Travel north today to reach Lake Tekapo an amazing turquoise blue lake. Tekapo presents many world class attractions from the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, to scenic flights exploring NZ’s highest mountains and largest glaciers; including Mount Cook, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.
Stay 1 night in Lake Tekapo.
Driving time Lake Tekapo to Christchurch 219 km / 136 miles, 3.5 hours
Journey across the Canterbury Plains today to reach Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City.
In the evening experience the luxury of a 36 seater colonial style dining tram. Enjoy fabulous dining at your private table with a sightseeing tour showcasing Christchurch’s inner city vibrancy and heritage.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Drop your rental car off at Christchurch Airport and depart Christchurch.
© 2019 NZ Travel Organiser
Website by Webstudio