21 Day New Zealand North to South Holiday Package
Fantastic value all-inclusive New Zealand Self Drive Holiday Package…
New Zealand Holiday 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
- Skyline Gondola and Buffet Dinner Combo Rotorua
- Taste of Taupo Scenic Floatplane Flight
- Interislander Cook Strait Wellington to Picton Ferry
- Christchurch Gondola, Tramway, Punting and Botanical Gardens Tour
- Te Anau Glowworm Tour
- Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
- TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruise, High Country Farm Tour & Gourmet BBQ Lunch
- Full Day Central Otago Gourmet Wine Tour
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, 3 hours
Drive to the Bay of Islands, renowned for its 144 islands and surreal maritime park where you can see an abundance of marine life including whales, penguins and dolphins.
In the afternoon, enjoy a Dolphin Discovery Cruise or 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, 3 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, 2.5 hours
Renowned worldwide as a holiday destination, with white-sand beaches, misty rainforests and wilderness aplenty, the Coromandel is the ideal place to unwind.
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.
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
Journey south and enjoy the diverse scenery before arriving in Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity.
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 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 8 Rotorua
Stroll through Hells Gate, a steaming thermal reserve. See bubbling mud pools and hot springs, and even try Maori weaving and wood carving!
In the evening, option to add on a traditional Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner.
Day 9 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.
In the afternoon, enjoy a Taste of Taupo Scenic Floatplane Flight, with highlights that include flying over the Craters of the Moon.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Day 10 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 exhibitions, festivals, Te Papa Tongarewa: the Museum of New Zealand, and more – Wellington has something for everyone.
Stay 2 nights in Wellington.
Day 11 Wellington
Option to add on a Lord of the Rings Tour.
Day 12 Blenheim
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours
Driving time Picton to Blenheim 28 km / 17 miles, 30 minutes
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. Once in Picton take a look around this seaside village, then take the short drive through to Blenheim, Marlborough.
Recognised internationally for its distinctive, herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest winemaking region, home to about 65 wineries, 290 grape growers, and over 4,000 hectares planted in grapes—mainly Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. Visit cellar doors at your leisure to sample or buy the delicious local wines.
Stay 1 night in Blenheim.
Day 13 Hanmer Springs
Driving time Blenheim to Hanmer Springs 338 km / 210 miles, 5 hours
Travel on to Hanmer Springs, a year round holiday destination offering a variety of outdoor activities, great cafes and of course the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & 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 134 km / 72 miles, 2.5 hours
Continue south to Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City.
In the afternoon, start your Christchurch experience and choose three of your Christchurch activities to do. These activities include the Christchurch Gondola, Tramway, Punting on the Avon River and the Botanical Gardens Tour.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Day 15 Mount Cook
Enjoy your last Christchurch activity today.
Driving time Christchurch to Mount Cook Village 332 km / 206 miles, 4.5 hours
Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and inland towards the majestic Southern Alps. Cross the barren Mackenzie Country to reach the glacial lakes at the foot of the Alps. In the afternoon, you have the option to add on a Scenic Helicopter Flight with snow landing.
Stay 1 night in Mount Cook.
Day 16 Wanaka
Driving time Mount Cook Village to Wanaka 206 km / 128 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. Wanaka awaits you, boasting panoramic views, a relaxing atmosphere and myriad walking tracks.
Stay 1 night in Wanaka.
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, a scenic coach over Wilmot Pass, and a full three hour Doubtful Sound Cruise. Keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.
Day 19 Queenstown
Driving time Te Anau to Queenstown 171 km / 106 miles, 2.5 hours
Drive past the stunning Lake Wakatipu to reach Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. Get settled into your accommodation and explore downtown Queenstown.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Day 20 Queenstown
Today, enjoy the TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Gourmet Lunch. Your experience starts with a cruise across Lake Wakatipu in the 100 year old steamship, the TSS Earnslaw. Disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm to enjoy a gourmet BBQ lunch. An entertaining after-lunch farm show provides a glimpse into high country farming life. On your return cruise to Queenstown, relax with a drink from the bar or join a fun sing-along with the ship’s pianist.
Day 21 Queenstown
Today, experience a full day Gourmet Wine Tour around Central Otago.
Enjoy a relaxed day of fine cuisine and good company, sampling local cheeses and tasting premium cool-climate wines in one of the world’s great Pinot Noir wine regions.
- Visit 5 vineyards over 2 wine sub-regions (Gibbston and the Cromwell/Bannockburn basin)
- A delightful gourmet vineyard platter lunch
- Match a complimentary glass of premium wine with your lunch
- A unique tasting in Australasia’s largest underground wine cave
- Tasting local cheeses at a local vineyard
- Visit Old Cromwell Town (time and weather permitting)
- A stunning drive through the Kawarau Gorge whilst learning about the early pioneering history of this rugged region
- View the historic Kawarau Bridge and original AJ Hackett Bungy
- Pick up and drop off from Central Queenstown Hotels/Accommodation
- Complimentary bottled mineral water
- Comfortable air-conditioned vehicles
Day 22 Depart Queenstown
Drop off your rental car at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.