Fantastic value all inclusive New Zealand Self Drive Tour Holiday Package…
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.
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 can see an abundance of marine life including whales, penguins and dolphins. Relax on one of the many warm secluded beaches.
Stay 3 nights in Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Today you have the option 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.
Relax on a beach today, or explore the town of Paihia.
Driving time Bay of Islands to Auckland 219 km / 136 miles, 4 hours
Return to Auckland and spend the afternoon exploring the city. You have the option to see what it’s like crewing an actual America’s Cup yacht, or explore the city and surrounding countryside on an immersive Fine Wine and Food tour.
Stay 1 night in Auckland.
Driving time Auckland to Matamata 159 km / 98 miles, 2.5 hours
Make your way to Matamata to discover the real Middle-Earth on the most picturesque private farmland. Near Matamata, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings films in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt and will remain as it was seen in the films. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. You can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or a light meal in The Shires Rest Cafe.
Driving time Matamata to Rotorua 68 km / 42 miles, 1 hour
After your Hobbiton adventure, enjoy the scenic drive to 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. 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.
In the evening, enjoy a traditional Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner.
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 surfing 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; the city is home to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, NZ’s only contemporary art museum with a permanent collection.
Stay 2 nights in New Plymouth.
Explore New Plymouth’s beaches, famous walkways and unique city.
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 2 nights in Wellington.
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours
Driving time Picton to Nelson 141 km / 88 miles, 1.45 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 Nelson. Enjoying New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours, Nelson is a creative paradise, with galleries, boutique shopping, local markets and gourmet cafes all packed into the cute downtown walking mall.
Stay 3 nights in Nelson.
Driving time Nelson to Abel Tasman 65 km /40 miles, 1.5 hours (each way)
Only a short drive away is Abel Tasman, renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, rich unmodified estuaries, long sunshine hours and the world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. Take a boat cruise into Abel Tasman National Park, where you can relax on the hot golden sand, enjoy a day walk, or simply remain aboard for a return boat cruise. Soak in the natural beauty and enjoy!
Driving time Nelson to Hokitika 325 km / 201 miles, 4.5 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.
Driving time Hokitika to Franz Josef 136 km / 85 miles, 2 hours
Continue south through dense rainforest towards New Zealand’s most famous glaciers. Stay at Franz Josef Glacier township.
Take an unforgettable 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.
Driving time Franz Josef to Wanaka 285 km / 177 miles, 4 hours
Continue down the West Coast. You may want to stop at Fox Glacier (signposted 10 minutes past Fox Glacier township), where you can take a 1-hour walk to a viewing point over the glacier.
The change in landscape will amaze you as you make your way farther south, with glimpses of the Tasman Sea showing beneath rugged cliffs. Take the Haast Pass Highway inland, and admire waterfalls, glaciers, and the crystal-clear river flowing beside the highway. There are many viewing points and short walks along the way, which will help break up the journey. Eventually you will arrive in Wanaka, an alpine paradise with views so good it’s hard to put down your camera.
Stay 2 nights in 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.
Driving time Wanaka to Te Anau 230 km / 143 miles, 3 hours
Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, following New Zealand’s highest state highway, and admire the fantastic views along the way. Continue on past Lake Wakatipu as you make your way into the heart of New Zealand, where you will find the town of Te Anau sitting beside a spectacular lake. As the gateway to Fiordland National Park, Te Anau feels like the last bastion of civilisation before you are entirely surrounded by wilderness.
Stay 2 nights in Te Anau.
Driving time Te Anau to Milford Sound 116 km / 72 miles, 2.5 hours
Embark on a scenic journey along the Milford Road, one of the finest alpine drives in the world. The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad, grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. No other road in Fiordland offers such a diverse glimpse into New Zealand’s alpine zone.Upon reaching Milford Sound, you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise, offering a close-up experience of Milford Sound’s rainforest, soaring rock walls, towering snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, hanging valleys and wildlife… words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself!
Driving time Te Anau to Invercargill 153 km / 94 miles, 2.5 hours
Flight time Invercargill to Stewart Island 36 km / 22 miles, 30 minutes
Travel to Invercargill, where you will catch a scenic flight to Stewart Island, New Zealand’s ultimate eco-tourism destination. Its densely forested hills bordered by untouched coastline of rocky outcrops and creamy golden-sand beaches make Stewart Island a haven for native marine and bird life.
Stay 2 nights on Stewart Island.
Relax and enjoy Stewart Island for the day.
Flight time Stewart Island to Invercargill 36 km / 22 miles, 30 minutes
Take in the stunning vistas on your way to Invercargill, well known for its southern hospitality. Visit art galleries and museums, or get close to nature and walk the paths and tracks through Queens Park.
Stay 1 night in Invercargill.
Driving time Invercargill to Dunedin 210 km / 130 miles, 3 hours
Discover the Catlins Coast, an attraction in itself, whilst travelling to Dunedin, one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the southern hemisphere. Dunedin offers a diverse range of experiences including the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, the Speight’s Brewery, Larnach Castle and of course the stunning Otago Peninsula.
Stay 3 nights in Dunedin.
Today, join the Taieri Gorge Railway for one of the world’s great train trips, an experience not to be missed. Departing from Dunedin’s beautiful railway station, the Taieri Gorge Railway begins its scenic journey into some of New Zealand’s most rugged, ever-changing scenery. The train travels into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep canyon carved out over aeons by the ancient Taieri River, and negotiates the gorge with ease as it travels through ten tunnels and over countless bridges and viaducts.
Explore the city of Dunedin today, visiting attractions of interest.
Driving time Dunedin to Queenstown 286 km / 178 miles, 3.5 hours
Drive through historic Central Otago – past farmland, orchards, and vineyards – to reach Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. Explore downtown or even take a ride on the gondola to get a great perspective of Queenstown and it’s stunning views.
Stay 4 nights in Queenstown.
Get ready for the world’s most exciting jet boat ride! You’ll twist and turn through the narrow canyons of the Shotover River at breathtaking speeds on your Shotover Jet.
Relax and enjoy Queenstown for the afternoon.
For a more relaxing day, you can get a taste of the Queenstown region on a Central Otago wine tour.
To end your day, take an evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw followed by dining at the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak – the perfect way to celebrate a fantastic holiday!
Drop off your rental car at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.
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