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Road to Fox Glacier, South Island

Classic New Zealand self-drive tour

23 days from CAD11,965pp

Road to Fox Glacier, South Island
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Tour highlights

  • Explore the beaches, caves and Maori sites of the Coromandel Peninsula.

  • Hike around the mountain town of Wanaka.

  • Enjoy a scenic nature cruise on Doubtful Sound.

  • Kayak on the beautiful and quiet Mueller Glacier Lake.

Price includes:

  • Fully insured vehicle rental
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • On arriving in Auckland you're welcomed by an Audley representative and transferred by private vehicle to your accommodation in the central city. The rest of the day is at leisure. Relax after your flight, or start exploring the city by taking a trip up the Sky Tower for 360-degree views over the city and harbours.

  • Enjoy a day at leisure around Auckland. We recommend taking a stroll along the waterfront and enjoying a bite to eat at one of the cafés on Viaduct Harbour. In the afternoon, you might like to take a Maori guided tour of One Tree Hill, an important cultural site for both Maori and New Zealanders alike, which also offers great views over Auckland. Alternatively, make the short ferry trip to bucolic Waiheke Island and visit its many wineries.

  • Today, collect your hire car from the downtown depot and make your way to the Coromandel Peninsula. You can take the shorter drive, crossing the flat plains of the northern Waikato region and arriving at your accommodation in around two and a half hours. You could also, if you wish, take the more scenic five hour route. Sections of it hug the coast, and you'll have great views of the Pinnacles mountain range. Stay three nights in the Coromandel Peninsula.

  • Today you explore the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula with one of our best-loved guides, Kiwi Dundee. The guides will take you around the peninsula as part of a small group, showing you sights such as historic gold-mining caves, Maori sites, and Hot Water Beach (tide permitting). You'll enjoy a picnic lunch on this full day tour, and be dropped back at your accommodation at the end of the day.

  • This morning paddle out to Cathedral Cove in a kayak to take in the beautiful islands and beaches that surround the area. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the peninsula.

  • Depart the Coromandel Peninsula this morning and make your way to Rotorua, where you will spend the next three nights. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the geothermal region.

  • Head out for a full day walk around Mount Tarawera, a mountain that erupted in 1886 and destroyed the pink terraces and the Waimangu Valley. You will learn about the mountain's significance to the local Maori and how it impacted the area after its eruption.

  • Spend the first half of the day riding a mountain bike through the highlands around Rotorua with an experienced guide. In the afternoon, make your way to the Rainbow Springs Wildlife and Nature Park, where you will get to learn about the local kiwi bird and go behind the scenes to potentially see a kiwi up close and personal.

  • Today make your way to Rotorua airport in time for your onward flight to Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. The rest of the day is free to explore at leisure. We can arrange a night tour of Zealandia, a wildlife reserve where you might spot the elusive kiwi as dusk falls.

  • Today is yours to explore New Zealand's capital under your own steam. We highly recommend spending several hours in the national museum, Te Papa, where you have the opportunity to learn a little more about New Zealand's history and Maori culture. The museum features an excellent Maori meeting house and even a reconstruction of natural wonders such as a glowworm cave.

  • Spend half of your day walking around discovering the capital's café culture. During your tour you will get to taste local honey, fresh produce and rich coffee with your guide. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the city.

  • Make your own way to the ferry terminal this morning for your Interislander ferry journey to the South Island. This is a stunning journey that will take you through the Marlborough Sounds and you will be rewarded with some fabulous photo opportunities en route. The crossing lasts around three hours. Pick up a hire car upon arrival and make your way south to the coastal town of Kaikoura. Spend two nights in a glass building, called a PurePod that is located in the middle of a farm, allowing you to get away from the crowds and into nature.

  • Today is at leisure to explore the coastal town of Kaikoura. We recommend hiking through the Kaikoura Mountain Ranges or taking a whale watching tour out into the Pacific Ocean.

  • Early this morning, depart Kaikoura and head southwest into the Southern Alps. You will arrive in Lake Tekapo, where you will spend the next three nights. After your drive, you have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

  • Today make your way to Mount Cook Village for your full day kayaking tour. You will get to hike through the beautiful mountains before arriving at Mueller Lake, where you will kayak right up to glaciers. Spend the afternoon exploring the glaciers on foot before returning to Lake Tekapo for the night.

  • Spend the day exploring the Mackenzie Valley region. We recommend going for a leisurely hike or hiring a bike and riding a portion of the Alps to Ocean Trail.

  • Today you drive through the stunning Southern Alps to Wanaka. This journey will take you through hill lands and mountains, and along the southern edge of Mount Aspiring National Park. There are lots of short walks and scenic viewpoints along the way. Spend three nights in the scenic town of Wanaka.

  • This morning depart from the marina of Lake Wanaka and take a 20-minute boat ride to the small island of Mou Waho, where you will take a hike to the top. Here you will try and spot the local weka bird while taking in the panoramic mountain and lake views. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore Puzzling World.

  • Spend today at leisure in Lake Wanaka. There are some excellent short and more strenuous walking trails here. Adrenaline-seekers will also find much to enjoy: jet boat rides, paragliding, white-water rafting and rock climbing. Wanaka also has fine restaurants, bars and cafés, some with a view over the willow-lined lake.

  • Drive from Wanaka to Te Anau, where you will spend the next three nights. The rest of the day is at leisure to hike around the lakes of the region or to visit the Glowworm Caves.

  • Depart this morning from Te Anau and take a ferry across Lake Manapouri to West Arm, a small marina next to the Manapouri Power Station. Here you will board another coach to cross Wilmot Pass before meeting your Doubtful Sound cruise. Spend about two hours cruising the fiord trying to spot marine wildlife and taking in the surrounding landscape before making the journey home.

  • Wake early this morning to depart for your half day fishing tour. You will hop onto a jetboat and cruise to a popular fishing spot, to try and catch rainbow and brown trout after being instructed on best fishing practises. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax at your accommodation.

  • This morning, you will drive from Te Anau to Queenstown in time for your onward flight home.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Auckland
 
Coromandel Peninsula
 
Rotorua
 
Wellington
 
Picton
 
Kaikoura
 
Lake Tekapo
 
Mount Cook National Park
 
Lake Wanaka
 
Te Anau & Manapouri
 

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