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Luxury New Zealand self-drive

17 days from £14,365pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

    Places visited:

  • Auckland
  • Taupo
  • Napier & Hawkes Bay
  • Wellington
  • Blenheim
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown
  • Glenorchy
  • Stay in some of the most luxurious accommodation in New Zealand.

  • Enjoy a gourmet wine tour in the Marlborough region.

  • Experience a stunning helicopter trip over Fiordland National Park and the Southern Lakes region, including a snow landing on the return journey.

Audley Travel specialist Lucy

What our specialists say...

This trip is designed for those who want to sample some of New Zealand's delights from the comfort of absolute luxury accommodation. Starting in Auckland you travel south through the diverse landscapes of the North Island, from the steaming thermal centre of Rotorua and Taupo, to the rolling hills of the Hawke's Bay wine producing region. You then jump to the South Island and experience a Marlborough wine tour before heading south to the garden city of Christchurch. From here you head to the Southern Lakes region, basing yourself near Queenstown and venturing out to see some of the most beautiful scenery that this country has to offer around Fiordland National Park.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Auckland
  • Taupo
  • Napier & Hawkes Bay
  • Wellington
  • Blenheim
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown
  • Glenorchy
  • Queenstown

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Auckland.

Day 2 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

On-board your international outbound flight to Auckland.

Day 3 Auckland

Auckland

You will be met upon arrival in Auckland and privately transferred to your accommodation where you will stay for two nights. The day is at leisure to explore the city.

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Day 4 Auckland

Auckland

Enjoy a day at leisure in Auckland. You may like to take a stroll down Queen Street, the main shopping area, or enjoy a boat trip out onto the harbour.

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Day 5 Taupo

Auckland , Taupo

You collect your hire car from the city car depot and head south to Lake Taupo. We recommend making a stop in Rotorua for lunch.

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Day 6 Taupo

Taupo

You have today at leisure in Lake Taupo. This is the thermal centre of New Zealand - here you can see bubbling mud-pools, steaming lakes and impressive geysers.

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Day 7 Napier & Hawkes Bay

Taupo , Napier & Hawkes Bay

Make your way east to Napier today, at the heart of the Hawke's Bay region where you will stay for two nights.

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Day 8 Napier & Hawkes Bay

Napier & Hawkes Bay

Today you have a day at leisure in Napier. Hawke's Bay is famous not only for its wine production but also for the outstanding examples of Art Deco architecture in Napier. Guided tours can be arranged for either of these interests.

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Day 9 Blenheim

Napier & Hawkes Bay , Wellington , Blenheim

Today make your way to the airport and drop your vehicle at the airport car depot in time for your short flight to Blenheim, via Wellington. In Blenheim please collect another vehicle at the airport and make your way to your accommodation where you will stay for two nights.

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Day 10 Blenheim

Blenheim

Blenheim and the Marlborough region is New Zealand's most renowned for wine production. Known for its rich volcanic soil, the Sauvignon Blanc made here is considered some of the best in the world. You will spend the day on a gourmet tour of the area's best wineries, learning of the area's history and development of its wine production.

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Day 11 Christchurch

Blenheim , Christchurch

Today you make your way south to Christchurch. This is a lovely garden city and many of the main attractions are close to each other in the city centre.

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Day 12 Christchurch

Christchurch

Spend today at your leisure. Although Christchurch is still undergoing reconstruction from an earthquake in 2011, there is still loads to see and do. Enjoy a walk through Hagley Park on your way to the Central Business District, where you'll find an abundance of shops and restaurants.

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Day 13 Glenorchy

Christchurch , Queenstown , Glenorchy

Today make your way to the airport and drop your vehicle in time for your flight to Queenstown. On arrival you collect a car and drive to the beautiful setting of Blanket Bay lodge in Glenorchy.

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Day 14 Glenorchy

Glenorchy

Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience today with a scenic helicopter flight over Milford Sound and the surrounding scenery of Fiordland National Park.

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Day 15 Glenorchy

Glenorchy

Get ready for a day of exhilarating day of fun! You will be collected from your hotel in the morning and begin your day on the Dart River. You will head up the river in a jet boat and after a leisurely walk through the forest then you will kayak back down the Dart River.

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Day 16 International return flight

Glenorchy , Queenstown , International return flight

Make your way back to Queenstown today for your flight to Auckland. Later join your onward flight to return home.

Day 17 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Matt
Audley Travel specialist Holly

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The specialist who designs your trip to New Zealand will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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