This shorter itinerary is ideal for those who want a taste of all New Zealand has to offer within the space of two weeks. The trip is designed to cover a wide variety of scenery and experiences, from thermal reserves and vibrant cities in the North Island to dramatic mountain scenery and impressive wildlife in the South Island, whilst still allowing you time to enjoy your beautiful surroundings. You’ll travel by car, plane, ferry and train: driving in New Zealand is straightforward and always scenic, and you’ll also have the opportunity to take the TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps.
Explore the thermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Journey through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds.
Enjoy a memorable journey on board the TranzAlpine train.
Take a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River.
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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
Upon arrival in Auckland you will be welcomed by one of our representatives and transferred by private vehicle to your accommodation. We will also have arranged for a set of documents to await you, which will include a detailed driving atlas and local information guides. After you have settled into your hotel room, venture out into Auckland to begin exploring New Zealand's largest city under your own steam. Take a boat ride around the harbour, or visit the city's many shops and museums. This evening, we recommend making your way to the harbour area which has an abundance of bars and restaurants.
Day 4 Rotorua
This morning enjoy a half day small group Auckland highlights tour, which is a fantastic introduction to both the city and New Zealand. You then collect your car and make the three hour drive south to Rotorua. We'll have organised your car to be ready at your closest depot at a convenient time for you. All insurances are included in your car hire package and a sat-nav is also available on request. The drive to Rotorua takes around four hours and it's a straightforward, scenic drive. Following the motorway south out of the city, you'll drive through flat pasture lands, then a forested plateau before arriving at Lake Rotorua.
Day 5 Rotorua
Day 6 Rotorua
Day 7 Blenheim
Day 8 Blenheim
Day 9 Kaikoura
Day 10 Christchurch
Day 11 Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
Take a taxi to the train station this morning where you board the TranzAlpine train. This three hour scenic journey takes you across the Southern Alps through Arthur's Pass National Park to South Island's west coast. Upon arrival in Greymouth you collect your hire car from the train station and take a leisurely drive down to the Glaciers. We can highly recommend stopping en route at the small town of Hokitika for lunch. The drive to Franz Josef takes around three hours.
Day 12 Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
Today you will enjoy a fabulous heli hike on the Franz Josef glacier. You will be flown up over the glacier before landing where you will put on your crampons and your guide will pick out a path with his pick axe, enabling him to show you the best ice formations on the glacier that day. Your helicopter will collect you and fly you back down to the township where you have access to the relaxing hot pools for the afternoon.
Day 13 Queenstown
This morning, you will drive south to Queenstown. On the way, there are plenty of short walks to take in the Haast Pass and scenic spots to enjoy. Stop off for the afternoon in Wanaka, a beautiful lakeside town surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Then take the road over the Cardrona range to Queenstown which offers you spectacular views of the Queenstown area.
Day 14 Queenstown
You will join the Dart River Wilderness Safari today - a great half day excursion including an exhilarating jet boat ride followed by a short guided walk and scenic 4WD trip through the forest where you will learn about the local flora and fauna as well as local Maori and colonial history. The trip will take you to Glenorchy and you will have the opportunity to view some of the filming locations of Lord of The Rings during the tour!
Day 15 International return flight
Queenstown , International return flight
Day 16 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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