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Highlights of New Zealand

16 days from £5,245pp

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

Itinerary highlights

  • 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.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
All accommodation
  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Wellington
  • Blenheim
  • Kaikoura
  • Christchurch
  • Greymouth
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • 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

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

Auckland , 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

Rotorua

Spend the morning exploring Rainbow Springs and the Kiwi sanctuary with a keeper. This evening, you have tickets to a Maori cultural evening, where you'll experience traditional performances and a delicious 'Hangi' feast.

Day 6 Rotorua

Rotorua

Today take a private guided experience through the well-known Te Puia Thermal Park, to learn more about the Maori culture and their arts and the geothermal activity that has shaped the region.

Day 7 Blenheim

Rotorua , Wellington , Blenheim

In the morning, drive to the Rotorua airport in time for your onward flight to Blenheim. In Blenheim, you will be collected by a representative and transported by private vehicle to your accommodation. The rest of the day is open to explore the wine region of New Zealand.

Day 8 Blenheim

Blenheim

Spend the day biking around, with your small group, the stunning Blenheim wine region while doing a variety of wine tastings at places like Cloudy Bay.

Day 9 Kaikoura

Blenheim , Kaikoura

This morning is at leisure to relax and enjoy the wine region. This afternoon, take the TranzCoastal train from Blenheim to Kaikoura along the eastern coast and stay the night in the beautiful mountain and ocean town.

Day 10 Christchurch

Kaikoura , Christchurch

Today, you will have the morning to explore Kaikoura before taking the TranzCoastal train from Kaikoura to Christchurch. Try out one of the fabulous restaurants in the city tonight, the Tram restaurant is a great way to see the city whilst dining.

Day 11 Franz Josef Glacier

Christchurch , Greymouth , Franz Josef Glacier

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 Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier

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

Franz Josef Glacier , 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

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

Today make your own way to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Day 16 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Esther
Audley Travel specialist Leon

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