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Cultural New Zealand self-drive
23 days from £7,495pp
Visit the Waitangi Treaty Ground in the Bay of Islands, a symbolic place where Maori and European culture have historically entwined.
Visit some of the vineyards around Warkworth which have helped put New Zealand wines on the map.
Visit Te Papa Museum in Wellington, where you can learn all about New Zealand's Maori Culture amongst other fascinating exhibits.
Visit Kapiti Island, an island off the coast that is home to native bird species and Maori culture.
- Lake Taupo
- Waipara and Greta Valleys
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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 Paihia
Upon arrival in Auckland you will be welcomed by one of our representatives and transferred by private vehicle to the domestic terminal. Here you will fly to Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands. Collect your hire car from the airport and make your way to the coastal town of Paihia.
Day 4 Paihia
Spend the day at leisure exploring the Bay of Islands. Pay a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the historic location of the treaty signed between the Maori chiefs and the British Crown or take a boat trip through the 'Hole in the Rock'.
Day 5 Warkworth
Day 6 Warkworth
Day 7 Warkworth
Day 8 Lake Taupo
Day 9 Lake Taupo
Day 10 Wellington
Day 11 Wellington
Early this morning you will depart from Wellington for a day trip to Kapiti Island known for its birdlife and Maori culture. You will get to hike around the island taking in rare birds of the area and learning about the local Iwi.
Day 12 Wellington
Day 13 Picton
Make your way to the ferry terminal this morning and take the Interislander to the South Island. You will stay in the waterfront town of Picton for a couple of nights. This is a great place to enjoy the famous New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels.
Day 14 Picton
Day 15 Kaikoura
Day 16 Kaikoura
This morning head out to sea to possible get a chance to swim with wild dolphins that frequent the area due to the deep ocean currents bringing through nutrients and fish. The afternoon is open to explore the mountain hiking trails that surround the town.
Day 17 Waipara and Greta Valleys
Kaikoura , Waipara and Greta Valleys
Continue south about an hour to the Waipara and Greta Valley and hike into your Purepod accommodation. Stay two nights off the grid and exploring the region.
- Purepod Atatu
Day 18 Waipara and Greta Valleys
Waipara and Greta Valleys
Today is at leisure to relax at your Purepod or exploring the local wine region.
- Purepod Atatu
Day 19 Queenstown
This morning head south to Christchurch and drop off your vehicle at the airport car depot in time for your onward flight to Queenstown. Upon arrival into Queenstown, you will be met by a private driver who will transport you to your accommodation where you will spend the next three nights.
Day 20 Queenstown
Enjoy a boat cruise along Lake Wakatipu to Mt Nicholas Station where you will hop on a bike and ride to Walter Peak. Take in the surrounding mountains and lake views before taking another cruise back to Queenstown. Spend the rest of the day at leisure around Queenstown.
Day 21 Queenstown
Day 22 International return flight
Auckland , International return flight
Day 23 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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