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Adventures Unlimited Fly Drive

Auckland * Rotorua * Wellington * Kaikoura * Punakaiki * Franz Josef * Queenstown * Te Anau * Invercargill * Dunedin * Christchurch

This 25 day New Zealand Fly drive is certainly for the adventurous with the inclusive of a bridge climb over the Auckland Bridge, Whale Watching in Kaikoura, River Safari and a helicopter flight over the iconic Franz Josef Glacier.

25 days from £4,539 per person twin share + flights

Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Auckland
Your New Zealand holiday starts with a departure from the UK on a scheduled Air New Zealand flight to Auckland via Los Angeles.

Day 2  - In flight

Day 3 - Arrive Auckland
Arrive at Auckland where you will be met by our local agent and transferred by private car to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure to start to explore the "City of Sails".
Overnights (3): Copthorne Hotel Auckland City, Auckland 

Day 4 - Auckland - Bay of Islands 
This morning join the full day scheduled coach tour to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. On arrival enjoy the famous "Hole in the Rock" cruise. A picnic lunch is included today. After your tour the driver will drop you off at your hotel in Auckland.

Day 5 - Auckland Bridge Climb
This is an unforgettable adventure that takes climbers under, around, up and over the historic Auckland Harbour Bridge. The suspended span bridge, started in 1955, was the last of its kind to be built in the world. Custom engineered walkways provide a safe, enjoyable and easy-going experience while showcasing the incredible sights, sounds and activity of our harbour and city. This is the only Bridge Climb in New Zealand complete with tour guide, full commentary, and great photo opportunities at the summit. Maximum weight 150kg

Day 6 - Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua (370 kms/231 miles) 
This morning collect your hire car and make your own way south to Rotorua via Waitomo. Entrance to the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves is included for you to experience a guided tour of this ancient labyrinth of limestone caverns. 
Overnights (2): Kingsgate Hotel - Rotorua

Day 7 - Rotorua
Today enjoy sightseeing the Rotorua area. Visits are included to the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute and Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, Paradise Valley Springs, the Agrodome Sheep Show, Skyline Gondola and the Polynesian Spa.

Day 8 - Rotorua - Wellington (460 kms/287 miles)
Depart Rotorua and head south via scenic Lake Taupo and the volcanic Tongariro National Park to Wellington - the capital city of New Zealand.
Overnights (2): Mercure Hotel Abel Tasman - Wellington

Day 9 - Wellington
Enjoy a tour to explore the Middle Earth filming locations departing at 0900hrs from your hotel – 4 hours.
This half-day tour reveals the key film locations within an hour of central Wellington. Highlights include the outskirts of the Shire, the Gardens of Isengard, the River Anduin, and the sites of Helm’s Deep and Minas Tirith. Stroll where the hobbits raced to the ferry and hid from the Nazgul, through the elf kingdom of Rivendell and beside the Fords of Isen.
In the afternoon enjoy this very attractive city. Perhaps visit the internationally renowned "Te Papa" museum or take the cable car to the top of Mount Victoria and walk back through the glorious botanic gardens.

Day 10 - Wellington - Picton - Kaikoura (157 driven kms/98 miles) 
Return the first rental car to the InterIslander Ferry Terminal. Leave car in the car park designated for car rentals and drop the key at the Hertz counter. Take the Interislander Ferry across Cook Strait and the picturesque Marlborough Sound to Picton. On arrival in Picton collect your second car and make your way down the East Coast to Kaikoura for a whale watch cruise. Afterwards check-in to your motel.
Overnight: White Morph Inn, Kaikoura

Day 11 - Kaikoura - Punakaiki (382 kms/239 miles)
Depart Kaikoura and head inland to Punakaiki on the West Coast via the spectacular Lewis Pass.
Overnights (2): Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki.

Day 12 - Punakaiki
Enjoy a day on the West coast to explore the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, and nearby Paparoa National Park.

Day 13 - Punakaiki - Franz Josef Glacier (249 kms/156 miles)
Depart Punakaiki and continue south via Greymouth and Hokitika to Franz Josef.
Overnights (2): Scenic Franz Josef Glacier Hotel, Franz Josef

Day 14 - Franz Josef
Spend time today in the area around Franz Josef. Perhaps take a guided walk to the foot of Franz Josef Glacier after your included helicopter flight.
Glacier Helicopter Flight - enjoy a spectacular helicopter 'flightseeing' trip with a snow landing on the glacier

Day 15 - Franz Josef - Queenstown (404 kms/253 miles) 
Depart Franz Josef and continue down the West Coast via Haast Pass, the Kawarau Gorge and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea to Queenstown.
Overnights (2): Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown.

Day 16 - Queenstown 
Experience some of the range of activities that this township has to offer or perhaps take a cruise across the lake on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw.

The Dart River Wilderness Safari - takes you on a spectacular 90-minute jet boat journey through the Dart's ever-changing braided river system where you’ll be thrilled by the Jet Boat’s capabilities, (including jet spins), and awed by your surroundings of breathtaking snow-capped mountains, ancient native forest, waterfalls, and glacial valleys frozen in time. It includes an easy guided 30-40 minutes walk through the ‘Heritage Trail’ at Paradise, where your knowledgeable guide will enliven your walk with and informative and entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest the unique flora and fauna, as well as the fascinating Maori and colonial history of the area. You’ll also journey by 4WD coach via a scenic back-road route, while hearing stories about the surrounding countryside ad stopping to view scenery that has formed the epic backdrop for many international films, including ‘The Lord of the Rings’.

Day 17 - Queenstown - Te Anau (170 kms/106 miles)
Depart Queenstown and make your way to Te Anau, gateway to the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park.
Overnights (2): Kingsgate Hotel - Te Anau 

Day 18 - Milford Sound Cruise
Pickup at 1000hrs and enjoy a scheduled sightseeing tour from Te Anau to Milford Sound, with a Milford Sound Scenic Cruise the full-length of the fiord o¬n board a luxury vessel. From Te Anau, a coach travels along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. Upon reaching Milford Sound, visitors board a luxury vessel for a Scenic Cruise the full-length of Milford Sound. The vessel provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. A comprehensive commentary is presented throughout the cruise. Complimentary tea and coffee are available o¬n board the vessel. Return transport to Te Anau is again by luxury coach, providing time for passengers to reflect on the beautiful scenery.

Day 19 - Te Anau - Invercargill (220 kms/100 miles) 
Depart Te Anau and make your way to the southern-most city of Invercargill.
Overnight: Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill.

Day 20 - Invercargill - Dunedin (220 kms/138 miles)
Depart Invercargill and drive to Dunedin via the Southern Scenic route along a wild coastline and through the magnificent landscape of the Catlins (one of New Zealand's best kept secrets) to the university town of Dunedin.
If you have chance tour around the picturesque Otago Peninsula home to albatross, penguins and fur seals.
Overnights (2): Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge, Dunedin.

Day 21 - Dunedin
Enjoy one the world's great train trips into the rugged mountain interior. Afterwards discover the Otago Peninsula with its yellow-eyed pengiuns and albatross.

The Taieri Gorge Railway – Dunedin to Pukerangi return. one of the World's great train trips. one of Dunedin's top attractions, this scenic train takes passengers on a half day tour from the hustle and bustle of the city centre into the rugged mountain interior of Central Otago. Sit back and relax as the train negotiates this spectacular and exhilarating narrow river gorge with cliff hugging tunnels and viaducts soaring high above the river. The ever-changing scenery along the way will leave you amazed at what scenery Dunedin has to offer. The train will also stop for you to disembark for scenic and photo opportunities. You can also take the opportunity to stand on our open-air platforms – most carriages have these and they are perfect for photography!

Day 22 - Dunedin - Christchurch (360 kms/225 miles) 
Depart Dunedin and make your way back up the East Coast to Christchurch, the "garden city" Stop on the way to investigate the Moeraki Boulders. 
Overnights (2): Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square, Christchurch.

Day 23 - Christchurch
Christchurch is the quintessential English city rich in parks and intricately landscaped it is called the “garden city”. The Avon River, named by homesick early settlers meanders through the city and you can hire a punt complete with boatman for a unique view of the city centre .It is a centre for the arts and the Canterbury Museum set on the edge of the Botanical gardens and Hagley Park is well worth a visit. 

Day 24 - Christchurch - UK
Drive to the airport in good time to return your hire car and check in for your flight to the UK via Auckland and Los Angeles.

Day 25 - Arrive UK

Why not extend your holiday with a stopover in Los Angeles? This can be included as part of your outward or return journey (or both) and for many the journey thus becomes part of the holiday. Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss accommodation options, as well as transfers and sightseeing possibilities - we are very happy to tailor make your holiday to your own requirements.
 

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2017 - 2018


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Tour Price Included:

  • Scheduled Air New Zealand flights in Economy Class from London (Heathrow) to Auckland with return from Christchurch
  • All pre-payable airport taxes, security charges and the UK Air Passenger Duty
  • 18 nights accommodation (room only)
  • Private transfer from Auckland Airport to your hotel
  • 19 days fully inclusive hire of an intermediate(Toyota Camry/Mazda 6 /Ford Mondeo or similar), automatic car with unlimited kms and additional driver(s)
  • Full day excursion to Bay of Islands, including return coach transfers and "Hole in the Rock" cruise
  • Entrance to Waitomo Caves and Rotorua attractions
  • Middle Earth Half Day Tour
  • InterIslander ferry between Wellington and Picton
  • Whale watching cruise at Kaikoura
  • Helicopter Tour at Franz Josef
  • Full day excursion to Milford Sound, including return Coach transfers and cruise
  • Dart River Safari
  • Taieri Gorge Railway
  • All taxes
  • Driving instructions and Maps

Not Included:

  • Fuel for hire car
  • Meals (unless indicated)
  • Airport drop charge of NZ$45.00 plus tax payable locally


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