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Complete New Zealand Self Drive Tour

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

An amazing fly drive holiday showcasing the highlights of the North and South Islands inclusive of many exciting and spectacular sightseeing locations along your route.

21 days from £4,166 per person twin share + flights


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

This morning you arrive in Auckland where you will be met on arrival and be transferred by private car to your hotel. Explore this vibrant harbour city with its ever-changing skyline, pulsating waterfront and infusion of bars and restaurants.

Overnights (2): Auckland

Day 4 - Auckland/Bay of Islands

Today enjoy a full day sightseeing tour by coach to delightful Paihia, gateway to o­ne of the finest maritime parks, in the Bay of Islands. O­n arrival enjoy the famous "Hole in the Rock" cruise. A picnic lunch is included today. After the tour your driver will return you to your hotel in Auckland.

Day 5 - Auckland/Waitomo/Rotorua (370 kms/231 miles- 3hrs)

Collect your hire car and make your way south along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Waitomo. Entrance to the Glow-worm Caves is included for you to experience a guided tour of this ancient labyrinth of limestone caverns. Continue to the thermal and Maori cultural capital of New Zealand - Rotorua.

Overnights (2): Rotorua

Day 6 – Rotorua

Roturua is located o­n a volcanic plateau with a unique physical landscape complete with a mass of boiling mud, geysers and steam. Today enjoy sightseeing the Rotorua area by car. 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. This evening experience a Maori "Hangi" (dinner) and concert held o­n a local Marae.

Day 7 - Rotorua - Wellington (460 kms/287 miles - 6.5hrs)

Depart Rotorua and head south via scenic Lake Taupo and the volcanic Tongariro National Park to Wellington - the capital city of New Zealand. The scenery varies from moon-scapes to stunning lakes and mountains.

Overnights (2): Wellington

Day 8 – Wellington

A day to explore New Zealand's capital city set between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills. Perhaps visit the internationally renowned "Te Papa" museum or take the cable car to the top of Mount Victoria and walk back to the city through the glorious botanic gardens. Wellington boasts great shopping and an eclectic array of bars and restaurants with everything within easy walking distance.

Day 9 - Wellington - Picton - Kaikoura/whale watching (157 driven kms/98 miles - 2.5hrs)
Drop your hire car at the InterIslander Ferry Terminal and take the morning three-hour ferry crossing of Cook Strait and the picturesque Marlborough Sounds to Picton. In Picton collect your second hire car and make your way down the East Coast, with its spectacular seascapes, to Kaikoura. In the afternoon enjoy an exciting whale watch cruise to spot the resident giant sperm whales.

Overnight (1): Kaikoura

Day 10 - Kaikoura - Greymouth (338 kms/211 miles - 5.5hrs)

Today head inland through the beautiful Southern Alps to the West Coast via the spectacular Lewis Pass.

Overnight (1): Greymouth

Day 11 - Greymouth - Franz Josef Glacier (205 kms/128 miles- 2.5hrs)
Depart Greymouth and continue south down the beautiful west coast to Franz Josef Glacier. Perhaps visit nearby Shantytown where you can pan for gold.

Overnights (2): Franz Josef Glacier

Day 12 - Franz Josef

Spend time today in the area around Franz Josef. Perhaps take a guided walk to the foot of Franz Josef Glacier, or o­nto the glacier itself. Alternatively, take a spectacular helicopter flightseeing trip across the icefields. You can also explore nearby Fox Glacier.

Day 13 - Franz Josef - Queenstown (404 kms/253 miles- 6hrs)

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): Queenstown

Day 14 – Queenstown

Experience some of the range of activities that this township has to offer or, for those seeking a more tranquil day, perhaps take a cruise across the lake o­n the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw.

Day 15 - Queenstown - Te Anau (170 kms/106 miles- 2hrs)

Depart Queenstown and make your way to Te Anau, gateway to the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park.Set on the South Islands largest lake, the resort is known as the walking capital of the world and is within easy reach of the Milford, Kepler, Routeburn, Greenstone and Hollyford Tracks.

Overnights (2): Te Anau

Day 16 - Milford Sound

Today enjoy a scheduled sightseeing coach tour to Milford Sound. The road boasts spectacular alpine scenery. O­n arrival in Milford enjoy a cruise o­n the beautiful sound. After your cruise return to Te Anau for overnight.

Day 17 - Te Anau - Invercargill (220 kms/100 miles - 2.5hrs)

Depart Te Anau and make your way to the southern-most city of Invercargill. Home of Burt Munro who was played by Anthony Hopkins in the 2005 film - The World’s Fastest Indian, the city marries the strong Maori and Celtic influences that pioneered the province centuries ago. The city features some of the most interesting and intact examples of New Zealand architecture and is the stepping off point for unspoilt Stewart Island.

Overnight (1): Invercargill

Day 18 - Invercargill - Dunedin (220 kms/138 miles - 3hrs)

Depart Invercargill and drive 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. Widlife is abundant and includes Hectors dolphins, fur seals, sea lions, penguins and all manner of birds. This evening perhaps visit Speights Brewery for dinner.

Overnight (1): Dunedin

Day 19 - Dunedin - Christchurch (360 kms/225 miles -6hrs)

Discover the Otago Peninsula with its yellow-eyed penguins and albatross or perhaps enjoy a train ride o­n the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Depart Dunedin and make your way back up the East Coast to Christchurch, the "garden city".

Overnight (1): Christchurch

Day 20 - Depart Christchurch

With most flights departing in the evening enjoy Christchurch. Perhaps take a tram sightseeing ride around the city or visit the beautiful Botanic Gardens. Return your hire car to the airport and check in for your flight to Auckland, where you will connect with an Air New Zealand flight via Los Angeles back to the UK.

Day 21 - 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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British Airways Economy Class Domestic Add-on's

Available in conjunction with your Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific Flights with Air New Zealand between London and to/from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle. Details on request.

Departing Between


Standard Hotels
Twin Share
Superior Hotels
Twin Share
January 01 - 02 £4,510 £4,823
January 03 - 31 £4,433 £4,854
February 01 - 06 £4,433 £4,854
February 07 - 15 £4,495 £4,854
February 16 - 25 £4,635 £4,571
February 26 - 28 £4,495 £4,495
March 01 - 03 £4,558 £4,495
March 04 - 29 £4,169 £4,495
March 30 - 31 £4,169 £4,571
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Standard HotelsSuperior Hotels
AucklandRamada Suites AucklandSkycity Hotel Auckland
RotoruaIbis Rotorua Rydges Rotorua
WellingtonMercure Wellington Abel TasmanCopthorne Hotel Oriental Bay
KaikouraThe White MorphHertiage Hanmer Springs - Kaikoura
GreymouthKingsgate Hotel Greymouth Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth
Franz Josef GlacierScenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Graham WingScenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Douglas Wing
QueenstownCopthorne Lakefront Hotel & ResortMillennium Hotel Queenstown
Te AnauKingsgate Hotel Te AnauDistinction Te Anau Hotel
InvercargillAscot Park Hotel Ascot Park Hotel
DunedinMercure Dunedin Leisure LodgeScenic Hotel Dunedin
ChristchurchNovotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Heritage Christchurch

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
  • 17 nights’ accommodation (room only)
  • Private transfer from Auckland Airport to your hotel
  • 15 days fully inclusive rental of an intermediate (Toyota Camry/Mazda6 /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
  • Maori Hangi and concert
  • InterIslander ferry between Wellington and Picton
  • Whale watching cruise at Kaikoura
  • Full day excursion to Milford Sound, including return Coach transfers and cruise
  • 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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Ramada Suites Auckland


Skycity Hotel Auckland

This property is located 20.7 kilometres from Auckland International Airport (approximately 30 minutes), in the heart of Auckland City. It is within two minutes walking distance of the main shopping area of Queen Street and a quick 10 minute walk from Britomart – Auckland's central bus and train station, as well as being adjacent to the Sky Tower complex.
Experience New Zealand's premier entertainment destination. Recently refurbished, this modern and spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying the world-class casino, more than 25 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre and free live entertainment, all right on your doorstep. Enjoy all of the guest services and amenities that make a top-class hotel, including 24 hour room service, a babysitting service, multi-lingual staff and daily laundry and dry-cleaning services.  Free Wifi Property Wide

Number of Rooms: 325

The Premium Non Harbour Rooms have a modern bathroom with combined bath/shower, SKY TV, a minibar and refrigerator, air-conditioning, a chaise lounge, a sound proofing and complete blackout curtains and an in room safe. The Premium Harbour Rooms have all the luxury and space of the Non Harbour Rooms, but with harbour views and a  separate bath and shower. The Premium Suites include a spacious living and dining area, a separate bedroom, a modern bathroom with separate bath and shower, two plasma televisions, bathrobes for in-room use, a business desk and expansive city or courtyard views.



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Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth



Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Graham Wing


Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Douglas Wing



Copthorne Lakefront Hotel & Resort


Millennium Hotel Queenstown



Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau


Distinction Te Anau Hotel



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Ascot Park Hotel



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