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New Zealand Friends & Family Fly Drive

Auckland * Rotorua * Christchurch * Dunedin * Queenstown * Lake Tekapo * Christchurch

Travel with friends and family on this 14-day Fly drive staying in an apartment or self-catering accommodation, the cost-effective way to visit the best sights in New Zealand.

17 days from £3,701 per person - 3 adults sharing - 2 bed apartment


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 – Auckland

On arrival at Auckland Airport, you will be met and assisted with collecting your rental car. Make your way to your accommodation and prepare to take in the sights of Auckland.

Overnight (2): The Sebel Quay West Auckland

Day 4 – Auckland Full day at your leisure. You may like to try our recommended optional activities for Families or Friends (see below).

Day 5 - Auckland – Waitomo - Rotorua (350 km)

Travel past rolling green hills and pastureland to the Waitomo Caves region. Beneath the surface of this ancient limestone region lies a labyrinth of caves and underground rivers. Expert guides provide historical and geographical commentary before you drift silently in a boat under the milky way of millions of glow worms on the cavern roof above you. Continue through farmland, lakeland and forest until the distinctive smell of sulphur and constant steam drifts let you know you are in tempestuous, geothermal Rotorua

Overnight (3): Marama Resort

Day 6 -  Rotorua

Full day at your leisure. You may like to try our recommended optional activities for Families or Friends (see below). Tonight, enjoy a memorable night of culture, song and dance followed by dinner cooked the traditional way on hot stones underground at a Maori Hangi Dinner and Concert.

Day 7 - Rotorua

A day free to enjoy the many sights and activities on offer in and around Rotorua. End the day by relaxing in the soothing alkaline mineral water at Polynesian Spa surrounded by lush, native New Zealand scenery.

Day 8 - Rotorua – Christchurch

Drop your rental car at Rotorua Airport depot before your flight to Christchurch (flight not included). On arrival in Christchurch collect your rental car from the airport depot and make your way to your accommodation.

Overnight (1): Heritage Christchurch

Day 9 - Christchurch – Dunedin (363 km)

River crossings are a feature of the journey south to Dunedin.

Overnight (2): Apartments at St Clair – Dunedin

Day 10 – Dunedin

Full day at your leisure. You may like to try our recommended optional activities for Families or Friends (see below).

Day 11 - Dunedin – Queenstown (286 km)

Travel via river plains and tussock country to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Overnight (3): Oaks Shores – Queenstown

Day 12 - Queenstown

Ride the Skyline Queenstown Gondola today to the top of Bob’s Peak and enjoy a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breath taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and over Queenstown before riding the luge cart back down the mountain Rest of your day at leisure. You may like to try our recommended optional activities for Families or Friends (see below).

Day 13 - Queenstown

The resort town of Queenstown is exciting, sophisticated, and fantastically scenic. Today is free to enjoy some of the many activities on offer.

Day 14 - Queenstown – Lake Tekapo (256 km)

View braided river valleys, native beech forests and lush alpine meadows on your journey to Lake Tekapo. You may wish to take the small detour to Aoraki, Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak, to explore the village and soak up the view before arriving at exquisite Lake Tekapo. Later today relax in the Tekapo Hot Springs, landscaped in local greywacke rock and surrounded by the regions native alpine plants.

Overnight (1): Mantra Lake Tekapo

Day 15 - Lake Tekapo – Christchurch (227 km)

Today’s drive takes you over farms, fields and rivers of the Canterbury Plains back to Christchurch.
Overnight (1): Heritage Christchurch

Day 16 -  Depart Christchurch

Tour concludes with the return of your rental car to Christchurch airport depot and check in for your flight to the UK via Auckland and Los Angeles.

Day 17 - Arrive UK

Optional Activities for Adults

  • Auckland Bridge Climb
  • Rotorua Canopy Tour
  • Kaitiaki Adventures White Water Rafting
  • Otago Peninsula Tour
  • Royal Albatross Centre
  • Funyaks Safari
  • Boutique Wine Tour in Queenstown
  • Mt Nicholas 4WD Wilderness Experience

Optional Activities for Families

  • Sky Tower Admission
  • Rainbow Springs
  • Agrodome Sheep Show
  • Te Puia
  • Cadbury World
  • Penguin Place - Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve
  • Shotover Jet
  • Mt Nicholas Farm Experience
  • Skippers Canyon 4WD Safari

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.

Air New Zealand Upgrades -  EconomySkycouch™, Premium Economy & BusinessPremier™

Click here to view your seat information and the choice of upgrades perfect for families, couples or anyone who wants the ultimate upgrade experience.

*Available daily to New Zealand via Los Angeles

British Airways Economy Class Domestic Add-on's

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

Departing Between

2017 - 2018

3 Adults Sharing -

Two-Bedroomed Apartment

4 Adults Sharing -

Two-Bedroomed Apartment

August to March £POA £POA
*rates per person
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  • Scheduled Air New Zealand flights in Economy Class from London Heathrow to Auckland, Rotorua to Christchurch with return from Christchurch
  • All pre-paid airport taxes, security charges and the UK Air Passenger Duty
  • 13 nights’ - 2 Bedroom Apartment Accommodation
  • Hire of a Premium 4WD Toyota Prado similar inclusive of Accident Excess Reduction, Unlimited kms and Airport / Ferry Collection Fees
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Maori Hangi Dinner & Concert
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Tekapo Springs
  • Includes a Handy Atlas, New Zealand Exploring guide, regional brochures of areas visited, accommodation location maps, and itinerary
  • 24-hour customer service support in New Zealand

Not Included

  • Fuel for hire car
  • Meals (unless indicated)
  • Optional Activities

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