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The Storytelling Trails of New Zealand Fly Drive

Auckland * Bay of Islands * Waipoua * Auckland * Rotorua * New Plymouth * Wellington * Kaikoura * Christchurch

This 14-day Fly drive will take you North to the scenic Bay of Islands region through to the thermal region of Rotorua, and then down to the South Island and the city of Christchurch. Along the way you will hear the stories and learn the cultures of the Maori.

 14 days from £3,790 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

You will be greeted on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Start your 11-day cultural trail in the city of Auckland, desired by many and so fiercely fought over for its riches, including its forested hills, productive volcanic soils and harbours full of seafood.

Recommended Optional Tour: Tamaki Hikoi Heaven to Earth Guided Tour

Overnight (1): Hotel DeBrett

Day 4 - Auckland- Bay of Islands (232 km)

Head north, home of the legendary explorer Kupe and home of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Bay of Islands, where two peoples forged a relationship that has grown into nationhood. Breakfast Included.

Recommended Optional Tour: Waka Voyage Haruru Falls

Overnight (1): The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Day 5 - Bay of Islands - Waipoua (138 km)

Experience the ancient and primeval feel of yesteryear when you reach the giant kauri trees in the Waipoua forest. Continental Breakfast Included.

Recommended Optional Tour: Footprints Waipoua Twilight Encounter Tour

Overnight (1): Waipoua Lodge

Day 6 - Waipoua - Auckland (229 km)

Your circuitous journey takes you back to Auckland via the rugged West Coast. You may like to stop off at Muriwai Beach to marvel at the black sands and take time to visit the gannet colony. Muriwai is one of New Zealand's most spectacular black sand surf beaches. At its southern end, Otakamiro Point is the site of one of this country's few mainland Gannet breeding colonies. The Takapu Refuge is located at the southern end of Muriwai beach and is an established breeding area for gannets. About 1,200 pairs of adult gannet’s nest here each summer and can be seen between August and March each year. Fur seals feed and rest at Oaia Island, 1.6km off the coast and can sometimes be seen during spring. Breakfast Included.

Overnight (1): Mollies

Day 7 - Auckland - Rotorua (235 km)

On to Rotorua and the volcanic belly of the country, where locals have introduced visitors to the natural wonders of their home for more than 600 years. This welcoming tradition has been carried on from generation to generation and you will be spellbound by stories relayed through song, dance and art in this heartland of Maori Culture. Today you will be welcomed into an authentic Maori village nestled in Rotorua forest. Discover Maori art forms, ancient rituals, song and dance performances and Maori traditions before sharing a buffet Hangi dinner feast with your hosts. Breakfast and Dinner Included.

Overnight (2): Koura Lodge

Day 8 - Rotorua

Day at leisure in Rotorua. Breakfast Included.

Day 9 - Rotorua – New Plymouth (297 km)

Imagine Taranaki at the coming of ancient Maori with its iron sand shores, thick bush with steamy peat floors, desolate coastline teeming with fish, rich sandy volcanic soil, ideal for vegetable crops, and giant moa inhabiting forests surrounding a mystical, lonely mountain. Breakfast Included.

Recommended Optional Tour: City and Surrounds Tour

Overnight (1): Nice Hotel

Day 10 - New Plymouth - Wellington (355 km)

The city of Wellington was once described by an indigenous explorer as the “very nostrils of the island”. Now home to Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, offering an opportunity to experience this country's treasures, stories, nature, art, history, and heritage. Breakfast Included

Recommended Optional Tour: Te Papa's Maori Experience & Kapu Ti Tour

Overnight (1): Booklovers B&B

Day 10 - Wellington – Picton - Kaikoura (157 km)

Board the Interislander Ferry to journey across the Cook Strait to Picton before resuming your journey by road. In Maori lore, the Kaikoura peninsula was the place where Maui braced his foot when he fished up the North Island. The name Kaikoura, meaning meal of crayfish, was given by Tamaki-te-rangi when he stopped over to eat here while chasing his runaway wives.
Why not take an optional Whale Watching tour from Kaikoura. Breakfast Included.

Overnight (1): Manakau Lodge

Day 12 - Kaikoura - Christchurch (180 km)

This morning’s guided half day tour gives you an insight into Maori culture, history and spiritual values. Join in their customs and traditions by weaving with native harakeke (flax) plant and learning a Maori greeting before taking a bushwalk where passionate guides will share their knowledge of traditional uses of trees and plants as food and medicine.
After your tour, continue to Christchurch. On arrival, look around the low-lying areas of the city and imagine its former history as a swamp, for that was its attraction to our earliest settlers as the sprawl of wetlands provided abundant food sources and defensive positions. Breakfast Included.

Overnight (1): The Classic Villa

Day 13 - Christchurch - UK

Your journey of cultural and spiritual enlightenment of our nation and our people ends with your rental car return to Christchurch Airport depot and then check in for your flight to the UK Via Auckland and Los Angeles.

Day 14 - 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.

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

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*Available daily to New Zealand via Los Angeles

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

2017 - 2018

Twin Share
September to March £POA
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  • 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
  • Rental car (Holden Commodore or similar) for the duration of your tour with unlimited kilometres
  • 10 nights’ unique boutique accommodation
  • Maori Hangi Dinner & Concert
  • Interisland Ferry Crossing
  • Kaikoura Cultural Experience
  • Includes a Handy Atlas, New Zealand Exploring guide, regional brochures of areas visited, accommodation location maps, tourism radio guide and itinerary with directions and other information

Not Included

  • Fuel for hire car
  • Meals (unless indicated)

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