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Best of New Zealand
Covering both North and South Island highlights, this journey showcases the best of what this magnificent country has to offer.
- Style: Fly Drive Holiday
- Duration: 20 days/19 nights
- Starts in: Auckland
Guide Price £2091
per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room)
- Maori Culture
Days 1-2 Auckland
Discover this cosmopolitan city’s bustling harbour and fantastic restaurant scene.
Days 3-4 Auckland to Rotorua
Pick up your car and head to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, home to steaming hot springs, bubbling mud pools and exploding geysers.
Days 5-6 Rotorua to Tongariro NP
Head south to the volcanic landscape of Tongariro National Park, where you can experience one of New Zealand’s greatest day hikes, the spectacular Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Days 7-8 Tongariro NP to Wellington
Pass through pretty countryside before arriving in New Zealand’s capital and cultural heart.
Days 9-10 Wellington to Blenheim
Journey across the Cook Strait to the charming town of Blenheim, the perfect base to explore the Marlborough wine region, home of delicious Sauvignon Blanc.
Days 11-12 Blenheim to Kaikoura
Follow the coast to the picture-perfect seaside town of Kaikoura, famed for its abundant marine life. Join a whale watching cruise to see these magnificent animals in the wild.
Day 13 Kaikoura to Christchurch
Continue to Christchurch and drop off your car before taking a stroll along the banks of the Avon River and perhaps visiting Hagley Park’s botanical gardens.
Day 14 Christchurch to Franz Josef
Rise early to board the TranzAlpine train to Greymouth. This iconic journey is one of the most picturesque rail routes in the world, crossing dramatic gorges and passing remarkable mountain scenery via Arthur’s Pass. Arrive at lunchtime and pick up your car, before continuing south on the scenic drive to Franz Josef.
Day 15 Franz Josef
This picturesque village is surrounded by rainforest and sits close to the base of the stunning Franz Josef glacier. For an experience like no other, take to the skies by helicopter and experience an exhilarating hike across the ice.
Day 16 Franz Josef to Wanaka
One of the most breathtaking drives on your journey, relish the gorgeous scenery as you meander down the west coast past majestic Mount Cook and stunning coastal vistas. On arrival in Wanaka, kayak on the crystal-clear lake or dine in one of the lakeside cafés.
Day 17 Wanaka to Queenstown
This morning enjoy a thrilling jet boat ride and scenic wilderness walk in the remarkable Mount Aspiring National Park, before returning to Wanaka and driving the short distance to Queenstown via the spectacular Crown Range Road.
Days 18-19 Queenstown
The alpine town of Queenstown offers year round activities and fantastic dining options. Head out on a cruise and experience the awe-inspiring scenery of Milford Sound, dominated by the imposing Mitre Peak.
Day 20 Queenstown
Your journey ends this morning.
Optional Excursions:Pre-book These Unmissable Experiences:
Maori Experience & Hangi Feast, Rotorua
Tongariro Crossing Guided Hike
Weta Workshop, Wellington
Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike
per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room)
- 18 days Compact Inclusive Plus car hire including a zero excess insurance, 15% discount (book by 30 Apr 20), unlimited mileage, 24 hour Roadside Assistance & additional drivers
- Interislander ferry transfer from Wellington to Picton
- TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth
- 19 nights 3 to 4 accommodation
- International flights
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As we can offer you such a flexible choice of flights, we don't include international airfares with our tour prices. The price you pay will be determined by the time of year you travel, your departure airport, airline and availability.
However, to give you a general idea of prices, flights to Auckland currently cost from £818 in Economy, £2,018 in Premium Economy and £3,020 in Business Class
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We offer hundreds of unforgettable experiences all round the globe, from city-tours to bridge climbs, balloon flights to whale watching cruises.
Take a look at the local tours we offer along the way and ask your Trailfinders consultant to add them to your itinerary for you.
Maori Experience & Hangi Feast
Te Puia Thermal Reserve
Waitomo Glowworm Caves - Rotorua to Auckland
Weta Workshop Guided Tour
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