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18 Day North / South Itinerary - Stay / Drive

For those who want to see the thermal area of the North Island and a little more of the South Island

Pricing:

Tourist Price: $2226.00pp
Superior Tourist Price: $2396.00pp
First Class Price: $2720.00pp

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - MELBOURNE/AUCKLAND

Upon arrival Auckland you will make your way to the Thrifty counter in arrivals hall to pick up your vehicle.

Excess NZD$2990.00 & Airport pick up fee of NZD$40.25 payable on pick up. Excess can be reduced to NIL by paying NZD$34.50 per day – this payment reduces Airport pick up fee to NIL. We recommend the purchase of travel insurance which covers vehicle excess from our web site which covers vehicle excess.

DAY 2 - AUCKLAND/WAITOMO/ROTORUA

Auckland – Waitomo: Drive Time 2Hrs 50Mins (195Kms)
Waitomo – Rotorua: Drive Time 2Hrs 14Mins (156Kms)

You continue your journey through rolling farmlands with a lunch stop at the glow worm caves of Waitomo. After your visit of the caves (see options), make your way to Rotorua

DAY 3 - ROTORUA

Today you will have an opportunity to explore this volcanic region.

We have included a Legends of Rotorua pass which provides entrance to Agrodome Sheep Show,Te Puia, Rainbow Spring or Paradise Valley Springs.

In the evening we have included a traditional Maori Hangi Concert offered by Tamaki Tours

DAY 4 - ROTORUA – WELLINGTON

Drive Time: 6Hrs 30Mins (451Kms)

You continue South via Taupo to New Zealand’s Capital Wellington

DAY 5 - WELLINGTON – PICTON – NELSON

Interislander Ferry Wellington/Picton-3Hrs
Drive Time Picton – Nelson 2Hrs 48Mins (196Kms)

 

After leaving the car at Wellington Ferry terminal you will catch the Interislander Ferry to Picton and pick up your car for your short trip to Nelson.

 

Whilst in Nelson explore the diverse beauty from the clear blue waters of  Tasman Bay to the three astonishing national parks in the area.

DAY 6 - NELSON -KAIKOURA

Drive Time 3Hrs 15Mins (241Kms)

 

Today you travel to the coastal town of Kaikoura famous for its whale watch tours

 

We recommend.

Whale watch tour

DAY 6 - KAIKOURA - CHRISTCHURCH

Drive Time 2Hrs 46Mins (188Kms)

 

This morning you will have ample time to explore this region before heading to Christchurch

DAY 8 - CHRISTCHURCH – TWIZEL (MT COOK REGION)

Drive Time Christchurch – Mount Cook 4Hrs 50Mins (332Kms)
Drive Time Mount Cook – Twizel 1Hr (64Kms)

 

This morning you will travel across the Canterbury plains, through McKenzie Country and past the church of Good Shepherd at lake Tekapo before venturing down the road to the base of Mount Cook. After exploring the Mount Cook area, make your way to your accommodation at Twizel.

DAY 9 - TWIZEL – DUNEDIN

Drive Time 3Hrs 42Mins (257Kms)

You leave the mountain range behind you and head for the east coast and the Scottish capital of New Zealand – Dunedin

You may like to visit the Cadbury Factory, Olverston House or Larnach Castle.

We recommend. 

The Taieri Gorge Railway

DAY 10 - DUNEDIN- INVERCARGILL

Drive Time 3Hrs (210Kms)

 

Travel via the Southern Scenic Route and view one of New Zealands best kept secrets. The Catlins stretches from Nugget Point in South Otago to Waipapa Point in South Otago to Waipapa Point in Southland and contains the most significant area of native forest on the East Coast of New Zealand.

DAY 11 - INVERCARGILL - TE ANAU

Drive Time 2Hrs 19Mins (159Kms)

 

Before leaving Invercargill you will have time to explore the southernmost city of New Zealand. You may like to visit Bluff, home of the Bluff oyster a half hour drive from the city centre. At your leisure make your way towards the Fiordland and Te Anau

DAY 12 - TE ANAU - MILFORD SOUND - QUEENSTOWN

Drive Time Te Anau-Milford 1Hr 40Mins (116Kms)
Drive Time Milford-Queenstown 4Hrs 13Mins (290Kms)

 

Today’s journey will take you into the heart of the Fiordland region were the scenery is spectacular. We have included a Milford Nature Cruise. After the cruise make your way back to Te Anau and then onto the resort town of Queenstown

DAY 13 - QUEENSTOWN

A day of leisure.

 

In the evening we have included a Skyline Gondola Dinner

 

 

We Recommend

Dart River Wilderness Safari

DAY 14 - QUEENSTOWN – FRANZ JOSEF

Drive Time 5Hrs 40Mins (392Kms)

 

Travel north enjoying coastal scenery and untamed wilderness en route to the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier.

DAY 15 - FRANZ JOSEF

At leisure

 

At leisure You may like to walk the Glacier, Helicopter snow landing or even do a Helihike (optional)

 

We recommend.

Helicopter with snow landing

DAY 16 - FRANZ JOSEF – GREYMOUTH - CHRISTCHURCH

Drive Time Franz Josef – Greymouth 2Hrs 36Mins (180Kms)

 

You continue north to Greymouth were you will join what is regarded as the fifth most scenic train trip in the world the Tranz Alpine which crosses the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

 

Upon arrival Christchurch Railway Station you will be transferred to your accommodation.

DAY 17 - CHRISTCHURCH

Today is a time to take in all the memories of this fascinating country and your own personal experiences. Enjoy the shopping that Christchurch has to offer or simply do nothing.

DAY 18 - CHRISTCHURCH - HOME

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

INCLUSIONS

  • 15 Days Toyota Corolla- Automatic /Similar
  • 17 Nights Accommodation  – As listed
  • Rotorua Legends Pass
  • Maori Hangi Concert
  • Interislander Ferry
  • Milford Cruise
  • Skyline Gondola Restaurant – Dinner
  • Tranz Alpine
  • Transfers

CAR EXCESS

NZD$2990.00 and Airport pick up fee NZD$40.25 PAYABLE in New Zealand- can be reduced to NIL by paying NZD$34.50 per day, payment will reduce Airport fee to NIL – We recommend the purchase of a travel insurance policy which covers vehicle excess.

OPTIONS

  • Whale Watch – Kaikoura $144.00per person
  • Taieri Gorge Railway – $84.00pp
  • Dart River Wilderness Safari – Queenstown $188.00pp
  • Glacier Valley Walk – $68.00pp
  • Helicopter with snow landing – Franz Josef – $168.00 Adult
  • Heli-Hike Franz Josef – $379.00pp

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