Because not everybody wants the same holiday....
Because not everybody wants the same holiday....
15 day self drive holiday New Zealand North and South Islands
Day 1 - Arrive Auckland and stay overnight
Day 2 - Auckland to Bay of Islands
Day 3 - Bay of Islands
Day 4 - Bay of Islands to Auckland and on to Rotorua
Day 5 - Rotorua
Day 6 - Rotorua fly to Christchurch and on to Hokitika
Day 7 - Hokitika to West Coast Glaciers or Lake Moeraki
Day 8 - Glaciers or Lake Moeraki
Day 9 - To Queenstown
Day 10, 11 & 12 - Queenstown
Day 13 - Queenstown to Te Anau Fiordland
Day 14 - Te Anau & Milford Sound
Day 15 - Te Anau and end trip
|Day 1 - Arrive Auckland and stay overnight|
Located on the waterfront Auckland city
enjoys wonderful views across the harbour to the popular
seaside village of Devonport. Auckland is a cosmopolitan
city that benefits from its mix of Pacific and European
cultures, take time to enjoy these influences and the resulting
art and cuisine.
|Day 2 - Auckland to Bay of Islands|
Travel via the west coast through the
magnificent Waipoua Kauri Forest, wonder at "Tane Mahuta'
the 'father of the forest' the largest Giant Kauri.
Stop at Hokianga Harbour where the harbor entrance features
enormous sand dunes. Then on to finish the day in the stunning
Bay of Islands, beautiful with cultural and historic significance
|Day 3 - Bay of Islands|
The Bay of Islands incorporates a beautiful,
jagged coastline of around 800kms and encompasses 150 islands.
Activity options include sailing, Maori concerts, scenic
flights, snorkelling, swimming with dolphins, big game fishing,
boat trips around the bay and excellent sea kayaking.
|Day 4 - Bay of Islands to Rotorua|
Take the direct route south today that
passes by the city of Whangarei with its lively Quayside
basin, also the attractive village of Warkworth. Another
glimpse of Auckland city as you make your way towards Hamilton
alongside the Waikato River. Cambridge and Tirau provide
excellent opportunities for a 'refreshment' stop
as you near your destination, the lakeside city of Rotorua.
Here you will find a fantastic diversity of scenery and
activities to suit all interests.
|Day 5 - Rotorua|
Full day in Rotorua to enjoy the many
thermal and cultural sights, Rotorua also has excellent
fishing, an interesting golf course with mud pools and Geysers,
mountain bike tracks and forest trails. Scenic drives to
stunning lakeside picnic spots and summer swims. Enjoy a
Maori Cultural Evening, helicopter flights over the volcanoes, ride the Zorb, and the Luge for
great family fun.
|Day 6 - Rotorua fly to Christchurch and
on to Hokitika|
Take an 'island hopping' flight today
to Christchurch Pick up your rental car and head inland
across the Canterbury Plains and into the foothills of the
Southern Alps. Cross the Alps via Arthurs Pass famous for
its breathtaking scenery, arriving on the temperate West
Coast late afternoon. Head south a short distance along
the coastal route to the historic sea side town of Hokitika.
Evening sunset on the beach before heading to the town's
famous Glow Worm Dell
|Day 7 - Hokitika to West Coast Glaciers
or Lake Moeraki|
Spend the morning in the many interesting
art and craft galleries around Hokitika, visit the West
Coast Historical Museum or stroll the wild West Coast beach
and maybe find a piece of greenstone. Lunch at one of the
cafes before driving south this afternoon, pass bush
clad pristine lakes, remote farms, wild rivers and native
forests. This region is packed with natural features, at
days end arrive at Westland National Park including the
Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Option of heading a bit further
south to the Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki
|Day 8 - Glaciers or Lake Moeraki|
A day at the Glaciers for a guided walk
to the glacier, maybe take a HeliHike for an exhilarating
and memorable experience. Time for a leisurely walk around
Lake Matheson at Fox Glacier . From Lake Moeraki enjoy this
pristine temperate rainforest lake side preserve on guided
or self guided nature experiences, visit the stunning wilderness
|Day 9 - To Queenstown|
Leaving behind the lush vegetation of
South Westland you will travel the hills and valleys of
the Haast Pass where roadside walkways provide easy access
to a number of waterfalls and mountain pools. Emerge into
the tussock country of the Southern Lakes district as you
pass lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. The fruit and wine
growing region around Cromwell leads you to the craggy confines
of the Kawarau Gorge famous for its historic bridge and
some spectacularly located vineyards. Finish this full day
of sightseeing in beautiful Queenstown
|Days 10, 11 & 12 - Queenstown|
Journey up the Dart River into the stunning
scenery of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Then free time
to enjoy some of the many other Queenstown activities. Ride
the Gondola for spectacular views over the town and across
the lake to the mountains, Bungy jump, take one of the many
hikes including the famous Routeburn Track for a day. Catch
a fish, white water rafting, horse treks, winery visits,
the possibilities are endless!
|Day 13 - Queenstown to Te Anau|
A two and a half hour drive today
means you can spend the morning in Queenstown or the afternoon
in Te Anau, allowing time to visit the amazing glow worm
caves. The journey today begins with a scenic drive beside
Lake Wakatipu before crossing predominantly grazing country,
then to the boundary of the Fiordland National Park.
|Day 14 - Te Anau day trip to Milford Sound|
Drive from Te Anau taking in the sights
of the Milford Road, stop for short walks, before cruising
the wonderful Milford Sound with its soaring peaks and cascading
waterfalls. Watch for seals, dolphins and penguins as you
make your way to where the fiord meets the sea and back.
If you don't want to drive then we recommend a small
group guided trip. Visit the Te Anau glow worm caves, take
a cruise on Doubtful Sound, walk the Milford track or several
others we recommend. Try Milford Sound sea kayaking for
a fantastic day amongst nature.
|Day 15 - Te Anau and end trip|
Flights to return you to all main centres
depart from Queenstown throughout the day . Your departure
time from Te Anau will be subject your onward travel arrangements,
allowing for the return drive back to Queenstown. We can
assist with these connecting flights or build them into
your international ticket arrangements.
This holiday can be customised to suit your interests,
golf, wine, hiking, art, culture... just let us know. You can also have all
or part of this holiday combined with a holiday in Australia.