Ideal for those with limited time, this concise two-week itinerary features well-known scenic and cultural highlights visiting Rotorua, Wellington, Kaikoura, the West Coast and Queenstown. With some of New Zealand's foremost attractions included in the price, such as iconic Rotorua, Milford Sound and a wild west coast guided tour on the South Island, this holiday is also great value for money.
- Ohinemutu Village guided walk and Maori Experience in Rotorua
- Orakei Korako geo-thermal valley admission
- Witness fascinating rock formations and blow holes at Punakaiki
- Experience magnificent rainforest and unique glaciers at Franz Josef
- Cruise the majestic Milford Sound
- Tour the yellow-eyed penguin colony on the Otago Peninsula
- Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
- Breakfasts as per itinerary
- Car rental throughout
- Excursions as per itinerary
Visit the geothermal and volcanic centre of North Island as well as the dramatic and magnificent scenery of the far south with its glaciers, mountains and fiords.
You'll also have time in the cities of Auckland and Wellington each with individual appeal, as well as exploring Queenstown, the 'adventure capital of NZ'.
Prices & Dates *
Airfares start from around £825 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire
|Departure||Duration||Car Category||Twin Price (pp)|
|01 May - 30 Sep 2019||14 nights||Toyota Corolla Hatch (or similar)||£1,806|
|01 Oct 2019 - 31 Mar 2020||14 nights||Toyota Corolla Hatch (or similar)||£2,069|
- Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom (mix of hotels, motels and B&B's)
- 5 breakfasts
- Ohinemutu Village guided walk
- Orakei Korako admission in Rotorua
- Milford Sound Nature Cruise
- Yellow-eyed penguin tour in Dunedin
- Airport transfer on arrival
- Car rental throughout (Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar)
- Interislander ferry crossing (Premium Plus cabin)
- 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
- No surcharge guarantee
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Itinerary & Accommodation
Itinerary & Accommodation
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in the city centre for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel De Brett. Breakfast included.
Collect your rental car and travel south to the geo-thermal heartland of Rotorua. On arrival enjoy a personal guided tour of Ohinemutu Village including the iconic St Faith's Church. Your guide will share the legends and history of the village which will give you an insight into Maori culture.
Overnight: Robertson House (2 nights). Breakfast included.
Enjoy a visit to Orakei Korako geothermal area today (also known as "The Hidden Valley"), situated on the Waikato River at Lake Ohakuri. Even with two thirds of the original geothermal area covered by an artificial lake, Orakei Korako is still New Zealand's largest geyser field and one of the country's must-see natural attractions.
Travel south via Lake Taupo and continue through Tongariro National Park where the three volcanic mountains of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro dominate the landscape.
Overnight: QT Museum Hotel.
Return your rental vehicle today and travel in the Premium Plus cabin on the Interislander ferry across the magnificent Cook Strait to Picton. On arrival in Picton collect your South Island rental car and drive to Kaikoura.
Overnight: White Morph Motor Inn
Depart Kaikoura and make your way to Punakaiki, famous for its incredible coastal formations and the blowholes which put on a stunning show in rough surf.
Overnight: Punakaiki Resort.
Today the stunning Glacier region beckons. Fox and Franz Josef Glacier are the world's most accessible temperate-zone glaciers. You may like to enjoy a guided Glacier Valley walk or heli-hike during your stay (optional, at extra cost).
Overnight: 58 on Cron Motel.
Today make your way to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. This vibrant alpine lakeside town set is nestled beneath the superb Remarkables mountain range.
Overnight: Scenic Suites Queenstown (2 nights).
Today is a full day at your leisure. You may like to take a jet-boating adventure, enjoy a guided walk or a winery visit or just simply relax and admire the view!
Enjoy this morning at leisure in Queenstown before driving to Te Anau.
Overnight: Dunluce B&B (2 nights). Breakfast included.
Today travel by coach from Te Anau to Milford Sound along the spectacular Milford Road. On reaching Milford Sound, enjoy a leisurely Nature cruise the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. A nature guide will also provide fascinating interpretation throughout the cruise. After the cruise, reboard your coach and return to Te Anau.
Depart Te Anau today and head to the southern city of Dunedin. The city's elegant and historic architecture is a delight as is the fascinating wildlife on the Otago Peninsula, within easy reach of the city.
Overnight: Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge (2 nights).
Today enjoy a guided tour through the Yellow-eyed penguin colony for some close-up viewing of these fascinating birds. Covered trenches and observation huts will hide you so the penguins will not be frightened and you can observe them going about their daily business.
Today please make your way north either via Oamaru and the stunning inland route or via the coastal route towards the city of Christchurch. Your accommodation is a little way out of the city in a delightful area of Canterbury at Clearwater.
Overnight: Peppers Clearwater Resort.
Drive to the airport today and drop off your rental vehicle.
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