10 Day Taste of New Zealand Holiday Package
Hobbiton, geothermal activity, Maori culture, whales and jet boating – enjoy a taste of what New Zealand has to offer and sample its most iconic activities with this fantastic all-inclusive self drive holiday package…
Holiday Package Includes:
- 10 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic including Full Insurance (0-18 months old)
- Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
- Entry to Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve
- Te Puia Te Po Maori Evening Experience including Hangi Dinner
- Interislander Cook Strait Wellington to Picton Ferry
- Whale Watching Scenic Flight Kaikoura
- Thrillseekers Jet Boat Hanmer Springs
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is bordered by two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport, explore the city, then make your way to your accommodation.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Day 2 Hobbiton > Rotorua
Driving time Auckland to Matamata 160 km / 99 miles, 2 hours
Make your way to Matamata to discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland. Near Matamata, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings films in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt and will remain as it was seen in the films. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. You can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or a light meal in The Shires Rest Cafe.
Driving time Matamata to Rotorua 187 km / 116 miles, 2.5 hours
In the afternoon, enjoy the scenic journey to Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity. This diverse city will put on a display as you encounter geysers, mud pools, steaming craters and 16 beautiful lakes.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 3 Rotorua
Relax and explore Rotorua today as you stroll through Hells Gate to view a steaming thermal reserve with mud pools, craters and activites including the chance to try Maori weaving and wood carving.
In the evening, enjoy a Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner. Hear stories and learn how Maori traditions live on today. Experience an authentic Maori welcome. Watch a challenge by the Maori warriors, a karanga (call) from the Maori women welcoming you onto the marae, and a whaikorero (welcome speech). Relax and enjoy the beautiful waiata (songs), the world renowned haka (challenge), and the elegant poi dance. Learn Maori customs including Maori musical instruments, haka and poi. The dining experience is a culinary opportunity like no other. Following dessert, you will be transported down into the valley to conclude your evening beside the awe-inspiring Pohutu geyser.
Day 4 Taupo
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy the short drive south to Taupo, a township which is rich in natural beauty and filled with attractions such as the Huka Falls and bungy jumping.
Relax and explore Taupo in the afternoon, with the option to add on a Thrilling Jet Boat Ride or Scenic Floatplane Flight over Lake Taupo.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Day 5 Wellington
Driving time Taupo to Wellington 375 km / 233 miles, 4.5 hours
Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, has so much to offer. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour, surrounded by rolling hills, it’s a city rich in culture waiting to be explored. From shopping and picturesque walks to live theatre, exhibitions, Te Papa Tongarewa: the Museum of New Zealand and more – Wellington has something for everyone.
Stay 2 nights in Wellington.
Day 6 Wellington
Relax and explore Wellington today – you may wish to visit the Te Papa museum, ride the cable car, visit the Wellington Zoo, or enjoy the views from the top of Mt Victoria.
Option to add on a Wellington Explorer Tour or Lord of the Rings Tour.
Day 7 Kaikoura
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours
Driving time Picton to Kaikoura 156 km / 97 miles, 2 hours
It’s all about the journey today as you continue your vacation and board the Interislander Cook Strait Ferry, which will transport you on a scenic cruise to Picton. Enjoy the coastal drive along the East Coast to Kaikoura.
In the afternoon, experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with a Whale Watch Scenic Flight to view the majestic Sperm Whales off the Kaikoura Coast.
Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.
Day 8 Hanmer Springs
Driving time Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs 134 km / 83 miles, 1.5 hours
Travel on to Hanmer Springs, a year-round holiday destination offering a variety of outdoor activities and of course the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. Visitors have been travelling to bathe in the rejuvenating mineral pools for over 120 years! Relax in open-air thermal pools and de-stress with spa therapies.
Stay 2 nights in Hanmer Springs.
Day 9 Hanmer Springs
Relax in Hanmer Springs today, and experience the adrenaline rush of going 80km per hour, skimming the river below, with Thrillseekers Jet! Cut corners as turquoise snowmelt churns out behind you, and experience 360° spins while you travel up the stunning Waiau Gorge.
Day 10 Christchurch
Driving time Hanmer Springs to Christchurch 133 km / 82 miles, 2 hours
At your leisure, travel to Christchurch today. Relax and explore New Zealand’s Garden City in the afternoon.
Option to add on one or more of Christchurch’s top attractions including the Tram, Gondola, Punting on the Avon or the Botanical Gardens Tour.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Day 11 Christchurch
Drop your rental car off at Christchurch Airport and depart Christchurch.