14 Day New Zealand Adventure Holiday Package
Adventure Travel New Zealand: Explore New Zealand with some of the best adventure activities on offer with this all inclusive self drive holiday package…
Holiday Package Includes:
- 14 Nights in 3.5 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic including Full Insurance (0 – 18 months old)
- Whale and Dolphin Safari Auckland
- Skyline Gondola and 5 Luge Rides Combo Rotorua
- Zorb Double Trouble Rotorua
- Tandem Skydive and Bungy Combo Taupo
- Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton
- Fox Glacier Heli Hike
- Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruise
- Shotover Jet – the world’s most exciting jet boat ride!
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 2 nights in Auckland City.
Day 2 Auckland
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city and discover the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park – visited by a staggering one third of all the types of marine mammals found on earth. Departing directly from the Viaduct Harbour, be welcomed aboard the 20 metre, purpose-built vessel ‘Dolphin Explorer’ for an unforgettable marine mammal eco-safari out on the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf. Be surrounded by some of the most abundant marine life in New Zealand, and discover what the beautiful Auckland area has to offer. Enjoy a 4.5 hour eco-cruise on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, including guaranteed whale and dolphin viewing – or you get a free trip! Friendly, knowledgeable guides. Commentary on the culture and history of the Hauraki Gulf. Fully licensed bar with snacks available for purchase.
Day 3 Rotorua
Driving time Auckland to Rotorua 223 km / 144 miles, 3.5 hours
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 4 Rotorua
In the morning get ready to hurtle down the Luge tracks in Rotorua. The Skyline Luge is fun and fast-paced, part go-cart, part toboggan. The Rotorua Luge offers a truly unique outdoor experience that should be on your list of things to do in Rotorua.
Found in the heart of New Zealand’s scenic volcanic wonderland, this is where the Luging adventure all began in 1985. Rotorua Luge has three tracks of differing skill levels winding through beautiful forest. Once you reach the Skyline Rotorua complex, select from one of the three exciting Luge trails. Take off downhill on your luge through twists and turns to a backdrop of dramatic scenery and down through our Redwood forest. Once at the bottom, ride the scenic chairlift back to the top of the track.
In the afternoon slip, slide and spin your way down the Zorb tracks. Jump inside one of their giant bouncy plastic Zorbs and experience the thrill with two rides down the tracks.
Day 5 Taupo
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 82 km / 50 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy the short drive south to Taupo, rich in natural beauty with attractions such as the Huka Falls, relaxing boat cruises, and bungy jumping.
Just north of Lake Taupo you’ll find New Zealand’s most visited attraction, the magnificent Huka Falls, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second.
In the afternoon experience the thrill of a bungy jump and a 15,000 ft tandem skydive over Lake Taupo, one of the most scenic places to skydive in New Zealand!
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Day 6 Wellington
Driving time Taupo to Wellington 370 km / 229 miles, 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 concerts, live theatre, exhibitions, festivals, Te Papa Tongarewa the Museum of New Zealand and more – Wellington has something for everyone.
Stay 1 night in Wellington.
Day 7 Nelson
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours
Driving time Picton to Nelson 107 km / 66 miles, 2 hours
It’s all about the journey today as you board the Interislander Cook Strait Ferry, which will transport you on a scenic cruise to Picton. Back on dry land drive through Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region, to reach your destination, Nelson. Enjoying New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours, discover the creative paradise that is Nelson, with galleries, boutique shopping, local markets and gourmet cafes, you will soon love the Nelson way of life.
Stay 1 night in Nelson.
Day 8 Greymouth
Driving time Nelson to Greymouth 284 km / 176 miles, 4.5 hours
Enjoy your journey down the West Coast to Greymouth. Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast of the South Island with around 31,000 people calling it home. This hardy West Coast town has a history of jade hunting, gold mining and dramatic river floods. The West Coast is known for its rugged beaches and coast, and ‘coasters’ or the locals. They are an independent bunch, who are self-resilent but also friendly and hospitable.
Stay 1 night in Greymouth.
Day 9 Fox Glacier
Driving time Greymouth to Fox Glacier 196 km / 121 miles, 3 hours
Continue down the West Coast to reach Fox Glacier. You may also wish to visit Franz Josef Glacier, which is 30 mins north of Fox Glacier. With the turn off signposted in Franz Josef Township. Or visit Fox Glacier itself, which is signposted and located just south of Fox Glacier township. You can take the 2.6 km return walk (approx one hour) to access an excellent viewing point of Fox Glacier.
Stay 2 nights in Fox Glacier.
Day 10 Fox Glacier – Glacier Country
Today experience a fantastic heli-hike on Fox Glacier. This fly-in, fly-out heli-hike combines the excitement of walking on the Fox Glacier with the thrill of helicopter flights. By flying in you are able to access and explore a part of the glacier where its forces work hardest and often create spectacular ice caves and arches.
Equipped with leather boots and other equipment, you board the helicopter for your first flight over the pinnacles of the lower icefall. Here, the ice is in constant motion. Take in views of the dramatic upper icefall and Victoria Falls, which is the melt river of the hidden Victoria glacier, before landing.
Your landing site on the ice is a remote and exceptionally beautiful part of the glacier. At this stage, your guide outfits you with crampons, specially designed for these ice conditions and you follow the ice steps cut by your guide as you explore the amazing formations and ice caves which are only seen here.
Each departure is a true voyage of exploration. There are so many changing features that the guides always find something new. Weather permitting, ice time is up to 3 hours.
Day 11 Wanaka
Driving time Fox Glacier to Wanaka 262 km / 163 miles, 3.5 hours
The change in landscape will amaze you as you travel down the West Coast with peeks of the Tasman Sea. Take the Haast Pass Highway and admire waterfalls and many viewing points and short walks along the way before reaching Wanaka, an alpine paradise with views so good it’s hard to put down your camera.
Stay 1 night in Wanaka.
Day 12 Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
Driving time Wanaka to Milford Sound 343 km / 213 miles, 5 hours
Journey alongside Queenstown’s stunning Lake Wakatipu and then through lush green farm land to reach Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.
The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) is one of the finest alpine drives in the world. The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. No other road in Fiordland offers such a diverse glimpse into New Zealand’s alpine zone.
Once in Milford Sound go on an overnight adventure for a truly immersive Milford Sound experience. Begin your overnight trip with a full length cruise of Milford Sound accompanied by a specialist nature guide. The atmosphere on board is friendly and relaxed, and you’ll quickly get to know your crew and fellow travellers.
As you explore the fiord, keep a lookout for wildlife, especially fur seals basking on the rocks. In the late afternoon, take a guided walk on a section of the world-famous Milford Track or explore the shoreline by tendercraft (small boat) with our nature guide. If you’re feeling brave, you can even go swimming in the fiord’s pure, but cold, waters.
As the shadows deepen, the Milford Wanderer will return under sail (weather permitting) to sheltered Harrison Cove for the night. Enjoy a three-course meal in the cosy saloon, order drinks from the fully licensed bar and relax in the company of like-minded travellers. After dinner you may want to check out the stars in the incredible inky blackness of the remote Fiordland night sky. When you’re ready, retire to a comfortable cabin.
Includes: Quad Share Male/Female cabin with shared facilities, three course dinner and breakfast.
*Option to upgrade to Private Double or Twin Cabin with shared facilities.
Stay 1 night aboard the Milford Wanderer.
Day 13 Queenstown
Driving time Milford Sound to Queenstown 287 km / 178 miles, 4 hours
In the morning, fuel up for the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (depending on the weather of course) to explore the fiord further. Return to Milford midmorning.
Drive through historic Central Otago, farm land, orchards and vineyards to reach Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital of the world!
Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.
Day 14 Queenstown
Today get ready for the world’s most exciting Jet Boat ride! It’s a thrilling ride – skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet ‘Big Red’, as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breath taking speeds. And a major highlight – hold tight for the world famous Shotover Jet full 360º spins!
In the afternoon, choose from an exciting range of optional activities including rafting, scenic flights, 4WD safaris, winery tours and more.
Day 15 Depart Queenstown
Drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.