14 Day New Zealand Highlights Holiday Package
Explore New Zealand with this fantastic all-inclusive New Zealand self drive Holiday Package…
Holiday Package Includes:
- 14 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic including Full Insurance (0 – 18 months old)
- Te Puia Te Po Maori Evening Experience including Hangi Dinner
- Skyline Buffet Lunch and Gondola Package Rotorua
- Taste of Taupo Scenic Floatplane Flight
- Interislander Cook Strait Wellington to Picton Ferry
- Mt John Observatory Tour Lake Tekapo
- Milford Sound Nature Cruise ex Queenstown by Scenic Coach
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Arrive in Auckland. The “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city, 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 Coromandel Peninsula
Driving time Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 169 km / 105 miles, 2.5 hours
Renowned worldwide as a holiday destination, with warm white-sand beaches, misty rainforests and wilderness aplenty, the Coromandel is the ideal place to unwind.
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.
Day 3 Coromandel Peninsula
Today, dig your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach, add on a sea kayak tour to explore the world-famous Cathedral Cove, or enjoy other marine eco adventures.
Day 4 Rotorua
Driving time Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua 252 km / 157 miles, 3.5 hours
Rotorua is distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity.
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.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 5 Rotorua
Today, visit Rotorua’s Skyline Gondola. The Skyline complex is situated just minutes from central Rotorua, high up Mt Ngongotaha. To begin your Skyline Rotorua adventure, take a leisurely uphill gondola ride and enjoy the extensive views over Rotorua and the surrounding lakes and geothermal areas. At the top, enjoy the famous Skyline Buffet and feast on delicious New Zealand fare for lunch, served up with the best views in town! At the top of the gondola, you also have the option to add on a thrilling luge ride, enjoy nature walks, or visit the Jelly Belly Shop and Volcanic Hills winery and tasting room.
Explore Rotorua in the afternoon. Option to add on a New Zealand RiverJet ride for a fantastic geothermal jet boat safari.
Day 6 Taupo
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy the short drive south to Taupo, rich in natural beauty and providing attractions such as the Huka Falls and bungy jumping.
Experience a Taste of Taupo Scenic Floatplane Flight, filled with scenic highlights which include flying over the Craters of the Moon.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Day 7 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 exhibitions, festivals, Te Papa Tongarewa: the Museum of New Zealand, and more – Wellington has something for everyone.
Stay 1 night in Wellington.
Day 8 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 board the Interislander Cook Strait Ferry, which will transport you on a scenic cruise to Picton. Enjoy the coastal drive along the South Island’s east coast to Kaikoura.
Option in the afternoon to add on a Whale Watch Scenic Flight for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view the majestic Sperm Whales off the Kaikoura Coast.
Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.
Day 9 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 1 night in Hanmer Springs.
Day 10 Akaroa
Driving time Hanmer Springs to Akaroa 225 km / 140 miles, 3 hours
Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of Banks Peninsula. The peninsula is noted for its unique wildlife and natural beauty, shaped by rolling volcanic peaks which give way to sandy beaches and two magnificent harbours.
Stay 1 night in Akaroa.
Day 11 Lake Tekapo
Driving time Akaroa to Lake Tekapo 302 km / 188 miles, 3.5 hours
Travel south across the Canterbury Plains before heading inland towards the Southern Alps to reach Lake Tekapo, an amazing turquoise lake. Tekapo presents many world-class attractions, from the famous Church of the Good Shepherd to the luxurious spa complex of Tekapo Springs. If you want unforgettable views of the area, option to add on a scenic flight over New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers.
At night, join Earth & Sky on their famous observatory tour at the top of Mt John! See the wonders of the southern night sky, and experience the thrill of peering through powerful telescopes. When the stars are hidden from view, take a journey to discover the nocturnal world of an astronomer: see a range of research equipment that is out-of-bounds to the general public and experience the working environment of an astronomer.
*Please note this tour is not suitable for children under 8 years old. Families with younger children will be booked on a suitable tour.
Stay 1 night in Lake Tekapo.
Day 12 Wanaka
Driving time Lake Tekapo to Wanaka 198 km / 123 miles, 3 hours
Venture past Lake Pukaki, a stunning glacial lake, before you travel through the dramatic Lindis Pass linking the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. Wanaka awaits you, boasting panoramic views, a relaxing atmosphere and myriad walking tracks.
Stay 1 night in Wanaka.
Day 13 Queenstown
Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour
Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, New Zealand’s highest state highway, and admire the fantastic views along the way. Be sure to stop at historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital.
Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.
Day 14 Queenstown > Milford Sound
Enjoy a scenic coach journey through heartland New Zealand to reach Milford Sound, where you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise. Milford Sound is sure to impress! Sheer cliffs, towering snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, hanging valleys, sub-tropical rainforest, marine life… words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself! After your cruise, relax while your coach returns through stunning scenery before delivering you back to your Queenstown accommodation.
Day 15 Depart Queenstown
Drop off your rental car at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.