30 Day 100% Pure New Zealand Holiday Package
Fantastic value all inclusive New Zealand Self Drive Tour Holiday Package…
Self Drive New Zealand Holiday Package Includes:
- 30 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic including Full Insurance (0 – 18 months old)
- Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise or Hole in the Rock Cruise
- Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
- Skyline Gondola and Buffet Dinner Combo Rotorua
- Te Puia Te Po Maori Evening Experience including Hangi Dinner
- Interislander Ferry Cook Strait Wellington to Picton Ferry
- Abel Tasman Boat Cruise
- Scenic Helicopter Flight over Franz Josef Glacier with snow landing
- Milford Sound Nature Cruise
- Return Flight Invercargill to Stewart Island
- Taieri Gorge Railway Journey Dunedin
- Shotover Jet – the world’s most exciting jet boat ride!
- TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruise & High Country Farm Evening Dining
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Arrive in Auckland. The “City of Sails” and New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland 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 Bay of Islands
Driving time Auckland to Bay of Islands 219 km / 136 miles, 3 hours
Drive to the Bay of Islands, renowned for its 144 islands and surreal maritime park where you can see an abundance of marine life including whales, penguins and dolphins. Relax on one of the many warm secluded beaches.
In the afternoon enjoy a Swim with the Dolphins Cruise or Hole in the Rock Cruise.
Stay 3 nights in Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Day 3 Bay of Islands
Today you have the option to experience Maori culture by visiting Waitangi’s treaty house and national marae (meeting house), or venture off-road to Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach.
Day 4 Bay of Islands
Relax on a beach today, or explore the town of Paihia.
Day 5 Auckland
Driving time Bay of Islands to Auckland 219 km / 136 miles, 3 hours
Return to Auckland and spend the afternoon exploring the city. You have the option to see what it’s like crewing an actual America’s Cup yacht, or explore the city and surrounding countryside on an immersive Fine Wine and Food tour.
Stay 1 night in Auckland.
Day 6 Rotorua
Driving time Auckland to Matamata 159 km / 98 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 68 km / 42 miles, 1 hour
After your Hobbiton adventure, enjoy the scenic drive to Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity!
In the evening, enjoy dinner at Rotorua’s most spectacular location – Skyline Restaurant. Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold on your journey to the Skyline complex. The Skyline Restaurant will then serve you a mouthwatering taste of New Zealand, a buffet of legendary proportions. After dinner, enjoy the scenic ride back down on the gondola. At the top of the gondola you also have the option to add on a thrilling Luge Ride, enjoy nature walks, and visit the Jelly Belly Shop and Volcanic Hills winery and tasting room.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 7 Rotorua
Explore Rotorua. Add on a New Zealand RiverJet ride for a fantastic geothermal jet boat safari, or explore Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve to see bubbling mud pools, geysers, and steam vents.
In the evening, enjoy a traditional Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner.
Day 8 New Plymouth
Driving time Rotorua to New Plymouth 298 km / 185 miles, 3.5 hours
As a popular tourist destination, New Plymouth is well-known for its black sand surfing beaches, which offer some of the best surfing in the country. Other attributes include Mount Taranaki and the Egmont National Park, a Mecca for trampers. In contrast with the outdoors lifestyle, New Plymouth also has an artistic side; the city is home to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, NZ’s only contemporary art museum with a permanent collection.
Stay 2 nights in New Plymouth.
Day 9 New Plymouth
Explore New Plymouth’s beaches, famous walkways and unique city.
Day 10 Wellington
Driving time New Plymouth to Wellington 351 km / 218 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 2 nights in Wellington.
Day 11 Wellington
Today you have the option to add on a Wellington Explorer Tour or Lord of the Rings Tour.
Day 12 Nelson
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours
Driving time Picton to Nelson 141 km / 88 miles, 1.45 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 Nelson. Enjoying New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours, Nelson is a creative paradise, with galleries, boutique shopping, local markets and gourmet cafes all packed into the cute downtown walking mall.
Stay 3 nights in Nelson.
Day 13 Nelson
Driving time Nelson to Abel Tasman 65 km /40 miles, 1 hour (each way)
Only a short drive away is Abel Tasman, renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, rich unmodified estuaries, long sunshine hours and the world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track.
Take a boat cruise into Abel Tasman National Park, where you can relax on the hot golden sand, enjoy a day walk, or simply remain aboard for a return boat cruise. Soak in the natural beauty and enjoy!
Day 14 Nelson
Today’s options include a guided kayaking day trip or a guided day walk within Abel Tasman National Park, scenic flights, or a day trip to Golden Bay.
Day 15 Hokitika
Driving time Nelson to Hokitika 325 km / 201 miles, 4.5 hours
Discover the rugged West Coast as you travel to Hokitika, famous for its arts and crafts. Watch a masterpiece being crafted from gold, silver, molten glass, bone, silk or greywacke or carve your own creation from wood or jade (“pounamu”). Take in Hokitika’s natural beauty, enjoy its expansive beach, or venture down one of the many walking and mountain biking tracks .
Stay 1 night in Hokitika.
Day 16 Franz Josef
Driving time Hokitika to Franz Josef 136 km / 85 miles, 2 hours
Continue south through dense rainforest towards New Zealand’s most famous glaciers. Stay at Franz Josef Glacier township.
Take an unforgettable 20 minute scenic helicopter flight sweeping above Westland National Park as you explore Franz Josef Glacier before landing in the snow to enjoy exceptional views of the majestic Southern Alps.
Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.
Day 17 Wanaka
Driving time Franz Josef to Wanaka 285 km / 177 miles, 3.5 hours
Continue down the West Coast. You may want to stop at Fox Glacier (signposted 10 minutes past Fox Glacier township), where you can take a 1-hour walk to a viewing point over the glacier.
The change in landscape will amaze you as you make your way farther south, with glimpses of the Tasman Sea showing beneath rugged cliffs. Take the Haast Pass Highway inland, and admire waterfalls, glaciers, and the crystal-clear river flowing beside the highway. There are many viewing points and short walks along the way, which will help break up the journey. Eventually you will arrive in Wanaka, an alpine paradise with views so good it’s hard to put down your camera.
Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.
Day 18 Wanaka
Relax and explore Wanaka – you may want to visit Puzzling World, Wanaka’s illusional attraction, or the National Toy and Transport Museum. Other options include strolling along one of Wanaka’s stunning walking tracks, relaxing on the lake’s edge or browsing through Wanaka’s boutique shops.
You could also visit Rippon Vineyard and Tasting Room to sample local wines, or catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre.
Day 19 Te Anau
Driving time Wanaka to Te Anau 230 km / 143 miles, 3 hours
Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, following New Zealand’s highest state highway, and admire the fantastic views along the way. Continue on past Lake Wakatipu as you make your way into the heart of New Zealand, where you will find the town of Te Anau sitting beside a spectacular lake. As the gateway to Fiordland National Park, Te Anau feels like the last bastion of civilisation before you are entirely surrounded by wilderness.
Stay 2 nights in Te Anau.
Day 20 Te Anau > Milford Sound
Driving time Te Anau to Milford Sound 116 km / 72 miles, 1.5 hours
Embark on a scenic journey along the Milford Road, 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.Upon reaching Milford Sound, you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise, offering a close-up experience of Milford Sound’s rainforest, soaring rock walls, towering snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, hanging valleys and wildlife… words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself!
Day 21 Stewart Island
Driving time Te Anau to Invercargill 153 km / 94 miles, 2.5 hours
Flight time Invercargill to Stewart Island 36 km / 22 miles, 30 minutes
Travel to Invercargill, where you will catch a scenic flight to Stewart Island, New Zealand’s ultimate eco-tourism destination. Its densely forested hills bordered by untouched coastline of rocky outcrops and creamy golden-sand beaches make Stewart Island a haven for native marine and bird life.
Stay 2 nights on Stewart Island.
Day 22 Stewart Island
Relax and enjoy Stewart Island for the day.
Day 23 Invercargill
Flight time Stewart Island to Invercargill 36 km / 22 miles, 30 minutes
Take in the stunning vistas on your way to Invercargill, well known for its southern hospitality. Visit art galleries and museums, or get close to nature and walk the paths and tracks through Queens Park.
Stay 1 night in Invercargill.
Day 24 Dunedin
Driving time Invercargill to Dunedin 210 km / 130 miles, 3 hours
Discover the Catlins Coast, an attraction in itself, whilst travelling to Dunedin, one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the southern hemisphere. Dunedin offers a diverse range of experiences including the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, the Speight’s Brewery, Larnach Castle and of course the stunning Otago Peninsula.
Stay 3 nights in Dunedin.
Day 25 Dunedin
Today, join the Taieri Gorge Railway for one of the world’s great train trips, an experience not to be missed. Departing from Dunedin’s beautiful railway station, the Taieri Gorge Railway begins its scenic journey into some of New Zealand’s most rugged, ever-changing scenery. The train travels into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep canyon carved out over aeons by the ancient Taieri River, and negotiates the gorge with ease as it travels through ten tunnels and over countless bridges and viaducts.
Day 26 Dunedin
Explore the city of Dunedin today, visiting attractions of interest.
Option to discover the Otago Peninsula on a wildlife cruise, or view the local penguin colony up close on an Argo tour.
Day 27 Queenstown
Driving time Dunedin to Queenstown 286 km / 178 miles, 3.5 hours
Drive through historic Central Otago – past farmland, orchards, and vineyards – to reach Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. Explore downtown or even take a ride on the gondola to get a great perspective of Queenstown and it’s stunning views.
Stay 4 nights in Queenstown.
Day 28 Queenstown
Get ready for the world’s most exciting jet boat ride! You’ll twist and turn through the narrow canyons of the Shotover River at breathtaking speeds on your Shotover Jet.
Relax and enjoy Queenstown for the afternoon.
Day 29 Queenstown
Today you have the option to venture farther abroad with a trip to Arrowtown or Glenorchy. Add on a Lord of the Rings tour, or take a ride on the stunning Dart River Wilderness Jet.
For a more relaxing day, you can get a taste of the Queenstown region on a Central Otago wine tour.
Day 30 Queenstown
On your last day in paradise, finish on a high and choose from an exciting range of optional activities including scenic flights, 4WD safaris, winery tours, and more.
To end your day, take an evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw followed by dining at the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak – the perfect way to celebrate a fantastic holiday!
Day 31 Depart Queenstown
Drop off your rental car at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.