14 Day Rugby-Madness New Zealand Lions Tour Package
Discover New Zealand with this all inclusive self drive holiday package…
Rugby-Madness Holiday Package Includes:
- 14 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla or Similar Automatic (0-18 months old) including Full Insurance (zero excess) and Unlimited Kilometres
- Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari
- Milford Sound Nature Cruise ex Queenstown by Scenic Coach
- TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruise & Walter Peak High Country Farm Evening Dining
- Entry into Rotorua’s Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve
- Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Day 1, 06 June 2017: 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 3 nights in Auckland.
Day 2, 07 June 2017: Auckland
GAME DAY: LIONS VS BLUES
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and main transport hub. Auckland’s diverse landscapes provide countless opportunities to get immersed in nature. In the west, lush native rainforest plunges down the hills to meet the sea on dramatic black sand beaches, while the east’s sheltered golden sand beaches are fringed with red-flowering pohutukawa trees. To the north the rolling hills of wine country meet stunning coastlines, and in the south you’ll find picturesque country gardens, unspoilt forest and tranquil bays.
In the afternoon, enjoy the atmosphere before the game and head along for a great night!
Day 3, 08 June 2017: Auckland
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city and discover the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, which is visited by a staggering one third of all the types of marine mammals found on earth. Departing directly from the Viaduct Harbour, you will 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. During your 4.5 hour eco-cruise, you are guaranteed to see whales and dolphins – or you get a free trip! Friendly, knowledgeable guides, commentary on the culture and history of the Hauraki Gulf, and a fully licensed bar with snacks available for purchase.
Day 4, 09 June 2017: Auckland -> Christchurch
Today, depart Auckland for Christchurch on a domestic flight (cost of flight not included in holiday package). Please enquire for flight options and approximate costs.
Arrive in Christchurch, collect your new rental car from the airport, and make your way to your accommodation. Relax and explore the city in the evening.
Stay 2 nights in Christchurch.
Day 5, 10 June 2017: Christchurch
GAME DAY: LIONS VS CRUSADERS
Discover the vibrant and picturesque garden city, renowned for its natural beauty, lively entertainment scene, strong cultural heritage and stunning gardens. Christchurch is New Zealand’s second largest city and is known as the ‘Garden City.’ With it’s stunning botanical gardens and tree lined avenues Christchurch is both a sophisticated city and beautiful place to relax.
Gear up for another exciting match in the evening!
Day 6, 11 June 2017: Mount Cook
Driving time Christchurch to Mount Cook Village 332 km / 206 miles, 4 hours
Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and inland towards the majestic Southern Alps. Cross the barren Mackenzie Country to reach two fantastic glacial lakes as you journey towards Mount Cook.
Mount Cook Village is nestled at the base of the Southern Alps, with stunning views of Mount Cook and the surrounding mountains. At 3,724 metres, New Zealand’s highest mountain (Aoraki / Mount Cook) is dazzling, yet there are 27 other mountains in this alpine backbone which peak at over 3,050 metres, and hundreds of others not far short of that, all making up the famous Southern Alps.
Stay 1 night in Mount Cook.
Day 7, 12 June 2017: Wanaka
Driving time Mount Cook to Wanaka 206 km / 128 miles, 3 hours
Venture past Lake Pukaki, a picturesque turquoise glacial lake, before you travel through the dramatic Lindis Pass which links 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 8, 13 June 2017: Queenstown
Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour
Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, following New Zealand’s highest state highway, and admire the fantastic views along the way to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital!
Why not head down to one of many Queenstown restaurants for a delicious dinner, and catch the game at a nearby pub!
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Day 9, 14 June 2017: Queenstown -> Milford Sound
Enjoy a scenic coach journey through heartland New Zealand to reach Milford Sound. 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. Your luxury coach has been purpose-built for travelling the Milford Road, incorporating the latest technology for comfort and safety. The seats are tiered and angled towards the windows to maximise your views, and the expansive glass roof provides breathtaking sights of the snow-capped peaks. The schedule includes plenty of time for short nature walks and photo opportunities along the way.
Upon reaching Milford Sound, you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise. With specialist nature guides on board, Real Journeys Nature Cruises offer 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! Throughout the cruise, the guides share stories of the fiord’s history and are happy to answer your questions. After your cruise, relax while your coach delivers you back to your Queenstown accommodation.
Day 10, 15 June 2017: Queenstown
Relax and explore Queenstown during the day. Choose from an exciting range of optional activities including thrilling jet boat rides, rafting, scenic flights, 4WD safaris, winery tours, lake cruises and more.
In the evening relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, the only coal fired passenger carrying vessel still operating in the southern hemisphere. Step aboard – watch the stokers fueling the fireboxes and hear the hiss of the steam engines working as the TSS Earnslaw takes you on a nostalgic cruise over beautiful Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm where you will enjoy a stunning four course meal. An entertaining after dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high country farming life. Then on your return cruise, relax with a drink from the bar or join a fun sing-along with the ship’s pianist.
Day 11, 16 June 2017: Queenstown -> Rotorua
Today, depart Queenstown for Rotorua on a domestic flight (cost of flight not included in holiday package). Please enquire for flight options and approximate costs.
Arrive in Rotorua, collect your new rental car from the airport, and make your way to your accommodation.
Relax and explore the city in the evening, or you have the option to 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. Tiered seating guarantees stunning views from every table! 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 12, 17 June 2017: Rotorua
GAME DAY: LIONS VS MAORI ALL BLACKS
In the morning, stroll through Hells Gate, a steaming thermal reserve. See bubbling mud pools, steaming craters, and mineral pools; learn about New Zealand’s history and culture; and even try Maori weaving and woodcarving! After you have explored the thermal reserve, enjoy a relaxing sulphur spa overlooking the reserve. There is no limit on how long you can spend at Hells Gate – enjoy the experience at your leisure.
In the evening, join the crowd for yet another nail-biting game and relish in the atmosphere this passionate rugby nation provides!
Day 13, 18 June 2017: Auckland
Driving time Rotorua to Matamata 68 km / 42 miles, 1 hour
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 Auckland 159 km / 98 miles, 2 hours
After your Hobbiton adventure, journey back north to Auckland to enjoy the final days of your holiday.
Stay 2 nights in Auckland
Day 14, 19 June 2017: Auckland
Today, either relax in Auckland, or you have the option to hop on the ferry and take a day trip to Waiheke Island! Waiheke Island is the jewel in the crown of the stunning Hauraki Gulf. Waiheke, in the Maori language, means cascading or ebbing water and from the moment you cross the sparkling waters of the Waitemata harbour, you will start to enjoy the world-class wines, freshly pressed olive oils, sample the wonderful flavours of the local cuisine, lose yourself in numerous art galleries, and relax on the pristine beaches.
Day 15, 20 June 2017: Depart Auckland
Make your way to Auckland Airport and depart Auckland at your leisure.