Classic New Zealand

20 days

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Day 1
Depart the UK today.
Day 2
In flight. A stopover can be added if preferred.
Day 3
Arrive in Auckland and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4
You have a free day to orientate yourself in Auckland. Go up the Sky Tower for fantastic views or take a relaxing harbour cruise.
Day 5
Collect your hire car this morning and make your way to the geothermal centre of Rotorua.
Day 6
Enjoy a day around Rotorua, visit one of the thermal parks and see the colourful silica pools and bubbling mud. Later on enjoy a Maori cultural evening, including a traditional hangi meal.
Day 7
Continue your journey to Napier, on the coast of Hawkes Bay.
Day 8
Enjoy a leisurely morning having a look at the interesting art deco architecture of the city, then join a wine tour in the afternoon.
Day 9
Make your way through the pretty Wairarapa region to Wellington. Return your hire car.
Day 10
A free day in Wellington. Visit Te Papa Museum or take the cable car up to the botanical gardens.
Day 11
Take the Interislander ferry across to the South Island. Collect a hire car and take a beautiful drive along the coast to Kaikoura.
Day 12
Join a fantastic whale watching excursion this morning then spend the afternoon having a look around the lovely town of Kaikoura.
Day 13
Continue on to Christchurch. Return your hire car and have a wander around the city this afternoon.
Day 14
An early start as you board the Tranz Alpine train; a scenic journey over Arthur’s Pass to the west coast. Disembark in Greymouth, collect another car and head south to the glaciers.
Day 15
Take a spectacular scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef and Fox Glacier then perhaps drive to picturesque Lake Matheson and enjoy a leisurely walk.
Day 16
Continue your journey south through the magnificent Haast Pass to Queenstown. Plan for a day of photo stops – this is a beautiful drive.
Day 17
A free day in Queenstown. Take a ride on the gondola for wonderful views over Lake Wakutipu then spend the rest of the day having a look around the town.
Day 18
Make your way from Queenstown to the lakeside town of Te Anau.
Day 19
Join a fabulous day trip to Milford Sound. Join a cruise along the Fiord and enjoy the breath-taking scenery.
Day 20
Make your way back to Queenstown, return your hire car and take a domestic flight to Christchurch or Auckland whereupon you join your overnight flight home.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Take a journey through New Zealand that captures all the highlights in three weeks. This is a fantastic self-drive itinerary that starts in the North Island and journeys all the way down to the bottom of the South Island, taking in sights such as the geothermal centre of Rotorua, the winelands of Hawkes Bay, the wildlife at Kaikoura and beautiful Milford Sound. It also includes a ride on the scenic Tranz Alpine train. Along the way you will experience the diverse and breath-taking scenery that makes New Zealand so special.

2 nights Auckland – 2 nights Rotorua – 2 nights Napier (Hawkes Bay) – 2 nights Wellington – 2 nights Kaikoura – 1 night Christchurch – 2 nights Glacier Country – 2 nights Queenstown – 2 nights Te Anau (Fiordland)

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