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Southern Spotlight & North Island

20 day Escorted Tour & Self Drive - from £3599 £3339

With flights from £4639

Enjoy an escorted tour of the South Island, including travel, hotels and excursions, before exploring the North Island on a self drive from Wellington to Auckland.


  • Sail on Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw
  • Journey over Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train
  • Explore the art deco scene of Napier
  • Marvel at the geothermal wonders of Taupo
  • Visit the city sights of Wellington and Auckland


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Your Holiday Includes:

  • 9 day Escorted Tour – Southern Spotlight
  • 2 night hotel stay in Wellington
  • Air-conditioned car hire
  • 2 nights in Napier
  • 2 night stay in Rotorua
  • 3 nights in the city of Auckland
  • Optional UK flights
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 – Christchurch

Fly to the gateway of the South Island prior to the start of your guided tour. Christchurch is constantly evolving following the devastating earthquake that hit the city in 2011 and has become a modern and thriving garden city.

Day 2 - Escorted Tour

Today, join your fellow travellers for the Southern Spotlight tour, an unforgettable journey around New Zealand’s remote and mountainous South Island, with magnificent scenery throughout.

This 9 day tour includes visits to:

  • Dunedin
  • Milford Sound
  • Queenstown
  • Franz Josef

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Day 10 - Wellington

It is time to bid farewell to the South Island as you depart Christchurch and fly to the capital city of Wellington. Pick up your choice of hire car from the airport and travel to the city for a relaxed two-night stay allowing time to explore the Botanical Gardens, Zealandia and Te Papa National Museum.

Day 12 – Napier

Take your time to travel through along the southern tip of the North Island towards Napier. This coastal resort town is famous for its art deco appearance and wine production. A two night stay here will allow ample time to relax and immerse yourself in this cultured town. Tour the region in a traditional art deco vintage car or join a self-guided bike tour of the surrounding vineyards.

Day 14 – Taupo

Drive through the rugged hills, plunging valleys and expansive vistas towards Taupo. This resort town sits on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake and is surrounded by impressive natural wonders, such as the powerful Huka Falls and the steaming Craters of the Moon.

Day 15 – Rotorua

The road to Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s most fascinating. The lakeside town of Rotorua sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire which contributes to the abundance of geothermal activity which occurs within this region. On your way towards the town stop at one of the geothermal parks to see bubbling mud pools and erupting geysers. Rotorua is also the perfect destination to discover more about the country’s unique Maori culture at Te Puia Arts and Craft Institute or during a traditional evening Maori Hangi feast.

Day 17 – Auckland

The final part of your self drive takes you through green countryside and rolling farmland as you head towards the bright lights of Auckland for a 3 night stay. Take a day cruise over to Waiheke Island or for the more adventurous hike up Mount Eden at sunrise or sunset and take in the panoramic views.

20 day Escorted Tour & Self Drive - from £3599 £3339

With flights from £4639


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HOLIDAY IDEAS to inspire you

We hope this holiday idea will inspire you. We have combined:

  • An escorted tour including:
    – luxury air conditioned coach travel
    – comfortable hotel accommodation
    – daily breakfast
  • Exciting city stays with a choice of hotels
  • Air conditioned car hire
  • Optional UK flights

You can book this holiday idea as it is or we can tailor it to suit what you want to do. Or ask our team to design a holiday just for you, anywhere in New Zealand.

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