Auckland to the South

14 day Holiday Idea - from £1275

The best of both islands: combine the calm of the Bay of Islands with an action-packed self drive around the South Island with a scenic rail journey from Auckland to Wellington in between.


  • Bays and beaches of the Bay of Islands
  • Northern Explorer rail journey across the North Island
  • Interisland Ferry journey
  • The mighty Franz Josef Glacier
  • Extended stay in beautiful lakefront Queenstown
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 – Auckland

Arrive into New Zealand’s North Island and the gateway city of Auckland. On arrival collect your car from the airport and drive into the ‘City of Sails’ for an overnight stay. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore.

Day 2 & 3 - Bay of Islands

Drive along the scenic Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. Here you can relax and unwind and shake off the jet lag. Take a boat cruise through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, swim with dolphins and be sure to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, one of New Zealand’s most significant historical sites.

Day 4 - Auckland

Travel back to bright lights of Auckland for an overnight stay. Dine in one of the waterfront restaurants of Viaduct Harbour or watch the sunset with a dinner cruise around Auckland Harbour.

Day 5 - Wellington

Watch the North Island become a moving postcard as you travel the length of the island on board the Northern Explorer rail journey. Travel through the fertile farmland of Waitoko and the volcanic peaks of the Central Plateau before arriving the nation’s capital for a two-night stay.

Day 7 - Nelson

Board the Interisland ferry and sail across the Cook Strait to the South Island port gateway of Picton. Begin your South Island self drive as soon as you arrive by collecting your car at the ferry depot and driving to Nelson for an overnight stay.

Day 8 - Greymouth

Drive through the Able Tasman and Kahurangi National Park and meander down the dramatic and rugged West Coast. Marvel at the Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Punakaiki before arriving into Greymouth, a town laced in jade and gold mining history.

Day 9 - Franz Josef

Your journey continues south through untamed natural wilderness and rainforests to Franz Josef Glacier. This giant ice flow can be viewed from the valley floor or from the vantage point of an unforgettable helicopter and hike experience.

Day 10 - Queenstown

Travel through the pretty lakeside town of Wanaka and onwards to the South Island’s most popular resort town. A three-night stay in Queenstown will allow you time to explore and enjoy many of the activities on offer. Take a cable car ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for the ultimate view of the town and surrounding Remarkable Mountains or opt for one of the more adrenaline fuelled activities such as a bungee or parasailing experience from this scenic lookout point.

Day 13: Christchurch

Make the final drive back along the Canterbury Plains and arrive into Christchurch for an overnight stay. Visit the International Antarctic Centre and stroll around the landscaped gardens of Hagley Park.

Day 14: Farewell from Christchurch

Check out of your hotel and return you car to the airport before boarding your onward flight.

14 day Holiday Idea - from £1275

With flights from £2525

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Holiday Ideas

This itinerary shows the type of holiday you can enjoy with Freedom Destinations. You can change it to suit your individual needs.

Your holiday includes:

  • Accommodation throughout
  • Car hire with inclusive insurance
  • Interisland Ferry crossing
  • North Explorer rail journey

You can:

  • Choose the style of accommodation you prefer
  • Add day tours and activities in the places you visit
  • Extend your stay in any of the locations
  • Add other destinations or visit family and friends

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