Day 1 to 2 – Auckland
On arrival into New Zealand’s gateway city, enjoy some free time exploring Auckland – take a leisurely walk down the city’s main shopping area of Queen Street to the waterfront of Auckland Harbour, explore the city’s museums or sample the food and wine culture of nearby Waiheke Island.
Day 3 to 4 – Rotorua & Taupo
After a two night stay in Auckland it is time to pick up your car to begin your North Island adventure. Travel through the rolling hills of Waikato to Rotorua and Taupo, a region alive with geothermal activity and Maori culture. An overnight stay will allow time to experience a traditional Maori Hangi feast, where the heated earth below cooks your delicious dinner. Alternatively explore the many geothermal wonders in the form of erupting geysers, bubbling mud pools and relaxing thermal pools.
Day 5 – Napier
Your self drive continues through the Hawkes Bay region to the pretty coastal town of Napier. Learn how this art deco inspired region was rebuilt following a devastating Earthquake in 1931. The area is also famed for its wine production, notably red wines – cabernet sauvignon and merlot.
Day 6 to 7 – Wellington
Your North Island self drive concludes in the nation’s capital city of Wellington, perched at the southern most tip of the island. Indulge in the food and wine culture, take in the lofty views from the city’s Botanical Gardens or simply relax on the expansive waterfront.
Day 8 – Coastal Pacific to Christchurch
Today’s travel involves a scenic ferry crossing on the Interisland ferry as you journey to the South Island and connect with the newly redeveloped Coastal Pacific train which winds its way along the coast to Christchurch. Watch the picturesque scenery unfold before arriving in this ever-evolving city for an overnight stay.
Day 9 – TranzAlpine to Greymouth
Journey aboard New Zealand’s most famous and scenic rail journey. The TranzAlpine will whisk you away from the city across the undulating South Alps, providing some of the most dramatic and impressive scenery so typically thought of when you envisage New Zealand.
Your rail journey will end in Greymouth, on the rugged West Coast. Here you enjoy an overnight stay and pick up another car to travel south to the glacier region.
Day 10 – Franz Josef
Travel further south along the West Coast to one of the South Island’s most famous glaciers. The impressive Franz Josef glacier can be viewed from the valley floor or from the impressive vantage of a helicopter flight which will land on the compacted snow at the very top of the ice flow. An overnight stay here will allow you to take in this natural wonder.
Day 11 – Queenstown
Your final three nights in New Zealand are spent in the country’s most picturesque town, Queenstown. A three night stay here will allow you to explore or relax – there is a wealth of experiences available to you, depending on your interests and levels of adrenaline!
Day 14 – Farewell from Queenstown
Its time to bid farewell from Queenstown as your taste of New Zealand draws to an end. Board your return flight with the choice of an optional stopover in another destination on route home to extend your holiday.
14 day Holiday Idea - from £1325
With flights from £2295