Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands
Franz Josef Glacier

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14 day Holiday Idea - from £1275

With flights from £2575

Explore some of New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring coastal and mountain scenery on this two week adventure by road and rail.


  • Spend two nights at the spectacular Bay of Islands
  • Traverse the North Island on board the Northern Explorer
  • Drive through the Able Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks
  • Gaze up at the mighty Franz Josef Glacier (or down from a helicopter!)
  • Enjoy three nights in beautiful lakefront Queenstown

Your Holiday Includes:

  • 2 night city stay in Auckland
  • 2 nights stay in the Bay of Islands
  • Northern Explore rail journey from Auckland to Wellington
  • 1 night in Nelson
  • 1 night in Greymouth and Franz Josef
  • Extended 3 night stay in Queenstown
  • 1 night in Christchurch
  • Car hire with inclusive insurance
  • Interisland Ferry crossing
  • Optional UK flights
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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 Parks 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 £2575


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  • Scenic rail journey

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