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Cathedral Cove, New Zealand
Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel
Hot Springs, Rotorua, New Zealand
Napier, North Island
Wellington
Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait
Hokitika Gorge
Franz Josef Glacier
Queenstown
Queenstown
Milford Sound
Cityscape, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand
Christchurch Gardens and Museum
Christchurch

New Zealand Grand Tour

14 day Self Drive Holiday – from £1649

With flights from £2949

An action packed two week self drive adventure to the highlights of New Zealand’s North and South Islands.

Highlights:
  • Explore Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
  • Marvel at the mud pools, geysers and hot springs of Rotorua
  • See the awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Spend two nights in Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu
  • Visit mystical Milford Sound and the beautiful Napier wine region

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your New Zealand Self Drive holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Day 1 – Auckland

Arrive into Auckland International Airport and get a private car transfer to your hotel. Spend the…

Arrive into Auckland International Airport and get a private car transfer to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Auckland.

Situated on a narrow isthmus between two beautiful harbours, Auckland the ‘city of sails’ is New Zealand’s largest city with a population of over 1 million. Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, so aptly named by the Maoris as the ‘sea of sparkling waters’, has brought prosperity to the city. Besides being New Zealand’s main shipping port, Auckland is also the main terminal for overseas traffic. The warm sunny climate, with its generous and evenly distributed rainfall is ideal and there are beautiful parklands and garden reserves throughout. The many miles of coastline provide Aucklanders with the means to enjoy their favourite sport of yachting.

    Skycity Hotel

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

Day 2 – Coromandel Peninsula

This morning collect your rental car in Auckland and make your way to Pauanui on the…

This morning collect your rental car in Auckland and make your way to Pauanui on the Coromandel Peninsula. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Pauanui.

This area, about 1.5 hours drive from Auckland is renowned for its native pohutukawa trees on its West Coast and the beautiful white sandy beaches on the East Coast. The historical past of this region is evident in the mining relics, logging dams and Maori Pa sites that dot the landscape. The central ranges of native rainforest are also popular with hikers & ramblers. Many activities are possible in this area, mainly of a walking or water related nature.

    Auckland > Coromandel Peninsula | 160 kms

    Pauanui Pines Motor Lodge

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel
Hot Springs, Rotorua, New Zealand

Day 3 – Rotorua

Make your way to Rotorua and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Rotorua is the…

Make your way to Rotorua and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Rotorua is the centre of the intense thermal activity in New Zealand. The city itself is situated on the shores of Lake Rotorua and excellent stream and lake fishing abounds. Geysers, pools of boiling mud, crystal springs and hot mineral water and richly coloured craters make Rotorua one of the world’s great tourist attractions.

    Coromandel Peninsula > Rotorua | 160 kms

    Novotel Rotorua

Hot Springs, Rotorua, New Zealand
Napier, North Island

Day 4 – Napier

Make your way to Napier. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Napier. The…

Make your way to Napier. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Napier. The centre of the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand, Napier is renowned for both its Art Deco architecture and also for its wine industry. It is said to be one of the warmest regions in the country with warm summers and mild winters. There are many activities from adventure seeking, wine tasting to just browsing around the local art deco shopping areas.

    Rotorua > Napier | 225 kms

    Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Napier, North Island
Wellington

Day 5 – Wellington

Make your way to and spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Wellington. Wellington,…

Make your way to and spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Wellington. Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand lies at the southern end of the North Island. On the shores of a magnificent harbour and surrounded by the rugged beauty of green hills, it is one of the most scenic cities.

Some of the best views are obtained from the hilltops especially from Mt Victoria lookout, which can be conveniently reached by a short taxi ride. Public buildings of interest are the Dominion Museum and National Art Gallery, parliament buildings and the Alexander Turnbull library. The newest attraction in the ‘capital’ is New Zealand’s National Museum. Named ‘Te Papa’ (our place) it contains a wealth of information on New Zealand’s past, present and future, many interactive exhibits, multi-media databases and fascinating collections. A must see while in Wellington.

    Napier > Wellington | 330 kms

    Rydges Wellington

Wellington
Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait

Day 6 – Nelson

Board the InterIslander Ferry for your journey across Cook Strait to Picton. On arrival in Picton…

Board the InterIslander Ferry for your journey across Cook Strait to Picton. On arrival in Picton spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Nelson.

Nelson, at the top of the South Island, is an extraordinary corner of New Zealand – a beautiful region between sweeping beaches and the northern edge of the southern Alps.

    Wellington > Nelson | 110 kms

    The Rutherford Hotel

Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait
Hokitika Gorge

Day 7 – Hokitika

Make your way to Greymouth or Hokitika. En route you may like to stop at Punakaiki…

Make your way to Greymouth or Hokitika. En route you may like to stop at Punakaiki and visit the famous “Pancake Rocks”. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Greymouth or Hokitika.

    Nelson > Hokitika | 300 kms

    Beachfront Hotel

Hokitika Gorge
Franz Josef Glacier

Day 8 – Franz Josef

This morning make your way down the West Coast to Franz Josef from Greymouth or Hokitika….

This morning make your way down the West Coast to Franz Josef from Greymouth or Hokitika. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Franz Josef. Nowhere in the world’s temperate zones are glaciers as accessible as South Westland’s most famous pair, Franz Josef and Fox. Both descend to levels of about 1000 feet (300 metres) above sea level. Franz Josef Glacier is a remnant of a much older, larger glacier, which flowed from the alpine snowfields right to the sea.

The glacier is over 12 km long extending into the rainforest just 5km from the Franz Josef Township, making it easy to visit. Walk to viewpoints, or for a close-up view of the spectacular ice formations, take a guided glacier walk, heli-hike excursion or scenic flight.

    Hokitika > Franz Josef | 180 kms

    Scenic Hotel

Franz Josef Glacier
Queenstown

Day 9 – Queenstown

Make your way to Queenstown where on arrival you will have the remainder of the day…

Make your way to Queenstown where on arrival you will have the remainder of the day at leisure. Queenstown nestles in Queenstown Bay, about midway along the eastern shores of the azure blue waters of Lake Wakatipu. An unusual feature of the lake is the regular ‘breathing’, a 3-inch rise and fall every 15 minutes. Striking mountain peaks surround Queenstown, and although still rural in character, the town has developed into a tourist resort for all seasons.

Situated more than 300 metres above sea level, it is sufficiently inland to provide a sharp contrast between the hot summer and bracing winter. The autumn colours and the Lake District are justly famous and a delight to photographers and painters. Winter brings spectacular snow scenery, ice-skating, white water rafting, parapenting and much more.

    Franz Josef > Queenstown | 350 kms

    Copthorne Lakefront, Queenstown

Queenstown
Queenstown

Day 10 – Queenstown

Full day at your leisure to select your optional sightseeing (at your own expense): thrilling jet…

Full day at your leisure to select your optional sightseeing (at your own expense): thrilling jet boat rides, vintage steamer lake cruises, visit to high country sheep stations, mountain gondola rides — the list is endless and you also have time to relax and simply marvel at the beautiful scenery.

    Copthorne Lakefront, Queenstown

Queenstown
Milford Sound

Day 11 – Te Anau

Make your way to Te Anau via Milford Sound where time is available to enjoy a…

Make your way to Te Anau via Milford Sound where time is available to enjoy a cruise on the scenic sound (at your own expense).

    Queenstown > Te Anau | 420 kms

    Distinction

Milford Sound
Cityscape, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

Day 12 – Dunedin

Make your way to Dunedin – the “Edinburgh of the South”. This afternoon in Dunedin time…

Make your way to Dunedin – the “Edinburgh of the South”. This afternoon in Dunedin time is available to explore — you may like to visit the Otago Peninsula – home of the Royal Albatross Colony, the Yellow Penguins or historic Larnach Castle (at your own expense).

    Te Anau > Dunedin | 290 kms

    Distinction

Cityscape, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand
Christchurch Gardens and Museum

Day 13 – Christchurch

Depart Dunedin and make your way to Christchurch, known as the ‘most English City outside England’…

Depart Dunedin and make your way to Christchurch, known as the ‘most English City outside England’ or the ‘garden city’. Be sure to visit the Botanic Gardens or go punting on the River Avon.

    Dunedin > Christchurch | 360 kms

    Crowne Plaza

Christchurch Gardens and Museum
Christchurch

Day 14 – Farewell from Christchurch

Tour ends with returning your rental car to the Christchurch City or airport depot.

Tour ends with returning your rental car to the Christchurch City or airport depot.

Christchurch

Your Itinerary

You can customise your New Zealand Self Drive holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Auckland

Arrive into Auckland International Airport and get a private car transfer to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Auckland.

Situated on a narrow isthmus between two beautiful harbours, Auckland the ‘city of sails’ is New Zealand’s largest city with a population of over 1 million. Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, so aptly named by the Maoris as the ‘sea of sparkling waters’, has brought prosperity to the city. Besides being New Zealand’s main shipping port, Auckland is also the main terminal for overseas traffic. The warm sunny climate, with its generous and evenly distributed rainfall is ideal and there are beautiful parklands and garden reserves throughout. The many miles of coastline provide Aucklanders with the means to enjoy their favourite sport of yachting.

    Skycity Hotel

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Day 2

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Coromandel Peninsula

This morning collect your rental car in Auckland and make your way to Pauanui on the Coromandel Peninsula. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Pauanui.

This area, about 1.5 hours drive from Auckland is renowned for its native pohutukawa trees on its West Coast and the beautiful white sandy beaches on the East Coast. The historical past of this region is evident in the mining relics, logging dams and Maori Pa sites that dot the landscape. The central ranges of native rainforest are also popular with hikers & ramblers. Many activities are possible in this area, mainly of a walking or water related nature.

    Auckland > Coromandel Peninsula | 160 kms

    Pauanui Pines Motor Lodge

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

Day 3

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Rotorua

Make your way to Rotorua and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Rotorua is the centre of the intense thermal activity in New Zealand. The city itself is situated on the shores of Lake Rotorua and excellent stream and lake fishing abounds. Geysers, pools of boiling mud, crystal springs and hot mineral water and richly coloured craters make Rotorua one of the world’s great tourist attractions.

    Coromandel Peninsula > Rotorua | 160 kms

    Novotel Rotorua

Hot Springs, Rotorua, New Zealand

Day 4

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Napier

Make your way to Napier. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Napier. The centre of the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand, Napier is renowned for both its Art Deco architecture and also for its wine industry. It is said to be one of the warmest regions in the country with warm summers and mild winters. There are many activities from adventure seeking, wine tasting to just browsing around the local art deco shopping areas.

    Rotorua > Napier | 225 kms

    Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Napier, North Island

Day 5

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Wellington

Make your way to and spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Wellington. Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand lies at the southern end of the North Island. On the shores of a magnificent harbour and surrounded by the rugged beauty of green hills, it is one of the most scenic cities.

Some of the best views are obtained from the hilltops especially from Mt Victoria lookout, which can be conveniently reached by a short taxi ride. Public buildings of interest are the Dominion Museum and National Art Gallery, parliament buildings and the Alexander Turnbull library. The newest attraction in the ‘capital’ is New Zealand’s National Museum. Named ‘Te Papa’ (our place) it contains a wealth of information on New Zealand’s past, present and future, many interactive exhibits, multi-media databases and fascinating collections. A must see while in Wellington.

    Napier > Wellington | 330 kms

    Rydges Wellington

Wellington

Day 6

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Nelson

Board the InterIslander Ferry for your journey across Cook Strait to Picton. On arrival in Picton spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Nelson.

Nelson, at the top of the South Island, is an extraordinary corner of New Zealand – a beautiful region between sweeping beaches and the northern edge of the southern Alps.

    Wellington > Nelson | 110 kms

    The Rutherford Hotel

Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait

Day 7

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Hokitika

Make your way to Greymouth or Hokitika. En route you may like to stop at Punakaiki and visit the famous “Pancake Rocks”. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Greymouth or Hokitika.

    Nelson > Hokitika | 300 kms

    Beachfront Hotel

Hokitika Gorge

Day 8

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Franz Josef

This morning make your way down the West Coast to Franz Josef from Greymouth or Hokitika. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Franz Josef. Nowhere in the world’s temperate zones are glaciers as accessible as South Westland’s most famous pair, Franz Josef and Fox. Both descend to levels of about 1000 feet (300 metres) above sea level. Franz Josef Glacier is a remnant of a much older, larger glacier, which flowed from the alpine snowfields right to the sea.

The glacier is over 12 km long extending into the rainforest just 5km from the Franz Josef Township, making it easy to visit. Walk to viewpoints, or for a close-up view of the spectacular ice formations, take a guided glacier walk, heli-hike excursion or scenic flight.

    Hokitika > Franz Josef | 180 kms

    Scenic Hotel

Franz Josef Glacier

Day 9

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Queenstown

Make your way to Queenstown where on arrival you will have the remainder of the day at leisure. Queenstown nestles in Queenstown Bay, about midway along the eastern shores of the azure blue waters of Lake Wakatipu. An unusual feature of the lake is the regular ‘breathing’, a 3-inch rise and fall every 15 minutes. Striking mountain peaks surround Queenstown, and although still rural in character, the town has developed into a tourist resort for all seasons.

Situated more than 300 metres above sea level, it is sufficiently inland to provide a sharp contrast between the hot summer and bracing winter. The autumn colours and the Lake District are justly famous and a delight to photographers and painters. Winter brings spectacular snow scenery, ice-skating, white water rafting, parapenting and much more.

    Franz Josef > Queenstown | 350 kms

    Copthorne Lakefront, Queenstown

Queenstown

Day 10

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Queenstown

Full day at your leisure to select your optional sightseeing (at your own expense): thrilling jet boat rides, vintage steamer lake cruises, visit to high country sheep stations, mountain gondola rides — the list is endless and you also have time to relax and simply marvel at the beautiful scenery.

    Copthorne Lakefront, Queenstown

Queenstown

Day 11

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Te Anau

Make your way to Te Anau via Milford Sound where time is available to enjoy a cruise on the scenic sound (at your own expense).

    Queenstown > Te Anau | 420 kms

    Distinction

Milford Sound

Day 12

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Dunedin

Make your way to Dunedin – the “Edinburgh of the South”. This afternoon in Dunedin time is available to explore — you may like to visit the Otago Peninsula – home of the Royal Albatross Colony, the Yellow Penguins or historic Larnach Castle (at your own expense).

    Te Anau > Dunedin | 290 kms

    Distinction

Cityscape, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

Day 13

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Christchurch

Depart Dunedin and make your way to Christchurch, known as the ‘most English City outside England’ or the ‘garden city’. Be sure to visit the Botanic Gardens or go punting on the River Avon.

    Dunedin > Christchurch | 360 kms

    Crowne Plaza

Christchurch Gardens and Museum

Day 14

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Farewell from Christchurch

Tour ends with returning your rental car to the Christchurch City or airport depot.

Christchurch

This Self Drive Includes

13 nights accommodation
12 nights car hire, with unlimited kilometers

Flights & More

Ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for a complete ABTA and ATOL protected package.

They can also add extra nights and experiences in places you choose, to create the exact holiday you are looking for. Popular options include:

  • Extra nights in Auckland, Christchurch or any location en route
  • An upgrade to deluxe hotels from £780
  • A stopover to New Zealand in Dubai, Singapore or other destination

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Please get in touch with our New Zealand Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

New Zealand Grand Tour

14 day Self Drive Holiday – from £1649

With flights from £2949

All prices are per person and based on two people sharing a double or twin room. Price shown based on low season travel from May to September, subject to availability. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Supplements will apply if alternative hotels are booked.

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