Road and Rail

17 day Self Drive - from £2199

A 17 day tour combining the leisurely essence of self drive with New Zealand’s iconic rail journeys with a Milford Sound and Waitomo Cave tour included.

Highlights:

  • Waitomo Glowworm caves
  • Travel on the Northern Explorer and TranzAlpine train
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Energetic Queenstown
  • Geothermal wonders of Rotorua
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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland

On arrival at Auckland Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Standard: Skycity Hotel
Deluxe: Eden Park, Breakfast included

Day 2: Auckland

A full day to explore the city of sails. Relax in one of the city’s waterfront cafes or take an optional day cruise to Waiheke Island.

Standard: Skycity Hotel
Deluxe: Eden Park, Breakfast included

Day 3: Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves (200km & 160km)

This morning collect your rental car. Make your own way to Rotorua via the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Entrance to the caves is included.

Standard: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
Deluxe: Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel, Breakfast included

Day 4: Rotorua

Time for sightseeing by your rental car. Entrance is included to the Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts Institute and Thermal Reserve, the Agrodome Farm Show, Rainbow Springs, a Skyline Gondola ride and the Polynesian Spa.

Standard: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
Deluxe: Black Swan Boutique, Breakfast included

Day 5: Rotorua to Auckland (240km)

Make your way back to Auckland. Return your rental car to the Auckland City Depot on arrival. Make your own way to your hotel.

Standard: Skycity
Deluxe: Eden Park, Breakfast included

Day 6: Auckland to Wellington by rail

You will get a coach transfer to Auckland Rail Station and depart on the Northern Explorer Train to Wellington. On arrival in Wellington you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Standard: Ibis Hotel Wellington
Deluxe: QT Museum Hotel, Breakfast included

Day 7: Wellington

A full day at leisure to explore the nation’s capital, Wellington. Perhaps take a ride on the cable car up to the Botanical gardens, or visit Te Papa – the national museum of New Zealand.

Standard: Ibis Wellington
Deluxe: QT Museum Wellington, Breakfast included

Day 8: Wellington to Christchurch via Picton

This morning return your rental car to the Ferry Terminal Depot. Board the InterIslander Ferry for your journey across Cook Strait to Picton. On arrival into Picton, you will connect with the Coastal Pacific Train for your scenic journey down the East Coast to Christchurch.

Standard: Chateau on the Park
Deluxe: The Classic Villa, Breakfast included

Day 9: Christchurch to Mt Cook (330km)

This morning collect your rental car. Drive South and make your way to the village of Mt Cook.

Standard: The Hermitage Hotel – Standard room
Deluxe: The Hermitage Hotel – Superior room

Day 10: Mt Cook to Queenstown (260km)

This morning is at your leisure before driving from Mount Cook to Queenstown.

Standard: Mercure Queenstown Resort
Deluxe: Browns Boutique Hotel, Breakfast included

Day 11: Milford Sound day trip

Enjoy a full day coach tour to Milford Sound where a nature cruise on the Sound is included. There is the option to return to Queenstown by scenic flight (at extra cost).

Standard: Mercure Queenstown Resort
Deluxe: Browns Boutique Hotel, Breakfast included

Day 12: Queenstown

Full day at your leisure to select your optional sightseeing: 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.

Standard: Mercure Queenstown Resort
Deluxe: Browns Boutique Hotel, Breakfast included

Day 13: Queenstown to Franz Josef (360km)

Make your way to Franz Josef Glacier.

Standard: Punga Grove
Deluxe: Holly Homestead, Breakfast included

Day 14: Franz Josef to Greymouth or Hokitika (175km)

Make your way from Franz Josef to Greymouth on New Zealand’s rugged West Coast.

Standard: The Ashley Hotel
Deluxe: Breakers Boutique, Breakfast included

Day 15: Greymouth or Hokitika to Christchurch by rail

This afternoon return your rental car to the rental car counter at the Railway Station. Depart on board the scenic TranzAlpine Train for your journey across Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch transfer to your hotel.

Standard: Chateau on the Park
Deluxe: The Classic Villa, Breakfast included

Day 16: Christchurch

Spend a full day at leisure in Christchurch.

Standard: Chateau on the Park
Deluxe: The Classic Villa, Breakfast included

Day 17: Christchurch

Tour ends with a transfer to Christchurch Airport.

17 day Self Drive - from £2199

With flights from £3149

Optional Upgrade

Our Deluxe Road and Rail self drive includes all the benefits of our standard option and offers superior hotel accommodation.

17 day Road and Rail Self Drive Deluxe – from £3199

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room, and include pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited kilometres. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Seasonal supplements may apply.

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Self Drive Touring

Relaxed and enjoyable self drive tour. Book them as they are or ask your consultant to add extra days in the places you choose.

Your self drive includes:

  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Standard or Deluxe hotels
  • Air conditioned car
  • Inclusive vehicle insurance
  • Maps and driving information
  • Flexible itineraries

Standard

Your self drive includes comfortable touring hotels as standard.

Deluxe

Upgrade your self drive from Standard to Deluxe. Deluxe hotels include breakfast and offer more intimate accommodation from lodges to country houses and small hotels. Enjoy a warm welcome and personal service.

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