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New Zealand Self Drive Holiday
On arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Take a tour to Waiheke Island or browse the shops and have lunch in the Viaduct Basin area (own expense). Overnight: Auckland, Mercure Auckland (standard), CityLife Auckland (superior) or Cotter House (boutique)
Pick up your rental car from the city depot and drive north over the Auckland Harbor Bridge to Whangarei. Stop to see the Whangarei Falls then on to the seaside town of Paihia. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Bay of Islands, Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Gardenview Room (standard), Waterview Room (superior) or Ounuwhao Harding House (B&B) for 2 nights
Today is at leisure to explore this amazing region.
Return to Auckland via Hokianga Harbor. Travel south through the Waipoua forest, stopping at the Dargaville Maritime Museum before heading to Matakohe. Another popular stop in this area is The Kauri Museum. Continue via Waiwera back to Auckland. Overnight: Auckland, Mercure Auckland (standard), CityLife Auckland (superior) or Cotter House (boutique)
Depart Auckland and travel south through the rich farmland area of Waikato and the city of Hamilton to the Waitomo Caves. Travel by boat through caves lit by thousands of tiny Glow Worms. From here, continue your journey to Rotorua. Overnight: Rotorua, Novotel Lakeside (standard), Millennium Rotorua (superior) or The Springs (B&B) for 2 nights
Take in the amazing sites of Rotorua with a full day of sightseeing by self drive. Includes entrance to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, the Agrodome sheep show, Rainbow Springs, Skyline Gondola and the Polynesian Spa. Tonight, enjoy a Maori Hangi (feast) and concert. (D)
This morning drop off your rental car at Rotorua airport, and fly to Christchurch (flight not included). On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Christchurch, Copthorne Hotel Durham Street (standard), The George Hotel (superior) or The Charlotte Jane (B&B)
You will be transferred to Christchurch railway station where you will board the TranzAlpine train to Greymouth. On arrival, pick up your rental car from the railway station and drive through Hokitika to Fox Glacier. Overnight: Fox Glacier, Heartland Hotel Glacier Country (standard) or Te Weheka Inn (superior and B&B)
Depart Fox Glacier and travel through the remote township of Haast, Hawea and Lake Wanaka, via Cromwell to Queenstown. Overnight: Queenstown, Copthorne Lakefront (standard) Heritage Hotel Queenstown (superior) or Queenstown House (B&B) for 2 nights
Today is free to enjoy the many activities available in Queenstown. Take a cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu. A gondola ride to Bob’s Peak offers majestic views over Queenstown, the surrounding mountains and Lake Wakatipu (activities own expense).
Depart Queenstown, skirting Lake Wakatipu, Kingston and Lumsden to Te Anau. Continue to Manapouri to board your tour to beautiful Doubtful Sound before your return to Te Anau. Overnight: Te Anau, Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau (standard), Te Anau Hotel & Villas (superior) or Fiordland Lodge (B&B)
Drive via Lumsden through Gore and Balclutha into Dunedin. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps take a guided tour of Larnarch Castle or a rail trip through the Taieri Gorge (own expense). Overnight: Dunedin, Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin (standard), Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (superior) or Elgin House (B&B)
Depart Dunedin via Oamaru and Timaru through to Christchurch. Overnight: Christchurch, Copthorne Hotel Durham Street (standard), The George Hotel (superior) or The Charlotte Jane (B&B)
Return your rental car at Christchurch airport and board your onward flight (flight own expense).