Charming New Zealand
Awesome earth forces deliver geothermal hot spots, patterned river crossings and tumbling glacial wonders.
A seamless journey takes you on a ferry connection from the North Island to the South with so much to enjoy along the way.
IMPORTANT: This tour is only available on a self drive or private touring basis until international borders have been re-opened worldwide. Some products and services have been replaced with alternative options.
Charming New Zealand Itinerary
On arrival, depending on your preferred travel choice, you will either be met and privately transferred, or self drive to your accommodation.
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city, set between two harbours with gentle sandy shores on the east and black sand, wild surf beaches on the west. Home to sheltered, sparkling blue waters dotted with beautiful emerald islands, we recommend getting out on the water when you are here. Overnight: Auckland
Auckland - Waitomo - Hobbiton - Rotorua
Journey past rolling green hills to Waitomo for a tour through an underground wonderland of caves decorated with galaxies of glowworms. Then, head to Matamata where a delightful slice of Middle Earth awaits you at Hobbiton. Finishing off a visually fulfilling day, continue along the Thermal Explorer Highway and through a green oasis lined with lush tree ferns to Rotorua, a destination like nowhere else! Overnight: Rotorua
Rotorua is surrounded by a fascinating geothermal landscape with its unique steam vents, spouting geysers and bubbling mud pool set alongside freshwater lakes and majestic native forests. It is also a region immersed in fascinating Maori myths and legends. Today you'll visit New Zealand's most colourful geothermal attraction, Wai-O-Tapu, named as "one of the 20 most surreal places in the world". Overnight: Rotorua
Rotorua - Wellington
There’s a bit of everything on today’s drive. The road to Taupo will keep you entertained with its unusual, volcanic geography and refreshing tracts of pine forest. Follow the eastern edge of Great Lake Taupo to meet the long, straight Desert Road and enjoy amazing views of Tongariro National Park's volcanoes. As you drive south the landscape becomes dominated by rivers and valleys. Finally, the stunning Kapiti coastline leads you in to New Zealand’s capital city. Overnight: Wellington
Set between a sparking harbour and rolling green hills the compact city of Wellington is best explored on foot. Great shopping, arts culture, cafes and restaurants all within minutes of the city’s untouched nature spots..Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Wellington (seat in coach guests only) and visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand for a short guided tour (all guests). Overnight: Wellington
Wellington - Picton - Christchurch
New Zealand's North and South Islands are separated by three hours of sensational scenery and ocean fresh air. Departing Wellington, your ship will ferry you across the Cook Strait, past the beautiful beaches, bays and coves of the Marlborough Sounds to the historic port town of Picton.
From here, the Pacific Coast Road to Christchurch presents one of New Zealand's most dramatic drives with breathtaking mountains on one side and wild pounding ocean on the other. Overnight: Christchurch
Christchurch - Dunedin
The road to Dunedin is lined with breathtaking beaches and fascinating geology.
Dunedin and its surrounds are a vibrant mix of heritage and wildlife. Set amidst a magical landscape edged by the sea, Dunedin City has the finest examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere. Beyond the city, the Otago Peninsula boasts an array of native wildlife with penguins, albatross, seals and sea lions. Overnight: Dunedin
Dunedin - Queenstown
Today’s journey takes you through Central Otago, a powerful landscape with weathered ancient mountains and fast flowing rivers.
Magnificent vistas and majestic mountains dominate this compact alpine resort town and with such an expansive natural physical environment it is not surprising that Queenstown has been described as the Adventure Capital of the World.
Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most exciting destinations. It is a hub of adventure surrounded by famous landscapes, renowned vineyards and goldmining history. Today is a free day to add some of the endless optional activities on offer. Overnight: Queenstown
Queenstown - Glaciers
Today’s scenic journey takes you to the West Coast, a wild an untamed place known for its rivers, rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. Here, mighty rivers of solid white ice, relics of the world’s last ice-age, tumble down the rocky valleys. Overntnight: Glacier Country
Please note admission to the Glacier Hot Pools is included for self drive travellers only but may be added to your bucket list (additional cost will apply) if you are on a seat-in-coach tour.
Glaciers - Christchurch
The coastal road north offers beautiful rivers, unique rail bridges and great views of the wild west coast. After travelling through the historic town of Hokitika, self drive travellers head eastwards, through the spectacular scenery of Arthurs Pass National Park, to Christchurch. Seat-in-coach travellers continue to Greymouth, to take the journey across to Christchurch, by train.
Christchurch is New Zealand's largest South Island city. Set on the expansive Canterbury Plains between the Pacific Ocean and the mighty snow-capped Southern Alps it is a vibrant, ever-changing city, its parks and gardens interwoven by the meandering Avon River. Overnight: Christchurch
Arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or return of your rental car.
Hamilton, Waitomo & Waikato
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All prices are per person, in New Zealand dollars
*Optional breakfast add-on for the duration of this tour
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