If you want to explore the best that New Zealand has to offer, whilst doing it at your own pace, then this self-drive holiday is for you. You’ll visit all of New Zealand’s popular towns and cities. You’ll spend time in the magical Rotorua, with its hot pools, exploding geysers, thermal lakes and rich Maori heritage. You’ll have the chance to explore some of New Zealand’s most well-known vineyards, glaciers and fiords, as well as getting time to enjoy its stunning beaches and coastline.

16 nights, From £2,615*

Price is a guide for this multi centre holiday including all your flights, hotels and car hire.

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Itinerary

2 Nights – Auckland
2 Nights – Rotorua
1 Night – Napier
1 Night – Wellington
2 Nights – Blenheim
2 Nights – Kaikoura
1 Night – Christchurch
2 Nights – Franz Josef
3 Nights – Queenstown


✈ UK – Auckland (2 Nights): First, you will fly from your chosen UK Airport to Auckland. Base yourself here for 2 nights to enjoy New Zealand’s largest city with its shops, museums and two harbours. From here you could head up to the north and visit the gorgeous Bay of Islands, a tropical beach playground, with fantastic sailing and watersports. Coromandel is also in easy reach with its rainforests and golden beaches.

🚗 Auckland – Rotorua (2 Nights): Then make your way to Rotorua for 2 nights to explore this geologically fascinating area. You can relax in bubbling hot pools, watch the exploding geysers and hike around the bright green thermal lakes. This area is also rich in Maori heritage so take time to meet the local Te Arawa people and have a tour around their village.

🚗 Rotorua – Napier (1 Night): Next, head to the beautiful town of Napier at the southern end of Hawke’s Bay for a night. Famed for its 1930’s art deco architecture, the town enjoys a wonderful Mediterranean climate. Visit the Deco Trust to learn more about this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site and also explore more of Hawke’s Bay. Renowned for its artisan producers, award-winning restaurants and fine wine, Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s oldest wine region and boasts over 100 vineyards and 70 wineries – many of which offer cellar-door tastings and tours.

🚗 Napier – Wellington (1 Night): Drive on to Wellington, at to the southern tip of the North Island, passing through Martinborough en route. Renowned for its boutique wineries, and most famously its Pinot Noir, visit the Martinborough Wine Centre to sample numerous wines under one roof. When you arrive in Wellington, the country’s Capital, enjoy the thriving arts scene and great restaurants along with the picturesque harbour setting.

⛴ Wellington – Blenheim (2 Nights): Take the 3 hour Interislander ferry to the South Island and head straight to Blenheim for 2 nights in the heart of the Marlborough region. Again renowned for its wineries, it is also an ideal base to explore the Marlborough Sounds via the 45-mile Queen Charlotte Track. Passing through lush coastal forests and bays with stunning views, you can either walk or cycle the entire track or simply choose a segment to explore.

🚗 Blenheim – Kaikoura (2 Nights): Drive on south along the coast to Kaikoura, the whale-watching capital of New Zealand. Enjoy a couple of days in this quaint east coast town taking in the abundance of sea life from the fur seals, to the dusky dolphins and little blue penguins. Hike the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway for magnificent coastal views with the snow-capped mountains in the background.

🚗 Kaikoura – Christchurch (1 Night): Only a 2 hour drive away is the attractive city of Christchurch with its gardens and parks. This resilient town that sits between the Pacific Ocean and the Southern Alp’s has much to offer from its Edwardian punts on the River Avon to its pop-up shops and restaurants.

🚗 Christchurch – Franz Josef (2 Nights): Crossing over to the west side of the Island you will come to the Westland National Park and the small town of Franz Josef. Home to one of the world’s steepest and most accessible glaciers, you can take a guided walk into blue ice caves and through narrow crevasses, or for the even more adventurous, take a Heli-hike to explore higher!

🚗 Franz Josef – Queenstown (3 Nights): For your final three nights, make your way to Queenstown to experience the ultimate in adrenaline-fuelled adventures! This is the home of bungee-jumping as well as the place to come for sky-diving, jet-boating and river rafting. However, if adventure activities aren’t your bag then you will still love this city sitting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. With its dramatic alpine ranges and enthralling scenery, it was the obvious location for ‘Middle Earth’ in the Lord of the Rings films – and the perfect place to end a fantastic holiday.

✈ Queenstown- UK: On your last day you will make your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.