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A Classic New Zealand self drive itinerary from the gateway of the south island Queenstown to the largest city Auckland. From Queenston through ancient beech-tree forests to the isolated rainforest and limestone formations of the West Coast. With snow-capped ridges and low-lying glaciers of the South Alps running alongside you. Head onward to the capital Wellington via the ferry ride to the north island and its incredible biodiversity. At the North Island's center is the immense cobalt-blue Lake Taupo, a submerged volcanic crater. Head North to Auckland via the central region of the north island, volcanic plateau studded with geothermal activity. More.. Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip International Economy Class flights from Los Angeles or San Francisco on Air New Zealand (domestic US flights can be added at an additional cost)
  • Domestic New Zealand flight Auckland to Queenstown
  • 3 nights Queenstown at the 4* Novotel Queenstown - Standard King Room
  • 11 days medium size automatic transmission car rental inclusive of insurance (deductible applies), Queenstown – Auckland (coach transportation is available if a self-drive is not preferred, additional cost applies)
  • 1 night Franz Josef at the 4* Rainforest Retreat - Tree Hut Room
  • 1 night Punakaiki at the 4* Punakaiki Resort – Sea View Room
  • 3 nights Nelson at the 4* Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Apartments - Standard Room
  • Interislander Ferry Crossing from Picton to Wellington
  • 2 nights Wellington at the 4* Novotel Wellington – Superior Room, King
  • 1 night Tongariro at the 4* Chateau Tongariro – Run of House Room
  • 2 nights Rotorua at the 4* Novotel Rotorua Lakeside – Superior Room City View
  • 2 nights Auckland at the 4.5* at The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour – City View Studio Suite
  • Seat in coach airport shuttle transfers
  • All taxes & fuel surcharges

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Depart US
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.

Day 2 - Cross International Date Line

Day 3 - Arrive New Zealand
Upon arrival in Auckland, connect to your flights to Queenstown. Seat in coach transfer to accommodation. Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. Renowned for adventure sports, it’s also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns

Days 4 & 5 - Queenstown
Return rental vehicle - explore Queenstown at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites (additional cost applies):

  • Milford Fly Cruise Fly/Dart River Safaris Combo
    Join your Milford Sound Scenic Flights crew at Queenstown Airport, Sir Henly Wigley Dr, Frankton, to commence a full day Milford Fly Cruise Fly/Dart River Safaris Combo tour. Fly from Queenstown to magnificent Milford to enjoy a launch cruise travelling the full length of Milford Sound. Return by scenic flight landing at Glenorchy to join Dart River Safaris to journey into the untouched wilderness of a World Heritage Area before coaching back to Queenstown. Tour concludes approximately 10 hours after commencement, at Queenstown Airport.
  • Discover Milford Sound
    At 7:20am join your coach to commence a full day tour into the heart of Milford Sound. This is an unforgettable journey in which you'll experience the world famous fjord - rich in dense rainforest, glacier carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls. Journey across the Southern Alps, take photos of the stunning Mirror Lakes, uncover Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls, and then travel deep into the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through solid rock before walking across The Chasm. At the deep waters of Milford Sound, board your Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise. See the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. After your cruise, return to Queenstown by coach.
  • Appellation Central Wine Tours
    Appellation Central offers guided tours showcasing Central Otago's fine wine and cuisine. These tours venture into the heartland of Central Otago visiting vineyards in Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell. Small groups and custom fit minibuses ensure a relaxed and interactive day out from Queenstown and a great way to experience Central Otago.
  • Nomad Safari - Skippers Canyon
    A half-day heritage tour that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. Hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley. Navigate this awe-inspiring canyon and visit many historic sites such as the Skippers Suspension Bridge, township of Skippers, and the restored school house - gain a real insight into the local heritage through photos and histories of life in this tough environment.
  • Queenstown Rafting Triple Challenge - Shotover Jet,Helicopter & WhiteWater Rafting
    The Ultimate Adventure. Begin with the shotover jet, speed through rocky canyons and experience the Hamilton 360 spins. Climb aboard a helicopter for a spectacular flight into Skippers Canyon. Land at Deep Creek and meet your rafting guide, peaceful waters at first before hearing the roar of the"mother" section.
  • Zipline Ecotour
    Commence an ecotour on Queenstown's original zipline course and the perfect starter to your adventure experience. Comprised of four ziplines, starting and finishing at the top of the Skyline gondola, the tour is designed to start low and slow and gradually build your confidence as it gets progressively longer, higher and faster. All ages love the interaction this guided aerial tour has to offer.
  • Station 2 Station Cycle Trail
    The perfect half day, independent cycling trip experiencing the best that Queenstown has to offer. Enjoy a Spirit of Queenstown cruise to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm, stopping at Bob’s Cove to view flora and fauna up close and spectacular views towards Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw, the Southern Alps and The Remarkables mountain range. Disembark the vessel and journey between Mt Nicholas and Walter Peak (high country farms) located on the western shores of Lake Wakatipu as you cycle along a quiet country road through open farm land. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, watch the landscape unfold and take in the panoramic alpine views while cycling 12 kilometres (about one hour) along a remote but public, shingle road to Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak. There’s an option to add on a BBQ lunch at Walter Peak before boarding the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for the return cruise to Queenstown.
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Day 6 - Queenstown to Franz Josef
This morning collect your rental vehicle and commence your self drive north

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Queenstown to Wanaka 
103 km (64 miles) Approximately 1.25 hours

The shortest route to Wanaka is over the Crown Range Road. It’s a challenging drive, but the views are amazing and you’ll probably encounter friendly keas (mountain parrots). More conservative drivers can take the route that runs beside the Clutha River, Lake Dunstan and the Shotover River. 

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Wanaka to Haast
139 km (87 miles) Approximately 1.75 hours

Enjoy waterfalls and river scenery as you leave the coast and climb up the Haast river valley to Haast Pass. The road snakes through the Aspiring National Park, and the vegetation becomes more sparse as you travel inland. Lakes Wanaka and Hawea make the last part of your trip beautifully scenic.

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Haast to Fox Glacier 
122 km (76 miles) Approximately 1.75 hours

Not far from Fox Glacier is the western end of the Copland track. Lake Moeraki is another peaceful forest lake with good fishing – a 40 minute walk takes you to the penguin colony at Monro Beach. The long one-lane bridge over the Haast River leads you into the settlement of Haast, once a construction camp for the Ministry of Works. It’s a town with a touch of the wild west.

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Fox Glacier to Franz Josef
23 km (14 miles) Approximately 0.25 hour

After a short drive south, you’ll arrive at Franz Josef. The glacier’s terminal face is just 5 kilometers from the township, and the road to the walking track crosses ancient moraine from earlier advances and retreats. First explored in 1865, the Franz Josef Glacier has been moving forward at a rate of about 1 metre a day since 1985.

Day 7 - Franz Josef - Punakaiki
This morning relax, self explore or consider adding one of our tour options (additional cost applies):

  • Heli Hike
    Combine an awesome scenic helicopter flight over the glacier with a unique guided walk amongst the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs of this pristine, alpine environment. You'll see the extraordinary colours of the ice-flow from above and then up close, on an unforgettable guided walk.
  • Glacier Valley Walk
    At the terminal face of Fox Glacier is a cave where the Fox River emerges from the ice and where ice collapses are often heard and seen. Although you will not walk on the glacier, your guide will show you ice that has travelled 13 kilometers from the base of the Southern Alps all the way to the river valley floor and may take you closer to the ice than the unguided public.
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Franz Josef to Hokitika
133 km (83 miles) Approximately 1.75 hours

The road to Hokitika is rural, but with a wild streak. The farmland is trying to turn back into forest, and the beauty of the rivers is raw and primeval. Hokitika was first settled in 1860, after the discovery of gold on the west coast. It still has the feel of a ‘frontier town’, and there are some lovely old buildings to admire. Greenstone (NZ jade) is the town’s treasure these days – you can see it being polished and sculpted. You might also want to pan for gold, investigate the museum and do the historical walk.

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Hokitika to Punakaiki
83 km (51 miles) Approximately 1.5 hour

The road between Hokitika to Punakaiki via Greymouth provides great views of the wild west coast. Detour to the beach and breathe the salt spray air. Driftwood is the ornamentation of choice for west coast beaches – every shape, size and colour.  Punakaiki is famous for its ancient pancake rocks and booming blowholes. It is the centrepiece of the Paparoa National Park, which is packed with a variety of stunning landscapes.

Day 8 - Punakaiki to Nelson

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Punakaiki to Westport
56 km (34 miles) Approximately 0.75 hours

The road to Westport hugs the coast, providing spectacular views of wild beaches and the tempestuous Tasman Sea. Westport is on the northern bank and at the mouth of the Buller River, close by the prominent headland of Cape Foulwind.

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Westport to Marahau
216 km (135 miles) Approximately 2.75 hours

On the way to Marahau you’ll travel up the Motueka River Valley on a pretty, winding road that takes you past magical scenery and tiny settlements. Turn right when you connect with the main highway and head for Murchison, where you can learn about 1929’s massive earthquake. Pan for gold in Lyell Creek before you navigate the awesome Buller Gorge. At Hawks Crag the road has been hacked out of solid rock – you’ll drive under a dramatic overhang. Westport is known as a coal mining town and a base for outdoor adventures. 

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Marahau to Motueka
17 km (11 miles) Approximately 0.25 hour

The short trip to Motueka takes you past the road to Kaiteriteri Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. Marahau is often called ‘the Abel Tasman Village’, because it’s where many people begin their explorations of the Abel Tasman National Park. You can hire kayaks, swim with seals or catch a water taxi to one of the park’s amazing beaches. The Coast Track in the Abel Tasman National Park is the most popular ‘great walk’ in New Zealand. The track takes you past pristine golden sand beaches and calm turquoise waters. Travel on foot or in a sea kayak.

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49 km (31 miles) Approximately 0.75 hour

The road to Nelson hugs the coast, which makes it easy to browse beaches as you go. The Nelson region is known for its year-round sunshine, golden beaches, three national parks, 300-plus working artists and craftspeople, boutique wineries, fresh local produce and seafood, historical streetscapes, waterfront cafes and restaurants, and a thoroughly relaxed lifestyle.

Days 9 & 10 - Nelson/Abel Tasman National Park
Explore the Nelson region and/or Abel Tasman National Park at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites (additional cost applies):

  • Kayak, Seals & Walk day tour - Abel Tasman National Park
    Morning 'Split Apple Paddle' guided half day kayak trip, explore the spectacular Kaiteriteri coastline. Stop on a golden sand beach for a short break. In the afternoon swap the kayak for walking shoes, and cruise to the golden sands of Onetahuti, visiting the fascinating seal colony at Tonga Island on the way.
  • Seals & Beach Cruise (1.5hrs) & Walk (2hrs) - Abel Tasman National Park
    Board the Vista Cruise into Tonga Island Marine Reserve from Kaiteriteri. Pause to view the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony then land at historic Tonga Quarry Beach. Walk over a forested saddle (maximum elevation 120 metres/400 ft) and around the Bark Bay waterfall trail, crossing the new swing bridge beside Bark Bay Falls. Take some extra time to relax on the golden sands at Bark Bay beach before you continue on to picturesque Medlands Beach. From Medlands catch your return cruise back to Kaiteriteri.
  • Wine Tour - full or half day
    Enjoy a truly exclusive tour of the Nelson Wine Region. Visit wineries both on the plains and the hills where you can meet the owners and winemakers. You’ll also sample wine from the ten classic grapes grown in New Zealand. Taking in pristine scenery will ensure a memorable day – this tour is both fun and informative
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Day 11 - Nelson to Wellington

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Nelson to Picton
145 km (91 miles) Approximately 1.75 hours

The drive to Picton first takes you to the town of Havelock, which is known as the Green Shell Mussel Capital of the World. Nearby Canvastown is a place to explore old gold mining fields – thousands tried to get rich here in the 1860s.

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Interislander Ferry - Nelson to Wellington
92 km (57 miles) Approximately 3 hours

The passage through the Marlborough Sounds and across the Cook Straits is one of the most scenic ferry trips in the world. The cruise style ferry makes the trip in just 3 hours and can transport vehicles. Highlights along the way include the Red Rocks seal colony, Tory Channel, Cook’s Lookout and the beautiful coves of the sounds. Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot.

Day 12 - Wellington
Explore Wellington at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - some of our favorites (additional cost applies):

  • Capital Tastes Tour
    Personal sightseeing with food. Discover fresh tastes in New Zealand's caf capital, as we introduce you to the city, its local tastes, products and people on this popular tour. Stroll behind the scenes at some of our favourite Wellington food places with a personal guide, to taste hidden culinary treasures and meet some of the people behind some of the city's best food.
  • WETA Workshop There and Back Again Half Day Tour
    Made famous by the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Weta Workshop is world renowned for creating incredible movie props and practical effects. Begin with a behind the scenes film showcasing the company's history before a workshop technician takes you on a tour filled with real films props and working artists. See and learn about the creative process from start to finish and relive the magic of countless movies. Tour concludes approximately 2.5 hours after commencement
  • Introducing Te Papa Museum
    Enjoy highlights of New Zealand's unique treasures at Te Papa, New Zealand's innovative and interactive national museum. Join a Host for an informative and inspiring tour of treasures and stories from the natural environment, Maori culture and history collections. It is ideal for visitors with limited time or wanting an introduction for an extended visit. Tour concludes approximately 1 hour after commencement
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Day 13 - Wellington to Tongariro

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Wellington to Turangi (Tongariro)
322 km (201 miles) Approximately 4 hours

As you drive north towards Taihape, the landscape becomes dominated by rivers and valleys. The Mangaweka Gorge is a scenic masterpiece.  Enjoy cafes, restaurants, museums, theatre and all kinds of shops.On the long, straight Desert Road you’ll enjoy amazing views of Tongariro National Park’s volcanoes. The town of Turangi is the trout fishing capital of New Zealand. There are famous fishing spots in almost every direction, including ‘The Delta’, ‘The Hole’, ‘Little Big O’ and ‘Tailrace’. The nearby hot springs of Tokaanu are another attraction, or you can try rafting the Tongariro River. The walks and skifields of the Tongariro National Park are also close by

Day 14 - Tongariro to Rotorua
Explore Tongariro national park. Established in 1887, Tongariro National Park is New Zealand's first National Park, and the fourth National Park to be created in the world. Tongariro National Park has gained international significance by being awarded UNESCO Dual World Heritage, a status which recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.

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Turangi (Tongariro) to Taupo
47 km (29 miles) Approximately 0.75 hour

You’ll follow the eastern edge of Lake Taupo to reach Taupo. . The resort town of Taupo sits on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake, which is well stocked with sizeable trout. You’ll find everything a traveller could wish for, including an excellent choice of restaurants. Most accommodation establishments make good use of the underground thermal activity to provide hot spas for relaxation.

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Taupo to Rotorua
81 km (51 miles) Approximately 1 hour

The road to Rotorua will keep you entertained with its unusual, volcanic geography. You’ll also drive through large tracts of plantation pine forest. Take a side road to a geothermal park, where you’ll discover geysers, silica terraces and craters of boiling mud and Huka Falls. Rotorua sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire, so there’s evidence of volcanic activity everywhere you look. Explore the geothermal areas and discover the unique culture of New Zealand’s Maori people.

Day 15 - Rotorua
Explore Rotorua at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - some of our favorites (additional cost applies):

  • Discover Rotorua
    Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna as well as the New Zealand Kiwi. Then see NZ's agricultural industry in action with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome.
  • Te Puia
    Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley has inspired the local Maori people for centuries the guides will recount stories handed down from their ancestors as you explore this unique geothermal reserve with its boiling mud and sulphur pools and the 30 metre (100 ft) Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to 20 times a day. Tour concludes approximately 90 minutes after commencement, at Te Puia.
  • White Island
    Fly to and land on New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano White Island. Leaving the Rotorua city lakefront fly north past the northern lakes district before crossing the coast on track to White Island. Arriving overhead the volcano enjoy aerial views of the active crater before landing on this lunar like surface. Here embark upon a leisurely guided tour of the island's crater floor to view active steam vents 'fumaroles', hot streams, vibrant sulphur formations and the steaming crater. This landscape is constantly changing as the activity forms new features and removes old ones. The Crater Lake changes in depth and temperature so that from one day to the next the landscape is different. Part of the tour includes a walk through crumbling mining ruins to view the weathered remains of what was a working factory built in 1923 and abandoned in 1933. Tours on this privately owned volcano are conducted by your pilot / guide whose wealth of knowledge about the island's history and geology enhances the experience.
  • Hobbiton
    Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site of where the Lord of the Rings movie set used to be. Your guide will explain all about what was needed to create the Hobbiton set and tell stories about what went on during filming. Check out the Hobbit holes from the film set. After viewing the Bag End, you can pet and feed the hand reared sheep and hand bottle feed lambs.
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Day 16 - Rotorua to Auckland via Waitomo Caves

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Rotorua to Waitomo Caves
136 km (85 miles) Approximately 1.5 hours

Your journey to Waitomo will take you through a mixture of farmland, lakeland and forest. The Waitomo Caves region is famous for its subterranean splendour. Beneath the surface of this ancient limestone region is a series of vast cave systems decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and glow-worms. Some caves open to the public, and are easy to walk through, others require specialised caving equipment

Explore Waitomo at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - some of our favorites (additional cost applies):

  • Glowworm Caves
    Inside the ancient limestone caves live tiny insects whose iridescent light has amazed visitors of the Glowworm Grotto for over 100 years. Guided walks lead visitors through the amazing Cathedral, a high ceiling cave with acoustics to rival the most modern arena, to a small boat. From here the boat is towed across the water to where hundreds of tiny lights flicker on the cave roof above.
  • Black Water Rafting
    The Black Labyrinth is the original classic adventure. Tube down the 'hidden' waterfall, through rocky chutes and vaulted limestone galleries and emerge in the Waitomo forest.
  • Lost World - Abseiling
    Abseil 100m into this unique and spectacular chasm - the descent takes around 30 minutes and is followed by a dry caving trip exploring huge chambers en route to the surface. See giant speleotherms, including flowstone and spagatites, the famous glowworms and all manner of weird and wonderful rock sculptures. There's a 30m ladder climb and walking along narrow ledges, at all times protected by specialist safety equipment and systems. Unbelievable
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Waitomo Caves to Hamilton
71 km (44 miles) Approximately 1 hour

The trip south takes you through prime Waikato farmland. The city of Hamilton is carved in two by the mighty Waikato River. Excellent restaurants and cafes can be found at the southern end of the city’s main street.

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Hamilton to Auckland
127 km (79 miles) Approximately 1.5 hours

The Waikato River will accompany you for much of your journey through the green countryside. Don't think of Auckland as a city, even though it's New Zealand's largest. Think of it as half urban, half marine - a cosmopolitan experience wrapped up in a fascinating water world and surrounded by over 50 islands. Aucklanders enjoy a warm, humid climate and an outdoor lifestyle.


Day 17 - Auckland 
Explore Auckland at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - some of our favorites (additional cost applies):

  • Auckland City Revealed (Half Day)
    NZ's largest and busiest city is set on 48 dormant volcanic cones and lies between two harbours: the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. The tour begins with a drive up Queen Street, past Auckland University and through Auckland Domain to Ponsonby. Head over the harbour bridge to the North Shore and enjoy a stroll on Narrow Neck Beach in historic Devonport. Re-board the coach for a trip up to the summit of Mt Victoria for stunning panoramic views over Auckland City, then travel back over the harbour bridge to Westhaven Marina. Finish with a visit to Auckland Fish Market before continuing on to the Viaduct Harbour.
  • Bush and Beach - Coast and Rainforest Tour
    Visit Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, with panoramic views from the sweeping decks extending from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Next, your guides walk you through Auckland’s coastal rainforest to the West Coast Beach with soft black sand, enjoy a kiwi style picnic lunch before moving onto untouched original rainforest with mature 1000 year old Kauri trees, where 70 percent of the world’s native plants are found nowhere else in the world.
  • Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise
    Board your Explore Group vessel at Viaduct Harbour, Auckland to commence an Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise. Dine on the Waitemata Harbour, an experience not to be missed in Auckland. Enjoy great sailing and as the sun sets watch the night lights of the cityscape come alive. Sail where the wind takes while enjoying Auckland's city highlights; including sailing under the Harbour Bridge and other well-known landmarks along the harbours edge. The crew's local knowledge will give you the best harbour sailing experience Auckland has to offer. Cruise concludes at approximately 2.5 hours after commencement, back at Viaduct Harbour Auckland.
  • Waiheke Island Explorer Tour
    A 40 minute cruise takes you across the Hauraki Gulf to Matiatia Wharf on Waiheke Island where you will be met by a guide who will escort you on a 1.5 hour scenic highlights tour of Waiheke Island. Afterwards, take advantage of the complimentary All Day Bus Pass and either return to a location visited on the tour or discover the island further on scheduled public bus services
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Day 18 -  Depart for US (via Auckland)
Return your rental vehicle to Auckland airport in time for the flight

 

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Optional Activities, Extensions or Add-Ons & pricing:

  • Upgrade to premium economy from $750 per person each way
  • Upgrade to business class from $1,950 per person each way
  • Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on same ticket

Add this touring package - $449 per person

We have handpicked some of our favorite experiences - purchase this selection of tours and add to your Ultimate New Zealand Roadtrip itinerary:

  • Discover Milford Sound, Queenstown
    At 7:20am join your coach to commence a full day tour into the heart of Milford Sound. This is an unforgettable journey in which you'll experience the world famous fjord - rich in dense rainforest, glacier carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls. Journey across the Southern Alps, take photos of the stunning Mirror Lakes, uncover Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls, and then travel deep into the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through solid rock before walking across The Chasm. At the deep waters of Milford Sound, board your Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise. See the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. After your cruise, return to Queenstown by coach.
  • Glacier Valley Walk, Franz Josef
    At the terminal face of Fox Glacier is a cave where the Fox River emerges from the ice and where ice collapses are often heard and seen. Although you will not walk on the glacier, your guide will show you ice that has travelled 13 kilometers from the base of the Southern Alps all the way to the river valley floor and may take you closer to the ice than the unguided public.
  • Seals & Beach Cruise (1.5hrs) & Walk (2hrs), Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson
    Board the Vista Cruise into Tonga Island Marine Reserve from Kaiteriteri. Pause to view the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony then land at historic Tonga Quarry Beach. Walk over a forested saddle (maximum elevation 120 metres/400 ft) and around the Bark Bay waterfall trail, crossing the new swing bridge beside Bark Bay Falls. Take some extra time to relax on the golden sands at Bark Bay beach before you continue on to picturesque Medlands Beach. From Medlands catch your return cruise back to Kaiteriteri.
  • Introducing Te Papa Tour, Wellington
    Enjoy highlights of New Zealand's unique treasures at Te Papa, New Zealand's innovative and interactive national museum. Join a Host for an informative and inspiring tour of treasures and stories from the natural environment, Maori culture and history collections. It is ideal for visitors with limited time or wanting an introduction for an extended visit. Tour concludes approximately 1 hour after commencement.
  • Te Puia, Rotorua
    Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley has inspired the local Maori people for centuries the guides will recount stories handed down from their ancestors as you explore this unique geothermal reserve with its boiling mud and sulphur pools and the 30 metre (100 ft) Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to 20 times a day. Tour concludes approximately 90 minutes after commencement, at Te Puia.
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Waitomo
    Inside the ancient limestone caves live tiny insects whose iridescent light has amazed visitors of the Glowworm Grotto for over 100 years. Guided walks lead visitors through the amazing Cathedral, a high ceiling cave with acoustics to rival the most modern arena, to a small boat. From here the boat is towed across the water to where hundreds of tiny lights flicker on the cave roof above
  • Waiheke Island Explorer Tour, Auckland
    A 40 minute cruise takes you across the Hauraki Gulf to Matiatia Wharf on Waiheke Island where you will be met by a guide who will escort you on a 1.5 hour scenic highlights tour of Waiheke Island. Afterwards, take advantage of the complimentary All Day Bus Pass and either return to a location visited on the tour or discover the island further on scheduled public bus services.
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Conditions

For purchase by 31 August 2017. Prices are per person based on double occupancy departures from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect a 3% discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payment. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.