10 December 2016

Auckland Tours and Cruises

New Zealand Splendour tour - 15 Days

Save £200pp

PLUS Boutique hotels

14 nights fr £2559pp

Includes flights

New Zealand Splendour

Embark on a 15 day self-drive tour & enjoy the scenic beauty

Valid for deps 01 Apr - 31 May 2017

Save £200pp

PLUS Boutique hotels

14 nights fr £2559pp

Includes flights

New Zealand Splendour

Embark on a 15 day self-drive tour & enjoy the scenic beauty

Valid for deps 01 Apr - 31 May 2017

Save £100pp

PLUS Boutique hotels

14 nights fr £2559pp

Includes flights

New Zealand Splendour

Embark on a 15 day self-drive tour & enjoy the scenic beauty

Valid for deps 01 Apr - 31 May 2017

This 15-day self-drive tour is the perfect way to explore beautiful New Zealand

Setting out from Auckland and wending your way to Christchurch, this tour takes you through some of New Zealand's most breathtaking scenery, from golden beaches to lush forests, past cascading waterfalls, rugged mountains and spectacular geysers and glaciers. It's an excellent way to explore this beautiful part of the world, making sure you see all the sights yet still have plenty of unstructured time to relax.

Tour Highlights

  • Auckland    ·
  • Coromandel Peninsula    ·
  • Rotorua    ·
  • Tongariro National Park    ·
  • Wellington    ·
  • Nelson    ·
  • Glacier Region    ·
  • Te Anau    ·
  • Wanaka    ·
  • Queenstown    ·
  • Dunedin    ·
  • Christchurch    ·

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula

You'll begin your adventure by heading south from Auckland towards the Coromandel Peninsula. Along the coast of the Firth of Thames, you'll pass through the township of Thames, which dates back to the gold rush of 1867. From here, it's a short trip over the Coromandel Range to the upmarket beach town of Pauanui.

Boutique - No car Bushland Park Lodge Standard - No car Pauanui Pines Superior - No car Grand Mercure Puka Park

Day 2: Coromandel Peninsula

You'll spend today in the Coromandel Peninsula, with plenty of free time to explore the lush forests, picturesque beaches, rugged coastline and swimming holes.

Boutique - No car Bushland Park Lodge Standard - No car Pauanui Pines Superior - No car Grand Mercure Puka Park

Day 3: Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua

This morning you'll continue south, past beautiful beaches and the township of Tauranga, one of the North Island’s largest ports. You'll pass through the kiwi-fruit country around Te Puke and then on to Rotorua, famous for its thermal activity and as New Zealand's cultural centre. Rotorua is on the central North Island volcanic plateau, which creates the spectacular geysers, pools of boiling mud and water, steam vents and terraces of silica at the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve.

Boutique - No car Regent of Rotorua Standard - No car Sudima Rotorua Superior - No car Millenium Rotorua

Day 4: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park

Today you'll travel to the township of Taupo, beside Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Here you can try your hand at a whole range of watersports, including trout fishing, sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing, canoeing and white-water rafting, as well as horseriding, sky-diving and bungee jumping. Just north of Taupo, you'll want to visit to the dramatic Huka Falls, before driving along the east shore of Lake Taupo to Turangi, then onto State Highway 47 into Tongariro National Park.

Boutique - No car Chateau Tongariro Standard - No car Skotel Superior - No car Chateaux Tongariro

Day 5: Tongariro National Park to Wellington

Today you'll continue to Wanganui, on the banks of the Wanganui River. From here you'll travel down the west coast to Wellington, New Zealand's capital, which sits on a beautiful harbour, overlooked by Mount Victoria.

Boutique - No car Museum Art Hotel Standard - No car Hotel Grand Chancellor James Cook Superior - No car Rydges Wellington

Day 6: Wellington to Nelson

This morning you'll drop off your car and catch the ferry from Wellington to Picton on the South Island, relaxing and enjoying the scenery as you cruise through the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound. After picking up your next car you'll drive around the area before travelling through Havelock to Nelson, a pretty city flanked by the sea, golden beaches and hills.

Boutique - No car Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Standard - No car Trailways Hotel Superior - No car Grand Mercure Monaco Apartments

Day 7: Nelson

Today you're at leisure to explore the Marlborough and Abel Tasman region around Nelson.

Boutique - No car Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Standard - No car Trailways Hotel Superior - No car Grand Mercure Monaco Apartments

Day 8: Nelson to the Glacier Region

Today you'll continue further south-west to Westport, wedged between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. You'll drive through the rugged and densely forested Buller Gorge, along one of the most impressive scenic drives in New Zealand, then continue down the coast, through Punakaiki and on to Greymouth and Hokitika, and visit the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers within the Westland National Park.

Boutique - No car Distinction Te Weheka Standard - No car 58 on Cron Motel Superior - No car Franz Alpine Retreat

Day 9: Glacier Region to Wanaka

Today you'll continue south-west on State Highway 6, turning inland along the Haast River, in the region of Central Otago, past Lake Wanaka to the town of Wanaka.

Boutique - No car Maple Lodge Standard - No car Mercure Oakridge Resort Superior - No car Edgewater Hotel

Day 10: Wanaka to Queenstown

From Wanaka you'll either follow the main highway further inland through Luggate, Lowburn, Cromwell and back west to Queenstown, or take the Crown Range road via Cardrona, following an old gold-mining route.

Boutique - No car Hotel St Moritz Standard - No car Copthorne Lakefront Superior - No car Millenium Queenstown

Day 11: Queenstown

Today you're at leisure to explore Queenstown and the surrounding areas. If you’re feeling adventurous, in Queenstown you can take a heli-jet ride on the Kawarau River, try white-water rafting, take a helicopter trip or go bungee jumping. If you'd prefer something more relaxing, take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu or just enjoy a picnic lunch in these beautiful surroundings.

Boutique - No car Hotel St Moritz Standard - No car Copthorne Lakefront Superior - No car Millenium Queenstown

Day 12: Queenstown to Te Anau

This morning you'll leave Queenstown and travel south along Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, on the outskirts of the Fiordland National Park. At 1.52 million hectares, this is the largest national park in New Zealand and one of the largest in the world. You'll also have the chance to admire Milford Sound, one of the grandest of the fiords along this coastline. It runs past one of New Zealand’s most famous landmarks, Mitre Peak, which rises 1,692 metres almost straight up from the water.

Boutique - No car Te Anau Lodge Standard - No car Distinction Luxmore Superior - No car Distinction Te Anau

Day 13: Te Anau to Dunedin

Today you'll travel east, via Lumsden and Gore, renowned for its brown trout fishing, to the university city of Dunedin, on the Otago Peninsula, which is indented with bays, providing many picnic and swimming sites. At the tip of the peninsula is Taiaroa Head, a special reserve which includes the only mainland nesting site of the magnificent royal albatross.

Boutique - No car Brothers Boutique Hotel Standard - No car Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge Superior - No car Distinction Dunedin

Day 14: Dunedin to Christchurch

Today you'll pass through Palmerston and Oamaru in the region of North Otago, then travel inland via Omarama, Twizel, Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki, a spectacular turquoise glacial lake. You'll stop for a picnic lunch at the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo, then continue on to the Canterbury Plains, the widest area of flat land in New Zealand, and into Christchurch.

Boutique - No car The George Standard - No car Chateau on the Park Superior - No car Novotel Cathedral Square

Day 15: Christchurch

You'll spend today exploring Christchurch, one of New Zealand’s historic cities, which is currently reinventing itself after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Among the city’s popular sights are RE:Start, a retail and café precinct built from shipping containers, and the fascinating Transitional Cardboard Cathedral. Today your tour comes to an end, as you travel to the airport for your onward journey, or to your hotel if you're extending your stay here.

Prices

Standard - No car fr £992pp

Superior - No car fr £1336pp

Boutique - No car fr £1725pp

Valid between:

  • 01/10/2016 - 31/03/2017

Rates based on twinshare

Price includes

  • · 14 nights room only accommodation
  • · Interisland Ferry Wellington - Picton

NOT included

  • · Car hire
  • · Meals unless stated

International flights not included unless otherwise stated

 
 
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