From Auckland drive to Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington, Abel Tasman. Franz Joseph, Queenstown and Fiordland National Park. Highlights include the geysers at Rotorua, a two night stay in the vibrant city of Wellington and a visit to the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown.
Car Hire, Hotels & Maps all included aswell as £200 per person discount.
We are delighted to let you know about a number of excursions that we can offer which will not only save you up to 50% off the local ticket prices, but save you valuable time during your stay.
You can call us free of charge on 01737 646416 to book any of these trips & tours.
Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day trip from Auckland, £169 per person - Enjoy two of New Zealand's famous destinations in one day travelling aboard a premium air conditioned tour coach. At Waitomo you'll take a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers to view stalactites formed over thousands of years by the constant dripping of water. Your caves tour includes a magical boat ride through the glowworm grotto, illuminated by thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling.
Next stop is the the Agrodome for a hands-on Kiwi farming experience. You'll see sheep mustering by highly trained dogs, sheep shearing demonstrations and receive an insight into the history of dairy farm milking. Don't miss the opportunity to milk a cow, feed young animals or even be photographed with a huge bull!
Then it's on to the famous Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see the renowned silica terraces, bubbling mud pools and unique geothermal vegetation. Exploding from the ground up to 100 feet (30 meters) high is the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, which bursts into life 10-20 times a day and has been a visitor attraction since the early 1900s.
You'll also visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, to see how traditional carvings and weaving record history and customs in the Maori sacred meeting houses.
Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, £89 per person - Auckland's Whale & Dolphin Safari takes you out on the beautiful Hauraki Gulf which is considered one the most biologically and geographically diverse marine parks in the world.
Considered one of the most biologically and geographically diverse marine parks in the world, 22 species of marine mammal have been identified in the Hauraki Gulf, almost one third of the entire world's population of species.
Every Safari is different but all include: Dolphins viewed on over 90% of trips, whales viewed on 75%; cruise and commentary; culture and history of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf; fully licensed bar and snacks available for purchase.
You may be spellbound by the spectacle of a feeding frenzy involving sea birds, whales, and dolphins or see small pods of dolphins playing around the boat. Wherever the most exciting whale and dolphin activity is, we aim to find it for you. Plus show you some of the most significant cultural and historical parts of this amazing maritime park.
With six years of continued scientific programmes undertaken onboard, our crew are probably New Zealand's most experienced and knowledgeable. On Auckland's Whale & Dolphin Safari you will experience the Gulf from the most comfortable and stable whale watching vessel in New Zealand. Our luxury 20m high speed catamaran is designed specifically for the sea conditions of this unique area.
Auckland Harbour Sailing Dinner cruise, £69 per person - Dine aboard a 50-foot (15-meter) yacht, then take an evening cruise on Auckland's beautiful Waitemata Harbour to see the twinkling city lights.
Tie up at a sheltered anchorage within the largest yacht marina in the Southern Hemisphere where you will be invited to your table below decks and served your dinner along with an offering from the ship's bar. After dinner the sails are set and we pass under the Harbour Bridge to Chelsea sugar works, Devonport Naval Base and the City's waterfront. Guests are welcome to participate in sailing the yacht or just sit back, relax and enjoy the sail.
Auckland Bridge Climb, £69 per person - Admire the stunning views over the bustling harbour and downtown Auckland as you scale the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge on this fun filled adventure.
On this exciting excursion you will travel up, under and around the 1,021 metre long bridge that links the North Shore of Auckland with the city and southern suburbs. Dubbed The Coathanger by the city’s residents after it was opened in 1959, the bridge rises 67 metres above the Waitemata Harbour, providing stunning 360 degree views of Auckland’s harbour and islands and the busy city around you.
Your expert guide will fully brief you before your climb over the purpose built walkways and stairs which let you climb both over and under the traffic on the bridge with safety and ease. Your guide will fill you in on some of the history and myths surrounding this New Zealand landmark, as well as pointing out many interesting architectural features. If you can take your eyes off the astonishing scenery surrounding you for long enough, watch other thrill seekers as they leap past you into the harbour below from the bungy jumping pod.
Auckland city highlights, £39 per person - Perfect for first time visitors or if you have limited time to get to know New Zealand's largest city, this tour serves as an introduction to this sophisticated, multicultural city.
Your coach tour around Auckland begins in the commercial heart of the city, with a journey down affluent Queen Street, also known as the “Golden Mile”. From here you will travel though the historical buildings and university grounds of old Auckland and then over the Auckland Harbour Bridge enjoying fantastic views over downtown Auckland and the sparkling Waitemata Harbour.
The magnificent 360 degree views over the city, Hauraki Gulf and Manukau Harbour at the summit of Mt Eden provide an excellent opportunity for a photo stop where you can stretch your legs before continuing on to the America’s Cup Village and Westhaven Marina. A forty-five minute stop in the Auckland Domain gives you the opportunity to visit the highly recommended Auckland War Memorial Museum or to explore the Domain in your own time.
Your coach then travels via colonial Parnell Village to the exclusive residential area of Paritai Drive, before returning to the city along Tamaki Waterfront with its stunning views of the beaches, harbour and islands.
Wellington City Tour, £39 per person - Perfect for first time visitors or if you have a limited time in the country's capital, this tour of is a great way to get to know Wellington.
Learn a bit about the city’s interesting history as you take in the Gothic Revival style of Old St Paul’s Cathedral, the unique architecture of The Beehive and Parliament Buildings before visiting the Botanic Gardens and Lady Norwood Rose Gardens.
Enjoy sweeping city and harbour views from some of Wellington’s spectacular vantage points, including Mount Victoria where the 360 degree views over the city and out over Cook Strait are unrivalled. Your tour visits the inner city beach at Oriental Bay and also includes a drive around the pretty, rugged bays of Wellington’s south coast where you may be able to spot the South Island on a clear day.
Seal Coast Safari, £69 per person - Take a look at the wild side of Wellington on this 4WD tour along the rugged south coast. This tour takes you along Wellington's craggy coastline to encounter the seals and birdlife that inhabit it's beaches
Your comfortable 4WD will take you 20km along the beach to the Leaning Lighthouse at Tongue Point where you will see the seal colony and fascinating resident bird life. During the winter months there are over 600 seals laying lazily in the sun, but they are spotted in the area all year round.
Your journey takes you back over the hills of Wellington via the Brooklyn Wind Turbine. Enjoy spectacular views over the capital, as well as the distant mountains of the South Island, the sparkling Tasman Sea and the azure Pacific Ocean.
Day by day
Day 1 London to Auckland
Fly Overnight from London to Auckland
Day 2 Auckland
Arrive Auckland - travel to Hokianga/Opononi: Collect your Avis Compact Automatic rental car (Budget standard package) or Intermediate Size rental car (superior Deluxe package) from the Auckland Downtown or Airport Depot. 18 days rental car hire included. Depart Auckland and drive to Omapere on the Hokianga Harbour. Remainder of the day at leisure.
STANDARD: COPTHORNE HOTEL RESORT HOKIANGA - Standard Room
Drive to Paihia in the Bay of Islands today. Remainder of the day at leisure.
STANDARD: COPTHORNE HOTEL RESORT BAY OF ISLANDS - Standard Room
Spend the day at leisure in the Bay of Islands. An OPTIONAL Fullers Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock' Cruise can be included today. Operates daily 0900/1300hrs or 1330/1730hrs ex the Paihia Wharf. NB - during Jun/Jul/Aug there is no Island Stopover on the afternoon departure and the cruise returns at 1630hrs.
ACCOMMODATION: AS ABOVE
Depart the Bay of Islands and return to Auckland today. Remainder of the day at leisure.
STANDARD: PARK REGIS AUCKLAND - Standard Room
Drive to Rotorua today. Remainder of the day at leisure. An OPTIONAL visit to Waitomo glow Worm Caves can be inluded today.
STANDARD: IBIS ROTORUA - Standard City View Room
An OPTIONAL visit to Wai-O-Tapu can be included today. Wai-O-Tapu is open daily 0830/1700hrs with the last admission at 1545hrs. Drive to Taupo today. Remainder of the day at leisure.
STANDARD: SUNCOURT HOTEL - Double Studio Lake
Depart Taupo and drive to Wellington today. Remainder of the day at leisure.
STANDARD: IBIS WELLINGTON - Standard Room
Spend the day at leisure in Wellington.
ACCOMMODATION: AS ABOVE
Drop off your rental car to the Wellington Ferry Terminal this morning. Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton 0825/1135hrs (time indicative only as may change during the season). Collect your Avis rental car on arrival in Picton and drive to Nelson. Remainder of the day at leisure.
STANDARD: TRAILWAYS HOTEL - Standard Room
Spend the day at leisure in Nelson.
ACCOMMODATION: AS ABOVE
Drive to Westport or Punakaiki today. Remainder of the day at leisure.
STANDARD: PUNAKAIKI RESORT - Standard Room - Garden View
Heading down the West Coast today drive to Franz Josef. Remainder of the day at leisure or spend the afternoon on an OPTIONAL Glacier Valley Walk Hot Pool combo.
STANDARD: SCENIC HOTEL FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER - Graham Wing Room including full breakfast
Continue down the West Coast to Haast then turn inland and drive via Wanaka to Queenstown. Remainder of the day at leisure.
STANDARD: COPTHORNE RESORT LAKEFRONT - Superior Room
Spend the day at leisure in Queenstown. An OPTIONAL Shotover Jet Boat ride can be included today. Operates daily (except Christmas Day) from 0900/1700hrs with departures every 15 minutes. Courtesy transfers are available from The Station, corner Shotover Camp Streets or the boat departs from Arthur's Point Beach, Malaghan Road, Arthur's Point. Allow 1.5 hrs for the round trip if taking the courtesy transfers.
ACCOMMODATION: AS ABOVE
Drive to Te Anau today. Remainder of the day at leisure.
STANDARD: KINGSGATE HOTEL TE ANAU - Standard Room
Spend the day at leisure in Te Anau. An OPTIONAL Milford Sound Day Coach/Nature Cruise/Coach Tour can be included today. Operates daily and includes Picnic lunch
ACCOMMODATION: AS ABOVE
Drive to Christchurch today. Return your rental car today to the Avis Christchurch Airport Depot. Tour ends on check out of hotel and drop off of rental car. Check in for your overnight flight home.
Day 19 London
Arrive back into London after an amazing KIWI adventure.