Travelling through both North and
South Island, this self-drive itinerary
focuses on visiting the highlights of New
Zealand combined with stays at bed
and breakfast-style accommodation.
These smaller properties, hosted by
knowledgeable owners, help independent
visitors get the most from their stay and
discover some of the local, less-visited
sights and experiences nearby
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Arrive and make your way to the Great
Ponsonby B&B for a 2-night stay. The following
day is at leisure to explore the surrounding
suburb of Posonby, busy with cafes, restaurants
and galleries. Your hosts, Gerry Hill and Sally
James, organise many local cultural events and
are an excellent source of information. (N), (B)
Collect your car hire and drive south to Hawke’s
Bay, with an optional stop at scenic Lake Taupo.
Check into Breckenridge Lodge for 2 nights.
Meet your host and renowned chef Malcolm
Redmond, and discover exquisite local cuisine
and hand-picked Hawke’s Bay wines. (B)
Continue to the southern tip of North Island to
visit the capital of New Zealand. Stay overnight
at the Booklovers B&B. This quaint property
provides a peaceful setting from which to
explore the inner parts of the city. (B)
Drive to the airport to return your car hire and fly
to Dunedin. On arrival, pick up your new car hire
and make your way to the Fletcher Lodge for
a 2-night stay. Spend the following day visiting
the historic Olveston House, taking a cruise in
search of albatross, watching blue penguins
come ashore or riding the scenic train through
Taieri Gorge. (B)
Drive to Queenstown for a 3-night stay at the
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel. During your
stay we recommend a visit to the old gold- mining town of Arrowtown and a trip to the
Fiordland region for a cruise on Doubtful or
Milford Sound. (N)
Drive west and follow the dramatic coastal
road north to the small town of Franz Josef.
The following day we recommend a helicopter
flight over Franz Josef and Fox glaciers.
Stay at Holly Homestead for 2 nights, the
home of Bernadine and Gerard Oudemans
who have beautifully refurbished this colonial
property. (N), (B)
Continue north up the coast to Hokitika,
formerly an important river port and today
famous for its Wildfoods Festival, which is held
on the second Saturday in March. It is also
the setting of the Booker-prize winning novel
The Luminaries. Stay 1 night at the friendly
Rimu Lodge, just south of the town in an area of
native bush and mountains. (B)
Drive east across the Southern Alps via Arthurs
Pass to Christchurch. Return your car hire before
making your way to The George hotel for an
overnight stay. Make your own way to the
airport the next day and fly home. (B), (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in hosted
bed and breakfast style accommodation, which
could be considered as equivalent to 3- and
International flights are not included
with this itinerary.
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NQQ2018: 14 Nights
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is poised between two large harbours...
The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. The tranquil...
Dunedin was founded by settlers from the Presbyterian Church of Scotland in...
Located in the Hawke's Bay wine region, Napier is a coastal town renowned for...
The village is the gateway to the Franz Josef Glacier. This glacier was first documented by Abel Tasman in 1642...
New Zealand's capital city, Wellington is set on a magnificent harbour...
The resort town of Queenstown is sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape is suited...