This extensive itinerary is an ideal introduction to New Zealand for firsttime visitors looking to explore the country at their own pace. Travel the length of New Zealand to visit the main sights, with plenty of opportunities to explore each area further and excursions that can be tailored to your own preferences.
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On arrival, transfer to the M Social Auckland for 2 nights. Following day at leisure or take an optional excursion. (N)
Collect your car hire and drive north to the Bay of Islands. On arrival, stay 2 nights at Arcadia Lodge (or similar) in Russell. Suggested excursions include a cruise out on the Bay of Islands to spot dolphins or visits to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the historic town of Russell. (N)
Drive south to the volcanic town of Rotorua and stay 2 nights at the Peppers on the Point. This long journey can be broken up with a stop for lunch in the pleasant town of Cambridge, with tree-lined streets and many wellpreserved heritage buildings, or Matamata, home of the Hobbiton film set. Alternatively shorten your day’s drive by taking an overnight stay in Auckland, which is approximately the halfway point of this journey. (N)
Day at leisure to explore the volcanic attractions of Rotorua. (N)
Drive south to Wellington and stay at the Bolton Hotel for 2 nights. Following day at leisure to explore New Zealand’s capital city, with time to visit the National Museum Te Papa or join a guided walking tour. (N)
Drop off your car hire and board the Interislander ferry for the journey to South Island. On arrival in Picton, collect a new car and drive south through the Marlborough wine-growing region to Blenheim. Stay overnight at the Chateau Marlborough. (N)
Continue south this morning along the beautiful east coast to Kaikoura. Stay 1 night at Fyffe Country Lodge. Afternoon whalewatching cruise off the Kaikoura coast. (N)
Drive south to Christchurch and stay 2 nights at the The George. The following day is at leisure for you to explore Christchurch. (N)
Drive to Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park and stay overnight at the Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook Hotel. Spend the afternoon walking in the park or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Option to extend your stay and explore further. (N)
Drive to the lakeside town of Te Anau and stay overnight at Dock Bay Lodge(or similar). (N)
Drive to Milford Sound, where you will board the Milford Mariner† for an overnight cruise in this spectacular fiord. (D)
Drive to Queenstown and stay at The Rees (or similar) for 2 nights. Following day is at leisure to enjoy one of the many outdoor activities available. (B, N)
Drive north through the Mount Aspiring National Park to the small town of Franz Josef. Stay 1 night at the Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Optional guided walk to the face of the Franz Josef glacier, or take a scenic flight for an aerial view. (N)
Drive north up the rugged west coast to Greymouth, drop off your car hire and board
the TranzAlpine train for a journey through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. On arrival, you will be transferred to the Commodore Airport Hotel for 1 night. (B)
Transfer to the airport to fly home or continue your holiday. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
International flights are not included with this itinerary.
This cruise does not operate between mid-May and mid-September, however we are able to tailor your itinerary should you wish to travel during this period.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5042 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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AOT2018: 19 Nights
Many memorable moments but the best has to be the overnight cruise on Milford Sound on the Milford Mariner. It rained on the way to Milford Sound but it had stopped by mid afternoon and by early evening the weather was perfect. We went out on the tender in Harrison Cove and communed with the penguins on the shoreline as the sun went down - then back to the boat for an excellent dinner. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and good fun. The scenery was, of course, spectacular.Ms Ann Abraham
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