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Embark on a self-drive adventure across
both New Zealand’s North and South
islands with activities en route to suit
the whole family. In the North Island,
explore the turquoise waters and
wildlife of the Bay of Islands, experience
caves lit up by glow worms in Waitomo
and discover the explosive geothermal
activity of Rotorua. In the South Island,
walk close to immense glaciers and
take part in thrilling activities from
Queenstown, known for its adventure
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Arrive into Auckland and transfer to Nesuto
Celestion Apartment Hotel for 2 nights.
Optional excursions include climbing Auckland
Harbour Bridge for views over the city, a visit to
the Sea Life Aquarium or sailing an authentic
America’s Cup yacht in the harbour. (N)
Collect your hire car and drive north to the
subtropical Bay of Islands. Join a cruise through
the sheltered waters and islands, looking out
for dolphins and other marine life. Stop at ‘the
hole in the wall’, a 60-foot opening in a rock
formation, and discover the islands by sea
kayak. Stay 2 nights at the Edgewater Palms
Apartments (two-bedroom apartment). (N)
Return south for an overnight stay at Nesuto
Celestion Apartments Hotel (two-bedroom
apartment). Perhaps visit the sandy beach
at Takapuna, with superb views out to the
volcanic island of Rangitoto. (N)
Travel south to the Waitomo caves region.
Take a boat ride through the caves and see
the thousands of glow worms that illuminate
the grotto. Continue on past rolling hills
and pastureland to Rotorua and stay at
the Ramada Resort by Wyndham Rotorua
Marama (two-bedroom townhouse) for 3
Days at leisure. Optional excursions include
taking the gondola up Mount Ngongotaha for
spectacular views over Rotorua, relaxing in the hot pools of Polynesian Spa, walking on high
canopy trails through ancient forests or
taking a day trip to the Hobbiton film set,
where scenes from The Lord of the Rings were
Return your hire car and fly to Christchurch. On
arrival, collect your new hire car. Stay overnight
at the Rydges Latimer Square. (N)
Travel across the Canterbury Plains for a
1-night stay at Mantra Lake Tekapo (twobedroom apartment). Relax in the hot springs
or take a hike or bicycle ride around the
glacier-fed waters of Lake Tekapo. (N)
Drive past braided river valleys, native beech
forests and lush alpine meadows on your
way to Queenstown, the adventure capital
of the world. Stay 3 nights at Oaks Shores
(two-bedroom apartment), set against The
Remarkables mountain range and next to
Lake Wakatipu. (N)
Days at leisure. Optional excursions include
a 4x4 tour through Skippers Canyon, rafting,
kayaking or zip lining. (N)
Drive through the Kawarau gorge and via
Cromwell and Lake Dunstan to Wanaka for
an overnight stay at the Distinction Wanaka
Alpine Resort (two-bedroom apartment).
This town provides access to Mount Aspiring
National Park. (N)
Travel to the West Coast, a remote area full
of rainforests, snow-capped mountains and
thundering waterfalls. Leisurely walks can
be taken to the foot of Fox and Franz Josef
glaciers, with the chance to soak in the glacier
hot pools. Overnight at Punga Grove (twobedroom unit). (N)
Return your hire car in Greymouth before
boarding the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch.
Traverse the Southern Alps passing stunning
mountain scenery. Overnight at Rydges
Latimer Square (two-bedroom suite). (N)
Transfer to the airport and fly home, or
continue your holiday in New Zealand. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
International and internal flights
are not included with this itinerary. For flight
options and prices, please contact your
Cox & Kings travel consultant.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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