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New Zealand Itinerary 2 weeks, including Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata

Best of New Zealand Self Drive Tour

Embark the 2 week Best of New Zealand Self Drive Tour for 2024/2025. This itinerary is packed with geothermal hotspots, cultural immersion, outdoor adventures, native wildlife, and scenic wonderment. Despite being a small country, New Zealand has a lot to offer.

Locations Visited – North & South Island

In just two weeks, the tour takes you through Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Wellington, Blenheim, Greymouth, the Glacier region, Queenstown, Mount Cook, Tekapo, and Christchurch, providing a world of different experiences in one trip.

If you want to spend additional time exploring New Zealand, we highly recommend checking out our extensive selection of day tours or all of our New Zealand self drive tours.

  •    TOUR DURATION:
    14 days
  •    TOUR STARTS/ENDS:
    Auckland to Christchurch
  •    TOUR CATEGORY:
    Self Drive Tour
  •    TRANSPORTATION:
    Rental Car
  •    TOUR DEPARTURES:
    Daily
  •    AIRPORT TRANSFERS:
    Included
  •    MEALS:
    13 x Breakfast 
  •    ACCOMMODATIONS:
    First Class Hotels, Superior Hotels, Standard Hotels
  •    PASSENGERS:
    no minimum number of passengers
  •    TOUR CODE:
    GTNZ012024
  •    PRE & POST ACCOMMODATION:
    “Available“
  •    CITIES/REGIONS VISITED:

    AUCKLAND – ROTORUA – NAPIER – WELLINGTON – BLENHEIM – GREYMOUTH – GLACIER REGION – QUEENSTOWN – MT COOK – TEKAPO – CHRISTCHURCH

ITINERARY

Depart from United States Of America, US

DAY 1 : Arrive Auckland

Upon arrival, collect your rental vehicle and self drive to your accommodation. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, set between two harbours with gentle sandy shores on the east coast and black sand, wild surf beaches on the west coast. Home to sheltered, sparkling blue waters dotted with beautiful emerald islands, we recommend getting out on the water when you are here. Overnight: Auckland

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES:

Auckland Sky Tower

Orbit Restaurant Sky Tower

Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise

Weta Workshop Unleashed Tour

DAY 2 : Auckland - Waitomo - Hobbiton - Rotorua

Journey through the rolling green hills of Waitomo and enjoy a tour through an underground wonderland of caves decorated with galaxies of glowworms. Continue to Matamata for a charming tour of unique, character Hobbit homes, gardens and the watering hole just as you see in the movies. Finishing off a visually fulfilling day, continue on to Rotorua, a bubbling and steaming destination like nowhere else. Overnight: Rotorua

Auckland-Waitomo: 195km (approx 2hrs, 30mins)

Waitomo-Matamata: 102km (approx 1hr, 20mins)

Matamata-Rotorua: 67km (approx 55mins)

 

INCLUDED ACTIVITES:

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

Hobbiton Movie Set Venture Beyond the Door

DAY 3 : Rotorua

Rotorua is surrounded by a fascinating geothermal landscape with its unique steam vents, spouting geysers and bubbling mud pool set alongside freshwater lakes and majestic native forests. It is also a region immersed in fascinating Maori myths and legends. Late afternoon you’ll visit one of the local geothermal attractions for a guided tour through the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, the Kiwi Conservation Centre and the geothermal valley. Then enjoy a Hangi Dinner overlooking the valley and geyser, followed by a 40 minute cultural performance. The evening culminates with hot chocolate and pudding on the geyser terrace. Overnight: Rotorua

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Te Ra/Te Po Combo (Guided + Evening Experience)

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

The Hell’s Gate Experience – Walk + Mud Bath and Spas

Secret Spot Hot Tubs

DAY 4 : Rotorua - Napier

Rotorua – Napier

There’s a bit of everything on today’s drive past Great Lake Taupo to Napier. Your scenic journey includes volcanic geography, fresh forest plantations, rugged hills, beautiful valleys, gentle plains and huge vistas.

Following an earthquake in 1931, a rebuild saw Napier completely redesigned in the style of the times. Buildings were constructed in the Art Deco style with Maori motifs to give the city a unique New Zealand character. Today, the delightful seaside city of Napier has the extra-ordinary feeling of a time capsule with its seamless line of some of the world’s finest 1930’s architecture. Enjoy a guided tour of Napier’s unique history and architecture. Overnight: Napier

Rotorua – Napier: 220km (approx 3hrs)

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Art Deco Afternoon Walk

DAY 5 : Napier - Wellington

Napier – Wellington

Today’s travel south may be via the spectacular Manawatu Gorge or through the beautiful Tuki Tuki Valley and Wairarapa Wine region to reach Wellington. Set between a sparking harbour and rolling green hills the compact city of Wellington is best explored on foot. Great shopping, arts culture, cafes and restaurants are all within minutes of the city’s untouched nature spots. Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum offers FREE admission but you might like to include a guided tour for a greater insight into New Zealand’s rich history and culture. Overnight: Wellington

Napier – Wellington: 320km (approx 4hrs,30mins)

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Te Papa Museum of New Zealand

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Introducing Te Papa Tour

DAY 6 : Wellington - Picton - Blenheim

Wellington – Picton – Blenheim

New Zealand’s North and South Islands are separated by three hours of sensational scenery and ocean fresh air. Departing Wellington, your ship will ferry you across the Cook Strait, past the beautiful beaches, bays and coves of the Marlborough Sounds to the historic port town of Picton. With its rugged mountain ranges and fertile pains, Marlborough has a lot to offer with its water, wilderness and wine. A short drive takes you to the compact town centre of Blenheim. Overnight: Blenheim

Picton-Blenheim: 30km (approx 30mins)

 

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

North to South Island Ferry Crossing

DAY 7 : Blenheim - Kaikoura - Christchurch

The Pacific Coast Road to Christchurch presents one of New Zealand’s most dramatic drives with breath-taking mountains on one side and wild pounding ocean on the other. The seaside settlement of Kaikoura is set midway and overlooked by majestic mountains. The unique marine geography at this location provides the perfect environment for Sperm Whales and other marine life. On to Christchurch, a vibrant, ever-changing city with inner city parks and gardens delightfully interwoven by the meandering Avon River. Overnight: Christchurch

Blenheim – Christchurch: 309km (approx 4hrs)

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Whale Watch Tour – Ocean Cabin

Dolphin Encounter

DAY 8 : Christchurch - Greymouth

Depart across the Canterbury Plains, a fertile patchwork made with every shade of green, through the spectacular scenery of Arthurs Pass National Park and on to the West Coast. New Zealand’s rugged West Coast is a wild and untamed place known for its rivers, rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. Here, mighty rivers of solid white ice, relics of the world’s last ice-age, tumble down the rocky valleys. Overnight: Greymouth

Christchurch – Greymouth: 240km (approx 3.5 hrs)

DAY 9 : Greymouth - Glacier Region

A temperate climate at a low altitude makes Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers among the most convenient to visit in the world. Steep valleys bear scars from where glaciers have retreated and advanced over millennia and here, the ice age is still underway. For an absolute bucket list experience, add a scenic flight with a glacier landing and a thrilling hike to your itinerary. Overnight: Glacier Region

Greymouth – Glacier Region: 175-195km (approx 2.5-3hrs)

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Punakaiki Rocks and Blowholes

DAY 10 : Glacier Region - Queenstown

Travel through wilderness towns, waterfalls and river scenery on today’s scenic journey to Queenstown. We recommend stopping for a break, and to stretch the legs, at Makarora’s Blue Pools. After settling in at your Queenstown accommodation, make your way to the Skyline Base for a Gondola Ride to the top of Bob’s Peak and enjoy some spectacular panoramic views high above Queenstown. You might also like to add some Luge rides to your bucket list for some extra fun. Overnight: Queenstown

Queenstown – Glacier Region: 330-350km (approx 4.5-5hrs)

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike

Original Onsen Exclusive Indoor Pool

DAY 11 : Queenstown

Magnificent vistas and majestic mountains dominate this compact alpine resort town and with such an expansive natural physical environment it is not surprising that Queenstown has been described as the Adventure Capital of the World. Overnight: Queenstown

We recommend you let someone else do the driving so you can enjoy the scenery on an optional day tour to Milford Sound (not included in tour cost).

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Shotover Jetboat Ride

Glacier Express Heli Flight 50mins

DAY 12 : Queenstown - Mt Cook/Tekapo Region

Today’s journey takes you to a scenic wonderland with golden tussocks, snow-capped mountains and turquoise lakes. Hug the shores of beautiful Lake Pukaki to a rugged land of ice and rock, home to Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. Overnight: Tekapo or Mt Cook

Queenstown – Tekapo/Mt Cook: 256-266km (approx 3hrs,15mins)

DAY 13 : Mt Cook/Tekapo Region - Christchurch

Today you’ll enjoy admission to the Darky Sky Project for a greater understanding of the night sky. Be sure to stop for a while at Lake Tekapo where the ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ takes pride of place against the backdrop of a vivid blue glacier-fed lake. Then continue north east where braided rivers and familiar plains will signal your arrival back into Christchurch. Make a visit to the International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch either today or tomorrow for an icy insight into this astounding continent. Overnight: Christchurch

Tekapo/Mt Cook – Christchurch :220-330km (approx. 3-4hrs)

 

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Dark Sky Experience

Antarctic Centre

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Christchurch Tram Dinner

DAY 14 : Depart Christchurch

Arrangements conclude today with the return of your rental car to Christchurch Airport.

Arrive to United States Of America, US

Inclusions & Highlights

* 13 Day Rental Car Hire with zero or reduced excess liability
* 13 Nights Accommodation
* Waitomo Glowworm Caves
* Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
* Te Ra Guided Day Tour
* Te Po Evening Cultural Experience
* Art Deco Afternoon Walk
* Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
* North to South Island ferry crossing
* Skyline Gondola Queenstown
* Dark Sky Experience
* International Antarctic Centre

Please Note

(i) Rental Car “Days” are based on a 24 hour hire. Early arrivals into and/or late departures out of New Zealand may necessitate a longer hire period.
(ii) Adding Optional Tours may necessitate an additional nights’ stay in that location.

ACCOMMODATION

Your accommodation options for this 2 week itinerary/tour:
Standard Hotels, Superior Hotels, First Class Hotels, Boutique Stays, Motels and Apartments, Luxury Lodges