NEW ZEALAND SELF DRIVE, SEAT IN COACH & GUIDED TOUR PACKAGES

20 Day New Zealand Drive Around North and South Island New Zealand Tours

 

20 Day New Zealand Drive Around, Self Drive Tour have been pre-planned and for ease and peace of mind we have pre-booked all your accommodation and sightseeing needs to allow a truly memorable experience.

  •    TOUR DURATION:
    20 days
  •    TOUR STARTS/ENDS:
    Auckland to Christchurch
  •    TOUR CATEGORY:
    Self Drive Tour
  •    TRANSPORTATION:
    Rental Car
  •    TOUR DEPARTURES:
    Daily
  •    AIRPORT TRANSFERS:
    N/A
  •    MEALS:
    19 x Breakfast 
  •    ACCOMMODATIONS:
    First Class Hotels, Superior Hotels, Standard Hotels
  •    PASSENGERS:
    no minimum number of passengers
  •    TOUR CODE:
    GTNZ06
  •    PRE & POST ACCOMMODATION:
    “Available“
  •    CITIES/REGIONS VISITED:

    AUCKLAND – BAY OF ISLANDS – ROTORUA – TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK – WELLINGTON – NELSON – GREYMOUTH – GLACIER REGION – QUEENSTOWN – TE ANAU – DUNEDIN – CHRISTCHURCH

ITINERARY

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DAY 1 : ARRIVE AUCKLAND

On arrival in Auckland, ‘The City of Sails’, collect your rental vehicle and continue to your hotel.

DAY 2 : AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS

Travel north over Auckland’s Harbour Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast. The journey continues through Whangarei, Northland’s only major city, before arriving in the beautiful Bay of Islands. This afternoon enjoy guided tour of the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi, where the famous Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and local Maori chieftains. Following this, take a ‘Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett’ cruise. If you wish you, you may disembark from this cruise in Romantic Russell and take some time to explore this historic town, returning to Paihia by ferry at you leisure (ferry ticket included)

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DAY 3 : BAY OF ISLANDS

Today is at your leisure to enjoy the Bay of Islands and Northland. You might like to book an optional Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach day tour or take time to explore Kerikeri. Optional activities not included in the tour price.

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DAY 4 : BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND

At leisure this morning to further explore this beautiful region. Later this afternoon return to Auckland.

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DAY 5 : AUCKLAND - ROTORUA

Farewell the ‘City of Sails’ as you travel south to reach the market garden area of Pukekohe. Continue through Hamilton – New Zealand’s fourth largest city and the fertile Waikato region to the ‘Thermal City’ of Rotorua.

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DAY 6 : ROTORUA - TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK

Leaving the Thermal City behind, drive to Taupo, home of New Zealand’s largest lake and the majestic Huka Falls. Take some time to explore Taupo and the lake before driving around the edge of Lake Taupo and into the Tongariro National Park.

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DAY 7 : TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK

Today is at leisure to explore the Tongariro National Park and the many walking tracks in the area, including the world-famous Tongariro Crossing. If you wish to take this walk, Kiwiway can arrange suitable transfers to/from the start/finish of the track (not included in the tour price).

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DAY 8 : TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK - WELLINGTON

Departing the Central Plateau, head south through farmlands to the capital city, Wellington.

(B)

DAY 9 : WELLINGTON - NELSON

Return your rental car this morning in Wellington to take the Interislander Ferry to Picton. Travel through the Marlborough Sounds and enjoy the scenic view from the ferry. On arrival in Picton, collect your rental car and continue through the Queen Charlotte Drive to Nelson.

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DAY 10 : NELSON

Today is at leisure to explore Nelson and the nearby Abel Tasman National Park.

(B)

DAY 11 : NELSON - GREYMOUTH

Travel through the picturesque Nelson lakes district to reach the rugged West Coast. You may want to visit the pancake rocks at Punakaiki enroute to Greymouth.

(B)

DAY 12 : GREYMOUTH - GLACIER REGION

Farewell Greymouth and continue south along the West Coast to reach the glacier region.

(B)

DAY 13 : GLACIER REGION

A full day at leisure to explore this magnificent glacier region. Optional activities include a scenic flight or guided walk on one of the glaciers. Optional activities not included in the tour price.

(B)

DAY 14 : GLACIER REGION - QUEENSTOWN

Depart the Glacier Region today through spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to Haast Pass, gateway to World Heritage Westland National Park. Follow the shores of Lakes Hawea and Wanaka to Queenstown, arriving late in the afternoon.

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DAY 15 : QUEENSTOWN

A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. Optional activities not included in the tour price.

(B)

DAY 16 : QUEENSTOWN - TE ANAU

Depart Queenstown this morning for the short journey to Te Anau. Enjoy a free day in Te Anau today. Optional activities include travelling via the world famous Milford Sound or an excursion to the Te Anau glowworm caves. Optional activities not included in the tour price.

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DAY 17 : TE ANAU - DUNEDIN

Leave Te Anau this morning for a drive through historical Central Otago to the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin.

(B)

DAY 18 : DUNEDIN

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dunedin city. You may wish to take an optional tour to Otago Peninsula this afternoon to visit Larnach Castle or view the resident penguin or albatross colonies. Optional activities not included in the tour price.

(B)

DAY 19 : DUNEDIN - CHRISTCHURCH

Depart Dunedin and travel north to the Garden City of Christchurch. This afternoon is at your leisure in Christchurch.

(B)

DAY 20 : DEPARTURE DAY

Your arrangements conclude today on the return of your rental car. (B)

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Inclusions & Highlights

Our Package Touring offers the following:

 Daily departures
No minimum number of passengers
Breakfasts Daily at all hotels
All sightseeing entry fees included (as mentioned in each itinerary)
A choice of accommodation options
All tours can be added to
All packages can be taken in reverse (except ‘Stunning New Zealand’)

ACCOMMODATION

Standard Accommodation Options

Standard is equivalent to a good 3-star tourist hotel.These hotels represent excellent value for money and usually have a licensed restaurant and bar on the premises.

Superior Accommodation Options
Superior describes hotels in the 3 1/2 to 4-star category. More often than not, these will be centrally located and offering a wide range of services and facilities.

First Class Accommodation Options

First Class are central city or resort location hotels at the top end of the scale rating 4 to 4 1/2 stars. All hotels at this level have excellent facilities, bars and restaurants etc, full services, and many feature swimming pool, spa baths, and fully equipped gymnasium for the enjoyment of guests.