North and South Island 12 Days & 11 nights Fly-drive
Day 1: Arrive Auckland
On arrival at Auckland International Airport, you will be met and transferred by private car and driver to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 2: Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua
After picking your rental car, travel south following the mighty Waikato River and through the prime Waikato farmlands to Waitomo. Enjoy a guided visit through the subterranean Waitomo Cave, concluding with a boat ride to see the lights of the glowworms. On conclusions travel south to Rotorua, renowned for its geothermal activity.
Day 3: Discover Rotorua
Today visit Te Puia Geothermal Reserve where you will see boiling mud pools and steaming geysers. The remainder of today is at your leisure.
This evening enjoy a Maori Hangi and Cultural Performance at Tamaki Village.
Day 4: Rotorua – Taupo – Wellington
Travel the short distance form Rotorua following the unusual volcanic geography and through large plantations of pine forest to arrive in Taupo. Continuing south to Wellington, travel through the ‘Volcanic Plateau’ of the central North Island, with magical views of Mounts’ Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Travel through farming communities of the Manawatu before following the Kapiti Coast into Wellington, our nation’s Capital City.
Day 5: Wellington – Picton – Christchurch
This morning cruise across Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry. On arrival in Picton, connect with the Coastal Pacific train which runs daily throughout the summer season (coaches replace this service in winter).
On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 6: Christchurch – Franz Josef
This morning you will be transferred from your hotel to Christchurch Railway station. Board the Tranz Alpine train which is one of the world’s great train journeys, along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps and see miles of beech forest.
On arrival in Greymouth collect your rental car and travel to Franz Josef.
We recommend a scenic flight with snow landing or for the more active perhaps a Heli Hike(own expense and pre booking is recommended).
Day 7: Franz Josef – Queenstown
Depart Glacier Country this morning, winding through lush rainforest and skirting the magnificent coast line before travelling over the Haast Pass. Travel past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, travelling through the fertile plains of Central Otago which are renowned for vineyards, orchards and some pretty special views of the surrounding mountains to reach Queenstown.
Day 8: Discover Queenstown
A full day at your leisure to explore the many sights and activities available in Queenstown.
Day 9: Queenstown – Milford Sound – Te Anau
A day trip to Milford Sound is a touring highlight. Enjoy beautiful scenery before arriving at Milford Sound, where you will join a cruise and enjoy lunch on this magnificent sound. On conclusion, travel back to Te Anau.
Day 10: Te Anau – Dunedin
Journey to Dunedin, with its beautiful old building and abundance of wildlife. This afternoon time is available to visit the Otago Peninsula, home to an abundance of wildlife. (Own expense and pre booking is recommended).
Day 11: Dunedin – Christchurch
Return to Christchurch along the eastern coast of the South Island, passing through the historic town of Oamaru before arriving for your overnight stay in Christchurch.
Day 12: Depart Christchurch
Return your rental car to Christchurch Airport.
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