Travel 2 Touring 18/19



24 day Land of the Long White Cloud Bay of Islands • Auckland • Coromandel • Rotorua • Napier • Wellington • Marlborough • Kaikoura • Akaroa • Dunedin • Queenstown • West Coast Glaciers • Christchurch

Day 1: Auckland - Bay of Islands (240km/ 149 miles/ 3 hours) This all-encompassing 24-day self-drive package starts as you collect your rental car either from the airport or downtown Auckland depot. Head north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge to the tranquil Bay of Islands where you will stay in the coastal town of Paihia, the site of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the British Crown and the native Maori people. Budget & Standard: Kingsgate Autolodge Paihia; Superior: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (2 nights) Day 2: Bay of Islands Enjoy a free day to explore the Bay of Islands and the charming resort towns of Paihia and Russell. Perhaps take to the water on a dolphin encounter cruise, or learn of the historic importance of the area to the Maori people at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Day 3: Auckland (240km/ 149 miles/ 3 hours) Today, it’s time to head south back to Auckland where you can enjoy a day exploring the largest city in New Zealand. Perhaps visit Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, scale the Sky Tower or take a short ferry crossing to Devonport for some iconic panoramic views of the city skyline and Auckland Harbour (all at own expense). Budget: Scenic Hotel Auckland; Standard: Skycity Hotel Auckland; Superior: Heritage Auckland Days 4 & 5: Coromandel Peninsula (173km/ 107 miles/ 2.5 hours) As you leave Auckland behind, you’ll head south on the Pacific Coast Highway Touring Route to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, famous for its golden-sand beaches, bush walks and rainforests. You’ll have 2 full days to explore the stunning natural scenery that makes this part of New Zealand such a draw for locals and tourists alike. Highlights include the spectacular Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach and Cooks Beach. Budget: Aotearoa Lodge; Standard: Breakers Motel; Superior: Grand Mercure Puka Park (2 nights) Days 6 & 7: Coromandel Peninsula - Rotorua (226km/ 140 miles/ 3 hours) Today, you will head inland to the geothermal resort of Rotorua where bubbling mud pools, luminous sulphuric lakes and turbulent geysers create a unique environment that has to be seen to be believed. Entrance to key attractions and a traditional Maori Hangi-style dinner are included if booking our optional sightseeing package. Budget: Ibis Rotorua; Standard: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside; Superior: Regent of Rotorua

Days 8 & 9: Rotorua - Napier (225km/ 140 miles/ 3 hours) Drive the Thermal Explorer Highway to Taupo, where you can view the thundering Huka Falls and the geothermal landscape of the Craters of the Moon. Later, continue along the Highway to the east-coast town of Napier, famed for its striking Art Deco architecture and art festivals. For those purchasing our sightseeing package, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a bygone age with a guided walking tour. Budget: Quest Napier; Standard: Scenic Hotel Te Pania; Superior: The County Hotel (2 nights) Days 10 & 11: Napier - Wellington (334km/ 207 miles/ 4.5 hours) Drive the well-signposted ‘Classic New Zealand Wine Trail’ route to Martinborough, whose gourmet restaurants might persuade you to stop for an indulgent lunch, before heading into the nation’s capital Wellington. You have a full day at leisure to enjoy the many experiences on offer including the Te Papa National Museum, Wellington Cable Car and the Wellington Botanic Gardens. Film fans can also visit several locations where the Lord of the Rings franchise was filmed. Budget: Ibis Wellington; Standard: Novotel Wellington; Superior: Rydges Wellington (2 nights) Day 12: Wellington - Blenheim (29km/ 18 miles/ 3hrs 20 minutes) Drop off your rental car at the ferry terminal in Wellington, and board the Interislander (included) for the scenic 3-hour crossing across the Cook Strait to the South Island. Collect your new rental car at the Picton ferry terminal before taking the very short drive to the famous Marlborough wine region where you have an evening to savour some of the best wine in New Zealand. Budget: Quality Hotel Marlborough; Standard: Scenic Hotel Marlborough; Superior: Marlborough Vintners Hotel Day 13: Blenheim - Kaikoura (129km/ 80 miles/ 6.5 hours) Today, travel onwards to coastal town of Kaikoura which is revered as one of the best places in the country to view wild dolphins and sperm whales. You’ll have an afternoon at leisure here to give you time to take to the water and immerse yourself in the abundant marine life (at own expense). Budget: Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge; Standard: The White Morph (Garden Studio); Superior: The White Morph (Deluxe Studio)


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