TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • 2 nights in the stunning Bay of Islands, with time to enjoy additional pre-bookable sightseeing such as a visit to Cape Reinga or a ‘Hole In The Rock’ cruise • Take time out on the Coromandel’s beaches, and dig a hole on Hot Water Beach for a relaxing thermal soak! • Explore the lovely boutique vineyard estates in Hawke’s Bay, one of New Zealand’s leading wine regions • 2 nights in the charming French-influenced settlement of Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula • Discover the Scottish heritage of Dunedin, known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ • 3 nights in the alpine playground of Queenstown, where you can be as relaxed or as adventurous as you wish • Stand in awe at the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef on the remote West Coast • End your journey with a ride on the spectacular TranzAlpine train, from Greymouth to the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch
have an evening to savour some of the best wine in New Zealand. Budget: Quality Hotel Marlborough; Standard: Scenic Hotel Marlborough; Superior: Chateau Marlborough 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 (own expense). Budget: Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge; Standard: The White Morph (Garden Studio); Superior: The White Morph (Deluxe Studio) Days 14 & 15: Kaikoura - Akaroa (265km/ 165 miles/ 3.5 hours) Travel past Christchurch to the Banks Peninsula, known for its beautiful scenery, deeply-indented harbours and secluded beaches and stay in captivating Akaroa with another chance for an optional wildlife cruise (included when you purchase our sightseeing package). Budget & Standard: Tresori Motor Lodge (Studio); Superior: Tresori Motor Lodge (One Bedroom Unit) (2 nights) Days 16 & 17: Akaroa - Dunedin (412 km/ 257 miles/ 5.5 hours ) Travelling further south across the Canterbury Plains, see the penguin colonies near Oamaru and the remarkable Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Your base for the next 2 days is the attractive Scots-founded city of Dunedin. Highlight experiences include a visit to the majestic Larnach Castle, wildlife encounters along the Otago Peninsula (home to albatross colonies, sea-lions and the rare yellow-eyed penguin) and a range of hiking and cycling trails. Budget: Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge; Standard: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin; Superior: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (2 nights) Days 18 - 20: Dunedin - Queenstown (288km/ 179 miles/ 3.5 hours) In the morning, you traverse the South Island and head to the alpine adventure resort of Queenstown. You have 3 nights here to enjoy the wide range of activities on offer with something to suit everyone. Thrillseekers will be spoiled for choice here in the birthplace of the bungee jump but those looking for a more sedate experience will not be disappointed with some of the best walking trails and scenery in the whole of the South Island. The optional sightseeing package includes the thrilling Shotover Jet and a day trip to Milford Sound where you’ll enjoy a scenic nature cruise. Budget: Aspen Hotel Queenstown; Standard: Mercure Queenstown Depart Queenstown in the morning for the short drive north to Wanaka, a picturesque town set on the banks of one of the most photographed lakes in New Zealand. Enjoy a full day at leisure taking in the scenery or perhaps take the opportunity to explore the nearby Mt. Aspiring National Park. Budget: Oakridge Resort Wanaka (Standard Room); Standard: Oakridge Resort Wanaka (Studio Apartment); Superior: Edgewater Wanaka Day 22: Wanaka - Fox Glacier (262km/ 163 miles/ 3 hours) Drive over the Haast Pass this morning en route to the West Coast glacier country. Your accommodation for the evening is situated in the town of Fox Glacier and you can pre-book an afternoon walk to the face of the towering glacier as part of our sightseeing package. Alternatively, upgrade to a breathtaking helicopter trip that takes you high into the mountains to explore the upper reaches of the glacier. Budget: Sunset Motel (Executive Studio Unit); Standard: Sunset Motel (One Bedroom Unit); Superior: Distinction Hotel Te Weheka Day 23: Fox Glacier - Christchurch (198km/ 123 miles/ 2.5 hours) Today, you will experience one of the most iconic rail journeys in the world. Drive to the town of Greymouth and drop-off your rental car at the railway station before you hop aboard TranzAlpine train for a scenic ride through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Upon arrival in Christchurch, you will be transferred by shuttle bus to your central hotel. Budget: ibis Christchurch; Standard: Rydges Latimer Square; Superior: Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Day 24: Depart Christchurch Check-out in the morning and make your own way back to the airport for your onward flight. PRICES INCLUDE • 23 nights’ accommodation on a room-only basis unless specified • Avis car rental for the tour duration. We’ve included a compact car on our ‘Budget’ and ‘Standard’ tours, intermediate on our ‘Superior’ tour • Self-drive kit including maps and instructions Pricesareperpersonbasedon twinshare Budget from £2129 Resort; Superior: Millennium Queenstown (3 nights) Day 21: Queenstown - Wanaka (71km/ 44 miles/ 1 hour)
OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEING EXCURSIONS To make the most of your self-drive holiday, why not pre-book our optional sightseeing package, which includes: • Rotorua Diamond Sightseeing Pass • Mitai Hangi Dinner and Maori Cultural Concert • Art Deco Walking tour in Napier • Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise • Shotover Jetboat Ride in Queenstown • Milford Sound Nature Cruise (including lunch) • Half-day Glacier Walk in Fox Glacier Prices from £520 per person for full package. Please call for full details.
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: Craggy Range (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: Travelodge 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
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