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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2AucklandVolcanic Peaks & Black Sand Beaches, Maori Culture, Food & WineHotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
2 - 5TaupoTaupo Volcano, Adventure Sports, Waterfalls, Hot Water Pools & SpringsLake Taupo Lodge, Huka Lodge
5 - 7NelsonOutdoor Adventures, Boulder Bank, World of Wearable Art & Classic Cars MuseumEdenhouse Lodge, Split Apple Retreat
7 - 9ChristchurchEnglish Heritage, Maori Art & Culture, Southern AlpsOtahuna Lodge
9 - 12QueenstownDramatic Landscapes, Adventure Sports, Milford Sound FjordEichardt's Residence, Matakauri Lodge
12 - 14Te AnauLake Te Ana, Gateway to Fiordland National Park, Adventure & OutdoorsFiordland Lodge, Fiordland Lodge
14 - 16WanakaLake Wanaka, Roys Peak, Puzzling WorldTin Tub Luxury Lodge, Mahu Whenua

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  • Landscape
  • Relaxation
  • Wildlife
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

You will be transferred from Auckland Airport to your hotel in a private vehicle


1 Night

From volcanic peaks, lush native canopies and black sand beaches, to hip entertainment districts, contemporary art scenes and gourmet experiences, there’s something for everyone in this populous waterfront city, the largest in New Zealand!

Hotel Options
RoomClassic King Room
RoomJunior Suite
Day 2 - 5

You will be transferred from your Hotel to Auckland Airport in a private vehicle

You will be transferred from Taupo airport to your hotel in a private vehicle


3 Nights

With its massive lake framed by the snowy peaks of Tongariro National Park, Taupo is a nature lover’s dream come true. Located within the caldera of Taupo Volcano, there is never a dull moment in this photographer’s paradise.

Included Activities

Personalized Rainforest Walk in Whirinaki
Embark on a day-long personalized rainforest walk with your local expert. Explore the ancient rainforest at your own pace and stop to admire the scenic landscape along the route. Picture the life of early inhabitants of this rugged region as your expert regales you with historical and cultural trivia. Choose the activities you want to pursue in the Whirinaki area and the distance you wish to cover, to have this excursion tailored to your preferences. Watch the expert make use of their knowledge of the region to point out various types of flora and fauna unique to the region. Experience the local culture with a visit to the nearby marae or community meeting place before making your way back. (Duration: 7-8 hrs; Private Activity; Gourmet Lunch With Hot & Cold Refreshments included; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that the guided walk of about 4 miles (5 km) lasts for about 3.5 hrs.)

Hotel Options
Lake Taupo Lodge – Opt 1
RoomCherrywood Executive Suite
Huka Lodge – Opt 2
RoomLodge Suite
Day 5 - 7

You will be transferred from your hotel to Taupo airport in a private vehicle

You will be transferred from Nelson airport to your hotel in a private vehicle organized by your hotel


2 Nights

A paradise for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, Nelson is blessed with breathtaking wooded hills, rocky headlands, and golden beaches.

Included Activities

Personalized Exploration of Nelson
Set off at a convenient time with your knowledgeable guide to experience everything that the city has to offer. Take your pick of fascinating museums including the quirky World of WearableArt and Classic Car Museum. Stroll around the vibrant displays of wearable art as well as the 140 cars housed here. Browse through the art galleries showcasing the talent and passion of the local artists. You could also head to the Hoglund studio for a closer look at the art of glass blowing and the wide range of blown glass pieces and handmade jewelry on display. Drive out to the many wineries and vineyards in the region, especially along the Waimea and Moutere Hills for a closer look at the process of making wines. Relish an alfresco lunch at a reputed traditional winery before it is time to get dropped back to your hotel. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Platter Lunch Included; Fitness: Level Easy).

Hotel Options
Edenhouse Lodge – Opt 1
RoomGarden Cottage
RoomFuji Suite
Day 7 - 9

You will be transferred from your hotel to Nelson airport in a private vehicle organized by your hotel

You will be transferred from Christchurch airport to your hotel in a private vehicle


2 Nights

Christchurch is a vibrant city with a rich English heritage nestled on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, bordered by the Waimakariri River and the Pegasus Bay.

Included Activities

Group Tour of Christchurch City and Wine Trails
Begin your day exploring Christchurch, and witness the creative urban rebuilding where modern architecture and street art compliment its traditional English heritage. Learn about the historical settlements, and innovative developments such as Quake city and interactive installations that have spring up in the aftermath of its recent earthquakes. Visiting the world famous Christchurch Botanic Gardens, admire it’s exotic flora and fauna, while watching Edwardian punts gently glide on the meandering Avon river. Next, drive across the Kiwi countryside to the picturesque Waipara Valley, a gem of Northern Canterbury region, carpeted with acres of sundrenched vineyards. Hop between four of the dozens of boutique wineries here, set against a backdrop of Teviotdale Hills. Stepping into cellar doors, sample a fine selection of prized varietals paired with olives and homemade cheeses. Follow that with a platter winery lunch featuring local produce, and fresh seafood from the Kaikoura’s waters. Soak up the delightful surrounds over more wines before returning. (Time of Day: 1000 hrs; Duration: 6.5 hrs; Shared Activity; Fitness level: Easy)

Hotel Options
Otahuna Lodge – Opt 1
RoomMaster Suite
Day 9 - 12

You will be transferred from your hotel to Christchurch airport in a private vehicle

Pick up your rental car from Queenstown airport


3 Nights

Queenstown is where adventure seekers head out to for a shot of adrenalin! The region’s dramatic landscape is wrapped around the scenic lakes, velvety mountains and valleys of the Southern Alps.

Included Activities

Group Tour: Routeburn Valley Walk
Embark on an enjoyable walking tour along the famous Routeburn Track that links two of the country’s beautiful national parks – Mount Aspiring and Fiordland. Drive past the scenic landscape as you head from Queenstown to the western tip of Lake Wakatipu. Soak in the striking sight of snow-capped mountains as you set off along the tramping track that climbs up 4 miles (6.5 km) one way. Hike through picturesque gorges and valleys rich in endemic species of flora and fauna. Relish the tranquility of your surroundings as you saunter past the ancient red beech forest. Follow the Routeburn River till you come upon the charming Flats Hut set within a mountain amphitheater. Rest a while as you savor views of the valley floor before it is time to turn back. (Full Day; Time: 0800 – 1630 hrs; Shared Activity in a Small Group; Refreshments Included; Picnic lunch can be included at an additional cost. Fitness Level: Moderate, as it involves a good deal of walking. The distance covered and duration will vary depending on guests’ fitness. Please wear sturdy footwear that is closed at the toes. Do bring along warm clothing, waterproof/windproof jacket, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, small day pack, and camera.)

Hotel Options
RoomMountain View Suite
Matakauri Lodge – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Suite
Day 12 - 14

Drive yourself from Queenstown to Te Anau in your rental car (Duration: 2-3 hrs)

Te Anau

2 Nights

Known as the gateway to Fiordland National Park, the picture perfect town of Te Anau is located amid spectacular glaciers, endangered birdlife, limestone cave, beech forests, and majestic mountains all within easy reach.

Included Activities

Group Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
Discover the quiet, pristine heart of fiordland beauty with your Doubtful Sound cruise. Set off from your Te Anau hotel in the morning to arrive at the picturesque Pearl Harbor in Manapouri. Come aboard your modern Real Journeys vessel that will take you on a comfortable cruise through Lake Manapouri till you arrive at West Arm. Enjoy a scenic drive by coach across Wilmot Pass as you take in the grandeur of ancient rainforests and the striking mountainous horizon. From Deep Cove, move to a stylish catamaran to coast past thunderous waterfalls, towering peaks and lush rainforests. If lucky, spot fur seals sunning themselves on rocks or a pod of dolphins playing in the gentle waves. As the vessel engines are turned off on your return journey, soak in the serenity of Sounds of Silence. (Duration: 9 hrs; Shared Activity; Time: 0930 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; Please note that optional picnic lunch boxes will need to be pre-ordered).

Hotel Options
Fiordland Lodge – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Lodge Room
Fiordland Lodge – Opt 2
RoomExecutive Suite
Day 14 - 16

Drive yourself from Te Anau to Wanaka in your rental car (Duration: 3 hrs)


2 Nights

Wanaka is a spectacular highland lake town in South Island filled with exhilarating possibilities for adventure lovers as well as endless panoramic vistas for leisure travelers.

Hotel Options
RoomLodge Room
Mahu Whenua – Opt 2
RoomCottage Suite

Make your own way to the Queenstown airport and drop off your rental car

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 11,490 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 22,490 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 16 days / 15 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • All activities as listed :
    • Taupo: Personalized Rainforest Walk in Whirinaki
    • Nelson: Personalized Exploration of Nelson
    • Christchurch: Group Tour of Christchurch City and Wine Trails
    • Queenstown: Group Tour – Routeburn Valley Walk
    • Te Anau: Group Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
    • Vehicle Type: Compact Automatic for max. 5 guests: Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar (Automatic)
    • Unlimited kilometres
    • 2 days
    • Pick-up: Greymouth city centre
    • Drop-off: Queenstown city centre
    • GPS navigation system (GPS units on continuous/ multi island hire must be kept until the final return of the car)
    • One additional driver, if spouse/partner
    • Towing charges in the event of mechanical failure
  • For your rental car we book the best cover possible with the following services:
    • Standard Motor Vehicle Damage Waiver
  • Additionally our preferred partner offers the following:
    • airport fee
    • ferry fee (except for the late ferry fee)
    • one way hire, in case car is hired for a minimum of 7 days
  • The general business terms apply
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Fees and taxes

Not Included

  • Among other expenses, the following additional costs are not included for rental cars (to be made directly at the car rental shop with a credit card from a recognisable bank institution):
    • One-way fee of 57.50 NZD for hires less than 7 days
    • Minimum 100 NZD pre-authorization
    • Late ferry fee of 57.50 NZD for vehicle collection at ferry locations after 18:30 hrs
    • Smoke free policy: based on Avis 100% smoke-free policy a cleaning fee of 287.50 NZD applies, if the vehicle is returned and it smells of smoke.
    • Road user charges
    • Charges for late return of the vehicle
    • Charges for damage to or repair of the vehicle
    • Traffic and/or parking offence infringement fees
    • Special request delivery fees
    • Additional driver (included, if additional driver is spouse/partner)
    • 14.95 NZD per baby seat per day or 74.75 NZD per month (baby seat to be provided at the time of booking)
    • 14.38 NZD per ski/snowboard rack per day or 184 NZD per month
    • 14.38 NZD per bike rack per day or 138 NZD per month
    • Optional: 6,90 NZD for roadside assistance per day (up to 10 NZD fuel delivery, key replacement in case of loss, flat tyre assistance, tyre replacement, flat battery assistance)
    • Optional: 11.50 NZD for roadside assistance PLUS per day (up to 10 NZD fuel delivery, key replacement in case of loss, flat tyre assistance, tyre replacement, flat battery, windscreen replacement free of charge)
    • Towing in case of an accident
    • Windscreen cover
    • Damage excess reduction
    • Restrictions to South and North Island roads apply. Rental cars are not permitted to drive on dangerous roads, e.g. Skippers Rd./ Ninety Mile Beach/ general unformed roads.
    • Rental cars cannot be taken from one island across to the other on Cook Strait Ferry Services. Failure to comply will result in a relocation fee of minimum 747.50 NZD.
    • Parking fees
    • Fuel (Please drop off the car with full tank. In case fuel needs to be added, the car rental company will charge you the amount for it)
    • Rental car trips do not include any entry fees or expenses for national parks or game reserves.
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Entrance fees, unless otherwise stated in the activity descriptions
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above
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Road Trip: Luxury New Zealand

16 days $ 11,490 / person

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