Experience a stunning natural playground on your overland adventure in New Zealand! Starting from vibrant Christchurch, explore glaciers, fjords and towering mountains at scenic South Island. Drive on to the sunny North Island for wildlife adventures, Maori cultural excursions, relaxation and world class wines!
Surrounded by dense rainforests, secret waterfalls, suspension bridges, and tartare tunnels with glow worms, Franz Josef is a treasure trove of natural wonders, making it an ideal base to enjoy numerous outdoor activities.
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.
Discover the Beauty of Milford with private car Settle into your comfortable land cruiser for the drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu as you set out to discover the beautiful environs of Milford. Journey past the southern farmlands to Lake Te Anau stopping for a short tea break along the way. Head into Fiordland National Park and the Eglinton Valley stopping at the Mirror Lakes boardwalk, Knobs Flat, The Divide, Monkey Creek through to the Cleddau Valley along Milford Road which affords excellent opportunities for great photography. Savor stunning views of the scenic landscape as you travel under the mountain through the 1.2 km Homer Tunnel. Nearly 4,000 feet (11200 m) long, this passageway carved into solid rock, lets you cross the main divide of the Southern Alps to reach Milford Sound. The last stop before Milford is The Chasm viewing the 22 metre deep ravine carved by the Cleddau River. Hop aboard the Cruise Milford and relax as the vessel floats along the fiord to the Tasman Sea, past spectacular waterfalls, craggy rock faces, and Mitre Peak. Watch out for the scenic landmarks that your captain points out as you relish a delectable buffet lunch onboard. Step off the boat and enjoy your drive back to Queenstown enjoying views of Sandfly Point, Lake Quill, Sutherland Falls, the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu, and Walter Peak along the way. (Full Day; Fixed Time: Yes; Time of Day: 0730; Duration: 9 hrs; Meal Included: Buffet Lunch; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Easy)
Explore Mount Cook, a dramatic alpine landscape bestowed with spectacular glacier lakes, rivers, meadows, and valleys that entertain horse treks, dinghy cruises, fishing trips, 4×4 drives, and scenic flights with glacier landings.
Sitting on a dramatic peninsula, Kaikōura boasts a superb location between the snow capped Kaikōura mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. Get up close to whales, fur seals, and dolphins in the coastal waters, or enjoy birdwatching tours and sheep shearing shows.
Discover Wellington, a cosmopolitan harbor city brimming with art, culture, entertainment, and natural wonders. Wellington is also home to the protected Matiu/Somes Island reserve, and the Zealandia Ecosanctuary that conserves rare native flora and fauna.
Treasures of Te Papa Tongarewa Discover the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa that overlooks the Wellington waterfront. Browsing through various installations across this expansive building, learn about New Zealand’s colonial history, its human settlements, stunning geographical features, and fascinating native cultures. Delve deep into the ancient and contemporary facets of Māori arts and crafts. Apart from the permanent exhibitions including the highlight colossal specimen of a giant squid, browse the temporary exhibits too. Gallipoli: The Scale of our War, is the showstopper, with larger than life models, 3D maps, and projections showcasing stories of 8 war veterans. Know about migrants and their influences at the Passports exhibition. Receive insights into the daily life of New Zealanders at the quirky Golden Days exhibit that details its last 100 years. Stepping outside to Bush City, soak in the Māori landscape to the sound of birdsong. You could also spend time climbing a lava flow, crossing a suspension bridge, walking through wetlands, or visiting a glow-worm cave. (Half Day; Duration: 90 mins; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy)
A peaceful seaside town, Napier stands on Hawke’s Bay by the coast of New Zealand’s North Island. This seaport is best known for its resilient comeback following a devastating earthquake in the 1930s.
Behind the Scenes at Gourmet Hawke’s Bay Get a firsthand look at the process involved in crafting the finest wines that Hawke’s Bay is renowned for. Listen to your wine specialist explain how the art of making wine is a science that begins right from nurturing the vines. Interact with winery owners and vintners to learn about their passion and dedication in producing award winning wines. Sample some excellent wine to discover the distinguishing features of each based on finer details such as aroma and flavor. Hawke’s Bay’s excellent soil and climatic conditions are perfect for the cultivation of various other produce such as vegetables, cheese, and bread. Gain insights into the techniques used to bring forth these epicurean delights by conversing with the enthusiastic people dedicated to the tasks. (Half Day; Fixed Time: Yes; Time of Day: 0930 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy)
From geothermal wonders at Kuirau Park located within the city center, to fumaroles, bubbling mud pools, and the pastel silica terraces of the Wai o Tapu valley, Rotorua is a haven for wellness enthusiasts.
The Lord Of The Rings Tour Begin your day with a drive through scenic sheep farms against Kaimai ranges enroute to Hobbiton from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Explore the picturesque Shire, replete with botanical gardens, hill mounds, and waterbodies. Soaking in stories of its creation, see the Bag End, navigate Hobbit Holes, pose under the Party Tree, and sip on Southfarthing brews at the Green Dragon Inn. Next up, heading to Te Puia, the heart of Māori culture, witness the stunning local architecture of Rotowhio marae. See several geothermal wonders including bubbling mud pools and the famous Pohutu geyser. Interacting with master craftspeople, get an insight into Māori culture. Savor a delicious indigenous meal while learning about native plants used in food, and medicine. Later, take a boat ride on the underground Waitomo river and marvel at the glowworm-covered caves. Finally, at the ancient Ruakuri, descending via a long spiral walkway, enjoy the dramatic limestone formations steeped in legend. Browse various features lit by glow worms to a background of faint underground waterfalls! (Full Day; Duration: 2 hrs at Hobbiton, 4.5 hrs at Te Puia, 3.5 hrs at Waitomo and Ruakuri; Self-drive Tour; Fitness level: Moderate
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!
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.
Accommodation in one double room for 15 days / 14 nights.
Meals as indicated
The following train journeys in the highest class available, unless otherwise specified:
Tranzalpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth
All activities as specified in the itinerary:
Queenstown: Discover the Beauty of Milford with private car
Wellington: Treasures of Te Papa Tongarewa
Napier: Behind the Scenes at Gourmet Hawke’s Bay
Rotorua: The Lord Of The Rings Tour
Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
Vehicle Type: Compact Car for max. 4 guests: Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar (Automatic)
Pick-up: Greymouth City
Drop-off: Auckland Airport
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:
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
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
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.
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
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)