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On this custom New Zealand road trip, discover the most popular highlights of the country! While in the North Island, take a trip to Hobbiton shire, made famous by the Lord of the Rings trilogy, or book yourself in for volcano trekking from vibrant Rotorua. In South Island, you can enjoy alpine tours and outdoor adventures at Mt Cook – New Zealand’s highest peak, and a visit to the surreal landscape of Milford Sound past the Southern Alps.

Would you like to add more diverse and exciting experiences to your tour? Our experts are happy to recommend the perfect activities and accommodations to suit your tastes and preferences. Get in touch with us and design your dream trip!

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2AucklandVolcanic Peaks & Black Sand Beaches, Maori Culture, Food & WineParklane Motor Lodge, Auckland City Hotel
2 - 4RotoruaWellness & Relaxation, Adventure Sports, Te Wairoa VillageRobertson House (B & B), BK'S Rotorua Motor Lodge
4 - 6NapierArt Deco Buildings, Wine & Food, National AquariumBella Vista Motel Napier, Cobden Garden Homestay
6 - 7WellingtonArt & Culture, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, Mount VictoriaTravelodge Wellington, Distinction WLG
7 - 9BlenheimMarlborough Wine Region, Artisanal Produce, Omaka Aviation Heritage CenterQuality Hotel Marlborough Blenheim, St Leonards Vineyard Cottages
9 - 10KaikouraMarine Life & Birds, Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway, Crayfish & SeafoodBella Vista Motel Kaikoura, White Morph Inn
10 - 11ChristchurchEnglish Heritage, Maori Art & Culture, Southern AlpsThe Quality Hotel Elms, Bella Vista Motel

Ideal For

  • Adventure
  • Landscape
  • Wine & Food
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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

Auckland

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
RoomStudio
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 2 - 4

Drive yourself from Auckland to Rotorua in your rental car (Duration: 3 hrs)

Rotorua

2 Nights

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.

Hotel Options
RoomBlue Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHomestay
RoomStudio
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Day 4 - 6

Drive yourself from Rotorua to Napier in your rental car (Duration: 3 hrs)

Napier

2 Nights

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.

Hotel Options
RoomCompact Studio
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomGarden Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHomestay
Day 6 - 7

Drive yourself from Napier to Wellington in your rental car (Duration: 4-5 hrs)

Wellington

1 Night

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.

Hotel Options
RoomGuest Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Distinction WLG – Opt 2
RoomStudio Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 7 - 9

Drive yourself from Wellington Hotel to Wellington Ferry Terminal in your rental car

Board the Interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton

Pick up your rental car at the Picton Ferry Terminal

Drive yourself from Picton to Blenheim in your rental car (30 min)

Blenheim

2 Nights

Enjoy the quaint agricultural town of Blenheim, the gateway to the boutique wineries of the world-famous, wine-growing Marlborough region.

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomShearers Quarters
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Day 9 - 10

Drive yourself from Blenheim to Kaikoura in your rental car (Duration: 2 hrs)

Kaikoura

1 Night

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.

Hotel Options
RoomCompact Studio
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
White Morph Inn – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Studio
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Day 10 - 11

Drive yourself from Kaikoura to Christchurch in your rental car (Duration: 3 hrs)

Christchurch

1 Night

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.

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomOne Bedroom Unit
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house

Drive yourself to Christchurch airport and drop off your rental car

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 1,790 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 1,990 /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 11 days / 10 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
  • Fees and taxes
  • Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
    • Vehicle Type: Compact Car for max. 4 guests: Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar (Automatic)
    • Unlimited kilometres
    • 9 days
    • Pick-up: Auckland City
    • Drop-off: Christchurch 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:
    • 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
  • All transfers as indicated above
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip

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: Classic New Zealand

11 days $ 1,790 / person

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