Essential New Zealand: Islands and Alpine Adventure
14 Days from $ 6,590 / person
Discover New Zealand in-depth as you journey from North to South Island. In North Island, explore verdant valleys, hot springs, lakes, caves, and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ setting of Hobbiton, trek past volcanoes, and witness authentic Maori art and culture. In South Island, seek out adventure and excitement amid breathtaking glaciers, the Southern Alps and the Fiordland.
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!
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.
Maori Magic in a Volcanic Land Explore the wonders of the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley on this day tour of the geothermal activities at Rotorua. After an early morning breakfast at your hotel, head to the volcanic valley’s boiling mud pools, volcanic fumaroles and towering geysers that erupt daily in a powerful mist of sulphuric steam and fury. Stop along the way for lunch, before making your way to the Buried Village that was destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Tarawera back in the 19th century. Dormant now, the panoramic vistas of the volcanic mountain and the volcanic Lake Tarawera is a sight to behold. Visit the Maori Village of Whakarewarewa and learn how the local people have been making the best of their steaming and boiling geothermal land in their daily lives for generations. Return to your hotel after a fascinating day of geological explorations and cultural discovery. (Full Day; Time of day: Morning; Duration: 9 hrs, 0800–1700 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Lunch with hot beverages & bottled water; Fitness level: Moderate; Note: Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
North Island in a day: Waitomo, Hobbiton, and Rotorua Explore the best of North Island driving southwards from your hotel in Auckland through the agricultural lands of Waikato to Waitomo. Take a boat ride through the magical Glowworm Caves, an ancient cave network home to a species known as Arachnocampa Luminosa – exclusive to New Zealand. Marvel at the natural light display and listen to old legends as you glide silently along the cave. Next, set off to discover J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth with a tour around the fascinating Hobbiton movie set located on a picturesque private farmland. Revisit all your favorite moments and locations from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit series as you experience the intricate details of The Shire. Set out to Rotorua set on a lake by the same name, and known for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. After lunch at a cafe, enjoy a soak in bubbling mud pools and natural hot springs. Visit a living Maori village and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute for a flavor of the rich local heritage. (Full Day; Start time: 0800 – 0830 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Meal Included: Cafe style lunch. Please note that tour includes a private luxury vehicle, guide, snacks, water bottle, and drop off at Rotorua)
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.
Wellington’s Wonders Take a tour of incredibly beautiful, wild landscapes and heritage sites in and around Wellington city. Beginning at the rugged South Coast – scarred by earthquakes over the years, this cliff meets ocean scenery is one of the most picturesque in the country! From your vantage, see the entrance to the harbor flanked by towering mountain ranges on South Island in the distance. Quaint little houses cling to these rocky cliffs by the side of motorways winding their way around the island. A little distance, take a cable car ride up the steep Mount Victoria. At the summit, panoramic views of the island, stark landscapes, ocean and distant shores await, apart from a birds eye view of the harbor below. Continue on to the most famous buildings in the vicinity, including the historic Parliament building that sits on a vast tract of lush green lawn. Also explore the Old St. Paul’s cathedral; constructed from timber, it’s a vibrant gathering space for the local community. As your tour winds down, don’t forget to stop and refuel at a quaint coastal cafe or two. (Half Day; Time of Day: 0900/1330 hrs; Duration: 4 hrs; Meal included: Tea and bottled water)
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.
Highlights of Christchurch and Highs of Canterbury 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. (Full Day; Time: 1000 hrs; Duration: 6.5 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy)
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)
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.
Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk Begin your walk on the one-way Bailey bridge, and set out into the lush Westland Tai Poutini National Park that protects the famous Franz Josef glacier. During this leisurely experience, hop across streams, traverse rocky river beds of the Waiho River, and soak in the rainforest surrounds to a background of birdsong. Take short breaks to admire native flora and fauna, and a few gushing waterfalls along the way. You can also catch glimpses of the glacier, and a few peaks of the Southern Alps in the distance. Heading up the valley, see other dramatic natural formations such as schist boulders, the Split-Apple rock, and the Champness rock, while your guide shares local Maori folklore, as well as facts about glaciology and the region’s natural history. Upon reaching the viewpoint, sip on hot drinks and gaze into the terminal face of the Franz Josef glacier, glistening against the lofty rock walls. Back at Franz Josef town, relax in the glacier hot pools. (Half Day; Time: 1015 / 0215 hrs; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity; Includes hiking gear and entry to glacier hot pools; Notes: This trip does not take you onto the glacier).
Private transfer from Hotel to Christchurch Airport
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 6,590 /person
Option 2 From $ 7,190 /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.
Accommodation in one double room for 14 days / 13 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Rotorua – Wellington (Flight)
Christchurch – Queenstown (Flight)
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Train from Greymouth to Christchurch
All activities as listed :
Rotorua: Maori Magic in a Volcanic Land
Rotorua: North Island in a day: Waitomo, Hobbiton, and Rotorua
Wellington: Wellington’s Wonders
Christchurch: Highlights of Christchurch and Highs of Canterbury
Queenstown: Discover the Beauty of Milford with private car
Franz Josef: Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
Vehicle Type: Sub- Compact car for 1-3 guests: Toyota Yaris or similar (Automatic), Compact Car for max. 4 guests: Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar (Automatic), Intermediate Car for max. 5 guests: Toyota Corolla or similar (Automatic), Full Size Wagon for max. 5 guests: Toyota Highlander or similar (Automatic), Compact SUV for max. 4 guests: Holden Trax or similar (Automatic), Full Size Sport Sedan for max. 5 guests: Holden Commodore or similar (Automatic), Premium Minivan for max. 8 guests: Hyundai iMax or similar (Automatic)
Pick-up: Date & Airport/City
Drop-off: Date & Airport/City
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
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
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 – New Zealand:
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)