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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!

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2ChristchurchEnglish Heritage, Maori Art & Culture, Southern AlpsThe Classic Villa, The George
2 - 3GreymouthDiverse Landscapes, Paparua National Park, ShantytownKingsgate Greymouth, The Ashley Hotel
3 - 4Franz Josef GlacierNatural Wonders, Outdoor Activities, Heli-hiking & Glacier FlightsHolly Homestead (B & B), Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
4 - 6QueenstownDramatic Landscapes, Adventure Sports, Milford Sound FjordHeartland Hotel Queenstown, Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
6 - 7Mt CookSouthern Alps, Aoraki/Mount Cook Mountain, Hiking and MountaineeringMt Cook Lodge and Motels, The Hermitage Hotel
7 - 8ChristchurchEnglish Heritage, Maori Art & Culture, Southern AlpsThe Classic Villa, The George
8 - 9KaikouraMarine Life & Birds, Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway, Crayfish & SeafoodLobster Inn Motor Lodge, Lemon Tree Lodge
9 - 11WellingtonArt & Culture, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, Mount VictoriaPark Hotel, Sofitel Wellington
11 - 12NapierArt Deco Buildings, Wine & Food, National AquariumArt Deco Masonic Hotel, McHardy Lodge
12 - 14RotoruaWellness & Relaxation, Adventure Sports, Te Wairoa VillageRobertson House (B & B), Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel
14 - 15AucklandVolcanic Peaks & Black Sand Beaches, Maori Culture, Food & WineAuckland City Hotel, M Social Auckland

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  • Landscape
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

Private transfer from Christchurch Airport to Hotel

Christchurch

1 Day

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
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
The George – Opt 2
RoomExecutive Room
Meals
StyleBoutique
Day 2 - 3

Private transfer from Christchurch Hotel to Railway Station

Tranz Alpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth (5 hrs)

Pick up your car in the city center

Greymouth

1 Day

The stretch of land comprising Greymouth, Punakaiki, and Westport, situated along the West Coast of South Island, is a treasure trove of natural resources.

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
The Ashley Hotel – Opt 2
Room
Meals
StyleBoutique
Day 3 - 4

Drive yourself from Greymouth to Franz Josef in your rental car (Duration: 2-3 hrs)

Franz Josef Glacier

1 Day

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.

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
Meals
StyleHeritage
RoomStandard Room -Graham Wing
Meals
StyleLodge
Day 4 - 6

Drive yourself from Franz Josef to Queenstown in your rental car (Duration: 5 hrs)

Queenstown

2 Days

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

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)

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room with A/C
Meals
StyleInternational
RoomAlpine Suite Garden View
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 6 - 7

Drive to Mt Cook

Mt Cook

1 Day

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.

Hotel Options
RoomMotel Studio
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 7 - 8

Today you drive from Mount Cook to Christchurch (330 km, 4 hrs)

Christchurch

1 Day

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
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
The George – Opt 2
RoomExecutive Room
Meals
StyleBoutique
Day 8 - 9

Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura

Kaikoura

1 Day

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
RoomDeluxe Studio
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Lemon Tree Lodge – Opt 2
Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHomestay
Day 9 - 11

Today you drive from Kaikoura to Picton (160 km, 2 hrs)

Rental Car Drop Off at Interislander Ferry Terminal

Interislander Ferry from Picton to Wellington

Rental Car Pick Up at Interislander Ferry Terminal

Wellington

2 Days

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.

Included Activities

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)

Hotel Options
Park Hotel – Opt 1
RoomSuperior King Studio
Meals
StyleInternational
RoomClassic Room
Meals
StyleInternational
Day 11 - 12

Today you drive from Wellington to Napier (320 km, 2 hrs)

Napier

1 Day

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.

Included Activities

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)

Hotel Options
Room
Meals
StyleHeritage
McHardy Lodge – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 12 - 14

Today you drive from Napier to Rotorua (220 km, 3 hrs)

Rotorua

2 Days

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.

Included Activities

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

Hotel Options
RoomBlue Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHomestay
RoomPool View Room
Meals
StyleBoutique
Day 14 - 15

Today you drive from Rotorua to Auckland (230 km, 3 hrs)

Drive to airport and drop your rental car

Auckland

1 Day

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
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomSocial View Room
Meals
StyleInternational

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 5,590 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 7,090 /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 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)
    • Unlimited kilometres
    • 14 days
    • 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:
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Camera fees
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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New Zealand Overland: From South to North Island

15 days $ 5,590 / person

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