Great New Zealand Self Drive Adventure

From Auckland, to Rotorua, Hobbiton, Napier, Wellington and more, hit the open road and make this your ultimate 2017 vacation!  With food tours, to Art Deco towns, a wildlife cruise and 4WD adventure, see for yourself why New Zealand is an adventurous place!

 

Package Includes:

  • Return airfare with Air New Zealand
  • car rental for the duration of the trip
  • 22 nights’ accommodation total
  • Entry to Hobbiton 
  • Wilderness tour just outside of Auckland
  • Te Puia Culture and Thermal Wonderland Experience
  • Abel Tasman Kayak & Walk
  • Art Deco Walking Tour of Napier
  • Foodie Tour in Wellington
  • Glacier flight with snow landing 20 mins
  • Safari in Wanaka
  • Unique 'kayak' experience on the Dart River
  • Domestic flights with Australia
  • Cruise & Kayak on Milford Sound
  • Wildlife Tour in Dunedin
  • All airline taxes, fees and surcharges

 

Departing From

Price Per Person (Valid for travel: 01 APR 17-01 NOV 17):

Vancouver

$8,459

Calgary/Edmonton

$8,559

Toronto/Ottawa

$8,659

*price is per person, based on double occupancy

*This package is completely customizable!  Contact one of our Destination Specialists for more info!

 

 

Full Itinerary:

 

Day 1

Depart

Day 2

Cross the international Dateline

 

Skip a day due to the International Dateline. You will gain this day back on your return.

Day 3

Arrive Auckland

2 nights 

 

Welcome to New Zealand! You will be picked up at the airport and dropped off at your hotel.

Day 4

Wilderness Experience

 

Escape to unique rainforest and black sand beaches just 30 minutes from Downtown Auckland on a half day ecotour. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views and magnificent traditional Maori carvings at the Arataki Visitor Centre. 

Day 5

Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton

1 night 

 

Be take on a magical journey through Middle-Earth for a fascinating fully guided tour to the largest green movie set in the world. Be thrilled by the Party Tree, Bilbos home Bag End, and the 44 Hobbit Holes in the Shire. Enjoy a drink in the Green Dragon Inn and relax in this special place. You are then transferred to your accommodation in Rotorua.

Day 6

Rotorua to Te Puia

2 nights 

 

Te Puia has grown to become one of the most important and most visited tourism destinations in New Zealand. Simply absorb
yourself in the atmosphere of the new nature walk "Korero tuku iho". Extend your visit and take in the Mai Ora experience, a cultural experience like no other and view the geysers under the stars. So make a day of it!

Day 7

Napier Art Deco

 

The most complete Art Deco tour of Napier, this extended guided walk begins at the Art Deco Centre with an audio visual introduction from your local guide.
You will hear the dramatic story of the 1931 earthquake and discover Art Deco; the style of the times in the 1930s. 

Day 8

Wellington

2 nights

 

Enjoy the scenic drive down the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail.

Day 9

Taste of Wellington

 

Personal sightseeing with food. Discover fresh tastes in New Zealand's cafe capital, as we introduce you to the city, its local tastes, products and people on this popular tour. Stroll behind the scenes at some of our favourite Wellington food places with a personal guide, to taste hidden culinary treasures and meet some of the people behind some of the city's best food.

Day 10

Ferry -Picton, Picton to Nelson

2 nights 

Day 11

Abel Tasman Kayak

 

Cruise from Kaiteriteri into the heart of Park at Torrent Bay to kayak some of the best territory on the coast. 

Day 12

Nelson to Punakaiki

1 night 

Day 13

Punakaiki to Franz Josef

Day 14

Glacier Flight, drive to Wanaka

2 nights 

 

The perfect opportunity to get up close to the glaciers and touch snow. You'll be captivated as you lift off and fly up and over the Franz Josef Glacier and experience the solitude of a landing in this wonderful natural alpine environment.

Day 15

Wanaka Highlights Safari

 

Come experience New Zealand's most authentic 4WD adventure. The perfect mix of incredible scenery, history, heritage and farming life. This will be a genuine highlight of your New Zealand holiday.  Explore remote and seldom travelled back roads of an authentic New Zealand High Country farm overlooking sparkling Lake Wanaka. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, glaciers and wild river valleys you'll see farm animals including Red Deer, cattle and sheep up close and in their natural environment. Visit historical sites and experience what life was like for Wanaka's first farmers. 
This journey offers an unique insight into Wanakas rich history,
heritage, modern-day farming life and breath-taking scenery.

Day 16

Wanaka to Queenstown

2 nights 

Day 17

Dart River Fun Yaks

 

Funyak drift is an amazing journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. Get up-close with nature with a gentle paddle on crystal clear waters.  Combine wilderness jet boating with unique Funyak inflatable canoes for a fun way to explore the Dart River as well as hidden side streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this stunning area at your own pace as you float downstream on sparkling water, then enjoy a wilderness picnic lunch before heading past Paradise  and on to Glenorchy. Then travel a back-country route passing by locations used in movies to illustrate Middle Earth.

Day 18

Queenstown to Te Anau

2 nights

Day 19

Kayak Milford Sound

 

On arrival in Milford Sound, board a vessel for a Nature Cruise in Milford Sound to really explore the beauty of the fiord. A specialist nature guide shares their local knowledge on the history, flora and fauna of the area.

Following the cruise and Picnic Lunch, visit the Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory. The centre offers a rich, interactive experience with a journey through the natural history, geology and conservation efforts of this unique marine reserve as well as stories of intrepid Maori explorers and European pioneers.

Day 20

Te Anau to Dunedin

2 nights

Day 21

Wildlife Cruise

 

Enjoy absolute unrivalled wildlife viewing, particularly within the yellow-eyed penguin conservative area and has for several years been the highlight of many travelers to visit New Zealand. 
Your knowledgeable guides inform of activity being viewed and visit secret places where the best possible viewing of Hooker's Sea Lions, Yellow- eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins, New Zealand Fur Seals and Royal Albatross can be observed. 

Day 22

 Dunedin to Oamaru 

 2 nights

Day 23

 at leisure

Day 24 

 Oamaru to Christchurch

1 night

Day 25

 Depart 

 

 

 

Terms & Conditions:-

Valid for travel as indicated in the chart above. All bookings are subject to availability at time of booking.  Prices advertised are subject to change without notice until such time as the package is booked and paid for.  Downunder Travel Ltd. is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon. Please advise your Downunder Travel Specialist should you be traveling on anything other than a Canadian or U.S. passport. Airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges component of package must be paid in full at time of booking at which time the airfare becomes non-refundable. We highly recommend that all passengers protect themselves with cancellation / interruption insurance which will cover them against cancellations due to non pre-existing medical conditions which cause them penalties or other expenses. We also highly recommend medical insurance for any travel outside of your home province. Your Downunder Travel Specialist can assist with both Cancellation/Interruption Insurance and Medical Insurance.