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New Zealand’s Islands, Geysers & Glaciers

  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands
  • Rotorua
  • Napier
  • Wellington
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Kaikoura
  • Christchurch
  • Franz Josef
  • Wanaka
  • Queenstown
  • 21 nights from
  • £1,900 per person
  • Trip Code: SD-1112

Holiday Overview

New Zealand’s Islands, Geysers & Glaciers - a spectacular New Zealand Fly Drive Holiday

 

With New Zealand resting on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ then the country is bound to be abundant with geothermal activity and a history of a long since passed ice age. This makes for spectacular scenery!  From the Bay of Islands to the north to the ice-carved sounds of Milford Sound in the south you will discover that this country has a vast array of geological features and attractions to interest everyone. Your drive will open your eyes to the meandering rivers of Marlborough Sound and an assortment of native wildlife.

 

Start Auckland - End Queenstown

21 nights / 22 days

Islands visited: North and South Islands

 

Highlights;

Drive the Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands

Maori cultural and geothermal area of Rotorua

Wellington cable car to the Mount Victoria

Explore Franz Josef Glacier on foot or by air

Cruise Milford Sound was carved out by glaciers

New Zealand’s Islands, Geysers & Glaciers includes:

  • 3 nights accommodation Auckland
  • 2 nights accommodation Bay of Islands
  • 2 nights accommodation Rotorua
  • 2 nights accommodation Napier
  • 2 nights accommodation Wellington
  • 2 nights accommodation Queenstown
  • 2 nights accommodation Marlborough Sounds
  • 2 nights accommodation Kaikoura
  • 1 nights accommodation Christchurch
  • 2 nights accommodation Franz Josef
  • 1 night accommodation Wanaka
  • Maori Cultural Experience
  • Wellington Cable Car
  • Compact Car Hire
  • Inter-Island Ferry
  • Hobbiton Tour at Matamata
  • Whale Watching Kaikoura
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Transfer - Christchurch hotel to train station
  • Tranzalpine train
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Day 1 - Auckland

Arrive in Auckland, check into your chosen hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

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Day 2 - Auckland – Bay of Islands

Collect your car and drive along the Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

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Day 3 - Bay of Islands

A full day of leisure to explore the Bay of Islands, enjoy the natural beauty of the area, comprising 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula. Perhaps take an optional cruise to view the “hole in the rock” at Piercy Island

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

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Day 4 - Bay of Islands – Auckland

Return to Auckland perhaps stop off La Nonna Italian Bakery in Kaiwaka for a coffee or stretch your legs at the Dome Valley or Byrnderwyns Scenic lookout.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

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Day 5 - Auckland

Free time in Auckland - "City of Sails"

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Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

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Day 6 - Auckland - Rotorua

Leave Auckland behind and journey to the Maori cultural and geothermal area of Rotorua. En route stop off at Matamata for a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, as featured in the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

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Day 7 - Rotorua

Visit Te Puia a 70-hectare geothermal park right on the edge of Rotorua. It's home of the world famous Phutu geyser and the national carving and weaving schools. They also house the kiwi, New Zealand's most well-known bird and have daily Maori cultural performances.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

Unmissable Experiences

Te Puia

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Day 8 - Rotorua – Napier

Continue to Napier on the east coast, stop off en route at Lake Taupo for a stroll by the lake.

Featured accommodation

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

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Day 9 - Napier

Spend a full day at leisure in Napier, optional day tours include a walking tour of the art deco area or take a gourmet tour to sample the produce from one of the local vineyards

Featured accommodation

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

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Day 10 - Napier – Wellington

Today drive to Wellington, dubbed 'The coolest little capital in the world'. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Distinction Wellington

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Day 11 - Wellington

A full day of leisure to explore Wellington, perhaps take the cable car to the Mount Victoria lookout for a panoramic view of the city, make sure you visit Hannah’s Laneway, to sample some of the local gourmet produce.

Featured accommodation

Distinction Wellington

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Day 12 - Wellington – Marlborough Sounds

Take the ferry from Wellington to Picton and onto the beautiful Marlborough Sounds via water taxi. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Furneaux Lodge

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Day 13 - Marlborough Sounds

A full day of leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, perhaps walk a section of the Queen Charlotte Track, or take a kayak out onto the calm waters.

Featured accommodation

Furneaux Lodge

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Day 14 - Marlborough Sounds – Kaikoura

Take the scenic drive from Picton via Blenheim to the costal town of Kaikoura. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

White Morph

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Day 15 - Kaikoura

Enjoy a whale watch cruise. Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross.

Featured accommodation

White Morph

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Day 16 - Kaikoura – Christchurch

Continue to Christchurch, either on the direct SH1 or detour via mountain spa town of Hanmer Springs. Then explore Christchurch at leisure.

Featured accommodation

BreakFree on Cashel

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Day 17 - Christchurch – Franz Josef via the TranzAlpine train

Take the spectacular rail journey through the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Greymouth, the train departs at 08:15 and arrives in Greymouth at 13:05, continue down the coast to Franz Josef.

Featured accommodation

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Unmissable Experiences

TranzAlpine Train

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Day 18 - Franz Josef

A full day of leisure to explore Franz Josef and its neighbouring glacier. Ask your consultant regarding options for a once in a lifetime helicopter trip to the glacier.

Featured accommodation

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

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Day 19 - Franz Josef – Wanaka

Continue to Wanaka, on the edge of the lake Wanaka affords stunning lake and mountain views. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Tin Tub Resort

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Day 20 - Wanaka – Queenstown

Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges and is a wonderful hub for this beautiful region. After checking into your hotel spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Heritage Queenstown

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Day 21 - Queenstown

Take a full day tour to Milford Sound. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Breath-taking in any weather, the fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards from as high as 1000 metres.

Featured accommodation

Heritage Queenstown

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Day 22 - Queenstown

Today your epic journey concludes in Queenstown.

Featured accommodation

Heritage Queenstown

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