18 Days New Zealand – Stay/Drive for 2018 & 2019
Below you will find what we consider to be the best value for money stay-drive itineraries covering the most popular areas of New Zealand or if you prefer you can design your own itinerary and we will be happy to provide a cost for New Zealand holidays package.
DAY 1 MELBOURNE/AUCKLAND
Upon arrival Auckland make your way to the Thrifty counter in arrivals hall to collect your Thrifty vehicle.
Toll free phone: 0800 737 070
DAY 2 AUCKLAND – PAIHIA (Bay of Islands)
DRIVE TIME 3HRS – 219Kms
Cross Auckland’s harbour bridge, to proceed through the Northern beach suburbs and then the undulating Countryside of Auckland, across rolling farmlands before arriving at Paihia.
After checking into your accommodation we recommend: Fullers Hole In Rock Cruise – Departs 1:30PM.
DAY 3 PAIHIA
We recommend a tour to the top of the North Island where the Tasman collides with the Pacific you also journey along ninety mile beach.
Cape Reinga Day Tour – Departs 7:00AM; Returns 6:00PM
DAY 4 PAIHIA – AUCKLAND
After checking out of your accommodation you have an opportunity to further explore this region before making your way back to Auckland.
DAY 5 AUCKLAND/WAITOMO/ROTORUA
DRIVE TIME 2HRS 30MINS – 195Kms – Auckland-Waitomo
DRIVE TIME 2HRS – 156Kms – Waitomo-Rotorua
You continue your journey through rolling farmlands with a lunch stop at the glow worm caves of Waitomo. After your visit to the caves (optional)make your way to Rotorua
DAY 6 ROTORUA
Today you will have an opportunity to explore this volcanic region.
We recommend a visit to Agrodome Show, Te Puia and Rainbow Springs, with transport by modern air-conditioned coach offered by Rotorua Travel.
For a Maroi Culture experience we recommend a Maori Hangi Concert with Tamaki Tours.
DAY 7 ROTORUA – WELLINGTON
DRIVE TIME: 6HRS – 451Kms
You continue South to New Zealand’s Capital, Wellington.
DAY 8 WELLINGTON – KAIKOURA
DRIVE TIME PICTON-KAIKOURA: 2HRS – 156Kms
After leaving the car at Wellington Ferry terminal you will catch the Interislander Ferry to Picton, upon arrival Picton you will collect your South Island vehicle and make your way to Kaikoura renowned for its whales.
We recommend: Taking the Tranz Coastal for your journey to Kaikoura. Departs Picton 1:00PM; Arrives Kaikoura 3:28PM
Interislander Ferry: Departs Wellington 8:25AM; Arrives Picton 11:25AM.
DAY 9 KAIKOURA – CHRISTCHURCH
DRIVE TIME 2HRS 40MINS – 188Kms
You will have time this morning to experience a whale watch tour (optional) before continuing your journey to Christchurch.
Train Option: Make your way to the railway station for the continuation of your journey on the Tranz Coastal to Christchurch. Upon arrival Christchurch you will be transferred
to your accommodation.
Tranz Coastal: Departs Kaikoura 3:28PM; Arrives Christchurch 6:21PM.
DAY 10 CHRISTCHURCH – OMARAMA (MT COOK REGION)
DRIVE TIME 4HRS 30MINS – 332 Kms – Christchurch – Mount Cook
DRIVE TIME 1HR 20MINS – 94Kms – Mount Cook – Omarama
This morning you will travel across the Canterbury plains, through McKenzie Country and past the church of Good Shepherd at lake Tekapo before venturing down the road to the base of Mount Cook. After exploring the Mount Cook area, make your way to your accommodation at Omarama.
Train Option:You will transferred to the Thrifty depot to collect your South Island vehicle.
DAY 11 OMARAMA – DUNEDIN
DRIVE TIME 3HRS – 233Kms
You leave the mountain range behind you and head for the east coast and the Scottish capital of New Zealand – Dunedin.
We recommend a visit to Larnach Castle and a Cadbury Factory tour
DAY 12 DUNEDIN – TE ANAU
DRIVE TIME 4HRS – 298Kms
Today you journey across the South Island for your overnight accommodation at Te Anau the gateway to the Fiordland.
DAY 13 TE ANAU – MILFORD SOUND – QUEENSTOWN
DRIVE TIME TE ANAU-MILFORD SOUND 1HR 40 MINS – 116Kms
DRIVE TIME MILFORD SOUND – QUEENSTOWN 4HRS – 290Kms
This morning you will journey deep into the very Scenic Fiordland Region.
Upon arrival Milford Wharf you will join your Real Journeys Nature Cruise along the Milford Sound (Departure 10:30am Returns 12:15pm).
After the cruise make your way to the resort town of Queenstown.
We recommend: Coach-Cruise-Coach Ex Te Anau
DAY 14 QUEENSTOWN
A day of leisure.
We recommend the following options:
Dart River Wilderness Safari – Departs 8.00am.
Gondola & Buffet Dinner – Skyline.
DAY 15 QUEENSTOWN – FRANZ JOSEF
DRIVE TIME 5HRS 40 MINS – 392Kms
Another spectacular day of scenery as you make your way to another wonder of this “small” island The Glacier Region.
DAY 16 FRANZ JOSEF
You may like to walk the Glacier, Helicopter with snow landing or even do a Helihike (optional).
DAY 17 FRANZ JOSEF – GREYMOUTH – CHRISTCHURCH
DRIVE TIME FRANZ JOSEF – GREYMOUTH 2HRS 30MINS – 180Kms
You continue north to Greymouth were you will join what is regarded as the fifth most scenic train trip in the world the Tranz Alpine which crosses the Southern Alps to Christchurch.
Tranz Alpine: Departs Greymouth 1:45PM; Arrives Christchurch 6:05PM.
Upon arrival Christchurch Railway Station you will transferred to your accommodation.
DAY 18 CHRISTCHURCH -HOME
This afternoon you will be transferred to the airport by Super Shuttle for your onward flight.
- $2120.00pp – Twin Share – High Seaon
- $1890.00pp – Twin Share – Low Season
- $ 96.00pp – Twin Share – High Season
- $ 79.00pp – Twin Share – Low Season
- If you don’t wish to do Tranz Alpine deduct $169.00pp
- High – 01 October – 30 April
- Low – 01 May – 30 September
- $10.00per day to upgrade to Toyota Corolla-Auto or Similar
- Refundable bond of NZD$2990.00 – Payable in New Zealand we recommend that you purchase a travel insurance policy from our web site. The policy covers vehicle excess
- If collecting vehicle from airport there is a fee of NZD$40.25
- 17Nights Accommodation
- 16Days Car Hire – Thrifty Toyota Yaris – Manual/Similar
- Interislander Ferry
- Milford Sound Cruise
- Tranz Alpine
- Transfers – Christchurch
- Hole in Rock Cruise – $84.00pp
- Cape Reinga Tour – $118.00pp
- Rotorua Legends Tour – $188.00pp
- Tamaki Hangi Concert – $98.00pp
- Tranz Coastal/Transfers -$184.00pp
- Whale Watch – $144.00pp
- Return Coach Te Anau – Milford – $78.00pp
- Dart River Safari – $188.00pp
- Gondola Buffet Dinner – $72.00pp
- Helicopter with snow landing – $168.00pp
- Heli-Hike – $379.00pp
- Glacier Valley Walk – $68.00pp
- Costs are correct as at 01 November 2017 and are subject to currency fluctuations.
- Thrifty vehicles are 0-3 years old.
- Golden Chain – Blue Motels – Generally 3.5*.
- Other terms and conditions apply please contact Tick-It Travel.
Main Photograph: Tourism New Zealand, Redwood Forest, Rotorua