Road and Rail - Self Drive Touring

A 17 day tour combining the leisurely essence of self drive with New Zealand's iconic rail journeys with a Milford Sound and Waitomo Cave tour included.


Day 1 - Auckland
On arrival at Auckland Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Standard: Sky City Hotel
Deluxe: Cotter House, B&B Basis

Day 2 - Auckland
A full day to explore the city of sails. Relax in one of the city's waterfront cafes or take an optional day cruise to Waiheke Island

StandardSky City Hotel
Deluxe: Cotter House, B&B Basis

Day 3 - Auckland/Waitomo Caves/Rotorua (200km/160km)
This morning collect your rental car. Make your own way to Rotorua via the famous Waitomo Glow-worm Caves. Entrance to the caves is included.

Standard: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
Deluxe: Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel, B&B basis

Day 4 - Rotorua
Time for sightseeing by your rental car. Entrance is included to the Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts Institute and Thermal Reserve, the Agrodome Farm Show, Rainbow Springs, a Skyline Gondola ride and the Polynesian Spa.

Standard: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
Deluxe: Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel, B&B basis

Day 5 - Rotorua/Auckland (240km)
Make your way back to Auckland. Return your rental car to the Auckland City Depot on arrival. Make your own way to your hotel.

Standard
Sky City Hotel
Deluxe: Cotter House, B&B Basis

Day 6 - Auckland/Wellington
Seat in Coach Shuttle transfer to Auckland Rail Station. Depart Auckland on the Overlander Train to Wellington. On arrival in Wellington you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Standard: Ibis Hotel Wellington
Deluxe: Museum Hotel, B&B basis

Day 7 - Wellington
A full day at leisure to explore the nations capital, Wellington. Perhaps take a ride on the cable car upto the Botanical gardens, or visit Te Papa - the national museum of New Zealand.

Standard: Ibis Hotel Wellington
Deluxe: Museum Hotel, B&B basis

Day 8 - Wellington/Picton/Christchurch
This morning return your rental car to the Ferry Terminal Depot. Board the InterIslander Ferry for your journey across Cook Strait to Picton. On arrival in Picton board the Tranz Coastal Train for your journey down the East Coast to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch transfer to your hotel. 

Standard: The Chateau on the Park
Deluxe: Elm Tree House, B&B basis

Day 9 - Christchurch/Mt Cook (330km)
This morning collect your rental car. Make your way to Mt Cook.

Standard: Hermitage Hotel - Standard room
DeluxeHermitage Hotel - Superior room

Day 10 - Mount Cook/Queenstown (260km)
Make your way to Queenstown.

Standard: Mercure Resort Queenstown
Deluxe: Browns Boutique Hotel, B&B basis

Day 11 - Queenstown/Milford Sound/Queenstown
Enjoy a full day Coach Tour to Milford Sound where a launch cruise on the sound is included. There is the option to return to Queenstown by scenic flight (at extra cost).

StandardMercure Resort Queenstown
Deluxe: Browns Boutique Hotel, B&B basis

Day 12 - Queenstown
Full day at your leisure to select your optional sightseeing: thrilling jet boat rides, vintage steamer lake cruises, visit to high country sheep stations, mountain gondola rides — the list is endless and you also have time to relax and simply marvel at the beautiful scenery.

Standard
Mercure Resort Queenstown
Deluxe: Browns Boutique Hotel, B&B basis

Day 13 - Queenstown/Franz Josef (360km)
Make your way to Franz Josef Glacier.

StandardPunga Grove Motor Lodge
DeluxeHolly Homestead, B&B basis

Day 14 - Franz Josef /Greymouth or Hokitika (175kms or 140kms)
Make your way to Greymouth or Hokitika.

Standard: The Ashley Hotel
Deluxe: Breakers Boutique Accommodation, B&B basis

Day 15 - Greymouth or Hokitika/Christchurch
This afternoon return your rental car to the rental car counter at the Railway Station. Depart on board the scenic Tranz Alpine Train for your journey across Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch transfer to your hotel.

Standard: The Chateau on the Park
Deluxe: Elm Tree House, B&B basis

Day 16 - Christchurch
Spend a full day at leisure in Christchurch

StandardThe Chateau on the Park
Deluxe: Elm Tree House, B&B basis

Day 17 - Christchurch
Tour ends with a transfer to Christchurch Airport.

17 day self drive and rail from £2089

17 day Deluxe Self drive and Rail - from £2968

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Standard tours include accommodation in comfortable touring hotels. Deluxe tours include more intimate accommodation in lodges, country houses and small hotels offering a warm welcome and personal service. With Deluxe hotels breakfast is included. Accommodation is subject to availability and may be changed for one of a similar standard if necessary.

Self Drive Tour

Relaxed and enjoyable self drive touring. Book them as they are or ask your consultant to add extra days in the places you choose. Available in both directions.

Your self drive tour includes:

  • Well planned route
  • Air conditioned car
  • Standard or deluxe hotels
  • Time to explore
  • Maps and information
  • Flexible itineraries

 

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