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Romantic New Zealand – 14 Days (Please note this is a SELF DRIVE PROGRAM and if you like to do this in SEAT in COACH we will have to change the route to suit Seat in Coach)

Synopsis of Program

This 14-day South Side program covers superb locations of the North& South Island and takes you on a journey that will leave you wanting for more. You will see some of the amazing landscapes and experience them up close to give you more than a glimpse of this wonderful country.

Destination Flow excluding arrival and departure locations

  • Auckland – Waitomo – Taupo/Rotorua – by road
  • Taupo/Rotorua – Christchurch – by air
  • Christchurch – Kaikoura – by road
  • Kaikoura – Punakaiki – by road
  • Punakaiki - Franz Josef/Fox Glacier – by road
  • Franz Josef/Fox Glacier – Wanaka – by road
  • Wanaka – Queenstown – by road
  • Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown – by road
  • Queenstown – Mt. Cook – by road
  • Mt. Cook – Christchurch – by road
  • Christchurch – Auckland – by air

Included experiences

  • Entrance to Glowworm Caves in Waitomo
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park
  • Te Puia Daytime Experience Combo
  • Franz Josef/Fox Glacier GuidedValley Walk
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

In Brief

Days /Nights 14 Days / 13 Nights
Start/Finish Point Auckland/Auckland or Christchurch, New Zealand or Reverse



Arrive Auckland – Private Transfer to your accommodation – relax, take it easy


Its time to pick up your rental car for your trip to Waitomo Glowworm Caves and then on to Taupo or Rotorua. You will go on a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves including an underground boat ride viewing the millions of Glowworms on the cavern roof. Tonight you will check in to your chosen accommodation in Taupo or Rotorua.


This morning make your way to Rotorua (if you stayed in Taupo) & to Te Puia Thermal Reserve for the song & dance show of Maori culture, see Pohutu Geyser, Kiwi Birds and boiling mud pools. Later in the afternoon watch the famous Agrodome Sheep Show featuring sheep dog demonstrations and sheep shearing. Late afternoon & evening is yours to do what you please.


Say farewell to this thermal explorer region as you make your way to Rotorua airport to catch your flight to Christchurch & pick up your car at the airport. Head northward from Christchurch Airport to Kaikoura a picturesque coastal town on the Pacific Ocean with stunning landscapes and amazing marine life. We recommend the Whale Watching Experience (optional extra) in Kaikoura.


Today you can visit Hanmer Springs – home of natural thermal hot springs – a perfect place to relax & unwind and then head back to Kaikoura for a blissful night of sleep.


Drive back south and west through Amuri Plains onto Lewis Pass as you make your way to Punakaiki (home of the Pancake Rocks) in New Zealand’s West Coast. Punakaiki is a small community that is charming and uniquely different due to its limestone area by the ocean. Stay the night here before you make your way further south to Glacier Country.


After a relaxed morning, head down south to Franz Josef & Fox Glacier and the Westland National Park declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO - an area of outstanding natural beauty. There is much to do hear and we recommend any of the scenic helicopter flight from our highly recommended options


Wake up as late as you wish and enjoy this stunning landscape. Later in the day you will go for Guided Valley Walk that will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed following the glaciers path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Learn about the glacier's history and near the terminal face you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing terminal face of the glacier.


Wanaka is a small town with a wonderful and spectacular outlook and this is where you are headed south this morning as you drive alongside the Tasman Sea through native forests with spectacular mountain ranges until you make your way eastward over Haast Pass to Lake Hawea and eventually Wanaka. Queenstown is only an hour further south and if you prefer you can head straight to the Adventure capital of the world instead of staying over at Wanaka.

DAY 10

If you decided to stay over at beautiful Wanaka, its time to head further south to the “Adventure Capital of the World” Queenstown and for the treat of your life. A day of pure relaxation and we recommend a gentle ride on the Gondola to Bob’s Peak (very close to town center) from where you view Queenstown as a bird sees and also see much of Central Otago and on a clear day you might even be able to see Mount Cook. Once on top at Bob’s Peak you can also choose to do the Ziptrek Eco Tour – a Zipline journey through trees.

DAY 11

A Scenic Cruise amidst majestic landscape is today’s agenda. Milford Sound – 8th Wonder of the World as declared by Rudyard Kipling –is a stunning Fiord carved by glacial erosion surrounded by looming mountains and cascading waterfalls. This is the location of your Cruise. The drive to the Fiord is itself a treat.

DAY 12

Drive back northward through the Central Otago region to Lake Pukaki and Mt Cook or 'Aorangi', the cloud piercer. Stay the night here – a location so unlike any other and enjoy the night sky in this amazing Dark Sky Reserve (one of 4 gold reserves on the planet)

DAY 13

Leave early morning to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo before travelling across the Canterbury Plains to arrive in Christchurch in time to catch your evening flight back to Auckland for your last night in this marvelous land or if you have planned to fly out of Christchurch back home you will spend the night in this charming English style city

DAY 14

All good things must come to an end and so does this amazing vacation of yours as you make your way to the airport. SAFE TRAVELS

1. STAY Location - (Stay Class is as per guest selection)

  • 13 nights with breakfast (Please note some accommodation will be with continental breakfast and not cooked breakfast)
  • Auckland – 2 nights
  • Rotorua – 2 nights (please note prices for Taupo STAY is available on request)
  • Kaikoura – 2 nights
  • Punakaiki – 1 night
  • Fox Glacier/Franz Josef – 2 nights
  • Wanaka – 1 night
  • Queenstown – 2 nights
  • Mount Cook – 1 night

2. Private Transfer for Self Drive Guests:

  • Auckland Airport to Hotel

3. Rental Vehicle for Self Drive Guests

  • Toyota Corolla or similar with standard insurance
  • Unlimited Mileage
  • We highly recommend an upgrade to an intermediate Sedan or mid-size or full size SUV if you are four or more Adult guests

4. Included Experiences & Activities

  • Guided Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Te Puia Daytime Experience Combo
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Rainbow Springs
  • Glacier Valley Guided Walk
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

  • All flights international and domestic as applicable
  • Visa and other travel related fees
  • Holiday protection and travel insurance
  • All meals other than already specified
  • All items other than specified in the inclusions

Rental vehicle options & information

  • Toyota Corolla (compact) is the default car for all three travel class
  • All vehicles come with standard Collision Damage Waiver
  • For Peace of Mind we recommend you opt for Total Collision Damage Waiver
    • Price varies depending on the type of vehicle hired
  • Airport Pick and Ferry Pick if any are included and varies according to airport/ferry and vehicle rental company
  • Rental Vehicle considered are from Hertz, Thrifty & Go Rentals
  • All rental vehicles are subject to availability
  • If primary driver and/or any driver is under 25 there will be additional charge
  • Fuel, Parking, Road & Toll and Additional Driver charges if any are not included and is the responsibility of the hiring guest
  • Add $3 per day for an Intermediate Sedan like Toyota Camry or similar
  • Add $5 per day full sized sedan such as Toyota Aurion 3.5L or similar - V6 engine
  • Add $55 per day for a midsized 4WD SUV like Toyota RAV 4 0r similar
  • Add $65 per day for Full Size SUV like Toyota Highlander or similar – 3.5L to 4.0L AWD
  • Add $75 per day for Premium SUV Toyota Prado – 3.0L – up to 7 guests can be seated
  • For other vehicles such as Vans and People Movers please enquire

Special note for children

1. Seat in Coach:
  • Children under age of 12 travelling with two adults sharing existing bedding may travel at 50% of normal adult cost
  • Children under age of 12 travelling with two adults requiring additional bedding may travel at 67% of normal adult cost

2. Self Drive:
  • Children under 12, who share a room and existing bedding with two adults, will not be subject to room costs, however any meals such as breakfast that form part of our programs will attract 50% of adult cost
  • Children under 12 who share a room with two adults and requires additional bedding will be priced as triple share on adult triple share cost

3. Sightseeing, experiences and other activity providers:
  • Child price and age of child varies widely from these providers and the same will be given on request. We have given the child cost in each of our highly recommended options below

Highly recommended options – these prices are valid only if purchased in advance from us

  • Auckland City Highlights - $69 for Adult and $34 for child 3-14 years
  • Upgrade Waitomo Glow Worm Caves to double cave system of Ruakuri & Glow Worm Cave for $35 Adult & $12 Child 4-14 years
    • Not available for Seat in Coach Guests
  • If you are not a vegetarian and open to try traditional Maori Style Feast (called Hangi) then we recommend the Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience on Day 3 - $93 Adult/$55 Child 5 -15 years
  • Kaikoura Whale Watch - $135 adult/$55 child 3-15 years – N/A (not part of route)
  • Neve Discoverer (Scenic Helicopter Flight) - $207 adult/$145 child 4-14 years
  • Twin Glacier Scenic Helicopter Flight - $270 adult/$190 child 4-14 years
  • Upgrade to Doubtful Sound Cruise - $169 adult/$53 child 4-14 years
    • Please add $27 for Seat in Coach Guests
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride - $445 adult/$295 child 4-12 years
  • Shot over Jet Boat Ride - $118 adult/$63 child 4-14 years
  • Tandem Skydive - $269 for 9000FT, $305 for 12000FT, $395 for 15000FT
  • Gondola - $32 adult /$20 child 5-14 years - N/A (already included)
  • Ziptrek Ecotours
    • Moa Line (4 Zipline) - $118 adult/ $72 youth 6-14 years
    • Kea Line (6 Zipline) - $163 adult/ $118 youth 6-14 years
  • Boutique Wine Tour - $175 adult/ $117 child 6-17 years
    • Includes gourmet platter lunch at Carrick Winery
  • Glacier Valley Guide Walk - $68.50 adult/ $59 child 6-16 years
  • Price is valid for travel dates between April 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015
  • All prices are per guest on Twin Share basis
    • Single, Triple and Multi Share prices are available on request
  • Price is inclusive of 15% New Zealand GST (Goods & Services Tax)
  • All bookings must be made as follows:
    • Booking must be confirmed 60 days prior to actual date of arrival
    • 25% of the price must be made at the time of booking confirmation
      • If booking is made within 45 days from date of arrival – 100% payment is required at time of confirmation
    • Balance 75% the price to be remitted 20 working days prior to date of arrival
    • Please note if full payment is not received we will be forced to cancel all reservations held under your name
    • If program is cancelled prior to making full payment we will refund your booking amount less 10% of the program price for service charges
    • All applicable bank and credit card services fees are to your account either during payment or refund
    • If program is cancelled after making full payment and is 72 hours before actual date of arrival the service charge fee will be 25% of the program price
    • If program is cancelled within 48 hours of arrival date there will be no refund
  • All experiences are provided by our experience partners
  • For any reason the scheduled experience is cancelled by the provider or postponed due to unsuitable conditions
    • They will try to reschedule a suitable alternate time failing which a refund for the specific experience will be made
  • All accommodation is subject to availability at time of booking
    • If specific accommodation is unavailable suitable alternate accommodation will be arranged within the same price category
    • Please note it is not always possible to offer accommodation in the same price category. On such occasion the next best alternative accommodation class will be offered
* For full details please see our "Terms & Conditions" page

Program Cost per guest
on twin share basis in
Executive Class Premier Class Prestige Class
Self Drive Rental Car NZ $2,685 NZ $2,945 NZ $3.320

* Price mentioned are for per person on twin sharing basis.

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