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Activities & Transport

  • Rafting
  • Trekking
  • Kayaking
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Meet the Locals
  • Rental Car

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21 Day Highlights of New Zealand

Rotorua and the geothermal - Abel Tasman National Park - Mt Cook NP / Tekapo - Fiordland National Park
Unique about this tour:
  • Rotorua and the geothermal
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Wanaka and Queenstown
  • Tekapo and Mt Cook National Park

Discover the best New Zealand has to offer on this 3 week trip from Auckland to Christchurch. Start your trip to Auckland and its harbor. Then, discover the geological wonders of Rotorua and Tongariro National Park. Get a feel of Wellington, the groovy southernmost capital of the world, before crossing the Cook Strait to the South Island.

From there head to the golden beaches of Abel Tasman National Park then along the wild west coast and its glaciers. In Wanaka, take in the spectacular scenery of Mt Aspiring, before making your way to the magnificent Milford Sound fjord.

Then in Queenstown, you'll be in the middle of the action to experience some adrenaline activities, before making your way north towards the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo. End your trip to Christchurch, where you can witness the rebuilding of the "garden city".

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Services

Included
  • 14x nights accommodation in double room
  • Breakfast included in B&Bs, others can be added if required
  • Airport transfers
  • Rental car
  • Entry to a geothermal park
  • Ferry between North and South island
  • Cruise in Milford Sound
  • Local SIM card
Excluded
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Petrol
Optional (Available upon request)
  • Kiwi spotting in its natural environment (from USD 140)
  • Flying over Auckland and Rangitoto island on a seaplane (from USD 185)
  • Mountain Bike guided tour in Rotorua (from USD 70)
  • Maori cultural show with light dinner (from USD 80)
  • Sail and walk and Abel Tasman NP (from USD 45)
  • Glow worms caves in Te Anau (from USD 60)
  • Flying over Doubtful and Dusky Sounds fjords with a seaplane (from USD 425)
  • Helicopter flight over Mt Cook and the Tasman glacier (from USD 260)
  • Lord of the Rings Edoras 4WD Tour (from USD 200)

Example Trip to customize

Auckland  

Welcome to New Zealand!

Take your shuttle transfer to Aucklandʼs city center.



Start your adventure by discovering New Zealandʼs largest city and its highlights: visit the Skytower for memorable views of the city and the harbor and climb to the top of the extinct volcano of Mt Eden for another perspective of Aucklandʼs skyline.



Then why not take a stroll down to the new shopping and restaurants area of Britomart?

Day 1
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Auckland City Hotel

Comfort Accommodation

Grand Windsor Hotel

Luxury Accommodation

Hotel Debrett

Auckland - Waiheke  

Take a Ferry to Waiheke Island

Enjoy a full day to explore the best Auckland has to offer. From the wharf, easily accessible by foot, hop on a ferry to Waiheke Island.



Discover its stunning coastline and have lunch in one of New Zealandʼs premier vineyards located on the island.



If you feel like immersing yourself in a volcanic atmosphere, go to Rangitoto Island instead, where you can walk among solidified magma fields and explore lava caves.

Day 2
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Auckland City Hotel

Comfort Accommodation

Grand Windsor Hotel

Luxury Accommodation

Hotel Debrett

Rotorua  

Explore Magical Rotorua

Pick-up your rental car then drive to Rotorua. If you are a "Lord of the Rings" fan, donʼt miss a stop at the famous Hobbit Village, Hobbiton!



Stop at the Blue Springs, a crystal-clear river fed by a natural spring, which has been filtering through the terrain for thousands of years.



Start exploring Rotorua and its geothermal features: fumaroles, geysers, hot springs, mud pools. Go for a soak in the Polynesian Spa's natural hot springs or take a walk in the beautiful Redwood forest.

Day 3
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Red Rock Motel

Comfort Accommodation

Regent Of Rotorua

Luxury Accommodation

Black Swan Boutique Hotel

Rotorua - Wai O Tapu - Waimangu  

Visit Some of the Geothermal Parks

Enjoy a full day in the Rotorua area. Go and visit one of the geothermal parks such as Wai O Tapu, perhaps the most spectacular one, or Waimangu, the youngest geothermal system in the world.



You can also fly over the fault on a seaplane, or drive to Whakatane to hop on a helicopter scenic flight to White Island, the only volcanic island of New Zealand and its most active volcano.

Day 4
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Red Rock Motel

Comfort Accommodation

Regent Of Rotorua

Luxury Accommodation

Black Swan

Taupo - Tongariro - National Park  

Drive to Tongariro National Park!

Drive to Tongariro National Park, recognized by UNESCO as one of 28 World Heritage Sites for its cultural and natural significance.



It has 3 sleeping (but still considered active) volcanoes: Ruapehu 2797m, Tongariro 1967m, and Ngauruhoe 2287m, making this park very unique.



On the way, take a break at Taupo, NZʼs largest lake, created by one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in humanʼs history.

Day 5
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

The Park Ruapehu

Comfort Accommodation

Powderhorn Chateau

Luxury Accommodation

River Birches

Tongariro  

Go on a Day Trek at Tongariro

If you like to hike, donʼt miss out on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealandʼs most popular day trek.



You can also hop on a scenic flight over the park for an unforgettable experience.

Day 6
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

The Park Ruapehu

Comfort Accommodation

Powderhorn Chateau

Luxury Accommodation

River Birches

Wellington  

Travel to Majestic Wellington

Drive down from the volcanic plateau through the Wanganui valley, to Wellington, the southernmost (and coolest!) capital in the world.



Enjoy a combination of nature, arts, and culture in this very young and dynamic city.



You can go and visit the renowned Te Papa National museum or head to the Weta Cave, where you can discover the costumes and accessories from Peter Jacksonʼs "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" movies.

Day 7
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Comfort Hotel

Comfort Accommodation

Park Hotel Lambton Quay

Luxury Accommodation

Bolton Hotel

Abel Tasman National Park - Marlborough Sounds  

Take a Ferry Towards Abel Tasman

Enjoy the ferry crossing from Wellington to Picton. You'll drive along the epic Queen Charlotte road, which offers amazing views on the eponymous Sound.



Drive past secluded bays and rolling farmlands, populated by native birds and fern trees. You can take a break in Nelson, this town is well-known for its quality of life and for being the sunniest place in New Zealand.



When you reach Abel Tasman, the smallest national park of the country, go and take a look at Kaiteriteri Beach and its golden sands.

Day 8
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Everton B&b

Comfort Accommodation

Split Apple Lodge

Luxury Accommodation

The Resurgence

Abel Tasman National Park  

Sail in a Traditional Waka

Enjoy a full day to explore the stunning coastline of Abel Tasman National Park. You can do it either by taxi boat, kayak, foot or sailboat!



You can also go sailing in a waka, the traditional double-hulled canoe used by Maoris. This is a group activity.



Enjoy dramatic vistas on turquoise blue waters, peculiar rock formations and golden beaches.

Day 9
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Everton B&b

Comfort Accommodation

Split Apple Lodge

Luxury Accommodation

The Resurgence

Punakaiki  

Enjoy A Windy Drive Along New Zealand's Coast

Drive to the Wild Wild West! After a windy drive along the spectacular Buller Gorge, reach the west coast and the Tasman Sea. Stop at Tauranga Bay to look at the biggest New Zealand fur seal colony.



Take a walk along the dramatic coastline towards Cape Foulwind's lighthouse. You'll reach Punakaiki and its Pancake Rocks at the end of the day, walk through some of the most impressive rock formations in New Zealand.

Day 10
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Havenz Punakaiki

Comfort Accommodation

Punakaiki Resort

Luxury Accommodation

Birds Ferry Lodge

Franz Joseph Glacier - Fox Glacier  

Visit Fox Glacier and Explore Lake Matheson

Keep driving down the West Coast towards the South. The twin glaciers Franz Joseph and Fox have dramatically retreated these last 10 years, but they are still spectacular.



Enjoy a short walk through the glacial valley formed by the glacier. Don't miss out on a walk around Lake Matheson, where the reflection of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman in the dark waters is almost perfect on a quiet day!

Day 11
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Lake Matheson Motel

Comfort Accommodation

Misty Peaks

Luxury Accommodation

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Franz Joseph Glacier - Fox Glacier  

Fly Above Franz Joseph Glacier and Try to Spot the Kea Parrot

Spend another day exploring the Glacier area. You can hop on a helicopter flight above Franz and Fox Glacier, or opt for the Heli hike to experience walking through the ice curves.



If you’re into hiking there are many tracks for all levels along the glacial valleys of both Franz and Fox glaciers.



You can also soak into hot springs at Franz Joseph or try spotting the Kea, a native bird which is the only alpine parrot in the world.

Day 12
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Lake Matheson Motel

Comfort Accommodation

Misty Peaks

Luxury Accommodation

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Wanaka  

Visit Scenic Lake Wanaka and Enjoy the Local Wine

Keep driving south, of course allowing some time to stop for photos on the way.



Stop at Ship Creek, a beautiful beach where you can often spot dolphins, and walk down to the blue pools and their surreal turquoise water.



The road through Haast Pass, lakes Wanaka and Hawea to Queenstown is simply stunning!



Once you reach your destination, enjoy the stunning setting of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding mountains of the Mount Aspiring National Park.



Just relax by the lake with a glass of local Pinot Noir. You’re in the southernmost wine producing area in the world.

Day 13
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Lake Wanaka Lodge

Comfort Accommodation

Coppers Beech

Luxury Accommodation

Tin Tub Luxury Lodge

Mt Aspriring National Park - Wanaka  

Walk Through the Mount Aspiring National Park

With many walks and opportunities at your doorstep, the Mount Aspiring National Park combines all the best that the New Zealand Alps have to offer.



Marvel at beautiful lake views, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and the turquoise river. It's the perfect playground for nature and hiking lovers!

Day 14
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Lake Wanaka Lodge

Comfort Accommodation

Coppers Beech

Luxury Accommodation

Tin Tub Luxury Lodge

Te Anau - Fiordland  

Relax in the Beautiful Surroundings of Te Anau

Drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu then through farmlands towards the Fiordland National Park and the unmissable fjord of Milford Sound.



In Te Anau, you can go for a walk along the lake which is the beginning of the Kepler Track, one of the 10 Great Walks.



You can also fly over the Doubtful Sound fjord and the area in a seaplane, or visit a cave covered with thousands of glow worms.

Day 15
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Shakespeare House

Comfort Accommodation

Dunluce B&b

Luxury Accommodation

Dock Bay Lodge

Te Anau - Milford Sound  

Gaze at a Flooded Glacial Valley

The Milford road leading to the fjord might be the most epic road in New Zealand. Leave early so you can enjoy some great sightseeing on the way: the mirror lakes, the Eglinton Valley, or the Chasm canyon.



Your two-hour cruise inside the flooded glacial valley will take you to another world.



There are thousands of waterfalls tumbling down the sheer rock walls, mountains rising straight out of the sea, and native wildlife such as fur seals, penguins or sometimes dolphins.

Day 16
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Shakespeare House

Comfort Accommodation

Dunluce B&b

Luxury Accommodation

Dock Bay Lodge

Queenstown - Arrowtown  

Drive To Lovely Queenstown

The road through Haast Pass, lakes Wanaka and Hawea to Queenstown is simply stunning! Make sure you allow some time to stop for photos on the way.



Stop at Ship Creek, a beautiful beach where you can often spot dolphins, and walk down to the blue pools and their surreal turquoise water.



In Queenstown, relax from the long drive with a stroll along Wakatipu Lake or go up the Skyline gondola for a memorable panorama of the lake and the mountains.

Day 17
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Hurleys Of Queenstown

Comfort Accommodation

Alpine Suites

Luxury Accommodation

The Spire Hotel

Mt Cook National Park  

Marvel at Mt Cook Today!

Keep driving along the Alpine fault towards one of New Zealand’s most spectacular sights: Mt Cook, 3754m high and its national park.



Enjoy a memorable walk with the highest summit as a backdrop, once the favorite playground of Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealander, and the first man to reach the summit of Mt Everest.



A helicopter flight can take you to the top of New Zealand's largest glacier, the Tasman.

Day 18
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Mt Cook Lodge And Motel

Comfort Accommodation

Matuka Lodge

Luxury Accommodation

Lakestone Lodge

Mt Cook National Park - Tekapo  

Drive Via the Scenic Mackenzie Region

Drive through the Mackenzie region and stop in Tekapo to take in its unique scenery, combining turquoise glacial lakes, arid hills and snow-capped summits in the background.

Day 19
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Mt Cook Lodge And Motel

Comfort Accommodation

Matuka Lodge

Luxury Accommodation

Lakestone Lodge

Christchurch  

Spend Time in the Lovely Botanical Gardens

Finish your trip in South Islandʼs biggest city, Christchurch, still recovering from the major earthquake in 2011.



Donʼt miss out on the botanical gardens, the restart mall made out of colorful ship containers and the Canterbury University and its iconic Victorian architecture.

Day 20
Hotels Hotels

Standard Accommodation

Tuscana Motor Lodge

Comfort Accommodation

Orari B&b

Luxury Accommodation

The Establishment

Christchurch  

Farewell, New Zealand!

Drop off your car at the airport and take your international flight back.



Safe travels, and visit again soon!

Day 21