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Franz Josef

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Auckland
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Motel
  • Highlights: Pick up your rental car at Auckland airport on arrival. Make your way to your central city accommodation and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring Auckland city. Perhaps take a stroll around Viaduct Harbour, Princes Wharf and new Wynyard Quarter, be tempted by the designer fashion stores in the Britomart and along Queen Street.
Day 2: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
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Motel
  • Highlights: Fertile rural dairy landscapes of the Waikato region. Ancient Waitomo Cave, deep underground sculptured limestone caverns. Optional guided tour, glide silently by boat through Glowworm Grotto to see glittering glowworms. Arrive at sparkling Lake Rotorua, surrounded by lush native bush.
    Drive time Auckland to Waitomo: approx. 2 hours, 40 mins
    Drive time Waitomo to Rotorua: approx. 2 hours, 15 mins
Day 3: In Rotorua - day free for optional activities
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Motel
  • Highlights: Steaming thermal reserves, adventure activities, scenic sightseeing. Try some adventure, 4WD trips, take a scenic flight over Mt Tarawera or more sedate lake cruise, Maori village or rural farm experience. Spoil yourself with a hot soak in the Polynesian Pools.
    Included this evening is an authentic Maori cultural experience at Mitai Maori Village, with traditional entertainment and hangi dinner.
Day 4: Rotorua - Wellington
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Motel
  • Highlights: Today's travels feature geothermal Wairakei and sparkling Lake Taupo, famous for trout fishing. Towering volcanic mountains of the Tongariro National Park, high on the Central Plateau. Deep blue ocean views from the Kapiti Coast. Capital City, Wellington on the sparkling harbour.
    Drive time Rotorua to Wellington: approx. 6 hours, 5 mins
Day 5: In Wellington - free day for optional activities
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  • Highlights: Take the cable car for sweeping harbour views (optional).
    Optional activities can include a city orientation tour, visit Te Papa, National Museum of New Zealand. Stroll the harbour walkways or explore the Cuba St cafes or Courtenay Place nightlife as well as the thriving shopping hub on Lambton Quay.
Day 6: Wellington - Nelson
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Motel
  • Highlights: Ferry across Cook Strait to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds (included). Vast plains of vineyard surround Blenheim, premier wine-producing region. Beach resort of sunny Nelson on the harbour renowned for its arts, culture, fresh seafood and delicious local wines.
    Wellington to Picton by ferry, approx 3 hours
    Drive time Picton to Nelson, approx. 1 hour, 45 mins
Day 7: In Nelson / Abel Tasman National Park
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Motel
  • Highlights: A day of beautiful bays and beaches is included in the Abel Tasman National Park, just a 50 minute drive from Nelson's city centre. Take a cruise from Kaiteriteri to the beach of your choice. Walk between beaches or relax at a golden cove.

    The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is well marked and easy to follow. Take the time to relax as you discover golden sand beaches, lush native forest and panoramic coastal vistas along the way. Return by boat to Kaiteriteri, then drive back to Nelson for the evening.
Day 8: Nelson - Punakaiki
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  • Highlights: Through the rugged landscapes of the Buller Gorge to Westport, giant limestone pancake rocks & crashing waves at Punakaiki abd lush rainforest and steep hills of Paparoa National Park.
    Drive time Nelson to Punakaiki: approx. 3 hours, 45 minutes
Day 9: Punakaiki - Franz Josef
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  • Highlights: Subtropical native forests of the Westland National Park. Mighty glaciers pushing seaward through rainforest, amazing ocean views with backdrop of snow-capped alps and the village of Franz Josef at the foot of the glacier. Indulge in the hot pools or take an optional scenic flight or heli-hike on the mighty glacier itself.
    Drive time Punakaiki to Franz Josef: approx. 2 hours, 55 mins
Day 10: Franz Josef - Queenstown
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  • Highlights: Cross the Southern Alps through Haast Pass & Mt Aspiring National Park. See the gates of Haast bridge, tranquil and graceful Lakes Hawea & Wanaka en route to the vibrant resort town of Queenstown.
    Tonight take in the panoramic lake and mountain views from the Skyline Gondola and Stratosfare Restaurant (buffet dinner included).
    Drive time Franz Josef to Queenstown: approx 6 hours, 5 mins
Day 11: In Queenstown - free day for optional activities
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  • Highlights: Make the most of your day, adventure, shopping, eco trips or relaxation. Experience an adrenalin rush with bungy jumping, skydiving or jetboating or perhaps a more sedate lake cruising to Walter Peak, forest hiking, wine tour or jetboating the Dart River.
Day 12: Queenstown - Dunedin
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  • Highlights: Gold mining relics cling to the cliffs of the rugged Kawarau Gorge. Fruit & wine growing region of Cromwell and Bannockburn, home of premium Pinot Noir wines. Graceful Dunedin on the harbour, vibrant university life, elegant Edwardian architecture.
    Drive time Queenstown to Dunedin: approx. 3 hours, 50 mins
Day 13: Dunedin - Christchurch
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  • Highlights: Follow Pacific coastline via rural towns of Oamaru with its distinctive white stone architecture and Timaru on Caroline Bay. Destination is Christchurch with manicured parks & gardens, Canterbury Museum and graceful Hagley Park.
    Drive time Dunedin to Queenstown: approx. 5 hours, 5 mins
Day 14: Depart Christchurch
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  • Highlights: Your last day is at leisure until its time to drop off your rental car at Christchurch Airport on departure.
Fares and Pricing
Tour Code: TR A8
 
Hotel
Motel
Self drive - small car
Share Twin
$3245
$2565
Self drive - medium car
Share Twin
$3305
$2625
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Self drive - large car
Share Twin
$3385
$2705
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Prices valid from 01 Jan 2017 to 31 March 2018 and are priced in NZ$ per person
Includes:
  • 14 days' rental car hire, as selected, unlimited kms & standard insurance (with excess)
  • 13 nights' hotel/motel accommodation as selected, share twin/double room
  • Breakfast at Franz Josef (hotel option only)
  • Wellington to Picton ferry crossing for 2 adult passengers and your rental car
  • Traditional Maori cultural experience and hangi dinner at Mitai Maori Village
  • Abel Tasman National Park scenic cruise and walk
  • Skyline Gondola & Stratosfare Restaurant buffet dinner in Queenstown
  • Itinerary planning and reservations service
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

    Bonus:
    10% discount for travel 01 May to 30 September.

    This itinerary can be modified for families. The itinerary can be customised if you prefer shorter or longer duration, larger car size, different style of accommodation etc. Just ask us!
Includes:
  • 14 days' rental car hire, as selected, unlimited kms & standard insurance (with excess)
  • 13 nights' hotel/motel accommodation as selected, share twin/double room
  • Breakfast at Franz Josef (hotel option only)
  • Wellington to Picton ferry crossing for 2 adult passengers and your rental car
  • Traditional Maori cultural experience and hangi dinner at Mitai Maori Village
  • Abel Tasman National Park scenic cruise and walk
  • Skyline Gondola & Stratosfare Restaurant buffet dinner in Queenstown
  • Itinerary planning and reservations service
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

    Bonus:
    10% discount for travel 01 May to 30 September.

    This itinerary can be modified for families. The itinerary can be customised if you prefer shorter or longer duration, larger car size, different style of accommodation etc. Just ask us!