Classic New Zealand Driving Itinerary

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Welcome to Auckland!

‘Haere Mai’ and welcome to New Zealand.

Situated amongst a cluster of extinct volcanic cones, next to a large harbour, New Zealand's biggest city bustles with life, both on water and on land. The Auckland isthmus straddles a slim piece of land with coastline facing both the Pacific Ocean, and, on the wild West Coast, the Tasman Sea.

On arrival, you will be transferred into your accommodation and after settling into your comfortable accommodation, why not relax and take a stroll around our beautiful city? Explore the highly acclaimed Waterfront Restaurant Quarter or try one of our activity suggestions to get a feel for Auckland and the surrounding area.

Accommodation: Auckland - 2 Nights

Located in Auckland’s CBD, Adina Apartment Hotel offer modern, spacious apartments are air conditioned and offer a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. With kitchen facilities, a spacious bathroom, and a wardrobe, these apartments offer all the comforts of home. They also feature an in-room safe and a work desk.


Auckland at Leisure

Enjoy a free day in New Zealand's biggest metropolis.

There are countless ways to admire Auckland's striking city skyline today. Climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge or bungy jump over the edge if you're feeling adventurous! For something more sedate, take a walk up one of Auckland's 48 volcanic cones such as Maungawhau (Mount Eden) for 360 degree panoramic views of the city and surrounds. Or try dining in style at the top of the 328-metre Sky Tower.

Within an hour of Auckland you can explore volcanic islands, trek through a rainforest, or catch some waves at a wild West Coast black sand surf beach. You'll be in holiday mode in no time.

Some Activities and sightseeing options:

Explore Waiheke Island    Island Kayaking Adventure    America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky TowerRelax on the BeachRangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine TourWhale and Dolphin SafariMuriwai Surf Beach
Auckland Beach


Bay of Islands

Collect your car this morning and begin your day with an early departure from Auckland and drive north to the Bay of Islands - a marine wonderland brimming with unique sights and wildlife. This sub-tropical region is a stunning Maritime Park with secluded bays and an abundance of marine life.
On your way north, stop at the Matakohe Pioneer Museum and drive through the ancient Waipoua Kauri forest, whose giant trees are up to 1000 years old! You'll arrive in the town of Paihia, small and friendly and right by the Bay. With beach walks, island boat trips, oceanside trails and lush forests within easy reach, it's a wonderful place to relax after your drive.

Approximate Distance: 228 kms | 142 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 

Accommodation: Paihia - 2 Nights

Bay of islands

Decks of Paihia is a purpose built B&B overlooking central Paihia and the immediate Bay. Wake up to stunning sunrises and native birds, take a refreshing swim in the swimming pool surrounded by bush or swap stories with your hosts Phil and Wendy. Each room is stylishly furnished offering super king beds for your comfort and ensuite bathroom.

Decks of Paihia


Bay of Islands at Leisure

With 144 islands in the "Bay", it's easy to find your own little piece of paradise. Many islands have walking tracks and regular ferry services. Relax and get to know the Bay in the very best way - by hitting the water. You can swim in the crystal clear ocean, cruise around the islands, kayak along the shore - whatever takes your fancy.

The historic town of Russell, New Zealand's first ever capital, is connected to Paihia by a 15 minutes ferry ride that shuttles back and forth all day. The colonial history is evident in the waterfront buildings along the boardwalk - and a drink at the Duke of Marlborough outside on the deck is a must-do here. Perhaps do that after your Dolphin Watching tour - you will join your trip in Paihia but could be dropped off in Russell for some R & R after your tour. 

Bay of Islands


Matakana - Wine, Food & beaches

Two hours south of the Bay of Islands is a small village with a lot to offer. The picturesque foodie haven of Matakana is a favourite getaway spot for Aucklanders.
Here you can while away the hours - browsing the gift shops and tasting artisanal food products. With excellent local vineyards and cafes you will enjoy the sights and sounds of small town New Zealand.

The surrounding coast line is excellent, with Pakiri Beach offering vast stretches of white sand, or the sheltered shorelines of Snells Beach nearby - a perfect place to linger on your Classic New Zealand Driving Tour.

Approximate Distance: 171 kms | 107 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 20 mins

Accommodation Matakana - 1 night


This 4 star luxury self contained bed and breakfast is situated in the heart of the Matakana countryside, with vineyards, restaurants, olive groves and stunning beaches within close proximity. Named for the rolling hills of Sugarloaf, and surrounded by sheep, cattle and various fruit trees with exquisite views out to the Hauraki Gulf. Enjoy a home made fully cooked or continental breakfast over looking the rural setting. 

Sugar Loaf Lodge, Matakana


Matakana - Rotorua

Today enjoy a journey into the heart of the Central North Island, travelling south through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions.

Today you will visit an idyllic village - welcome to Hobbiton, the Lord of the Rings film set brought to life on a private farm in Matamata. With its gorgeously crafted wooden hobbit houses under the lush green hills, it's a fantastic place to visit even if you haven’t seen the movie. Your journey then continues to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. After settling in, why not take a Gondola (cable car) up to the Skyline Restaurant for a unique dining experience with panoramic views!

Approximate Distance: 294 kms | 183 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 40 mins

Accommodation: Rotorua - 2 Nights


Built in 1905, the Robertson House has been painstakingly renovated under the auspices of the Historic Places Trust, retaining most of the original features of a Victorian Bay villa. There are four spacious rooms offering all the modern comforts, each with an ensuite bathroom The tarrif includes a delicious continental breakfast and free internet access.

Robinson House Rotorua


Rotorua at Leisure

Set on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Rotorua is a unique location. Giant geysers rocket into the air and colourful sulphur terraces hiss and boil before your eyes.

Enjoy a full day soaking up this magical place. You could meander through the geothermal landscapes, zipline through spectacular native forest, cruise on Lake Rotoiti or simply relax in the naturally heated mineral pools on the shores of Lake Rotorua.

For a closer look at New Zealand life, you can go see our farmers in action at a Sheep Show, enjoy a Maori Cultural Show and Hangi feast, or even say hi to our national bird - the Kiwi - at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

Recommended excursions in and around Rotorua:

See Geysers & Boiling Mud    Polynesian Hot Springs  Whirinaki Forest Walk
Thermally Active GolfBiking the Mighty ForestsFlight to Volcanic Island
Museum of Art & HistoryEvening Cultural Experience   White Water Rafting


Hot Pool



Driving south to Wellington this morning your journey will take you past Lake Taupo and the majestic peaks of Tongariro, Ngaruahoe and Ruapehu. If Mt Ngaruahoe looks familiar, you might know it better as Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings!

Wellington's vibe is creative and eclectic - the nation's top politicians rub shoulders with street performers in this lively cafe culture.

Renowned for its arty atmosphere, Wellington is a real Kiwi treat, with its numerous galleries and character-filled shops. Wellington is also famous for having some of New Zealand's best restaurants - gourmet dining experiences here are truly world class.

Approximate Distance: 453 kms | 281 miles  Total Driving Time: 5 hours 40 mins

Accommodation: Wellington - 2 Nights


Located right in the heart of Wellington is your unique boutique city apartment. Directly opposite Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand, it is the perfect base to explore Wellington, right by the waterfront restaurants, bars and esplanade. There are 12 modern rooms which offer an intimate feel and personalized service. 

Wellingtons 'At Home' apartments in the city centre.


Wellington at Leisure

A magnificent landscape of steep-sided hills sits beside a beautiful harbour, and Wellington city itself bustles with a vibrant creative culture, and the coffee culture is something of an obsession in this city. The Museum of New Zealand 'Te Papa' is full of national treasures and sits beside the water in the downtown area of the city centre - well worth a visit. With boutique shopping galore, and gorgeous parks and gardens on your doorstep, this is the ultimate city break.

Some suggestions to enhance your stay in Wellington:

National Museum - Te Papa    

   Visit Cuba Street

   Weta Workshop Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Reserve 

   Wellington Cable Car   

   Carter Observatory 



Interislander - Nelson

The morning ferry from Wellington to Picton is a great start to the day. It takes three hours to cross the Cook Strait, and as the South Island approaches you are greeted by a jaw-dropping sight: the fiords of Queen Charlotte Sound.

You're treated to amazing views on every side as the ferry glides through the calm waters approaching your destination.

Take a stroll around picturesque Picton Harbour before hitting the road once more for Nelson, the sunshine capital of New Zealand.

Approximate Distance: 135 kms | 84 miles  Total Driving Time: 1 hour 50 mins

Accommodation: Nelson - 2 Nights

Interislander ferry
An award winning bed & breakfast situated in Nelson’s heart is Ah House, offering self catering accommodation ideal for one person, couples or families. Each room has your own deck with outside seating and dining, perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring Nelson and the Tasman Bay region.


Nelson - A Day of leisure

Nelson is a creative town with many galleries and artisan stores. The jeweller who created the One Ring for the Lord of the Rings movies is based here, and you can even buy your own identical replica.

At the edge of town you can climb Botanical Hill to reach the geographical centre of New Zealand. It's also a great lookout point with views across the region. Recover your energy with one of Nelson's outstanding craft beers at a local brewery.

If you'd like to keep the adventure level up, book a canyoning, jetboating, skydiving or quad biking trip. One of the most popular options is a sea kayaking tour in nearby Abel Tasman National Park.



Marlborough 'Wine Country' - Kaikoura

Expect incredible wine, fresh seafood, culinary delights and gorgeous views as you drive through Marlborough, one of New Zealand's award-winning wine regions. Feel free to pick up some world-renowned Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir along the way! There is wonderful local produce too - such as honey, cheese and salmon - perfect for a gourmet picnic lunch.

From here you will take a jaw-dropping coastal drive to the marine playground of Kaikoura. Crayfish is a speciality here, so treat yourselves to the catch of the day at one of the town's cosy eateries tonight.

Approximate Distance: 244 kms | 151 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 20 mins

Accommodation: Kaikoura - 2 Nights

Enjoying superb ocean and mountain views, Lemon Tree Lodge combines four charming and stylish rooms in the main house with two quiet and secluded garden units. Our favourites are the Ocean View Suites with expansive windows and private balconies showcasing brilliant Pacific vistas. The well-travelled and friendly owners have plenty of great advice on how best to enjoy the region.


Kaikoura ‘Serengeti of the Sea’

Kaikoura's most famous residents are the many whales and dolphins who feast on the abundant seafood in its waters. Sperm whales visit year-round, while the mighty humpback is a regular visitor in June and July.

Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour

This afternoon brings you closer to these magnificent creatures on a whale watching cruise. Enjoy spotting them as they breach the surface, spouting seawater from their blowholes before diving in search of tasty squid.

The scenic Kaikoura peninsula is outstanding for snow capped mountains overlooking the coastline. Take the time to walk the  Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway but keep an eye out for sun-seeking seals. These friendly creatures like sleeping on the boardwalk or lounging on the rocks, seals enjoy their personal space, and as such like people to stay at least 10 m away from them at all times.

Suggested Wildlife Encounters in Kaikoura

Whale Watching Cruise   Swim with the Seals in Kaikoura
Whale Watching Flight Kaikoura   Dusky Dolphin Viewing or Swimming
Kayaking with Fur SealsAlbatross & Pelagic Bird Watching Kaikoura
whale tail


Kaikoura - Christchurch

Leaving Kaikoura and the coast, you will head inland towards the rural Canterbury Plains on your way to Christchurch, the South Island's largest city. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Christchurch is known as the "Garden City", blessed with beautiful parks and gardens right in the heart of town.

After you settle in, why not step back to Edwardian times with a relaxing punting trip down the Avon River? It's a wonderful introduction to the city. Gliding gently along in a flat-bottomed boat, you will take in Christchurch's 'must-see' historic attractions and botanic gardens away from the hustle and bustle of the streets.

Some Suggested Activities to Help you to get to Know the Region

Easygoing Cycling Tour    Punting the Avon River    Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural EveningFrench Akaroa TourSouthern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch GondolaClearwater GolfArthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike

Approximate Distance: 182 kms | 113 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 34 mins

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 Night

Christchurch city tram
A boutique Bed and Breakfast within a charming 100 year old villa. It has been completely restored with stylish décor, antiques and beautiful flowers for a romantic retreat. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with home-made muesli, organic yoghurt and fruits whilst you admire the manicured gardens outside. The Rooms all feature personality and charm, with beautiful Egyptian cotton sheets, private bathrooms and complimentary wireless internet.
The Lilac Rose B&B - Christchurch


Christchurch - Mt Cook

Heading westwards through the Canterbury Plains, you will find a superb photo stop at Lake Tekapo. The charming 'Church of the Good Shepherd' sits alone on the shore and its mountain backdrop is remarkable.

Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park is part the UNESCO Te Wāhipounamu (Place of Greenstone) World Heritage region. Here in Mackenzie Country you'll find Australasia's highest mountain - Aoraki / Mount Cook (3,724m) - nestled in the splendid Southern Alps.

The name Aoraki means Cloud Piercer, and this magnificent mountain is surrounded by over 150 smaller peaks, countless glaciers, ice and snow fields, mountain lakes and ranges.

Approximate Distance: 311 kms | 193 miles  Total Driving Time: 4 hours 

Accommodation: Mount Cook - 1 Night

mount cook national park

A stunning destination surrounded by the silent splendor of the Southern Alps and with spectacular views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and the surrounding National Park World Heritage area. There is a selection of properties within the Terrace Road campus from Hotel to Chalet and Mountainview Motels - all budgets and standards can be catered for.

Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook


Mount Cook - Dunedin

Rejoining the coast road, it's time to head south to Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city. There are some wonderful spots to visit along the coast, so it's worth taking your time today.

Why not visit the past with a stop in Oamaru? Stroll through the Victorian Precinct here, with splendid nineteenth-century whitestone buildings housing galleries and speciality stores, including a Victorian sweet shop.

Further south, don't miss the Moeraki Boulders dotted across Koekohe Beach. These 65-million-year-old natural wonders are up to two metres tall! The name "Dunedin" comes from the Scots-Gaelic name for Edinburgh: "Dun Eideann" and you won't have to look hard to see the Scottish influence in this lovely old university town.

Approximate Distance: 295 kms | 183 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 35 mins

Accommodation: Dunedin - 2 Nights

Mt Cook

Stay at New Zealand's only castle - Camp Estate. A glamorous country house positioned on the Castle land. Each of the five rooms is luxuriously decorated in a neo classic style with views of the surrounding countryside. Guests can dine in one of the Castle dining rooms at night, and are welcome to explore the Castle and Garden here.

Camp Estate


Gothic Dunedin

How will you choose to spend your free day in the 'Edinburgh of the South'?

You could tour Larnach Castle, built in 1871. It took 200 workers three years to build, and twelve years to decorate! Housing a unique New Zealand antique collection and beautiful gardens, it's a relaxing place to meander.

Nature lovers will adore the Otago Peninsula, home to sea-lions, seals, albatross and the world's smallest penguin. Enjoy the awesome eco-sanctuaries, bird colonies and nature walks around the Dunedin area.

You could try walking up Baldwin Street - the steepest residential street in the world! Then treat yourselves to dinner in one of the city's funky eateries or check out the vibrant nightlife scene here.

Dunedin City


Te Anau

Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland.

We highly recommend a visit to one of Te Anau's top attractions - the recently discovered and wonderful Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

The trip starts with an informative boat cruise across Lake Te Anau to the western shore. Upon arrival you will be met by the friendly, knowledgeable guides who will accompany you underground. As the darkness and silence descends, your senses will be overwhelmed by a glowworm galaxy as stunning as any Southern night sky.

Approximate Distance: 291 kms | 181 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 35 mins

Accommodation: Te Anau - 2 Nights

Te Anau
Each cottage offers a fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette, a dining setting and a lounge area with a sofa and flat-screen TV. All cottages include a private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer, and bathrobes. Offering free WiFi and stunning mountain views, Blue Thistle Cottages is located in Te Anau. This peaceful holiday home offers self-contained holiday home with cooking facilities and free onsite parking.
Cottages Te Anau


Te Anau - Gateway to Fiordland

Te Anau is another area of outstanding natural beauty, and several key Lord of The Rings movie scenes were filmed amid the unspoiled forests and lakes of this region. Some of the most famous New Zealand Great Walks trails begin nearby, such as the Milford, Routeburn, and Kepler Tracks.

Immerse yourselves in the gorgeous surroundings: flight-seeing, fly fishing, kayaking, sailing and horse riding are all on offer and are great ways to get up close to nature.

Hollyford Track


Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Transfer to Manapouri this morning for a very special overnight cruise in one of New Zealand's most remote and beautiful wilderness areas: Doubtful Sound.
Arriving at Deep Cove, board your overnight cruise vessel for a leisurely exploration of Doubtful Sound. Enjoy stunning views of waterfalls, abundant wildlife, rainforest and mountains with detailed commentary from the on-board nature guide.

With kayaking and coastline excursions available you can immerse yourselves in these magical surroundings before you anchor overnight in one of Doubtful Sound’s hidden arms. Enjoy a delicious three course meal in the saloon before curling up in your comfortable ensuite cabin, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator Doubtful Sound - 1 Night

Doubtful Sound Cruise


Doubtful Sound Cruise - Queenstown

After a hearty breakfast, cruise back to Deep Cove. Try to spot bottle nose dolphins patrolling the fiord, or New Zealand Fur Seals basking on sun-warmed rocks. You may even catch a glimpse of the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin.

After stepping ashore, it's time to leave Fiordland for a beautiful drive to the "Jewel of the South": Queenstown.

Overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the towering Southern Alps, the Queenstown area's rivers, peaks and canyons offer an exciting range of outdoor adventure activities. If you prefer to chill out downtown, you can count on stylish designer shops and waterfront eateries offering a kaleidoscope of dining experiences in a picture-perfect setting.

Approximate Distance: 271 kms | 168 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 15 mins

Accommodation: Queenstown - 2 Nights


Your hosts Alex and Jude welcome you to their small boutique hotel, located just 5 minutes from the centre of Queenstown. This property is renowned for it’s perfectly appointed rooms, gourmet breakfasts and genuine New Zealand hospitality. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown Hill. This property features 7 guest rooms with ensuites, wireless internet access and off street parking as well as balconies with stunning views.


Queenstown at Leisure

A full day for you to enjoy Queenstown and its surrounds.

Adrenalin junkies, we can arrange virtually any activity you can think of from a bungy jump into Kawarau Gorge, a swing across Shotover Canyon, or a skydive into Paradise.

For a more peaceful day, there are beautiful drives in the local area. Head to historic Arrowtown for quaint streetscapes and leafy views. Or drive to Glenorchy for a horseback ride through Lord of The Rings country. You could explore local wineries, cheese-eries and orchards by car or by bike.

The options are endless: chat to our travel specialists for more great suggestions for your perfect Queenstown day.

Recommended excursions in and arouns Queenstown

Routeburn Day WalkHighest Bungey JumpExplore Arrowtown

Wine Tasting Central Otago      

Biking Skippers Canyon      Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise  Dart River Jetboat Safari      

Gibbston Valley Wine Trail



Queenstown - Wanaka

On the shores of New Zealand's second largest lake, the town of Wanaka is often described as Queenstown's quieter little sister: the lake and mountain views are equally incredible, and many visitors count it as a favourite location on their New Zealand tour.

Even the short drive here is stunning, leading you over the rugged Crown Range on the highest main road in the country. Take your time and enjoy the scenic lookouts en route.

This lovely little township is easily explored on foot, and a stroll or bike ride around the picturesque shores of Lake Wanaka is a must. The mountain backdrop is perfect for a skydive or even a romantic flight in a vintage Tiger Moth plane.

Approximate Distance: 69 kms | 43 miles  Total Driving Time: 1 hour 11 mins

Accommodation: Wanaka - 2 Nights

Te Wanaka Lodge is 4 minutes walk from the beach. A contemporary bed and breakfast in the heart of Wanaka Village. The rooms at Te Wanaka feature their own en suite bathroom and small private balcony. Bathrobes are provided, along with natural toiletries. All rooms offer a flat-screen TV. Every morning, a fully cooked breakfast is served, accompanied with fresh juices. Afternoon tea, with home-baked dessert is served daily. Guests can also enjoy local beers and wines in the cellar bar.
Wanaka Lodge



A compelling mix of spectacular alpine scenery, fine food and wine and boutique shopping, the lakeside resort town of Wanaka is surrounded by some of New Zealand’s most wild and beautiful places. The spectacular hikes, skiing, water sports and boating options here will delight anyone with a passion for the outdoors.

Staying around town is just as enjoyable; delight in the many delicious eateries and bustling pubs and enjoy a stroll on the lakeside walkway. Charming in all seasons, we're pretty sure you'll fall in love with Wanaka.

lake wanaka


Westland - Tai Poutini National Park

The drive from Wanaka to Franz Josef is one of the most scenic in New Zealand. Mountain passes give way to ancient rainforest and the windswept West Coast.

There's beauty around every bend, with woodland walks and dramatic waterfalls along the way for beautiful picnic stops.

Nestled in a rainforest clearing, Franz Josef Glacier Village lies at the heart of the Westland National Park. Welcome to one of the most diverse and beautiful areas of New Zealand.

In the evening, why not relax in the Glacier Hot Pools (closed for the winter) and enjoy a rejuvenating soak under the star-covered skies.

Approximate Distance: 285 kms | 177 miles  Total Driving Time: 3 hours 40 mins

Accommodation: Franz Josef - 2 Nights

Wild West Coast
Holly Homestead whispers history.Enjoy the guest lounge and a glass of port before retiring to your room. Built in 1926 the Holly Homestead is a perfect example of “Arts and Crafts’, mixed with casual country chic. Your hosts Beradine and Gerard have refurbished the house and delivered a boutique B&B just three minutes drive from Franz Josef Village. Take in the charm of the property whilst enjoying breakfast in the country kitchen or simply relax in your private room.
Holly Homestead


Franz Josef Glacier

The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. It tumbles down from the Southern Alps almost to the sea, its ancient icy faces contrasting spectacularly with the surrounding rainforests.

There are many different ways to admire the glacier. You can walk to the terminal face, get a birds eye view with a scenic helicopter flight, or take an exhilarating Heli Hike up to the bluest ice.

Whatever you choose, get ready to experience the most spectacular glacier environment anywhere in the world.

Excursions available in and around the Franz Josef area:

Kayak Okarito Lagoon 

   Glacier Hot Pools      Glacier Scenic Flight

Horseback Riding  

   Walk to Glacier Face   Glacier Heli-hike


Franz Josef Glacier


Tranzalpine Rail Journey - Christchurch

Begin your morning with a breathtaking coastal drive to Greymouth.

You might like to pause in Hokitika for a spot of shopping - this town is home to many artisan carvers of the local pounamu (greenstone), which is sacred to Maori. A unique, locally carved greenstone pendant would be a special way to remember your trip.

Arriving in the town of Greymouth it's time to drop off your car and head to the station to begin the TranzAlpine Scenic Rail Journey. Renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world, you will descend through spectacular gorges, river valleys and over massive viaducts before completing your journey at Christchurch.

Some suggested activities in the Christchurch region:

Easygoing Cycling Tour   Punting the Avon River  Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural EveningFrench Akaroa TourSouthern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch GondolaClearwater GolfArthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike

Approximate Distance: 383 kms | 238 miles  Total Driving Time: 5 hours

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 Night

TranzAlpine Train
A boutique Bed and Breakfast within a charming 100 year old villa. It has been completely restored with stylish décor, antiques and beautiful flowers for a romantic retreat. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with home-made muesli, organic yoghurt and fruits whilst you admire the manicured gardens outside. The Rooms all feature personality and charm, with beautiful Egyptian cotton sheets, private bathrooms and complimentary wireless internet.
The Lilac Rose B&B - Christchurch


Bon Voyage!

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage! Today we say farewell. We take care of your transfer to Christchurch Airport where you will board your onward flight, taking with you the magical memories of a truly exceptional New Zealand holiday.

Bon Voyage

What Emma says about this tour: This trip is designed especially for those who want the flexibility of deciding what they would like to do each day - without the hassel of knowing where they will stay each night or for how long they should. This is the self drive for those with the luxury of time. Get in touch and I can advise you on how best to make the most of your time in New Zealand.
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