New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions are waiting for you!
Highlights: Christchurch, Mount Cook National Park, Lindis Pass, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Westland National Park, Paparoa National Park, Tongariro National Park, Rainbow Springs, Auckland
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Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.
Today, take the scenic route to Twizel via Lake Tekapo. The exquisite opaque turquoise colour of this lake and others in the area is caused by fine, glacier-ground rock particles held in suspension.
Travel to Te Anau, a town on the South Island of New Zealand, known as a gateway to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound.
Trout fishing rivers and high country scenery are features of the drive to Queenstown. Leave time to take a break in Kingston, the home of a remarkable vintage steam train. From here, the rest of your journey clings scenically to the edge of Lake Wakatipu.
World-renowned for its adventure, Queenstown is home to a huge choice of adrenaline activities including jet boating, bungy jumping, white water rafting, skydiving and even indoor thrills – all guaranteed to get your blood pumping!
Enjoy waterfalls and river scenery as you leave the coast and climb up the Haast river valley to Haast Pass. The long one-lane bridge over the Haast River leads you into the settlement of Haast
The road between Fox Glacier and Greymouth provides great views of the wild west coast. Detour to the beach and breathe the salt spray air.
Follow the rugged West Coast, stopping off at Punakaiki (famous for its pancake rocks and booming blowholes) before heading to one of New Zealand’s sunniest spots – Nelson.
Leave Nelson early in the morning to reach Picton, where you will board the Interislander ferry to Wellington. In Wellington takeover the new rental car at the ferry terminal.
Leave Wellington on the signposted Motorway heading north.The goal is the “heart” of the North Island. Here is the Tongariro National Park, which consists of the three volcanoes Mt. Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.
Continue north to Lake Taupo and on to Rotorua, the thermal center of New Zealand and important center of the Maori culture.
The Waikato River will accompany you for much of your journey through the green countryside. Take a sightseeing day on your drive from Rotorua to Auckland with places of interest along the way including the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tours at Matamata just 1 hour 15 minutes from Waitomo.
More than just a city, Auckland is a whole region full of things to see and do. If time permits, we recommend visiting the War Memorial Museum on Pukekawa Hill in the 80 acre Auckland Domain Park before returning the rental car at the airport for your flight home.