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The Essence of New Zealand

This 14 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


This 14 day itinerary ensures you get to experience the 'essence' of each island, from the City of Sails, to the golden sand beaches of the Coromandel and the adventure and culture of Rotorua. Then fly South to experience the Southern Alps, its mountains, lakes, fiords and unrivaled hospitality.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Boutique lodges & hotels.

Rental car insurance included: Fully inclusive with variable excess/deductible.

Rental car inclusions: Unlimited kilometres,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.

Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.

This tour can be customised to suit you precisely - just request here.


This tour also features:

All breakfasts

2 highlight dinners

Private airport transfers

Taste of Auckland full day tour

Mitai Maori Village Concert & Buffet Dinner

Glacier Explorers Tour, Mt Cook National Park

Dart River Wilderness Safari

TSS Earnslaw cruise and dinner at Walter Peak high country farm


Itinerary summary for: The Essence of New Zealand

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland, transfer to your accommodation and rest of day at leisure
Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 2: Enjoy a full day exploring Auckland's wild side
Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 3: Collect your rental car then head south to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula
Accommodation: Puka Park Resort

Day 4: Explore the idyllic beaches and forests of the Coromandel
Accommodation: Puka Park Resort

Day 5: Travel to the Maori cultural capital of Rotorua
Accommodation: Peppers on the Point

Day 6: Enjoy the geothermal parks and lakes of Rotorua, this evening visit Mitai Maori Village
Accommodation: Peppers on the Point

Day 7: Today you'll fly from Rotorua to the adventure capital of Queenstown
Accommodation: Sofitel Queenstown

Day 8: Take the day to explore Queenstown and this evening enjoy a high country station dinner at Walter Peak
Accommodation: Sofitel Queenstown

Day 9: Explore the breath-taking Dart River in Mt Aspiring National Park
Accommodation: Sofitel Queenstown

Day 10: Continue your journey north to Mt Cook National Park
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium

Day 11: Visit the amazing Tasman Glacier and see the massive icebergs
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium

Day 12: Explore the Canterbury Plains as you journey north to Christchurch
Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 13: The day is yours to explore the evolving city of Christchurch
Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 14: Drop your rental car at the airport before continuing your onward journey