New Zealand Highlights Self-drive

Punakaiki Rocks, West coast
from £1644 14 nights | Year round Exc. flights See price details
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Ideal for those with limited time, this concise two-week itinerary features well-known scenic and cultural highlights visiting Rotorua, Wellington, Kaikoura, the West Coast and Queenstown. With some of New Zealand's foremost attractions included in the price, such as iconic Rotorua, Milford Sound and a wild west coast guided tour on the South Island, this holiday is also great value for money.


  • Ohinemutu Village guided walk and Maori Experience in Rotorua (included)
  • Orakei Korako geo-thermal valley admission (included)
  • at Punakaiki witness fascinating rock formations and blow holes
  • experience magnificent rainforest and unique glaciers at Franz Josef
  • cruise the majestic Milford Sound (included)
  • tour the yellow-eyed penguin colony on the Otago Peninsula

Visit the geothermal and volcanic centre of North Island as well as the dramatic and magnificent scenery of the far south with its glaciers, mountains and fiords.

You'll also have time in the cities of Auckland and Wellington each with individual appeal, as well as exploring Queenstown, the 'adventure capital of NZ'.

This flexible 15-day itinerary offers you the choice of self-drive touring or using daily scheduled coach services depending on your preference. Speak to our Travel Specialists to discuss your options.


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This itinerary is intended as a starting point for planning your New Zealand holiday. Get in touch with our accredited Kiwi Specialists and together we'll tailor an itinerary exactly to your preferences.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Auckland
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in the city centre for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel De Brett.
Day 2: Auckland - Rotorua (230 km)
Collect your rental car and travel south to the geo-thermal heartland of Rotorua. On arrival enjoy a personal guided tour of Ohinemutu Village including the iconic St Faiths Church. Your guide will share the legends and history of the village which will give you an insight into Maori culture.
Overnight: Robertson House. Breakfast included.
Day 3: Rotorua
Enjoy a visit to Orakei Korako geothermal area today (also known as "The Hidden Valley"), situated on the Waikato River at Lake Ohakuri. Even with two thirds of the original geothermal area covered by an artificial lake, Orakei Korako is still New Zealand's largest geyser field and one of the country's must-see natural attractions.
Overnight: Robertson House (2 nights). Breakfast included.
Day 4: Rotorua - Wellington (451 km)
Travel south via Lake Taupo and continue through Tongariro National Park where the three volcanic mountains of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro dominate the landscape.
Overnight: Museum Art Hotel.
Day 5: Wellington - Picton - Kaikoura (249 km)
Return your rental vehicle today and travel in the Premium Plus cabin on the InterIslander ferry across the magnificent Cook Strait to Picton. On arrival in Picton collect your South Island rental car and drive to Kaikoura.
Overnight in White Morph Motor Inn
Day 6: Kaikoura - Punakaiki (369 km)
Depart Kaikoura and make your way to Punakaiki, famous for its incredible coastal formations and the blowholes which put on a stunning show in rough surf.
Overnight: Punakaiki Resort.
Day 7: Punakaiki - Franz Josef (217 km)
Today the stunning Glacier region beckons. Fox and Franz Josef Glacier are the world's most accessible temperate-zone glaciers. You may like to enjoy a guided Glacier Valley walk or heli-hike during your stay (optional, at extra cost).
Overnight: 58 on Cron Motel.
Day 8: Franz Josef - Queenstown (404 km)
Today make your way to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. This vibrant alpine lakeside town set is nestled beneath the superb Remarkables mountain range.
Overnight: Heritage Queenstown Hotel.
Day 9: Queenstown
Today is a full day at your leisure. You may like to take a jet-boating adventure, enjoy a guided walk or a winery visit or just simply relax and admire the view!
Overnight: Heritage Queenstown Hotel.
Day 10: Queenstown - Te Anau (170 km)
Enjoy this morning at leisure in Queenstown before driving to Te Anau.
Overnight: Dunluce B&B. Breakfast included.
Day 11: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau (242 km)
Today travel by coach from Te Anau to Milford Sound along the spectacular Milford Road. On reaching Milford Sound, enjoy a leisurely Nature cruise the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. A nature guide will also provide fascinating interpretation throughout the cruise. After the cruise, reboard your coach and return to Te Anau.
Overnight: Dunluce B&B. Breakfast included.
Day 12: Te Anau - Dunedin (291 km)
Depart Te Anau today and head to the southern city of Dunedin. The city's elegant and historic architecture is a delight as is the fascinating wildlife on the Otago Peninsula, within easy reach of the city.
Overnight: Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge. Breakfast included.
Day 13: Dunedin
Today enjoy a guided tour through the Yellow-eyed penguin colony for some close-up viewing of the birds. Covered trenches and observation huts will hide you so the penguins will not be frightened and you can observe them going about their daily business.
Overnight: Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge. Breakfast included
Day 14: Dunedin - Christchurch (361 km)
Today please make your way north either via Oamaru and the stunning inland route or via the coastal route towards the city of Christchurch. Your accommodation is a little way out of the city in a delightful area of Canterbury at Clearwater.
Overnight: Peppers Clearwater Resort.
Day 15: depart Christchurch
Drive to the airport today and drop off your rental vehicle.

Accommodation Options

Hotel De Brett, Auckland

  • Grade: Deluxe
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

An iconic building in Auckland's central fashion precinc…

QT Museum Hotel, Wellington

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

Superbly situated opposite the national Te Papa Museum a…

White Morph Motor Inn, Kaikoura

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

A 22-room waterfront hotel, this motor inn is found in t…

Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

A stunning eco-tourism hotel with spectacular views of w…

The Heritage Queenstown

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

Set within easy walking distance of central Queenstown, …

Dunluce B&B, Te Anau

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Guesthouse / B&B

A contemporary home in 1.5 acres of landscaped gardens o…

Mercure Hotel Dunedin

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

Found near Dunedin's centre, this is a newly decorated b…


A variety of accommodation options are included in this holiday, some of which are listed above. For further details, please contact us.



A number of excursions are included in this itinerary, some of which are listed in more detail below. Your Travel Specialist will be able to advise on additional or upgraded excursion options to suit your interests.

America's Cup Sailing Experience, Auckland

This is an appropriate excursion while spending time in New…

Dart River Wilderness Safari, Queenstown

The Dart River is the perfect waterway to show off the thri…

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, Manapouri

One of our most popular excursions on the South Island.

Introducing Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

A tour of Wellington's cultural highlight at the Te Papa Mu…

Milford Sound Nature Cruise, Milford

Travel by luxury coach on an unforgettable journey from Que…

Mitai Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua

An evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction…

Ohinemutu Maori village guided walk, Rotorua

Ohinemutu is a living Maori village set on the picturesque …

Penguin Place, Dunedin

A unique and private conservation site that aims at saving …

Peninsula Encounters Tour, Dunedin

This memorable half-day wildilfe experience combines a trek…

Pukaha Mount Bruce Guided Tour, Wairarapa

A conservation centre that focuses on the restoration of Ne…

Remarkables Discovery Flight, Queenstown

You will be introduced to the flight crew before boarding y…

Rotorua Diamond Sightseeing Pass

This is a special sightseeing pass which allows admission t…

Safari of The Scenes - Glenorchy, Queenstown

This tour is dedicated to re-visiting the captivating scene…

Siberia Experience, Lake Wanaka

This tour is a thrilling combination tour by air, land and …

Taieri Gorge Railway, Dunedin

Taking passengers from the heart of historic Dunedin to the…

Tiritiri Matangi Island Full Day Tour, Auckland

This tour gives guests the opportunity to get up close and …

Twin Glacier Flight, Franz Josef

A journey by plane over two of New Zealand's most famous gl…

Prices & Dates

Airfares start from around £825 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price.

When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport. We recommend booking early to secure the best airfares.

Prices from £ per person

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Price Includes
Meet and greet and airport transfer on arrival ● Accommodation in a mix of B&Bs, Boutique properties, and Hotels ● Breakfasts as per the itinerary. Breakfast indicated as (B) ● Vehicle rental (including unlimited kilometres, & vehicle insurance subject to an insurance excess). For 1-3 persons a group CDAR ** (Toyota Corolla Hatch 1.6-2.0 litre 4/5 door automatic with air conditioning, or similar). For 4 persons a group FDAR (Ford Falcon XT 4.0 litre 4 door automatic with air conditioning, or similar) ● Interislander ferry crossing (Premium Plus cabin) ● Excursions: Ohinemutu Village guided walk & Orakei Korako admission (Rotorua); Milford Sound Nature Cruise; yellow-eyed penguin tour (Dunedin)

** Other car types are available - please call for further details.

Price Excludes
International and domestic flights and airport taxes ● Fuel and vehicle insurance excess waiver fee ● Travel insurance ● Personal expenses ● Tips and gratuities

We pride ourselves on our ability to tailor-make holidays for our clients. Please let us know if you have any specific requests.

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