Day 1: Auckland. Experience the best sights of Auckland - the City of Sails in the morning followed by a fantastic beach & wilderness experience in the afternoon. Enjoy dinner (own expense) at one of our favorite Auckland restaurants - a real hidden secret! Overnight at out partner accommodation 4.5 star boutique hotel right in the city center.
Day 2 Auckland - Coromandel Peninsula. Collect your rental car from the city center and drive to the Coromandel coast. Check into your accommodation. Spend the rest of your day taking in the picturesque coast, white sandy beaches, rural countryside, native bush and spacious gardens of the Coromandel.
Day 3: Coromandel Peninsula. Spend the day exploring this scenic area - drive south to Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach and relax at these beautiful beaches or go on one of the many nature walks around this area. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Coromandel.
Day 4: Coromandel Peninsula - Rotorua. Drive to Rotorua via Tauranga and Mt Maunganui. Visit "Wai-O-Tapu" geothermal wonderland. This evening visit Mitai Maori Village and be treated to concert, a traditional Maori Hangi, and glow-worm bush walk. Finish the night viewing New Zealand's elusive national bird, the kiwi, at Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Rotorua.
Day 5: Rotorua. Take a scenic a flight over Mt Tawarewa & Waimangu
Volcanic Valley. Spend the afternoon or evening relaxing at "Hells Gate" geothermal reserve and have a traditional relaxing mud bath and sulphur spa. Overnight in our partner. Accommodation in Rotorua.
Day 6: Rotorua - Lake Taupo - Napier. Drive south to Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Take a leisurely downhill stroll viewing geothermal delights and NZ Native birds. Drive to Napier, NZ's 'Art Deco' city, stopping at Lake Taupo for a late lunch. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Napier.
Day 7: Napier & Hawkes Bay. Free day in Napier & Hawkes Bay which is the wine capital of New Zealand. Take a wine tour, do a 'tiki tour' (leisurely drive) around the region or participate in one of many activities! Overnight in our partner accommodation in Napier.
Day 8: Napier - Greytown - Wellington. Drive from Napier to Wellington stopping at Greytown which has a quaint, charming village atmosphere. Wellington - New Zealand's Capital and most vibrant city. Shop, eat, drink and perhaps take in a live theater show. Take a visit to "The Weta Cave" where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was bought to life. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Wellington.
Day 9: Wellington - Picton - Nelson. Visit Te Papa, New Zealand's National museum. Take the ferry to Picton in the South Island. Drive to Nelson. Visit the World of Wearable Arts Museum (time permitting). Overnight in our partner accommodation in Nelson.
Day 10: Abel Tasman/Nelson. Abel Tasman National Park. Take a day walk into the park and experience its wonderful beaches and climate. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Nelson.
Day 11: Abel Tasman - Kaikoura. Drive south to Kaikoura. Take a Whale Watch tour (today or tomorrow morning). Overnight in our partner accommodation in Kaikoura.
Day 12: Kaikoura - Christchurch. Drive to Christchurch, the Garden City. Visit the Canterbury Museum, Art Gallery & Gardens. Four course dinner on the Christchurch tram. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Christchurch.
Day 13: Christchurch - Lake Tekapo - Queenstown. Drive south to Queenstown, stopping at breathtaking. Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook/Aorangi on the way. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Queenstown.
Day 14: Queenstown. Explore Queenstown & Arrowtown. Take the Gondola to Bob's peak for unsurpassed views of the Wakatipu Basin. Participate in an adrenaline activity! - e.g Jet boating. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Queenstown.
Day 15: Queenstown. Free time to explore in the morning. Afternoon Vineyard tour of NZ’s premier Pinot region. Overnight in our partner accommodation in Queenstown.
Day 16: Queenstown - Milford Sound. Drive to spectacular Milford Sound. Take an overnight cruise on Milford Sound (dinner & breakfast included).
Day 17: Milford Sound - Invercargill - Stewart Island. Drive from Milford to Invercargill via the Southern Scenic Route & Fly to rustic Stewart Island. Overnight in our partner accommodation on Stewart Island.
Day 18: Stewart Island - Invercargill - Cardrona. Stewart Island at leisure. Fly back to Invercargill. Drive to Cardrona over the Crown range, New Zealand's highest highway. Stay at a high country homestead (Cardrona).
- Your local Kiwi travel expert will customize this itinerary to suit your preferences and budget.
- Airfare: Airfare not included in package. Pricing for round trip from Los Angeles to Auckland starts at $899USD per person plus a total of approx. $175USD in taxes. Quotes on Premium Economy or Business Class airfare are available upon request.
- Air Miles: Air New Zealand is part of the 'Star Alliance', meaning you can apply any air miles you have from other Star Alliance members.
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