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Self Drive: New Zealand Highlights

10 Nights Christchurch to Auckland.

Price from £1728 per person

This self drive tour includes 9 days, Toyota Corolla (CDMR) car rental with Budget, 10 nights accommodation in Superior Hotels, Lodges and Resorts, the TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth, meals as indicated, daily driving notes and route map. The flight from Queenstown to Rotorua is not included in the price.

The length of stay and accommodation used can be tailored to suit the time you have available and your budget. Our staff will be happy to advise and give you a personal quotation for the arrangements that suit you.

Christchurch / Fox Glacier / Queenstown / Rotorua / Auckland

Prices depend on seasonality:  from £1546 per person to £1699 per person

Variations
Mid Category Accommodation
Prices depend on seasonality:  from £909 per person to £1022 per person

Budget Category Accommodation
Prices depend on seasonality:  from £732 per person to £841 per person

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch (NM)
Super shuttle transfer from the airport to your accommodation in the centre of the city.
2 nights:
 The George, Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch (NM)
A day at leisure in Christchurch. Stroll through the Botanical Gardens, visit the museum or enjoy a day tour to Kaikoura or Akaroa.

Day 3: TranzAlpine Train to Greymouth - Fox Glacier (Train 4 ½ hours & Greymouth to Fox Glacier 203 kms/126 miles - 3 hours) (NM)
Own transfer to Christchurch Railway Station to join the TranzAlpine Train and travel through to Greymouth. Collect your rental car from the Budget Office located at the Railway Station. Continue south following the spectacular coastline of the West Coast. Travel through Hokitika to Franz Josef. If time permits, join a guided glacier walk or take a scenic flight over this spectacular alpine region.

Overnight: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Glacier - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 4: Fox Glacier - Queenstown (332 kms/206 miles - 7 hours) (B)
Continue on this spectacular journey through Fox Glacier and the Haast Pass, travel along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and cross the Crown Range before arriving in Queenstown, New Zealand's premier holiday destination.
3 nights:
Evergreen Lodge, Queenstown

Day 5 & 6: Queenstown (NM)

Two days at leisure to enjoy the many activities on offer in Queenstown. We recommend that you include a visit to Milford Sound.

Day 7: Queenstown - Rotorua (flight at own expense) (D)
Return your car to the Budget office located at the airport and fly to Rotorua in the North Island. On arrival in Rotorua, pick up your rental car from the Budget office located at the airport. Flight price not included. Drive to your accommodation situated on the shores of Lake Rotorua.
2 nights:
The Springs, Rotorua - Bed and Breakfast

Day 8: Rotorua (B)
A free day to explore Rotorua. Visit Te Puia and the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, the Agrodome or enjoy a scenic flight over the area. Tonight you might like to see a cultural show and enjoy a hangi feast.

Day 9: Rotorua - Auckland (235 kms/146 miles - 3 hours) (B)
Leave Rotorua and drive through Cambridge and Hamilton to reach Auckland, the City of Sails.
2 nights:
 The Langham, Auckland

Day 10: Auckland (NM)
A free day to enjoy Auckland and perhaps enjoy a sail or cruise on the harbour.

Day 11: Depart Auckland (NM)
Return your rental car to the depot at Auckland Airport and depart on your onward flight.