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New Zealand 25-Day Grand Explorer

26.03.24 | Kayleigh

Embark on a 25-day grand adventure across New Zealand, from the majestic alpine vistas in the South to the captivating coastal allure in the North. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Milford Sound and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Hobbiton. This journey, featuring both self-drive and rail travel, guarantees an array of new and delightful discoveries at every turn.

Experience pure New Zealand during this 25-day journey, with return international flights from London Heathrow included. Keep scrolling to read the day-by-day itinerary below.

Welcome to Christchurch! After collecting your luggage, you will be transferred to your accommodation where you will spend the evening. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city at your leisure.

Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

You have an early start this morning. You will be transferred to Christchurch Railway Station where you’ll embark on a scenic journey from Christchurch to Greymouth aboard the TranzAlpine rail journey. Upon your arrival in Greymouth, collect your rental car and make your way to Franz Josef where you will be spending the next two nights. These days are yours to explore the area how you choose, from breathtaking glaciers to lush walking tracks your time will be well spent immersed in natural New Zealand.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Enjoy a scenic drive to Queenstown this morning as you prepare to spend your next few days in the adventure capital of the world. The days are yours to explore this thrilling city. From luging to Jet Boat rides, excitement is around every corner. On Day 5, you will spend your evening enjoying a gourmet BBQ dinner at Walter Peak, being transferred there aboard the TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship.

Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Enjoy a short drive to Te Anau through lush fiords where you will be spending your next few nights. On Day 7, you have an early start as you will venture out to Milford Sound via coach & cruise. Spend your day immersed in the panoramic flora and fauna, listening to bird song, and enjoying the breathtaking vistas of the Sounds.

Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Te Anau

Your next few days will be spent in New Zealand’s oldest city, Dunedin. Explore the historic Scottish architecture and enjoy the vibrant city life. On Day 9, you will be transported into a regal realm as you visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Use these next few days to explore your scenic surroundings of Tekapo and Mt Cook. On Day 11, you will embark on an aquatic adventure on the Glacier Explorer Boat Trip, exploring the Tasman Glacier on its lake.

Accommodation: Galaxy Boutique Hotel Tekapo

This morning, enjoy a scenic drive from Tekapo to Christchurch. Upon your arrival, make your way to your accommodation and spend the rest of the day exploring the Garden City.

Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch

The next few days will be spent exploring the top of the South Island in the Marlborough region. On Day 14, you will spend the afternoon exploring and indulging in some of Marlborough’s premium wineries.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough

This morning, make your way to Picton and board the Interislander, a ferry journey that will take you across the Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s Capital City. On Day 16, you will be taken on a tour of ZEALANDIA at Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. Walk through lush forests full of rare native wildlife as you discover Zealandia in the heart of Wellington.

Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Drive up to Napier today where you will be spending your next few days. Known as the Art Deco Capital of the World, Napier is boasting in intricate architecture, a charming coastal city life, and a diverse vibrant arts scene.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

These next two days will be spent in Rotorua, home to many Geothermal wonders and thrilling experiences. The city is yours to explore at your leisure, from rejuvenating spa experiences to excitement on the luge, your days will be filled with unforgettable memories. On Day 20, you will spend the evening introduced to and immersed in New Zealand Māori Culture, as you experience TE PA TU.

Accommodation: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

Your journey up to Auckland this morning will detour you to Middle-earth, as you spend your afternoon exploring The Shire, home to the hobbits from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies. Explore enchanting hobbit holes, enjoy a pint fromthe Green Dragon Inn, and relish in all that Hobbiton offers on this once-in-a-lifetime tour.

Accommodation: voco Auckland City Centre

These next few days will be spent exploring the charming Bay of Islands, a coastal region in Northland. With 144 islands, stunning beaches and water activities, and rich Māori culture, your days spent here will be filled with relaxation and adventure. On Day 23, a cruise will take you out to the famed Hole in the Rock, a natural formation of impressive magnitude standing tall in the sea.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Today is your last full day of this trip. Spend the day exploring the City of Sails how you choose. Visit Auckland Zoo or learn about history at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Spend your evening immersed in the diverse culinary offerings of the city.

Accommodation: voco Auckland City Centre

Fit in some last-minute sightseeing this morning before you return your car at the airport and prepare to depart for your next adventure.


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