Auckland - Christchurch

Fly total time: 10 days

New Zealand has unique road rules and driving conditions that your clients may not be used to. For a safe and enjoyable journey make sure your clients know where to find information on New Zealand’s road rules before they depart for their holiday.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Day 1 Auckland

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    Arrive into Auckland and enjoy a leisurely day exploring the CBD or head out on the water and explore one of the islands on the Waitemata Harbour.

    Recommended activities:

    • Enjoy a meal at the trendy Britomart Precinct or Wynyard Quarter
    • Hit the shops in the CBD to find quality local goods as well the best international brands
    • Visit the Sky Tower for stunning views.  For an adrenalin rush book a Skyjump or Skywalk
    • Learn more about New Zealand’s history and people at the Auckland Museum
    • Experience New Zealand’s marine life up close at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in nearby Mission Bay
    • Head out on the sparkling waters of the Waitemata Harbour from the Viaduct area in the heart of downtown Auckland.  Take a cruise to see whales and dolphins, go sailing or zip around by jet boat
    • Take a short ferry ride across the harbour to the charming seaside village of Devonport.  Browse the specialty shops and cafes or walk up Mt Victoria for great harbour views
    • Head further afield with a half day boat trip to fascinating volcanic Rangitoto Island or have a full day trip to the laid back vineyards and beaches of Waiheke Island or West Auckland
    • Take a guided tour of Auckland and surrounds to explore unspoilt rainforest, rugged surf beaches, unique birdlife and beautiful waterfalls
  • Day 2 : Waikato

    Drive Fly 1 hour 30 minutes 141 KMS 87 MI
    This morning your clients will pick up a rental car and drive south to the rolling green hills and lush pastures of the Waikato region.

    Recommended activities:

    • See the spectacular cave formations and glow worms at Waitomo Glow-worm Caves
    • Check out other cave experiences in the area including Ruakuri and Aranui Caves
    • Take a guided tour through Hobbiton Movie Set and have a drink at The Green Dragon Inn
    • Visit Hamilton Gardens with its unique New Zealand traditional Maori vegetable garden as well as other international themed gardens
    • Get a taste of the organic Zealong oolong tea plantation near Hamilton
    • Enjoy a meal at Good George in Hamilton, a restaurant and official brewer for beverages served at Hobbiton Movie SetTM 
  • Day 3: Taupo

    Drive Fly 1 hour 54 minutes 152 KMS 94 MI
    Today your clients will drive to Lake Taupō. This popular lakeside destination provides visitors with a base to explore the region’s many family friendly attractions and activities including hiking, mountain biking, geothermal parks and water sports.

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  • Day 4: Taupō

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    Day of leisure in Taupō (as above).
  • Day 5: Rotorua

    Drive Fly 1 hour and 7 minutes 86 KMS 53 MI
    Today your clients will drive just an hour through to Rotorua.
    Take a couple of days to experience Rotorua’s geothermal wonders as well as its sparkling lakes and lush native forests. It’s also the ideal place to discover the rich and fascinating culture of local Maori, New Zealand's indigenous people.  

    Recommended activities:

    • Experience one of the unique geothermal parks in the region
    • Enjoy a unique introduction to Maori culture with an evening of weaponry and combat displays, poi dances, the haka and a hangi meal (a traditional method of cooking food by cooking over hot stones in the ground)
    • Challenge yourself by white water rafting or jetsprinting or Shweebing at Agroventures Adventure Park.
    • Families can enjoy one of many wildlife experiences on offer in Rotorua, including getting up close to farm animals, watching a sheep being shorn and seeing Kiwi up close
    • Get a fantastic introduction to the region by visiting Rotorua Museum 
    • Take a guided tour through native forest on a zipline canopy tour
    • Visit the popular dining precinct of Eat Street and enjoy quality restaurants, bars and an ice cream parlour
  • Day 6: Rotorua

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    Day of leisure in Rotorua (as above).
  • Day 7: Queenstown

    Drive Fly Approximately 3.5 hours via Christchurch or Wellington
    Today your clients will take a domestic flight to Queenstown. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is New Zealand’s premier four season lake and alpine resort.

    Recommended activities:

    • Enjoy the thrill of jet boating in Queenstown
    • Take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Farm
    • Ride on the gondola to the Skyline complex and enjoy a thrilling luge ride or a delicious meal overlooking Queenstown
    • Grab a bike and go cycling on the Queenstown Trail – options are available to suit everyone, including  electric mountain bikes
    • Grab a burger at the famous Fergburger and eat it at the lakeside
  • Day 8: Queenstown

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    Day of leisure in Queenstown (as above)
  • Day 9: Queenstown

    Drive Fly 5 hours 51 minutes 485 KMS 301 MI
    You will have most of today at leisure in Queenstown before taking a domestic flight from Queenstown to Christchurch.
    Depending on what time your clients arrive in Christchurch, they could take a relaxing stroll through the Botanic gardens, enjoy a boat ride on the Avon River or simply savour the city’s many pop-up bars and restaurants. Christchurch is home to a compelling mix of elegant historical buildings and contemporary culture.

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  • Day 10: Depart Chrsitchurch

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    Today your clients will depart New Zealand.