Auckland - Auckland

Fly total time: 8 days

Your clients will travel through extensive plains and deep gorges, past towering glaciers and lush, green rainforests, culminating in the Southern Lakes region with towering mountains and crystal clear lakes just waiting to be explored.

To ensure your clients are well rested after their flight, we recommend they stay a night or two in their arrival city before collecting a rental vehicle. Driving in a new country can be challenging and will be even worse if the driver is tired. The driver should always be well rested, take regular breaks during the journey and plan to drive for only 1-2 hours at a time.

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
    • 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 - Christchurch

    Drive Fly 1 hour and 25 minute flight 1079 KMS 670 MI
    Today your clients will take a domestic flight from Auckland to Christchurch.
    While in Christchurch, they may like to 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 3 - Christchurch

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    Today will be at your clients’ leisure.
  • Day 4 - Franz Josef Glacier

    Drive Fly 4 hours and 30 minutes by train 382 KMS 237 MI
    This morning your clients will take the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth. The train departs Christchurch daily at 8:15am and arrives in Greymouth at 12:45pm. 
    When your clients arrive into Greymouth they will pick up a rental car and drive to Franz Josef Glacier (approximately 2.5 hours’ drive).
    There are many kilometres of temperate rainforest, wild coastlines, mountain ranges and deserted beaches stretching North to South – the West Coast has many moods. Native wildlife - from seals and penguins to wood pigeons, white herons and wekas - can all be found along the main routes. There is a huge range of accommodation types plus cafés, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes including a number of Asian eateries.

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  • Day 5 - Franz Josef Glacier

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    Spend the day exploring Glacier Country.

    Recommended activities:

    • Enjoy a heli-hike on Franz Josef or Fox Glacier
    • Take a scenic flight over the glaciers
    • Visit picturesque Lake Matheson for a walk and stunning views across to Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain
  • Day 6 - Wanaka

    Drive Fly 4 hours and 30 minutes 286 KMS 177 MI
    Lake Wanaka’s spectacular location at the foot of the Southern Alps with the wilderness of the Mt Aspiring National Park nearby makes it a magnet for outdoor lovers the world over. In winter, skiers flock to Wanaka from all over the world for superb skiing and snowboarding at Cardrona and Treble Cone, cross-country skiing at Snow Farm and heli-skiing high in the Harris Mountains. But Wanaka is much more than a winter destination. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, canyoning, climbing and skydiving. 

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  • Day 7 - Wanaka

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    Today will be at your clients’ leisure.
  • Day 8 - Auckland

    Drive Fly 1 hour and 50 minutes 1491 KMS 926 MI
    Today your clients will drive from Wanaka to Queenstown (approximately 1 hours’ drive). If there is time, they may like to participate in an activity or two before dropping their rental car off at Queenstown Airport and taking a domestic flight to Auckland Airport. There is airport accommodation close by to Auckland’s International Terminal, so if your clients do not want to travel back into Auckland city, they don’t need to.
    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 or stroll around the lakefront
    • Ride on the gondola to the Skyline complex and enjoy a thrilling luge ride or ziplining adventure
    • 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
    • Experience the home of bungy jumping at The Kawarau Bridge Bungy – if your clients aren’t keen on jumping, they might like to try the zipride at the same location.
  • Day 9 - Depart New Zealand

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    Today your clients will depart New Zealand.