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10 reasons why NZ is a year round affair...
by Lauren & Bruno Read the Blog
We have both enjoyed this so much that words will not adequately describe it. New Zealand was wonderful and we only wished we had asked for twice the amount of time in each stop! A big thanks from us both.
Sir James & Lady Sylvia Barlow, Tailor made
Day 1: Arrive Auckland Arrive in Auckland and take an airport Coach Shuttle to your Auckland City Hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Mercure Auckland (room only) Day 2: Auckland Spend a full day at leisure to explore the beautiful 'City of Sails' or beyond. You may wish to take a tour of the city or a trip to the Waitakere Ranges and dramatic black sand beaches of Auckland's West Coast.
Overnight: Mercure Auckland (room only) Day 3: Auckland – Thames (114 kms, around 1 hr 20 mins) Today you will be transferred by seat in coach shuttle to theMaui Motorhome Depot near Auckland Airport to collect your Motorhome. After a thorough briefing, collection and orientation of the vehicle, a stop is recommended at the airport complex supermarket where you can stock up with supplies before heading south. Depart Auckland and make your way south to Thames, on the west coast, at the base of the Coromandel Peninsula. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Dickson Holiday Park, Thames *** Day 4: Thames Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.
Overnight: Dickson Holiday Park, Thames *** Day 5-6: Thames – Rotorua (157 kms, around 2 hrs) Take a leisurely drive to Rotorua today. You may wish to travel via Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty with a short detour to Mount Maunganui - a popular beach resort. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. The following day is also free for you to explore.
Overnight: Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park *** Day 7-8: Rotorua - Tongariro National Park (152 kms, around 1 hr 50 mins) Today please make your way to Whakapapa Village in the Tongariro National Park and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. The following day perhaps enjoy a guided half or full day walk on the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, renowned as one of the finest one day walks in the world.
Overnight: Whakapapa Holiday Park *** Day 9: Tongariro - Lower Hutt (331kms, around 4 hours) Depart Tongariro and make your way to Lower Hutt today on the outskirts of Wellington City.
Overnight: Top 10 Hutt Park Holiday Park, Lower Hutt *** Day 10: Wellington - Picton - Kaikoura (156kms, around 1 hr, 50 mins) Enjoy your journey today on the Interislander ferry across the magnificent Cook Strait (approx. 3 hours) to Picton. Your Motorhome travels with you on board the ferry. On arrival in Picton continue south along the wonderful eastern coastal route to the whale watching capital, Kaikoura.
Overnight: Kaikoura Top 10 Holiday Park *** Day 11: Kaikoura Spend today at your leisure in Kaikoura. Perhaps enjoy a whale watching tour by boat or by plane (optional, at extra cost) or one of the fine walks in the region.
Overnight: Kaikoura Top 10 Holiday Park *** Day 12: Kaikoura – Hokitika (365 kms, around 4 hrs 35 mins) Please make your way to the charming town of Hokitika on the West Coast via the Lewis Pass. Enroute you might like to visit Hanmer Springs, a delightful alpine spa town offering a chance to relax in some wonderful mineral spa pools.
Overnight: Shining Star Beach Front Accommodation *** Day 13: Hokitika - Franz Josef (135 kms, around 1 hr 40 mins) Depart Hokitika today this morning for the drive down the West Coast to Franz Josef. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Rainforest Holiday Park *** Day 14: Franz Josef Spend the day at leisure in Franz Josef. Glacier country offers a range of wonderful activities, including scenic helicopter flights with glacier landing and guided walks.
Overnight: Rainforest Holiday Park *** Day 15: Franz Josef – Lake Wanaka (285 kms, around 3 hrs 25 mins) Head further South today to tranquil Lake Wanaka in the heart of the Southern Lakes region.
Overnight: Wanaka Top Ten Holiday Park *** Day 16: Lake Wanaka Free day to explore Lake Wanaka and surrounds. You may like to enjoy one of many superb walking trails, take a jet boat ride into Mt Aspiring National Park, drive across the dramatic Crown Range to Queenstown or just relax and enjoy the view.
Overnight: Wanaka Top Ten Holiday Park *** Day 17: Lake Wanaka - Te Anau (228 km, around 2 hrs 50 mins) Please make your way to Te Anau today – this charming town is the gateway to Fiordland National Park, the largest of New Zealand’s national parks and a major part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.
Overnight: Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park *** Day 18: Te Anau Spend the day at leisure in the Te Anau area.
Overnight: Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park *** Day 19: Te Anau - Mount Cook region (420 kms, around 4 hrs 45 mins) Please make your way to the heart of the Southern Alps and majestic Mount Cook today. Your Holiday Park this evening is located just 18kms from the Mt Cook National Park and Village – and has to be one of the most stunning campsite locations in the world!
Overnight: Glentanner Holiday Park *** Day 20: Mt Cook Region Spend your day at leisure in the wonderful alpine setting of the Mount Cook region. You may like to enjoy a 4x4 guided tour or a Glacier boat cruise. The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre located at the Hermitage Hotel is well worth a visit.
Overnight: Glentanner Holiday Park *** Day 21: Mount Cook – Christchurch (329 kms, around 4 hours 15 mins) Travel to Christchurch today and spend the remainder of the day at leisure exploring this remarkable city. You may like to visit the Botanical Gardens or the Cardboard Cathedral. Overnight: Amber Park Christchurch *** Day 22: Depart Christchurch Make your way to the Maui Motorhome Depot near Christchurch Airport and return your vehicle. A complementary transfer via THL shuttle is available to Christchurch Airport for your departing flight.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Discover the World