17 Days

Puntos destacados

  • Milford Sound
  • Geothermal Wonders
  • Whale Watching

Proximidad

  • By plane: Start your adventure in Auckland
  • By car: Total trip distance: 3388km

Soak up the wonders of nature with this relaxing and reinvigorating itinerary. Scroll to discover more.

Soak up the wonders of nature with this relaxing and reinvigorating itinerary. Feel the magic of caverns filled with twinkling glow worms at the Waitomo Caves and marvel at the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. Enjoy the spectacular ferry ride between the North and South Island before heading south for whale and dolphin watching encounters, beautiful fiords and ancient glaciers.

Day 1 & 2, Auckland

Auckland
Takapuna Beach, Auckland

By The Spencer on Byron Hotel

Puntos destacados

  • Vineyards and Craft Beer
  • Rangitoto Island - an Active Volcano
  • Beautiful Scenery

Proximidad

  • By train: 25mins from Auckland Central

Enjoy all that Auckland has to offer. Take a relaxing boat cruise around the stunning harbour, or choose to take a fast-paced jet boat ride instead. Out on the water, look out for dolphins and whales. Visit Kelly Tarlton Sea Life Aquarium and encounter a wonderland of snow, ice and amazing underwater creatures.

Don't miss taking a trip up the Sky Tower - at 328 metres high, it's the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking, 360-degree views across Auckland and beyond.  

Day 3 & 4, Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua

Hamilton - Waikato
Waitomo Caves, Hamilton - Waikato

By Corin Walker Bain

Hamilton - Waikato

Hamilton - Waikato

Waikato Accommodation

Puntos destacados

  • Glowworm Caves
  • Blackwater Rafting

Proximidad

Journey by car to Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous Glowworm Caves, which includes a magical underground boat ride to view the millions of twinkling glowworms on the cavern roof. Continue driving over the forested Mamaku Ranges to reach the “Thermal City” of Rotorua.

Day 5 & 6, Rotorua - Wellington

Rotorua
Te Puia, Rotorua

By Te Puia

Puntos destacados

  • Geothermal Wonderland
  • Adventure Activities
  • Maori Culture

Proximidad

Explore the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua before driving south to reach the popular lake resort of Taupo. Travel along the shores of Lake Taupo to Turangi, before continuing on the Desert Road, dominated in the background by three peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Continue driving through the lush farmland of the North Island and arrive in the vibrant capital city of Wellington – home to the Parliament, the museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, and a thriving film industry.

Day 7 & 8, Wellington - Picton - Marlborough

Marlborough
Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough

By Kieran Scott

Puntos destacados

  • Fresh Seafood
  • Marine Mammal Encounters
  • Lush Native Forests

Proximidad

Drive to the ferry terminal at the Wellington waterfront where you'll drop off your rental car and check in for your Interislander Ferry to Picton. Journey across Cook Strait - which separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand - and into the beautiful Marlborough Sounds before arriving in Picton. Explore the nearby wine regions, or spend some time cruising the Sounds and viewing marine wildlife up close.

Day 9 & 10, Marlborough - Nelson Lakes National Park - Christchurch

Christchurch - Canterbury
Port Hills, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Julian Apse

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch Accommodation

Puntos destacados

  • Punting on the Avon River
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Pop-up shopping and dining

Proximidad

Head south from Marlborough through the Nelson Lakes National Park - a land of enchanting alpine landscapes, forests and stunning glacial lakes. Go for an easy lakeside walk before setting off towards Christchurch. Visit contemporary art galleries, boutique shops and open-air markets that add to Christchurch’s creative vibe.

Day 11 & 12, Dunedin - Te Anau - Milford Sound

Dunedin is full of options for an exciting day of sightseeing. The Otago Museum is home to fascinating heritage as well as the Tropical Forest, where you'll enter a lush, living tropical environment full of beautiful butterflies flying free. Marvel at Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street, and challenge yourself to climb up it. 

Fiordland
Milford Sound, Fiordland, Fiordland

By Rob Suisted

Puntos destacados

  • Scenic Cruises
  • Dolphins and Seals
  • Waterfalls and Native Bush

Proximidad

  • By car: 4 hrs from Dunedin to Te Anau

Don't miss driving out to the beautiful Otago Peninsula and visiting Larnach Castle - New Zealand's only castle. While there, visit the Royal Albatross Colony for a guided tour where you'll learn more about these huge, fascinating endangered birds. From here, head to Te Anau - the gateway to Fiordland National Park. Enjoy the Milford Sound Scenic Cruise on this world-famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls.

Day 13 & 14, Milford Sound - Queenstown

New Zealand
Catch the gondola to the top of Bob's Peak for spectacular views of Queenstown, New Zealand

By Destination Queenstown

Puntos destacados

  • Bungy Jumping and Jet-boating
  • Middle‑earth Filming Locations
  • Snow Covered Mountains

Proximidad

  • By car: 2 hrs 40 mins from Te Anau

From Milford Sound, make your way to the beautiful alpine resort town of Queenstown. Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges; it’s rumoured that gold prospectors - captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers - gave this now cosmopolitan town its name. Enjoy fine local wines or ride the Skyline Gondola for the ultimate panoramic views.

Day 15: Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier

West Coast
Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast

By Fraser Clements

Puntos destacados

  • Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
  • West Coast Wilderness Trail
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

Proximidad

  • By car: 4 hrs 45 mins from Queenstown

Depart Queenstown and travel via Lake Wanaka and through the historic Haast Pass, gateway to Westland National Park. Continue up the West Coast, past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the glacier town of Fox Glacier where you'll spend the night. From here you can access both Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers and take a guided walk.

Day 16: Fox Glacier - Greymouth - Christchurch

Christchurch - Canterbury
TranzAlpine Train journey, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Kiwirail

Puntos destacados

  • TranzAlpine Scenic Train
  • Arthur's Pass
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

Proximidad

  • By car: 2 hrs 40 mins from Fox Glacier to Greymouth
  • By train: 4 hr 20 mins from Greymouth to Christchurch

After exploring stunning Fox Glacier, continue your drive north along the west coast to Greymouth. Here, drop off your rental car and board the world-famous Tranz-Alpine train. Ascend through lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur's Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. Travel over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Upon arrival at Christchurch Railway Station, transfer to your hotel for your final night in New Zealand.

Day 17: Depart Christchurch

Christchurch - Canterbury
Christchurch City, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Julian Apse

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Accommodation in Christchurch

Puntos destacados

  • Great Day Walks
  • Street Art and Creative Culture
  • Punting on the Avon River

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