Auckland - Auckland in 15 days (3700km)


Day 1 - Auckland

Visit the Auckland Museum and see a live Maori performance. See real live penguins and take a journey beneath the ocean at Kelly Tarltons Underwater and Antarctic encounter; shop market style at Victoria Park and Oriental markets, or a style in one of Aucklands's central shopping areas.

Overnight: Remuera Motor Lodge - Auckland

 

Day 2 - Auckland via Waitomo to Rotorua

360 kms / 6hrs

View a glow-worm grotto in the Waitomo Caves; or for the more adventurous, tackle The Lost World - starting off with a three hundred feet abseil into an enormous, surreal hole in the ground followed by navigation through spectacular underground caves.

 

Waitomo to Rotoura 161km / 2hrs 45 mins

Overnight: Holdens Bay Holiday Park - Rotorua

 

Day 3 - In and Around Rotoura

Take a guided tour of the incredible Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and see carvers at work at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute; visit Waiotapu Thermal Reserve with its famous geysers and beautiful pools; see rainbow trout and a fantastic farm show at Rainbow Springs and Farm Show.

 

Day 4 - Rotoura to Wellington

462km / 6hrs 30min

Beautiful drive down past Lake Taupo and through New Zealand's most active volcanic area - Tongariro National Park. In Wellington, visit the Parliament Buildings and take a tour around the beehive, New Zealand's Executive Parliament Building. The City Art Gallery and Te Papa - National Museum are also worth a visit.

Overnight: Harcourt Holiday Park - Wellington

 

Day 5 - Wellington to Picton by ferry / 3hrs 20min

Picton to Christchurch / 340km 5hrs

After leaving Picton and Blenheim, you edge down the narrow coastal strip where the surf pounds the sheer Kaikoura Ranges. Cross into the dry North Canterbury sheep country.

Overnight: Meadow Park Holiday Park - Christchurch

 

Day 6 - In and Around Christchurch

Drive to Akaroa, the French settlement of Christchurch, and enjoy the quaint arts and crafts shops, the Herb Garden, the museum or partake in a harbour cruise; truly experience the Garden City at the Christchurch Botanical Gardens' visit the Antarctic Centre; travel up the Port Hills in the Gondola; or see how New Zealand was at the Canterbury Museum.

Overnight: Meadow Park Holiday Park - Christchurch

 

Day 7 - Christchurch to Dunedin

427km / 5hrs

Enjoy the scenery as you travel across the manicured Canterbury Plains to seaside Timaru, whitestone Oamaru and alongside the rugged coastline to Palmerston. Then it's around the Kilmog and Mt Cargill to Dunedin. View the magnificent Royal Albatross Colony, or the Yellow-eyed Penguins - a unique experience. Visit Larnach Castle and enjoy a meal in true Scottish Style.

Overnight: Aaron Lodge - Dunedin

 

Day 8 - Dunedin to Te Anau

290km / 3hrs 45min

Cross the fertile Southland plains through Balclutha and Gore to the splendour of Fiordland. The countryside becomes drier as we reach Lunsden, Mossburn and the first glimpse of Fiordland.

Overnight: Mountain View Holiday Park - Te Anau

 

Day 9 - Te Anau to Milford to Queenstown

430km / 7hrs 20min

The Fiordland National Park is the venue for today's thrilling experience - the beautiful Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys - the Beech forest - the Homer Tunnel and the awesome Gleddau Canyon. A cruise on the Milford Sound to see the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls is a must. Then you climb out of Milford Sound to Te Anau, to travel across country to Kingston where you drive alongside Lake Wakatipu to reach Queenstown.

 

Milford to Queenstown 307km / 5hrs

Overnight: Arthurs Point Holiday Park - Queenstown

 

Day 10 - In and Around Queenstown

There are dozens of activities here; the Skyline Gondola and Kiwi Magic show which will give you a bird's eye view of Queenstown; jetboating on the rivers; while water rafting; helicopter trip through the river chasm; world famous bungy jumping; cruise on the Lake on the vintage 'Earnslaw'; high country sheep stations; gold panning; spectacular walking tracks and horse treks… the list is endless.

 

Day 11 - Queenstown to Christchurch

486km / 7hrs 15min Travel through the rocky and formidable Kawarau Gorge then past Cromwell to climb up and over Lindis Pass. The plains of the McKenzie Country lie before you, and the Southern Alps to your left as you reach the central lakes. Stop off at Lake Tekapo for some breathtaking scenery. Across Burkes Pass to Fairlie, Geraldine and the Canterbury Plains.

Overnight: Mountain View Holiday Park - Christchurch

 

Day 12 - Christchurch to Picton

340km / 5hrs

You may want to stop off at Kaikoura and enjoy a trip our to sea to do some whale watching. While in Kaikoura visit one of the numerous seal colonies that are found along the coastline, trucked in between the turbulent sea and the rugged Kaikoura Ranges. Travelling through from Kaikoura to Blenheim, you should stop at one of the many vineyards that are scattered throughout the Marlborough region - one of New Zealand's finest wine growing regions.

Overnight: Blue Anchor Holiday Park - Picton

 

Picton to Wellington by ferry / 3hrs 20min

Overnight: Harcourt Holiday Park - Wellington

 

Day 13 - Wellington to Taupo

378km / 5hrs

Travelling through the beautiful Tongariro National Park and see the three of New Zealand's most amazing volcanoes. On to Taupo, site of the largest volcanic eruption in 186AD. You too can explode into action - sailing on the lake, wild rafting or jetboating in the rivers, mountain biking or trekking in the mountains. And at night relax your body in a hot thermal pool.

Overnight: Lake Taupo Holiday Park - Taupo

 

Day 14 - Taupo to Auckland

288km / 4hrs

A very pleasant journey through the Waikato region; take time to view the many farms and horse studs that litter this countryside.

Overnight: Remuera Motor Lodge - Auckland

 

Day 15 - In and Around Auckland

Take it easy today - after all the driving you will need a break! Head to one of Auckland's many beaches for a long walk or swim. Or perhaps stop off at the centrally located Auckland Domain for a relaxing stroll through the gardens.

 

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