New Zealand Highlights Package

This is one of our favorite affordable New Zealand vacation packages, which was planned for two friends who had just graduated from college.  They wanted to explore the highlights of New Zealand. We started them in Auckland, the city of sails, for a night just to explore.  They decided to climb the bridge in Auckland and visit Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium to see the penguins.  From there, they drove to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua.  On their way, they stopped in Waitomo for some black water rafting with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. and they drove to Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata as one of them was big fan.  They spent two nights of their best of affordable New Zealand packages in Rotorua, so that they could see the geothermal sights.  From the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, they flew to quaint Christchurch.  Then they drove to the west coast to the glaciers as they wanted to see the famous alpine glaciers.  They did a heli hike with The Helicopter Line on the glacier and then drove through Haast Pass to Queenstown, for their last stop on this best of affordable New Zealand vacation packages.  While in the adventure capital, Queenstown, they did jetboating and bunjy jumping, both of which, of course, originated in New Zealand.  It was a perfect graduation gift.  Airfare is additional for this package, contact us for a competitive airfare quotation from your city.  Suggested Length:  10 Days

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Starting at $1999 per person
Suggested Length 10 days
Our Reference D213

Day 1
Arrive into Auckland, on the North Island of New Zealand. Pick up your rental car and drive to your Auckland hotel. Spend the afternoon enjoying the Viaduct and vibrant marina area of Auckland, City of Sails!
3-star hotel in Auckland

Day 2
This morning your New Zealand holiday starts off early as you self drive to Waitomo, where you will enjoy the thrill of black water rafting through the region’s famous glow worm caves with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. Afterwards, drive onto Rotorua, the geothermal wonderland and a sacred place for New Zealand’s Maori people.
3-star hotel in Rotorua

Day 3
Today, self explore the area by visiting two of the regions famous geothermal parks, Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu. Later in the evening, immerse yourself in the hot springs at the Polynesian Spa, a very relaxing experience.
3-star hotel in Rotorua

Day 4
It’s time to say goodbye to the North Island, and head south. Upon arrival into Christchurch, have a walk around this fascinating place known as the Garden City.
3-star hotel in Christchurch

Day 5
This morning, begin your journey through the Canterbury Plains, through the Southern Alps, and onto the temperate rainforests of the West Coast. Stop at Hokitika, famous for their Jade shops. After a short break, continue south to Fox Glacier, your home for the next two nights.
3-star hotel in Fox Glacier

Day 6
Today you will enjoy a rare treat—a guided walk on a glacier! Join The Helicopter Line on a heli ride up to the top of the glacier, then hike through the amazing landscape before another helicopter ride down. You will be amazed at the stunning beauty and diversity of this area.
3-star hotel in Fox Glacier

Day 7
Drive down the west coast, through Haast pass, and onto Queenstown. The drive is breathtaking, so take your time and enjoy the journey. Upon arrival into Queenstown, you’ll enjoy the majestic views of the Remarkable Ranges and Lake Wakatipu.
3-star hotel in Queenstown

Day 8
Time to get your adrenaline pumping with a pair of excursions that are not for the faint of heart. First stop is the world-famous Shotover River, where you will experience an exhilarating ride on a jet boat. Next up, venture over to the Kawarau Bridge, location of the first commercial bungy jump, where you will have a chance to partake in this New Zealand tradition. There’s usually a crowd to cheer you on, so you won’t chicken out.
3-star hotel in Queenstown

Day 9
Today is yours to relax and explore Queenstown. Mountain biking, fishing, hiking, kayaking, shopping, and touring the wine country are all good ways to spend the day.
3-star hotel in Queenstown

Day 10
Time to say goodbye to this beautiful country and begin your journey home.

  • 1 night Auckland
  • 2 nights Rotorua
  • 1 night Christchurch
  • 2 nights Fox Glacier
  • 3 nights Queenstown
  • 10 days car rental
  • Black water rafting with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.
  • Open vouchers to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Waimangu, and Polynesian Spa
  • Half-day Glacier Hike with The Helicopter Line
  • Shotover jet boat excursion
  • Bungy jumping

The Blue Ice bar, in Franz Josef, gets hopping pretty good at night. It’s a great place to mingle with the locals.  While in Hokitika, shopping for Jade trinkets, stop in and get some ice cream at Sweet Alice’s Fudge Kitchen. Amazing treats.  Glaciers and Rainforests are weird bedfellows – think of an ice cube in your garden in the summer. Or a plant in your freezer. There are three of these unique ecosystems in the world, and two of them are next to each other in the South Island’s west coast – Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier.  The Glaciers were an iconic filming spot for The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. True fans will recognize it immediately.  They are still rebuilding Christchurch after the quakes a few years ago. Don’t let that scare you off. It’s an amazing place with great people, very resilient people.  Rotorua has a unique scent to it – the sulfur springs are prevalent the minute you step off the plane. It really adds to the uniqueness of the area.  If you’re in Rotorua on a Saturday, make sure you hit the market down by the lake. I was able to snag a hand-carved hunk of jade that a Maori elder had carved. It’s also a good place to pickup small gifts for the people back home.  A great place for a burger Queenstown is Fergburger.  If you’re a golfer, Jack’s Point in Queenstown is a must.  If you’re a canoe and adventure lover – check out the Dart River Safari outside Queenstown. It’s a half day kayak, half day 4WD off-roading.   If you’re REALLY adventurous, test your mettle at the Ledge Bungy.
-Doug Herbert, Down Under Endeavours