Road to Paradise along Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand

Inspiring Self Drive New Zealand Vacation

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

New Zealand

Places Visited

Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula & th, Rotorua, Queenstown...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

Fourteen days will allow you to discover the many wonders of New Zealand on this adventurous, handcrafted tour leading from the dazzling cosmopolitan of Auckland to the garden city of Christchurch. Along the way, New Zealand’s staggering wilderness will come to life as you explore the mesmerizing plains, gleaming peninsulas, and alpine peaks that sweep New Zealand’s illustrious countryside.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the wild rainforests of the Waitakere Ranges, strolling through the verdant greenery to cascading waterfalls and retreating to an untouched beach lining the west coast of Auckland
  • Soak in the balmy waters of the Coromandel Peninsula’s Hot Water Beach and immerse yourself in the traditional fishing village culture of seaside town Tairua
  • Immerse yourself in historic and cultural discoveries unveiled in Wahi, particularly at viewpoints overlooking the Martha Mine and onboard the antique Goldfields Railway
  • Visit the famous Hobbiton, a fictional destination created for the Lord of the Rings films built into the flourishing green fields of Matamata
  • Retreat to the Mitai Maori Village for an evening spent with welcoming hosts who will share both their cultural stories and traditional delicacies with you
  • Lap up an exquisite BBQ dining experience onboard the TSS Earnslaw Steamship as it sails across the sparkling waters of Lake Wakatipu under the twinkling night sky
  • Zip across the Dart River to explore the unspoiled wildlife wonders and heritage of the famous Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area
  • Ascend to the summits of Mount Cook to discover the glacial geological highlights that cover its alpine expanse, from floating icebergs to frosty cliffs

Starting Price

$11,825 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

Reviews of this Travel Agency

4.82 stars based on 39 reviews.

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