Most visitors to New Zealand include the North and South Island. Both Islands have unique features. However people often underestimate the distance between locations. To avoid long drives and time-consuming ferry connections, use a domestic flight between the North and South Island.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour
Rotorua's geysers & Maori culture
Sunny Abel Tasman NP, arts & lifestyle
Hiking Fiordland & visit Milford Sound
Outdoor Action Capital Queenstown
West Coast Glaciers, Pancakes & Forest
TranzAlpine train via Southern Alps
Domestic flight Rotorua - Invercargill
Go through the arrival gate at Auckland Airport to meet your private driver. Transfer to your hotel for check-in.
Travel via the Waikato region to the magical Waitomo caves.This famous underworld is carved from underground streams pushing through soft limestone.
Located within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland of bubbling mud pools, steam and natural hot springs.
Drop off your rental car at the airport and take a domestic flight to Invercargill (via Wellington or Christchurch). Collect another rental car outside the terminal at Invercargill Airport. Travel the ''Southern Scenic Route’ to Te Anau.
Milford Sound is a mixture of spectacular natural features and visual beauty. Carved by successive glaciers during the ice ages, it is awe-inspiring.
Depart from Te Anau in the morning and drive to Queenstown/Wanaka. The drive to Queenstown takes only 2.5 hours and the drive to Wanaka 3.5 hours. Both Queenstown and Wanaka have great outdoor adventures.
Wanaka provides activities for all seasons, including skiing, fishing, hiking, wine tasting, scenic flights, skydiving and 750 kms of cycle trails. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra.
From Central Otago, travel to the rainforest of the ruggedly beautiful West Coast. From Haast to Jackson Bay there are beaches, lakes and great views of the Southern Alps.
The West Coast region is sparsely populated. There are few towns along the 600kms of coastal road between Karamea and Jackson Bay. Stock up on supplies before leaving.
There is enough time today to see more of the Paparoa National Park before leaving Greymouth for Christchurch via the TranzAlpine scenic train. Relax on the TranzAlpine scenic train as you travel through dramatic scenery before reaching the Canterbury Plains.
Depending on your flight, you may have time to relax or explore the Canterbury region. If departing in the evening, Akaroa would be a perfect day trip (1.5 hour drive away (one-way).
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