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New Zealand Self Drive in 28 Days offers a complete and classic New Zealand experience in four weeks. Experience the best of both the North and South Islands like a local with enough time to settle in and get a true feel for the New Zealand lifestyle. Start your adventure in the laid-back Bay of Islands, discover Auckland, the “City of Sails,” and hop over to the wine mecca of Waiheke Island. Explore the relaxed and unspoiled Coromandel Peninsula before moving on to Rotorua. Fly to Christchurch and spend a day exploring Arthur’s Pass National Park. Discover Kaikoura and whale watch in Motueka. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Abel Tasman National Park before heading to Punakaiki, then on to Franz Josef’s stunning glacier. Experience the natural beauty of Dart River from a jetboat and explore the alpine haven of Queenstown. Enjoy an overnight cruise on Fiordland’s Doubtful Sound and discover New Zealand’s oldest city, Dunedin.Trip at a Glance:

  • Day 1: Arrive Auckland, fly to Kerikeri, travel to Paihia
  • Day 2: Full day to explore Paihia
  • Day 3: Full day to explore Paihia
  • Day 4: Coach Paihia to Auckland
  • Day 5: Full day on Waiheke Island
  • Day 6: Drive to Coromandel Peninsula
  • Day 7: Full day to explore The Coromandel
  • Day 8: Full day to explore The Coromandel
  • Day 9: Drive to Rotorua
  • Day 10: Full day to explore Rotorua
  • Day 11: Full day to explore Rotorua
  • Day 12: Fly to Christchurch
  • Day 13: Full day Arthur’s Pass National Park
  • Day 14: Drive to Kaikoura
  • Day 15: Full day Kaikoura
  • Day 16: Whale Watch Tour, drive to Motueka
  • Day 17: Full day to explore Abel Tasman National Park
  • Day 18: Full day to explore Abel Tasman National Park
  • Day 19: Drive to Punakaiki
  • Day 20: Drive to Franz Josef
  • Day 21: Full day to explore Franz Josef
  • Day 22: Drive to Queenstown
  • Day 23: Full Day Dart River Tour
  • Day 24: Full day Queenstown
  • Day 25: Overnight Doubtful Sound Cruise
  • Day 26: Drive to Dunedin
  • Day 27: Full day to explore Dunedin
  • Day 28: Return to U.S.A via Auckland

Trip Highlights:
– Relax and explore in Northland’s playground, the Bay of Island
– Explore Auckland and Waiheke Island’s world-renowned wine scene
– Explore the Coromandel Peninsula, Kiwis’ much loved holiday destination
– Discover Rotorua’s rich cultural heritage and outdoor pursuits
– Explore the natural beauty of Arthur’s Pass National Park
– Spend a day discovering Kaikoura’s abundant native wildlife
– Whale watch in Motueka
– Experience Abel Tasman National Park’s beautiful coastline and golden beaches
– Explore Franz Josef and visit the renowned Franz Josef Glacier
– Experience a thrilling jetboat ride on the wonderfully scenic Dart River
– Explore the alpine resort of Queenstown
– Discover Fiordland aboard an overnight Doubtful Sound Cruise
– Experience New Zealand’s oldest city, Dunedin; enjoy the local art scene and experience the area’s legendary outdoor activities