14 Day Geysers To Glaciers

14 Day Geysers To Glaciers

This self-drive tour of New Zealand starts in Auckland, stopping at Rotorua and Wellington on the North Island while you make your way your way to the South Island visiting Christchurch, Queenstown, Milford Sound and discovering the phenomenal West Coast glaciers.

Book and pay your deposit by 30 November 2018 to receive a 5% discount off your tour price for this month

Tour Info

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $2303 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 14 Days
Tour Code: GNGTG

Inclusions

13 nights accommodation
Rental vehicle of your choice
Te Po - Maori cultural experience with traditional hangi
Scenic Interislander Ferry Cruise
Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

Conditions

Prices are per person based on twin-share, and are subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel May 2018 – March 2019. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking.

Click here for our full terms and conditions.

Book and pay your deposit by 30 November 2018 to receive a 5% discount off your tour price for this month

Chat Request Callback Enquire

Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland

Welcome to Auckland! After clearing customs and immigration you will collect your rental car and travel onto your centrally located accommodation. After checking in and getting yourself settled, turn your roving eye outside and enjoy a free afternoon in the City of Sails.

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, with plenty of sights, shopping and street appeal for even the pickiest of travellers.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 2
Auckland - Rotorua

Travel south through lush Waikato farmland, perhaps via Waitomo Caves, to Rotorua, steeped in Maori culture and history.

This evening experience Te Po, Te Puia’s cultural experience. It is a feast of cultural storytelling, entertainment and Maori kai (indigenous food). After a formal Maori welcome, relax and enjoy a performance including the beautiful songs, haka and poi dance.

After dinner you will be transported by people movers to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and hot chocolate. (2 nights)

Your choice of accommodation

Day 3
Rotorua

A day free to explore this exciting thermal region – there are many activities to enjoy. Perhaps visit the Agrodome to see a display featuring New Zealand’s various sheep breeds and sheep shearing.

Or Rainbow Springs to see rainbow and brown trout as well as native birds including the Kiwi. Another option is the spectacular Skyline Gondola offering superb views over the city, Lake Rotorua and the surrounding mountains.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 4
Rotorua - Wellington

Drive south through steam clad Wairakei, to Taupo. Skirt Lake Taupo, across the volcanic plateau past the cones of Tongariro, Ngaruahoe and Ruapehu. Cross the Manawatu plains then along the rugged Kapiti coastline to our capital city, sprawled over the hills surrounding Wellington Harbour. Overnight in Wellington.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 5
Wellington - Picton - Christchurch

Cross Cook Strait by ferry, to the Marlborough Sounds and Picton. The road south hugs the coastline between the Kaikoura Ranges and the Pacific. After Kaikoura the road heads inland to the sheep country of North Canterbury. Overnight in Christchurch.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 6
Christchurch - Twizel

Cross the broad Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west. Enter the foothills near Geraldine to the barren MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd dedicated to the early pioneers of the region. Visit Mt Cook National Park, with time to enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealand’s highest snow capped peaks before travelling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 7
Twizel - Dunedin

Drive south to historic Oamaru and on to Dunedin – “the Edinburgh of the South.” An early arrival allows the choice of excellent optional activities. Perhaps you’d like to join a cruise of the beautiful Otago Harbour and Taiaroa Head, along with a scenic bus tour of the Otago Peninsula with Monarch Harbour Cruises.

You can also include a guided tour of the award-winning Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve or Royal Albatross Centre. Enjoy the historic and scenic Taieri Gorge Train excursion or explore the city only a few minutes walk away. Stay: Adrian Motel, Dunedin

Your choice of accommodation

Day 8
Dunedin - Queenstown

Drive across the rugged country of Central Otago, past the fertile stone fruit orchards beside the mighty Clutha River. Reach Queenstown, an alpine resort nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Stay 3 nights in Queenstown. (3 nights)

Your choice of accommodation

Day 9
Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

This morning drive south following the dramatic southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to reach Te Anau, then travel through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. We have included a cruise to enable you to appreciate the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Return to Queenstown.

Your choice of accommodation

Day UP
Milford Sound Coach Tour & Return Flight Upgrade (NZ$498 PP)

Take a break from driving and as an alternative enjoy a guided coach trip to Milford and an included cruise on the Sound. Return to Queenstown on a scenic flight taking in magnificent views of the alps, glaciers, lakes and forests of Fiordland National Park. This is a quick and convenient way to return to Queenstown. (Duration 35mins) The flight shaves off approximately 4 hours off a return by coach. It is however very weather dependent, so if the weather doesn’t play ball, then you will need to return by coach and we will refund the flight portion.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 10
Queenstown

A day free for you to enjoy this fabulous Alpine resort. There are dozens of optional activities as well, from thrilling jet boat rides to leisurely lake cruises, 4WD safaris, bungy jumping. We recommend the world famous Shotover Jet boat ride, take a Gondola to the Skyline high above, a tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous – white water rafting. Alternatively browse in the many shops and galleries.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 11
Queenstown - Glaciers

Drive to Cromwell and on through the Southern Lakes district to the Haast Pass then north, through dense rain forest broken by rugged coastal vistas, towards the glaciers. A short side trip will take you to view one of these massive rivers of ice. (2 nights)

Your choice of accommodation

Day 12
Glaciers

A full day to explore this remote and beautiful area. You can take your own time walking up to the glacier, going to the Okarito Lagoon; or join a guided walk on the glacier, take a heli-hike adventure, or a scenic flight over both glaciers. We also recommend a visit to the colony of the beautiful white heron (Kotuku).

Your choice of accommodation

Day 13
Glaciers - Christchurch

Travel north along the narrow, bush clad, coastal plain past Hokitika, to Greymouth. Turn inland towards the Southern Alps to travel through the Otira Gorge, over Arthur’s Pass and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Your choice of accommodation

Day UP
TranzAlpine Train Upgrade Package

For a small cost we can amend your itinerary so that you drop your vehicle off in Greymouth and then join the TranzAlpine Train for your journey across the Alps. On arrival in Christchurch we’ll arrange transfers to your accommodation and transfers the next day to the airport for your onward flight.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 14
Depart Christchurch

Return your car at the airport in time to catch your onward flight.

Your choice of accommodation

4.5/5.0

There are 32 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.5 out of 5.

Overall Tour Rating
Value For Money
Accommodation
Tour Pace
Relaxing Journeys Experience

Tour Reviews

5
02/03/2018
We had a wonderful time in NZ. The accommodations were just what we wanted and we loved the Kruze commentary.
Overall Tour Rating

Value For Money

Accommodation

Tour Pace

Relaxing Journeys Experience
5
24/10/2017
For us, it was a seamless experience with Relaxing Journeys. Right from day one, when I sent out feelers for a New Zealand vacation, Chelsea Cherri, who got in touch with me, made it a very easy and enjoyable experience. Every single thing - right from picking up the car (ours was a self-drive tour) to checking into hotels and all the activities that we had wanted, Relaxing Journeys did a wonderful job. Hand over the voucher and you are good to do what you want - enter into your hotel room or take part in the activity that was planned - everything was hassle free and went without a hitch. When the helicopter ride at Franz Josef was cancelled, the money was refunded within a day - that speaks of the professionalism. Kia Ora Chelsea Cherrie - I would definitely recommend Relaxing Journeys for all my friends.
Overall Tour Rating

Value For Money

Accommodation

Tour Pace

Relaxing Journeys Experience
5
01/10/2017
Our honeymoon was truly unforgettable! Mani made the planning and payment process incredibly simple, even when I changed my mind on a few things more than once, and Relaxing Journeys as a whole was super helpful the couple of times we called them during the actual trip. Even the after-hours helpline was friendly and accommodating (Traveler tip: look into a pre-paid phone once you land. It was cheap and came in handy more than a few times during the trip). The trip itself was amazing! New Zealand is such a breathtaking country, it's a place everyone should visit at least once! On top of the pre-arranged destinations that Relaxing Journeys listed in the itinerary, they also provided worth-while destinations to see along our drives that really filled out the trip. We only had to reach out to Relaxing Journeys twice during the trip: once to confirm a shuttle that was picking us up from our hotel in Rotorua (it was one of our first nights and we weren't adjusted to the cadence of the trip quite yet) and a second time to add on a pick-up shuttle to Milford Sound from Queenstown, (which I definitely recommend for those doing the self drive tour as it gives the person doing the driving a bit of a rest on more long and difficult roads). Both times, we were greeted by friendly and helpful agents that took care of our needs and questions with ease. Even after completing our initial itinerary, Mani had given us a heads up about a road closure on one of our drives and had given us the option to continue with the ferry from North Island to South Island and an extended detour to Christchurch, making for a very long travel day, or a flight that would shorten our day by about 8 hours. We upgraded to the flight from Wellington to Christchurch, Mani asked a few simple questions, and before long had returned with an email saying the flight and second rental car was booked. I literally only had to say yes to the flight and provide some information directly to Mani, and he did everything else from there. It was incredibly easy. From the time we landed to the time we left, Relaxing Journeys really had everything covered. The desk where we picked up our rental car had a hefty zippered-packet ready and waiting for us that contained all of our travel documents, vouchers for accommodations and other recommendations all ready to go. We were able to get in the car and simply go. I cannot recommend them enough! Thank you for a truly unforgettable experience!
Overall Tour Rating

Value For Money

Accommodation

Tour Pace

Relaxing Journeys Experience
5
23/09/2017
Everything worked like clockwork. Excellent vehicle, accommodation, hosts, itinerary, information provided and of course THE WEATHER!!!
Overall Tour Rating

Value For Money

Accommodation

Tour Pace

Relaxing Journeys Experience
5
31/07/2017
The trip was amazing and everything went so smoothly. We loved every minute of it and appreciated all the preparation that went into making our holiday such a wonderful experience.
Overall Tour Rating

Value For Money

Accommodation

Tour Pace

Relaxing Journeys Experience
5
22/01/2017
Best two week tour to experience all NZ has to offer. I highly recommend this tour!
Overall Tour Rating

Value For Money

Accommodation

Tour Pace

Relaxing Journeys Experience
4
09/10/2016
We had a wonderful trip and would highly recommend the trip. If I had the time I probably would have added a couple extra days as some of the drives were quite big and hard to stop along the way but overall we had a fantastic time.
Overall Tour Rating

Value For Money

Accommodation

Tour Pace

Relaxing Journeys Experience
5
14/09/2016
New Zealand was the perfect place for a self-drive holiday. The beauty is everywhere. We had a fabulous trip, thank you Toni for your skills and services that made our holiday happen so smoothly - we both feel renewed! It was all so breathtakingly beautiful - made even better by seeing all the magnolias, rhododendrons and cherry trees in bloom. Thanks for your recommendations! Perfect timing. We were glad to be able to add the extra days here and there to make the driving more relaxing. It was worth every penny. The roads were fabulous. We enjoyed driving both cars (North & South Islands). The changeover was very smooth. We have already begun recommending you to our friends.
Overall Tour Rating

Value For Money

Accommodation

Tour Pace

Relaxing Journeys Experience
5
28/01/2016
New Zealand was amazing but Relaxing Journeys were even more so. My wife and I just completed a 14 day self drive tour of both islands and everything was so well organized by Marie it was all too easy. We even made some last minute changes to our itinerary which involved last minute coach booking for one leg of the trip. This was accommodated without any problem. Even before we left Marie helped us with choosing dates so that our trip wouldn't clash with large sporting events. She also suggested we hire a Cruze GPS system. I highly recommend anyone driving to do so. Not only is it a GPS for finding your way around but it also contains a storyboard of History, myth and legends that are triggered when you enter a specific location. I would recommend to anyone considering a trip to NZ that they put themselves in the hands of Relaxing Journeys for an unforgettable hassle free experience. (RJ: Yippeee - thanks!)
Overall Tour Rating

Value For Money

Accommodation

Tour Pace

Relaxing Journeys Experience
5
09/01/2016
Everyone in our family really enjoyed the Geysers to Glaciers tour. We toured the north and south islands in two weeks. We certainly packed as much as we could in those two weeks, so it was not exactly a 'relaxing' holiday, but that's the way we wanted it to be, and we feel as though we saw everything we wanted to see in the time we had. Good family accommodation and centrally located everywhere we stayed. The voucher system worked a treat. Beautiful scenery all along the way as we toured. The GPS and commentary was very informative as you went along, pointing out interesting facts about the area. It did take us a while to set the GPS up in our hire car when we reached Auckland, so we had to navigate to our hotel by ourselves, but after that no problems. We found spending an extra day in Wellington worthwhile, as we found so much to do there, rather than using it as an overnight stopover to catch the Interislander to the south island. Would recommend visiting the Te Papa Museum to anyone. At Franz Josef Glacier our family managed to land on top of the glacier in a helicopter, which was one of the highlights of the tour. Also found that doing the longer drive from Wanaka to Queenstown via Arrowtown great as well. So much to do in New Zealand and we would certainly recommend the tour to anyone.
Overall Tour Rating

Value For Money

Accommodation

Tour Pace

Relaxing Journeys Experience

Optionals

New Zealand has a great deal of things to see and do, why not add one of our optional sightseeing activities to your trip. Prices are per adult (we'll adjust your quote for any children).

Enquire about our 14 Day Geysers To Glaciers

14 Day Geysers To Glaciers
Self Drive Tours
Tour Code: GNGTG
From (NZD) $2303 per person
Save (NZD) $231 per person
Enquire Now

Terms and conditions apply. Please see tour overview for more information.

Rating:
32 reviews (4.5/5)

This self-drive tour of New Zealand starts in Auckland, stopping at Rotorua and Wellington on the North Island while you make your way your way to the... Read More

Itinerary Map

Click to view a larger image.

Geysers To Glaciers 14 Day New Zealand Budget Self Drive Tour
Regions Visited

Click on each area to view more information.

Like this tour?

Upgrade this tour by adding one of our carefully selected optional tours & activities or go ahead and request a quote to guarantee your spot.

Custom Itinerary

You can also create your dream holiday by using our custom itinerary planner.
Create your Custom Itinerary