The Changing Landscapes of New Zealand

Spectacular glaciers, pristine beaches, rugged coastlines,  snow-capped mountains, temperate rainforests and rolling hillsides - it's no wonder New Zealand's renowned for its dramatic and stunning scenery.  In this trip we explore 12 of the country's different natural landscapes, taking in 7 of its 14 National Parks, in just 15 days. Discover New Zealand's diverse and inspiring realms for yourself...

 

Day 1: Auckland

You will arrive in Auckland today, New Zealand's largest city with the chance to take a trip up Sky Tower.

 

Day 2: Auckland – Rotorua

This morning you will collect your hire car and drive to Rotorua, famous for its geo-thermal activity.


Day 3: Rotorua

Today there is time to explore the Waimangu Valley and Waiotapu.


Day 4: Rotorua – Tongariro National Park

A 3 hour drive today will take you south to Tongariro National Park and the three volcanoes of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu.  

 

Day 5: Tongariro National Park

Today you will do the Tongariro Crossing, one of the world's greatest one day walks.

 

Day 6: Tongariro National Park – Motueka

Today you will take a flight to Nelson where you will collect a new hire car and drive to Motueka.


Day 7: Motueka

Today you can explore Golden Bay and Abel Tasman National Park.


Day 8: Motueka – Punakaiki

A 4½ hour drive will take you to Punakaiki and its famous Pancake Rocks.


Day 9: Punakaiki – Franz Josef

Today you will drive south to Glacier country.


Day 10: Franz Josef

Today you may want to take a scenic flight over the glaciers and around Mount Cook or join a heli-hike.

 

Day 11: Franz Josef – Wanaka

Today’s 4½ hour drive to Wanaka takes you past Lake Matheson, New Zealand's famous "mirror lake".


Day 12: Wanaka – Te Anau

A 3½ hour drive today will take you to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.  This evening you may like to visit the glowworm caves.

 

Day 13: Te Anau & Milford Sound

Today you may want to drive to Milford Sound and join a cruise that takes in the Piopiotahi Marine Reserve.

 

Day 14: Te Anau – Doubtful Sound

After cruising over Lake Manapouri you will board MV Sourthern Secret for a night in Doubtful Sound.


Day 15: Doubtful Sound – Queenstown

After a leisurely morning cruising on Doubtful Sound, you will drive to Queenstown Airport for your return flights, or perhaps carry on with your adventures depending on your timescale.


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Auckland's skyline

Auckland's skyline

The Emerald Lakes on the Tongariro Crossing

The Emerald Lakes on the Tongariro Crossing

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

Cruising Doubtful Sound

Cruising Doubtful Sound