South & North Island Explorer – 18 days – from Christchurch to Auckland

South & North Island Explorer – 18 days – from Christchurch to Auckland


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Highlights of this trip: Christchurch – Queenstown – Fiordland National Park – Franz Josef Glacier/Fox Glacier – Abel Tasman National Park – Rotorua – Coromandel Peninsula – Auckland

1. Day: Christchurch

Entgegennahme vom Wohnmobil oder Camper. Lernen Sie Ihr neues Zuhause kennen und gewöhnen Sie sich an den Linksverkehr. Halt im nächsten Einkaufszentrum um sich kulinarisch einzudecken. Installation auf dem 1. Campingplatz.

2. Day: Christchurch - Fairlie (approx. 210 km)

Drive through the countryside and Canterbury Plains to Fairlie. We recommend to stay at a farmers house, interesting to see their farm-life.

3. Day: Fairlie - Queenstown (approx. 300 km)

Drive along the 2 nice and turquoise blue lakes: Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki to Queenstown. Queenstown is the birth town of bungeejumping and mekka for adventure tourism.

4. Day: Queenstown - Te Anau (approx. 180 km)

Drive along the Lake Waktipe to Te Anau and Fiordland National Park.

5. Day: Fiordland NP

During the cooler past, glaciers carved many deep fjords, the most famous and most visited is Milford Sound. Other notable fjords include Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound. From one of the peaks within the park a view of Mount Aspiring/Tititea to the far north can be observed.

6. Day: Te Anau - Wanaka (approx. 230 km)

Drive back to Queenstown and continue to Wanaka. The landscape is gorgeous at Lake Wanaka.

7. Day: Wanaka - Franz Josef Glacier/Fox Glacier (approx. 290 km)

Scenic drive via Haast Pass to the West Coast and to the area of the glaciers. The glaciers almost reach the sea level.

8. Day: Franz Josef Glacier/Fox Glacier - Punakaiki (approx. 225 km)

Drive via Hokitika and Greymouth to Punakaiki. Visit Pancake Rocks, which is a heavily eroded "pancake"-layering limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides.

9. Day: Punakaiki - Nelson (approx. 265 km)

Drive northbound to Nelson. Nelson is the sunniest place in New Zealand. Enjoy the golden beaches in the area.

10. Day: Nelson - Abel Tasman NP (approx. 70 km)

Today explore Abel Tasman National Park. The Abel Tasman Coast Track is a popular tramping track that follows the coastline and is one of the greatest walks, Abel Tasman Inland Track is less frequented. Totaranui beach is 1 km long.

11. Day: Abel Tasman NP - Blenheim (approx. 185 km)

Drive back to Nelson and continue to Blenheim. Wine growing area and near Cloudy Bay.

12. Day: Blenheim - Wellington (approx. 30 km)

Drive to Picton and take the ferry to Wellington. From the ferry nice views on Marborough Sounds. The ferry crossing takes about 3 hours.

13. Day: Wellington - Napier (approx. 320 km)

Follow the wine route northbound to Napier. Wine tasting in Martinborough.

14. Day: Napier - Rotorua (approx. 240 km)

Visit Lake Taupo on your way to Rotorua. In Rotorua you find many hot springs, geysers and it's famous for the Maori culture. Visit a Maori tribe and eat hangi, a typical maori meal which is done in an earth oven.

15. Day: Rotorua - Coromandel Peninsula (approx. 250 km)

Drive along the Bay of Plenty to Coromandel Peninsula.

16. Day: Coromandel Peninsula

Visit the most popular highlights which are "Cathedral Cove" and "Hot Water Beach". On "Hot Water Beach" you can dig your own spa pool and take a bath in the hot spring. Pauanui is a small harbour town on the eastern side of the peninsula.

17. Day: Coromandel Peninsula - Auckland (approx. 180 km)

Leave the quite area and drive to Auckland, the biggest city of New Zealand. The city is built on 48 extinct volcanos.

18. Day: Auckland

Drop off your vehicle.