• 12 Days North & South Island Self-Drive Tour

    Our self-drive tours of New Zealand give you the freedom of the road with a well-paced program of the top highlights. On arrival you will be provided with a trip orientation and receive a detailed self-drive packet, full of insider advice. Customize your trip with optional activities.
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11 days
From S$ 5,550/Adult

Itinerary

The Country Holidays Difference

- Our representative will meet you on arrival to kick start you trip with a quick orientation
- We provide a Self-drive Document Pack – Includes an atlas and exploring guide, maps, itinerary, vouchers, departure cards and itinerary with directions
- We base you in intimate boutique hotels and lodges and recommend the best experiences



  • Day 00 - Singapore / Auckland
    Fly Singapore/Auckland SQ285/ NZ 3285 2115/1150+1     – Daily (9 h 55 m)
  • Day 01 - Sinapore/Auckland
    Fly Singapore/Auckland NZ 281 0840 / 2320 – Daily (9 h 40 m)

    Welcome to New Zealand! A representative will meet you on arrival at the airport, transfer you to your hotel and take you through your tour documentation. The remainder of the day is free to rest after your long flight, adjust to the jet-lag and explore the city.

     

  • Day 02 - Auckland / Rotorua (232km/ 3h)

    Our representative will assist you with your rental car collection. Drive south to Rotorua, a cultural center for Maori and an active volcanic region. Maori culture, spa rejuvenation and adventure activities including some of the country’s best mountain bike trails are on offer here. We include a visit to Te Puia and Te Whakarewarewa thermal valley. Enjoy the Te Puia Daytime Experience Combo (9am-5 pm) – hourly tours featuring Maori legends, Kiwi House, thermal area, carving and weaving schools, followed by a Maori Cultural Performance (at 1015, 1215 and 1515 daily). (232 km/3 hr)

    Optional Supplement (Additional):

    Enhance the experience at Te Puia with the Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience Combo (Start time 1615) – and experience the Maori welcoming ceremony, Maori Cultural Performance, Dinner including traditional hangi, illuminated thermal valley

    Meals included: Breakfast (and dinner for Cat 2)

  • Day 03 - Rotorua

    Visit the Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Reserve, one of NZ’s most colourful and diverse thermal areas. Entrance is included, and you may take self-guided walks from 30-90 minutes.

    Optional supplement (Alternative):

    Replace the visit to Wai O Tapu with the below 2 alternative experiences of the region’s active geothermal features -

    • White Island
      Travel by launch from Whakatane to NZ’s most active volcano, smoking and steaming just 50km off the coast. Duration: 10 hrs. Self-drive to Whakatane (87km/1.5 hr)
    • Mt Tarawera Thermal Floatplane Flight
      Fly over the summit of Mt Tarawera to view the crater rift. Continue past the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Blue and Green Lakes and the geysers of Whakarewarewa. Duration: 30 min

    Meals included: Breakfast (and Dinner for Cat 2

  • Day 04 - Rotorua / Christchurch

    After breakfast, drop your car at Rotorua airport and fly south to Christchurch.

     Fly Rotorua/Christchurch  NZ5001  0910/1100 Daily (1 hr 50 min)


    Collect your rental car and make your way to your hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 05 - Christchurch – Akaroa-Christchurch

    This morning, take a day trip to Akaroa Township (drive 84 km/52 miles – about 1h 15m), then take a cruise with only 12 swimmers per vessel and go swimming with the Dolphins, come face to face with some of the world’s smallest, friendliest and rarest dolphins – the Hector’s Dolphins! (Available Sep to May only) Note: Duration 3 hours (2 hours in the water), catered to children above 8 years.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 06 - Christchurch / Glaciers

    Drive about 400km or 5 hours, traversing the expansive Canterbury Plains into the foothills of the Southern Alps. The scenery changes constantly. Arrive in Arthur’s Pass –nestled in alpine grandeur! Continue down to New Zealand’s glacier region. Stop in Franz Josef for a visit at the information center and a view of the glacier and settle into your alpine accommodation. Stroll beneath a thick canopy of old-growth rainforest before dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast (and Dinner for Cat 2 and 3)

  • Day 07 - Franz Josef Glacier

    Take a half-day Glacier Hike – wearing crampons and follow your guide amongst crevasses and ice ridges leading to the middle of the glacier.

    Note: Duration 4 hours/ Moderate fitness and agility required

    Optional supplement (Alternative): Replace the glacier hike with either of the 2 experiences:

    • Glacier Heli-Hike – a scenic helicopter flight over three icefalls to Fox Glacier’s most spectacular formations; explore ice arches and pinnacles on foot before flying back.
      Note: Duration 4 hours/ Moderate fitness and agility required)
    • Glacier Heli-Flight – short scenic helicopter flight with a landing on the glacier.
      Note: Duration 20 min/ All fitness levels)

    Meals included: Breakfast (and Dinner for Cat 2 and 3)

  • Day 08 - Franz Josef Glacier / Queenstown

    Today start with a walk around a nearby kettle lake created by retreating glaciers long ago, but now rimmed by lush forest. Continue driving through the Haast Pass on your way to Queenstown. Dense rainforests give way to the mountains of Mt Aspiring National Park as you enter the Otago region. Pause at Lake Wanaka, then cross the Crown Range and descend into Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.(381 km/ 5 hr 25 min)

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 9 - Queenstown

    Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure center. There is a broad range of optional activities available individually or in combined packages, including jetboating, whitewater rafting, sky diving, four wheel drive adventures, horse-trekking, quad biking, bungy jumping or more leisurely pursuits such as walking, fishing and wine trails.

    We include the Shotover Jet experience – a thrilling jet boat ride through the scenic Shotover River Canyon. (Note: Duration 1 hr 30 min/ Suitable for all fitness levels)

    Optional supplement (Alternative): Replace the shotover experience with the Dart River Safari to the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu, beneath the spectacular peaks of Mt Aspiring National Park. This was one of the locations used for The Lord of the Rings. Catch a jet boat up the Dart River Valley, then disembark and board an inflatable canoe for a leisurely paddle back; the ice-blue waters pass through the sheer rock walls of the awesome Rock Burn Chasm, accessible only by canoe. (Note: Duration 9 hours/ suitable for all fitness levels)

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 10 - Queenstown

    You have another day in Queenstown for more great experiences. We include a day on the Routeburn Track (Nov-Apr only) in Mt Aspiring National Park. The day walk starts with a smooth track 6kms (4 miles) to Routeburn Flats. Spend time by the river and have lunch in an alpine meadow or continue further up the more challenging section of the track to lunch at Routeburn Falls Lodge. Those who climb to Routeburn Falls are rewarded with spectacular views and the comfort of the lodge. (Duration: Total walk is 13-19 km/ Moderate fitness and agility required)

    Optional supplement (Alternative): Replace the routeburn track with one of the below:

    • Milford Track (Nov-Apr only) is reached by boat from Te Anau. Enjoy the boat journey to the northern end of Lake Te Anau and the start of the Milford Track. Hike to historic Glade House where you may stop for lunch. Visit the small museum and continue your hike along Clinton River and to the top for a fantastic view of Lake Te Anau. Descend a dry river bed to catch the return launch. (Note: Total walk is 11 km/ Moderate fitness required)
    • Milford Sound fly/cruise – perhaps the most iconic of New Zealand’s natural areas, Milford Sound is a 5-hour drive from Queenstown, but only a 35 minute flight through spectacular alpine scenery. Once on the ground, embark on a scenic cruise on the full length of the fiord before returning to Queenstown airport by air. Hotel transfers are included and pick-up is 1 hour before departure time. (Note: Departs 8am, 10am, 12noon or 2pm, for 3.5 hours/Flights operate subject to weather)

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 11 - Queenstown / Christchurch / Singapore

    Check-out and transfer to Queenstown airport this morning to board your departure flight. 

     Fly Queenstown/Christchurch NZ5374  0730/0835- Daily (1 hr 5 min)
      Christchurch/Singapore SQ298  1155/1745- Daily (10 hr 50 min)
    Or Queenstown/Auckland NZ648 1640/1830- Daily (1h 50m)
      Auckland/Singapore NZ82 2350/0640+1- Daily (10h 50m)


    Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

 

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