New Zealand in a Nutshell (Self Drive)

10 Nights & 11 Days




New Zeland




New Zealand is situated in the South Pacific (Southeast of Australia, below the Pacific Islands and above Antarctica)

Capital City





New Zealand Dollar


Summer is the best time to visit (Dec to Feb), Autumn is next perfect for Hiking (March to May), then Spring & last winter (June to Aug)


Auckland and Christchurch

Time Zone

GMT + 12:00

Dial Code

+64 (dialing in)

Tour Type

Leisure Tour | Honeymoon Tour | Family Tour | Adventure Tour

Package Itinerary

Day 01Arrive Auckland

Upon arrival at Auckland Airport, collect your rental car and drive to Auckland Hotel. Check in the hotel and freshen up. Rest of the day is free. The city's many beaches, marinas and parks, make it ideal for outdoor pursuits such as yachting, rugby, cricket or a day at the beach. Over Night stay at hotel in Auckland.

Day 02Auckland – Waitomo Caves or Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour – Rotorua

After B/F, pick up your rental car from city depot and self drive to Rotorua. En-route, one may visit to

Waitomo Caves – Over your 45 minute guided tour, you'll take in the spectacular Glowworm Cave with its majestic and ornate cave decorations, the deep limestone shaft known as the Tomo and the equally magnificent Cathedral. Your tour guide will deliver an informative and entertaining commentary, sharing stories, cultural legends and the natural wonders of this living masterpiece.               Or

Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours

Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250-acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges.

Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel at Rotorua. Located on a volcanic plateau, and formerly a spa town, Rotorua is most famous for its geothermal activity. Rotorua is the main place in New Zealand where aspects of Maori traditions can be seen, from wood carvings, and meeting houses, to a Hangi Dinner and Maori dances. Over Night stay at Rotorua.

Day 03Rotorua

After B/F, visit to (self-drive) including Te Puia Thermal Reserve and New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute Guided tour, Rainbow Springs admission and Agrodome sheep show. Over Night stay at Rotorua.

Day 04Rotorua - Christchurch

After B/F, self-drive to an airport to board a flight departing for Christchurch. Upon arrival in Christchurch, transfer to your hotel. Over Night stay at Christchurch.

Day 05Christchurch - Glacier Region

After B/F, check-out from Christchurch Hotel and transfer to Railway Station to board Tranz Alpine Train departing for Greymouth. Upon arrival at Greymouth railway station, pick up your rental car and self-drive to the Glacier Region of Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. Rest of the day is at leisure and to admire the beauty of the place. Over Night stay at Glacier Region.

Day 06Glacier Region - Queenstown

After B/F, check-out from Glacier Region and self-drive to Queenstown. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel. The town is renowned for its jet boating, bungy-jumping, skiing and awe-inspiring scenery. Over Night stay at Queenstown.

Day 07Queenstown - Doubtful - Queenstown

After B/F, self-drive to Manapouri. Enjoy Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise. Self-drive back to Queenstown after the tour. Over Night stay at Queenstown.

Day 08Queenstown

After B/F, the day is free at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Enjoy Shotover Jet Boat Ride, return Skyline Gondolaride to the summit of Bob's Peak where you can enjoy panoramic views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Over Night stay at Queenstown.

Day 09Queenstown - Mt. Cook

After B/F, check-out from Queenstown and self-drive to Mt Cook. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel. One can do Skydive, Parachute Jumping, The Helicopter Line Alpine Vista Flight, etc. Over Night stay at Mt Cook.

Day 10Mt. Cook - Christchurch

After B/F, check out from Mt. Cook and self-drive to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Over Night stay at Christchurch.

Day 11Christchurch - Onward Destination Journey

After B/F, self-drive to Christchurch Airport. Drop off your rental car before flight check-in. Board a flight departing for onward destination journey.