12D11N Best of New Zealand (Motel)

  • 12 Days
  • 1 Country
  • 6 Cities

New Zealand is a great destination for family-friendly holidays, and no matter where you travel, there is always plenty of things for kids to do.

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About This Trip

Offering more awe-inspiring experiences and activities per square kilometre than anywhere else on earth, New Zealand is home to friendly locals, a unique Kiwi culture and host to like-minded travellers.

Trip code: SD-DMBTH11N

11 Nights

accommodation

0 Meals

On-Trip Transport

On-trip self-drive via car

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland

Arrive at Auckland International Airport and collect your car hire. Drive to your accommodation. Perhaps, you may want to visit the Sky Tower Observation Deck.

  • Overnight: Off Broadway Motel
  • Self pick up your car

Day 2: Matamata

Start your drive to Matamata. Join fascinating two-hours guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, a picturesque 1,250 acre farm where scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed. After tour, proceed drive to Rotorua.

  • Overnight: Union Victoria Motel
  • Self Drive
  • Admission Hobbiton Movie Set

Day 3: Rotorua

Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s living Maori cultural centre, a live kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 geothermal wonders. Experiencing the Agrodome to learn about our farming heritage with an entertaining farm show.

  • Overnight: Union Victoria Motel
  • Self Drive
  • Admission - Te Puia Thermal, Agrodome Spring

Day 4: Rotorua

Today travel south to Wellington – New Zealand’s Capital City, across the Volcanic Plateau in the centre of the North island passing by majestic Mt Ruapehu and the Tongariro National Park.

  • Overnight: Capital Gateway Motor Inn
  • Self Drive

Day 5: Wellington

Today travel on the Interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton. Once in the South Island the journey will take you south along the coast to Christchurch.

  • Overnight: City Park Motel
  • Self Drive, Interislander Ferry

Day 6: Christchurch

A free morning for optional activities . In the afternoon, visit the International Antarctic Centre. Antarctica’s effect on the globe. 'Antarctica' the Snow and Ice experience is some really ‘cool’ fun with icy slides, a 'polar plunge' ice water challenge, a cave and an Antarctic storm!

  • Overnight: City Park Motel
  • Self Drive
  • Admission - International Antarctic Centre

Day 7: Christchurch

Travel south across the Canterbury Plains through the towns of Timaru and Oamaru to reach the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin, renowned for its natural history, wildlife and Otago University.

  • Overnight: Alcala Motor Lodge
  • Self Drive

Day 8: Dunedin

A free morning for optional activities before departing Dunedin to cross the Southland Plains, to arrive in Te Anau.

  • Overnight: Edgewater Motel
  • Self Drive

Day 9: Te Anau

Enter The Eglinton Valley and travel through the breath taking man-made Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls. Return to Queenstown. Experience Skyline Gondola ride up to Bob Peak.

  • Overnight: Blue Peaks Lodge
  • Self Drive & Cruise
  • Admission - Milford Sound, Skyline Gondola Queenstown & Luge

Day 10: Queenstown

Today experience Skyline Gondola is a must see Queenstown attraction. Sit back and relax as the best views in the region unfold before your eyes and the Gondola carries you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak

  • Overnight: Blue Peaks Lodge
  • Self Drive

Day 11: Christchurch

Travel through the Central Otago region and on to Twizel. Follow the shores of Lake Pukaki and travelling across the Canterbury Plains to arrive in Christchurch - Garden City.

  • Overnight: City Park Motel
  • Self Drive

Day 12: Christchurch

Drop-off your car rental at airport and check-in for your departure back home.

  • Self Drive

Travel Highlights

  • Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.
  • Rated as the third most liveable city in the world, Auckland is a place where vibrant city style and spectacular landscapes go hand in hand.
  • Cape Reinga offers the ultimate northern New Zealand experience. See two oceans collide and discover the place of leaping, where Maori spirits begin their final journey.
  • Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms above, as you glide silently by boat in the world of famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Guided since the late 1880s, this is the original, iconic New Zealand attraction.
  • Discover the fun at Rainbow Springs! Set amongst the native trees and beautiful forests of Rotorua, Rainbow Springs offers an action-packed, fun-filled day out for the whole family.
  • The previously placid waters roar and rumble at great speed along the ravine before bursting into space out over Huka Falls to crash into the turbulent pool 11 metres below. A foot bridge right at the top of the falls puts you in a prime position to get up close and witness the frightening display of more than 220,000 litres of water blasting by every second. If you'd like to see the power and fury of the falls up close, try a jet boat ride.
  • Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Australasia’s most visited museum is a must do on any New Zealand itinerary. Don't miss the exhibition created in partnership with Weta Workshop.
  • Skyline Rotorua is your ticket to an unforgettable holiday fuelled with adventure for people of all ages. Enjoy a fun-filled gravity ride on our Luge tracks, fly through the sky on our Zoom Zipline and feel the adrenalin rush on the Skyswing ride.
  • Whale Watching - You can spot whales throughout New Zealand, including Auckland's beautiful Hauraki Gulf and the wonderful Kaikoura.
  • International Antarctic Centre - Experience amazing Antarctica without leaving Christchurch! A 'Must Do' experience and interactive fun for visitors of all ages. Antarctic Gallery, 'Antarctica' Snow & Ice, Storm, Hagglund Ride, 4D Theatre, Historic Hut exhibit & Little Blue Penguins.
  • Tranz Alpine, one of the world’s great train journeys, travelling from coast to coast on New Zealand's South Island taking in the vast Canterbury Plains, spectacular Southern Alps and Wild West Coast.
  • While glaciers around the world are retreating, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers still flow almost to sea level. The temperate climate at this low altitude means these glaciers are among the most convenient to visit in the world. Easy walks to the foot of the glaciers pass along ancient river valleys with steep sides bearing gigantic horizontal scars from when the glaciers have retreated and advanced over millennia. When you stand close to the foot of these glaciers, their sheer enormity is very humbling.
  • Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges; it’s rumoured that gold prospectors - captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers - gave this now cosmopolitan town its name.
  • Wanaka is also home to more world class events than most, from international triathlons to music and arts festivals. Warbirds over Wanaka, Festival of Colour, Rhythm & Alps, and the Audi Quattro Winter Games, just to name a few.
  • Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Breathtaking in any weather, the fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards from as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.

Where to EatLooking for Halal certified cuisine?

Auckland

  • Akbar Durbar Indian Takeaway, 51-61 Hobson St
  • Zam Zam Indian Restaurant, 54 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill
  • Khanz Restaurant, 491 Pakuranga Rd, Highland Park
  • Taste of Malaysia, 615 Great South Rd, Manukau
  • LJS Waitakere, Waitakere Mega Centre, 5 Vitasovich Ave, Henderson

Hamilton

  • Laziz Foods, 20 & 69 Colombo St, Frankton, Hamilton
  • Pizza Express, Shop 6, 4 Gordonton Rd, Chartwell, Hamilton

Rotorua

  • Ali Baba’s Tunisian Takeaways, 1146 Tutanekai St, Rotorua
  • Mecca Kebabs & Expresso, 1195 Tutanekai St, Rotorua

Lake Taupo

  • Best Kebabs, 75 Tongariro St, Taupo

Napier

  • Cafe Anatolia Turkish Cuisine, 303 Gloucester St, Taradale, Napier

Wellington

  • Aladdin's Turkish Café, Warehouse Complex, 52 Parumoana St, Porirua, Wellington
  • Zara's Turkish Café, 199 Main St, Upper Hutt, Wellington

Nelson

– East Street Vegetarian Cafe Bar, 8 Church St

Christchurch

  • AFG Restaurant, 318 Lincoln Rd, Addington

– Dubba Dubba, 11B Waimairi Rd, Upper Riccarton

Queenstown

– Turkish Kebabs, 30 Camp St, O’Connells Pavilion

  • Turkish Kebabs, Skyline Arcade, The Mall

Wanaka

  • Snack Shack Turkish Kebabs, Pembroke Mall, 139 Ardmore St

It's Time to Pray!Where is the Mosque nearby me?

  • Auckland Airport Masjid
    Westney Road, Mangere Past Zayed College Auckland
  • Jamii Masjid
    921 Heaphy Terrace, P O Box 665 Hamilton Waikato Region
  • Masjid al Noor
    101 Deans Avenue Riccarton Christchurch Canterbury Region
  • Rotorua Islamic Centre
    21, Tarewu Road Rotorua
  • The Otafo Muslim Assoc. Alhuda Mosque
    21 Clyde St Kinmont Park, Dunedin
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