Kiwi Road Trip Adventure

Experience New Zealand’s best in its artsy cities, exquisite wines, geothermal wonders, and mountain adventures on this grand road trip adventure.

Booking Code: AA-31069

Embark on the ultimate road trip through New Zealand with this Kiwi Road Trip Adventure, designed for travelers to immerse in the contrasting beauty and Maori culture of this stunning country. Perfect for explorers of all ages, this comprehensive itinerary takes you on a journey through 10 captivating cities over 19 nights in New Zealand’s North and South Islands.

From the bustling streets of Auckland to the serene beauty of Wanaka, New Zealand has it all. It’s a country that’s like a multifaceted gem – each city and town offering a different shine and sparkle.

Kiwi Road Trip Adventure

Kiwi Road Trip Adventure Map

Day 1: International Flight to Auckland
Days 2 – 4: Auckland
Days 4 – 6: Rotorua
Days 6 – 7: Wellington
Days 7 – 9: Blenheim
Days 9 – 12: Nelson
Days 12 – 13: Christchurch
Days 13 – 15: Franz Josef
Days 15 – 16: Wanaka
Days 16 – 17: Doubtful Sound Cruise from Manapouri
Days 17 – 18: Te Anau
Days 18 – 20: Queenstown
Days 20 – 21: Auckland
Day 21: International Flight from Auckland

Kiwi Road Trip Adventure Map
Kiwi Road Trip Adventure

What’s included in your Kiwi Road Trip Adventure


Auckland (2 Nights), Rotorua (2), Wellington (1), Blenheim (2), Nelson (3), Christchurch (1), Franz Josef (2), Wanaka (1), Manapouri Doubtful Sound (1), Te Anau (1), Queenstown (2), Auckland (1)


International – Los Angeles to Auckland (Return)
New Zealand Domestic – Rotorua to Wellington, Wellington to Blenheim, Nelson to Christchurch, Queenstown to Auckland


Private – Auckland Airport to Accommodation, Rotorua Accommodation to Airport, Wellington Airport to Accommodation (Return), Christchurch Airport to Accommodation, Christchurch Accommodation to Train Station, Auckland Airport to Accommodation (Return)

Car Rentals

6 Day Car Rental, Pickup at the Blenheim Airport and Drop-off at the Nelson Airport
7 Day Car Rental, Pickup at the Greymouth Train Station and Drop-off at the Queenstown Airport

Day Tours

Auckland: Dinner Cruise in the Auckland Harbour, Waiheke Wine, Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Rotorua: Canopy Zipline Adventure in Rotorua, Polynesian Spa Deluxe Lake Spa; Wellington: Zealandia by Night Tour
Blenheim: Winery & Fiord Cruise of Marlborough
Christchurch: Train Ride from Christchurch to Greymouth
Franz Josef: Scenic Cruise and Rainforest Walk; Te Anau
Fiordland Wilderness Tour on Jetboat
Queenstown: Scenic Gondola Ride & Taste of New Zealand Dinner Buffet, Stewart Island & Ulva Island Flight & Tour
Auckland: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Overnight Tours

1 Night Doubtful Sound Experience

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Fuel Levies

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International Flight, Los Angeles to Auckland

The estimated cost for this package includes the average international airfare from Los Angeles. Request a quote for your preferred routing and travel dates. You flight will cross the international date line overnight, putting you 1 day ahead in New Zealand. So according to a calendar it will take you 2 days to get to New Zealand, but really, it’s just an overnight flight!

DAYS 2 – 4

Auckland – Your Gateway to Adventure & Excitement in New Zealand!

Auckland City At Night

Upon touching down in Auckland, your private car transfer awaits to whisk you away to your accommodation, where you’ll spend two nights in luxury. Nestled in the heart of Auckland, this 4-star hotel offers top-notch amenities and warm hospitality, ensuring a restful stay after your journey.

During your stay in Auckland, immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant atmosphere with a delightful dinner cruise along its sparkling harbor. As you sail around Waitemata Harbour, take in the spectacular views of the city skyline and enjoy a sumptuous meal aboard the cruise.

The adventure continues with a day tour to Waiheke Island, New Zealand’s own “Island of Wine,” renowned for its boutique vineyards. Visit three top vineyards and sample a range of exquisite wines while soaking in the island’s stunning scenery. Indulge in a delicious lunch paired with local wine or beer before heading back to Auckland.

Next, embark on a scenic tour to Rotorua via the captivating Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Explore the ancient caves adorned with stalactites and stalagmites before marveling at the thousands of glowworms sparkling above you during a boat cruise on the grotto river. This tour will transfer you to Rotorua, traveling through the picturesque Waikato countryside, encountering scenic landscapes and local wildlife.

Auckland City At Night
Delamore Lodge, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
Polynesian Spa in Rotorua

Photo Credit: Fraser Clements

Rotorua Zipline

DAYS 4 – 6


Polynesian Spa in Rotorua

Photo Credit: Fraser Clements

Venture into Rotorua’s vibrant landscape with 2 nights at a cozy motel, offering a warm welcome and easy access to the city’s top attractions. Unwind in comfortable accommodations after thrilling adventures, whether exploring Maori culture at Tamaki Maori Village or experiencing the thrill of ziplining through native forests.

You’ll discover Rotorua’s natural beauty with a canopy zipline adventure, soaring through the treetops on exhilarating ziplines and swing bridges. Then, rejuvenate your body and mind at the Polynesian Spa Deluxe Lake Spa, indulging in therapeutic mineral pools overlooking Lake Rotorua. Dive into relaxation and wellness, surrounded by stunning natural scenery and serene geothermal waters.

DAYS 6 – 7

Wellington – Wildlife Adventures Await


Begin your day as you bid farewell to Rotorua with a private transfer from your accommodation to the airport. This personalized service ensures a smooth transition, allowing you to relax and soak in the final moments of your Rotorua experience.

As you board your domestic flight bound for Wellington, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the breathtaking scenery of New Zealand from above, adding another layer of wonder to your travel experience. Upon landing in Wellington, another private transfer awaits to whisk you away to your accommodation in the heart of the city.

Arriving at your 4-star Wellington retreat, you’ll find yourself perfectly positioned to explore the vibrant streets, iconic landmarks, and cultural attractions that make this city so captivating. With modern amenities and attentive service, your accommodation provides a welcoming haven for relaxation after a day of adventure.

Cap off your evening with the Zealandia by Night Tour, a unique opportunity to discover the wonders of New Zealand’s native wildlife in their natural habitat. Led by knowledgeable guides, this immersive experience takes you on a journey through the Zealandia ecosanctuary, offering glimpses of rare species and nocturnal creatures under the cover of darkness. It’s an enchanting way to conclude your day and create lasting memories of your time in Wellington.

Marl Region Blenheim
Blenheim wine Region

DAYS 7 – 9

Blenheim – Check out Wine & Scenic Marvels!

Marl Region Blenheim

With your private transfer service, you can relax and enjoy the ride from your Wellington accommodation to the airport for a short flight to wine country in Blenheim.

Once you arrive in Blenheim, you’ll pick up your rental car. Drive to your 4-star accommodation and settle in for two nights of comfort and convenience, with all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay. And with complimentary Wi-Fi, you can stay connected and share your favorite moments with friends and family back home.

But the real highlight of your Blenheim stay? A full day winery and fiord cruise tour. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with the region’s finest Sauvignon Blanc and indulge in a fresh seafood tasting as you cruise the stunning Marlborough Sounds. It’s a day filled with unforgettable experiences and breathtaking scenery – the perfect way to immerse yourself in the Marlborough region’s rich culture and natural beauty.

Then hit the road and explore the picturesque landscapes as you make your way to Nelson. With so much to see and do along the way, you’re in for an unforgettable journey through the heart of New Zealand.

DAYS 9 – 12

Nelson – Sunny Splendor and Culinary Delights


Next, embark on a self-drive from Blenheim to Nelson and open up a world of scenic wonders as you traverse approximately 70 miles of New Zealand’s South Island. The route takes you through picturesque countryside and along coastal stretches, offering breathtaking views at every turn. It’s not just a means of transportation; it’s an immersive experience in the natural beauty of the region.

As you venture towards Nelson, known for its vibrant arts scene and captivating landscapes, you’ll encounter charming towns, rolling vineyards, and stunning coastal vistas. The drive itself becomes part of the adventure, with opportunities to stop and explore, take in the fresh air, and capture unforgettable moments against the backdrop of New Zealand’s stunning scenery.

Arriving in Nelson, you’ll find yourself in a city brimming with character, where historic architecture blends seamlessly with modern amenities. Your stay at a 4-star accommodation offers a cozy retreat after a day of exploration.

Nelson is a place where nature and art coexist in perfect harmony. Whether you’re hiking in the nearby national parks or exploring the many galleries and studios in town, you can see how the landscape has inspired generations of artists to create masterpieces that reflect the unique spirit of the region.

During your stay, indulge in exciting day tours like hiking and guided kayak experience in the Abel Tasman National Park, where you’ll explore the famous Falls River Swing Bridge and paddle in the Astrolabe.

Then, embark on a full day wine and scenic tour of the Nelson Wine Region, visiting spectacular wineries and enjoying local craft brews and ciders at New Zealand’s oldest pub. Nelson’s renowned wineries offer a taste of liquid gold, with vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see. You’ll savor award-winning vintages in charming cellar doors, where knowledgeable staff guide you through tastings.

Quench your thirst with a pint or two at one of Nelson’s craft breweries, where innovative brewers push the boundaries of flavor and technique. From hoppy IPAs to rich stouts, each brew is a work of art.

With so much to see and do, this promises an unforgettable journey filled with stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and delicious culinary experiences.


Photo Credit : Tourism New Zealand

TranzAlpine New Zealand Train Journeys

Photo Credit: Great Journeys NZ

DAYS 12 – 13

Christchurch – The Gateway to South Island Adventure


After dropping off your rental car, continue your journey with a domestic flight from Nelson to Christchurch, deep in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island. Upon arrival, enjoy a private transfer to your cozy 4-star accommodation, where modern rooms and friendly service await.

During your 1-night stay in Christchurch, experience the city’s charm while enjoying complimentary Wi-Fi, parking, and a delicious breakfast.

The following day, your adventure continues with another private transfer from your hotel to the Christchurch Train Station. Board the iconic TranzAlpine train for an unforgettable journey through the Southern Alps, covering 139 miles of breathtaking scenery. Sit back, relax, and soak in the spectacular views as you traverse coast-to-coast through New Zealand’s stunning landscapes along the way to Greymouth.

Don’t miss the chance to upgrade to the Scenic Plus option, offering an exclusive private carriage and the option to dine onboard.

DAYS 13 – 15

Franz Josef – Icy Blue Hues, Glaciers and Valleys

Franz Josef

Photo Credit : Maridav Canva

Continue your journey with a car rental pick up at Greymouth. Make your way to Franz Josef along the South Island’s West Coast, marveling at the breathtaking scenery along the way.

Enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive with opportunities to explore iconic West Coast attractions like the Hokitika Sandwich Company, the National Kiwi Centre, and the enchanting Glow Worm Dell. Take in the beauty of the Hokitika River and the historic mining town of Ross, offering a glimpse into New Zealand’s rich heritage. With plenty of exciting stops and activities, your road trip promises adventure at every turn!

Arrive in Franz Josef and relax in a tranquil 4-star retreat, nestled in the heart of this captivating destination. With modern amenities, warm hospitality, and convenient access to Franz Josef Glacier, your stay promises relaxation and exploration in equal measure. Whether you choose a cozy Standard Queen Studio or upgrade to a spacious King Studio, you’re in for a delightful experience amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes of New Zealand’s West Coast.

The following day, start on an adventure to explore the untouched rainforest of Westland. Cruise through pristine wilderness, spot native birdlife, and learn about kiwi conservation efforts in the Okarito Kiwi Conservation area. Enjoy exclusive access to a private rainforest trail, where the tranquil sounds of nature accompany your journey. With opportunities for tea and coffee breaks amidst breathtaking scenery, this tour offers a truly immersive experience in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Franz Josef

Photo Credit : Maridav Canva

Lake Wanaka

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Wanaka Walking Trail

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DAYS 15 – 16

Wanaka – A Serene South Island Retreat

Lake Wanaka

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Set off on an exhilarating journey from Franz Josef to Wanaka, soaking in the stunning landscapes along the way. With a drive time of approximately 3.5 hours, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to marvel at the natural beauty of New Zealand’s South Island.

Pass through Fox Glacier and Lake Moeraki, where you can enjoy a peaceful forest walk to the penguin colony at Monro Beach. Traverse Haast Pass, taking in the majestic waterfalls and river scenery as you leave the rainforest behind.

Arrive at your 4-Star Wanaka accommodation, nestled in the heart of this picturesque destination. With modern amenities and contemporary rooms, your stay promises relaxation and rejuvenation amidst the breathtaking surroundings. Conveniently located near Lake Wanaka and the town center, you’ll have easy access to vibrant cafes, restaurants, and outdoor activities. Whether you’re exploring Mount Aspiring National Park or simply unwinding in your room, this establishment offers warm hospitality and a welcoming atmosphere for a memorable getaway.

DAYS 16 – 17

Manapouri and Doubtful Sound – Experience An Overnight Cruise of a Lifetime!

Doubtful Sound

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Embark on a scenic self-drive from Wanaka to Manapouri, spanning 168 miles of breathtaking landscapes and charming towns. Take it nice and slow with approximately 3.5 to 4 hours of picturesque mountain roads, alpine vistas, and lakeside views.

You can pause at the Crown Range Road lookout for panoramic views of majestic mountains and verdant valleys. Then, take a break at Lake Hayes, nestled between Wanaka and Queenstown, offering serene surroundings for relaxation or a leisurely stroll along the shoreline. Arrive in Manapouri, set within the enchanting Fiordland, in time to board the Fiordland Navigator for an unforgettable overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound.

Relax on the spacious decks of the Fiordland Navigator, featuring a dining saloon, observation lounge, and expert guides providing insightful commentary. Indulge in a delectable three-course buffet dinner prepared by onboard chefs and mingle with fellow travelers in a convivial atmosphere.

Choose from kayaking, shoreline exploration, or simply unwinding onboard amidst breathtaking scenery and wildlife sightings. Spend the evening stargazing from the upper deck before retiring to your comfortable onboard accommodations.

Begin your next day with a hearty breakfast before further exploration of the fiord, followed by a scenic return journey to Manapouri.

Experience the serenity of Doubtful Sound with this unforgettable overnight cruise!

Doubtful Sound

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Doubtful Sound Waterfalls

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Drive to Doubtful Sound

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Te Anau Jet Boat

Photo Credit: Fiordland Jet Boat

Te Anau Bike Ride

Photo Credit: Fiordland Jet Boat

DAYS 17 – 18

Te Anau – Small Town Bliss

Te Anau Jet Boat

Photo Credit: Fiordland Jet Boat

Begin your delightful self-drive from Manapouri to Te Anau, a quick journey of about 20 minutes. Along the way, marvel at the stunning landscapes of the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

After reaching Te Anau, indulge in a cozy 1-night stay at your 4-star accommodation nestled in the heart of the picturesque Fiordland region. Enjoy modern amenities and warm hospitality, just moments away from the serene Lake Te Anau. .

During your stay, you’ll join the thrilling Fiordland Wilderness Tour on jetboat. Feel the adrenaline rush as you cruise down the majestic trout-filled Waiau River to the serene Lake Manapouri. Marvel at the ancient beech tree forests lining the riverbanks, featured in scenes of The Lord of the Rings films. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking surroundings of Lake Manapouri, surrounded by snow-capped mountains carved by centuries of snow and ice. Learn about the unique flora, fauna, and indigenous Maori culture from your expert guide as you explore the ancient forest and historic sites.

DAYS 18 – 20

Queenstown – Stunning Mountain Beauty

Queenstown Gondola

Continue your Newe Zealand road trip adventure from Te Anau to Queenstown, where excitement meets tranquility amidst stunning landscapes.

Picture yourself winding along scenic roads, framed by trout fishing rivers and majestic high country vistas. Take a breather in Kingston, home to a vintage steam train, before continuing your journey hugging the picturesque shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Arrive at your 4-star Queenstown accommodation, a charming haven framed by breathtaking mountain scenery and the shimmering Lake Wakatipu. Your cozy room offers modern comforts and striking views.

Explore Queenstown’s vibrant township, whether you’re craving heart-pounding adventures or seeking serene moments. Nestled among the stunning Southern Alps, this mecca for thrill-seekers offers everything from bungee jumping to skydiving, mountain biking to jet boating. But Queenstown isn’t just about extreme sports. It’s also a food lover’s paradise, with world-class restaurants serving up gourmet delights that will tantalize your taste buds.

As the sun sets, elevate your experience with a scenic gondola ride, offering unparalleled views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Then, dine in style at Stratosfare Restaurant, where a Taste of New Zealand buffet awaits, tantalizing your taste buds with fresh seafood, savory roasts, and delightful desserts, all against a backdrop of panoramic vistas.

On your next day in Queenstown, embark on a true Kiwi adventure with a scenic flight to Stewart Island. Marvel at the coastline, rainforests, and unique experiences that await. Explore the village and bays, immerse yourself in the cultural and historical richness, and venture to Ulva Island for an exploration into untouched wilderness.

Queenstown Gondola
Stewart Island Ruru Chick
Auckland Waterfront

DAYS 20 – 21

Auckland -Experience Vibrant Charm


Your adventure continues with a transfer from your Queenstown hotel to the airport for a domestic flight to Auckland.

Upon arrival, enjoy a seamless transfer from the airport to your 4-star accommodation in Auckland. Nestled in the heart of the city, your hotel offers a haven of luxury and comfort, with modern amenities and warm hospitality awaiting your arrival. From free Wi-Fi to a refreshing swim in the pool, every convenience is at your fingertips.

The following day, dive straight into the city with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Explore Auckland’s iconic landmarks, from historic sites to bustling shopping districts, all while enjoying entertaining live commentary from local guides. Don’t miss the chance to hop off and explore Devonport, a historic suburb brimming with charm and character.

DAY 21

International Flight, Auckalnd to Los Angeles

As your Auckland adventure draws to a close, enjoy a private transfer back to the airport, ensuring a stress-free journey onwards. Remember to soak in every moment of your Auckland experience, from the breathtaking views atop double-decker buses to the hidden gems waiting to be discovered in every corner of the city.

With memories made and adventures had, bid farewell to Auckland as you board your international flight back home, taking with you the warmth of New Zealand’s hospitality and the beauty of its landscapes. Until next time, Kia ora!

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