<%@LANGUAGE="VBSCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Grand Encounter self drive New Zealand tour

Grand Encounter

Take in the beautiful scenery of both the North and South islands of New Zealand with the 10 day Grand Encounter Tour.

Visit Rotorua, Napier, Wellington and Queenstown as well as many other sights including Milford Sound and the Waitomo Caves.

What's included

  • Return flights from London Heathrow or Manchester Airport (Other regional airports will be on request) inclusive of tax
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Car hire for the duration of your tour
  • Entrance vouchers & map for many of the sights in and around Rotorua
  • Cruise the Cook Strait on the InterIslander Ferry from Wellington to Picton
  • Connect with the Tranz Scenic Coastal Pacific Express train for your onward journey to Christchurch
  • On arrival in Christchurch you are transferred to your hotel
  • Transfer from your Christchurch hotel to the airport
  • A fascinating launch cruise to Bowen Falls & Mitre Peak on Milford Sound


Day 1 :
On arrival in Auckland Airport collect your rental car.

Day 2 :
This morning travel south over the Bombay Hills and through the lush Waikato pasturelands. At Waitomo, tour the subterranean caves by boat and see a grotto illuminated by countless tiny glow-worms suspended from the ceiling. Travel across the Waikato River and the Mamaku Hills to the famous geothermal centre of Rotorua.

Day 3 :
A full day Rotorua sightseeing tour including the following attractions and activities. A guided walk through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see roaring geysers and boiling mud pools. Paradise Valley Springs where you will see New Zealand native bird and animal wildlife plus crystal clear pools teaming with trout. The Agrodome Leisure Park famous for its entertaining sheep show, a gondola cable car ride to the Skyline Skyride complex and the Polynesian Spa, which is New Zealand’s leading thermal bathing complex.

For the more adventurous, a visit to the Abel Tasman National Park is a must. Many activities ranging from sea kayaking to tramping are available in this scenic part of the country.

Day Four:
Travel today is south via Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake and the World Heritage, Tongariro National Park, where the 3 volcanic mountains of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro dominate the scenery. Continue onto Napier, the fruit bowl of New Zealand. The afternoon is at leisure for optional activities.

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Prices from

£1,629 + taxes per person

*Date restrictions apply. Contact us with your preferred dates quoting: 'Grand Encounter'