24 day Land of the Long White Cloud
24 day Land of the Long White Cloud
Spend more than 3 weeks exploring New Zealand’s iconic landmarks and epic landscapes on the breathtaking 24 Day Land of the Long White Cloud tour. Begin your journey in Auckland, discovering the North Island with stops at the Bay of Islands, Coromandel Peninsula and Rotorua, before concluding the first portion of your tour in New Zealand’s charismatic capital city of Wellington. From here, move onto the South Island, visiting Kaikoura, Akaroa and Dunedin, then continue round to Queenstown and journey through Milford Sound. Conclude your incredible New Zealand experience with trips to Haast, Fox Glacier and finally Christchurch.
Tour highlights
  • Two nights in the stunning Bay of Islands
  • Take time out on the Coromandel’s beaches
  • View the mighty Huka Falls near Taupo
  • Explore the lovely boutique vineyard estates in Hawke’s Bay
  • Two nights in the charming French-influenced settlement of Akaroa
  • Discover the Scottish heritage of Dunedin
  • Three nights in the alpine playground of Queenstown
  • Stand in awe at the twin glaciers of Fox & Franz Josef
  • End your journey with a ride on the spectacular TranzAlpine train
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Day 1: Auckland - Bay of Islands
'Land of the Long White Cloud' is the English translation of Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand, and we think this is the ultimate self-drive holiday to this stunning country. Collect your Avis Compact Automatic rental car (budget & standard packages) or Intermediate Size rental car (superior package) from the Auckland Downtown or Airport Depot.  23 days rental car hire included.  Depart Auckland and head north over the Harbour Bridge to the Bay of Islands. After a long international flight, however, we'd recommend building in an extra day in Auckland before starting your self-drive (please ask for details).
  • Budget: Tanao Paihia Hotel
  • Standard: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
  • Superior Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands
Day 2: Bay of Islands
Today, you have a free day to explore the Bay of Islands and the charming resorts of Paihia & Russell.
  • Budget: Tanao Paihia Hotel
  • Standard: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
  • Superior Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands
Day 3: Bay of Islands - Auckland
Retrace your steps back to Auckland, and enjoy an afternoon to explore the attractions of the 'City of Sails'.
  • Budget: Scenic Hotel Auckland
  • Standard: Skycity Hotel Auckland
  • Superior: Heritage Auckland
Day 4: Auckland - Coromandel Peninsula
Head south for the relatively short drive to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.
  • Budget: Aotearoa Lodge
  • Standard: Breakers Motel
  • Superior: Grand Mercure Puka Park
Day 5: Coromandel Peninsula
Take a full day to discover the golden-sand beaches and rainforests that make this a favourite holiday destination for locals and visitors alike.
  • Budget: Aotearoa Lodge
  • Standard: Breakers Motel
  • Superior: Grand Mercure Puka Park
Days 6 & 7: Coromandel Peninsula - Rotorua
Head inland for a two-night stay in the geothermal resort of Rotorua. Entrance to key attractions and a traditional Maori hangi dinner are included if booking our optional sightseeing package.
  • Budget: Ibis Rotorua
  • Standard: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
  • Superior: Regent of Rotorua
Days 8 & 9: Rotorua - Napier
Drive through the lakeside resort of Taupo, where you can view Huka Falls and the geothermal Craters of the Moon, before heading for the Art Deco seaside town of Napier.
  • Budget: Quest Napier
  • Standard: Scenic Hotel Te Pania
  • Superior: The County Hotel
Day 10: Napier - Wellington
Drive the well-signposted 'Classic New Zealand Wine Trail' south to Martinborough, whose gourmet restaurants might persuade you to stop for an indulgent lunch, before heading into Wellington for a two-night stay.
  • Budget: Ibis Wellington
  • Standard: Novotel Wellington
  • Superior: Rydges Wellington
Day 11: Wellington
Enjoy a free day to explore the fascinating city of Wellington, the nation's seat of government
  • Budget: Ibis Wellington
  • Standard: Novotel Wellington
  • Superior: Rydges Wellington
Day 12: Wellington - Blenheim
Today, you'll drop off your rental car at the ferry terminal in Wellington, and board the Interislander (included) for the scenic three-hour crossing to the South Island. Collect your new rental car in Picton and head to the famous Marlborough wine region.
  • Budget: Quality Hotel Marlborough
  • Standard: Scenic Hotel Marlborough
  • Superior: Marlborough Vintners Hotel
Day 13: Blenheim - Kaikoura
Travel south today towards Kaikoura, which is a great place to spot dolphins, whales and other marine life.
  • Budget: Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge
  • Standard: The White Morph
  • Superior: The White Morph
Days 14 & 15: Kaikoura - Akaroa
Travel past Christchurch to the Banks Peninsula, known for its beautiful scenery, deeply-indented harbours, walking trails and secluded beaches. Your home for the next two nights is the captivating little town of Akaroa.
  • Budget: Akaroa Cottages
  • Standard: Tresori Motor Lodge
  • Superior: Tresori Motor Lodge
Day 16: Akaroa - Dunedin
Today, you'll zip across the flat agricultural landscape of the Canterbury Plains to see the penguin colonies near historic Oamaru. View the remarkable Moeraki Boulders before continuing south for a two-night stay in Dunedin.
  • Budget: Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge
  • Standard: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
  • Superior: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Day 17: Dunedin & The Otago Peninsula
The attractive city of Dunedin was founded by Scottish settlers in the mid-19th century, its name the Gaelic translation of Edinburgh. Discover the gardens at Larnach Castle, and explore the Otago Peninsula.
Days 18 - 20: Dunedin - Queenstown
Head to the alpine adventure resort of Queenstown for a three-night stay where, on our optional sightseeing package, we have included a ride on the Shotover Jet, plus a day trip to Milford Sound.
  • Budget: Tanoa Aspen Hotel
  • Standard: Mercure Queenstown Resort
  • Superior: Millennium Queenstown
Day 21: Queenstown - Haast
Admire more jaw-dropping scenery as you travel through the laid-back lakeside resort of Wanaka, before climbing over the Haast Pass to the West Coast.
  • Budget: Mercure Oakridge Resort Wanaka
  • Standard: Mercure Oakridge Resort Wanaka
  • Superior: Edgewater
Day 22: Haast - Fox Glacier
Today's drive hugs the dramatic West Coast past remote villages and isolated beaches strewn with driftwood. Few places in the world boast glaciers as accessible as this, and on our optional sightseeing package, we've included a half-day guided walk.
  • Budget: Sunset Motel
  • Standard: Sunset Motel
  • Superior: Distinction Hotel Te Weheka
Day 23: Fox Glacier - Christchurch
Drop off your car in Greymouth and ride the TranzAlpine to Christchurch. On arrival take the coach shuttle to your hotel.
  • Budget: Ibis Christchurch
  • Standard: Rydges Latimer Square
  • Superior: Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square
Day 24: Depart Christchurch
This fantastic tour concludes on check out this morning. Make your own way back to the airport.
  • 23 nights’ accommodation on a room-only basis unless specified
  • Car rental for the tour duration, including unlimited kilometres, plus Motor Vehicle Insurance (MVI), which is subject to an excess. We’ve included a compact car on our ‘Standard’ tour, and an intermediate car on our ‘Superior/ Boutique’ tour
  • Self-drive kit, including maps and instructions
  • Unlimited kilometres
  • Standard Motor Vehicle Insurance with Liability Excess
  • Additional Drivers
  • Locally-payable airport taxes, visa fees and insurance
  • Sightseeing tours are mentioned as ideas only, and are not included in the price (unless you choose to pre-book our optional sightseeing package)
  • Insurance excesses and petrol bond
  • One Way Fee
  • Airport/Wharf Fees
  • Late Ferry Fee
  • Sundry Rental equipment
  • Delivery Fees
  • Credit Card Transaction Fees
  • Additional Insurances
  • Security Bond
  • Traffic Infringements
  • Road Tolls
  • Petrol

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