10 Day Abel Tasman Explorer Self Drive Tour

From Queenstown - the south's adventure capital, Aoraki / Mt Cook - New Zealand's highest mountain, the golden sand beaches of Abel Tasman National Park to geothermal Rotorua, you'll enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery New Zealand has to offer including a relaxing journey on board the famous TranzAlpine train.

10 Day Abel Tasman Explorer Self Drive Tour

Enjoy many of the beautiful sights New Zealand has to offer - with a flight from Nelson to Rotorua included, you can see more! From Queenstown to the soaring walls of beautiful Milford Sound to New Zealand's highest peak at Mt Cook. Relax on board the TranzAlpine train and dip your toes in golden sand beaches at Abel Tasman National Park. Take part in the NZ culture in Rotorua and check out a hobbit hole. There is so much to see and do.

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Queenstown to Auckland
Departs: Daily
Duration: 10 days
Tour Code: 10ASD

Regions Visited

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Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Mt Cook, Christchurch, Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, Rotorua, Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, Auckland

Tour Inclusions

  • 10 day car hire
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Superior & Premium accommodation includes breakfast
  • Milford Sound cruise & picnic lunch
  • Skippers Canyon Jet
  • Skyline Gondola, Queenstown
  • Glacier Explorer Tour, Mt Cook
  • Abel Tasman National Park day tour
  • Kahukiwi cultural tour
  • Entry to Polynesian Spa
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tour & lunch
  • Waitomo Caves

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO QUEENSTOWN
4 Day Southern Alps Tour

Welcome to Queenstown. Collect your vehicle as you clear customs and make your way to your accommodation.

Take time to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Wakatipu and the Remakrable mountain range. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 2: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND
Tours of New Zealand

You will be collected from your accommodation as you travel around Lake Wakatipu, inland to Te Anau, crossing the main divide to Milford Sound. On arrival climb aboard and cruise the “sound” to the Tasman Sea, before returning to Milford. Return to Queenstown late evening reflecting on the wonders you have seen today.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 3: QUEENSTOWN SIGHTSEEING
Queenstown activities

This afternoon you will be collected from your accommodation as you take a step back in time, travelling up the Skippers Canyon, transfer to a jet boat with a few whirls and twirls before arriving at Winkys museum – try your hand at some gold panning, you might get lucky. Upon returning to Queenstown make your way up Bobs Peak – by Skyline gondola.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 4: QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK
Tasman Glacier Explorer Tour

Depart Queenstown travel into the Mackenzie Country the landscape changes from tussock covered mountains to blue glacial fed lakes and farmlands, before heading along lake Pukaki to Mount Cook national park. Experience the Taman Glacier from the glacial fed lake, you may even touch a piece of the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s largest. This evening don’t forget to look up at the night sky.

Stay: Mt Cook

DAY 5: MT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH
Christchurch to Queenstown Direct Coach Service

Free morning to explore Mt Cook National Park. Leave Mt Cook and travel to Tekapo and later through the lush farmlands and Canterbury plains. Arrive in Christchurch, the South Islands largest city.

Stay: Christchurch

DAY 6: CHRISTCHURCH / NELSON
5 Day Goldfields and Glacier Tour

Board the famous TranzAlpine train, from east to west. View the small heartland towns, before traversing the Southern Alps, through Arthur’s Pass, descending onto Greymouth. Crossing many viaducts and travelling through tunnels. Leave Greymouth and travel along the rugged Tasman Sea coastline to Nelson.

Stay: Nelson

DAY 7: ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK
Abel Tasman Tours

Your full day tour to the Abel Tasman National Park commences with a morning pick up from your accommodation. Drive through horticultural areas to Motueka and on to beautiful Kaiteriteri beach where you board your launch. You have various cruise/walking options in the National Park during the day before returning to Nelson. A stunning day out!

Stay: Nelson

DAY 8: FLY NELSON - ROTORUA
Rotorua Sights, Gondola and Lunch Tour

This morning you will be transferred to Nelson airport where you check in for your flight to Rotroua.

This afternoon you are booked on an intimate 4WD cultural tour, guided by highly knowledgeable Māori guide, you’ll explore our stunning marae, landscapes and never-before-seen views that look over Rotorua’s lake district. This evening visit Polynesian spa for a soak in the therapeutic geothermal waters Rotorua is famous for.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 9: ROTORUA / WAITOMO CAVES / HOBBITON / AUCKLAND
New Zealand Tours

Enjoy a fabulous action packed day! Depart Rotorua and explore the Waitomo Caves including a boat cruise through the limestone caverns. Onto Hobbiton, for a movie set tour, including “The Green Dragon Inn”.

Stay: Auckland

DAY 10: FAREWELL FROM AUCKLAND
Auckland City Sights and Harbour Cruise Tour

Sadly today your tour comes to an end. Drop your call off at the airport before your outward flight.

This tour is available as an Independent Tour

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Double/Twin Single Triple
Standard $3,226 NZD $4,730 NZD $3,099 NZD Enquire / Book
Superior $5,111 NZD $7,320 NZD $4,294 NZD Enquire / Book
Premium $5,310 NZD $8,535 NZD $4,297 NZD Enquire / Book
Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Tour Type: Self Drive Tour
A Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.
 
Frequently Asked Questions – Self Drive Tours

What is a Self Drive tour?
A Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.

What is required to hire a vehicle within New Zealand?
A valid driver’s licence in English is required to hire a rental vehicle within New Zealand.  Please note drivers must be over 21 years to hire a vehicle, between 21 – 25 years a young driver surcharge is applicable. We recommend all clients have a credit card for car rental, the card number is then held for a bond. All vehicles are automatic transmission, we do not offer manual transmissions.

What is driving in New Zealand like?
We drive on the right in New Zealand, all rental vehicles are set up for right hand drive. Within the cities, roads are busy, there are motorways and highways. Once out of town most of our roads two lanes, there are some divided carriage ways, however most driving will be on 2 lane paved/sealed roads. It will take you a lot longer than you think looking at the map to get from point A to point B.

What dates do your tours depart?
Our self drive tours depart daily, driving times do vary each day so please consider this when booking departure flights.

What is included in the tour cost?
All tours include accommodation and rental car. Some tours include activities listed in the itineraries. Car hire is quoted including basic insurance, with the option to upgrade to fully comprehensive insurance.  A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers will be sent to your arrival accommodation, a comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you prior to your departure. Your personal travel consultant will contact you on arrival, allowing ease of communication whilst you are traveling.

What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, fuel, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.

How many people can I include in a self-drive tour?
Our largest hire vehicle is 9 passengers and a driver. You can travel in a group, with a number of vehicles but each vehicle must have a licenced driver.

I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.

Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior and Premium tour rates include breakfast.  There are exceptions where some activities will include lunch or dinner. We are more than happy to make recommendations, please advise if there are any dietary requirements so we can recommend accordingly. .

Is Halal and other speciality food available in New Zealand? 
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country, let us now if you require this and we will compile a list for you. We can also offer advice in regards to Vegan and other special requirements.

How will I navigate my way around New Zealand?
You will be supplied with a map in your travel wallet. If you require a GPS, this can be arranged with your car hire, if you are wishing to use your own navigational device, SIM cards can be purchased at the airport. Our comprehensive itinerary will guide you, especially with our personal touches just for you. We are only a phone call away. Most pre booked optional activities will have an informative guide giving you an insight into the activity you have chosen.

Can I add in additional days to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible – we will gladly work with you to make our tours suit your requirements. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra day rates.

What is the difference between the three tour types Quality, Superior and Premium Tours?
Standard:  Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms. Your rental car is a small compact car.
Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast. Your rental car is a mid-size car.
Premium: 5 star hotel accommodation, including breakfast. Your rental car is an SUV.
Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers.

What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we will be delighted to plan a customised tour to suit your requirements, using our 30 years of experience. Our local knowledge will come up with many pleasant surprises for you. 

How much luggage can I take on my tour?
You can bring as much luggage as you require, we recommend 1 piece of luggage (max 25kg each), for ease of travel. We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.

How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 45 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 45 days prior to travel. For bookings made 45 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.

What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 31 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit plus a further 10% of the total package price.
Cancellations 15 – 30 days prior to travel: Deposit + a further 20% of the total package price.
Cancellations 0-14 days prior to travel: 100% of total fare (no refund).
Booking amendments made by you: an amendment fee of 10% of total package price will be charged to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.

Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.

Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday. It is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights.

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated, but not a requirement. It is certainly not expected, nobody will be offended should you wish to.

Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia.

What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase. The above currency conversion page is to be used as a guide only.

10 Day Abel Tasman Explorer Self Drive Tour

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours Tour Code: 10ASD From $3,099 Per Person Departs: Daily From Queenstown - the south's adventure capital, Aoraki / Mt Cook - New Zealand's highest mountain, the golden sand beaches of Abel Tasman National Park to geothermal Rotorua, you'll enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery New Zealand has to offer including a relaxing journey on board the famous TranzAlpine train. Enquire about this tour

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