16 Day Boutique New Zealand Tour

A tour jam-packed full of beautiful scenery and delightful activities as well as some of the most stunning accommodation found around the North & South Islands.

16 Day Boutique New Zealand Tour

From Auckland to Queenstown you'll enjoy some incredible scenery around every corner as well the perfect accommodation in boutique lodges as you travel the length of the country.

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Auckland to Queenstown
Departs: Daily
Duration: 16 days
Tour Code: SD16BNZ

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Napier, Wellington, Picton and Marlborough Sounds, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Mt Cook, Queenstown

Tour Inclusions

  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Arrival transfer
  • 16 day car hire
  • Auckland sightseeing
  • Interislander ferry

Day By Day Itinerary


Welcome to Auckland City of Sails.

On arrival at Auckland Airport you will be met by your driver and transferred to your harbour front accommodation.

Stay: Auckland

Auckland Tours

Your driver will collect you from your accommodation this morning for a brief sightseeing tour of the downtown area, so you can familiarize yourself with the CBD prior to collecting your car.

Once you have your rental car, you may wish to explore some of the outlying beaches and parks. Alternatively, take the ferry to Wiaheke Island for an afternoon wine tour.

Stay: Auckland

North Island Landscape

This morning leave the big city behind as you follow the Waikato River through lush dairy lands. You may wish to stop off at Hobbiton en-route to Rotorua. As you arrive into Rotorua you will see the steam rising from this geothermal wonderland.

Stay: Rotorua


A day for you to explore the culture and geothermal areas of Rotorua as well as the many lakes and walks.

You may wish to make the most of your location and join a float plane at the hotels wharf for a tour of the area from the air. Alternatively, enjoy some mountain biking through the Redwoods, then a soak in the therapeutic mineral pools at Polynesian Spa or a Hangi and concert evening to mix with the locals.

Stay: Rotorua

Rotorua Tours

Leave the geothermal region of Rotorua and travel south, perhaps stopping off at Huka Falls before arriving in Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake.

From Taupo, head east through to the Bay of Plenty wine region to the art deco city of Napier, nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Stay: Napier


Today, to make the most of this areas local produce and wine, you may want to let someone else do the driving around the many vineyards, so you can sample the offerings without a care in the world. There are so many options, a huge variety of wineries.

You may want to visit the world famous Gannet colony or tour the art deco city of Napier. We suggest a drive up Te Mata peak to enjoy the stunning vistas.

Stay: Napier


As you depart Napier travel through the last of the vineyards onto Dannevirke. You may wish to stop at “the Tui Brewery” Mangatainoka, just south of Dannevirke.

Head to Palmerston North, passing farms and agricultural service towns, before hitting the coast. Travel along the Tasman sea coastline through a number of small settlements before arriving into Wellington – New Zealands Cool little capital.

Stay: Wellington


A full day today to explore our capital. So many options, fantastic harbourside cafes, restaurants and breweries.

Weta Workshops – Lord of the Rings, are based in Wellington and operate daily tours or a visit to Te Papa – New Zealand’s museum, is a must do activity.

Stay: Wellington


Travel in luxury in the private lounge on Interislander ferry. Depart through the Wellington heads into Cook Straight before travelling through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds, with its many holiday homes dotted on private islands.

Arrive into Picton where you collect your car before travelling through the Marlborough wine region.

Your accommodation for the next two nights is on the Pacific Coast just north of the small village of Kaikoura. Kaikoura translates to “good food”. You will have many opportunities to experience this for sure.

Stay: Kaikoura

Kaikoura Wings Over Whales Tour

Today you have the opportunity to visit Kaikoura, renowned for its abundance of aquatic wildlife.

You might like to swim with dolphins, take a flight to view whales, kayak with the seals or enjoy one of the many walks to spot the seals. No matter what you choose to do, the ocean and mountains create an amazing vista.

Stay: Kaikoura

New Zealand Tours

Leave the ocean and panoramic mountain vistas behind as you travel inland through the very productive farmlands of North Canterbury.

Enjoy the changing landscapes a you travel to Christchurch, the “Garden City” and the South Islands largest city. Suggest you make the most of your short time in Christchurch and visit the Botanical Gardens, a very short walk from your accommodation.

Stay: Christchurch

Lake Tekapo, south Island Tours

Today you are travelling to the heart of the Southern Alps.

Travel through the remainder of the Canterbury Plains crossing braided rivers, before heading inland to the foothills, with the Southern Alps in the background. From Geraldine you will travel over the hills into the MacKenzie Basin, onto Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. Be amazed at the azure blue waters of these glacial feed lakes!

Continue onto Mt Cook National Park, home of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook. If the weather is clear, we recommend a ski plane or helicopter flight onto Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s largest glacier.

Stay: Mt Cook


Drive along the shores of Lake Pukaki, onto Twizel and Omarama as you leave the Mackenzie Basin.

Travel through the Lindis Pass, along the Lindis River, through the tussock clad hills, before descending into Central Otago and Tarras. Travel around Lake Dunstan to Cromwell, following the Kawarau River through the Kawarau Gorge before arriving into Queenstown.

Stay: Queenstown


Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital, therefore the choice of activities is endless. The mountains, lakes and vegetation create amazing views from every point.

Today you may like to take time to visit Glenorchy or Arrowtown, giving you an opportunity to take in as much of this beauty as possible.

Stay: Queenstown


Queenstown offers many popular activities you may like to take part in. Perhaps a scenic flight to Milford Sound, including a cruise, enjoy a fantastic winery tour taking you to some hidden gems and meeting local winemakers. How about something a bit more adventurous? Bungy jumping, skydiving, jet boating… There are so many varied options, we are happy to include any activities into your tour package.

Stay: Queenstown


Take in the last of the stunning views, reflect on the memories that have been created over the past 16 days.

Return your car to Queenstown airport prior to your departure flight.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Double/Twin Single Triple
Premium $12,981 NZD $23,955 NZD $12,856 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.

16 Day Boutique New Zealand Tour

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours Tour Code: SD16BNZ From $12,856 Per Person Departs: Daily A tour jam-packed full of beautiful scenery and delightful activities as well as some of the most stunning accommodation found around the North & South Islands. Enquire about this tour

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