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New Zealand 20 Day Fly Drive


Route:
  • UK
  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Tongariro
  • Wellington
  • Nelson
  • Punakaiki
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Queenstown
  • Te Anau
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Christchurch
  • UK

20 DAYS from £2494pp

Tour Highlights
  • City tour of Auckland
  • Volcanic hot springs in Rotorua
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Walk up Mount Victoria in Wellington
  • The immense Franz Josef Glacier
  • Picturesque Queenstown
  • The silent grandeur of Milford Sound

To book call us on 0800 408 0506

New Zealand 20 Day Fly Drive

Introducing Fly-Drive tours to the stunning islands of New Zealand. A country where snow-capped mountains, volcanic terrain and glacial lakes are surrounded by pristine coastline. New Zealand is the pinnacle of natural beauty and our carefully mapped routes guide you past the absolute highlights. With your car rental, flights, ferry and accommodation covered, it?s just up to you to drive between each destination.

Fly Drive Itinerary

1
UK to Auckland

Depart the UK on your flight to Auckland.

2
UK to Auckland

Flight to Auckland.

3
Arrive Auckland

Collect your rental car and drive to your hotel. You?ll have time to explore the centre of Auckland and its surrounding harbour and parks.

4
Aukland

Spend a day exploring Aukland.

5
Auckland to Rotorua (3hr drive)

Drive to Rotorua where you can visit geothermal attractions such as geysers and thermal mud pools as well as experiencing the local Maori culture.

6
Rotorua

Spend a day exploring Rotorua.

7
Rotorua to Tongariro (2hr drive)

Drive south to the rugged setting of Tongariro National Park, home to three active volcanoes

8
Wellington (4hr 30min drive)

Take a relaxing drive through picturesque countryside to Wellington

9
Wellington

Explore Wellington

10
Nelson (3hr ferry & 2hr drive)

Drop your car off and take the Interislander ferry to Picton. Collect your new rental car and take the opportunity to explore Abel Tasman National Park.

11
Nelson

Explore Abel Tasman National Park and Nelson.

12
Nelson to Punakaiki (3hr 40min drive)

Travel across the north-west corner of the South Island to the unique pancake rock formations

13
Franz Josef Glacier (3hr drive)

Follow the coastline of Westland National Park to the dramatic twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef

14
Queenstown (4hr 40min drive)

Drive through Haast Pass an area rich with stunning blue pools and mountainous scenery. Arrive in Queenstown nestled on Lake Wakatipu?s shores.

15
Queenstown

Explore Queenstown.

16
Te Anau (2hr drive)

Weave through mountains en route to the lakeside town of Te Anua. Close by is the silent Fjord of Milford Sound where you can take a cruise past waterfalls, wildlife and towering cliffs.

17
Te Anau

Enjoy a day in Te Anau.

18
Lake Tekapo (4hr 30min drive)

Drive past snow-capped mountains to the romantic setting of Lake Tekapo

19
Christchurch (3hr drive)

Finish your journey in Christchurch with attractions such as the tramways, botanical gardens and the Canterbury Museum

20
Depart Christchurch (2hr drive)

Drop off your car at the airport for your flight home

Important Information

Car Rental Included

Included in your holiday price is the rental of a Group A - Sub Compact Car such as a Holden Spark or similar with 1.3 - 1.4 litre engine, a choice of manual or automatic transmission, 5 doors, air conditioning, power steering, dual airbags, a maximum capacity of four people and a boot space for one medium suitcase and one overnight bag.

Upgrade your Car from just £99

Why not treat yourself to a vehicle upgrade to a Group D - Intermediate Auto Sedan Car such as a Holden Cruze or similar with a 2.0 - 2.4 litre engine, automatic transmission, 4 doors, air conditioning, power steering, dual airbags, ABS brakes, a maximum capacity of five people and boot space for two large suitcase and two overnight bags.

The Excess Reduction Plan includes: Car hire on an unlimited km basis, Excess Reduction (subject to a NZ$258.75 excess) and Airport/Wharf Fee. From 01 April 2019, additional driver fee also included.

Visas

British passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa in order to travel to New Zealand. Further visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flights to New Zealand are with Emirates (EK), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3. Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage and hand luggage of 7kg not exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Currency Information

The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD) and we recommend you change some currency before you leave the UK.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2019 Dates
07 Feb 201931 Mar 2019£2769
09 Apr 201915 Apr 2019£2999
20 Apr 201928 Apr 2019£2449
29 Apr 201908 May 2019£2169
16 May 201919 Jun 2019£2169
20 Jun 201928 Jun 2019£2399
29 Jun 201914 Jul 2019£2899
19 Jul 201927 Jul 2019£3499
28 Jul 201903 Aug 2019£3349
04 Aug 201931 Aug 2019£3149
01 Sep 201921 Oct 2019£2999
22 Oct 201905 Dec 2019£2949
06 Dec 201909 Dec 2019£3669
19 Dec 201931 Dec 2019£3699
2020 Dates
01 Jan 202006 Feb 2020£3479
07 Feb 202016 Mar 2020£2769
01 Apr 202008 Apr 2020£3199

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

8 °C / 24 °C

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Auckland, North Island

Queenstown, South Island

What to pack
  • Warm clothing and thermals in winter
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • Binoculars
  • A plug adaptor
  • Leave plenty of space in your case for shopping!
Tour Map
New Zealand 20 Day Fly Drive Route Map
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