18 Days Honeymoon North and South Island

You need time to enjoy your honeymoon in New Zealand! There is so much to see and do in "Aotearoa" but you also want to have some relaxing times. Consider a romantic vineyard stay in the Abel Tasman region or a day hike into the Fiordland National Park. Although 18 days may seem like a sufficient period, we still recommend a domestic flight between the islands. You'll avoid long drives and time-consuming ferry connections. If travelling with a rental car, simply drop-off the vehicle at the airport terminal, take the domestic flight and pick-up another rental vehicle at the next airport. The car hire is seen as "one rental" period, so there are no additional costs for the rental vehicle. View more details for New Zealand honeymoon packages on Guest New Zealand.

Included in this Travel Package:

  • 18 days Compact Rental car, full insurance + GPS with Hertz or Thrifty New ZealandS
  • 18 nights accommodation in B&B’s, lodges, hotels and motels (mostly breakfast included except in Coromandels
  • Dolphin Swim Akaroa
  • Tranz Alpine train journey
  • Helicopter Flight (20 min) Fox Glacier
  • Caving Tour Charleston
  • Dart River Safaris Queenstown
  • Canopy Tours Rotorua
  • Hobbiton Village Matamata
  • Sea kayaking Coromandels
  • Domestic flight Queenstown to Rotorua
  • Cost: NZ$4995 per Person (twin share - two people travelling)
  • Any part of this itinerary can be amended to your travel requirements.

Notes on New Zealand climate & seasons:

  • Spring = September until November
  • Summer = December until February
  • Autumn = March until May
  • Winter = June until August
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Itinerary Overview for Self-drive 18 Days North & South Island

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch

Arrive in Christchurch - Visit the Botanical Gardens and view the exciting rebuild of the inner city. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the fabulous and quirky suburban cafes. Stay in Christchurch for two nights.

Day 2: Stay and explore Christchurch and Akaroa

Take a day trip to the Akaroa Village on Banks Peninsula. Included in your intinerary is a cruise on the harbour and a swim with the dolphins. Explore the pretty seaside town of Akaroa and it's specialty shops. Discover it's French history. Take a walk through the bush which is full of native birdlife. Stop at the iconic Little River Gallery on the way home for quality New Zealand art,food and coffee.


Day 3: TranzAlpine Train Greymouth and to Punakaiki

Take the famous TranzAlpine train journey from Christchurch via Arthurs Pass to Greymouth. Just for a few minutes, disembark from the train at Arthurs Pass to breathe the crisp, pure air of the Southern Alps! On arrival at Greymouth, get a rental car at the train station and travel to the Punakaiki area. At low tide, walk down Trumans Track just north of Punakaiki in time to see the Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Dolomite Point at high tide. There are many good bush walks around the Paparoa National Park and the Fox River.

Day 4: Stay and explore Punakaiki/ Westcoast

Enjoy the stunning drive along the coastal road. Visit Cape Foulwind and check out the seals colony there.


Day 5: Punakaiki to Fox or Franz Josef Glacier Village

Drive to Fox Glacier with stops in Hokitika (shop for greenstone at The Jade factory) and Franz Josef (250 km, 4.5 hours). Plan to arrive at one of the two Glaciers by early afternoon - (Fox and Franz Josef are approximately 45 minutes' drive apart) Either walk to the base of the Glaciers or join one of the guided glacier walks - suitable for all levels of fitness and experience.

Day 6: Stay and explore the Glaciers, Rainforest and Lakes

Consider a helihiking trip where you are flown onto the glacier and taken for a guided walk to explore ice caves and formations. This is also the best place to take a scenic flight over the alps for views of Mt Cook and the glaciers -  from the air, it is more spectacular from the Western side of the mountains. There are nature walks and other attraction options available to enjoy - visit the Fox or Franz Josef Glacier Visitor Centre for more information.


Day 7: Fox / Franz Josef to Queenstown

Drive onto Wanaka (260km, 4.5 hours) via the spectacular Haast Pass and Lake Hawea. Wanaka is a sublime tourist town on the edge of the 4th largest lake in New Zealand. Continue to Queenstown either over the steeper, but more scenic Crown Range road (1 hour) or via Cromwell.

Day 8 + 9: Stay and explore Queenstown

Queenstown has something for everyone. Spend the day exploring the town and nearby locations. Take a boat trip on the lake to Walter Peak Station, horse trekking, jetboating, bungy jumping, shopping, walking, wineries and Ziptrekking. At night there are plenty of excellent restaurants. An evening trip up the gondola is recommended.


Day 10: Domestic Flight to Rotorua/ North Island

Drop-off your rental car at the airport and take a domestic flight to Rotorua/ North Island.


Day 11: Stay and explore Rotorua and Lake Taupo areas

Spend the day exploring the lakeside thermal resort of Rotorua, its geysers and mud pools. Enjoy a mineral Spa, visit a Marae and enjoy a Maori cultural show this evening.

Day 12: Rotorua to Coromandel Peninsula

Take a small detour via Waitomo Caves or via Matamata to visit the Hobbiton Village (Lord of the Rings). Distances are easy and you have enough time to check out the beaches on the eastern site of the Coromandel in the late afternoon.

Day 13: Stay and explore the Coromandel Peninsula

Pack a picnic lunch and explore the beaches to the north including Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own Spa Pool in the sand. Visit Hahei,Cathedral Cove and Cooks Beach. From Cooks Beach, drive to Ferry Landing. Leave your car here and take a short ferry ride to Whitianga to enjoy a good selection of cafes and shopping plus a walk along Buffalo Beach.


Day 14: Coromandel to Bay of Islands

Travel to Paihia in the Bay of Islands (400 km, 250 miles, 6 hours). Visit the historic Treaty House at Waitangi and take a ferry trip to historic Russell across the bay. Paddling a sea kayak through island nooks and crannies and swimming with dolphins is another specialty of the Bay of Islands. Many operators in the region offer excellent trips to spectacular Cape Brett and the ‘Hole in the Rock’ on Percy Island.

Day 15 + 16: Stay and explore the Bay of Islands

Great game fishing here!. Visit the beautiful Kauri Forests on the West Coast, take a trip to Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach, go sailing, take a diving trip to the Poor Knights Islands, visit the Hokianga Harbour or just relax and enjoy the sunshine, uncrowded beaches and warm waters.

Day 17: Bay of Islands to Auckland

Return to Auckland (240 km, 150 miles, 3.5 hours). We recommend travelling thru the Kauri Forest on the western side of the Northland region. Passing Hokianga Harbour and the beaches near Dargaville, will provide you long lasting impressions about this lovely part of New Zealand.


Day 18: Depart from Auckland

View the city from the Sky Tower, visit the America's Cup Village and explore the shops and cafes of Parnell. If you wish stay a couple of nights longer or depart from here.


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