Our halal friendly Essential New Zealand – Self Drive tour is the perfect way to explore New Zealand with your family and friends. Muslim families and couples looking to enjoy scenic views and the very best of Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown, can expect to witness some of the most popular tourist attractions New Zealand has to offer. Throughout the 10 days, you’ll have plenty of time at leisure to explore the different towns at your own pace, while included attractions are scheduled on a daily basis.
For adventure lovers, the Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium and Antarctic Encounter are on your list, while a guided tour to the famous Glowworm Caves, including an underground boat ride, will keep you busy on Day 3. Roaring geysers and the Te Puia Thermal Reserve await during the morning of day 4, with a farm show and the Rainbow Springs also on your list. Once you’ve made it to Christchurch, even more adventures await.
Drop by Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing on to New Zealand’s highest mountain – Mt Cook. A Queenstown Highlights city tour is part of Day 7, before enjoying a cruise on the world-famous flord on Day 8. Day 9 allows you a full day at leisure to explore Queenstown at your own pace, before departing on Day 10 full of picture-perfect memories.
For the detailed daily schedule, visit the itinerary tab.
Travel Time10 days / 9 nights
Includes: Auckland to Rotorua & Christchurch to Queenstown
DAY 1 – ARRIVE AUCKLAND
On arrival, seat in coach guests will be met and privately transferred to the hotel. Self-drive guests will collect a rental car and drive to the hotel.
DAY 2 – AUCKLAND
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland city (seat in coach guests only). Visit Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium and Antarctic Encounter (both seat in coach and self-drive guests). The remainder of the day is free. (B)
DAY 3 – AUCKLAND – WAITOMO – ROTORUA
Travel south through the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Glowworm Caves including underground boat ride. Continue to Rotorua this afternoon. (B)
DAY 4 – ROTORUA
Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers. Following this, visit Agrodome for a farm show and Rainbow Springs to see trout, birds and wildlife. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) and Concert. (B,D)
DAY 5 – ROTORUA – CHRISTCHURCH (OWN ARRANGEMENTS)
Depart on your domestic flight from Rotorua to Christchurch (airfare is NOT included). (B)
DAY 6 – CHRISTCHURCH – MT COOK – QUEENSTOWN
Travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing on to New Zealand’s highest mountain – Mt Cook. Depart Mt Cook and follow the shores of Lake Pukaki south through the historic Central Otago region to the ‘Alpine Resort’ of Queenstown. (B)
DAY 7 – QUEENSTOWN
Enjoy a Queenstown Highlights city tour today (seat in coach guests only), including AJ Hackett Bungy Centre, Arrowtown, and Gibbston Valley Winery. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
DAY 8 – MILFORD SOUND
Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the breathtaking man-made Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls. Return to Queenstown. (B,L)
DAY 9 – QUEENSTOWN
A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. (Not included in the tour price.) (B)
DAY 10 – DEPARTURE DAY
Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car. We trust you enjoyed your Vacation! (B)
Package Tours offer the following:
• Daily departures
• No minimum number of passengers
• Breakfasts daily
• All sightseeing entry fees included (as mentioned in each itinerary)
• A choice of four accommodation options
• A choice of four transport options
Packages are flexible:
• Packages can be taken in the reverse direction
• Packages can be extended with extra nights and additional locations
• Packages can be personalised with specific optional tours and activities