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Spectacular views like here from Roys Peak can be enjoyed every day in New Zealand.
Your journey starts in Auckland, on the North Island of New Zealand.
Auckland is the largest city in the North Island. From the surrounding hills you have a fantastic view of the city.
In the mood for adrenaline? You can climb the city's landmark Sky Tower or take a bungee jump. Image: Tourism New Zealand
From Auckland, your journey starts in a northerly direction. On the way, be sure to stop in the idyllic beach town of Russel.
First stop on your New Zealand round trip is the Bay Islands, at the tip of the North Island.
Take excursions on the beach and discover the caves on the coast.
Expedition boats also take you from the sea to otherwise inaccessible caves. Image: Tourism New Zealand
In the Bay of Islands region, be sure to visit Kerikeri Rainbow Falls.
From Kerikeri we head further south again. On the way to the next stop you should take a short break at the beautiful beach of Tauranga.
Do you recognize the iconic landscape? Little hint: very small "human creatures" live here.
The Shire in Middle Earth! The film set for the "Lord of the Rings" movies is a special highlight.
Rotorua is the next stop and is located on the volcanic strip of the North Island. Geysers, craters and hot pools are typical features of the city.
The redwood forest of Rotorua offers an alternative to the ehen barren volcanic landscape.
Even if a bath seems tempting, the water temperature in the sulfur pools is usually over 100°C.
The next highlight on New Zealand trip: The Tongariro National Park.
The barren landscape in Tongariro National Park also served as a film set for The Lord of the Rings franchise. Image: Tourism New Zealand
Last stop on the North Island is Wellington. Be sure to visit the Cable Car and enjoy a great view of the port city.
From Wellington, we take a ferry to the South Island.
As soon as you arrive on the South Island, you will experience a completely new landscape.
First stop on the South Island is the Abel Tasman National Park.
The coastal region is a true beach and nature paradise.
Popular photo motif: Split Rock in Abel Tasman National Park.
From the north coast you will drive inland to the next stop. At the "Lake Sumner" you should have a short rest and enjoy the impressive landscape.
The charming coastal town of Hokitika is located on the Arahura River and is the destination for today.
Hokitika is especially known for the Jade Punamu jewelry of the Maori.
From the coastal town of Hokitika we head towards the great glaciers.
Fox Glacier is less well known than Franz Josef Glacier, but no less impressive. Image: Tourism New Zealand
The glacier glows in intense blue.
From the glaciers, the journey continues through Mount Cook National Park.
A breathtaking landscape and nature will offer you during the drive through the park.
Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand and is a real eye opener.
Hiking enthusiasts will get their money's worth in the region around Mount Cook.
Your journey continues to Queenstown.
A popular photo motif on the way to Queenstwon is the natural "Roys Peek" viewpoint.
The adjacent Lake Wanaka is a must-see for New Zealand travelers.
Before you travel to your last stop, we recommend a trip to Milford Sound Fjord. An unforgettable experience.
Christchurch is the last stop on your New Zealand trip.
Absolute dream - the fantastic Copthrone Hotel & Resort on the Bay of Islands.
Experience natural phenomena: Fox Glacier, Tongariro National Park & Rotorua
Romantic bays in the Bay of Islands
Exquisite accommodation incl. breakfast
Incl. rental car for the complete round trip
Incl. ferry crossing from the North to the South Island and incl. a rental car
New Zealand: home of bungee jumping, the haka, extreme sports, Kiwis, Middle Earth, rugby, breathtaking scenery with fjords, lakes and glaciers, a plethora of sheep and fish 'n' chips. The geologically youngest country on earth also awaits you with a rich history that combines European influences with Maori culture. Join us on our journey that will amaze nature lovers in particular.
New Zealand has opposite seasons to the northern hemisphere, so you can expect consistently good weather in March and April. Moreover, in the spring the water is pleasantly warm and inviting for swimming. Please note that New Zealand's South Island is slightly colder than the North Island.
Kia Ora New Zealand! After your arrival, you can pick up your rental car directly at the airport and start exploring the youngest country on earth. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. Perhaps you have already heard the term "City of Sails", as the city is also called.
You should start exploring at the Viaduct Harbour. Here you can get to know the city from the water and also get a nice view of the Harbour Bridge and the skyline. Every shopper’s heart will beat faster on Queens Street and here also rises the street further up the Sky Tower. With a height of 328 meters, it is also the highest building in the southern hemisphere. From up there you have an impressive view of the city. Further along Queens Street, you will come across Aotea Square. Every Friday and Saturday there is a market here where you can buy souvenirs, art, fashion as well as jewelry - how about some souvenirs for your loved ones at home? Aside from the market, open air concerts are held regularly v and the Auckland Christmas market is also held here. It is one of the absolute favorite meeting places among the locals.
Time spent traveling from the airport in Auckland to the hotel in Auckland: 20 km / approx. 30 minutes
2 nights at Great Ponsonby Arthotel****+ with breakfast in villa, Auckland, New Zealand
Today we leave Auckland for the Bay of Islands, which consists of 144 islands. The region includes the towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri. The best way to discover the beauty of the Bay of Islands is by boat or kayak. The azure waters also invite you to go diving or sailing. Dolphins come to the bay from time to time to say "hello", gannets like to circle in the air here and the sailing ships underline the picturesque flair of this area. Pro tip: Take an optional boat trip from Paihia to Russell, the first capital of New Zealand. Once there, you can enjoy the sunset in one of the numerous restaurants.
Time spent traveling from Auckland to the Bay of Islands: 228 km / approx. 3 hours
1 night at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands**** with breakfast in a Standard Room, Paihia, New Zealand
Today we will travel from Paihia a bit further north. Kerikeri is the largest town in the Bay of Islands. The area was the first to be settled by Europeans. The Rainbow Falls are located not far from Kerikeri. The way there crosses a beautiful New Zealand forest - from time to time, it feels like being in the tropical Amazon rainforest. If the water level is high enough, you can swim in the pool of the waterfall and even swim under the waterfall. For those who like it less wet - an idyllic hiking trail along the shore invites you to hike.
Time spent traveling from the Bay of Islands to Kerikeri: 42 km / approx. 40 minutes
2 nights in the Takou River Cottages*** at Magic Cottage, Kerikeri, New Zealand
If there's any smoke here, don't worry - it's all steam, because Rotorua is located in the middle of the volcanic strip on the North Island in New Zealand. Geysers, craters, hot pools and the smell of sulfur are characteristic of the city.
The Wai-O-Taupi Thermal Wonderland Park is located about 30 km south of Rotorua. The highlight here: The Lady Knox Geyser shoots a water fountain high into the air every morning at 10:15 a.m,. Shortly before that all the places around the geyser fill up and a ranger shares interesting facts about the hot spring. After that, a few chemicals are shaken inside the geyser and the water fountain shoots up into the air. There are more small craters and hot pools in the park. It hisses and bubbles everywhere and the water vapor rises to impressive heights. Sometimes the water and rocks are gray, sometimes green and sometimes bright yellow or orange. Rotorua is also known for its numerous forests and lakes, which are located around the town and offer excellent opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding. A gondola takes you directly to the top of Mt. Ngongotaha, where a panoramic view of the city awaits you at the top.
Time spent traveling from Kerikeri to Rotorua: 487 km / approx. 6 hours
2 nights at the Regent of Rotorua***** with breakfast in the Cutie Room, Rotorua, New Zealand
After breakfast, today we will head to Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the grounds of the oldest park in New Zealand are several Maori places of worship, which venerate the Tongariro and Ngauruhoe volcanoes. It is one of the most contrasting landscapes in New Zealand: emerald lakes, desert plateau, flowering meadows, snow-capped peaks and hot springs define the picture. It is a place full of extremes and surprises. There’s a reason why this place served as the gloomy realm of Mordor in Lord of the Rings. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is another essential experience: Considered one of the most beautiful full-day tours in New Zealand, it takes you across the slopes of all three mountains. Steaming craters, cooled lava flows and smoking springs make the experience unforgettable. It takes about seven to eight hours to cover the 19.4 kilometers, which involve climbing about 800 meters in altitude. Those who set out for the mountains should not forget proper gear: hiking boots, thermal clothing, rain jacket, sunscreen, glasses and gloves. Be prepared for any kind of weather - you may encounter all four seasons in one day. The lower slopes of the volcanoes are covered with flowers, herbs as well as shrubs and provide a habitat for native bird species.
Time spent traveling from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park: 220 km / approx. 3 hours
2 nights at CairnBrae House**** with breakfast in King/ Queen/ Twin / Super King, Ohakune, New Zealand
Yes, "Windy Wellington" does its nickname justice at times, with wind currents and downdrafts. It is the only capital on earth that falls within the zone of the "Roaring Forties". Located at the southern tip, the city is separated from the South Island only by the Cook Strait. On sunny and bright days, you can also see the snow-capped Kaikoura Ranges on the South Island. Today, exploring the capital is on the itinerary. Te Whanganui-a-Tara is the name of the city in the Maori language, which translates to something like "the great harbor of Tara" and refers to the city's harbor. North of the city is the Kapiti Coast with its white sandy beaches. The city is the cultural center of the country and an absolute lifestyle metropolis. Pro tip: Take the Wellington Cable Car - it's only a 638 m ride on the 110-year-old train, but you still enjoy a great view from the Kelburn Lookout over the city and harbor at the end. The starting point is Lambton Quay at the harbor terminal.
By the way, the National Te Papa Museum is an essential experience for every visitor. Here you can learn more about nature, history, culture and art of the country. The knowledge is conveyed in a lively way and you can even participate in some of it yourself. It is easy to spend several hours here.
Treat yourself to good coffee in Cuba Street, where you will find lovely cafes, restaurants and thrift stores.
Time spent traveling from the Tongariro National Park to Wellington: 293 km / approx. 4 hours
2 nights at the U Residence Wellington**** with breakfast at Queen Studio, Wellington, New Zealand
After breakfast, make your way to the ferry that will take you from the North Island to the South Island. The ferry is spacious with ample seating on the decks and lounges. It has a café and restaurant, and there is also a small store and Wi-Fi on board. In about 3 hours, you will cover 92 km. The trip goes from Wellington along Pencarrow Head through the Cook Strait, Malborough Sounds, Tory Channel and Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton. In Wellington Bay, you will have wonderful views of the city. Cook Strait can be a little stormy from time to time. If you get seasick easily, don't forget to bring some nausea medication. It is not uncommon to see a few dolphins. Sit back and enjoy the green and blue fjord landscape. By the way, you can of course take your rental car with you on the ferry.
In the course of the afternoon, you will reach Motueka in the northern part of the South Island. The city is closest to the Abel Tasman National Park and Kahurangi National Park. Today it is the starting point of numerous tourist activities. Even if Motueka itself has rather less to offer in terms of tourism, the surrounding area is all the more exciting. As a center for the cultivation of tea, hops and various fruits such as grapes, apples and kiwis, you will find numerous plantations around the city. The town has a small museum and you are sure to find a nice and good restaurant - you can even eat in a converted church located on the main street. Walk along the waterfront or drive to the Riwaka Resurgence, the place where the Riwaka River goes above ground again for the first time.
The Abel Tasman National Park is truly a coastal paradise. Here you can combine sport activities with relaxed beach life. The park's coastline is unique, with rock formations of granite and marble lining the headlands hidden in dense forest. Our recommendation: visit Te Pukatea Bay, a crescent-shaped bay of golden sand - a place straight out of a picture book. A hiking trail leads up Pitt Head to an ancient Maori pa fort. Even today you can still see the terraced fields here. From here you have the most beautiful view over the flora and fauna that enrich the coast.
Ferry crossing from Wellington to Picton: 167 km / approx. 3 hours
2 nights at Bayview B&B with breakfast in a Standard Room, Motueka, New Zealand
Welcome to Hokitika, a small but hip town. It is a place where you can spend a wonderful vacation...with really good coffee. In fact, the town has a great selection of bars, cafes and restaurants with a variety of different coffees. In this historic community, you'll learn about the fascinating history of the West Coast.
But it's not just the coffee that makes Hokitika famous: The city is also known for pounamu, a special kind of jade, that was quarried here over years from the Arahura River and processed. The stone is popular for its stability and strength, which makes it durable. Hokitika is the place to learn all about the search and processing. It is not uncommon for visitors to find ponamu stones smoothed and polished by the water movements on the beach. Go in search of them. What also makes the town special is that it is the only downtown on the West Coast that is beachfront. In Hokitika, nature is right at your doorstep, surrounding the city with rivers, beaches, mountains, two lakes and a beautiful rainforest. The variety of landscapes means wildlife and plants abound, which makes this place all the more interesting.
Time spent traveling from Motueka to Hokitika: 338 km / approx. 4:30 hours
1 night at the Teichelmann's B&B**** with breakfast in Standard Room, Hokitika, New Zealand
If you think you have already seen everything on this trip, then look forward to the Fox Glacier. Fed by four alpine glaciers, the Fox Glacier is longer and moves faster than the neighboring Franz Josef Glacier. It ends just five kilometers from town, making it easy to reach. In the eponymous town of Fox Glacier, you have numerous excursion options to get to know the glacier. Choose between quiet walks or real adrenaline rushes during exciting adventures.
The Fox Glacier is a breathtaking 13 kilometers long and stretches over 2600 meters in altitude. The climate in this low zone allows numerous visitors easy and comfortable access to the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. Thanks to easy hiking trails that lead along the riverbed to the feet of the glaciers, you will experience this spectacular natural spectacle up close - a breathtaking sight that will show you the true size of the glaciers.
Very close to the glacier you will also find the beautiful Lake Matheson, which is especially popular due to its mirror-like reflection of the mountains Aoraki and Mount Cook - a particularly beautiful and unique photo motif. You should not miss the glowworm caves, either.
Time spent traveling from Hokitika to Fox Glacier: 158 km / approx. 2 hours
1 night in the Misty Peaks Boutique Accommodation B&B**** with breakfast in Standard Room, Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Queenstown is located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with its crystal clear waters, and is surrounded by the majestic mountains - a breathtaking backdrop that promises numerous exciting activities. Some 1.9 million visitors come to Queenstown each year to take advantage of the many activities available at any time of year.
The Queenstown town center has evolved into a highly sophisticated, cosmopolitan city 140 years after the first gold mining camp was established. Known around the world for its multitude of attractions, Queenstown will get your adrenaline pumping. Whether it's daredevil ski descents, skydiving or bungee jumping, no wishes are left unfulfilled. If you would like to take it a little easier, the city offers numerous hiking trails for nature lovers; for restaurant lovers, good food and wine; and for culture enthusiasts, a selection of exciting museums.
Around Queenstown you will find more adventures, like the landscape diversity of Central Otago. What makes this region so special? Perhaps you've heard of Middle Earth, the world from the cinematic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Discover exciting glimpses of the filming locations that will transport you to the movie.
Time spent traveling from Fox Glacier to Queenstown: 329 km / approx. 4 hours
2 nights at the Coronet View B&B**** with breakfast in a Traditional Room with Ensuite, Queenstown, New Zealand
Today the route takes you to the coast to Dunedin. Here you will find green landscapes in a humid and foggy climate. Dunedin is the highlight of the South Island for many visitors and is often referred to as the Edinburgh of New Zealand due to its Scottish origins. The harbor-side city sits at the foot of dramatic mountain formations and consists of a Southern Hemisphere gem thanks to its well-preserved Victorian architecture.
The Otago Peninsula is home to many fantastic wildlife species that hold some records. You will find the rarest penguins in the world or the only breeding site of Royal Albatrosses located on land, for example.
For those who do not have the right gifts to take home yet, the capital of Otago invites you to extensive shopping tours. On Edinburgh Way and Lower Stuart Street, a mix of design stores and old vintage boutiques awaits you. Numerous malls and smaller alleys will have everything you will want to get for your loved ones.
Time spent traveling from Queenstown to Dunedin: 295 km / approx. 4 hours
2 nights at the Lanarch Castle**** with breakfast in Standard Lodge Room, Dunedin, New Zealand
The last stage today will bring you to Christchurch. The city, which was damaged several times by severe earthquakes, has not lost its charm of classical neo-Gothic history even today. Similar to the cities visited before, hardly any wishes are left unfulfilled here. From adventures in the Canterbury region to leisurely hours in the city of Christchurch, everything is offered here. Whether on land, in the water or in the air - adventures are possible everywhere. Experience the rush of speed while rafting through the scenic landscapes and clear waters, hike through the forests, or take an exciting hot air balloon ride over New Zealand's unique nature.
Christchurch is also affectionately known as "Garden City" and attracts residents and visitors to leisurely strolls in numerous gardens, parks and botanical gardens. The picturesque Lyttelton Harbour is located just outside Christchurch and offers a spectacular landscape, which is shaped by the fascinating history of the Maori and the Europeans. Lyttelton, which is still the main port today, was once the port of entry for English settlers. Museum lovers will also find the Air Force Museum and the Canterbury Museum here.
Travel time Dunedin - Christchurch: 374 km / approx. 5 hours
1 night at Orari Bed and Breakfast**** with breakfast in Room 6, Christchurch, New Zealand
The time flew by, didn’t it? Three weeks of New Zealand are over and your journey home is about to start. With a lot of new impressions, you will board the plane and travel back home. We hope this trip will stay in your memory for a long time.
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Great Ponsonby Hotel****+, Auckland, New Zealand (2 nights)
Just a 2-minute walk from the center of Ponsonby, the Ponsonby Hotel is set in a landmark 19th-century building. Rooms are decorated in Pacific colors and adorned with traditional New Zealand artwork. Breakfast is served either in the dining room or al fresco on the terrace.
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands****, Paihia, New Zealand (1 night)
The hotel is just a 3 min drive from the center of Paihia, right on the ocean. Some of the rooms offer direct views of the Bay of Islands or the hotel's beautiful garden.
Takou River Cottages***, Kerikeri, New Zealand (2 nights)
In the seclusion of New Zealand, numerous cottages have been built on the Takou River, surrounded by the beautiful nature of the New Zealand countryside in the north of the country. Only a short distance separates the Magic Cottages of the Takou River from Kerikeri on the Bay of Islands. The cottages are situated on the peaceful and beautiful banks of the picturesque Takou River.
Regent of Rotorua*****, Rotorua, New Zealand (2 nights)
This boutique hotel is a 5-minute walk from stores, restaurants and bars in central Rotorua. You can reach Rotorua's lakeside in 8 minutes.
In addition to a heated outdoor pool, the property has an indoor pool with mineral-rich water where you can relax completely. The house also features free Wi-Fi. The rooms are furnished with designer furniture and LCD TVs.
CairnBrae House****, Tongariro National Park, Ohakune, New Zealand (2 nights)
Located in Ohakune, the house is an ideal place for rest and relaxation.
Room facilities include a TV, DVD as well as CD player. Some rooms have a terrace or balcony. The hotel is also a perfect base for the Turoa and Whakapapa ski resorts.
U Residence Wellington****, Wellington, New Zealand (2 nights)
The property is just a 3-minute drive from Te Papa Museum. About 700 meters separate you from lively Cuba Street and 1.3 km from Oriental Bay beach. The airport can be reached within 7 km.
All apartments have laundry facilities, air conditioning and a full kitchenette with necessary equipment. In the living area, there is a TV, DVD player and your iPod docking station. Another highlight is the Egyptian cotton bedding. Other amenities include a fitness center and Wi-Fi in the house.
Bayview B&B, Motueka, New Zealand (2 nights)
The Bayview Bed & Breakfast is on the beach in the northern half of South Island, Nelson. The beach, Little Kaiteriteri Beach, is one of the most stunning beaches in New Zealand. The award winning house offers views over Tasman Bay to d'Urville Island and the Marlborough Sounds. Each room is very spacious and has an en suite bathroom, heated towel rail, hairdryer, fridge, TV, coffee and tea making facilities and a large comfortable bed. There are numerous walking trails in the vicinity of the house. The refreshing waters invite you to swim, snorkel or kayak. There are also a few stores, a restaurant and other places to eat in the area.
Teichelmann's B&B****, Hokitika, New Zealand (1 night)
Located about 500 meters from the town center, this hotel sits across the street from the Hokitika Museum. Breakfast includes a choice of fresh-squeezed juices, muffins, cereal, or eggs. The stylish rooms feature heating and a private bathroom. The rooms also offer wonderful views of the garden.
Misty Peaks Boutique Accommodation B&B****, Fox Glacier, New Zealand (1 night)
Due to the perfect location, the house offers perfect access to all attractions in the area, such as the Westland National Park and the glaciers as well as Mount Cook. In addition, breathtaking panoramic views and New Zealand hospitality await you here. The rooms are lovingly furnished with TV, bathroom, hairdryer, radio and TV.
Coronet View B&B****, Queenstown, New Zealand (2 nights)
The cozy self-catering rooms feature an open kitchen/and dining area. Communal areas include a hot tub and outdoor pool, barbecue facilities and a lovely garden with great city views. Wi-Fi is also available. The airport is about 9 km away and the center of Queenstown is only a 10-minute walk away.
Lanarch Castle****, Dunedin, New Zealand (2 nights)
The castle is located on the Otago Peninsula and is about 20km from the city of Dunedin. It is also often referred to as the only castle in New Zealand. The grounds are divided into different areas, such as garden, rainforest garden, a South Sea garden, a green room, a rock garden and more. Dine at the large table in the on-site restaurant. Computers can be used for a small fee. The rooms are all individually decorated, each with antique furniture.
Orari Bed and Breakfast****, Christchurch, New Zealand (1 night)
This luxurious boutique bed and breakfast welcomes you to the heart of the city in a completely renovated historic mansion dating back to 1893. The 10 rooms are luxuriously and generously furnished and all have en suite bathrooms. The Canterbury Museum and the magnificent Botanical Gardens are just a few minutes' walk away.
Duration of the trip: 21 days/ 20 nights