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Discover the highlights of New Zealand by rental car. Stop halfway on the North Island at the country's only tea garden.
Your journey starts in Auckland, the city of sails.
The paradisiacal Bay of Islands is one of the most beautiful corners of New Zealand.
At the Bay of Islands you can swim, boat or soak up the sun.
From October to April, with a little luck, you can also watch dolphins in the Bay of Islands.
The Bay of Islands is one of the most popular vacation destinations for New Zealanders. It has a subtropical, warm climate.
Die Rainbow Wasserfälle bei Kerikeri gehören zu den Höhepunkten des Landes.
The Rainbow Falls at Kerikeri are one of the highlights of the country.
South of Auckland begins the Hamilton Waikato region - the center of Hobbiton, the dairy industry but also home to New Zealand's only tea plantation.
Currently, the small tea garden produces oolong - fresh and flowery like the air of New Zealand.
The property north of Hamilton includes several tea fields and a tea house.
Zealong Tea Estate is the only tea garden in New Zealand.
To make tea, the leaves are steamed and dried, sometimes still fermented and then brewed at home.
A relaxing hour of high tea is also offered at Zealong Tea Estate.
In addition to sweet treats, savory delicacies will also be served.
The Rotorua region is a magnet for all travelers who want to explore the geothermal nature of New Zealand.
The smell of sulfur and plumes of steam indicate geothermal energy in Rotorua.
The Tongariro Crossing is New Zealand's most famous one day hike and is one of the top 10 hikes in the world.
Wellington, the gateway to the South Island, is also called Windy Wellington.
Franz Josef Glacier is one of the most fascinating places in New Zealand.
Fox Glacier is one of the few glaciers in the world that extends into a rainforest.
Mount Cook is always visible from the roads of the South Island.
Don't forget your camera, there are beautiful photo opportunities in New Zealand.
Queensland, the city of adrenaline, awaits you at your next stop.
Dunedin impresses with its many Victorian and Edwardian buildings.
Christchurch: In the city center you will find a colorful mix of historical elegance and modern culture.
Relax by the pool at Copthrone Hotel in Bay of Islands.
Tucked away and secluded is the Tako River Cottages in Keikeri.
The cozy rooms at the Coronet View B&B in Queenstown.
Rental car round trip in cooperation with our partner, TeeGschwendner
Insight and interesting facts about the cultivation and production of tea in New Zealand
Rental car round trip to the ultimate highlights of New Zealand: Tongariro NP, Rotorua, Auckland, Fox Glacier
Handpicked lodges and accommodations
Flexible arrival and duration of the trip: You have change requests? No problem. Just contact us!
Massive natural phenomena from icy glaciers and hot geysers to dense rainforests and extinct volcanoes, the centuries-old Maori culture - and in the middle of the pristine Waikato region, a 40-hectare tea plantation: This three-week round trip through New Zealand takes you to the absolute natural beauties and the country's only tea garden. In addition to tourist classics like Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington, Fox Glacier and Tongariro National Park, a visit to Zealong Tea Estate in Hamilton will be the highlight of your trip. Learn all about the cultivation and processing of this rarity in the world of tea. Look forward to exploring the tea garden.
Located in the southern hemisphere, tea time in New Zealand is anti-cyclical to the rest of the world. The tea is harvested during the European winter, so the best time to travel is from November to February - the ideal opportunity to escape the cold season at home.
China, Japan, India - and New Zealand. New Zealand is certainly not one of the first countries that come to mind when one thinks of tea. In fact, tea has only been grown in New Zealand since the 1990s - and only in one tea garden in the entire country, which makes the tea here unique in every way.
Taste the different facets of New Zealand uniqueness with the following tea varieties: No. 650 Zealong Green, No. 655 Zealong Oolong or No. 660 Zealong Black by TeeGschwendner.
After your arrival at the international airport of Auckland, your exciting trip with the rental car starts. Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, which is also called City of Sails due to the many marinas, invites you to numerous discovery tours at the beginning. Start at Viaduct Harbour to admire the city from the water. The views of the Harbour Bridge and the skyline are just some of the highlights. Stroll along bustling Queen Street to the gigantic Sky Tower, the tallest building in the southern hemisphere: the panorama that awaits you from the viewing platforms promises pure goosebumps. Aotea Square hosts a market for souvenirs, art, fashion and jewelry every Friday and Saturday. In addition, regular open-air concerts and the Christmas market provide a special entertainment. All this makes Aotea Square an absolute favorite meeting place for New Zealanders.
Auckland Airport - Auckland Hotel trip duration: 20 km / approx. 30 minutes
2 nights at Great Ponsonby Arthotel****+ with breakfast in villa, Auckland, New Zealand
Today your journey will take you to the Bay of Islands coastline. The region, consisting of 144 islands, includes the towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri. To fully experience the beauty of the large bay, how about a boat or kayak tour? Along the turquoise waters, you will discover secluded bays and fine sandy beaches. Also, watch the playful dolphins that regularly visit the bay, as well as the gannets circling in the air.
Auckland - Bay of Islands trip duration: 228 km / approx. 3 hours
1 night at Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands**** with breakfast in Standard Room, Paihia, New Zealand
Kerikeri, the largest town in the Bay of Islands, is home to the Kerikeri Mission House, New Zealand's oldest building, and the country's oldest stone building, the Stone Store. The way to the impressive Rainbow Falls leads through a tropical looking jungle and is already an attraction in itself. Once at the falls, depending on the water level, you can refresh yourself in the Rainbow Falls pool or even swim through the falls. An idyllic hiking trail along the shore invites you to extensive hiking.
Bay of Islands - Kerikeri: trip duration: 42 km / approx. 40 minutes
2 nights in the Takou River Cottages*** at Magic Cottage, Kerikeri, New Zealand
Today's itinerary takes you to Zealong Tea Estate. New Zealand's only tea garden - incidentally also the tea garden furthest from Germany - is located near Hamilton and was founded by Vincent Chen in 1996. Originally from Taiwan, he brought tea culture from his homeland to New Zealand and has since uncompromisingly followed the path to the perfect cup of tea. On a generous area of 50 hectares, only 20 tons of tea are produced per year, a tiny amount for the area, but unparalleled anywhere in the world!
Learn everything there is to discover about tea growing, processing and the special features of New Zealand, and be amazed at how diverse tea can be: Zealong produces a wide variety of teas from the same plants, including black and green tea.
While you enjoy a cup of Zealong and some delicacies from the award-winning cuisine in the adjoining tea house, you may consider not wanting to return home at all - don't worry, you wouldn't be the first to have such musings in this incomparable corner of the world!
Kerikeri - Hamilton trip duration: 365 km / approx. 4.5 hours
1 night at Novotel Hamilton Tainui**** in a Superior Room, Hamilton, New Zealand
Welcome to North Island’s volcanic wonderland: The region around Rotorua and the eponymous lake is famous for its geothermal activities and the resulting exceptionally colorful, partly alien landscape. Hot springs, geysers, craters and dazzling sinter terraces will take you to another world, while the smell of sulfur is in the air.
Your journey will take you to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Park, located about 30 km south of Rotorua. Pure fascination: the Lady Knox Geyser shoots a gigantic water fountain high into the air every morning at 10:15 a.m. Other small craters and hot pools in different rock colors await you at every corner. The region also invites outdoor activities thanks to numerous forests and lakes. After a gondola ride up Mt. Ngongotaha, the fascinating panoramic view over the city rounds off the events of the day.
Kerikeri - Rotorua trip duration: 487 km / approx. 6 hours
2 nights at the Regent of Rotorua***** with breakfast in the Cutie Room, Rotorua, New Zealand
The oldest park in New Zealand, Tongariro National Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Several Maori cult sites worshipping the Tongariro and Ngauruhoe volcanoes can be found here. The contrasting landscape is characterized by emerald lakes, desert plateaus, flowering meadows, snow-capped peaks and hot springs. Take a full-day tour, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, to experience the facets of the region: the trail leads across the slopes of three mountains, past steaming craters, cooled lava flows and smoking springs, flowers, herbs and shrubs that provide a habitat for native birds.
Rotorua - Tongariro National Park trip duration: 220 km / approx. 3 hours
2 nights accommodation at CairnBrae House**** with breakfast in standard room, Ohakune, New Zealand
Windy Wellington - the nickname of New Zealand's capital - is no coincidence. Today you will explore the city, which is shaped by wind currents and downdrafts and located on a large natural harbor - called Te Whanganui-a-Tara in Maori language, which translates as "The Great Harbour of Tara". North of the bay are the long sandy beaches of the Kapiti Coast. The Wellington Cable Car offers you fascinating views over the city as well as the harbor on the short route.
In the National Te Papa Museum, you will learn more about nature, history, culture and art of the country in an interactive way. Afterwards, we recommend a delicious coffee on Cuba Street, where you will find numerous cafes, restaurants and second-hand stores.
Tongariro National Park - Wellington trip duration: 293 km / approx. 4 hours
2 night stay at U Residence Hotel Wellington**** with breakfast at Queen Studio, Wellington, New Zealand
Today, the ferry takes us from the North Island to the South Island. The ride along Pencarrow Head promises last and at the same time wonderful views of Wellington. Is luck on your side? During the sometimes stormy crossing you can enjoy dolphin watching.
Once on the South Island, Motueka serves as a starting point for numerous activities. While the town itself is home to a small museum and fine restaurants, the exciting surrounding countryside is the center for growing hops and various fruits such as grapes, apples and kiwis. A walk along the waterfront or a drive to the Riwaka Resurgence are worthwhile activities - after the Riwaka River runs underground through karst caves, the crystal clear water resurfaces at the Resurgence.
The Abel Tasman National Park's diverse landscape allows for a variety of activities. Along the park's coastal strip, you'll find rock formations of granite and marble lining the dense forest of headlands. The crescent-shaped and fairy tale like Te Pukatea Bay, surrounded by golden sand, enchants with a very special charm. The hiking trail to the summit of Pitt Head leads past an old Maori pa fortress, from which terraced fields can still be seen today.
Wellington - Picton ferry crossing: 167 km / approx. 3 hours
2 nights at Bayview B&B with breakfast included in a Standard Room, Motueka, New Zealand
Small and hip Hokitika is called the city of coffee. In numerous bars, cafes and restaurants you have the opportunity to try different types of coffee. The Pounamu, a special kind of jade, also characterizes this place. The stone, which is removed from the Arahura River here over the years and processed further, enjoys great popularity thanks to its stability and longevity. Learn all about the special search and processing - maybe you will even discover a Pounamu stone yourself during a walk on the beach. You'll find the beach right in downtown Hokitika - it's the only city center on New Zealand's west coast that's right on the ocean. Surrounded by rivers, mountains, lakes as well as a rainforest area, the region around the small town also serves as a habitat for a species-rich animal and plant world.
Motueka - Hokitika trip duration: 338 km / approx. 4:30 hours
1 night at Teichelmann's B&B**** with breakfast in Standard Room, Hokitika, New Zealand
From Hokitika, you will continue to two of the country's natural forces: Fox Glacier and the neighboring Franz Josef Glacier. The touristically well developed Fox Glacier is located only a few kilometers from Fox Glacier Village, which serves as an ideal starting point to get to know the region and the glacier better. There are plenty of options for both leisurely strollers and adrenaline-fueled adventurers - a hike along the riverbed to the foot of the glacier is recommended either way.
In addition, Lake Matheson is located in the immediate vicinity. Keep your camera handy: Like a mirror, the lake reflects the Aoraki and Mount Cook mountains, conjuring up a natural spectacle you'll definitely want to capture. The glowworm caves round off this impressive day.
Hokitika - Fox Glacier trip duration: 158 km / approx. 2 hours
1 night at Misty Peaks Boutique Accommodation B&B**** with breakfast in Standard Room, Fox Glacier, New Zealand
On the shores of Lake Wakatipu, a place that will enchant you with crystal clear water and majestic mountains awaits you - Queenstown offers the perfect basis for adrenaline-filled activities such as skiing downhill, skydiving or bungee jumping in this setting. You will also find numerous hiking trails in the idyllic landscape. After the first gold mining camp was established in the town 140 years ago, the center is now a vibrant and highly sophisticated one. It has top-notch local restaurants as well as several museums. Outside of Queenstown, you can pursue more adventures: In Central Otago, for example, discover the locations of the Lord of the Rings movies.
Fox Glacier - Queenstown trip duration: 329 km / approx. 4 hours
2 night stay at Coronet View B&B**** with breakfast in Traditional Room with Ensuite, Queenstown, New Zealand
Today, on the coast of Dunedin, you will get to know another facet of the country. Scottish roots, the lush landscape and the humid and foggy climate are the reasons why this place is called the Edinburgh of New Zealand. Lying at the foot of gigantic mountain formations, the well-preserved Victorian architecture also shapes the appearance of the city. Animal lovers, take note: The Otago Peninsula nearby is home to extraordinary wildlife such as the world's rarest penguins. It is also the only breeding ground of Royal Albatrosses on land. After immersing yourself in nature and wildlife, enjoy a variety of shopping options in Otago's capital city. Edinburgh Way and Lower Stuart Street are home to malls as well as designer and vintage stores. Discover the little stores hidden in the back alleys.
Queenstown - Dunedin trip duration: 295 km / approx. 4 hours
2 night stay at Lanarch Castle**** with breakfast in Standard Lodge Room, Dunedin, New Zealand
After the last leg of your journey, you will reach Christchurch. The city has been damaged in severe earthquakes several times, yet it still exudes a very special neo-Gothic charm. Adventures in the Canterbury region and relaxing walks through the numerous botanical gardens and parks, which give the city the nickname of Garden City, await you. The picturesque Lyttelton Harbour in the port capital of the same name is a testament to the shared history of Maori and Europeans in this region. For additional insight into the country's culture, visit the Air Force and the Canterbury Museum.
Dunedin - Christchurch trip duration: 374 km / approx. 5 hours
1 night at Orari Bed and Breakfast**** with breakfast in Room 6, Christchurch, New Zealand
Behind you lie three exciting weeks that could hardly have been more multifaceted. With countless memories of fascinating natural spectacles, lively cities and impressive culture in your luggage, your journey comes to an end. You will fly back home - where at least the three top teas Zealong Green, Zealong Black and Zealong Oolong will make you travel back to New Zealand again and again.
Great Ponsonby Hotel****+, Auckland, New Zealand (2 nights)
Centrally located in the city core, the Ponsonby Hotel occupies a 19th-century heritage building. The hotel's creatively designed rooms reflect the colors of the Pacific and, with attention to detail, feature traditional New Zealand artwork. Enjoy sumptuous breakfasts in the chic dining room or under the sun's rays on the outdoor terrace.
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands****, Paihia, New Zealand (1 night)
The Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands stands out for its location: on the one hand, the hotel is close to the center of Paihia, and on the other, it's right on the ocean. While some rooms offer picturesque views across the water to the Bay of Islands, others enchant with a view of the beautiful hotel garden.
Takou River Cottages***, Kerikeri, New Zealand (2 nights)
This accommodation promises gorgeous views of New Zealand's secluded and unspoiled nature. The Takou River Cottages are located directly on the river of the same name in the north of New Zealand and blend in perfectly with their surroundings. The accommodation is ideal as a base to explore the surrounding nature around the Bay of Islands.
Regent of Rotorua*****, Rotorua, New Zealand (2 nights)
From the exclusive boutique hotel Regent of Rotorua, you can easily reach the countless stores, first-class restaurants and bars of Rotorua's city center. You can also reach the lakeshore in just a few minutes walk. After your visit to the lively city center, relax in the hotel's heated outdoor or indoor pool. In addition to free Wi-Fi and designer furnishings, other amenities like an LCD TV await you in your room.
Novotel Hamilton Tanui****, Hamiltion, New Zealand (2 nights)
Located in the city center on the banks of the Waikato River, this property boasts a light-filled restaurant. All rooms have amenities like a flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, minibar, air-conditioning and small fridge.
CairnBrae House****, Tongariro National Park, Ohakune, New Zealand (2 nights)
CairnBrae House in Ohakune lets you rest easy. Gather strength for more exciting days ahead in your room equipped with a TV, DVD and CD player. Sunbathe on the balcony or patio, which some rooms have, enjoy nature at this secluded spot in Tongariro National Park, or visit the Turoa and Whakapapa ski resorts.
U Residence Hotel Wellington****, Wellington, New Zealand (1 night)
The U Residence Hotel Wellington is within walking distance of the Te Papa Museum, about 700 meters from lively Cuba Street and 1.3 kilometers from the dream beach of Oriental Bay. The airport is also in the immediate vicinity. The hotel's apartments feature free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a living area with a TV, DVD player, and iPod docking station. Those looking to stay active during their trip can work out in the on-site fitness center.
Bayview B&B, Motueka, New Zealand (2 nights)
A paradise on the dream beach of Little Kaiteriteri, the award-winning Bayview Bed & Breakfast is in a beautiful beachfront location and offers views across Tasman Bay to d'Urville Island and the Marlborough Sounds. The very spacious rooms feature a luxurious bathroom, refrigerator, television, and coffee and tea making facilities. From your hotel, tread one of the many hiking trails or refresh yourself in the surrounding waters with swimming, snorkeling, or kayaking. A few stores and restaurants also invite you to visit.
Teichelmann's B&B****, Hokitika, New Zealand (1 night)
Directly opposite the Hokitika Museum and just 500 metres from the town center, Teichelmann's B&B awaits you. The hotel's lovingly decorated rooms each have an en suite bathroom and charming panoramic views of the hotel garden. In the morning, enjoy a rich and varied breakfast that leaves nothing to be desired.
Misty Peaks Boutique Accommodation B&B****, Fox Glacier, New Zealand (1 night)
This boutique hotel is the perfect base to all the surrounding attractions such as Westland National Park and the glaciers of Mount Cook. Enjoy nature views and New Zealand hospitality. The stylish rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, a hairdryer and a radio.
Coronet View B&B****, Queenstown, New Zealand (2 nights)
The chic, open-plan kitchen and dining area makes self-catering at Coronet View B&B especially convenient. The hotel is about 9 kilometers from the airport and a 10-minute walk from downtown Queentown. Relax in the hot tub or outdoor pool, and prepare dishes at the hotel's barbecue area, then eat them in the garden with wonderful views of the city.
Lanarch Castle****, Dunedin, New Zealand (2 nights)
On the Dunedin peninsula, about 20 kilometers from the city center, a very special highlight awaits you: the only castle in New Zealand, Lanarch Castle. Here you will find a botanical paradise consisting of a rainforest garden, a South Sea garden, a green room and a rock garden. After you move into one of the rooms, which are individually decorated with antique furniture, you can take a seat at the large table of the hotel restaurant and taste your way through the delicacies of the house. The castle also has computers that can be used for a fee.
Orari Bed and Breakfast****, Christchurch, New Zealand (1 night)
Pure luxury awaits you in the heart of Christchurch. The boutique bed and breakfast is located in a historic mansion from 1893 and has been lavishly and lovingly renovated. The exclusive 10 rooms of the house are generously and stylishly furnished. The Canterbury Museum and the extensive Botanical Gardens are only a few minutes' walk away.
Closest airport: Auckland International Airport