New Zealand Self Drive + Hawaii

Stunning drive through New Zealand's South Island with a Honolulu Stopover

15 days

Overview

Overview

This vacation package includes:
  • Round trip air from Los Angeles on Hawaiian Airlines
  • Accommodation for 12 nights in Nelson (2), Punakaiki (1), Franz Josef (2), Queenstown (3), Christchurch (2) and Honolulu (2)
  • Intermediate size rental car for 10 days
  • Guided sea kayaking trip in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Guided walk at Franz Josef Glacier
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Swim with dolphins cruiseGovernment taxes & fees on airfares and fuel surcharges
  • Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support
  • Springboard Vacations’ complimentary Travel Protection Plan

Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY ONE - HAWAIIAN AIRLINES - Economy Class

LOS ANGELES to NELSON via HONOLULU and AUCKLAND
 

Your flight leaves in the evening, you land in the morning, but you have crossed the International Date Line - so you have skipped a day ahead.

DAY THREE - WELCOME TO NELSON!

Nelson is a lifestyle; that’s the best way to describe it. It’s the sunniest region in New Zealand with a geography which captures everything from the long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. Walk the sun drenched sands of Golden Bay or head inland to Takaka and see the impossibly clear waters of New Zealand’s largest freshwater springs. 

Pick up your rental car: Intermediate Automatic including an unlimited kilometers & standard vehicle insurance (subject to excess).

Stay 2 nights at the Grand Mercure Monaco.

DAY FOUR - ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Guided sea kayaking day trip
Discover the beautiful beaches, tidal estuaries and rivers of the most scenic kayaking area of the Abel Tasman National Park - Anchorage to Bark Bay. Cruise the forest-fringed bays and granite archways of the unique coastline, explore the wondrous headlands, coves and islands of the coast.

DAY FIVE - NELSON to PUNAKAIKI

Stay 1 night at Punakaiki Resort, just a stone’s throw away from the famous Punakaiki Rocks and Blowholes. This purpose built eco-tourism accommodation complex is situated on a bush clad hillside facing the sea, designed to maximize the surrounding environment with beautiful ocean and rainforest views. Driving time approximately 4 h ours.

DAY SIX -PUNAKAIKI to FRANZ JOSEF

Franz Josef GlacierFranz Josef Glacier was first explored in 1865 by geologist Julius von Haast, who named it after the Austrian emperor.

Franz Josef Glacier is located in a mountainous area and therefore is subjected to great variations in its weather patterns. The temperature can vary between 32F to 77F degrees, and the West Coast is notorious for its wild wet weather, hence its magnificent rainforests!

Driving time approximately 3.5 hours.

Stay Westwood Lodge2 nights at Westwood Lodge is just seconds away from the majestic Southern Alps and the World Heritage Westland National Park. This luxurious bed and breakfast lodge is an ideal place to unwind and explore Franz Josef Glacier.

DAY SEVEN - FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

Glacier Valley WalkGlacier Valley Walk
Today take a relaxing, interpretive walk to the glacier. After a short walk through the regenerating rainforest, the trip continues along the glacier valley with your guide calling stops to explain the unique features of the Franz Josef Glacier and its surroundings.

DAY EIGHT - FRANZ JOSEF to QUEENSTOWN

Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere's premiere four season alpine and lake resort. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the majestic Remarkables Range, Queenstown is the perfect destination all year round.

Stay 3 nights at the Sofitel Queenstown offers opulent and stylish rooms with exquisite attention to detail.

Driving time approximately 5.25 hours.

DAY NINE - MILFORD SOUND

Coach and Scenic Cruise with Picnic Lunch
Milford Sound is a world-renowned natural wonder where mountains stand tall, straight out of the sea. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls and waterfalls tumble hundreds of meters to the sea below. Depart Queenstown by luxury glass-roofed coach and enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu then board a luxury vessel for a cruise the full-length of Milford Sound.

DAY TEN - AT LEISURE

Spend the day in Queenstown walking, shopping exploring....

 

DAY ELEVEN - QUEENSTOWN to CHRISTCHURCH

ChristchurchWelcome to Christchurch, the ‘Garden City’. Perched on the coast, Christchurch is the doorway to the Canterbury Plains which spread westwards towards the mountains.

Stay 2 nights at The George, a luxury boutique hotel, is the essence of supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalized stay and attentive staff as well as two award winning restaurants.

Driving time approximately 7 hours.

DAY TWELVE - AKAROA & SWIM WITH DOLPHINS

Today you will visit Akaora via the Sign of Takahe, Sign of Kiwi, Governers Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Forsyth and Little River. At Akaroa join a cruise on the Akaroa Harbour sighting dolphins, penguins and seals. On locating a pod of Hectors Dolphins you can go swimming with these rare and endangered mammals.

DAY THIRTEEN - HAWAIIAN AIRLINES - Economy Class

CHRISTCHURCH to HONOLULU via AUCKLAND

WELCOME TO HONOLULU!

Your flight leaves in the evening, you land in the morning, but you have crossed back over the International Date Line - so you have jumped back a day. Meet & greet on arrival and transfer to you hotel in Diamond Head.

2 x Shared Ride
Honolulu Airport to hotel

LOTUS HONOLULU AT DIAMOND HEAD

Stay 2 nights at the Lotus Honolulu. Your zen getaway begins the moment you step through the doors of the Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head. Discover this exclusive boutique hotel nestled between Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach - an ideal location for anyone who wants an intimate oasis away from the hustle-bustle of downtown Waikiki.

DAY FOURTEEN - AT LEISURE

2 days

 

DAY FIFTEEN - HAWAIIAN AIRLINES - Economy Class

HONOLULU to LOS ANGELES
 

 

Dates & Conditions

Dates & Conditions

Call Springboard Vacations for current pricing

Departs Mondays only

Subject to availability

Price is based on 2 adults traveling together

Begins in Los Angeles. Ask about addon airfares from other cities.

Prices in USD based on today's exchange rates

Call Springboard Vacations today at 866.447.7746


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 Vacation package code: 40713SV01