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21 Day Special: New Zealand Highlights Special (Auckland to Christchurch)

Standard Prices: - start from NZ $1058 *(refer below)

All Inclusive Prices: - start from NZ $2123 - *(refer below)


Vehicle Options: refer below

Standard Prices Include:

  • 21 Day Campervan or Motorhome Hire (click on vehicle images below for more information and vehicle specs)
  • Unlimited Kilometers, GST, Kitchen Kit, Linen, extra drivers fees, stamp duty & admin fee, one way drop fee; Airport Transfer upon vehicle collection and return, Insurance included with $7500 Excess A Refundable Bond to the value of excess payable on pickup.
  • Travel Wallet including Supermarket Discount Card, New Zealand Touring Map, Leading attractions booklet with discounts to iconic tourist attractions. Tourism GPS enabled Radio Commentry with more than 2200 points of interest, local landmarks, scenic highlights, hidden gems and attractions are highlighted as you approach them.

All Inclusive Prices Include:

  • 21 Day Campervan or Motorhome Hire (click on vehicle images below for more information and vehicle specs)
  • All standard price options listed above as well as; Table and Chairs, Diesel Tax Recovery Fee, Prepaid Gas Bottle,Snow Chains if required, Portable Heater if required, Insurance with $0 Excess, including overhead and underbody damage, 1 windscreen and 2 tyres,– Drive away no more to pay! With total peace of mind!
  • Detailed Hema Travel Atlas and New Zealand Camping Guide (recieved before you travel).


* Sample Itinerary

Day 1: (Flexible): Arrive Auckland : Around Auckland

Day 1 Arrive in Auckland and pick up your vehicle. Depending on what time you pick up your vehicle you can get an early start on your next day and head straight to Waitomo Caves or simply spend the day exploring the sights around Auckland. A hub of sophistication, Auckland is situated between 2 enormous harbours and dotted with 48 extinct volcanic cones. You can enjoy marine adventures, wine adventures or forest trails. There is plenty to see and do in this fabulous city.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 2: (Flexible): Auckland to Paihia 216 kms

Day 2 Taking the inland coastal route the motorway will quickly sweep you northward, until the suburban scenery gives way to peaceful farmland. Pass through the town of Orewa which spreads along the edge of a large, white sand surf beach. Stop for lunch at one of the stylish cafes and restaurants in Whangarei with an afternoon visit to Whangarei Falls. A series of small settlements will lead you north. Take a rest stop in Kawakawa at the famous public toilet! Next stop, Paihia, Bay of Islands!

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 3: (Flexible): Around Paihia / Bay of Islands

Day 3 Paihia makes an excellent base for exploring the Bay of Islands. Catch a cruise to the outer islands or a ferry to the charming township of Russell. The historic Treaty House at Waitangi marks the beginning of New Zealand as a nation. Visit the Haruru Falls or take a trip to Kerikeri and picnic at Rainbow Falls. Plenty to see and do don’t forget the camera!

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 4: (Flexible): Paihia to Dargaville 128 kms

Day 4 Scenic side trips on the road to Kaitaia include Matauri Bay (the resting place of the Rainbow Warrior) and Tauranga Bay. Further north, the beautiful beaches of Doubtless Bay will tempt you with white sand and crystal clear water Kaitaia is the main centre for the 'subtropical' north. From here you can catch a bus trip along Ninety Mile Beach. Other local attractions include the Far North Regional Museum and the nocturnal park. The backcountry route to Dargaville takes you past the Herekino Forest, where you can stretch your legs on the Kaitaia Walkway. A vehicular ferry will carry you over the harbour to Rawene, a great stop for coffee and crafts. Further on is Opononi, where you can arrange to go sand dune surfing. Your next adventure is the awesome Waipoua Forest, home of New Zealand's largest kauri trees. Not far from Dargaville are the Kai Iwi lakes, a picturesque picnic and swimming spot. Dargaville is a perfect base for exploring the Kaipara Harbour.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 5: (Flexible): Dargaville to Auckland 167 kms

Day 5 an early start today will see you travel across the river plain to Matakohe’s kauri museum, where you’ll discover the district’s fascinating history. In the village of Maungaturoto you can explore antique and craft shops. At Brynderwyn you’ll turn towards Kaiwaka, a village known for its Dutch cheese. Wellsford, Helensville and Kaipara Harbour are all on the route towards Auckland. There are hot springs at Parakai if you have time to spare. At Kumeu you’ll turn towards Waitakere, where you’ll embark on a beatiful scenic drive through the Waitakere Ranges. Auckland will reveal itself as you drive down from Titirangi village. With two huge harbours, this city is an ideal base for marine adventures.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 6: (Flexible): Auckland to Whitianga 187 kms

Day 6 takes you to the historic township of Thames via one of two routes. The fast way whisks you along the motorway and over the Bombay Hills, then across the serene, green Hauraki Plains to Waitakaruru. The slower, scenic route winds through farmland to the village of Clevedon before leading you around the edge of the Firth of Thames. Both routes make it possible to visit Miranda’s hot springs. The road to Coromandel clings to the edge of the coast. You’ll enjoy amazing views and a constant procession of beautiful beaches, keep the camera handy! You will travel through the former gold mining town of Coromandel, now a haven for artists, craftspeople and conservationists. There are several good walks in the area and an interesting museum. The beach town of Whitianga is home to a fishing fleet - expect to eat some excellent seafood while you’re here. Catch the ferry to the south side of the harbour – a short taxi ride will take you to Cooks Beach.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 7: (Flexible): Whitianga to Rotorua 252 kms

Day 7 The beach town of Whitianga is home to a fishing fleet - expect to eat some excellent seafood while you’re here. Catch the ferry to the south side of the harbour – a short taxi ride will take you to Cooks Beach. The road south gives you the opportunity to visit Hot Water Beach, where geothermally heated water bubbles up through the sand. Another highlight of this journey is the walk to spectacular Cathedral Cove, which begins at Hahei. Whangamata is one of the country’s most attractive surf towns. Enjoy the beach, cafes and bush walks. Several charter companies run day trips to Mayor Island, which is actually the summit of a volcano rising from the sea floor. The journey to Tauranga will take you past historic Waihi, a gold mining town. The prosperous city of Tauranga sprawls along the edge of an attractive harbour. The road climbs up and over the Mamaku Range before descending towards Lake Rotorua, which is actually a large crater filled with water. At Okere Falls Scenic Reserve you can walk to see the hydroelectric power station. Rotorua sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire, so volcanic activity is part of the city’s past and present. Explore the geothermal areas and discover the unique culture of New Zealand’s Maori people. Rotorua is entertaining in any weather, at any time of the year.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 8: (Flexible): Rotorua to Turangi 125 kms

Day 8 If more amazing scenery is what you’re after, today will not disappoint. You’ll follow the western edge of New Zealand’s largest lake (actually an enormous volcanic crater) to reach Turangi Township. Today you get to enjoy the beauty of the Lake once again. The drive is very scenic and there are many picnic opportunities along the way. Where streams run into the lake, you’ll often see trout fisherman trying their luck. Turangi is the unofficial trout fishing headquarters of New Zealand. The town is on the banks of the Tongariro River and the Tauranga-Taupo River (another trout haven) is just to the east. For the ultimate trout experience visit the Tongariro Trout Centre. Turangi’s visitors don’t all come to fish; the town is an ideal base for hiking adventures into the Tongariro National Park and about five minutes from Tokaanu’s hot pools.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 9: (Flexible): Turangi to Palmerston North 199 kms

Day 9 The Desert Road is the first lap of your journey – it’s long and straight, with amazing views of Tongariro National Park’s volcanoes. In Waiouru, an army town, you should check out the QE2 Memorial Museum. As you drive south towards the town of Taihape (the Gumboot Throwing capital of the world), the landscape becomes dominated by rivers and valleys. The Mangaweka Gorge is a scenic masterpiece. By the time you get to Bulls, where you can browse antique shops, you’re surrounded by tranquil farmland. One of New Zealand’s largest provincial cities, Palmerston North has an attractive historic heart. Many of the original stores built in the 1920s and 1930s have been restored and now function as boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Rose gardens and museums should also be on your agenda of things to see.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 10: (Flexible): Palmerston North to Wellington/Picton 143 kms

Day 10 Your journey south first takes you to Shannon – pause here to enjoy the owl sanctuary. The town of Levin is next – it has a thriving clothing industry and many factory shops. Two beautiful dune lakes are an easy detour from here. Offshore from Waikanae is Kapiti Island, a nature reserve for close encounters with rare birds. A car museum and gourmet cheese factory are other attractions in this area. If you have time on arrival in Wellington you can enjoy the many visitor sites the city has to offer. Karori Wildlife Sanctuary is a significant conservation attraction located in a secluded suburban valley - just 2.5 kilometres from Wellington's central business district. Wrights Hill Fortress and Recreation Reserve Wrights Hill offers 360 degree views of Wellington and the surrounding area, as well as walking tracks and picnic areas or enjoy the Wellington Central Waterfront on foot and visit Queens Wharf, Te Papa, Chaffers Marina and Oriental Bay. Overnight in Wellington or the catch the Interislander Ferry across to Picton.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 11: (Flexible): Wellington/Picton to Nelson 196 kms

Day 11 Try to get an early start today. The road from Picton to the Linkwater turnoff is only about 30kms, travelling time is approximately 1 hour. The road winds up and down with scenery so breathtaking you won’t want to miss a thing. Bordered by forest that rises almost vertically from the water’s edge, three drowned river valleys offer 1500 kilometres of sheltered beaches and waterways for sailing, cruising, kayaking, fishing and diving. You have a number of unpowered camping options along the way. Enjoy a relaxing day driving to Nelson. You will take the road to Linkwater and then on to Havelock. The Green lipped Mussel capital of the world. If mussels are a must for you, stop for lunch and enjoy this local delicacy. Nelson is home to a fascinating community of beach, bush and art lovers. There is something for everyone here.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 12: (Flexible): Nelson to Greymouth 318 kms

Day 12 Depending on what time you leave Nelson, you may have the opportunity to take the road to Westport and then on to Greymouth.On the way to Westport you’ll travel up the Motueka River Valley Turn right when you connect with the main highway and head for Murchison. At Hawks Crag the road has been hacked out of solid rock – you’ll drive under a dramatic overhang. Westport is known as a coal mining town and a base for outdoor adventures. The road to Punakaiki hugs the coast, providing spectacular views of wild beaches and the tempestuous Tasman Sea. Punakaiki is famous for its pancake rocks and booming blowholes. When the tide is right, the blow holes are spectacular. The road to Greymouth is breathtaking. White capped breakers and rugged rocks on one side, bush-clad mountains on the other side. Greymouth has a long gold mining history. It’s the largest town on the west coast and is known for its awesome seascapes. The local brewery runs tours or you can catch up with west coast history at the museum.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 13: (Flexible): Greymouth to Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers 203 kms

Day 13 Departing Greymouth early today and beginning your journey South takes you through the “Frontier” town of Hokitika. First settled in 1860, it’s a great place to have a cuppa and check out the local treasure, Greenstone – you can see it being sculpted and polished. Take some time to enjoy the wild beaches of the West Coast and breathe in the salt spray. Just past Hokitika are the Punakaiki Pancake rocks and blowholes, stand back and watch the show! Arriving at beautiful Franz Josef Glacier, marvel at this ancient river of solid white ice. Five minutes drive South is the Fox Glacier, this is where you will spend your evening.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 14: (Flexible): Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers to Wanaka 262 kms

Day 14 Leaving the glaciers you will wind your way though yet more spectacular scenery and across the long one way bridge over the Haast River to the settlement of Haast. A rugged township, often a starting point for helicopter deer hunting trips. Enjoy waterfalls and river scenery as you leave the coast and climb up the Haast river valley to Haast Pass. The road snakes through the Aspiring National Park, and the vegetation becomes more sparse as you travel inland. Lakes Wanaka and Hawea lie side by side. Ringed by pebbly beaches and with magnificent views to the surrounding peaks, both lakes offer a variety of adventures. The township of Wanaka offers many cafes, restaurants and interesting shops.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 15: (Flexible): Wanaka to Queenstown 113 kms

Day 15 An easy day today. You have 2 routes to Queenstown, the Crown Range Road is the more spectacular shorter option, but a little more challenging. The other option will take you alongside the Clutha and Shotover Rivers. The alpine resort of Queenstown is exciting, sophisticated and fantastically scenic., You will have more time on your return to explore Queenstown, so get the feel of it and relax!

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 16: (Flexible): Queenstown to Te Anau 174 kms

Day 16 Travel from Queenstown to Lake Te Anau. Your journey clings scenically to the edge of Lake Wakatipu. Start your day early so you have time to take a break in Kingston, the home of a remarkable vintage steam train and visit the small towns of Mossburn and Lumsden for unique shopping opportunities – a farm tour is another possibility. The picturesque Te Anau Township sits on the shores of Lake Te Anau. Cruise on the lakes, walk the tracks and visit the Department of Conservation wildlife centre. The Te Ana-au Caves are an excellent adventure.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 17: (Flexible): Te Anau to Milford Sound 116 kms

Day 17 The road to Milford is one of New Zealand’s most scenic drives. The first part is relatively mild farmland, then you’ll ease into beech forest near the entrance to the Fiordland National Park. Look for the Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain and the Mirror Lakes. The rough hewn Homer Tunnel brings you into Milford Sound, an amazing 22km-long fiord dominated by Mitre Peak. A cruise on Milford Sound will be an essential component of your time in Fiordland, or you can get up close and personal in a sea kayak. Tall waterfalls, vertical rock faces and seals are just some of the things you’ll remember. The underwater observatory is an option with most cruises.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 18: (Flexible): Milford Sound to Queenstown 290 kms

Day 18 A free morning to relax and take it easy before returning to Queenstown. Spend as little or as long as you like at Te Anau or the other picturesque little towns along the way depending on how you feel on the day. Take the opportunity to get those last minute photos at Milford or on the way back to Te Anau. Stop lakeside for a bite to eat and enjoy the serenity!

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 19: (Flexible): Queenstown to Lake Tekapo 254 kms

Day 19 The vineyards of the Gibbston area are the first temptation on your journey. Then stop and admire the Roaring Meg power station in the Kawarau Gorge. The restored heart of Cromwell is a treasure for visitors, or take a detour to the old gold workings of Bannockburn. Lake Dunstan is a fine place for a picnic before you launch yourself into the beautiful Lindis Pass – just magic when there’s snow around. You’ll know you’re in Omarama when you see the giant merino sheep statue. The easy drive to Twizel takes you through picturesque sheep farming country fringed with mountain ranges. Lake Tekapo and the other lakes in the Mackenzie Country are a wonderful opaque turquoise colour, the result of glacier-ground rock sediment in the water. The exquisite Church of the Good Shepherd is possibly the most photographed church in New Zealand - its altar window perfectly frames Mount Cook. Another photographic opportunity is the sheepdog memorial, which pays tribute to the role of dogs in high country farming. Make the most of the fresh, alpine air on the Lake Tekapo Walkway. On a clear night, you can watch the stars at Mt John Observatory.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 20: (Flexible): Lake Tekapo to Christchurch 230 kms

Day 20 The scenic route to Christchurch leads you out of the Mackenzie Country, named after the legendary Scottish sheep rustler who once roamed the area. The scenery changes abruptly after Burke’s Pass. By the time you reach the town of Fairlie, which has a number of historic sites to see, you’re firmly in the rolling hills of sheep country. The friendly village of Geraldine is in the heart of a prosperous farming area. The town also has a highly regarded vintage car and machinery museum. Ashburton, which sits between the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers, is a large town that serves the local rural community. It has about six museums and some excellent craft galleries. The route to Christchurch is about as straight and flat as roads get in New Zealand. On a clear day, the Southern Alps provide outstanding scenery. The town of Rakaia sits on the southern side of the Rakaia River. The Rakaia bridge spans 1.8 kilometres of one of the world's best examples of a 'braided' river system. The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. Visit heritage sites, museums and art galleries, and enjoy the highly developed restaurant scene.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide

 

Day 21: (Flexible): Around Christchurch

Day 21 The tranquil Avon River meanders through the city, historic buildings house a lively arts community and restored trams make it easy for visitors to get around. The first four ships arrived from England to settle Christchurch in 1850, and their legacy lives on in the city’s grand heritage buildings and stately parks. Visit historic sites, museums and art galleries, and enjoy the highly developed restaurant scene. For an unforgettable scenic experience, travel up the Christchurch gondola or go punting on the Avon River. Sumner is a fabulous spot for a seafood lunch and if the tide is right, have a walk through Cave Rock. Your vehicle is due back by 5pm today.

Includes: Campervan Hire - Hema Travel Atlas - Camping Publication - GPS Activated Tourism Guide


Pricing Includes – Hema Atlas – Camping Publication – GPS Activated Tourism Guide

  • All Inclusive Price - Hema Atlas and Camping Publication – Received before you travel so you can plan your trip
  • Standard Price - NZ Touring Map and Accommodation Map on pickup.
  • Tourism GPS enabled Radio Guide provided in vehicle on pickup with more than 2200 points of interest, local landmarks, scenic highlights, hidden gems and attractions highlighted as you approach them.

    2013/2014 Pricing From:

    HITOP
    2/3 Berth
    VOYAGER
    4 Berth
    TRAILBLAZER
    2 Berth (T/S)
    EXPLORER
    4 Berth (T/S)
    FRONTIER
    6 Berth (T/S)
    Standard Package $1058 $1218 $1357 $1357 $1816
    All Inclusive Package $2123 $2283 $2422 $2422 $2881
    ULTIMA
    2 Berth (T/S)
    PLATINUM BEACH
    4 Berth (T/S)
    PLATINUM RIVER
    6 Berth (T/S)
    Standard Package $2792 $3179 $3565
    All Inclusive Package $3857 $4244 $4630

    * Please note prices are subject to change and will depend on time of travel.
    These rates are based on travel in June 2014. To get rates for your dates of travel click on Quote / Book Online.


    Terms and Conditions

    Standard Price Includes:

    • 21 Day Campervan Hire (click on vehicle images above)
    • Unlimited Kilometers, GST, Kitchen Kit, Linen, extra drivers fees, stamp duty & admin fee, one way drop fee; Airport Transfer upon vehicle collection and return, Insurance included with $7500 Excess A Refundable Bond to the value of excess payable on pickup.
    • Travel Wallet including Supermarket Discount Card, New Zealand Touring Map, Leading attractions booklet with discounts to iconic tourist attractions. Tourism GPS enabled Radio Guide.

    All Inclusive Package Includes:

    • 21 Day Campervan (click on vehicle images above)
    • Prices quoted are all inclusive with the standard price options above as well as; Table and Chairs, Extra Drivers fees, Diesel Tax Recovery Fee, Prepaid Gas Bottle, Snow Chains if required, Portable Heater, Insurance included $0 Excess, includes overhead underbody damage, 1 windscreen and 2 tyres.
    • Hema Travel Atlas & New Zealand Camping Guide received before you travel.

    Price Does Not Include:

    • Food - Cost of supermarket supplies at customer expense
    • Cost of any tours or Activities (extra cost)
    • Onsite Accommodation at listed Tourist/Caravan Parks
    • Ferry Crossing – Pricing varies according to season

    Terms and Conditions

    • Traveller to organise his/her own flights to & from Auckland and Christchurch
    • All Drivers must be over 21 and have a valid unrestricted drivers licence.

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