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The Best Itinerary For A Fly Drive New Zealand Holiday

Milford Sound

Published: 18 March 2015

With magnificent mountains, glorious beaches, marvellous fjords, pulse-quickening adventure activities and wonderful cities, New Zealand is a stunning destination. Good New Zealand holiday packages always include a mix of different experiences and tourist attractions, so you can get a taste of almost everything the country has to offer. One of the best ways to explore this fabulous country though, is through fly drive holidays. These are one of the latest trends in New Zealand holidays in 2015 and are a combination of quick flights and laidback road trips.

The Flexicover Team look at some great drive holiday that let you get the best of both islands of New Zealand.

Start off at Auckland:
This ‘City of Sails,’ is the largest city in New Zealand, located between the Waitemata and Manukau harbours. Filled with restaurants, marinas, parks, and shops, it is the perfect destination to indulge in urban luxuries while still enjoying outdoor activities such as yachting, rugby, cricket or simply spending a wonderful day at any one of its beautiful beaches. Make sure to visit Rangitito Island and Mount Eden, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Michael Savage Memorial Park, and the Sky Tower – a 328 metre-high tower that gives you a stunning view of the city and the majestic Pacific Ocean and one of the most famous New Zealand attractions.

Drive down to Rotorua:
This is the place to visit to witness the wondrous geo-thermal attractions of New Zealand and also to get a taste of Maori history, art and culture. About two hours from Auckland, Rotorua is home to the Te Puia thermal spring reserve where you can you can experience boiling mud pools and fascinating geysers. The Maori Arts & Crafts Institute is another great tourist attraction, where you may even get to interact with actual Maoris. One of the most memorable experiences you must have when you visit New Zealand is a boat trip through the Glow-worm Grotto, though attractions such as the decorated Glow-worm Cave, a deep limestone shaft called the Tomo and the Cathedral are also worth a visit.

Fly to Queenstown:
This city in South Island is not only one of the most beautiful in New Zealand, surrounded as it is by a stunning mountainous landscape, but it is also the extreme sports capital of the world. Get your adrenaline racing with bungee jumping, sky-diving, hiking, trekking, skiing and more. You could also try jet-boating on Lake Wakatipu, or other more serene options if you feel a little faint-hearted. Make sure you’ve got your New Zealand travel insurance in place before attempting any extreme sports though; just to be on the safe side.

Visit Milford Sound: Fiordland National Park on South Island is home to the breathtaking Milford Sound, a majestic fjord surrounded by mountains, forests, lakes and waterfalls that you cannot miss visiting when travelling to New Zealand. Get a glimpse of the famous Mirror lakes as you drive through the alpine beech forests of Eglington Valley, gape in awe at the magnificent Christie Falls and the Cleddau Valley on your way to the Sound. Take a cruise to Mitre Peak, and thrill in the sight of waterfalls cascading into the deep blue waters of the Sound even as you keep an eye out for the fur seals and dolphins that can be found here.

If you have time, you can also visit Christchurch and see the famous Fox Glacier and Franz Joseph Glacier on the way. Then, return home with a thousand memories and at least double the pictures, for sure!

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