Depart London to New Zealand. Cross International Date Line.
Arrive Christchurch, where you will meet your Tour Escorts and transfer to your hotel (bed and breakfast basis) you are free to make your own meal arrangements. Overnight Christchurch hotel.
Free day to explore Christchurch. Following a presentation of your motorhome, we will enjoy a welcome meal where you can meet the rest of your fellow travellers. Overnight Christchurch hotel.
Pick up vehicles and travel to Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand (192 miles). Overnight Mount Cook campsite.
Travel from Mount Cook to Dunedin via Oamaru (205 miles). See the Moeraki boulders en route. Day to explore Dunedin, the Otago peninsula and albatross colony. 2 nights Dunedin campsite.
Travel from Dunedin to Te Anau via Balclutha and Te Anau (180 miles). Full day excursion to Milford Sound including the underwater observatory, a fjord cruise, views of many South Island landmarks including Mitre
Peak (weather permitting) and wildlife spotting (wildlife permitting). Overnight Te Anau campsite.
Go from Te Anau to Queenstown via Five Rivers (110 miles). Overnight Queenstown campsite.
Day to explore Queenstown, world capital of adventure sports from paragliding to white water rafting. Take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu or the Skyline gondola to Bob’s Peak. Overnight Queenstown campsite.
Travel from Queenstown to Wanaka through the Southern Alps (48 miles). Overnight Wanaka campsite.
Travel from Wanaka to Fox Glacier through the impressive Haast Pass (175 miles). Overnight Fox Glacier campsite.
Day at leisure to visit Fox Glacier or nearby Franz Josef Glacier – helicopter or ski plane flights over the glaciers are available and highly recommended. Overnight Fox Glacier campsite.
Travel from Fox Glacier to Greymouth along the coast road between the Tasman Sea and the Alps via Hokitika Gorge (130 miles). Overnight Greymouth campsite.
Travel from Greymouth to Hanmer Springs via Reefton (135 miles). Overnight Hanmer Springs campsite.
A short drive today from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura (63 miles) to ensure you arrive early enough to book the optional whale watching excursion for the next day. Overnight Kaikoura campsite.
Day at leisure for whale, dolphin and bird watching, seal and dolphin swimming. Overnight Kaikoura campsite.
Travel from Kaikoura to Lower Hutt. Bid farewell to the South Island and catch the Interislander ferry. Kaikoura to Picton (97 miles), Picton to Wellington Ferry crossing the Cook Strait (3 hours 30 minutes), Wellington to Lower Hutt (10 miles). Overnight Lower Hutt campsite.
Half-day city tour to Wellington. Make sure to visit Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand and the "beehive" that houses the parliament. Overnight Lower Hutt campsite.
Travel from Lower Hutt to Napier via Hastings (200 miles). Following day at leisure to explore Napier,
famous for its art deco architecture. 2 nights Napier campsite.
Travel from Napier to Taupo (95 miles) on the shores of Lake Taupo, via Eskdale and Te Pohue. Day at leisure to explore Taupo and to luxuriate in the thermal pools, visit the Craters of the Moon bubbling mud pools or the Huka Falls. 2 nights Taupo campsite.
Travel to Rotorua, home of Maori heritage centres, hot springs and thermal pools (50 miles). Following day at leisure to explore the thermal reserves with their geysers that can spout as high as 30m. Meet the Maori for dinner. 2 nights Rotorua campsite.
Travel from Rotorua to Orewa, north of Auckland (205 miles). Visit Te Puke, famous for kiwi fruit on the Bay of Plenty or Waihi, the old gold-mining town, en route. Overnight Orewa campsite.
Travel from Orewa to Paihia via Whangerei (120 miles) en route visit Hokianga Harbour or some of the world's biggest trees at Waipoua Kauri Forest. Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the Maori chiefs signed their first accord with the British Crown. A boat cruise around the Bay of Islands and visit to the Hole in the Rock is included. 2 nights Paihia campsite.
Travel from Russell to Orewa, (168 miles), visiting places you missed on the way north. Overnight Orewa.
Return your motorhome. Transfer to Auckland city centre hotel (accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis). Afternoon at leisure to visit Auckland followed by a farewell meal in Auckland’s Sky Tower with stunning views over Auckland by night. Overnight Auckland city centre hotel.
Day at leisure. Enjoy a museum, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World or the Parnell Rose Gardens. Transfer to airport. Evening flight from Auckland to London.
Arrive London. This ends the tour travel arrangements.
Please note: the 2017 February itinerary may travel from Auckland to Christchurch.