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New Zealand Fly, Drive & Cruise 21 Days


Get set for an epic New Zealand adventure! This 21-day holiday includes flights to Auckland, 7 nights in motels and car hire on the North Island. Then cruise to the highlights of the South Island and all the way back to Australia aboard impressive Majestic Princess!

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Trip Details:

New Zealand Fly, Drive & Cruise to Sydney – 21 days

Explore the North Island of New Zealand at our own pace, then cruise to the South Island and back to Australia – there’s so much to love about this special fly, drive and cruise holiday!

Begin your New Zealand adventure with a 7-night self-drive holiday around the North Island. Car hire is included with unlimited kilometres and the free-wheeling trip has pre-booked accommodation on the Coromandel Peninsula, as well as in Tauranga, Rotorua, Auckland and more.

In Auckland, board a 13-night cruise that follows the coast of the South Island on the voyage to Sydney. Enjoy the sights of Christchurch, Dunedin, spectacular Fiordland National Park and Tasmania!

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • The price! Amazing value for a trip that includes accommodation, transport & many meals!
  • It’s a wonderful way to explore New Zealand, with a great combo of self-drive and cruise
  • Enjoy a relaxing holiday with special highlights on the North & South Island of New Zealand

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Flight – One-way economy airfare to Auckland
    • Fly from Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast or Brisbane (ask us for other cities)
  • Car hire – 7 days Compact vehicle, unlimited kilometres
    • Pick up & drop off Auckland
  • Accommodation – 7 nights motel accommodation on the North Island, standard rooms
  • Cruise – 13 nights New Zealand cruise one-way from Auckland to Sydney
    • Cruise aboard Majestic Princess in your choice of cabin
    • Includes all meals & non-chargeable entertainment on board the ship

Departs Australia:

2023 – 22 January

Note: Subject to confirmation at time of booking and price may vary depending on availability. Please contact us for other departure dates or cruise options.


Inside Cabin Twin Share: from $3399 per person
Balcony Cabin Twin Share: from $4599 per person

Note: Prices are based on sale rates that are subject to change without notice and will be advised at time of booking.

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Want to Stay Longer or Upgrade?

You can extend your holiday with longer stays in New Zealand.

Let us know if you’d like to upgrade hotels or add sightseeing tours.

Ask us today about staying at other properties or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Please contact us for solo traveller rates.

Booking Conditions:

This cruise deal is available for a limited time.

Prices are correct as of 23 May 2022. Please contact us for current rates.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Independent, self-drive and cruise



Day 1 Fly to Auckland New Zealand.
Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” and New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland is bordered by two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport, explore the city, then make your way to your accommodation.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.

Day 2 Coromandel Peninsula
Driving time Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 191 km / 119 miles, 3 hours
Renowned worldwide as a spectacular holiday destination, with warm white-sand beaches, misty rainforests and wilderness aplenty, the Coromandel is the ideal place to relax and unwind. In the afternoon, there’s the option to discover the excitement and adventure of the Hahei Explorer boat tour (not included) to Cathedral Cove – the most photographed beach in New Zealand. Penguins, seals and dolphins are a big favourite when they take time out of their busy schedules to visit the boat. Explore places only accessible by boat, including coastal islands in the marine reserve and spectacular sea caves. When the tide is right you will be taken inside an amazing blowhole 24 metres (80 feet) high – a truly magical place.
Stay 1 night in Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula.

Day 3 Tauranga
Driving time Coromandel Peninsula to Tauranga 166 km / 103 miles, 3 hours
The Bay of Plenty is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in New Zealand. Located along the idyllic Pacific Coast Highway, it offers a great mix of activities, beaches and dining experiences. Tauranga is the main centre, whilst the coastal suburb of Mt Maunganui is the region’s seaside resort.
Stay 1 night in Tauranga.

Day 4 Hobbiton > Rotorua
Driving time Tauranga to Matamata 52 km / 32 miles, 1 hour
Make your way to Matamata to discover the real Middle-Earth on the most picturesque private farmland. Near Matamata, there’s time to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour (optional, not included). The set has been completely rebuilt and will remain as it was seen in the films. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. You can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or a light meal in The Shire’s Rest Café.
Driving time Matamata to Rotorua 68 km / 42 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy the scenic journey to Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity. This diverse city will put on a display as you encounter geysers, mud pools, steaming craters and 16 beautiful lakes.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.

Day 5 Rotorua
Relax in Rotorua for the day. You might like to take a wander through Rotorua’s public Kuirau Park and discover the steaming, hissing and bubbling geothermal activity.
You also have the option to visit the Redwoods Treewalk, which features 23 suspension bridges through 115-year-old redwood trees, or explore the Government Gardens and Museum, located on the waterfront of Lake Rotorua. In the evening, you can choose to dine in Rotorua’s most spectacular location – Skyline Restaurant. Or the city has lots of great places to enjoy the local seafood specialties, such as mussels, queen scallops, sushi and sashimi.

Day 6 Waitomo Caves > Hamilton
Driving time Rotorua to Waitomo Caves 140 km / 87 miles, 2 hours
Venture to the Waitomo Caves (enter at own expense). Deep underground in the heart of the Waikato are a series of unique caves that will take your breath away. At the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thousands of tiny glowworms cling to the cave ceiling, creating a starry sky within the underground night. Nearby, the Ruakuri Cave is home to an innovative spiral entrance, echoing waterfalls, and limestone that flows into delicate shawl-like formations.
Driving time Waitomo Caves to Hamilton 71 km / 44 miles, 1 hour
After your Waitomo Caves adventure, journey to Hamilton, New Zealand’s largest inland city, situated on the banks of the Waikato River. As Hamilton is located in the hub of the central North Island, visitors have easy access to iconic attractions such as Raglan’s surf coast and Te Aroha Mineral Pools. For fun, visit the chocolate and candy factory, the Hamilton Gardens, or the weekly markets. From cafés, art galleries, and shopping through to an ever-changing calendar of high-profile events, Hamilton is a great holiday destination.
Stay 1 night in Hamilton.

Day 7 Auckland
Driving time Hamilton to Auckland 124 km / 77 miles, 2 hours
Drive back to Auckland at your leisure. Relax in Auckland for the afternoon or enjoy a unique dining experience with a harbour sailing and dining cruise!
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.

Day 8 Depart Auckland on Majestic Princess Cruise to Sydney.
Drop your rental car off in Auckland and catch a taxi to Auckland cruise port for your cruise to Sydney

Cruise Itinerary:
Sunday – Jan 29, 2023
Day 8
Auckland, New Zealand
Depart: 6:00 pm

Monday – Jan 30, 2023
Day 9
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 5:00 pm

Tuesday – Jan 31, 2023
Day 10
Tauranga, New Zealand
Arrive: 6:00 am Depart: 9:45 pm

Wednesday – Feb 1, 2023
Day 11 – At Sea

Thursday – Feb 2, 2023
Day 12
Wellington, New Zealand
Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

Friday – Feb 3, 2023
Day 13
Picton, New Zealand
Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

Saturday – Feb 4, 2023
Day 14
Lyttelton, New Zealand
Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 6:00 pm

Sunday – Feb 5, 2023
Day 15
Port Chalmers, New Zealand
Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 4:30 pm
Monday – Feb 6, 2023
Day 16
Cruising Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Arrive: 9:00 am Depart: 7:00 pm

Tuesday – Feb 7, 2023
Day 17 – At Sea

Wednesday – Feb 8, 2023
Day 18 – At Sea
Thursday – Feb 9, 2023
Day 19
Hobart, Australia
Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 5:00 pm

Friday – Feb 10, 2023
Day 20 – At Sea

Saturday – Feb 11, 2023
Day 21
Sydney, Australia
Arrive: 6:00 am

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, ocean conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.


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