Welcome to the land of the long white cloud. We have been putting together sensational motorhome trips to far-flung places (like South Africa, Australia, Canada and the USA) and this is a good moment to showcase one of our most popular New Zealand adventures.
It’s a thrilling itinerary, designed to give you the opportunity to see as much of New Zealand as possible. You’ll visit many ‘bucket list’ sights and destinations and crucially you’ll have the convenience of a well-thought out, triedand- tested itinerary and the reassurance of experienced, knowledgeable local Tour Leaders who will be with you all the way.
The holiday of a lifetime
This holiday is certainly about the journey just as much as the sensational destination itself, giving the chance to experience a world beyond your own routine with experiences to soak up and moments of wonder to last a lifetime. It’s a group tour but you have the freedom and flexibility to see and do what you want each day, whilst being part of a group does allow for convivial evenings where you can share experiences, life stories, and the day’s events. Typically, a sociable group is quickly formed, but always without pressure or expectation to participate. There’s a huge amount to see and do, so ideally you will be happy to drive reasonable distances (on the left!), and do some easy going walking to ensure you get the most out of the trip.
"A journey of discovery, not just a holiday"
New Zealand is truly a world-class destination. The astonishing variety of landscapes and geological features make it a fascinating, endlessly changing backdrop to any trip. You’ll discover, on a daily basis, uniquely beautiful views and scenery, all dramatic, all unspoilt and all demanding your attention.
Explore the world heritage listed Mt Cook National Park, training ground of Sir Edmund Hilary. Drop down to Dunedin and head along the Otago peninsula to see the albatross and penguin sanctuaries. Relax amid majestic scenery in Te Anau and enjoy a once in a lifetime cruise on Milford Sound. Wander among gold mining heritage in Arrowtown near Queenstown where you will dine on top of a mountain overlooking the stunning alpine surrounds. Gaze at the brooding Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, as old as time, and take a sea kayak to the 120 million year old Split Apple Rock in Abel Tasman National Park. Cycle through world famous Marlborough vineyards, sampling as you go.
Cruise across the Cook Strait, maybe spotting dolphins along the way, before enjoying the bustle of Wellington, a true world city. Marvel at Napier’s unique art deco architecture and sip Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc produced yards from your motorhome. Wonder at primordial geysers in Rotorua. Experience a Maori cultural evening and traditional feast and even take part in a Haka! Knock on Bilbo Baggins’s door at the Hobbiton film set. Admire the sublime craggy coastline of the Coromandel before digging a hole on Hot Water Beach and enjoying a steaming hot soak as the tide comes in. Take a dolphin spotting cruise around the wild Bay of Islands.
Made for motorhoming
We’ll organise everything for you: flights, stopovers (if required), hotels, campsites, vehicles, insurance, transfers and ferry. We also arrange welcome and farewell dinners, a very special Milford Sound cruise and a unique Maori feast.
Do it your way
You’ll be travelling on the same itinerary with like-minded others, though you won’t be living in each others’ pockets; nor will you be travelling in a convoy. If you fancy staying a couple of nights with friends or family, no problem. You can skip a night or two and catch up with the group further down the road. Fancy planning in a special excursion or two? Easy. Just ask us to arrange everything.
Travel in comfort
Your motorhome will be your home from home and we ensure they are well equipped and the best suited to a trip of this nature. You will be able to sleep soundly, store your possessions safely and live in comfort. Full shower/toilet/cooking facilities are on board (though many people favour using the campgrounds’ excellent facilities). There’s even an on-board tablet providing wifi and sat-nav.
Russell has worked in the camping industry for over 28 years and was a director at Alan Rogers for many of them.
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