New Zealand roundtrip
Orchard Road, Christchurch, Canterbury, NZ, 8053
Vehicle Make: Volkswagen
Length - 7.22m
Width - 2.28m
Height - 3.25m
Interior Height - 2.15m
2 seatbelts in the driver's cab
2 seatbelts in the main cab
Driver and front passenger airbag
Child and Booster seat info
12 V battery / 240V mains
Air-con: Drivers Cab
Heating: Drivers Cab + Main Cab
Engine: 2.5L Turbo Diesel
Fuel Capacity: 75L
Fuel: 12 litres per 100km approx.
External storage locker
Fresh water tank: 82L
Waste water tank: 82L
Hire bicycles may be fitted: x3
Dustpan and brush
Bucket & hose
Clothes line & pegs
Biodegradable toilet chemicals
Dishwashing liquid sachet
Dishwashing cloth and scourer sponge
Bin and degradable bin liner
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First Aid Kit (to be purchased if opened)
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Rue Brittan, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ, 7542
Broken River Skifield Road, Selwyn District, New Zealand
Arthur's Pass, Canterbury, NZ
Most people arrive in Arthur's Pass National Park by road - a spectacular piece of extreme civil engineering involving viaducts, bridges, rock shelters and waterfalls redirected into chutes. When Arthur Dobson first encountered the precipitous Otira Gorge, the pass was almost impassable - he had to leave his horse at the top and lower his dog on a rope.
Jacksons, New Zealand
Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, West Coast, NZ
The glacier advanced rapidly during the Little Ice Age, reaching a maximum in the early eighteenth century. Having retreated several kilometres between the 1940s and 1980s, the glacier entered an advancing phase in 1984 and at times has advanced at the phenomenal (by glacial standards) rate of 70 cm a day. The flow rate is about 10 times that of typical glaciers. Over the longer term, the glacier has retreated since the last ice age, and it is believed that it extended into the sea some 10,000 to 15,000 years ago.
Haast Pass Makarora Road, SH 6, Queenstown-Lakes District, New Zealand
Wanaka, New Zealand
Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown-Lakes District, New Zealand
Queenstown, Otago, NZ
Milford Sound, Southland, New Zealand
Te Anau, Southland, New Zealand
Manapouri, Southland, New Zealand
The construction of this power station was one of New Zealand's greatest engineering achievements, with the majority of the work completed underground in a remote location. The only external signs are the above-ground control building, a switchyard and two sets of transmission lines that loop across the head of the lake on their way to join the national grid.
Dunedin, Otago, NZ
Whitianga, Waikato, New Zealand
If you’re exploring the Coromandel Peninsula, you’ll soon come to Whitianga – the main town in Mercury Bay. When native forests were being harvested on the peninsula in the 1800s and early 1900s, Whitianga was a timber port. Ships from Europe sailed in to Whitianga's deepwater harbour to load up with valuable kauri. Today, the township depends on fishing, farming and tourism for its prosperity.
Moeraki, Otago, NZ
Local Māori legends explained the boulders as the remains of eel baskets, calabashes, and kumara washed ashore from the wreck of Arai-te-uru, a large sailing canoe. This legend tells of the rocky shoals that extend seaward from Shag Point as being the petrified hull of this wreck and a nearby rocky promontory as being the body of the canoe's captain. In 1848 W.B.D. Mantell sketched the beach and its boulders, more numerous than now. The picture is now in the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. The boulders were described in 1850 colonial reports and numerous popular articles since that time. In more recent times they have become a popular tourist attraction, often described and pictured in numerous web pages and tourist guides.
Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
The whitestone townscape of Oamaru contains some of the best-preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand. In the late 19th century, the town prospered through goldmining, quarrying and timber milling. Some of the wealth was spent on elegant stone buildings made from local limestone. The Harbour-Tyne Street area is particularly special – and the shopping is great too. After exploring the Victorian precinct, swing by the steampunk playground and museum.
Oamaru Harbour is home to a colony of little blue penguins, and you can also see yellow-eyed penguins from a special hide. Penguin viewing is best just before sunset.
The public gardens in Oamaru are widely acclaimed. They include a Victorian summerhouse and an oriental garden.
Duntroon, Canterbury, New Zealand
5 kilometres (3 mi) south of Duntroon, in the Maerewhenua Valley, a group of large rock formations called "Elephant Rocks" has been used as a filming location for the first Chronicles of Narnia movie in 2005. The rock formations are located in a private field and can be seen from the road.
Kurow, Canterbury, New Zealand
Tekapo Twizel Road, SH 8, Mackenzie District, New Zealand
Christchurch, Canterbury, Neuseeland
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
Kaikoura is a base for wildlife experiences of all kinds – it’s also a great place to eat crayfish (in the Maori language 'kai' means food, 'koura' means crayfish). An easy two-hour drive north of Christchurch, Kaikoura makes for a great day trip or a fun stop on your way to Marlborough.
Kaikoura's environment is truly spectacular – the village is caught between the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean. In winter the mountains are covered with snow, adding to the drama of the landscape.
Kaikoura’s special talent is marine mammal encounters – whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the coastal waters. Whale watching trips leave the town several times a day and the local seal colony is always entertaining. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and shops to explore.
Coromandel, Waikato, New Zealand
Inland Road, Canterbury, NZ
Hanmer Springs, Canterbury, New Zealand
The resort town of Hanmer Springs is an attractive year-round holiday destination for adventure, relaxation and indulgence. Surrounded by dramatic mountains and towering forests, this charming town has a main street filled with boutique shops, cafes and eateries.
Adventure activities will immerse you in the wild beauty of Hanmer. Go forest hiking, mountain biking, horse trekking, bungy jumping, jet boating or, in winter, hit the slopes and go skiing. Once you've caught your breath, you might enjoy a leisure round of golf.
Don’t miss the iconic Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa where you can soak in naturally heated, mineral-filled waters or treat yourself to a range of indulgent spa therapies. The family fun area is complete with hydroslides and New Zealand’s only aquatic thrill ride, the Super Bowl.
Greymouth, West Coast, New Zealand
Once the site of the Maori pa Mawhera (which means ‘wide spread river mouth’, in reference to the town’s river mouth location), Greymouth is the largest town on the South Island’s west coast. The area has a history of gold mining, which can be appreciated at the local museum and nearby Shantytown. The local brewery is something of a New Zealand legend; it runs tours that include a tasting session.
Other Greymouth entertainments include sea fishing, fly fishing, a quayside walk and hiking the Elizabeth Track, which passes through a scenic reserve and old goldmining sites. Around the town you’ll find galleries specialising in pounamu (New Zealand jade).
Punakaiki, West Coast, New Zealand
The Pancake Rocks are a very popular tourist destination at Dolomite Point south of the main village. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides. Together with the 'pancake'-layering of the limestone (created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments), these form the main attraction of the area.
The Pancake Rocks are presently explorable by a number of walkways winding through the rock formations, parts of these wheelchair-accessible and others carved into stairways up and down the rock faces. State Highway 6, the only through road on the West Coast, passes through the town.
Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand
Picton is a major hub in New Zealand's transport network, connecting the South Island road and rail network with ferries across Cook Strait to Wellington and the North Island. The town has a population of 4,310 (June 2014 estimate), making it the second-largest town in the Marlborough Region behind Blenheim.
The town is named after Sir Thomas Picton, the Welsh military associate of the Duke of Wellington, who was killed at the Battle of Waterloo.
Kawakawa Bay, Auckland, NZ
Kawakawa Bay has also been settled by the Maori. Evidence of that early occupation can still be seen today with the earthworks of Pa sites still visible on some headland sites. The first Bay is known to local as "Maori Bay" as many residents recall the Maori families still occupying that land up until the 1960s. There is still some local land in Maori ownership today. The Turei family was well known in the area, with the hill coming down into the Bay known as Turei Hill.
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
The Wellington urban area comprises four cities: Wellington city, on the peninsula between Cook Strait and Wellington Harbour, contains the central business district and about half the population; Porirua on Porirua Harbour to the north is notable for its large Māori and Pacific Island communities; Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt are largely suburban areas to the northeast, together known as the Hutt Valley.
The 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Wellington 12th in the world. In 2011 Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2011 named Wellington as fourth in its Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2011, referring to it as the "coolest little capital in the world"
Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
Sunk into a stunning volcanic landscape and surrounded by bush clad mountains is New Zealand's largest freshwater lake, Lake Taupo. The township of Taupo can be found on the banks of a large bay at northeast part of the lake, where it discharges to the mighty Waikato River.
The river flows over one of New Zealand's most spectacular waterfalls, Huka Falls, a short distance north of the town. The thundering Huka Falls is New Zealand's most visited natural attraction. More than 220,000 litres of water tumbles over the cliff face per second!
Taupo township is located right on the edge of the lake, and many hotels offer panoramic views over the lake to the snow-capped volcanoes of Tongariro National Park. Dine on the lakefront on a summer's evening or have fish and chips on the shore just like a local. Take in spectacular views while watching the sun sink behind the mountains.
A few minutes south of the Lake is Tongariro National Park. Gifted to the people of New Zealand by the Ngati Tuwharetoa tribe in 1887, the park is one of only a handful of sites in the world to be given dual World Heritage status for its cultural and natural importance. Experience the dramatic and eerie scenery with tramps through the park ranging from 2 hours to 6 days. Cover desolate fields of volcanic ash and scoria, rolling tussocklands, glacial valleys and tranquil lakes.
Lake Taupo Huka Falls
Taupo is a centre of volcanic and geothermal activity and hot springs suitable for bathing are located at several places in the vicinity, and stunning geothermal attractions litter the surrounding area. The Taupo Volcanic Zone stretches from Tongariro National Park all the way to White Island, and here you'll see spectacular steaming cliffs, geysers, boiling lakes, bubbling mud pools, floating rocks and beautiful volcanic plateaus.
The lake and its network of rivers offers a true wild trout fishing experience, bringing anglers from around the world. Skiers and snowboarders flood the region in winter time, drawn to Mt Ruapehu, with New Zealand's largest ski area. The region is also home to a number of adventure activities including sky diving, jet boating and paragliding, everything to satiate that lust for adventure.
Waitomo Caves Village, Waikato, New Zealand
Waitomo Caves is a caves system and small village in the Waikato region of the North Island. The nearest large town, Hamilton, is one hour's drive away (78km) and Auckland, two hours away (200km) and Rotorua, two hours away (156km). The Waitomo Caves can be found 8km along Waitomo Caves Road, off State Highway 3.
Waitomo Caves village itself is very small, but the caves have formed a major tourist attraction and are well-known for their population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa found exclusively in New Zealand. Visitors to the caves can visit easy-to-access caves, raft or crawl through caves depending on their interests and abilities. A popular guided activity is 'blackwater rafting' in which visitors float through the caves in huge tubes viewing glowworms and cave decorations as they go.
Hobbiton, Hill Lane, Waikato, New Zealand
The set has been completely rebuilt for The Hobbit and will remain as it was seen in these films and The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
During your tour you will see Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill, double arched bridge and other structures and gardens built for the films.
We very much look forward to welcoming you to Hobbiton Movie set.
Masterfully recreated, we invite you to relax at the Inn of the Hobbits as part of your tour. All guests recieve one complimentary refreshment from our exclusively crafted Southfarthing™ range.
The inn also offers traditional fare, including our famous beef and ale pie.
The Shires™ Rest cafe is conveniently located at the Entrance to Hobbiton Movie Set. You can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or a light meal.
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Rotorua is one of the world's most spectacular Geothermal Wonderlands. Geothermal activity, from the Greek geo meaning earth and therme meaning heat, seethes from cracks in the streets, steams from backyard hot pools, bursts from geysers throughout the area, and bubbles from cauldron-like mud pools.
The phenomenal creativity of nature can be seen in all its glory right here in Rotorua. Multi-hued lichens, moss and salt structures blend harmoniously with lush native greens, crystal blue lakes and earth tones ranging from rust to ochre. Splendid examples of silicate and mineral formations rise from and mould into a landscape sculpted by the region's turbulent volcanic activity for thousands of years, and the resulting terraces, valleys and lakes are beyond beauty, they are nature's own art form.
Rotorua and its surrounding areas are charged with a primordial ambiance that challenges the auditory, visual and olfactory senses.
There are five main Geothermal Areas in which a variety of geysers, hot springs, boiling mud pools and hissing craters can be experienced up close.