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Experience the highlights of New Zealand on a self-drive holiday and combine it with an incredible beach break in the idyllic Cook Islands!
Fly to Auckland and pick up your hire car, then it’s up to you where you want to book in advance and explore during your two-week holiday in New Zealand. A Golden Chain Accommodation Pass gives you the freedom to plan an itinerary that’s just right for you. Plus, unlimited kilometres on your hire car means you can reach all those iconic highlights, like the quirky capital of Wellington, geothermal wonders of Rotorua, spectacular Milford Sound and Queenstown in the South Island.
Next, fly to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands for a blissful week of rest and relaxation or exploration for adventure-lovers. At the Edgewater Resort & Spa there’s a tropical breakfast included each day and you can make use of all the facilities and snorkelling equipment at the renowned oceanfront resort!SEE THE BROCHURE
Inclusions at a glance
- Flights – Return economy airfare to Auckland & Rarotonga
- Fly from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane (ask for other cities)
- Flying with Air New Zealand, including 23kg of checked luggage
- Car hire – 14 days Compact vehicle, automatic with unlimited kilometres
- Pick up & drop off at Auckland airport
- Liability insurance
- Value Added Tax (VAT)
- Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) – with excess
- Theft Protection (TP) – with excess
- New Zealand Accommodation – 13 nights New Zealand Golden Chain Pass, standard rooms
- Cook Islands Accommodation – 6 nights Cook Islands at Edgewater Resort & Spa
- Garden View room with private facilities, based on twin share
- Tropical breakfast daily
- Daily cultural activities, use of tennis courts with racquets & snorkelling equipment
- Transfers – Cook Islands return airport transfers with flower lei greeting on arrival
- It’s such a neat 3-week holiday and great value for money!
- Use your hotel pass to plan your ideal itinerary in New Zealand before you leave Australia.
- Car hire with unlimited kilometres gives you the freedom to explore at your leisure.
- Chill out at Edgewater Resort & Spa in the Cook Islands, with daily tropical breakfast included.
- DAY 1
- DAYS 2-13
- DAY 14
- DAYS 15-19
- DAY 20
Fly to Auckland
Fly from Australia to Auckland. On arrival, pick up your hire car at the airport and make your way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring this great city.
Self-drive around New Zealand
Your time is free to explore New Zealand at your leisure with your hire car. Plan your itinerary in advance using your accommodation pass and enjoy the flexibility of deciding what you want to see each day with your rental car on hand.
Fly to Cook Islands
Please check out of your hotel in the morning and drop of your hire car at Auckland Airport to check in for your flight to Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
On arrival at Rarotonga Airport you will be met with a flower lei greeting and transferred to Edgewater Resort & Spa for your 6-night stay.
Note: if you arrive before check-in is available, your luggage can be stored and you can use the resort facilities until your room is ready.
Enjoy tropical breakfast each day and all the resort facilities. Go snorkelling right in front of the resort, enjoy the cultural activities or see more of the island. You can take the local bus around the island, which picks up at the Edgewater Resort and is a great way to explore and pick up tips from the friendly locals. You can also hire motorbikes or a car, take day tours to neighbouring islands, enjoy fishing charters and much more!
Depart Cook Islands
It's time to check out of the resort and you will be transferred to the airport for your return flights to Australia. Flights could be overnight and you'll cross the international dateline, so you'll arrive back home on Day 21 - but we'll notify you of the exact itinerary at time of confirmation.
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This is the perfect combination for a great holiday. You can choose and pre-book where you want to stay in New Zealand and having unlimited kilometres on the car hire makes it a worry-free trip to explore the North and South Islands. And the 6 nights at a Cook Islands resort, well that's just plain fun!
More about this tour
See the brochure
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The brochure includes details of the inclusions and other relevant travel information. Information contained in the brochure is subject to change and at the time of booking you will be provided with an updated copy that includes the current details for your reservation.
This independent trip departs weekly from Australia between the below dates:
2023 & 2024 – 01 February to 31 March; 15 April to 10 June; 20 July to 10 September; 10 October to 30 November
Please ask us for your preferred departure date and we will advise availability and current prices.
Trip start time
You will be advised of the flight details and check-in times when your booking is confirmed.
New Zealand accommodation pass
It's advisable to book your accommodation in advance and it is not recommended that you use the hotel pass as a turn up and stay pass at any hotel on the same day. If you wish to book the hotel accommodation yourself, please ensure you book each hotel at least 72 hours in advance – and longer in popular destinations.
Our office can provide advice on your preferred itinerary and ensure the reservations are handled professionally by booking all of your hotels prior to departure for a booking fee of $100. We will make each of the hotel reservations for you to save you time and help you travel with the confidence of knowing they are confirmed before you leave.
Important to remember...
The day-by-day itinerary is intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.
Speak to a travel specialist
The My Travel Experience team are travel experts and we're here to help you enjoy the best holiday - from the time you start to plan your trip until the day you return home. We are only a phone call or email away whenever you need us, so please contact us today with any questions.
New safety measures and greater peace of mind.
The wellbeing and safety of our passengers and staff is always a priority, especially as we adjust to a new world for travellers. My Travel Experience is committed to ensuring your peace of mind with customer-friendly booking practices and enhanced health and safety standards on our trips.
Travellers may be required to show proof of adequate travel insurance before embarking on this trip. Your policy of insurance is required to cover you and your party against the cost of cancellation by you; the cost of assistance (including repatriation - medical and non-medical) in the event of accident or illness; loss of baggage and money; protection against any Covid-related claims and other expenses.
Check the current travel requirements
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It's your responsibility to check with your home country's policies, as well as destinations that you will be visiting, on testing, travel requirements and the latest travel advisories.
It's important that you confirm that you have all the necessary documentation and are eligible to travel prior to booking and your departure.
How to make a booking:
This travel deal is valid for a limited time and may change without notice.
Price was correct as of 28 October 2023. Please contact us for current rates.
Advertised price is based on lead-price departure(s) and rates will be advised for your preferred travel date prior to any payment being required.
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.
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