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- Accommodation based on twin share room
- Airport meet and greet
- Airport transfers
- Baggage charge
- Car hire with unlimited kilometres
- Hotel taxes and service charges
- International flights from Australia
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Any items or services not specified in the itinerary
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- Meals, unless expressly states
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- Personal expenses
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 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 great tropical breakfast included each day and you can make use of all the facilities and snorkelling equipment at the renowned oceanfront resort!
- 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
- DAY 21
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.
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.
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. Most of the flights are overnight, so you'll arrive back home on Day 21 - but we'll notify you of the exact itinerary at time of confirmation.
Arrive in Australia
Return home. Journey ends and fond memories begin!
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This is the perfect combination for a great holiday. You can choose 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!
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This independent trip departs weekly from Australia between the below dates:
2021 – 10 October to 30 November
2022 – 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.
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.
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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.
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